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Cheri's Semi-Monthly Update 12-7-18

posted Dec 7, 2018, 11:25 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, Dec. 8: Student Marketplace

 M-F, Dec. 17-21: Joy of Sharing

Friday, Dec. 21: All School Sing-a-long

Dec. 21-Jan. 7: Winter Break

Jan. 8: School Resumes

 

SHARING (suggested theme) week of: 12/4- A sign of Winter, 12/11- A symbol of a holiday tradition

 

STUDENT MARKETPLACE DECEMBER 8! - Please join us between 10am-1pm and invite your friends and families!  This was such a fabulous event last year!  I can’t wait to see the creative items our students have made and support their entrepreneurial and fundraising efforts!

 

ALL SCHOOL SING-A-LONG: Our Middle School class invited us to an all school Sing-a-long on Friday, Dec. 21. A group of students has been coming to our classroom to practice the songs we will sing. They play their ukuleles! Our kids so enjoy spending time with these older students.

 

JOY OF SHARING: Help us take care of Ridgeline families over winter break! Our annual food drive, the Joy of Sharing begins December 17 and runs through December 21. Please bring non-perishable donations to school during this week. In addition to food, other items such as toilet paper and personal hygiene items are welcome.  With the donated items, we will create and distribute food baskets to Ridgeline families in need, to help them over winter break.

 

GEOGRAPHYThe students are studying about Australia; it’s animals, landmarks,  biomes art. This week, thanks to Classroom parent, Robyn Suzumura (Kai’s Mom), the class will view and create Aboriginal art. Today we learned that Aboriginal cave art used special symbols to communicate with others. Ask your student to describe/demonstrate dot art.

 

CHINESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE: Mei has been busy sharing paper folding techniques and counting words with the students. She also is so helpful during our daily activities, especially PE.

 

Thanks for sharing your amazing children

 

Cheri & Azusa  For more information about Ridgeline events visit the website http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar

Cheri's Bi-weekly Update 10-22-18

posted Oct 22, 2018, 12:42 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, Oct 24: Picture Day

Wednesday, Oct 24: Curriculum Sharing. 3:05pm or 6:00pm

Monday, Oct. 29: Mod Pizza Fundraiser

Thu, Fri, Nov. 8-9: No School. Family Conferences

Monday, Nov. 12: No School. Veteran’s Day.

 

SHARING suggested theme: week of: 10/15- An item with a 3-syllable name or a part from a plant,

 10/22- An item whose name begins with a vowel

 

 

DETERING ORCHARDS: Our Detering’s Orchards trip was perfect! Many thanks to the adult volunteers for keeping our kids safe and putting up with the crowded, bumpy wagon ride. The photos posted on our Facebook page are wonderful! If you haven’t had a chance to see them take a look.

 

 

JOGATHON: The students were awesome! Please return your pledges. Thanks.

 

CURRICULUM SHARING: This is a special time when your child can bring you into the classroom and show you some favorite work. We have two times available on Wednesday, October 24, to accommodate family schedules. Come anytime between 3:05-4:00 or 6:00-7:00.

 

FIRST GREAT LESSON: This week the students will hear the story of the ‘Birth of the Universe’, according to scientists. The Montessori First Great Lesson weaves a tale of the origins of the universe and our own planet. Using impressionistic charts and experiments directly related to the basic physical properties of matter a foundation is made for the future study of physics, chemistry, astronomy and geology.

I present this information as a theory and explain that no one really knows how the universe began because no one was there to see it. You may wish to discuss your family’s beliefs with your student.

 

FAMILY CONFERENCES: A conference sign up schedule will soon be available. Watch for more information in next week’s update.

 

 

 

Cheri & Azusa  For more information about Ridgeline events visit the website http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar

 

 

Cheri's Weekly Update 10-11-18

posted Oct 11, 2018, 12:39 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, Oct 11: 6-7:30pm Montessori Parent Education with Dr. Casquejo Johnston
Thursday, Oct. 11: Field trip to Detering Orchards
Friday, Oct. 12: No School for students. Professional Development for teaching staff
Wednesday, Oct 24: Curriculum Sharing. 3:05pm or 6:00pm

SHARING suggested theme: week of: 10/8- An item whose name begins with b or d, 10/15- An item with a 3-syllable name or a part from a plant

DETERING ORCHARDS: Thursday, Oct 11, we will visit Detering Orchards. We plan to rent a 4J school bus and leave school at 9:00 AM. We will return by 12:45. Please send a ‘pocket snack’ for your student to eat on the bus. We’ll also have an apple and lunch before we leave. The children will tour the orchards then ride in a wagon and choose a pumpkin to bring back to school. Please send a light lunch (disposable if possible) and a reusable shopping bag that your student can use to carry a pumpkin. Rain gear (boots & jackets) may be necessary but no umbrellas, please. Pumpkins will stay at school for a day or two so we can wash, weigh and measure them. The cost for the bus, the farm tour and the pumpkin are $8.00. If the cost presents a hardship and you would like scholarship information please call the office 541-681-9662.

ATTENDANCE MESSAGE:
You may have noticed that this year you are receiving a lot more communication regarding the importance of regular attendance. This year we are beginning an attendance awareness campaign designed to increase awareness, educate, and ultimately improve student attendance at Ridgeline. Good attendance is strongly linked to academic, social, and emotional success.

We believe that students and families that feel they are included in the school community are more likely to show up consistently. We believe that good attendance will allow your child to fully contribute to and fully benefit from the classroom community. We believe good attendance will not only build strong academics but also build strong socially and emotionally capable humans. Thank you for learning and growing with us!

CHERI’S CLASS FAMILY PICNIC:
What a great turnout! Thank you all. If you weren’t able to attend and would like to help just let us know. We have something for everyone! Things to do before, during or after school… from/at home…weekly duties...and occasional jobs. Let us know your availability.

JOGATHON: The students were awesome and the weather was just right. Please return your pledges. Thanks.

Cheri & Azusa For more information about Ridgeline events visit the website http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar

Cheri's Weekly Update 6-1-18

posted Jun 1, 2018, 12:21 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:
Monday, June 4 Dance-a-thon pledges due
Tuesday, June 5 End of the Year Picnic (5:30-7:00)
Wednesday, June 6 3rd Grade lunch at Subway
Thursday, June 7 8th Grade Graduation
Friday, June 8 NO SCHOOL Grading Day
Saturday, June 9 Rummage Sale 8:00am –3:30pm
Monday, June 11 Mazzi’s Restaurant Fundraiser
Tuesday, June 12 Field Day-Send change of clothes
Thursday, June 14 Last Day of School-Early release 1:05

SHARING SUGGESTION: 6/2 A photo or picture, 6/9 A happy memory or book

CHANGE OF CLOTHES FOR FIELD DAY- Field Day for students will take place on Tuesday, June 12th 9:15-11:15am. One of the stations will have water balloons. It is likely that your child will get wet. We encourage you to send your child with a change of clothes so that they do not have to stay in wet clothing for the remaining hours of the day.

GARDENING:
Thanks to parent volunteers-especially gardener, Kate Walser, the students had a fantastic time harvesting, washing, mixing, serving and eating the vegetables they grew. Many thanks as well to families that shared additional veggies, fruits, salad toppings, dressings and more! A wonderful time was had by all. J

Check out photos on our Facebook page.

DANCE-A-THON!!: What fun we had Friday night at the Dance-a-thon! Everywhere I looked I saw Ridgeline families having a marvelous time being together. I saw some pretty cool dance moves as well. J

**PLEASE RETURN DANCE-A-THON PLEDCES BY MONDAY, JUNE 4***

SCIENCE STUDIES: After an amazing two weeks, our butterflies have emerged and been released. Watching the tiny caterpillars grow, become a pupa (cocoon) then morph into Painted Lady butterflies was amazing. We also studied the life cycles of other arthropods.

END OF YEAR PICNIC:
Bring a picnic dinner and join us Tuesday, June 5, 5:30-7:00pm for this fun-filled year-end tradition.

Thank you for sharing your lovable children!

Cheri & Azusa

Cheri's Weekly Update 5-24-18

posted May 30, 2018, 10:46 AM by Cynthia Friedman


Upcoming Events:
Monday, May 28 NO SCHOOL Memorial Day.
Thursday, May 31 Walk to Tugman Park for lunch (weather permitting)
Friday, June 1 Move up Day
Monday, June 4 Dance-a-thon pledges due
Tuesday, June 5 End of the Year Picnic (5:30-7:00)
Wednesday, June 6 3rd Grade lunch at Subway
Thursday, June 7 8th Grade Graduation
Friday, June 8 NO SCHOOL Grading Day
Saturday, June 9 Rummage Sale
Monday, June 11 Mazzi’s Restaurant Fundraiser
Tuesday, June 12 Field Day
Thursday, June 14 Last Day of School-Early release 1:05

SHARING SUGGESTION: 5/21 A fruit or vegetable, 5/28 A photo or picture

SCHOOL VISITS: Last Thursday I had the opportunity to visit two Montessori Public Charter Schools in the Portland area: Ivy School and Community Roots Montessori Charter School. It’s empowering to realize we are all part of this effort to offer a high-quality Montessori educational opportunity to children. Currently there are more than 500 Montessori Public schools across America!

GARDENING: We have a tentative date for our harvest salad: May 30! Gardener, Kate Walser, will join us and help the children harvest, clean and serve the greens in our garden beds. If you would like to send in some veggies to complement your student’s salad, tuck them into their lunch container.

DANCE-A-THON!!: What fun everyone had Friday night at the Dance-a-thon! Everywhere I looked I saw Ridgeline’s active, happy children and their families having a marvelous time being together. I saw some pretty cool dance moves as wellJ

NATURE ART AND DRAWINGS: Thanks to art teacher, Helen Liu, this week the
students created wonderful ‘Ephemeral Art’ using items from nature.
Some recorded their designs by drawing them on paper. As Azusa says,
“They just can’t do enough art!”

SCIENCE STUDIES: After an amazing two weeks, our butterflies have emerged and been released. Watching the tiny caterpillars grow, become a pupa (cocoon) then morph into Painted Lady butterflies was amazing. We also studied the life cycles of other arthropods.

Thank you for sharing your creative children!

Cheri & Azusa *For more information about Ridgeline’s calendar of events, visit website: www.ridgeline.org



 

 

 

 

 

Cheri's Weekly Update 4-5-18

posted Apr 5, 2018, 2:55 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:
April 9 Track Town Pizza Fundraiser
April 18 All school photo
April 22 Earth Day
April 24 Project Fair (3:05-4:05 or 6:00-7:00)
May 4 No school for students. Professional Development for teachers.

SHARING SUGGESTION: 4/2 An item made with wood, 4/9 A joke or comic

PROJECT FAIR: Every year Ridgeline holds a school-wide Project Fair. Students research a topic of their choice then create a visual display to share the information with others. Here are some examples of projects completed by students from previous years: a model of a car engine built with Legos, pictures of pets and how to care for them, pictures and facts about the life of Houdini, a mobile of the solar system, a volcano model, pictures and facts showing the life cycle of a frog, a plant experiment, rules and playing instructions for soccer, 3 generations of a “family tree.” Most projects are completed at home with family supporting students as needed. Poster boards for Project Fair ($3.00) are available for sale in the office.

This year’s Project Fair happens Tuesday, April 24. On that day family and friends can tour the classrooms and enjoy the displayed projects after school at 3:05-4:05 or in the evening from 6:00-7:00. Even if your student doesn’t have a project this year, please come and support the efforts of others. Let me know if you would like more information, project ideas or a cardboard display.

ASTRONOMY/GEOGRAPHY: Our study of our Solar System concludes with the last of our planet research presentations this week. We now journey inside the Earth and explore the inner layers. When we reach the outermost layer, the crust, we turn our attention to the wide variety of land and water formations covering Earth’s surface. If you have books or materials that support our studies please consider sharing.

ZOOLOGY: Vertebrate studies started with fish then amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Now we’ll concentrate on the last group of vertebrates-mammals. Ask your student if they remember the three categories of mammals. (*hint-how/where are young formed?)

BOTANY: A study of roots come next in our Botany curriculum. If you enjoy gardening with your child take some time to look closely at the roots of plants. Talk about the different types and purpose of roots.

Thank you for sharing your bright and enthusiastic children!

Cheri & Azusa *For more information about Ridgeline’s calendar of events, visit website: www.ridgeline.org

Cheri's Weekly Update 3-14-18

posted Mar 14, 2018, 3:32 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:
February 23-March 23 Direct Donation Drive
March 26-April 2: Spring Break. No School.

SHARING THEME SUGGESTION: 3/12 An instrument or collection, 3/19 A favorite book

PROJECT FAIR: Every year Ridgeline holds a school-wide Project Fair. Students research a topic of their choice then create a visual display to share the information with others. Here are some examples of projects completed by students from previous years: a model of a car engine built with Legos, pictures of pets and how to care for them, pictures and facts about the life of Houdini, a mobile of the solar system, a volcano model, pictures and facts showing the life cycle of a frog, a plant experiment, rules and playing instructions for soccer, 3 generations of a “family tree.” Most projects are completed at home with family supporting students as needed. Poster boards for Project Fair ($3.00) are available for sale in the office. This year’s Project Fair is Tuesday, April 24. On that day family and friends can tour the classrooms and enjoy the displayed projects after school at 3:05-4:05 or in the evening from 6:00-7:00. Let me know if you would like more information, project ideas or a cardboard display.

OUR FIELD TRIP TO HULT CENTER & EUGENE LIBRARY: Tuesday’s field trip was amazing in so many ways. The concert at the Hult Center was fantastic! Noam’s mother, Idit Shner, lead a Jazz group on stage alongside the Eugene Symphony Orchestra. We learned all about the type of jazz music called swing and about syncopated rhythm as in Ragtime. We enjoyed listening to music by Scott Joplin, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. The audience all danced to the George Gershwin song, I Got Music. Such fun! After the concert we walked to the Eugene Library and enjoyed a tour of the book sorting room and a story. When finished we walked over to the LTD downtown station to board our bus back to school and watched as the bus left without us!! The LTD director rescued us by sending for an off-duty bus and taking all of us back to school on our own special bus. We were a bit late for dismissal but parents were relieved to see us when we finally returned. Thanks for your patience.

Cheri & Azusa

Cheri's Weekly Update 3-8-18

posted Mar 8, 2018, 12:11 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:
Sunday, March 11: Daylight Savings time-move clocks forward one hour
Tuesday, March 13: Hult Center Youth Concert and library visit field trip
Tuesday, March 13: State Testing presentation for Families (6:30-7:30pm)

SHARING THEME SUGGESTION:
3/5 A poem or joke, 3/12 An instrument or collection

Montessori Parent Education Night:
Supporting the Montessori Program, Supporting Your Child
Thursday, March 8th
6-7:30 pm

Montessori teacher and consultant Annabeth Jensen will be joining us for a rich night of Montessori parent education. The evening's presentation will focus on supporting the Second Plane Child, our 6-12 year old students in lower and upper elementary. This is also an excellent opportunity for kinder parents to learn more about what changes to expect in the Montessori classroom as their kiddos progress through the program. Learning more about the scientific, child-centered approach of Montessori is a powerful way to support the school, the classroom, and your child.

Annabeth is a Montessori teacher, consultant, mentor, and instructional coach. She has lectured at Montessori teacher training programs and conventions nationwide, has served as the president of the Oregon Montessori Association board of directors, and has been working as an AMI Elementary Consultant for the past eight years. Her dedication to inclusive practices in Montessori classrooms has guided her work with public Montessori schools in Oregon.

Childcare provided.
RSVP to 541-681-9662 to reserve a spot

MARCH 13 FIELD TRIP TO HULT CENTER & EUGENE LIBRARY: The class will attend an elementary youth concert at the Hult Center, Tuesday, March 13. The Orchestra Swings concert is sponsored by the Eugene Symphony Orchestra. The class leaves Ridgeline at 11:10 on LTD bus. We’ll walk from the downtown bus station to the Hult Center. After the concert, the class will walk to the Eugene Library and enjoy a tour of the sorting room and a story. Please complete the attached permission form along with a payment of $6.00 per student. Scholarships are available for this performance. If you would like scholarship information, please email: cheri.spies@ridgeline.org

ASTRONOMY:
Your children already know so much about the Solar System! Ask for some facts and they’ll share their knowledge with you. Soon we’ll explore Inner Earth!

RESEARCH: A popular aspect of the Montessori elementary curriculum is the opportunity children have to complete independent research. As we progress through studies in science and social science topics, a student may develop a special interest in a particular animal, country, invention, civilization, etc. Teachers welcome this interest and encourage the student (or students) to gather and organize information into a research project. When complete, students generally present the project to their classmates.

Speaking of research, the Ridgeline Project Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24. Our upcoming Spring Break would be a great time to spend time working on a project! Wondering what the Project Fair is??...

PROJECT FAIR: Every year Ridgeline holds a school-wide Project Fair. Students research a topic of their choice then create a visual display to share information with others. Here are some examples of projects completed by students from previous years: a model of a car engine built with Legos, pictures of pets and how to care for them, pictures and facts about the life of Houdini, a mobile of the solar system, a volcano model, pictures and facts showing the life cycle of a frog, a plant experiment, rules and playing instructions for soccer, 3 generations of a “family tree.” Most projects are completed at home with family supporting students as needed. Poster boards for Project Fair ($3.00) are available for sale in the office. This year’s Project Fair is Tuesday, April 24. On that day families and friends can tour the classrooms and enjoy the displayed projects after school at 3:05-4:05 or in the evening from 6:00-7:00. Let me know if you would like more information, project ideas or a cardboard display.

Cheri & Azusa *For more information about Ridgeline’s calendar of events, visit website: www.ridgeline.org

“The Orchestra Swings” Permission Form

On Tuesday, March 13, our class will attend the Elementary youth concert, The Orchestra Swings, sponsored by the Eugene Symphony Orchestra. After the 12:30 performance at the Eugene Hult Center we’ll walk to the Eugene public library where we’ll enjoy a story and a tour of the sorting room. An LTD bus will transport us to and from school. The class will leave school at 11:10 and return by 2:45. The cost for the concert, tour and transportation is $6.00 per person. Please complete and return the attached permission form and payment (check to Ridgeline Montessori Charter School or cash) and return as soon as possible. Scholarships are available for this performance. If you would like scholarship information please email: cheri.spies@ridgeline.org

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

My child, _________________, has permission to attend the Orchestra Swings concert followed by a tour of the Eugene Public Library onTuesday, March 13. Students will be transported by LTD bus.

_________________ ______
parent signature date

____ I have enclosed $6.00 for performance ticket and transportation.

Cheri's Class Weekly Update 2-23-18

posted Feb 23, 2018, 12:22 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:
Friday, Feb. 23: Pasta Dinner 5:00-7:00pm
Sunday, March 11: Daylight Savings time-move clocks forward one hour
Tuesday, March 13: Hult Center Youth Concert and library visit field trip

SHARING SUGGESTION: 2/26 An item from another country, 3/5 A poem or a joke

PASTA DINNER: February 23, 5-7pm! – Mark your calendar and spread the word! Please join us for delicious food with friends and families, all supporting Ridgeline Montessori and kicking off the DDD! The platters for the silent auction are amazing and we’ve received more than 30 donations for the raffle and auction.

ASIAN CELEBRATION 2018: A wonderful time was had by all! Check out photos/videos on our class Facebook page. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to SatPavan for taking the time to teach our students and for providing the opportunity for them to perform ♥️

ASTRONOMY: Your children already know so much about the Solar System! Ask for some facts and they’ll share their knowledge with you. Soon we’ll explore Inner Earth!

HISTORY:
Time is a fascinating topic. The students have been learning to tell time using digital as well as analog clocks. Please be sure you have one of each displayed in your home to help your child practice. Older kids have been practicing converting hours to minutes and vise-versa as well as calculating elapsed time. If you can find a way to fit these concepts into your daily lives the learning will become more real and useful. Elapsed time is the amount of time between two activities. For example: check the time before you go shopping and again when you’re finished. Figure out how long it took. You can even think like a scientist and make some predictions beforehand…have fun!

Cheri & Azusa *For more information about Ridgeline’s calendar of events, visit website: www.ridgeline.org

Cheri's Weekly Update 2-14-18

posted Feb 14, 2018, 11:53 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:
Sunday, Feb.18: Cheri’s Class Bhangra Dance Performance Sunday at 4:15
Monday, Feb. 19: President’s Day, No School
Friday, Feb. 23: Pasta Dinner 5:00-7:00pm
Sunday, March 11: Daylight Savings time-move clocks forward one hour
Tuesday, March 13: Hult Center Youth Concert and library visit field trip

SHARING: 2/12 An item from another country, 2/19 A recipe, song or poem

A new Sharing List is attached!

VALENTINE’S DAY: Valentine’s Day was so much fun! Thanks so much for your support!

ASIAN CELEBRATION 2018:
Students from our class are invited to participate in the Bhangra dance performances during the 2018 Asian Celebration. The event is held at the Lane Events Center on Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19. Admission is free for kids and $6.00 a day for adults but families of children that participate will receive one free adult admission for both days of the festival! Please let me know if your student will participate and I’ll be sure your name is on the free admission list. The dance they have been practicing is wonderfully energetic. Our kids are scheduled to dance on Sunday at 4:30. Please arrive by 4:00 and check in with Azusa or me behind the main stage. Bhangra dance instructor, SatPavan encourages girls to wear a colorful outfit-skirt or pants. Boys are asked to wear jeans and a plain, light colored shirt. We’ll have a colorful sash and headband for them to wear. Hope you and your student can attend! Visit this website for more information: http://asiancelebration.org

ASTRONOMY: Our very own sun, a medium-sized star, is the center of our solar system. We will spend the next few weeks learning about the planets, dwarf planets, moons, and asteroids. If you have items or books that will enhance this study please consider sharing.

HISTORY: Time is a fascinating topic. Not only are students honing their time telling skills, they are also exploring the plants and animals that lived during the Earth’s geologic history. If you have items or books that will enhance this study please consider sharing.

Cheri & Azusa *For more information about Ridgeline’s calendar of events, visit website: www.ridgeline.org



 

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