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eNews 6-13-19

posted Jun 13, 2019, 3:26 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Office Hours - The office will close for the summer Tuesday, June 18th. It will re-open Monday, August 19.


Summer Watering – If you live in the neighborhood and have time to help water the outdoor plants (and get volunteer hours!) at Ridgeline over the summer, please email our summer watering coordinator Michael Thorne at Michaelthorne151@outlook.com

Thank you Field Day Volunteers! - A huge thank you to yesterday’s field day volunteers - Katherine Donlon, Naomi Friedman, Naomi Kramer, Nan McNatt, Amy England, Katie Cave, Katie Ebbage, Bill Heyn, Caroline Madigan, Samantha Windred, Andrea Skehan, Robyn Suzumara, Kris Evens, Jenny Noyce, Arthur Burridge, and Matt Trent. They braved the 99 degree afternoon to run fun stations for the kids all afternoon. And thank you to PE teacher Dan Trent for all your work!

Thank you Rummage Sale Volunteers - Thank you Lily Leitermann and Jen & John Boita for leading Ridgeline’s annual rummage sale again this year! We know you put in hours and hours of work. Thank you to all the volunteers who came and sorted donations, hung signs, and worked the day of the sale.  

Board Meeting Next Thursday (6/20) - The Ridgeline Board of Directors will have it’s final meeting of the 2018-19 school year next Thursday evening (June 20th) from 6:30-8:30 pm in the school library. Among items on the agenda are final budget allocations for the 2018-19 school year, approval of Montessori training agreements, the board’s annual self-evaluation, approval of summer facilities work contracts, and the 2019-20 fundraising plan. The agenda will be finalized early next week and once it is, it will be posted here. Board meetings are open to the public, except when an executive session is indicated on the agenda.


Fundraising Update -  Congratulations everyone on another successful year of fundraising!  As of Wednesday June 12, we have raised a total of $101,934.26, and we're still waiting to receive two checks from recent restaurant fundraisers!  Our Rummage Sale raised $1,100 - a big thank you to everyone who volunteered for that!


More details about next year's fundraising calendar will be sent out in August.  For now, please go ahead and put Sunday, August 25 on your calendars for a proceed fundraiser at Falling Sky Deli!  Come enjoy brunch, celebrate Maria Montessori's birthday (a few days early) and enjoy a late summer get-together with school friends!   


As always, if you have any questions or comments you can always contact us at giving@ridgeline.org.

CONTINUING NEWS -

Have You Moved? - If you have moved during the school year please update your address before summer break so that you will receive the back to school packet. In order to update your address we need two proofs of address - 1. Current rental/lease agreement, property tax bill, or mortgage statement AND 2. documents dated within 60 days from: utility company, financial institution (bank or credit card), insurance company, government agency, paycheck information.

Approved Calendar - Site Council has approved Ridgeline’s 2019-20 calendar. You can view the calendar here. Hazardous weather make-up days are listed in the order they will be used, provided weather related school closures take place prior to that date. The following no school days may be used as weather make-up days: January 6, February 17, March 30, May 1, June 11, June 12, and June 15-19. Please do not plan family holidays for these dates in case they revert to school days. As always, we encourage you to refer to the google calendar regularly as event planning is ongoing and parent education nights, RCO events, field trips, etc. are added to the calendar as they are planned.

Sign-Up for Room Parent Emails - sign-up to receive email updates from the room parent in your child’s class next year. Parents are asked to send an email to the room parent emails in order to opt in to receive classroom announcements, which might include summer park get togethers! Sign up today so you don’t miss out on any communications.

Diana’s class: room parent is Shannon Harty  kinderparent@ridgeline.org

Rachels’ class: room parent is Jessica Schuman & Kelsey Cluff  room3parent@ridgeline.org

Emily’s class:  room parent is Ingrid Koch room4parent@ridgeline.org

Cheri’s class:   room parent is Robyn Suzumara room5parent@ridgeline.org

Adam’s class:  room parent is Katie Cave  room8parent@ridgeline.org

Meridy’s class;  room parent is Melanie Germond room9parent@ridgeline.org

Jasper’s class:  room parent Emily Caldera & Kate Downing  room10parent@ridgeline.org

Jon & Carrie’s classes: room parents are Kathee Palfy & Adrena Mohtadi middleschoolparent@ridgeline.org

PLEASE Log Your Hours - Please take time to log your volunteer hours if you are not currently up to date. Accurate volunteer hours are important as it shows community support for the school. Volunteer hours are reported in grant applications and to our sponsoring district as part of our annual review. We greatly appreciate you sharing your valuable time and we really want to report it accurately!

Supply Fee 2019-20 PAST DUE –  There are still many outstanding supply fees. The fee is $75 per student. Please make checks out to Ridgeline Montessori and drop them off in the office or pay online by clicking HERE. For bookkeeping purposes we need either the fee or a financial aid form. Financial assistance forms are also available in the lobby or online.

Report your volunteer hours with Track It Forward: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/ridgeline-montessori


Planned Absence Request Form

Attendance: attendance@ridgeline.org   


Board of Director Meeting Minutes


COMMUNITY NEWS


Oak Hill School's Summer Programs - Our programs are for everyone including Talented and Gifted (TAG) students. Summer isn’t too far off and it’s time for families to start planning their summer camps.  

 

We offer 4 unique summer programs:

  • Super Summer has challenging classes and activities for TAG/gifted student who have completed K-7th grades (2018-2019 school year).

  • Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a residential academic experience, for TAG/gifted students who have completed grades 6-11, located at the University of Oregon.

  • International Youth Enrichment Program (IYEP) is a residential academic experience specifically designed for international students who have completed grades 6-11, also located at the University of Oregon.

  • Summer on the Hill is a learning and recreational opportunities for all youth who have completed grades k-12



Guitar and Ukulele Summer Lessons- Amelia is now taking new students for private lessons this summer! Individual, parent/child, and sibling lessons are available. Please contact Amelia for information about teaching philosophy, fees, and her downtown studio location. Phone/text: 803-546-7798 or email: Amelia.j.mau@gmail.com



Last Call Lost & Found! -

posted Jun 13, 2019, 3:15 PM by Cynthia Friedman

There are still many items on the lost & found cart! PLEASE check the lost & found before you leave for summer. Items remaining will be donated. Small specialized items can be found in the office. Ask about your lost head lamp or glasses at the front counter.


Pick Up Medication -

posted Jun 13, 2019, 3:13 PM by Cynthia Friedman

If your child has medication here in the office, please pick it up before the end of the school year. This includes over the counter pain medication. We do not keep medication over the summer.


Report Cards -

posted Jun 13, 2019, 3:11 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Report Cards will be sent home tomorrow with your child. Please check their backpacks for these and other end of the year items coming home.


eNews 6-6-19

posted Jun 13, 2019, 12:08 PM by Cynthia Friedman

End of the Year Volunteer Needs - The end of the year is rapidly approaching!  We need help with the rummage sale, field day, fridge cleaning, and summer watering. There are 26 volunteer slots on Track it Forward alone, and that does not count summer watering or fridge cleaning!  Please scroll down to continuing news and sign up to help! You can also email Cynthia if that is easier!

PLEASE Log Your Hours - Please take time to log your volunteer hours if you are not currently up to date. Accurate volunteer hours are important as it shows community support for the school. Volunteer hours are reported in grant applications and to our sponsoring district as part of our annual review. We greatly appreciate you sharing your valuable time and we really want to report it accurately!

End of the Year Picnic - Join us for the end of year picnic on Wednesday, June 12, 5:30-7 p.m. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner for your family. Sit on the lawn; visit with old friends and make new ones.

Plastic Bags - If you shop in Springfield and have any plastic shopping bags that you don’t need, we would love to have them for students to take home papers, etc. at the end of the school year. Please drop off plastic bags at the office.

Class Placement Email - Parents who have concerns after move-up day can submit their concern to placement@ridgeline.org.  In the fall, a committee will meet to see if there have been any changes in first or fourth grade enrollment.  If there have been any changes, they may review requests at that time.

Site Council Seeking Parent Feedback -  Site Council will be approving the 2019-20 school calendar this Monday, June 3rd.  An item on the calendar is scheduling the two no-school days in November for parent teacher conferences.  4J has scheduled these no school days for Thursday, November 7th and Friday, November 8th (parent/teacher conferences). Veteran’s Day is Monday, November 11th. For the past 4 years, Ridgeline has scheduled conferences on or near Halloween, which parents and teachers have appreciated (however this would likely make finding childcare difficult).  If you have a strong opinion regarding when conferences are scheduled, please email sitecouncil@ridgleine.org.


FOOD For Lane County food drive - Some of our Ridgeline middle-schoolers have organized a food drive for our local food bank, FOOD For Lane County. Bins for non-perishable food items will be placed in the office on Monday, June 3rd and stay there until the last day of school, Friday, June 14th. If you are able, please send your child to school with something to donate sometime in those two weeks.

Foods to Donate:

  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, corned beef)

  • Low-sugar fruit, dried fruit, jams and jellies, unsweetened apple sauce

  • Canned and dried beans (pinto, navy, kidney, refried)

  • Canned stew, chili, hearty soups and broth

  • Pasta, rice, cereal, corn meal

  • Cooking oil and olive oil

  • Canned tomato products (whole, paste, spaghetti sauce)

  • Spices and sauces (mole, enchilada sauce, cumin, chili's).


CONTINUING NEWS -

End of year Kitchenette/Fridge Cleaner - We would love to have a volunteer come clean the kitchenette and the refrigerators on the last day of school. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.


Summer Watering – If you live in the neighborhood and have time to help water the outdoor plants (and get volunteer hours!) at Ridgeline over the summer, please email our summer watering coordinator Michael Thorne at Michaelthorne151@outlook.com

Field Day – Ridgeline’s annual field day will take place on Wednesday, June 12th. PE teacher Dan Trent will be leading the day’s events 12:30-2:30 p.m. Students are put into mixed aged groups k-6. Staff takes groups to stations around the school grounds. We need a team of parent volunteers to run activity stations and face paint. We also need watermelon donations and slicers! Please click on the link here to volunteer.

Watermelons - We need a dozen watermelons for Field Day. Sign up to bring a watermelon here. Please bring your watermelon on Tuesday, June 11.

Jog-a-thon Co-lead - Ridgeline’s beloved annual jog-a-thon is looking for a co-lead for the fall 2019 event. Parent Matt Peterson has lead the jog-a-thon the past few years and he is looking for someone to work alongside him and learn how this event works. We have been doing the jog-a-thon for many years and it is very well laid out. Contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer. The jog-a-thon is scheduled for the end of September.

Ridgeline's Annual Rummage Sale - will be Saturday, June 8th!  Hold on to your unwanted items when spring cleaning this season!  Furniture, books, bikes, household items, shoes and clean clothing are always big hits with the shoppers!  Please avoid dropping off items including particle board furniture, car seats, baby cribs, unassembled furniture, or broken items, as we are unable to have these items picked up by local thrift stores and actually need to pay money to drop them at the dump.  We will be accepting donations Friday, June 7th (no school day) from 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-6:00 in the gym.  The actual Rummage Sale will be on Saturday, June 8th between 9:00-3:00.  Come shop, support, or say hi! The following are volunteer needs with dates and times:

Rummage Sale Volunteers

Set-up - Volunteers needed on Friday, June 7th (no school day) to sort and organize donations for the sale. Sign up here.    

Rummage Sale -  Volunteers needed to staff the sale during the event, Saturday June 8th. Sign up here.

Supply Fee 2019-20 PAST DUE –  There are still many outstanding supply fees. The fee is $75 per student. Please make checks out to Ridgeline Montessori and drop them off in the office or pay online by clicking HERE. For bookkeeping purposes we need either the fee or a financial aid form. Financial assistance forms are also available in the lobby or online.


Board Meeting Tonight -

posted Jun 13, 2019, 12:07 PM by Cynthia Friedman

The board will meet this evening (May 30) in the school library. The primary purpose of this meeting is to adopt a budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Also at this meeting, administration will share plans for 2019-20 mid-year progress reports; the board will vote on approval of contracts for our new upper elementary teacher and principal and contract renewal for our executive director; and the board will consider an application for board membership and elect officers for next year. The public meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The full agenda can be found here. Board meetings are open to the public except when an executive session is indicated on the agenda.


Principal Search -

posted Jun 13, 2019, 12:06 PM by Cynthia Friedman

We are pleased to announce that Michelle L. Modugno has been selected as Ridgeline Montessori’s next Principal, effective July 1, 2019, pending final approval by the board.  


Fundraising Update -

posted Jun 13, 2019, 12:05 PM by Cynthia Friedman

 As of Wednesday May 29, we have raised $95,465, which means we still need to raise $4,535 to meet our $100,000 goal.  If you have not yet made your annual contribution, now is a great time to do so!!

We are hoping to receive as many Dance-a-Thon pledges as possible by Monday, June 3.  

Our fundraising goal for this event is $3,000 and we still have a ways to go.  Please keep sending in those pledges! We have our two final fundraising events next week - Mazzi's restaurant night on Monday, June 3 and our annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, June 8.

The Fundraising Committee will be meeting this Friday, May 31, from 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. to finalize our calendar for next year.  


eNews 5-31-19

posted May 31, 2019, 1:02 PM by Cynthia Friedman

End of the Year Volunteer Needs - The end of the year is rapidly approaching!  We need help with the rummage sale, field day, fridge cleaning, and summer watering. There are 26 volunteer slots on Track it Forward alone, and that does not count summer watering or fridge cleaning!  Please scroll down to continuing news and sign up to help! You can also email Cynthia if that is easier!

PLEASE Log Your Hours - Please take time to log your volunteer hours if you are not currently up to date. Accurate volunteer hours are important as it shows community support for the school. Volunteer hours are reported in grant applications and to our sponsoring district as part of our annual review. We greatly appreciate you sharing your valuable time and we really want to report it accurately!

End of the Year Picnic - Join us for the end of year picnic on Wednesday, June 12, 5:30-7 p.m. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner for your family. Sit on the lawn; visit with old friends and make new ones.

Plastic Bags - If you shop in Springfield and have any plastic shopping bags that you don’t need, we would love to have them for students to take home papers, etc. at the end of the school year. Please drop off plastic bags at the office.

Class Placement Email - Parents who have concerns after move-up day can submit their concern to placement@ridgeline.org.  In the fall, a committee will meet to see if there have been any changes in first or fourth grade enrollment.  If there have been any changes, they may review requests at that time.

Site Council Seeking Parent Feedback -  Site Council will be approving the 2019-20 school calendar this Monday, June 3rd.  An item on the calendar is scheduling the two no-school days in November for parent teacher conferences.  4J has scheduled these no school days for Thursday, November 7th and Friday, November 8th (parent/teacher conferences). Veteran’s Day is Monday, November 11th. For the past 4 years, Ridgeline has scheduled conferences on or near Halloween, which parents and teachers have appreciated (however this would likely make finding childcare difficult).  If you have a strong opinion regarding when conferences are scheduled, please email sitecouncil@ridgleine.org.


FOOD For Lane County food drive - Some of our Ridgeline middle-schoolers have organized a food drive for our local food bank, FOOD For Lane County. Bins for non-perishable food items will be placed in the office on Monday, June 3rd and stay there until the last day of school, Friday, June 14th. If you are able, please send your child to school with something to donate sometime in those two weeks.

Foods to Donate:

  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, corned beef)

  • Low-sugar fruit, dried fruit, jams and jellies, unsweetened apple sauce

  • Canned and dried beans (pinto, navy, kidney, refried)

  • Canned stew, chili, hearty soups and broth

  • Pasta, rice, cereal, corn meal

  • Cooking oil and olive oil

  • Canned tomato products (whole, paste, spaghetti sauce)

  • Spices and sauces (mole, enchilada sauce, cumin, chili's).


CONTINUING NEWS -

End of year Kitchenette/Fridge Cleaner - We would love to have a volunteer come clean the kitchenette and the refrigerators on the last day of school. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.


Summer Watering – If you live in the neighborhood and have time to help water the outdoor plants (and get volunteer hours!) at Ridgeline over the summer, please email our summer watering coordinator Michael Thorne at Michaelthorne151@outlook.com

Field Day – Ridgeline’s annual field day will take place on Wednesday, June 12th. PE teacher Dan Trent will be leading the day’s events 12:30-2:30 p.m. Students are put into mixed aged groups k-6. Staff takes groups to stations around the school grounds. We need a team of parent volunteers to run activity stations and face paint. We also need watermelon donations and slicers! Please click on the link here to volunteer.

Watermelons - We need a dozen watermelons for Field Day. Sign up to bring a watermelon here. Please bring your watermelon on Tuesday, June 11.

Jog-a-thon Co-lead - Ridgeline’s beloved annual jog-a-thon is looking for a co-lead for the fall 2019 event. Parent Matt Peterson has lead the jog-a-thon the past few years and he is looking for someone to work alongside him and learn how this event works. We have been doing the jog-a-thon for many years and it is very well laid out. Contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer. The jog-a-thon is scheduled for the end of September.

Ridgeline's Annual Rummage Sale - will be Saturday, June 8th!  Hold on to your unwanted items when spring cleaning this season!  Furniture, books, bikes, household items, shoes and clean clothing are always big hits with the shoppers!  Please avoid dropping off items including particle board furniture, car seats, baby cribs, unassembled furniture, or broken items, as we are unable to have these items picked up by local thrift stores and actually need to pay money to drop them at the dump.  We will be accepting donations Friday, June 7th (no school day) from 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-6:00 in the gym.  The actual Rummage Sale will be on Saturday, June 8th between 9:00-3:00.  Come shop, support, or say hi! The following are volunteer needs with dates and times:

Rummage Sale Volunteers

Sign Hangers - Volunteers needed to hang signs on poles in the neighborhood and then remove Saturday after the sale. Sign up here.

Set-up - Volunteers needed on Friday, June 7th (no school day) to sort and organize donations for the sale. Sign up here.    

Rummage Sale -  Volunteers needed to staff the sale during the event, Saturday June 8th. Sign up here.

Supply Fee 2019-20 PAST DUE –  There are still many outstanding supply fees. The fee is $75 per student. Please make checks out to Ridgeline Montessori and drop them off in the office or pay online by clicking HERE. For bookkeeping purposes we need either the fee or a financial aid form. Financial assistance forms are also available in the lobby or online.


Board Meeting Tonight -

posted May 31, 2019, 1:01 PM by Cynthia Friedman

The board will meet this evening (May 30) in the school library. The primary purpose of this meeting is to adopt a budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Also at this meeting, administration will share plans for 2019-20 mid-year progress reports; the board will vote on approval of contracts for our new upper elementary teacher and principal and contract renewal for our executive director; and the board will consider an application for board membership and elect officers for next year. The public meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The full agenda can be found here. Board meetings are open to the public except when an executive session is indicated on the agenda.


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