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eNews 4-6-2020

posted Apr 6, 2020, 11:21 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Student Privacy - Since we have moved to distance learning, we are experiencing a lot of new technology platforms that share video and image capabilities.  Videos and images of student meetings, lessons, and work will only be shared within classroom communities or among faculty groups for educational purposes.  Any videos or images shared for publicity reasons (website, social media, media, or promotional materials) will only be done in accordance with the permissions you have already provided at the beginning of the school year.

 

Intent to Return - You may recall that way back in March (doesn’t that seem so long ago at this point?!) we asked you to fill out the Intent to Return Form . We have heard back from a decent portion of you, but many we have not. If you have not filled out the online form, please take a moment between the zoom meetings, making dinner, weeding the garden, and tallying the children to do so!

 

Free Meals for Children and Youth - Eugene School District 4J is providing free grab-and-go meals during the extended school closure, for all students and youth 18 and younger. Meals are available for pickup on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., at numerous sites across the district. Families can choose the location that is most convenient for them, regardless of where they live or attend school. Click here for meal locations. 

 

CONTINUING NEWS - 

Parent Community Resilience Planning - Plans can be invaluable, even if you never use them.  Plans reduce stress and anxiety (and by extension can help us stay healthier.)  With that in mind an informal "parents supporting parents" group has formed here at Ridgeline to help families through the coronavirus outbreak. This is a parent-led, opt-in network that consists of small groups of parents.  These small groups of parents can connect and share experiences, challenges, and possible solutions as we all adjust to our "new normal" These small groups will also make it easier to identify and support emerging and evolving needs in our school community (such a dropping off food/supplies for a quarantined family.)   Some of these small groups have also been sharing ideas for fun and educational home-based activities. Community needs and interests are lead these group where our community needs them to go. Click here to sign up to participate or volunteer to get more involved!

 

Staff Changes 2020-21 - We wanted to let you know about some upcoming staff changes for 2020-21. Mary Kate has made the decision to not return to Ridgeline next year.  We appreciate the skills and experience she shared to support room 10 students and wish her the best in her new adventure. India is going to follow her heart into the great outdoors and pursue a career in outdoor education.  She has been a valued member of the middle school team and will be greatly missed. Lastly, Clark is off to his next “BIG THING” of becoming a math teacher. It has been wonderful to watch him learn and grow in his professional capacity and we wish him all the best as he takes this next step in his career. Letters from these staff members are attached to the eNews. Watch for these job postings on the Ridgeline website in the coming weeks.

 

Floating Assistant Position - In an effort to prepare for additional staffing needs next year and allow time for cross-training, we are seeking a floating assistant to join us this school year.  The position is posted on the Ridgeline website.  Please watch for the posting and help spread the word about this great opportunity to join Ridgeline and support our students.

COMMUNITY NEWS - 

You or someone you know may qualify for SNAP -155,000 Oregonians work in restaurants and bars. Thousands of others work in stores and businesses that are temporarily closing. Public structures like SNAP are here for these critical moments. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to eligible individuals and families. You can learn more on the Oregon Department of Human Services website about whether you’re eligible for SNAP and apply online to help keep food on the table.

 

 

Mental Health & Social Services 

HOOTS (Helping Out Our Teens in Schools), a community partner that provides mobile crisis response support to 4J and other high schools, will offer mental health support by phone for high school students, families and staff while schools are closed. Staff are able to provide short-term counseling, resource referrals and Oregon Health Plan signup. Available weekdays 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at 541-246-2342.

For 4J students experiencing mental health concerns and needing support, mental health services are available at 4J school-based health centers, 541-790-5227 (closed during spring break) or Lane County Behavioral Health, 541-682-7253. 

For students in immediate crisis, resources available 24/7 include: 

15th Night is also offering support and resources for unhoused youth and those working with them via phone and text at 541-246-4046. Many other social services in the area are also providing phone or virtual services.

  

Student Healthcare

School-based health centers at Churchill and North Eugene high schools are open through Friday to provide healthcare to 4J students. (They will be closed for spring break.) The clinics can bill private insurance and the Oregon Health Plan, and will also provide treatment for those unable to afford medical care. Please call the clinics to schedule appointments. Churchill: 541-790-5227 • North Eugene: 541-790-4445

Self Care and Prevention

Public health recommendations include washing hands frequently, covering mouths when coughing or sneezing, keeping away from people who are sick, and avoiding gatherings. People with higher risk of serious complications—people over 60 and those with pre-existing cardio, respiratory and immune conditions—are especially urged to stay home and take other precautions.

People experiencing fever, flu or cold symptoms should stay at home until 3 days after they are symptom-free without the use of medication. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult your healthcare provider.

Helpful suggestions for talking to children and youth about coronavirus COVID-19 have been provided by the National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses.

Other Resources from 4J

Coronavirus COVID-19 information:

Coronavirus COVID-19 questions:

Resources for financially impacted families: 

Managing stress and talking with children about coronavirus:

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


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posted Apr 6, 2020, 11:20 AM by Cynthia Friedman

It’s been wonderful to reconnect with our students this week, even if it is remote!  Please take good care of yourself and each other during this challenging time.  

 


Teacher Updates -

posted Apr 6, 2020, 11:20 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Communications from your child’s teacher are emailed to families and posted on Ridgeline’s website. If you are not receiving emails from your child’s teacher, please contact the teacher directly. Email addresses are also on the website and follow the format of firstname.lastname@ridgeline.org 


REQUIRED Family Information and Technology Survey -

posted Apr 6, 2020, 11:19 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Based on the new guidance provided by the Oregon Department of Education, we need more specific information regarding your families' needs and technology capabilities.  Please answer the questions to the best of your knowledge and submit your responses by Monday, April 6, 2020


eNews 3-12-2020

posted Mar 13, 2020, 10:46 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Intent to Return - An email was sent out today with a link to the Intent to Return Form, due March 20, 2020. We are asking currently enrolled families what their plans are for next year and if they will be enrolling in Ridgeline for the 2020-21 school year. Giving us accurate information in a timely fashion is essential as we move forward offering out spots to students on our wait lists and ensuring full classrooms for the next school year. If your plans change after intent to return, please update the office as soon as possible.  

 

New Staff Member We are thrilled to share that Leauriy Polk will begin training as the Admissions & Office Coordinator when we return from spring break!  Leauriy has extensive experience working in a non-profit setting with diverse learners. She is also the parent of a Ridgeline graduate!

 

Parent Community Resilience Planning - Plans can be invaluable, even if you never use them.  Plans reduce stress and anxiety (and by extension can help us stay healthier.)  With that in mind there is an informal "parents supporting parents" group forming here at Ridgeline to help families through the coronavirus outbreak. This is a parent-led, opt-in network that will do things like share ideas for fun and educational home-based activities (and help parents stay sane!), identify and support emerging needs in our school community, and perhaps even host some online events (All school story time?  Online dance party?). This plan is rapidly unfolding in real time. We are looking for parents who would like to be involved by researching and sharing fun home-based activities or serving as a small group point of contact. Click here to sign up to participate or volunteer to get more involved

 

State Testing -  Options for Parents – The first classes will begin practice testing April 13 and will have approximately a two week window to test. While most children take the test, parents do have the choice to opt their child out of testing by completing the opt-out form for math and ELA and submitting it to the main office. If you wish to opt your 5th or 8th grader out of OSAS science testing as well, you must do so separately. Contact the office if you would like an opt out form. Please also be aware that 11th graders are currently required to demonstrate proficiency on state tests or on alternative, more difficult standardized assessments, like the SAT in order to graduate from high school.  This is good, no-pressure practice. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Texley michelle.texley@ridgeline.org.

 

Board Meeting next Thursday (3/19) - The Ridgeline Board of Directors plans to meet next Thursday evening (March 19th at 6:30 pm). Among the agenda items will be a discussion of budgetary priorities for the 2020-21 school/fiscal year. The full agenda will be available here early next week. All are welcome.

 

CONTINUING NEWS - 

LTD Touch Pass - REPLY NEEDED! - As you know, riding LTD buses is currently free for students K-8. As part of the grant for this program LTD is required to track student ridership. Starting April 1, 2020 LTD will require that students have either a Touch Pass card ($3 cost) or the Touch Pass app on their smartphone to ride the bus for free. LTD is working with schools to purchase and distribute touch pass cards and enable touch pass apps.  Please fill out this survey to help us identify the students who will be using LTD and need a touch pass card or their app enabled. Please fill out this survey if your child rides the bus, including non-school related travel by LTD bus. 

Touch Pass Survey Survey deadline is March 11, 2020.

 

Ongoing Prevention Efforts - Ridgeline has implemented additional measures to help reduce the spread of germs.  Students have been instructed on proper handwashing and systems have been put in place to support that all important practice.  Additional cleaning measures have been implemented including some changes to practical life work, student jobs, Ridgeline staff cleaning at the end of the day and more cleaning by custodial staffing.  

 

Please help us in our efforts by keeping your child home if they have a fever of 100.0 or higher, have recently vomited, have a terrible productive cough, or if they feel so ill that they are unable to participate in classroom work and activities.

 

Floating Assistant Position - In an effort to prepare for additional staffing needs next year and allow time for cross-training, we are seeking a floating assistant to join us this school year.  The position will be posted in the coming week. Please watch for the posting and help spread the word about this great opportunity to join Ridgeline and support our students.

 

Crossing Guard Needed Wednesday Afternoons - We are down to one opening folks on the crossing guard schedule! Please sign up here to volunteer Wednesday afternoons. 

 

Library Volunteers Needed - Are you looking for a weekly volunteer gig? There are openings for library room monitors. Check out the schedule here.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS - 

Nearby Nature Pre-School Summer Daycamps Open for Registration -  If your kids enjoy exploring, bug catching, treasure hunting, and other fun nature adventures, then they should participate in Nearby Nature's outdoor summer daycamps! Nearby Nature’s camps are a unique medley of adventure, science, nature, art, play, and gardening. Most take place in Alton Baker Park, in the group’s unique Learnscape Gardens. Daycamps run from June 15-August 28, last one week each, and serve kids from 3 to 13 years old. Half and full day options are available and enrollment is limited to 12 children per camp. Scholarships are available! For registration and scholarship information, see https://www.nearbynature.org/daycamps/ or call 541-687-9699.

 


COVID Communication #2 -

posted Mar 13, 2020, 10:44 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Please read the separate email shared with families regarding the quickly evolving Coronavirus situation.  Within that email families are asked to complete a technology survey which will provide us with vital information for planning purposes should remote learning be necessary. 


Direct Donation Drive Update -

posted Mar 13, 2020, 10:44 AM by Cynthia Friedman

As of March 12 we have raised $7,599.75 toward our $20,000 goal for this year's Direct Donation Drive which runs through Friday March 20.  This past week we have been highlighting, on Facebook facilities projects and improvements that your donations make possible. If you missed them, you can see the recap here .  If you are able, now is a great time to make a donation! http://weblink.donorperfect.com/DirectDonationDrive


CANCELED! Book Swap on Saturday -

posted Mar 13, 2020, 10:43 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Based on new guidance from health officials 4J has canceled all events at this time so we will no longer be having Saturday’s Book Swap. Stay tuned to details if it is rescheduled at a later date.


eNews 3-5-2020

posted Mar 6, 2020, 10:13 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Spring Forward - Remember to set your clocks forward one hour this Sunday at 2 a.m. for Daylight Savings. 

 

Ongoing Prevention Efforts - Ridgeline has implemented additional measures to help reduce the spread of germs.  Students have been instructed on proper handwashing and systems have been put in place to support that all important practice.  Additional cleaning measures have been implemented including some changes to practical life work, student jobs, Ridgeline staff cleaning at the end of the day and more cleaning by custodial staffing.  

 

Please help us in our efforts by keeping your child home if they have a fever of 100.0 or higher, have recently vomited, have a terrible productive cough, or if they feel so ill that they are unable to participate in classroom work and activities.

 

RCO Needs Your Books! For this year's Book Swap on March 14, we are looking for donations of pre-k through young adult novels. Please bring your books to the box located near the Little Library between the buildings prior to the day of the event, or make arrangements with a member of the RCO by contacting rco@ridgeline.org

 

Floating Assistant Position - In an effort to prepare for additional staffing needs next year and allow time for cross-training, we are seeking a floating assistant to join us this school year.  The position will be posted in the coming week. Please watch for the posting and help spread the word about this great opportunity to join Ridgeline and support our students.

 

Does Your Family Have a Love of Literature? Join us for a Book Swap on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.! Come in your coziest jammies, pick out a few new books, and settle in for a chapter or two in the gymnasium. Specially baked, literary-themed baked goods will be available to snack on, as well as coffee, tea, and hot cocoa. There will also be readers, including students, parents, and maybe Ridgeline staff reading from their favorite books throughout the day. If you are interested in volunteering for the event (set up, clean up, reader, baker), sign up on Track It Forward or inquire with Cynthia in the office. 

 

 

Direct Donation Drive Update - Tomorrow, March 6 marks our half-way point in this year's Direct Donation Drive.  As of March 5, 2020 we have raised a total of $7,210.70 toward our $20,000 goal. 

 

Over the past two weeks we have been highlighting on Facebook some of the many CONNECTIONS with our Specialists and Classroom Materials that your donations to Ridgeline support.  If you missed them, you can find a recap here and here.

 

If you have not yet made your DDD donation, now is a great time to do so.  Online donations can be made here (http://weblink.donorperfect.com/DirectDonationDrive) and donations via check or cash can be dropped off at the front office.  

 

Gifts of all sizes help us get closer to reaching our goal and receiving the $10,000 challenge grant!  

 

Extreme Lost and Found - There are currently many coats on the lost and found cart which is located in the corner of the lobby. Please stop in to see if any of the items belong to your child(ren). 

 

PLEASE Pull Forward - Remember to pull all the way forward when using the drop off circle. It takes a village to drop off a child on time and if you stop at the corner by building B or smack in front of the building A doors then all those cars behind you are trapped, waiting to drop off their kids too and it gets closer and closer to tardy time. If everyone pulls all the way forward as close as they can to the exit driveway, then there is room for many more vehicles. 

 

Update from your Board -The board is continuing to plan for the 2020-21 budget season. With an expected increase in funding next year, the board is responsible for providing guidance to the school's budget committee, which will convene in April. Right now, the board is prioritizing improving compensation and/or providing in-house Montessori expertise for our teaching teams next year. The board is also investigating what it would take to restart Ridgeline's lunch program not only in terms of money, but also in terms of volunteer and professional staffing, facilities improvements, equipment, scheduling, and contracting. You can access board meeting materials and approved board minutes from our January and February meetings to follow the board's ongoing conversations. The board wants to hear from you. You can contact the full board at board@ridgeline.org, you can attend our next meeting (3/19/20 at 6:30 p.m.), or you can reach out personally to individual board members.

 

Crossing Guard Needed Wednesday Afternoons - We are down to one opening folks on the crossing guard schedule! Please sign up here to volunteer Wednesday afternoons. 

 

Library Volunteers Needed - Are you looking for a weekly volunteer gig? There are openings for library room monitors. Check out the schedule here.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS - 

Nearby Nature Summer Daycamps Open for Registration: If your kids enjoy exploring, biking, bug catching, treasure hunting, and other fun nature adventures, then they should participate in Nearby Nature's outdoor summer daycamps! Nearby Nature’s camps are a unique medley of adventure, science, nature, art, play, and gardening. Most take place in Alton Baker Park, in our unique Learnscape Gardens. Daycamps run from June 15-August 28, last one week each, and serve kids from 3 to 13 years old. Half and full day options are available and enrollment is limited to 12 children per camp. Scholarships are available! For registration and scholarship information, see https://www.nearbynature.org/daycamps/ or call 541-687-9699.


No Cookie/Popcorn Sales Tomorrow -

posted Mar 6, 2020, 10:12 AM by Cynthia Friedman

There will be no cookie sales Friday March 6th, as the Middle School will be away on a field trip.

Thank You,

Cookie Crew


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