September 29, 2016

Get your School Spirit on!


T-Shirt orders due Friday, Sept. 30th TOMORROW!
Order forms were in last week's envelopes but
you can grab one in the office too.

YG's PTO board worked very hard this summer on a labor of love...and the Teacher's Lounge makeover is done! With final art work fitted on to the cupboard slats by artist Bayne Gardner (seen above), the room is a welcoming place of rest for our hard-working staff. Peek in next time you are at school to see the new tables and chairs as well.

Bayne Gardner also created our playground mural with our students last year and the mural at the school's entry. You can find his work in other cool locations around town too (River Road Park Building for instance).

BIG THANKS to the PTO, Bayne, and Imagination International, Inc. for this lovely update to the school.

Tips for Packing a Balanced, Nutritious Lunch Kids Will Eat


By: Tamberly Powell, MS, RDN, and YG Mom


When I was in elementary school, I remember my mom always complaining about packing my lunch.  She dreaded it!  And I must admit I did not always like or eat what she packed. I was certain to always find chips, a sandwich, fruit, and a small treat (like cookies).  Of course the chips and treat always got eaten, but most the time the sandwich got tossed in the garbage can.


Fast forward thirty years, and now I am the one helping my kids pack lunches and trying to get creative and make food appealing so sandwiches will not come home uneaten.


Here are a few ways that I help my kids pack a balanced, nutritious lunch that will actually get eaten!  

  • I involve my kids in the process. They are responsible for deciding what goes into their lunch, with some help and guidance from me of course. Not only does involving them help me save time in the morning, but they also enjoy having the autonomy to pick and choose foods based on their preferences.  

  • I use ChooseMyPlate to help guide my kids’ choices. I encourage my kids to pick a food from each food group when packing their lunch. We discuss how balance is important because different food groups provide different nutrients to help their bodies grow and thrive. The ChooseMyPlate graphic below illustrates the different food groups. One of my kids favorite lunches to pack is a homemade lunchable. This consists of whole grain crackers (Grains), cheese (Dairy), turkey or ham deli meat (Protein), and of course a fruit and/or veggie.   


  • I stock plenty of whole foods for kids to choose from. I stock  dairy foods like cheese sticks, cheese slices, and yogurt; protein foods like deli meats, nuts and nut spreads, seeds, beans, and eggs; grains like breads, crackers, rice and rice cakes; veggies like carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and sweet peppers; and lots of varieties of fruit that are easy to grab and pack.

  • I buy salty snacks and other treats in small portions. When I purchase chips I look for the smallest pre-packaged item. This way my kids don’t fill up on the chips and have room for some of the more nutritious whole foods that they packed.


For more ideas on packing lunches there is a great article, “100 Lunch Box Ideas,” written by my favorite blogger, Sally, who blogs at “Real Mom Nutrition.”  


If you have questions, comments, feedback, or ideas for future posts please contact me at:

Next up, Second Grade Parents & Friends! 

Our biggest YG Class group has a BIG challenge -

Fill the beer booth next week

(October 8th).

Thanks for volunteering early -
don't forget free bus tickets to Autzen are available in the office.
Saturday October 8th (Double point game for 2nd grade)

Keep up our great momentum this year and sign up early for the last two home games. This fundraiser typically raises the most funds for our PTO over the course of the year. 
October 29th (Double point game for 1st grade)
November 12th (Double point game for Kinder)
Our first restaurant fundraiser will be at
Papa's Pizza on Coburg Road
October 5th

Get the flyer at this link or below.
A few notes from Kocho Sensei (Tom Piowaty):


Parent leaders are invited to save the date for four district-wide parent leaders meetings 6:30pm to 8:00pm on 10/26/16, 1/19/17, 3/21/17, 5/23/17 in the auditorium at 200 North Monroe Street. Meetings are convened by Heather Sielicki (parent volunteer) with facilitation by Josh Reckord (retired educator) to share resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children. Each meeting will feature a 40-minute training topic and a 20-minute information presentation from the district leadership team. Take away tools will be provided. To RSVP and learn more, visit

Math Adoption Open House Information for Parents

When: Nov 1st & 3rd, Drop in anytime between 4pm-6pm

Where: Ed Center Auditorium

Why: The Elementary Math Adoption Team wants to inform our community about our elementary math adoption process, display the curricula we are currently evaluating and seek feedback from the community. 

What: Community members will see displays on the adoption process, our evaluation rubrics, the curricula we've evaluated, video of the curricula being used in our classrooms, sample activities and student products. Community members will be asked to take a short survey to provide their feedback on the curricula and the adoption process.

Next: Community member feedback will be used by the Elementary Math Adoption Team when they make their recommendation on Dec 6th, 2016. Community member feedback will also be presented to the School District's Instructional Leadership Team, Instructional Advisory Committee, Superintendent and School Board before they make the final decision.

Is it Too Early?  NO!
Yearbook flyers will be in this week's Thursday envelope. We will be doing our yearbook business with Josten's this year rather than Lifetouch. Lisa Easton, our yearbook editor, was able to keep the price low and the yearbook creation website is much more user friendly. Here's what you need to know:
Online ordering for convenient/accurate order tracking.
Businesses and parents can use the pre-designed templates to create their own ads and upload them directly to the yearbook site.
To pay by cash or check, arrangements must be made with me personally by email:

And feel free to send in your pictures for the yearbook -
YG activities and classroom action!
The YG School Auction Committee is gearing things are happening and YOU might need to be involved. We are looking at a new place, and new approach, and a new sense of purpose. If you have great energy, love a challenge and want  to contribute to an amazing effort...volunteer!

We are also starting an early reminder to think about gathering great items for the auction. Trips, travel, and experiences are always the most popular, but all contributions are welcome.  Think outside the box and call Wendy Thomas today (541-914-6463)! 
  • Wednesday, October 5: Papa's Pizza fundraiser
  • Tuesday, October 11: PTO Meeting at 6:30pm in cafeteria. Childcare provided.
  • Friday, October 14: Statewide In-Service Day. No School.
  • Wednesday, October 26: Jikyuso Triathlon at YG
  • Monday, October 31: Halloween - BOO!
  • Wednesday - Thursday, November 9-10: Parent/Teacher Conferences. No School.
  • Friday, November 11: Veterans Day. No School.
  • Thursday - Friday, November 24-25: Thanksgiving Break. No School.
New things are added to the calendar frequently -
check back each week for updates!

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