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2/19: McCornack Family Week at a Glance

Posted Date: 2/16/24 (6:01 PM)

McCornack Family Week at a Glance

February 19-23, 2024

This Week:


February 18

Lancer Cheer Clinic 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Click HERE to register (NOTE THE DATE CHANGE)

February 19

SCHOOL IN SESSION - Presidents Day - This was previously a NO SCHOOL DAY - Ice Storm Make Up Day 

February 20

5th Grade Human Growth and Development Parent Zoom 6:00 p.m.  ZOOM LINK

February 20

Unified Basketball Game Night: North Eugene High School vs. Churchill High School

5:30-6:30pm @ North Eugene High School

February 22 

Family Connection Workshop (link) - Organization Series Session #2

February 23

Popcorn Friday! 25 cents a bag.  Limit of 3

February 24

Eugene Youth Math Festival 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. @ McArthur Court - Click HERE for more information *Free Family Event

Coming Soon:


February 26- March 1

5th Grade Human Growth and Development lessons being taught

February 26

Morning Math Title Event for Kinder and 1st Graders.  Doors Open to Families From 8:30-9:30 a.m. Click HERE to learn more

February 27

Morning Math Title Event for 2nd and 3rd Graders.  Doors Open to Families From 8:30-9:30 a.m. Click HERE to learn more

February 29

Morning Math Title Event for 4th and 5th Graders.  Doors Open to Families From 8:30-9:30 a.m. Click HERE to learn more

February 29

Unified Basketball Game Night: South Eugene High School vs. Sheldon High School

5:30-6:30pm @ South Eugene High School

February 29 

Family Connection Workshop (link) - Organization Series Session #3

March 1

Sluggos Home Run Reading Challenge Bookmarks DUE

March 2

Community Service Saturday - 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

March 4-8

Classified Appreciation Week

March 8

Unified Basketball Game Night: Sheldon High School vs. North Eugene High School

6:00-7:00 pm @ Sheldon High School

March 5

PTO Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.

March 12

PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. - Dinner, Childcare and Translation Services available

March 25-29

Spring Break

April 1

No School - Professional Development

McCornack Parent/Family Handbook:  We strongly recommend families review and reference this handbook which is full of important information about McCornack.

Breakfast/Lunch Menus: Click the links below to access the school breakfast/lunch menus.  Breakfast and lunch are provided at no charge to McCornack students.

Feb 19-20: Breakfast MENU

Feb 19-20: Lunch MENU

Family Connections Workshops:  We are so excited to offer workshops open to all McCornack families! Feel free to sign up for any/all series that feel as though they might benefit your family. Translation services available! Childcare provided!

Topics include: Organization, Development, Connection, and Conscious Discipline.

Free Dinner is provided at each workshop from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. The workshops immediately follow dinner from 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 pm. 

Click HERE for more information. Click HERE to sign up.

Spaces are still available for all four sessions

McCornack’s PTO Corner:  General PTO meetings now have childcare and translation services.  Please join us for our monthly meetings (Board Meetings do not have childcare).  We look forward to seeing you!

  • Click HERE to view the slideshow presented at the last meeting and to learn more about McCornack’s PTO!

  • Your McCornack PTO board met earlier in the school year and discussed ways to support and achieve the 3 goals set forth in the SCIP (School Continuous Improvement Plan) for the 2023-2024 school year. 

Goal #2 focuses on students making progress in their reading scores. One way to do this is to  “Practice Reading at Home”. To support this goal, each month for the remainder of the year, PTO has purchased a book for each classroom. The book is chosen based on the character trait that McCornack is focusing on for the month. The book is being sent to each student’s home for a night and we ask that you please return it the following day. Please click HERE to learn more and for helpful prompts for writing journals.

PTO needs your help to do all the AMAZING things we do for the McCornack Community for the rest of the 2024 school year. Click HERE to see all of the volunteer opportunities for the remainder of the year and to sign up!!

Opportunities include: Popcorn Fridays, Book Fair, Carnival, and MORE!

SAEBRS: We are happy to share that McCornack will continue to administer the SAEBRS (Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener) universal screening tool in three windows throughout the 2023–2024 school year. SAEBRS (teacher version) and MySAEBRS (student version...NEW this winter for grades 2-5) is a brief, norm-referenced tool for screening students to identify areas of potential areas of growth. This universal screening tool is built to align academic and socio-emotional learning opportunities and interventions to increase well-being and developmental competencies. At McCornack, this data is used to inform our School Continuous Improvement Planning (SCIP) and provide support to students through individual goals and small group institution as needed.

In addition to classroom teachers, students in grades 2-5 will also have the opportunity to take the student assessment 2 more times this year. To learn more about the student assessment, see:

Little Lancer Cheer Clinic - DATE CHANGE:

Who: Any students grades K-8th!

When: Sunday, February 18th Drop off at 9:30AM. Pick up at 2:00PM in the Cafeteria.

Participant performance will be during HALF TIME of the Basketball Game on Tuesday, February 20th. Approximate time 7:30pm.

Participants are invited to perform the night of TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20th at our HOME basketball game vs. Springfield. Please drop off on Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30pm before the game for warm-ups. We will keep your child through half time and pick up will be on the side of the student section.

Click HERE to Register

Morning Math Title Event: Reserve the DATE! Doors open for families to visit classrooms! 8:30-9:30 - Kinder-1st grade on Feb. 26th, 2-3rd grade on Feb. 27th, and 4-5th grade on Feb. 29th. Click HERE for more information!

Kindergarten Family Survey: Current Kinder families, the 4J School District is gathering feedback about your experience registering and preparing for Kindergarten. 

Data will be used to help shape resources and outreach to all families moving forward as they work to continuously improve the experience of welcoming new Kinder families.

Click HERE to learn more.  Click HERE to take the brief survey.  Fill out the survey for a chance to win a $25 gift card! Survey closes on March 1st. 

Sluggo’s Home Run Reading Challenge:  The reading challenge will run through February 29th.  Students track their reading on the back of the Reading Challenge bookmark, provided by the Ems. At the end of the program, schools report back to the Emeralds with how many students completed the program.  The Emeralds provide a voucher good for TWO FREE TICKETS to one of the Emeralds Reading Program Redemption games.

Donate New or Used Board Games to McCornack: McCornack is opening a board game library but we need your help! As you are shopping or downsizing please consider donating new or gently used (with all their pieces) board games to our school game library. Donations can be brought to the front office - more info on the board game library to come!

COMING SOON - Students and families will be able to check out board games to take home.  More information coming soon!

Our Character focus for the month of February is: Our Character focus for the month of February is: Citizenship "How can I make my home, school, and community a better place?"

The Bee Jamboree choices for February will be: Watching Leo vs. Extra Recess

People who have Good Citizenship:

  • Have respect for others' and their property

  • They know their rights and respect others' rights

  • Have compassion and empathy for others

  • Actively work to make their communities better

  • Know current issues and events

  • Take responsibility for their own actions

Safe Routes to School: As part of the 4J Safe Routes to School program we ask that you take a few minutes to fill out our Parent/Guardian survey for McCornack Elementary, regardless of how your student(s) get to school to inform our efforts to help students use active and shared transportation for their school commute. This link is specific for your school. If you have more than one student at this school please fill out one for the older student only. If you have students at more than one school please fill out one for each school you receive a link for. Thank you for your time.


Eugene Youth Math Festival:  The University of Oregon Mathemathics Department is hosting the 5th annual Math Festival.  The event will be held on February 24th from 10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. at McArthur Court. **This is a FREE family event

“We invite elementary and middle-school students who are passionate

about strategy games, like solving problems, or enjoy hands-on math

activities and crafts, to come to the Math Festival. Admission is free and

no registration is needed. Come and explore!”

Click HERE for more information.

Unified Basketball Game Nights: This year Unified Basketball Game Nights will take place at the four high schools! The teams will consist of athletes (students experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities), and partners (students in general/neurotypical development), to create a genuine inclusion opportunity for ALL players on the team to play together.

  • North Eugene High School vs. Churchill High School

Tuesday, February 20th 5:30-6:30pm

@ North Eugene High School

  • South Eugene High School vs. Sheldon High School

Thursday, February 29th 5:30-6:30pm

@ South Eugene High School

  • Sheldon High School vs. North Eugene High School

Friday, March 8th 6:00-7:00 pm

@ Sheldon High School

  • Churchill High School vs. South Eugene High School

Thursday, April 11th 6:30-7:30pm

@ Churchill High School

Click HERE for more information

The Arc Lane County: The Arc Lane County is a grassroots advocacy organization, ensuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the supports they need to live full lives in the communities in which they live.

In addition to advocating to protect the civil rights of people who experience disabilities, The Arc also provides support and services to help people live, work and play in the community.

The Arc Lane County:

  • Connects families and individuals who experience disabilities to information, resources and direct support professionals.

  • Provides children and youth skill building and recreation programs.

  • Teaches job readiness and computer skills to adults and secures employment for adults who want to work in the community.

  • Supports adults in engaging in leisure and recreational programs in their communities.

  • Provides individual advocacy to address education, employment and personal finance concerns.

Click HERE to view their website.  It’s full of information; including information about their food pantry

Click HERE to view their latest newsletter

Ophelia’s Place: OP provides a range of services and support to meet girls and families where they are, when and how they need it. Services are available in person or virtually, and individually or as a group. Offerings include after and out-of-school workshops and activities; school girl empowerment groups; presentations to students; and strength-based therapy.

Girls cannot overcome challenges alone. (No one can.) Because of that, we offer guidance for parents, teachers and peers, including boys. That’s where our trainings for parents, teachers, and in-school programs come in.  We also provide professional development training to youth-serving organizations.

Click HERE to visit their website

Click HERE to view their Spring Break activities

Click HERE to view information about upcoming workshops

Early Childhood Hub of Lane County: Early Childhood Hub of Lane County’s website is full of resources! From parenting classes and workshops to a newsletter full of events around Lane County for families! Visit their website to learn more and to sign up for their newsletter.  -

Eugene Schools Group for Parents of LGBTQ+ Students:  The Parent Support Group for parents/caregivers of 4j LGBTQIA+ students meets every 3rd Tuesday in the Sheldon High School Library 6:00-7:30 pm. 

Childcare will be provided by the YMCA in the cafeteria.  Click HERE for more info. For questions, please contact Lisa Kinser-Wehr.  Her phone number is 541-517-4775. You can also reach her via email

Reporting an Absence: Punctual and regular attendance is an extremely important part of an official permanent school record. When a student is absent, please call 541-790-5800 to report the absence.

Parents/Guardians visiting or volunteering at McCornack: All parents/guardians are encouraged to visit THIS LINK and fill out 4J’s Volunteer Application.  Fingerprints are not required at this time, and our volunteer approval process is expense free.  Background checks are required for any person at McCornack who is volunteering in any capacity.

McCornack’s Free Little Pantry:  McCornack’s pantry is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. and is located near the front office at McCornack.

We are immensely grateful to have this resource for our McCornack families. Please feel free to take what you need. We kindly ask for donations to keep the pantry fully stocked. 

Dana L. Brummett

Principal, McCornack Elementary School

Eugene School District 4J