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Jasper's Update 1-20-2020

posted Jan 21, 2020, 10:33 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Parents,


Welcome back to school. I hope everyone had an amazing break and spent a lot of time with family and friends.


Classroom Happenings - We are back to work and are hitting the ground running. We are beginning our ancient Egypt unit. We are starting by watching a documentary and the students are tasked with tracking a timeline of Ancient Egypt and taking notes. For the next steps for this project, each student will be coming up with questions they have about Ancient Egypt. They will attempt to answer these questions by researching in books and on the computer. They will then develop new questions from the information the Classroom Happenings - We are back to work and are hitting the ground running. We are beginning our ancient Egypt unit. We are starting by watching a documentary and the students are tasked with tracking a timeline of Ancient Egypt and taking notes. For the next steps for this project, each student will be coming up with questions they have about Ancient Egypt. They will attempt to answer these questions by researching in books and on the computer. They will then develop new questions from the information they just learned. Eventually, students will develop a research question and project that will help the class answer our overarching research  which is: “What makes Ancient Egypt great?” There may be a celebration day where students share their project in the future where parents will be invited!


Ridgeline's charter renewed! - Last night the 4J Board voted to renew Ridgeline's charter for the next 10 years. Thank you to all of you who shared your Ridgeline stories with 4J as part of the renewal process. Thank you to the District staff and administration for their continued support. And, most of all, thank you to our amazing staff. Their everyday work with and for our children and their commitment to the idea of public Montessori are what make our success possible.


PULL-OVER HOODIES ARE COMING!!! - LAST CHANCE to order your purple and blue Ridgeline T-SHIRTS AND SWEATSHIRTS plus, here’s your chance to order a PULL OVER HOODIE!  Did you miss the fall order for t-shirts and hoodies? Don’t fret, you get another chance! Orders are due by February 3rd. We will not be making exceptions for late orders, so if you want a t-shirt or sweatshirt, please get your order in to the office by February 3rd. Order forms will be sent home tomorrow and extra forms can be picked up in the office. We do have a very limited selection of sizes to browse in the office, so stop by and see what size you should order.  Women’s t-shirt sizes run small. Questions? Email Michelle at michelle.lodwig@ridgeline.org


Biking Survey - As part of Safe Routes to School program we need to evaluate student transportation. We ask that you take a few minutes to fill out our Parent Survey for Ridgeline to help us as we work to improve the safety for students to walk, bike and roll to school. This link is specific for your school. If you have more than one student at this school please fill out one for the older student only. If you have students at more than one school please fill out one for each school you receive a link for. Thank you for your time!

 

Thank you,

 

Jasper Weinrib


Jasper's Update 12-20-19

posted Dec 20, 2019, 1:06 PM by Cynthia Friedman

We had an awesome week this week. We did work on reviewing all the math that we learned this half year. We worked on Israel brochures and built buildings on cliffs. Students were hard at work all week finishing up everything that they needed to. We are celebrating this Friday engineering forts to celebrate our achievements. 


I hope everyone has a peaceful and restful break!


Thanks,

Jasper


Jasper's Update 11-25-19

posted Nov 25, 2019, 10:11 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Room 10 Parents,


Classroom Happenings - We have been hard at work on Ancient Mesopotamian brochures. Students have been collecting their knowledge into these brochures that they will be sharing with you sometime soon. Here is an example of one of those brochures:


Book Fair - Thank you to all who came and participated in the Barnes and Noble book fair. It went great and we got to share some very funny commercials with our community.

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 -

Bring Vegetables – Send your child with vegetables! Students will cut veggies in the classrooms on Tuesday to be used in a communal stone soup inspired by the Stone Soup fable. Veggie slicing volunteers STILL needed. Sign up here to help students slice vegetables. 

WE ALSO STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR HELPING SLICE VEGETABLES. SIGN UP HERE:https://www.trackitforward.com/site/426770/event/505993


Allergic to Soup? - All of our soups are vegetarian.  If your child has special dietary requirements, please consider sending in some “safe soup” from home.



Jasper's Update 9-26-19

posted Oct 21, 2019, 12:28 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Room 10 Families,


Classroom happenings - These last couple weeks have been going great. Students are hard at work. Some are working on math lesson follow-ups and some are working on their imaginary worlds. Other students are working on research projects connected to our early civilizations curriculum. Some families have seen your student working on imaginary world work happening at home. Students are working to create their own worlds. They are creating the creatures that inhabit the world as well as what the world looks like. They have been tasked with writing their world’s story.


Work Journals - Students are using work journals this year instead of work plans to track what they are working on daily. Students are developing a format that works with them with the guidance of myself and Mary Kate. We have given them a model of writing down what they have planned to do that day with as much detail as possible so that they will be able to look back and see what they have worked on, completed, and what they may still need to complete.



These are examples of ways that students are using their work journals. One student is tracking daily work and the other student is tracking weekly work. This system is designed to adapt to what is best for each student.


Testing - Students are almost done with benchmark testing in our class. We are doing one last push to finish up.


PE - Please make sure that your student comes to school in appropriate footwear to participate in PE. If your student insists to wear shoes that won’t work, please have them bring shoes to change into.


One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community


Attendance - 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!


Jasper


Jasper's Update 9-12-19

posted Sep 13, 2019, 12:42 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Room 10 families,


Classroom Happenings - What a great start to the year. All your students seem to be adjusting to the classroom and we are working hard at developing a strong community. We have spent a lot of time crafting our classroom in a way that we all would like it to look. We have practiced routines and created materials that we will be using all year. Students are starting to develop personal research projects. I would encourage families to start talking about topics that your student may want to research at school.


Testing - We will be starting benchmark testing in the coming days. The best ways to prepare for these tests and is making sure your students are well rested and have eaten a good breakfast each morning. Please support your student the best you can to prepare for these tests. 


Rain Gear and Winter Clothing (Way too Early) - The time has come much earlier this year than ever before. Please send your students with appropriate rain gear and clothing because a little rain does not stop us from going outside for recess.


PE - PE has started and we had a ton of fun on our first day. Since it has started raining, please be aware that some rain shoes are not appropriate to wear during PE. If your student decides to wear boots on Monday or Wednesday, please have them come to school with an appropriate pair of PE shoes.


One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community


Attendance - 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!


Clint's Update 2-13-19

posted Feb 13, 2019, 11:11 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Going Outs

Yaeko, Jude’s mom, has been volunteering in the class to help students plan Going Outs. Cody’s group successfully visited OMSI and Marin’s group was able to visit the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City. Yaeko is currently helping other groups plan their own Going Outs.


Going Outs are designed to foster independence and resourcefulness, and give children important real-life experiences. As students pursue greater depth in their work, they find the need to step outside of the classroom to gather additional information. In this instance, the group decided to visit a museum to better learn about the Oregon Trail and interview a specialist about how they prepare their exhibits.


Trips are typically planned by a small group of students engaged in a specific type of work or research. Through the teacher's assistance, but ultimately on their own, students must plan their own trip, arrange transportation, and make necessary appointments. These Practical Life experiences place the responsibility on the students and allow them to develop vital communication and organizational skills.


End of the Year Trip Update

As the parent committee prepares to meet on Thursday, February 21, the team of students are working with Jenny Flanders (Briana’s mom) to start thinking about fundraising and food sign up.


Rain Gear

If your son or daughter is interested in playing in the rain, they should have appropriate rain gear. Without the appropriate rain gear the options for playing outside are limited to the small covered areas.


Oregon History Curriculum Update

Students have been reading through various historical texts to get a better understanding of the purpose behind the Aerotril Project.  The connections that are being made are remarkable and the students have decided to create a Jeopardy-style quiz show to test classmates’ knowledge of the reading material.


Art Class

The art teachers have been supporting our study of the human skeletal system by teaching students “figure drawing,” proportions and symmetry, and sketching facial features. The level of sophisticated drawing has really taken off this year with the help of Melanie and Pete.


Clint's Weekly Update 12-20-18

posted Dec 20, 2018, 2:55 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Happy Winter Break!


Classroom Happenings - We’ve wrapped up our Native Nations of Oregon research.  Students presented this week and we saw everything from slide shows, to interviews, to slide shows showing interviews, fabulous posters and beyond.  Congratulate your student for their hard work and excellent presentation. We also finished up our fiction story. They were published this week and many student chose to share them with their kindergarten reading buddy,  Ask you student what their story was about or what they learned about Oregon Native Nations this week.


Field Trip- Wow!  What an exciting field trip!  Students were thoughtful, asked questions, and were absorbed in the eco-bot art activity afterward.  We were complimented by both the bus driver and the docents as to our wonderful class! Congratulations Room 9!


During the break- Please have you student practice their math facts.  We don’t want all that hard learning lost over the two week break.  There are great programs out there like xtramath.org adaptedmind.com, and prodigygame.com AND they are free!  


      

Some snowflake art to make our room festive.  Ezra using his design skills with fraction shapes. Contemplating a Picasso at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.  



RELAX, and REJUVINATE during your wonderful winter break!


Ridgeline Events:


Dec 22  Winter Break

Jan 8, 2019 First Day Back to School

Jan 15, 2019 Parent Education Night with Debbie Sheehan - Grace and Courtesy


Clint's Bi-Weekly Update 12-11-18

posted Dec 11, 2018, 3:38 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Student Marketplace Success

If you were able to attend the Student Marketplace on December 8th, you know how much of a success it was. In fact $320.70 was made off of handmade cards, sock snow-people, coffee mug coasters, glitter ornaments, and much more. Thank you to all of the volunteers, students and parents, that showed up to work the booth. And thank you to Jenny and all of the others that helped lead students through the craft making process. We appreciate our volunteers!


Calendar Projects Published

The number of calendar project that were turned in on time kept me busy in the Ridgeline copy room for 4 hours on Sunday. And the quality of artwork was the most obvious this year and I think we have our art teachers Melanie and Pete to thank for that.


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!



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