Jon's Weekly Update 1-18-13

posted Jan 18, 2013, 12:01 PM by Cynthia Friedman


Monday, January 21: NO SCHOOL--Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 22, 3:15-4pm: Uke Group Rehearsal

Friday, January 25: NO SCHOOL--Grading Day

Tuesday, January 29, 3:15-4pm: Uke Group Rehearsal

Tues-Fri, March 19-22: MS Adventure Trip to the Snow!


Dear Middle School Family,


Thanks to all of you who came out to support the Uke Group last Friday at Cozmic Pizza.  The kids sounded fantastic.  We'd like to shout out a BIG thank you out to the North Eugene High School Ukulele Orchestra.  Not only did they invite us to play as an opening act for their big fundraiser, they donated $100 to Ridgeline's Ukulele program from the funds they raised that night.  If you'd like to support the North Eugene High School Ukulele Orchestra, check out their Kickstarter Campaign and commit to purchase a CD.


Big happenings on the project front, here in the Middle School this week.  The UO Design Bridge students are back, working with a group of our students to design our outdoor classroom.  The Ridgeline Green Team is putting together our Oregon Green School application, and setting up systems to reduce the waste Ridgeline sends to the landfill.  And the Ridgeline Stream Team just signed a formal commitment with the City of Eugene to adopt the stretch of the Amazon Creek that runs right outside our door between Fox Hollow Road and Snell Road.  The Food Service Team is putting together a pitch for the RCO to start a fundraising drive, selling milk during school, and healthy snacks after school.  If you'd like to help with any of these projects, we could sure use some help!  Please contact Jon, ASAP.  Our main work time for these Occupations Projects is from 1:15-3pm on Mondays.


We're also kicking off our exploration of the "Middle East" this week.  I've never seen students so excited to fill in a map!  Students are working in small groups (no more than 3 students) to humanize our maps.  Each group is studying one country in the roughly defined region, and will design a presentation to teach the class about their country.  Communication is roughly 76.3% of the learning goal of these projects.  Information is important, sure.  What we're able to do with the information we gather is even more important.


Adventure Trip News: The County room tax waiver we were hoping for didn't come through, so the cost for the Adventure Trip is going to be a little higher than anticipated.  The plan is to stay at McKenzie River Mountain Resort in Blue River from March 19-22.  The cost per student, including transportation, a bed with bedding in a gender-segregated cabin with bathrooms and showers, a full commercial kitchen, a large common space, and all meals for 3 Nights and 4 Days, is going to be $130.  Tubing and skiing are going to be cost-prohibitive, but we'll be surrounded with other options for adventure in the snow.


Partial scholarships will be available, and we're going to try to do some fundraising before the trip (HELP!), but I understand that the cost may be daunting.  Our goal is 100% participation.  The Adventure Trips are an essential part of our program, and a tremendous growth experience for the students.


Very soon, I have to send a sizable check to McKenzie River Mountain Resort  to reserve the dates.  Please send me an e-mail no later than next Friday, January 25, letting me know whether your student plans to attend the trip.  I need to know where we stand (participation-wise) before we can move forward.


Have a terrific weekend,

Jon and Carrie