Clint's Weekly Update 1-28-16

posted Jan 28, 2016, 10:53 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Dear Families,

And now for a message from a student…

Hello, my name is Evan and I’m a 5th grader in Clint’s class. I am a member of the group planning our class’s End of the Year camping trip. We are looking at a few campsites close to the last segment of the Oregon Trail. The campsites we’re considering are about 125 miles north of Ridgeline.

If you would like to volunteer on this trip, there are many ways you can help out. We are looking for:

Drivers with vehicles that can carry 2-6 students (minivans work well)

Drivers with a truck that can carry large amounts of cargo.

We are also looking for additional chaperones that can stay for part or all of the trip. We are planning to go from May 24-26, and possibly the 27th if there are enough chaperones. If you would like to join us on this trip, you can email the following information to me at

The driver’s name,
Your type of vehicle (passenger or cargo),
How many student seats it has, and
How long you can stay.
We greatly appreciate your help!!

Honoring your Child’s Growing Independence
A Night with Robyn Breiman
February 10, 2016
6-7:30 pm

Please join us for a very special parent education night. We have hired the fabulous Robyn Breiman for three days of intensive Montessori workshops and consultation to our school. We were overjoyed when Robyn accepted our invitation, as she has dedicated her life to inspiring and guiding authentic Montessori education in the United States, especially in public schools. As part of this visit, she will be speaking to parents about how to support autonomous learning. The night will also feature Ridgeline students showcasing and discussing their own independent work. Don’t miss it! Childcare is available by reservation.

Please RSVP so we can save you a seat! Forms will be coming home on Friday.

First Going Out of the School Year
Five adventurous students departed Ridgeline at 10:30 Thursday morning and headed north to the Linn County Historical Museum in Brownsville, kicking off the very first Going Out this year!

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.

January – School Board Recognition Month!

January is School Board Recognition Month and Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School wishes to express our deep gratitude to our board members for their dedicated leadership and commitment to public Montessori education. Each member of Ridgeline's seven-member board contributes countless hours to governing our school. Collectively, our board members have served Ridgeline with nearly 20 years of outstanding vision and leadership. Thank you Ridgeline Board of Directors!!!

Need Some Volunteer Hours for Your Family?
Pre-Lottery Info Session might be the answer. Last year a student and her mother attended the pre-lottery info session, allowing visiting students and parents to hear a kid’s take on what it’s like attending Ridgeline.

The Pre-Lottery Info Session that Clint will be attending is on Saturday, February 27th, and starts at 10am. Please RSVP with Clint if you and your child are interested in also attending.

XtraMath and TypingClub Participation Levels Still Low
Last week only seven students met the requirements to complete 4 sessions of XtraMath and 20 minutes of TypingClub practice! While this is up from five students the previous week, it’s still not the 100% participation that I know our class is capable of. If you have any suggestions about other methods for inspiring students to develop these much needed skills, I would appreciate hearing from you.

Upcoming Events
Monday, February 1 = NO SCHOOL - Grading Day
Friday, February 12 = NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day