Irish Nation Newsletter 05.15.2020



May 15, 2020

Yearbook – The yearbook will be going to print SOON! There are a limited number of yearbooks still available for $65.Please email us if you have any questions –

Sheldon Website– Please make sure you are connecting with us via the updated website. Visit Distance Learning for All to get all your important Distance Learning information.

ACE Awards – Congratulations to Sheldon’s ACE Award nominees: Lisa Albrich, Nancy Anderson, Tory Guenther, Diana Jurasevich, Brian Kuzma, Ron Lampe, Mike Washburn and Mary-Ellen Youngblood-Lee.


I know that the world seems chaotic to many people right now, and so as we approach the trimester 3 midterm grading period I want to warn you that these midterm grades you will be receiving for your student next week will look different than grades have looked in the past. Under the guidance of the state, we have been given two different grading options under Governor Brown’s Executive Order. Students will only be given either a Passing Grade (P) or an Incomplete (I). Please see the descriptions for each of these grades below:

Pass (P) – This grade will be given for all students who are currently earning a 60% or higher in their respective classes.

Incomplete (I) – This grade is reserved for students who are currently earning less than 60% of available points.

Final grades for the term will follow the same format. If a student has 60% of the points required they will earn a P and will be awarded full credit for the course. At the end of the term if the student is not earning 60% they will receive an incomplete. This incomplete will carry over into next year, when a student will have the ability to make it up for credit. We are strongly encouraging students to pass all of their classes this school year, as the additional load of making up incompletes, on top of their full class load next year could be overwhelming to many of our students.

I know that some families have made the decision to step away from school this spring for a variety of reasons. If you have decided, as a family, that your student should not be in a class(es), please fill out the form that is linked below. This will allow your student’s counselor to make the appropriate moves to remove any unwanted classes at this time.

Sheldon Trimester 3 Add/Drop Form


Virtual Graduation Ceremony for Sheldon High School will be made available on June 11th at 6:30 pm with the International High School’s ceremony beginning at 8:15. The District is working to broadcast respective events from the District’s Facebook page. As we approach June 11th, we will be sending out an exact web address where each student/family can view the ceremonies.

Senior Distribution will be done on Wednesday, May 20 at Sheldon High School. This event will only be available for students that had planned on graduating in June of 2020. If a Senior was not planning on graduating this spring then they would have to wait for the school wide day that will be coming up in the near future.

To ensure social distancing we will break down the times that students will be allowed to pick up their materials, based on first letter of last name, as follows:

8:00-9:00 A-C

9:00-10:00 D-H

10:00-11:00 I-L

11:00-12:00 M-O

12:00-1:00 P-R

1:00-2:00 S

2:00-3:00 T-Z

We are also planning to offer a number of things that students could get taken care of to minimize the number of trips that they will need to take to school. We will be offering a number of stations that students will go to in order to accomplish the following things:

  • Pick up Caps and Gowns from Miners, the company that these items have been purchased through;
  • Receive individual awards such as cords, stoles, pins, awards etc;
  • Get their diploma covers they would typically get during the graduation ceremony;
  • Seniors can have a picture taken in their cap and gown (each student will receive one free photo);
  • Senior yard/window signs for 2020 graduates;
  • Seniors can pick up athletic letters for winter and spring seasons;
  • Turn in the technology that they have checked out from Sheldon from Senior students who no longer need it;
  • Turn in textbooks, library books, and any other equipment they might have (instrument, calculator, etc…) from Senior students that are no longer needed;
  • Signing of the Senior “Class of 2020” Shield.

Our plan of having everything available at the same time is to make things better for our students and families. This will allow students to get all the things they have which belong to the school turned in and to be able to get everything they want from the schools related to graduation at the same time. This has taken some coordination on our part but it should allow us another way to offer some semblance of normalcy to the end of the year in such uncharacteristic times.

We will adhere to all social distancing and safety protocols, including all staff wearing masks. Please have your student come to the front entrance of Sheldon at their appointed time (see above) and staff members will help to get them through the process.

Diplomas – The legal first, middle, and last name is typically listed on the diploma. If you would like your diploma to omit the middle name or use just the middle initial, or if you have any questions regarding name on diploma, please contact the Sheldon Registrar, Amy Hendrickson, at or 541- 790-6607.

Diplomas will be mailed to the student’s home address in July. Please be sure that the Sheldon Registrar has a current address. We will notify families as soon as the diplomas are in the mail.

Final Transcript Requests – Directions

Seniors – Request your Final transcript to go to the “SCHOOL YOU WILL ATTEND”.

  1. 1. Go to your Naviance account home page
  2. Select: Colleges I am Applying to
  3. Under your “list” of colleges, see the heading, “College I am attending”
  4. Select the drop down “arrow” to choose the FINAL COLLEGE
  5. Select “UPDATE” on the right to make the selection FINAL
  6. Next, click on +REQUEST TRANSCRIPT
  7. A new page opens. Select the type “FINAL” and the COLLEGE of choice. Click DONE.
  8. Click REQUEST AND FINISH. Success!

For questions regarding college applications and transcript requests via Naviance, students should contact their school counselors. The official graduation date is June 11. The Sheldon Registrar, Amy Hendrickson, will be sending all final transcripts through the Naviance portal in late June. If the receiving College cannot accept an electronic transcript through the portal and a paper copy must be sent, please contact the Registrar.

Scholarship Opportunity – Each year Sheldon Boosters recognizes one outstanding Sheldon High School Senior who demonstrates the benefits of involvement and Sheldon Booster sponsored activities (athletic teams, clubs, other Sheldon clubs). The Scholarship is $1,000 and will be awarded to a graduating senior. Payment is made to the school or program that will be attended during student’s first year of college/school in the fall after evidence of enrollment. The application and activity grid are attached or can be printed off or you may also pick up a packet in front of Sheldon, Mon-Fri, 10:45am-12pm. All packets must be emailed/turned in (drop off packet in front of school, Mon-Fri 10:45am-12pm.) no later than May 22nd. Please read the application carefully and submit all required documents.

Shamrocking – Do you want to celebrate your senior or your athlete? Maybe it’s time for a birthday? Please see the attached flyer to celebrate that special moment in your student’s life.

Senior Grad Party – The Planning Committee is looking for monetary donations to provide items for a “congratulatory” graduation gift box for the 320 “Sheldon 2020 Graduates.” If you would like to help, please send donations to Sheldon High School, ATTN Grad Party, 2455 Willakenzie, Eugene, OR 97401, call Kristen Natt at 541-790-6600 for more information. Venmo payments can be made here:


OR, please consider donating the following items for baskets or individual items to be raffled off daily during the week leading up to graduation, 06.08 – 06.11: Mini fridge, mini microwave, small a/c unit; or basket ideas – laundry basket, Cleaning basket, Movie night, UofO, OSU, Eugene, Dorm room, Shower basket.

The winners will be drawn through the Sheldon Seniors and Sheldon High School Instagram accounts. Winners will receive their prizes at the parade or arrangements can be made for later pick up/delivery. Please contact Jonna Leighton for drop off location –


Get Moving – the Portland Trail Blazers are offering Virtual PE to keep students (and everyone) active and healthy!

Google Classroom: Instructions on how to access or set up Google Classroom can be found here: Google Classroom Instructions

ABC-CLIO – Explore outside the classroom. Students, continue you learning virtually! Discover video lessons, quizzes, and activities from ABC-CLIO’s databases that align to your classwork for spring topics in American History, American Government, and World History.

Eugene Public Library: currently signing up anyone for a library card by calling via phone (541) 357-7082, regardless of whether they live in the city limits or not. These cards would expire when we reopen to the public again. Once we reopen, card holders would need to pay the regular non-resident fee for continued access. But they don’t have to pay for using a card during the time the library is closed. These cards would give access to digital collections, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, etc.


Wi-Fi Hotspots: Depending on your proximity to participating businesses and open spaces, you might have another option for free internet access: wireless internet hotspots. If you live in an area serviced by Comcast Xfinity or Charter Spectrum, you may be able to access one of their public Wi-Fi hotspots. Please note that this information does not apply to residential hotspots. WiFi HotSpot Information


A Sheldon Community Responder is a volunteer that responds to “alerts” sent by the 15th Night Coordinator at Sheldon High School for needs specific to Sheldon High School students that have not been met by internal school resources. These type of alerts would be for items such as clothing, shoes, small household items, food or bedding. A Sheldon High School Community Responder would receive a text message indicating a need. If the Responder can provide the need, they respond to the text message and work with the Sheldon High School Coordinator to secure and deliver the item. Please contact Trista Neuman at


Rental Assistance – Please see the information below about 2 funds that are working to gather donations to help families with rental assistance. This assistance is only for immigrant families who are not eligible for the federal stimulus package – undocumented families and mixed status families.

  • Centro Latino Americano (Lane County only)
    • Be sure to indicate in which way you would like your donation to be used (i.e. rental assistance, covid-19, food pantry, diaper pantry, general use, etc).
  • Oregon Worker Relief Fund (statewide)
    • Update: Today (4/23), the Oregon State Legislature had an emergency board session and they allocated $10 million to this fund. This is very exciting! We hope to connect our Lane County community to this fund as well.

Homes for Good – Now accepting applications to be placed on a waiting list for affordable 3-bedroom duplexes for low-income households. Rent and utilities are based upon 30% of household income. Residents pay for electricity only. Water, sewer, and garbage are included with the rent. Move-in costs include a prorated first month’s rent along with a $575.00 deposit. Homes for Good can assist applicants with obtaining a loan for the deposit, repayable over six months at a reasonable interest rate. A small dog or cat is allowed with a $200 deposit and an approved pet application. Units include yards, washer-dryer hookups, and ductless heat pumps. The duplexes line both sides of the streets at North First St., Mill St., West Olympic St., Water St., Kelly Blvd., West Quinalt St., Prescott Ln., McPherson Pl. and West Fairview Dr.

Paper applications can requested by mail or fax by contacting 541-682-3755. Applications can be submitted via email, fax, mail, or dropping off a physical copy to our office through the mail slot. The application closing date may be extended, depending upon the response.

To qualify, applicants need to meet low-income guidelines for Public Housing:

For applications while the waitlist is open, go to:

Food Resource List from the Advocacy and Outreach Workers of Lane County – Food congregate meal sites, and similar hunger-relief programs are considered essential services and are exempt from Governor Kate Brown’s orders to Stay Home, Save Lives, as well as the restrictions on public gatherings banks, food pantries, and food service facilities.

FOOD for Lane County (FFLC) continues to distribute food to our network of partner agencies. We are in regular contact with our partners to monitor for any closures or changes to normal operations. Additionally, we continue to receive updates from Lane County health officials, Oregon Health Authority, and Oregon Food Bank. Visit

Pantry Map to see our pantry locator; possible COVID-19 updates are listed below.

We strongly recommend clients contact an agency in advance to confirm their hours of operation.


  • Bethel Food Pantry at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Eugene Normal distribution hours; food boxes only; no shopping, no entry into building
  • Catholic Community Services, Eugene Providing food boxes Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Catholic Community Services, Springfield Providing food boxes Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Not open on Saturdays until further notice
  • Community Sharing Normal distribution hours; food boxes only; no shopping
  • Crossfire Hands of Hope, Springfield
    Opening April 2 for extra distribution
    Food boxes only; no shopping, no entry into building
  • Daily Bread, Eugene
    Normal distribution hours; food boxes only; no shopping
  • Eugene Faith Center
    Planned reopening on May 14
  • Florence Food Share
    Normal distribution hours; food boxes only; no shopping Effective March 23 through April 28, closed on Monday evenings
  • God’s Food Box, Alvadore
    CLOSED, except for food boxes provided by appointment
    Call 541-225-8115 or 541-915-8437 to arrange an appointment
  • God’s Storehouse, Harrisburg
    CLOSED for March, except for food boxes provided in an emergency and by appointment Call 541-359-5529 to arrange an appointment
  • Helping Hand, Marcola
    April 17: Additional pantry day added. Otherwise, normal hours
    Check-in at 9:00am, food distributed at 10:00am; Food boxes only; no entry into building
  • McKenzie River Food Pantry
    Now opens at 3pm; food boxes only; no entry into building
  • Salvation Army Eugene
    Effective March 11: Normal hours; food boxes only; no entry into building
  • Vincent de Paul Food Room
    Effective March 18: Normal hours; food boxes only; no entry into building
  • Triangle Food Box, Blachly
    March 20: Normal hours; food boxes only; no entry into building
  • Up River Pantry, Dorena/Culp Creek
    April 3: Additional pantry day added on the first Friday of the month


Meal sites:

  • FFLC Dining Room, Eugene

Beginning March 16: Will provide up to 200 to-go meals beginning at noon; first come first served; no entry into restaurant

  • Ebbert Memorial, Springfield Normal hours; meals to go only
  • Hope Center, Eugene CLOSED
  • Sunday Interfaith Breakfast (First Christian Church), Eugene
    CLOSED—details forthcoming on a Downtown Food Hub supported by Sunday Interfaith Breakfast
  • Shepherd’s Hand, Junction City
    Both meal sites are closed through April 13
  • Mary’s Breakfast, Eugene CLOSED

Trillium Produce Plus:

  • Bethel Farm, Eugene

Beginning 3/16, open every Tuesday and Friday, 11am – 3pm All other sites closed until further notice.

White Bird Clinic –

Please find updated info on the status of community resources in operation during the COVID-19 crisis here White Bird Clinic. This is changing daily, as folks modify their hours and services to prevent the spread of the virus. We will update this information daily as the situation is rapidly changing. Send updates to

Looking Glass Community Services – Station 7 continues to provide largely the same services we provided previous to Covid-19, we are just screening clients upon entry by taking temperature and assessing for Covid-19 symptoms and then we are practicing CDC and HUD recommended guidelines within shelter as far as social

distancing and sanitizing goes. We are able to take youth 11-21 at Station 7 but youth 18+ have to be in their own room (or in a room with only other 18+) and we have to prioritize 11-17 so we take those 18+ stays on a night by night basis depending on our room availability. We also continue to operate the 24/7 crisis phone and texting line for the agency. Please visit the website for information Looking Glass Community Services

The City of Eugene has been working on ways to connect with youth and families during this time. A project we are currently working on is creating craft/activity kits for families to take home at no cost. We would be assembling the kits observing the most current safety protocols, and setting up pick-up locations around the city. We are specifically looking at food distribution sites as potential locations to set up a table, tell families what we’re doing, how it works, and sending them home with one of our kits. We are looking to start our program the week of Memorial Day, 5/25.


2020 Census: Every Kid Counts – Every 10 years, everyone living in the United States is asked to complete a simple questionnaire that asks for basic information about all the people in their home. The 2020 U.S. Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding including for schools and families, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. Families will receive a letter in the mail in March, telling you how to participate in the head count. Responding to the census is important, it’s easy, and it’s confidential. You can complete the census form online, by phone, or by mail. Children under the age of 5 are often missed. All kids count on the 2020 Census, no matter their ages. Make sure to count every child living in your home on April 1 on your census form. Visit to learn more.

Censo 2020: Cada niño cuenta – Cada 10 años, a todos los que viven en los Estados Unidos se les pide que completen un cuestionario simple con información básica sobre las personas en su hogar. La ciudadanía no importa, solo dónde viven. El Censo 2020 determinará la representación en el Congreso, informará a cientos de billones en fondos federales, incluso fondos para escuelas y familias, y proporcionará datos que impactarán a las comunidades durante la próxima década. Las familias recibirán una carta por correo en marzo, informándole cómo participar en el recuento. Responder al censo es importante, es fácil y es confidencial. Puede completar el formulario del censo en línea, por teléfono o por correo. Los niños menores de 5 años son frecuentemente extrañados. Todos los niños cuentan con el Censo 2020, sin importar su edad. Asegúrese de contar a cada niño que vive en su hogar el 1 de abril en su formulario de censo. Visite /es para obtener más información.

4J Office of Equity – Link to the Updated Calendar of Events

Technology – In an effort to help solve some student technology problems more quickly, we would like you to invite you to take a look at the links below. This form will help gather a lot of the information that we’ve currently been spending valuable time researching and going back and forth gathering in emails. In particular, by filling out the school name the system will be able to immediately notify the assigned TSS for your school.