Spartan Update 5-3-2019


May 3, 2019


Coming Events:


May 3                                                              NO SCHOOL – Mid-Trimester Grading

May 4                          1:00pm                        Jazz Band Performance at Saturday Market Main Stage

May 6 – 10                                                      8th Grade State Science Testing

May 6 – 10                                                      Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7                          7:45am                        Site Council

May 8                                                              NO SCHOOL – “Day of Action” Teacher Walk out

May 10                                                            8th Grade Ashland Trip

May 10                        1:00pm                        District Track Meet at Silke Field

May 14                        3:45pm – 4:00pm        SEHS Dance Team Auditions in Small Gym

May 19                        2:00pm                        Jazz Band Performing at Morse Ranch

May 24                                                            7th Grade Ashland Trip

May 27                                                            NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

May 28 – 31                                                    ELA & Math State Testing

May 30                        6:30pm                        Student vs. Staff Athletic Event/Family Night out

June 5                          7:00pm                        All Bands End of Year Concert

June 6                                                              Library Book Swap

June 6                          7:00pm                        5th Grade Parent Night

June 7                                                              6th Grade Field Trip

June 7                          6:00pm – 8:00pm        Dance/Activity Night

June 12                        1:00pm – 3:00pm        8th Graders to Amazon Pool

June 12 & 13               7:00pm                        Play Performance – Annie Jr.

June 17                        7:00pm                        8th Grade Promotion

June 18                                                            Last Day of School for Students



Mr. Powell, our morning Jazz Band director, invites you to come see our very own Spartan Jazz Band, live on stage at Saturday Market. We play next SaturdayMay 4th at 1:00 on the main stage. Come on down – have a nice burrito, a slice of cheese cake, and cheer for our school while supporting our Band program. Mr. Robare and Mr. Powell run a wonderful band program and you will be quite proud of our Jazz students.  Also, set your calendar for May 19th as the Jazzers play again at Wayne Morse Farm on Crest Drive at 2:00 in the afternoon. It will be a wonderful gig because the Jazz band will play outside in front of the historic house of our esteemed senator. We should be proud of our Spartan Jazz Band musicians for playing out in the community and showing how students at Spencer Butte exemplify high levels of leadership and citizenship.



Next week we celebrate our certified teaching staff.  We will be hosting a Teacher Appreciation Lunch on Thursday, May 9th at 11:00am. If you are able to contribute food items such as bagels, side salads, pastries, desserts, drinks, etc. please contact Heather Acharya at



Please check through your children’s rooms at home and locate books that need to be returned.  A list of overdue books is posted outside of the library.  Please encourage your child to check this list, even if they are positive that they have returned all books.



With this beautiful spring weather that we have been having comes the opportunity to help out with community bike rides with your student.  After two weeks of learning how to safely pilot a bicycle; use hand signals and shoulder checks; and follow the rules of the road, your student is ready to test their skills in the community. This is when we need your help!  In addition to enjoying the fresh air and spending time with excited students, volunteers will “leapfrog” to intersections to ensure that students are using their skills and awareness to navigate those safely.  No bike? No problem! There will be several bicycles available to ride, including a very unique and fun Bike Friday“Haul-a-Day”.  Please join us on; May 9th for 1 or more hours from 10am-Noon and/or 12:40pm-3:35pm, May 10thfor 1 or more hours at 9:45am-11:45am and/or 12:25-2:35pm.  Sign up here:  or contactZane Wheeler, 541-682-6321,



This year we will be hosting a Student vs. Staff Athletic event on Thursday, May 30th.  Please save this date so you and your family can join us for an evening of fun!  Stay tuned for more specific details.



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.  Free lunches all summer for Lane County youth ages 2 to 18: 6/24-8/16/19 at various sites and times.  See for specifics.



Rose Children’s Theatre is offering a variety of exciting and unique summer camps for all ages from June 24th through August 23rd. Is your child interested in acting, singing, and dancing? Whether they are returning to the stage or looking for an introduction to the world of theatre, RCT has something for all young actors. With camps aimed at developing skills and experiences for middle and high school aged actors, a good time is guaranteed! Detailed camp and registration information is available online at Scholarships and sibling discounts are available for every camp. Please contact with any questions.



The South Eugene High School Varsity Volleyball Team invites both boys and girls, grades 3 – 8 to attend their upcoming volleyball camp on June 24, 25, 26, and 27. For more information please see the brochure link or contact Head Coach Alicia Chamness at and GO SOUTH!



South Eugene Soccer Camp Registration is now open for camp taking place June 24 – 27, 2019 from 9:00am-2:00pm on the South Eugene High School Turf Field.  This camp is for all students entering grades 1-9 in the fall.  At SEHS Soccer Camp, your child will enjoy all the high school soccer team players as counselors, learn from their years of experience, and have a lot of fun improving his or her skills and confidence!  Kids are grouped by grade so they will see a lot of old and new friends. Each soccer player receives a new soccer ball.  The cost is: $140 for 1st child, $120 for 2nd child, Students on Free and Reduced Lunch $70.  You can register at or email with any questions.



From our superintendent Gustavo Balderas: Eugene School District 4J schools will be closed onWednesday, May 8, due to a planned teacher walkout strike.

The Oregon Education Association has called for teachers to make May 8 a “Day of Action” to advocate for increased state investment in public education. Teachers’ unions in Eugene and in several other Oregon school districts are planning a one-day teacher walkout strike on May 8. We have clear indications that teacher absences and substitute shortages will exceed our ability to provide safe and adequate supervision for our students, and have determined we must cancel the school day on May 8.

The 4J School Board and I share our teachers’ goal of improving school funding in Oregon to providesmaller class sizes, more learning time, increased health and safety services, and a well-rounded education. However, the school district does not endorse or condone walkout strikes or any activity that disrupts student learning.

We know that this change will be challenging for our families, and we apologize for the disruption. We hope that knowing about the school closure well in advance will help families plan for childcare and other arrangements.

The Eugene School District’s developing plans for May 8 include:

  • Free school lunch will be provided at selected school sites.
    • Student transportation services will continue to non-4J programs that are open on this day.
    • Athletic contests will continue as planned.
    • Scheduled AP and IB tests will continue as planned.
    • We are exploring options regarding Outdoor School scheduled on May 8 for three elementary schools.
    • We also are encouraging local organizations to offer childcare services on May 8 as they do on regularly scheduled no-school days.

The missed school day will be an unpaid strike day for teachers and will not be made up at the end of the year. Make-up snow days have already extended the school year and many families have already changed summer plans due to those added days.

The needs of our students are at the forefront in considering these decisions. We will share more detailed information about these plans in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your understanding and your continuing support of our public schools.