Parent Newsletter August 28th, 2023

August 28, 2023

Hello Gilham Families, 

Here are a couple reminders for the start of the year.  For more detailed information, please click here for the Welcome Back Newsletter


Attendance Matters – Start the School Year Right
Getting into the habit of daily attendance is more important than ever. Sending your child to school regularly helps to:

  • Build routines that help reduce stress.
  • Make it easier to connect with friends and teachers.
  • Support learning.

When students attend regularly (missing no more than one day a month), they are much more likely to read proficiently by third grade, do well in middle school, and be on track to graduate from high school.


Volunteering Background Check Info – If any parents or guardians would like to volunteer at Gilham, you’ll need a completed background Check. See the Volunteer in Eugene School District 4J Webpage for details.


First Days of School — 
KINDERGARTEN: First day of school is Wednesday, September 6th, 7:55-1:10.
GRADES 1 – 5: First day of school is Thursday, September 7th, 7:55-2:25


New! Kindergarten Smart Start – Kindergarten families should visit the 4J Kindergarten Smart Start Website for details.

Regular School Schedule —
The  school schedule this year.  
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday  starting at 7:55  and ending at  2:25.
Wednesday starts at 7:55 and ends at 1:10.

Enrollment/Registration —  If you have enrollment/registration questions please contact the Gilham Office at 541-790-6200 or email Hollie at

Meet the Teacher is Tuesday, Sept. 5th at 2:00-3:00 – This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to view their new classroom and introduce themselves to their new teacher and classmates. Please plan on attending! 

Kona Ice after you “Meet Your Teacher” @ 2:30! – Get some tasty shaved ice 

Class Assignments — Classroom placement letters will be emailed to families the afternoon of Friday, September 1st, just prior to Labor Day weekend.

School Supplies — Students will Need — 

  • A Backpack
  • A water bottle
  • Headphones to be used in class (would prefer not ear buds)
  • Box of Kleenex (for the classroom)
  • Box of Band Aids (for the classroom)


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


  • Important Dates — 

9/1 — Classroom Placement Letter emailed to parents
9/5 – Meet the Teacher at  2:00 – 3:00
9/6 – Classes Begin: Kindergarteners Only
9/7 – Classes Begin: Grades 1-5
9/26 – Open House/Curriculum Night, 5:30 – 6:30
10/6 – Jog a thon – if you want to volunteer, connect with PTO and fill out volunteer forms now
10/13 – No School — Professional Development/Planning Day
10/16 – 10/20 – Scholastic Book Fair (Library)
10/19 –  School Picture Day


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