Dear Awbrey Park Families,
Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!  We’ve had quite a few students out sick.  We are taking major precautions to try and help our students stay healthy.  We are having students wash their hands throughout the day.  At lunch and breakfast, we are having student do Grab and Go food instead of our normal salad bar.  The hope is that students will be as clean and germ free before they eat.
We have our PRIDE Assembly on Wednesday, December 19 at 10:45.  If your student is getting a PRIDE Award, you will be contacted by your child’s teachers.  PRIDE Awards are given out three times a year.  PRIDE Awards are our most prestigious award given out to just a few students in each class.
We are doing the Golden Ticket Booster. This is where we target certain behavior to help students be successful.  Students are trying to outdo the other classes at their grade level to get the most Golden Tickets.  We are targeting: 1. Showing respect to others,  2. Giving attention to staff.
The Holiday Care and Share board is up in the front office. This is where we can support other members of our Awbrey Park Community.  We appreciate the support.  Stop by and choose a tag to purchase a gift for a student in need. Please return the wrapped gifts to the office by Monday, December 17.
In an effort to help our students to be college and career ready, we are taking 5th Graders on a tour of the University of Oregon on December 20.  They will tour the University, listen to a panel comprised of college students talking about their experiences, and attend a University of Oregon’s Womens basketball game.  We want our students comfortable on a college campus and place they can attend if they desire to later in life.
We have our Winter Break Reading Contest coming up.  All students who meet their grade-level goals of reading minutes over Winter Break will get a free book and a prize.  All you have to do is read and record your minutes on the calendar that will be sent home in Monday Mail next week.  Kinder/1st Grade:150 minutes.  2nd/3rd Grade: 200 minutes.  4th/5th Grade 250 minutes.  Read, read, read!!!
Thanks to SANIPAC for sponsoring our Tailgater!  Their support made the event such a fun time.  It was also a great way to teach students sportsmanship and respect as we celebrated the Civil War.  It doesn’t matter who wins, but that we all have a lot of fun (kinda)!
Thanks to Northwest Community Credit Union for giving grants to two of our students.  Stacey Yarbro got a $1,000 grant to buy new instruments for our students and Katy McGuire got $350 for classroom supplies.
The first day of school after Winter Break is on January 8.  We hope you have a safe and restful break!
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.


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