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eNews 2-7-19

posted Feb 12, 2019, 1:37 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Food Pantry is Low - We have lots of string cheese in the food pantry, but we are low on granola bars, yogurt, single serving carrots, apples, etc. Thank you so much for your continuing donations! Please drop donations of single serving pre-packaged food at the office.

Pull Forward - Most folks are stopping directly in front of the main doors in building A to drop off their kids. Please remember to pull all the way up, almost to the exit, before stopping to let your student out of the vehicle.

After School Supervision - Students are dismissed at 3:05 p.m. and the expectation is that they either walk directly off campus, or are handed over to the care and supervision of a parent or guardian. Students playing on school grounds after school need to be under the direct supervision of an adult. Recently, the office has been contacted about students running freely with only remote supervision, a parent in a vehicle on the street, or no adult present at all! We want to ensure that all students are safe after school. Please have a conversation with your walking student and remind them to walk home straight away and if you are here supervising, please actively be on the playground with your child.

Got quilts? (to display, that is) - We are hoping to have some quilts on display at Pasta Dinner.  If you have a quilt you might be interested in displaying, please contact Cynthia Friedman or Ann Carney Nelson.

More 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 green oak and fir 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.

Shoe Drive Fundraiser - We're now about halfway to our goal of 100 bags (trash bag size) of shoes!  If you haven't already done so, now is a great time to ask neighbors, send out an email or post a flyer at work, etc. and try to collect 25-50 pairs of new, used or gently worn shoes. Our collection boxes will be in the school lobby through February 15, but we will continue collecting from our collection boxes around town through March 2.  More information and resources to assist you in your shoe collecting efforts can be found at here.

Have questions or need help with a large pick up (especially  after February 15)? Contact Ann Carney Nelson or Nancy Willcox-Trent!

Site Council Minute taker - Sadly, we have not had any takers for the minute taker position for Site Council this year! Taking minutes is a great way to familiarize yourself with what is going on here at Ridgeline and to get volunteer hours. The Site Council meets once per month on Mondays. The next Site Council meeting is Monday, February 25, 6-7:30 p.m. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.


Library Room Volunteers - Library volunteers play an important role in supporting our students and their learning! Classrooms call daily, especially during the morning work period, to see if we have a library volunteer as students want to use that space. We desperately need volunteers Wednesdays, Fridays, and later Monday mornings. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

STILL Needed! Branch Volunteer Help Needed - Dan Trent, our PE specialist and facilities coordinator, is looking for volunteers to help him cut up and haul away branches from the school grounds. Please contact Dan to arrange a time to help.  

Pasta Dinner - Ridgeline’s annual Pasta Dinner is coming up on Friday, February 22nd, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a home cooked pasta dinner with red sauce or pesto, bread with garlic butter, and green salad. Visit with other Ridgeline families and bring your Direct Donation Drive (DDD) donation. The Pasta Dinner is the kick-off for the month long DDD, Ridgeline’s largest fundraiser of the year.



Asian Celebration -   The 34th Oregon Asian Celebration returns to the Lane Events Center/fairgrounds in Eugene on February 16 and 17. Encourage your students and their families to attend this colorful extravaganza of Asian cultural activities for all ages. It's a wonderful opportunity to learn about the rich diversity of Asian and Asian American culture through performances, dance, foods, crafts, fine arts, martial arts and cooking demonstrations, and vendors offering Asian food and a marketplace of more than 70 booths.


Admission is free for ages 12 and under; free for ages 13+ (inc. college students) with a student ticket voucher provided by our sponsor, the Oregon Community Credit Union (OCCU). Student ticket vouchers available at any OCCU branch office. Adult admission is $6 for one day; $10 for two days and available for purchase online at and to obtain express entry.


The attached press release provides additional details of what's happening at this year's event. If you would like to share a replica of the event poster, featuring the Year of the Pig and theme "Get Spirited Away" , I have attached a smaller version that  you can insert into your e-newletters or e-blast announcements. If you would like a large size poster (13" wide x 19" tall) to post on a window or bulletin board, please let me know and I'll drop some by.


Thank you for sharing this important cultural event with your students.


Carrie Matsushita

Oregon Asian Celebration


The U of O Math Departments invites all students in grades K-8, who like math and share a passion for games, problem solving, and hands-on math activities, to come to the Second Eugene Youth Math Festival at 10 am - 1 pm  on Saturday, February 23, in McArthur Court. With the generous support from NSF we are able to offer free admission without prior registration.

Please note, parents are required to accompany our youngest participants (grades K- 3). All other parents are encouraged to stay.

All parents should be ready to pick up their children when they are done with the activities. We are unable to watch the children

outside of the math stations.

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Nemirovskaya at

Camp Fire Wilani offers Youth Programs - We will be offering a FREE event for the community at Hilyard Community Center on March 16th: Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® (AIKD) is a national holiday every March that lifts up the kids in our lives. Every year, thousands of adults send notes, emails, letters, texts or videos to encourage young people across the country. Participating in AIKD is a meaningful way to let youth know how much they are appreciated. Words are powerful – young lives are changed by this day and simple act of an adult's encouragement, love, and kindness. We will be celebrating AIKD through a free, family friendly community event where we will provide tables to welcome parents with special stationary, writing tips and suggestions for types of messages. Meanwhile, the kids will be kept busy with free hip hop dance and parkour lessons throughout the day, taught by Shorme Norteye of BEISM in Santa Cruz, California. Shorme is a nationally known instructor and dancer who teaches at UC Santa Cruz. She brings an upbeat, positive vibe that encourages every child to push their limits and have fun while getting exercise and supporting one another. In addition to hip hop and parkour lessons, the youth will facilitate fun games, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, survival skills, and other activities for a variety of interests.


We also have residential and day summer camp programs at Camp WIlani in Veneta which are welcoming to ALL youth and we provide up to 83% tuition assistance.Email Elissa Kobrin, or they can email me at


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