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Meridy's Update 9-12-19

posted Sep 12, 2019, 10:47 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Welcome (back) to Room 9

Classroom Happenings I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing summer.  These first couple weeks of school have been filled with group activities to get to know each other and create the community we all want in the classroom.  Choose Kindness is the motto Adriene and I put on the wall this year and we are looking forward to expanding this idea with your students and building on the great beginning we’ve already had.  History is off and running with the 3rd Great Lesson “Coming of Humans.” Students have started their first research project of many this year. Fantastic project ideas are already in the happening!  Ask your student what they are researching and what their project is going to be.  

Remember P.E. is on Monday and Wednesday this year.  Please send your student with appropriate P.E. shoes.  No sandals, boots, or any kind of heel.  

Also please send your students prepared for the weather so we can continue to enjoy outdoor recess.  This includes a rain jacket when necessary and rain boots if possible. It’s hard to focus when your hair is dripping onto your work and your clothes are wet and cold!

Parent Night will be September 17th at 6 P.M.  I hope to see you all there!


One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community

The year is just beginning and it is a great time to build great habits!  Being in school, on time, every day is important. Good attendance is strongly linked to academic, social, and emotional success. 

We believe that students and families that feel they are included in the school community are more likely to show up consistently

We believe that good attendance will allow your child to fully contribute to and fully benefit from the classroom community. 

We believe good attendance will not only build strong academics, but also build strong socially and emotionally capable humans.


Thank you for learning and growing with us!

Meridy's Update 4-19-19

posted Apr 19, 2019, 10:10 AM by Cynthia Friedman

This week in Room 9!  Ridgeline Room 9 has been busy with projects!  Students are making characters and writing their hopes and dreams (or fears) for the Oregon Trail.  We will be gathering in Independence, Missouri next week to gather supplies and pack the wagons. In science, students have been preparing for their biome research project by doing a little of what I call “pre-research” to figure out which biome they want to learn about in depth.  Next week also begins state testing, so help your student prepare with nutritious snacks and lots of rest!

Project Fair  is Tuesday, April 23rd!   3:05-4:05 P.M. and 6-7 P.M.  Students are coming up with fun ideas to showcase at project fair this year.  We’ve got a range, from Oregon trail related research to a scale model particle accelerator! What is your student doing?

Tea in the classroom  I have had many students asking me if they can drink tea during class time, and the answer is yes!  I am perfectly fine with them drinking tea if they bring their own (my tea stores are running low). Please check with your student to see if they are interested.  We still have some rain in the forecast which makes for a tea drinking mood.


Sierra, Sabine, and Paloma c=making their Oregon Trail characters, Iva Amelie completing a math work.

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! - Once again a big shout out to all our amazing volunteers! We so appreciate all the time you give to Ridgeline, to the students, the staff, and our community. Thank you! Thank you!

Ridgeline Calendar

Mon. 4/22 Site Council Meeting 6-7:30 p.m.

Tues. 4/23 Project Fair 3:05-4:05 p.m. & 6-7 p.m.

Thurs. 4/25 Next Level Open House 6-7 p.m. (see below for details)

Fri. 4/26 Alternative Transportation Committee Meeting 8:30 a.m.

Fri. 4/26 2019-20 Supply Fee Due

Meridy's Update 4-5-19

posted Apr 5, 2019, 2:34 PM by Cynthia Friedman

This week in Room 9!  Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing spring break.  We hit the ground running this week with math, math, and more math.  Friday brought our second All School Sing-Along and it was a beautiful sight.  Next week (please don’t tell you student, it’s a surprise) we break into families that will be traveling together for the Oregon Trail.  You might be hearing some old timey songs at home! In science, we will be starting our study of Biomes.

Possible Field Trip April 16, 17, or 18  I am trying to set up a tour of the Lane County History Museum.  I requested the April 16, 17, or 18 morning tour, (8:30-1:00 with bus driving time), but haven’t heard back from the museum yet.  If you are available to be a chaperone any of these days please let me know so I can quickly and easily move forward with the paperwork.  


RCO April Meeting - Join us Monday, April 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for check-ins and updates with Ridgeline staff, board members, Site Council, the RCO, and parents. Bring any concerns or questions you may have regarding staff changes, hazardous weather make-up days, volunteer opportunities, and more to the meeting. We will also use this time to start planning Staff Appreciation Week, which runs May 6-10. If you are interested in volunteering with this project, please attend this meeting or email RCO.

Ridgeline Movie Night - Ridgeline families are invited to a pajama movie night in the gymnasium. Wear your comfy jammies and bring your favorite stuffie to a screening of My Neighbor Totoro. Popcorn and candy will be for sale with proceeds benefiting Ridgeline Montessori. • Friday, April 12 • 6 pm to 8:30 pm • In the Gymnasium.

Panoramic photo - Order forms for the all school Panoramic Photo will be sent home in Friday folders this week. The photo is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th at 11a.m. weather pending. Orders for the panoramic photo may be turned into the office.

Ridgeline Calendar

Mon. 4/8 Track Town Pizza Fundraiser Friday 4/12 Ridgeline Movie Night

Mon. 4/8 RCO Meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday 4/17 Panoramic Photo

Meridy's Class 2-6-19

posted Feb 7, 2019, 10:33 AM by Cynthia Friedman

This week in Room 9!  Is it okay to own an exotic animal as a pet?  You may have been asked this question recently.  That’s because we are working on writing opinion essays in class.  Which brings us to the next question: Is a chinchilla an exotic animal?  hmmmm….. History has brought us to a place where First Nations are trading furs for goods from the Hudson Bay Company and people in Europe are wearing the highest fashion beaver hats.  You may find your student on a webquest researching this time and watching videos about what it was like to be a Voyageur traveling in a birch bark canoe. In science we are looking closer at weathering, erosion and deposition, the processes that help the rock cycle to go round and round.  Are there examples in your backyard?

Calling Volunteers to take 6th years to the library  Room 9 6th years have started their big project and are looking for resources.  They are asking two adults to drive them (10 in all) to the library to help them check out books.  If you are available, please let me know the days and times and we will get organized. We may be able to do one trip, but splitting into two groups would also be work.


Pasta Dinner - Ridgeline’s annual Pasta Dinner is coming up on Friday, February 22nd, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a home cooked pasta dinner with red sauce or pesto, bread with garlic butter, and green salad. Visit with other Ridgeline families and bring your Direct Donation Drive (DDD) donation. The Pasta Dinner is the kick-off for the month long DDD, Ridgeline’s largest fundraiser of the year.  If you are interested in volunteering (over 30 needed!) please contact Cynthia.

Shoe Drive Fundraiser

Ridgeline’s Shoe Drive Fundraiser is officially ON!  We are collecting shoes at school from now until February 15. There is a collection box in the school lobby. We also have collection boxes around town – Full Circle Fitness, Eugene Running Company, the Nike Running Store , Oakway Fitness, RunHub, and the UO Duck Store (campus).

Ridgeline Calendar

Friday, 2/8 Fundraising Committee Meeting 8:45-10:15 a.m.

Monday, 2/11 RCO Meeting 6-7:30 p.m.

Feb 18 NO SCHOOL (President’s Day)

Meridy's Room 1-23-19

posted Jan 24, 2019, 10:56 AM by Cynthia Friedman

This week in Room 9!   We are in the thick of the school year and so much learning is happening right now!  Students are researching the first explorers of the PNW.  You should check in with them to see who did find that infamous “Northwest Passage.”  In science we are continuing our study of geology with the rock cycle. There is even a song, “The rock cycle goes round and round…round and round...round and round...”  In writing, students were asked to write an informational essay about something they know well. I have seen essays on horses, 3D pens, and ……. What did your student write about?  We were fortunate enough to have a surprise visit from some of the team members of the Eugene Generals. They played hockey with us, signed a photograph and a puck for our classroom!  Awesome!


Keanan taking on one of the Generals, Nihal and Elliott learning about the rock cycle, Tam concentrating on geometry.  

LAST CHANCE to order those beautiful dark maroon/silver Ridgeline T-SHIRTS AND SWEATSHIRTS.  Did you miss the fall order for t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, pullovers and zip hoodies? Don’t fret, you get another chance!  Orders are due by February 4th. We will not be making exceptions for late orders, so if you want a t-shirt or sweatshirt, please get your order in to the office by February 4th. Order forms will be sent home tomorrow and extra forms can be picked up in the office. Questions? Email Michelle at

Shoe Drive Fundraiser

Ridgeline’s Shoe Drive Fundraiser is officially ON!  We are collecting shoes at school from now until February 15. There is a collection box in the school lobby. We also have collection boxes around town – Full Circle Fitness, Eugene Running Company, the Nike Running Store , Oakway Fitness, RunHub, and the UO Duck Store (campus).

Ridgeline Calendar

Jan 25  TONIGHT - Talent Show     

Jan 31 &* Feb 1 - NO SCHOOL - Conferences (See Ridgeline ‘s eNews to sign up)

Feb 4 T-shirt orders due

Feb 18 NO SCHOOL (President’s Day)

Meridy's Update 1-11-19

posted Jan 11, 2019, 12:18 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Welcome Back Room 9!     We  had a smooth re-introduction to the classroom as we spent the week getting reacquainted and remembering what it is like to be in our community.  Graphs were the focus of the week. See how many types of graphs your student learned about and what they remember about them! On Wednesday our dear mascot Rot disappeared, so we finished off the week with a writing and building activity “How to Catch a Rot”                    

Intent to Return & Sibling Enrollment

It’s lottery season and we need to know your plans for the next school year.  Thursday morning you received an important “Intent to Return” email with links. Please read it thoroughly and complete the Intent to Return by January 18.  In order to qualify for sibling preference, you must complete the online enrollment application for any incoming sibling by January 31 (we encourage you to complete this as soon as possible).  Contact Jen Hackstadt if you did not receive the “Intent to Return” email.

Material Donations Requested

I found a fun way for students to create their own quilt blocks but we need material for this to happen!  Please send in an old t-shirt or pair of pants that you have in your donation pile or any other material you may have hanging around. (Maybe there is an old sewing project you aren’t interested in anymore?)

Shoe Drive Fundraiser

Ridgeline’s Shoe Drive Fundraiser is officially ON!  We are collecting shoes at school from now until February 15. There is a collection box in the school lobby. We also have collection boxes around town – Full Circle Fitness, Eugene Running Company, the Nike Running Store , Oakway Fitness, RunHub, and the UO Duck Store (campus).

Ridgeline Calendar

Thursday, 1/10 Intent to Return opens

Saturday, 1/12 Lottery Information Session 10 a.m.

Sunday, 1/13 Book Swap 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the gym

Tuesday, 1/15 Montessori Parent Education Night 6-7:30 p.m. (see continuing news for  details)

Wednesday, 1/16 Dickie Jo’s & Dickie Yo’s Restaurant Day

Thursday, 1/17 Dickie Jo’s & Dickie Yo’s Restaurant Day

Thursday, 1/17 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Meridy' Semi-Weekly Update 12-7-18

posted Dec 7, 2018, 11:48 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Sun, 12/9, 4:50pm: TRUE Performs at City of Eugene International Human Rights Day, Churchill High School
Fri, 12/21, 8:30am: All-School Sing-Along Assembly
Fri, 12/21: Last Day of Term 2--End of First Trimester
Mon, 12/24-Mon, 1/7: NO SCHOOL: Winter Break
Tues: 1/8: School Resumes
Tues: 1/8: Term 3 (Second Trimester) Begins

Please add the Ridgeline Middle School Calendar to your Google Calendars!

Dear Middle School Family,

As we wind down into the winter holiday season, the flow of our work sessions is becoming more steady and routine. We just finished up the excellent PBS Documentary about the Reconstruction Era following the American Civil War. It's been a long, deep immersion into the impacts of the institution of slavery not just on African American history, but on American history, period, and our identity as a nation. 

In the next couple of weeks before winter break, we will carry on with our Article of the Week, written response assignments. The students are making impressive progress with their writing skills. The Article of the Week will continue on as a regular assignment through the school year, and will continue to expand as the students achieve greater levels of mastery.

Over the next two weeks, we will also watch the rest of "America The Story of Us," rushing through a very biased perspective of US History from the transcontinental railroad to the modern day. Our focus will be on questioning the perspectives offered on historical events. When we get back from Winter Break, students will start work on projects to seek out and share untold narratives to help us understand the whole story.

Jupiter Ed and Missing Assignments
We are at a point in the year where we're tightening up our grading process. We are currently very caught up with our grading. Please log in to Jupiter Ed and see how your student is doing at keeping up with their work. If your student has excess missing assignments, and they haven't been sick for a long stretch of time, now would be a good time to talk with them about how they are using their class time to get work done. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Jon, and let's set up a meeting soon, or soon after we get back from Winter Break to come up with some strategies to help support your child's success in school.

Electives Volunteer Opportunity!
We'll be changing up Electives after Winter Break. This is a really fun volunteer opportunity if you have some consistent flexibility in your daily schedule. We teach Electives on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 1:25-2:10pm, or on Fridays from 11:20am-1:05pm. The commitment is from when we get back in January until Spring Break. You must be able to commit to come every week. We don't have subs for Electives.

We're going to sign up for Electives the week before Winter Break, so please let me know if you would like to lead one. Yoga, Computer Programming, Sewing, Knitting, Juggling... If you love doing something, please share it with our students!

All-School Sing-Along Assembly
Small teams of 8th graders have been going into every other classroom at Ridgeline each week to help teach and motivate the whole school to participate in the All-School Sing-Along Assembly first thing on Friday morning, at 8:30am on December 21. It's going to be a hoot! 

Jon and Maizzy

Meridy's Bi-Weekly Update 10-25-18

posted Oct 26, 2018, 9:34 AM by Cynthia Friedman   [ updated Oct 26, 2018, 9:34 AM ]

Happy Friday!

Room 9 Classroom Happenings - We’ve been busy these couple weeks!  Everyone received a cursive practice book and I’ve already started to notice some trying it out on assignments.  I hope your student has been asking you about things that happened early in their life for them to add to their group timeline.  We have also been practicing our photography skills for the Best Part of Me writing activity. We have finally come to the project part of the Independent Book Project.  Some good ideas are flying around, ask your student what they have planned.


Curriculum Sharing- Thank you to all of those that made it to Curriculum Sharing Night.  I get so much joy out of having families visit the classroom.

Conferences – The conference are coming up November 8th and 9th.  The schedule sign-up was shared with in last week’s eNews or you can click HERE  .  I would like to see these as student led conferences, so try to sign up for a time when everyone can attend.  Remember, these are no school days.


Here at Ridgeline we have set an attendance goal of 95% for each student.  Essentially, out of 172 school days, you should strive to miss fewer than 8.5 total days.  Regular attendance is the base element in a rigorous education. Did you know?

  • 83%of students chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade do not read at grade level by third grade.

  • Students that cannot read at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out prior to graduation than students that read at grade level.

  • Build good habits early, most children’s habits are unlikely to change much after age nine.

  • Parents whose children were often absent underestimate the number of days absent by about 45%

Thank you for being such an important part of your child’s education!

Ridgeline Events:

10/29  MOD Pizza Fundraiser

11/16 Barnes and Noble Book Fair 6pm-8pm

11/21 Stone Soup

Meridy's Weekly Update 10-11-18

posted Oct 11, 2018, 2:26 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Classroom Happenings

It’s been another great work plan filled with math, science (learning about seasons!), history (archaeology!), and finishing the Independent Book Project.  Here are students hard at art, drawing their own shoes.

Jog-a-thon Pledges

Another great Jog-a-thon has come and gone.  Thanks to all the volunteers that helped set it all up and cheer us on!  And now it’s time to get the pledges in to help us keep our PE, music, art, and counseling programs strong and vibrant.  Please have pledges in by Monday October 15th.

Montessori Parent Education Night, Thursday, October 11 at 6:00

In this interactive workshop, families will learn about Dr. Montessori's Planes of Development. After a short presentation Dr. Casquejo Johnston, will facilitate a discussion/workshop.  Families will leave the workshop with an understanding of the planes of development, how they can support their children and practical strategies and supports to build a Montessori home.


You may have noticed that this year you are receiving a lot more communication regarding the importance of regular attendance.  This year we are beginning an attendance awareness campaign designed to increase awareness, educate, and ultimately improve student attendance at Ridgeline.  Good attendance is strongly linked to academic, social, and emotional success.

We believe that students and families that feel they are included in the school community are more likely to show up consistently

We believe that good attendance will allow your child to fully contribute to and fully benefit from the classroom community.  

We believe good attendance will not only build strong academics but also build strong socially and emotionally capable humans.

Thank you for learning and growing with us!

Ridgeline Events:

10/24  3:05-4:05pm & 6-7pm Curriculum Sharing

Sharon's Weekly Update 6-8-18

posted Jun 8, 2018, 2:42 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families! Here's a quick update on the TEN DAY COUNTDOWN to the end of school!

Wednesday, June 7 is PAJAMAS AND MOVIE day. We will be watching My Neighbor Totoro in the afternoon. Please feel free to wear the pajama pants you made.

Thursday, June 8 is GAME DAY. Students may bring a game to play with friends.

There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, June 9 for grading day.

Monday, June 11 is a FORTS AND READING day. Please bring a blanket to build a fort! 

PLANNED PARENTHOOD: 5th graders will receive a lesson on reproduction from visiting Planned Parenthood instructors on June 11, 12 and 13.

Tuesday, June 12 is FIELD DAY. Upper el students will be playing games in the afternoon. It's always wise to prepare with dry, clean clothes.

On Wednesday, June 13, students will be taking their work home. Please send your student with a bag appropriate to carry work. The permission slip is attached.
That evening is the OVERNIGHT! If you can loan us a pancake griddle (the plug-in kind) and a pancake turner appropriate for your griddle, we would love to use it. Please see the permission slip for the rest of the packing list.

We will finish out the year on Thursday, June 14 with a FLASH MOB and early release! Students will be ready for pickup at 1:05.

Thank you so much for a splendid and fantastic year!


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