January 26, 2017

Dear Yujin Gakuen Families,
As our School Choice week comes to a close, I want to share my thoughts about the School Showcase event this past Saturday. Nancy Sensei, Jemei Sensi, Lavinia and I talked to over 50 parents and had 21 parents sign up for school tours. I'm confident that Yujin Gakuen will continue to attract new students, and our school will likely grow by twenty to twenty-five students next year.
I want to let you know how much support we got from parents as we prepared for the Showcase and for our school tours this week. Last Thursday, a group of parents were hard at work making last-minute changes and making final preparations for the Saturday Showcase. If you see them, please thank: Rita Gillihan, Chelsea Hardrath, Jen Rooseboom, Beth Hudler, Kris Leigh, and Alison Corwin for their work preparing for the School Choice activities.

Debbie Wetherald prepared the new brochure and was busy making last minute changes as parents and I, and later staff, requested several revisions and edits up until 6PM Thursday night. The brochure was brought to the printer Friday morning and then picked up Friday afternoon.

Tamar Moyse had been working on the trifold display, and that was also taken to the printers on Friday. Tamar picked up the trifold and the brochures. Friday night, she attached the trifold to the cardboard stand, and she folded three hundred brochures. She delivered them to me at 8AM at the Ed Center on Saturday.

Alison Corwin and Chelsea Hardrath for coming to the School Showcase and talking up our school with other parents at the event. We had a lot of parents sign up for tours after Alison, Kris, and Michael Their had talked about YG with them.

Parents also helped beautify our school. Don and Beth Hudler, and Naomi Yamamoto came to school on Sunday morning and raked the leaves in the garden and hauled the bags away. You'll notice the garden looks so much better than it did Friday. Alison Corwin came to wash windows and Chelsea cleared leaves off the PTO shed.

I am so very grateful for the work our parents have given to supporting Yujin Gakuen. They do so much to make our school a wonderful place to learn and to feel supported. If you happen to see these parents this week, please let them know how much they are appreciated.
Kocho Sensei
Thomas Masaru Piowaty

A little help?

We need a person to help with Taiko drum transport for the Asian Celebration performances. Help with moving the drums to and from the Lane County Fairgrounds on Friday, February 17 (after school) and on Saturday, February 18th. Please contact Kumiko Sensei or Diane to help out! 

This is a belated message - it was posted on the YG website, but sharing via newsletter was hampered by the weather delays and a newsletter volunteer who got off track. Sorry for the delay! 

Dear Yujin Gakuen friends and families,


Happy belated new year! I hope you all had a wonderful and warm winter break despite the crazy way we ended the month of December and began the new year. I know many of you had power outages that lasted days. Our building was without power from Wednesday, December 14th through that Saturday. We had many trees that fell from accumulation of ice. We have most of it cleaned up now with just a few left under the big tree on the playground. I’m looking forward to everything getting back to normal.


There are a few items I wanted to bring to your attention as we enter the new year.


Training on the new science curriculum - Our teachers have just had their second training session on the new earth and space sciences. These kits are very hands-on and are also designed to incorporate informational reading and writing. We will begin implementing these new kits in February.


Winter benchmarking – Teachers will start the second round of assessments, focusing on reading and math. All students are given assessments three times a year in order to monitor their progress. When this assessment period is over at the end of January, our staff will review all the students’ progress and then determine if additional supports are needed or if supports that have been in place for some students are no longer needed. These assessments are not part of any statewide testing efforts and primarily used to help our staff determine appropriate instruction for all students. We don’t ask students to prepare for these in any way; however, your child’s attendance is very important and your support in helping your child get back to their usual study habits would go a long way toward giving us an accurate assessment of your child’s progress.


School Choice season – School choice season has begun. Starting this month, prospective parents will have the opportunity to apply for enrollment at Yujin Gakuen. This would be a good time to get word out about our school and the many benefits of learning the Japanese language and its culture. If you know parents who might be interested in sending their children to Yujin Gakuen next year, please invite them to contact the office for information about our program and the school choice process.


Thank you for your continued support. I’m looking forward to a great year in 2017!




Kocho Sensei

こうちょうせんせい, 先生

What can you do to support the Auction? 

Make a delicious dessert of the “Dessert Dash" 
Donate a bottle of wine for the “Wine Pull"

Ask the businesses you frequent for a donation
Ask your place of work to donate an item
Share your vacation home as an auction item

And DEFINITELY, buy tickets and attend the YG Auction on April 21!  

Thank you for supporting the YG Annual Auction.

Congratulations Fiona!
Fiona, a YG First Grader, won third place for her grade in the Oregon Humane Society’s 68th Annual Be Kind to Animals Poster & Story Contest. Her drawing was based on the first grade category "how to be kind to you pet." She participated with her Girl Scout Daisy troop in mid-December.
 Experience Japan Yujin Gakuen Japan Trip 2017     
The 5th grade class is selling Papa’s Pizza coupon sheets for $15 each. Use the coupons for your Super Bowl party! One coupon alone is good for a free small pizza which allows the purchaser to recoup almost their full purchase price and still have eight coupons remaining. We will be selling these after school in front of YG. Look for us from January 23rd-February 6th    
Cans for Japan
Just in time for your Super Bowl party! The 5th grade class is collecting cans throughout the school year! Just pick up a blue bag from the front office and drop of the bags at
2105 W Broadway
Eugene, OR 97402
Hours: 9am - 6pm daily

If you cannot drop it off we can come get it! Just text Linsay at 541.521.0062 and pick it up for you.
Along with some other fun fundraisers (looks for them in this newsletter), the 5th Grade has started a Go Fund Me page.  You can find it under 2017 YG Japan Experience or click here. Visit, donate, share, and support this life-changing trip to Japan! 

School Choice Activities Continue

Be sure to let your friends and neighbors know that YG is a school that ANYONE in the district (and out of district ) can attend. Enrollment is via lottery and the deadline for application is 5pm, Tuesday, February 28th.  You can find the form here: http://4jschoolchoice.com.
Informational meeting about school choice:
Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m.
School Activities:
Jan. 26 (TH) 6:00-7:00, YG Evening Presentation
Feb. 21 (T) 1:00-2:00, YG School Choice Tour
Feb. 23 (TH) 9:00-10:00, YG School Choice Tour

Buy a YG Yearbook

Just $15!  Online ordering is available here (for convenient/accurate order tracking). 
enter in CODE 82943 and click NEXT...then you are on your way! 

To pay by cash or check, arrangements must be made with by email: yg.yearbook@gmail.com

Advertising space is also available!  Businesses and parents can use the pre-designed templates to create their own ads and upload them directly to the yearbook site.
Contact any of our 3 yearbook parents and send them your YG photos too!   
Celeste Jacobi 
Anneka McMillen
Tamar Moyse
Mark your Calendars! 
  • Friday, February 3: Semester Grading Day. No School.
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 18-19: Oregon Asian Celebration @ Fairgrounds
  • Monday, February 20: Presidents Day. No School.
  • Monday through Friday, March 27 - 31: Spring Break.
  • Monday, April 3: Professional Development Day. No School.

UPDATED @ 2:00pm January 27th
(corrected some dates copied from last year's calendar - opps!)

A new LAST DAY of school to be announced in the coming weeks.

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YG PTO Website
Tom Piowaty - YG Principal
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