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eNews 6-12-18

posted Jun 19, 2018, 10:49 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Art and Bill Retiring - Our long time 4J special education teacher Art Bertsch and our long time custodian Bill Newton are both retiring this June. We will miss them both and wish them well on their next adventures!


Medication - If you received a medication pick up reminder email and have not picked up your student’s medication, or it did not come home with your student today,  the office will be open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. through June 19th.


Rummage Sale Update - Lily and Jen would like to thank everyone who participated in the Rummage Sale!  The donations were exceptional! We saw so many Ridgeline families who came to shop!  And a special thanks to all the volunteers for an amazing job hanging signs, sorting, organizing,  pricing, and packing up! We reached a new milestone making $2,000 this year! And the Ridgeline community would like to thank Jen and John Boita and Lily Leitermann for all their work as the leads on this annual fundraiser.


Ridgeline Volunteers - The Ridgeline staff wishes to extend an enormous thank you to all the families who volunteered countless hours this past year! What an amazing generous group of parents we have! The end of the year volunteer tally is upon us and we REALLY want to have all your hours logged. If you have not completed your log please do so by going to the link at http://signup.com/go/Wbofqbe


Field Day Update - Thank you to George Cox for hosting field day and to all the amazing volunteers who ran field day stations on Tuesday. And thank you to everyone who brought a watermelon. The kids had lots of fun!


2018-19 T-shirt Colors - Students voted and the winner is… red and silver!  Our t-shirts and sweatshirts next year will be a beautiful deep red with metallic silver logo!  Look for order forms at the beginning of next school year!


STILL NEEDED -

New Address? - If you have moved over the school year please update your address at the office. In August we will be mailing the back-to-school packet and if we do not have the correct mailing address you will miss out on crucial back to school information! In order for us to update your address, in the computer system, we need two proofs of address – a lease or mortgage AND a utility bill, document from a financial institution, insurance company, government agency, or pay stub.


Summer Watering –If you live in the neighborhood and have time to help water the outdoor plants at Ridgeline over the summer please email our summer watering coordinator Elise Spiro at veganbakerelise@outlook.com


Board of Directors Meeting Minutes:

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

Extended Planned Absence Request Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScrgQ3jwfs93k36HVeZcp87cU6EfV4EWRIYlydJsuU1F3YBQg/viewform

Attendance Email: attendance@ridgeline.org.

Log Your Volunteer Hours: http://signup.com/go/Wbofqbe


COMMUNITY NEWS -

Music lessons: Amelia Mau is offering music lessons from her home studio in south Eugene this summer! She offers guitar and ukulele lessons for students ages 6 and older, and she offers music theory lessons for students ages 10 and older. Contact Amelia via text or phone call at 803-546-7798 or by email at amelia.j.mau@gmail.com for details!


Summer Meals Help Bridge the Gap

Summer Food Service Program offers nutritious meals to combat childhood hunger

(Salem, Ore.) – When school lets out for the summer, thousands of Oregon children lose access to breakfast, lunch and afterschool meals that are available during the regular school year. Many children and families rely on these school meals to supplement what is available at home. The Summer Food Service Program helps to fill this gap by providing free, nutritious meals to children and teens over the summer months. Free meals and enrichment activities are offered at participating summer sites including many schools, parks and other non-profit organizations.

The program is currently underutilized with many families unaware of the free meals and activities in their communities. Nationally, only one out of six children who receive free or reduced price meals during the school year continue to receive meals during the summer months. Increasing awareness of and access to these programs can have a significant impact on combating childhood food insecurity.

“We know the important role that child nutrition plays during the school year and it’s just as crucial in the summer months when children don’t have access to school meals,” Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education, said. “We encourage families and caregivers to take advantage of this opportunity to help ensure the children they care for have access to good nutrition over the summer.”

Families can look up meal locations in their area by calling 2-1-1, or texting “Food” or “Comida” to 877-877, or visiting the Summer Food Oregon website. Meals are available for any child 18 and under without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

“The Summer Foods Lunch Program in Klamath Falls allows us to provide lunches to kids who would otherwise go hungry,” Integral Youth Services Outreach Programs Director Craig Schuhmann said.  “Over the course of the summer we serve 24,000 lunches at 30 different sites, rural and city, over a ten week period. This affords us the opportunity to combine our efforts with local community partners to provide education and enrichment activities while the youth are gathered to eat. Many appreciative parents have told us that this program helps to stretch an already tight food budget.”

We invite community partners, school districts and media partners to help spread the word about the free summer meals and activities to families in your area. Follow Summer Meals Oregon on Facebook and Twitter and share their message often!

Want to learn more? Resources for summer meals include:

Summer Food Oregon- Marketing Resources

USDA- Summer Meal Toolkit

USDA- Raise Awareness

No Kid Hungry- Summer Meals


WE did it!!!

posted Jun 19, 2018, 10:48 AM by Cynthia Friedman

- It’s amazing what we can do as a community!  Counting the remaining monthly pledges that will come in for June, WE reached our goal to raise $100,000 to provide PE, arts, counseling, new technology, facility improvements and professional development for our teachers.  It seemed like an astronomical goal, but we got there, together! Thank you to everyone who contributed!!!


A special thank you to Stephanie Edwards, Ann Carney Nelson, Amy Sage, Ingrid Koch, Heather Hickcox, Andrea Olsen, Christine Everts, Chrystell Reed, Cynthia Friedman and Andrew Gillespie, who have worked hard all year on the fundraising committee.


If you have a Dance-a-thon pledge envelope under the seat of your minivan, or a last minute DDD donation check, we are still happy to receive your contribution at any time.


Happy Summer! -

posted Jun 19, 2018, 10:45 AM by Cynthia Friedman

It’s the last eNews of the year. Yippee! We hope that everyone has a joyous relaxing summer with safe travels and fun in the sun. The office will closed June 20-August 20th. We look forward to seeing you in the fall.


Ems Game Tickets -

posted Jun 19, 2018, 10:44 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Ridgeline is the featured nonprofit at the Eugene Emeralds game THIS Saturday, June 16th, 7:05 p.m. Kindergarten will sing the national anthem and Emily’s class will sing O Canada. Tickets for Ridgeline families will be grouped in a section. Tickets are $12, with $6 going back to the school. To buy tickets go to - https://groupmatics.events/event/Ridgelineeugene.  


eNews 5-24-18

posted May 31, 2018, 9:33 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Grading Day Calendar Change Reminder - Please note that the June, no school grading day will be Friday, June 8th, not Monday, June 4th. Site Council approved this change earlier in the year.


Chair Repair Volunteer - The pile of chairs needing repair has become quite impressive! We are in need of an ongoing chair repair volunteer who can periodically check out broken chairs and repair the ones that can be salvaged. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.


Fence Bending Volunteer - There is a portion of the back and front fences that we need a volunteer to use large pliers to bend back the top section. This is a great after hours/weekend volunteer job. Contact Cynthia to volunteer and to get exact location details. Volunteer will need to supply their own tools.


Bike and Walk to School End of Month Raffle - Please remind your students if they have been walking and biking this month, and using the month long punch card, to turn in their punch cards to the office by Tuesday morning June 5th. We will have the raffle that day. In order to be included in the raffle all punch cards must be in by noon on Tuesday. There will be one raffle item per classroom.


Dance-a-thon Update - A huge thank you to Andrea Olson and Shea Baker for putting on our first ever dance-a-thon. It was a super fun evening and nice to see so many families participate. There was lots of dancing and ice cream eating and visiting going on! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped the evening run smoothly.


Dance-a-thon Pledges - Now is the time to collect your dance-a-thon pledges. Help us reach our $100,000 fundraising goal for the year! Turn in pledge envelopes to the office.


BoxTops Volunteer Needed 2018-19 School Year - Thank you to Lynne Lucas, a community member, who has been our BoxTop coordinator the past several years. We so appreciate all the work that Lynne has done. We are now looking for a new coordinate for the BoxTops for Education program. The coordinator promotes the program by sending Cynthia write ups for the eNews, posts on facebook, etc. They also process the BoxTops and mail them in.  Lynne is happy to train the new volunteer. This is a great mostly at-home volunteer job. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.


Site Council and RCO Minute Takers 2018-19 - We have two open minute taking positions available for next year. Minute taking is a great way to get involved and learn all about the inner workings of Ridgeline. The Site Council meets one Monday per month 6-7:30pm and the RCO meets once per month on Tuesdays 6-7:30pm. Contact Cynthia if you are interested in being a minute taker!


Employment Opportunity - Ridgeline seeks a classroom assistant for an established Montessori upper elementary classroom for the 2018-19 school year.

Job Description:         

The classroom assistant works in a mixed-age (4th-6th grade) elementary classroom assisting the Montessori teacher with classroom management and instruction.  S/he is to help maintain order in the classroom, supervise and support students, and act under the direction of the teacher.  The classroom assistant works closely with the lead teacher in creating a positive classroom environment.

Qualifications:            

·       Associate’s degree required

·       Experience working with elementary aged children (9-12 years old)

·       Experience working in an educational setting required, Montessori setting preferred

·       Current First Aid/CPR certificate, or ability and willingness to obtain certification

We are accepting applications until June 6, 2018.

CONTINUING NEWS -

Class Placement 2018-19 Update - We know that you are all super excited to find out your student’s class placement for the upcoming school year. Please be patient, there are only 10 school days left to wait. Class placement slips will be handed out at the end of the school day on Thursday, May 31. No early placement information will be given out.


Ems Game Tickets - Ridgeline will be the featured non profit at the Eugene Emeralds game on Saturday, June 16th, 7:05 p.m. Kindergarten will sing the national anthem and Emily’s class will sing O Canada. Tickets for Ridgeline families will be grouped in a section. Tickets are $12, with $4 going back to the school. If we sell more than 200 then $6 of the price will go back to the school. Tickets sales are online this year. To buy tickets go to - https://groupmatics.events/event/Ridgelineeugene.  We are still looking for a volunteer to set up an information table the night of the event and take it down. Complimentary tickets to the games are available for this volunteer position. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.


August Mailing - If you have moved over the school year please update your address at the office. In August we will be mailing the back-to-school packet and if we do not have the correct mailing address you will miss out on crucial back to school information! In order for us to update your address, in the computer system, we need two proofs of address – a lease or mortgage AND a utility bill, document from a financial institution, insurance company, government agency, or pay stub.


MANY VOLUNTEER NEEDS - We are in the home stretch of volunteerland folks! Volunteers are needed for the Rummage Sale June 8 and 9th, Field Day, June 12th and for summer watering. Please read the information below and sign up!


Rummage Sale to benefit Ridgeline Montessori June 9th! – Ridgeline’s annual Rummage Sale is coming up Saturday, June 9th. Many volunteers are needed on Friday, June 8th to receive and sort donations! Volunteers also needed to hang signs and work during the sale. Sign up here http://signup.com/go/svuhKUv Please hold on to unwanted items for donation.  Drop off your items Friday, June 8th at the Ridgeline gym between 8:00-11:00 or 1:00-7:00.  


Summer Watering –If you live in the neighborhood and have time to help water the outdoor plants at Ridgeline over the summer please email our summer watering coordinator Elise Spiro at veganbakerelise@outlook.com


Field Day – Ridgeline’s annual field day will take place on Tuesday, June 12th. PE teacher George Cox will be leading the day’s events. In an attempt to create more universal fun we are structuring things a little differently this year. There will be two field day sessions – 9:15-11:15 for kinder and lower-el and a second session 12:30-2:30pm for upper-el. There will be 8 stations around the school grounds where student groups will rotate through in 15 minute increments. We need a team of parent volunteers to run activity stations and face paint. We also need watermelon donations and slicers! Please click on the link here to volunteer. You are more than welcome to sign up for both the morning and afternoon time slots. http://signup.com/go/xgVBSeN

2018-19 Supply Fees Past Due – If you have not paid your 2018-19 $75 supply fee, office staff is standing by to take your cash or check! If you wish to pay online for the 2018-2019 supply fee, please use the link below to make a secure payment.

http://weblink.donorperfect.com/2018_19RidgelineSupplyFee

Financial assistance forms are available in the office or online. For bookkeeping purposes, we must receive the supply fee or a completed financial assistance form. Unsure if you have paid or not? We have a list here in the office so just ask us!

 

Employment Opportunity – Ridgeline seeks a part-time facilities coordinator to direct and perform the maintenance, repair, and upkeep of the facilities, equipment, and grounds of Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School, in consultation with the executive director.  Duties include developing short and long-term maintenance plans, managing contracts with outside vendors, recommending improvements and establishing priorities with respect to the facilities and grounds. More information can be found on our website at  http://www.ridgeline.org/employment-opportunities



Board Meeting tonight -

posted May 31, 2018, 9:32 AM by Cynthia Friedman

The board’s monthly business meeting will be tonight, Thursday, May 24th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. At this meeting the board will consider and adopt the 2018-19 budget and discuss some of the policies that have been proposed for adoption (adoption planned for June). Board meetings are open to the public. The full agenda is available at http://www.ridgeline.org/school-community/board-of-directors/board-agenda.


Pick-up Procedure Update -

posted May 31, 2018, 9:32 AM by Cynthia Friedman

The change in pick-up procedure has been a grand success! Thank you to all the amazing volunteers this month who have been out on the driveway guiding families as they adjust to the new guidelines. Drivers will continue to wait until 3:05 p.m. to enter the drive-through, even though there will no longer be volunteers monitoring.


Pantry Is Bare! -

posted May 31, 2018, 9:31 AM by Cynthia Friedman

The food pantry has very few items at this time. This is one last shout out for food donations to get us through until the end of the school year. Please drop off your donations at the office of yogurt, string cheese, granola bars, etc. Thank you!


eNews 5-3-18

posted May 3, 2018, 3:39 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Staff Appreciation – May 7-11 is Staff Appreciation week. Let’s celebrate our amazing, hard- working staff! Here is a plan for the week:

Monday and Tuesday: Fill out an appreciation tag to hang on the appreciation tree  

Wednesday: Baked treats

Thursday: Bring a flower for your teacher

Friday: Bring a dish for the staff lunch – many volunteers needed!

We need volunteers each of the days to make this happen! Sign up here http://signup.com/go/cHPsMFv

Bike and Walk to School Day – Next Wednesday, May 9 is bike and walk to school day. Join the biking train from Tugman Park (8 a.m. departure) or walk from the Annex (8:05 a.m. departure). Students may stop by the incentives table when they arrive at school and enter into the raffle.

National Walk and Bike to School Month - The entire Month of May is Walk and Bike to School month. We encourage all of our students (and their families) to Bike, Walk, or Roll to school! Wouldn’t it be amazing if we got to the point that there were no cars in the car line at pick up?! Students will receive punch cards to keep track of how many days they bike and walk to school. At the end of the month they can hand in their punch card to participate in a raffle.

CONTINUING NEWS -

Parents of 3rd-8th Grade Students - Some Considerations During Testing Season: Please, please try to avoid scheduling school-day morning appointments or trips between now and the end of May to make sure that your child will be here for testing. We encourage children to get plenty of rest, nourishment, exercise, and relaxation during this time when routines will change.  Smarter Balanced state testing sessions will start next week and continue throughout the month of May for 3rd-6th graders. Middle school students will begin their testing after Memorial Day. Please check teachers' updates for news.

It’s Sharon, Not Sharon! – Rumors are flying that Sharon Martin, our principal, is leaving at the end the school year. Principal Sharon will indeed be here for the 2018-19 school year and beyond! Sharon Fitzsimmons, one of our upper-el teachers, will be leaving and current upper-el assistant, Meridy Wheeler, will be the taking over Sharon’s classroom as lead teacher.

Ems Game Lead STILL NEEDED For several years Ridgeline has been the featured nonprofit at the Ems game. The kinderergartners sing the National Anthem and Emily’s class will sing O Canada. This year’s game is on Saturday, June 16th. As part of being the featured non-profit, we may have a promotional table on the upper concourse. We are looking for a volunteer to promote the Ems event and to set up and take down the table. There are comp tickets to the game available for this volunteer position. Contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer.

Spring Grounds Work Party Lead Needed – We are looking for a volunteer to lead a spring weekend grounds work party. This is a great way to get in weekend volunteer time, help us to maintain the school grounds, and to work alongside other Ridgeline families. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

Inventory Volunteers Needed – We are looking for volunteers to do inventory of our non- classroom spaces. Volunteers will count items and take photos. This job may be done any time during the week 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contact the office to volunteer.

Proposed board policy updates available for review - The board is working to update our school policy manual. The first group of policies proposed for adoption were brought to the board for consideration last Thursday. The board will be reviewing these policies over the next 2 months. We invite you to review them as well. The policies are available in the parent resource section of the library or for checkout from Cynthia in the front office. We welcome your input and comments. Please contact Amy Sage (amy.sage@ridgeline.org).

Rummage Sale - Ridgeline annual Rummage Sale is on June 9th!  Hold on to your unwanted items when spring cleaning this season!  Furniture, books, bikes, household items, shoes and clean clothing are always big hits with the shoppers!  We will be accepting donations Friday, June 9th (a no school day) from 8:00-11:00 and 1:00-5:00 in the gym.  A call for volunteers will go out soon!

2 more volunteers needed! Bike and Walk to School Day Volunteers Ridgeline is participating in Bike and Walk to School Day on May 9th. We need volunteers to support students biking from Tugman Park and walking from the First Place Family Center Annex (formerly Crossfire). We need a crossing guard, and a volunteer to sit at a table at school to greet students, hand out items, and manage raffle tickets. Please sign up here http://signup.com/go/RBUUZzM

Employment Opportunity – Ridgeline seeks a part-time facilities coordinator to direct and perform the maintenance, repair, and upkeep of the facilities, equipment, and grounds of Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School, in consultation with the executive director.  Duties include developing short and long-term maintenance plans, managing contracts with outside vendors, recommending improvements and establishing priorities with respect to the facilities and grounds. More information can be found on our website at  http://www.ridgeline.org/employment-opportunities

COMMUNITY NEWS

Nearby Nature Summer Daycamps - Scholarships Available!

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 the group’s unique Learnscape Gardens. Daycamps run from June 18-August 31, last one week each, and serve kids from three to 13 years old. Half and full day options are available and enrollment is limited to 12 children per camp. For registration as well as scholarship information, see http://www.nearbynature.org/programs/daycamps or call 541-687-9699.

FREE Class for Parents! - Learn the art of Collaborative Problem Solving from an expert in the art of staying calm while solving family stuff!  Get some new tools for your parenting tool belt! New classes start on May 8th and continue on Tuesday nights at the Child Center.  For more information, contact Breyer at 541-954-0430.  

 



 

 

A SHOUT OUT to ALL RIDGELINE FAMILIES! -

posted May 3, 2018, 3:37 PM by Cynthia Friedman

 Our Ridgeline community has wowed us again! Pick-up has been nothing short of seamless after the implementation of our new pick-up procedures. We know it can be hard to change routines but everyone adapted and is following the new protocol with smiles and waves. Please continue to use the alternate parking and walking options! Thank You! We deeply appreciate your commitment to keep our students and community safe. And a special thanks to the students who made posters to encourage and support our parents in the new transition. 

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