19-20 Back to School

August 27, 2019

Dear Camas Ridge Parents and Guardians,

It is with tremendous enthusiasm that I write to welcome new and returning families to the 2019-2020 school year and to introduce myself.  I have lived my entire life in Eugene and am the proud father of a 13-year-old son and a 16-year-old daughter who also attend school in 4J.  

My education roots run deep.  Both my wife and I grew up in Eugene and attended elementary through high school in 4J.  My father taught his entire career in Cottage Grove and my mother was an instructional assistant in kindergarten classrooms for most of her career.  To top it off, my wife had been a reading specialist at Awbrey Park Elementary School for 21 years and now works to support teachers through the Eugene Education Association.  I live for teaching and cannot express how excited I am to be a part of the Camas community of teachers and learners.

Below is a LOT of information that is helpful for navigating the first few weeks of school.  For your reference, this information will also be posted on our school website at https://camasridge.4j.lane.edu

I would personally like to take this opportunity to thank Jennifer, Robi, Caleb and Randolph, our wonderful office and custodial staff, for all they have done to make the building and systems ready for kids and teachers.  We are a lucky school to have such talented people behind the scenes.

Thank you for the warm welcome.  It’s going to be a great year!

Principal Kevin

News You Can Use:

Class Lists and Master Schedule

Our class lists and master schedule are still subject to change as enrollment fluctuates, so we are not able to publish them at this time.  Thank you for your understanding. On that note, if you know of new or kindergarten families in the Camas neighborhood who have not yet enrolled, please encourage them to come by this week as we are building classes and allocating resources for the year.

Upcoming Events

Our calendar of events can be found at https://camasridge.4j.lane.edu/calendar/ .

Please mark your calendars for the following events:

  • September 2nd – office CLOSED on for Labor Day
  • September 3rd – New family orientation at 2:45 – cafeteria
  • September 3rd – Classroom open house/meet the teacher – 3:15 – classrooms
  • First day of school – Wednesday, September 4th – 7:55 – 2:25

First day of school.

Exterior doors at the front office will open for business at 7:30 a.m. to drop off paperwork or take care of other enrollment details.

Bus riders and students arriving before 7:50 will enter the cafeteria. At 7:50, students will be dismissed to classrooms.

Two other outside doors as well as the gated areas will open at 7:50 (north and south doors on the upper wing and east doors in the breezeway of the lower wing).  Classes begin at 7:55.  

Friday Folders. Each student has a purple folder that is sent home on Friday. Please empty the folder, read the contents, and return the folder with yous student on Monday. Families with more than one child will usually receive school-wide information (like menus and newsletters) in their youngest student’s folder. If you need special arrangements for a second folder, please contact the 

Camas Ridge Website and Facebook pages. I encourage everyone to check our website’s school calendar regularly as this should be the most up-to-date way of checking on upcoming items and school events: (http://camasridge.4j.lane.edu/) The Camas Ridge PTO has worked to create multiple sources of school and community news for Camas Ridge Families. Please check out the Camas Ridge website and the Camas Ridge Community School & Camas Ridge PTO Facebook pages.

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

Volunteering at School/Family Engagement. If you are interested in volunteering at Camas Ridge Community School (in the classroom or library, on a field trip, etc.), please fill out the volunteer application online as soon as possible at


Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the link “Online Volunteer Application.This application must be completed every two years. Thank you!

Ongoing research shows that family engagement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism, and can also lead to higher grades and test scores, better social skills, and improved behavior.

Free & Reduced Lunch Application:
Filling out the application helps Camas Ridge serve kids. We have hard copies in the front office, or you can go online: www.4j.lane.edu/nutrition/freelunch A new application must be completed each school year.

Save money on school meals, athletics, enrichment activities, and more!

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 www.4j.lane.edu/nutrition/freelunch

Camas Ridge Community School 

Student Body Funding 2019-2020

Recommended Contribution: $35 per student

To pay by credit card, please go to camasridge.4j.lane.edu, or complete this form and visit the Camas Ridge office.


Please make checks payable to “Camas Ridge Community School” and write your child(ren)’s name(s) on the check.

Please note that checks for lunches need to be made out to “Nutrition Services.”

Student name  _______________________________ teacher ________________

Student name  _______________________________ teacher ________________

Student name  _______________________________ teacher ________________


Our teachers depend on family contributions to be able to purchase classroom supplies for their students. Contributions you make go directly into the classroom for supplies. We understand that not everyone is able to make this financial commitment, and it is not required. Therefore, if your family is able to make an additional contribution to support the teachers, we would greatly appreciate it.


$ _________ Contribution  (recommendation: $35 per student)

$ _________ Additional Donation  (to help further cover costs for teachers–thank you!)

$ _________ Total amount

Would you like a receipt? ___no   ___yes  

If requested, a receipt will be sent home in your student’s Friday Folder

For office use:

                                                                                                                Date received _________

  Cash       __________                     Check # __________       Credit ref # __________

Daily Schedule 2019 – 2020



7:30                     Main door open, FREE breakfast served in the cafeteria

7:50                     Outside and Classroom Doors Open

7:55                     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    

10:55 – 11:10      1st grade recess

11:10 – 11:30      1st grade lunch

11:20 – 11:35      2nd & 3rd grade recess

11:35 – 11:55      2nd & 3rd grade lunch

11:45 –12:00       4th & 5th grade recess

12:00 – 12:20      4th & 5th grade lunch

12:55 – 1:20      Community Time (Monday-Thursday)

1:25 – 2:25           Projects & PBL: (Monday-Thursday)

1:10 (Friday only) Early Release Dismissal

2:25                       Dismissal (Monday-Thursday)

Additional Useful Information:

Your Child’s Health at School

Nichoel Fry, RN (541) 790-5746     fry_n@4j.lane.edu


IMMUNIZATIONS 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.


HEALTH CHECK-UPS 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


HELP AT SCHOOL 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.


MEDICATIONS 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 & DENTAL 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 



ILLNESS & INJURY When your child is sick or injured, please make appropriate
arrangements. If your child is ill, please keep them home until there has
been no fever, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. for at least 24 hours and they
can manage their 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.


CLOTHING/SHOES 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.)


EMERGENCIES 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.


CONCERNS? 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!

 -4J Health Services


LUNCH MENU Each month, the school’s lunch menu may be viewed at


Camas is a Nut Free Zone!

Peanut & Tree Nut Free Policy:


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. 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.


Because there are students with severe peanut and nut allergies throughout the building at any given time all areas (except the cafeteria) are Peanut & Nut Free Zones. This means that all hallways, 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. If the ingredients list contains peanuts or nuts it is not allowed in our Peanut & Nut Free Zone areas. (Peanut and nut free foods created in factories that use equipment that may have peanut/nut residue are allowed.)


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 nuts/nut products in their lunches will eat at a designated 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 or dried fruit Other nut butter sandwiches

Yogurt Bagel with cream cheese

Fruit roll ups/Fruit Snacks/fruit leather Turkey, egg salad, tuna, etc. sandwich

Goldfish crackers Hummus & pitas

Wheat Thins Mac & Cheese

Ritz Crackers (plain or with cheese) Spaghetti

Oyster Crackers Leftovers (pizza, pasta, etc.)

Pretzels Nut-free baked goods

Corn puffs/popcorn/Pirate’s booty, etc. Graham Crackers/Graham Cracker snacks

Any nut-free breakfast cereal Nutrigrain Bars or other nut-free cereal bars
Animal Crackers Applesauce 

Fig Newtons Cheese 


You are encouraged to avoid granolas, granola bars, and energy bars since they often are high in peanut content. Mixed nuts, peanut butter crackers (including Ritz Bitz) and baked goods containing peanuts should all be avoided. 

Attendance Information &
Pickup and Dropoff Procedures


School Hours:

  •     Breakfast/Early Arrival Supervision in cafeteria – 7:30 – 7:50
  •     Classroom doors open, students settle in classrooms – 7:50
  •     Classes begin – 7:55
  •     Regular dismissal – 2:25, Friday dismissal -1:10

Regular Office Hours: 7:30-3:30, Fridays: 7:30-2:00


Please plan to be at school before 7:50 to ensure students are in their seats by 7:55. The parking lot and streets around campus become very crowded as 7:45 approaches. It is best to arrive early and use our parking lot on the corner of Harris and 28th. If you are dropping off in front of the school, pull as far forward as possible and have your student exit quickly and safely on the school side of the street only. You may not leave your car parked here for any reason (please have student materials and backpack in the car for quick exit). Temple Beth Israel allows us to use their parking lot only for morning drop off if there is no room in our own parking lot. If you use this option, make sure you do not leave your car parked there for more than 10 minutes and not after 8:15. If you are walking to our building from across the street, please model crossing at our crosswalk or at a corner crossing for your student. 

Students who are not in class by 7:55 are considered late and must to report to the office to get a late admittance slip prior to going to class. 

Reporting an Absence:

Attendance Line #541-790-8825

If a student is going to be absent or late to school, please call our Attendance Line, available 24/7. Messages left before 9:00 am will be entered into the data system for that day’s attendance. Please briefly provide the date, your student’s name, and reason for absence.

*Absences are only considered excused if due to illness, medical appointments, or family emergencies, and must be reported within 48 hours of an absence.

Attendance Matters

Many people don’t realize that students are considered chronically absent when they miss school or are substantially late two more days per month (regardless of reason).

According to multiple studies, missing several days of school significantly reduces the likelihood that students will graduate from high school. With attendance a crucial factor to keeping kids on the right path to graduation, Attendance Works has substantial information on attendance and the impact on student achievement.

Start Strong and Build a Habit of Being on Time with Your Student

Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict frequent absences later in the school year. Nearly half of all students who missed more than two days of school in September went on to miss almost a month of school.

Every Minute Matters

If a student is 10 minutes late to school each day, this adds up to missing more than 33 hours of class time. A student with a 90 percent attendance average for Kindergarten through 12th grade will miss over a year of accumulated time in the classroom.

Chronic Absences

An estimated 5 to 7.5 million students in the United States miss almost a month of school every year. This adds up to over a year missed by the time of graduation.

Early Absences Lead to Attendance Issues in Later Grades

Absenteeism starts early. One in 10 kindergarteners and first graders are considered to be “chronically absent.” Research shows students who miss 10 percent of school, or two days per month, show negative academic progress. In some schools, that adds up to 18 days a school year and is considered to be chronic absence.

Third Grade Reading Level

Poor attendance can keep children from reading proficiently by the end of third grade, which is shown to negatively affect their chances of graduating on time.

Dropout Indicator

By sixth grade, a chronically absent student is shown to have a significantly higher chance of dropping out of high school.

Excused Absences Hurt Too

Excused absences are just as impactful as an unexcused one, so please plan appointments for early release Fridays.

See more research on the importance of attendance HERE http://www.attendanceworks.org/research/all-research/

This is a new form required to be completed each year. If you have a kindergartener or a student new to Camas, you probably completed it upon registration.

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