Camas Ridge News 11/1/20

Camas Ridge News 11/1/2020

The Week Ahead, Fitness Frolic, Materials, and More

Mark Your Calendars

November 1 – Kick off of the Fall Fitness Frolic (WOOHOO!!!! See below)

November 1 – Daylight Savings Time Ends – Set Your Clocks Back 1 Hour

November 5th – School Materials Distribution – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

November 11 – NO SCHOOL- Veterans Day Observed

November 26-27 – NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Holiday

Looking Ahead…

Good Evening,I hope this email finds you well and enjoying this beautiful fall evening. We are looking into a week that will, for many, bring a host of emotions as our nation votes to determine who will lead us over the next four years and beyond. These are trying times for parents and educators.

In this emotional and contentious political climate it is critical that we communicate to our kids that they are loved, they are capable and that no matter the outcome of this election, they have adults in their lives who are working to keep them safe, teach them right from wrong and empower them to rise up and fulfill their infinite potential. I am glad to partner with you and our staff to be part of the village supporting our amazing Camas kids.

Below are a few curated links to you may want to consider as we get into this week.

How to Talk About the Election With Your Kids – New York Times

Now Is A Good Time To Talk To Kids About Civics – NPR

How to Talk to Kids About the Election and Fraught Politics – CNN

School Distribution THIS THURSDAY

We’ve got another round of school materials to go out this Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. These materials will include:

  • Items from teachers to support academics and social-emotional learning
  • Additional art supplies that were not available at the beginning of the year
  • Materials from Coach Ben and Ms. Allen for PE and music
  • A colorful rock for the Camas Ridge Gratitude Rock Garden
  • More….

We’ve created the Camas Community Care Team

Thank you to those who have already responded. If you are in a position to regularly or occasionally respond to simple, specific donation requests, please fill out the form linked HERE. We would aim to reach out no more than twice weekly with a specific need in the Camas community.

We will not disclose your information to anyone outside the office staff.

Receiving the texts does not obligate you to make a donation at that time.

You may opt out at any time by calling the office. 541-790-8800

Feel free to share this form with anyone you think may be interested.

Camas Community Care Team

Attendance During Distance Learning

Students need to attend school on a daily basis, either attending live Zoom sessions or submitting completed Seesaw assignments. We understand that sometimes schedules change for families and that is why students have the option of live instruction with the teacher or on-demand lessons. If families are not able to get on live with the teacher but are able to do their on-demand work, students will not be marked absent as long as they are completing the on-demand work daily.

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Return to On-Site Learning? Stay Tuned…

Getting students safely back to school in-person is a high priority for Oregon and for Eugene School District 4J.

Governor Kate Brown has released updated health metrics and guidance, developed in conjunction with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Education (ODE), that must be met for schools to return to teaching and learning on-site.

Those interested in the details will find more information here:
ODE Announcement • New Metrics Overview • Current Case Rates

This change does not mean that local students will be returning to school buildings right away. Most schools in our region have been unable to bring students back to school buildings, except for some limited in-person individual supports, given our local COVID-19 public health conditions. Lane County still does not meet the minimum requirements to return to school buildings, either for the elementary grades or for all students. Our coronavirus case rates are too high.

It does make it more likely that our students will be able to resume in-person learning in a hybrid model after winter break, as our district has planned.

These changes are new for all of us. Over the coming days and weeks, we will take time to review the new guidance and evaluate what it will mean for our district’s shift to a hybrid model of online and on-site learning, starting as early as the beginning of January, if public health conditions allow.

Our priorities remain the health and safety of our students, staff and families, and our students’ academic growth and social emotional wellbeing.

We can all help in the effort to get kids back to school by following basic public health practices—including foregoing social gatherings, staying 6 feet apart, wearing masks in public, washing hands frequently, staying home if we’re not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19, and cooperating with contact tracing if contacted by public health officials.

Fall Fitness Frolic!

Fall Fitness Frolic!

The Fall Fitness Frolic is a fun way for our students to practice gratitude while engaging in getting active and a way to raise some funds for our school. We are raising funds help support our Camas families, engage in community collaborative art projects and a very special virtual version of our famous Camas Art Walk. Our first collaborative community creationwill be a beautiful, colorful rock garden in the courtyard at Camas and every child will get to help! Pick up your supplies at our next materials distribution on November 5th.

Principal Kevin started the jog-a-thon themed portion of the challenge with a 3.1 mile run today through the Camas neighborhood. He may even run right by your house! Families who are able, friends and local businesses will be invited to pledge sponsorship for each mile Principal Kevin runs over the course of November. He will be running all over in our Camas Ridge school neighborhoods and you’ll be able to track his runs and miles each day.

Camas kids are invited to participate in the Fall Fitness Frolic with Principal Kevin by getting active each day. Students will get a Fall Fitness Frolic activity bingo card from PE teacher Ben and the PTO. Kids will get active and dig into gratitude throughout the month of November and can enter to win fun prizes like a new scooter, a Get Air Gift card and more!

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How to Support the Fitness Frolic

You can view the Fitness Frolic Pledge form attached below and make a plan with your child, print to hang on the fridge or check in daily to track progress. This form also lets you get pledges from friends and family who want so support fitness, art, projects and the Camas community. When you are ready to make a donation, you can do so at this link Eugene Education Foundation or wait for our envelopes which will come out soon.


Shareable pledge form to share with friends and family

Shareable pledge form to share with friends and family

Please feel free to share the form below with others who may want tot pledge support for our Fall Fitness Frolic. People who make a pledge here will be send a link at the end of the event, 11/30, to fund the pledge they made to a student or to Principal Kevin’s running goal.
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