School Community‎ > ‎

eNews

eNews 4-12-18

posted Apr 16, 2018, 2:51 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Volunteer Appreciation Tea – Our annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea is next Thursday, April 19th, 2:30-3:03 p.m. Please join us in the library to enjoy tea and coffee and baked goods. Visit with other volunteers and take a few moments for yourself before you pick up your kids.

 

Volunteer event needs are ramping up! Get your volunteer hours in! – The last two months of school are here and there is still a lot to do. Short on volunteer hours? Now is a great time to sign up for the tasks below.

 

Traffic Volunteers Desperately Needed - Click HERE to help! Beginning May 1, the pick-up circle will not be open for pick-up traffic until 3:05 p.m., allowing access to delivery vehicles, early pick-ups, and to keep the fire lane open. Vehicles arriving early will be encouraged to park and walk to the dismissal area.  If necessary, cars can also park and return to the circle at 3:05 or circle the neighborhood until 3:05 p.m. 

 

Bike and Walk to School Day Volunteers – Ridgeline is participating in Bike and Walk to School Day on May 9th. We need volunteers to support students biking from Tugman Park and walking from the First Place Family Center Annex (formerly Crossfire). We need a crossing guard, and a volunteer to sit at a table at school to greet students, hand out items, and manage raffle tickets. Please sign up here http://signup.com/go/RBUUZzM

 

Supply Fee 2018-19 – We are now taking supply fee payments for the 2018-19 school year. The fee is $75 per student. Please make checks out to Ridgeline Montessori and drop them off in the office. Financial assistance forms are also available in the lobby or online. Supply fees are due April 27.

 

 

Staff Appreciation – May 6-11 is Staff Appreciation week. Let’s celebrate our amazing, hard- working staff! Here is a plan for the week:

Monday and Tuesday: Fill out an appreciation tag to hang on an appreciation tree.  

Wednesday: Baked Treats

Thursday: Bring a flower to your teacher

Friday: Bring a dish for the staff lunch

We need volunteers each of the days to make this happen! Sign up here http://signup.com/go/cHPsMFv

 

Garden Fence Builder Volunteer Needed – Carrie is looking for a volunteer to help design and build the gate for the garden, make raised beds, and help organize a garden fence building event. Contact Carrie at carrie.culliton@ridgeline.org for more information and to volunteer.

 

RCO Co-Convener 2018-19 – We are still in need of a co-convener to work with Heather Hickcox next year. If you have been contemplating this position, even a little bit, please let us know! We can answer your questions. Please email RCO@ridgeline.org today to find out more!

 

Site Council Parent Representative 2018-2021 – We are looking for a Parent Representative to Site Council. This is a three-year term. The Site Council is a group made up of representatives from every stakeholder group. They work on various projects, including the annual family survey, the calendar, and the SIP. Contact RCO for more information, including how to apply at RCO@ridgeline.org.

 

STILL NEEDED! Production Room Purge/Organizing Volunteer – We are looking for a volunteer to help us re-vamp the production room counter and shelves. There are items that could be removed and others in need of storing so that the counter can be an open area for production. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

 

STILL NEEDED! Office Fairy – Our old fairy has fluttered away! We are in need of a new office fairy to help us keep the office, production room, and kitchenette clean and tidy. The fairy may flutter in any time the office is open 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer.

 

Passive Fundraisers - Ridgeline Montessori depends on donations from organizations that support education. We hope to make about $5,000 a year from donations earned through eScrip, Box Tops, Fred Meyer Rewards, and SeQuential Biofuels. But if you are not participating, then we cannot reach that goal. Use your consumer dollars to support Ridgeline! Here’s how:

 

eScrip: Not yet a supporter?  Please take five minutes of your time and go to www.escrip.com to sign up. Got a new debit or credit card? Login and update your account today. Your usual shopping trips to Market of Choice (our biggest e-scrip donor)  and many of your online donations will then earn much needed funds for our school.

 

Fred Meyer: Did you know you can link your Fred Meyers Reward card to Ridgeline Montessori to help us ? Link your card to Ridgeline here: https://www.fredmeyer.com/account/communityrewards/enroll

 

SeQuential: Do you or your friends buy fuel at one of SeQuential Biofuels locations? SeQuential Biofuels will donate 5 cents for every gallon of gasoline you purchase from them to Ridgeline Montessori! All you need to say is, “I would like to donate!” Then the attendant will ask for your zip code and to which organization you wish to donate.  Say “Ridgeline Montessori please!” 

 

BoxTops: Remember to clip those BoxTops and bring them into to the box in the lobby. Each BoxTop is 10 cents for Ridgeline.

 

CONTINUING NEWS -

Upcoming Traffic Plans - There has been ongoing discussion regarding student and community safety and ease of traffic flow during drop off and pick up times. Site Council has designed (with input from parents and community neighbors) a new afternoon pick up procedure in order to prioritize safety for our students as well as our community members. Fliers will be sent home soon explaining the details of the plan, but for now, we need some of our amazing family members to volunteer. Let’s work together and do all we can to keep our kids safe!

We need several volunteers to help daily. One volunteer will be stationed at the driveway entrance to Ridgeline at W. Amazon to hand out fliers to drivers arriving before 3:05 p.m., outlining the new circle "airport" style pick up protocol. Two volunteers will be stationed at the corner of West Amazon and Rosewood Way to enforce no queueing on the street. 

 

Budget Committee Members – Do you want to learn more about Ridgeline’s finances and participate in the budget process?  Meetings have been scheduled for April 26, May 10, and May 22, 8:40-10:10 a.m.  Email Chrystell.reed@ridgeline.org if you are interested in joining the committee! 

 

How to Log Volunteer Hours – Please remember to log your hours. To use Sign.up click on the link http://signup.com/go/Wbofqbe to record general, non-event hours. You can choose from 1 hour or 30 minute time “spots.” Please round up to the nearest half hour and sign up on as many spots as you need to record all of your time. We seem to be suffering from an under reporting problem.  You are all so amazing and we want to know about all your volunteer time!

Class Placement 2018-19 - Ridgeline Montessori will soon begin the process of class placement for those students moving up from kindergarten to lower elementary and lower elementary to upper elementary.  The appropriate placement of students into individual classrooms is a very important task. The Ridgeline staff puts much thought and time into placing children in classrooms.  We want every child to succeed in a supportive and challenging environment. 

 

A team of staff, including Sharon Martin, will carefully consider your child’s learning needs along with the following factors in creating classroom communities:

 

·       A balance of class size, age and gender

·       A balance of academic strengths

·       A balance of learning styles

·       A balance of social skills

·       Placement of students with special learning needs

·       Separation of students who are unable to work well together

·       Consideration of parental information

 

We recognize there may be times when parents wish to share specific needs, concerns, or information regarding classroom placement.  A Parent Input Form is available. When filling out the input form, please focus on your child’s unique personality, strengths, learning style, and needs (social, emotional and academic). Your information will be strongly considered; however, the school maintains the right to make the final decision regarding class placement.  To be considered valid, a Parent Input Form must be received by Friday, April 20th

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Local Concert featuring - Maru-a-Pula Marimba Band from Botswana

Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center proudly welcomes the Maru-a-Pula Marimba Band visiting from Botswana! Don’t miss the lively, high energy sounds of this world class, internationally recognized marimba band, one night only in Eugene. Opening for the band is the Village School 8th grade marimba band and the youth marimba ensemble, Chapwititi from Kutsinhira.

 

When:                  Tuesday, April 24 @ 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Location:              Village School, 3411 Willamette St, Eugene

Cost:                      $8 adults $4 for kids 12 and under at the door.

 

All proceeds to Maru-a-Pula Orphan Scholarship Fund providing tuition, boarding, clothing, medical aid, and more.

 

New class for kids! Zimbabwean Percussion & Rhythms Drumming ~ Dancing ~ Culture ~ Singing ~ Marimba 

 

Who: Children Ages 7-12

Instructor: John Mambira

When: Saturdays ~ 
April 21 - May 26 (no class May 5)
10:00am - 11:00am
Cost: $45 for Kutsinhira members, $55 for non-members

Where: Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center ~ 3411 Willamette Street, Eugene

RSVP: Sue Dickman - suedickman@comcast.net


About the instructor:
John Mambira, originally from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, is involved in many forms of art - acting, singing, dancing and playing music from multiple regions in southern Africa. He has worked with various groups, both amateur and professional, and led workshops at many festivals and camps. He is a phenomenal drummer, marimba player, and singer who has performed with his band, Bongo Love, all over the world, as well as with local groups in Eugene.

In 2016 John became a permanent resident of Oregon, where he continues his lifelong journey to teach people of all ages, abilities, and aspirations. Combining his talents for creativity, patience, nimbleness, flexibility, lightness of heart, and kindness of touch, John has quickly become an endearing local figure through his music classes at St. Vincent de Paul’s housing units, at Lane ESD as an educational assistant in special education classrooms, and as a youth counselor at camps throughout the PNW.

More than just a cultural arts teacher, John has a natural ability to address difficult situations with rapid response while shifting the environment back to a fun place of learning and positive transitions.

 

This class is offered through Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center, a local non-profit dedicated to the music and people of Zimbabwe  Visit us at:www.kutsinhira.org

 

 

BEST OF THE EUGENE’S CHILDREN FILM FESTIVAL -

Thanks to the Lane Arts Council Community Project Grant

awarded last year we are happy to be offering a showing of some of the best films submitted over the last three years. We are excited to screen a few award-winners and some films that were exceptional but didn’t make the official selection list from 2015 -2017.

 

Tickets: $5 General Admission. Free for Students (K-12).

Website: https://www.eugenefilm.org

Sponsored by: The Lane Arts Council, Gass Orthodontics, Oregon Film, Threadbare Print House, and The Academic Achievement Center

 

 

Ukes for Big Kids -

Do you like to sing in the shower/car/grocery store line? Have you always wanted to learn a musical instrument, but never had the time, opportunity, or patience? It's time to seize the day! 

 

Middle School teacher, and TRUE director, Jon Labrousse, is starting up his "Ukes for Big Kids" class again on Thursday, April 19, from 6-7:30pm. Classes will be every Thursday in Jon's classroom in the back of Building B. Cost for the class is $40 per month for 4 sessions. (Short months will be pro-rated.) For more information, please e-mail jon@soundfound.orgInformation and Registration can also be found here.

 

SOUTH EUGENE SOCCER CAMP

Ages Entering Grades 1-9

At SEHS Soccer Camp, your child will enjoy all the high school soccer team players as counselors, learn from their years of experience, and have a lot of fun improving his or her skills and confidence!  Kids are grouped by the grade they're entering in the fall, so they'll see some old friends and meet new ones! Each soccer player receives free soccer ball. Camp held at YMCA field/SEHS turf and grass fields.  Monday - Thursday, June 18-21, 9am-2pm$130 for first kid $110 for siblings $65 for free/reduced. Register Online at: eugeneYMCA.org  starting 4/26.

 



 

The Corridor Elementary School PTO - is hosting a Summer Camp Fair to help families in Lane County learn about summer camp opportunities for their children. We’d like to be sure families at Ridgeline Montessori Charter School are aware of this FREE event. Would you mind sharing the information—ideally via email and/or printed out and placed into student’s take-home envelopes? If your school has a social media presence like a PTO Facebook page, that is another great place to showcase this information – you can link to our Facebook event.

 

An overview of the event is listed below; PDFs of the flyer and poster are attached and can also be found at these links: flyer and poster

 

Who: Open to all families in the Eugene-Springfield and surrounding area

 

What: 2018 Summer Camp Fair—nearly 30 organizations attending (along with entertainment, food trucks and family activities)

 

When: Saturday, April 14 • 11 am – 3 pm

 

Why: Families can collect information on camp enrollment deadlines, times, programming, pricing, and scholarships. There will also be raffles to win free camps (four week-long camps) and free registrations for youth activities.

 

Where: Corridor Elementary School—250 Silver Lane, Eugene, OR 97404

 

Thanks so much!

Melissa Sanders

Corridor Elementary School PTO

 

 

LAST TWO DAYS! - Annual Family Survey is here! -

posted Apr 16, 2018, 2:49 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Families, we need your input!  We invite you to participate in the Ridgeline Family Survey which can take as little as 10 minutes, or you can dive in, take your time and share your comments.  Either way is just fantastic.  We value what you have to say and we will use your feedback in making decisions in the coming years!  And don’t forget to record ONE HOUR of volunteer time for taking the survey.  If you have specific concerns, we encourage you to directly communicate with the appropriate staff member.  Please complete the survey by Friday, April 13th.  We are grateful for your time. https://goo.gl/forms/KlppJukMW50dmxbC2

 

 —Ridgeline Montessori Site Council

Panoramic Photo-

posted Apr 16, 2018, 2:48 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Just a reminder that the all school panoramic photo is next Wednesday, April 18. If you plan on ordering a photo, please return your order form to the office by 8:30 a.m. on April 18.

Amazing Volunteers! –

posted Apr 16, 2018, 2:47 PM by Cynthia Friedman

 National Volunteer Appreciation week is next week. The entire Ridgeline staff would like to extend a huge thank you to all our amazing volunteers! We rely on you for so many things – you serve on our Board of Directors, Site Council, and Fundraising Committee. You run the RCO, volunteer for the Jog-a-thon, Stone Soup, Pasta Dinner, the Talent Show, and Grandparents’ Day. You organize, you photocopy, you clean gutters, weed whack, maintain bird feeders, fill water jugs, laminate, stuff folders, sew, organize the lost and found, volunteer in the library, the classrooms, and on field trips. You haul things away in with your trucks. You act as crossing guard, make phone calls, maintain our bulletin boards, help out in the office, read with students, do weekly spelling, tutor math, teach art, lead box tops, escrip, teracycle recycling, and plan camping trips. You rescue balls from trees, haul away dead deer, lead t-shirts sales, organize the library, help with PE, take kids to read at Emerald Valley, share your carpentry skills, run chess club, help with picture day, and vision screening. You volunteer at the book fair, help students slice veggies, sorted Joy of Sharing boxes, help with the Marketplace, organize restaurant nights, set up chairs in the gym, and help for the pre-lottery information sessions. You help salt the slippery drive, you edit policy, and do battle with the photocopier. You organize staff appreciations, bike and walk to school day, and traffic plans. YOU ARE AMAZING! You help when asked and you often see a need and fill that role. We appreciate ALL your efforts, those listed, and all the hundreds of other things you do to help Ridgeline. We cannot thank you enough!

Amazing Volunteers! –

posted Apr 16, 2018, 2:18 PM by Cynthia Friedman

 National Volunteer Appreciation week is next week. The entire Ridgeline staff would like to extend a huge thank you to all our amazing volunteers! We rely on you for so many things – you serve on our Board of Directors, Site Council, and Fundraising Committee. You run the RCO, volunteer for the Jog-a-thon, Stone Soup, Pasta Dinner, the Talent Show, and Grandparents’ Day. You organize, you photocopy, you clean gutters, weed whack, maintain bird feeders, fill water jugs, laminate, stuff folders, sew, organize the lost and found, volunteer in the library, the classrooms, and on field trips. You haul things away in with your trucks. You act as crossing guard, make phone calls, maintain our bulletin boards, help out in the office, read with students, do weekly spelling, tutor math, teach art, lead box tops, escrip, teracycle recycling, and plan camping trips. You rescue balls from trees, haul away dead deer, lead t-shirts sales, organize the library, help with PE, take kids to read at Emerald Valley, share your carpentry skills, run chess club, help with picture day, and vision screening. You volunteer at the book fair, help students slice veggies, sorted Joy of Sharing boxes, help with the Marketplace, organize restaurant nights, set up chairs in the gym, and help for the pre-lottery information sessions. You help salt the slippery drive, you edit policy, and do battle with the photocopier. You organize staff appreciations, bike and walk to school day, and traffic plans. YOU ARE AMAZING! You help when asked and you often see a need and fill that role. We appreciate ALL your efforts, those listed, and all the hundreds of other things you do to help Ridgeline. We cannot thank you enough!

eNews 4-6-18

posted Apr 6, 2018, 9:38 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Traffic Plans - There has been ongoing discussion regarding student and community safety and ease of traffic flow during drop off and pick up times. Site Council has designed (with input from parents and community neighbors) a new afternoon pick up procedure in order to prioritize safety for our students as well as our community members. Fliers will be sent home soon explaining the details of the plan, but for now, we need some of our amazing family members to volunteer. Let’s work together and do all we can to keep our kids safe!

We need several volunteers to help daily. One volunteer will be stationed at the driveway entrance to Ridgeline at W. Amazon to hand out fliers to drivers arriving before 3:05 p.m., outlining the new circle "airport" style pick up protocol. Two volunteers will be stationed at the corner of West Amazon and Rosewood Way to enforce no queueing on the street.  Click HERE to help! Beginning May 1, the pick-up circle will not be open for pick-up traffic until 3:05pm, allowing access to delivery vehicles, early pick-ups, and to keep the fire lane open. Vehicles arriving early will be encouraged to park and walk to the dismissal area.  If necessary, cars can also park and return to the circle at 3:05 or circle the neighborhood until 3:05 p.m. 

 

RCO Meeting April 10, 6:00-7:30 pm. Parent Education Topic: Upper Elementary. We are excited to present Mary Bach-Jackson, one of Ridgeline's upper elementary teachers, who will be sharing about the program. Is your child transitioning to upper elementary next year? Are you interested in learning more about your child's current program in upper elementary? Join us on Tuesday, April 10th for our last parent education presentation of the year.  Free childcare will be provided. 

 

TIme is running out! We need your help! We have three opportunities for you to serve our students and our school as a partner in leadership in the Ridgeline community. RCO Co-Convener and Site Council Representative are both wonderful ways to step up your level of engagement with the community and have a voice in the processes of our school. Would you prefer to not be as involved in planning, but still support the school? RCO will need a minute taker for our meetings next year. Please email RCO@ridgeline.org today to find out more!

 

Terracycle Update - Greetings, I recently spoke to customer service at Terracycle about what can go into the wrapper collection box.  We can ONLY collect energy/snack bar foil lined wrappers, from any kind of bars.  No candy, Annie's cookies, or potato chips wrappers etc. 

Ridgeline recently received a check form Terracycle for $60 for the first shipment of wrappers.  Way to go! Please make sure the wrappers are completely empty of food, the ants are having a great time in the collection barrels.  Thank you for making a difference. –Lynne Lucas, Ridgeline volunteer.

 

CONTINUING NEWS –

 

Budget Committee Members – Do you want to learn more about Ridgeline’s finances and participate in the budget process?  There will be 3-4 meetings in late April and the month of May.  Email Chrystell.reed@ridgeline.org if you are interested in joining the committee! 

 

How to Log Volunteer Hours – Please remember to log your hours. To use Sign.up click on the link http://signup.com/go/Wbofqbe to record general, non-event hours. You can choose from 1 hour or 30 minute time “spots.” Please round up to the nearest half hour and sign up on as many spots as you need to record all of your time. We seem to be suffering from an under reporting problem.  You are all so amazing and we want to know about all your volunteer time!

Production Room Purge/Organizing Volunteer – We are looking for a volunteer to help us re-vamp the production room counter and shelves. There are items that could be removed and others in need of storing so that the counter can be an open area for production. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

 

Office Fairy – Our old fairy has fluttered away! We are in need of a new office fairy to help us keep the office, production room, and kitchenette clean and tidy. The fairy may flutter in any time the office is open 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer.

 

Class Placement 2018-19 - Ridgeline Montessori will soon begin the process of class placement for those students moving up from kindergarten to lower elementary and lower elementary to upper elementary.  The appropriate placement of students into individual classrooms is a very important task. The Ridgeline staff puts much thought and time into placing children in classrooms.  We want every child to succeed in a supportive and challenging environment. 

 

A team of staff, including Sharon Martin, will carefully consider your child’s learning needs along with the following factors in creating classroom communities:

 

·       A balance of class size, age and gender

·       A balance of academic strengths

·       A balance of learning styles

·       A balance of social skills

·       Placement of students with special learning needs

·       Separation of students who are unable to work well together

·       Consideration of parental information

 

We recognize there may be times when parents wish to share specific needs, concerns, or information regarding classroom placement.  A Parent Input Form is available. When filling out the input form, please focus on your child’s unique personality, strengths, learning style, and needs (social, emotional and academic). Your information will be strongly considered; however, the school maintains the right to make the final decision regarding class placement.  To be considered valid, a Parent Input Form must be received by Friday, April 20th

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Ukes for Big Kids -

Do you like to sing in the shower/car/grocery store line? Have you always wanted to learn a musical instrument, but never had the time, opportunity, or patience? It's time to seize the day! 

 

Middle School teacher, and TRUE director, Jon Labrousse, is starting up his "Ukes for Big Kids" class again on Thursday, April 19, from 6-7:30pm. Classes will be every Thursday in Jon's classroom in the back of Building B. Cost for the class is $40 per month for 4 sessions. (Short months will be pro-rated.) For more information, please e-mail jon@soundfound.orgInformation and Registration can also be found here.

 



 

Annual Family Survey is here! -

posted Apr 6, 2018, 9:37 AM by Cynthia Friedman

 Families, we need your input!  We invite you to participate in the Ridgeline Family Survey which can take as little as 10 minutes, or you can dive in, take your time and share your comments.  Either way is just fantastic.  We value what you have to say and will use your feedback in making decisions in the coming years!  And don’t forget to record ONE HOUR of volunteer time for taking the survey.  If you have specific concerns, we encourage you to directly communicate with the appropriate staff member.  Please complete the survey by Friday, April 13th.  We are grateful for your time. https://goo.gl/forms/KlppJukMW50dmxbC2

 

 —Ridgeline Montessori Site Council

After School Supervision –

posted Apr 6, 2018, 9:36 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Just a reminder that students may not remain on school grounds after school without adult supervision. On nice days, families often pick up their kids and stay to play on the playground. This is great as long as there is a designated adult who is explicitly in charge of each child. Please do not assume that there will be adults there who will look out for your child. Students who are walkers must leave school grounds after they are dismissed. 

Track Town Pizza Restaurant Day -

posted Apr 6, 2018, 9:29 AM by Cynthia Friedman

On Monday, April 9th come to Track Town Pizza at 1809 Franklin Boulevard for a day of Fundraising. Bring the attached flyer in and Ridgeline will receive 50% of the food purchased* towards in-house or pickup (to-go) orders. 

Not interested in eating pizza that day? Come by and purchase a gift certificate for a friend or later time and Ridgeline will receive 25% of the value of the gift certificate purchased. Both ways Track Town makes it simple and a great time to get together for a day of fundraising.

 * Only whole pizzas, breadsticks and salads count towards fundraising. No discounts allowed to maximize your fundraising efforts.

Hours:

11am-midnight Sunday-Thursday

11am-1am Friday and Saturday

To order call 541-284-8484

Ridgeline's eNews 3-23-18

posted Mar 23, 2018, 1:05 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Heads Up – Now that flu season is winding down, head lice seem to be crawling around! We highly encourage you to check your kid’s head, especially with Spring Break upon us. The relatives you visit over the break will not be thrilled if you leave them with itchy heads! Please make it a routine to periodically check your child(ren)’s head for nits and live bugs. Lice are tiny brown and gray parasites that can cause itching and scratching, especially in areas of the body that are covered with hair (typically behind the ears, near the scalp, and neck). You will be able to see the tiny lice eggs (called “nits”), which look like grains of sand attached to the hair shafts.

 

Treatment: Ask your doctor to recommend shampoos, cream or lotion, available over the counter. Clothing and linens need to be washed in very hot water (128.3 degrees Fahrenheit, or 53.5 degrees Celsius). Personal items, toys, home and car must be cleaned or bagged.  For more detailed information see the website www.kidshealth.org.

 

The Ridgeline office staff appreciates a courtesy phone call to alert us if your child has lice so that we may work with you to ensure progress is being made to eliminate lice from your life and help to reduce further spread. We ask that you treat your child and pick out all the nits before sending them back to school.

 

Annual Family Survey is here! - Families, we need your input!  We invite you to participate in the Ridgeline Family Survey which can take as little as 10 minutes, or you can dive in, take your time and share your comments.  Either way is just fantastic.  We value what you have to say and will use your feedback in making decisions in the coming years!  And don’t forget to record ONE HOUR of volunteer time for taking the survey.  If you have specific concerns, we encourage you to directly communicate with the appropriate staff member.  Please complete the survey by Friday, April 6th.  We are grateful for your time. https://goo.gl/forms/KlppJukMW50dmxbC2

 

 —Ridgeline Montessori Site Council

 

Budget Committee Members – Do you want to learn more about Ridgeline’s finances and participate in the budget process?  There will be 3-4 meetings in late April and the month of May.  Email Chrystell.reed@ridgeline.org if you are interested in joining the committee! 

 

Special Projects Assistant – Congratulations and welcome to Yaeko Rodrigues who will be working on special projects, supporting administration and maintaining our donor database (among other things).

 

How to Log Volunteer Hours – Please remember to log your hours. To use Sign.up click on the link http://signup.com/go/Wbofqbe to record general, non-event hours. You can choose from 1 hour or 30 minute time “spots.” Please round up to the nearest half hour and sign up on as many spots as you need to record all of your time. We seem to be suffering from an under reporting problem.  You are all so amazing and we want to know about all your volunteer time!

Traffic Changes Coming! – Watch for details after spring break as Site Council prepares to launch a traffic trial for the rest of the school year to help improve safety and speed of our infamous pick up circle. April will be traffic plan education month with changes implemented starting May 1st. A large team of volunteers is needed to help put the plan into motion. Click here to volunteer - http://signup.com/go/GTFtZOP

 

Got Lumber? - Might you have a lead on lumber for our library bookshelves?  We’ve got a wonderful parent who has designed and will build shelf backers for us, but we need to get a hold of some 10 foot lengths of 1x4 lumber (pine or other inexpensive wood) to complete the project.   If you might be a resource for this, please contact Cynthia in the office or Michelle at Michelle.lodwig@ridgeline.org. Thank you!

 

Production Room Purge/Organizing Volunteer – We are looking for a volunteer to help us re-vamp the production room counter and shelves. There are items that could be removed and others in need of storing so that the counter can be an open area for production. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

 

Office Fairy – Our old fairy has fluttered away! We are in need of a new office fairy to help us keep the office, production room, and kitchenette clean and tidy. The fairy may flutter in any time the office is open 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer.

 

Next RCO Meeting - Join us for our next RCO meeting on April 10th, which is the second Tuesday in April. This is a different week than we usually offer it because of spring break. Mark your calendars and join us! If you're interested in helping out RCO through volunteering as next year's Co-Convener or minute taker, let us know at RCO@ridgeline.org!

 

CONTINUING NEWS –

Looking for an engaging and rewarding way to be more involved? We have three opportunities for you to serve our students and our school as a partner in leadership in the Ridgeline community, RCO Co-Convener and Site Council Representative are both wonderful ways to step up your level of engagement with the community and have a voice in the processes of our school. Would you prefer to not be as involved in planning, but still support the school? RCO will need a minute taker for our meetings next year. Please email RCO@ridgeline.org today to find out more!

 

Class Placement 2018-19 - Ridgeline Montessori will soon begin the process of class placement for those students moving up from kindergarten to lower elementary and lower elementary to upper elementary.  The appropriate placement of students into individual classrooms is a very important task. The Ridgeline staff puts much thought and time into placing children in classrooms.  We want every child to succeed in a supportive and challenging environment. 

 

A team of staff, including Sharon Martin, will carefully consider your child’s learning needs along with the following factors in creating classroom communities:

 

·       A balance of class size, age and gender

·       A balance of academic strengths

·       A balance of learning styles

·       A balance of social skills

·       Placement of students with special learning needs

·       Separation of students who are unable to work well together

·       Consideration of parental information

 

We recognize there may be times when parents wish to share specific needs, concerns, or information regarding classroom placement.  A Parent Input Form is available. When filling out the input form, please focus on your child’s unique personality, strengths, learning style, and needs (social, emotional and academic). Your information will be strongly considered; however, the school maintains the right to make the final decision regarding class placement.  To be considered valid, a Parent Input Form must be received by Friday, April 20th.

 

Physical Education – Edgar Lopez resigned for personal reasons at the end of last week.  Dan Trent and George Cox have agreed to substitute as physical education specialists for an as of yet undetermined amount of time.  Dan provided physical education instruction to our middle schoolers last year and George Cox was Ridgeline’s long-time PE specialist prior to re-retiring. Both are much loved by our students! We are working on a definitive plan for the remainder of the school year. 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Unmasking the Myths of Mental Health (for Spanish Speaking Families) – The migrant health program, 4J, and Bethel School District are pleased to invite you to this informative talk which we will be addressing the myths related to the mental health of our youth, how to identify them, what are the challenges, resources with which we have access to, and how to be a part of these services. We’ll have special guests and experts who will be sharing their experiences. Don’t miss it! Thursday, March 22, 2018 6-8pm 4J Auditorium, 200 N. Monroe St.

 

Nearby Nature Summer Day Camps Open for Registration: If your kids enjoy exploring, biking, bug catching, treasure hunting, and other fun nature adventures, then they should participate in Nearby Nature's outdoor summer day camps! Nearby Nature’s camps are a unique medley of adventure, science, nature, art, play, and gardening. Most take place in Alton Baker Park, in the group’s unique Learnscape Gardens. Day camps run from June 18-August 31, last one week each, and serve kids from three to 13 years old. Half and full day options are available and enrollment is limited to 12 children per camp. Scholarships are available! For registration as well as scholarship information, see http://www.nearbynature.org/programs/daycamps or call 541-687-9699.

 

Looking for something fun for your child during spring break? Sign them up for a Spring Break Adventure camp with Nearby Nature! From mask making to fort building to learning to predict the weather, Nearby Nature has something fun for everyone during the three spring break adventure camps. The cost is $45 members/$50 non-members. Scholarships are available. The programs are for children ages 6-9, max 12 kids and is outdoors in Alton Baker Park and at our Yurt. To register, call 541-687-9699, ext. 2 or visit nearbynature.org/events.


3/26/2018: Color Craze!: 830am-3pm:
 Spots and stripes and masks, oh my! How do colors and markings help animals survive in the wild? Answer these questions and more as we play camouflage games, explore nature nearby, and create our own colorful critters to take home.

 

3/27/2018: Forts in the Forest: 830am-3pm: How do animals build their homes? Try your hand at making a deer bed, a bird nest, and your own fort from the forest. Discover how to navigate in the woods with a compass and clues on this forest adventure.


3/28/2018: Rain Rangers: 830am-3pm: 
Water and weather wanders every which way! Discover how the water falling on your head got so high in the sky and learn where the river's running. Play water games, tell water tales, and learn how to predict the weather.

 

1-10 of 846