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eNews 11-21-19

posted Nov 21, 2019, 1:49 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Giving Tuesday - #GivingTuesday, the 8thannual social media global day of philanthropy, is now just 12 days away.  If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to set up your very own small fundraiser via Facebook!  This is a great and easy way to invite friends and family to help support our school’s important work in our community and the world. 

 It’s easy to do on Facebook:

1) Select “Fundraisers” from the left-hand side of the screen (under “Events”). 

2) Click on “Raise money.”

3) Select “Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School” from the non-profit listing.

4) Select your fundraising goal, deadline (December 3rd is #GivingTuesday!) and briefly why you are asking others to support Ridgeline.

5) After the fundraiser, please send a screenshot of the donor list to so we can ensure donors are appropriately recognized! (Otherwise we won’t know who gave since Facebook processes these through Network for Good and will only send the lump sum amount to Ridgeline.)

Donors can also make a donation directly to Ridgeline via our website – but please ask them to include both #GivingTuesday and your child’s name in the tribute line so their gifts can be fully recognized by us as a #GivingTuesday contribution!

Marketplace -Marketplace is just over 2 weeks away! Our event will be Saturday, December 7th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Please invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join us and support our amazing students! The more people who join us, the more successful our event will be! We will have art, crafts, and a continental breakfast option available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you all and if you have any questions please email Heather at


Vendors will receive more information in the next week. Lastly, We need more volunteers to help with Marketplace! Click here to volunteer! 

Crossing Guards - A big shout out and thank you to Nasim, Jeff, Andrea, Jeremy, Amy, and our in-house Clark, for helping out and being crossing guards here at school. It’s only 30 min. of time and such a rewarding way to get in your volunteer hours! Think about it - there are approximately 28 weeks left of school. If you do crossing guard duty once a week that’s 14 hours right there. Also, what other volunteer job helps keep kids safe more than being a crossing guard! You too can be a crossing guard! SIgn up here

Help Promote Ridgeline! - Ridgeline’s Information Sessions and 2020-2021 lottery are approaching. We need your help to promote Ridgeline and our Information Sessions which will take place in January 2020. Poster hanging volunteers are needed. We have a list of places to hang posters and the posters are now available in the office for you to pick up. Contact Cynthia or stop by the office to sign up for locations and take posters. Spread the word about Ridgeline and lottery dates to friends and family!

Lottery information sessions:

Saturday, January 11, 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 23, 6:30 p.m.

Applications due: January 31

Lottery: in February

Talented and Gifted Referrals - TAG eligibility screening will be taking place in December. If you believe your student may qualify for TAG eligibility, please complete and return a referral form located at the front desk. There are two forms available: one for Academically Talented (in Reading or Math) and one for Intellectually Gifted. The deadline for turning in a TAG referral form is Wednesday, December 4th by the end of the school day. Once the form is signed and returned, our TAG Coordinator, Clark Hannahs, will be in touch about the referral process and exact testing dates. Feel free to email him at if you have any questions!

Stone Soup Fable - "The "Stone Soup" is a fable that illustrates the importance of sharing and cooperation. Ridgeline students and their families re-enact these values when they bring and prepare foods for our community meal. Families are invited to participate." - Cheri Spies

For our new families, here is one version of the Stone Soup story -

Once upon a time, somewhere in Eastern Europe, there was a great famine. People jealously hoarded whatever food they could find, hiding it even from their friends and neighbors. One day a peddler drove his wagon into a village, sold a few of his wares, and began asking questions as if he planned to stay the night. "There's not a bite to eat in the whole province,” he was told. "Better keep on moving on."

"Oh I have everything I need,” he said. "In fact, I was thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you." He pulled an iron cauldron from his wagon, filled it with water, and built a fire under it. Then, with great ceremony, he drew an ordinary-looking stone from a velvet bag and dropped it into the water.

By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come to the square or watched from their windows. As the peddler sniffed the "broth" and licked his lips in anticipation, hunger began to overcome their skepticism.

"Ahh,” the peddler said to himself rather loudly, "I do like a tasty soup. Of course, stone soup with CABBAGE - that's to beat."

Soon a villager approached hesitantly, holding a cabbage he'd retrieved from its hiding place, and added it to the pot. "Capital!" cried the peddler. "You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king."

The village butcher managed to find some salt beef…and so it went, through potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on, until there was indeed a delicious meal for all.


YMCA at Ridgeline 2020-2021 – The Y is looking to see if there is interest in having an onsite after-school program at Ridgeline in the 2020-21 school year. The Y currently offers a before-school program onsite, as well as pickup from Ridgeline for the after-school program at the Y. Currently there’s a waitlist for the after-school program.

The Y asks for your contact information so they are able to send registration information if the decision is made to offer an onsite program. The Y will never share your personal information with outside sources.

Link for Ridgeline Families

What’s Your Ridgeline Story? – As we prepare for charter renewal we are seeking letters of support to share with the 4J board and district leadership. What do you love about Ridgeline?  How are we positively impacting your child’s life? Please share your story by emailing by November 18. If you missed last week’s email, please read the Big Works 2019-20 Issue #6 about Ridgeline’s charter renewal.

AmazonSmile – Do you purchase products from Amazon? If so, please consider purchasing through AmazonSmile, which will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Ridgeline Montessori. Be sure to use the link below to ensure your purchase benefits Ridgeline. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know—same products, same prices, same service. Support Ridgeline by starting your shopping at



Let’s Talk! Student Success Act: Investments for Success – New funding is coming to 4J schools. Oregon’s Student Success Act is expected to provide Eugene School District 4J about $12–13 million per year, starting with the 2020–21 school year—about a 5% increase in the district’s general fund budget.


The district is engaging staff, families, and community members to inform the planning for how to spend these funds to best support student success. The funds must be targeted to increase academic achievement, reduce disparities among student groups, and meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs. You’re invited to join the conversation.  


Community Conversations

Childcare, light refreshments, and Spanish interpretation will be provided.

• Mon., Nov. 25, 5:30–6:30 p.m., South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.  

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