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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

 

Cheri's Update 2-13-19

posted Feb 13, 2019, 9:07 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Thursday, Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day

Friday, Feb 15

Pajama Day

Sunday, Feb. 17

Bhangra Dance performance at The Lane Events Center. Arrive by 4:30pm

Monday, Feb. 18

No School—President’s Day

Wednesday, Feb. 20

100th Day of school

Friday, Feb. 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  2/11 A measuring tool, 2/17 An item from another country

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

 

DIORAMA BOX: Please send a small to medium-sized cardboard  box to school. And if you have extra  boxes please share! Shoes stores sometimes have extra boxes…

 

CHINESE CELEBRATION: We are so grateful to Helen Liu for spending time with our students teaching calligraphy and showing them how to make Chinese dumplings. Our New Year’s Celebration was awesome! Special thanks to Azusa for making delicious dumpling-filling and cooking. A student confided to me that the dipping sauce was the best part!

 

VALENTINE’S DAY: Valentine’s Day is Thursday, February 14. If your child would like to bring cards for their classmates, please bring them in Thursday 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.

 

PAJAMA DAY : We finished reading Charlotte’s Web and plan to watch the movie at school Friday, February 15. Students are invited to wear pajamas, slippers and robes. A lap-sized stuffie can join the fun.J Kids will eat popcorn and write about their stuffie. Please be sure PJs are warm and appropriate for school.

 

ASIAN CELEBRATION 2019!  The students practice Bhangra dance, an Indian harvest dance,  every Thursday morning thanks to SatPavan Khalsa, Ridgeline parent and 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. 17 at 4:30 on the Main Stage, right after the Taiko Drummers! Please arrive by 4:00 and check in with Azusa or Cheri behind the main stage. Girls are  encouraged to wear colorful clothing. Boys are asked to wear jeans and a t-shirt. We’ll have a colorful sash and headband for them to wear. Admission for this 2-day event is $6.00 per person (12 & over) however, a list of our students was submitted to the performance registration table and one adult from the family will be admitted free! Consider coming early in the day and enjoy the incredible variety of foods, displays and performances! Visit the website for complete information: http://asiancelebration.org/

 

100 DAY CELEBRATION: Wednesday, February 20, we’ll celebrate 100 days of school. Children can bring 100 small objects to glue onto a 100 square paper grid. In past years kids have glued beans, popcorn and other seeds, cotton balls, macaroni, stickers etc… Use your imagination! We will write, count, add, subtract, multiply and divide 100! Please help (if necessary) your child count 100 items, put it in a container or bag and bring to school on Wednesday. If you have questions, send a note or email cheri.spies@ridgeline.org.

 

PASTA DINNER: Ridgeline’s annual Pasta Dinner is coming up on Friday, February 22nd, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a home cooked pasta dinner with red sauce or pesto, bread with garlic butter, and green salad. Visit with other Ridgeline families and bring your Direct Donation Drive (DDD) donation. The Pasta Dinner is the kick-off for the month long DDD, Ridgeline’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Thanks, Cheri & Azusa

Cheri's Update 2-5-19

posted Feb 5, 2019, 9:05 AM by Cynthia Friedman

CHERI’S CLASS UPDATE   FEBRUARY 5, 2019

Thursday, Feb. 7

Chinese New Year Celebration in classroom

Monday, Feb. 11

RCO Meeting 6-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day

Friday, Feb 15

Pajama Day

Sunday, Feb. 17

Bhangra Dance performance at The Lane Events Center. Arrive by 4:45pm.

Monday, Feb. 18

No School—President’s Day

Friday, Feb 22

 Pasta Dinner

Tuesday, Mar. 19

Hult Center Field Trip-The Orchestra Rocks

 

SHARING (suggested theme)  2/4 An item made with wool, 2/11 A measuring tool

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

 

DIORAMA BOX: More Australia activities… the kids will have an opportunity to create a diorama of an Australian biome or habitat. Please send a small to medium-sized shoe box (or similar size box) to school. If you have extra ‘smallish’ boxes I’m sure we can put them to use!

 

CHINESE CELEBRATION: Thursday, Feb. 7, we’ll enjoy special Chinese New Year activities. Students will create special banners and cards using Chinese calligraphy with Helen Liu, Ridgeline parent and local artist. They will also prepare and eat Chinese dumplings!

 

VALENTINE’S DAY: Valentine’s Day is Thursday, Feb 14. If your child would like to bring cards for their classmates, please bring them in Thursday 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.

 

PAJAMA DAY : We finished reading Charlotte’s Web and plan to watch the movie at school Friday, February 15. Students are invited to wear pajamas, slippers and robes. A lap-sized stuffie can join the fun.J Kids will eat popcorn and write about their stuffie. Please be sure PJs are warm and appropriate for school.

 

ASIAN CELEBRATION 2019!  The students practice Bhangra dance every Thursday morning thanks to SatPavan Khalsa, Ridgeline parent and dance instructor. Our class is invited to perform during this year’s Asian Celebration, held at the Lane Events Center. The student performance is scheduled for Sunday, February 17, at 5:00 on the Main Stage. Please arrive by 4:45 and check in with Azusa or me behind the main stage when you arrive. 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. Admission for this 2-day event is $6.00 per person (12 and over) however, a list of our students was submitted to the performance registration table and one adult from the family will be admitted free! Consider coming early in the day and enjoy the incredible variety of foods, displays, performances and more. If you have questions or need information, send a note or email cheri.spies@ridgeline.org   Visit this website for information: http://asiancelebration.org/

 

PASTA DINNER: Ridgeline’s annual Pasta Dinner is coming up on Friday, February 22nd, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a home cooked pasta dinner with red sauce or pesto, bread with garlic butter, and green salad. Visit with other Ridgeline families and bring your Direct Donation Drive (DDD) donation. The Pasta Dinner is the kick-off for the month long DDD, Ridgeline’s largest fundraiser of the year.

 

Cheri & Azusa

 

Cheri's Update 1-25-19

posted Jan 25, 2019, 11:53 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Jan 24: Field trip to House of Chen
Jan. 24: 6:30 pm Information session for new families interested in attending Ridgeline Montessori Charter
Jan. 25: Talent Show 6-8pm
Jan. 31 & Feb. 1: No School-Conferences

SHARING (suggested theme) 1/28 A Favorite Book, 2/4 An item made with wool

CONFERENCES: To sign up for a family conference follow this link: CONFERENCE

TALENT SHOW: On January 25, from 6-8 p.m., Ridgeline students will rock your socks off! Please join us and cheer on our talented students! Several students from our class plan to share their special abilities with you.

AUSTRALIAN STUDIES
We continue to study the geography, animals, and people of Australia. Thanks to Killian’s family, we now have access to a Didgeridoo (musical instrument). If you know someone that can play this interesting instrument or if you have items or books that support our learning please consider sharing.

Next, we’ll focus on biomes/habitats of Australia. Students will have an opportunity to create a diorama that illustrates an Australian biome. Please send a small to medium-sized shoe (or similar) box to school.

Birthdays: If you would like to schedule a school birthday celebration for your student, please contact Cheri in advance. Also, if your student has a summer birthday consider a ‘half-birthday’ celebration at school. We are happy to celebrate a student even if the actual birthday has passed.

CONFERENCES (no school) January 31 & February 1
Mid-year conferences this year are an opportunity for you to discuss your child's academic progress and Montessori experience with the teachers who spend each day with them. Our hope is that conferences will give a more whole-child and personal picture of a student's growth than the conventional mid-year report cards that we have done in the past. This significant change was in response to staff and parent input last year. We urge you to take advantage of this mid-year opportunity to meet with your student's teacher. Again, these conferences are in lieu of mid-year report cards, making this face to face time especially important to gain an understanding of your child’s progress. There are still many conference openings in all classrooms. Please remember to Sign up for a conference time today; they are rapidly approaching!

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

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



 

 

 

 

 

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