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eNews 10-4-18

posted Oct 8, 2018, 2:38 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Supervision Hours Reminder - Please remember that Ridgeline does not start supervising students until the doors open at 8:15 a.m. While we are thrilled that students are excited to be at school, there are a lot of unsupervised lower-el students waiting on the front steps well before 8:15 a.m. Please talk to your child about making good choices and waiting in a quiet respectful manner. We encourage you to wait with your child until the doors open.

Pull Forward - Parents are reporting getting trapped behind cars that are not pulling all the way forward in the drop off driveway. Do not stop to let our kids out in the driveway, at the corner of building B, etc. Pull as far forward as possible before letting your student exit the vehicle.  

Lifetouch Picture Day- Mark your calendars, Ridgeline’s Picture Day is Wednesday, October 24. Lifetouch order forms will be sent home tomorrow. If your child misses picture day, retakes will take place on Wednesday, November 28th.


Kindergarten Grandparents’ Day - This year Grandparents’ Day will be for kindergarten families only.  The first event will be on Friday, November 16, the same day as the bookfair and the second event will be Friday, April 26, 2019. Mark your calendars and watch for information about registration in the next few weeks.  We plan to offer a school-wide Grandparents’ Day every three years.

Shoe Fundraiser Coordinator - Ridgeline will be participating in a shoe drive fundraiser this year and we are looking for a second coordinator. The coordinator will oversee promoting the drive, bin collections, packaging the shoes, and sending them off. Contact Ann Carney for more details at

Student Marketplace - Are you already thinking about this year's Student Marketplace and Continental Breakfast? I know that we are at our house! Our 3rd annual Student Marketplace will be Saturday, December 8th! Many of our students may have a favorite craft they love to make or a new craft they want to try. All grades can participate, and students in every grade have made amazing creations for our event.

Now is the time for students to think about what they want to create and make. All students who want to participate need to submit their proposal through our new Google form. All submissions due by November 7th.  All upper-el and middle school students have access to this through their Ridgeline emails, but all students Kindergarten through 8th grade can also submit through parent emails as well. If you would like more information about our Student Marketplace, email and we will be happy to tell you more.

Link to Google Submission Form: here

TAG Testing - All of our students are gifted and talented.  That's the truth! But did you know that there is also a special designation under Oregon law for a student with special needs who may be identified as Talented and Gifted, or TAG?

Under Oregon law, Talented and Gifted (TAG) students are those whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special services to meet their educational needs. Gifted and talented students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas:

  • General or specific intellectual ability (tested at or above the 97th percentile)

  • Specific academic aptitude in reading (tested at or above the 97th percentile)

  • Specific academic aptitude in math (tested at or above the 97th percentile)

This fall, 4J will be testing Ridgeline students who are referred by an adult (or self-referred), who have some other classroom, portfolio, or testing history that support the recommendation.

The testing window is open from November 19-21.  

Referral forms are available from the front office.  If you feel like your child fits the description above, please return the completed referral form(s) to the front office by November 12.  

You can find more detailed information in the family handbook section about TAG.  


RCO Parent Education Night - Join us Monday, October 8th at 6:00 - 7:30 pm for our first Parent Education Meeting where we will be discussing physical and emotional safety at Ridgeline. Principal Sharon Dursi-Martin and Counselor Curtis Dunham will be presenting about how bullying is handled at Ridgeline, what the process is if you suspect bullying and how our school balances teaching the students to work out issues between themselves and when to know to ask an adult to step in. Come and join us for a presentation and discussion about this important topic. We will come together as a community to discuss how to make sure that Ridgeline is a safe place for all of our students to learn.

Montessori Parent Education Night - Dr. Casquejo will be presenting the Montessori Planes of Development
6:00-7:30 on Thursday, October 11, 2018


Luz Casquejo Johnston is one of the most energetic, passionate, and brilliant Montessorians around!  She’s also pretty funny! This is the perfect parent education night to come to if you want to learn about Montessori in a down-to-earth, interactive way.

In this workshop, you will learn about Dr. Montessori's Planes of Development. After a short presentation, Dr. Casquejo Johnston will facilitate a discussion/workshop.  Families will leave with an understanding of the planes of development, how they can support their children and practical strategies and supports to build a Montessori home.

Luz Casquejo Johnston has experience in every facet of Montessori life - student, parent, lower elementary guide, director(principal) and now program director. She is the Program Director for the Montessori Teacher Education Program at Saint Mary's College of California which offers both an Early Childhood and an Lower Elementary/Upper Elementary credential. Her greatest joy has been raising her children in the Montessori way and watching them become thoughtful, purposeful young adults.  Sofia is in her second year of a masters program in counseling focusing on college student services and Ben is a junior in the sport business program at University of Oregon...Go Ducks!.

Childcare is provided for potty trained kids three and older. Sign up for childcare here

Sign up for child care here


Road Construction Update - There will be paving south of 39th Place to just south of E. 37th Place this Friday.  This work will not impact the trail access for the Jogathon.

The Fox Hollow intersection will likely be closed again for a short duration around the 3rd week of October.  This is anticipated to take about a half day to one day. There will also be permanent striping the last week in October, but this will not require closing the intersection.  The W. Amazon Reconstruction project is anticipated to be complete by the last week in October.

Help Keep Our Kids Safe! - Parking too close to intersections makes it unsafe for pedestrians to cross because they can not see traffic and drivers can not see them.  We realize the construction has impacted the commute and pick-up for students. It is our collective responsibility to keep our students safe.  We have had numerous reports of parents parking illegally, impacting traffic flow and forcing students to make unsafe choices in order to cross the street.  According to ODOT, pedestrians account for 10-15% of traffic fatalities each year.

There are a number of different places where you are not allowed to park whether you are in the vehicle or not. You are not allowed to stop or park in a traffic lane on streets. You cannot park in an intersection, a crosswalk, on a sidewalk, yellow curb area, or a bike lane.  Parking in front of a public driveway or private driveway and hindering access to the driveway is illegal. When parked, you need to be at least 10 feet away from fire hydrants, 20 feet away from marked or unmarked crosswalks at intersections, and 50 feet from a traffic sign.  Please take the extra time to find a legal place to park, even if you must park farther away. Our students’ safety is worth it. Thanks!

Small Hands Orders – Small Hands is a catalog presented by Montessori Services with educational toys for young children. We will be sending home catalogs and order forms to kinder and lower-el families tomorrow for those interested in placing an order. Orders placed benefit Ridgeline by giving us credit with Montessori services. 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 in time for December holidays. If you are planning on placing a Small Hands order to be part of the group order please return your completed order to the office by Monday, October 15th.

The Track It Forward app can be added to your phone -   

If you are a first time Track It Forward user and have not set up an account you will need to create an account first.  If you already have an account skip to step two.

Step One:

Go to

Select sign in

Create your account.

Step Two:

Go to the app store on your device and search for Track It Forward.

Download the app

Log In

You are all set!

🌈G.A.Y.L.E.🌈 Update: Our first meeting date has changed to OCTOBER 10th!

Middle School Assistant Maizzy Phayt will continue to facilitate the meetings. Meetings are held in Room 6 from 3:15 to 4:15pm on Wednesdays. Permission slips are available by request at the office, or from Maizzy or her whiteboard in Room 12, and will be required for participation. Permission slips must be returned to the office or given to Maizzy before a student (grades 6-8 only) attends a meeting.

Items for eNews must be submitted electronically (in print ready format) to Cynthia Friedman by Thursday at 8:30am.

Planned Absence Request Form


Board of Director Meeting Minutes


Cultural Event - 4J Community Equity Forum is hosting the documentary film, "14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim ark and Vanessa Lopez," followed by a conversation with writer and director, Anne Galisky.

It's free and all are welcome.  Thursday, October 18 at 5:45. Churchill High School Auditorium, 1850 Bailey Hill Road.  "Our Stories: Immigrants of America Photographic Essays" will also be on display.

October is Bullying Prevention Month.

Wednesday, October 10 6:30p - 9:00p

Join us in our quest to prevent bullying.  

Come watch WONDER in the Y Gym and join the discussion afterwards.

Bring Your:

Dinner, lawn chairs, friends and family.

(there is no 4J elementary schools Thur/Fri, that's why we picked a Wednesday night)

Eugene YMCA

2055 Patterson

Eugene OR 97405

Halloween Party @ the Y

Friday, October 26, 6:00p - 8:00p

Costumes encouraged.

Inflatables, swimming, dance party, food and scary fun.

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors.

Admission is 1 non perishable food item per family.

Donations go to First Place Family Center.

Eugene YMCA

2055 Patterson

Eugene OR 97405

Holly Kriz Anderson

VP Operations

Youth Development Director


2055 Patterson Street, Eugene, Oregon 97405


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