September 7, 2017

Dear Corridor friends and families,

We had a great first day of school yesterday. It was great seeing students and parents again. Many familiar faces, and some new ones too. The day was framed by fruit and coffee to start the day and pizza in the evening. Many thanks to the PTO for providing the breakfast treats and arranging the fundraiser at Papa’s Pizza. I was glad to see so many of you there to support Corridor.

I hope your children have talked with you about our Welcome Assembly and shared our theme for the year. We have adopted the slogan: Corridor, where young minds blossom and grow. At the assembly staff dressed as flowers, and Betsy talked everyone about our “growth mindset,” the believe that everyone has the ability to grow, to learn new ideas and new ways of thinking. This is a year in which we will be planting many seeds and putting our energies into growing our minds and later growing our program. Toward the end of the assembly, each teacher placed a flower in a vase to represent how each of us can contribute to a beautiful bouquet. Later in the coming weeks, each student will plant a bulb on the school grounds, so they will see their bulb grow and blossom in the spring. We hope you’ll join us in encouraging your child to blossom and grow this year.

• Instructional Minutes – As many of you recall last spring there was much discussion at school board meetings and coverage in the press about meeting the required 900 hours of instruction at 4J elementary schools and Corridor in particular. It was determined that Corridor needed to increase its weekly instructional minutes for 4th and 5th grades by approximately 60 minutes a week. Staff decided that the best way to meet our requirement was to use the time during afternoon recess for instruction. So, starting this year, 4th and 5th grades will have two recesses each day (except for Friday early release). While this is a change for Corridor, it will put us in line with the other elementary schools in the district.

• Air Quality Reminder – As  you know, due to the multiple forest fires around the state, the Air Quality (AQ) has been at unhealthy levels. We will continue to keep students inside during recess and PE when the AQ is at an “unhealthy” level. We will be monitoring the AQ and adjusting our school activities to ensure that our students are safe. I have attached the Oregon Health Authority documents we will be using to guide our decisions. If you would like to monitor the AQ, you can go to Lane Air Protection Agency website at,

• Try Everything– Superintendent Balderas gave a speech to 4J staff last week, focusing on the 4J Vision 20/20 website as well as the 4J Vision 20/20 Strategic Plan Framework, which details the 3-5 year guiding plan. At the end, he showed a video, Try Everything, that goes along well with our theme: Corridor, where young minds blossom and grow. I hope you will find it as inspiring as I do.



Principal Tom