Newsletter 04/30/2018

Dear Awbrey Park Families,
There will be no school on May 4.  This is a district-wide Professional Development Day for Math.
The Art Show is here, the Art Show is here!  The 10th annual Awbrey Park Art Show is Thursday, May 3 from 6:00-7:30! It is a fantastic event. This is a great chance for students to show their stuff. Students have been making art projects in their classrooms, and that artwork will be on sale.  Parents can “sponsor” their child art.  The money that is made from the Art Show goes right back into each teacher’s supply budget so students can make more art.

To make our event even more fun, we have music. Stacie Yarbro, our music teacher, has been working with each grade level to perform a few songs. This is really casual. For instance, whatever Kinders and 1st Graders are there at 6:15 will sing a few songs. If families can’t make it, or are late because of soccer practice, etc.–no problem. We just wanted to involve as many students as possible and make it fun for the kids and families. Thank you for supporting Art here at Awbrey Park!
Students performances:
K-1     6:15
2-3     6:40
4-5     7:00
Our students have also been working with Larry Meyers, our Artist-in-Residence.  Students have been working on making their own tile.  They have designed it and will paint it.  These will be placed on beams in our hallways so they may liven up the halls for years to come.  Students will also be making pinch pots that they will bring home once they have painted them.  Art is alive and well at Awbrey!
Nominate “A Champion in Education” TodayWho is your champion in education? An inspiring teacher? An encouraging school secretary? A caring school counselor or nurse? A dedicated volunteer? A principal who leads by example? A bus driver who always takes the time to listen? A custodian who helped in a time of need?  We have so many great people who work with your kids every day.  Nominating someone for an ACE Award only takes a few minutes, but the nominee is so appreciative.  Please join me in nominating someone from our great Awbrey Park community.  The nomination deadline is Tuesday, May 1.
To learn more and nominate a 4J employee or volunteer, visit  Come see your nominee be honored at an awards ceremony on May 23, 5:30–7 p.m., at Churchill High School. One nominee in each of the five categories will be named an ACE Award champion and receive a $500 award for a project or program at their school.  If you have questions or need assistance, please contact 4J Communications at 541-790-7734 or

Counselor’s Corner

Children and Violence

            Throughout the school year at Awbrey Park, we have had a large number of students talking about, drawing pictures and engaging in play related to violent video games and movies. We commonly hear students talking about Five Nights At Freddy’s, Call of Duty, and the Movie “It” are a few of the most commonly talked about by our students. These video games have rating of age 13 years and 18 years. Unfortunately, media targets children even if they are not of age. This means that we as parents must do our research and limit what our children are exposed to. While aggression is a part of human nature, violence is often a learned behavior. Children learn violent behavior and values by imitation, like they learn many things. But violence can also be unlearned — especially by young children — given proper support and role models.

            In a 2018 article, Screen Violence and Youth Behavior, published in the Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics, the Workgroup on Media Violence and Violent Video Games found compelling evidence of short-term harmful effects, as well as evidence of long-term harmful effects on children. The Group concluded that: “ studies have revealed that violent media exposure causes increased aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, physiologic arousal, hostile appraisals, aggressive behavior, and desensitization to violence and decreases prosocial behavior (eg, helping others) and empathy.” Children’s exposure to violence in the mass media, particularly at young ages, can have harmful lifelong consequences. Aggressive habits learned early in life are the foundation for later behavior. Hundreds of studies on the effects of TV/Video Game violence on children and teenagers have found that children may:


   * become “immune” or numb to the horror of violence

   * gradually accept violence as a way to solve problems

   * imitate the violence they observe on television; and

   * identify with certain characters, victims and/or victimizers


            Extensive viewing of television/video game violence by children causes greater aggressiveness. Sometimes, watching a single violent program can increase aggressiveness. Children who view shows in which violence is very realistic, frequently repeated or unpunished, are more likely to imitate what they see. Children with emotional, behavioral, learning or impulse control problems may be more easily influenced by TV/Video Game violence. The impact of TV/Video Game violence may be immediately evident in the child’s behavior or may surface years later. Young people can even be affected when the family atmosphere shows no tendency toward violence.


What can you do?

  • Set limits on the amount of time they spend with the television/video games; remove the TV set from the child’s bedroom
  • Do your research before allowing your children to play games and watch things. A great website for this is
  • Provide a “healthy media diet” with moderation in amount, more of the helpful and less of the harmful, and have regard for the age of the consumer. Pay attention to the age rating and don’t allow your child to play or watch if they are not of age.
  • Point out that although the actor/character has not actually been hurt or killed, such violence in real life results in pain or death
  • Watch, play, and listen to the media your child/children are
  • Have an ongoing dialogue with your children about what they are seeing and hearing.
  • Refuse to let the children see shows known to be violent, and change the channel or turn off the TV set when offensive material comes on, with an explanation of what is  

       wrong with the program.

  • Disapprove of the violent episodes in front of the children, stressing the belief that such behavior is not the best way to resolve a problem
  • To offset peer pressure among friends and classmates, contact other parents and agree to enforce similar rules about the length of time and type of program the children may watch
  • Help your child to learn ways to resolve conflicts without violence

 Articles and national studies – Screen Violence and Youth Behavior (2018), the Surgeon General’s Commission report (1972), the National Institute of Mental Health Ten Year Follow-up (1982), and the report of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Media in Society (1992)


If you have further questions feel free to contact me!


Kristen Gianforti

Awbrey Park School Counselor



2017/2018 Title I Parent Involvement Survey 

Your child has been a participant in a Title I program/school during this school year. Title I is a Federal program designed to help students, and their schools, reach high academic standards. The purpose of this questionnaire is to gather information on how well the school communicates with parents and meets the needs of their child(ren). Please take a few minutes to respond to the survey link below. Your feedback will be used to enhance parent communication and involvement activities, along with developing better ways we can partner in the education process. 

Thank you in advance for taking a few minutes to answer the following questions about your child’s school. 


Here is the link to the survey.


2017/2018  Encuesta de Participación de Padres de Titulo 1

Su estudiante ha sido un participante del programa/escuela de Titulo1 este año escolar. El programa de Titulo 1 es un programa Federal diseñado para ayudar estudiantes y sus escuelas a alcanzar estándares alto académicos. El propósito de esta encuesta es para tener más información sobre el esfuerzo que hace la escuela para comunicarse con los padres y si satisfacen las necesidades de su(s) estudiante(s). Por favor tomen unos minutos para responder a la encuesta por medio del enlace que se encuentra aquí abajo. Sus respuestas nos ayudaran a mejorar nuestra comunicación con padres y mejorar las actividades de participación al igual de desarrollar un plan para colaborar en el proceso de la educación.

De antemano muchas gracias por tomar unos minutos para contestar las siguientes preguntas sobre la escuela de su estudiante. 


Aquí está el enlace a la encuesta.


Michael Riplinger
Awbrey Park Elementary School
Eugene, OR 97404
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