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Sharon's Weekly Update 10-17-17

posted by Cynthia Friedman

I am so excited to announce our CURRICULUM SHARING night this Wednesday. The classroom will be open at 3:15 and again at 6pm. Please bring your student to introduce his or her work!

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES are scheduled for Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, Nov. 1. This week's eNews will have a link to online sign-up! If you are not able to sign up for a conference spot via the link, please contact the office for help. Because these are student led conferences, please choose a time that works for your student to be present. If you have concerns that will need more than 20 minutes to discuss, please schedule another time for that conference.

We need a HEAD COUNT for families who will be attending Barnes and Noble Night on Friday, Nov. 17Room 9 students will be performing a short play, and they need to determine parts for the performance.  Please RSVP.
SIXTH YEAR STUDENTS had to reschedule their library trip because permission slips did not go home last week! Please sign your student's permission slip and help them remember their library card.

Have a great week!

Sharon's Weekly Update 10-6-17

posted Oct 6, 2017, 1:04 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

We have been having a lot of discussions about PE in Room 9. For some students, it is hard to follow directions and learn to work with the group. Our lunch discussion today detailed how PE meets our personal goals for physical fitness and team building. This would be a great discussion to have with your student at home: what can you do to meet your goals during PE?

Room 9's sixth year students will be taking trips to the library every three weeks to research their Big Project. Our currently scheduled dates are 9am-11am on Oct 12Nov. 2Nov. 16, and Dec. 7. We have a driver! (thank you, Kate Walser!!) but we NEED ANOTHER CHAPERONE. Please contact me if you are able to accompany sixth graders on any of these dates.

MANY STUDENTS STILL DO NOT HAVE INSIDE SHOES. Please make sure your student has this important piece of equipment so that our classroom can stay tidy during the muddy season.

Today we took the Disney cruise ship! Students worked together and mocked hauling lines for ships. We had a short lesson today about density, in which we made a "wave-maker" using rubbing alcohol and mineral oil. Most students have finished their first draft of their first story and are peer editing other friends' work.

Please return JOG-A-THON PACKETS by Oct. 16th! The Jog-A-Thon was a fantastically fun (if wet) experience. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who made it happen.

I am still missing eight work plans from last week, and many work plans are coming back to us without signatures. Please remember that the work plan is our message home to you. We want to be sure you know about your student's work and any potential homework. If your student still has not shown you last week's work plan, could you check your blue folder together and make sure it comes back to school tomorrow?

 4th Grade Support Meeting:The transition to 4th grade can be a significant transition to many students at a variety of schools, magnified perhaps at Ridgeline as the student makes the leap to upper elementary.

That is why we have scheduled a q&a panel discussion with teachers, administration and recent 4th grade parents for October 10th at 6:30pm. We are hoping this panel can help normalize the transition and answer questions you may have about expectations and adjustments your 4th grader may be experiencing.

In addition, or in lieu of, we are working on identifying parent mentors to answer questions and offer collegial support. Please reach out to your room parent or teacher if you need help connecting with someone.” --Stephanie Edwards

Please contact Stephanie Edwards at stephanie.edwards@ridgeline.org if you have any questions or need help navigating support resources.


Thank you!

Sharon's Weekly Update 9-22-17

posted Sep 26, 2017, 11:38 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Last week, Room 9 students found a flyer advertising a Three Islands Disney Cruise! Our pirate ship is currently deciding if we would like to board the cruise so that our diet can consist of food beyond hardtack and salted beef. In chemistry, we performed a magic trick to show that matter takes up space. We have been reading about life at sea, and we have established working groups for math. We are finishing the first draft of a short story of our choice. Ask your student about some of these lessons!

The 6th graders visited the Eugene Public Library on Thursday afternoon. This was an important part of our Big Project research. We would like to make this a regular monthly outing. If you are available to volunteer in the classroom OR accompany the 6th graders downtown (by bus or driving), please contact me.

Last week we began a mentoring system in Room 9. Students who are managing their work well are helping other students to navigate their work plans. Mentors are not responsible for other students' work. This way, new students can get some ideas on work completion and time management, while students who are ready for leadership can take a slightly bigger role in the classroom. Mentors have been helping other students complete a daily work plan in the mornings. The groups then compare notes at the end of the day and discuss successful strategies.

This week, we had a number of students who brought back their work plans unsigned. When you ask your student about their work, please be sure to sign the work plan so I know you saw their work. Please talk with your student about how they can find information about homework after school, also! Many students have had success emailing peers or (as a last resort) emailing me themselves. As much as possible, we want to build independence in our upper el students, and managing their own work is one of the biggest goals of Upper El.

Jog-a-thon is this Friday! Please make sure your packets are returned. Our classroom is setting a goal for a percentage return. This is a great opportunity for students to learn how to use the telephone and call friends and grandparents.

Our Laughing Planet fund-raiser is Tuesday night. I hope to see you there!

--Sharon

Sharon's Weekly Update 9-18-17

posted Sep 19, 2017, 2:55 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

We are having such a lovely time in Room 9. Last week we talked about compasses, LightBot, and the scientific method. We have begun exploring the writing process and we are practicing our handwriting with calligraphy. Math lessons began today. Our transition time record is 9 min, 45 seconds to get from lunch to recess!

Thank you so much for signing and returning your student's work plan. We had a great response this weekend. Grown-ups, please make sure you sign your student's work plan so we know that you saw it!

If you have a 6th grade student, they are bringing home a permission slip to go on a short field trip to the library on Thursday. PLEASE SEND YOUR STUDENT WITH A LIBRARY CARD. This trip will allow the students to begin looking for printed sources to support their Big Project research. Their permission slip asks students to bring $3 to ride LTD. If your student has a bus pass, please send them with the bus pass instead.

This week, students received their passwords for Gmail and Google Docs. Students *may* use Gmail and Google Docs at home -- this is an easy way to make sure that drafts transfer from the classroom to home. First drafts in Room 9 are always completed in pencil. Typing is our fourth step!

Students, please make sure to wear or bring TENNIS SHOES on PE days, Monday and Wednesday!

Click here to find the spelling lists for this week (Week 1) to practice at home.

--Sharon

Sharon's Weekly Update 9-11-17

posted Sep 11, 2017, 3:41 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Ahoy, Room 9 friends!

In our first week of school, Room 9 has been using a pirate motif to begin the year! Students personalized their classroom by painting mugs and decorating their binders; they set up notebooks for taking notes in each subject, and they developed a "Pirate Code" for classroom rules. We developed a list of jobs for our "ship," learned routines for clean-up, recess and dismissal, and got to know each other better through community games and diverse lunch groups. Whew! We have been busy!

Next WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13 at 6pm, Ridgeline will have a meeting for new families. If this is your first year at Ridgeline, please make plans to attend. This meeting helps us to be on the same page about Ridgeline's plans and goals for your child's education.

Next THURSDAY, Sept. 14 at 6:30pm, Room 9 will have a dessert social for new and returning families. We will talk briefly about this year's curriculum, homework expectations, the end-of-the-year trip, and other information to help your child be successful this year. Bring a dessert to share (label for allergies, please) -- this is a fantastic opportunity for your student to get a chance to practice their baking skills.

On Friday, your student brought you the home folder, which goes home every Friday with any communication from Ridgeline. Please check the folder for papers, sign and return anything that needs to come back to school. This week, look for the COMPUTER USER AGREEMENT. It is very important to review this agreement with your student before the student signs and returns the form!

Finally, please send your student to school with the following items:
  • INDOOR SHOES (which will stay in the classroom). The shoes help our work space to stay clean and inviting.
  • A daily SNACK. The snack helps students of this age to keep focused and on task.

Please leave the following items at home:

  • Pens and Sharpies! Because we encourage the students to take risks and erase mistakes, we respectfully request that ALL pens, gel pens and Sharpie markers stay at home.

  • Microwave lunches. If your student wishes to bring a hot lunch to school, this is a great time of year to buy thermoses on sale; we don't have microwaves available to students in Room 9.

  • Soda, candy, and cake. These treats should be enjoyed at home (except for during our dessert social).

  • Toys, playing cards, and fidget spinners. While these items can sometimes be educational, we would like to maintain the Montessori environment and keep these items for home use. Please do set up playdates with friends to play games!


Let's set sail for a great school year!

--Sharon and Adriene

Sharon's Weekly Update 9-11-17

posted Sep 11, 2017, 3:30 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Ahoy, Room 9 friends!

In our first week of school, Room 9 has been using a pirate motif to begin the year! Students personalized their classroom by painting mugs and decorating their binders; they set up notebooks for taking notes in each subject, and they developed a "Pirate Code" for classroom rules. We developed a list of jobs for our "ship," learned routines for clean-up, recess and dismissal, and got to know each other better through community games and diverse lunch groups. Whew! We have been busy!

Next WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13 at 6pm, Ridgeline will have a meeting for new families. If this is your first year at Ridgeline, please make plans to attend. This meeting helps us to be on the same page about Ridgeline's plans and goals for your child's education.

Next THURSDAY, Sept. 14 at 6:30pm, Room 9 will have a dessert social for new and returning families. We will talk briefly about this year's curriculum, homework expectations, the end-of-the-year trip, and other information to help your child be successful this year. Bring a dessert to share (label for allergies, please) -- this is a fantastic opportunity for your student to get a chance to practice their baking skills.

On Friday, your student brought you the home folder, which goes home every Friday with any communication from Ridgeline. Please check the folder for papers, sign and return anything that needs to come back to school. This week, look for the COMPUTER USER AGREEMENT. It is very important to review this agreement with your student before the student signs and returns the form!

Finally, please send your student to school with the following items:
  • INDOOR SHOES (which will stay in the classroom). The shoes help our work space to stay clean and inviting.
  • A daily SNACK. The snack helps students of this age to keep focused and on task.

Please leave the following items at home:

  • Pens and Sharpies! Because we encourage the students to take risks and erase mistakes, we respectfully request that ALL pens, gel pens and Sharpie markers stay at home.

  • Microwave lunches. If your student wishes to bring a hot lunch to school, this is a great time of year to buy thermoses on sale; we don't have microwaves available to students in Room 9.

  • Soda, candy, and cake. These treats should be enjoyed at home (except for during our dessert social).

  • Toys, playing cards, and fidget spinners. While these items can sometimes be educational, we would like to maintain the Montessori environment and keep these items for home use. Please do set up playdates with friends to play games!


Let's set sail for a great school year!

--Sharon and Adriene

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

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 5: RIDGELINE IS CLOSED for grading.
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

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

Sharon's Weekly Update 4-27-17

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

Calendar

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

Jog-A-Thon

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


Announcements



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

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