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eNews 3-21-19

posted Apr 1, 2019, 1:29 PM by Cynthia Friedman

What a great Direct Donation Drive month, Ridgeline!!! Thank you everyone for your contributions. Not only did we meet our goal and qualify for the $10,000 gift, but as of this morning we have raised $22,042.05—and we are still receiving new donations!  

Each and every dollar that we raise moves us closer to our $100k year-end goal and will help us shift our precious volunteer resources to other activities in the spring. For those of you who have not yet made a contribution, this is still an important and valuable time. Our busy fundraising committee thanks you!

We'll be tallying everything up tomorrow, and we'll get you a final number once we have done so. In the meantime, if you missed this past week's Facebook posts on Montessori Program Enrichment, please check it out here.

Parent Education Presentation - Join us for a Montessori parent education presentation “Brave Spaces” with Luz Casquejo on Thursday, April 4. In this presentation and facilitated discussion, we'll talk about the development of racial and ethnic identity and intersectionality (gender, race, religion, ability, socio-economic status and other identities) in the context of Dr. Montessori's concepts of the Planes of Development and the Spiritual Embryo.  We'll end with some tools for creating brave spaces that allow children to engage in these topics in a way that will support the development of all aspects of their identity.

Dr. Luz Casquejo Johnston is returning to Ridgeline to provide another engaging parent education night. This time the topic is how to make space and find authentic ways to have difficult conversations within our families and within our communities.

Dr. Luz Casquejo Johnston is the Program Director for the Montessori Teacher Education Program at Saint Mary's College of California which offers both and Early Childhood and an Lower Elementary/Upper Elementary credential. She has experience every facet of Montessori life - student, parent, lower elementary guide, director(principal) and now program director. Her greatest joy has been raising her children in the Montessori way and watching them become thoughtful, purposeful young adults.

Childcare is available. Sign up here.

Lost and Found - Please remember to pop in tomorrow and check out the lost and found before spring break. There’s nothing more annoying than packing for that day trip to the coast over the break only to realize that Mildred’s rubber boots are locked in the school for week!

Food Pantry - Donations for the food pantry will be gladly accepted after spring break. Thank you so much for your donations of granola bars, string cheese, single serving packets of carrots, nuts, etc.

Budget Committee Members – Do you want to learn more about Ridgeline’s finances and participate in the budget process?  There will be 3-4 meetings in late April and the month of May. Email if you are interested in joining the committee!

State Testing -  Options for Parents – Parent information about this spring's 2018-19 state testing, including the opt-out form, are attached to this edition of the eNews and are available at the main office. The first classes will begin testing April 15 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 forms and submitting them to the main office. Please note that if you wish to opt your 5th or 8th grader out of OAKS science testing as well as math and ELA testing, you must fill out both forms. 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 Principal Sharon Dursi Martin at


Furniture Mover Needed - We are looking for at least two volunteers to help us move tables and chairs to set up the computer lab for state testing after spring break. Volunteers needed April 4 or 5. We also need a volunteer to set out mouse pads and mice the following week. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

Kitchenette Fairy - Sadly, our kitchenette fairy has fluttered on to other activities so we are again looking for a volunteer who can pop in on a regular basis to clean up the kitchenette and production room areas. Regular cleaning is important in our ongoing ant battle. The fairy can come anytime between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

Site Council Parent Representative – Site Council is a group made up of representatives from each of the school’s stakeholder groups. As one of three parent reps, you will be the voice of Ridgeline parents on the council and will work with other council members to ensure that everyone involved in the school has a voice in how our school grows and develops. 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 family survey, traffic concerns, and the school calendar.

Site Council meets monthly. 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 Site Council, please join our next meeting: Monday, April 22, 6:00-7:30 pm.  You can also email or contact Cynthia in the office with any questions you may have.

Spring TAG Testing Window - We are currently accepting nominations for children that may qualify as Talented and Gifted, meaning that they might test in the top 3% of the population in mathematics, reading, or intellect.  If you have a child that you would like to nominate, please contact Principal Sharon at

During this testing window, we will accept recommendations for:

  • Grades K-2: math, reading or intellectually gifted

  • Grades 3-12: intellectually gifted ONLY (state tests are used for academic qualification)  

Please ask for referral forms in the front office.  There is a tight turn-around deadline (March 22), so please consider filling in the form and signing it on site.  

Are You the Next RCO Co-convenor? The Ridgeline Community Organizers are recruiting for the next Co-convenor for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.


Along with Amanda Bedortha, this Co-convenor will organize semi-monthly RCO presentations and community-building activities, as well as help with some fundraising events. The position is for 2 school years, beginning this Fall 2019. Being a Co-convenor is a fun, exciting way to earn volunteer hours and get more involved in the school.

To learn more, email Amanda or RCO.

Report your volunteer hours with Track It Forward:

Planned Absence Request Form


Board of Director Meeting Minutes



KIDSPORTS - For the last 60 years, KIDSPORTS has been dedicated to providing healthy, community based team sports experiences for kids across Lane County. As a continuation of our mission to help All Kids Play, KIDSPORTS is heading into our late spring, early summer Baseball/Softball seasons! Registration is open now and available at our website and in office at 2190 Polk St. If your child would like to take a swing at our summer season, act fast! Our in office deadline for 5th – 8th grade is April 19th, while our Kinder- 4th grade deadline is April 26th. If you have any questions about our upcoming season or what scholarship options might be available to you, please call the KIDSPORTS office at (541) 683-2374.


Submit art for the 2nd Annual Kids Earth Day Art Show Contest! -

The theme is "What can we do to stop climate change? Share your solution ideas that heal and protect the Earth." All entries will receive a small prize, and 3 entries per age group will receive a larger prize. Art on display at the Eugene Library during April and May.  Submissions due March 21st. Hope to see some of your kids' amazing art again this year!


Info and entry form here:


Art Classes 4 For $40!

We teach private art classes for children ages 10 and up.  My husband is the instructor. I am the scheduler/coordinator.  If you have a student not quite 10 years old but ready and willing to embark on the learning adventure of art classes, we can discuss for possible early introduction of classes for them.


Payment of $40 (four 1-hr classes) is due upon first class.  We accept cash, check, Venmo, PayPal (through Friends & Family method), or credit card through Square (with $3 added fee).  Each class is accounted for, so that if you miss a class for any reason it does not count as one of your paid classes.


Please contact me, Kesha Hawk, at for scheduling and all questions.


Oak Hill After School Spring Class -

Amazing Disc Golf Clinic for all levels

Join us once a week after school for three weeks to learn more about disc golf.

Tuesdays - Grades 6th-12th - 4/2, 4/9,4/16

Wednesdays - Grades K-5th - 4/3, 4/10,4/17

Cost $50.00

3:30-4:30 pm at Oak Hill School (next to LCC campus)

Universal Play Disc Golf will be offering an afterschool workshop at Oak Hill School.

With Disc Golf being one of the fastest growing newer sports in today's society, it is

UPlayDG's mission to bring this all-inclusive, lifelong and affordable sport to the

students of Lane County. Teaching about the basic skills and comprehension of the

game, UPlayDG's unique workshops provide students with new avenues to get

outdoors, get active, and have fun by including and encouraging others to join them in

playing Disc Golf.


Instructors: Zoe and Dustin are both touring professional disc golfers and sponsored by Dynamic Discs. They are among the very best players in the game. Zoe is our 2018 World Putting Champion, ranked 6th in the Nation, and 11th in the World. Dustin is ranked 3rd in the state,

and top 30 nationally!


Register at