Camas Ridge – What’s Happening – 9/15/19

Happy Sunday –

Thank you to all those who came out on Friday for a celebration of returning to school.  The weather cooperated and there was plenty of food to share.  I loved seeing as friends and families reconnected after the summer, made new friends, welcomed new families to our wonderful neighborhood school and kids playing until the sun went down.

This week looks a little wetter.  Thanks for helping your kiddo be ready for the weather with a jacket at appropriate shoes for outdoor recess.

See below for news you can use.

Here we GROW!

Principal Kevin

Mark your calendars:

September 16-17th –  Restaurant of the Month – Pastini

September 19th – Camas Ridge Site Council Meeting – 2:30 – 4:00

September 25th  – Curriculum Night – See information below

September 25  – Student Success Act Forum 7–8 p.m., at Arts & Technology Academy (

September 26 – Student Success Act Forum – 5:30–6:30 p.m., at North Eugene High School (

September 27th – Crazy Hair Because We Care!

October 2nd – PTO Meeting and Volunteer Orientation

October 4th – Jog a Thon

Want to Volunteer?  Get Started HERE.

At Camas Ridge and other schools, there are simply far more jobs and responsibilities than there are people to do them. By helping with special events and routine tasks, volunteers allow teachers and staff to focus more on helping children learn and grow. We can accomplish more, and offer children and families more services, with the help of volunteers.  Whether you want to help in the classroom, with special events or work behind the scenes helping teachers, in the garden or anywhere else, we would love to have you on our team.  Please see the links below to get started.

Volunteer Application and Guidelines


Curriculum Night at Camas Ridge – September 25th

Join us on September 25th and learn about your child’s classroom, community time and the year ahead at Camas Ridge!

  • 5:00-5:30 Community Time presentations and food in the cafeteria
  • 5:00-5:30 Title One presentation and food in Title Room (for families of students receiving Title One services)
  • 5:35-6:05 Grades 3-5 Curriculum Presentations – in homerooms
  • 6:10-6:40 Grades K-2 Curriculum Presentations – in homerooms

Crazy Hair Because We Care!  Spreading Kindness EVERYWHERE!

CALLING ALL EUGENE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS! Let’s spread some CRAZY Kindness all over Eugene, Oregon! On Friday, September 27th, 2019 Elementary school kids all over the district will be recognizing this day of kindness with a kind words and CrAzY hAiR.

PARTICIPATING IS FUN & EASY Just wear your craziest hair style to school on 9/27/19.

If you want to share your kindness on social media, just snap a photo of your hair and post in on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #crazyhairbecausewecare

BUT WAIT… THERE IS MORE!!! Jordan Kent Skill Camps will be awarding the “BEST HAIR” photo posted on social media using #crazyhairbecausewecare with a FREE admission to one of their AMAZING camps!

Late Arrivals and Early Departures

We are finally hitting our stride and on a regular schedule with classes and will be staring community time this week.  I know that late arrivals and early departures are inevitable due to occasional appointments and emergencies.  We try to minimize interruptions to classrooms throughout the day and can use your help with this. Thanks for having your kiddo at school on time and through the end of the school day as regularly as possible.

Attendance Line: (541) 790-8825

If your child is going to be absent, please give us a call on the attendance line at (541) 790-8825 for planned and unplanned absences.  Informing the teacher is helpful, but letting us know in the office is critical and may save you from calls about the absence.

Camas Ridge PTO News

Click HERE to see all events for September from the Camas PTO

Student Success Act – We Want to Hear From You

Community input will help develop $12–13 million investment plan

Share Your Voice: Online Survey

New funding is coming to Oregon schools, and we want to hear from you about how to best support student success.

This spring the Oregon Legislature and Governor approved the Student Success Act (HB 3427). This is a historic and much needed investment in K–12 schools. Eugene School District 4J is expected to receive about $12–13 million per year starting with the 2020–21 school year—about 5% of the district’s general fund budget—to increase academic achievement for all students, reduce disparities among student groups, and meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs.

Eugene School District 4J is seeking community input to inform the plan to invest these new funds. Student Success Act funds may be spent in four broad categories: increasing learning time, addressing student health and safety needs, reducing class size / increasing classroom staffing, and expanding well-rounded learning opportunities.

First, in September, the district is seeking input on what is working well and what improvements are needed in our schools. In a second phase, in November, the district will seek input on potential investments to support student success.

Please join us to talk about what student success looks like in our schools. What is going well in 4J schools? What are the challenges you’ve experienced? What areas, services and programs could we improve? Students, families, staff and community members are invited to take 10–15 minutes to complete the 4J Needs Assessment Survey, and/or take an hour to join a community conversation. Your voice matters!

4J Needs Assessment Survey 
August 29–September 27
Available online in English and Spanish

Community Conversations
Childcare, light refreshments, and Spanish interpretation will be provided.
• Wednesday, September 25, 7–8 p.m., at Arts & Technology Academy
• Thursday, September 26, 5:30–6:30 p.m., at North Eugene High School
• Spanish/Español: Thursday, September 26, 7–8 p.m., at North Eugene High School

Gustavo Balderas Named Oregon Superintendent of the Year

4J leader is state’s 2020 Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Gustavo Balderas has been named the 2020 Oregon Superintendent of the Year by the Oregon Association of School Executives (OASE) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA).

Dr. Balderas was selected among superintendents of Oregon’s 197 school districts for the top state award, which seeks to publicly recognize the outstanding leadership of active, front-line superintendents in Oregon and honor them at the national level.

“Gustavo Balderas is a model for student-centered leadership in public education. He is respected by educators across the state not just because he works tirelessly for kids, but because he does so with unmatched integrity, humility, and professionalism. OASE is excited to have Gus represent all superintendents across the state as the 2020 Oregon Superintendent of the Year,” said Candy Armstrong, North Wasco County School District Superintendent and president of OASE.

Dr. Balderas is a product of Oregon’s public school system. He was raised as the child of migrant farm workers in eastern Oregon near the Idaho border, attending public schools in Nyssa, Oregon. He followed his K–12 education by earning his bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon University, his master’s degree from Portland State University, and his doctoral degree in education leadership from the University of Oregon. Dr. Balderas has been an educator for nearly 30 years, mostly in Oregon after teaching briefly in Texas; he began as a high school teacher and counselor and in the Hillsboro School District . He served as superintendent of two school districts in California before becoming superintendent of Eugene School District 4J in 2015.

“Dr. Balderas’ recognition as the Oregon Superintendent of the Year should come as no surprise to our board, our district and community,” said Anne Marie Levis, 4J school board chair. “Dr. Balderas has been an exceptional leader for our schools and has transformed the way we look at education for our kids. He is laser-focused on results for our students, insightful in the work that he does and knowledgeable about what makes a difference for our students and their achievement. Our district is thrilled that he is being honored with this award.”

Balderas is known as a statewide leader in educational equity and has made significant progress on equity issues in Eugene. For example, “Nearly 40% of school principals and 30% of all administrators in 4J are people of color—a far higher percentage than any other district in Oregon and on track with the state’s priority for employing staff who look like the students they serve,” said 4J human resources administrator Dr. Rob Hess. Balderas is a co-founder and past president of the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (OALA), and currently serves as a board member and treasurer for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.

“Gus is a listener, collaborator, and strategic problem solver. He is a constant source of counsel and information for myself and other educators throughout the state of Oregon and beyond,” said Hillsboro School District Superintendent and OASE Board Member Mike Scott, a longtime colleague of Balderas. “His ability to build relationships, see issues from a variety of perspectives, and maintain focus on a larger vision for student achievement makes him an excellent choice for Superintendent of the Year.”

In addition to his work as superintendent of the Eugene School District, Balderas serves in other local and statewide positions. He is the Superintendent Advisor to the Oregon State Board of Education, a member of the Executive Board of the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA), a member of the COSA Equity Advisory Board, and a board member of the Oregon Department of Education English Learner Advisory Group. Locally in Eugene, he serves on the boards of United Way of Lane County, the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, Trillium Community Health Plan, Connected Lane County, the Lane Early Learning Alliance, and PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Community Health Board.

Balderas will be honored with a formal presentation at the 2019 Oregon School Boards Association annual conference November 14–17 in Portland, Oregon; at the 2020 OASE Winter Conference in Gleneden Beach in January, at the AASA National Conference on Education in San Diego in February, and at the 2020 COSA Annual Conference in Seaside in June. Balderas’ selection for this award automatically places him in the running for the National Superintendent of the Year Award from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).



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