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eNews 11-9-17

posted Nov 14, 2017, 11:40 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Planned Absence: From the Family Handbook

Ridgeline urges families to plan vacations and travel to coincide with scheduled school breaks. Nationwide and school wide data show that a lengthy planned absence frequently leads to a student being chronically absent over the course of the year. While there are obvious benefits to travel, research consistently shows that chronic absenteeism hurts students academically and socially, and adversely impacts classroom communities. Parents are required to contact the school principal well in advance of any planned absence. If the absence is unavoidable, students will be asked to create a project, with the help of their family, to reflect on the time away from school and, hopefully, to share their experience with their classmates. Teachers may provide make-up work for students who take planned absences. The school is required to withdraw a student after any absence lasting 10 consecutive school days or more.


Run On Spoons – If your child’s lunch requires a spoon please remember to include one in their lunch. The number of forgotten spoons has reached a critical number. One class reports they hand out 2-3 spoons per day. That is upwards of 400 spoons per year! We cannot continue to meet the spoon demand. Consider putting a extra spoon in their backpacks for spoon eating emergencies.


Log Your Volunteer Hours - You can now log your non-event volunteer hours on at Please log hours here that you have not already signed up for through an event. For example, if you signed up using sign up for the jog-a-thon then you do not need to log those hours here too! However, if you have helped out in a classroom, dug a hole, painted a railing, washed a mop head, this is the link is for you!


Book Fair – Our annual book fair at Barnes and Noble is just over a week away, Friday, November 17!  Please join us at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair to purchase holiday gifts, buy books for classrooms, watch classroom performances, and enjoy a fun evening together.


A percentage of the book fair purchases at Barnes & Noble will go to Ridgeline. This includes friends’ and family purchases at stores around the country! Just give them the book fair ID number 12212015. All purchases need to be made November 17-22. You must tell the cashier you are with our book fair and give the ID number for it to count toward the book fair. Online purchases do count, although the percentage back to Ridgeline is much less.


Features at the book fair this year:

  • Welcome table inside the front door of the bookstore for Ridgeline families to get a book fair schedule and book fair ID sticker. This sticker will assist Barnes & Noble staff in identifying book fair shoppers to ensure that all qualifying purchases count towards our book fair. 
  • All performances will be in the music area.
  • Teachers’ wish list book bins will be in the children’s department, along with the bookmark-making table.


Book Fair Performance Schedule – (note: times are approximate. Please arrive with plenty of time to spare!)


6:00pm           Diana – reciting poems “What is a Book?” and “I like Fall”

6:15pm         Emily's Class – singing songs “Glorious” and “A Place in the Choir”            

6:30pm         Eric's Class – singing songs “Limerick Song” and “Sixpence”

6:45pm         Cheri's Class – singing songs “Over the River” and “This Little Light”

7:00pm          Middle School – T.R.U.E. performance

7:20pm         Book buying break!

7:35pm         Clint's Class – “Postcards from National Parks”

7:50pm         Sharon's Class – “The Adventures of Superman” radio show

8:10pm         Mary's Class – “Famous Journeys of Explorers” play


Bookmark Marking Table and Greeting at the Book Fair – More volunteers needed to help greet families and to manage the bookmark making table. All supplies provided. The volunteer just needs to supervise the activity. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.


Stone Soup Equipment Needs –

Cook Stove STILL needed – We need to borrow one 2-burner propane outdoor cook stove. If you have one that we can borrow on Wednesday, November 22nd contact Cynthia.


Soup Pots STILL needed – We need 4 perfectly enormous cooking pots for Stone Soup (24 quart or larger, approximately 6 gallons). Contact Cynthia if you have a huge pot that we may borrow. We need the pots on Tuesday, November 21 for our Wednesday Stone Soup.



Bring Vegetables – Send your child with vegetables! Students will cut veggies in the classrooms on Tuesday, November 21, to be used in a communal stone soup

inspired by the Stone Soup fable. Volunteers needed to slice veggies with students on Tuesday, November 21. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.



Stone Soup - Our annual Stone Soup Celebration is Wednesday, November 22nd.

Ridgeline volunteers will cook the stone soup outside the front of the school on Wednesday, and the soup will be served for an early afternoon snack following an all-school assembly. Your student should still bring a sack lunch from home that day to eat in the late morning!


Students will eat in their classrooms and parents are welcome to join us for both the assembly and the soup.

  • Please bring $2 per person on Wednesday, November 22 Theatrical Live Looping & Story Telling with Cullen Vance who leads a high-energy performance combining theatrical storytelling and live looping electric violin!

Bring a BOWL and SPOON on Wednesday, November 22  


If you are leaving early with your student(s), be sure to sign them out in the office. School dismisses at the regular time, 3:05pm.


Allergic to Soup?

All of our soups are vegetarian.  If your child has special dietary requirements, please consider sending in some “safe soup” from home.


RCO Update - Thank you to everyone who attended our RCO meeting on Tuesday. We had an incredibly informative and engaging presentation from Diana and hope to have some video clips from the meeting to share soon. Thank you also to our community for engaging in thoughtful and productive conversation and for your enthusiastic participation in making Ridgeline a tremendous home for our children and our families. Please join us next month in our discussion and presentation on the Growth Mindset!


Marketplace! - This event is going to be both amazing and ENORMOUS! The interest and support of this spectacular event has doubled our number of vendors this year and we are currently in the process of planning the logistics of such a tremendous event. This also means that we need volunteers in a BIG way to help make this a success. Please click on the link to sign up - many hands make light work!   


We need photographers and photos! RCO is hoping to have a dedicated team of photographers to help capture all the events from this school year and beyond - events such as Marketplace, Grandparents’ Day, Pasta Dinner, Jog A Thon, etc. These photos will be used on social media, thank you letters, fundraising appeals, and grants. Please email or to share your awesome photos and if you are interested in signing up for future events.


Our Barnes and Noble Bookfair is coming up! Please share the event on social media with your friends and family - click this link to the event. Purchases can be made, with our ID#12212015, anywhere around the nation and people near and far can help support Ridgeline classrooms and teachers. 


Fundraising update - as of November 3rd, our community has raised a total of $22,176!! This is great news and we are moving strong and steady towards meeting our $100,000 goal for the year. Let's keep working together to bring updated technology into the classrooms, keep our students moving and active in P.E., and show our children that we are a strong community that is deeply invested in their education! 


Every Other Wednesday Morning Library Volunteer Needed – Have you wanted to volunteer in the library but finding the weekly commitment just a little too much? We now have an opening for every other Wednesday. Contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer.




Sick Season – It is that time of year when sickness is descending upon us! Please remember that your student needs to be fever free for 24 hours, without fever reducing medication, to return to school. Students who return sooner not only spread their illness to their classmates, but oftentimes experience a return of their fever and need to be sent home during the school day. A fever is a temperature of 100.0 or higher. We also appreciate it if you keep your vomiting child at home.


Medication at School – All medications, over the counter and prescription, including cough drops, ointments, etc. need to be locked in the office, not left in kid’s backpacks. An adult needs to bring the medicine in its original container with medication information and dosing (no ziplocks or hand full of pills in your pocket) to the office! The parent will fill out and sign a medicine authorization form and office staff will go over instructions with you when you drop off the medicine. 


Wanted - Do you have an old iPhone that you are no longer using?  We need one; it would be instrumental in the daily support for one of our students.  We are looking for an iPhone 6 or newer and it must be for the Verizon network.  Let Cynthia know if you perhaps have an unused iPhone, sitting in a drawer that we could re-purpose.  Thanks!


Student Marketplace and Continental Breakfast is coming up soon! This is going to be a fantastic event with delicious breakfast treats and kid made crafts for sale. We have 40 individual student vendors and Clint's class participating! The creativity and initiative of our students is so heartwarming. This event is going to be huge and we need your help supporting the hard work of our student vendors! Sign up to volunteer at


Updated Volunteering Link – Cynthia has learned how to make a handy dandy grouping of all the volunteer jobs needed! If you click on this link you will be able to sign up for the Bookfair, Stone Soup and many other events!


Stone Soup – Our annual Stone Soup celebration is coming up the day before Thanksgiving. Students bring vegetables that they slice in the classrooms in preparation for the Stone Soup that our volunteer cooks create each year. The entire school will enjoy soup the afternoon of November 22. We need volunteers that morning to slice bread and set up the gym for our assembly. Classrooms will also need volunteers to assist students with vegetable slicing. Please click on the link above to sign up for Veggie Slicing on Tuesday, November 21 and Stone Soup on Wednesday, November 22.


Grandparents Day Volunteers Sign Up – A team of volunteers is needed to help with our two Grandparents Day events on December 15th and January 12th. Volunteers will greet our guests, sign them in, escort them from the gym to the classrooms, help with refreshments, etc.


Afternoon Library Volunteers – If you have a free afternoon every week, and would like to volunteer in the library, contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer. We currently do not have library volunteers on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons.


Grandparents’ Day -

Hi Ridgeline families! We are pleased to announce our 4th annual Grandparents' Days on Friday, December 15th and January 12th.

Below is an electronic invitation for you to customize (add names - grandparent and student) and share with grandparents or special elders.   

Space is limited, so it is important to register as soon as possible.  Priority will be given to first time attendees, those traveling from outside of the state and grandparents who meet the early registration deadline of November 8, 2017.  Regular registration deadline is November 15.  We will continue to fill spots as space allows.  Each individual grandparent must register and provide date/time preference for the event  (maximum of six grandparents per event, per classroom).  


Following each deadline, Cynthia will determine the date and time for each grandparent and email the confirmation and details for their visit. Contact Cynthia at 541-681-9662 or if you have any questions or need assistance.  


Register for Grandparents' Day 2017-18:



Dear ________________,

________________ would love for you to visit Ridgeline Montessori and spend time in


the classroom with him/her!


Ridgeline Montessori is excited to build connections and support relationships across generations.  Below you will find several ways to connect with our school and the special child(ren) in your life.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to spend time in the classroom with your grandchild(ren) and see first-hand the magic of a public Montessori education.

Ridgeline Montessori Grandparents’ Days 2017-18:

Two days and two ways to spend time with your grandchild(ren)!

Option #1: Would you like to share stories about your childhood with your grandchild and a few classmates during morning work period?  If so, the 9:15 - 11:15 am session is for you!  

Option #2: Would you rather have a more informal visit and simply enjoy a meal with your grandchild and friends?  If so, pack your lunch and join us for the 10:30 - 12:30 pm session!  


Space is limited, so it is important to register as soon as possible.  Priority will be given to first time attendees, those traveling from outside of the state and grandparents who meet the early registration deadline of November 8, 2017.  Regular registration deadline is November 15.  We will continue to fill spots as space allows.  Each individual grandparent must register and provide date/time preference for the event (maximum of six grandparents per event, per classroom).


Following each deadline, our School Community Coordinator will schedule each grandparent (based on priority and preferences) and email the confirmation and details for your visit. Contact Cynthia at 541-681-9662 or if you have any questions or need assistance.


Click here to register: Grandparents’ Day 2017-18

When you register, you will share your preference for the following dates and times:


Friday, December 15, 2017

Option #1: 9:15 - 11:15 am

Option #2: 10:30 - 12:30 pm

Friday, January 12, 2018

Option #1: 9:15 - 11:15 am

Option #2: 10:30 - 12:30 pm

Can’t make it for Grandparents’ Days?

Would you like to visit, but can’t make a scheduled event?  If so, please email Executive Director Chrystell Reed to schedule a school visit and lunch with your grandchild(ren).


How else can you support Ridgeline Montessori?

If you enjoy working with children (or young adults) and live in the Eugene area all or some of the time, you can become a Ridgeline volunteer.  Please email our School Community Coordinator Cynthia Friedman so she can connect you with the right task for your passion.  


Gifts of financial support are most appreciated! Honor a special child or a beloved teacher by making a donation to Ridgeline Montessori.  Your contribution helps to provide music, art, PE, counseling and updated technology for Ridgeline students!


Please call the office at 541-681-9662 if you have any questions or need further assistance.


We look forward to meeting you, celebrating your grandchild’s growth and building a long and joyous relationship.


Chrystell Reed, Executive Director