Carrie's Weekly Update 12-11-15

posted Dec 11, 2015, 10:50 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Greetings Middle School Families,

Thank you for the joy of spending each day with your students!  Regardless of how I wake up in the morning, their energy, playfulness, caring, and humor make my days fly by with laughter and learning.  Each one is unique and necessary to the growth of the whole!

We want your student to be successful in school. For this, they need plenty of sleep and nutritious food.  Please check with your student before they leave the house to make sure they have a nutritious lunch.  We strongly encourage ONLY healthy options for student lunches. The general guideline is for the ingredients list of any item to not have sugar as one of the first three ingredients. This includes items that have only two or three ingredients.  Sugar highs and crashes present an increased challenge to learning.

Upcoming Events

Saturdays and Sundays, December 5-6 & 12-13th

U-Cut Holiday Tree Fundraiser For Ridgeline

10 am - 4 pm

Akal Ranch

84850 S. Ridgeway Rd. Pleasant Hill, OR 97477

Pleasant Hill, right at the Dairy Queen (follow the signs)

December 14th - 18th

Joy of Sharing - Food and Household Necessities Drive

Joy of Sharing – Food Drive and Card/Craft Making!

Students will be creating holiday cards and small crafts (origami and snowflakes) to be shared with Meals on Wheels and residents of Emerald Valley. Please support your students in this community service effort to help spread the joy of the season. Student council representatives will collect cards and crafts prior to student council on December 11.

Our annual food drive, the Joy of Sharing begins December 14 and runs through December 18. Please bring non-perishable donations to school during this 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.

Inclement Weather

In the case of inclement weather that would make roads, school parking lots, driveways or sidewalks unsafe for travel, Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School will be closed when the 4J school district is closed. If Ridgeline is scheduled to be in session, and no announcement is made, school is still in schedule as planned.

The 4J school district will make this announcement in many ways, which are:

·        4J’s web site,

·        Twitter @4Jweather / text message alerts

·        KRVM 91.9 FM, and other local TV and radio stations.

School closure and bus route decisions normally are made early in the morning and announced by 6:30 a.m. This is to ensure the most current weather conditions are assessed. Decisions are made districtwide and are the same for every 4J school.

Ridgeline Montessori will delay opening when 4J schools are scheduled to open on a delayed schedule.

Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School may be in session on a day when 4J happens to be already out-of-session. In this case, Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School will make the announcement on it’s website,

Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School values safety above all else. Neither 4J or Ridgeline can make a decision based on conditions nearby to individual families or staff. Families and staff are encouraged to consider road and sidewalk conditions in their areas and make decisions based on safety. Ridgeline Montessori honors parents’ decisions about school attendance in these conditions. Staff members should contact the school and exercise leave options available to them when they believe they are unable to get to work safely.

 School Spirit Fridays – All students now have their Ridgeline t-shirt! We want to show our school spirit by inviting everyone to wear Ridgeline gear or blue (this year’s school color) on Fridays. Please join in!


Personal World - In mindfulness this week, we visualized our way through a day with positive appreciation for the people, safety, and resources we have to be thankful for.  Many students and I look forward to mindfulness every week. It provides a peaceful, rejuvenating break from our busy schedule.  Our second personal world activity this week was the opposite in energy level and volume.  We learned how to play the cup game.  Have your student show you (all they need is a plastic cup).  Each group needed the participation of each member to succeed at the task.  We then reflected on the difference in attitudes that encompass our ideas of success.  Is it to go faster than everyone else, even though we are less successful as a group?  How much patience do we have to support everyone?  What are we attached to as our “idea” of success?  What can we do to support the whole group in coming along together? If we are struggling, how do we manage the feelings around it and stay engaged in the activity? Do we normally step up or step back? Why? What does that look like? How can we improve our self talk?

Math -  Students in both my math groups are taking tests this week.  Encourage your students to get plenty of sleep and nutritious meals for optimal performance.  

Friday Explorations - This Friday we gather to organize members of our group into individual pursuits.  Students will be expected to follow a line of interest, and make progress in skill/knowledge of their chosen topic.  

Best Wishes,