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posted Mar 15, 2019, 11:16 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Library Volunteers – Classrooms call the office and ask, “Is there a library volunteer?”, and sadly, most often the answer is “No.” We know that you work, and that you have little people with you, and that there is, well, life. But if you happen to have an hour or two a per week to take a shift in the library, we would be so thrilled! The library room is used for students to have an alternate space to work independently or in small groups. Volunteers may bring their own work, crafts, or artwork as long as they can be present to supervise students and be available to answer questions and assist students as needed. Contact Cynthia for shift openings and to volunteer. Library volunteers need to be green badged.

Missing Recorders – Amelia, our music teacher, would like to ask everyone to look in their homes and vehicles to see if they have any Ridgeline recorders (you know, the instrument). She is missing a bunch of them. Likely they have a student name on them and she believes some students who moved to upper-el this year still have one at home. Please drop off found recorders at the office.

Lightbulb Tester – We need a volunteer to sort through our stock of fluorescent light bulbs and separate the unused from the used ones. Explore the closet under the stairs that you probably didn’t know existed, and earn volunteer hours! Contact Cynthia to volunteer.  

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.


Pasta Dinner Update – A huge thank-you to our many helpers, especially the cooks! Thank you to Shannon Overbaugh, Charlie Kelly, Thomas Mele, Jes Feather, and Kate Gillespie for cooking the sauce and pasta out at Winter Green Farm. Thank you to Charlie, Thomas, and Chris Overbaugh for cooking and overseeing the food during the dinner. Thank you to The Bread Stop for donating the delicious bread! Thank you to the bread slicing crew, the salad dressing and herb butter makers, and to everyone who set up, cleaned up, served, sat at the DDD table, shopped, and scrubbed pots! Let’s see if I can remember everyone: Marci, Erica, Geraldine, Sacia, John, Janna, Priscilla, Christine, Tina, Dave, Mandy, Peter, Shula, Jes, Kate, Jen, Kari, Roger, Briony, Katie, Andi, Nancy, Kara, Vid, Nan, Rae, Brian, Idit, Jesse, Jean, Tim, Casey, Ann, Amy, and anyone else I am missing. Thank you to Emily’s class, led by Bethany and Yaeko, for making the colorful flower centerpieces. Also, thank you to Emerald Valley Quilters for lending us their amazing quilts and to Ann Carney and her neighbor Adam Rateliff, from the quilters’ guild, for hanging them. The total money received the night of the Pasta Dinner, between dinner and donations (and with a few expenses pending), was $2,585.39.

7th-Grade & 8th-Grade Enrollment Update – Eugene School District 4J amended Ridgeline’s charter contract on February 20, 2019. The amendment to the contract allows 7th- and 8th-grade students who have attended a regular 4J middle school program to apply for enrollment at Ridgeline Montessori.  

Do you know a current or soon-to-be 4J middle-school student who may benefit from Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School? If so, please share your experience and the following information with their family!  

2018-19 Enrollment for 7th & 8th grade

Applications are now being accepted for both 7th- and 8th-grade students, including those who have attended or are currently attending a regular 4J middle school for the 2018-19 school year. The available spots for 2018-19 will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Applications are available at the school office or online.

2019-20 Enrollment for 7th & 8th grade

Online applications are now being accepted for the 2019-20 school year for 7th- and 8th-grade students, including those who have attended or are currently attending a regular 4J middle school. We will hold a special lottery for available spaces, if needed, on April 4. The deadline for 7th- and 8th-grade applicants to be included in the lottery is March 21, 2019.  

Emergency Preparedness Committee Lead – We are looking for a self-starter volunteer who is passionate and willing to lead a school emergency preparedness committee. There are a couple of parents who have expressed interest in helping on this committee, but they are not able to lead it at this time. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

Items Still Out There: Laminating Project – If you took home pieces of the big math laminating and cutting project and you still have them at home, please return them to the office. We are sorting materials to go to classrooms and a few items have not been returned.


Six Conversations About Race, Culture & Equity: For Parents, Educators, and Community Members

Over the course of this six-week series, you will build the necessary skills to work successfully with both the challenges and opportunities presented by the increasing racial and cultural diversity and multicultural dynamics of our communities, schools, organizations and agencies.

These sessions will be led by Johnny Lake, PhD, Educator and Advocate for Children. As a participant, you will be a member of a learning community in which you can build knowledge and skills, as well as collaboration around taking action for institutional and community equity.

We strongly encourage you to register with other members of your organization, school system, or parent community in order to strengthen your shared understanding and goals of your work. We find that personal invitations to participate are the most effective!

Topics will include:

  • Defining Identity, Race, Culture, Ethnicity and Other Term

  • How Identity Works- Socio-Political and Socio-Historical Contexts

  • Understanding Stereotypes, Prejudice, Discrimination and Racism

  • Learning About Advocacy

  • Building Community Beyond Race and Identity Issues

Tuesday evenings 5:30-8:30pm. April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14.

Dinner is included in the sliding scale cost of $60-180 ($10-30 per session).

Scholarships available, please email to inquire.

Register for the series by April 1st at https//

Sessions will be held at the Wesley Foundation Center, 2520 Harris St, Eugene, OR 97405.

Teachers: Professional Development Units available.

"When we commit to a course of multicultural development, we commit to equity and justice, and we also commit to learn, grow and change."  – Dr. Johnny Lake


This educational series is organized by Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity, a program of Community Alliance of Lane County. Contact for more info.


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