Cheri's Weekly Update 11-16-12

posted Nov 16, 2012, 12:50 PM by Cynthia Friedman
Barnes and Noble Book Fair this friday: This Friday, November 16, please join us at Barnes and Noble for our annual book fair. There will be performances by several students and the Ridgeline choir will sing. Our class will be making bookmarks again this year. Come and enjoy the fun! Questions? Send an email or call 541-681-9662. 

Science Next week: Iris is in the midst of a mapping unit with the children. Please be sure your child knows their street name and house number. 

Sharing theme (week of 11/19): Favorite Artwork, (week of 11/27): A Recipe, Song or Poem 

Stone Soup Celebration: Our traditional meal is coming up next week. Students in all classes help prepare (wash, peel and slice) vegetables on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Then on Wednesday Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving, our entire student body gathers together and shares a meal. Please send vegetables on Tuesday. 

You’re Invited! Design Bridge is a student-run organization at the University of Oregon that works directly with the community, while enriching architecture students' knowledge. One of our projects this year is to design an outdoor interactive space at Ridgeline Montessori. The space will provide outdoor learning opportunities year-round to enrich even more of the school's curriculum. Possible elements of the program include: a greenhouse, garden beds, composting, rainwater catchment, and more! With the collaboration of students from 7th and 8th grade we have started our design process. In the current stage we are reaching out to all Ridgeline students, parents, and staff to help us in the design scheming process. What ideas do you have for an outdoor classroom? What kind of learning do you think should happen here? What will it look like? We would like to answer these questions by leading a design activity and discussing the school's community vision of this project. This will be a great opportunity for you to have your thoughts, concerns, and creative solutions heard by the design team! If you are interested in learning more about the project and sharing your ideas, join us Tuesday, November 20th, 5:30-7:30pm at Ridgeline for an evening of creative thinking! You will be expressing your ideas through drawings, collage, model making, and much more! Please visit our blog:

We hope to see you there! The Design Bridge Team 

The Orchestra Sings: This program, sponsored by the Eugene Symphony, was truly amazing! We learned about the sections of the orchestra, the ‘voices’ of individual instruments, and the components of melody. The students sang along as the symphony orchestra played Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and Aaron Copeland’s “A Gift to be Simple.”

Be sure to ask your child about the experience. Special thanks to our adult supervisors. 
Montessori kids helping Montessori Schools: Our class has decided to collect money to help Montessori schools that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Our jar is more than half full of coins and bills. We plan to collect until Friday, 11/16. The money will help flooded schools replace materials and furnishings. We’ll let you know the grand total! 

Parent Feedback form: Help us improve our communication. We value your opinion. Please tell us what you thought of your student-led conference by completing the attached Conference Feedback Form. You can also request a hard copy from the office or classroom. 

Bars/Photos – Please send a cereal or protein bar labeled with your student’s name, and a family photo (for encouragement & comfort), in a ziploc bag. These will go into our emergency kits. The bars will be eaten in the event of an emergency or at field day, whichever comes first! Please send the bag (with the bar and photo) to school soon. Thanks. 

Upcoming Events:
Friday, Nov. 16 Barnes and Noble Book Fair
Tuesday, Nov. 20 Design Bridge – Community Input – 5:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, Nov. 21 Stone Soup
Thur.-Fri., Nov 22-23 No School. Happy Thanksgiving! 

Cheri and Azusa

Ridgeline Montessori faculty continually strives to improve our practices. Please take a few minutes to complete this Conference Feedback Form and return it to the office by November 21, 2012.

1. What was your overall impression of the 2012 student-directed conference?

o Positive o Neutral o Negative

2. Did you feel your student was organized and prepared to lead the conference?

o Yes o Somewhat o No

3. Did you feel there was adequate teacher input/participation?

o Yes o Somewhat o No

4. Did your student discuss current levels and/or share samples in the following areas?

c Writing

c Reading

c Math

c Science/Social Science

c Social/Emotional development

c Qualities of an effective (or Montessori) learner

5. Did your student (and the teacher) discuss goals for the upcoming year?

o Yes o Somewhat o No

6. What did your student learn/gain by leading the conference?


7. What did you learn/gain from this conference? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

8. How can we improve student led conferences?


9. Additional comments?


__________________________ _______________________

Parent/Student Name (optional) Teacher Name

Thank you for your input.