Dear Awbrey Park Families,
Emergency and Safety Weeks are September 24-28 and October 1 & 2

In our continuing effort to maintain a secure and safe school environment we will be practicing a series of emergency drills throughout the week.  Practicing these drills raises our preparation and helps insure student safety at school.  There is more information about each drill below.

Jog-A-Thon is coming!  Save the date for October 5.  We are always looking for volunteers.  More information on the Jog-A-Thon will be coming next week.  Students can walk, jog, or sprint (everyone sprints for about 10 yards then walks and jogs during the rest of the time).

Here are our Jog-a-thon times:
1st & 2nd — 8:50-9:50
3rd           — 10:05-11:05
4th & 5th  –11:20-12:20
Kinder      –1:00-1:30 (Kinders get tired so they have a shorter duration)

Parent/Guardian Information Night is Wednesday, October 10. 

Our School Picture day is on October 18.

Here is the information about Safety Weeks

Monday, Sept 24:        Fire Drill – 1:10 PM

Directed Evacuation is used to get students and staff out of the building by a route designed to protect their safety. This is the procedure we use for earthquake drills and monthly fire drills.


Tuesday, Sept 25:        Playground Evacuation Drill – Lunch Recess

It is important that we practice procedures to evacuate our playground as well. Many times during the day students are at recess. The drill is designed to get students off the playground and to a safe place. This could be the school, gym, or out into the field and away from the school. The supervisors will blow an “alarm whistle.” Students will freeze. They will then follow the direction of the adults. On this drill, we will have the students go to the Track. Students will quickly and as quietly as possible move toward the Track.


Wednesday, Sept 26: Earthquake/Directed Evacuation Drill – 2:10 PM

The earthquake drill is designed to keep students safe in the building until the earthquake stops. We will announce the drill over the intercom and students will get under tables or desks. The alarm will sound and students proceed with a Directed Evacuation (as we do for a fire drill).

Allergy Drill – At some point during the day

The food allergy drill, issued by the teacher, is designed to practice attending to a student in need. It is also to keep students safe and calm in the classroom during an allergy emergency. E.g. Bee sting, food allergy.


Thursday, Sept 27: Room Clear Drill – At some point during the day

Room clear, issued by the teacher, is used to send students away from a potential threat in the classroom. The teacher directs students to leave the classroom and go immediately to a prearranged area (another classroom).  This procedure would be used if a classroom incident threatened the emotional or physical safety of students, e.g. someone becomes very ill or unconscious; a serious conflict erupts between students.


Friday, Sept 28—Erin’s Law

We are trying to do whatever we can to help students be safe. Oregon has a new state law called Erin’s Law.  This is our second year of teaching these lessons. This law is to help families to become more aware of the tragedies of sexual abuse of children. We will be teaching a lesson about this. The lesson is part of our school’s health program and is intended to meet the new Oregon state law. Sadly, sexual abuse of children takes place more often than we would like to believe. School programs help children learn to stay safe from abuse. The lesson being taught presents material on the student’s level. The skills needed to prevent abuse are taught in a safe and simple way. Through these lessons, students will learn:

  • How to judge between safe and unsafe touch
  • How to protect themselves
  • Who to go to for help

Please read more information about Erin’s Law at the bottom of the email. Please discuss personal safety with your student to support our efforts.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 1 & 2-ALiCE School Safety Training for Students

Students’ safety is of the utmost importance. In Eugene School District 4J we have updated school safety protocols with best practices to keep everyone as safe as possible in an emergency. These updated safety strategies, known as ALiCE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate), are recommended by law enforcement. This is our second year of doing the drill.  ALiCE strategies expand on our traditional safety practices and empower staff and students with more options during a life-threatening emergency, the kind we all hope never happens.

The student safety training will be age-appropriate and sensitive to students’ special needs.  At elementary schools, students will have age-appropriate class discussions, practice evacuating, and talk about barricading. At middle and high schools, class discussions will include more specifics about potential dangers and options, and students will practice evacuating, sheltering or barricading in response to a threat. Student training will not include the active-shooter simulations that staff have participated in.

On Monday, Oct. 1 students will discuss how to do ALiCE.  Students will practice the drill in their own classroom.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 8:45, students will do the school-wide drill.

Erin’s Law and Child Abuse Prevention

Information for Parents

What is Erin’s Law?

Erin Merryn is a woman who was abused as a child. She has advocated and helped create legislation to ensure that all students be educated about child abuse and what to do if it is happening to them or someone they know. For more information about Erin’s Law you can watch her video at https://youtu.be/q-9W2Bc9Z1w


Who should report child abuse or suspected child abuse?

Anyone can report child abuse or suspected child abuse. You need to report when: you have a reason to suspect, you have observed the abuse, and you know or have a reasonable cause to believe. You don’t have to prove it to make the call. Make the report right away. Agencies are available 24/7.


Whom do I report abuse to?

You can report it to local law enforcement, Department of Human Services – Child Protective Services, a teacher, or your school’s building administrator. Ideally, the person that suspects or has firsthand knowledge should make the call directly to Child Protective Services. Here are our local phone numbers:




Phone Numbers


Oregon Department of Human Services – Child Protective Services




Eugene Police Department           




Springfield Police Department




School Resource Officer

– Located at each high school



Churchill High School      



Sheldon High School


North Eugene High School



South Eugene High School



When immediate threat presents – CALL 911

Where can I get more information about child abuse identification and intervention?

As part of our commitment to keeping our students safe, Eugene 4J School District in collaboration with SafeSchools, has created access for parents and community members to learn more about how to help.

For more information go to: http://4j.or.safeschools.com/


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Password: Guest

If you have any questions about any of our drills or curriculum, please contact me.
Michael Riplinger
Awbrey Park Elementary School
Eugene, OR 97404
Additional Beginning of the Year News and Announcements:

Monday Mailer

This is an envelope that will go home each Monday with information from your child’s class, homework, upcoming events, etc. Please send this back to school with your child each Friday.


At Awbrey Park Elementary, we are a technology immersion school.  Technology is used to support learning and to enhance instruction. It is a general policy that all technology is to be used in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner.

Our students have access to more than , 475 iPads, iPad minis, and iPod touches. Our 3-5 graders will be issued their own iPad to do their reading instruction and independent work. K-2 will also be using iPads and iPad minis. Prior to device usage, students are required to review technology expectations including the treatment of equipment and proper usage of the iPad minis and laptops. All technology is used only for educational purposes. Each student will be expected to sign an Awbrey Park Technology Contract in order to use the technology available at our school. To keep up with ongoing maintenance of our computers, to replace our aging technology and to purchase school-wide subscriptions to multiple educational software programs, we ask for a $25.00 Technology Contribution from each student. These subscriptions can also be used at home. Kindergarten Contributions also go towards the purchase of classroom supplies.


We are an AVID school. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. We are prepping your child for college and career preparedness. We know our students need to be ready after high school. Students graduating need to be ready for college, junior college, technical school, apprenticeships, or other trainings. To get them ready, we have implemented AVID strategies throughout our curriculum. At the core of AVID is that all students can be successful when they are held to high expectations and properly supported. AVID is used in all of the middle and high schools in Eugene. We are only one of four elementary schools in our district implementing this under a grant. It has been exciting to prepare our students for the future


Our PTO is a great organization that gives guidance to our school. The focus is to support the efforts of our staff, and enhance the educational experience of our students. It is a positive and efficient group that really makes a difference at Awbrey Park. We meet once a month, usually the first Monday of the month. Our meeting time is typically one hour. The PTO works with the school to put on many great events and makes Awbrey Park a fun place to be. Stop by their table at Open House or the Hot Dogs and Hot Rods to fill out a Volunteer Interest Form.

The Jog-A-thon will be on Friday, October 5th

This is another awesome event supported by the PTO.  It is one of our two major fundraising effort for the year.  Thanks to you last year, we raised over $8,500 to pay for field trip transportation and scholarships.  Our goal this year is to continue to support field trip experiences for every student at Awbrey Park.  This activity also promotes healthy living.


To view all upcoming events and special schedules, please visit the Awbrey Park website and view the school calendar http://awbreypark.4j.lane.edu/calendar.

Meal Costs:

K-5 Hot Lunch is $2.90

Breakfast is free to all students in elementary schools in the Eugene School district.

Please remember that all meal plans may be purchased through our school cafeteria or online. All checks must be made out to 4J Nutrition Services or paid in cash in the cafeteria. If you wish to pay online you may go to www.4j.lane.edu, select departments, select nutrition services, then select the prices & payment link for the school meals online. Once on the payment page select the MealTime Online link. At that point you may just simply type in your student’s ID number and follow the online directions if you already have an account or click create a new profile if you need to set up a new account. If you are unsure of your students ID number you may type in 999999 and your student’s name and school. FYI: there is a service fee attached to online payments of 6%.

If your student(s) was a part of the free or reduced lunch program last year, you must complete a new form in order to have the same status this year. The Free and Reduced lunch forms will be mailed out in a packet with the district calendar to your homes if you qualified for Free or Reduced Meals last year. If you need a new form, please go to the 4J web site at http://www.4j.lane.edu/nutrition. Please remember that if you do not get this form completed at the start of the school year, your student(s) will return to full price status by October 2nd. Please remember that the district has 10 days from the date of receiving your application to process before the reduced status can apply.

SMART Readers

Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) is a wonderful program that helps Kinders and 1st Graders learn to love to read. We are looking for more SMART Readers to help make a difference at Awbrey Park. SMART readers volunteer 2 hours a day, one or two days a week. They undergo a background check and are trained to work with kids through the program. It is hugely rewarding and can really impact a child’s life. Please contact the office if you are interested. If you have any family members (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.), please let them know of this opportunity.

Transportation Information

You can go to the 4J website to find out about busing.


  1. Click “Find My Bus Stop”
  2. Enter your address

If you need busing to an address different than your home address, make sure it is in our busing boundaries and fill out a form. For transportation questions, contact the Transportation Department at 541-790-7474.

After School Club

The After School program is an educationally enhancing extra curricular program that has been at Awbrey Park for 16 years. It is a fee-based program. They can be contacted at 541-554-2890 or at



They strive to provide fun, exciting, and creative before and after school activities that are developmentally appropriate for children K-5. Each week they schedule daily art, crafts, games, etc. They also include music appreciation, drama and cultural exploration. They include a daily 15-20 minutes of homework or reading time. The program starts immediately after school with a nutritious snack, and runs until 6:00 pm.

It also has the Early Morning program from 7:00-8:15 am. They provide relaxed quiet activities, a variety of craft projects, quiet play choices and a chance to finish homework. Breakfast is available through the school’s food service program.


It is an honor to work with your kids. The partnership of parents/staff/students is so important to us. Working together, I believe we will have a great year.

Best wishes,

Michael Riplinger
Awbrey Park Elementary School
Eugene, OR 97404

Office Hours:

8:00am – 4:00pm M/T/W/Th

8:00-2:00 on Friday 

Office: 541-790-4050

Attendance Line: 541-790-4054

Summer Food Program

Food for Lane County invites all children and youth age 18 and younger to eat lunch for free during the summer months. Staff and volunteers serve meals at schools, parks and community centers located throughout Lane County. Each summer, FFLC serves thousands of lunches and breakfasts to children through the Summer Food Program.

This year (2018), the program starts at most sites on June 25!

Complete site list (updated on 6/14/2018).


Check out Awbrey Park in the News!  Here is a link to the KMTR story – Awbrey Community Cultural Night

 Free and Reduced Meals

The school meal program is confidential, easy, and can help both your budget and your child’s school.  Please allow up to three business days for application to be processed.  Official approval or denial letters will be mailed after applications have been processed by Nutrition Services.

Online Application (English & Spanish)

Free and Reduced Benefits – other than meal benefits:

English / Spanish