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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

 

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

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