Mary's Weekly Update 10-19-18

posted Oct 19, 2018, 11:22 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Visitors in the Classroom

Well, the first six weeks have gone by quickly!  We are now at the end of our “normalization” period, a time when we ask outsiders to refrain from coming into our “new” classroom communities so they have time to settle.  So if you have expressed interest in observing, volunteering or having lunch in the classroom, please contact me so that we can discuss arrangements. In addition, please complete a background check through the school office so you can get “green badged.”

Curriculum Sharing Night

There is an important event in the near future – Curriculum Sharing!  This is an opportunity for students to bring their family into the classroom to show off the work they have been doing and to bring some context to the stories they have been sharing at home.  We really encourage families to try to attend one of the two sessions on Wednesday, October 24th, from 3:05-4:05 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.

Birthday Bash

We will be having our monthly Birthday Bash on Friday, October 26th.  If you wish, you may send a snack for the whole class to share on that day.


Our Jog-a-Thon was a tremendous success (as well as a lot of fun)!  Our class contributed 677 laps to the school’s approximately 600 miles in total.  To date, this fundraiser has raised $9,185. If you still have additional monies that have been collected, please help your student to return their sponsorship forms to school as soon as possible.

Nit Picking

Please check your child(ren)’s heads for nits and live bugs regularly. Lice are tiny brown and gray parasites that can cause itching and scratching, especially in areas of the body that are covered with hair (typically behind the ears, near the scalp, and neck). You will be able to see the tiny lice eggs (called “nits”), which look like grains of sand attached to the hair shafts.  The Ridgeline office staff appreciates a courtesy phone call to alert us if your child has lice so that we may work with you to ensure progress is being made to eliminate lice from your life and help to reduce further spread. We ask that you treat your child and pick out all the nits before sending them back to school.

Assignments and Homework

Just as a reminder, students are always allowed to take work home, as long as they are using class time wisely.  However, 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.

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

Oct 24 Picture Day

Curriculum Sharing Night, 3-4pm and 6-7pm