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eNews 1-16-2020

posted Jan 16, 2020, 1:51 PM by Cynthia Friedman

PULL-OVER HOODIES ARE COMING!!! - LAST CHANCE to order your purple and blue Ridgeline T-SHIRTS AND SWEATSHIRTS plus, here’s your chance to order a PULL OVER HOODIE!  Did you miss the fall order for t-shirts and hoodies?  Don’t fret, you get another chance! Orders are due by February 3rd. We will not be making exceptions for late orders, so if you want a t-shirt or sweatshirt, please get your order in to the office by February 3rd. Order forms will be sent home tomorrow and extra forms can be picked up in the office. We do have a very limited selection of sizes to browse in the office, so stop by and see what size you should order.  Women’s t-shirt sizes run small. Questions? Email Michelle at michelle.lodwig@ridgeline.org

Biking Survey - As part of Safe Routes to School program we need to evaluate student transportation. We ask that you take a few minutes to fill out our Parent Survey for Ridgeline to help us as we work to improve the safety for students to walk, bike and roll to school. This link is specific for your school. If you have more than one student at this school please fill out one for the older student only. If you have students at more than one school please fill out one for each school you receive a link for. Thank you for your time!

 

Volunteer Handy Person - Do you like to do handy projects around your house, climb ladders, or lift heavy things? We have lots of odd jobs that require lifting and a comfort with heights. We are looking for a volunteer for ongoing help with facilities projects. Contact Cynthia to volunteer. 


Event Photos - We are collecting photos to incorporate into a slide show that we hope to show at both game night and at the end of the year to celebrate the 20 years Ridgeline as been providing public Montessori here in Eugene. Please send us your favorite 5-10 photos with the year and topic in the subject line to photos@ridgeline.org (for example - “MS Adventure trip 2009”)


Be thoughtful and kind - Last week a very upset neighbor called the office. Apparently one of our dads parked in front of her house, blocking her trash cans. This caused her to miss her trash pick up and she spoke with the dad asking him not to park there. He replied that it was a public street and he could park anywhere he jolly well pleased. Receiving calls like this is challenging. We listen and we try to reassure our neighbors. and we apologize for something we did not do nor have any control over. It saddens our hearts that a Ridgeline family would be so rude to a neighbor. So we remind you all to please be kind and considerate of people everywhere. Your actions reflect back on our Ridgeline community. Thank you.


Site Council Open Positions - Site Council is a group made up of representatives from each of the school’s stakeholder groups. The main objectives of the Site Council are to provide visionary leadership for the school and to provide a forum for all stakeholder groups. Some of the topics site council addresses are the parent survey, traffic concerns, school calendar, and the School Improvement Plan (SIP). Site council meets monthly. The next meeting is Monday, January 27, 6-7:30 p.m. and all are welcome to attend. Contact Site Council if you have questions about the following positions. 


One Parent Representative Position - Parent reps are asked to serve a 3-year term and attend RCO meetings in addition to Site Council meetings. If you are interested in serving on our Site Council, please join our next meeting:  January 27, 6-7:30 p.m. 


Minute Taker - The minute taker is a neutral non-voting Site Council participant whose role is to take meeting minutes. The minute taker is responsible for sharing the minutes with Site Council members in a timely fashion after the meeting, incorporating edits, and communicating with the meeting facilitator. 

 

CONTINUING NEWS - 

Sibling Enrollment 2020-21 School Year - Siblings of students who are currently enrolled and will remain enrolled in Ridgeline in the coming year receive enrollment priority so long as an application for the sibling is received prior to the application deadline. If space is unavailable, students with sibling-level priority will be the first group selected by an equitable lottery process for placement on the waiting list. In order to qualify for sibling preference, you must complete the online enrollment application for any incoming sibling by January 31 .

 

Siblings must start a new application. You cannot update a previous application you might have on file. 

 

Intent to Return in March - Every year we ask our current families what their enrollment plans are for the upcoming school year. This year the intent to return online form will be available starting March 16th. This is how you retain your student’s spot at Ridgeline.


Help Promote Ridgeline! - Ridgeline’s Information Sessions and 2020-2021 lottery are approaching. We need your help to promote Ridgeline and our Information Sessions which will take place this month. Please spread the word about Ridgeline and lottery dates to friends and family!

Lottery information sessions:

Thursday, January 23, 6:30 p.m.

Applications due: January 31

Lottery: in February


Talent Show – On Friday January 24, from 6-8 p.m., Ridgeline students will rock your socks off! Last year’s event was a great success—we had musical acts, breakdancing droids, and ventriloquism, just to name a few! A volunteer came around before Winter Break and gave the kids talent show guidelines, and a sign-up sheet was posted in each classroom. We will need a volunteer to run lighting. Questions can go to Kate Downing

 

Food Pantry - The pantry is low! We would greatly appreciate your donations of apples, oranges, granola bars, nuts, yogurt, etc. 

 

Extra Pants - During the wet wintry season please consider adding an extra pair of pants to your child’s school backpack. Oftentimes students get muddy and wet at recess and our “muddy puddle” clothing box does not currently have any smaller sized pants. If your child has borrowed clothes from school please return them laundered to the office. We are also accepting donations of pants, especially sweatpants or leggings that can be worn by a range of sizes. 

 

Event Planners - Are you organized? Do you love to plan parties and events? We need you and your love of planning for upcoming Ridgeline events. There is possibly an auction in the works…Contact Cynthia to learn more!

 

Slippers – We are approaching that time of the year when students’ slippers may be a bit worn or their toes are hanging out. It is also a time when stores have slippers on clearance. Please check with your student to see whether they need a new pair of slippers (ones that stay on their feet and can be worn outside during fire drills are ideal).


Library Room Monitors & Crossing Guard Needed - We still have openings for both the library room monitor volunteer position and the crossing guard job. Check out days needed here

 

COMMUNITY NEWS -  

Eugene Road Work Updates - 

Work kicks off in the weeks ahead on both the last phase of the I-105 Bridge Preservation Project and the beginning of the Beltline/Delta Interchange Project.

 

You will be seeing a comprehensive public information program informing drivers and community members about upcoming impacts, including options for alternative routes and methods to reach destinations throughout the region. The information blitz begins next week with radio and newspaper ads, media, and outreach to businesses, schools, and emergency services.

 

A flyer about the work and timelines is attached. Please share it with your community and contacts. We are asking folks to check TripCheck.com. It is the best way to get immediate situational information, and when construction is going on there are links to the project webpages.

 

Thank you for your patience and support as we do this important work to improve our transportation infrastructure.

 

Inside Montessori Movie Night is three events in one, a fundraiser, panel discussion, and inspirational film. Friday, January 31st | 6-8pm. 622 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214

INSPIRATIONAL FILM -Inside Montessori is an inspirational feature-length documentary taking the viewer inside five different Montessori environments. Individuals brand new to Montessori and seasoned experts alike will gain a deeper knowledge and understanding about Montessori through watching this film. 

BUY ONE TICKET ($10), or BUY 10 TICKETS and bring a group.

FUNDRAISER -All of the proceeds from this event go directly into our Student Scholarship Fund, creating more access to Montessori training and expanding diversity, equity and inclusion in Montessori education. Last year, nearly $20,000 was awarded to incoming Montessori Northwest students. Montessori Northwest has three scholarships: Equity in Education, Learning to Leading, and Education Advancement. 

PANEL DISCUSSION - We have hand selected a spectacular group of visionaries and world-changers to share their thoughts on important topics in the world of Montessori education, such as equity, Montessori in the public sector, early childhood development, Montessori for adolescents, and more.

Jen Wyld, our discussion facilitator, is an Elementary Course Assistant here at Montessori Northwest. Prior to coming on staff at MNW, Jen has years of experience working in Montessori with children of all ages. 

Matt Lee is a current student in the Primary AMI Diploma course at Montessori Northwest. He is also a parent in the Montessori community, and has served on the board of directors at Lewis and Clark Montessori School.

April-Kay Williams is the Owner, Director, and Assistants to Infancy Guide at Zora Montessori School in Eugene, Oregon.

Maria Garcia, a Primary-trained Montessori expert, began the Alder Montessori Children’s House housed within the Reynolds Public School District.

Keinya Kohlbecker is a Primary Lead Guide at Harmony Montessori School and has spent several years working with Montessori Adolescents teaching Humanities, writing, and dance.

Dave Ayer, communications director at the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS), has seventeen years of Montessori teaching experience, has been a Montessori administrator, writer, speaker, advocate, and was a founding developer of the Hershey Montessori School Adolescent Community.

Rania Kanaan is a lead teacher in upper elementary at the Ivy School in Portland, OR. She has ten years of experience as a teacher, including three years as a school director at Crescent Montessori School in Beaverton, OR.

Nikki Jones is the Executive Director at the Ivy School in the Portland, Oregon. She has over seventeen years of experience in Montessori education as a Teacher, Coordinator, Principal, and Program Coordinator and has worked with children of all ages.


Items for eNews must be submitted electronically (in print ready format) to Cynthia Friedman cynthia.friedman@ridgeline.org by Thursday at 8:30am.

   

Board of Director Meeting Minutes:

https://docs.google.com/a/ridgeline.org/folder/d/0B_DqCqqNNa3sYWY3MTFjNjktNDJlOC00NDY1LThmNjItNmFlMThmZDllNzM2/edit


Ridgeline's charter renewed! -

posted Jan 16, 2020, 1:50 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Last night the 4J Board voted to renew Ridgeline's charter for the next 10 years. Thank you to all of you who shared your Ridgeline stories with 4J as part of the renewal process. Thank you to the District staff and administration for their continued support. And, most of all, thank you to our amazing staff. Their everyday work with and for our children and their commitment to the idea of public Montessori are what make our success possible.


Fundraising update -

posted Jan 16, 2020, 1:50 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Thank you Ridgeline donors!  Here is an update as of January 10, 2020.

Goal: $100,000

Raised to date: $40,523.15

Remaining amount to raise: $59,476.85


Chat with Site Council Parent Reps -

posted Jan 16, 2020, 1:49 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Parents and guardians, do you have questions, comments, concerns or ideas to share?  Come to chat with your site council parent representatives! Your parent reps from Site Council are looking to create more times and opportunities to connect with you, our stakeholders.  We’ll host informal monthly meetings at different times, days and locations. We won’t have specific topics, but will use the time to connect and share ideas and answer questions. This month we will meet on Thursday, January 23rd anytime between 8:45-10 a.m. at Market of Choice.  We’ll be upstairs at a table with our stuffed bear wearing her Ridgeline swag t-shirt so you can find us! Site Council will be discussing the family survey at our January meeting, so that can be a topic of conversation if desired.  


eNews 1-9-2020

posted Jan 10, 2020, 11:30 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Help Promote Ridgeline! - Ridgeline’s Information Sessions and 2020-2021 lottery are approaching. We need your help to promote Ridgeline and our Information Sessions which will take place this month. Please spread the word about Ridgeline and lottery dates to friends and family!

Lottery information sessions:

Saturday, January 11, 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 23, 6:30 p.m.

Applications due: January 31

Lottery: in February


Talent Show – On Friday January 24, from 6-8 p.m., Ridgeline students will rock your socks off! Last year’s event was a great success—we had musical acts, breakdancing droids, and ventriloquism, just to name a few! A volunteer came around before Winter Break and gave the kids talent show guidelines, and a sign-up sheet was posted in each classroom. We will need a volunteer to run lighting. Questions can go to Kate Downing

 

Food Pantry - The pantry is low! We would greatly appreciate your donations of apples, oranges, granola bars, nuts, yogurt, etc. 

 

Extra Pants - During the wet wintry season please consider adding an extra pair of pants to your child’s school backpack. Oftentimes students get muddy and wet at recess and our “muddy puddle” clothing box does not currently have any smaller sized pants. If your child has borrowed clothes from school please return them laundered to the office. We are also accepting donations of pants, especially sweatpants or leggings that can be worn by a range of sizes. 

 

Event Planners - Are you organized? Do you love to plan parties and events? We need you and your love of planning for upcoming Ridgeline events. There is possibly an auction in the works…Contact Cynthia to learn more!

 

Slippers – We are approaching that time of the year when students’ slippers may be a bit worn or their toes are hanging out. It is also a time when stores have slippers on clearance. Please check with your student to see whether they need a new pair of slippers (ones that stay on their feet and can be worn outside during fire drills are ideal).


Library Room Monitors & Crossing Guard Needed - We still have openings for both the library room monitor volunteer position and the crossing guard job. Check out days needed here

 

CONTINUING NEWS - 

Winter Weather: Snow Day Information  

 

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


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

 

Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School may be in session on a day when 4J happens to be already out of session. In this case, Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School will make the announcement on our website, http://www.ridgeline.org.

 

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

 

Snow day notifications: Our school district communicates any decision to change school or bus schedules as quickly as possible in several ways, all well before 6:30 a.m.

 

 

No news = No change. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

 

School Closure = No school for students. Decision about afternoon/evening activities will be made by noon.

 

Two-Hour Delay: School starts two hours late and ends at the usual school dismissal time. If a delay occurs on an early release Friday, school will still be dismissed at the early release time.  

 

For more information, please see www.4j.lane.edu/weather.


Special Education Parent Symposium

Parents and guardians of students receiving special education:

Please join us for a special education symposium to learn more about 4J services, share your thoughts, and meet, network and collaborate with other families, 4J staff, and community members.

TOPIC: Student Services visioning process and Student Success Act spending priorities.

Special Education Parent Symposium

Monday, January 13, 6–7 p.m.

4J Education Center

200 N. Monroe St., Eugene

If you are in need of a translator, please contact Kathy Anthony at 541-790-7868 or anthony_k@4j.lane.edu.

Learn more about the Student Success Act: 4j.lane.edu/studentsuccess/

Stay Tuned! Other special education symposiums will be scheduled in 2020.



Sibling Enrollment 2020-21 School Year -

posted Jan 10, 2020, 11:29 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Siblings of students who are currently enrolled and will remain enrolled in Ridgeline in the coming year receive enrollment priority so long as an application for the sibling is received prior to the application deadline. If space is unavailable, students with sibling-level priority will be the first group selected by an equitable lottery process for placement on the waiting list. In order to qualify for sibling preference, you must complete the online enrollment application for any incoming sibling by January 31 .


Intent to Return in March -

posted Jan 10, 2020, 11:28 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Every year we ask our current families what their enrollment plans are for the upcoming school year. This year the intent to return online form will be available starting March 16th. This is how you retain your student’s spot at Ridgeline.


Dickie Jo’s and Dickie Yo’s -

posted Jan 10, 2020, 11:28 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Our January restaurant fundraiser is Dickie Jo's and Dickie Yo's! Come reconnect after winter break with friends and have a burger or some frozen yogurt (vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options too)!           

Join Ridgeline Montessori at Dickie Jo’s and Dickie Yo’s across from the Valley River Center Mall on Monday, January 13th ALL DAY and Tuesday, January 14th  ALL DAY. Bring your coupon and Ridgeline will get 25% of your purchase.  Dine in or take out!  Get together with your community or take your office to lunch! Coupons will be sent home on Friday.


eNews 12-12-19

posted Dec 12, 2019, 3:02 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Library Volunteers - We have several slots open for library room monitors. If you have 1-2 hours per week to come supervise students working in this space, sign up here. If the times do not exactly match with your schedule contact Cynthia and she will adjust the Track it Forward sign up times. 


Crossing Guards Still Needed - Help keep our kids safe!

Monday - morning & afternoon

Friday - morning & afternoon

Thursday - afternoon

Sign up here to volunteer. 



Lottery Information Session Childcare Volunteers - We need 3 volunteers to help staff with childcare for the lottery information sessions. Volunteers need to have green badges. To volunteer sign up here.


Marketplace Update - Thank you to everyone who participated in last weekend’s Marketplace event. The students did a fabulous job creating crafts to sell. A special thank you to Heather Hickcox for all her hard work putting this event together and thank you to all of the adult volunteers who helped make it possible. This event raised over $1,000 for Ridgeline!  We are so grateful for their generosity and entrepreneurial spirit.


Traveling for the Holidays? - The last day of school before winter break is December 20. We expect that all students will be in attendance until 1:05 p.m. that day. If your family will be travelling and missing school during that week in December, or in January when we return, please remember to fill out the Planned Absence Request Form


CONTINUING NEWS - 

Lottery Posters - Lottery season is just around the corner! Help us promote Ridgeline to the broader Eugene community by hanging lottery posters. Posters and a hanging location list are available at the office. 

 

Ridgeline Holiday Tree Fundraiser – 43111 McKenzie Hwy., Leaburg, 541-896-3483. Purchase your holiday tree at Spring Creek Holly Farm and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Ridgeline! Tell them at the farm when you purchase your tree that you would like to donate to Ridgeline. Anyone can participate. Tell friends, family, and co-workers. Noble Firs are locally grown at Spring Creek Holly Farm and at their wholesale facility, Whitewater Ranch, using low-impact and sustainable farming practices. They have pre-cut trees, or you can choose and cut your own. They also offer handmade holly wreaths, table decorations and bulk greens. Start a new holiday tradition, take a drive down the beautiful McKenzie Highway, enjoy a cup of hot apple cider, and support Ridgeline! Spring Creek Holly Farm is open until December 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week.


Sewing Project-  We need a volunteer to measure the bookcases in the loft, and hem curtains to fit the length of each bookcase.  If you are interested in this project, please contact Yaeko


Let’s Talk about the Queue Folks! - If you are using the pick up line, please do not line up on W. Amazon and block traffic. If the line extends beyond the corner of Rose Way (the no-name street) and W. Amazon, please circle around at Snell and try again, or park and walk to pick up your student. It is not legal (or safe) to block a travel lane on the roadway. The LTD bus and cars are not able to travel down the street when parents insist on queuing in the road.


Winter Weather: Snow Day Information  

 

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


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

 

Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School may be in session on a day when 4J happens to be already out of session. In this case, Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School will make the announcement on our website, http://www.ridgeline.org.

 

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

 

Snow day notifications: Our school district communicates any decision to change school or bus schedules as quickly as possible in several ways, all well before 6:30 a.m.

 

 

No news = No change. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

 

School Closure = No school for students. Decision about afternoon/evening activities will be made by noon.

 

Two-Hour Delay: School starts two hours late and ends at the usual school dismissal time. If a delay occurs on an early release Friday, school will still be dismissed at the early release time.  

 

For more information, please see www.4j.lane.edu/weather.


COMMUNITY NEWS - 

Prevent Cyberbullying, Sexting & Child Exploitation  

Parent Education Nights: Know what's going on(line)!

You are invited to a free parent training about preventing cyberbullying, sexting, and sexual exploitation of children. Eugene School District 4J is teaming up with the Eugene Police Department and Bethel School District to provide this training, conducted by a nationally recognized child crimes specialist.

All parents and guardians are invited to attend. Choose which night works for you—the training is offered three times, Dec. 17, 18 or 19, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at South Eugene High School. 

 

To learn more or invite friends, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2848593551852005


Items for eNews must be submitted electronically (in print ready format) to Cynthia Friedman cynthia.friedman@ridgeline.org by Thursday at 8:30am.

   

Board of Director Meeting Minutes:

https://docs.google.com/a/ridgeline.org/folder/d/0B_DqCqqNNa3sYWY3MTFjNjktNDJlOC00NDY1LThmNjItNmFlMThmZDllNzM2/edit


Public Hearing for Charter Renewal -

posted Dec 12, 2019, 3:01 PM by Cynthia Friedman

As a charter school, Ridgeline is sponsored by the Eugene 4J School District. That sponsorship is up for renewal this year, and we are requesting the district renew our charter contract for the next 10 years. Part of the process is giving public testimony at a 4J board meeting. Please show your love for Ridgeline and support for our charter renewal by attending Ridgeline’s public hearing during the 4J board meeting on December 18 at 7 p.m. During the public hearing, Ridgeline community members will share stories that are a beautiful reflection of our school.  (The board will vote on contract renewal at a future meeting.) Please join us and wear your Ridgeline gear!

 

What:    Ridgeline’s public hearing for charter renewal (without it we won’t have a school)

When:  Wednesday, December 18, at 7 p.m.

Where: 4J district office, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene

 


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