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eNews 3-12-2020

posted Mar 13, 2020, 10:46 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Intent to Return - An email was sent out today with a link to the Intent to Return Form, due March 20, 2020. We are asking currently enrolled families what their plans are for next year and if they will be enrolling in Ridgeline for the 2020-21 school year. Giving us accurate information in a timely fashion is essential as we move forward offering out spots to students on our wait lists and ensuring full classrooms for the next school year. If your plans change after intent to return, please update the office as soon as possible.  


New Staff Member We are thrilled to share that Leauriy Polk will begin training as the Admissions & Office Coordinator when we return from spring break!  Leauriy has extensive experience working in a non-profit setting with diverse learners. She is also the parent of a Ridgeline graduate!


Parent Community Resilience Planning - Plans can be invaluable, even if you never use them.  Plans reduce stress and anxiety (and by extension can help us stay healthier.)  With that in mind there is an informal "parents supporting parents" group forming here at Ridgeline to help families through the coronavirus outbreak. This is a parent-led, opt-in network that will do things like share ideas for fun and educational home-based activities (and help parents stay sane!), identify and support emerging needs in our school community, and perhaps even host some online events (All school story time?  Online dance party?). This plan is rapidly unfolding in real time. We are looking for parents who would like to be involved by researching and sharing fun home-based activities or serving as a small group point of contact. Click here to sign up to participate or volunteer to get more involved


State Testing -  Options for Parents – The first classes will begin practice testing April 13 and will have approximately a two week window to test. While most children take the test, parents do have the choice to opt their child out of testing by completing the opt-out form for math and ELA and submitting it to the main office. If you wish to opt your 5th or 8th grader out of OSAS science testing as well, you must do so separately. Contact the office if you would like an opt out form. Please also be aware that 11th graders are currently required to demonstrate proficiency on state tests or on alternative, more difficult standardized assessments, like the SAT in order to graduate from high school.  This is good, no-pressure practice. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Texley


Board Meeting next Thursday (3/19) - The Ridgeline Board of Directors plans to meet next Thursday evening (March 19th at 6:30 pm). Among the agenda items will be a discussion of budgetary priorities for the 2020-21 school/fiscal year. The full agenda will be available here early next week. All are welcome.



LTD Touch Pass - REPLY NEEDED! - As you know, riding LTD buses is currently free for students K-8. As part of the grant for this program LTD is required to track student ridership. Starting April 1, 2020 LTD will require that students have either a Touch Pass card ($3 cost) or the Touch Pass app on their smartphone to ride the bus for free. LTD is working with schools to purchase and distribute touch pass cards and enable touch pass apps.  Please fill out this survey to help us identify the students who will be using LTD and need a touch pass card or their app enabled. Please fill out this survey if your child rides the bus, including non-school related travel by LTD bus. 

Touch Pass Survey Survey deadline is March 11, 2020.


Ongoing Prevention Efforts - Ridgeline has implemented additional measures to help reduce the spread of germs.  Students have been instructed on proper handwashing and systems have been put in place to support that all important practice.  Additional cleaning measures have been implemented including some changes to practical life work, student jobs, Ridgeline staff cleaning at the end of the day and more cleaning by custodial staffing.  


Please help us in our efforts by keeping your child home if they have a fever of 100.0 or higher, have recently vomited, have a terrible productive cough, or if they feel so ill that they are unable to participate in classroom work and activities.


Floating Assistant Position - In an effort to prepare for additional staffing needs next year and allow time for cross-training, we are seeking a floating assistant to join us this school year.  The position will be posted in the coming week. Please watch for the posting and help spread the word about this great opportunity to join Ridgeline and support our students.


Crossing Guard Needed Wednesday Afternoons - We are down to one opening folks on the crossing guard schedule! Please sign up here to volunteer Wednesday afternoons. 


Library Volunteers Needed - Are you looking for a weekly volunteer gig? There are openings for library room monitors. Check out the schedule here.



Nearby Nature Pre-School Summer Daycamps Open for Registration -  If your kids enjoy exploring, bug catching, treasure hunting, and other fun nature adventures, then they should participate in Nearby Nature's outdoor summer daycamps! Nearby Nature’s camps are a unique medley of adventure, science, nature, art, play, and gardening. Most take place in Alton Baker Park, in the group’s unique Learnscape Gardens. Daycamps run from June 15-August 28, last one week each, and serve kids from 3 to 13 years old. Half and full day options are available and enrollment is limited to 12 children per camp. Scholarships are available! For registration and scholarship information, see or call 541-687-9699.