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Cheetah Chat via ParentSquare for 4/26/24

Posted Date: 4/26/24 (6:39 PM)

A Message from Principal Kevin,

Dear Chávez Families,

Thank you for another amazing week of learning with your kiddos.  As I work through my first year here at Chávez and experience all our events for the first time, I continue to be thrilled with the way this community comes together for one another and our kids.  Each day I see our staff demonstrate a commitment to excellent instruction, high expectations for kids, support for those who need extra help to succeed and flexibility to bring it all together when we need to adapt and grow as a staff.  This year, our entire staff has pursued professional learning in social-emotional learning (Conscious Discipline) high impact instructional strategies (AVID and Inclusive Teaching) and worked together to refine systems and programs to better engage our learners and help them to apply skills and knowledge to their world in a way that makes what we do relevant and real.

We also continue to emphasize that we are a community of learners and find ways every day to celebrate together.  Today's jog-a-thon, made possible through a lot of teamwork and volunteer support, was one of those celebrations.  To see our kiddos joyfully working together for our school was fantastic.  Please know that all proceeds from the event benefit all our kids and every dollar helps.  

Please see the calendar dates to the right and more information and resources for families below.

Have a wonderful weekend.

With gratitude,

Principal Kevin

Chávez News - Testing, Title, Parent Group and More

State Testing Update

Our 3rd through 5th grade students will be taking the Oregon Statewide through the Oregon Statewide Assessment system starting Monday, May 6th. Although they are only one measure of academic success, state test results provide important information for students, families, teachers, schools, and districts. 

These summative assessment results show the federal government and the Oregon Department of Education how well all students are performing according to state standards in Math, English Language Arts (reading and writing, or ELA), and Science. (4J webpage).

Some helpful tips for parents in supporting our students during assessments:

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.

  • It is recommended that children in elementary and middle school should get between 9-12 hours of sleep.

  • Remain positive!

  • Staying calm will help your child to stay calm.

  • Remind them to do their breathing exercises to disengage any stress they might have.

  • Utilize positive affirmations!

    • I feel relaxed and confident during tests.

    • I am a good student.

    • I am smart and have a good memory.

    • Testing does not define my skills as an individual.

  • Celebrate the effort your child put forth and congratulate them on doing their best.

While test anxiety is very common in children, we, as parents, can have a positive impact to replace their fears with confidence and prepare them to succeed. Remind your child how much they are loved, that you believe in him/her, and that doing their best is all that matters.

Form more information:

For more information on 4J’s elementary assessments for students, please visit the link here:

Monthly Title One Tidbit:   HIGH FREQUENCY WORDS

Fast Fact: High frequency words are the most common words in English such as said, what, from & was. Unfortunately, many of these words do not follow our phonics rules, which means beginning readers cannot sound them out. So, how should we teach these words? In the past, we relied on flashcards and memorization, but research has shown there is a better way to learn to read and spell these words. We need to teach students to sound out the parts they know (that follow the phonics rules) and only memorize the “tricky” part.

Parent’s Part: When your child is trying to read or spell an irregular word, help them focus on the parts they can sound out and then tell them any tricky parts. See the video titled “What is a Heart Word” at the site below for more details.

Quick Link: Really Great Reading

If you have questions about how to support your child’s reading development check in with your classroom teacher or our Title One Reading Specialists, Debra McIntosh and Alice Williamson.

Chávez PACK (Parent Group)

Our school's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is called the Cheetah PACK. PACK stands for Parent Advocates for Chávez Kids.

The commitment for being on PACK is one hour a month to attend monthly meetings and help out when school wide family events are planned.

Please come to our next meeting on Tuesday, May 14th, from 5:30-6:30pm in the school library. Childcare, Spanish interpretation and light snacks provided. If you or

another parent that you know of need an interpreter in another language other than Spanish please contact Ms. Angie or call 541-790-5332.

We hope to see you there!

Contact if you have any questions.

Resources for Families

Click on the link below for a comprehensive guide to inclusive activities, camps, community supports, educational services, and employment programs available to youth and families with disabilities in Lane County.
Direction Services 2024 Resource Guide

Opportunities for Families

Dia de  Nino

4J Kindergarten Event 4/26

120 W. Hillaird Lane

Come meet other families, enjoy outdoor activities, complete enrollment packet, games, storytelling, raffle prizes and more

Football Registration

SIGN-UP today for our Spring Flag Football Season (K-7th Grade). Players will be coached/mentored by Oregon Football Players & Staff. Practice/Games are on Sundays throughout April, May and June. For registration and more information please visit this link -

Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA

At Healthy Kids Day, children and families will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of healthy eats, nutrition and physical activity, mental and emotional well-being and developing healthy habits. 

Join us at the Eugene Family YMCA on Patterson St. in Eugene on May 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate Healthy Kids Day! Fun events, games, activities, open swim, group exercise and youth class demonstrations, healthy snacks, contests and prizes, local vendors and community partner booths and so much more are all free and open to the community.

Discover what your Y has to offer:

  • Food trucks
  • Pickleball & other family-friendly games
  • The first 300 families can get a free bike helmet from Safe Kids West Oregon
  • The first 200 families can get a free life jacket thanks to Oregon Paddle Sports and the Y's Water Watchers Project
  • Inflatable bounce house, obstacle course and games
  • Face painting
  • DJ for fun, move-your-body music
  • Raffle prizes

We can't wait to have these incredible community partners at the event!

  • 15th Night
  • Adaptive Sports Northwest
  • American Red Cross
  • American Discovery
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley
  • Camp Lutherwood Oregon
  • Cascades Raptor Center
  • Circle of Friends School
  • City of Eugene Recreation
  • Emerald Kidsports
  • FB4K
  • Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, INC
  • H.O.N.E.Y. Inc.
  • Head Start of Lane County
  • Looking Glass Community Services
  • NAMI
  • NAACP Eugene-Springfield
  • Northwest Youth Corps
  • O Heroes (University of Oregon Athletic Department)
  • Oregon Paddle Sports
  • Parenting Now
  • Parker Learning Gardens
  • Peace Health
  • Relief Nursery
  • Rose Children's Theatre
  • SafeKids
  • Shangri-La
  • Team Duckling
  • TEAM Eugene Aquatics
  • TrackTown USA
  • TransPonder
  • United Way of Lane County / The Early Childhood Hub of Lane County
  • UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History
  • Willamalane

Our Mission and MORE

Mission Statement:
To create a diverse student community of academically and socially skilled individuals by encouraging independence, respect and visionary thinking.

Program Description:
The César E. Chávez Elementary School community believes a strong connection between parents, students and the school is the best way to promote student success. Chávez values parent involvement and collaboration. Our academic program focuses on literacy through systematic instruction. Our students have access to technology throughout their school day to enhance learning. Chávez is a respectful, caring community with high expectations. We honor individual successes and believe everyone can learn in an encouraging environment.

Have Questions? Contact Us!

Chávez Office 541-790-5300

Principal Kevin

Ms. Karma, Secretary

Ms. Maria, Bilingual Office Assistant

Ms. Angie, Family Resource Coordinator 541-790-5332

Fax: (541) 790-5310
Attendance: (541) 790-5322

Upcoming Events

4/26 4J Kindergarten Event

4/27 Duck Dash @ Hayward Field

4/27 YMCA Kids Day (more information below)

5/3 Dia de Los Ninos Celebration at Camino del Rio

5/6 State Testing Begins for grades 3-5

5/9 Picnic on the Playground - 5:30 - 7:00

5/14 PACK Meeting

5/16 1st and 2nd grade music performance

5/23 Chávez Talent Show

5/27 Memorial Day - No School

5/28 Conscious Discipline Parent Night