Cheri's Weekly Update 4-28-16

posted Apr 28, 2016, 11:23 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Upcoming Events:
· READ-A THON PAJAMA DAY! : Friday, April 29
· WALK & BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY: Wednesday, May 4

*SHARING: May 2- An item from nature, May 9- An item that reminds you of your mother.

*PROJECT FAIR: An amazing array of projects were on display for our annual Project Fair.

I hope you had the opportunity to visit all the classrooms. Thank you for your support.

SMARTED BALANCED TEST PRACTICE: The Smarter Balanced test for grades 3-8 has a Practice Site where students (and parents) can become familiar with the types of questions and tools available. If you have Internet at home, you and your student can try some practice tests. I recommend both the Math and ELA Grades 3-5 Training Tests since they are very short. These tests will familiarize students with computer tools. For a sample of the writing expectations, try out the English Language Arts Performance Task (ELA-PT). Let me know if you have questions. Website:

READ-A-THON FUNDRAISER: Help your child record reading challenges on the Read-a-thon pledge sheet. Pledged funds are due on Tuesday, May 10. Questions? Call Ridgeline 541-681-9662

RAIN FOREST BIOME: We’ll focus on the Rainforest for the next couple weeks and students will create a diorama to represent their learning. Please send a small cardboard box to school for this purpose.

‘PLARN’ Thanks to local artist, Helen Liu, our students learned to use plastic bags to create a kind of yarn from used plastic bags. The plarn can be used to weave, crochet, or knit. Besides being a successful artist, Helen is also a former Ridgeline parent. I so appreciate the time she takes to help our children enjoy creating art!

YIMENG: The children enjoy learning Chinese language and culture from our teacher intern, Yimeng. She is in Eugene as a student with the Oregon International Internship Program (OIIP) through the University of Oregon. Here is Yimeng’s letter of introduction:

My name is Yimeng, a Chinese intern in Cheri’s class. I am also a future teacher majoring in English teaching. I’m here in the UO exchange program to teach children some Chinese culture and Chinese language. My hometown is Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China, which is a city located halfway down China's mainland coastline. Looking back, I have been with Cheri’s class for more than a month. I just sigh with emotional thoughts for how time flies! I wonder how to make unforgettable memories and meaningful experiences for the children and me. I’d like to have daily Chinese lesson and small group lesson with children. Anyway, I hope the children will have a fruitful experience during my time with them.

Sincerely, Yimeng Hong

*CHESS SETS AVAILABLE: Our Chess Club leader, Brian Schartz, has chess sets available for sale at a great price since he gets free shipping and a discount for bulk purchases. If you would like to buy a Chess set for home ($13.45 for the pieces, roll up board and carrying bag), please contact Brian at:

*WATER REFILL? As weather gets warmer, students drink more water. Can you help refill the five-gallon water dispenser bottles from our classroom? We leave the empties just outside our door in the lobby. Questions? Email (, write a note or call the office 541.681.9662

Cheri & Azusa

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