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eNews 4-18-19

posted Apr 18, 2019, 12:02 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Fundraising Status - As of April 11, 2019 we have raised $89,285.89 toward our goal of $100,000!  That leaves just $10,714.11 to go! We have a few more great fundraising events coming up including Dance-A-Thon ( May 17), restaurant nights at Laughing Planet (May 21) and Mazzi's (June 3), and our annual Rummage Sale (June 8)!  Stay tuned for more details!

Hiring Committee Updates - Work is underway to fill our open positions. The committee that is interviewing candidates for our teaching positions has begun their initial interviews. These will continue next week. Finalists will then be selected and invited back later this month. The principal’s position was posted this week. Candidate screening will begin May 1. We will continue accepting applications for all positions until they are filled. If you know someone who would be a good fit for Ridgeline, please encourage them to apply. Information about our open positions can be found on our website.

Drive Thru Safety - We appreciate everyone attempting to drop off their kids in a timely fashion. Please come to a complete stop before your student opens the door and exits the vehicle. Instances of children exiting moving vehicles have been an issue and presents a serious safety concern.

No Parking at Emerald Valley - Please do not park in the Emerald Valley Parking lot next door. They called yesterday to say that Ridgeline families often park in their lot, sometimes taking up all the spots making it so their visitors have no where to park. Please help us be good neighbors. We have permission to park at The St. Vincent de Paul Annex at the corner of Fox Hollow and W. Amazon, but not next door at Emerald Valley.

Map Your Neighborhood Program Volunteer Needed - We are looking for a parent volunteer from Ridgeline to participate in the SE neighbors Map Your Neighborhood Training on the April 16th at Good Samaritan. The first part (7-7:45) of the training is focused on how we use the Map Your Neighborhood program to organize nearby neighbors into disaster response teams. The second part (7:45-8:30) of the training focuses on our communications plan and learning how to use our radios.This is a great opportunity for a Ridgeline parent who lives close to the school. You will get involved in your neighborhood as well as represent the school. Contact Cynthia if you are able to participate.

Shoe Drive Fundraiser -  It's back! From our Ridgeline community donations and the generous support from our community partners, we've been able to collect 2,172 pairs of shoes! Now we need to ask for your help. In order to meet our minimum goal (2,500 pairs), we need to collect 328 more pairs of shoes. We will have a drop-off at school next week.  If you have any shoes you haven't dropped off yet, please do! Or if you need help getting them out the door, we are happy to come and collect shoes from your house. Please contact Nancy Willcox-Trent  or Ann Carney Nelson to make pick up arrangements or if you have any questions.

Alternative Transportation Committee - Last week a group of parents who bike to school met with Cynthia, Dan, and Sarah Mazze (from Safe Routes to School) to brainstorm bike parking locations on campus and to discuss ways to improve our biking culture here at Ridgeline. If you are interested in joining this conversation email Cynthia. May is bike and roll to school month and we will be planning events and promotion around alternate modes of transportation to and from school.

Bike and Walk to School Day Volunteers Needed - Join us to walk or bike to school with students on Wednesday, May 1st. We need volunteers to:

- bike with students from a TBA spot near the end of the new cycle track

- walk with students from The Annex

-act as crossing guard at the corner of Fox Hollow & W. Amazon Dr.

- greet students at school and oversee incentives hand out and raffle

Sign up to volunteer here.

Staff Appreciation Lunch - Let's show appreciation for Ridgeline's amazing staff by feeding them at their staff meeting after school on Friday, May 10th. Please bring your item in a labeled container. We have extremely limited refrigeration and no way to reheat dishes so please bring your dish at pick-up (1:05 p.m.) if at all possible. A limited number of items can be received at drop off. Questions? contact RCO.

We have gluten free staff members. If your dish is gluten free please label it as such. Also, no pineapple due to a staff allergy. There are approximately 25 staff members. Sign up to bring a dish here.

Mark your calendar - Riddgeline’s 2nd annual Dance-a-thon is coming up on Friday, May 17th. Watch for more details about the event and how you can volunteer in future eNews.

Advocacy Opportunity! As you may know, the Oregon legislature is currently consider the state budget for the next biennium. This budget will provide funding for Ridgeline and all public school students for the next two years. Please consider contacting your legislators regarding public school funding! Here is some information about the two funding streams that are under consideration and their impact on charter schools.

State School Fund:  Oregon’s charter schools are almost solely funded through the State School Fund (SSF). KG - 8th grade charter schools are required, by Oregon state law, to receive at least 80% of the SSF dollars allocated to public schools, per pupil.

  • Currently, the Ways & Means co-chairs budget framework (the legislature’s budget) provides the SSF $8.87 billion.

  • This is $100 million less than the Governor’s Recommended Budget, which recommends $8.97 billion for the State School Fund. $100 million is the equivalent of 450 teachers statewide.

  • The school business managers’ estimate of actual projected funding needs based on current service levels and contractual agreements is $9.13 billion.

  • The Quality Education Model calls for $10.734 billion, which is the legislature’s approved calculation of how much it would cost to fully fund education in Oregon.

Please consider sharing your story and respectfully asking your legislator to support a budget that funds the K-12 State School Fund at least at the business managers’ recommended level of $9.13 billion.

School Improvement Fund: The School Improvement Fund (a non-competitive grant program) is being considered by the Joint Committee on Student Success (JCSS) as the mechanism to direct any new education revenue to schools in Oregon. The JCSS is reported to be proposing a roughly $1 billion revenue package, the details of which will be made public late this week.

  • The School Improvement Fund (ORS 327.297) does not allow for charter schools to directly access grants, nor does it require districts to share the grant money they receive with charter school students.

  • Measure 98/High School Success grant program provides an example of the way in which such a grant program can be inclusive of charter school students in Oregon. The JCSS could model the School Improvement Fund on that program.

Please support the legislature’s efforts to identify additional education revenue for our schools and consider asking your legislator to ensure that any funding mechanism they adopt includes ALL public school student—including Oregon’s charter school students.

CONTINUING NEWS -

Staff Appreciation Week Volunteers - We are looking for volunteers to help the RCO this month in preparation for Staff Appreciation Week May 6-10. We need help with ideas, picking up supplies, making gifts, etc. Please email RCO.  

Please use Sidewalks - There is a gate between Emerald Valley and Ridgeline along the south playground. For security reasons, this gate has been zipped tied closed and this is no longer a way to exit the school. We ask that students do not jump or climb the fence or use Emerald Valley’s property as a playground. At arrival and dismissal, please have your student use the sidewalk and not cross the grass fields.

Next-Level Classroom Open House - This year, we will be offering an open house on April 25th from 6-7 p.m. for families of current kindergarten and third grade children.  A lower elementary and upper elementary teacher and an assistant will be on hand to discuss next-level classroom culture and academic expectations to help you understand what to expect during this big transition in your young learner’s life.  We will also be inviting parents who have successfully navigated this transition with their child before you! The open house will be in lieu of classroom observations. Childcare is provided. Sign up here.

Panoramic photo - Order forms for the all school Panoramic Photo will be sent home in Friday folders this week. The photo is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th at 11a.m. weather permitting. Orders for the panoramic photo should be turned in to the office.

Supply Fee 2019-20 – We are now taking supply fee payments for the 2019-20 school year. The fee is $75 per student. Please make checks out to Ridgeline Montessori and drop them off in the office or pay online by clicking HERE. For bookkeeping purposes we need either the fee or a financial aid form. Financial assistance forms are also available in the lobby or online. Supply fees are due April 27.

Grandparents Day Volunteers - Friday, April 26 is our final kindergarten Grandparents Day event of the year. Volunteers are need to help greet our visitors and set up. Sign up here to volunteer.

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 couple of loads of green oak split 16” or cut to fit and delivered for $160. If you are interested, call Cliff at 541-912-8937.

State Testing -  Options for Parents – Parent information about this spring's 2018-19 state testing, including the opt-out form, were attached to last week’s eNews and are available at the main office. The first classes will begin testing April 15 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 forms and submitting them to the main office. Please note that if you wish to opt your 5th or 8th grader out of OAKS science testing as well as math and ELA testing, you must fill out both forms. 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 Principal Sharon Dursi Martin at sharon.martin@ridgeline.org


Report your volunteer hours with Track It Forward: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/ridgeline-montessori


Planned Absence Request Form

Attendance: attendance@ridgeline.org   


Board of Director Meeting Minutes

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Walk and Roll for the Earth

In celebration of Earth Day, tell your child(ren) that when they walk, bike, carpool or ride the bus to school, they’re doing something great for the planet and for their friends! Fewer cars driving to our school means less air pollution around our school, which means easier breathing for our kids and the earth!

If you usually drive your child, try parking ten minutes from school and walking the rest of the way. Don’t miss out on the opportunity for a relaxing time connecting with your child while you both get fresh air on the way to and from school! Now is the best time to help your child develop healthy, active habits out in the world.

 

KIDSPORTS - For the last 60 years, KIDSPORTS has been dedicated to providing healthy, community based team sports experiences for kids across Lane County. As a continuation of our mission to help All Kids Play, KIDSPORTS is heading into our late spring, early summer Baseball/Softball seasons! Registration is open now and available at our website www.kidsports.org and in office at 2190 Polk St. If your child would like to take a swing at our summer season, act fast! Our in office deadline for 5th – 8th grade is April 19th, while our Kinder- 4th grade deadline is April 26th. If you have any questions about our upcoming season or what scholarship options might be available to you, please call the KIDSPORTS office at (541) 683-2374.

 

Six Conversations About Race, Culture & Equity: For Parents, Educators, and Community Members

Over the course of this six-week series, you will build the necessary skills to work successfully with both the challenges and opportunities presented by the increasing racial and cultural diversity and multicultural dynamics of our communities, schools, organizations and agencies.

These sessions will be led by Johnny Lake, PhD, Educator and Advocate for Children. As a participant, you will be a member of a learning community in which you can build knowledge and skills, as well as collaboration around taking action for institutional and community equity.

We strongly encourage you to register with other members of your organization, school system, or parent community in order to strengthen your shared understanding and goals of your work. We find that personal invitations to participate are the most effective!

Topics will include:

  • Defining Identity, Race, Culture, Ethnicity and Other Term

  • How Identity Works- Socio-Political and Socio-Historical Contexts

  • Understanding Stereotypes, Prejudice, Discrimination and Racism

  • Learning About Advocacy

  • Building Community Beyond Race and Identity Issues

Tuesday evenings 5:30-8:30pm. April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14.

Dinner is included in the sliding scale cost of $60-180 ($10-30 per session).

Scholarships available, please email backtoback@calclane.org to inquire.

Register for the series by April 1st at https//RCEseries.brownpapertickets.com.

Sessions will be held at the Wesley Foundation Center, 2520 Harris St, Eugene, OR 97405.

Teachers: Professional Development Units available.

"When we commit to a course of multicultural development, we commit to equity and justice, and we also commit to learn, grow and change."  – Dr. Johnny Lake

 

This educational series is organized by Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity, a program of Community Alliance of Lane County. Contact backtoback@calclane.org for more info.


Ridgeline Movie Night -

posted Apr 18, 2019, 12:01 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Ridgeline families are invited to a pajama movie night in the gymnasium. Wear your comfy jammies and bring your favorite stuffie to a screening of My Neighbor Totoro. Popcorn and candy will be for sale with proceeds benefiting Ridgeline Montessori. • Friday, April 12 • 6 pm to 8:30 pm • In the Gymnasium.


Volunteer Appreciation -

posted Apr 18, 2019, 12:00 PM by Cynthia Friedman

National Volunteer Appreciation week is April 15-19th. We so appreciate our amazing volunteers! Ridgeline would not be the amazing community it is without your help. We hope that you will join us for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea, on Thursday, April 18 from 8:30-9:15 a.m. in the library.


Family Survey -

posted Apr 18, 2019, 12:00 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Thank you to all of you who are taking the time to fill out the Ridgeline Family Survey for 2018-19.  To drum up some excitement, Site Council has shared a short summary of the 2017-18 family survey results. The sheet is attached to the eNews.  2018-19 results will be shared later this year. Again this year, we anticipate learning things from each other that will help make Ridgeline an even better place to grow and learn. Please complete the survey by Monday, April 15. We are grateful for your feedback.


eNews 4-4-19

posted Apr 5, 2019, 2:45 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Ridgeline Movie Night - Ridgeline families are invited to a pajama movie night in the gymnasium. Wear your comfy jammies and bring your favorite stuffie to a screening of My Neighbor Totoro. Popcorn and candy will be for sale with proceeds benefiting Ridgeline Montessori. • Friday, April 12 • 6 pm to 8:30 pm • In the Gymnasium.

Staff Appreciation Week Volunteers - We are looking for volunteers to help the RCO this month in preparation for Staff Appreciation Week May 6-10. We need help with ideas, picking up supplies, making gifts, etc. Join us at the RCO meeting on April 8th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the library or email RCO.  

Please use Sidewalks - There is a gate between Emerald Valley and Ridgeline along the south playground. For security reasons, this gate has been zipped tied closed and this is no longer a way to exit the school. We ask that students do not jump or climb the fence or use Emerald Valley’s property as a playground. At arrival and dismissal, please have your student use the sidewalks and not cross across the grass fields.

Next-Level Classroom Open House - This year, we will be offering an open house on April 25th from 6-7 p.m. for families of current kindergarten and third grade children.  A lower elementary and upper elementary teacher and an assistant will be on hand to discuss next-level classroom culture and academic expectations to help you understand what to expect during this big transition in your young learner’s life.  We will also be inviting parents who have successfully navigated this transition with their child before you! The open house will be in lieu of classroom observations.

Hiring Committee - Hiring Update. As you know, Ridgeline is in the process of hiring two teachers and a principal for next year. The hiring committee for the teacher positions is in place, and that process is already underway. That hiring team will be considering both upper elementary and lower elementary candidates, because applicants frequently come with some flexibility based on their backgrounds. Teacher hiring committees are generally made up of administrators, a teacher, an assistant, and a board member. This particular teacher hiring committee also includes a parent representative from Room 8 out of respect for the challenges that classroom community has faced recently. All of the parents in that classroom were invited to be considered for that position, and a parent was chosen based on experience and availability. Generally, parents (beyond those who are staff or board members) are not involved in hiring teachers, and we don’t anticipate that becoming a regular practice.

We’re just beginning the advertising phase of the principal job search, so that hiring committee won’t begin working until May. We will be forming it in the coming weeks, and we will keep you informed as we do. Regardless of the structure and makeup of the hiring committee, the hiring process for principal does involve opportunities for community interaction with all of the finalists for the position.


As with all personnel matters, the interview and hiring process is one that is handled confidentially. Committee members will not be at liberty to discuss candidates or their interviews. If you have questions about the process, please contact board president Amy Sage at amy.sage@ridgeline.org.

Panoramic photo - Order forms for the all school Panoramic Photo will be sent home in Friday folders this week. The photo is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th at 11a.m. weather pending. Orders for the panoramic photo

Volunteer Appreciation - National Volunteer Appreciation week is April 15-19th. We so appreciate our amazing volunteers! Ridgeline would not be the amazing community it is without your help. We hope that you will join us for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea, Thursday, April 18 8:30-9:15 a.m. in the library.

Supply Fee 2019-20 – We are now taking supply fee payments for the 2019-20 school year. The fee is $75 per student. Please make checks out to Ridgeline Montessori and drop them off in the office or pay online by clicking HERE  Financial assistance forms are also available in the lobby or online. Supply fees are due April 27.

Grandparents Day Volunteers - Friday, April 26 is our final kindergarten Grandparents Day event of the year. Volunteers are need to help greet our visitors and set up. Sign up here to volunteer.

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 couple of loads of green oak split 16” or cut to fit and delivered for $160. If you are interested, call Cliff at 541-912-8937.

CONTINUING NEWS -

Budget Committee Members – Do you want to learn more about Ridgeline’s finances and participate in the budget process?  There will be 3-4 meetings in late April and the month of May. Email Chrystell.reed@ridgeline.org if you are interested in joining the committee!

State Testing -  Options for Parents – Parent information about this spring's 2018-19 state testing, including the opt-out form, are attached to this edition of the eNews and are available at the main office. The first classes will begin testing April 15 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 forms and submitting them to the main office. Please note that if you wish to opt your 5th or 8th grader out of OAKS science testing as well as math and ELA testing, you must fill out both forms. 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 Principal Sharon Dursi Martin at sharon.martin@ridgeline.org


Report your volunteer hours with Track It Forward: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/ridgeline-montessori


Planned Absence Request Form

Attendance: attendance@ridgeline.org   


Board of Director Meeting Minutes

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

KIDSPORTS - For the last 60 years, KIDSPORTS has been dedicated to providing healthy, community based team sports experiences for kids across Lane County. As a continuation of our mission to help All Kids Play, KIDSPORTS is heading into our late spring, early summer Baseball/Softball seasons! Registration is open now and available at our website www.kidsports.org and in office at 2190 Polk St. If your child would like to take a swing at our summer season, act fast! Our in office deadline for 5th – 8th grade is April 19th, while our Kinder- 4th grade deadline is April 26th. If you have any questions about our upcoming season or what scholarship options might be available to you, please call the KIDSPORTS office at (541) 683-2374.

 

Six Conversations About Race, Culture & Equity: For Parents, Educators, and Community Members

Over the course of this six-week series, you will build the necessary skills to work successfully with both the challenges and opportunities presented by the increasing racial and cultural diversity and multicultural dynamics of our communities, schools, organizations and agencies.

These sessions will be led by Johnny Lake, PhD, Educator and Advocate for Children. As a participant, you will be a member of a learning community in which you can build knowledge and skills, as well as collaboration around taking action for institutional and community equity.

We strongly encourage you to register with other members of your organization, school system, or parent community in order to strengthen your shared understanding and goals of your work. We find that personal invitations to participate are the most effective!

Topics will include:

  • Defining Identity, Race, Culture, Ethnicity and Other Term

  • How Identity Works- Socio-Political and Socio-Historical Contexts

  • Understanding Stereotypes, Prejudice, Discrimination and Racism

  • Learning About Advocacy

  • Building Community Beyond Race and Identity Issues

Tuesday evenings 5:30-8:30pm. April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14.

Dinner is included in the sliding scale cost of $60-180 ($10-30 per session).

Scholarships available, please email backtoback@calclane.org to inquire.

Register for the series by April 1st at https//RCEseries.brownpapertickets.com.

Sessions will be held at the Wesley Foundation Center, 2520 Harris St, Eugene, OR 97405.

Teachers: Professional Development Units available.

"When we commit to a course of multicultural development, we commit to equity and justice, and we also commit to learn, grow and change."  – Dr. Johnny Lake

 

This educational series is organized by Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity, a program of Community Alliance of Lane County. Contact backtoback@calclane.org for more info.

 

 

 


Parent Education Presentation -

posted Apr 5, 2019, 2:42 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Join us for a Montessori parent education presentation “Brave Spaces” with Luz Casquejo on Thursday, April 4. In this presentation and facilitated discussion, we'll talk about the development of racial and ethnic identity and intersectionality (gender, race, religion, ability, socio-economic status and other identities) in the context of Dr. Montessori's concepts of the Planes of Development and the Spiritual Embryo.  We'll end with some tools for creating brave spaces that allow children to engage in these topics in a way that will support the development of all aspects of their identity.

Dr. Luz Casquejo Johnston is returning to Ridgeline to provide another engaging parent education night. This time the topic is how to make space and find authentic ways to have difficult conversations within our families and within our communities.

Dr. Luz Casquejo Johnston is the Program Director for the Montessori Teacher Education Program at Saint Mary's College of California which offers both Early Childhood and an Lower Elementary/Upper Elementary credential. She has experienced every facet of Montessori life - student, parent, lower elementary guide, director(principal) and now program director. Her greatest joy has been raising her children in the Montessori way and watching them become thoughtful, purposeful young adults.

Childcare is available. Sign up here.


RCO April Meeting -

posted Apr 5, 2019, 2:41 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Join us Monday, April 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for check-ins and updates with Ridgeline staff, board members, Site Council, the RCO, and parents. Bring any concerns or questions you may have regarding staff changes, hazardous weather make-up days, volunteer opportunities, and more to the meeting. We will also use this time to start planning Staff Appreciation Week, which runs May 6-10. If you are interested in volunteering with this project, please attend this meeting or email RCO.


Track Town Pizza Restaurant Day -

posted Apr 5, 2019, 2:40 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Track Town Pizza welcomes Ridgeline Montessori On Monday, April 8th 2019. Come to Track Town Pizza at 1809 Franklin Boulevard for a day of fundraising. Bring the attached flyer (also going home Friday) Ridgeline will receive 50% of the food purchased* towards in-house or pickup (to-go) orders. Not interested in eating pizza that day? Come by and purchase a gift certificate for a friend or later time and Ridgeline will receive 25% of the value of the gift certificate purchased. Both ways Track Town makes it simple and a great time to get together for a day of fundraising. * Only Whole Pizzas/breadsticks and Salads count towards fundraising. No discounts allowed to maximize your fundraising efforts. To order call 541-284-8484. Open Monday 11am-midnight.


eNews 3-21-19

posted Apr 1, 2019, 1:29 PM by Cynthia Friedman

What a great Direct Donation Drive month, Ridgeline!!! Thank you everyone for your contributions. Not only did we meet our goal and qualify for the $10,000 gift, but as of this morning we have raised $22,042.05—and we are still receiving new donations!  

Each and every dollar that we raise moves us closer to our $100k year-end goal and will help us shift our precious volunteer resources to other activities in the spring. For those of you who have not yet made a contribution, this is still an important and valuable time. Our busy fundraising committee thanks you!

We'll be tallying everything up tomorrow, and we'll get you a final number once we have done so. In the meantime, if you missed this past week's Facebook posts on Montessori Program Enrichment, please check it out here.

Parent Education Presentation - Join us for a Montessori parent education presentation “Brave Spaces” with Luz Casquejo on Thursday, April 4. In this presentation and facilitated discussion, we'll talk about the development of racial and ethnic identity and intersectionality (gender, race, religion, ability, socio-economic status and other identities) in the context of Dr. Montessori's concepts of the Planes of Development and the Spiritual Embryo.  We'll end with some tools for creating brave spaces that allow children to engage in these topics in a way that will support the development of all aspects of their identity.

Dr. Luz Casquejo Johnston is returning to Ridgeline to provide another engaging parent education night. This time the topic is how to make space and find authentic ways to have difficult conversations within our families and within our communities.

Dr. Luz Casquejo Johnston is the Program Director for the Montessori Teacher Education Program at Saint Mary's College of California which offers both and Early Childhood and an Lower Elementary/Upper Elementary credential. She has experience every facet of Montessori life - student, parent, lower elementary guide, director(principal) and now program director. Her greatest joy has been raising her children in the Montessori way and watching them become thoughtful, purposeful young adults.

Childcare is available. Sign up here.

Lost and Found - Please remember to pop in tomorrow and check out the lost and found before spring break. There’s nothing more annoying than packing for that day trip to the coast over the break only to realize that Mildred’s rubber boots are locked in the school for week!

Food Pantry - Donations for the food pantry will be gladly accepted after spring break. Thank you so much for your donations of granola bars, string cheese, single serving packets of carrots, nuts, etc.

Budget Committee Members – Do you want to learn more about Ridgeline’s finances and participate in the budget process?  There will be 3-4 meetings in late April and the month of May. Email Chrystell.reed@ridgeline.org if you are interested in joining the committee!

State Testing -  Options for Parents – Parent information about this spring's 2018-19 state testing, including the opt-out form, are attached to this edition of the eNews and are available at the main office. The first classes will begin testing April 15 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 forms and submitting them to the main office. Please note that if you wish to opt your 5th or 8th grader out of OAKS science testing as well as math and ELA testing, you must fill out both forms. 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 Principal Sharon Dursi Martin at sharon.martin@ridgeline.org



CONTINUING NEWS -

Furniture Mover Needed - We are looking for at least two volunteers to help us move tables and chairs to set up the computer lab for state testing after spring break. Volunteers needed April 4 or 5. We also need a volunteer to set out mouse pads and mice the following week. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

Kitchenette Fairy - Sadly, our kitchenette fairy has fluttered on to other activities so we are again looking for a volunteer who can pop in on a regular basis to clean up the kitchenette and production room areas. Regular cleaning is important in our ongoing ant battle. The fairy can come anytime between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

Site Council Parent Representative – Site Council is a group made up of representatives from each of the school’s stakeholder groups. As one of three parent reps, you will be the voice of Ridgeline parents on the council and will work with other council members to ensure that everyone involved in the school has a voice in how our school grows and develops. The main objectives of the site council are to provide visionary leadership for the school and to provide a forum for all stakeholder groups. Some of the topics Site Council addresses are the family survey, traffic concerns, and the school calendar.

Site Council meets monthly. Parent reps are asked to serve a 3-year term and attend RCO meetings in addition to Site Council meetings. If you are interested in serving on Site Council, please join our next meeting: Monday, April 22, 6:00-7:30 pm.  You can also email sitecouncil@ridgeline.org or contact Cynthia in the office with any questions you may have.

Spring TAG Testing Window - We are currently accepting nominations for children that may qualify as Talented and Gifted, meaning that they might test in the top 3% of the population in mathematics, reading, or intellect.  If you have a child that you would like to nominate, please contact Principal Sharon at sharon.martin@ridgeline.org

During this testing window, we will accept recommendations for:

  • Grades K-2: math, reading or intellectually gifted

  • Grades 3-12: intellectually gifted ONLY (state tests are used for academic qualification)  

Please ask for referral forms in the front office.  There is a tight turn-around deadline (March 22), so please consider filling in the form and signing it on site.  


Are You the Next RCO Co-convenor? The Ridgeline Community Organizers are recruiting for the next Co-convenor for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.

 

Along with Amanda Bedortha, this Co-convenor will organize semi-monthly RCO presentations and community-building activities, as well as help with some fundraising events. The position is for 2 school years, beginning this Fall 2019. Being a Co-convenor is a fun, exciting way to earn volunteer hours and get more involved in the school.

To learn more, email Amanda or RCO.


Report your volunteer hours with Track It Forward: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/ridgeline-montessori


Planned Absence Request Form

Attendance: attendance@ridgeline.org   


Board of Director Meeting Minutes

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

KIDSPORTS - For the last 60 years, KIDSPORTS has been dedicated to providing healthy, community based team sports experiences for kids across Lane County. As a continuation of our mission to help All Kids Play, KIDSPORTS is heading into our late spring, early summer Baseball/Softball seasons! Registration is open now and available at our website www.kidsports.org and in office at 2190 Polk St. If your child would like to take a swing at our summer season, act fast! Our in office deadline for 5th – 8th grade is April 19th, while our Kinder- 4th grade deadline is April 26th. If you have any questions about our upcoming season or what scholarship options might be available to you, please call the KIDSPORTS office at (541) 683-2374.

 

Submit art for the 2nd Annual Kids Earth Day Art Show Contest! -

The theme is "What can we do to stop climate change? Share your solution ideas that heal and protect the Earth." All entries will receive a small prize, and 3 entries per age group will receive a larger prize. Art on display at the Eugene Library during April and May.  Submissions due March 21st. Hope to see some of your kids' amazing art again this year!

 

Info and entry form here:  http://world.350.org/eugene/350-families/

 

Art Classes 4 For $40!

We teach private art classes for children ages 10 and up.  My husband is the instructor. I am the scheduler/coordinator.  If you have a student not quite 10 years old but ready and willing to embark on the learning adventure of art classes, we can discuss for possible early introduction of classes for them.

 

Payment of $40 (four 1-hr classes) is due upon first class.  We accept cash, check, Venmo, PayPal (through Friends & Family method), or credit card through Square (with $3 added fee).  Each class is accounted for, so that if you miss a class for any reason it does not count as one of your paid classes.

 

Please contact me, Kesha Hawk, at thehawksaerie@gmail.com for scheduling and all questions.

 

Oak Hill After School Spring Class -

Amazing Disc Golf Clinic for all levels

Join us once a week after school for three weeks to learn more about disc golf.

Tuesdays - Grades 6th-12th - 4/2, 4/9,4/16

Wednesdays - Grades K-5th - 4/3, 4/10,4/17

Cost $50.00

3:30-4:30 pm at Oak Hill School (next to LCC campus)

Universal Play Disc Golf will be offering an afterschool workshop at Oak Hill School.

With Disc Golf being one of the fastest growing newer sports in today's society, it is

UPlayDG's mission to bring this all-inclusive, lifelong and affordable sport to the

students of Lane County. Teaching about the basic skills and comprehension of the

game, UPlayDG's unique workshops provide students with new avenues to get

outdoors, get active, and have fun by including and encouraging others to join them in

playing Disc Golf.

 

Instructors: Zoe and Dustin are both touring professional disc golfers and sponsored by Dynamic Discs. They are among the very best players in the game. Zoe is our 2018 World Putting Champion, ranked 6th in the Nation, and 11th in the World. Dustin is ranked 3rd in the state,

and top 30 nationally!

 

Register at oakhillschool.com.

 

 




Board Meeting this Thursday evening.

posted Apr 1, 2019, 1:28 PM by Cynthia Friedman

The Ridgeline board of directors will have its regular monthly board meeting tonight, March 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the school library. At this meeting, the board will:

  • consider a contract to work with NextUp Leadership for our principal search and discuss next steps in that process as outlined in their proposal,

  • review and discuss the spring class placement process with administration,

  • hear some results of the salary and benefits committee’s research,

  • consider the financial implications of our current employee sick time policy, and

  • hear initial information from the ADA Center of Oregon about facility accessibility

The complete agenda can be found here.  This is a very full meeting and will cover information that is relevant to everyone. Ridgeline board meetings are open to the public (except when an executive session is indicated on the agenda), and we welcome your involvement!


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