Dana's Weekly Update 4-10-14

posted Apr 14, 2014, 9:16 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Dear Families: 

Student Architecture Showcase at the Jacobs Gallery!: As you all know, we have been working with a local architect, John Webster, for the past 6 weeks, learning about architecture and tying that learning to our concurrent study of the rise of civilizations and research about the ancient cultures of the Americas. We are currently working on our final project that synthesizes what the kids have learned in each of these subjects. Each student has been “hired” by a particular client and has signed a contract to provide plans for a structure to meet the needs of that particular client and to also tie their structure plan to the ancient cultures we have been studying. For example, some students have been hired by the descendants of Inuit families who are seeking a modern residence that reflects the art, building materials and techniques of their ancient ancestors; others are working for the University of Oregon to create a new cultural history building that brings together students who are interested in learning about each of the five ancient cultures of the Americas; while still others are working for Xbox to create a new video game where they are tasked with creating a template for a culturally specific building that can be included in the new “Ancient Culture Adventure” game. The completed projects will be on display at the Jacobs Art Gallery beginning on May 5th. You will find a flyer and permission slip enclosed in your child’s Friday folder this week. Please fill out the permission slip so that the gallery can display your child’s work. They have also asked for photos of the process to include in a slideshow. I have permission to share photos from those of you who checked that box on your Ridgeline paperwork, but please let me know if there are any changes. (Photos will be used without names attached.) 

Shakespeare: This week our class jumped into the fun literary waters of Shakespeare! We are currently reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream in class as a reader’s theater. This week we have been learning about the plot and characters involved in this classic Shakespearean play. Next week, we will be holding auditions for specific parts. Students have received scripts, which they may be bringing home in the evenings for practicing. Please remind your student to bring them back to school each morning. We are going to be making decisions in the next few weeks about where we will be taking this endeavor...we may decide to go all out and create sets and costumes and perform the play on our fantastic Ridgeline stage. We will keep you all posted as we make our group decisions. 

Parent Volunteer Appreciation Tea: To thank all of the amazing volunteers we have here at Ridgeline, we will be hosting a volunteer tea with baked goods on Friday, April 11th from 8:30-9:30. I hope you will all be able to join us! 

End of year trip: The end of the year trips in the upper elementary classes will be looking a little different this year. The decision has been made to offer the “outdoor school” type outing once every three years and to have other opportunities for the classes on the two off years. This year our class will be taking an all day hike to Silver Falls State Park near Salem to travel the “Trail of Ten Falls.” We will be adding some fun games and activities and maybe a BBQ to the list of activities. The date has not yet been set, but please let me know if you are interested in being part of the planning and/or the actual event. 

Afterschool Math Club for Upper El Students – Our principal, Sharon Dursi, is looking to organize an after school math club for upper el students. We would love to have some parent volunteers to help out. If you have the time and a passion for math, contact Sharon and she will set you up! 

Capital Campaign Challenge Grant! - An anonymous donor will match up to $5,000 towards the capital campaign between now and June 30, 2014! Please help us maximize this grant by donating to the capital campaign between now and June 30, which could result in $10,000 towards the capital campaign. Several families (present and past) are already contributing through monthly automatic payments. If each family contributed $50 we would meet this challenge! Please join us by contributing to the capital campaign to ensure Ridgeline's legacy continues for years to come.  

Upcoming Events: 
· 4/11/14 Capital Campaign Thank You Dinner hosted by Jeff & Thea Cook
· 4/11/14 Parent’s Time Out
· 4/12/14 OBOB State Tournament (GO RIDGELINE!)
· 4/28/14 Mazzi’s RCO fundraiser 5-9pm 

Thanks for your support of your child and of Ridgeline!
Dana and Rozelle