Welcome Back

Dear Camas Ridge Families,

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer weather. The 2015 – 2016 school year is fast approaching. Diane, Brad and I and many of our teachers are busy getting ready for Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 8 and the first day of school on Wednesday, Sept. 9th! (Kinders N-Z begin on Thursday, Sept. 10th)

Important Information
To help prepare families for the first day of school please see; the What’s Happening Aug. 24 – Sept. 11, a full year “At a Glance” Calendar of important school events, the Daily School Schedule, Health information from Helana, School Supply list, Lunch Menu, as well as Resources and Opportunities for Families in Need of clothing, school supplies etc.

Joyce Cedarlund

Welcome Beth, Joyce, Sofie, Donna and Ronny!
Please join me in welcoming the newest members of the Camas Ridge Staff. Beth Shershun will teach 1st grade. Joyce Cedarlund will teach 3rd and 5th grade math in the mornings and she will help her fellow teachers develop enhanced math opportunities for students who exceed the grade level math standards taught in their homeroom math classes. The additional half time math position allows us to offer 3 math classes in 3rd and 5th grades and it reduces class sizes and prevents 2/3 and 4/5 blended classroom teachers from using 2 separate math programs.

Donna Wynn

Donna Wynn

Sofie Prideaux will provide small group reading instruction for K-1 students and she will organize our efforts to increase the percent of students who meet or exceed grade level standards in Reading. Donna Wynn will teach music full time and Ronny Mason will teach P.E half time during the first half of the school year. Students will have at least 2 music classes and one P.E. class per week through January. Students will not have the benefit of a music specialist during the second half of the year. They will have at least 2 P.E. classes per week taught by P.E. specialist Mark Thornton. Parents will receive an updated staff list with teaching assignments, room numbers and e-mail addresses in the Sept. 4th What’s Happening.

Donna Van Deurzen

Donna Van Deurzen

Staff Changes
As many of you know Donna is moving from 4th/5th grade to teach 2nd grade this year and Grace is moving from 3rd grade to teach our 4th/5th blend. Chris Evans is taking a leave this year. We are in the process of hiring a 5th grade teacher to fill in for Chris for the entire school year. We hope to have our new 5th grade teacher on board by Friday, Aug. 28th.

Communication is the Key – What’s Happening & At a Glance
Diane, Grace 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 child’s Friday Folder.

Communication is the Key – Camas Ridge Website and Facebook pages
The Camas Ridge PTO has worked dilengently 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 & the Camas Ridge PTO Facebook pages.

Communication is the Key – Teachers Communicating with Parents
Teachers at Camas Ridge use a variety of methods (e-mail, blogs…) 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.


  • Friday, September 3rd 3:30 p.m. 2015 – 16 Homeroom Class Lists will be e-mailed to families and posted at school.
  • Tues. September 8New Family Orientation 2:45 – 3:15 & 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. 9 – Students return! (except N-Z Kinder students): Buses will arrive at 7:30 a.m. Bus riders and students who eat breakfast 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 encourage to arrive at school between 7:30 – 7:50 a.m. Classroom and exterior 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.”
  • Thursday, September 10 – First day for kinder students (N-Z)

Can’t wait to see 400 smiling faces on Sept. 9,

Camas Ridge Community School What’s Happening Aug. 27 – Sept 11

Mon. Aug. 24
8:00 – 3:30 Office Opens

Thurs. Aug. 27
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social Playground

Tues. Sept. 1 Teachers return!

Wed. Sept. 2 Classified Staff return!

Fri. Sept. 4
3:30 p.m. 15-16 Homeroom Class Lists posted and e-mailed to families

Mon. Sept. 7 Labor Day

Tues. Sept. 8
2:45 – 3;15 New family Orientation (Families who registered after June 11)
3:15 – 4:00 Open House

Wed. Sept. 9 Welcome Back! (1:10 Early Release)
8:00 – 1:10 Grades 1-5 and Kinders A-M attend

Thurs. Sept. 10
8:00 – 2:10 Grades 1-5 and Kinders N-Z attend

Fri. Sept. 11
8:00 – 2:10 All Students K-5 attend
12:30 – 1:00 Welcome Back Assembly (Parents Welcome) Gym