Today is Earth Day!

Today is Earth day and here in Eugene to ground is getting some much needed water. See the flyer below and participate in a group project and post your art for everyone to see.  If you aren’t an artist, how else can you honor the Earth on this rainy day?

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How’s everyone doing?

I don’t know about you, but as this social isolation continues I find myself wanting the routines of life as it was before. I try to remind myself that this is what life is right now. We need to continue to socially isolate to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. I suggest you find ways to stay focused on what is most important to you, but continue to plant the seeds of your future.

I encourage you to start or continue to check in with the Connections staff and students each day to create an anchor so you do not drift. Complete the daily activities to the best of your ability and reach out to your case manager or advocate if you need to. We are here for you! We miss you 🙂

Each student was sent an email inviting them to participate in a 10:00am Zoom meeting daily check in and also a 12:30pm lunch gathering Monday through Friday. At the top of this page are a list of activities Connections staff have created to help provide structure and continue your learning. Use the Schedule Spring-20 tab to see which activities are recommended for today, or find the areas you want to work on and focus on those.

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Happy Monday and Welcome to our first day of Social Distancing Spring Term!

We hope everyone had a great weekend and that you have adjusted to the new normal. We are on week 4 of social isolation and I’m so glad you decided to check out the website, participate with us and engage in transition activities!

You will receive an email inviting you to attend a Zoom meeting this morning at 10:00am and again at 12:30pm. The first meeting is to do a check in and talk about the daily activities. The second one will be to participate in the lunch social and follow up on any questions you may have. This will happen everyday Monday through Friday through Spring Term. If you do not participate in the Zoom meetings just click on the tab above to see what we are offering. We can follow up and answer questions one on one also. Simply call one of the staff and we are happy to help! Send any completed work to your case manager using email or a share a google doc.

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Quarantine Schedule Starts Monday!


On Monday morning expect an email inviting you to join Connections staff in a Zoom meeting. During this meeting we will check in, give instructions on how to complete the activities for the day and answer any questions you may have. Please see the classes offered below.  Students do not need to complete these activities in the times listed or participate in the Zoom meeting to complete them.  Just click on the tab above to see the activity and read the instructions. You will receive a second invitation to participate in a “lunch bunch” to socialize and review your progress on the daily activities.


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Connections Assembly Tomorrow at 12:00pm on Zoom

All Connections students will be getting an email around 9am tomorrow inviting them to participate in a Zoom assembly taking place at 12 noon. This will give you a chance to see all the staff and other Connections students to catch up, get the latest information and ask questions. Please follow the instructions in the “Connections Daily Lesson” tab above to access zoom. If you need more help, please contact us by email, phone or text and we are more than happy to help.

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Enjoy the beautiful weather!

Hi everyone 🙂 The Connections staff hope you are safe and well. We also hope that you have been looking at the daily activities and completing all or some of them. Next week we will have opportunities to connect with staff and students using Zoom meetings. Each time we will offer a group meeting all students will get an email inviting them to participate at a certain time and day. If you are late, just join us when you can.

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Hungry? More food sites added

Free Meals for Students—Now at More Sites
4J has added more locations for free student meals, to offer greater access and convenience Eugene School District 4J has more than doubled the locations where families can pick up free breakfast and lunch during the extended school closure. Families can choose the location that is most convenient for them, regardless of where they live or attend school.

Free grab-and-go meals are now available on weekdays at numerous locations to all students and youth 18 and younger. There is no income requirement or need to qualify. Students do not need to be present to receive a meal.

Please keep in mind that social distancing rules must be observed at all times. Staff, students and families picking up meals must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from any person who is not a member of their immediate household.

Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

Churchill Region

Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.
Chávez Elementary School, 1510 W. 14th Ave.
Kennedy Middle School, 2200 Bailey Hill Rd.
McCornack Elementary School, 1968 Brittany St.
Acorn Park (12:15–1 p.m.), corner of Buck Street and West 15th Ave.
North Eugene Region

Awbrey Park Elementary School, 158 Spring Creek Dr.
Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.
North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane
Sheldon Region

Gilham Elementary School (only MWF, 12–1 p.m.), 3307 Honeywood St.
Holt Elementary School, 770 Calvin St.
Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Rd.
South Eugene Region

South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave. (back of building, by the cafeteria)

ECCO, 200 N. Monroe St. (behind the district office)
Mims House, 330 High St.

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Hello, and welcome back!

I hope everyone had a safe and healthy weekend! There is a new link that you can choose up above and it’s titled Connections Daily Lessons. Individual advocate meetings will be scheduled during the week of April 13th. Each day Connections teachers will post activities that we hope you will accomplish in order to continue your progress towards independence. It should take you about 2 to 3 hours a day if you participate in all the activities. Again, you choose what to work on and how long you spend on it based on what is right for you.  If you, miss a day you can always look at what was posted and complete those.

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Transition Activities Posted Daily Starting on Monday 4/6/20!

All the Connections staff hope that you and your loved ones are safe and happy while you continue to socially isolate. As the weeks go on we hope that you engage in healthy physical and emotional activities that keep you balanced and focused.

At this point you should all have spoken to a case manager or advocate about how you are doing, what services you would like to access and if you need technology. If you have not been contacted please reach out to us!

Next week there will be daily tasks posted to help you all continue to keep your skills and move forward. These tasks can take up to about 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours if you choose to access them all. Like all Connections offerings, you decide on what you need to work on.

The following week (4/18) we will have group activities using technology to connect us together. This will give us all a chance to “see” and support each other again and return to our community.

I hope you all have a great weekend and look forward to talking with many of you next week!

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