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eNews 5-11-17

posted May 11, 2017, 3:59 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Plastic Bags – If you shop in Springfield or have a secret stash of plastic grocery bags that you can spare, please bring them in! We use them for kids to put their muddy clothes in and to send home with sick children.


Staff Lunch Update – Thank you all for the amazing feast! Your dishes are in the lobby and they are ready to be picked up.


Bike and Walk to School Update - We had an amazing turnout of bikers and walkers yesterday for National Walk, Bike, Roll To School Day! Thanks to all the folks who helped to make it safe and possible!  Thanks to the teachers who participated - students really enjoyed walking/riding with you!  I think we set the record this year - go sunny days!  Today, we had 3 raffle winners: Lucanne, Jack 14, and Mitchell.  Remember, May is Challenge Month - get a raffle ticket for every day you walk, bike or roll to school! Raffles will happen each week in May! 


Sunscreen – With the nicer weather students are spending more time outside. If your child needs sunscreen, we encourage you to apply it prior to school. If they will need another application during the school day, please send a bottle labeled with their name in their backpack. It is not feasible for staff to apply sunscreen for all of the students.  Please give your child a lesson on how to apply sunscreen and remind them not to share with their classmates (due to allergy concerns).


Supplies Needed For Jog-a-thon -

The Jog-a-thon planning committee needs to borrow the following equipment for the Jog-a-thon:

  • 9 tarps
  • 1 shade tent
  • 3-4 mallots for pounding in sign stakes

Please contact Emily at


Jog-a-thon is next week!  Get those pledges and sign up to volunteer!

Pledges:  All students should have received a pledge packet by now. Take advantage of this weekend - ask neighbors, friends, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and anyone else you can think of to pledge! No amount is too little (or too much!).

Volunteer:  This is a big event and we need your help! It's Friday morning, May 19 and there are lots of different tasks, ranging from an hour or two, to all morning. Sign up by emailing Cynthia or filling out this form:


Substitute Training – Ridgeline currently has openings on its substitute list. If you are interested, or know someone who is interested in getting on our sub list, there will be a substitute training on Monday, May 22 from 3:30-5pm. Subs are used in the assistant role in the classroom and the hourly pay is $10.00. In order to attend this training applicants need to submit a cover letter, resume and three references with contact information to by Monday, May 22.


RCO News - A warm welcome and thank you to Heather Hickcox who was nominated and voted in at Tuesday’s RCO meeting as the new RCO Co-Convener!  


If you missed the invigorating conversation at the RCO meeting on Tuesday, be sure to check out the handouts and draft minutes attached to the e-news as well as here:    There’s plenty of great information in the handouts.   We discussed a change in fundraising tactics and now have the next 3 weeks to come up with a plan for RCO’s events next year and we need your help!  Please email to sign up to meet and discuss what you want to see as RCO fundraisers for next year.  All ideas and feedback are welcome and appreciated.


Gender Revolution Documentary Screening and Q&A -

Join Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School on June 1 at 6pm for a screening of this riveting documentary that takes a deep look at the personal journeys of intersex and transgender people.  Host Katie Couric explores the meanings of gender, gender identity and gender expression, and what science tells us about gender, gender and childhood, and how gender politics play out in the larger culture. There will be a facilitated Q&A after the screening. To learn more about the documentary:  This event is for adults. Childcare will be provided for the students of Ridgeline families only by calling the office. 

There is limited space available, so please RSVP here to ensure a spot.


First Aid Kit Inventory Volunteer – We are in need of a volunteer to go through all the first aid car kits that are used on field trips to remove expired items and to replenish them. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.



Supply Fee Payment Made Easy! We still have over 100 students with unpaid supply fees! Do you pull up to school and think, “Darn, I forgot my checkbook again to pay the supply fee?”  Now you can pay the supply fee in the comfort of your home! Clink on the link below for an easy online payment option!


School Hours Change 2017-18 School Year – Please make note that the Ridgeline school day will shift 10 minutes next year. Doors will open at 8:15am, instruction will start at 8:30am. Dismissal will be at 3:05pm Monday - Thursday and 1:05pm on Friday.


Rummage Sale to benefit Ridgeline Montessori June 10th! -

• Please hold on to unwanted items for donation; drop off your items Friday, June 9th at the Ridgeline gym between 8:40-11:00 or 1:15-7:00.  

• Rummage Sale event hours will be June 10th from 9:00-3:00

• VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the following: 

- Help hang signs Thursday, June 8th

- Help set up tables, accept and sort items Friday, June 9th from 8:30-11:00

- Help accept and sort items Friday, June 9th from 1:15-7:00

- Help the day of event Saturday, June 10th from 8:00-3:30

• Contact Jen Boita ( or Lily Leitermann ( to volunteer


Spread the Word: Open Assistant Positions at Ridgeline -

We are looking for two wonderful people to take over for the two awesomely amazing people who are moving on from Ridgeline!  Please share that we currently have openings for two classroom assistants: one in kinder with Diana and one in Carrie's middle school classroom.  Please direct any interested people to Ridgeline's website for details:


Nextstep Electronics Recycling - In May, our school is participating in an Electronics Waste Recycling Contest. The school that recycles the most pounds of “e-waste” wins! All materials will be donated to NextStep recycling, who is collaborating with Partners for Sustainable Schools to make this happen. NextStep will recycle anything that has a plug, or takes batteries (including any working or broken: cell phones, monitors, computers, toys, etc.).


There are 2 ways to donate your e-waste:

1) Donate directly at NextStep during the month of May. When you drop off your electronics, tell them the name of our school and NextStep will add it to our total collected pounds. (Drop off location: 2101 W. 10th Avenue, Eugene.)


2) Drop off donations directly at school between May 22nd - 26th. Our school will have a large collection box located onsite (ask at the office).


Together we can help divert electronic devices from our landfills! (If you know of anyone else interested in donating their old electronics, that would help too!)

E-scrip update - Need to send flowers for Mother's Day?  Go to , click on the on-line mall logo and type "flowers" in the search block.  You will notice that a few companies offer to donate 10-12% of your purchase price to Ridgeline!  Not signed up for e-Scrip yet? Why not take a moment right now to do so and let the earnings roll in to the school's bank account all summer long!

Ems Lead - Once again Ridgeline will be the featured nonprofit at the Ems baseball game on Friday, June 16th – the last day of school. We are looking for a lead volunteer for this event. The lead will organize advance ticket sales here at Ridgeline and night of promotional efforts such as an information table. Contact the office to volunteer and for more details.


Budget Committee – Do you want to learn more about Ridgeline’s finances and participate in the budget process?  Volunteers sought to participate on the budget committee. Upcoming budget committee meeting – Tuesday 5/16 at 3:30pm in Chrystell’s office. For more information, contact Chrystell at



Hello families, advocates, and allies of gender diverse and transgender children:

Juli Heffernan at UO and Tina Schmich have started a support group for parents of gender diverse students.  They met for the first time in September and will meet again the third Thursday of each month at the location below.

Families of Gender Expansive Youth Support and Advocacy Group

Third Thursdays   | 5:30-6:30pm

1685 West 13th Ave | Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene


The facebook event posting for this month’s meeting can be found and shared here:

For questions, please contact Julie at or Brianna Stiller at




The 1PASS, a partnership between Lane Transit District (LTD), Willamalane Parks and Recreation District and the City of Eugene, gives youth summer travel and recreation options!


The 1PASS helps youth get to parks, ballgames or even a summer job. For $50, youth ages 18 and younger can get a 1PASS good for travel on all LTD routes May 29th- Sept. 4th. It also grants the pass holder free entry to the following places in the Eugene-Springfield metro area:


Amazon Pool, Camp Putt, Cascades Raptor Center, Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center, Emerald Lanes, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, River Road Park Pool, Science Factory, Sheldon Pool & Fitness Center, Skate World, Splash! At Lively Park, Willamalane Center & Willamalane Park Swim Center.