Jon's Update 10-14-19

posted Oct 24, 2019, 1:14 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Important Dates

Tues & Thurs 3:10-4:00 pm TRUE Rehearsals

Mon-Fri, 10/28-11/1 Spirit Week Dress-Up (See Below)

Thurs & Fri, 11/7-11/8          **NO SCHOOL: Conferences

Mon, 11/11                              **NO SCHOOL: Veteran's Day

Fri, 11/15 Barnes and Noble Fundraiser


Dear Middle School Family,

We made it through the first term of 2019! Monday, October 14 marked the fresh start of a new term. Grades reset and we start over. Please check in with your student regularly and encourage them to stay on top of their school-work. If they're using their time appropriately at school, there should be no need for them to bring work home.


Our field trip to Elijah Bristow State Park was a great success. Thanks to Dena, Kathee, and Andi for helping transport students and chaperone the trip. We spent the morning gathering evidence and imagining what it would be like to live in various environments in the park without any modern amenities. After lunch, we spent the afternoon socializing, playing games, and building community.

We finished watching "The Incredible Human Journey" this week. Links to the episodes are in Jupiter Ed. If your student misses those days of school, they are responsible for watching the episodes and taking notes at home.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be putting together the pieces of our land-based communities, BANDS. We will develop their systems of social and economical organization, as well as their cultures, in interaction with their physical environment. We should be finishing up, hopefully, in time for a "Museum Display" in time for conferences in November.

Starting this week, we'll be diversifying the content for our "AOW" assignments. Students will be writing "They Say/I Say" responses to paintings, graphs, charts, and a variety of writing styles, in addition to articles. We'll also be working on more intentionally crafting sentences over the next few weeks. Writing is difficult! And their progress is already evident.

Art in Middle School

Pete and Melanie Germond-Goldlust came in to teach an art class for the middle school students during Health last week.  They'll be joining us once a month for the rest of the year to do Art lessons between Health units. We're super grateful for their support of our students.

Spirit Week

The Middle School is going to take next week's "Spirit Week" celebration a step further. Please encourage your student to dress up and join in the Fun.

Montessori Monday: Sport your favorite Ridgeline Apparel.

Turtle(neck) Tuesday: Anything Turtle-y goes: Turtlenecks, turtles, green... Be creative.

Pajama Wednesday: Bringing back Onesie Wednesday.

Crazy Socks Thursday: Nuff said.

Rainbow Friday: All the colors!


Conferences are on Thursday, November 7, and Friday, November 8. You can sign up here: Carrie Conference Sign-up.   Jon Conference Sign-up.

Please sign up to meet with just one of us (Jon or Carrie). Also, please be sure to bring your student to the conference. We look forward to talking with you about their success!

The second term is off to a good start. Please encourage your kids to keep up the good work. Middle school doesn't get easier with time, it gets easier with practice.


Jon and Maizzy


Message from our Middle School Room Parents 

Hi All!

I hope you've all had a really nice week. Thank you for opting in to receive Room Parent update and announcement emails. The goal is not to overload, so I will be working closely with Jon and Carrie to make sure we get you the information that is needed and any fun activities our kiddos might be interested in.

Kathee Palfy and I are here to support and assist you, if needed. Please feel welcome to seek our assistance with anything you might need. We will do our best to help or guide you in the right direction.

Our Jog-a-thon event was a great success...all of our Ridgeline students ran a total of 670 miles! This is your friendly reminder to collect and send in your student's Jog-a-thon pledges! They are due on Monday, October 14th. Remember to get receipts to your donors if they need one for tax purposes. Our fundraising goal for the year is $100,000 and the Jog-a-thon is a significant part of that. Here is the link to the online donation form:

There are a couple of middle school kiddos who would like me to announce that hanging out at Tugman Park on Fridays after school is a fun activity.  It has been an informal tradition with Ridgeline middle schoolers, off and on, for many years. This is NOT a school-sponsored event and you/your student must assume responsibility for your selves.  With that said, I know a few students (my own, Kaiyon, included) who will try to get down there most Fridays when the weather is decent. 

Have a great week and I'll check back in again soon.

~Dena (Adrena) Mohtadi


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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!