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Cheri's Weekly 11-16-17

posted Nov 16, 2017, 9:29 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Friday, Nov. 17: Harvest Party in the classroom, Barnes & Noble Book Fair
Tuesday, Nov. 21: Veggie Slicing for Stone Soup
Wednesday, Nov. 22: Stone Soup Celebration
Thursday/Friday, Nov. 24-25: No School. Happy Thanksgiving.
Student Marketplace: December 2
Grandparents Day: December 15 and January 12

SHARING: 11/13 –An item that weighs less than 5 pounds, 11/20 –An item made with wool

HARVEST PARTY: This Friday students will harvest the lettuce and other greens they have been growing in our garden since September. Our gardening volunteer, Kate Walser (Brigg’s mom), also plans to make a ranch dressing and wholesome pumpkin muffins to go with our delicious salad. Please send a bowl and fork with your child’s lunch on Friday.

BARNES & NOBLE BOOK FAIR – Our annual book fair at Barnes and Noble is this Friday! Please join us at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair to purchase holiday gifts, watch classroom performances, and enjoy a fun evening together. A percentage of the book fair purchases at Barnes & Noble will go to Ridgeline. This includes friends’ and family purchases at stores around the country! Just give them the book fair ID number 12212015. All purchases need to be made November 17-22. You must tell the cashier you are with our book fair and give the ID number for it to count toward the book fair. Online purchases do count, although the percentage back to Ridgeline is much less.

Book Fair Performance Schedule
· 6:00pm Diana – reciting poems “What is a Book?” and “I like Fall”
· 6:15pm Emily's Class – singing songs “Glorious” and “A Place in the Choir”
· 6:30pm Eric's Class – singing songs “Limerick Song” and “Sixpence”
· 6:45pm Cheri's Class – singing songs “Over the River” and “This Little Light”
· 7:00pm Middle School – T.R.U.E. performance
· 7:20pm Book buying break!
· 7:35pm Clint's Class – “Postcards from National Parks”
· 7:50pm Sharon's Class – “The Adventures of Superman” radio show
· 8:10pm Mary's Class – “Famous Journeys of Explorers” play

STONE SOUP CELEBRATION: It’s that time again! Every year all Ridgeline students gather together to prepare and share a meal of soup and bread. Please send vegetables for washing, peeling and/or slicing by Tuesday, Nov. 21. We need volunteers to come into the classroom on Tuesday morning (9:30-10:30) to help the children wash, peel and slice vegetables! If you can help with the vegetable preparation on Tuesday morning, please let me know! Thank you.

“MUSICAL TIME MACHINE” HULT CENTER: We learned so much about the history of music and the composers from different musical eras! The Eugene Symphony orchestra along with Bill Hulings also entertained and taught us about four elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony and timbre. Ask your student to tell you about this special student concert!

TRICK or TREAT for UNICEF: The kids brought in $87.41! Thank you for your support.

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

 

 

 

 

Cheri's Weekly Update 11-2-17

posted Nov 2, 2017, 12:58 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:
Sunday, Nov. 5: Daylight Saving Time ends. Enjoy an extra hour of sleep!
Friday, Nov. 10: Veteran’s Day. No School.
Tuesday, Nov. 14: Field trip to Hult Center, Musical Time Machine
Friday, Nov. 17: Barnes & Noble Book Fair
Tuesday, Nov. 21: Veggie Slicing for Stone Soup
Wednesday, Nov. 22: Stone Soup Celebration
Thursday/Friday, Nov. 24-25: No School. Happy Thanksgiving.

SHARING: 10/30-A Riddle, Poem or Joke, 11/6 -An Instrument or a Collection

HULT CENTER, NOVEMBER 14: Our class will attend a special youth concert, The Musical Time Machine, at the Hult Center on Tuesday, November 14. We will ride the9:25 LTD bus to the Downtown Station then walk the rest of the way. We return to school by 12:30 in time for lunch. Please send a pocket snack for your students to eat along the way. The cost is $5.00 per student. Please complete the attached permission form and return as soon as possible. If you would like a hard copy of the form sent home, just let me know.

PUMPKIN PATCH FIELD TRIP: Our pumpkin Patch Field trip to Detering’s Orchards was great! The weather was warm and sunny, the Golden Delicious apples were sweet and juicy and our wagon ride was fast, muddy and bumpy! Before taking them home, the students washed, weighed and measured their pumpkins.

BOTANY STUDIES: Our trip to Detering’s Orchard was the perfect introduction to our next Botany study. We are investigating pumpkin seeds, the pumpkin life cycle and parts of a pumpkin! We may even roast some seeds and make some pumpkin muffins. Yum!

AMAZING INTERNATIONAL DAY: This year’s International Day celebration was extra special thanks to our students and parent volunteers. We began the day by taking time for children to show their costumes and international objects to their classmates. Next, with help from our volunteers, the kids researched their country to find information and make a flag. When everyone was ready the children arranged themselves into continent groups and shared their country information and flag. Next Vicente and his mother, Gemma, performed a traditional Chilean Folk dance! After recess, the students found a wide variety of international foods displayed on tables in the classroom. Lunch was fantastic! Check out the photos on our Facebook page.

Thank you, families, for your support of this annual tradition.

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

Cheri's Weekly Update 10-12-17

posted Oct 12, 2017, 10:20 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:

Friday, Oct. 13: No School. Statewide In-service for teachers

Tuesday, Oct. 24: Detering Orchards Pumpkin Patch Field trip

Wednesday, Oct. 18: Curriculum Sharing (3:05-4:05 or 6:00-7:00)

Friday, Oct. 20: Vision Screening-(Cheri’s class at 11:20)

Friday, Oct. 27: International Day in Cheri’s Class

Monday, Tuesday Oct. 30, 31: No School—Conferences

 

SHARING:  10/16- A poem or recipe, 10/23-An item from another country

 

 BOTANY STUDIESWhat is the ancient ancestor of maize (corn)?  We watched a fascinating video that explained why scientists were never able to find the wild relative of corn and thought it was extinct! Recently fossils of the ancestor of corn—teosinte, were finally discovered. The fossils were found in an ancient cave dwelling in southern Mexico and were nearly 9000 years old! Ask your student to explain or watch this YouTube video together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBuYUb_mFXA   Enjoy!

 Pumpkin Patch Field Trip: Our pumpkin Patch Field trip to Detering’s Orchards is planned for Tuesday, October 24th. Please complete the attached permission form and return as soon as possible. Let us know if you would like to join us as an adult supervisor.

 Curriculum Sharing: Please come with your student and enjoy Curriculum Sharing on Wednesday, October 18. This is a time when your child can bring you into the classroom and show you some favorite work. It’s also a special opportunity to enjoy your child’s independence and love of learning. We have two times available on Wednesday to accommodate families’ schedules. Come anytime between 3:05-4:05 or 6:00-7:00pm. Questions? Call 681-9662 or e-mail cheri.spies@ridgeline.org

DRESS UP FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY: On Friday, Oct. 27, students in Cheri’s Class are invited to celebrate International Day by dressing in clothing or bringing something from another country. The items can be anything from a ‘French beret’ or ‘Mexican sombrero’ 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 some international foods. The snacks need to be commercially prepared and/or packaged or prepared at school. If you would like to help with snack donations or classroom set up, please let me know. Questions? Email or send a note.

Family Conferences are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, October 30-31. Watch for sign up information in my next update.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheri's Weekly Update 9-28-17

posted Sep 28, 2017, 11:26 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, Sept. 28: Cheri’s Class Picnic 5:30-6:30pm
Friday, September 29: Jog-a-thon
Wednesday, Oct. 4: Bike and Walk to School Day
Friday, Oct. 13: No School. Statewide In-service for teachers
Friday, Oct. 20: Vision Screening
Wednesday, Oct. 18: Curriculum Sharing
Friday, Oct. 27: International Day in Cheri’s Class
Monday, Tuesday Oct. 30, 31: No School—Student led Conferences

SHARING: week of 10/2- An item with a 3-syllable name or a flower, 10/9- A sign of fall

CHERI’S CLASS FAMILY PICNIC: Please join us Thursday, September 28, 5:30-6:30 for our class picnic. Meet new friends and old. Bring your family, a blanket and a picnic dinner. We’ll gather on the hillside behind the classroom. You'll have the chance to sign up for laundry, water bottle fill-up, gardening, sewing and field trip volunteers. See you there!

CHESS CLUB: Unfortunately Brian Schartz is unable to teach Chess this year. What about other types of table games? If a couple of adults would like to supervise checkers, Yahtzee or other games during this hour we have the space to make it happen! Let me know if you are interested.

BOTANY STUDIES: What is the ancient ancestor of maize (corn)? We watched a fascinating video that explained why scientists were never able to find the wild relative of corn and thought it was extinct! Recently fossils of the ancestor of corn—teosinte, were finally discovered. They were nearly 9000 years old! Ask your student to explain or watch this YouTube video together:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBuYUb_mFXA Enjoy!

DRESS UP FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY: On Friday, Oct. 27, students in Cheri’s Class are invited to celebrate International Day by dressing in clothing or bringing something from another country. The items can be anything from a ‘French beret’ or ‘Mexican sombrero’ 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 some international foods. The snacks need to be commercially prepared and packaged or prepared at school. If you can help with snack donations or classroom set up, please let me know. Questions? Email or send a note.

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

Cheri's Weekly Update 9-20-17

posted Sep 26, 2017, 1:10 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:
Friday, Sept. 22: T-Shirt orders due

Tuesday, Sept 26: Laughing Planet Fundraiser

Thursday, Sept. 28: Cheri’s Class Picnic 5:30-6:30pm

Friday, September 29: Jog-a-thon

Wednesday, Oct. 4: Bike and Walk to School Day

Friday, Oct. 13: No School. Statewide In-service for teachers

Friday, Oct. 20: Vision Screening

Wednesday, Oct. 18: Curriculum Sharing

Monday, Tuesday Oct. 30, 31: No School Conferences

SHARING: week of 9/25- An item that begins with ‘b’ or ‘d’, 10/2- An item with a 3-syllable name or a flower

CHERI’S CLASS FAMILY PICNIC: Please come to our class picnic. Meet new friends and old. The picnic is scheduled for, Thursday, September 28, 5:30-6:30. 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)

CHESS CLUB: Unfortunately Brian Schartz is not able to teach chess this year. What about another

type of game opportunity for Wednesday afternoons at 1:30? If a couple of adults would like

to supervise checkers, Yahtzee or other table games during this hour we have the space to make it happen! Let me know if you are interested.

BOTANY STUDIES: This month and next we are investigating seeds. We will look at seeds that come from flowers as well as those inside the fruits and vegetables that we eat. If you have sunflowers in your yard, please consider sharing some with the classroom. This week, thanks to Kate Walser (Brigg’s mom), we planted peas outside in our raised bed. We look forward to adding salad greens, radishes and flowers to the bed. Thanks to Stephanie Relling (Liam’s mom), we have a living corn plant in our classroom! Students enjoy labeling the parts of a corn plant. Next Wednesday, every student will have the opportunity to shuck and eat fresh corn. The corn will be cooked using a propane cook stove behind our classroom. We also plan to visit an apple orchard and pumpkin patch at Detering Farms next month. Watch for details in next week’s update.

Thank you for sharing your amazing children.

Cheri & Azusa

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



Cheri's Weekly Update 6-9-17

posted Jun 9, 2017, 3:01 PM by Cynthia Friedman

CHERI’S CLASS WEEKLY UPDATE THURSDAY, JUNE 8

Friday, June 9 –15
EM’S GAME TICKETS AVAILABLE OR FAMILY PICNIC AT FRONT OFFICE.
Saturday, May 10
RIDGELINE RUMMAGE SALE 9:00AM-3:00PM
Monday, May 12
MAZZI’S RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER FOR RIDGELINE
Tuesday, May 13
5:30-7:00 END OF YEAR FAMILY PICNIC & CAPITAL CAMPAIGN CELEBRATION
Wednesday, May 14
FIELD DAY FOR STUDENTS 12:45-2:45
Thursday, May 15
8TH GRADE GRADUATION
Friday, May 16

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, EARLY RELEASE 1:15 DISMISSAL

RIDGELINE NIGHT AT THE EM’S GAME

NO MORE HOMEWORK THIS YEAR. PLEASE RETURN HOMEWORK PACKETS.

3RD GRADE SUBWAY LUNCH WITH CHERI: The 3rd grade lunch with Cheri is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13. Our group will leave Ridgeline at 10:20AM, ride LTD to Amazon Park, walk to Subway at 29th and Willamette. We return via Amazon Park and LTD and arrive back to school by 1:00. Parents of 3rd graders please sign a permission form and send $6.00 cash. The students will order and pay for their own lunch.

MAZZI’S-Do you need an excuse for some delicious Italian food with family and friends? Well, we’ve got one more community gathering fundraiser at Mazzi’s Italian Restaurant (3377 East Amazon) on Monday the 12th from 5-9 pm. Mazzi’s is generously donating 30% of the proceeds of your meal including take out and alcohol!! Thank you Mazzi’s!

FREE LUNCHES FOR KIDS AGES 2-18
Food for Lane County operates one of the largest summer food programs in the state. They provide free meals to youth ages 2 to 18. Most sites open June 26. To see a list of lunch sites, please visit the FOOD For Lane County website, at www.foodforlanecounty.org/summerfood or emailinfo@foodforlanecounty.org or call 541-343-2822.

UNLIMITED SUMMER FUN!
The 1PASS, a partnership between Lane Transit District (LTD), Willamalane Parks and Recreation District and the City of Eugene, gives youth summer travel and recreation options!

The 1PASS helps youth get to parks, ballgames or even a summer job. For $50, youth ages 18 and younger can get a 1PASS good for travel on all LTD routes May 29th- Sept. 4th. It also grants the pass holder free entry to the following places in the Eugene-Springfield metro area:

Amazon Pool, Camp Putt, Cascades Raptor Center, Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center, Emerald Lanes, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, River Road Park Pool, Science Factory, Sheldon Pool & Fitness Center, Skate World, Splash! At Lively Park, Willamalane Center & Willamalane Park Swim Center.

www.willamalane.org/1pass

Thank you for a wonderful school year! Cheri, Kristin, Yang Yang and Azusa

Cheri's Weekly Update 5-5-17

posted May 9, 2017, 10:05 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:
Month of May: WALK & BIKE TO SCHOOL
Saturday, May 6: OUTDOOR WORK PARTY LEAD BY MIDDLE SCHOOL, 10:00-2:00
Wednesday, May 10: BIKE & WALK TO SCHOOL DAY
Thursday, May 19: JOG-A-THON
Monday, May 29: MEMORIAL DAY. NO SCHOOL.

*SHARING: May 8- A kitchen tool, May 15- A photo or greeting card

TEACHER APPRECIATION: It's so nice to be appreciated! Thank you for your wonderful cards, gifts, flowers, gift cards, cookies and other goodies. Kristin, Yang Yang & I especially like our decorative, door-sized poster! :-) If you haven’t seen it, take a look next time you're at school. It's beautiful! We are very grateful for the support of our Ridgeline community.

Calling all summer birthdays! I’d like students with summer birthdays to have an opportunity to celebrate with their class. Please contact me and we’ll plan a time when your student’s special day can be shared. The children so enjoy seeing photos and hearing stories about their classmate’s early years. To schedule your student’s ‘walk around the sun’, send me an e-mail or a note to the classroom.

MAY IS BIKE & WALK TO SCHOOL MONTH – Please encourage your student to walk, bike, or use another non-motor powered means of transportation. Even walking a few blocks counts for those traveling a long distance. Students will ‘record’ their mode of transportation daily.

CONFERENCES: No conferences are scheduled for the end of the year but if you’d like to get together to discuss your student’s progress and goals, just let me know. Email, send a note or call the office (541-681-9662)

News from Azusa! - Hello from Doernbecher. Satsuki's third cycle of treatment started today. We enjoyed 2 weeks of break very much. Satsuki was able to spend a lot of time with her buddies including getting dressed for prom and the photo shoot. She continues to maintain a great spirit and positive attitude. We get so many compliments from the doctors and nurses. During last cycle my mom was able to visit from Japan and she was so impressed by the whole thing and went home feeling assured about Satsuki's recovery. Thank you again for all the support Ridgeline has been giving us. You are giving me so much strength to go through this bump in our life.

Thanks for sharing your joyful children!

Cheri

Cheri's Weekly Update 4-4-17

posted Apr 5, 2017, 1:32 PM by Cynthia Friedman

HOMEWORK: Please return Homework on Friday.

SHARING Theme: Week of 4/3-An item made with wood; Week of 4/10- A joke or comic strip

GET READY FOR PROJECT FAIR!!:
Every year Ridgeline holds a 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 support as necessary. Poster Boards for Project Fair ($3.00) are available for sale in the office.

This year’s Project Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25. On that day families and friends can tour the classrooms and enjoy the displayed projects after school at 3:15-4:15 or in the evening from 6:00-7:00. Let me know if you would like more information, project ideas or a cardboard display.

UPDATE ON AZUSA: Azusa, Satsuki and family spent the week relaxing and enjoying being home in Eugene. They will return to Doernbecher Hospital soon for additional treatments. We are grateful for Kristin Warner, our substitute assistant, and for the parent volunteers that provide classroom support. Please keep Azusa and her family in your thoughts.

SNACK MATS: Our snack mats are nearly finished. Students stitched their fabric/color choices before Spring Break. Volunteers took the mats home to reinforce the seams with a sewing machine. The kids can hardly wait to use their own mat for daily snack. And having personal mats will reduce the number of cloths that are used each week. Watch for pictures of children using their mats on our Facebook page.

A MESSAGE FROM LYNNE LUCAS: Ridgeline has joined the Terracycle ​Energy Bar Wrapper Recycling Program -which accepts any of the following: foil lined energy bar wrappers, foil food pouches, foil granola bar wrappers, meal replacement bar wrappers, protein bar wrappers. Wrapper and pouches from these companies are accepted: Clif Bars, kids Z-bars and kids Z-fruit bars, MOJO, Luna bars, Builders, Crunch, Kit's Organic, Shot Blocks, Shot Gels and Shot Drinks. Please have your child put wrappers and pouches in the Terracycle box in the lobby. Lynne Lucas 541-337-0179

AMERICAN MONTESSORI SOCIETY CONFERENCE
One of the keynote speakers at the conference was Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure. Her message echoes Montessori’s philosophy that when children are given the freedom to make mistakes and then persevere in finding solutions they will become more competent and confident learners. In other words, the less we do for our kids, the more they learn to do for themselves. Chrystell purchased a copy of The Gift of Failure for our Parent Library case if you’d like to read it. There are also several YouTube videos of Jessica delivering her message to parent and teacher groups.

My goal this week is to step back and allow children time to solve problems independently!

Your children have participated in discussions about the loss of one of our 5th grade students, Elijah Taylor. I have been moved by their compassionate response to this sad event. The children talked about their feelings of sadness, anger and fear that the same thing might happen to them. Today many of our students chose to comfort Elijah’s classmates by making cards for them. Please check in with your children to address questions and concerns. Ridgeline has resources available for kids and adults. Let us know how we can help. Cheri

Cheri's Weekly Update 3-21-17

posted Mar 21, 2017, 2:10 PM by Cynthia Friedman


HOMEWORK: Please return homework on Friday.

SHARING Theme: Week of 3/13-An instrument or collection; Week of 3/20- A favorite book

PROJECT FAIR: Every year Ridgeline holds a 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”. Let me know if you have questions, need advice or if you’d like a cardboard display board. This year’s Project Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25. Families can come and enjoy the displays right after school at 3:15 or later in the evening from 6:00-7:00. If you need more information or project ideas, let me know.

PASTA DINNER FUNDRAISER: What a successful fundraiser this was! $3668 was raised! Thank you for all you did to support this fun evening.

UPDATE ON AZUSA: Azusa continues to provide support for her daughter who is ill. We are grateful for Kristin Warner, our substitute assistant, and for our wonderful parent volunteers that provide classroom support. Please keep Azusa and her family in your thoughts.

SNACK MATS
In order to reduce the number of clean cloths used each day, the students will stitch their own small mat to be used for snack or lunch. We'll include these cloth snack mats with the laundry that goes home on Friday. The children will begin constructing the mats soon. A grandparent has offered to donate printed cotton fabric for one side of the mat. We are asking for donations of cotton towels that we can cut and sew as an absorbent backing for each mat. If you have an old, lightly-colored towel that you no longer use, please consider donating it for this sewing project. We’ve had one parent offer to help reinforce the students’ hand stitches with a sewing machine. I’m hoping to find one more. This work can be done at home in the evening or on the weekend. If you can help with this project by donating fabric, volunteering in the classroom and helping our youngsters stitch the mats, or by machine sewing the mats after they are completed, please let me know.

AMERICAN MONTESSORI SOCIETY
The Montessori Conference was wonderful! I felt so inspired by the workshops, keynote presentations and the fabulous classroom materials on display. The theme of the conference was “Beyond Borders”. This theme was woven throughout the conference, highlighted by Alice Renton’s work and the keynote speakers Nicholas Kristoff and Jessica Lahey. There were numerous workshops relating to public Montessori as well as an AMS Continuing Improvement Session, “Public Sector Montessori -The most important work of our movement?” You will be hearing more about the conference in future updates.

Thank you for sharing your resilient children.
Cheri

 

 

 

Cheri's Weekly Update 3-3-17

posted Mar 3, 2017, 12:23 PM by Cynthia Friedman

FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 5pm

PASTA DINNER FUNDRAISER

WED-FRI, MARCH 8-10

AMERICAN MONTESSORI CONFERENCE IN SAN DIEGO

 HOMEWORK: Please return Homework on Friday.

SHARING Theme: Week of 2/27- An item from another country; Week of 3/6- A measuring tool

MUDDY PUDDLE CLOTHES DESPERATELY NEEDED: We are in need of extra clothes, especially elastic waist pants (sweat pants and leggings are ideal), and simple plain short sleeved or long sleeved t-shirts. If you have clothes that your student has outgrown that you can donate to the muddy puddle box, please drop them off at the office.

PASTA DINNER FUNDRAISER: Come break bread with your Ridgeline family. The cost is $5 per person or $20 for the whole family. Please remember to bring you own plates and utensils. We’ve got amazing items to raffle as well as our BEAUTIFUL pasta bowls and platters for auction. Each class participated in painting a pasta bowl or a large platter for auction. They are beautiful! You don’t want to miss this evening! Music performances by TRUE, the adult uke group, and music specialist Melanie Germond will lead kindergarten and lower-el students in a few songs.

UPDATE ON AZUSA: Azusa is taking time away from Ridgeline to be with her daughter through a serious illness. We are grateful for Kristin Warner, our substitute assistant and for our parent volunteers. Please keep Azusa and her family in your thoughts.

SNACK MATS: In order to reduce the number of clean cloths used each day, the students will stitch their own small mat and keep it with their cubby. This mat can be used for snack or lunch. We'll include these cloth mats with the laundry that goes home on Friday. I'm hoping to use colorful cotton cloth for one side of the mat and terrycloth for the other side. After each student hand sews a mat I would like volunteers with a sewing machine to reinforce the sewing. If you can help with this project, either by donating fabric or sewing mats, please let me know.

100 DAY CELEBRATION, MARCH 6: This Monday we’ll celebrate 100 days of school. Children can bring 100 small objects to glue onto a 100 square paper grid. In past years children brought beans, popcorn and other seeds, cotton balls, macaroni, stickers etc… Use your imagination! We will write, count, add, subtract, divide and multiply 100!

Please help (if necessary) your child count 100 items, put in a container or bag and bring to school. If you have questions, send me a note, call (541-681-9662) or e-mail me.

AMERICAN MONTESSORI SOCIETY: AMS is the largest Montessori organization in the United States. It accredits Montessori teacher training programs and offers support to schools, staff and families. This year the 2017 Annual Conference is happening on the West Coast in San Diego and I plan to attend! I’ve scheduled a tour of a public Montessori school in the area as well as several workshops and seminars.

I’ll be out of the classroom Wednesday through Friday, March 8-10. I can’t wait to share all that I see and learn! I’m grateful to Ridgeline for encouraging and funding participation in professional development opportunities such as this. If you are interested in learning more, check out this website: https://amshq.org/Events/AMS-Annual-Conference/2017-Annual-Conference

Cheri and Azusa

 

 

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