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eNews 2-13-2020

posted Feb 13, 2020, 2:39 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Which Games will You Bring? - Only one weekend left to dig out your favorite board games for Game Night!  Will it be Twister, Candyland, Payday, Life, Stratego, or Jenga perhaps? So many choices! We look forward to playing with you Friday, February 21, 6-8 p.m. 


Food Cart & Coffee Cart for Board Game Night - No time for dinner before coming to Board Game Night? No problem, The Dipper food cart and Kaimana Coffee will be in the parking lot. The Dipper offers French dips, grilled cheese, and various sides. Kaimana Coffee cart is new to Eugene and they are the first coffee truck in town that does not have cups! So be sure to bring your own cup if you wish to purchase a coffee, hot chocolate, or a slushy! 


Board Work Session on Monday - (February 17th, 2020, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; public session begins at 9:30 a.m.). Ridgeline's board will be meeting on Monday morning to begin discussions for the upcoming budget season. Projections for the 2020-2021 fiscal year indicate that additional revenue will be available. On Monday the board will be preliminarily discussing a number of possible uses for that revenue. After Monday, throughout February and March, the board will be working toward making a decision about next year's budget priorities. You can view Monday's work session agenda and materials here. (The board's regular February meeting will also be next week: Thursday 2/20/2020. An agenda and meeting materials for that meeting will be available by Tuesday evening.) Board meetings and work sessions are open to the public, except when an executive session is indicated on the agenda. No decisions will be made at Monday's work session, and no time will be set aside for public comment. 

Return Library Books - Our amazing volunteer library coordinator, Michelle Lodwig, reports that library books are leaving our school library but not returning. There are entire series missing at this point. Volunteers have been working hard all year to stamp library books as property of Ridgeline and Return to the Library, but not all books have these stamps. Most Ridgeline library books have contact paper covers, but not all. Please ask your kids if they have school books that they have brought home and return them as soon as you can.



Board Meeting Recap.  On Thursday, the board approved Ridgeline's draft Student Investment Account proposal. The proposal will now go to the District for review and approval. Thank you to everyone who provided input on the plan, and thank you to Chrystell, Michelle, and the committee for drafting a plan that honored the intent of the money while staying beautifully focused on our Montessori mission. The board also reviewed and approved a number of policy updates and additions. As a result of these updates, individuals chaperoning overnight field trips will need to have a fingerprint-based background check. The school is working on a procedure for this. The board will hold a mid-year work session on Monday, February 17th to discuss charter renegotiation and budgeting plans. 


Log Hours - We are halfway through the school year. There is so much amazing volunteering going on and we want to know about it! Please be sure to log your hours on Track it Forward. There are many volunteers with very few hours logged. Forgot the date you volunteered? No problem! Simply log hours in bulk, for example, “7.5 hours classroom”, or “12 hours crossing guard.” Thank you all for your time. If you have not started your 40 hours yet, now it is a great time. Our upcoming Game Night is a perfect evening volunteer opportunity, for example. 


Traffic Protocol - Hey everyone a friendly mid-year reminder to keep in mind the following guidelines when picking up and dropping off your children. 

Some important things to remember:

  • If you do use the pick up line, you must remain in your car.  

  • Pull all the way forward in the pick up line.  Your child will walk to your car.

  • Only turn right out of the Ridgeline parking lot. 

  • Be aware of your surroundings.  Double check for cars, cyclists and students when pulling out of parking spaces and in the drive through.

  • You may not park in the Emerald Valley parking lot.

  • Please do not park or stop on corners, or in front of the bus stop

  • Please circle around the neighborhood if the line to get into the pick up circle is backed up onto the street. Recently cars have been stopped, impeding traffic which causes unsafe conditions.


Substitutes Needed – Ridgeline currently has openings on its substitute list. When a classroom staff member is out, a substitute steps into the role of the assistant and the pay is $12 per hour. Substitutes may be booked ahead of time for staff appointments and texted first thing in the morning for same day needs. If you are interested in getting on our sub list, please send a resume and three references with contact information to If you have questions about subbing, contact Cynthia in the office. 

Site Council Open Positions - Site Council is a group made up of representatives from each of the school’s stakeholder groups. The main objectives of the Site Council are to provide visionary leadership for the school and to provide a forum for all stakeholder groups. Some of the topics site council addresses are the parent survey, traffic concerns, school calendar, and the School Improvement Plan (SIP). Site council meets monthly. The next meeting is Monday, January 27, 6-7:30 p.m. and all are welcome to attend. Contact Site Council if you have questions about the following positions. 

One Parent Representative Position - Parent reps are asked to serve a 3-year term and attend RCO meetings in addition to Site Council meetings. If you are interested in serving on our Site Council, please join our next meeting:  February 24, 6-7:30 p.m. 


The Eugene Children’s Film Festival - We are pleased to announce that Oak Hill School has been selected to become the new sponsor of The Eugene Children’s Film Festival. 

Our goal is to maintain the structure and integrity of the festival as we work to enrich and expand it. We have been participants in the festival for many years and are pleased and honored to be taking a leadership role.


This year, the Film Festival will be on Saturday, June 6, 2020 on the campus of Oak Hill School. Mark your calendars now!


For this year's Festival, we are introducing a fun, new and exciting idea. We are going to incorporate a common theme for all submissions. Each film entry must incorporate the theme of Family somehow in its film, and we hope this promotes discussions at home, and adds to the excitement of making movies. We are hope that this theme will inspire young filmmakers to explore all the many ways in which the idea of family can be expressed. We hope that this challenge will help filmmakers think creatively, have fun with their discoveries and, that collectively, the festival will provide an interesting program for its audience. We have tried to make the theme broad enough to prompt critical thinking and creative problem solving, as students decide how to incorporate the idea of Family into their film projects.

We have also made some changes to the categories and guidelines. This year, we will have four categories. Entries from Young Filmmakers (Grade 2-5/Age 7-10) may be to up to 3 minutes long and should be "G" rated; entries from Middle School students (Grade 6-8/Age 11-13) may be up to 5 minutes long and should be G or PG rated; and entries from High School students (Grade 9-12/Age 14-18) may be up to 10 minutes long and should be PG-13 rated or below. We will also accept films of up to 30 minutes from Student groups of any age. Our intention is that all of the films be appropriate for children, although some may not be right for every child or family.


For all submissions, students must be the “Filmmaker” of the film that they submit. That is, in the opinion of the judges, they must be the visionary and the driving force behind the film. Filmmakers of all ages may use adults and others to help them with the writing, acting, filming, sound, lighting, editing or any other aspect of the production, so long as they are the Director of the film.


The deadline for submission will be May 16, 2020.


If you have any questions or ideas to pass along for this year’s Film Festival, please contact Tim Rogers or Kitsann Means at And please let us know if you would like to be added to our mailing list. We'd love for you to join our community.


You can find more information about the Eugene Children's Film Festival on our website:


We are excited about the future of the festival and look forward to meeting and working with you.




Tim Rogers

Kitsann Means