Camas Ridge Counseling Corner

Summer 2020

Summer Food Resources

Searchable map of Food For Lane County summer food sites:

Link to Summer Food Sites flyer, including FFLC and Eugene 4j food sites:

If you need food and cannot access food sites or need supplemental or different food items (or other items, such as pet foods or cleaning supplies), you may be able to obtain the items or arrange delivery by leaving message at 541-790-7717.

FOOD: USDA Farm to Family Program

4J will be receiving truck loads of fruits & vegetables, milk, eggs, protein (varies each week). Food boxes will be available for pick-up at South Eugene on Wednesdays 11:00-12:00 throughout the summer

If you need a food box and are unable to arrange for pick-up during the specified times, please contact Jaime Hock at to make alternate arrangements.

EWEB Bill Assistance open July 1 and August 1

EWEB's bill assistance program opens on the first day of each month. You can apply on-line (preferred) at or by calling 541-685-7000. The program has run out of funds within the first half-hour in the past few months, so apply at 9:00 am and have your information ready.

Summer Directory~ from Direction Service

Summer Camp, Services, & Resources Directory from Direction Service. Intended for families and youth with disabilities, but also includes many resources for all youth and families. See link for full resource:

Dear Parents,

We are at the final week of the craziest end to a school year in my experience. It seems we are stepping away from your children and our community at a time when we may all need each other the most. While I need this time for some rejuvenation, I know that my summer will be filled with continued learning, self-reflection and advocacy.

As I've stated and shared before, many of our kids may be feeling scared, confused, or angry about the situation. It is our job as parents to help our youth process what they are seeing and hearing and help them manage their feelings.

In times of unrest, teachers and parents can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security, and talking with them openly about issues that are impacting them, their questions, their anger, and their fears. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) provides more detailed recommendations in the resources “Talking to Children About Violence,” tips for educators and parents for supporting vulnerable students in stressful times, and has shared a call for action to end racism and violence against people of color.

Also included in this edition:

  • Anti-racism and talking with your youth about race and recent events
  • Parent Info & Collaboration Night
  • OT Corner: Sensory-motor activities
  • Camas Ridge Care Team: Community Resources & Food Resources
  • Links to prior week's resources: Collaborative Problem-Solving, Anxiety resources, Calm Corner & Breathing Exercises

Test or Challenge Yourself

Become an Anti-Racist

Read Alouds to guide conversations about race

Talking with your child about race and violence

Talking about race and violence can be very challenging for a variety of reasons; however, the conversations are essential. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

1) Validate their feelings: Check in with your child. They might not use words to express their thoughts or feelings and may have difficulty identifying what they are thinking or feeling.

2) Don't avoid talking about it. People of color don't have the option of not talking about it. Even very young children are aware of racial differences and can learn harmful lessons about race when it's not discussed openly.

3) Be clear, direct, and factual. Use clear language, emphasize that racial violence is wrong, and talk about history

4). Encourage questions -- don't worry if you can't answer them. By tolerating discomfort you're modeling an important skill.

5) Try to be calm, but don't hide your emotions. It's important to be honest and let your child know you are upset by injustice.

6) Rely on your support system. Check in with your own mental health and ensure self-care and a support network

7) Keep the conversation open. Racism and violence aren't topics you talk about just once. For kids of any age and race, this is an ongoing topic.

8) Explore resources (see resources above and below)

Resources for Talking to Your Child about Race

OT Corner ~ Sensory Motor Activities

Newsletter of activities from our 4J Occupational Therapy Team with fun fine motor & sensory activities.



Upper Elementary-Middle School:

Practicing Mindfulness

There's a lot of research out there that suggests that taking a few minutes every morning to clear your mind and breathe deeply helps to reduce stress. These are traumatic times, and meditation can help kids (and grownups) to start the day with calm.

Community Resources

Want and Able to Provide Support?

While we brace for a larger economic crisis to come, many of our 4J families are experiencing an immediate financial crisis. Camas Ridge, and all 4j schools, have formed wraparound support teams to connect with families in need and help them access services and supports. In many cases, the families we're helping have never needed support before. If you are able to give, thank you. There are many ways to give, from providing gift cards for groceries, gas, or data, or donating items, such as pet food, cleaning supplies, food, hygiene items. Donations can be made to Camas Ridge or the Eugene School District.

Prior Newsletters with Resources & Information

Camas Ridge Counseling Corner #1

Prior newsletter with info covering calm corners and brain breaks

Camas Ridge Counseling Corner #2

Prior newsletter with info covering collaborative problem solving and addressing anxiety

Closing Thoughts

Not only do we need to be there for our children to help them process what is happening, I believe it is also our job to take at least one step towards addressing racism, our own biases and hate in our schools and in our community.

If I do nothing, I am perpetuating racism.

I am more committed to serving and supporting our students and community members of color, who are the too frequent victims of racism and racist acts. I believe our schools and our community should be safe havens where all children are respected and nurtured, where discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated, and where all can thrive in the expectation of equity and justice.