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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

 


Joy of Sharing –

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

Donations are now being accepted. Help us take care of Ridgeline families over winter break!  Our annual food drive, the Joy of Sharing begins December 13 and runs through December 19. Please bring non-perishable donations to school during that week. In addition to food, other items such as toilet paper and personal hygiene items are welcome.  With the donated items, we will create and distribute food boxes to Ridgeline families in need, to help them over winter break. Please contact Cynthia if your family would benefit from a Joy of Sharing box. 


Lost & Found -

posted Dec 12, 2019, 3:00 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Remember to look in the lost and found for your children’s lost items before winter break. Wouldn’t it be a shame to get to Grandma’s house in snowy Minnesota only to remember that Esmerelda’s winter boots are in the Ridgeline lost and found! 


eNews 12-5-19

posted Dec 6, 2019, 12:19 PM by Cynthia Friedman

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. 

 

RCO Meeting -Join us for our bi-monthly business meeting and discussion. During the December 9, RCO meeting we will be discussing the new biking and walking route changes.  A member of Ridgeline’s Bike Committee, Jenny Noyce, will also be on hand to hear input and to share about the Bike Committee’s process and ideas. Join us in the library on December 09, 2019 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

 

Joy of Sharing – Help us take care of Ridgeline families over winter break!  Our annual food drive, the Joy of Sharing begins December 16 and runs through December 20. Please bring non-perishable donations to school during that week. In addition to food, other items such as toilet paper and personal hygiene items are welcome.  With the donated items, we will create and distribute food baskets to Ridgeline families in need, to help them over winter break. Please contact Cynthia if your family would benefit from a Joy of Sharing box. 


Food Pantry - Help us have enough food to feed students until winter break. We are low on string cheese, fruit, bars, etc. Thank you so much for your donations and ongoing support of the food pantry.


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


Fundraising update - Thank you Ridgeline donors!  We are three months into the school year and we are over 30% of the way to our annual goal!  

Goal: $100,000

Raised to date:$32,421.45

Still to raise: $67,578.55


Stone Soup Thank You - A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped out with Stone Soup last week! What a lovely event! Janene Williamson was our amazing ALL day veggie slicing lead along with her team of volunteers - Alexis Reed, Emily Caldera, Jason Solomon, Jonathan Cook, Becca Lambeth-Anderson, Jenny Noyce, Sarah Haven, Amy Lovett, Piper Paulist, Rachael McEachern, Sherri Perkins, Katie Cave, Brooke Lumbra, Jeni Canaday, Meredith Turner, Brenna Cutting, Tim Donolon, Amy Sage, and Joan Swift. Thank you to our cooks - Charlie Kelley, Thomas Mele, and Elise Spiro. Thank you to all day volunteers Nancy Willcox-Trent, Erica O’Grady, Danielle Wade, and Rachael McEachern and bread slicers Naomi Kramer, Sherri Perkins, Jenny Noyce, and Samantha Windred. Thank you to Kari Stubber, Janene Williamson, Matthew McNatt, Sherri Perkins, and Samantha Windred for serving soup and helping to clean up. Thank you Jon and the middle school uke group for leading the all school sing along.  And a big thank you to The Bread Stop for donating the delicious bread!


Barnes and Noble - Thank you to everyone who attended and purchased books either directly for the classrooms or who made purchases that counted towards the percentage coming back to Ridgeline. The school received $978.33 which will be used to buy more books for the school!


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.


CONTINUING NEWS - 

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.


Crossing Guards - A big shout out and thank you to Nasim, Jeff, Andrea, Jeremy, Amy, and our in-house Clark, for helping out and being crossing guards here at school. It’s only 30 minutes of time and such a rewarding way to get in your volunteer hours! Think about it - there are approximately 28 weeks left of school. If you do crossing guard duty once a week that’s 14 hours right there. Also, what other volunteer job helps keep kids safe more than being a crossing guard! You too can be a crossing guard! SIgn up here


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


Chat with Site Council Parent Reps -

posted Dec 6, 2019, 12:16 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 and days. We won’t have specific topics, but will use the time to connect and share ideas and answer questions. Our first meeting will be TOMORROW, Friday, December 6th directly after drop off at 8:30 a.m. at Ridgeline in the loft.  Sign-in at the office and we’ll head over together. If you arrive a bit later, the office staff will direct you.  We’ll have coffee and some treats. RCO’s December meeting will be used as a forum to discuss and share ideas about the new walking and biking route.  If you are not able to make it to the December RCO meeting, please join us to share your input Friday December 6th in the loft so we can represent you at RCO.


Student Marketplace and Continental Breakfast -

posted Dec 6, 2019, 12:15 PM by Cynthia Friedman

is this Saturday, December 7, from 10-1! We really hope you join us and invite your friends and family! We have amazing student vendors who are participating and we would love for you to come and support them. We will have soaps, jewelry, scarves, and much more! It is going to be an amazing time.  


Support Ridgeline’s Charter Renewal! –

posted Dec 6, 2019, 12:15 PM by Cynthia Friedman

We received many heartwarming stories from students, parents and staff members to share as part of Ridgeline’s charter renewal! Please show your support by attending 4J’s December 18th board meeting (and wear Ridgeline gear).  Ridgeline’s public hearing will be one of the items on their agenda. During the public hearing portion, we will have the opportunity to share Ridgeline stories with the 4J Board of Directors and the public. Please help spread the word to attend the meeting on Wednesday, December 18, 7 - 9 p.m. 4J board meeting at the district office (200 N. Monroe St, Eugene, OR 97402).


eNews 11-21-19

posted Nov 21, 2019, 1:49 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Giving Tuesday - #GivingTuesday, the 8thannual social media global day of philanthropy, is now just 12 days away.  If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to set up your very own small fundraiser via Facebook!  This is a great and easy way to invite friends and family to help support our school’s important work in our community and the world. 

 It’s easy to do on Facebook:

1) Select “Fundraisers” from the left-hand side of the screen (under “Events”). 

2) Click on “Raise money.”

3) Select “Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School” from the non-profit listing.

4) Select your fundraising goal, deadline (December 3rd is #GivingTuesday!) and briefly why you are asking others to support Ridgeline.

5) After the fundraiser, please send a screenshot of the donor list to giving@ridgeline.org so we can ensure donors are appropriately recognized! (Otherwise we won’t know who gave since Facebook processes these through Network for Good and will only send the lump sum amount to Ridgeline.)

Donors can also make a donation directly to Ridgeline via our website – but please ask them to include both #GivingTuesday and your child’s name in the tribute line so their gifts can be fully recognized by us as a #GivingTuesday contribution!


Marketplace -Marketplace is just over 2 weeks away! Our event will be Saturday, December 7th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Please invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join us and support our amazing students! The more people who join us, the more successful our event will be! We will have art, crafts, and a continental breakfast option available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you all and if you have any questions please email Heather at sweetladyh@gmail.com

 

Vendors will receive more information in the next week. Lastly, We need more volunteers to help with Marketplace! Click here to volunteer! 


Crossing Guards - A big shout out and thank you to Nasim, Jeff, Andrea, Jeremy, Amy, and our in-house Clark, for helping out and being crossing guards here at school. It’s only 30 min. of time and such a rewarding way to get in your volunteer hours! Think about it - there are approximately 28 weeks left of school. If you do crossing guard duty once a week that’s 14 hours right there. Also, what other volunteer job helps keep kids safe more than being a crossing guard! You too can be a crossing guard! SIgn up here


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 in January 2020. Poster hanging volunteers are needed. We have a list of places to hang posters and the posters are now available in the office for you to pick up. Contact Cynthia or stop by the office to sign up for locations and take posters. 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


Talented and Gifted Referrals - TAG eligibility screening will be taking place in December. If you believe your student may qualify for TAG eligibility, please complete and return a referral form located at the front desk. There are two forms available: one for Academically Talented (in Reading or Math) and one for Intellectually Gifted. The deadline for turning in a TAG referral form is Wednesday, December 4th by the end of the school day. Once the form is signed and returned, our TAG Coordinator, Clark Hannahs, will be in touch about the referral process and exact testing dates. Feel free to email him at clark.hannahs@ridgeline.org if you have any questions!

Stone Soup Fable - "The "Stone Soup" is a fable that illustrates the importance of sharing and cooperation. Ridgeline students and their families re-enact these values when they bring and prepare foods for our community meal. Families are invited to participate." - Cheri Spies

For our new families, here is one version of the Stone Soup story -

Once upon a time, somewhere in Eastern Europe, there was a great famine. People jealously hoarded whatever food they could find, hiding it even from their friends and neighbors. One day a peddler drove his wagon into a village, sold a few of his wares, and began asking questions as if he planned to stay the night. "There's not a bite to eat in the whole province,” he was told. "Better keep on moving on."

"Oh I have everything I need,” he said. "In fact, I was thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you." He pulled an iron cauldron from his wagon, filled it with water, and built a fire under it. Then, with great ceremony, he drew an ordinary-looking stone from a velvet bag and dropped it into the water.

By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come to the square or watched from their windows. As the peddler sniffed the "broth" and licked his lips in anticipation, hunger began to overcome their skepticism.

"Ahh,” the peddler said to himself rather loudly, "I do like a tasty soup. Of course, stone soup with CABBAGE - that's to beat."

Soon a villager approached hesitantly, holding a cabbage he'd retrieved from its hiding place, and added it to the pot. "Capital!" cried the peddler. "You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king."

The village butcher managed to find some salt beef…and so it went, through potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on, until there was indeed a delicious meal for all.

CONTINUING NEWS - 

YMCA at Ridgeline 2020-2021 – The Y is looking to see if there is interest in having an onsite after-school program at Ridgeline in the 2020-21 school year. The Y currently offers a before-school program onsite, as well as pickup from Ridgeline for the after-school program at the Y. Currently there’s a waitlist for the after-school program.

The Y asks for your contact information so they are able to send registration information if the decision is made to offer an onsite program. The Y will never share your personal information with outside sources.

Link for Ridgeline Families


What’s Your Ridgeline Story? – As we prepare for charter renewal we are seeking letters of support to share with the 4J board and district leadership. What do you love about Ridgeline?  How are we positively impacting your child’s life? Please share your story by emailing stories@ridgeline.org by November 18. If you missed last week’s email, please read the Big Works 2019-20 Issue #6 about Ridgeline’s charter renewal.


AmazonSmile – Do you purchase products from Amazon? If so, please consider purchasing through AmazonSmile, which will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Ridgeline Montessori. Be sure to use the link below to ensure your purchase benefits Ridgeline. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know—same products, same prices, same service. Support Ridgeline by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-1296441

 

COMMUNITY NEWS 

Let’s Talk! Student Success Act: Investments for Success – New funding is coming to 4J schools. Oregon’s Student Success Act is expected to provide Eugene School District 4J about $12–13 million per year, starting with the 2020–21 school year—about a 5% increase in the district’s general fund budget.

 

The district is engaging staff, families, and community members to inform the planning for how to spend these funds to best support student success. The funds must be targeted to increase academic achievement, reduce disparities among student groups, and meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs. You’re invited to join the conversation.  

 

Community Conversations

Childcare, light refreshments, and Spanish interpretation will be provided.

• Mon., Nov. 25, 5:30–6:30 p.m., South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.  


Learn more: www.4j.lane.edu/studentsuccess


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


Board Meeting Tonight -

posted Nov 21, 2019, 1:48 PM by Cynthia Friedman

The Ridgeline Board of Directors will have its regular monthly business meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. this evening (Thursday, November 21) in the school library. The agenda includes updates on the implementation of the Student Success Act and the timeline for Ridgeline's charter renewal. The board will receive and discuss Ridgeline's annual audit and also begin discussing next year's cost of living adjustment. This month, the board will also have its first read of a number of policy adoptions or revisions. (A first read is a presentation of the policy to the board in the form recommended for adoption. Adoption usually occurs at the next meeting.) There will also be reports from administrators and standing committees. The full agenda, including a list of the policies that will be considered, can be found here. Board meetings are open to the public except when an executive session is indicated on the agenda. All are welcome.


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