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Welcome Back to School 2017- 2018

Welcome Back to School 2017

Dear El Camino del Río Families:

It’s hard to believe but it’s that time of the year again – the beginning of a new school year. Welcome back! And while you aren’t part of the teaching staff you are just as important to your children’s education as we are. As September is just around the corner, I’d like to welcome families new to River Road/ El Camino del Río Elementary School and returning families to a new school year!  This year, we are all celebrating and enjoying the new building. It is truly an historical year for us as a community.

The responsibility of educating El Camino’s children is awesome, but partnering together we can meet this challenge with success for all students.  I am excited to work with your family!

Your children receive the best education when you and our dedicated teachers work as a team. It’s a parent’s enthusiasm, support and involvement that inspires children to do their best; and a teacher’s ability to teach what they need to learn. Together we can achieve wonderful things.

As a parent myself I know how fast time goes by. One year your child’s in 1st grade and seemingly in the blink of an eye they’re in middle school, or in their senior year of high school for that matter. I encourage you to fully embrace the moment and urge you to take the time from your busy schedule to become familiar with our school, as well as create a homework-friendly home environment that will allow your children to excel. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience

2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers

3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills

4) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life

5) Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject

6) Knows that you expect him/her to put forth effort in all subjects


Please consider joining our school volunteer program as our students can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions to the school’s program and its operations. We seek volunteers to help us with the following activities:


1) Teacher-led instructional support, usually in the classroom

2) Reading with children who need extra help

3) School-wide events

4) Student field trips

5) Outreach and recruitment of parent and community volunteers


*All volunteers are required to have completed a background check prior to volunteering at the school.  This can take up to a few weeks to process.  If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please go to and request River Road/ El Camino Elementary as the school.


Every staff member has been working very hard to prepare for the return of our wonderful students. We have set very high expectations and made plans to guarantee that every student at Camino del Río will be successful this school year. The new building makes this especially exciting!

Student academic success is the main goal of every staff member at River Road/ El Camino del Río Elementary School. We believe that every student will learn to the highest level and we are prepared to offer individualized support to every student that needs it. I ask for your support and participation in this effort by sending your child to school every day, encouraging your child to read at least 30 minutes every evening, monitoring your child’s homework, and asking your child to share what they learned at school each day.

New Additions and Changes

Each summer brings many changes to the staff and we have many to share:

  • Maestra Lilliana Forsman Chavez – will now be a full time 1st grade teacher moving from educational assistant.
  • Maestro Arturo Hernandez – is one of our new 2nd grade teachers.
  • Maestra Ghisleli Ramirez Tate – is one of our new 2nd grade teachers.
  • Maestra Edith Gómez – is our new 4th grade teacher.
  • Maestra Erin Skoubo – will be moving to join our kindergarten team.
  • Maestra Marcela Hellman – will be moving to a 1st/2nd blend.
  • Maestro Chavo García – will be moving to join our 5th grade teaching team.
  • Maestra Olivia Randall – has retired. We are in the process of hiring a new 2nd grade teacher.
  • Maestra Jaime Jones       – will be a roving teacher to support ELL, 2nd and 4th grade teams.

Upcoming Events:

8/22- Office opens to public. 12:00-4:00

9/1- Play date for kindergartners at River Park by the base of Skinner’s Butte from 5:00-7:00 PM

9/1- Class List: Class lists will be posted on office windows by 2p.m. on Friday, September 1st.


9/5- Meet Your Teacher Check In: Please come and meet your student’s teacher on September 5th from 2-3 p.m. also get information and pay fees.

9/6- Start of school: The first day of school for all grades is September 6th; Doors open at 7:45. School starts at 8:15 a.m. sharp.  Please note the first day of school is a Wednesday and dismissal is at 1:40.


9/6-9/13-Kindergarten Pre-assessment: Kindergarten students will be required to do a pre-assessment during the month of September. This is now required by Oregon Department of Education to look at how prepared all students are upon entry. This assessment will be set up and monitored by your student’s teacher and our school assessment coordinator, Karen Ramirez Gutiérrez. Sometimes we adjust classrooms for kindergarteners after pre-assessment has been completed to ensure each child has the best teacher supports for their kinder school year.

9/8- Watermelon Social: This is a great time for all families to meet other parents and their student’s friends. This event is on September 8 from 6:00-8:00 PM. This activity will be staged on our brand new playground outside the cafeteria. I hope to see you there.

9/12- Parent Group Meeting: The first Parent Group meeting will be on September 12th from 5:30-7:15 in our school library. This year, you will have a chance to meet the Site Council reps and hear about goals for the school year. The Parent Group will also lay out their fundraising and leadership goals for the year. Come learn more and get involved.

9/28- Dual Language Curriculum Night: All families are encouraged to attend Dual Language Curriculum Night on September 28th at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

10/6- Caminata / Walk- a Thon Fundraiser: This is our first our parent group sponsored fundraisers of the year. The event will take place on October 6th this year and parent and siblings can join us on our new campus.

10/19- School Picture Day: October 19th and retakes are on November 30th

Some Important Reminders and Policy Information:

Free Breakfast and Lunch for All students! : All students may eat breakfast and lunch for free with no paperwork or eligibility necessary. Providing access to healthy meals is an important component for student learning. Besides having a growling tummy, hunger can negatively affect academic success by disrupting ability to pay attention and control behavior or emotions. Both breakfast and lunch menus include daily specials, everyday choices, and fresh fruit and vegetables, many of which are locally grown.

For more information about food programs and monthly menus, see or call 541-790-7656.

Afternoon Dismissal: All Students in K-5 grade will dismiss at 2:40 p.m. Students must be picked up promptly at 2:40 p.m. The school cannot provide supervisory services after 3:00 p.m. so teachers can begin planning for your students return the following day.

Early Release Wednesdays: Every Wednesday K-5 grade students are released at 1:40 p.m. and will need to be picked up promptly at that time.

Please keep in mind that the first few days of school will be a bit chaotic at dismissal because it is the first times that many students and parents will be learning our dismissal procedures. We will be taking a bit longer to dismiss because we want to make sure every student is leaving safely with his or her appropriate chaperone. Patience and understanding will help us dismiss all our students safely and successfully.


School Rules and Positive Behavior System: Your child’s teacher will send a copy of our school rules home so that you and your child can review them together. If you have any questions about the rules and expectations, please feel free to contact me or to discuss them with your child’s teacher. It is very important that you and your child are fully informed regarding standards related to appropriate behavior for a safe and productive school year.

Teacher Appointments: If you wish to speak with your child’s teacher, please make an appointment via phone or e-mail and come during the teacher’s non-instructional or transition times. All visitors must stop by the main office for a pass whenever they are visiting the school during school hours.

First Day Arrival at the New Building: Since we have a brand new building to start the year, we wanted to make sure everyone knows where he or she are going the first day of school. Here is the plan:

  • Doors will open at 7:45 AM
  • Office support and educational assistants will be available at the front entry providing maps and classroom name labels.
  •  Classroom teachers will meet students in the gym and in the cafeteria. Teachers will have signs to help students find their teacher.
  •  The cafeteria will have breakfasts for students before they meet their teacher.
  •  Extra staff will be on-hand, including additional Spanish speaking staff, to help guide students and families.
  •  The first bell will ring at 8:15. Mr. Lavin will make a brief announcement and classes will be seated for a brief all school assembly in the gym.
  •  Non-classroom staff will be assigned areas around the building to help guide anyone arriving late.
  •  DISMISSAL NOTE – Kindergartners and 1st graders being picked up by families need to be picked up in person and not from the pause parking area. KG and 1st graders will not be sent to cars on their own.

Pause Parking Loop: This is the best new feature of our parking lot area. In the mornings, students may be dropped off along the sidewalk that encircles our parking lot. At the end of the day, drivers can pause park along the curb to pick up their student(s) when they come out at dismissal. Please note the following rules for pause parking:

  • Drivers must remain in their cars at all times.
  • Drivers should pull forward as space becomes available.
  • Drivers should NOT stop in marked crosswalk areas.
  • When getting in or out of a car, students must use the door on the sidewalk side. Students should never get in or out of a car on the driver’s side. It’s unsafe for the student and it slows traffic.
  • Drivers must remember to ALWAYS yield at the painted crosswalks and sidewalks.


Parking Lot: The parking lot will be for families who want to walk their students into the building during arrival or who wish to meet their students at the main entrance at the end of the day at dismissal. Please note the following rules for the parking lot are:

  • ONLY cross the driveway area using the crosswalk. Students and families should never cut across the driveway.
  • Before using the crosswalk, students must stop and look for cars.

How do I find my child’s bus stop: 4J’s Transportation Department has set up a new system for finding your child’s bus stop and times. The steps are as follows: Log onto, select the “department” tab, next select the “transportation” tab, and then finally select “find my bus stop” and enter your address. This will give the most accurate information available.

Medications: We do not dispense medications of any type (prescription, cough medicine, aspirin, etc.) without a parent’s signature. In the interest of efficiency, physician’s signatures are not required when PRESCRIPTION medications are brought to school IN THE PRESCRIPTION CONTAINER with directions and a current date. The written instructions on the container must correspond with the instructions parents give the school. We will still need to have a MEDICATION FORM filled out by the parent to retain on file for the school year. If there is a change in the directions then you will need to get that change in writing, from the physician, or ask your pharmacist to make up a new container reflecting the updated directions. We will not accept any medication brought to the school in plastic bags or any container other than the original prescription bottle. CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BRING ANY MEDICATION TO SCHOOL WITH THEM. PARENTS MUST BRING ANY MEDICATION (EVEN OVER THE COUNTER MEDS) TO THE OFFICE.

Messages for Students: Please make sure that your child knows what they will be expected to do when the school day is over before they leave home in the morning. Staff is not available to hand deliver messages throughout the day and when the bell rings at the end of the school day it becomes quite difficult to reach individual children that we have taken messages for. We will be happy to deliver messages in an EMERGENCY situation, but if at all possible please make sure that your child or children know who will pick them up, if they should walk home, or ride the bus before they leave school.

Title 1 Reading and Math Testing: The Eugene 4j School District administers both reading and math assessments to each of our students three times a year ~ fall, winter, and spring. Students scoring below the 20th percentile may be recommended, by the building-level team, to receive instructional interventions in reading and/or math. Students receiving interventions will have their progress monitored during regular intervals. At our school, all students receive 120 minutes of reading instruction (60 in Spanish, 60 in English) and 60 minutes of instruction in the area of mathematics, each day. Parents/guardians will be notified if their child is recommended to receive additional reading or math instruction and or intervention.


4J District Policy Notification

Regarding Bullying, Intimidation, Harassment, Discrimination, Hazing and Retaliation: Eugene School District 4J has policies and programs to prohibit and prevent bullying, intimidation, harassment, discrimination, hazing and retaliation. Discrimination is prohibited on the basis of disability, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, socioeconomic status, source of income, cultural background, familial status, physical characteristic, or linguistic characteristic of a national origin group, in any instructional program, extracurricular activity, or in the provision of any other service or benefit.

The district encourages students, parents and other patrons to share their concerns with district officials if they believe they or someone else has been the victim of bullying, intimidation, harassment, discrimination, hazing or retaliation. They can be assured that no reprisal or adverse action will occur as a consequence of initiating a complaint. Complaint forms and information about the complaint process are available in all 4J school offices and at the 4J Education Center, 200 North Monroe Street, Eugene, OR 97402. For more information, contact your school principal or the superintendent’s office, 541-790- 7707.

School to Inform Parents if there is a Threat: “Oregon law requires schools to inform parents if their son or daughter’s name appears on a targeted list (i.e. a “hit list”) that threatens violence or harm from another student.” We will be using the following procedure to inform you if your student either receives or makes a serious threat of violence or harm.

If your son or daughter’s name appears on a list threatening violence or harm by another student, we will attempt to meet with you personally, or talk by telephone, within 12 hours of learning about the threat. We will tell you about the threat, which made it (if we know), and the action we are taking to respond to it. We will also send you a notice within 24 hours, stating that your son or daughter received a threat. Our number one priority will be to make sure that school is safe for your children.

If your son or daughter made the threat, we will let you know that he or she made it and the action we are taking, including informing the parents of the student who received the threat that your student made. We are also required by the district’s “Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook” to inform the police.

Student Information Available to Non- custodial Parents: River Road/ El Camino del Río Elementary is able to provide all co-custodial or non-custodial parents a duplicate copy of all district labeled mailings. Please let the school office know if you would like the name of a co-custodial or non-custodial parent added to the student’s enrollment information.

Thank you so much for all your support we look forward to seeing you soon for a great school year.  Go Shining Stars!

Director Joel Lavin





2017-2018 Teaching Staff

Brougher Nikita K
Bucklew Erin K
Skoubo Erin K
Chavez (Forsman) Lilliana 1
Barnes David 1
Hellman Marcela 1/2
Ramirez- Tate Ghisleli 2
Flores Zelene 3
Piper Erin 3
Reckers Erin 3
Gómez Edith 4
García Chavo 5
Screen Alexis 5
Baissac Aline Title 1 Reading Coordinator
Jones Jaime ELL and Teacher Support
Ramirez Gutiérrez Karen Testing and Teacher Support
Hynes- Petty Katie Learning Center
Schaal- McHarry Nancy English Language Learning
Stewart Susan Speech and Language
Adee David Music
Mason Ronny PE
Harris Jennifer Counselor




River Road/ El Camino del Río Elementary 2017–18

School Supply List

Lista de Útiles Escolares


Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade

  •  $30.00 for school supplies and classroom parties. The classroom teacher will purchase supplies for student use.
  •  One large, sturdy backpack
  •  PE suitable shoes to wear to school on PE days
  •  Personal Headphones 

  • Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade
  • $30.00 for school supplies, classroom parties, and planners (4th and 5th). The 
teacher will purchase supplies for student use.
  •  One 2 inch binder
  •  One large, sturdy backpack
  •  PE suitable shoes to wear to school on PE days
  •  Personal Headphones

Financial assistance is available. Please inquire at the office.

If you are writing a check, make your check payable to:

River Road /El Camino del Río Elementary School.


Kínder, Primer y Segundo Grado

  •  $30.00 para los útiles escolares y fiestas en el salón. La maestra/o va a comprar los útiles 
escolares para los estudiantes.
  •  Una mochila resistente y grande
  •  Zapatos adecuados para la clase de educación física
  •  Audiófonos personales
  • Tercer, Cuarto y Quinto Grado
  •  $30.00 para los útiles escolares, fiestas en el salón, y cuaderno de planificación (4o y 5o). La maestra/o va a comprar los útiles escolares para los estudiantes.
  •  Una carpeta de dos pulgadas
  •  Una mochila resistente y grande
  •  Zapatos adecuados para la clase de educación física
  •  Audiófonos personales
  • Ayuda financiera está disponible. Por favor, pregunte en la oficina.
  • Si está escribiendo un cheque, por favor haga su cheque a nombre de
  • River Road / El Camino del Río Elementary School.







                       Outdoor School 2017-2018













What is Outdoor School? Every year our 5th graders head out to Outdoor School for a one-night/ two-day science extravaganza in the Coast Range in between Corvallis and Eugene.


Where is it? For the last two years, River Road/ El Camino del Río has done Outdoor School at Camp Lutherwood located just a few miles north of Cheshire, Oregon.


Why Camp Lutherwood? With its 71 acres of wild coastal foothills, Camp Lutherwood is an ideal place to study natural science and explore its wildlife. It is also about 20 minutes from our school so we can minimize travel time on a bus for our students and maximize the outdoor learning experience.


What is the academic focus of Outdoor School? Much of our 5th grade science curriculum occurs at Outdoor School. Whole Earth Nature School provides hands on science learning experiences. Students are exposed to careers in science and natural resource management and they participate in real scientific research through data collection and analysis.


What are the facilities? Facilities include a lodge with dining hall, modern bathrooms, a dozen cabins, a challenge course, and health center.


How much does it cost? The cost is $80 per student. This cost includes meals, curriculum, and transportation. In order to reduce the amount, we apply for grants, conduct fundraisers and receive support from our parent group. Our goal this year is to keep the family contribution to $25 so that all students can affordably attend outdoor school.









Student Fees 2017-2018

Kindergarten – $30 ($30 – supplies)

1st – 4th grades – $30 ($30-supplies )

5th grade – $55 ($30 – supplies and planner; $25 Outdoor School)







Please make checks payable to “River Road/ El Camino del Río Elementary School” and write your children’s name on the check.


If you are paying cash, bring exact amount only. We cannot make change.


Student name ________________________________________ teacher ________________

Student name ________________________________________ teacher ________________

Student name ________________________________________ teacher ________________

Student name ________________________________________ teacher ________________


Our teachers depend on these fees to be able to purchase classroom supplies for their students. If you are able to make an additional donation to support the teachers and provide scholarships for families, we would greatly appreciate it.


Fee amount: $ _________________

Donation: $ ___________________

Total amount: $________________

For office use:

Cash ____________

Check     #___________







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