Cheri's Weekly Update 11-21-13

posted Nov 21, 2013, 1:13 PM by Cynthia Friedman
Upcoming Events:
Thursday, 11/21 Send veggies that students can prepare for Stone Soup
Friday, 11/22 Stone Soup play and lunch celebration
Mon Fri.11/25-29 No School. Budget reduction days + Thanksgiving
Wednesday, 12/4 Eugene Youth Ballet Nutcracker performance at Ridgeline-8:45AM 

Bookfair: The gathering at Barnes and noble was such fun! Thanks for your support. 

HOMEWORK: **Please return homework packets on Friday morning this week. No homework will be sent home during the week of Thanksgiving. 

Stone Soup: Our traditional pre-thanksgiving is planned for this Friday, Nov. 22. Please send in vegetables (whole and not peeled) by tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 21, for the students to wash, peel and slice in the classroom. The soup will simmer throughout the day and we’ll enjoy “Stone Soup” with our partner classroom, Sarah’s Upper Elementary, on Friday. We’ll also have an opportunity to watch a play of the traditional Stone Soup story.


Nutcracker BAllet sampler: On Wednesday, December 4, our students will have the opportunity to watch an excerpt of the Nutcracker Ballet performed by the Eugene Ballet Academy’s Youth Group. The dancers will travel to Ridgeline, set up and perform in the gym on the stage. This event is part of a community outreach program. We are asking students to bring a one dollar donation to help with transportation and production costs. 

Holiday Traditions: In our Montessori classroom, students learn about cultures from all over the world. Every year at this time I invite families to share their family's holiday traditions with our classroom community. Often a parent will come in and, with their child, tell a story about how/what their family celebrates. Other times a child may bring something from home and show/tell the class. In past years we have watched the lighting of a four-generation menorah, learned about the seven principles of Kwanzaa, heard the story of baby Jesus born in a stable, learned about the Indian Festival of Lights: Diwali, seen homemade tree ornaments and candle-making, read about the Mexican holiday, Las Posadas; enjoyed photos from a family’s Winter Solstice celebration, and more! If you would like to share a family tradition, please let me know. 

Sharing-suggested theme: Week of Dec. 2: A recipe, song or poem

Week of Dec. 9: A sign of Winter

Just a reminder: ‘Sharing’ is an opportunity for your student to teach his/her classmates. Please be sure items shared are appropriate for this purpose. Questions? Call (541-681-9662), send a note or email (

*For more information about Ridgeline events, please visit our website: 

Cheri and Azusa