Jon's Weekly Update 12-7-12

posted Dec 7, 2012, 10:50 AM by Cynthia Friedman
IMPORTANT DATES:
Wednesday, December 12, 5:30-6:30pm : Middle School Adventure Trip Planning Meeting
Wednesday, December 12, 3:15-4pm: Uke Group Rehearsal
Wednesday, December 19, 3:15-4pm: Uke Group Rehearsal
Mon-Thurs, December 17-20: Joy of Sharing Food Drive
Tues-Fri, March 19-22: MS Adventure Trip to the Snow! 

Dear Middle School Family, 
Our Science Projects are underway. Half the class is doing a water quality study of the Amazon Creek (across the street), as compared to a healthy creek (Willow Creek--Eugene's 'standard' for what a healthy creek should look like). The rest of the students are working individually or in pairs on projects ranging from generating electricity with magnets to computer programming to growing mold cultures. Please check in with your student about their project and their material needs. Help! 

We had to make a date decision for the Adventure Trip this year, so we could get it on the calendar and make plans. The students have spoken: We will be headed east (Hoodoo?) for fun in the snow. The trip will be the week of March 18-22. We'll still have a planning meeting on Wednesday, December 12 from 5:30-6:30 pm to discuss details. Hope to see you there! 

Important announcements from the Office: 

Morning Drop-Off
Students should arrive at school between 8:25am (when classroom doors open, and supervision is available) and 8:40am (when class officially begins). Please help us keep your students safe. There is no adult supervision available before 8:25am. Please do not bring your student to school before 8:25am. 

Creative Expressions  
Upper elementary and Middle School collectively participate in a series of electives on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30-3:15pm. It is challenging for office staff when children leave for appointments during Creative Expressions, as the students are mixed in various groups throughout the building, and they are challenging to locate for an early dismissal. Students also are disappointed to have to miss part of this fun time. Please schedule appointments for another time, if at all possible. 

Confidential Family Income Survey
Last year, 39% of Ridgeline students qualified for free or reduced lunch. Based on the few forms that have been turned in this year, it appears that only 22% of Ridgeline students qualify for free or reduced lunch. I am confident that this percentage is much higher but we need families to complete the survey to verify this information!

If we serve more than 41% of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, Ridgeline may qualify for additional Title I funding! Please complete and return the Confidential Family Income Survey (attached to the eNews or available at the office) so we can accurately report the socio-economic demographic of our student population. The summary information provides valuable data to be included on grant applications, capital campaign publications and is shared with other charter schools and our sponsoring district. Individual family information is strictly confidential. Please contact Chrystell Reed or Amy Genz if you have any questions. 

Have a great weekend.
Jon and Carrie

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