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eNews 10-17-19

posted by Cynthia Friedman

Crooked Smile? - If you do not like your child’s photo, or they were absent on picture day, you have the opportunity to have retakes on Wednesday, October 23. In order to receive a retake you must send the original picture package back that day. Retakes take place first thing in the morning and usually wrap up in an hour or two. If you choose to order your retakes online the Lifetouch Picture Day ID is: F0529174Y1.


Family Conferences - Family Conferences are Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8th! We are excited to connect with you regarding your student’s progress.  Ridgeline highly recommends student attendance and participation during conferences. We also acknowledge that some conversations are best to have without the student present. Conferences will begin promptly with whomever is present and end at the scheduled time. Click HERE to sign up.  These are no school days

 

Does it feel “normal" yet? It’s a Montessori thing! Yesterday marked the end of the 6 week “normalization” period that we observe at the beginning of every school year. We give our classroom communities this protected time to get to know each other and settle into their routines with as little outside interruption as possible. Now, with this year's learning journeys well underway, our students and teachers are ready to start welcoming visitors into their classrooms. If you’d like to schedule an observation or lunch with your child, please contact your teacher to find a time—teachers are the ones best situated to determine when a visit will be most enjoyable and productive. Also, please complete a background check prior to your visit if you can. 

Stone Soup – Ridgeline’s long standing tradition of Stone Soup is Wednesday, November 27. Students bring vegetables to school on Tuesday and slice them in the classrooms for the communal soups that our amazing volunteers cook, outside the gym, the next day. Volunteer here for the day of and here to help with veggie slicing the day before.

Bookfair – Ridgeline’s annual Barnes & Noble Bookfair is Friday, November 15, 6-8 p.m. A percentage of the sales using our bookfair ID at Barnes & Noble during the event (and through November 19), will go to the teachers to buy books for their classrooms. Each classroom is working on a performance for this event. Stay tuned for more details in future eNews and teacher’s weekly updates. Volunteer here.


Log Volunteer Hours - Remember to log your volunteer hours on Track it Forward

Private Drive - Just a reminder to everyone that the street immediately to the north of the school grounds is actually a private drive called Rose Way. It belongs to Wild Oaks and it is not available for Ridgeline families to drive or park on. Help us to be good neighbors and please do not use this street. 


CONTINUING NEWS - 


Curriculum Sharing – Parents new to our program are in for a treat! Curriculum Sharing is a time when children can bring you into the classroom and show you some of their favorite work. The format is informal and student led. This experience empowers students in a special way. They can demonstrate the confidence and independence gained since school began. Curriculum Sharing is Thursday, October 24. The classrooms will be open 3:05-4:05 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.


Family and Student Handbooks - Last week the Family and Student Handbooks were sent home with students. After you review the handbook, please take a moment to fill out the School-Family Partnership Agreement

 

North Parking Lot Closed October 14-25 - The north parking lot is closed for upper elementary bicycle class for these two weeks.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS - 

Halloween Party @ the YMCA

Friday, October 25

6:00p-8:00p

 

Bring your family and friends!

Wear your costume (adults too!)

 

  • Inflatable (bounce house, jousting, obstacle course)

  • Tennis, Pickleball and Ping Pong

  • Snacks

  • Swimming

  • Face Painting / Tattoos

  • BINGO and MORE!

 

Open to all ages; for Y and community members

FREE with suggested food donation for First Place Family Shelter

No Need to Register - Families must accompany their children.

 

Eugene Family YMCA

2055 Patterson St

97405


TONIGHT! Cafe Yumm Restaurant Night -

posted by Cynthia Friedman

Ridgeline’s first ever Cafe Yumm fundraiser is tonight, October 17, 5-8 p.m. at the Cafe Yumm in the Meridian Building at 1801 Willamette St. No flier is needed and 20% of the sales during those hours will go to Ridgeline! Tell your friends, co-workers, and family! We hope to see you there. 


Board Meeting Tonight -

posted by Cynthia Friedman

The Ridgeline Board of Directors will have its monthly business meeting tonight (Thursday) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Major items on the agenda this month include: authorizing Ridgeline's request for charter renewal, discussing upcoming major facilities projects, and ongoing work to review and update our school policies. The full agenda can be found here. Board meetings are open to the public, except when an executive session is indicated on the agenda.


Jog-a-thon Update -

posted by Cynthia Friedman

A BIG thank you to all of our Jog-a-thon donors and to everyone who supported our students as they collected their pledges! We exceeded our $10,000 goal for this event; as of yesterday we have raised $11,929!  While our official pledge collection deadline was this past Monday, rest assured, it's never too late to support Ridgeline. So if any late pledges arrive in your mailbox or turn up in a pocket you can always drop them off at the office!


eNews 10-10-19

posted Oct 10, 2019, 2:02 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Fundraising Update - Our fundraising goal for the year is $100,000. So far we have raised: $15,701.39. That leaves $84,298.61. We are off to a great start!


Cafe Yumm Restaurant Night - Ridgeline’s first ever Cafe Yumm fundraiser is next Thursday, October 17, 5-8 p.m. at the Cafe Yumm in the Meridian Building at 1801 Willamette St. No flier is needed and 20% of the sales during those hours will go to Ridgeline! Tell your friends, co-workers, and family! We hope to see you there. 


Curriculum Sharing – Parents new to our program are in for a treat! Curriculum Sharing is a time when children can bring you into the classroom and show you some of their favorite work. The format is informal and student led. This experience empowers students in a special way. They can demonstrate the confidence and independence gained since school began. Curriculum Sharing is Thursday, October 24. The classrooms will be open 3:05-4:05 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.


Conferences Are Coming – Mark your calendars: conferences will be held Thursday, November 7, and Friday, November 8. The link to conference sign-ups will be available in next week’s eNews. Note that there is no school on conference days.

 

Ridgeline's "BIG WORKS"--watch and read your email! When our students dive into major learning, their work often expands to take not only their time and energy, but also a great deal of space. We call these works that can spread down an entire hall or across the playground, "BIG WORKS." They are all in the service of their ultimate BIG WORK:  growing as the whole human beings they're striving to become. Each year, our school undertakes some BIG WORK too. Throughout the month of October, Ridgeline'e Executive Director Chrystell Reed will be sending families a series of emails that share our school's plans for some major projects going on this year. These emails go out to parents of current students from Chrystell. If you didn't receive this week's, you can read it here. Please take time to read and learn about our school's Big Works! 

 

North Parking Lot Closed October 14-25 - The north parking lot is closed for upper elementary bicycle class for these two weeks.

 

Volunteers Needed! Upper El Bicycle Safety Class -  Upper elementary students will receive 2 weeks of bike safety classes, practicing on bikes, on the streets, culminating in rides around the neighborhood practicing their new traffic and bike handling skills. We need volunteers to go along with the rides and basically leapfrog the group, stopping at intersections, etc. to let the kids know where to turn, remind them to shoulder check and signal, etc.

It's super fun and it's great to have more adults to keep things moving and safe. 

Sign up is here - scroll down to Ridgeline on Oct 24th and 25th, or help with other schools. :)

Thank you!

 

Helmets - Students are encouraged to bring their own bike helmet for the upper elementary biking classes so they don’t have to share with other students. Eugene Recreational Services will bring helmets for those who do not have their own. 

 

Nit Picking – Heads up everyone we have received reports of multiple cases of head lice since school started! We encourage you to make it a routine to periodically check your child’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.

 

Home 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.

 

CONTINUING NEWS - 

Ridgeline Family Contacts - (formerly known as the student directory) The Ridgeline Family Contacts list will be available starting Monday for parent pick up in the office, at the RCO meeting,and during conferences. We will not be sending them home with students in order to keep family information secure.  

 

Middle School Cookie and Popcorn Sales - Cookies and Popcorn sales started last week and happen every Friday from 1:05 till 1:30 outside the gym. Cookies and Popcorn are 50 cents each. Thanks for supporting the middle school adventure trip fund! If you need to assist your student with their purchase please park and walk in (do not use the drive through pick up line).

 

COMMUNITY NEWS - 

Students Ride Free on LTD - All students in kindergarten through 12th grade can now ride Lane Transit District (LTD) buses for free. For now, students can ride free if they show their school identification card or just tell the bus driver where they are a student. At a future point students will be required to show a pass or app to board the bus. Learn more: www.ltd.org/student-pass.

 

 

Friday, October 18, 5:30-9 pm, Alton Baker Park 

Nearby Nature's Haunted Hike: Celebrate night creatures! Enjoy a pumpkin-lit hike in Alton Baker Park and meet an entertaining costumed bat, frog, spider, owl, and more. Also enjoy fun crafts, snacks, games, and a raffle -- plus a display of cool raptor claws and wings from the Cascades Raptor Center. Rain or moonshine, Friday, October 18, 5:30-9 pm, Alton Baker Park. Members free, non-members $5/person. Pre-registration REQUIRED online:nearbynature.org/registration. Questions? 541-687-9699


No School TOMORROW –

posted Oct 10, 2019, 2:02 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Just a reminder that there is no school tomorrow, Friday, October 11. This is a statewide in-service day, and Ridgeline teachers will be in meetings and trainings.


Family and Student Handbooks -

posted Oct 10, 2019, 2:01 PM by Cynthia Friedman

In the next few days Family and Student Handbooks will be sent home with students. After you review the handbook, please take a moment to fill out the School-Family Partnership Agreement


Jog-a-thon Pledge Packets Due Monday! -

posted Oct 10, 2019, 2:00 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Help us get to our $10,000 goal for the Jog-a-thon. So far $5,654.88 in pledges have been made online or turned in to the office. Pledge envelopes are due Monday, October 14. Let’s see if we can raise another $4,345.12! Donations may be made online at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/Jog-A-Thon


Jasper's Update 10-3-19

posted Oct 3, 2019, 2:19 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Room 10 Families,


Classroom happenings - These last couple weeks have been going great. Students are hard at work. Some are working on math lesson follow-ups and some are working on their imaginary worlds. Other students are working on research projects connected to our early civilizations curriculum. Some families have seen your student working on imaginary world work happening at home. Students are working to create their own worlds. They are creating the creatures that inhabit the world as well as what the world looks like. They have been tasked with writing their world’s story.


Work Journals - Students are using work journals this year instead of work plans to track what they are working on daily. Students are developing a format that works with them with the guidance of myself and Mary Kate. We have given them a model of writing down what they have planned to do that day with as much detail as possible so that they will be able to look back and see what they have worked on, completed, and what they may still need to complete.



These are examples of ways that students are using their work journals. One student is tracking daily work and the other student is tracking weekly work. This system is designed to adapt to what is best for each student.


Testing - Students are almost done with benchmark testing in our class. We are doing one last push to finish up.


PE - Please make sure that your student comes to school in appropriate footwear to participate in PE. If your student insists to wear shoes that won’t work, please have them bring shoes to change into.


One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community


Attendance - The year is just beginning and it is a great time to build great habits!  Being in school, on time, every day is important. Good attendance is strongly linked to academic, social, and emotional success.

 

We believe that students and families that feel they are included in the school community are more likely to show up consistently

 

We believe that good attendance will allow your child to fully contribute to and fully benefit from the classroom community. 

 

We believe good attendance will not only build strong academics, but also build strong socially and emotionally capable humans.

 

Thank you for learning and growing with us!


Jasper


eNews 10-3-19

posted Oct 3, 2019, 1:10 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Middle School Cookie and Popcorn Sales - Cookies and Popcorn sales started last week and happen every Friday from 1:05 till 1:30 outside the gym. Cookies and Popcorn are 50 cents each. Thanks for supporting the middle school adventure trip fund! If you need to assist your student with their purchase please park and walk in (do not use the drive through pick up line).


Jog-a-thon Update - Thank you everyone for your support of the Jog-a-thon! This year's event has been a big success so far. Altogether the kids ran about 670 miles! That's about 3 round-trips to Portland! Everyone who came out did a great job and the kids enjoyed popsicles afterward. 

 

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who joined us the night before and the day of the event. Having lots of volunteers helped everything go smoothly and made everyone's part a little easier. 

 

The next way you can help with the Jog-a-thon is by helping your kids gather their pledges! This is a vital part of the fundraiser and without it we wouldn't raise any funds. Our deadline for collecting pledges is October 14. Remember to get receipts to your donors if they need one for tax purposes. We are excited to share the total amount raised when we finish collecting pledges! Our fundraising goal for the year is $100,000 and the Jog-a-thon is a significant part of that. 

 

Bike and Walk to School Day Update! - We had another successful Bike and Walk to school day. A big thank you to biking volunteers Jenny Noyce, Salmon Stroich, Jordan Bishko, Sarah Stanely, and Piper Paulish for leading the biking train. Thank you to walking volunteers Annette Leonard, Eli Meyer, Brook Edwards-Meyer, Jennifer Stewart, and Sherri Perkins for walking with students, Andrea Skehan for being a crossing guard, and raffle table volunteers Robyn Suzumura, Trisha King, and Yaeko Rodrigues. It was reported that 35 bikers joined the biking train and a total of 106 kids filled out raffle tickets saying they had biked or walked! We encourage your family to continue to bike and walk to school everyday!

 

CONTINUING NEWS - 

Plan Ahead for After School- Please make every effort to plan your child’s after school plans in advance and review those plans with your child before you drop them off at school. With almost 250 students imagine the interruptions to the classrooms that changing plans midday creates! That being said, we do understand that last minute appointments come up, work meetings, and cars break down causing parents to make last minute changes. If you must change the pick up plans during the school day call the office at 541-681-9662 as early in the day as you can. Only parents can give permission for their child to go home with someone else. DO NOT text the teacher. Cell phones are teacher’s personal devices and are not used during the school day as it distracts from the learning environment. If your child has a complicated pick-up schedule, emailing it to the teacher and the office is helpful. Emails sent prior to the school day are a great way to alert staff to a playdate, early departure, or other out of the ordinary pick occurrences. 


Box Tops for Education - 

Hi friends, 


The Box Tops for Education program is a simple way for us to earn money for Ridgeline. They’re making it even easier for to earn now! Box Tops is going digital! Simply download their app called “Box Tops for Education,” scan your grocery store receipt within 14 days and Ridgeline gets moolah! 


But wait! It gets better. While they are slowly phasing out the clipped box tops, there are still lots in production that we can still clip and send in. This means we can get double the payout by clipping Box Tops AND scanning our receipts! So keep your eye out for the Box Tops logos as you ship for groceries and scan those receipts! 


Please drop your clipped Box Tops and/or receipts if you prefer not to scan them to the Box Tops container in the lobby. Let’s make some money for Ridgeline!


Thank you,

Marci Davis


Sign-Up for MIDDLE SCHOOL Room Parent Emails - Oops, last week the middle school opt in for room parent email fell off the list! Parents are asked to send an email to the room parent emails in order to opt in to receive classroom announcements! Sign up today so you don’t miss out on any communications.

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



COMMUNITY NEWS - 

Friday, October 18, 5:30-9 pm, Alton Baker Park 

Nearby Nature's Haunted Hike: Celebrate night creatures! Enjoy a pumpkin-lit hike in Alton Baker Park and meet an entertaining costumed bat, frog, spider, owl, and more. Also enjoy fun crafts, snacks, games, and a raffle -- plus a display of cool raptor claws and wings from the Cascades Raptor Center. Rain or moonshine, Friday, October 18, 5:30-9 pm, Alton Baker Park. Members free, non-members $5/person. Pre-registration REQUIRED online:nearbynature.org/registration. Questions? 541-687-9699


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