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eNews 5-3-18

posted May 3, 2018, 3:39 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Staff Appreciation – May 7-11 is Staff Appreciation week. Let’s celebrate our amazing, hard- working staff! Here is a plan for the week:

Monday and Tuesday: Fill out an appreciation tag to hang on the appreciation tree  

Wednesday: Baked treats

Thursday: Bring a flower for your teacher

Friday: Bring a dish for the staff lunch – many volunteers needed!

We need volunteers each of the days to make this happen! Sign up here

Bike and Walk to School Day – Next Wednesday, May 9 is bike and walk to school day. Join the biking train from Tugman Park (8 a.m. departure) or walk from the Annex (8:05 a.m. departure). Students may stop by the incentives table when they arrive at school and enter into the raffle.

National Walk and Bike to School Month - The entire Month of May is Walk and Bike to School month. We encourage all of our students (and their families) to Bike, Walk, or Roll to school! Wouldn’t it be amazing if we got to the point that there were no cars in the car line at pick up?! Students will receive punch cards to keep track of how many days they bike and walk to school. At the end of the month they can hand in their punch card to participate in a raffle.


Parents of 3rd-8th Grade Students - Some Considerations During Testing Season: Please, please try to avoid scheduling school-day morning appointments or trips between now and the end of May to make sure that your child will be here for testing. We encourage children to get plenty of rest, nourishment, exercise, and relaxation during this time when routines will change.  Smarter Balanced state testing sessions will start next week and continue throughout the month of May for 3rd-6th graders. Middle school students will begin their testing after Memorial Day. Please check teachers' updates for news.

It’s Sharon, Not Sharon! – Rumors are flying that Sharon Martin, our principal, is leaving at the end the school year. Principal Sharon will indeed be here for the 2018-19 school year and beyond! Sharon Fitzsimmons, one of our upper-el teachers, will be leaving and current upper-el assistant, Meridy Wheeler, will be the taking over Sharon’s classroom as lead teacher.

Ems Game Lead STILL NEEDED For several years Ridgeline has been the featured nonprofit at the Ems game. The kinderergartners sing the National Anthem and Emily’s class will sing O Canada. This year’s game is on Saturday, June 16th. As part of being the featured non-profit, we may have a promotional table on the upper concourse. We are looking for a volunteer to promote the Ems event and to set up and take down the table. There are comp tickets to the game available for this volunteer position. Contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer.

Spring Grounds Work Party Lead Needed – We are looking for a volunteer to lead a spring weekend grounds work party. This is a great way to get in weekend volunteer time, help us to maintain the school grounds, and to work alongside other Ridgeline families. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

Inventory Volunteers Needed – We are looking for volunteers to do inventory of our non- classroom spaces. Volunteers will count items and take photos. This job may be done any time during the week 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contact the office to volunteer.

Proposed board policy updates available for review - The board is working to update our school policy manual. The first group of policies proposed for adoption were brought to the board for consideration last Thursday. The board will be reviewing these policies over the next 2 months. We invite you to review them as well. The policies are available in the parent resource section of the library or for checkout from Cynthia in the front office. We welcome your input and comments. Please contact Amy Sage (

Rummage Sale - Ridgeline annual Rummage Sale is on June 9th!  Hold on to your unwanted items when spring cleaning this season!  Furniture, books, bikes, household items, shoes and clean clothing are always big hits with the shoppers!  We will be accepting donations Friday, June 9th (a no school day) from 8:00-11:00 and 1:00-5:00 in the gym.  A call for volunteers will go out soon!

2 more volunteers needed! Bike and Walk to School Day Volunteers Ridgeline is participating in Bike and Walk to School Day on May 9th. We need volunteers to support students biking from Tugman Park and walking from the First Place Family Center Annex (formerly Crossfire). We need a crossing guard, and a volunteer to sit at a table at school to greet students, hand out items, and manage raffle tickets. Please sign up here

Employment Opportunity – Ridgeline seeks a part-time facilities coordinator to direct and perform the maintenance, repair, and upkeep of the facilities, equipment, and grounds of Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School, in consultation with the executive director.  Duties include developing short and long-term maintenance plans, managing contracts with outside vendors, recommending improvements and establishing priorities with respect to the facilities and grounds. More information can be found on our website at


Nearby Nature Summer Daycamps - Scholarships Available!

If your kids enjoy exploring, biking, 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 18-August 31, last one week each, and serve kids from three to 13 years old. Half and full day options are available and enrollment is limited to 12 children per camp. For registration as well as scholarship information, see or call 541-687-9699.

FREE Class for Parents! - Learn the art of Collaborative Problem Solving from an expert in the art of staying calm while solving family stuff!  Get some new tools for your parenting tool belt! New classes start on May 8th and continue on Tuesday nights at the Child Center.  For more information, contact Breyer at 541-954-0430.