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Cheri's Class Update 3-5-2020

posted Mar 6, 2020, 10:00 AM by Cynthia Friedman   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 3:37 PM ]

Sunday, March 8: Daylight Savings Time begins. Set clocks ahead one hour.
Wednesday, March 11: LTD Touch Pass Survey Deadline
Friday, March 13: Commit to Return to Ridgeline form available
Saturday, March 14: RCO Book Swap. 10:00AM to 1:00PM. Books and yummy baked goods.
Tuesday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
Friday, March 20: All School Sing-along, Commit to return form due
March 22-28: Spring Break
Monday, March 30: Planning Day for teachers. No school for students.
Tuesday, March 31:
First day back to school after Spring Break

SHARING-suggested themes: Week of 3/9- Item from another country, Week of 3/16- Favorite book, Week of 3/30-Item from nature

Homework Envelopes: Please help your student remember to return homework folders by Friday of each week. Thanks.

American Montessori Society Annual Conference: The American Montessori Society (AMS) is the largest Montessori organization in the United States. It accredits Montessori teacher training programs and provides support to schools, staff and families. This year the 2020 Annual Conference is happening in Dallas, Texas and I plan to attend! I look forward to touring a public Montessori school in the area as well as attending workshops, keynote presentations and discussion groups.

I’ll be out of the classroom Wednesday through Friday, March 11-13. I can’t wait to share all that I see and learn! I’m grateful to Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School for encouraging and funding participation in professional development opportunities. If you are interested in learning more, check out this website: https://conference.amshq.org/

INTENT TO RETURN: Every year we ask our current families what their enrollment plans are for the upcoming school year. This year the intent to return online form will be available starting March 16th. This is how you retain your student’s spot at Ridgeline. Deadline for submission-March 20.

POLAR REGIONS: Our study of Earth’s Polar regions continues as students begin work on a diorama that represents a polar region. Please bring a (smallish) shoe box to school for this project. If you have items/books that support this work please consider sharing.

PROJECT FAIR: Every year Ridgeline holds a school-wide Project Fair. In our classroom, 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 ($5.00) are available for sale in the office. This year’s Project Fair is Wednesday, April 29. 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.

Thank you, Cheri & Azusa

For a full calendar of Ridgeline events visit http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar

Cheri's Update 2-11-2020

posted Feb 11, 2020, 8:41 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Friday, February 14

Valentine’s Day, Stuffies and Pajama Day

Sunday, February 16

Students from Cheri’s Class dance at the Asian Celebration

Monday, February 17

Holiday: Presidents Day. No School

Friday, February 21

Family Game Night and DDD Kick-off

 

SHARING (suggested theme)  Week of 2/17- A poem, a song or a recipe, Week of 2/24- Your choice

 

HOMEWORK ENVELOPES: Please help your student to remember to return their homework folders by Friday

of each week. Thanks.

VALENTINE’S DAY & PAJAMA DAY: Valentine’s Day is Friday, February 14. If your child would like to bring cards for their classmates, please bring them in Friday morning. The children will weave special, heart-shaped paper envelopes to hold their cards. A list of the student names is attached so the kids can label cards. Please remember: distributing cards is optional. However, if your child chooses to bring valentine cards, please be sure there is one for every student.

Students are also invited to wear pajamas, slippers and robes. A lap-sized stuffie can join the fun. Kids will eat popcorn and write about their stuffy. Please be sure PJs are warm and appropriate for school.

Bhangra Dance performance this Sunday. Our class will perform during this year’s Asian Celebration this Sunday, Feb 16, at the Lane Events Center.  Please arrive by 2:45 & check in with Azusa or Cheri behind the main stage. Girls are encouraged to wear colorful clothing. Boys are asked to wear their burgundy Ridgeline T-shirt. They will also wear a colorful sash and headband provided by Ridgeline. Admission for this 2-day event is $6.00 per person (12 and older) however, a list of our students was submitted to the performance registration table and one adult per family will be admitted free. Consider coming early in the day to enjoy the incredible variety of foods, displays & performances! See you Sunday!

RIDGELINE FAMILY GAME NIGHT ON FEBRUARY 21 -  All Ridgeline families are invited to join us for this all-age community event.  There will be all sorts of games to play, and friends with whom to play them!  For those coming straight from work or tired after a long week, there will be food trucks serving food, coffee, and hot chocolate! Our Family Game Night will also serve as the formal kick-off event for our annual month-long Direct Donation Drive (also known as the DDD.  From February 21 - March 20, while we work together towards our DDD fundraising goal, we will celebrate and talk about the many important programs, materials, and spaces that your financial contributions provide here at Ridgeline.  If you haven't already made your annual donation, please consider doing so at Game Night (via cash, check or credit card) and help us get a head start on our DDD goal!  

INTENT TO RETURN IN MARCH: Every year we ask our current families what their enrollment plans are for the upcoming school year. This year the intent to return online form will be available starting March 16th. This is how you retain your student’s spot at Ridgeline. 

POLAR REGIONSThis week we research the animals that live in polar or tundra environments. Ask your student animal they will choose to research. If you have items/books that support these studies please consider sharing. Our culminating project will be a diorama made with a cardboard shoebox. Since storage space in our classroom is limited, be on the lookout for a smallish box. We’ll let you know when to send them.

BIRTHDAYS: We love seeing photos and hearing about each child’s life. If you would like to schedule a school birthday celebration, please contact Cheri in advance. Also, if your student missed their birthday or has a summer birthday please consider a ‘half- or third- or anytime-birthday’ celebration at school. Let me know! Send an email or a note to school.

For a full calendar of Ridgeline events visit  http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar

Thank you,    

Cheri & Azusa 

Cheri's Update 1-28-2020

posted Jan 28, 2020, 9:51 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Friday, January 31 No school. Grading Day
Wednesday, January 29 House of Chen Field Trip 
Friday, February 14 Valentine’s Day and Pajama Day 
Sunday, February 16 Students from Cheri’s Class dance at the Asian Celebration 
Friday, February 21 Family Game Night and DDD Kick-off 

SHARING (suggested theme) Week of 1/27- A Favorite Book, Week of 2/3- A poem, a song or a recipe 

HOUSE OF CHEN FIELD TRIP: In honor of our Chinese New Year studies we’ll enjoy lunch at House of Chen restaurant on Wednesday, January 29. Students will travel with teachers and parent supervisors on LTD bus. Parents that would like to join us at House of Chen for lunch will pay $8.00. Send an email/note if you’d like more information regarding this option. A permission form is attached. 

VALENTINE’S DAY & PAJAMA DAY: Valentine’s Day is Friday, February 14. If your child would like to bring cards for their classmates, please bring them in Friday morning. The children will weave special, heart-shaped paper envelopes to hold their cards. A list of the student names is attached so the kids can label cards. Please remember: distributing cards is optional. However, if your child chooses to bring valentine cards, please be sure there is one for every student. Students are also invited to wear pajamas, slippers and robes. A lap-sized stuffie can join the fun. Kids will eat popcorn and write about their stuffies. Please be sure PJs are warm and appropriate for school. 

ASIAN CELEBRATION 2020! Every Thursday morning our students practice Bhangra dance, an Indian harvest dance, thanks to SatPavan Khalsa, Ridgeline parent & dance instructor. Our class will perform during this year’s Asian Celebration, held at the Lane Events Center. The students’ Bhangra performance is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3:10 on the Main Stage! Please arrive by 2:30 & check in with Azusa or Cheri behind the main stage. Girls are encouraged to wear colorful clothing. Boys are asked to wear their burgundy Ridgeline T-shirt Boys will also have a colorful sash and headband. Admission for this 2-day event is $6.00 per person (12+) however, a list of our students was submitted to the performance registration table and one adult per family will be admitted free! Consider coming early in the day and enjoy the incredible variety of foods, displays & performances! Visit website for complete schedule & information https://asiancelebration.org/ 

SIBLING ENROLLMENT 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR: Siblings of students who are currently enrolled and will remain enrolled in Ridgeline in the coming year receive enrollment priority so long as an application for the sibling is received prior to the application deadline. If space is unavailable, students with sibling-level priority will be the first group selected by an equitable lottery process for placement on the waiting list. In order to qualify for sibling preference, you must complete the online enrollment application for any incoming sibling by January 31. 

RIDGELINE FAMILY GAME NIGHT ON FEBRUARY 21 - All Ridgeline families are invited to join us for this allage community event. There will be all sorts of games to play, and friends with whom to play them! For those coming straight from work or tired after a long week, there will be food trucks serving food, coffee, and hot chocolate! Our Family Game Night will also serve as the formal kick-off event for our annual month-long Direct Donation Drive (also known as the DDD. From February 21 - March 20, while we work together towards our DDD fundraising goal, we will celebrate and talk about the many important programs, materials, and spaces that your financial contributions provide here at Ridgeline. If you haven't already made your annual donation, please consider doing so at Game Night (via cash, check or credit card) and help us get a head start on our DDD goal!

INTENT TO RETURN IN MARCH: Every year we ask our current families what their enrollment plans are for the upcoming school year. This year the intent to return online form will be available starting March 16th. This is how you retain your student’s spot at Ridgeline. TALENT SHOW: The Talent Show was so much fun to watch. Ridgeline students are amazing! 

POLAR REGIONS: So far, we have taken a look at general similarities and differences between the Arctic and Antarctic. One important difference is a geological one: the Arctic is a sea of ice surrounded by water while Antarctica is land surrounded by water. In February we’ll learn about animals of the Polar regions. If you have items/books that support these studies please consider sharing. Our culminating project will be a diorama made with a cardboard shoebox. Since storage space in our classroom is limited, be on the lookout for a smallish box. We’ll ask you send the boxes to school in February. 

BIRTHDAYS: We love seeing photos and hearing about each child’s life. If you would like to schedule a school birthday celebration, please contact Cheri in advance. Also, if your student missed their birthday or has a summer birthday please consider a ‘half- or third- or anytime-birthday’ celebration at school. Let me know! Send an email or a note to school. For a full calendar of Ridgeline events visit http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar Thank you, Cheri & Azusa

Cheri's Update 1-10-2020

posted Jan 13, 2020, 3:39 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Saturday, January 11   10AM

Information Session for new families interested in attending Ridgeline

Monday, Tuesday, Jan. 13-14 

Dickie Jo’s Restaurant Fundraiser

Monday, January 20

No school. Martin Luther King Day

Thursday, January 23 6:30pm

Information Session for new families interested in attending Ridgeline

Friday, January 24

Talent Show 6:00-8:00pm

Friday, January 31

No school. Grading Day


SHARING (suggested theme) Week of 1/14 Kitchen tool, Week of 1/20 Photo or Greeting card

SIBLING ENROLLMENT 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR:
Siblings of students who are currently enrolled and will remain enrolled in Ridgeline in the coming year receive enrollment priority so long as an application for the sibling is received prior to the application deadline. If space is unavailable, students with sibling-level priority will be the first group selected by an equitable lottery process for placement on the waiting list. In order to qualify for sibling preference, you must complete the online enrollment application for any incoming sibling by January 31

Intent to Return in March: Every year we ask our current families what their enrollment plans are for the upcoming school year. This year the intent to return online form will be available starting March 16th. This is how you retain your student’s spot at Ridgeline.

DICKIE JO’S AND DICKIE YO’S – OUR JANUARY restaurant fundraiser is Dickie Jo's and Dickie Yo's! Come reconnect after winter break with friends and have a burger or some frozen yogurt (vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options too)! Join Ridgeline Montessori at Dickie Jo’s and Dickie Yo’s across from the Valley River Center Mall on Monday, January 13th ALL DAY and Tuesday, January 14th ALL DAY. Bring your coupon and Ridgeline will get 25% of your purchase. Dine in or take out! Get together with your community or take your office to lunch! Coupons will be sent home on Friday.

TALENT SHOW: On January 24, from 6-8 p.m., Ridgeline students will rock your socks off! Last year’s event was a great success—we had musical acts, breakdancing droids, and ventriloquism, just to name a few! A volunteer visited our classrooms to explain talent show guidelines to students. A sign-up sheet is available in the classroom. A volunteer is needed to run lighting.

ARCTIC STUDIES:
We will now turn our attention to the Arctic Biomes and learn about the plants, animals and people that inhabit these harsh environments. If you have items/books that support our studies please consider sharing. Our culminating project will be a diorama made with a cardboard box! Since storage space in our classroom is limited, be on the lookout for a smallish box. We’ll ask you send the boxes to school in February.

BIRTHDAYS
: We love seeing photos and hearing about each child’s life. If you would like to schedule a school birthday celebration, please contact Cheri in advance. Also, if your student missed their birthday or has a summer birthday please consider a ‘half- or third- or quarter-birthday’ celebration at school. Let me know! Send an email or a note to school.

Winter Weather: Snow Day Information

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.
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 our website, http://www.ridgeline.org.

Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School values safety. Neither 4J nor Ridgeline can make a decision based on conditions near 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.

Snow day notifications: Our school district communicates any decision to change school or bus schedules as quickly as possible in several ways, all well before 6:30 a.m.

Sign up for text-message alerts via Twitter. http://www.4j.lane.edu/weather/#texts

Check the district website homepage: www.4j.lane.edu

Follow district social media channels: Facebook: facebook.com/4Jschools or Twitter: twitter.com/4jschools and twitter.com/4Jweather

Tune in to local news media

No news = No change. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

School Closure = No school for students. Decision about afternoon/evening activities will be made by noon.

Two-Hour Delay: School starts two hours late and ends at the usual school dismissal time. If a delay occurs on an early release Friday, school will still be dismissed at the early release time.

For more information, please see www.4j.lane.edu/weather.

Thank you,

Cheri & Azusa
For a full calendar of Ridgeline events visit http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar

Cheri's Update 12-18-19

posted Dec 18, 2019, 2:00 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Mon-Fri, Dec. 16-20  Joy of Sharing
Wednesday, Dec. 18 Public Hearing for Charter Renewal 7-9pm
Friday, Dec. 20 Last day of school before Winter Break 1:05 dismissal
Mon-Fri, 12/23/19-1/3/20 Winter Break
Monday, January 7 First day back to school

JOY OF SHARING: Joy of Sharing is our annual Food Drive. Families bring in donations of non-perishable food and other essential items, like toothpaste, that cannot be purchased with food stamps. At the end of the week we make boxes for Ridgeline families who need extra over winter break. If your family would benefit from receiving a Joy of Sharing box please contact the office to sign up. 541.681.9662

LUNCH WARM-UPS: We are happy to warm your student’s lunch in the microwave. Please include a microwavable container if necessary. We can do quick warm-ups only. Please do not send packaged foods that require a separate container, mixing or extra prep. Thanks

LATKES ON WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18: Every year, in connection with our study about holidays of the world, our class prepares and eats latkes! Ingredients include fresh eggs, potatoes, sour cream, applesauce and matzah bread. Since each child’s portion with be small, please send a regular lunch.

PUBLIC HEARING FOR CHARTER RENEWAL - As a charter school, Ridgeline is sponsored by the Eugene 4J School District. That sponsorship is up for renewal this year, and we are requesting the district renew our charter contract for the next 10 years. Part of the process is giving public testimony at a 4J board meeting. Please show your love for Ridgeline and support for our charter renewal by attending Ridgeline’s public hearing during the 4J board meeting on December 18 at 7 p.m. During the public hearing, Ridgeline community members will share stories that are a beautiful reflection of our school. (The board will vote on contract renewal at a future meeting.) Please join us and wear your Ridgeline gear!

What: Ridgeline’s public hearing for charter renewal (without it we won’t have a school)
When: Wednesday, December 18, at 7 p.m.
Where: 4J district office, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene

Thank you, Cheri & Azusa

For a full calendar of Ridgeline events visit http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar

Cheri's Upadate 11-26-19

posted Nov 26, 2019, 10:23 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Tuesday, Nov. 26 Bring veggies for Stone Soup Wednesday, 
Nov. 27 All school celebration: Stone Soup. Bring a bowl + spoon! 
Thur-Fri, Nov. 28-29 Thanksgiving. No School. Friday, Nov. 29 Holly Creek Farm Tree Sales Begin 
Tuesday, 
Dec. 3 Giving Tuesday: A global day of giving Mon-Fri, 
Dec. 16-20 Joy of Sharing 

UNICEF BOXES: Thank you to everyone that participated in collecting funds for UNICEF. The coins have been counted and recounted! (Great coin value practice☺) The total is $ 34.68. Thanks again for your time and generosity! STONE SOUP: Stone Soup is a legend that has many versions but the message is always the same… when we share and work together, we can accomplish so much more! • Our annual Stone Soup Celebration is Wednesday, November 27. Ridgeline volunteers will cook the soup outside the front of the school on Wednesday and the soup will be served in the early afternoon following an all-school sing along hosted by middle school at 12:30pm. • Your student should still bring a sack lunch from home that day to eat in the late morning! Students will eat in their classrooms and parents are welcome to join us for both the sing-along and the soup. 

**Bring a BOWL and SPOON on Wednesday, November 27 

JOY OF SHARING: Joy of Sharing is our annual Food Drive. Families bring in donations of nonperishable food and other essential items, like toothpaste, that cannot be purchased with food stamps. At the end of the week we make boxes for Ridgeline families who need extra over winter break. If your family would benefit from receiving a Joy of Sharing box please contact the office to sign up. 541.681.9662 

LUNCH WARM-UPS: We are happy to warm your student’s lunch in the microwave. Please include a microwavable container if necessary. We can do quick warm-ups only. Please do not send packaged foods that require a separate container, mixing or extra prep. Thanks☺ Thank you. Cheri & Azusa For more information about Ridgeline events visit the website http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar

Cheri's Update 10-14-19

posted Oct 14, 2019, 10:00 AM by Cynthia Friedman   [ updated Oct 15, 2019, 1:08 PM ]

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, Oct.22

Field Trip To Detering Orchards

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Picture Retakes

Thursday, Oct. 24

Curriculum Sharing 3:05 or 6:00pm

Thursday, Oct. 31

International Day in Cheri’s Class

Monday, Nov. 3

Daylight Savings ends. Set time back 1 hour—'fall back’

Thur/Fri, Nov. 7, 8

Family Conferences. No School.

Monday, Nov. 11

Veteran’s Day. No School

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Hult Center Field Trip “World Beats”

Friday, Nov. 15

Barnes and Noble Book Fair 6:00-8:00

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Bring veggies for Stone Soup

Wednesday, Nov. 27

All school celebration: Stone Soup

Thur-Fri, Nov. 28-29

Thanksgiving. No School.

 

CHERI’S CLASS FAMILY PICNIC: What a great turnout! Thank you. If you were unable to attend and would like to help out 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. It takes a village….

 

Sharing theme suggestion:Week 10/14-item with 3-syllable name; Week 10/21-item whose name begins with a vowel

 

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.

 

DETERING ORCHARDS: On Tuesday, October 22 we’ll travel to the apple orchards and pumpkin patch at Detering Orchards. We plan to rent a 4J bus and meet Rachel’s class there! WE leave school at 9AM and return by 1:20. Be sure we have your student’s permission form… a copy is attached.

 

EMERALD VALLEY VISITS: Emerald Valley is the next-door care facility for older adults. Every week a group of six students from our class walks over and spends time visiting and reading with the residents. Students and adults alike look forward to spending this time together. Volunteer Katie Cave walks the group over every week. Thanks Katie If you are interested in joining the students or willing to substitute for Katie if the need arises, please let us know


DRESS UP FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY: On Thursday, Oct. 31, students in Cheri’s Class are invited to celebrate International Day by dressing in clothing and/or bringing an item from another country…possibly something that is part of your family’s heritage. This can be anything from a Mexican sombrero, an Indian sari or a French beret to something more elaborate. As well as making flags and maps, each child will have an opportunity to research and share information about their country. Afterwards we’ll snack on international foods. These snacks must be commercially prepared and packaged  (as per 4J guidelines) or prepared at school. If you can help with snack donations, student research or classroom set up, please let me know. Questions? Email or send a note: cheri.spies@ridgeline.org.

 

DAYLIGHT SAVING ENDS: Remember to change the time back one hour for Monday, November 3.

 

FAMILY CONFERENCES Nov. 7-8: A Montessori style, student-led conference includes a

 discussion between teacher, parents and student. A conference sign up schedule

 will soon be available. Watch for more information in next week’s update.

 

BHANGRA DANCE: Thanks to Ridgeline parent and professional dance instructor, SatPavan Kaur Khalsa, our students enjoy Bhangra Dance class every Tuesday morning! Students interested in signing up for private group lessons, contact SatPavan at satpavankaur@gmail.com

 

UNICEF BOXES: Again, this year I will send home cardboard UNICEF boxes in which to collect coins for this international nonprofit group that serves children of the world. I realize some families do not participate in trick-or-treat activities. Perhaps the box could sit on the table and extra coins can be placed inside? We’ll collect the contents of the boxes in a large clear container in the classroom and practice making predictions and counting the money before sending the classroom contributions to UNICEF.

 

DRESS-UP DAYS: Principal, Michelle Texley, has invited students to wear pajamas on Wed. 10/30, Crazy socks on Thur. 10/31 and Rainbow colors on Fri. 11/1.

 

Information: I’ve attached a copy of Detering Field Trip Permission Form and Sharing List suggestions. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns.

 

Cheri & Azusa 

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

 

 

Attendance message:

Thank you for being a part of Ridgeline’s community.  Here are a few ways you can help keep your child’s attendance regular.

 

·      Make appointments with the doctor or dentist in the late afternoon so your child misses as little school as possible.

·      Call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent and tell the school staff why your child will be out and for how long.

·      Be prepared to get a doctor’s note when requested by school personnel.

·      Schedule trips exclusively during school breaks.

·      Reach out to staff, RCO, or the class parents if you don’t feel connectedConnection matters!

 

 

 


Cheri's Update 9-12-19

posted Sep 12, 2019, 10:54 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:
Friday, Sept. 13 RCO MOVIE NIGHT 6:00-8:00 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 18: PICTURE DAY 
Friday, Sept. 13 T-SHIRT ORDERS DUE 
Saturday, Sept. 21: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
Friday, Sept. 27: JOGATHON
Wednesday, October 2: BIKE AND WALK TO SCHOOL DAY
Thursday, October 3: CHERI’S CLASS PICNIC 5:30-6: 30 PM

SHARING: “Sharing” offers your students an opportunity to build self-confidence and communication skills. For this reason, I suggest a weekly theme so that parents can help their students think of 3 things to teach the other students about their chosen topic. Next week’s sharing theme is “a favorite plant or flower”. It would be wonderful if your child brings a small plant that can be cared for in the classroom.

Week of 9/23: A seed from a fruit or vegetable.
A Sharing schedule and Weekly Schedule are attached. If you would like hard copies, email, phone (541-681-9662) or send a note and I’ll be sure you receive them.

SHARING: week of 9/16- A plant, seed or leaf; 9/32- A seed from a fruit or vegetable

BOTANY STUDIES: This month and next we’ll be learning about seeds. We will look at seeds that come from flowers as well as those that are inside the fruits and vegetables that we eat. If you have sunflowers in your yard, please consider sharing some with the classroom. We’ll also plant peas outside in our raised bed along with salad greens. Next month we plan to visit an apple orchard and pumpkin patch at Detering Farms. Watch for details in the next update.

BIRTH OF THE UNIVERSE- Next week students hear a story that scientists tell about the creation of our universe. This is Maria Montessori’s First Great Lesson and her version 100 years ago spoke of a God that created the Laws of the Universe. These laws allowed the Universe to exist. Nowadays the story is told using more scientific information and the Big Bang Theory but as I tell the children, “No one knows for sure. We keep learning and discovering more but no one was there to see the Birth of the Universe”. Families may have different beliefs and this is a wonderful chance to share and discuss your ideas and belief systems in general.

After the story children will create awesome art that illustrates galaxies, black holes, stars, planets and more. These paintings will hang in the hallway outside our classroom if you’d like to stop by and view them.

Cheri’s Class Family Picnic: Please join us Thursday, October 3, 5:30-6:30, for a casual get-together on the grass behind our classroom. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy getting acquainted (or reacquainted) with our students and their families. Sign up for volunteer opportunities: laundry, field trip chaperone, classroom activities, library volunteer, gardening volunteer, water bottle pick-up and drop-off, art/PE/music volunteers, at-home preparation of sewing/weaving/artwork. Check out the classroom and the playground. Meet Xiaohan, our new teacher-intern from the U of O. Xiaohan plans to teach our kiddos Chinese language and culture in small groups. Bring your family, a blanket and a picnic dinner. We’ll gather on the hillside behind the classroom. (In case of rain, we’ll move to the classroom or the covered area by the playground)

Cheri & Azusa

*For more information about Ridgeline events, visit website: www.ridgeline.org

One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community: The year is just beginning and it is a great time to build great habits! Being in school, on time, every day is important. 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 Update 4-19-19

posted Apr 19, 2019, 10:11 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Tuesday, April 23

Project Fair  3:05-4:05 p.m. & 6-7 p.m.

 

Thursday, May 2

Parent Input Forms Due

 

Tuesday, May 21

Laughing Planet Restaurant Day

 


SHARING (suggested theme)  4/22 A sign of Spring,  4/29  A flower or plant

 Full Ridgeline Calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

PROJECT FAIR: Every year Ridgeline holds a Project Fair. Students research a topic of their choice then create a visual display to share the information with others. This year’s Project Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23. 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”, the history of polio. Families can come and enjoy the displays right after school at 3:05-4:05 or come later in the evening from 6:00-7:00pm.

Let us know if you have questions, need advice or if you’d like to purchase a cardboard display board for $3.50.

 

HOMEWORK PACKETSYour students brought home additional activities in their Monday homework folder. Besides the Scholastic news issue, children have a set of flashcards and math fact booklets to practice memorization and a Home Journal to practice writing skills. Family schedules can be challenging and I understand if homework doesn’t fit. Homework should be a fun experience that will provide an opportunity for you to work with your student and to gain a better understanding of his/her academic levels. Feel free to email me if you have questions or if you are available to help with the homework folders on Mondays. cheri.spies@ridgeline.org

 

 

Thanks for sharing your wonderful children!


Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 2-21-19

posted Feb 21, 2019, 1:29 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Friday, February 22

Pasta Dinner

Sunday, March 10

Daylight Savings. Move clocks forward one hour

Tuesday, March 19

Hult Center Field Trip-The Orchestra Rocks

March 25-April 1

Spring Break- No School for students

 

SHARING (suggested theme)  2/25 A recipe, song or poem, 3/4 Something from another country

 Full Ridgeline Calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar

 

DIORAMA BOX: Please send a small cardboard  box to school. Shoesstores sometimes have extra boxes…

 

How did Conferences Go?  Last year Ridgeline staff and parents provided input about conferences and report cards. The question was, “Do conferences or written report cards give parents a fuller picture of student growth?”  Site council reviewed responses on their annual survey and heard from stakeholder groups. Teachers attended a board meeting to present their thoughts. Through a thoughtful and thorough process, Ridgeline decided to have a mid-year face-to-face conference instead of a written report card. Since this is our first year trying this new approach, we need to hear back from you, our families! Please complete this very quick survey for each of the mid-year conferences you attended. All students will get a full written report card at the end of the year.

 

ASIAN CELEBRATION 2019!  What an amazing performance along with an awesome turnout! Thanks to everyone that attended this annual event. Special thanks to SatPavan for sharing her time and talent with Ridgeline kids! If you have photos or videos of the performance, please send them to me or post them on our Classroom Facebook page.

 

100 DAY CELEBRATION: On Wednesday the children enjoyed a wide variety of 100-themed activities. Ask your student to tell you about their favorite!

 

PASTA DINNER: Our annual Pasta Dinner is coming up Friday, February 22! The Pasta Dinner is the kick-off event for the DDD (Direct Donation Drive) which runs until spring break. The theme of this year's DDD is quilts and we will have children’s literature quilts on display during the dinner! Emily's class is making paper flowers in paper quilt covered vases and parent Jesse Cloninger has lined up a quartet to play on the stage as background music. There will not be a raffle, silent auction or student performance this year.

 

We hope you will join us at the Pasta Dinner! We will have the fabulous penne pasta with marinara and pesto, green salad, and bread with garlic butter. The dinner is $5 per person or $20 per family.  Please bring your own plate and utensils if possible.

 

HULT CENTER field trip: Thanks to music teacher, Amelia Mau, the students practice with their recorders twice weekly at school. They will play along with the Eugene symphony orchestra during our field trip on March 19 entitled, “The Orchestra Rocks.” Please encourage your student’s recorder practice at homeJ

 

Thanks, Cheri & Azusa

 

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