Carrie's Weekly Update 12-4-15

posted Dec 4, 2015, 10:25 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Greetings Middle School Families,

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  


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 discussed the meaning of The Guest House Poem. Students asserted that it was about letting our emotions come and go.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

he may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.

Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.

Because each has been sent

As a guide from beyond.



 We then discussed how emotion often manifests in your body, and we can even sense a rising of emotion based on signals from our bodies if we are paying attention.

Then we conducted a very relaxing internal body scan just noting tension, or sensations in major muscle groups, and applied focused breathing to induce relaxation.  Later this week students shared stories from interviews conducted over Thanksgiving weekend. A campfire was the only thing missing from this scenario. The students were very attentive and respectful while the stories ranged from humorous, to adventurous, to tragic.  Our human resources are vast, rich and varied.    Thank you to family and friends for supporting your students in this activity.


Science - Many students have completed their rough draft of their background research paper this week.  If your student has not completed their background research they cannot complete this rough draft, please encourage them to complete both this weekend so we can keep moving forward our science projects.  


Math -  If your student not completing math assignments at school, MATH IS HOMEWORK. We BEGIN each math period (Monday through Thursday) by checking the assignment listed due for that day. This means that the assignment due that day is to be finished BEFORE math period begins. Students are still coming to math class with incomplete assignments.  The student will be given full credit for accurate and properly accomplished math problems complete by the beginning of the period.  Students receiving a C or below can make up unfinished and incorrect problems by the next math period.  They will be given half credit for these late problems. There is often very little time during the math period to take care of this, so they should take the time and initiative to come see me during break between Block I and II.  Students in both my math groups are working on order of operations (PEMDAS, left to right).  The are to work down the page rather than across as they solve each step of the problem.   

Micro-Economy - This Friday, the Micro-Economy class is devoting its time and energies to creating crafts and  holiday cards for Meals on Wheels and our Emerald Valley neighbors.  

Best Wishes,