What’s Happening @ Camas Ridge 9/22/2019 -Curriculum Night, Kindness and More…

Happy Sunday –

Jog-a-Thon is Coming!

We kicked off our largest fundraiser of the year on Friday by sending home Jog-a-Thon pledge envelopes in Friday folders.  I spoke to students briefly near the end of the day to remind them to share that envelope with you.  You may have some questions about the jog-a-thon and I will now use my mind powers to answer those questions I have yet to be asked.

  • The Camas Ridge Jog-a-Thon is our largest fundraiser of the year.  This year our goal is $18,000.
  • We use the funds for activities and materials that enrich the school experiences of all students at Camas Ridge.   Examples include field trips, transportation, art supplies, classroom projects, technology, recess equipment, musical instruments, assemblies and outdoor school.  We do NOT use these funds to buy boring things like paperclips and copier paper.
  • We also make it a goal to not ask families to send in additional funds throughout the year for special activities.  We believe that if we all support this fundraise and other school-wide efforts, we will not need to do that.
  • You can participate by helping your child to collect pledges and set a goal for how many laps to run, walk or jog on October 4th.  We also have an online pledge portal operated through Eugene Education Fund to make it easy to ask friends and family from out of town to pledge your child.
  • Yes, volunteers are still needed to make this event a success.  Contact information for that is on the envelope.
  • What happens if we meet our goal?  I am glad you asked!  If we work together and meet our goal, I will camp out at school! Tent.  Campfire. Cooking.  Sleeping bag.  The whole thing!  Kids and families can come and visit me at Camp Camas that night and in the morning too!
  • Look for more about the day of Jog-a-Thon later this week.

See below for news you can use. Here we GROW!

Principal Kevin

Mark your calendars:

September 25th  – Curriculum Night – See information below

September 25  – Student Success Act Forum 7–8 p.m., at Arts & Technology Academy (facebook.com/events/1267371206755756)

September 26 – Student Success Act Forum – 5:30–6:30 p.m., at North Eugene High School (facebook.com/events/495700684330367)

September 27th – Crazy Hair Because We Care!

October 2nd – PTO Meeting and Volunteer Orientation

October 4th – Jog a Thon

October 10th – NO SCHOOL – Building wide professional development

October 11th – NO SCHOOL – Statewide Inservice Day

Curriculum Night at Camas Ridge – Wednesday, September 25th

Join us on September 25th and learn about your child’s classroom, community time and the year ahead at Camas Ridge!  CHILD CARE PROVIDED IN THE GYM.

  • 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

This Friday is Crazy Hair Because We Care Day! 

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!

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


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

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