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Sharon's Weekly Update 6-6-17

posted Jun 6, 2017, 1:53 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

A huge THANK YOU to all of our parents who drove to Aprovecho farm: Phil, Thea, Aaron, Melanie, Mandy, and Tom. The field trip was great! Our students learned about composting toilets and cob building. If you are interested in learning more about cob building, please contact me.... I'm hoping to pursue it further next year.

Speaking of which, I am so excited about next year! Move-up day was amazing. We have a great group of 4th graders coming to Room 9!

Welcome to the final two weeks of school. Here's an official update on the TEN DAY COUNTDOWN:

JUN 7 (Wed): INTERNATIONAL FOOD DAY. Students may bring international foods from home to share with the group. Please send ingredients lists and/or packaging for any food your student brings to the classroom.
JUN 8 (Thurs): Movie day - we will watch a movie in the afternoon!
JUN 9 (Fri): PET DAY. Students are invited to bring a PHOTO or VIDEO of their pet, or a STUFFED ANIMAL to introduce to the group. No live pets, please. We may walk to Tugman Park for lunch.

JUN 12 (Mon): Forts and reading day. Students who have finished their portfolio work will spend all day reading in blanket forts! Students who are still working on their portfolio will still have opportunity to participate in the afternoon. Please bring blankets and books from home.
JUN 13 (Tues): Game day! Students may bring their favorite game to play with their friends. Weather permitting, we may play some outside games as well. (EVENING: All school picnic!)
JUN 14 (Wed): FIELD DAY and UNBIRTHDAY TEA PARTY. Please let me know if your student would like to bring tiny sandwiches, cookies or fruit for the tea party. Each student should bring his or her own mug from home.
JUN 15 (Thurs): Room 9 overnight!
JUN 16 (Fri): Flash mob, pancakes and Last Day of School

I still need AT LEAST ONE PARENT VOLUNTEER for the overnight on Jun 15-16. Chaperones should plan to be at school from 7pm to 7am.

Have a great week!

Sharon's Weekly Update 5-24-17

posted May 24, 2017, 1:05 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

We have a FIELD TRIP this Friday to AproVecho Sustainability Farm. AproVecho experiments with things like cob house building, beekeeping, and sustainable gardening practices. We will leave at 9am and will return by early dismissal at 1:15. Please find the attached permission slip OR fill out the slip that is coming home on Wednesday! $6 will cover entry fee and gas money for our intrepid drivers!

We are almost finished with testing. A huge thanks and congratulations to all the students who worked so hard and did their best.

Our TEN DAY COUNTDOWN to the end of school begins on JUNE 1st. Please mark your calendars for the following events:
JUNE 1: Song day! Students may choose school-appropriate music to put on a list, and the list will play during work period.
JUNE 2: Move up day. Students moving to Ridgeline's middle school will visit the middle school classroom; students leaving Ridgeline will visit Kinder; and returning students will get to know next year's incoming classmates.
JUNE 6: Outside day! Students will have the opportunity to work outside and participate in outdoor games.
JUNE 7: INTERNATIONAL FOOD DAY. Students are invited to bring international foods from home to share with friends. If you can find Vegemite, please tell me, because every elementary student should have that experience! Please send a clear ingredients list for any food your student brings to the classroom.
JUNE 8: Movie day. Students may watch a movie with their class.
JUNE 9: PET DAY.  Further instructions to follow in next week's email
JUNE 12: Blanket fort and reading day!
JUNE 13: Game day for the classroom and ALL SCHOOL PICNIC in the evening.
JUNE 14: Field day for the whole school and UNBIRTHDAY PARTY for Room 9. Students are invited to bring an object that is special to them and their favorite song to share with the group. Students should plan to bring a teacup from home. Please contact me if you are interested in providing tea snacks for this event!
JUNE 15: ALL CLASS OVERNIGHT. I will need at least TWO PARENT CHAPERONES for this event. We will arrive at Ridgeline at 7pm; parents should plan to stay until 7am. Students may be picked up for early dismissal at 1:15 on the last day of school (June 16). This was a fantastic event last year, and we had a great time. Further details to follow.
JUNE 16: Pancakes and flash mob. Further details to follow.

I can't believe we're almost done! This year has been a crazy and awesome ride -- we have a great group!


Sharon's Weekly Update 5-9-17

posted May 9, 2017, 1:48 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

Testing is underway. For the next several weeks, your student will be testing at 1pm for as long as it takes to finish the test. PLEASE make sure that your student is getting adequate sleep and brings a hearty lunch. Many students finish the test by Wednesday of each week, though it is not abnormal for students to take all week to finish the test. Our testing is not timed, so students may take as long as they need.

PORTFOLIO WORK is looking great! Most students are working hard and are staying caught up on their portfolio work. I appreciate the support that students are receiving at home to complete their portfolio without adult intervention.

We need DRIVER CHAPERONES for an upcoming field trip to Aprovecho Experimental Farm! This field trip is scheduled for Friday, May 26, and we need enough cars to get everyone to Cottage Grove. Gas money will be provided. If you can help, please email me and include the number of student seat belts you have in your vehicle. We will leave Ridgeline around 9 am and will return for early dismissal at 1:15.

This month is BIKE AND WALK TO SCHOOL month! Students who participate are entered into a raffle to win prizes. You may walk from Crossfire and it still counts!

JOG-A-THON packets have gone home. Please help your student set up any pledges. The Jog-A-Thon takes place next Friday, May 19.

We DO have school this Friday, May 12, to make up for hazardous weather days back in January! There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.


Sharon's Weekly Update 4-27-17

posted Apr 27, 2017, 1:52 PM by Cynthia Friedman


April 28

Canopy Connections Permission Slips DUE

April 24 - 27

Volunteer Appreciation Week

May 1 - 5

Staff Appreciation Week

May 11th

Canopy Connections Field Trip (7th Graders)

May 11th

8th Grade Tree2Tree Trip

May 12th

SCHOOL IN SESSION - Hazardous Weather Make Up Day

May 19th


May 29th

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

June 2

Move Up Day

June 5 - 8

Middle School Adventure Trip

June 12th

Mazzi’s Restaurant Fundraiser

June 13th

End of the Year Picnic

June 14th

Field Day

June 15th

8th Grade Graduation

June 16th

Night at the EM’s


Seventh Grade Students - Canopy Connections Field Trip

Canopy Connections Field Trip will take place on May 11th.  It is important that your student arrive NO LATER THAN 7:15 AM.

Students are to wear layers. We will go rain or shine.  Please have your student pack a water bottle, and prepare a hearty sack lunch.  Microwaves will not be available.

We will be back at Ridgeline by 4:30 PM.

Permission Forms and waivers are DUE FRIDAY, April 28th.  If your child uses an inhaler or epipen, etc. they must have them with them, or they will not be allowed to climb the tree.

A great time will be had by all!

Life Science

The kids are really enjoying our genetics unit.  Students gathered into pairs,  donated one allele each for eight different genes, and created a model of a rice plant called a Reeze-ot.  From this we learned how dominant and recessive alleles of a genotype interact to create visible traits (phenotypes).  We moved on to studying Mendel, and how he used the scientific method to study inheritance in pea plants.  Ask your students what heterozygous and homozygous genotypes are, and the difference between true breeding and hybrid organisms.  We will deepen our knowledge of these new concepts as we continue this unit.  Next we make Punnett Squares!

Carrie and Taylor

Sharon's Weekly Update 4-19-17

posted Apr 19, 2017, 10:55 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

It's PORTFOLIO TIME in Room 9! Portfolio is an intensive, end of the year capstone project that allows students to demonstrate what they have learned in the last year. In each student's portfolio is a collection of their writing projects from this year, some work samples and lesson follow-up from cultural studies, and approximately 40 math problems that review all of the Common Core learning standards for their grade level. The math prompts are "open ended," meaning that students can set their own challenge by changing the problem they are doing.

I have asked students that their parents provide minimal to no assistance for the portfolio work. The portfolio is a chance for students to show what they know. I would rather a student approach a simpler question than complete a work they don't fully understand. If your student doesn't understand a question at all, please refer them back to me or to their lesson notes. Because they are using the portfolio checklist as a guide for their work, students will not be bringing home work plans this week.

You can find the portfolio checklist here:

4th year Common Core Portfolio
5th year Common Core Portfolio
6th year Common Core Portfolio

If your student is feeling rushed or would like to work on portfolio at home, I strongly encourage daily writing to make sure all of the writing samples are completed and edited. Students can sign on to their Google Docs folder from home and share their writing to a peer editor from home. So far, I have been seeing beautiful and amazing portfolios. I am excited about the quality of work our students are producing!

TESTING begins next week! This week, we are practicing with the Smarter Balanced online practice tests. Students will have the opportunity for lots of practice. As always, please make sure your student gets enough rest and has a healthy breakfast and lunch.

We have an UPCOMING FIELD TRIP to Aprovecho Sustainability Farm, and we need drivers! Aprovecho is a farm in Cottage Grove that experiments with sustainable farming and building practices. Possible experiences include seeing the bees, gardening, and building a cob house. We will be traveling on Friday, May 26, leaving at 9am and returning before early dismissal at 1:15.

PROJECT FAIR is next Tuesday, April 25! Students have been busy researching their interests in the classroom. Some students may take home part of the work to complete at home, or may need materials from home to complete the work at school. Projects will be on display immediately after school (3:15pm) and at 6pm, and we welcome families to see our displays!

I am looking for a volunteer to take ROOM 9 ARCHITECTURE MODELS to the Architects In Schools project presentation on the weekend of May 6. Projects must be delivered to downtown Eugene on Wednesday, May 3 between 3:30 and 6:00 pm. There will be a reception during the Artwalk on May 5, where you can see your student's work on display at the Octagon downtown. If you can help with drop off (Wed, May 3) or pick up (Monday, May 8), please let me know!

Stay tuned for more information about the end of year trip!

Sharon's Weekly Update 3-22-17

posted Mar 22, 2017, 9:44 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

This Thursday, we will be visiting the Gordon house in Silverton to learn about Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture. A huge thank you to Shula Jaron, Rich Bremer, Tom Teutsch, Sarib Singh, and Erin McKercher, who are willing to drive -- we now have our drivers covered!

Please send toilet paper tubes to the classroom for a project in mindfulness (and then for an art project for National Geographic's World Record attempt!). Depending on the number of donations, we will attempt this project before or after Spring Break.

If you have a new or used convection toaster oven (or are willing to purchase one for the classroom), PLEASE, please let me know. I have many eager chefs, and this will fit perfectly with our new unit on Ancient Nutrition and Health. I will also take donations for purchasing a new convection oven, as well as any ingredients you are interested in sharing. In particular, I would LOVE to have unusual flours (spelt, amaranth, kamut, rye, or anything else you have found that is interesting).

Spring break begins next Monday, Mar. 27. School resumes April 3. When we resume, Room 9 will have a new dance instructor for our Friday morning art exploration.

Have a splendid break! I will see you on April 3!

Sharon's Weekly Update 3-10-17

posted Mar 10, 2017, 12:20 PM by Cynthia Friedman

We are PLANNING A FIELD TRIP for Thursday, March 23rd to visit the Gordon House in Silverton, and we NEED DRIVERS! If you can drive and chaperone for this event, PLEASE let me or Cynthia know. We will be leaving Ridgeline at 9am and returning by 3pm for an 11am tour, with lunch at a nearby park. Please join us!

Room 9 has the opportunity to work with Vic Hansen, who supervised last year's totem project! Vic is asking Room 9 students and parents to help restore two totem poles from other places in Eugene. The poles are projected to be delivered before Spring Break. Can you help? Parents would be most appreciated for supervising on Fridays and after school.

Ask your student about this week's geometry. 6th year students are comparing water bottle sizes using the volume of a cylinder. 5th year students used a grapefruit to find the area of a circle, and 4th year students are learning about the area of a triangle by comparing it to a grilled cheese sandwich. Perhaps your student would like to make sandwiches at home!

SPRING BREAK is Mar. 27-31. We will return to school on MONDAY, APRIL 3. Please note that this is a change from our previous schedule due to hazardous weather.


Sharon's Weekly Update 1-25-17

posted Jan 25, 2017, 1:40 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

It's official: We're back from break! It was a difficult transition, but Room 9 students seem to be finding ways to settle in.

One of the hardest routines to reestablish is completing work. Right now, I'm seeing a lot of students struggle to find good work spaces and bring back work they completed at home. In order to facilitate better work habits, I am requesting completed homework to be turned in before a student goes to recess on Monday. Please help us by asking your student on Friday if he or she has homework to complete during the weekend. If your student knows that he or she will not have time to complete homework over the weekend, please help your student plan accordingly by bringing homework during the week prior to its due date.

We would still love to see your student's indoor shoes! Boots are invaluable during recess but CANNOT BE WORN AT PE, nor in the classroom after they go outside (the mud gets insane!). Please make sure your student has appropriate footwear for PE and for classroom interactions.

Please join us TONIGHT for Planned Parenthood's PARENT PREVIEW NIGHT for Human Growth and Development. We'll be meeting at 6:00 in Room 9.  You will be able to ask questions of the presenters and view some of the materials that students will encounter during their three sessions on Human Growth and Development. (6th grade students will have two reproduction lessons during human biology with me, and will then have a presentation from Planned Parenthood about healthy relationships.)

If you or your student is interested in helping to plan the END OF YEAR TRIP, we will be meeting after school on Feb. 7th to discuss details. Please join us!

Grandperson's day is Friday, Feb. 3rd. Please check with Cynthia in the office if you are available to volunteer for this event.

Sharon's Weekly Update 1-17-17

posted Jan 17, 2017, 3:00 PM by Cynthia Friedman

This week, we will have our first lesson from JF Alberson and Andrew Scheidt, our resident architects with Architects in Schools. JF and Andrew will be introducing our ancient architecture unit by describing various building techniques from early cultures. It's going to be spectacular!

I would encourage every Room 9 family to come to PARENT NIGHT on Wednesday at 6:30pm. Montessori consultant Biff Maier was my mentor during training, and he has excellent insight into children. Please join us.

There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, 20 Jan, for a professional development day. One of these days we'll be in school again!

PLANNED PARENTHOOD preview night is Wednesday, 25 Jan at 6pm. I would encourage parents to come and hear the presentations so they can know what will be discussed. 6th grade students will be covering reproduction as part of their human biology unit with me, but will have a visit from Planned Parenthood to discuss healthy relationships. 4th, 5th and 6th grade reproduction lessons will be taking place on Feb. 6, 8 and 13th. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about those lessons.

Sharon's Weekly Update 1-4-17

posted Jan 4, 2017, 11:08 AM by Cynthia Friedman

In our last episode, Room 9 students were poised and ready to dissect and mummify a dead bird when they were TRAPPED IN THEIR HOMES BY A GIANT ICE STORM! All of the students' lovely plans to explore ancient cultures, watch a movie and have a pajama day were foiled by the storm! SO... this week, we will reintegrate into the classroom with those plans: we'll be finishing our timeline, beginning a mummy, and writing plays about our storm experiences. Students should plan to (optionally) wear pajamas on Friday and watch Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

This month is full of special events and new experiences. We are entering our second trimester of art with DANCE CLASS on Fridays. Between now and June, students will have the opportunity to try two different types of dance. In mid-January, Room 9 will begin working with ARCHITECTS IN SCHOOLS to learn about the architecture of ancient cultures from professional architects, who will visit the classroom to share their expertise. Finally, we will begin talking about simple machines and their contribution to ancient building practices.

On FRIDAY, JAN 13th, Ridgeline is pleased to host Grandperson's Day! If your grandperson has not yet reserved a space in the classroom, please encourage them to call the office for space availability.

FRIDAY, JAN 13th is also the annual Ridgeline Talent Show! Plan to come back at 6pm for an evening of fun and camaraderie!

There is no school on MONDAY, JAN 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

There is no school on FRIDAY, JAN 20th for professional development.

There is no school on MONDAY, JAN 30th for grading!

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