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posted Nov 14, 2017, 11:40 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Planned Absence: From the Family Handbook

Ridgeline urges families to plan vacations and travel to coincide with scheduled school breaks. Nationwide and school wide data show that a lengthy planned absence frequently leads to a student being chronically absent over the course of the year. While there are obvious benefits to travel, research consistently shows that chronic absenteeism hurts students academically and socially, and adversely impacts classroom communities. Parents are required to contact the school principal well in advance of any planned absence. If the absence is unavoidable, students will be asked to create a project, with the help of their family, to reflect on the time away from school and, hopefully, to share their experience with their classmates. Teachers may provide make-up work for students who take planned absences. The school is required to withdraw a student after any absence lasting 10 consecutive school days or more.

 

Run On Spoons – If your child’s lunch requires a spoon please remember to include one in their lunch. The number of forgotten spoons has reached a critical number. One class reports they hand out 2-3 spoons per day. That is upwards of 400 spoons per year! We cannot continue to meet the spoon demand. Consider putting a extra spoon in their backpacks for spoon eating emergencies.

 

Log Your Volunteer Hours - You can now log your non-event volunteer hours on signup.com at http://signup.com/go/Wbofqbe. Please log hours here that you have not already signed up for through an event. For example, if you signed up using sign up for the jog-a-thon then you do not need to log those hours here too! However, if you have helped out in a classroom, dug a hole, painted a railing, washed a mop head, this is the link is for you!

 

Book Fair – Our annual book fair at Barnes and Noble is just over a week away, Friday, November 17!  Please join us at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair to purchase holiday gifts, buy books for classrooms, watch classroom performances, and enjoy a fun evening together.

 

A percentage of the book fair purchases at Barnes & Noble will go to Ridgeline. This includes friends’ and family purchases at stores around the country! Just give them the book fair ID number 12212015. All purchases need to be made November 17-22. You must tell the cashier you are with our book fair and give the ID number for it to count toward the book fair. Online purchases do count, although the percentage back to Ridgeline is much less.

 

Features at the book fair this year:

  • Welcome table inside the front door of the bookstore for Ridgeline families to get a book fair schedule and book fair ID sticker. This sticker will assist Barnes & Noble staff in identifying book fair shoppers to ensure that all qualifying purchases count towards our book fair. 
  • All performances will be in the music area.
  • Teachers’ wish list book bins will be in the children’s department, along with the bookmark-making table.

 

Book Fair Performance Schedule – (note: times are approximate. Please arrive with plenty of time to spare!)

 

6:00pm           Diana – reciting poems “What is a Book?” and “I like Fall”

6:15pm         Emily's Class – singing songs “Glorious” and “A Place in the Choir”            

6:30pm         Eric's Class – singing songs “Limerick Song” and “Sixpence”

6:45pm         Cheri's Class – singing songs “Over the River” and “This Little Light”

7:00pm          Middle School – T.R.U.E. performance

7:20pm         Book buying break!

7:35pm         Clint's Class – “Postcards from National Parks”

7:50pm         Sharon's Class – “The Adventures of Superman” radio show

8:10pm         Mary's Class – “Famous Journeys of Explorers” play

 

Bookmark Marking Table and Greeting at the Book Fair – More volunteers needed to help greet families and to manage the bookmark making table. All supplies provided. The volunteer just needs to supervise the activity. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

 

Stone Soup Equipment Needs –

Cook Stove STILL needed – We need to borrow one 2-burner propane outdoor cook stove. If you have one that we can borrow on Wednesday, November 22nd contact Cynthia.

 

Soup Pots STILL needed – We need 4 perfectly enormous cooking pots for Stone Soup (24 quart or larger, approximately 6 gallons). Contact Cynthia if you have a huge pot that we may borrow. We need the pots on Tuesday, November 21 for our Wednesday Stone Soup.

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 -

Bring Vegetables – Send your child with vegetables! Students will cut veggies in the classrooms on Tuesday, November 21, to be used in a communal stone soup

inspired by the Stone Soup fable. Volunteers needed to slice veggies with students on Tuesday, November 21. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 –

Stone Soup - Our annual Stone Soup Celebration is Wednesday, November 22nd.

Ridgeline volunteers will cook the stone soup outside the front of the school on Wednesday, and the soup will be served for an early afternoon snack following an all-school assembly. Your student should still bring a sack lunch from home that day to eat in the late morning!

 

Students will eat in their classrooms and parents are welcome to join us for both the assembly and the soup.

  • Please bring $2 per person on Wednesday, November 22 Theatrical Live Looping & Story Telling with Cullen Vance who leads a high-energy performance combining theatrical storytelling and live looping electric violin!

Bring a BOWL and SPOON on Wednesday, November 22  

 

If you are leaving early with your student(s), be sure to sign them out in the office. School dismisses at the regular time, 3:05pm.

 

Allergic to Soup?

All of our soups are vegetarian.  If your child has special dietary requirements, please consider sending in some “safe soup” from home.

 

RCO Update - Thank you to everyone who attended our RCO meeting on Tuesday. We had an incredibly informative and engaging presentation from Diana and hope to have some video clips from the meeting to share soon. Thank you also to our community for engaging in thoughtful and productive conversation and for your enthusiastic participation in making Ridgeline a tremendous home for our children and our families. Please join us next month in our discussion and presentation on the Growth Mindset!

 

Marketplace! - This event is going to be both amazing and ENORMOUS! The interest and support of this spectacular event has doubled our number of vendors this year and we are currently in the process of planning the logistics of such a tremendous event. This also means that we need volunteers in a BIG way to help make this a success. Please click on the link to sign up - many hands make light work!   

 

We need photographers and photos! RCO is hoping to have a dedicated team of photographers to help capture all the events from this school year and beyond - events such as Marketplace, Grandparents’ Day, Pasta Dinner, Jog A Thon, etc. These photos will be used on social media, thank you letters, fundraising appeals, and grants. Please email rco@ridgeline.org or giving@ridgeline.org to share your awesome photos and if you are interested in signing up for future events.

 

Our Barnes and Noble Bookfair is coming up! Please share the event on social media with your friends and family - click this link to the event. Purchases can be made, with our ID#12212015, anywhere around the nation and people near and far can help support Ridgeline classrooms and teachers. 

 

Fundraising update - as of November 3rd, our community has raised a total of $22,176!! This is great news and we are moving strong and steady towards meeting our $100,000 goal for the year. Let's keep working together to bring updated technology into the classrooms, keep our students moving and active in P.E., and show our children that we are a strong community that is deeply invested in their education! 

 

Every Other Wednesday Morning Library Volunteer Needed – Have you wanted to volunteer in the library but finding the weekly commitment just a little too much? We now have an opening for every other Wednesday. Contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer.

 

 

CONTINUING NEWS -

Sick Season – It is that time of year when sickness is descending upon us! Please remember that your student needs to be fever free for 24 hours, without fever reducing medication, to return to school. Students who return sooner not only spread their illness to their classmates, but oftentimes experience a return of their fever and need to be sent home during the school day. A fever is a temperature of 100.0 or higher. We also appreciate it if you keep your vomiting child at home.

 

Medication at School – All medications, over the counter and prescription, including cough drops, ointments, etc. need to be locked in the office, not left in kid’s backpacks. An adult needs to bring the medicine in its original container with medication information and dosing (no ziplocks or hand full of pills in your pocket) to the office! The parent will fill out and sign a medicine authorization form and office staff will go over instructions with you when you drop off the medicine. 

 

Wanted - Do you have an old iPhone that you are no longer using?  We need one; it would be instrumental in the daily support for one of our students.  We are looking for an iPhone 6 or newer and it must be for the Verizon network.  Let Cynthia know if you perhaps have an unused iPhone, sitting in a drawer that we could re-purpose.  Thanks!

 

Student Marketplace and Continental Breakfast is coming up soon! This is going to be a fantastic event with delicious breakfast treats and kid made crafts for sale. We have 40 individual student vendors and Clint's class participating! The creativity and initiative of our students is so heartwarming. This event is going to be huge and we need your help supporting the hard work of our student vendors! Sign up to volunteer at http://signup.com/go/mAVvwCy

 

Updated Volunteering Link – Cynthia has learned how to make a handy dandy grouping of all the volunteer jobs needed! If you click on this link you will be able to sign up for the Bookfair, Stone Soup and many other events! http://signup.com/go/mAVvwCy

 

Stone Soup – Our annual Stone Soup celebration is coming up the day before Thanksgiving. Students bring vegetables that they slice in the classrooms in preparation for the Stone Soup that our volunteer cooks create each year. The entire school will enjoy soup the afternoon of November 22. We need volunteers that morning to slice bread and set up the gym for our assembly. Classrooms will also need volunteers to assist students with vegetable slicing. Please click on the link above to sign up for Veggie Slicing on Tuesday, November 21 and Stone Soup on Wednesday, November 22.

 

Grandparents Day Volunteers Sign Up – A team of volunteers is needed to help with our two Grandparents Day events on December 15th and January 12th. Volunteers will greet our guests, sign them in, escort them from the gym to the classrooms, help with refreshments, etc.

 

Afternoon Library Volunteers – If you have a free afternoon every week, and would like to volunteer in the library, contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer. We currently do not have library volunteers on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons.

 

Grandparents’ Day -

Hi Ridgeline families! We are pleased to announce our 4th annual Grandparents' Days on Friday, December 15th and January 12th.

Below is an electronic invitation for you to customize (add names - grandparent and student) and share with grandparents or special elders.   


Space is limited, so it is important to register as soon as possible.  Priority will be given to first time attendees, those traveling from outside of the state and grandparents who meet the early registration deadline of November 8, 2017.  Regular registration deadline is November 15.  We will continue to fill spots as space allows.  Each individual grandparent must register and provide date/time preference for the event  (maximum of six grandparents per event, per classroom).  

 

Following each deadline, Cynthia will determine the date and time for each grandparent and email the confirmation and details for their visit. Contact Cynthia at 541-681-9662 or cynthia.friedman@ridgeline.org if you have any questions or need assistance.  

 

Register for Grandparents' Day 2017-18:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScIkEyq31wRh3mA-mwEOsgbZZ1Hnw7V15WRPBOOL3iTnKPXbg/viewform

 

FAMILIES:  PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE CONTENT BELOW TO SHARE A PERSONALIZED INVITATION WITH A SPECIAL PERSON.







Dear ________________,



________________ would love for you to visit Ridgeline Montessori and spend time in

 

the classroom with him/her!

 

Ridgeline Montessori is excited to build connections and support relationships across generations.  Below you will find several ways to connect with our school and the special child(ren) in your life.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to spend time in the classroom with your grandchild(ren) and see first-hand the magic of a public Montessori education.



Ridgeline Montessori Grandparents’ Days 2017-18:

Two days and two ways to spend time with your grandchild(ren)!



Option #1: Would you like to share stories about your childhood with your grandchild and a few classmates during morning work period?  If so, the 9:15 - 11:15 am session is for you!  



Option #2: Would you rather have a more informal visit and simply enjoy a meal with your grandchild and friends?  If so, pack your lunch and join us for the 10:30 - 12:30 pm session!  

 

Space is limited, so it is important to register as soon as possible.  Priority will be given to first time attendees, those traveling from outside of the state and grandparents who meet the early registration deadline of November 8, 2017.  Regular registration deadline is November 15.  We will continue to fill spots as space allows.  Each individual grandparent must register and provide date/time preference for the event (maximum of six grandparents per event, per classroom).

 

Following each deadline, our School Community Coordinator will schedule each grandparent (based on priority and preferences) and email the confirmation and details for your visit. Contact Cynthia at 541-681-9662 or cynthia.friedman@ridgeline.org if you have any questions or need assistance.

 

Click here to register: Grandparents’ Day 2017-18

When you register, you will share your preference for the following dates and times:

 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Option #1: 9:15 - 11:15 am

Option #2: 10:30 - 12:30 pm

Friday, January 12, 2018

Option #1: 9:15 - 11:15 am

Option #2: 10:30 - 12:30 pm



Can’t make it for Grandparents’ Days?

Would you like to visit, but can’t make a scheduled event?  If so, please email Executive Director Chrystell Reed to schedule a school visit and lunch with your grandchild(ren).

 

How else can you support Ridgeline Montessori?

If you enjoy working with children (or young adults) and live in the Eugene area all or some of the time, you can become a Ridgeline volunteer.  Please email our School Community Coordinator Cynthia Friedman so she can connect you with the right task for your passion.  

 

Gifts of financial support are most appreciated! Honor a special child or a beloved teacher by making a donation to Ridgeline Montessori.  Your contribution helps to provide music, art, PE, counseling and updated technology for Ridgeline students!

 

Please call the office at 541-681-9662 if you have any questions or need further assistance.

 

We look forward to meeting you, celebrating your grandchild’s growth and building a long and joyous relationship.



Sincerely,

Chrystell Reed, Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Timely Pick Up –

posted Nov 14, 2017, 11:39 AM by Cynthia Friedman

 Please make every effort to pick up your kids on time. School dismisses at 3:05pm Monday through Thursday, and1:05pm on Fridays. Daily we have students brought to the office 10-15 minutes after dismissal and we have to call parents. If you are running late please call the office so that we know you are on your way.  If you have trouble being on time please consider setting an alarm on your phone to remind you when you need to leave to pick up your child on time.  We often have meetings or appointments that are impacted by late pick ups.

New Attendance Email –

posted Nov 14, 2017, 11:38 AM by Cynthia Friedman

We have entered the modern era and we are unleashing a new attendance email! You are still welcome to call us at 541-681-9662 to report your child’s absence, but if you would prefer to email us please do so at attendance@ridgeline.org. Messages sent to Cynthia’s email are not guaranteed to be seen by the attendance deadline. Remember to give us a reason for the absence so we can code it correctly. (ie. sick, parent request, medical appointment, injury, bereavement, etc.)

Planned Absence –

posted Nov 14, 2017, 11:38 AM by Cynthia Friedman

This is a reminder to avoid planned absences whenever humanly possible. Unless you can guarantee that your child will not get sick this year, it is likely that the planned absence will accumulate with regular sick days and may lead to chronic absenteeism. One of Ridgeline's school goals this year is to have 90% of students attending 90% of all school days. We sincerely want all of our kiddos to benefit from all the learning opportunities that regular attendance brings. What about the other 10%? Some life situations are simply unavoidable...  If you must take a planned absence, please plan well in advance. Fill out the planned absence request form for review by Principal Sharon. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScrgQ3jwfs93k36HVeZcp87cU6EfV4EWRIYlydJsuU1F3YBQg/viewform

eNews 11-2-17

posted Nov 3, 2017, 12:35 PM by Cynthia Friedman   [ updated Nov 3, 2017, 12:39 PM ]

Wanted - Do you have an old iPhone that you are no longer using?  We need one; it would be instrumental in the daily support for one of our students.  We are looking for an iPhone 6 or newer and it must be for the Verizon network.  Let Cynthia know if you perhaps have an unused iPhone, sitting in a drawer that we could re-purpose.  Thanks!

 

Jog-a-thon Update – Exciting news, the jog-a-thon total is just over $12,000! Thank you to everyone for supporting the kids with pledges and helping Ridgeline make a dent in our $100,000 goal! A special thank you to jog-a-thon organizer Matt Peterson and envelope money counter Emily Caldera. If you have a stray jog-a-thon check or pile of cash at home, you may still turn it in. We will always take your money!

Stone Soup Equipment Needs –

Cook Stove – We need to borrow one 2-burner propane outdoor cook stove. We are looking for one that looks like this. If you have one that we can borrow on Wednesday, November 22nd contact Cynthia.

 

Soup Pots – We need 4 perfectly enormous cooking pots for Stone Soup (24 quart or larger, approximately 6 gallons). Contact Cynthia if you have a huge pot that we may borrow. We need the pots on Tuesday, November 21 for our Wednesday Stone Soup.

 

RCO Meeting -  The next RCO meeting is Tuesday, November 7th: INTRO TO OUR KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM - 6-7:30pm. Catch a glimpse into the first year of the extraordinary education found at Ridgeline. Diana Fitzer will present an overview of the Montessori foundation that begins with our youngest community members. This is not just a meeting for our kindergarten families. We encourage all Ridgeline parents to join and get to know our newest community members! Childcare available with sign up - please contact the office to register. This meeting will be held in the Kindergarten classroom. Remember, RCO meetings count toward volunteer hours!

 

Student Marketplace and Continental Breakfast is coming up soon! This is going to be a fantastic event with delicious breakfast treats and kid made crafts for sale. We have 40 individual student vendors and Clint's class participating! The creativity and initiative of our students is so heartwarming. This event is going to be huge and we need your help supporting the hard work of our student vendors! Sign up to volunteer at http://signup.com/go/mAVvwCy

 

Updated Volunteering Link – Cynthia has learned how to make a handy dandy grouping of all the volunteer jobs needed! If you click on this link you will be able to sign up for the Bookfair, Stone Soup and many other events! http://signup.com/go/mAVvwCy

 

Bookfair – Volunteers are needed to sit at the table inside the door of Barnes and Noble to greet families as they arrive and hand out stickers with our bookfair ID number on them. We also need volunteers to supervise the bookmark making table. Cynthia will schedule you around your child’s class performance. 

 

Stone Soup – Our annual Stone Soup celebration is coming up the day before Thanksgiving. Students bring vegetables that they slice in the classrooms in preparation for the Stone Soup that our volunteer cooks create each year. The entire school will enjoy soup the afternoon of November 22. We need volunteers that morning to slice bread and set up the gym for our assembly. Classrooms will also need volunteers to assist students with vegetable slicing. Please click on the link above to sign up for Veggie Slicing on Tuesday, November 21 and Stone Soup on Wednesday, November 22.

 

Grandparents Day Volunteers Sign Up – A team of volunteers is needed to help with our two Grandparents Day events on December 15th and January 12th. Volunteers will greet our guests, sign them in, escort them from the gym to the classrooms, help with refreshments, etc.

 

Afternoon Library Volunteers – If you have a free afternoon every week, and would like to volunteer in the library, contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer. We currently do not have library volunteers on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoons.

 

Grandparents’ Day -

Hi Ridgeline families! We are pleased to announce our 4th annual Grandparents' Days on Friday, December 15th and January 12th.

Below is an electronic invitation for you to customize (add names - grandparent and student) and share with grandparents or special elders.   


Space is limited, so it is important to register as soon as possible.  Priority will be given to first time attendees, those traveling from outside of the state and grandparents who meet the early registration deadline of November 8, 2017.  Regular registration deadline is November 15.  We will continue to fill spots as space allows.  Each individual grandparent must register and provide date/time preference for the event  (maximum of six grandparents per event, per classroom).  

 

Following each deadline, Cynthia will determine the date and time for each grandparent and email the confirmation and details for their visit. Contact Cynthia at 541-681-9662 or cynthia.friedman@ridgeline.org if you have any questions or need assistance.  

 

Register for Grandparents' Day 2017-18:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScIkEyq31wRh3mA-mwEOsgbZZ1Hnw7V15WRPBOOL3iTnKPXbg/viewform

 

FAMILIES:  PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE CONTENT BELOW TO SHARE A PERSONALIZED INVITATION WITH A SPECIAL PERSON.







Dear ________________,



________________ would love for you to visit Ridgeline Montessori and spend time in

 

the classroom with him/her!

 

Ridgeline Montessori is excited to build connections and support relationships across generations.  Below you will find several ways to connect with our school and the special child(ren) in your life.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to spend time in the classroom with your grandchild(ren) and see first-hand the magic of a public Montessori education.



Ridgeline Montessori Grandparents’ Days 2017-18:

Two days and two ways to spend time with your grandchild(ren)!



Option #1: Would you like to share stories about your childhood with your grandchild and a few classmates during morning work period?  If so, the 9:15 - 11:15 am session is for you!  



Option #2: Would you rather have a more informal visit and simply enjoy a meal with your grandchild and friends?  If so, pack your lunch and join us for the 10:30 - 12:30 pm session!  

 

Space is limited, so it is important to register as soon as possible.  Priority will be given to first time attendees, those traveling from outside of the state and grandparents who meet the early registration deadline of November 8, 2017.  Regular registration deadline is November 15.  We will continue to fill spots as space allows.  Each individual grandparent must register and provide date/time preference for the event (maximum of six grandparents per event, per classroom).

 

Following each deadline, our School Community Coordinator will schedule each grandparent (based on priority and preferences) and email the confirmation and details for your visit. Contact Cynthia at 541-681-9662 or cynthia.friedman@ridgeline.org if you have any questions or need assistance.

 

Click here to register: Grandparents’ Day 2017-18

When you register, you will share your preference for the following dates and times:

 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Option #1: 9:15 - 11:15 am

Option #2: 10:30 - 12:30 pm

Friday, January 12, 2018

Option #1: 9:15 - 11:15 am

Option #2: 10:30 - 12:30 pm



Can’t make it for Grandparents’ Days?

Would you like to visit, but can’t make a scheduled event?  If so, please email Executive Director Chrystell Reed to schedule a school visit and lunch with your grandchild(ren).

 

How else can you support Ridgeline Montessori?

If you enjoy working with children (or young adults) and live in the Eugene area all or some of the time, you can become a Ridgeline volunteer.  Please email our School Community Coordinator Cynthia Friedman so she can connect you with the right task for your passion.  

 

Gifts of financial support are most appreciated! Honor a special child or a beloved teacher by making a donation to Ridgeline Montessori.  Your contribution helps to provide music, art, PE, counseling and updated technology for Ridgeline students!

 

Please call the office at 541-681-9662 if you have any questions or need further assistance.

 

We look forward to meeting you, celebrating your grandchild’s growth and building a long and joyous relationship.



Sincerely,

Chrystell Reed, Executive Director

 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS -

Eugene Waldorf High School Initiative is pleased to present the EWS Faculty Chair, Morgan Vierheller and UO educator, Jason Schreiner in a public talk on the educational value of a Waldorf High School Curriculum. Morgan has worked at the Austin Waldorf High School for several years and will describe the educational methodology of a Waldorf high school and how it prepares students for the rest of their lives. Jason will share his experiences with how Waldorf students excel in college.

 

Members of the high school board, Valerie Perrott and Mustafa Kasubhai, will give a brief update on the amazing progress the initiative has made this last year and what we need to do this year to bring the Waldorf high school to Eugene.

 

November 15, 6pm-7:30pm

Eugene Waldorf School, 1350 McClean Blvd, Grade 4 Classroom

Childcare Provided, donations requested. Please contact Mustafa_Kasubhai@mac.com to reserve childcare.

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Sick Season –

posted Nov 3, 2017, 12:33 PM by Cynthia Friedman

 It is that time of year when sickness is descending upon us! Please remember that your student needs to be fever free for 24 hours, without fever reducing medication, to return to school. Students who return sooner not only spread their illness to their classmates, but oftentimes experience a return of their fever and need to be sent home during the school day. A fever is a temperature of 100.0 or higher. We also appreciate it if you keep your vomiting child at home. 

Medication at School –

posted Nov 3, 2017, 12:32 PM by Cynthia Friedman

 All medications, over the counter and prescription, including cough drops, ointments, etc. need to be locked in the office, not left in kid’s backpacks. An adult needs to bring the medicine in its original container with medication information and dosing (no ziplocks or hand full of pills in your pocket) to the office! The parent will fill out and sign a medicine authorization form and office staff will go over instructions with you when you drop off the medicine.  

Vacuum Cleaner Removal Volunteer Needed –

posted Nov 3, 2017, 12:32 PM by Cynthia Friedman

 We have 4 vacuum cleaners that need to go to Nextstep. Contact Cynthia if you can make this happen!

eNews 10-29-17

posted Oct 30, 2017, 1:42 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Special Board Meeting Wednesday, November 1st - The Ridgeline Board of Directors will meet in Executive Session on Wednesday November 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Executive Sessions are not open to the public. The agenda will be posted online at: http://www.ridgeline.org/school-community/board-of-directors/board-agenda

 

Skate World - Thanks to everyone who was able to attend our Skate World event last week. We hope that your kids and families had a blast! It was a great to have an opportunity to gather as a community and see all the fantastic costumes you all put together! 

 

RCO Meeting -  The next RCO meeting is November 7th: INTRO TO OUR KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM - 6-7:30pm. Catch a glimpse into the first year of the extraordinary education found at Ridgeline. Diana Fitzer will present an overview of the Montessori foundation that begins with our youngest community members. This is not just a meeting for our kindergarten families. We encourage all Ridgeline parents to join and get to know our newest community members! Childcare available with sign up - please contact the office to register. Remember, RCO meetings count toward volunteer hours!

 

Student Marketplace and Continental Breakfast is coming up soon! This is going to be a fantastic event with delicious breakfast treats and kid made crafts for sale.  You won’t believe what the kids have in store for us!!

 

Applications/proposals to be a student vendor are due to RCO TODAY, October 27th! Please email rco@ridgeline.org or submit a written proposal to the office! We have received some AMAZING submissions so far! 

 

Upcoming Volunteer Needs – links on sign-up are now available for the following events. Lots of volunteer opportunities between now and winter break!

 

Bookfair – Volunteers are needed to sit at the table inside the door of Barnes and Noble to greet families as they arrive and hand out stickers with our bookfair ID number on them. We also need volunteers to supervise the bookmark making table. Cynthia will schedule you around your child’s class performance. Sign up at http://signup.com/login/entry/10969898029629360103 

 

Stone Soup – Our annual Stone Soup celebration is coming up the day before Thanksgiving. Students bring veggies that they slice in the classrooms in preparation for the Stone Soup that our volunteer cooks create each year. The entire school will enjoy soup the afternoon of November 22. We need volunteers that morning to slice bread and set up the gym for our assembly. Classrooms will also want volunteers to assist students with veggie slicing. Please click on the link below to sign up.

Veggie Slicing Tuesday, November 21 - http://signup.com/go/eXFDbXS

Stone Soup Wednesday, November 22 - http://signup.com/go/DEfOSDc

 

Grandparents Day Volunteers Sign Up – A team of volunteers is needed to help with our two Grandparents Day event. Volunteers will greet our guests, sign them in, escort them from the gym to the classrooms, help with refreshments, etc. Sign up at  http://signup.com/go/NbZtrKc

 

Afternoon Library Volunteers – If you have a free afternoon every week, and would like to volunteer in the library, contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer. We currently do not have library volunteers on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoons.

 

CONTINUING NEWS -

 

Grandparents Days Are Coming! – Mark your calendars; Ridgeline will offer two Grandparent’s Days on December 15 and January 12 this school year following the same format we used last year. Invitations and registration requests will be sent out in a couple of weeks. This year priority will be given to first time attendees and those traveling from afar.

 

Why Crossfire? – Please remember that the spirit behind having Crossfire as an option for pick up is to promote active transportation and remove the number of cars and congestion from the pick up line at school. The expectation is that you arrive at Crossfire for the 3:05pm dismissal so you are there to greet your child. Students should not be left unattended waiting for pick up. Reports of tree climbing, branch breaking, trash, and other inappropriate horseplay have been made. If you use Crossfire park and stride, please speak to your child about respecting the church’s property. This should not be an issue because you will be arriving prior to your student who will immediately get in your vehicle.

 

Heads Up – With the start of the school year not only are the kiddos passing around colds and coughs, they are also passing around head lice! 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.

 

Ongoing Passive Fundraisers

eScrip - Hey Ridgeline families, our school needs your support! It’s easy when you take a moment to sign up for eScrip! Register for eScrip and a percentage of your Market of Choice (and other store) purchases will come back to the school. Here’s how:

1.       Log onto http://www.eScrip.com. Enter Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School or our eScrip Group ID – 6288709.

2.       Register your debit and credit cards.

3.       When you shop at MARKET OF CHOICE a percentage of your purchases will be automatically contributed by the merchant.

4.       Download the ForgetMeNot™ toolbar to alert you of offers and earnings while you are shopping online. There are 800+ merchants participating and opportunities to earn will not be missed with this browser add-on.

That’s it! It’s that easy----your family shops---our school earns dollars!

 

BOX TOPS – It’s time to submit BOX TOPS for education!  Please have your child put BOX TOPS in the box near the office. November 1st is our next deadline.  Please remember to look on all your Annie's Mac-and-Cheese boxes for new box tops.  This is a simple and easy way to earn hundreds of dollars for our school.  THANKS for sending the BOX TOPS to school.  --Lynne Lucas, Ridgeline BOX TOP coordinator (lynne.lucas@gmail.com)

 

Monthly donations really add up! Jog-a-thon (collect those pledges!) is just the first piece of this year’s fundraising. You’ll have a choice of great opportunities to choose from to support our students and their work with financial gifts throughout the year. Far and away, though, our most successful “fundraiser” every year is the money you choose to donate directly to our school. A great way to get started is by setting up a monthly donation, and a great time to do this is NOW—at the beginning of the school year! If you’d like to spread out your donation to Ridgeline over the year, please get started today! You can donate by credit card at: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/SupportRidgelineMontessori or set up a monthly payment to the school directly from your bank account. If you need help getting started, please contact giving@ridgeline.org. Our goal is to raise $400 per student this year.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS -

Eugene Waldorf High School Initiative is pleased to present the EWS Faculty Chair, Morgan Vierheller and UO educator, Jason Schreiner in a public talk on the educational value of a Waldorf High School Curriculum. Morgan has worked at the Austin Waldorf High School for several years and will describe the educational methodology of a Waldorf high school and how it prepares students for the rest of their lives. Jason will share his experiences with how Waldorf students excel in college.

 

Members of the high school board, Valerie Perrott and Mustafa Kasubhai, will give a brief update on the amazing progress the initiative has made this last year and what we need to do this year to bring the Waldorf high school to Eugene.

 

November 15, 6pm-7:30pm

Eugene Waldorf School, 1350 McClean Blvd, Grade 4 Classroom

Childcare Provided, donations requested. Please contact Mustafa_Kasubhai@mac.com to reserve childcare.

 

Parent Support! - We are excited to be able to offer the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program to Lane County families for a second year!  Triple P is an evidence-based parenting support program, shown to be effective at improving parenting skills, reducing stress in parents, and improving the health and wellbeing of children.

Please help us spread the word by sharing information with families!

 Triple P Online, available at www.lanekids.org/triplep. Parents who are unable to attend parenting groups can get state-of-the-art parenting education in an online format, so that they can get help where they need it, when they need it! There are a variety of ways that families can access Triple P Online in Lane County, and eligible families can receive Triple P Online for FREE. Over 220 Lane County families have already signed up for Triple P Online.

The Triple P Team

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Lock Out Notification –

posted Oct 30, 2017, 1:40 PM by Cynthia Friedman

 We apologize if you did not receive the communication that Ridgeline was released from yesterday’s Lock Out at 1:38pm. The server blocked this email as it was the 2nd communication from the same eNews address to hundreds of email addresses in a short time and the server interpreted it as spam. We subsequently used our 4J school district email communication which should have reached all families. If you did not receive the lockout release notification and you are a current Ridgeline parent, please contact the office.

 

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