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eNews 12-20-18

posted Dec 20, 2018, 1:55 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Lost & Found LAST CALL FRIDAY! - Remember to look in the lost and found for your child’s missing items. Unclaimed items will be donated after winter break.

No Cookies and Popcorn this Friday – Just a heads up that the Middle Schoolers will not be baking cookies or popping popcorn this Friday.

Book Donations Wanted!!! - The RCO is gearing up for its first Book Swap on Sunday, January 13, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. We are looking for gently used book donations for adults, teens, children, and toddlers. If you are looking to purge your book collection, please consider donating your books to the RCO Book Swap. Collected books will be available for FREE to students and parents at the Swap in January. Contact Amanda Bedortha or Heather Hickcox at to coordinate your donation. Volunteers are needed to set up tables and books, make and serve tea and coffee, and clean up. Click here to volunteer.

Montessori Education Night! -

Tuesday, January 15, 6-7:30

Topic: Montessori for a Peaceful Community

Join Montessori expert Debbie Sheehan for a discussion of Grace and Courtesy and how Montessori ideals and practices can shape our families, our communities and the world!

Debra Sheehan is Director of the Montessori Center for Teacher Education (MCTE) located in San Diego, California and Assistant Director of Maria Montessori School, also located in San Diego. Debra teaches in all course levels as well as being the Practicum Supervisor for all adult learners. She holds Montessori credentials for Early Childhood, Elementary I – II, and Secondary I and is fully qualified to teach children between the ages of 2.5-15 years old as well as adults in teacher education programs for these age ranges. Debra has presented workshops at National AMS conferences, international lectures on Montessori methodology, and has been a MACTE on-site verifier for several Montessori teacher education programs.

Child care is available.  Sign up here.

Talent Show – On January 25, from 6-8 p.m., Ridgeline students will rock your socks off! Last year’s event was a great success—we had musical acts, fly fishing, and tumbling, just to name a few! A volunteer will come around right after winter break to give the kids talent show guidelines, and a sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board in the lobby. This year we need someone who can help run the sound booth and we will need help putting out chairs after school and putting away chairs after the event. Questions can go to Kate Downing. Click here to volunteer to set up and put away chairs.

Marketplace Update Part Two - A big Thank You to everyone who participated in this year's annual Student Marketplace and Continental Breakfast! From the students who created such amazing works and parents who supported their student's endeavors to volunteers who helped make this event a success, we thank you. This event is so fun to organize and to see such high levels of participation and engagement makes all the effort worthwhile. This year, between food sales and over 48 vendors who generously donated a portion of their profits, we were able to donate nearly $1,100 to our wonderful school!


Heather & Amanda

RCO Co-Convener

Pasta Dinner Coordinator- Ridgeline’s beloved Pasta Dinner will be here before you know it. We are looking for a coordinator to oversee the Cash and Carry/Costco run and manage the event set up and clean up the day of the event, Friday, February 22nd. Contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer.

Lottery Information Session Childcare Volunteers Needed - Volunteers (with green badges) are needed to assist with childcare for the lottery Information Sessions on Saturday, January 12 and 24. Volunteer here.


Intent to Return is Coming! -  In January we will be unveiling our new electronic re-enrollment and lottery system. This is when we will be asking current families what their plans are for the next school year, and when siblings currently not attending Ridgeline can be entered into the lottery with sibling preference. Note, this is earlier than previous years in order to better align with 4J’s school choice timeline. Please start thinking about what your family’s plans are for the 2019-20 school year.

End of Year Donations - If you are looking for a meaningful holiday tribute to a teacher, student, or loved one, or if you’re seeking a worthy recipient for your year-end charitable giving, please consider a gift to Ridgeline! Donations can be made at:

Your gift supports Ridgeline’s PE, arts, and counseling specialists, classroom materials, Montessori program enrichment, and the building that our community calls home. It’s impact will last a lifetime!

Help Promote Ridgeline! - Ridgeline’s Information Sessions and 2019-2020 lottery will be held earlier this year. We need your help to promote Ridgeline and our Information Sessions which will take place in January 2019. 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 12, 10:00am

Thursday, January 24, 6:30pm

Applications due: January 31

Lottery: February 8


COMMUNITY NEWS -                                                                                          

Looking for somewhere fun to send you kid/s during the upcoming No School Days? Why not a No School Day Adventure with Nearby Nature? Nearby Nature No School Day Adventures are modeled after our summer daycamps. Taught by experienced environmental educators, our programs encompass science, hiking, art, and play. Cost: $45 members/$50 non-members. Scholarships are available. Ages 6-9, max 12 kids. Outdoors in local parks. To register, visit or call 541-687-9699.


Talon and Tweets NSD, January 21st, 8:30am-3pm in Alton Baker Park:

Discover who's tweeting in Alton Baker Park. Practice beak techniques, check out our talon collection, experiment with feathers and flight, and make a cool bird mask. Go on a bird watching walk in the park.


How to Hide NSD, February 1st, 8:30am-3pm in Alton Baker Park:

Spots, stripes and masks, oh my! How do colors and markings help animals survive in the wild? Answer these questions and more as we play camouflage games, explore nature nearby, and create colorful critters to take home.


Nature's Busy Builders NSD, February 18th, 8:30am-3pm in Alton Baker Park:

Enjoy a building adventure in nature nearby. Make a bird nest and your own fairy fort or gnome home. Go on an animal homes scavenger hunt and create your own fort from our Nature's Builders Playspace super blocks.


About us: Nearby Nature is a non-profit education organization based in Eugene, Oregon. Founded in 1992, our group is dedicated to fostering appreciation of nature nearby and providing tools for ecological living.


Attention: All Baseball Players & Kids Who Are Interested in Playing Baseball

South Eugene Babe Ruth 2019 Baseball Registration is Coming Soon

registration starts January 15, 2019

open to baseball players ages 5-15

teams for skill levels T-Ball - High School Prep

practices start in March and games run April-June

visit our website for more information

email with questions:


SEHS Axe Community Dance Team - is hosting a 5-week dance workshop for kids ages 6-10 on Sundays, 1:30-3pm starting January 13th through February 10th at South Eugene High School. Kiddos will learn dance technique, play games and learn a high energy routine. On Friday, February 15th the kiddos will perform their routine at a varsity basketball game. The workshop is $40 or $25 for free and reduced lunch. The cost includes a t-shirt, 5 weeks of dance instruction and a performance opportunity! Please register at by January 8th. We can only take 50 kids at this time. If you have questions please reach out to Head Coach, Chrissa Dockendorf at


Xcape Dance Academy -

Tuesdays and Thursdays, AFTER SCHOOL from 3:15 - 4:15 (we usually allow 10 minutes for kids to get into the gym, have a snack if they want, etc.)

-Pickup is promptly at 4:15 from the gym.

-Class starts the week of January 7th

-Class will be taught by Drea Smith, professional dancer, instructor, and parent of a Ridgeline student!

-Kids must register for 2 days per week. No one day per week options. $80/ month for the class.

-Parents must register their kids online at where they will create an

account for their student and sign up for class. You can also call us at 541-912-1140 to register.

Payment for classes is due before the start date. You can pay online or send check/ cash with

your student on the first day of the session.

-Class session ends at Spring Break.

-A final performance opportunity will be provided!

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