December 14-18

A3 Student, Parent and Family Weekly News | December 14-18, 2020

Reminder: Next week begins Winter Break, December 21-Jan 8

MLK Jr. Art Contest

Every year the MLK committee, comprised of Springfield Public Schools teachers and community members, organizes contest that celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This contest is open only to Springfield students in grades K-12. Students are asked to submit an essay, poem, artwork, photographic presentation, poster, or video, or any other type of art from relating to the theme that is selected by the committee members. The deadline for submission is January 13th. This year’s theme is: We are truly free when none are oppressed. If you are interested in submitting a piece of art, check in with one of your teachers. 

End of the Term

Term 1 ends this week, on December 18th. Note: grades will not be updated until February 4th. Students may use Winter break to refine their work as needed. Please connect with Ame for opportunities for personalized tutoring over the winter break.


Due to Covid, we are sad that we cannot be in person for Confluence. However, students will still be participating and the presentation to the public will be done through a digital format. We know this may not feel as authentic but we hope that you are able to enjoy the hard work of students and staff.


J-Term will look different this year, the details are as follows:

  • You will go to one single class
  • You will have two teachers 
  • We have a later start
  • You will be in either a morning or afternoon cohort

J-Term Schedule

8:50-11:40 AM Cohort 

Lunch 11:​40-12:30  

12:30-3:20 PM Cohort 

3:30-4:30 Office Hours

Materials Distribution

We will host a materials distribution for J term on January 7th and 8th, behind the building, 10-4 each day. There will also be a holiday fun item in there!

Support for Community

Are you and your family struggling? This summer’s wildfires and the ongoing pandemic have been a stress to many families. The A3-PTSA may be able to help. Contact Ame ( or Wendy ( to speak confidentially about your family’s particular needs. They will work with the PTSA to provide support for you through these difficult times.


Are you in need of supplies? Bags of Love is accessible by anyone in Springfield Public Schools and children receive a free bag filled with:

  • Handcrafted bag or duffel bag
  • Handcrafted quilt or fleece blanket
  • Toiletry Kit: shampoo, Kleenex, soap, toothbrush, tube of toothpaste, hand sanitizer, Boy: comb/ Girl: brush and/or hair ties
  • Toys: (age & gender appropriate) stuffed animal, books, & toys*
  • Clothing: (age & gender appropriate) socks, underwear, outfit (top & bottom) + extra T-shirt, sleeping outfit
  • Seasonal: Summer: shorts, hat (if available) Winter: sweatshirt or sweater, coat, hat, mittens, and/or scarf
  • School bag: paper, spiral notebook, scissors, ruler, pencils, eraser, glue, crayons/colored pencils/markers, pencil sharpener

To request a bag for a child or family, simply email with this information:

Parent Name

Parent Email 

Parent Phone Number

Student Name


Shirt size

Pant size


Covid Testing

Here are some free ​Covid testing events:

  • For folks with disabilities and their families/caregivers: January 2nd from 2pm-5pm at the Arc of Lane County (4181 E Street in Springfield)
  • For the Latinx community: Thursday, Dec 17th from 4pm-6pm at Bohemia Elementary in Cottage Grove. Includes food box handout with food picked out especially for this population.
  • For the Black community: Sunday, December 13th from 2pm-5pm at Mims House (330 High Street in Eugene)

Attendance Awards

We are pleased to announce that the top 48 attenders for the months of September through December are going to be offered an awesome gift in recognition for their hard work. We will have these available during our materials give away on January 7th and 8th. Details are as follows:

  1. We will notify the recipients
  2. When families come to pick up their materials for J term on materials giveaway days, they can select from the items left in stock (first come, first serve)

Congrats to our winners and thank you for your efforts!

Life After High School

Are you starting to think about life after high school? Check out our Post High School Planning Guide.

Helpful Resources

  • Get Schooled – new resource to help with after high school success
    • Get Schooled – We help young people get to college, find first jobs, and succeed in both. Get Schooled is free, has no advertising, and never shares personal user data.


Drug and Alcohol Treatment for Teens

The Adolescent and Family Services (AFS) Clinic of Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) currently has openings for our drug and alcohol treatment program for 12-18 year old’s. Our family oriented treatment is evidenced-based and offered at no cost to families in English or Spanish as part of a research study at Oregon Social Learning Center. ALL Lane County teens/families are eligible.

The AFS Clinic is launching a new series of videos to promote our research and services.  The first few videos have been launched on the AFS Facebook page ( and on YouTube ( Please watch for more videos in the weeks to come.

We’d be so appreciative if you could help spread the word to increase our reach to adolescents and families in our community. Please consider liking our AFS Facebook Page, liking our video posts, and sharing on your organization’s or private practice’s social media platforms.  Thank you for your continued support of OSLC and our mission to improve the well-being of teens and families through research and clinical services.  If you have questions about the AFS Clinic or want to refer people directly to the clinic for services, please call AFS at 541-284-7560.  To learn more about OSLC research, please visit our website Attached is a brochure.

Ways to Support SPS Community

SPS has put together an Amazon Wishlist to replenish hygiene and other basic needs supplies within school buildings. If you’d like to donate to the wishlist please click here.

Springfield Community Responders are volunteers that respond to “alerts” sent by the 15th Night Coordinator at SPS for needs specific to Springfield students; needs that cannot be met by internal school resources such as clothing, shoes, small household items, food or bedding. If you are interested in this program please read more here.