Carrie's Weekly Update 11-9-17

posted Nov 9, 2017, 12:05 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Middle School Update - Week of 11/10/17

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 17

Barnes and Noble Book Fair-Grab our book fair ID # as you walk in the door, and earn gift cards for our teachers with your purchases!

Tuesday, November 21

Send Vegetables for Stone Soup

Wednesday, November 22

Stone Soup - Bring a Bowl and Spoon!

November 23 & 24

Thanksgiving Break

December 2

Student Marketplace

Saturday, 12/9               

LuLaRoe Fundraiser 11am-1pm

Mon. 12/11-12/15           

Joy of Sharing

Thursday, 12/14            

Mod Pizza Fundraiser

Friday, 12/15                 

Grandparents’ Day (pre-registration required-please contact office for details!)

Mon. 12/18-Tues. 1/2        

NO SCHOOL – Winter Break

Wednesday, 1/3            

Class Resumes

Book Fair – Our annual book fair at Barnes and Noble is just over a week away, Friday, November 17!  Please join us at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair to purchase holiday gifts, buy books for classrooms, watch classroom performances, and enjoy a fun evening together.

A percentage of the book fair purchases at Barnes & Noble will go to Ridgeline. This includes friends’ and family purchases at stores around the country! Just give them the book fair ID number 12212015. All purchases need to be made November 17-22. You must tell the cashier you are with our book fair and give the ID number for it to count toward the book fair. Online purchases do count, although the percentage back to Ridgeline is much less.

Features at the book fair this year:

  • Welcome table inside the front door of the bookstore for Ridgeline families to get a book fair schedule and book fair ID sticker. This sticker will assist Barnes & Noble staff in identifying book fair shoppers to ensure that all qualifying purchases count towards our book fair.

  • All performances will be in the music area.

  • Teachers’ wish list book bins will be in the children’s department, along with the bookmark-making table.

Book Fair Performance Schedule – (note: times are approximate. Please arrive with plenty of time to spare!)

6:00pm          Diana – reciting poems “What is a Book?” and “I like Fall”

6:15pm            Emily's Class – singing songs “Glorious” and “A Place in the Choir”            

6:30pm           Eric's Class – singing songs “Limerick Song” and “Sixpence”

6:45pm         Cheri's Class – singing songs “Over the River” and “This Little Light”

7:00pm         Middle School – T.R.U.E. performance

7:20pm         Book buying break!

7:35pm         Clint's Class – “Postcards from National Parks”

7:50pm         Sharon's Class – “The Adventures of Superman” radio show

8:10pm         Mary's Class – “Famous Journeys of Explorers” play

Stone Soup - Our annual Stone Soup Celebration is Wednesday, November 22nd.

Ridgeline volunteers will cook the stone soup outside the front of the school on Wednesday, and the soup will be served for an early afternoon snack following an all-school assembly. Your student should still bring a sack lunch from home that day to eat in the late morning!

Students will eat in their classrooms and parents are welcome to join us for both the assembly and the soup.

  • Please bring $2 per person on Wednesday, November 22 Theatrical Live Looping & Story Telling with Cullen Vance who leads a high-energy performance combining theatrical storytelling and live looping electric violin!

Bring a BOWL and SPOON on Wednesday, November 22  

If you are leaving early with your student(s), be sure to sign them out in the office. School dismisses at the regular time, 3:05pm.

Allergic to Soup?

All of our soups are vegetarian.  If your child has special dietary requirements, please consider sending in some “safe soup” from home.



This Chapter’s questions are: “How do scientists measure the amount of “stuff” in an object?” and “What are some properties of objects that help you decide what kind of material they are made of?”    We are learning how to use scientific measuring implements, how to label units properly, and what method to use when measuring the volume and mass of a variety of substances.  Our focus this week was on the volume of solids and liquids.  Some key questions from this week are:

  • What is a meniscus, or how do you read the water level in a graduated cylinder?

  • How would you decide to use the calculation method or the liquid-pouring method to measure volume?


It’s right about this time of year when I see a number of students who have been struggling with the work routine, start to get it together.  Thank you parents!! I hear comments from students that there is pressure from home.  It is working!  I get great satisfaction in watching them learn that they can accomplish (and are capable of) so much more than they ever realized, because they are willing to push themselves.  Watching them debunk their own myths about their limitations turns my job into a calling.

Volunteer Opportunities

Bookmark Marking Table and Greeting at the Book Fair – More volunteers needed to help greet families and to manage the bookmark making table. All supplies provided. The volunteer just needs to supervise the activity. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

Enjoy your weekend!

Carrie and India

For Your Reference



Students are required to make up math and science assignments that are missing due to absences.  An ‘abs’ in the grade book negatively affects the students grade as if it were ‘missing.’  Students have up to a week after returning from an absence to get this work checked off.  These are not hard and fast rules, but it is generally better for the student, the quicker this takes place.  What they missed is often foundational to what they will work on when they return.


Science Make-Up

For alternate credit in science, absent students are to:

- Access Jupiter Grades to identify math and science assignments that are being missed.

- Use the link below to gain digital access to our Interactions in Physical Science Textbook.  

- Read through each Lab Activity we conduct during their absence.

- Write out the vocabulary terms (found in bold in the text) and definitions from the portion of the activity that they missed.  

- When students return they can check this work off with either India or me.

Link to the Interactions in Physical Science Textbook:

Ridgeline Middle School students may ONLY access this link using their ridgeline email address.