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eNews 2-14-19

posted Feb 15, 2019, 2:10 PM by Cynthia Friedman

How did Conferences Go?  Last year Ridgeline staff and parents provided input about conferences and report cards. The question was, “Do conferences or written report cards give parents a fuller picture of student growth?”  Site council reviewed responses on their annual survey and heard from stakeholder groups. Teachers attended a board meeting to present their thoughts. Through a thoughtful and thorough process, Ridgeline decided to have a mid-year face-to-face conference instead of a written report card. Since this is our first year trying this new approach, we need to hear back from you, our families! Please complete this very quick survey for each of the mid-year conferences you attended.

 

All students will get a full written report card at the end of the year.  

 

Set Up & Clean Up Volunteers Needed - We need your help on Friday, February 22! Right after drop-off, we will be slicing bread, making garlic butter, and salad dressing. We will also be setting up all the chairs and tables in the gym. We need more help cleaning up at the end of the evening, at 7 p.m.  Please email Cynthia if you can help.

 

Extra Pants, Socks and Shoes! - It certainly is wet and muddy on the playground these days! We encourage you to send your kids to school prepared for outside recess. It would also be great to include extra clothes (including socks and underwear) in their backpacks in case they encounter mud. We are struggling to keep up with the demand to re-clothe wet muddy students and there is nothing better than a kid being able to change into their own clothes that are guaranteed to actually fit. If your student has come home in clothes from school, please wash and return them.

 

Parent Education Night Subject Survey - Dr. Luz Casquejo is returning to Ridgeline on Thursday, April 4, 6-7:30 p.m. to provide another engaging parent education night. Those of you who attended her awesome parent night in the fall know she has experienced Montessori education as a student, a parent, a teacher, a principal and, now, as a teacher educator.  This time the topic is how to make space and find authentic ways to have difficult conversations within our families and within our communities. Luz would like to know what topics people in our community find most challenging to address. Please fill out the survey here. It is super short! Thank you for your time!

 

Laminating Project - If you took home pieces of the big math laminating and cutting project and you still have them at home, please return them to the office. We are sorting materials to go to classrooms and it appears that a few items have not been returned.

 

Shoe Drive Fundraiser -  Thank you for your continued support and thank you to everyone who has posted a flyer at work and shared it with friends! TOMORROW is the last day we are collecting shoes in the school lobby.  Please bring any remaining shoe donations to school tomorrow! After that, we will be focusing 100% on our community partners. Please just reach out directly to Ann Carney Nelson or Nancy Willcox-Trent if you have more shoes to donate!

 

CONTINUING NEWS -

Immunization Exclusion Day is next week. Please ensure your immunization updates are turned in to the office before February 20. If not, your child cannot attend school starting that day. The health department mailed letters to those who need updates. Exclusion Day walk-in clinics will be offered at Lane County Public Health, February 19 and 20, 8-11:15 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. at 151 W. 7th Ave. room 310.


Please Pull Forward - Most folks are stopping directly in front of the main doors in building A to drop off their kids. Please remember to pull all the way up, almost to the exit, before stopping to let your student out of the vehicle.


After School Supervision - Students are dismissed at 3:05 p.m. and the expectation is that they either walk directly off campus, or are handed over to the care and supervision of a parent or guardian. Students playing on school grounds after school need to be under the direct supervision of an adult. Recently, the office has been contacted about students running freely with only remote supervision, a parent in a vehicle on the street, or no adult present at all! We want to ensure that all students are safe after school. Please have a conversation with your walking student and remind them to walk home straight away and if you are here supervising, please actively be on the playground with your child.

More Firewood For Sale to Benefit Ridgeline - Cheri’s husband, Cliff Worley, is once again offering cords of wood for sale with the proceeds going to Ridgeline. He has a mix of green oak and fir wood, split 16” or cut to fit and delivered for $150 and a cord of all oak for $160. If you are interested, call Cliff at 541-912-8937.


Library Room Volunteers - Library volunteers play an important role in supporting our students and their learning! Classrooms call daily, especially during the morning work period, to see if we have a library volunteer as students want to use that space. We desperately need volunteers Wednesdays, Fridays, and later Monday mornings. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.



COMMUNITY NEWS -      

Asian Celebration -   The 34th Oregon Asian Celebration returns to the Lane Events Center/fairgrounds in Eugene on February 16 and 17. Encourage your students and their families to attend this colorful extravaganza of Asian cultural activities for all ages. It's a wonderful opportunity to learn about the rich diversity of Asian and Asian American culture through performances, dance, foods, crafts, fine arts, martial arts and cooking demonstrations, and vendors offering Asian food and a marketplace of more than 70 booths.

 

Admission is free for ages 12 and under; free for ages 13+ (inc. college students) with a student ticket voucher provided by our sponsor, the Oregon Community Credit Union (OCCU). Student ticket vouchers available at any OCCU branch office. Adult admission is $6 for one day; $10 for two days and available for purchase online at www.AsianCelebration.org and to obtain express entry.

Camp Fire Wilani offers Youth Programs - We will be offering a FREE event for the community at Hilyard Community Center on March 16th: Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® (AIKD) is a national holiday every March that lifts up the kids in our lives. Every year, thousands of adults send notes, emails, letters, texts or videos to encourage young people across the country. Participating in AIKD is a meaningful way to let youth know how much they are appreciated. Words are powerful – young lives are changed by this day and simple act of an adult's encouragement, love, and kindness. We will be celebrating AIKD through a free, family friendly community event where we will provide tables to welcome parents with special stationary, writing tips and suggestions for types of messages. Meanwhile, the kids will be kept busy with free hip hop dance and parkour lessons throughout the day, taught by Shorme Norteye of BEISM in Santa Cruz, California. Shorme is a nationally known instructor and dancer who teaches at UC Santa Cruz. She brings an upbeat, positive vibe that encourages every child to push their limits and have fun while getting exercise and supporting one another. In addition to hip hop and parkour lessons, the youth will facilitate fun games, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, survival skills, and other activities for a variety of interests.

 

We also have residential and day summer camp programs at Camp WIlani in Veneta which are welcoming to ALL youth and we provide up to 83% tuition assistance.Email Elissa Kobrin  wilanicouncil.org, or they can email me at ekobrin@wilanicouncil.org

 

More information: wilanicouncil.org

Or contact Elissa Kobrin: ekobrin@wilanicouncil.org, 541-359-4508

 

 

 

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The DDD is coming! -

posted Feb 15, 2019, 2:09 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Next week’s Pasta Dinner will kick off our annual Direct Donation Drive, a.k.a, “The DDD.” For the month between Pasta Dinner and spring break, we will highlight the work that’s going on at Ridgeline thanks to your fundraising support. During this month, we also ask that you consider giving (or giving again!) to our largest and most efficient fundraiser of the year…the DDD. Every contribution is an important piece of the work that happens at Ridgeline. Together, we are helping our children piece together their futures, and every single stitch counts.


Mid-year Communications Coming Home -

posted Feb 15, 2019, 2:08 PM by Cynthia Friedman

You will be receiving two lengthy communications from the school in the coming days. Tomorrow, we will be sending home a mid-year financial and fundraising update, and on Monday, we will be sending an update on our progress toward our annual school goals that we shared with you in October. We hope you’ll take the time to read through them. Please contact Chrystell if you have any questions.


Pasta Dinner -

posted Feb 15, 2019, 2:07 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Please join us next Friday, February 22, 5-7 p.m. for a delicious Ridgeline community meal and kick-off the DDD. Enjoy background music from the Pickles and Peppers clarinet quartet and a small Jazz trio, while visiting with other Ridgeline families. $5 per person; $20 per family.


Lottery Results -

posted Feb 13, 2019, 12:17 PM by Cynthia Friedman

We apologize for the numerous emails you received regarding Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School’s lottery results, thus far. The email you received February 8, 2019, was the official and correct lottery results notification. On February 10, the third party vendor we are working with had a file configuration error which resulted in lottery applicants receiving additional inaccurate emails.  The error has been corrected and below you will find your current waitlist status. In the future, you will receive periodic notifications of your current status on the waitlist or if you are offered a spot at Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School.

eNews 2-7-19

posted Feb 12, 2019, 1:37 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Food Pantry is Low - We have lots of string cheese in the food pantry, but we are low on granola bars, yogurt, single serving carrots, apples, etc. Thank you so much for your continuing donations! Please drop donations of single serving pre-packaged food at the office.


Pull Forward - Most folks are stopping directly in front of the main doors in building A to drop off their kids. Please remember to pull all the way up, almost to the exit, before stopping to let your student out of the vehicle.


After School Supervision - Students are dismissed at 3:05 p.m. and the expectation is that they either walk directly off campus, or are handed over to the care and supervision of a parent or guardian. Students playing on school grounds after school need to be under the direct supervision of an adult. Recently, the office has been contacted about students running freely with only remote supervision, a parent in a vehicle on the street, or no adult present at all! We want to ensure that all students are safe after school. Please have a conversation with your walking student and remind them to walk home straight away and if you are here supervising, please actively be on the playground with your child.

Got quilts? (to display, that is) - We are hoping to have some quilts on display at Pasta Dinner.  If you have a quilt you might be interested in displaying, please contact Cynthia Friedman or Ann Carney Nelson.

More Firewood For Sale to Benefit Ridgeline - Cheri’s husband, Cliff Worley, is once again offering cords of wood for sale with the proceeds going to Ridgeline. He has a mix of green oak and fir wood, split 16” or cut to fit and delivered for $150 and a cord of all oak for $160. If you are interested, call Cliff at 541-912-8937.


Shoe Drive Fundraiser - We're now about halfway to our goal of 100 bags (trash bag size) of shoes!  If you haven't already done so, now is a great time to ask neighbors, send out an email or post a flyer at work, etc. and try to collect 25-50 pairs of new, used or gently worn shoes. Our collection boxes will be in the school lobby through February 15, but we will continue collecting from our collection boxes around town through March 2.  More information and resources to assist you in your shoe collecting efforts can be found at here.

Have questions or need help with a large pick up (especially  after February 15)? Contact Ann Carney Nelson or Nancy Willcox-Trent!

Site Council Minute taker - Sadly, we have not had any takers for the minute taker position for Site Council this year! Taking minutes is a great way to familiarize yourself with what is going on here at Ridgeline and to get volunteer hours. The Site Council meets once per month on Mondays. The next Site Council meeting is Monday, February 25, 6-7:30 p.m. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.


CONTINUING NEWS -

Library Room Volunteers - Library volunteers play an important role in supporting our students and their learning! Classrooms call daily, especially during the morning work period, to see if we have a library volunteer as students want to use that space. We desperately need volunteers Wednesdays, Fridays, and later Monday mornings. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.


STILL Needed! Branch Volunteer Help Needed - Dan Trent, our PE specialist and facilities coordinator, is looking for volunteers to help him cut up and haul away branches from the school grounds. Please contact Dan to arrange a time to help.  


Pasta Dinner - Ridgeline’s annual Pasta Dinner is coming up on Friday, February 22nd, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a home cooked pasta dinner with red sauce or pesto, bread with garlic butter, and green salad. Visit with other Ridgeline families and bring your Direct Donation Drive (DDD) donation. The Pasta Dinner is the kick-off for the month long DDD, Ridgeline’s largest fundraiser of the year.


COMMUNITY NEWS -      

 

Asian Celebration -   The 34th Oregon Asian Celebration returns to the Lane Events Center/fairgrounds in Eugene on February 16 and 17. Encourage your students and their families to attend this colorful extravaganza of Asian cultural activities for all ages. It's a wonderful opportunity to learn about the rich diversity of Asian and Asian American culture through performances, dance, foods, crafts, fine arts, martial arts and cooking demonstrations, and vendors offering Asian food and a marketplace of more than 70 booths.

 

Admission is free for ages 12 and under; free for ages 13+ (inc. college students) with a student ticket voucher provided by our sponsor, the Oregon Community Credit Union (OCCU). Student ticket vouchers available at any OCCU branch office. Adult admission is $6 for one day; $10 for two days and available for purchase online at www.AsianCelebration.org and to obtain express entry.

 

The attached press release provides additional details of what's happening at this year's event. If you would like to share a replica of the event poster, featuring the Year of the Pig and theme "Get Spirited Away" , I have attached a smaller version that  you can insert into your e-newletters or e-blast announcements. If you would like a large size poster (13" wide x 19" tall) to post on a window or bulletin board, please let me know and I'll drop some by.

 

Thank you for sharing this important cultural event with your students.

 

Carrie Matsushita

Oregon Asian Celebration

 

The U of O Math Departments invites all students in grades K-8, who like math and share a passion for games, problem solving, and hands-on math activities, to come to the Second Eugene Youth Math Festival at 10 am - 1 pm  on Saturday, February 23, in McArthur Court. With the generous support from NSF we are able to offer free admission without prior registration.

Please note, parents are required to accompany our youngest participants (grades K- 3). All other parents are encouraged to stay.

All parents should be ready to pick up their children when they are done with the activities. We are unable to watch the children

outside of the math stations.

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Nemirovskaya at nemirovm@uoregon.edu

Camp Fire Wilani offers Youth Programs - We will be offering a FREE event for the community at Hilyard Community Center on March 16th: Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® (AIKD) is a national holiday every March that lifts up the kids in our lives. Every year, thousands of adults send notes, emails, letters, texts or videos to encourage young people across the country. Participating in AIKD is a meaningful way to let youth know how much they are appreciated. Words are powerful – young lives are changed by this day and simple act of an adult's encouragement, love, and kindness. We will be celebrating AIKD through a free, family friendly community event where we will provide tables to welcome parents with special stationary, writing tips and suggestions for types of messages. Meanwhile, the kids will be kept busy with free hip hop dance and parkour lessons throughout the day, taught by Shorme Norteye of BEISM in Santa Cruz, California. Shorme is a nationally known instructor and dancer who teaches at UC Santa Cruz. She brings an upbeat, positive vibe that encourages every child to push their limits and have fun while getting exercise and supporting one another. In addition to hip hop and parkour lessons, the youth will facilitate fun games, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, survival skills, and other activities for a variety of interests.

 

We also have residential and day summer camp programs at Camp WIlani in Veneta which are welcoming to ALL youth and we provide up to 83% tuition assistance.Email Elissa Kobrin  wilanicouncil.org, or they can email me at ekobrin@wilanicouncil.org

 


Track it Forward App https://www.trackitforward.com/site/ridgeline-montessori


Planned Absence Request Form

Attendance: attendance@ridgeline.org   


Board of Director Meeting Minutes






RCO February Presentation -

posted Feb 12, 2019, 1:36 PM by Cynthia Friedman

RCO February Presentation - Join us on Monday, February 11, 6-7:30 p.m. for a presentation by former Ridgeline parent Eduardo Tapia as he discusses: Emergency Preparedness - Ways to develop a family’s culture of preparation for natural and human-made disasters, as well as the first steps to organize your family and community. Childcare is provided.


Immunization Exclusion Day

posted Feb 12, 2019, 1:34 PM by Cynthia Friedman

is quickly approaching. Please ensure your immunization updates are turned in to the office before February 20. If not, your child cannot attend school starting that day. The health department it sending out letters today to those who need updates. Exclusion Day walk-in clinics will be offered at Lane County Public Health, February 19 and 20, 8-11:15 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. at 151 W. 7th Ave. room 310.


Only Two weeks until Pasta Dinner - 25 volunteers Needed! -

posted Feb 12, 2019, 1:34 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Please sign up today to volunteer and help make Pasta Dinner a successful event! Sign up here to help.


eNews 2-1-19

posted Feb 1, 2019, 12:34 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Volunteer Hours - We are halfway through the school year folks. A huge thank you to everyone who is giving countless hours to Ridgeline! Every day we see volunteers coming in to help in classrooms, make materials, volunteering in the library, cleaning the kitchenette, going on field trips, sitting on committees, etc. Please remember to log ALL your hours. If you have not created a Track it Forward account, please do so and record your hours. If you have questions contact Cynthia.


Library Room Volunteers - Library volunteers play an important role in supporting our students and their learning! Classrooms call daily, especially during the morning work period, to see if we have a library volunteer as students want to use that space. We desperately need volunteers Tuesday, Wednesday, Fridays, and later Monday morning. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.


STILL Needed! Branch Volunteer Help Needed - Dan Trent, our PE specialist and facilities coordinator, is looking for volunteers to help him cut up and haul away branches from the school grounds. Please contact Dan to arrange a time to help.  


Elizabeth Voth - Elizabeth Voth will be Room 8's new long-term substitute teacher! She will be here, working behind the scenes, starting on January 28 and will fully take over the classroom on February 4th. Here is her bio!

You can find Elizabeth anywhere there is a learning opportunity! From childhood experiences exploring forest ecology outside her hometown of Newberg, Oregon with her sister, two brothers, good friends and a Border Collie, to spending high school summers in Alaska tending organic gardens during the day and carving ancient ivory most evenings. Community-building practices of wood-fired ceramics defined Elizabeth’s bachelor’s degree at George Fox University, expanded by cultural and history studies abroad at Oxford and eleven other countries through shipboard travel with the University of Virginia. A winter season teaching in Alaska was such a good experience that Elizabeth went on to earn a master’s in education from the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University in Maryland followed by the AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2011. She has deeply enjoyed opportunities in Wisconsin and California to facilitate elementary students in their love of discovery both as individuals and within their dynamic learning community.


Pasta Dinner - Ridgeline’s annual Pasta Dinner is coming up on Friday, February 22nd, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a home cooked pasta dinner with red sauce or pesto, bread with garlic butter, and green salad. Visit with other Ridgeline families and bring your Direct Donation Drive (DDD) donation. The Pasta Dinner is the kick-off for the month long DDD, Ridgeline’s largest fundraiser of the year.


Shoe Drive Fundraiser - Thank you for all of your help getting the word out!  We're at 40 bags (large trash bag size) of shoes, and on a great pace to hit our goal of 100 bags!  The best way to hit our goal is to keep talking about it! Ideas for this week include:

1) Keep talking about it!  We now have collection boxes at Full Circle Fitness, UO Bookstore, UO Rec Center, Nike Running, Eugene Running Co, Oakway Fitness, Windermere Real Estate (Oak Street and Delta Hwy) and RunHub.   If you work or spend time near any of these locations please keep talking about the shoes drive.

2) Ask at an office - even if you don't work there and just know someone who does!  

3) If you haven't done so already, try to collect 25 pairs of shoes in the next week!  Ask 25 friends to donate one pair each, ask 5 friends to donate 5... Or post on Facebook that you're hoping to collect 25 pairs in the coming week.

4) If you can't find the email with the information we sent in early January, here it is again.  

Questions: Ask Ann Carney Nelson or Nancy Willcox-Trent!



COMMUNITY NEWS -             

The U of O Math Departments invites all students in grades K-8, who like math and share a passion for games, problem solving, and hands-on math activities, to come to the Second Eugene Youth Math Festival at 10 am - 1 pm  on Saturday, February 23, in McArthur Court. With the generous support from NSF we are able to offer free admission without prior registration.

Please note, parents are required to accompany our youngest participants (grades K- 3). All other parents are encouraged to stay.

All parents should be ready to pick up their children when they are done with the activities. We are unable to watch the children

outside of the math stations.

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Nemirovskaya at nemirovm@uoregon.edu

We will be offering a FREE event for the community at Hilyard Community Center on March 16th: Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® (AIKD) is a national holiday every March that lifts up the kids in our lives. Every year, thousands of adults send notes, emails, letters, texts or videos to encourage young people across the country. Participating in AIKD is a meaningful way to let youth know how much they are appreciated. Words are powerful – young lives are changed by this day and simple act of an adult's encouragement, love, and kindness. We will be celebrating AIKD through a free, family friendly community event where we will provide tables to welcome parents with special stationary, writing tips and suggestions for types of messages. Meanwhile, the kids will be kept busy with free hip hop dance and parkour lessons throughout the day, taught by Shorme Norteye of BEISM in Santa Cruz, California. Shorme is a nationally known instructor and dancer who teaches at UC Santa Cruz. She brings an upbeat, positive vibe that encourages every child to push their limits and have fun while getting exercise and supporting one another. In addition to hip hop and parkour lessons, the youth will facilitate fun games, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, survival skills, and other activities for a variety of interests.

 

We also have residential and day summer camp programs at Camp WIlani in Veneta which are welcoming to ALL youth and we provide up to 83% tuition assistance.

 


Track it Forward App https://www.trackitforward.com/site/ridgeline-montessori


Planned Absence Request Form

Attendance: attendance@ridgeline.org   


Board of Director Meeting Minutes






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