Camas Ridge Counseling Corner

April 12-April 16, 2021

Weekly Lessons: Friendship, Teamwork, and Accepting Differences


This week, we have focused on teamwork with some grades. We talked about the different kinds of teams we may be part of, the purpose of teams, roles of team-members, and how to work collaboratively through conflict. Regardless of where we do school and both in and out of school, we are all part of teams that help us through life. Gaining skills to be a good leader and teammate are vital to school, community, and life success.

Friendship & Accepting Differences

To a child, having even just one good friend can make a huge difference. Research shows it is not the quantity of friends children have, but the quality of even one or two good relationships. Our children can become better at making and keeping friends from learning three basic social skills:

  1. How to break the ice with kids they haven't met before
  2. How to act positively with others
  3. How to manage conflict constructively.

To have a good friend, you must first be a good friend.

All of our friends and peers bring their own strengths, weaknesses, and interests to any situation. This variety can help our relationships become stronger and our communities more resilient. Acknowledging, respecting, and accepting those differences can only be an advantage for our youth in building relationships and communities. One of my favorite picture books about acknowledging and honoring differences is Just Ask, by Sonia Sotomayor. Click on the link below to hear a read-aloud of Just Ask.

State Testing. . . during Covid restrictions

Every year, schools are mandated by the Department of Education to conduct standardized assessment with students in specific academic areas at specific grade levels. The value of these assessments continue to be debated at multiple levels and families may have different opinions regarding the value or worth of the assessments and the time use to administer the assessments.

This year, there are many factors that impact the ability to administer the assessments in a valid and efficient manner. While students in grades 3-5 typically take tests to cover 2-3 subjects each year, this spring, students may be provided the opportunity to test in fewer subject areas per grade level.

Families may choose to exempt (science assessment) or opt their student out of participation (English Language Arts & Math); families may choose to have their student participate in the assessment. Click here for more information about state testing.

If you are a parent of a student in grades 3-5 and would like to opt your child out of the Math and/or English Language Arts assessment:

  1. Click on the pdf below
  2. Save a copy of the pdf to your computer (do not fill out directly via web browser)
  3. Fill out pdf & save a copy
  4. Email the completed and saved copy to
If you are a parent of a student in 5th grade, you may request an exemption from the state Science testing to accommodate your student's IEP or Section 504 disability or sincerely held religious beliefs. To exempt your child from science assessment:
  1. write a letter or email to including your student's name and grade
  2. indicate if your request is based on disability or religious belief
  3. explain why you are requesting the exemption
  4. provide parent/guardian signature, printed name, and date

Additional 4j & Community Resources

Parent Groups & Events

New support groups and information sessions are available in our schools and community for parents and students. More information about some of the activities are available in our Parent Groups and Events flyer. Some require pre-registration.

School Meal Update and Changes

School meals are no longer be available for pick-up from school sites and will only be available through weekly delivery. Meals will also be served to your child when/if they are at school, on site.

School Meal Distribution: Weekly meal boxes will be delivered on Wednesdays, beginning March 31 and will include breakfast and lunch for up to 7 days. Dinners are included when available. Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, reduced milk and/or soy milk and other dietary options are available.

  • If you were already receiving delivered meals, you MUST SIGN UP again to receive food boxes weekly on Wednesdays.
  • If you would like to sign up, complete meal delivery request form or call 541-790-7654.

School meal menus and nutrition information can be found HERE

Additional Food Resources

4J Wraparound Services: Food boxes and pantry/personal care items are available every Wednesday for 4J families in need. To request a box, please contact me at Camas Ridge, or leave a message with your name and phone number for the 4J wraparound team at 541-790-5718 or

FOOD For Lane County (FFLC), the area’s nonprofit food bank, continues to distribute food to its network of more than 150 churches and social service agencies during the coronavirus outbreak. The agency is providing an up-to-date list of closures and schedule changes for local food pantries.

Community food resources for families in need include:
Food pantries (Find the food pantry nearest you:
Meal sites
The Dining Room
Programs for children
Programs for seniors
Trillium Produce Plus

Hunger Factors Survey

Throughout the month of April, FOOD for Lane County is asking Lane County residents to participate in a survey about hunger. FFLC and our partners track the number of people who access food assistance, but these numbers don’t tell the stories about why people need help with food, or what we could be doing better to feed our neighbors.

Please help us fight hunger by completing this short survey! It only 25 questions and should only take about 10 minutes.

ALL survey responses will be anonymous!

If you would like to participate in the gift card drawing you will be redirected to a new page upon completion of the survey.


American Rescue Plan: Eviction Moratorium Extended

As part of the American Rescue Plan signed by President Biden on March 11th, the eviction moratorium has been extended and additional resources are available. See the pdf below for more details and further information.
Homes For Good Rental Openings

open rental listing from 3/4/21