Dana's Weekly Update 6-3-15

posted Jun 1, 2015, 12:27 PM by Cynthia Friedman   [ updated Jun 3, 2015, 8:58 AM ]
Dear Families,

Shakespeare: Students need to be in the gym between 5:15-5:30. We will begin our show at 6:00. Upon arrival, students need to report immediately to the middle school hall for costuming.

Jog-A-Thon: – Please assist your kiddo in collecting all pledges and returning the JAT envelopes to the school by Monday, June 1st.

End-of-the-Year Sleepover Itinerary:
Here’s the plan for the school sleepover happening on Tuesday, June 9th:

6:00 arrive at school with items for sleepover and Wednesday at school
6:30 BBQ dinner put on by parent volunteers
7:00 games and activities as chosen by students
8:00 set up sleeping areas then watch movie/eat popcorn together in gym on mats (Princess Bride, rated PG)
10:00 Get ready for bed
10:30 lights out and silent for sleeping

7:30 Dress and clean up sleeping areas
8:00 Morning recess (granola bar snack available as needed)
8:40 Breakfast put on by parents
9:15 Walk to Tugman Park
11:30 Return to school for lunch put on by parents
12:15 Watch “Year in Review” student video and fill out memory books
1:15 Dismissal

Expectations: Students will be required to follow all rules and treat chaperones and each other with respect, just as they do every day in our classroom. They are currently creating a list of expectations and logical consequences that we will discuss as a class. Parents may be asked to pick up students if there are any serious or repeated issues. Please be sure we have your contact information for that night so that you are reachable if the need arises.

Sleepover Crew: Here’s the list for helpers for this fun event:
Overnight Chaperones: Jimmy B, Aaron, Bryan, Beth, Elin, Rhonda, Cherri, Cat
Dinner: Sue, Laura, Darcy, Jimmy, Rhonda
Breakfast: Starr, Yaeko, Rhonda, Elin, Beth, Genie
Lunch: Cherri

News about Room 8s New Teaching Team: As some of you have heard at conferences, I am excited to share that Mary Bach-Jackson will be joining Ridgeline as the new upper elementary teacher for room 8. She is AMI certified for 6-12 year olds and has Montessori charter school experience! I was part of the interview team and was impressed by her enthusiasm and depth of knowledge. She also taught a lesson in Clint’s upper el classroom and the kids had great things to say about her. J Samantha Windred, the parent of one of our Ridgeline students, has also been hired as a temporary assistant for the beginning of the school year. Jenny Bersch, who will be out for maternity leave in the fall is planning to return in January when she will be joining room 8 as the permanent classroom assistant. You may know Jenny in the role of Ridgeline’s reading and math specialist, but our sixth grade crew will also remember Jenny’s time in our classroom as an assistant in the 2012-2013 school year. I feel good about leaving “my” students in such capable hands, as I know Mary, Samantha and Jenny will make a strong team.

Upcoming events:
Friday, 5/29 6:00 Room 8 Romeo and Juliet performance, move up day
Saturday, 5/30 House Concert to benefit the Capital Campaign
Fridagy, 6/5 Grading Day (no school for students)
Monday, 6/8 Field day
Tuesday, 6/9 Room 8 Sleepover 6:00pm
Wednesday, 6/10 Last day for students

Thanks to each of you for your amazing support with this great group of kids. I can’t tell you how often I hear our class is “the best one.” Maybe they say that to all the classes…but in our case, its true!

Dana and Rozelle