Camas Ridge Counseling Corner

Week 4: October 15, 2020

~Realistic Expectations~

Every day, I am filled with joy and excitement when seeing or hearing the happy sounds of engaged students and teachers who get to connect with our youth. There are many positives to connect with to help keep the mindset positive.

And I need to remember that we are currently living through a pandemic, and recent wildfires, and social justice unrest, and many layers of other stressors in our lives and community. This is important to remember as we need to set realistic expectations of ourselves and realistic expectations of our children. We can't expect the same amount of sustained attention and focus. We can't expect the same ability to respond to and regulate emotions. We can't expect the same amount of academic growth and progress.

This does NOT mean we lower expectations of ourselves or our children. We need to step back and determine the appropriate targets and expectations. As I view this period of time and this school year, my expectations for myself, my family, and those in my community is to embrace and focus on self-awareness, self-compassion, learning strategies to manage and respond to stressors, and embracing the unique supports and strengths within our communities. Maybe we might need to make up academic ground in the future. This may be a unique opportunity and naturally-occurring opportunity to focus on flexibility, creativity, self-awareness, and taking the time to slow down and step back.

Sometimes, we just need permission to prioritize our social-emotional and mental wellness.

Parent Information and Collaboration Chats

We have a few parent collaboration events planned.

  1. Parent nights led by the UO Child and Family Center, focused on behavior management and emotional regulation. Likely to begin first week of November
  2. Parent nights led by 4j school counselors on various topics specific to current times (and based on your requests), to begin first week of November (guide topics and schedule by completing this Parent Chats Survey)
  3. Parent Coffee Chats: time and space for parents and caregivers to come together to sit, talk, and collaborate together. This time is hard for all of us and having time together as parents can be validating and we can all learn from each other. Come when you can, stay as long as you want; we're better with more voices.Starting Monday, October 19 12:00-1:00pm @

(Meeting ID: 945 4222 0896; Passcode: 307560)

Need Help or Connection to Resources?

If your family is in need of any additional resource, whether it is food, clothing, school supplies, parenting supports, mental health supports or something else, please do not hesitate to reach out.

We will always do what we can to help!

Use this Google Form to request support:

Need Clothing?

Every year, the Assistance League of Eugene partners with Fred Meyer to provide shopping events for children in need of clothing. We have some slots available for student shopping the first week of November. If your child is in need of clothing, please complete this request form. If you cannot access the form, please e-mail or call 541-760-6199.

Food Resources

Click picture for list and links to childcare resources

Contact & Scheduling Information

Click this link to schedule an appointment for you or your student:

Office hours (by appointment):

  • Mondays 1:00-3:00
  • Tuesdays 1:30-2:30
  • Thursdays 1:30-2:00
  • Fridays 1:30-2:30

Developing a Growth Mindset

We've been focusing on Growth Mindset in school. See below for a great video about growth mindset. We could all use some growth mindset about getting through these struggles.

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