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Diana Update 5-31-19

posted May 31, 2019, 1:25 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Kristin and I were touched by the thoughtful gifts and generous expressions of appreciation recently. We are grateful for each day spent with your children.

Ten chicks hatched from the eggs we incubated. They spent more than two weeks in the classroom.

The tally marks on our class Walk + Roll chart are really adding up. We are keeping track of the different modes of transportation the children use to get to school without a motor. So far, walking is the most popular with more than 100 marks.

Our class will be spending a week celebrating the children’s author, Jan Peck. She was born on May 25th. Once we have read her engaging books, we will call her in Texas and sing “Happy Birthday.”

The children have begun taking pads and pencils along on our Wednesday walks. They are practicing the behavior of writers by making sketches and jotting brief descriptions of noteworthy experiences that occur on the trail.

Each child is creating a lift-the-flap book. Once the book is shared with their classmates, it can be taken home. They are especially adorable.

The puppets are out and children are beginning to write plays to perform for their classmates.

We are learning the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Once district assessments are complete the children will resume presenting their research. About half the children have had their turn. Kristin is emailing each family the video of their child. Please return the animal file card if you haven’t already. Also, we are still collecting $2 for the tri-fold boards.

During the last week of school kindergartners will have a Teddy Bear Picnic and a Beach Party, details to come.

Upcoming events:

Rummage Sale

Field Day

Diana's Update 2-21-19

posted Feb 21, 2019, 2:02 PM by Cynthia Friedman

The children continue to present their original stories. They are quite proud of each other and look forward to hearing each other’s creative plots.

Our weekly Shape and Say story, “Edwina the Wandering Elephant,” features the letter “e” and its short sound. Last week’s letter and sound was “v.”

The sewing project this month was a heart bracelet.

All the children have had at least two turns as calendar leader. They have learned that a presenter is prepared, waits for the audience to be ready and projects with a strong voice. They take this responsibility seriously and are doing a great job announcing the current date and leading “The Kindness Pledge.”

Some new songs for this month include: “February is a Short Month,” “Mail Myself to You,” “Heart of Paper,” and “L-O-V-E Spells Love.”

Friday, March 1 we will wear stripes to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. We’ll read his books and engage in other Seussy fun.

(FYI-We’ll wear green on Friday, March 15 for some St. Pat’s fun.)

Save-the-Date: Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 the Kindergarten class will perform a gift of song for their families. A twenty-minute program featuring favorite songs and music activities.

Hope to see you all at our annual Pasta Dinner this coming Friday, February 22! The Pasta Dinner is the kick-off event for the DDD (Direct Donation Drive) which runs until spring break. The theme of this year's DDD is quilts and we will have children’s literature quilts on display during the dinner! Emily's class is making paper flowers in paper quilt covered vases and parent Jesse Cloninger has lined up a quartet to play on the stage as background music. There will not be a raffle, silent auction or student performances this year.

We hope you will join us at the Pasta Dinner! We will have the fabulous penne pasta with marinara and pesto, green salad, and bread with garlic butter. The dinner is $5 per person or $20 per family. Please bring your own plate and utensils if possible.

Diana's Update 1-25-19

posted Jan 25, 2019, 11:38 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Our weekly Shape and Say story features the letter “p” and its sound. One word is peace, a topic we’re discussing as it relates to the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Nobel Peace Prize. We listened to part of his “I Have a Dream” speech and the children have made peace medals that they decorated with a symbol that represents peace to them. Other sound-of-the-week activities are a new rhyme, “Song of the Popcorn” and a science inquiry to find out whether hot air or hot oil pops more kernels of popcorn.

In science, another simple machine—the lever—was introduced.

Our sewing project is sewing snow gnomes using a newly learned whip stitch. These have become part of a snowy scene in our practical life area.

Together the children have made a large winter banner for our neighbor Linda who comes in twice a week to read.

We are continuing our astronomy studies of the solar system including the tilt of the earth, the Big and Little Dippers, the North Star and other constellations.

Our read aloud is the My Father’s Dragon series by Ruth Stiles Gannett.

We have two education students from UO, Sammy on Monday morning and Naomi on Tuesday morning.

We will celebrate Valentine’s Day at school on Thursday, February 14. Attire for the day will be pajamas! The children will make festive containers that will be ready for any cards their classmates may want to deliver. We have twenty-nine students. If your child chooses to bring Valentines they should be signed but not addressed to specific children.

Current needs: Volunteers to listen to students read.

CONFERENCES (no school) January 31 & February 1

Mid-year conferences this year are an opportunity for you to discuss your child's academic progress and Montessori experience with the teachers who spend each day with them. Our hope is that conferences will give a more whole-child and personal picture of a student's growth than the conventional mid-year report cards that we have done in the past.  This significant change was in response to staff and parent input last year.  We urge you to take advantage of this mid-year opportunity to meet with your student's teacher.  Again, these conferences are in lieu of mid-year report cards, making this face to face time especially important to gain an understanding of your child’s progress. There are still many conference openings in all classrooms. Please remember to Sign up for a conference time today; they are rapidly approaching!



Diana's Semi-Monthly Update 12-7-18

posted Dec 7, 2018, 11:30 AM by Cynthia Friedman

First, thank you for participating in the Book Fair. We are enjoying the books and DVDs.

In small science groups, Anthony has presented the screw. In addition to manipulating bolts and nuts, the children used a screwing nutcracker. The Archimedes screw continues to be in use to move water from a lower level to a higher one.

For cooking skills, Brenna guided the children through the steps for making juice. They prepped and chopped the fruit and vegetables and loaded the juicer for blending.

So far in golf, Vance has given the children lessons on putting and long stroke.

We have discussed four different kinds of life: animals, plants, fungi and microbes.

Each child made models of bacteria and viruses that make us sick.

Lessons in geography have included the globe as a representation of the earth, the names of the continents, and a transition from globe to map. The children watched a globe of the earth (a painted grapefruit) halved into hemispheres and flattened as a demonstration of how a world map represents the globe with the advantage of seeing both sides at once. The children have begun the long process of creating their own world maps.

Recent Shape and Say stories: “No Nose Pinching for Nancy” and “Harry’s Helping Hands.”

Current Coping in Kindergarten story is “Computer Brain,” focusing on thinking before acting.

A Toad for Tuesday is our current chapter book in the series by Russell E. Erikson.

Nature art has included using leaves to create designs and animals. Also, the children are making seed mosaics.

A new sewing project has begun—a winter gift for each family. Shhh.

Student Marketplace December 8! - Please join us between 10am-1pm and invite your friends and families! This was such a fabulous event last year! I can’t wait to see the creative items our students have made and support their entrepreneurial and fundraising efforts!

12/17-21 Joy of Sharing 

Diana's Bi-Weekly Update 10-29-18

posted Oct 29, 2018, 9:09 AM by Cynthia Friedman

We’re getting excited about our upcoming field trip to Mt. Pisgah on Tuesday, October 30. Remember to send your child in walking shoes.

The children had their first golf session this month.

Our Shape and Say story is “The Inchworm Adventure,” featuring the letter “i” and its sound.

“The Special Game,” “Simmy’s Problem” and “I Like Your Picture” are recent Coping in Kindergarten stories.

“Hurray for the World” by Red Grammar and “The Sun and Planets Spin” are new songs at group time. We are learning the names of our bones using a fun chant.

We’ve had a lesson on the Solar System.

New works on our shelves are painting with watercolors and bathing Baby Susan doll and making her bed with a fitted sheet.

All kindergarteners will have their hearing screened Friday, October 26.

Upcoming events:
MOD Pizza Fundraiser, October 29
Mt. Pisgah Fieldtrip, October 30
Conferences, November 8 and 9
Grandparents Day, November 16.

Diana's Weekly Update 10-11-18

posted Oct 11, 2018, 12:28 PM by Cynthia Friedman

The children have learned a new sewing stitch—the running stitch—for the October sewing project. They have used it to make pumpkin pillows.

 The incline is the simple machine of the month.

 The cooking project this month is making crepes.

 The recent Shape and Say stories: “The Moaning Mountain” and “Sammy and the Slide,” featuring the letters m and s and their sounds, respectively.

 “Pepper’s Lesson” was our Coping in Kindergarten story, with a focus on receiving the same treatment you give others.

 Songs/Poems: “Going to Kentucky,” “I Like Fall,” “Five Little Pumpkins.”

 Our chapter book is Morton and Warton by Russell E. Erickson. It is the first in a series of adventures of two toad brothers. Very sweet.

 Mt. Pisgah permission slips are due Monday, October 22. If you plan to join us, make sure your background check is on file in the office.

Please send utensils for snack and lunch.

Also, keep a change-of-clothes in your child’s backpack for tumbles into the mud on the playground.

 Homework begins Monday, October 15. Envelopes are returned on Fridays.

For those who are interested in listening to the children read one-on-one, Diana will give a brief training on Friday, October 19, 1:25-1:50.

Other upcoming events:

·       Parent Ed Night, Thursday, October 11,

·       No school Friday, October 12, teacher inservice.

·       Picture Day, Wednesday, October 24

·      Curriculum Sharing, Wednesday, October 24, 3:15-4:15 and 6:00-7:00. Children will introduce their families to the classroom and favorite works. 

·       Mt. Pisgah trip, Tuesday, October 30. 

Diana's Weekly Update 9-17-18

posted Sep 17, 2018, 11:33 AM by Cynthia Friedman

The children are coming along beautifully in learning the grace and courtesy expectations required for maintaining a peaceful classroom. They are laying out rugs for floor work, taking care to leave space for walking around them. They are respectfully handling the materials—two hands holding carefully, two feet walking steadily—from shelves to work space and back. They are responding appropriately to the bell, “freezing” their bodies when they hear the Chinese chime and listening to the message that follows.

The children’s arrival routine is extensive and they are becoming more independent carrying out each step. We encourage you to send your child in outerwear that she can manage as independently as possible. Please be sure outerwear is in good repair as some children (and teachers) are experiencing difficultly with the fasteners.

The focus these first days and weeks will be on orienting to our new environment and community. Our first games and songs help us in learning each other’s names. The different material are introduced gradually so the students have an opportunity to practice their correct use including how to take them from the shelves and when finished, return them to their specific locations ready for the next person. We are discussing different ways to consider others so that we can support each other’s learning and growing, in work and play.

This week our Shape and Say story is “The Time-tapping Tool,” featuring the letter t and its sound.

Music and P.E. began this week.

Wednesday we’ll take our first class walk on the Rexius Trail along Amazon Creek, practicing crossing the street and staying on the trail. Over the next few weeks we will increase the length of our adventure.

Also, be sure to keep a change of clothes in your child’s backpack.

 Upcoming events:

·       The kindergarten parent meeting is set for Thursday, September 20, 6:00-6:45. The agenda will provide a glimpse of our language arts group activities that help build a strong sense of community as well as a love of language. New parents to the Ridgeline kindergarten program are encouraged to attend. Others are welcome to repeat if you choose. Childcare will be provided by an RSVP to the office.

·        Jogathon, Friday, September 28.

·       Mt. Pisgah Field trip, Tuesday, October 30, 9:00-12:30.

Diana's Weekly Update 5-11-18

posted May 11, 2018, 12:17 PM by Cynthia Friedman

The kindergartners are looking forward to our music performance on Tuesday, May 15. Almost all have finished sewing the sashes they designed. Please drop off your child at the kindergarten room around 6:20, then, take your seat in the gym.


We are all getting excited to see the chicks hatch next week. They are due Wednesday.  Today, the children got to look on as the eggs were candled. They were able to see the air sack and the chicks moving inside the shell. After hatching, the chicks will remain in our classroom in a brooder for a week. The children will not handle them but will be able to watch them through the large Plexiglass window. After that, we hope a couple of them can visit on Fridays so we can see them grow into chickens.


It was good to see a big turnout for the Project Fair. We are more than halfway through the research presentations. Each child is doing an impressive job presenting to their classmates. They are using strong voices and remembering to look at their audience after glancing at each note card. Once all have presented, each child’s video will be emailed to his/her family. A few fact cards have yet to be returned.


We have two new UO students this term, Amanda on Wednesday mornings and Olivia on Friday mornings.


Recently, a couple of our reading buddies from Mary’s class have come in to support the children in making pancakes.


We completed the Warton and Morton series by Russell E. Erickson and have read the first two books in the My Father’s Dragon trilogy by Ruth Stiles Gannett.


We continue to enjoy are Wednesday walks on the Rexius Trail. The children are taking along their idea booklets and pencils they carry in a pouch each made. They are practicing the behavior of a writer by drawing and jotting down anything they find noteworthy along the path. This is tick season so please check your child for ticks on Wednesdays.


Save the Date: June 16th Kindergartners singing the national anthem at the Em’s game. 

Diana's Weekly Update 3-8-18

posted Mar 8, 2018, 12:28 PM by Cynthia Friedman

We have welcomed a new kindergartner recently—Cody. Also, we have another student from the U of O, Brooke, who will be helping out on Friday mornings.

Recent Shape and Say stories have highlighted the letters and sounds of p, g, d, j, e, k and l.

Our CIK story is “A Fair Deal,” focusing on reaching a compromise.

 The children have been sharing their original stories. They are quite proud of each other and look forward to hearing each other’s creative plots.

Valentine bracelets were a hit sewing project.

The children have made ants on a log this month, learning more cooking skills including cutting and spreading.

The screw is the simple machine we will focus on this month. A new work on the shelf will be the Archimedes screw which will allow the children to transfer water upward from a bowl into a higher trough.

 February songs and rhymes: “His Name was Washington,” “Abraham Lincoln,” “Mail Myself to You,” “One Cent, Two Cent,” “You are My Dollar,” “The Star-Spangled Banner” and more. Also, the children are enjoying acting out the book Benny’s Pennies.

Current need:

Volunteer(s) needed for gardening this semester.

 Save the date:

Kindergarten Curriculum Sharing

Tuesday, March 20

3:15-4:15 and 6:00-7:0

Ridgeline Montessori will soon begin the process of class placement for those students moving up from kindergarten to lower elementary.  The appropriate placement of students into individual classrooms is a very important task. The Ridgeline staff puts much thought and time into placing children in classrooms.  We want every child to succeed in a supportive and challenging environment.

A team of staff, including Kristin and me, will carefully consider your child’s learning needs along with the following factors in creating classroom communities:

·       A balance of class size, age and gender

·       A balance of academic strengths

·       A balance of learning styles

·       A balance of social skills

·       Placement of students with special learning needs

·       Separation of students who are unable to work well together

·       Consideration of parental information

We recognize there may be times when parents wish to share specific needs, concerns, or information regarding classroom placement.  A Parent Input Form is available. When filling out the input form, please focus on your child’s unique personality, strengths, learning style, and needs (social, emotional and academic). Your information will be strongly considered; however, the school maintains the right to make the final decision regarding class placement.  To be considered valid, a Parent Input Form must be received by Friday, April 20th.


Diana's Weekly Update 1-18-18

posted Jan 22, 2018, 12:49 PM by Cynthia Friedman

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend. Last week we learned about the leadership Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provided to help promote fairer laws. Mostly, our discussion was focused on peaceful ways to work toward justice and, also, the Nobel Peace Prize. Students created symbols that represent peace to them and then placed them on their own peace medals. We watched part of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, noting the passion for fairness evident in his voice. We sang along with a video of “We Shall Overcome,” sung in several languages. We thought about how song can be a strategy for helping control anger (and other emotions) in order to achieve our commitment to work in nonviolent ways.


We have welcomed Fox Haven, a new kindergartner to our class and Shayleen is our new Thursday morning helper from the university.


Each child is using the whipstitch to sew a snow gnome. These have become part of a snowy scene in our practical life area.


Recent Shape and Say stories: “Harry the Helper,” “Felicia Flamingo,” “Oscar the Cat.”


Current CIK story: “Computer Brain,” thinking before acting.


Warton and the Traders is our current chapter book in Russell E. Erickson’s series about the adventures of two toad brothers.


The latest simple machine lesson covered the wedge.


For gardening, the children participated in worm composting.


All students have had a turn leading calendar time. They have learned that a presenter is prepared, waits for the audience to be ready and to project with a strong voice. They take this responsibility seriously and are doing a great job moving the earth about a degree in its path around the sun, announcing the current date and leading “The Kindness Pledge.”


Current needs:

·       This is the time of year when we need more volunteers to listen to our new emergent readers. The window for listening is 9:00-10:45.

·       The volunteer P.E. assistant position for Thursdays, 11:30-12:00, is still open.

Remember to log your volunteer hours. We want to count all volunteers’ hours in the tally.


Upcoming Event---Pajama Day and Valentine exchange will take place Wednesday, February 14th.


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