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eNews 5-18-17

posted May 24, 2017, 9:49 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Project Installation Volunteer Needed - Emily’s class is painting tiles with images of birds and plants to create a permanent, outdoor display of Ridgeline wildlife.  Our tile “field guide” will be mounted around the door to the playground.  We are looking for a few volunteers to help us mount the finished tiles on backer board and then attach the display to the building.  This project would require a trip to the hardware store (reimbursement provided) and some basic skills - or just an adventurous spirit and a willingness to watch instructional YouTube videos.  Get some volunteer hours in and help create an art installation with lasting value for the school!  Please contact emily.burton@ridgeline.org.

Supply Room Overhaul – We are looking for volunteers to help us with an HGTV style makeover of the supply room. We have big visions and plans and we need your help! If this is a project that interests you please contact Cynthia. We are still working out specifics, but most likely we will need help the during the last two weeks of school.

Tall Sturdy Shelves Needed – We are looking for tall sturdy possibly doubled sided shelving units to use in the supply closet. The type we are looking for wouldn’t typically be found in homes, but more institutional. If you work somewhere that is getting rid of this type of shelving or have any leads, contact Cynthia.

The Shed – Another BIG project in the queue is a deep cleaning and purging of THE SHED. If you have been out to the shed you know what we are talking about! This is the large storage area (approx. 400 square feet) behind the covered area on the south playground. It is full of stuff, a good portion of which we inherited with the purchase of the building. We are looking for a team of enthusiastic individuals, hopefully some folks with trucks, to help haul away items and then organize what remains. This project is scheduled to happen the week after school gets out, June 19-23rd. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

June 9th Mover Volunteers – We are looking for a couple strong folks to help us move a washer and dryer, along with other items from the shed to the gym for the Rummage Sale. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

G.A.L.E. - Ridgeline is founding a Gender and Attraction League for Equity! G.A.L.E. is being created upon student request, and will ultimately be run by students. The goal of this intersectional space is to support age-appropriate discussion around gender and attraction, and allow GALE members to share their lived experiences in order to learn more about themselves and their peers.

 

Permission slips to join the league will be available to any and all upper elementary and middle school students who are interested in supporting themselves and their peers around the two aforementioned issues. Students must return signed permission slips to the office before attending any of the meetings, and are welcome to join the league at any point.

 

Meetings of GALE will be held on three of our last four Wednesdays; May 24th, 31st, and June 14th; and run from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. Middle School Assistant Maizzy Phayt will facilitate, and School Counselor Michael Michel will attend the beginning of each meeting.

All Are Welcome - Did you know that Ridgeline board meetings are open to the public? The Ridgeline board of directors meets at least once a month during the school year to provide financial, legal, and administrative oversight to the school. We welcome visitors at all public sessions. You can always find board minutes and meeting agendas on our website and links to minutes in the eNews. 

The board is currently made up of seven people, all volunteers and Ridgeline parents, although we welcome those who are not current parents. While the board will sometimes reach out to individuals who may bring a needed skill set to the board, all are welcome to apply. Those interested in board work should attend a few meetings. If they are still interested, the next step is to reach out to a board member to discuss their interest and get a better feel for the job and its expectations, as well as current topics the board is working on.  

If you have questions, please contact board@ridgeline.org.

Treat Thanks! – The staff has been so happy with all the Wednesday treats that have been arriving. What amazing bakers we have in our community.

 

Thank You for the Plastic Bags! – Thank you for all your plastic bag donations. This is a game changer for end of school year bagging needs.

 

Ems Lead STILL Needed - Once again Ridgeline will be the featured nonprofit at the Ems baseball game on Friday, June 16th – the last day of school. We are looking for a lead volunteer for this event. The lead will transport items (to and from the game) and set-up a promotional table and signage at the game. Contact the office to volunteer and for more details.

 

CONTINUING NEWS –

Sunscreen – With the nicer weather students are spending more time outside. If your child needs sunscreen, we encourage you to apply it prior to school. If they will need another application during the school day, please send a bottle labeled with their name in their backpack. It is not feasible for staff to apply sunscreen for all of the students.  Please give your child a lesson on how to apply sunscreen and remind them not to share with their classmates (due to allergy concerns).

 

Gender Revolution Documentary Screening and Q&A -

Join Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School on June 1 at 6pm for a screening of this riveting documentary that takes a deep look at the personal journeys of intersex and transgender people.  Host Katie Couric explores the meanings of gender, gender identity and gender expression, and what science tells us about gender, gender and childhood, and how gender politics play out in the larger culture. There will be a facilitated Q&A after the screening. To learn more about the documentary: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/gender-revolution-a-journey-with-katie-couric/.  This event is for adults. Childcare will be provided for the students of Ridgeline families only by calling the office. 

There is limited space available, so please RSVP here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gender-revolution-documentary-screening-and-qa-tickets-34519281099 to ensure a spot.

 

First Aid Kit Inventory Volunteer – We are in need of a volunteer to go through all the first aid car kits that are used on field trips to remove expired items and to replenish them. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

 

Supply Fee Payment Made Easy! We still have over 100 students with unpaid supply fees! Do you pull up to school and think, “Darn, I forgot my checkbook again to pay the supply fee?”  Now you can pay the supply fee in the comfort of your home! Clink on the link below for an easy online payment option!

 

http://weblink.donorperfect.com/ridgelinesupplyfee

 

Rummage Sale to benefit Ridgeline Montessori June 10th! -

• Please hold on to unwanted items for donation; drop off your items Friday, June 9th at the Ridgeline gym between 8:40-11:00 or 1:15-7:00.  

• Rummage Sale event hours will be June 10th from 9:00-3:00

• VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the following: 

- Help hang signs Thursday, June 8th

- Help set up tables, accept and sort items Friday, June 9th from 8:30-11:00

- Help accept and sort items Friday, June 9th from 1:15-7:00

- Help the day of event Saturday, June 10th from 8:00-3:30

• Contact Jen Boita (jenwieck@yahoo.com) or Lily Leitermann (lilyleitermann@gmail.com) to volunteer

 

Nextstep Electronics Recycling - In May, our school is participating in an Electronics Waste Recycling Contest. The school that recycles the most pounds of “e-waste” wins! All materials will be donated to NextStep recycling, who is collaborating with Partners for Sustainable Schools to make this happen. NextStep will recycle anything that has a plug, or takes batteries (including any working or broken: cell phones, monitors, computers, toys, etc.).

 

There are 2 ways to donate your e-waste:

1) Donate directly at NextStep during the month of May. When you drop off your electronics, tell them the name of our school and NextStep will add it to our total collected pounds. (Drop off location: 2101 W. 10th Avenue, Eugene.)

 

2) Drop off donations directly at school between May 22nd - 26th. Our school will have a large collection box located onsite (ask at the office).

 

Together we can help divert electronic devices from our landfills! (If you know of anyone else interested in donating their old electronics, that would help too!)

 

COMMUNITY NEWS –

Free Lunches for Kids Ages 2-18

 

Food for Lane County operates one of the largest summer food programs in the state. They provide free meals to youth ages 2 to 18. Most sites open June 26. To see a list of lunch sites, please visit the FOOD For Lane County website, at www.foodforlanecounty.org/summerfood or emailinfo@foodforlanecounty.org or call 541-343-2822.

 

SUMMER ROCK CAMPS AT MUSIC MASTERS!

Join us in South Eugene for our 4th annual Rock Camps!

We are offering camps the weeks of:

July       10 - 14

July        24 - 28

August   7 - 11

All instruments and skill levels welcome!

End of week performance with your new band!

Call 541-461-8000 for pricing and availability today!

 

 

Daisy Girl Scout Troop 10816 would like to invite girls already in kindergarten to attend our troop's first event called Daisy Days, which is intended to introduce girls to Girl Scouting and to build troop membership. The sessions are scheduled for May 25, June 1, 8, and 15 from 6:00-7:00 PM at Bertha Holt Elementary School.

 

Please let me know if it is possible for you to print or electronically distribute the attached flyer to parents of girls already in kindergarten as soon as possible, and if you require me to bring printed copies to your office or not. Our troop is just starting out and has no finances as of yet.  We serve the Bertha Holt Elementary School area in Eugene, OR.

 

Thank you,

 

Steve Martin

(541) 632-4252

troop10816@gmail.com

Daisy Troop 10816, Service Unit 66

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

 

Hello families, advocates, and allies of gender diverse and transgender children:

Juli Heffernan at UO and Tina Schmich have started a support group for parents of gender diverse students.  They met for the first time in September and will meet again the third Thursday of each month at the location below.

Families of Gender Expansive Youth Support and Advocacy Group

Third Thursdays   | 5:30-6:30pm

1685 West 13th Ave | Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene

 

The facebook event posting for this month’s meeting can be found and shared here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1317758461597676/

For questions, please contact Julie at jheffern@uoregon.edu or Brianna Stiller at stiller@4j.lane.edu.

 

UNLIMITED SUMMER FUN!

The 1PASS, a partnership between Lane Transit District (LTD), Willamalane Parks and Recreation District and the City of Eugene, gives youth summer travel and recreation options!

 

The 1PASS helps youth get to parks, ballgames or even a summer job. For $50, youth ages 18 and younger can get a 1PASS good for travel on all LTD routes May 29th- Sept. 4th. It also grants the pass holder free entry to the following places in the Eugene-Springfield metro area:

 

Amazon Pool, Camp Putt, Cascades Raptor Center, Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center, Emerald Lanes, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, River Road Park Pool, Science Factory, Sheldon Pool & Fitness Center, Skate World, Splash! At Lively Park, Willamalane Center & Willamalane Park Swim Center. 

 

www.willamalane.org/1pass

 

 

 

 

Jog-a-thon is tomorrow! -

posted May 24, 2017, 9:48 AM by Cynthia Friedman

The weather forecast looks great for tomorrow's Jog-a-thon!  Make sure students are ready for this exciting event:

(1) Wear good running shoes and a Ridgeline t-shirt

(2) Bring a good snack and lunch

(3) Bring an extra set of clothes and shoes if it has been rainy

(4) Plan for sun protection and grass allergies (please put on sunblock before school, if possible)

(5) And don't forget to keep getting more pledges!

 

We welcome any parents who wish to come and cheer on the students! Please remember to sign in at the office when you arrive and get your badge.

Substitute Training –

posted May 24, 2017, 9:47 AM by Cynthia Friedman

 Ridgeline currently has openings on its substitute list. If you are interested, or know someone who is interested in getting on our sub list, there will be a substitute training on Monday, May 22 from 3:30-5pm. Subs are used in the assistant role in the classroom and the hourly pay is $10.00. In order to attend this training applicants need to submit a cover letter, resume and three references with contact information to careers@ridgeline.org by Monday, May 22.

August Mailing -

posted May 24, 2017, 9:46 AM by Cynthia Friedman

 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.

eNews 5-11-17

posted May 11, 2017, 3:59 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Plastic Bags – If you shop in Springfield or have a secret stash of plastic grocery bags that you can spare, please bring them in! We use them for kids to put their muddy clothes in and to send home with sick children.

 

Staff Lunch Update – Thank you all for the amazing feast! Your dishes are in the lobby and they are ready to be picked up.

 

Bike and Walk to School Update - We had an amazing turnout of bikers and walkers yesterday for National Walk, Bike, Roll To School Day! Thanks to all the folks who helped to make it safe and possible!  Thanks to the teachers who participated - students really enjoyed walking/riding with you!  I think we set the record this year - go sunny days!  Today, we had 3 raffle winners: Lucanne, Jack 14, and Mitchell.  Remember, May is Challenge Month - get a raffle ticket for every day you walk, bike or roll to school! Raffles will happen each week in May! 

 

Sunscreen – With the nicer weather students are spending more time outside. If your child needs sunscreen, we encourage you to apply it prior to school. If they will need another application during the school day, please send a bottle labeled with their name in their backpack. It is not feasible for staff to apply sunscreen for all of the students.  Please give your child a lesson on how to apply sunscreen and remind them not to share with their classmates (due to allergy concerns).

 

Supplies Needed For Jog-a-thon -

The Jog-a-thon planning committee needs to borrow the following equipment for the Jog-a-thon:

  • 9 tarps
  • 1 shade tent
  • 3-4 mallots for pounding in sign stakes

Please contact Emily at emcaldera@gmail.com

 

Jog-a-thon is next week!  Get those pledges and sign up to volunteer!

Pledges:  All students should have received a pledge packet by now. Take advantage of this weekend - ask neighbors, friends, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and anyone else you can think of to pledge! No amount is too little (or too much!).

Volunteer:  This is a big event and we need your help! It's Friday morning, May 19 and there are lots of different tasks, ranging from an hour or two, to all morning. Sign up by emailing Cynthia or filling out this form: https://docs.google.com/a/ridgeline.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJqAgPT0Knba445I5-fuFUu3zRmpEc2j_1FqnIAqsPm32xMA/viewform

 

Substitute Training – Ridgeline currently has openings on its substitute list. If you are interested, or know someone who is interested in getting on our sub list, there will be a substitute training on Monday, May 22 from 3:30-5pm. Subs are used in the assistant role in the classroom and the hourly pay is $10.00. In order to attend this training applicants need to submit a cover letter, resume and three references with contact information to careers@ridgeline.org by Monday, May 22.

 

RCO News - A warm welcome and thank you to Heather Hickcox who was nominated and voted in at Tuesday’s RCO meeting as the new RCO Co-Convener!  

 

If you missed the invigorating conversation at the RCO meeting on Tuesday, be sure to check out the handouts and draft minutes attached to the e-news as well as here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwEQyB3cGllIfjhRZl8wRTY5bU5PbG11TlVhd0hadmhTOENHYVN3RHdfaWpDLWlaNmlvUEk?usp=sharing.    There’s plenty of great information in the handouts.   We discussed a change in fundraising tactics and now have the next 3 weeks to come up with a plan for RCO’s events next year and we need your help!  Please email RCO@ridgeline.org to sign up to meet and discuss what you want to see as RCO fundraisers for next year.  All ideas and feedback are welcome and appreciated.

 

Gender Revolution Documentary Screening and Q&A -

Join Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School on June 1 at 6pm for a screening of this riveting documentary that takes a deep look at the personal journeys of intersex and transgender people.  Host Katie Couric explores the meanings of gender, gender identity and gender expression, and what science tells us about gender, gender and childhood, and how gender politics play out in the larger culture. There will be a facilitated Q&A after the screening. To learn more about the documentary: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/gender-revolution-a-journey-with-katie-couric/.  This event is for adults. Childcare will be provided for the students of Ridgeline families only by calling the office. 

There is limited space available, so please RSVP here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gender-revolution-documentary-screening-and-qa-tickets-34519281099 to ensure a spot.

 

First Aid Kit Inventory Volunteer – We are in need of a volunteer to go through all the first aid car kits that are used on field trips to remove expired items and to replenish them. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

 

CONTINUING NEWS -

Supply Fee Payment Made Easy! We still have over 100 students with unpaid supply fees! Do you pull up to school and think, “Darn, I forgot my checkbook again to pay the supply fee?”  Now you can pay the supply fee in the comfort of your home! Clink on the link below for an easy online payment option!

 

http://weblink.donorperfect.com/ridgelinesupplyfee

 

School Hours Change 2017-18 School Year – Please make note that the Ridgeline school day will shift 10 minutes next year. Doors will open at 8:15am, instruction will start at 8:30am. Dismissal will be at 3:05pm Monday - Thursday and 1:05pm on Friday.

 

Rummage Sale to benefit Ridgeline Montessori June 10th! -

• Please hold on to unwanted items for donation; drop off your items Friday, June 9th at the Ridgeline gym between 8:40-11:00 or 1:15-7:00.  

• Rummage Sale event hours will be June 10th from 9:00-3:00

• VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the following: 

- Help hang signs Thursday, June 8th

- Help set up tables, accept and sort items Friday, June 9th from 8:30-11:00

- Help accept and sort items Friday, June 9th from 1:15-7:00

- Help the day of event Saturday, June 10th from 8:00-3:30

• Contact Jen Boita (jenwieck@yahoo.com) or Lily Leitermann (lilyleitermann@gmail.com) to volunteer

 

Spread the Word: Open Assistant Positions at Ridgeline -

We are looking for two wonderful people to take over for the two awesomely amazing people who are moving on from Ridgeline!  Please share that we currently have openings for two classroom assistants: one in kinder with Diana and one in Carrie's middle school classroom.  Please direct any interested people to Ridgeline's website for details:

http://www.ridgeline.org/employment-opportunities

 

Nextstep Electronics Recycling - In May, our school is participating in an Electronics Waste Recycling Contest. The school that recycles the most pounds of “e-waste” wins! All materials will be donated to NextStep recycling, who is collaborating with Partners for Sustainable Schools to make this happen. NextStep will recycle anything that has a plug, or takes batteries (including any working or broken: cell phones, monitors, computers, toys, etc.).

 

There are 2 ways to donate your e-waste:

1) Donate directly at NextStep during the month of May. When you drop off your electronics, tell them the name of our school and NextStep will add it to our total collected pounds. (Drop off location: 2101 W. 10th Avenue, Eugene.)

 

2) Drop off donations directly at school between May 22nd - 26th. Our school will have a large collection box located onsite (ask at the office).

 

Together we can help divert electronic devices from our landfills! (If you know of anyone else interested in donating their old electronics, that would help too!)

E-scrip update - Need to send flowers for Mother's Day?  Go to https://www.escrip.com , click on the on-line mall logo and type "flowers" in the search block.  You will notice that a few companies offer to donate 10-12% of your purchase price to Ridgeline!  Not signed up for e-Scrip yet? Why not take a moment right now to do so and let the earnings roll in to the school's bank account all summer long!

Ems Lead - Once again Ridgeline will be the featured nonprofit at the Ems baseball game on Friday, June 16th – the last day of school. We are looking for a lead volunteer for this event. The lead will organize advance ticket sales here at Ridgeline and night of promotional efforts such as an information table. Contact the office to volunteer and for more details.

 

Budget Committee – Do you want to learn more about Ridgeline’s finances and participate in the budget process?  Volunteers sought to participate on the budget committee. Upcoming budget committee meeting – Tuesday 5/16 at 3:30pm in Chrystell’s office. For more information, contact Chrystell at chrystell.reed@ridgeline.org

 

COMMUNITY NEWS –

Hello families, advocates, and allies of gender diverse and transgender children:

Juli Heffernan at UO and Tina Schmich have started a support group for parents of gender diverse students.  They met for the first time in September and will meet again the third Thursday of each month at the location below.

Families of Gender Expansive Youth Support and Advocacy Group

Third Thursdays   | 5:30-6:30pm

1685 West 13th Ave | Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene

 

The facebook event posting for this month’s meeting can be found and shared here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1317758461597676/

For questions, please contact Julie at jheffern@uoregon.edu or Brianna Stiller at stiller@4j.lane.edu.

 

 

UNLIMITED SUMMER FUN!

The 1PASS, a partnership between Lane Transit District (LTD), Willamalane Parks and Recreation District and the City of Eugene, gives youth summer travel and recreation options!

 

The 1PASS helps youth get to parks, ballgames or even a summer job. For $50, youth ages 18 and younger can get a 1PASS good for travel on all LTD routes May 29th- Sept. 4th. It also grants the pass holder free entry to the following places in the Eugene-Springfield metro area:

 

Amazon Pool, Camp Putt, Cascades Raptor Center, Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center, Emerald Lanes, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, River Road Park Pool, Science Factory, Sheldon Pool & Fitness Center, Skate World, Splash! At Lively Park, Willamalane Center & Willamalane Park Swim Center. 

 

www.willamalane.org/1pass

 

 

 

School Tomorrow –

posted May 11, 2017, 3:58 PM by Cynthia Friedman

 Please note that tomorrow, Friday, May 12 is a school day. This is a day that was put back on the calendar to make up from the no school weather days this winter.

Mother's Day Jewelry Sale and Ridgeline Montessori Fundraiser -

posted May 11, 2017, 3:57 PM by Cynthia Friedman

  Hey Ridgeline Families, Come on over and join us at Trillium Clothing Store for a Mother's Day jewelry sale and Ridgeline Montessori Fundraiser. There will be vintage and antique jewelry brought out only for this event. 20% of all jewelry sales will be donated to Ridgeline Montessori.     

Friday, May 12 12-6:30pm.   Trillium Clothing Store, 3235 Donald St., Eugene next to the Dari Mart at 32nd and Donald St.

Bench Sealers Needed –

posted May 11, 2017, 3:56 PM by Cynthia Friedman

The buddy benches will be delivered to the outdoor classroom on Saturday, May 13th!  We need volunteers to help seal the benches on Saturday from 11am-2pm.  Shannon will provide brushes and everything needed.  If you have questions, contact Shannon Hoell at slhoell@gmail.com.

eNews 5-4-17

posted May 9, 2017, 10:23 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Thank You Amazing Parents! – Ridgeline staff would like to thank all of you who made us feel so appreciated this week! The door decorations are amazing and the office staff has had so many comments on our door. (If you haven’t seen all our emojis stop by the lobby and check it out!).  So many little sweet appreciations came in on Tuesday, and WOW the Wednesday treats were fabulous. And thank you Nancy for making the essential oil sprays!

 

Jog-a-thon Excitement Spreader – The jog-a-thon planning folks are looking for a volunteer who can go into each classroom to explain the jog-a-thon to students, share their enthusiasm for the event, and answer questions. Volunteer needed next week. Contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer.

 

Substitute Openings – Ridgeline currently has openings on its substitute list. If you are interested, or know someone who is interested in getting on our sub list, please apply. Subs are used in the assistant role in the classroom and the hourly pay is $10.00.  Applicants need to submit a cover letter, resume and three references with contact information to careers@ridgeline.org. A substitute training will be scheduled soon. 

 

School Hours Change 2017-18 School Year – Please make note that the Ridgeline school day will shift 10 minutes next year. Doors will open at 8:15am, instruction will start at 8:30am. Dismissal will be at 3:05pm Monday - Thursday and 1:05pm on Friday.

Gender Revolution - Documentary at Ridgeline: June 1st, 6-8pm

Save the date for a screening of Katie Couric's National Geographic documentary followed by a facilitated Q&A with special guests! 

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/gender-revolution-a-journey-with-katie-couric/ 

We hope to see you all there to support our children, families and communities by increasing awareness of gender diversity.  More details to follow!

 

Rummage Sale to benefit Ridgeline Montessori June 10th! -

• Please hold on to unwanted items for donation; drop off your items Friday, June 9th at the Ridgeline gym between 8:40-11:00 or 1:15-7:00.  

• Rummage Sale event hours will be June 10th from 9:00-3:00

• VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the following: 

- Help hang signs Thursday, June 8th

- Help set up tables, accept and sort items Friday, June 9th from 8:30-11:00

- Help accept and sort items Friday, June 9th from 1:15-7:00

- Help the day of event Saturday, June 10th from 8:00-3:30

• Contact Jen Boita (jenwieck@yahoo.com) or Lily Leitermann (lilyleitermann@gmail.com) to volunteer

 

Spread the Word: Open Assistant Positions at Ridgeline -

We are looking for two wonderful people to take over for the two awesomely amazing people who are moving on from Ridgeline!  Please share that we currently have openings for two classroom assistants: one in kinder with Diana and one in Carrie's middle school classroom.  Please direct any interested people to Ridgeline's website for details:

http://www.ridgeline.org/employment-opportunities

 

Nextstep Electronics Recycling - In May, our school is participating in an Electronics Waste Recycling Contest. The school that recycles the most pounds of “e-waste” wins! All materials will be donated to NextStep recycling, who is collaborating with Partners for Sustainable Schools to make this happen. NextStep will recycle anything that has a plug, or takes batteries (including any working or broken: cell phones, monitors, computers, toys, etc.).

 

There are 2 ways to donate your e-waste:

1) Donate directly at NextStep during the month of May. When you drop off your electronics, tell them the name of our school and NextStep will add it to our total collected pounds. (Drop off location: 2101 W. 10th Avenue, Eugene.)

 

2) Drop off donations directly at school between (*May 15th - 19th)(May 22nd - 26th). Our school will have a large collection box located onsite (ask at the office).

 

Together we can help divert electronic devices from our landfills! (If you know of anyone else interested in donating their old electronics, that would help too!)

E-scrip update - Need to send flowers for Mother's Day?  Go to https://www.escrip.com , click on the on-line mall logo and type "flowers" in the search block.  You will notice that a few companies offer to donate 10-12% of your purchase price to Ridgeline!  Not signed up for e-Scrip yet? Why not take a moment right now to do so and let the earnings roll in to the school's bank account all summer long!

Party Planning Volunteer Needed - Trying to make some year-end volunteer hours?  Like party planning?  Help Stephanie Edwards in organizing the Capital Campaign Celebration to be held during the year end picnic on June 13. Two evening/ weekend meetings, some emails and day of event set up-about 5-7 hours total.  Email Stephanie Edwards at Stephanie.edwards@ridgeline.org or call/text 541-953-7942 if you are interested

Food Pantry – Keep the donations coming! The pantry is particularly low on bars and fruit.

 

National Walk and Bike to School Month -

The entire Month of May is Walk and Roll 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?!

As part of the month here is what we have planned:

  • Each day students who walk or roll to school will indicate such on classroom tally sheets and be entered into weekly raffles.
  • Carpools that walk from Crossfire or other remote locations get a raffle ticket too!

 

May 10th Join the biking train from Tugman Park or the walking train from Crossfire to Ridgeline.

 

Volunteers STILL needed for May 10th!

Contact Salmon to help:  salmonstroich@gmail.com  541.603.8362

Volunteer positions for May 10th:

2 Bike riders from Tugman Park

2 Walk leaders from Crossfire

1 Crossing Guard

2-3 At the table at school as kids arrive

 

Jog-a-thon Volunteers Needed - FRIDAY, MAY 19. Volunteer opportunities, include helping on the day of the event: 

* Starting around 8:00am we'll need a few early risers to get things set up. 

* At 9:45 we need people to help on the course with safety and keeping the event moving. 

* By 11:00 we'll need folks to help tally up all the many miles our amazing students have run. 

* From 11:30 to 1:15 we'll need to clean up. 

There are many ways to help! If you can volunteer, please sign up at https://docs.google.com/a/ridgeline.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJqAgPT0Knba445I5-fuFUu3zRmpEc2j_1FqnIAqsPm32xMA/viewform

 

CONTINUING NEWS -

Ems Lead - Once again Ridgeline will be the featured nonprofit at the Ems baseball game on Friday, June 16th – the last day of school. We are looking for a lead volunteer for this event. The lead will organize advance ticket sales here at Ridgeline and night of promotional efforts such as an information table. Contact the office to volunteer and for more details.

 

Budget Committee – Do you want to learn more about Ridgeline’s finances and participate in the budget process?  Volunteers sought to participate on the budget committee. Upcoming budget committee meeting – Tuesday 5/16 at 3:30pm in Chrystell’s office. For more information, contact Chrystell at chrystell.reed@ridgeline.org

 

COMMUNITY NEWS –

Hello families, advocates, and allies of gender diverse and transgender children:

Juli Heffernan at UO and Tina Schmich have started a support group for parents of gender diverse students.  They met for the first time in September and will meet again the third Thursday of each month at the location below.

Families of Gender Expansive Youth Support and Advocacy Group

Third Thursdays   | 5:30-6:30pm

1685 West 13th Ave | Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene

 

The facebook event posting for this month’s meeting can be found and shared here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1317758461597676/

For questions, please contact Julie at jheffern@uoregon.edu or Brianna Stiller at stiller@4j.lane.edu.

 

 

UNLIMITED SUMMER FUN!

The 1PASS, a partnership between Lane Transit District (LTD), Willamalane Parks and Recreation District and the City of Eugene, gives youth summer travel and recreation options!

 

The 1PASS helps youth get to parks, ballgames or even a summer job. For $50, youth ages 18 and younger can get a 1PASS good for travel on all LTD routes May 29th- Sept. 4th. It also grants the pass holder free entry to the following places in the Eugene-Springfield metro area:

 

Amazon Pool, Camp Putt, Cascades Raptor Center, Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center, Emerald Lanes, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, River Road Park Pool, Science Factory, Sheldon Pool & Fitness Center, Skate World, Splash! At Lively Park, Willamalane Center & Willamalane Park Swim Center. 

 

www.willamalane.org/1pass

 

 

 

Staff Lunch Tomorrow–

posted May 9, 2017, 10:20 AM by Cynthia Friedman

If you are bringing something for the staff lunch please bring it at pick up (if possible) as we do not have much refrigeration! Please be sure to label your dishes, containers, etc. so we can easily get them back to you. Thank you to everyone who is planning on bringing something; this is definitely a favorite yearly event for staff. The staff will enjoy the lunch during our all staff meeting at 1:45pm.

Clean Up Help Needed If you are available to help clean up the lunch at 3pm please email Cynthia!

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