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eNews 12-3-18

posted Dec 3, 2018, 1:01 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Book Covering Volunteers Needed - Now that we have all these amazing new books for the classrooms we need help preparing them. Volunteers are needed to cover book covers with contact paper and stamp them. If you are a detail oriented person who can cut a straight line, we would love to have your help! Contact the office or stop by to volunteer.

Laminating Volunteer - There is still a mountain of hot laminating to be done. If you have laminating experience and/or are a detail oriented person, we would love to have your help. Contact Cynthia for more details and to volunteer.

Marketplace Volunteers -

The Student Marketplace is coming up in less than two weeks and we still have 21 volunteer slots open! We need your help supporting the students to make the Student Marketplace a successful event! Six volunteers are needed on Friday, December 7, 3-5pm for set up, and 15 volunteer slots need filling on Saturday, December 8.

The day before, Friday, December 7, 3-5pm

3 volunteers for food prep.

2 volunteers to set up breakfast area

1 volunteer to set up tables

Volunteer here

The day of the Marketplace, Saturday, December 8

8:30-9:45am   5 volunteers to set up the continental breakfast

10am-1pm      2 volunteers to be runners to support vendors

11:30am-1pm 1 volunteer to be cashier for the continental breakfast

1-2:30pm        9 volunteers to clean up

Volunteer here

String Cheese Emergency - The food pantry is low on the many items, especially string cheese. We do not have any yogurt of viable oranges. While hummus seems like a good idea we did not have any success handing it out to students. If you have a donation of single serve fruits, veggies, protein bars, nuts, string cheese, etc. we will gladly accept your donation. Thank you!

Portable CD Players Needed - Do you have any of those old portable CD players in your cupboards? You know, the ones you played music on before the invention of the ipod. We would love to have some for students. Please bring any portable CD player donations to the office.

Joy of Sharing – Each year we have a food drive before winter break. Ridgeline families bring in donations of non-perishable food, toilet paper, and other personal hygiene items, which are not accessible with food stamps. Boxes are then created for Ridgeline families who can use a little extra help over winter break. We will be making the boxes on Thursday, December 20. Please let us know if your family would benefit from receiving a Joy of Sharing box; contact the office and we’ll put you on the list. Donation boxes will be placed in the lobby the last week before winter break.

RCO Meeting - Join us for our “Montessori at Home” community conversation on December 10, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. (free childcare is provided). Several community members with extensive experience in Montessori practices will be there to guide our conversation. We will be discussing ways to support our students at home.  We will also share strategies to put in place at home to support our students engagement in our community and ways to foster their sense of autonomy. As always, when you volunteer at RCO events and attend meetings, it counts toward your volunteer hours.

Student Marketplace and Continental Breakfast is next weekend December 8, from 10-1! We really hope you join us and invite your friends and family! We have amazing student vendors who are participating and we would love for you to come and support them. We will have soaps, jump ropes, jewelry, scarves, 3D art, and much more! Its is going to be an amazing time. We need more volunteers to make this our best event for our kids, please check the volunteer opportunities and sign up today!

Service Project Update - Thank you to everyone who participated last night at RCO’s community event in partnership with Little Hands Can. We had a full library and the kids and families created so many amazing cards and first aids kits! We really appreciate the support and participation of our community. Remember that volunteering at RCO events counts toward your volunteer hours.  

#GivingTuesday - This past Tuesday, November 27 was #GivingTuesday!  Thank you to everyone who hosted a private fundraiser and those who donated to support Ridgeline Montessori!  It was a great opportunity to share the Ridgeline story with our friends and families! Please remember to send the names of people who contributed to your fundraiser to so we can recognize their contributions!


Shoe Drive - Our Shoe Drive will officially start in January, but we'll have a pre-collection in December, for those who want to get a head start on clearing out your closets and asking your friends!  We will be collecting new, used and gently worn street worthy shoes (no skates, ski boots, etc.) Shoes must be free of holes, have intact soles, and be in good wearable condition. Look for more details next week!


In the meantime, is your family part of any clubs?  Sports teams? Neighborhood organizations? We're looking for partners who can help us collect shoes from their customers / members /employees.  Could your employer serve as a collection site? Could you help pick up shoes from local partners? The more shoes we collect, the more money we can make for Ridgeline!!!  Interested in helping? Please contact Ann or Nancy.  


Winter Weather: Snow Day Information  

In the case of inclement weather that would make roads, school parking lots, driveways or sidewalks unsafe for travel, Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School will be closed when the 4J school district is closed. If Ridgeline is scheduled to be in session, and no announcement is made, school is still in schedule as planned.

Ridgeline Montessori will delay opening when 4J schools are scheduled to open on a delayed schedule.

Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School may be in session on a day when 4J happens to be already out of session. In this case, Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School will make the announcement on our website,

Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School values safety. Neither 4J nor Ridgeline can make a decision based on conditions near individual families or staff. Families and staff are encouraged to consider road and sidewalk conditions in their areas and make decisions based on safety. Ridgeline Montessori honors parents’ decisions about school attendance in these conditions. Staff members should contact the school and exercise leave options available to them when they believe they are unable to get to work safely.

Snow day notifications: Our school district communicates any decision to change school or bus schedules as quickly as possible in several ways, all well before 6:30 a.m.

No news = No change. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

School Closure = No school for students. Decision about afternoon/evening activities will be made by noon.

Two-Hour Delay: School starts two hours late and ends at the usual school dismissal time. If a delay occurs on an early release Friday, school will still be dismissed at the early release time.  


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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

Ridgeline Holiday Tree Fundraiser – 43111 McKenzie Hwy., Leaburg, 541-896-3483. Purchase your holiday tree at Spring Creek Holly Farm and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Ridgeline! Tell them at the farm when you purchase your tree that you would like to donate to Ridgeline. Noble Firs are locally grown at Spring Creek Holly Farm and at their wholesale facility, Whitewater Ranch, using low-impact and sustainable farming practices. They have pre-cut trees, or you can choose and cut your own. They also offer handmade holly wreaths, table decorations and bulk greens. Start a new holiday tradition, take a drive down the beautiful McKenzie Highway, enjoy a cup of hot apple cider, and support Ridgeline! Spring Creek Holly Farm is open until December 23 from 9am to 5pm every day of the week


Firewood For Sale to Benefit Ridgeline - Cheri’s husband, Cliff Worley, is once again offering cords of wood for sale with the proceeds going to Ridgeline. He has a mix of oak and fir green wood, split 16” or cut to fit and delivered for $150 and a cord of all oak for $160. If you are interested, call Cliff at 541-912-8937.

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