October 27, 2016

Book Fair Last Days onsite -

One more week online!

 

Two more days to visit the book fair in person...but if you miss it you can always go online and order (through 11/7/16).  Free shipping to the school.  Feel free to share the link with friends for great deals on books for kids of all ages.  All proceeds support YG's school library!   
 
http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/default.aspx?f=3614065
Picture Retake Day
Tuesday, Nov. 8th
  

Conferences:
It looks like many parents have returned their yellow conference confirmations.  Thank you. Diane and the teachers have been busily making any changes needed to accommodate everyone's schedules.  Search your child's Thursday envelope if you haven't returned yours yet.   Send it back to school as soon as possible to assure we are able to find a time that is convenient.  Remember the week of conferences our early dismissal day is changed to TUESDAY, November 8 and school will dismiss at 12:10 on that day (there was an error on the yellow conference slip). Conferences are on Wednesday and Thursday, the 9th and 10th, and Friday is a Veteran's Day and also no school.

Halloween:
Halloween parties will be Monday, October 31 after last recess.  Please let your child's teacher know if you would like your child to participate in an alternate activity because your family does not celebrate Halloween.  Children may bring their costumes to school in a bag or their backpack.  They will be able to put the costume on during recess before the party.  Children may NOT wear make-up to school before the parties.  Also, please no weapons or violence.  We will have the traditional Halloween parade through the classrooms during the party time.  It is sure to be a good time for all.

Thank You:
Thanks so much to those parents who have been sending notes on Wednesdays informing the teachers that your child will be leaving with you before lunch.  We would still like to encourage you to wait outside the doors in front of the YG office.  Classes are in session for the older students and this makes it much quieter for them and less confusing for lines headed to lunch.  We appreciate the courtesy.


Halloween is around the corner, and in our family that means carving pumpkins, gathering with family to eat chili and corn bread, and of course Trick or Treating. My kids look forward to all the candy that this holiday brings. As a parent, I could worry about the negative health impacts all this candy might have, but instead I use the opportunity as a teaching moment to help my kids learn to manage sweets.  

The advice of Ellyn Satter, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and an internationally authority on eating and feeding, always helps put sweets into perspective for me.  Satter states, “Give yourself a break: you do not have to be the boogeyman about sugar. Give your child a break as well: You being relaxed about sweets can keep Halloween happy for your child's probably-most-favorite holiday. 
 
To help shore up your courage consider this: treat-deprived girls in research studies load up on forbidden foods when they aren't even hungry. Girls who are allowed treats regularly eat moderately if at all.”

In her newsletter, “The sticky topic of Halloween candy,” Satter discusses how to help kids manage sweets and keep sweets in proportion with their other eating. Considering Satter’s advice, here is how we manage Halloween candy at our house:

Kids come home with their stash on Halloween night and can eat as much candy as they would like (mom and dad too).

Halloween night the kids like to sort their candy. The candy that they don’t love (or can’t eat because of braces) they can leave on the
counter for the Switch Witch. This article, “HOW I HANDLE HALLOWEEN CANDY CRAZINESS,” has more details on the Switch Witch.

Favorite candy is placed in a Ziploc for each kid, and then placed in the candy drawer (yes we have a candy drawer, year round) near the kitchen.

In the days that follow Halloween, a couple pieces of candy can be eaten each day with either lunch or dinner. Candy can also be eaten as a sit down snack. Kids can have unlimited access to their stash at snack time, but they must be seated at the table. This snack is also served with a cup of milk to add balance.

This is how we do it at our house, and it seems to work great!  If you have questions, comments, feedback, or ideas for future posts please contact me at: powellt@lanecc.edu

 
                                                                        
Jikyuso was a HIT!
 
Time to pat your student on the back for a job well done - reading and running was a great way to spend the day...and the rain held off to keep everyone dry (except for the sweat)! Here are a few pics but please share yours - especially reading pictures.  Pledges are due the first week of November.  Thanks for such a great effort everyone!
Justin Herbert #10
YG Beer Booth Needs #10 (people)!

Ten more people needed for the
November 12th Game!
(Double point game for Kinder)
https://www.volunteersignup.org/3RBL7
 

Thanks to each of you who have shared your
Saturdays with our YG community.

The event will include raffle prizes!
  • A BIKE generously donated by Farmer's Insurance Agent and Kindergarten Parent, Damon Burian! 
  • Eugene YMCA Gift Certificates for swim lessons, sports registration, or membership. YMCA provides daily afterschool care at YG in additional to the many programs available at the center.
  • Bambini Eugene gift certificate!  Eugene's exclusive TEA clothing retailer is excited to share this fall's children's Japanese inspired  line.
Don"t forget to register and use the YG Amazon Smile connection when you shop on AMAZON this holiday season (and year-round). Amazon donates - YG wins.  It's as easy as that! 
Next PTO Meeting:

November 8th, 2016
6:30pm - 7:30pm

 (This PTO meeting will be held to an hour in length)
  • Voting will be held for a temporary Library EA (Educational Assistant) position; 2 hour per day position with an approximate cost of $11,000 to complete this school year. (This includes the 10% Eugene Education Fund fees charged by the district to  provide grants to all 4J schools.)
     
  • A staff expenditure wish list (in progress) and parent expenditure wish list (also coming soon) will be presented, but discussed later at the December 2016 PTO meeting.
     
  • Guest Speaker:  Kerri Sage, 4j District TAG Coordinator. Ms. Sage will be presenting to the membership a general overview of the TAG program, how it works and how testing is conducted.
 
PTO Financial Information:

YG CALENDAR
  • Monday, October 31: Halloween - BOO!
  • Tuesday, November 8: Picture Retake Day
  • Tuesday, November 8: Early release (12:10pm) for conferences.
  • Tuesday, November 8: PTO Meeting 6:30pm YG Cafeteria
  • Wednesday - Thursday, November 9-10: Parent/Teacher Conferences. No School.
  • Friday, November 11: Veterans Day. No School.
  • Friday, November 18: Aki Matsuri (Fall Festival) @YG Cafeteria 5:30-8pm
  • Thursday - Friday, November 24-25: Thanksgiving Break. No School.
  • Monday, Dec.19 - Monday, Jan. 2: Winter Break. No School.
  • Tuesday, January 3: Professional Development/Planning Day. No School.
  • Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No School.
New things are added to the calendar frequently -
check back each week for updates!

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YG School Website
Diane Brock - YG Secretary
PTO Facebook Page
YG PTO Website
Tom Piowaty - YG Principal
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