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Dear Camas Ridge Families,

The 2016 – 2017 school year is fast approaching. Jennifer, Brad, and I are busy getting ready for Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and the first day of school on Wednesday, Sept. 7! (Kinders N-Z begin on Thursday, Sept. 8). Your teachers are also getting their curriculum and rooms in order to welcome you!

Welcome New Staff Members: Barbara, Tracy, Tom, Robi, and Lourie!
Please join me in welcoming the newest members of the Camas Ridge Family. Barb Willoughby will be working with multiple grade levels and teachers as our Essential Skills Coordinator. We are sharing her with McCornack Elementary, so she will be here three days per week in the mornings. Tracy Lightner will be our new Learning Center teacher. She will be working with multiple grade levels and teachers to serve the needs of our students. She hails from St. Louis, Missouri, with 25 years of teaching experience, with degrees from the University of Missouri and Arkansas State University. She has three children currently in college in three very different locations: Chicago, Mississippi and London. Tom Cramer will be teaching 5th grade this year. Many of you already know Tom as he was a student teacher here and has long been part of the fabric of Camas Ridge as both a parent and volunteer. Robi Sclafani will be a new face to our front office and will be assisting Jennifer MacPherson. Robi recently moved to the Eugene area from Humboldt County (Northern California) with her husband James and 5 year old son Elio. She has worked in elementary schools for the past 5 years in many roles (teacher’s aide, librarian, administrative assistant, temporary business manager, school counselor, and social work specialist). Lourie Morgan will be replacing Helana as our school nurse.

In addition, Donna Wynn will again teach music at Camas Ridge. She will be full time during semester 1 and half time during semester 2. Mark Thornton will teach P.E half time during the first half of the school year and full time for semester 2. Students will have at least 2 music classes and one P.E. class per week through January. Then, they will have 2 P.E. classes and one music class for the remainder of the year.

Staff Changes
As many of you know, Jennifer MacPherson is now taking on the responsibility of Head Secretary! We are excited to have her in this new role! Eric Freeman will be moving to teach a 2nd/3rd grade blend. Grace is moving from 4th/5th blend to a 4th grade. Joyce Cedarlund has moved from our facilitating math teacher to taking on a 5th grade class.

Communication is the Key

“What’s Happening” & “At a Glance”
Jennifer, Robi, Engracia, and I will provide families with the weekly “What’s Happening” & “At a Glance” calendar in English and Spanish. Families who do not have e-mail will receive a paper copy in their youngest student’s Friday Folder.

Camas Ridge Website and Facebook pages
The Camas Ridge PTO has worked diligently to create multiple sources of school and community news for Camas Ridge Families. Parents are encouraged to check out the Camas Ridge website ( and the Camas Ridge Community School and Camas Ridge PTO Facebook and Twitter pages.

Teachers Communicating with Parents
Teachers at Camas Ridge use a variety of methods (e-mail, blogs, Friday folders, etc.) to regularly communicate classroom activities and events with parents. Teachers rely on e-mail, the phone and of course personal contact to communicate with parents regarding individual student issues.

I look forward to partnering with you this year to provide the best experience possible! See you soon!

Wes Flinn
Principal, Camas Ridge Community School

What’s Happening – September 2-9

Friday, September 2 at 3:30 p.m.
2016-17 Homeroom Class Lists will be e-mailed to families and posted at school.

Tuesday, September 6
New Family Orientation 2:45-3:15 p.m. & K-5 Open House 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. The Camas staff is looking forward to welcoming new and returning students and families to Camas Ridge.

Wednesday, Sept. 7 
Students return! (Including kinder students with last names A-L (N-Z Kinder students stay home).)

Buses will arrive at school at 7:30 a.m. Bus riders and students who eat breakfast at school will enter through the main entrance and go directly to the cafeteria to eat, socialize or read quietly. Parents who walk, drive or ride bikes are encouraged to arrive at school between 7:30 – 7:50 a.m. Classroom and hallway doors will open at 7:50 a.m. Students who arrive before 7:50 a.m. may come to the cafeteria or wait by the lower and upper breezeway doors. Students who arrive by 7:50 will have 10 minutes to transition to their respective classroom, socialize, connect with their teacher and prepare for the Morning Greeting. Please remember today is an early release day; school is dismissed at 1:10 pm.

Thursday, September 8
First day for kinder students with last names N-Z (A-M stay home).

Friday, September 9
All students; all Kinders

Additional Useful Information

Free Lunch Application

Just filling out the application helps Camas Ridge serve kids. Save money on school meals, athletics, enrichment activities, and more! In these tough economic times, many families are finding their finances tighter than ever. There are many resources are available to help. Sometimes families hesitate to apply for the school meal program because they don’t want to strain their school’s resources. Not to worry! The school district receives federal reimbursement for free and reduced-price meals, and individual schools can receive additional federal funding based on how many students qualify for the program. If you fill out a form and qualify, you are helping both your family and your school.
More than 40 percent of 4J students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. You qualify if your household income is at or below the federal guidelines, or if your family receives food stamps, TANF, or FDPIR—even if your situation is short-term, such as a temporary layoff. The program is confidential, easy, and good for both your budget and your child’s school. This application must be updated each school year. To learn more and apply online, go to

Your Child’s Health at School

Lourie Morgan, RN (541) 790-5746

Per state law, you must complete the Certificate of Immunization (CIS) form at enrollment. Your child needs at least one shot of each required immunization series before he/she may start at school. Your child’s record must be up-to-date in February in order to stay in school.

We recommend a checkup before school starts and provide the “Medical Report” form for you and your child’s healthcare provider to complete and return. This is a good time to get immunizations, renew prescriptions or school orders, discuss age-level safety, and address any health concerns/needs. If you need a quick appointment or do not currently have a health care provider, consider calling one of our School-Based Health Centers regardless of your insurance/financial status.

  • Churchill High School Health Center: (541) 790-5227
  • North Eugene High School Health Center: (541) 790-4445

Please know: there is not always a nurse in the building. The nurses supervise and assist staff at several schools to help address student health needs. If your child requires special assistance at school (i.e. daily or emergency medication, help with care tasks, etc.) contact the school nurse directly so she can collect information and touch base with staff as needed.

The school does not supply medication for students. If your child needs to keep or take medication at school, you must provide the medication in its original labeled container, review the district’s medication policy, and complete a form that authorizes trained school staff to assist your child. Contact the nurse if you have any concerns.

Vision and dental problems can affect your child’s ability to learn/participate. Your child should have a complete eye exam before school starts and be receiving regular dental care. If you have concerns and are unable to obtain this care for any reason, notify the school nurse. Your child may qualify for certain programs offered through the 4J school district.

When your child is sick or injured, please make appropriate arrangements. If your child is ill, please keep him home until there has been no fever, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. for at least 24 hours and he can manage his coughs and sneezes! If your child is home sick with a serious/contagious illness please notify the school’s main office. If your child is injured, and the doctor has given you special instructions, please share that information with the school nurse. Remember, to stay healthy, your child needs daily exercise, a regular bedtime, 10 good hours of sleep, good nutrition, and should use proper bathroom/hand/respiratory hygiene.

Please help your child dress for the weather and be sure he/she has footwear that is safe for active play (no high heels or flip-flops please.) Consider keeping a change of clothes in your child’s backpack in case he/she gets wet, muddy, or has an unexpected accident. (We appreciate donations of gently-used clothing here at school.)

Please be sure the school has your most up-to-date phone numbers and address. Teach this information to your child and notify the school immediately of any changes. When your child gets sick or injured at school, we want you to know.

If you ever find yourself struggling to provide for your child’s well being, please contact the school and ask to speak to the nurse. We have a variety of resources at our fingertips and are NEVER too busy to help. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy school year!

Each month, the school’s lunch menu may be accessed at

Peanut & Tree Nut Free Policy

Camas is a Nut Free Zone! We need your help! We have a number of students in grades K-5 at Camas Ridge who have serious, life-threatening allergies to PEANUTS and TREE NUTS. Their allergies can be so severe that an allergic reaction can be triggered from touching objects contaminated with peanut or tree nut oil residue or even from breathing in peanut proteins in the air (e.g. from someone eating a sandwich, crackers or nuts close by). We are asking the Camas Ridge Community to work together to minimize the likelihood of life threatening allergic reactions caused by touching, eating or inhaling peanut/nut proteins at nuts

Because there are students with severe peanut and nut allergies throughout the building at any given time, we feel it is in our best interest to declare all areas, except the cafeteria, Peanut/Nut Free Zones. This means that all classrooms including the gym, library and front office are considered Peanut & Nut Free Zones. Snacks and other foods eaten in the classroom, library, gym and front office must not include peanut/nut ingredients. (Peanut and nut free foods created in factories that use equipment that may have peanut/nut residue are allowed.) To determine if a snack is allowable, simply read the ingredient listing on the package. If the ingredients list contains peanuts or nuts it is not allowed in our Peanut/Nut Free Zone areas.

Students may have foods with peanut and nut ingredients in their lunches. Lunches must be stored outside of the classroom and eaten in the cafeteria only. Students with peanut/nut allergies will eat in a designated “Peanut/Nut Free” section of the cafeteria. Students with hot lunches or peanut/free lunches may also sit in the Peanut/Nut Free section of the cafeteria. The following is a partial list of peanut-free snacks and lunch ideas.

PEANUT-FREE Snacks and lunch food ideas:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Other nut butter sandwiches
  • Dried fruit
  • Bagel with cream cheese
  • Fruit roll ups/Fruit Snacks/fruit leather
  • Turkey, etc. sandwich
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Hummus & pitas
  • Wheat Thins
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Ritz Crackers (plain or with cheese)
  • Spaghetti
  • Cheezits
  • Leftovers (pizza, pasta, etc.)
  • Oyster Crackers
  • Egg salad sandwich
  • Pretzels Tuna sandwich
  • Corn puffs/popcorn/Pirate’s booty, etc.
  • Graham Crackers/Graham Cracker snacks
  • Any nut-free breakfast cereal (i.e. Life, Nutrigrain Bars or other nut-free cereal bars, Cheerios, Mini Wheats, etc.)
  • Animal Crackers
  • Fig Newtons
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Yogurt
  • Apple Sauce Cups
  • Fruit cups
  • Nut-free baked goods

You are encouraged to avoid granolas, granola bars, and energy bars since they are high in peanut content. Mixed nuts, peanut butter crackers (including Ritz Bitz) and baked goods containing peanuts should all be avoided. Potato chips cooked in peanut oil such as Tim’s Cascade and Hawaiian are to be avoided.

Camas Ridge Community School Schedule 2016 – 2017

7:30 Main door open, Breakfast served in café
7:50 Outside and Classroom Doors Open
8:00 Morning Greeting and Announcements
9:15 – 9:30 KG, & 1st Grade Recess
9:30 – 9:45 2nd & 3rd Grade Recess
9:45–10:00 4th & 5th Grade Recess
10:40 – 10:55 Kg Recess
11:00 -11:20 Kg. Lunch
11:00 – 11:15 1st Grade Recess
11:15 – 11:35 1st Grade Lunch
11:20 – 11:35 2/3 Recess
11:35 – 11:55 2/3 Lunch
11:45 –12:00 4/5 Recess
12:00 -12:20 4/5 Lunch
12:25 – 12:55 Community Time (Mon., Tues., Thurs, Fri.)
1:00 – 2:10 Projects & PBL: (Mon., Tue.,Thur., Fri.)
1:10 (Wed. only) Early Release Dismissal
2:10 Dismissal – (Mon., Tue., Thur., Fri.)

Camas Ridge Community School Staff Assignments 2016 – 2017

Classroom Teachers


  • Liz Williams rm 16
  • Carly Leavitt rm 18
  • Sofie Prideaux rm 9B

1st Grade

  • Beth Shershun rm 15
  • Christie Hoogendorn rm17

2nd Grade

  • Kathy Walker rm 14
  • Donna Van Deurzen rm 13
    2nd/3rd Eric Freeman rm 11

3rd Grade

  • Brynne Eidlin rm 12
  • Nicole Shofner rm 10

4th Grade

  • Grace Schubert rm 6
  • Matt Wade rm 7
  • Ben Dechter rm 8

5th Grade

  • Kristi Johnson rm 2
  • Tom Cramer rm 1
  • Joyce Cedarlund rm 0


  • Counselor TBA
  • Nurse Lourie Morgan
  • Special Ed. CLCB Kim Sullivan
  • Special Ed L.C. Tracy Lightner
  • Speech/Lang Lisa Tolonen
  • ELL Bethani Mayberry
  • ESC Barbara Willoughby
  • School Psychologist TBA
  • Music Donna Wynn
  • Physical Education Mark Thornton

Classified Staff

  • Secretary Jennifer MacPherson
  • Office Assistant Robi Sclafani
  • Lead Custodian Brad Elliott
  • Night Custodian TBA
  • Educational Assistants: Marilee Wakeman, Carrie Frazier, Cate Huang, Sue Masterson, Sandy Krupicka
  • Bilingual Assistant Engracia Pelayo
  • Special Ed. Assistants: Cindy Green, Brenda Radloff, Caroline Keen, Blake Ridgway


Wes Flinn