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eNews 4-14-17

posted Apr 14, 2017, 11:21 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Fence Building Expertise Needed The middle school is looking for a consultant to help them with plans for building a garden fence. They need an expert in this area; someone who can guide them in how to build a lovely, durable, well-constructed fence. Students will be working with Middle School Assistant Taylor Makin on this project. She is thinking of livestock paneling with a wooden frame. If you can lend a hand in this area please contact Taylor at


Staff Appreciation Lunch – The staff loves the annual staff appreciation lunch! Please email Cynthia or sign-up on the bulletin board to bring a lunch dish for the Staff Appreciation lunch on Friday, May 5. We need main dishes, salads, drinks, desserts, etc. NO PINEAPPLE due to staff allergy and there are also a few gluten-free staff members. All items do not need to be gluten-free, but if your dish is, please label it so all our staff may enjoy a lovely lunch!

Set-up/clean-up volunteers needed! Contact Cynthia to help out. Set up volunteers to arrive at 1pm and clean-up is at 2:30pm.


May is Walk + Bike Month! – The month of May is Bike and Walk to School Month. We want to encourage as many students as possible to bike and walk to school! May 10th is Bike and Walk to School Day. We will have walking groups meeting at Crossfire and biking trains coming from Tugman Park.  There will be prizes for all, including a raffle each week.  Earn a raffle ticket for each day you walk, bike or roll to school!  Prizes for carpools that park at Crossfire as well!

Contact Salmon Norgaard-Stroich if you are able and willing to help the first week of May, or any time during the month ( 541.603.8362)!


Jog-A-Thon is Coming Soon!  It's Friday, May 19 and we've already started planning but we could use some help!  We especially need someone creative folks to help come up with decorations for the event. If you're interested, please contact Matt Peterson at  We will also need 40 volunteers for the event itself. If you can volunteer that day contact Cynthia at


Looking for our new RCO Co-convener - This is a two-year position with one convener rotating off every two years. The co-conveners work together to facilitate RCO meetings, oversee event planning, strategize fundraising, plan parent education events for meetings, and publicize events. The co-conveners also meet monthly with administration, and the school community coordinator to set meeting agendas.  Please attend this meeting if you wish to nominate someone or run for this position.  


Capital Campaign Update - We did it!!! The Ridgeline Rising Capital Campaign has ended! We are DONE! After 5 years of hard work, we are overjoyed to report that we have paid the balloon payment that was due this week AND we're finalizing a contract to fix the leaky roof in Building A this summer!!! Party plans are in the works! Please plan to join us at the End of Year Picnic on Tuesday, June 13th to celebrate our success and the amazing community that makes it possible! Thank you all so much for your hard work and support! Public Montessori Now...and Forever!


PE and Dance Volunteers Needed To Support Clint’s Class – Are you available Tuesday and/or Thursday at 1:40-2:25pm and enjoy physical activity? We also need help to support dance on Fridays from 11-11:45am.  If so, we need your help to provide some additional opportunities for Clint’s students for the next four weeks.  Please contact Cynthia if you are able to help.


Volunteer Support for Clint’s Room – We are looking for parents who can support small groups or individual students in the classroom. The parents in Clint’s room have done a lot! We are now looking to the broader community beyond Clint’s class. If you have time during the school day next week or the following week, email Cynthia to schedule a day and time to help.


Ems Game – Save the Date – Ridgeline Montessori will be the nonprofit of the night at the Eugene Emeralds game on June 16th.  We expect there to be at least one performance that you won’t want to miss. Starting in May, we will be selling tickets to the game.



After School Plans – Please make every effort to make after school plans before the school day begins.  Let your child know what he/she will be doing that day after school, before you drop them off at school. We make every effort to relay messages to students about plan changes, and with the recent increased volume of school day plan changes it has been challenging to keep up. If 10 families call with changes during the day, it can be up to 20 calls to classrooms when siblings are involved!


Did you take the Parent Survey Prior to April 6, at 2:17pm? – If so, please take the mini survey below.  It was brought to our attention that three of the school culture questions on the parent survey had a rating scale that was opposite to the other questions. The data thus far collected from survey respondents indicates that some survey takers answered the questions using the same scale as previous questions and others used the scale as stated. In order to get accurate data on these questions, we have created a mini survey with the correct rating scale. If you took the survey prior to April 6, at 2:17pm, please take the mini survey. The full survey has now been corrected; therefore new survey takers do not need to take the mini survey.


Poster Board for Sale – Poster boards for project fair are now available for sale in the office for $3 each.


Parent Input Form Deadline for Upper-el Extended – The deadline for upper-el parent input forms has been extended one week to Friday, April 21. We will not be offering observations in Clint’s room until April 17-21. The deadline for lower-el input forms is still April 14.


Volunteer Appreciation Week Postponed– In light of our recent tragedy we are moving Volunteer Appreciation Week to April 24-28.


Supply Fee 2017-18 – We are now taking supply fee payments for the 2017-18 school year. The fee is $75 per student. Please make checks out to Ridgeline Montessori and drop them off in the office. Financial assistance forms are also available in the lobby or online. Supply fees are due April 28.


2017-18 School Hours – Ridgeline has one of the latest elementary dismissal times in the district. Many after school activities start by 3:30pm and our families have been taking their kids early from school in order to arrive on time for these activities. Our later morning start time has not coordinated well with the LTD schedule either. The Site Council has been discussing the possibility of shifting the school day. Determining start and release times for the school day that work best for everyone is an impossible task. Finding a time that has the most positive outcomes with the least number of disadvantages for our community is what we have sought out. The overwhelming feedback we have received is that shifting the start of the school day forward to 8:30am, thereby making the release time 3:05pm, would have a positive effect on accessibility of after school activities, especially with an across town commute.  There will always be people whom may not be as excited about the change, but the motivation for the change is to make an improvement for our students and parents, and to minimize the impact to the office and classrooms with students leaving early.  Thank you in advance for working with us on this topic. The Site Council will be making a decision on the 2017-18 school hours at their May 1st meeting. Please attend the meeting or email your input to Site Council at by April 28.


Grief Support Resources - Information on grief, different grieving styles, and supporting children through grief can be found here on the school website:


These resources may also be useful:

• The National Center for Grieving Children & Families:
• How to help a grieving child:
• The National Alliance for Grieving Children:



State Testing: Options for Parents – Parent information forms about this spring's 2016-17 state testing, including the opt-out form, were attached to March 23rd’s eNews and are available at the main office. While most children take the test, parents do have the choice to opt their child out of testing by completing the opt-out form and submitting it to the main office. If you have any questions, please contact Principal Sharon Dursi Martin at


Parent Input Forms – Ridgeline makes every effort to find the right placement for students who are moving up to lower-elementary and upper-elementary classrooms each year. Much effort is put into this process, and it includes balancing academic strengths, learning styles, social skills, class size, age, and gender, among other factors. Parents who wish to give input may make an appointment to observe classrooms and fill out a Parent Input Form. Parent input is taken into consideration when student placements are made; however, there are no guaranteed placements. (See classroom placement policy on the back of the Parent Input Form for more details.) Parent Input Forms are available in the office and must be received by Friday, April 14, at 4pm, to be considered. Upper-el deadline extended to April 21st.



Ridgeline 4th grade baseball team, through Kidsports!

We are having another 4th grade team this year, with practices happening right after school over at Kincaid (Charlamagne field).  We usually walk over from school.  Join us~ the focus is on fun, friends and learning.  Sign up at Kidsports: (assistant coach, Salmon Norgaard-Stroich, 541.603.8362)



Don't miss these upcoming classes at Singing Creek Educational Center, sign up now to reserve a spot!

Register at  


Homestead Arts: Basket Weaving

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us and learn how to make a basket with pipe cleaners and ribbon, plus an egg shaped rattle to put in your basket!

All materials and instruction provided. This is a great activity for children.


All Ages

Cost: $5 per child

More information:





Birding Day 2017

April 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Feeling adventurous?  Come learn and observe the wildlife through binoculars.  We will look for bird tracks, listen bird calls, take photos, and make your own wooden birdhouse to take home.

Ages 9 and up, adults welcome too!

Cost: $7 per person, or $20 for a family

More information:


Nearby Nature Summer Day Camps: Weekly day camps for ages 3-15. Max 12 kids per camp. Experienced instructors. Outdoor adventure, discovery, nature, art, science, & play!  For camp descriptions and to register visit: or call (541) 687-9699. Scholarships available.

Summer Camp Fair - The Corridor Elementary PTO has organized a Summer Camp Fair to help families find summer activities for their students. We are holding it on Saturday April 15th. Admission is free - we have more than 20 organizations attending (along with entertainment, food trucks and family activities) and we're hoping you can share this info with families at Ridgeline -

Here is a link to the PDF

Thanks so much!

Leah Rosin

Corridor PTO Secretary



Parenting, Mentoring, and Rites of Passage in the 21st Century Teens are our future. We must support them for a thriving and inspired life. Do we know how?


Dr. Arne Rubinstein is a leading Australian adolescent development specialist, author of the highly influential book The Making of Men, and a well known leader of rite of passage camps, school programs, and leadership trainings throughout Australia and internationally. In his engaging and non-judgmental style he will share the principles and practices of his successful work with youth and what it takes to support this next generation to thrive.  He's an engaging and brilliant speaker with a very powerful message about the essential need of rites of passage in our and any human culture. 


 Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, Eugene, 1685 W 13th Avenue

 When: Tuesday, April 18, 6:30-8:30 pm

 Ticket info: $10-20 sliding scale. 

For tickets or more info contact: 458-201-2868,, 


COURAGEOUS KIDS Calendar 2016-2017

Courageous Kids offers weekly support groups, a summer camp and theater troupe for children and families grieving the death of a loved one.  Participants can learn that they are not alone in whatever they might be experiencing.  Caregivers can experience peer support and learn ways to support their children and teens. We use art therapy, drama, sand play and discussion to give voice to thoughts and feelings, and to remember our loved ones.


TEEN support groups:   (Middle and High School) Mondays, 5:30—6:45pm

Spring  Term:  April 10th  through June 5th , 2017

(no meeting May 29th)

TEEN CAREGIVERS support group: Meet concurrently.


TEEN THEATER TROUPE:  This is an opportunity for any teen who has been through a Courageous Kids support group, school group or camp to join our teen theater troupe.

Please call for more information.


ELEMENTARY support groups:  Tuesdays, 5:30—6:30pm

Spring   Term: April 11th through June 6th, 2017

ELEMENTARY CAREGIVERS support group:  Meet concurrently. 


4-DAY SUMMER CAMP:  August 7th thru 10th, 2017


We do not charge for groups and depend solely on donations.


Unless specified differently, groups meet at the Courageous Kids Office:

677 East 12th Ave, Suite N 180, Eugene, OR 97401.


INTAKES AND PRE-REGISTRATION are required.  Please call 541-242-8693


Courageous Kids Camp 2017

Celebrating 22 years of service!


Who   :   Elementary, Middle & High School age

                Youth who have lost a Loved One

Where :  Sky Camp, Fall Creek Reservoir

When  :  Starts Monday, August 7th at 9:00am

                Ends Thursday, August 10th at 2:00pm (4 days & 3 nights)

What  :   Arts, crafts, music, swimming, adventure group challenges, &

                for the teens a full day at the Eugene Ropes Course!

Cost   :   It costs about $1,000 per child to put on camp. Grants cover a large portion of

                this, but they do not cover everything. Camp is offered free of charge, except for

                a $25 registration fee per family. In addition we would greatly appreciate a

                donation of any size!


Registration Deadline:    July 10, 2017 (We only have 45 camp spots, so register



For questions and/or to receive an application packet please call 541-242-8693 or



Courageous Kids is a grief support program for youth (ages 6 to 18) and their families

who have lost a loved one. We are part of Sacred Heart Medical Center.


Camp is made possible by the generous support of:


Children’s Miracle Network                        Juan Young Trust                 R & M Clark Foundation