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eNews 10-12-17

posted Oct 12, 2017, 10:15 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Curriculum Sharing Parents new to our program are in for a treat! Curriculum Sharing is a time when your child can bring you into the classroom and show you some of his/her favorite work. The format is informal and student-led. This experience empowers your child in a special way. (S)he can demonstrate the confidence and independence gained since school began. Curriculum Sharing is Wednesday, October 18. The classrooms will be open 3:05-4:05 pm and 6-7 pm.


Conference Sign Ups – Ridgeline’s annual parent/teacher/student conferences are just around the corner. Mark your calendars. There is no school on Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, October 31 and there is a conference slot for each family. Please click to sign up. 


Gutter Cleaner – We are in need of a volunteer to clean the leaves out of the gutters. We have tools! Contact the Cynthia in the office to volunteer.


Vision Screening – Ridgeline’s annual vision screening is next Friday, October 20. If your child wears glasses please remember to send them to school that day with their glasses. Volunteers, please arrive at 8:15am, sign in at the office, get your badge, and head to the gym to set up. 2 more volunteers needed.


RCO Update - Thank you everyone for coming out to the picnic and our first RCO meeting of the year!  It was great to see old and new faces alike.  Don't forget to join us next month on Tuesday, November 7th at 6pm. The extraordinary Diana Fitzer will be presenting a view into Montessori education for our youngest community members and will paint a clear picture of the first steps in the Ridgeline journey that begin with our Kindergarten program. 


Skate World - Saturday, October 21st from 4:30 to 6:30pm. 

Mark your calendars - it's time to get your skate on!  Come in your best costumes for some skating, community bonding and awesome making. There is no admission fee and this event is for Ridgeline families only, please. Please note that this is not a drop off event: all students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This annual event is always a ton of fun and we hope to see you there!


Laughing Planet - What?! For reals, ya'll. We raised $750!! This is a ton of cash to raise in a single proceed fundraiser! Thank you so much community for showing your love! Thank you to Michelle Lodwig and Michelle Griffin for helping to coordinate this event and big thanks to Laughing Planet for their continued support of our school. Yay Team!


Small Hands Orders – Small Hands is a catalog presented by Montessori Services with educational toys for young children. We sent home catalogs and order forms to kinder and lower-el families last week. Orders placed benefit Ridgeline by giving us credit with Montessori services. If you would like to be part of our group order please return your completed order to the office by Monday, October 16th. Extra catalogs and order forms are available in the office, for families with upper-el and middle school students who may have a special little person in their lives. Orders will come in time for December holidays.


Ongoing Passive Fundraisers

eScrip - Hey Ridgeline families, our school needs your support! It’s easy when you take a moment to sign up for eScrip! Register for eScrip and a percentage of your Market of Choice (and other store) purchases will come back to the school. Here’s how:

1.       Log onto Enter Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School or our eScrip Group ID – 6288709.

2.       Register your debit and credit cards.

3.       When you shop at MARKET OF CHOICE a percentage of your purchases will be automatically contributed by the merchant.

4.       Download the ForgetMeNot™ toolbar to alert you of offers and earnings while you are shopping online. There are 800+ merchants participating and opportunities to earn will not be missed with this browser add-on.

That’s it! It’s that easy----your family shops---our school earns dollars!


BOX TOPS - time to submit BOX TOPS for education!  Please have your child put BOX TOPS in the box near the office.. November 1st is our next deadline.  Please remember to look on all your Annie's Mac-and-Cheese boxes for new box tops.  This is a simple and easy way to earn hundreds of dollars for our school.  THANKS for sending the BOX TOPS to school.  --Lynne Lucas, Ridgeline BOX TOP coordinator (


Ridgeline has joined the Terracycle ​Energy Bar Wrapper Recycling Program!
The program accepts any of the following:

* foil-lined energy bar wrappers 

* foil food pouches

* foil granola bar wrappers

* meal replacement bar wrappers

* protein bar wrappers

Wrappers and pouches from these companies are accepted:  Clif Bars, kids’ Z-bars and kids’ Z-fruit bars, MOJO, Luna bars, Builders, Crunch, Kit's Organic, Shot Blocks, Shot Gels and Shot Drinks. Please have your child put wrappers and pouches in the Recycling box near the office.  Thank you!  You can find for info about the Terracycle program at www.terracycle. --Lynne Lucas, Ridgeline Terracycle coordinator (541-337-0179​)




No Wait List 5th and 6th Grade – Do you know a kiddo who you feel would be a good fit for our Montessori program? Help spread the word that we do not currently have waitlists at 5th or 6th grade. Please tell prospective families to call the office for application procedures.


Monthly donations really add up! Jog-a-thon (collect those pledges!) is just the first piece of this year’s fundraising. You’ll have a choice of great opportunities to choose from to support our students and their work with financial gifts throughout the year. Far and away, though, our most successful “fundraiser” every year is the money you choose to donate directly to our school. A great way to get started is by setting up a monthly donation, and a great time to do this is NOW—at the beginning of the school year! If you’d like to spread out your donation to Ridgeline over the year, please get started today! You can donate by credit card at: or set up a monthly payment to the school directly from your bank account. If you need help getting started, please contact Our goal is to raise $400 per student this year.


Car Line Pick-up Protocol – Please remember that when you are picking up in the line, keep moving forward and do not stop until you are 1-2 feet away from the car ahead of you! We have had several complaints from neighbors that the travel lane on W. Amazon is blocked and they are frustrated. We will improve our efforts to get all students out on time to alleviate parents waiting for kids. 


Walking/Biking Protocol Correction – The safest way for our walkers/bikers to enter and exit the school property is through side gate in the north parking lot. Please walk up/down the sidewalk on the school side, crossing the private drive at the corner (do not walk diagonally across the private drive).


3 Personal Portable CD Players – Emily’s class is in need of 3 personal CD players (the small ones that are used with headphones). If you have a CD player to donate, please bring it to the office.



Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Join us for a screening of the film Screenagers on Tuesday, October 17th at 6:30 in the Roosevelt Middle School dining hall, for our first Parent Education Night of the year. Screenagers examines the impact of technology on the daily lives of adolescents and teens in the modern era, capturing the defining challenge of parenting today and offering pragmatic solutions. Following the screening we will host a discussion about the film. To find out more about the film, visit

The event is free and open to the public. However if you are able, please purchase tickets at . Tickets are available for purchase on a sliding scale to offset the cost of the licensing agreement. Please do not let finances be a barrier to participating in this event. We encourage you to invite parents from other schools to attend. Middle and high school students are also invited to attend. All are welcome. Questions? Email Alexis Borrevik at or Carrie Frazier at


YMCA After-School Enrichment Program

What the YMCA has to offer you and your student:

·       Before school care beginning at 7am for grades K-5

·       After school care: grades K-5 (until 6 pm)

·       Childcare for non-school and early release days

·       State certified, fun and energetic staff

·       Safe and secure environment

·       Healthy snacks provided

Through a fee-based program, all Howard students have the opportunity to take part in after school child care. During their YMCA time, your child will have the opportunity to explore, interact, and play with fellow students, while engaging in projects based around monthly themes.

If you are interested in the program, please visit the YMCA After School Programs website or follow this link to a YMCA flyer and registration form or contact Holly Kriz-Anderson, the YMCA Youth Development Director, at (541) 686-9622 or by e-mail at