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eNews 2-6-2020

posted Feb 7, 2020, 9:38 AM by Cynthia Friedman

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.


CONTINUING NEWS -

More Results Needed! Transportation Survey - Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. The Transportation Committee would really like to know how our families get to and from school!

As part of Safe Routes to School program we need to evaluate student transportation. We ask that you take a few minutes to fill out our Parent Survey for Ridgeline to help us as we work to improve the safety for students to walk, bike and roll to school. This link is specific for your school. If you have more than one student at this school please fill out one for the older student only. If you have students at more than one school please fill out one for each school you receive a link for. Thank you for your time!

 

Come Play!  Ridgeline Family Game Night on February 21 -  All Ridgeline families are invited to join us for this all-age community event.  There will be all sorts of games to play, and friends a plenty with whom to play them!  For those coming straight from work or tired after a long week, there will be food trucks serving food, coffee, and hot chocolate!

 

Our Family Game Night will also serve as the formal kick-off event for our our annual month-long Direct Donation Drive (also known as the "DDD").  From February 21 - March 20, while we work together towards our DDD fundraising goal, we will celebrate and talk about the many important programs, materials, and spaces that your financial contributions provide here at Ridgeline.  If you haven't already made your annual donation, please consider doing so at Game Night (via cash, check or credit card) and help us get a head start on our DDD goal!  

 

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 careers@ridgeline.org. 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. 

COMMUNITY NEWS -  

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 info@eugenefilm.org. 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: http://www.eugenefilm.org

 

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

 

Best,

 

Tim Rogers

Kitsann Means

Co-Directors


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