Mary's Weekly Update 10-11-18

posted Oct 15, 2018, 12:25 PM by Cynthia Friedman


We had a wonderful time participating in the Jog-a-Thon.  Our class completed an impressive 677 laps and the school completed approximately 600 miles in total that morning!  So please remember to help your student to collect monies and return sponsorship forms to school as soon as possible.

Workplans and the Weekly Report

The students are using a workplan that covers two weeks at a time.  Each two-week span is called a “period”. We generally refer to the first week of a period as “Week A”, and the second week as “Week B”.  At the end of each week (unless we are out of school on the Friday or there is a big event), they will bring home a Weekly Report detailing what works have been assigned that period, and the status of those works.  Any quizzes or tests are graded and I will include that score on the Weekly Report. Proficiency with the information being tested will be shown by a score of 80% or greater (unless otherwise agreed). If needed, a student will be asked to study some more and retake the quiz the following week.  Please note that the Weekly Report is my communication to you about how your student is doing!


If your student feels that they have turned in more work than is noted on the report, please encourage them to check the No-name File, their cubby and their mailbox.  If they do not find their work, ask them to come see me and I will investigate. If I have made a mistake, I will correct it!

The ultimate goal is to complete 75% or more of assigned works on a regular basis, but this is a process.  Please help your student to understand that their focus should be to keep trying to improve. I tell students to aim for completing 3-5 works a day and they should be right where they need to be.  So please have a conversation with your student about their work and then sign off the Weekly Report. You should also witness that your student completed their homework of 20 minutes of chapter book reading each night.  The signed report should be returned on the following Monday.

NOTE:  I will collect workplans from the students at the end of the day on Thursdays, so only work completed and turned in up until that time is checked off.  Completed works will remain in the classroom until the end of the school year and may become part of the student’s portfolio.


I tend to split assignments into blocks of 30 minutes.  A page of math should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  A hands-on project may take several blocks of 30 minutes. I plan assignments so that they should balance out over the course of a two-week period.  If a student is efficient and focused in their work, there is time in the schedule for them to complete much or everything in class. Some projects are expected to be taken home, especially for 5th and 6th year students who are learning to take on larger assignments.

Students are always allowed to take work home, as long as they are using class time wisely.  Between 2:00 and 3:00 each day, students may make a copy of a SINGLE work to take home without even asking me.  If a student wishes to copy more than one work, they need to ask my permission. Also, work which requires special equipment would need to be arranged with me beforehand.

Now each student is in charge of their own assignments and the act of taking work home.  We will encourage, remind, and show them how to work the copier, but ultimately they have to get the work together and put it in their backpack.  If a student is doing Post-it Note Club with Jonathan, he will encourage them to take home any works left on their note at the end of the day. So if your student is bringing home work, please help encourage them to complete it and then return it to the classroom the next day.  Also, ask for the note from the Post-it Note Club if they are participating.


You may have noticed that 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.

  • that good attendance will allow your child to fully contribute to and fully benefit from the classroom community.  

  • 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!

Montessori Parent Education Night

In this interactive workshop at 6pm on Thursday, October 11th, families will learn about Dr. Montessori's Planes of Development. After a short presentation, Dr. Casquejo Johnston will facilitate a discussion/workshop.  Families will leave the workshop with an understanding of the planes of development, how they can support their children and practical strategies and supports to build a Montessori home.

Dr. Casquejo Johnston is the Program Director for the Montessori Teacher Education Program at Saint Mary's College of California which offers both and Early Childhood and an Lower Elementary/Upper Elementary credential.  She has experience every facet of Montessori life - student, parent, lower elementary guide, director(principal) and now program director. Her greatest joy has been raising her children in the Montessori way and watching them become thoughtful, purposeful young adults.  Sofia is in her second year of a Master’s program in counseling focusing on college student services and Ben is a junior in the sport business program at University of Oregon...Go Ducks!

PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


Oct 8 RCO Meeting, 6-7:30pm (Sharon and Curtis will be discussing bullying)

Oct 11 Montessori Parent Education with Dr. Casquejo Johnston, 6-7:30pm