Sarah's Weekly Update 1-15-15

posted Jan 16, 2015, 12:03 PM by Cynthia Friedman


This week students are taking district assessments. These help us determine who needs a little extra help, and who is on the right track. Assessments are in reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and math.


In daily writing we’re looking at descriptive phrases that begin with a word ending in “ing.” We’ve talked about how even though these look like actions, they’re really not. They are actually giving us more information about someone or something else in the sentence.


For our newspaper article project we’re looking at questions that need to be answered. We’re starting with the 5 w’s: who, what, when, where, and why. We’re also looking at what else a reader might want to know about. So students are surveying peers to find out what questions they want answered.


We’re also choosing topics for the project fair research. Many are picking things they have been researching already this year. Others are going with completely new topics.


In science, students are designing their own animals. They will need to pick some traits from a specific list; for example, their animal can have either square eyes or round eyes. Students are also reading about Gregor Mendel and his work breeding pea plants.  



We have a small group of students who are having a lot of fun putting together a class newspaper. If anyone is interested in helping them out with editing and formatting, that would be greatly appreciated. They are willing to put the time and effort into making a quality production, and it would be amazing to see a great class newspaper come out of it.


Middle School

Due to the increasing size of our middle school program, exciting changes are coming along next year. You may have been at the January RCO meeting to see Jon’s presentation about what things are going to look like next year. If not, here’s a brief outline:


Academic Core will include:

-       Math (Individually-leveled)

-       Science A/B Yearly Schedule (Project-Based Physical Science and Project-Based Life Science)

-       Humanities A/B Yearly Schedule (Project-Based American History/Gov. and Global Studies)

-       Communications: Across the curriculum, particular emphasis in Humanities

-       Physical Education (2 x per week)

-       Music Theory and Performance (w/ Ukuleles 2 x per week)

-       Personal/Group Projects (Art/Practical Life/Internship/Independent Study) (4 x per week)


Room and Group Logistics:


-       Projection for 45 students for 2015-16.

-       Staffing: Two Full-Time Teachers. One Half-time Teacher. No Assistants. (Full time Humanities/

-       Communications teacher, Full time Science/Math teacher, Half time Math teacher.)

-       Three Prepared Environments (Classrooms): Kitchen, Blue Room, Room Eleven.

-       Three Student Groups of 15 students each for Morning Academic Subjects. Students rotate through subject work periods in three prepared environments.

-       One Group for Afternoon Projects Period.

-       Two Groups for Music/PE. (Monday/Wednesday; Tuesday/Thursday situation: one group does one while one group does the other.)





8:40-8:55 Morning Meeting

8:55-10:05 Period 1 (Science/Math/Humanities-Communications)

10:05-10:12 Break

10:12-11:22 Period 2 (Humanities-Comm/Science/Math)

11:22-11:30 Break

11:30-12:40 Period 3 (Math/Humanities-Comm/Science)

12:40-1:20 Lunch

1:20-2:25 Projects Period/Independent Work Period

2:25-2:40 Jobs

2:40-3:15 Music/PE (2 Groups: one in PE, the other in Music.)



8:40-8:55 Morning Meeting

8:55-10:05 Period 1 (Science/Math/Humanities-Comm)

10:05-10:12 Break

10:12-11:22 Period 2 (Humanities-Comm/Science/Math)

11:22-11:30 Break

11:30-12:40 Period 3 (Math/Humanities-Comm/Science)

12:40-1:15 Lunch

**One Friday per month will be devoted to Whole Community Building days: Work Parties, Field Trips, Hikes, etc.


 Inclement Weather and Emergency Closures

In the case of inclement weather that would make roads, school parking lots, driveways, or sidewalks unsafe for travel, Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School will be closed when the 4J school district is closed. If Ridgeline is scheduled to be in session, and no announcement is made, school is still in schedule as planned.


The 4J school district will make this announcement in many ways, which are (as of Dec 2013):

· 4J’s website,

· Twitter @4Jweather / text message alerts

· KRVM 91.9 FM, and other local TV and radio stations.

School closure and bus route decisions normally are made early in the morning and announced by 6:30 a.m. This is to ensure the most current weather conditions are assessed. Decisions are made district-wide and are the same for every 4J school.


Ridgeline Montessori will delay opening when 4J schools are scheduled to open on a delayed schedule.


Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School may be in session on a day when 4J happens to be already out of session. In this case, Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School will make the announcement on its web site,


Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School values safety above all else. Neither 4J nor Ridgeline can make a decision based on conditions nearby to individual families or staff.  Families and staff are encouraged to consider road and sidewalk conditions in their areas and make decisions based on safety. Ridgeline Montessori honors parents’ decisions about school attendance in these conditions. Staff members should contact the school and exercise leave options available to them when they believe they are unable to get to work safely.






Thursday, 1/15                  Spaghetti Dinner Planning Meeting 2:30 pm

Thursday, 1/15                  Math Club Resumes

Thursday, 1/15                  Substitute Training 3:30 pm

Thursday, 1/15                  Dana’s Class Calendar Showcase 5-6 pm

Friday, 1/16                      OBOB Meeting 1:15-2:30 pm

Friday, 1/16                      Safe Routes to School Parent Survey Deadline

Friday, 1/16                        Licensed and Classified Meeting

Monday, 1/19                    NO SCHOOL – MLK Day

Wednesday, 1/21              Safe Routes to School Walkabout Meeting 2:15 pm

Friday, 1/23                      OBOB Meeting 1:15-2:30 pm

Tuesday, 1/27                   Sam Bond’s Fundraiser with T.R.U.E. Performance 6:30 pm

Wednesday, 1/28              Planned Parenthood Information Night for Upper-El Human                                                Growth and Development

Thursday, 1/29                  Ridgeline Reader Deadline

Friday, 1/30                      NO SCHOOL – grading day

Saturday, 1/31                  Alternative Education Fair 12-4 pm

Tuesday, 2/3                     RCO Meeting 6-7:30 pm

Thursday, 2/5                    Pre-lottery Information Session 6:30 pm

Friday, 2/6                        OBOB Meeting 1:15-2:30 pm


Thanks for everything,

Sarah, Adriene and Room 7