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Dian's Update 4-6-2020

posted Apr 6, 2020, 11:31 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Kindergarten  Routine


First, there is a change in our meeting schedule to prevent overlaps with other siblings. Our afternoon “reflection and sharing” meeting is canceled, but we hope to record the chapter books that can be sent and used at each families convenience. And, continue to send photos of work for us to share with the class.


There will be more adjustments to come as Ridgeline rolls out its online learning platform over the next few weeks.

The work and materials in this packet are similar to what is assigned at school. The typical work period includes an assigned work followed by a snack and then work of choice.


Letters-of-the-Week for April include w, u, y, k. We focus on the letter in different ways throughout the week. Monday we hear a story that features the letter sound. Tuesday we make a list of words that begin with the letter sound. Wednesday we practice writing the letter and filling in a handwriting page. Thursday we choose five words from the list to segment, which is saying each sound in the words. Kristin tells a story using words from the list.


Journal Writing: A journal is included. Most children are using unconventional spelling, writing the letters slowly as they say each sound in a word. I’ve included “a word wall” that they can refer to for writing frequently used words. They might need prompting to leave space between words. They write two to three things about the topic they choose.


Math: Our class is focusing on the teens. I recreated the addition and subtraction sets and booklets. The children are quite comfortable and independent with the format.

Diana's Update 2-20-2020

posted Feb 20, 2020, 11:09 AM by Cynthia Friedman

The kindergartners enjoyed a few days of Valentine activities including sewing heart bracelets, making cards, decorating festive bags and learning some new rhymes and songs like “February is a Short Month,” “A Heart of Paper,” “Mail Myself to You,” “I Love You,” “L-O-V-E Spells Love,” and more. They were so cute in their pajamas.

I love you, I love you
I love you divine.
Please give me your bubblegum;
(You’re sitting on mine.)

We will celebrate Dr. Seuss on his birthday, Monday, March 2. We plan to wear stripes of all kinds as we enjoy his books.

Recent Shape and Say stories: “Gertie the Goat,” “Polly’s Powder Puff,” “The Voracious Vacuum” and this week, “Jacking the Jalopy.” A couple of “J” activities the children are enjoying are reciting and acting out the poem “Junco” by Adam Stemple and a dance called “Jump, Jim Jo.”

The junco is a tiny bird,
But tougher than the rest,
Hopping up and crouching down
And puffing out its chest;
It flaps its wings and jumps about
When it comes time to feed.
I can’t believe the fuss it makes
For one sunflower seed.

Our new chapter book, Warton and the Castaways by Russell E. Erickson, relates another adventure of Morton and Warton.

The children had a good time studying the wedge as a simple machine.

The garden beds are being prepared for planting peas. The children have learned the parts of the plant. Also, a tomato is so close to being ripe.

Rachael lead small groups in a popcorn science experiment to determine if air or oil is a more effective way to pop the kernels. (You may have heard “Song of the Popcorn.”

Each day we are reading a few of the original stories the children composed and illustrated. The young authors are so proud.

We hope to see you at Game Night this Friday.

Save-the-Date: Thursday, March 5, Kindergarten Curriculum Sharing, 3:05-4:05 and 6:00-7:00. This is an opportunity for your child to show you the work they’ve been doing in class.

Diana's Update 12-12-19

posted Dec 12, 2019, 9:45 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Gardening/Cooking: Today the children harvested the lettuce and made salad dressing. It was an additional course to their lunch. Also, they are making individual meringue snowflakes.

This month each child will be sewing a winter banner as a gift for their families. This big project requires already learned skills, the running stitch to sew around the snowscape and attaching buttons to make a snowman. The new challenge is sewing on sequins. 

Students continue to work on their world maps. A few have been completed! 

We are learning more about microbes from the books, Don’t Lick This Book and
Germs Make Me Sick. We viewed the Reading Rainbow episode about microscopes and growing cultures in a lab. It included a clip taken on a farm which taught about the beneficial bacteria in soil. The children will be making models of bacteria and viruses this week. 

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

We have finished the second chapter book in the Morton and Warton series by Russell E. Erikson. 

All children have had an opportunity to lead calendar time. They have learned that a presenter is prepared, waits for the audience to be ready and projects with a strong voice. They look forward to this responsibility and are doing well at announcing the current date and leading “The Kindness Pledge.”

Joy of Sharing – Help us take care of Ridgeline families over winter break!  Our annual food drive, the Joy of Sharing begins December 16 and runs through December 20. Please bring non-perishable donations to school during that week. In addition to food, other items such as toilet paper and personal hygiene items are welcome. With the donated items, we will create and distribute food baskets to Ridgeline families in need, to help them over winter break. Please contact Cynthia if your family would benefit from a Joy of Sharing box.

Diana's Update 10-15-19

posted Oct 15, 2019, 12:27 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Mt. Pisgah field trip is Tuesday, October 29th. Permission slips and cost is due by Monday, October 21st.

Recent Shape and Say stories: “The Moaning Mountain” and “Sammy the Slider.” We have completed the first set of letters (t,c,a,m,s)and their sounds. 

Our Coping in Kindergarten story: “Simmy’s Problem,” with focus on expanding one’s circle of friends.

Each child will sew a pumpkin pillow this month using the newly learned running stitch. These will be sent home on the 31st.

The cooking project this month was pretzels.

For gardening, each student planted a flower bulb. They will enjoy hyacinths and daffodil blooms in the spring.

The children are participating in yoga on Monday afternoons, in addition to Maria’s Math.

Seasonal poems and songs: “I Like Fall,” “Five Little Pumpkins” and “Spin, Spider Spin.”

Listener training is set for Friday, October 25 from 1:30-2:00. This is for parents who are available to listen to individual children read during our morning work-time. We will cover how the readers are organized and how progress is recorded.

Other October events:

Picture Retakes, Wednesday, Oct. 23rd.

Curriculum Sharing, Two sessions Oct. 24, 3:15-4:15 and 6:00-7:00.

End-of-month fun: 

Wednesday, Oct. 30 is Pajama Day.

Thursday, Oct. 31 is Crazy Sock Day.

Friday, Nov. 1 is Rainbow Day.

One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community

Schoolwide News

3rd Attendance Message:


Thank you for being a part of Ridgeline’s community.  Here are a few ways you can help keep your child’s attendance regular.


·      Make appointments with the doctor or dentist in the late afternoon so your child misses as little school as possible.

·      Call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent and tell the school staff why your child will be out and for how long.

·      Be prepared to get a doctor’s note when requested by school personnel.

·      Schedule trips exclusively during school breaks.

·      Reach out to staff, RCO, or the class parents if you don’t feel connected.  Connection matters!

Diana's Update 9-12-19

posted Sep 12, 2019, 10:44 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 workspace and back. They are responding appropriately to the bell, “freezing” their bodies when they hear the chime and listening to the message that follows. They are taking on the responsibility of cleaning up after themselves. Tables are being wiped and floors swept.

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 they can manage as independently as possible. Please be sure outerwear is in good repair as some children (and teachers) are experiencing difficulty 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 materials 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 took 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. 

Dismissal safety: Parents please gather closer to the fence so there is enough room for others to pass without having to step into the drive-through.

Upcoming events:

  • The kindergarten parent meeting is set for Wednesday, September 18, 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.

  • Picture Day, Wednesday, September 18

  • Jog-a-thon, Friday, September 27.

  • Mt. Pisgah Field trip, Wednesday, October 30, 9:00-12:30.

"One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community"


The year is just beginning and it is a great time to build great habits!  Being in school, on time, every day is important. 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


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


We believe 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!

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.

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