Family Bulletin, December 8, 2023



4J High School ABC Days 2023 – 2024

Monday, 12/11
A Day
Tuesday, 12/12
B Day
Wednesday, 12/13
C Day
Thursday, 12/14
A Day
Friday, 12/15
B Day
☃☃☃ ❄❄WINTER BREAK ☃☃☃ ❄
December 18 – January 2
Monday, 1/1
New Year’s Day
Tuesday, 1/2
 Wednesday, 1/3
C Day
Thursday, 1/4
A Day
Friday, 1/5
B Day


Saturday, December 9 Unified Robotics Tournament
9:30 AM Registration
10:00 AM Tournament
12:00 PM Awards Ceremony
7:00 PM Students vs. Staff Basketball Tournament
Sunday, December 10 3:00 PM Solo Voice and Piano Recital
Tuesday, December 12 7:45 AM Student of the Month Breakfast
Period 7 Fire Drill
7:00 PM CHS Thespians Broadway Revue
Thursday, December 14 7:00 PM Jingle Jamboree Band and Choir Concert
DECEMBER 18 – JANUARY 2 WINTER BREAK — office closed
Tuesday, January 2 NO CLASSES — Professional Development and Planning Day
Wednesday, January 3 Classes resume (C Day)
office closes at 2:45 for staff meeting



Churchill Family News

Thank You, Families!

Our staff thoroughly enjoyed the lunch provided by our families on Thursday. Many staff members requested that we pass on their heartfelt thanks. Sharing food is a gesture of love, and we feel well-loved! Here are some of the words of thanks that staff members shared.

“Wow! How nice of those parents!! They even considered those of us who are vegan! What a treat!”

“What an amazing spread! Thank you, parents!”

“Everything was wonderful, but the vegan chili was FIRE! Thank you generous and thoughtful parents!”

“What a wonderful lunch! Thank you CHS Parents!!!!!!”


Staff vs. Student Basketball Game

🏀🔥 Tomorrow night at 7 PM in the dome, witness the epic clash between CHS’s fearless students and the mighty staff in a thrilling basketball showdown! Get ready to be on the edge of your seat as the court heats up with electrifying action!

Join us for an evening filled with heart-pounding competition and non-stop excitement. But that’s not all! Indulge in concessions, join the 50/50 raffle, and test your skills in the shooting contest – it’s an event packed with fun for everyone!

Best of all, every bit of your support goes towards helping CHS families in need during this holiday season. Don’t miss out on this incredible game that not only ignites school spirit but also spreads joy and support within our community. Be there to cheer loud, enjoy the game, and make a difference! See you there! 🎉🏀✨


Churchill Holiday Cheer Drive

Help our Leadership students bring some holiday cheer to families in our Churchill community. Bring donations of food, gift cards, money, or even empty cans and bottles to your Period 1 classroom. Then, come to the Students vs. Staff Basketball Game on Saturday, December 9.

Read more about all of the activities here: Holiday Cheer Drive

If you could use some help spreading cheer to your family this holiday season, please let us know by clicking the link and completing the Google Form:


Parents of Seniors: LEAP

Congratulations Parents and Guardians: your senior is drawing closer to the finish line!
This week, Churchill seniors were introduced to the Extended Application experience, an Oregon Department of Education high school graduation requirement. It is a component of Personalized Learning graduation requirements from ODE.

At Churchill, this project is a LEAP — Lancer Extended Application Project. It is an avenue for high school students to connect what they learn in school with their own interests, goals, and future careers. This means that the project they choose should be something they are interested in and that aligns with their goals.

For a more detailed understanding of the requirement and what it means to your senior, please review this 13.5-minute slideshow video at This is the presentation the seniors saw during Advisory.

The goal of the LEAP is for the student to be able to make connections between what they are learning in school and how it applies to the real world, and how education can help them achieve their goals and pursue their post-high school interests. By doing so, they can gain a better understanding of how their education can support their goals and aspirations — no matter which path they choose.

Is your senior new to Churchill this year? If you and your family are new to Churchill from another 4J school or another school district, please have your student see their counselor to check if something on their prior school’s transcript may qualify as a LEAP.
For more information on this ODE requirement go to


4J Student Cards for Eugene Public Library

4J Library Services has excellent news to share! Beginning in December 2023, each Eugene School District 4J student will receive their own Eugene Public Library card, ready to use for education, enrichment, and entertainment! We are so excited to partner with Eugene Public Library. Cards will be delivered to schools and distributed to students throughout December and January. Below is information regarding Eugene Public Library student cards.

Read Eugene Public Library’s announcement here.

Student cards:

  • Provide immediate access to Eugene Public Library’s online resources and the ability to borrow five physical items at a time.
  • Online resources include ebooks, audiobooks, research information, live homework help by professional tutors, streaming movies including documentaries and instructional videos, music, and more.
  • Physical items include books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, art and technology tools, games, educational toys, puppets, and more.
  • Will be distributed by each school’s library or administration office.
  • Are free of charge, including for students who live outside the City of Eugene.
  • Can be upgraded to a standard library card with higher borrowing limits at no charge.
  • Are automatically issued to all K-12 students enrolled at 4J neighborhood and alternative schools unless they or their parents choose not to participate. Charter schools are not included.
  • Are automatically renewed each school year for continuing 4J students. New cards will be issued to students joining the district.

4J students who already have a standard Eugene Public Library card may choose to keep and use both cards or cancel one of their cards.

For preschoolers: Eugene Public Library offers free library cards to all children ages 0-5 who live in the 4J district, regardless of home address.

We appreciate your patience as cards are distributed. Should you have questions about getting a Student Card, please contact your school’s library or administration office.

For questions about using, upgrading, or canceling a Student Card account, please contact Eugene Public Library online, in person, or by phone at 541-682-5450.


School Choice Season is Coming Soon

January is school choice season: Virtual school choice visits and in-person school visits are scheduled in the month of January. 4J residents must submit a request form between January 1 and January 31 to be included in the annual school choice lottery. Non-district residents must submit a request form for an interdistrict transfer between March 1 and March 31 to be included in the lottery.

Who needs to apply: All students who wish to enroll in a new school other than their neighborhood school must submit a school choice request form. This includes:

  • incoming siblings of current students.
  • students who have moved out of our school neighborhood or the district and want to remain enrolled next year. Their enrollment is not automatic.

Who does not need to apply: If your student is already enrolled in our school and has not moved, you do not need to submit a request form to continue attending our school next year.

More information about School Choice Information Sessions is coming in January.


Community News

Ophelia’s Place Winter Activities

Ophelia’s Place has just released its Winter Calendar, packed with engaging and empowering activities. Check the pdf below or visit

Ophelia’s Place Winter Calendar, Eugene (PDF)


Lane County Winter Resource Guide

The Lane County Winter Holiday Resource List has information on food boxes, meal sites, and holiday gift programs for families.

Winter Holiday Resource List 2023 _English_ (PDF)


Community Events and Resources

14th Annual Holiday Meal

Prepared by MLK Education Center Culinary Arts Program


When: Wednesday, December 13th, 2023, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Lane County Youth Services/Carmichael Room, 2727 MLK Blvd, Eugene, Oregon, Across from Autzen Stadium on the Serbu Youth Campus

Why: Free food with friends! Enjoy a great meal with friends, family, and the community. Eat delicious turkey n’ fixings, baked ham, and pie!

Questions? Contact Shellye: (458) 234-3180

No RSVP Required
The Holiday Meal began as a University of Oregon Family and Human Services student senior project 14 years ago. Thank You to Debra Smothers for all your hard work!

14th Annual Holiday Meal (PDF)

14th Annual Holiday Meal Flyer (Spanish) (PDF)


Connected Lane County is offering Drop-in Services!!

We are excited to offer drop-in services at Spark at Booth-Kelly in Springfield!

What are “drop-in services?”

This is a time and space for you to receive support from our staff and volunteers in a variety of areas. You can use our space to study, enjoy free snacks, and access shower and laundry facilities.

Support Areas Include:

  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Interview practice
  • Career mentorship
  • Employment navigation
  • Housing and healthcare resources
  • College and scholarship applications CLC Drop-In Flier (PDF)


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