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Monroe Fri-YAY Family Email

Posted Date: 4/05/24 (4:02 PM)

Hello Monroe Families-

I hope it’s been a great first week back from Spring Break! It was a wonderful sight to see the smiling faces and to hear about the various activities students were engaged in over the break. It’s much needed for everyone that there are built in breaks throughout the year as it’s a chance to refresh and prepare for the next chapter of the year and for us, that’s our busy Spring! This week is the start of a variety of activities and field trips that different classes are participating in-

  • All 6th grade students went to Mt. Pisgah this week for a hands-on field trip to explore native plant species in our region, the impact of colonialism in the Willamette Valley, and Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge!

  • Select 7th and 8th graders from Monroe and Cal Young are headed to the University of Oregon to participate in their annual Model United Nations event! 

  • Our BSU will be headed to Oregon State University for a conference! 

  • Our 7th grade Intermediate Band will participate in the annual Shasta Band Festival over in Bethel!

  • Lastly, all our 8th graders will take a school tour of Sheldon High School next week!

At Monroe we try balancing out the academic needs of our students with the unique enriching experiences that the area has to offer and we’re looking forward to future opportunities to enhance the Monroe experience throughout the years- thanks for your support in making this happen on many fronts! 

Lastly, we had 15 people from Monroe nominated for the Golden Apple Awards this year: 

Certified Staff: 

Troy Barry, Social Studies/Language Arts Teacher, Monroe Middle School

Elizabeth Johnson, Counselor, Monroe Middle School

Sylvie Lovendahl, Spanish Immersion Teacher, Monroe Middle School

Brianne Pitts, Social Studies Teacher, Monroe Middle School

Carrie Tilson, Counselor, Monroe Middle School

Anna Wellman, Health/Physical Education Teacher, Monroe Middle School

Dave Wines, Physical Education Teacher, Monroe Middle School

Classified Staff: 

Joan Chu, Food Services Assistant II, Monroe Middle School

Jason Moch, Custodian, Monroe Middle School

Stephanie Perez, Secretary, Monroe Middle School

Mollie Smith, Department Secretary, Monroe Middle School


April Colgrove, Monroe Middle School

Laura Lee, Monroe Middle School

Jill Rodine, Monroe Middle School

Brenda Willis, Monroe Middle School

As you can see above we have so many amazing people that impact our climate and culture in positive and significant ways. We know the above doesn’t represent what everyone else is doing to care for students, staff, and our community but if you see those nominated above please give them a shout out for their excellence! 

Lastly, check out our Mustang News Live document for key reminders! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday. 


No School: April 12th, Midterm grading Day

Quarter 4 transition: We are closing in on the 3rd quarter of the school year already! As we prepare for the transition to quarter 4, we would like to remind families of the schedule changes that will occur for students. There are specific situations where there will be no impact to the Health/PE portion of the schedule and/or it may not be relevant to your child. 

  • ALL students will see a schedule change. 

  • ALL students will receive a copy of their new schedule on Monday, April 15th in Connect class.

  • ALL students will change their PE/Health class to a different PE teacher.

  • 6th grade students who have Explore will change into a new Explore class. 

  • Core classes (Math, Science, LA/SS) and semester/year long classes will not change. 

  • We are not accepting schedule change requests at this time. 

As always, you can access your students' schedule in ParentVue

Jersey Mike’s Fundraiser: Support Monroe by visiting Jersey Mikes on April 16th between 3-6 PM. 

  •  3003 N Delta Hwy #304, Eugene, OR 97408

  • 30% of sales go to Monroe! 

New Monroe WebsiteWe're excited to announce the launch of our new website! Our new website seamlessly integrates with ParentSquare, the chosen platform for all family communications within 4J school district. This integration ensures that you'll have easy access to all the latest updates, announcements, and resources in one convenient location. We highly encourage all families to download the ParentSquare app (instructions attached). This app will be your go-to resource for receiving important communications and staying informed about school events and activities.

As we continue to update our new website please refer to our Mustang News Live document as a quick reference guide. This document contains all the essential information that was previously available on our Monroe website home page and in our Fri-Yay emails.

Coffee with the Principal, Tuesday April 9th 8:30 am: we’ll be meeting next week to engage in casual and informal conversations, ask questions, hear about the end of the year, etc. For those that attended the last meeting with a focus on race, harassment, procedures, etc. I’m working on a follow-up to the conversations and will be in communication soon! 

8th Grade Events: Families of 8th grade students will receive a separate email with all end of the year events including Sheldon information, grad and panoramic picture day, promotion ceremony, dance and field trip to Camp Harlow. This information will also be on our Mustang News Live document.

Monroe Scholastic Book Fair: Monroes Spring book Fair is coming up! We will be hosting another Scholastic book-fair the week leading up to our annual Art in the Courtyard event from May 28th to 31st. 

All that to say, we need your help! We could not do this book fair without the participation of parents who are willing to set aside time to make it happen. In order to make the book fair happen, we are looking to fill a few key roles: 

  • Communication & Marketing: Do you like making posters and helping people be informed? This could be the role for you! 

  • Setup Coordinator: If you are the kind of person who decorates for every holiday and the term aesthetic is in your normal vocabulary, this is the role for you. 

  • Shift Leads: It takes a large village to run these book fairs. We need at least three people who are willing to lead staffing for the book fair. If you have a go to list of 3 or more friends that you like to volunteer with this role maybe for you!

  • Fun Coordinator: If you like to think through details that make simple gatherings feel like an event we need you on our team! 

The hope is that this is a collaborative project, by claiming a role you are deciding to be part of a team and not just expected to do everything yourself! Please reach out if you have any interest in helping out! 

Levi Brown -  Tina Tague - 

Erin's Law Lesson in Connect: In compliance with SB 856 (Erin's Law) and OAR 581-022-1440 (9), Eugene 4j School District will implement four sexual abuse prevention lessons each year in grades 6-8 during Connect on the following dates: Monday, April 15th, Friday, April 19th, Friday, May 3rd and Monday, May 20th

These lessons will address the following topics and skills:

  • Topics Addressed:

    • Consent

    • Healthy/Unhealthy Relationships

    • Sexual Abuse

    • Safe Touch, Safe Secrets

  • Skills Addressed:

    • Effective Communication Skills to Establish Boundaries

    • Skills to Tell a Trusted Adult

    • Techniques to Recognize Sexual Abuse

    • Identifying Safe Touches & Safe Secrets

Parents have the option of excluding their child from such instruction. If you do not want your child to receive  instruction in any of the topics above, please submit THIS form. 

Track & Field Meets: Support our Team by joining one of our upcoming meets! Running events start at 3:30 PM and field events start at 4:15 PM. All Track & Field Information can be found HERE. 

Meet Dates:

  • Thursday, April 18th at Sheldon Monroe vs Kelly

  • Thursday, April 25th at Churchill Monroe vs ATA

  • Thursday, May 2nd at Sheldon Monroe Vs Cal Young

We are in need of volunteers to host our first meet on April 18thClick Here for our Volunteer Form!


Stephanie Pérez 


Monroe Middle School

Phone: (541)790-6324