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Clint's Bi-Weekly Update 10-24-18

posted Oct 24, 2018, 10:08 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Curriculum Sharing

Thank you to all of those that made it to Curriculum Sharing Night.  I get so much joy out of having families visit the classroom. Please enjoy a few photo highlights:



Friday Drumming with Nathan (Eden’s Dad)

Eden's dad would like to offer drum class to small groups of interested students on Friday mornings between 10:15 and 11:15. We hope to start these groups on Friday, October 26.


The students interested in working with Nathan are asked to have a small throw pillow and round 5 gallon bucket for their practice sessions. It is understandable that not every participating student will have an extra pillow or bucket, so if you have extras we would gladly use them.



Aerotril Mission Update

All planets now have their wall friezes displayed!


And most space shuttles have been moved to their launch pads:

Crew members are methodically preparing for our launch on the first Great Mission to Aerotril!


Attendance

Here at Ridgeline we have set an attendance goal of 95% for each student.  Essentially, out of 172 school days, you should strive to miss less than 8.5 total days.  Regular attendance is the base element in a rigorous education. Did you know?

  • 83%of students chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade do not read at grade level by third grade.

  • Students that cannot read at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out prior to graduation than students that read at grade level.

  • Build good habits early, most children’s habits are unlikely to change much after age nine.

  • Parents whose children were often absent under estimate the number of days absent by about 45%

 

Thank you for being such an important part of your child’s education!


Clint's Weekly Update 10-11-18

posted Oct 11, 2018, 12:59 PM by Cynthia Friedman


Aerotril Mission Update

Some planet design groups have finished their wall friezes and are moving onto creating and naming characters.

Planet X

Tiny Planet XII


Four Aerotril characters and their names.


Donation Request

We are looking for a gently used rechargeable digital camera that would be compatible with our new Chromebooks. We would like students to begin taking pictures of the work they are doing and email family members with their own weekly updates.


Jog-a-thon Pledges

Our class once again surpassed the number of Jog-a-thon laps we expected to run. And now it’s time to get the pledges in to help us keep our PE, music, art, and counseling programs strong and vibrant.


Math Lessons

With students having received their first formal math lessons about a month ago, we are all progressing deeper into content now. Fourth years are now reviewing the lattice and traditional algorithms for multiplication, as well as working with the rack and tubes for division; fifth years are either reviewing multiplication and division or reviewing fraction and decimal operations; and sixth years are moving into statistics and probability. I began introducing the topics in small groups of no more than six students with the premise that each student will complete the follow up assignments by Thursday morning, in time for the weekly checking party.


For more detailed descriptions about what math your child has been working on, please look at the top portion of their work plan.


Attendance

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!



Clint's Weekly Update 10-2-18

posted Oct 2, 2018, 8:37 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Room 10’s Weekly Update for September 17-28


Whole Class Parent Meeting - Thank you!

A big thanks to all of the parents that showed up to make Monday’s Bingo Parent Meeting entertaining and meaningful. We started the evening with small group breakout sessions to facilitate new parents establishing connections with returning parents. Then the whole group convened to discuss topics like the homework, the Aerotril Mission, and the End of the Year Trip.


If any questions, suggestions, or comments still linger, please let me know.


Gratitude

Taking time to express our gratitude means appreciating other living things and creating artwork.

After a summer on a Jenifer Wilson’s horse ranch our bamboo was returned this week. Thank you Jenifer!

Student groups also published some of their gratitude word clouds composed of differently sized words depending on the importance associate with each.


Work Plans

Thank you for supporting your child in getting as much as they can out of this school year. To help you probe deeper into what your child is working on in class, I have asked that your child record the details of each assignment on his or her work plan. Here is the example we put together in class:

A1 - The signed work plan allows students to get credit for completing the communication loop between home and school.

A2 - For editing card you should see the rule number and the rule. This will allow you to start asking that these rules be followed in the writing your child does at home.

A3 - SRA should have the card color, number and title. You might consider asking your child for a summary or the theme of the story.

A4 - Language Study Drawer should have the drawer number and the focus, which will allow you to find out more about that specific language skill.

A5 - Computation Card should have the card’s color, number, and a brief description of the difficulty level.

A6 - Weekly Word Study (WWS) should have a list of the five words studied that week or another clear description of what was done instead. For example, “20+ word list” would indicate that your child spent the week gathering 20 or more words to include on the individualized spelling list.

A7 - Community Service should indicate what was done, which with most students will be a thank you card to a specific person that helped make our classroom or community a better place.

A8 - This is usually an additional line that is used for other works that come up or to remind students to complete works that were not completed in previous weeks.


NEWLY FORMATTED Math Facts and Touch Typing Homework Tracker

In Friday’s home folder you will find your child’s Math Fact and Touch Typing Homework Tracker. The cover sheet looks like this:

Below is an example of how entries might look after the first six days.

Please note: Taking days off is acceptable as long as a parent agrees by initially the calendar. The expectation is that there will be 4 days of math and 4 days of touch typing completed per week. These may be on the same days.


Homework trackers are due in Clint’s inbox each school day morning BEFORE 8:30am. They will be returned to students at the end of each day.



Calendar Project Progress

Completed calendars are due on December 5. This gives students two solid months to finish conducting research, write about their findings, and create original artwork. On work plans, the expectation is for each student to make weekly progress towards the due dates, with different students taking different paths towards that goal. For example, one student may wish to do the drawings first while another student might be more interested in doing the research first. If individual students are not making adequate progress, I will let them know.

Clint's Weekly Update 5-2-18

posted May 2, 2018, 11:43 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Alternate Homework for the Month of May

With the state tests taking up about an hour per day for students, I would like to ask that students do something a little different with homework in order to continue making progress towards completing their 2019 calendar projects. Instead of practicing touch typing it would be helpful if students completed note cards on their calendar research topics instead. If at least ten notecards have been checked off any subtopic, then students are encouraged to start creating the accompanying artwork.


Practice State Tests Start This Week

Starting this week we have been taking our practice session for the Smarter Balanced tests so students can become familiar with the structure of the test.  The actual state tests begin the week of April 30 and will be conducted in Room 11.


May 7 – 11

English Language Arts - Performance Task

May 14 – 18

MATH - Computer Adapted Test

May 21–25

MATH - Performance Task

May 29 – June 1

5th Grade Science and extra time as needed


In the past, students gave each other the following advice for the English Language Arts tests:

  1. Read the directions!

  2. Take your time.

  3. Use the paragraph model that you know works for you: TS CD E1 E2 CS.

  4. Cite your sources.

  5. Revise. Revise. Revise.

  6. Self edit. Seriously... Self edit! Nobody is going to be there to catch the fixies you don't catch.  



Supporting Your Child During Testing

The night before any big test, make sure your child gets plenty of sleep. For optimal school performance, most Upper El-aged kids need about 10 hours of sleep.


On test day,  fuel your child's brain with a healthy breakfast. One study showed that kids who eat a healthy breakfast (about one-quarter of the day's nutritional requirements) make fewer errors on tests.


Breakout Biology Message for 6th Year Families from Sharon Fitzsimmons

I have been honored to teach this year's 6th grade Breakout Biology for all of Upper El at Ridgeline. I just wanted to let you know that we're coming up on our last unit of human biology: we're ending with reproduction.


On May 1, your student had a basic anatomy lesson which talked about puberty and the reproductive functions of human parts. We used the terminology "people with male bodies" and "people with female bodies" in reference to these functions. We discussed sexual intercourse and sexually transmitted diseases. We asked students to save their questions about sexual relationships for their families at home, since many people have strong opinions on this topic.


On May 8, your student will have a lesson about human growth and development. This will involve basic methods of pregnancy prevention, the development of a fertilized egg, and the process of birth. Per Oregon state health standards, students will receive the message that abstinence is the most effective method of prevention from STD/HIV and pregnancy. (HE.1.5.7)


In both of these weeks, I stress to students that their questions are normal and helpful. I do make very clear that any research outside of the lesson should be done at home (not in the classroom) and *with an adult,* since there is inappropriate and false information on the internet on this topic in particular.


If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them! Thank you for entrusting me with your children!




Clint's Class Weekly Update 4-36-18

posted Apr 26, 2018, 12:39 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Room 10’s Weekly Update for Weekly Update for April 23-27

 

Thank You for Supporting the Ridgeline Project Fair


On behalf of all of us in Room 10, thank you for visiting the Greatest Art Gallery during the Project Fair. In case you missed the chance to enjoy the unique creations on Tuesday, images of the contributors are below.


Practice State Tests Start This Week

Starting this week we have been taking our practice session for the Smarter Balanced tests so students can become familiar with the structure of the test.  The actual state tests begin the week of April 30 and will be conducted in Room 11.


April 30 – May 4

English Language Arts - Computer Adapted Test

May 7 – 11

English Language Arts - Performance Task

May 14 – 18

MATH - Computer Adapted Test

May 21–25

MATH - Performance Task

May 29 – June 1

5th Grade Science and extra time as needed


In the past, students gave each other the following advice for the English Language Arts tests:


  1. Read the directions!

  2. Take your time.

  3. Use the paragraph model that you know works for you: TS CD E1 E2 CS.

  4. Cite your sources.

  5. Revise. Revise. Revise.

  6. Self edit. Seriously... Self edit! Nobody is going to be there to catch the fixies you don't catch.  



Supporting Your Child During Testing

The night before any big test, make sure your child gets plenty of sleep. For optimal school performance, most Upper El-aged kids need about 10 hours of sleep.


On test day,  fuel your child's brain with a healthy breakfast. One study showed that kids who eat a healthy breakfast (about one-quarter of the day's nutritional requirements) make fewer errors on tests.





Clint's Weekly Update 3-2-18

posted Mar 2, 2018, 12:15 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Museum Trip
On February 15, our class made our third visit to the Natural and Cultural History Museum to learn about the exhibit called “Adapt, Move, or Go Extinct.” We investigated Oregon's ecosystems and learned how plants and animals adapt to changing environments. We also toured through the exhibit “Explore Oregon” and saw what habitats and animals the museum has here.

CWOSE Science Fair SCHEDULE (SPICE is for Elementary Students and CWOSE is for Middle and High School Students) - Saturday, March 3, 2018


Below is the location and schedule for the science Fair this Saturday. We hope that you are able to attend and support Kaiyon, Violette, Jack Steinman, Cedar, and their interns.


LOCATION

This is a different location than past years!




SCHEDULE
8:30 – 9:30 AM: Project set-up (Gerlinger Annex B54) -
9:30 – 9:50 AM: Welcome (Gerlinger 220)
9:50 – 10:10 AM: Science Fair Rules (Gerlinger 220)
9:00 - 10:30 AM: Judges look at posters (without students present after 9:30)
10:30 AM –12:30 PM: Judging (up to 12 minute 1:1 sessions with students)
12:00 – 1:30 PM: Lunch (Gerlinger 220) Entrants are welcome to start lunch as soon as they’ve finished being interviewed by judges.
1:30 PM –3:00 PM: Public viewing of posters (Gerlinger Annex B54)
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Lab visits and demos (Willamette, Columbia and other science buildings)***
4:00 – 4:30 PM: Awards ceremony for Middle School (Gerlinger 220 )
5:30 – 6:00 PM: Poster take-down (starts at ~4:30 PM for MS Students)

Administrative Visit to Discuss Campus Safety

The Ridgeline administration made a visit to each classroom this week to address some of the feelings and questions that have come up around violence in schools. They created a safe place for our students to discuss the topic in open, sincere, and developmentally appropriate ways.

Montessori Parent Education Night: Supporting the Montessori Program, Supporting Your Child

Thursday, March 8th, 6-7:30 pm
Montessori teacher and consultant Annabeth Jensen will be joining us for a rich night of Montessori parent education. The evening's presentation will focus on supporting the Second Plane Child, our 6-12 year old students in lower and upper elementary. This is also an excellent opportunity for kinder parents to learn more about what changes to expect in the Montessori classroom as their kiddos progress through the program. Learning more about the scientific, child-centered approach of Montessori is a powerful way to support the school, the classroom, and your child.

Annabeth is a Montessori teacher, consultant, mentor, and instructional coach. She has lectured at Montessori teacher training programs and conventions nationwide, has served as the president of the Oregon Montessori Association board of directors, and has been working as an AMI Elementary Consultant for the past eight years. Her dedication to inclusive practices in Montessori classrooms has guided her work with public Montessori schools in Oregon.

Childcare provided. RSVP to 541-681-9662 to reserve a spot

End of the Year Trip Registration and Payment

Last week the End of the Year Trip (EYOT) Committee presented to a room of interested parents and students. Thank you EOYT Team!

Those in attendance received their Trip Information and Chaperone Packets.

For those not in attendance the packets were sent home last week in Home Folders. (If additional copies of any of the forms are needed, please let me know.)

The Student Sign-up Sheet and Student Health History needed to be returned to me by Friday, February 23

The Official Chaperone Sign-Up Sheet was also due back to me on Friday, February 23.

To receive a $5 discount on the trip please submit the $40 payment for your child before March 23rd (Spring Break). After March 23rd the cost is $45.

Information packet cover:



Clint’s Class, End of Year Trip to Cape Perpetua

Wednesday June 6th - Friday, June 8th

Dear Families,

We are pleased to announce that Clint’s class will be going on our annual overnight field trip in June. This will be a three-day, two-night adventure to the central Oregon Coast. It will offer students a variety of fun, educational activities designed to give the students a chance to experience science in nature.


When: We will be leaving Wednesday, June 6th at 9am and we will return Friday, June 8th, around 4pm.

Where: We are heading to Cape Perpetua at the Oregon Coast

Cost: $45 per participant (including adult chaperones). Receive a $5 discount and only pay $40 if you pay in full before March 23rd (Spring Break).

Activities: Some of the activities will include camping, exploring the outdoors, hiking, Native American history, tidepool discovery, scavenger hunts and biodiversity study. A trip to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is also being explored. The student committee is currently reviewing the options available and deciding on activities.

Meals: All meals will be group meals, except for lunch Wednesday, June 6th (the day of departure). Students are asked to bring a sack lunch this day. Students will be involved in preparing and cleaning up each meal. Please indicate on the attached sheet any food allergies, sensitivities, or other requirements.

Clothing: In May, a very detailed packing list will be sent home with clothing and personal gear requirements. In the meantime, please think about packing multiple layers and rain appropriate clothes as weather conditions can quickly change in Oregon. The coast might be rainy and cold so warm, water-proof clothes will be required. If your child does not have rain gear, River House has agreed to lend us some of theirs. Insects and poison oak are possible, so long pants are a good choice. A warm hat, sun hat, warm gloves, wool socks, and long underwear are strongly recommended. Sturdy waterproof/water resistant shoes (if possible) will make the time outside safer and more enjoyable. Flip-flops and sandals will not be allowed.

Gear: Each student will need to bring their own sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and other basic camping gear (if possible) that will be on the detailed packing list. We will need families to loan tents and various other camping equipment to the group. More details on how to sign up for this will be emailed.


Clint's Weekly Update 1-23-18

posted Jan 24, 2018, 9:12 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Room 10’s Weekly Update for Weekly Update for Jan. 22-26

 

Parent Meeting for the End of the Year Trip - February 8, 6-7:00pm, Room 10

On the evening of February 8, the End of the Year Trip Committee is hosting an information night to discuss the planned camping trip. Plan on attending to find out where and when we are hoping to camp, along with other important details.



 

Science Fieldtrip Series: UofO Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Our journey last Thursday through the eons to examine Earth's dynamic geology was a success. From sandstone to serpentinite, we learned how different rocks fit into the spectacular story of the rock cycle. We also discovered what rocks are found in Oregon in the Explore Oregon exhibit.


Our next fieldtrip to the museum is scheduled for Thursday, February 1 and will focus on how wolves and humans have coexisted for thousands of years. We’ll find out more about our dynamic relationship with these wild creatures while exploring the Wolves & Wild Lands in the 21st Century exhibit.


REMINDER: No School on Monday - Grading Day



Clint's Weekly Update 1-10-18

posted Jan 10, 2018, 9:41 AM by Cynthia Friedman

No School on Monday - MLK, Jr. Day



End of the Year Trip Committee

Adult Committee Members

  • Shannon (Eli’s Mom)

  • Jen (Erin’s Mom)

  • Michael (Malia’s Dad)

  • Patrick (Jack Steinman’s Dad)

  • Dena (Kaiyon’s Mom)

  • Matt (Milo’s Dad)

  • Todd (Cole’s Dad)

Student Committee Members:

  • Auden

  • Cedar

  • Eli

  • Jack Steinman

  • Kaiyon

  • Urah


Science Fieldtrip Series: UofO Museum of Natural and Cultural History

For our “Ride the Rock Cycle” Fieldtrip to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History on Thursday, January 18, we will be taking a journey through the eons and examine Earth's dynamic geology. From sandstone to serpentinite, you'll learn how different rocks fit into the spectacular story of the rock cycle. Discover what rocks are found in Oregon in the “Explore Oregon” exhibit.


We have nine drivers that have said they are available. Before the trip can officially go ahead, the drivers need to get approval from the office.


Clint's Weekly Update 1-4-17

posted Jan 3, 2018, 9:15 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Room 10’s Weekly Update for Weekly Update for Jan. 3-5


Science Fieldtrip Series: UofO Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Our class is fortunate enough to have reserved five dates between now and Spring Break to participate in the UofO Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s science programs.


COST: $10 per student for all five workshop! Please send your money by Friday, January 12.


DRIVERS: With fieldtrips for our class we rely on parent drivers to get us to where we need to go and back again. Depending on how many students can fit in each car we might need as few as six cars or as many as nine. If we don’t have enough drivers for a particular workshop, we will need to cancel the trip. Please let me know if you are able to drive, for which dates, and how many students can fit.


Date and Time

Museum Program

Drivers

January 18

Leave Ridgeline @ 12:15

Return to Ridgeline @ 2:45

Ride the Rock Cycle

Journey through the eons and examine Earth's dynamic geology. From sandstone to serpentinite, you'll learn how different rocks fit into the spectacular story of the rock cycle. Discover what rocks are found in Oregon in the Explore Oregon exhibit.

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February 1

Leave Ridgeline @ 12:15

Return to Ridgeline @ 2:45

Wild About Wolves

Wolves and humans have coexisted for thousands of years. Find out more about our dynamic relationship with these wild creatures while exploring the Wolves & Wild Lands in the 21st Century exhibit.

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February 15

Leave Ridgeline @ 12:15

Return to Ridgeline @ 2:45

Adapt, Move, or Go Extinct

Investigate Oregon's ecosystems and learn how plants and animals adapt to changing environments. Tour through the exhibit Explore Oregon to see what habitats and animals we have here.

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March 1

Leave Ridgeline @ 12:15

Return to Ridgeline @ 2:45

Famous Fossil Find

Be a paleontologist for a day! Identify mysterious creatures by piecing together clues found throughout the Explore Oregon exhibit.

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March 22

Leave Ridgeline @ 12:15

Return to Ridgeline @ 2:45

What Do You Know About H2O?

Investigate how water impacts your daily life and how you impact water on this planet. Explore the Smithsonian’s H2O Today exhibit to learn more about Earth’s most precious resource.

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Clint's Weekly Update 12-7-17

posted Dec 7, 2017, 1:24 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Creative Expressions

I hope you were able to stop by on Saturday for the Marketplace! It was such an amazing event! Our students made fabulous creative items and donated a portion or all of their profits to Ridgeline!  A huge thank you to Shannon (Eli) and all of the other volunteers that helped make our class booth at the Ridgeline Student Marketplace such a success. We ended up netting almost $300 for a big field trip in the spring!


3 Islands Project

Students are drawing parallels between our class’ 3 Islands Project and some history content.


Parents are also catching the excitement! One parent emailed that, “As I tucked (my son) in tonight and asked how his day went, his eyes lit up and he said his day was a '10!'  He couldn't stop grinning as he told me the class had figured out a lot about the Three Islands project.  He proceeded to tell me all the information they discovered...and I could tell he was thrilled to be part of it all.  His satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment and teamwork means a lot.”


I am really impressed by some of the extra research that some students are taking on in order to convince me that their connections are strongly supported. For those of you that are interested in viewing the connections list, please visit Eli’s Google Document aptly titled “3 Islands Evidence” by following this link: “https://docs.google.com/a/ridgeline.org/document/d/1etGHuXJmKnSUk432GWFR-WP9525CVEG6W5oHlTDeJ0A/edit?usp=sharing


As a bonus, I am planning on providing history lessons that I will start teaching in January. These lessons may help facilitate further student interest in making historical connections to the 3 Islands...




LuLaRoe – On Saturday, December 9, from 11am-1pm, seven local LuLaRoe consultants will be bringing their inventories to the Ridgeline gym for a fundraising event to benefit Ridgeline Montessori. For each piece sold that day, a donation will be made to the school and LuLaRoe will match that donation! Combined donations for this event will be between $3 and $6 per item sold and are based on the value of each piece. Last year, we were able to donate nearly $1,000 to the school! We hope to make this year even bigger!


There will be over 4,000 pieces of inventory available to shop from, so proceeds to Ridgeline could be substantial. There will also be a raffle for free leggings! Be sure to join the Facebook Event page for photos, updates, and announcements: https://www.facebook.com/events/1204821566316356/  


Get those holiday shopping and teacher gift lists, and head on down to the gym on the 9th. You don't want to miss this!

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