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Emily's Weekly Update 6-12-18

posted Jun 12, 2018, 10:48 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Saturday Ems Game Performance and Tickets

Join us at Saturday’s game and see your child sing “O Canada” on the field!  Tickets for Ridgeline families will be grouped in one super fun section.  Ticket sales are online: https://groupmatics.events/event/Ridgelineeugene.  Tickets are $12, with $4 going towards Ridgeline.  The game starts at 7:05.  

 

Field Day TOMORROW – Extra Clothing and Sun Protection  

Field Day is TuesdayJune 12 from 9:15-11:15am. One of the stations will have water balloons. It is likely that your child will get wet. We encourage you to send your child with a change of clothes so that they do not have to stay in wet clothing for the remaining hours of the day.

Please also plan for sun protection - sunscreen and/or a hat.

 

Shelf Cutting Volunteer

I’m looking for a volunteer to shorten several sets of shelves for a classroom remodel over the summer.  You would need just four quick cuts to the 2x4s supporting the shelves – probably easily doable here at school with your circular saw.  Ideally, a volunteer would be able to help out either Friday, next week, or any time in July.  

 

Wednesday Cubby Cleaning  

We will be cleaning out cubbies and sending home indoor shoes on Wednesday.  You may want to send a bag with handles to help your child carry the load home!

 

Peacemakers Gallery and Ceremony

We had a great celebration of our peacemakers today!  I’m so happy that our students made such great connections with their peacemakers and that they have gained dozens of great heroes to inspire them. 

 

Emily's Weekly Update 5-24-18

posted May 24, 2018, 8:42 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Field Trip Tomorrow!
We are headed to Winter Green Farm in Noti tomorrow.  We will be outside all morning.  The weather forecast is for cloudy or partly cloudy weather with temperatures in the low 60s.  Please send your child in layers and plan for sun protection, even if it’s cloudy.  Also make sure that your child has farm-friendly footwear (closed toe shoes are best), a full water bottle and a pocket snack. 

 Ems Game Ticket Info - Ridgeline will be the featured nonprofit at the Eugene Emeralds game on Saturday, June 16th, 7:05 p.m.

Kindergarten will sing the National Anthem and our awesome class will sing O Canada. Both performers and adults need to buy tickets.  Tickets for Ridgeline families will be grouped in a section. Tickets are $12, with $4 going back to the school. If we sell more than 200 then $6 of the price will go back to the school. Tickets sales are online this year. To buy tickets go to - https://groupmatics.events/event/Ridgelineeugene.  We are still looking for a volunteer to set up an information table the night of the event and take it down. Complimentary tickets to the games are available for this volunteer position. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

Emily's Weekly Update 2-9-18

posted Feb 9, 2018, 12:01 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Homework Gallery Tomorrow

We will be sharing our amazing products about aqueducts, Roman buildings, and robots tomorrow in the library from 8:45 to 9:15.  Friends and family are welcome to join us!  

 

Rainforests and Ruins

Have you heard about the thousands of new ruins discovered in the forests of Central America?  What great timing for our study of rainforests and their mysterious inhabitants, the Mayans.  

Many houseplants originated in the warm, shady understory of the rainforest.  If you have an orchid, bromeliad, or other rainforest plant that can visit the classroom for a few weeks, please bring it in.

 

Bring Recorders Mondays and Wednesdays

Our musicians have learned the notes B, A, G and C.  Kids can practice by playing any of the “BAG” songs on the handout in their recorder packet.  That’s enough to play along with our first concert piece, Duke’s Place. Your child can look at the music in their Orchestra Swings book (it’s just G and C notes) or listen and play along using the link at https://launch.carnegiehall.org/Link_Up_Orchestra_Swings_Audio_2016-2017/.  

Pro tip: If your child is sounding squeaky, double check that they are using their left hand on top and that the holes are fully closed.

 

Valentine’s Day

We are celebrating Valentine’s Day next Wednesday.  Valentines are optional; if your child does choose to bring cards, please make sure that they are labeled with classmates’ names (a list is attached).  No candy please, but other favors (pencils, stickers, etc.) are fine.  We will be using paper grocery bags as our Valentine “mailboxes.” Bag donations are appreciated!

Emily's Weekly Update 1-30-18

posted Jan 30, 2018, 9:45 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Roman Day This FRIDAY

By imperial decree, Roman Day has been shifted to this Friday.  We’ll spend Thursday afternoon preparing our classroom and working on projects, then go Roman on Friday.  Costumes are, as always, optional but super fun!  We’ve talked about the different levels of Roman society, so some students are planning to dress as emperors, some as patricians, some as plebians, and I’m sure that some will choose to be enslaved Romans, soldiers, or even gladiators.  Roman women wore long tunics (a long dress would do fine) and a shawl or wrap.  Luxurious fabrics, jewelry, and elaborate updos were a sign of wealth.  Upper class men also wore long tunics.  A toga was a voluminous overwrap that was only worn by the elite.  Less prosperous Roman men wore more practical, shorter tunics.  We also have tunics at school if your child would like to get costumed here.

 

Roman Feast

We are looking for donations of food for our Roman feast on Friday.  My wish list includes Thai fish sauce, olives, grape juice, dried fruit (apricots, raisins and figs would all be appropriate), rustic bread, a crockpot of plain cooked mushy lentils, and olive oil.  And if you have access to flamingo, dormouse, songbird or dolphin meat, let me know!

 

Valentine’s Day

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14.  Children may choose to distribute Valentines at school if they wish.  Please make sure to bring one for each child.  No candy, please, but pencils, stickers, tattoos and other non-consumables are fine.  We ask that children label each valentine with a classmate’s name.  A list of names is attached to this email.

 

Recorder Practice

Students who chose to learn recorder took home recorders and practice packets on Wednesday.  A little bit of practice each day makes a difference!  It’s also ok for kids to work ahead (they are just assigned the first song).  A word to the wise – if your child’s recorder sounds excessively squeaky and bleaty, advise them to blow softer, like a gentle sigh. 

Do you want to join us for some great recorder (and symphony) music on the morning of March 13?  We have room for a few more chaperones, so contact me if you’re interested.

 

 

Emily's Weekly Update 11-7-17

posted Nov 8, 2017, 9:28 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Ancient Life

A few weeks ago, the children heard a special story about how the universe, stars and planets were formed.  This week, we continued the story by looking at the history of life on earth.  We’re focusing on the Paleozoic, a time when a wild diversity of creatures filled the seas and the first plants and animals emerged onto land.  Do you have any fossils or ancient rocks at home?  We would love to take a look at these artifacts from earth’s history.

 

Rolling Pins Needed Thursday

We are in need of some rolling pins for a fossil making activity on Thursday.  Anything from small playdough style rolling pins to big pastry rollers would be helpful.

Book Fair Performance

Join us on Friday, Nov. 17 for the book fair and a fantastic concert.  We’ll sing some of our class favorites.  Hope to see you there!

 

Brunch and the Symphony

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, we will be going to a special educational concert at the Hult Center.  We will be riding an LTD bus and walking, so please make sure that your child wears warm layers and good walking shoes.  We will eat “brunch” very early (around 10:15) and save our snack for after the concert.  Consider sending two pocket snacks or something extra for the afternoon.  

 

Scholastic Catalog Volunteer Needed

Do you want an easy, take-home task for volunteer hours?  Help assemble our Scholastic book catalogs!  Let me know if you are interested.

 

Laundry Volunteer Needed

Can you take our cleaning cloths home on Friday and return them laundered on Monday?  If so, the job is yours!

Emily's Weekly Update 9-11-17

posted Sep 11, 2017, 3:41 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Welcome!

What a wonderful beginning to the school year we’ve had.  It’s been fun to see new faces and to marvel at how much returning students have grown.  During the first weeks of school we’re focused on reviewing grace and courtesy – the essentials of getting along in a peaceful community.  That means demonstrations on laying out a work mat, asking for and giving help (from other students as well as adults), and being a friend.  A special thank you for everyone’s patience and flexibility during our period of unhealthy air.

 

Class Picnic Tues. Sept. 19, 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Mark your calendar!  During the first half of this class meeting I will preview this year’s curriculum and give tips for supporting your child with upcoming spelling and homework projects.  I’ll also go through the schedule of a typical Montessori day.  Then we’ll enjoy a picnic together.  Plan on bringing your own food and plates/cutlery please.  Children are encouraged to come and may play on the playground during our talk if they are supervised (no childcare is provided), or they may join the audience during our brief meeting. 

 

Ni Hao, Minyuan!

On Monday we welcome LiMinyuan, a Chinese intern who will be working full time with our class for the next five months.  Minyuan (pronounced like Ming-won) is working on a degree in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages at her home university, and joins us through a UO exchange program.  For the first week or so she’ll be observing the class.  Then, she’ll help us learn more about Chinese culture and language.   Xie xie (thank you) Minyuan!

 

Native American Nations

Next week we will begin our study of our country’s Native Nations.  Each student will choose a nation to research and report on.  This is a great time to share stories or family history relating to Indian cultures.  Students really enjoy learning more about nations that they can connect with through their own history, travels, or artifacts.

 

Wishes, Reminders and Thank Yous–

Can you donate a directional compass to the classroom?  A floating ball compass or other simple, functional compass would help orient us in our map work.

PE starts this week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Please make sure that your child has PE-ready shoes on those days.

Please include a placemat in your child’s lunch box.

Thank you to Yaeko Rodrigues for donating an air purifier to the classroom!

 

Emily Burton

Emily's Weekly Update 5-18-17

posted May 18, 2017, 2:49 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Farm Field Trip TUESDAY

Check those backpacks for a permission slip!  We are going to Winter Green Farm in Noti on Tuesday, May 23.  We’ll learn about how this organic farm is managed for the health of plants, people and wildlife.  Volunteers, if you can join us to chaperone on such short notice, please do!  This is always a beautiful and educational trip.  We leave Ridgeline at 9:00 and return before 1:45.

 Jog-a-thon Tomorrow

Students should:

(1) wear good running shoes

(2) bring a good snack and lunch

(3) bring an extra set of clothes and shoes if it has been rainy

(4) plan for sun protection and grass allergies as needed

 Musical Performances – Save the Dates

We have THREE amazing performances coming up.  Our big year end concert is Thursday, June 8 at 6:00 pm in the gym.  Then, we’ve been invited to perform a song at the year end picnic Tuesday, June 13 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm (exact performance time coming soon).  Finally, we will be singing the Canadian national anthem at the Ems home game on Friday, June 16 at 6:30 at PK park.

 Peacemaker Project

How have the people who have come before us made the world a better place?  What character traits help people overcome obstacles?  What kind of kid grows up to be a hero?  And what does it mean to be a peacemaker?  These are the questions that we are tackling in our end of the year peacemaker biography projects.  Each child has chosen a peacemaker – someone who broke down barriers, sought peace, or helped the earth – to study and share with classmates.  Ask your child who they’ve chosen, and take this opportunity to share your own values with your child.

Nature Tiles Volunteers Needed – Help Create a Lasting Art Installation!

This week the students chose birds, plants and wildlife to illustrate on our schoolyard field guide tiles.  Over the next two weeks we’ll paint tiles, then fire them.  The tiles will be displayed around the door to the south playground. 

We need one volunteer to purchase and cut backer board to fit around the door.  Another volunteer could help mortar the tiles into place (with or without the kids’ helping hands).  All that’s required is some extra time and a lot of YouTube instructions.  Who will be the amazing volunteer that takes this on?

All our student artists will be so proud to see their tiles displayed.   In the meantime, special thanks to Starr Amrit for helping typeset our tiles, to Yaeko Rodrigues for art instruction, to alumni parent Sheryl LeBlanc for ceramics expertise, to Rachael Friese for birdwatching help, and to Rae Kelley for doing our runs to Georgie’s Ceramics. 

Emily Burton

Emily's Weekly Update 2-24-17

posted Feb 28, 2017, 10:08 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Greek Day this Friday – Dressing Up Allowed!

As part of our studies of Ancient Greece, we will celebrate with a day full of activities, food and democracy.  We’ll race in armor at the Olympics, solve the engineering challenges of the Parthenon, and sample Greek foods.

 

Children are encouraged, but not required, to dress up in Greek costume.  A tunic (adult sized, plain t-shirt) with a belt or sash will do the trick for both boys and girls.  Greek girls and women wore longer tunics or dresses; men’s tunics were shorter.  If your Grecian wardrobe is lacking, we have many, many chitons and tunics to lend and can outfit your child when he or she gets to class on Friday. 

 

We are seeking food donations for our Greek mini-feast.  Please let me know if you can contribute any of the following: olives, feta cheese, pita bread, or juice.  We just need enough for each child to have a sample – students will still bring their own lunches.    

 

Pasta Dinner and Concert this Friday

Our class will be part of the singing performance at Friday’s pasta dinner.  Melanie Germond, our music teacher, has created a detailed schedule (including lyrics!) that is attached to this email. 

 

Homework and Science Fair

We will be preparing for our class science fair beginning in March and April, and displaying final projects at the Project Fair on April 25.  Between now and then, homework will focus designing and completing a science experiment.  We’ll start our in-class instruction on the scientific method over the next two weeks. The first week of March, I’ll send home some worksheets to get science projects underway.  In the meantime, enjoy a short break from our math project homework, and start dreaming up some scientific questions!

 

Emily's Weekly Update 1-30-17

posted Jan 31, 2017, 9:25 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Field Trips

We are going to the planetarium at the Science Factory on January 31 to study constellations.  Then, we’ll sing and play along to the Eugene Symphony at the Hult Center on February 14.  A combined permission slip was sent home Wednesday, and an electronic copy of the slip is attached.

Music Lyrics Online

Melanie Germond, our music teacher, has introduced some great songs to the students.  She created a website where kids can listen and sing along.  You can even check out Cidade Maravilhosa, the Brazilian song we are learning for our symphony field trip.  It really is worth a look! http://ridgelinearts.blogspot.com

Constellation Watch!

We are embarking on a study of constellations.  Take advantage of any clear skies to point out a few constellations to your child.  In a few weeks I hope that your child can return the favor and show you a few constellations you may not have noticed before!  We’ve already learned the story of Cassiopeia, so be on the lookout for a big W in the sky. 

Spelling Lists Home Thursday

We are resuming our spelling program this Thursday, and it will continue on Thursdays from now on.  Children who are participating in spelling will have a new list to study.  Students won’t be previewing this list with Hahn, so please do make sure to go over the list with your child.

Valentine’s Day

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 14.  Children may choose to distribute valentines at school if they wish.  Please make sure to bring one for each child.  No candy, please, but pencils, stickers, tattoos and other non-consumables are fine.  We ask that children label each valentine with a classmate’s name.  A list of names is attached to this email.

Emily Burton
Lower Elementary Teacher
Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School
Eugene, OR

Emily's Weekly Update 1-23-17

posted Jan 23, 2017, 9:04 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hellos and Goodbyes

We are bidding a fond farewell to Shannon, whose family moved to the Big Island of Hawaii over winter break.  They are excited for the new opportunities but sad to leave Ridgeline friends at such short notice.  Aloha and good luck!

Now we are looking forward to welcoming a new student.  Lucy Friese will be joining us as a second grader.  Lucy is ready for Ridgeline; her sister, Freya, is a kinder here.  Lucy’s first day is Monday.  We can’t wait!

One final goodbye – sadly, Jaoing’s last day as our Chinese intern was Thursday.  We wish her “sin nian kuai le” (Happy New Year) as she returns to Taiwan.

 

Planetarium Visit Tuesday, January 31

We will be visiting the planetarium at the Science Factory on January 31.  We’ll travel by yellow bus.  In the planetarium, we’ll learn about constellations and the stories behind them.  Volunteers are needed for the trip.  If you can join us to chaperone from 9:30 to 12:00, please let me know.

 

Homework Due Date February 10

            Please double check that you have the correct due date for homework.  Some homework assignments were prepared before the snow days and have an earlier date.  Mark your calendar – February 10 is the correct date.

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