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Emily's Update 3-11-19

posted Mar 11, 2019, 11:09 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Building a Pipe Organ

Yes, you read that right!  Our class will build a real, playable two octave pipe organ from the ground up on Thursday, March 14.  We are looking for a few extra volunteers to join us for the morning (probably from 8:15 until 11:30 or so).  Here is a sneak preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYSboJdZKXc/ .  A huge bravo to parents Andrew Nelson and Ann Carney Nelson for helping make this possible!

 

Science Fair Time!

We are preparing for our Sixth Annual Science and Invention Fair.  The first worksheet for this will be sent home early this week, and we’ll have lots of in class discussions about how to generate a project idea. Our goal is that  every child will prepare a project to be displayed for the schoolwide project fair on April 23rd. 

This is a big undertaking but we’ve broken it up into steps.  Here’s the rundown of how we turn seven, eight and nine year olds into scientists:

 

Science projects are done in phases, at home and at school.

1.     AT HOME, you will discuss project ideas with your child and do some basic background research.  With your child, choose an interesting question to answer in their project.  Then, plan an experiment on the worksheet sent home this week.  This will be due Wednesday, March 20. I will look over project ideas, make copies of worksheets, and send the originals back in time for spring break.

2.     AT HOME, do the experiment and record the results.  Results are due April 2.

3.     AT SCHOOL, we will provide instruction and support for kids to create all the written pieces of the science project.  We will draw on the worksheets kids did at home and will analyze and chart their results as needed. 

4.     AT HOME, students put together their display.  

 

We find that some families and kids prefer to do most of the writing for their science project at home, and that’s fine.  In some cases, kids need extra time or attention to finish their projects, so we may split up the work and send some home to be finished. 

 

We are also committed to offering extra at-school support to children who need it.  If your child will need to additional parts of the project at school, please let us know ASAP so we can line up volunteer help.  I’m also happy to answer questions at any stage of the process.  

 

 Medieval Day March 21

As part of our studies of the middle ages, we will be having Medieval Day, with a feast, jousting, optional costumes, and more!  More details to come.

Emily's Update 2-22-19

posted Feb 22, 2019, 1:59 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Snail Mail Addresses Needed

We are learning about letter writing and students have chosen to write to a wide variety of recipients, from family members to famous authors and sports figures.  Please check in with your child to see who they are writing to and if they need to bring in an address.  Carmen and I can get addresses for public figures but we are stumped by grandma and grandpa!

 

Orchestra Concert at the Hult Center

On Tuesday, March 19, we will go to the Hult Center for a special youth concert, The Orchestra Rocks.  In the weeks to come, students will be learning how to play two of the concert’s songs on the recorder.  At the concert, they will play along from the audience. 

If you want to chaperone please let me know.  Trust me, hearing 1,000 kids playing the recorder in unison is a powerful and unforgettable experience!  Chaperones should plan on coming at 9:00 and being done at 12:20.  We will be riding the LTD bus to and from the concert.

 

Another Concert at the Hult Center

We are partnering with the Eugene Concert Choir for their annual outreach concert.  A guest instructor will visit to teach us the song “Consider Yourself” from the musical Oliver!  Students will receive a free pass for themselves and an accompanying adult to attend the American Style for Kids concert on Saturday, April 27, at 11:00 am in Silva Concert Hall.  Students can enjoy the concert and then join the 110-voice Eugene Concert Choir on stage if they’d like.  It’s always a fun experience for those kids who choose to participate. 


Emily's Class Update 2-11-19

posted Feb 11, 2019, 9:09 AM by Cynthia Friedman

February Invertebrate Feud

We had a blast last week when some sporting student scientists treated us to the first ever February Invertebrate Feud!  This was a spinoff of March Mammal Madness, itself a mammologist’s take on NCAA March Madness.  There was drama, laughter, and heartbreak as the northern red anemone bested all its opponents and emerged victorious.  Here is a link to March Mammal Madness, if you’d like to follow it this year.  https://libguides.asu.edu/MarchMammalMadness/HowToPlay#s-lg-box-13717367.  And here is a link to a real-life anemone battle, in case you didn’t think these cnidarians could be fierce: https://www.shapeoflife.org/video/cnidarians-anemones-fight.

One of the many, many things I love about this project is how student-generated it was.  After experiencing a few rounds of MMM with me, some third graders were ready to create their own invertebrate bracket.  Other students were drawn in, and before you know it all the matches were ready.  All the kids really showed off their invertebrate knowledge.  Even the audience got drawn into the debate as they pondered whether the sponge could even be defeated (with no nerves, this primitive combatant feels no pain!).  What fun.   

 

Valentine’s Day

We will be exchanging Valentines on Thursday.  Students may bring cards for the class – no food or sweets, please – or opt out.  We will be collecting cards in paper grocery bags.  If you have any to spare, please send them in this week!

 

Middle Ages, Here We Come!

I am so excited to turn back the clocks a thousand years and begin our study of the Middle Ages.  We will be learning about medieval technology, the origins of the English language, the feudal system, and so much more.  Coming soon… catapults!

Emily Burton

Emily's Update 1-29-19

posted Jan 29, 2019, 9:49 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Conferences

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for conferences on Thursday and Friday!  I’m looking forward to discussing your child’s progress with you.  This conference replaces the midyear progress report that we sent out in past years.  Our hope is that it will give you a sense of your child’s successes and help us collaborate on learning goals for the next semester.

Some parents feel most comfortable in these discussions without their child present.  That’s fine, and I encourage you to come alone if that is the case for you.  We can also ask students to step outside for a few minutes during the conference as necessary.

 

Homework Gallery Feb. 4 8:30

Just a reminder – our homework gallery is coming up in about a week!  If your child needs some help with homework we’re happy to offer in-class support.  Email me if you have questions or would like us to check in with your child.

 

Social/Emotional Learning: Get in the Zone!

One of the ways that we’re building social/emotional skills lately is by using a curriculum called Zones of Regulation.  The zones correspond to levels of emotional intensity, from blue (tired, sad) to green (calm, happy) to red (agitated, out of control).  We’re learning to recognize these levels in ourselves and to use mindfulness activities to help move us into the green zone.  We’ve also talked about expected and unexpected behavior.  Expected behaviors (like facing someone that you’re talking to, or saying excuse me) make others feel calm and positive.  Unexpected behaviors (like interrupting or ignoring) make others feel nervous or unsafe. 

 

On Time is Awesome!

Thank you for starting off the New Year with such great attendance!  We love being able to greet our students before 8:30 and help them connect with their peers and projects as everyone settles in.  Your efforts to get out the door on time really do make a difference and help your child feel secure and connected to our community.  

 

Invertebrate Inventors

Did you know that we have been having some invertebrates show up as our lunch guests?  These visitors don’t have a backbone, but they have come up with some amazing innovations nonetheless.  We’ve been learning about sponges (inventors of multicellular life), cnidarians (jellyfish and anemones, inventors of moving and stinging), flatworms (inventors of brains and eyes), and more!


Emily's Update 1-14-19

posted Jan 15, 2019, 9:02 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Ocean Studies

We are splashing into our newest biome study – the oceans!  Over the next few weeks, we will take a dive to the deepest layers of the ocean and learn about the antiquity and diversity of invertebrate life.  If you have interesting artifacts or books that would help us learn about the oceans, please send them in.

 

Backpack Check!

New homework assignments were sent home on Friday.  First graders will be making a collection of 100 items and grouping them in different ways (by twos, by tens…).  Second graders will build a ramp and investigate how the height of their ramp effects the distance a toy car travels.  Third graders are excited to build a marble run and determine how long it takes for their marble to drop.  Our Homework Gallery will be February 4, at 8:30 am. 

 

Land Talk Entries

The December Land Talk homework was amazing!  The projects showed great depth and variety.  Many great projects didn’t make it onto the Land Talk website.  If you’d like to contribute to the database, please visit http://landtalk.org and go to submit conversation.  Parent and Land Talk team member Erik Steiner is happy to help if you have questions.  You can reach him at ebs110@stanford.edu

 

Montessori for a Peaceful Community  Tuesday, January 15, 6-7:30pm

Montessorian Debbie Sheehan leads a discussion of Grace and Courtesy and how Montessori ideals and practices can shape our families, our communities and the world! This should be a really worthwhile talk – hope to see you there!

 

Conferences January 31 and February 1

This year, Ridgeline is holding conferences instead of sending out mid-year report cards.  Please join me to discuss questions, concerns, or to check on your student’s progress.  If you have questions (or are wondering whether to sign up), please contact me! Or, just sign up for a conference time that works for you. 

 

 

INTENT TO RETURN & Sibling Enrollment Form

It’s lottery season and we need to know your plans for the next school year.  Thursday morning you received an important “Intent to Return” email with links. Please read it thoroughly and complete the Intent to Return by January 18.  In order to qualify for sibling preference, you must complete the online enrollment application for any incoming sibling by January 31 (we encourage you to complete this as soon as possible).  Contact Jen Hackstadt if you did not receive the “Intent to Return” email.

 

 

Jan. 15:  6:00-7:30pm Presentation: Montessori for a Peaceful Community

Jan. 24:  6:30 pm  Information session for new families interested in attending Ridgeline

Jan. 16-17:  Dickie Jo’s restaurant fundraiser

Jan. 25, 6:00: Ridgeline Talent Show

Jan. 31 – Feb. 1: No school - Conferences

Feb. 4, 8:30am:        Homework Gallery

 

Emily's Update 12-10-18

posted Dec 10, 2018, 1:05 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Salmon Release Next Thursday – Drivers Needed!

Our salmon are growing up!  We think that they’ll be ready to release next week, a little bit ahead of schedule.  Now, we need drivers to take us (and 95 salmon fry) to Alton Baker Park next Thursday, December 13.  We will leave at 11:15, park by the Science Factory, then cross the creek and have a salmon release ceremony.  Weather permitting, we’ll eat lunch and/or have recess at the park.  We will return to school before 1:00.    Permission slips will go home Monday, and a copy is also attached. 

            Please let me know if you can be a driver for this trip and how many back seat spaces you have in your vehicle. 

 

Take-home Volunteer Jobs

Would you like to get some volunteer hours over winter break?  We have a big binding job that can be done on your own time, at your own place.  Let me know if you’re interested!

Emily's Weekly Update 10-15-18

posted Oct 16, 2018, 10:15 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Mosaic Making
We are starting an exciting mosaic project this week.  As we plan our projects, we will ask students to bring in a dozen (or more!) items that could be incorporated in a mosaic.  These could be bottle caps, coins, flat stones, pieces of sea glass, chunks of stoneware, glass beads, metal nuts, washers, tiles, or anything else that could be incorporated into a small mosaic tile.  These will be pooled and made available to all children - special treasures that your child doesn't want to part with should be kept separate.  
Are you interested in helping out with this project on Tuesday afternoons?  We would love an extra pair of hands this Tuesday and next Tuesday (the 16th and 23rd).

Salmon Egg Delivery - Volunteer Needed
We need a volunteer who can go to the ODFW office in Springfield on the morning of October 23 to pick up our salmon eggs, then deliver them to us at Ridgeline.  Join us in welcoming them into the home where they'll hatch and begin their long journey to the sea.  
Thank you to Matt Peterson for picking up the aquarium equipment and to Lindsay Ramsey for setting it up!

Fire and Earthquake Safety
On Wednesday, firefighters will visit Ridgeline.  We'll talk about fire safety and learn about firefighting equipment.  On Thursday, we will join in the Great Oregon ShakeOut, a statewide earthquake drill.  Be ready to talk about your family's plans in the event of a disaster. 

Curriculum Sharing
What is the work of a Montessori student? Come see first hand at Curriculum Sharing on October 24th from 3:05 - 4:05 or 6:00 - 7:00.  Your child will show you what they've been working on, and maybe even give YOU a lesson! 

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!

Emily's Weekly Update 9-10-18

posted Sep 10, 2018, 3:47 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Great Beginnings

            The year is off to a wonderful start.  We’ve already seen so many instances of kindness, sharing and helpfulness from students of all ages.  It is going to be a great year!

 

Biome Fashion Show Friday

We are studying biomes this year.  As part of our studies, we will have a fashion show on Friday, Sept. 14.  Children are invited to bring clothing and props that they would wear to explore one of the seven biomes we are studying: temperate forest, tropical rainforest, desert, grasslands, wetlands, mountains, polar regions, and the ocean. 

For example, a child dressed up for the grasslands might wear long pants to protect their legs, with a sun hat and sunglasses since there are no trees for shade.  A wetland explorer might wear rubber boots and carry a fishing net.  Check your closets and be creative!  Bringing a prop or two (guidebooks, beach towels, stuffed animals, etc.) is fine, but please don’t send in anything precious or fragile.  Also please know that I’ve asked ocean explorers to include a rash guard or cover-up (no swimsuit-only outfits, please).  

Students can wear their costume to school or bring costume items in their backpacks and change here.  Participation in the fashion show is encouraged but not required.  After all, kids can always dress for their own biome – the temperate forest!

If you'd like to be part of the audience at our fashion show, join us at 12:10 on Friday.

 

People of the Land – A Dorris Ranch Field Trip

            On Wednesday, September 26 we will be taking a field trip to Dorris Ranch.  We’ll learn how Kalapuyans, trappers and pioneers used the land as part of our upcoming study of pioneer times.  We are seeking chaperones for this morning field trip which leaves at 9:00 and returns at 12:20

            Permission slips will be sent home Friday; a copy is also attached to this email.

 

Placemats

            Just a reminder – each student should have a placemat or cloth napkin packed in his or her lunch box daily. 

 

Friday Volunteer Needed

            We are seeking a volunteer to help us assemble student packets on Fridays.  We have announcements and spelling lists to collate and put into backpacks.  It’s about an hour of work, and could happen around 11:30 or 12:00 on Friday.  It’s a great time to also join us for some recess fun or to have lunch in the classroom with your child, then go straight to pick up.  Email me if you are interested!

 

Spelling Starts Friday

            Our wonderful spelling volunteer Hahn Niemand is back!  Second and third graders will get their first spelling lists this Friday and have their first quiz the Friday of the following week.  We will be basing our initial spelling placements off of the groups kids were in last year.  Let me know if your child's words seem too easy or too hard and we will see if an adjustment is in order. 

            Frequent but short and relaxed practice sessions really help kids be successful in spelling!  Some parents keep the list in the car and help with practice while commuting.  Although we do provide some practice opportunities here, we find that a little bit of exposure at home is the key to getting those words down. 


Recess Equipment Donations

            We want recess to be fun!  We provide all sorts of recess supplies, from board games to jump ropes and basketballs.  But after lots of hard play, some of our supplies are wearing out.  We are looking for donations of jump ropes (short and long), balls (basketball, soccer, nerf football, etc.) and other equipment to replenish our supply.

 

Thank You

            Thank you to the Steiners for building us a beautiful outside bench!

 

Mark your Calendar:

Sept. 14           Biome Fashion Show

                        Spelling starts

Sept. 26           Morning Field Trip to Dorris Ranch

Oct. 4              6:00-6:45 Class Meeting (no childcare provided)

Oct. 12            No school – Inservice day

           

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.

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