Parent Newsletter February 27th, 2023

February 27th, 2023

Hello Gilham Families, 

Regular School Schedule — The doors will open at 7:50. 
Monday – Thursday  starting at 7:55  and ending at  2:25.
Friday starts at 7:55 and ends at 1:10.


When To Keep Your Child Home From School – The Oregon Department of Education makes guidance around when students need to stay home after being sick, and all school districts in Oregon are required to follow this same guidance. In particular, something that has changed in the post-pandemic era is the switch from 24 hours to 48 hours symptom-free after vomiting or diarrhea. See below:
Vomiting:  May return 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting OR after being seen and cleared by a licensed healthcare provider.
Diarrhea (3 watery or loose stools in one day with or without fever):  May return after 48 hours after diarrhea resolves OR after being seen and cleared by a licensed healthcare provider.
You can review the full guidance on the 4J website:


Kindergarten Registration 2023/24 — If your child will turn 5 on or before September 1, 2023, it’s time to register for kindergarten!  To enroll, call the Gilham Office (541-790-6200) or go to the Gilham enrollment/registration webpage for more information.  
Gilham is holding a Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday, March 9th at 5:30 pm. .  


Learn to Ride a Bike – A Free, All Ages, Drop-In Event! – Click here for flyer
Thursday, March 9 stop by anytime between 4:00-6:00 pm, Bob Keefer Center, 250 S 32nd St, Springfield, OR
Do you or your child want to learn how to ride a bike? We’ll start with balancing and gliding without pedals or training wheels. Some will learn to pedal in one session, while others may need more practice to reach that final goal.
Join Willamalane; 4J, Bethel and Springfield Safe Routes to School programs; the City of Eugene; the City of Springfield and Shift Community Cycles for this fun event with pedal-powered smoothies, bike checks, information about bike share, and workshops for families and individuals of all ages on biking for transportation.
You don’t need your own bike to participate, but please bring a helmet and bike if you have one. Contact Safe Routes to School at (541) 228-0699 or
with questions or to volunteer.


YMCA Spring Basketball and Soccer Registration – YMCA is currently registering for Spring Soccer League, Itty Bitty Soccer, Spring Basketball League, AND Basketball Clinics! If you are interested, registration can be done NOW on our website! Don’t miss out – registration closes soon on March 1st!


Save the date – Jogathon will be on April 28th.  Watch for more information when we get closer.  If you are interested in volunteering, make sure you have completed the volunteer application.


PTO Updates: 
*Thank you to everyone who attended the Dance Party in Paradise (and an extra shout out to those who volunteered). It was a successful community building event! 

*Our online raffle ends on Tuesday, 2/28! There are 7 prize packages valued between $250-300! All proceeds will support the PTO’s efforts within Gilham. Click here to check it out and buy tickets!


Breakfast & Lunch Menus – Breakfast and lunch menus are available on the 4J Menu Website.  Make sure you filter to Gilham Elementary.


Important Dates — 
3/9 – Kinder Orientation for 2023/24 at 5:30
3/16 – PTO Meeting at 6:30
3/17 – No School – Teacher Work Day
3/27 – 3/31 – No School – Spring Break 
4/3 – No School — PD/Planning Day
4/4 – Classes Resume
4/28 – Jog a Thon
See the 4J Elementary School Calendar or the Gilham Website to stay current on important school dates.

Lavinia Page 

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