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eNews 2-8-18

posted Feb 8, 2018, 2:46 PM by Cynthia Friedman

It doesn’t take much, but it does take you! - The DDD is kicking off in just 2 weeks, and we’re looking for a few awesome volunteers to complete our planning puzzle! Can you make a few posters (kits provided!)? Can you stand curbside on the afternoons of Friday 3/2 or Friday 3/23 and look friendly and inviting and donation worthy? Can you take a shift at the DDD table at pasta dinner to accept the mountains of money and answer curious inquiries? If you’ve been telling yourself you should be more involved in fundraising, these are easy opportunities that would help us out a bunch. Click on over to http://signup.com/go/bXLPBzq to sign up!!! Do it right now...don’t wait! (Ok, you can read the rest of this week’s eNews first, but only if you promise to come back to this blurb and sign up!!!)

 

Food Pantry – We are still in need of granola bars and protein bars for the pantry. Thank you so much for your donation!

 

LAST CHANCE!!  Ridgeline T-SHIRTS AND SWEATSHIRTS.  Last Chance for this year’s eye catching green with pink lettering t-shirts and pullover hoodies.    Orders are due by February 26. We will not be making exceptions for late orders, so if you want a t-shirt or sweatshirt, please get your order in to the office by February 26.   Order forms will go home with kids and can also be picked up in the office.  Questions?  Email Michelle at michelle.lodwig@ridgeline.org

 

Fire Extinguisher Serial Number Inventory – We are looking for a volunteer to come into the office and record serial numbers off fire extinguisher and then fill out a form online for us. This will take approximately 1 hour. Contact Cynthia if you are able to help!

 

Library Shelf Back Maker – Michelle is looking for someone who can make wooden backs for the shelves in the library to prevent the books from getting pushed too far back. For more details, or to volunteer please contact Michelle at michelle.lodwig@ridgeline.org. 

 

Sequential Biofuels generously donates to Ridgeline with every purchase!  

When you visit either Sequential Biofuels at 86714 McVay Hwy (off 30th) or 1695 W 18th Ave (corner of Chambers), our kiddos win!  5% of your retail purchase and 5 cents per gallon of gas will be donated to Ridgeline.  It’s very easy, just tell the attendant or cashier that you would like your donation to go to Ridgeline and that’s it!  No saving receipts or taking anything to the office.  And you can ASK your friends, family and neighbors for their donations to go to Ridgeline too. 

 

Terracycle and Box Top Update - We need to collect ten pounds of wrappers before we can send in a box for recycling and get points from Terracycle.  So far his school year we have collected 6 pounds of wrappers. Keep putting those wrappers in the collection box by the office.  

 

Don't forget about saving Box Tops for Education too (found on cereal boxes and Annie's products).  They add up fast!  Thank you.

 

Fred Meyer Rewards You can help Ridgeline earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card! Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to nonprofits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Ridgeline at https://www.fredmeyer.com/topic/community-rewards-4w. You can search for us by our name or by our nonprofit number, 85857.
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Ridgeline earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the customer service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

CONTINUING NEWS -

Couch Donation for Library - We are looking for clean comfy chairs or loveseats in good condition.  They need to be vinyl or leather for easy cleaning, so if you’ve got the perfect thing needing a new home, please contact Michelle at michelle.lodwig@ridgeline.org.

 

Table Cloths – Pasta dinner is less than one month away. We are in need of table cloths. If you have a table cloth or a stack of them that we can borrow please drop them off in the office starting Tuesday, February 20.

Promote Pre-lottery Information Sessions – Please help us promote Ridgeline’s upcoming Pre-lottery Information Sessions. Students must be 5 by September 1, to enroll in kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year.

 

Pre-lottery Information Sessions:

Saturday, February 10, 10am

Thursday, March 1, 6:30pm

(Childcare is available by reservation)

Lottery Applications Due in Ridgeline Office: Wednesday, March 7, by 4 pm

Lottery Drawing: Wednesday, March 14, 10 am

 

COMMUNITY NEWS  

Wild Wings: Monday, February 19, 8:30am-3pm- Discover who's zipping, zooming, and looming in Alton Baker Park. Play Fill the Bill, check out our nest collection, and hike to a heron rookery. Make your own bird wings and tasty bird seed treat. $45 members/$50 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-9, max 12 kids. Outdoors in Alton Baker Park and at our Yurt. To register, call 541-687-9699 or visit nearbynature.org/events.



Wondering About Ridgeline’s Middle School? –

posted Feb 8, 2018, 2:44 PM by Cynthia Friedman

5th and 6th grade parents and students are invited to a Ridgeline Middle School Information Session with teachers Jon Labrousse and Carrie Culliton. Learn all about what Ridgeline’s Middle School has to offer, Saturday, February 10, 10:40am in the middle school classroom – room 7.

 

Pasta Dinner –

posted Feb 8, 2018, 2:40 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Ridgeline’s annual Pasta Dinner is two weeks away! If you are new to our community, you might be wondering what is the pasta dinner? Volunteer cooks make an amazing vegetarian dinner that includes penne pasta, choice of marinara or pesto sauces, green salad, and delicious bread donated by The Bread Stop. There is gluten-free pasta and bread options. Dinner is $5 per person or $20 per family.

 

The RCO has been hard at work making ceramic pasta plates that feature thumb prints of all the students for a silent auction. In addition to the plates, auction items include restaurant gift certificates, theatre tickets, admission to the Sea Lion Caves, and a ½ cord of wood to name just a few. The Pasta Dinner also kicks off Ridgeline’s Direct Donation Drive. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and 100% of the money donated goes directly to Ridgeline.

 

We hope that you can join us on Friday, February 23, 5-7pm in the gym. Please bring your own plate and silverware. The event is for all Ridgeline families to come together, enjoy each other’s company while having the opportunity to support our school.

7 Clean-Up Volunteers STILL Needed for Pasta Dinner –

posted Feb 8, 2018, 2:39 PM by Cynthia Friedman

 Ridgeline’s annual pasta dinner is February 23rd.  This is an amazing Ridgeline community tradition and many volunteers are needed! Please sign up to help at http://signup.com/go/DBNDxsH 

 

eNews 1-25-18

posted Jan 25, 2018, 11:13 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Looking for a new and different way to volunteer? We are in the early stages of establishing a working group to begin developing a school disaster response program. We want to consider possible critical situations and identify ways we can be better prepared and plan for contingencies ahead of time. If you are interested in participating, have knowledge or skills that could be used during planning or the execution stages, please contact Jen Hackstadt. Join us and help get this important parent-led work done!

 

Refrigerator Donation – We are in need of a working refrigerator. If you happen to have an extra one which you are not using we would love to put it to good use here at Ridgeline! Contact the office to donate a fridge.

CONTINUING NEWS -

Promote Pre-lottery Information Sessions – Please help us promote Ridgeline’s upcoming Pre-lottery Information Sessions. Students must be 5 by September 1, to enroll in kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year.

 

Pre-lottery Information Sessions:

Saturday, February 10, 10am

Thursday, March 1, 6:30pm

(Childcare is available by reservation)

Lottery Applications Due in Ridgeline Office: Wednesday, March 7, by 4 pm

Lottery Drawing: Wednesday, March 14, 10 am

 

RCO Meeting February 6, 6:00-7:30 pm.  Join the RCO next month for our February meeting. Our parent education presentation will be on Growth Mindset and will be presented by our fantastic principal, Sharon Dursi Martin. Fostering growth mindset in our students is part of our School Improvement Plan (SIP). Learn more about what growth mindset means, why it’s important and much more. The meeting is from 6-7:30 pm and free childcare will be provided (call the office to reserve a spot for childcare). Attending RCO meetings always counts toward volunteer hours. 

 

VOLUNTEER NEEDS -

Lottery Poster Hangers Needed – Posters to promote Ridgeline’s lottery are NOW available and we need your help hanging them around town! Stop by the office to pick up posters and sign up for hanging locations.

 

Catalog Removal Volunteer – Help Ridgeline reduce our recycling waste. We are looking for a volunteer to call companies and have Ridgeline removed from their mailing list. Jen has a stack of catalog backs with contact information. This task may be done at home. Contact the office to volunteer.

 

NO ONE HAS SIGNED UP! Pre-lottery Information Session Childcare – 2 Volunteers are needed to help with childcare during the Pre-lottery Information Sessions on Saturday, February 10 (9:30am-11:30am) and Thursday, March 1 (6:00 pm-8 pm). Volunteers will be working with staff members and need to be green badged. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

 

Pasta Dinner Volunteer Sign Up – Ridgeline’s annual pasta dinner is February 23rd.  This is an amazing Ridgeline community tradition and many volunteers are needed! Please sign up to help at http://signup.com/go/DBNDxsH

 

DDD Cheerleaders Needed – We are looking for enthusiastic folks to help hype up our Direct Donation Drive which runs February 23rd - March 23rd. Do you love to get your crazy on? One year a parent dressed in wild wear and roller skates holding posters at drop off and pick up to promote the DDD and keep it on everyone’s mind. This is a fun way to get in your volunteer hours. Contact Cynthia to volunteer and for more information.

 

Math Tutor:  Do you love math?  Do you love middle schoolers?  Or do you love middle schoolers and remember how hard math was for you, but you learned it and now you know it and want to help young people get through it?  Either way, we would love to have you come and work with small groups or individuals who just need a little help!  Contact Sharon at Sharon.martin@ridgeline.org.

 

Employment Opportunities – Ridgeline is currently hiring three part-time positions – a floating assistant, a special projects assistant, and a facilities coordinator. More information can be found on our website at http://www.ridgeline.org/employment-opportunities

 

COMMUNITY NEWS  


Wild Wings: Monday, February 19, 8:30am-3pm- Discover who's zipping, zooming, and looming in Alton Baker Park. Play Fill the Bill, check out our nest collection, and hike to a heron rookery. Make your own bird wings and tasty bird seed treat. $45 members/$50 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-9, max 12 kids. Outdoors in Alton Baker Park and at our Yurt. To register, call 541-687-9699 or visit nearbynature.org/events.



No School Monday –

posted Jan 25, 2018, 11:12 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Just a reminder that school is not in session on Monday for grading day. This is different than the 4J calendar. Ridgeline does have school on Friday, February 2nd, (4J’s grading day). Enjoy the three day weekend and we hope you all remain healthy.

Current Ridgeline Student Enrollment Plan 2018-19 –

posted Jan 25, 2018, 11:11 AM by Cynthia Friedman

The electronic re-enrollment form is now available! Let us know your student’s enrollment plan for next year before February 9th. Fill out this form to secure your current student’s spot for the 2018-19 school year. If you have a sibling, of a currently enrolled student, who you wish to enroll for the 2018-19 school year, this is how you sign up for sibling preference.  If you do not plan to attend Ridgeline next year, you will still need to fill out the form. The deadline to complete this electronic form is February 9. URL: https://goo.gl/P6X5u4.  Contact the office if you need a paper copy of this form.

Afternoon Library Volunteers –

posted Jan 25, 2018, 11:07 AM by Cynthia Friedman

 We are in need of library room volunteers Monday-Thursday 1-3pm. Do not let the name of the position fool you – there is no checking out of books! Library room volunteers provide adult supervision for individual and small groups of students using the space as an alternative work space. You may bring your knitting, or other activity as long as you are available to help students.

eNews 1-18-18

posted Jan 18, 2018, 2:36 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Pre-lottery Information Sessions:

Saturday, February 10, 10am

Thursday, March 1, 6:30pm

(Childcare is available by reservation)

Lottery Applications Due in Ridgeline Office: Wednesday, March 7, by 4 pm

Lottery Drawing: Wednesday, March 14, 10 am

 

Site Council Meeting – Traffic concerns will be discussed at the next Site Council Meeting, Monday, January 22, 6-7:30pm. Guest Sarah Mazze from Smart Routes to School or Carolyn Chase from LTD’s School Pool will be in attendance. Thank you everyone who has contacted Site Council with traffic suggestions. Site Council meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome.

 

Pasta Dinner Planning - Are you interested in working on the planning and preparation for Ridgeline’s most anticipated event of the year, our annual Pasta Dinner? Volunteer hours abound for this event and you can get a behind the scenes pass to planning community events for Ridgeline. There is no minimum time commitment and if you want to come in and find out more about this process, please join us Tuesday, January23, at 1:00 pm at Ridgeline. This meeting will count towards your volunteer hours.

 

RCO Meeting February 6, 6:00-7:30 pm.  Join the RCO next month for our February meeting. Our parent education presentation will be on Growth Mindset and will be presented by our fantastic principal, Sharon Dursi-Martin. Fostering growth mindset in our students is part of our School Improvement Plan (SIP). Learn more about what growth mindset means, why it’s important and much more. The meeting is from 6-7:30 pm and free childcare will be provided. Attending RCO meetings always counts toward volunteer hours. 

 

Mower Donation – A huge thank you to Brad Knopp for donating a riding lawn mower to Ridgeline. This will cut down on the many hours it takes to mow the fields in the spring and summer!

 

VOLUNTEER NEEDS -

Lottery Poster Hangers Needed – Posters to promote Ridgeline’s lottery are NOW available and we need your help hanging them around town! Stop by the office to pick up posters and sign up for hanging locations.

 

Catalog Removal Volunteer – Help Ridgeline reduce our recycling waste. We are looking for a volunteer to call companies and have Ridgeline removed from their mailing list. Jen has a stack of catalog backs with contact information. This task may be done at home. Contact the office to volunteer.

 

NO ONE HAS SIGNED UP! Pre-lottery Information Session Childcare – 4 Volunteers are needed to help with childcare during the Pre-lottery Information Sessions on Saturday, February 10 (9:30am-11:30am) and Thursday, March 1 (6:00 pm-8 pm). Volunteers will be working with staff members and need to be green badged. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

 

Pasta Dinner Volunteer Sign Up – Ridgeline’s annual pasta dinner is February 23rd.  This is an amazing Ridgeline community tradition and many volunteers are needed! Please sign up to help at http://signup.com/go/DBNDxsH

 

DDD Cheerleaders Needed – We are looking for enthusiastic folks to help hype up our Direct Donation Drive which runs February 23rd - March 23rd. Do you love to get your crazy on? One year a parent dressed in wild wear and roller skates holding posters at drop off and pick up to promote the DDD and keep it on everyone’s mind. This is a fun way to get in your volunteer hours. Contact Cynthia to volunteer and for more information.

 

Math Tutor:  Do you love math?  Do you love middle schoolers?  Or do you love middle schoolers and remember how hard math was for you, but you learned it and now you know it and want to help young people get through it?  Either way, we would love to have you come and work with small groups or individuals who just need a little help!  Contact Sharon at Sharon.martin@ridgeline.org.

 

CONTINUING NEWS -

Influenza Continues – We know of several students who have been diagnosed with Influenza. Some students are now well and others have gotten sick. Please practice frequent handwashing at home with your kids.  We are doing extra disinfecting here at school. There have been many sick kids this week throughout the entire school. Please keep sick kids home and remember to contact us if your student will be staying home sick at attendance@ridgeline.org or call 541-681-9662.

 

First Place Family Center at Crossfire location - We are excited to welcome our new neighbors to the area!  We met with representatives who shared that they are happy to allow Ridgeline to continue to use their parking lot as a park and stride location.  We also learned more about the programs that will be provided at the location.  Initially, the facility will be used as a dusk to dawn facility (available during cold weather months November - April) for 7-9 families who will stay in the building between 5:30 pm - 7:30 am.  They plan to move their preschool program, supporting approximately 20 children, to the Crossfire location in April of this year.  Construction will begin this summer to convert the sanctuary space to 19 units to support families in transition (projected completion is spring 2019).  All of the services provided at the Crossfire location are for families who have gone through a vetting process which includes a background check and case managers (drug and alcohol use is strictly prohibited).  They look forward to meeting their new neighbors and partnering with other non-profits to support their families in transition.  First Place Family Center near South Eugene High School will remain as a drop-in location for families.  Please contact Chrystell Reed if you have any questions or concerns.

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No Knives! - As a Montessori school, we do give kids opportunities to use real tools.  Veggie slicing for Stone Soup is a joyful example of this!  However, as a public school, we have a policy that prohibits students from bringing their own knives, including pocket knives, to school.  This is for the safety of the children and the school.  Please communicate with your child that bringing a knife to school is absolutely not allowed.  If they do accidentally bring a knife, after a camping trip or similar situation, they should alert their teacher as soon as they realize their mistake. The teacher or assistant will bring the knife to the office. For lunches, please pack food that is already sliced or doesn't require a sharp knife. "Prohibited weapons, replicas of weapons, fireworks and pocket knives are subject to seizureor forfeiture. Possession and/or use of such items may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion."  Thank you.  

 

Staffing Change for 2018-19 -

Dear friends:

 

I have so many mixed feelings about telling you that this is my last year teaching at Ridgeline. After much long, exciting, and painful deliberation, my family has decided that it is time for me to move on to educational research; so I will be resigning in June. I have very much enjoyed working with all of you! It has been continually awe-inspiring to me to watch Ridgeline families -- their dedication to education, their creativity, their beautiful, generous spirits. I am so glad I was given this opportunity.

 

We will continue to cross paths often. The Fitzsimmons children will be staying at Ridgeline until Elaina graduates in 2022, so I am looking forward to working with you next year as a parent volunteer!

 

Blessings,

 

--Sharon Fitzsimmons

 

An additional note from Principal Sharon:

  

We are currently posting the upper elementary teaching position for internal candidates only. We will be sharing Sharon's news with the larger school community tomorrow in the enews. 

 

If you have any questions at all, please contact administration: 

 

Sharon Martin sharon.martin@ridgeline.org

Chrystell Reed chrystell.reed@ridgeline.org

 

Employment Opportunities – Ridgeline is currently hiring three part-time positions – a floating assistant, a special projects assistant, and a facilities coordinator. More information can be found on our website at http://www.ridgeline.org/employment-opportunities

 

COMMUNITY NEWS  


Wild Wings: Monday, February 19, 830am-3pm- Discover who's zipping, zooming, and looming in Alton Baker Park. Play Fill the Bill, check out our nest collection, and hike to a heron rookery. Make your own bird wings and tasty bird seed treat. $45 members/$50 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-9, max 12 kids. Outdoors in Alton Baker Park and at our Yurt. To register, call 541-687-9699 or visit nearbynature.org/events.



Food Pantry –

posted Jan 18, 2018, 2:34 PM by Cynthia Friedman

We have lots of string cheese but not a lot of other food! Donations of yogurt, oranges, bars, nuts, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

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