Eric's Weekly Update 1-15-15

posted Jan 16, 2015, 10:43 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Thursday, 1/15 Spaghetti Dinner Planning Meeting 2:30 pm
Thursday, 1/15 Math Club Resumes
Thursday, 1/15 Substitute Training 3:30 pm
Friday, 1/16 OBOB Meeting 1:15-2:30 pm
Friday, 1/16 Safe Routes to School Parent Survey Deadline
Monday, 1/19 NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Friday, 1/23 OBOB Meeting 1:15-2:30 pm
Monday, 1/26 Site Council 6-7:30pm
Tuesday, 1/27 Sam Bond’s Fundraiser with T.R.U.E. Performance 6:30 pm
Thursday, 1/29 T-shirt Order Deadline
Friday, 1/30 NO SCHOOL – grading day 

This week…
This week the students shared some great research about reptiles found in Africa. We are preparing for the next round of presentations which will be in early February, and we will be focusing on the wonderful world of African birds.

At this writing I am hopeful that we can get to our discussion about the Egyptians and the building of the Great Pyramids. It will depend on the students, who have struggled this week to stay focused on classroom protocols.

Next week and beyond…
Next week we will be talking very briefly about Apartheid because of the historical significance to Africa and MLK day.

I am planning to make a few more thank you notes with the students, create bird mobiles, and discover the efficiency of log rollers and the wheel-axle.

If there are folks who would like to help with the mobile art activity I would welcome your help. I think 1-2 adult helpers would be sufficient. I am planning on starting at 1:45 on Wednesday the 21st. Just send me an email if you are interested. Thank you.

Inclement Weather and Emergency Closures
In the case of inclement weather that would make roads, school parking lots, driveways, or sidewalks unsafe for travel, Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School will be closed when the 4J school district is closed. If Ridgeline is scheduled to be in session, and no announcement is made, school is still in schedule as planned. 

The 4J school district will make this announcement in many ways, which are (as of Dec 2013):
· 4J’s website,
· Twitter @4Jweather / text message alerts
· KRVM 91.9 FM, and other local TV and radio stations.

School closure and bus route decisions normally are made early in the morning and announced by 6:30 a.m. This is to ensure the most current weather conditions are assessed. Decisions are made district-wide and are the same for every 4J school.


Ridgeline Montessori will delay opening when 4J schools are scheduled to open on a delayed schedule. 

Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School may be in session on a day when 4J happens to be already out of session. In this case, Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School will make the announcement on its web site,

Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School values safety above all else. Neither 4J nor Ridgeline can make a decision based on conditions nearby to individual families or staff. Families and staff are encouraged to consider road and sidewalk conditions in their areas and make decisions based on safety. Ridgeline Montessori honors parents’ decisions about school attendance in these conditions. Staff members should contact the school and exercise leave options available to them when they believe they are unable to get to work safely. 

Eric and Emily