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eNews 5-9-19

posted May 10, 2019, 11:08 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Laughing Planet - Ridgeline’s biggest restaurant fundraiser is just around the corner! Join us on Tuesday, May 21 anytime 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. 15% of the entire day’s sales go to Ridgeline Montessori. No flyer needed! Tell your friends and co-workers.

Mark your calendars! The principal hiring committee is interviewing candidates this week and next, but we wanted to give you all a heads up that there may be opportunities for parents to interact with the finalists for the principal’s position on the evenings of Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22. Schedules and decisions haven’t been finalized, but we wanted you to have time to plan. We will not be able to provide childcare for those evenings.

Hiring Update - Pending board approval, we are excited to announce that Rachel Quinn will be joining Ridgeline as our new lower elementary teacher next year. Rachel joins us with six years of experience working in a Montessori classroom, most recently as a primary teacher.  She will begin lower elementary Montessori training this summer! Rachel completed an elementary practicum at Ridgeline Montessori in Emily Burton's classroom many years ago. Emily shared, "Rachel truly understands the core of Montessori and we are lucky to have her join our team."  

Rachel enjoys spending time with her three kids (all of whom attended Far Horizons and Ridgeline), hiking, observing nature, philosophy, astronomy, dance, science, and gardening.  She performs with a tribal bellydance troupe several times a year and collects gemstones. As a teacher, Rachel enjoys fostering a love of learning and creating a safe and vibrant classroom community full of love, compassion, creativity, and positive growth.

We are thrilled to welcome Rachel as a staff member at Ridgeline Montessori (she is already a parent at Ridgeline)!

Fundraising Update -  Almost there!  As of Tuesday May 7, we have raised $92,532.78 toward our $100,000 goal!  We have just a few more fundraising events before the end of the school year including: Dance-a-Thon (May 17), Laughing Planet restaurant night (May 21), Mazzi's restaurant night (June 3) and the Rummage Sale (June 8.)  

Now is a great time to make any remaining contributions here. Thank you to everyone who has already made your contributions for the year.  

Our next Fundraising Committee meeting is tomorrow, Friday May 10 from 8:45-10 a.m. to discuss next year's fundraising events calendar.  As always, everyone is welcome to attend!

Shoe Fundraiser - Our shoes will be picked up tomorrow, Friday May 10.  Our last pick up at school will take place after school today, Thursday May 9.  We hope to share the final bag/shoe count next week! Thank you to all who have participated!

Move-up Day - Move-up day is Friday, May 24th 11am-12:45 p.m. (except for rising 7th graders - permission slips for their all day hike with middle school are going home this week). Students spend this time in the classroom community that they will be apart of next year. Slips with class placements will be sent home the day before.

Ridgeline's Annual Rummage Sale - will be Saturday, June 8th!  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!  Please avoid dropping off items including particle board furniture, car seats, baby cribs, unassembled furniture, or broken items, as we are unable to have these items picked up by local thrift stores and actually need to pay money to drop them at the dump.  We will be accepting donations Friday, June 7th (no school day) from 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-6:00 in the gym. The actual Rummage Sale will be on Saturday, June 8th between 9:00-3:00. Come shop, support, or say hi! The following are volunteer needs with dates and times:

Rummage Sale Volunteers

Sign Hangers - Volunteers needed to hang signs on poles in the neighborhood and then remove Saturday after the sale. Sign up here.

Set-up - Volunteers needed on Friday, June 7th (no school day) to sort and organize donations for the sale. Sign up here.    

Rummage Sale -  Volunteers needed to staff the sale during the event, Saturday June 8th. Sign up here.


Did Your Plans Change? - Intent to enroll seems so long ago!  Way back in January! If your plans have changed since then, please let the office know by May 10, so we can offer the spot to another family.  Knowing early will allow a new student to experience Move Up Day, and allow a new family to get their feet under them. Of course, we want you all to stay!  

Board Equity Steering Committee Meetings — The steering committee for an equity/inclusion/anti-bias group has scheduled three public meetings.

When, where: On 5/2, 5/8, and 5/15, at 5:00 p.m. in the school library.

Who: 2 board members (Co-chairs April-Kay Williams and Jen Hornsby), 1 staff member (Maizzy Phayt), and 1 parent (Ingrid Koch).

What: The equity steering committee will write an equity statement, with goals that will shape the larger committee. The steering committee will also develop applications for a schoolwide committee, which we plan to have convene in the next school year. If you are interested in participating, please contact or

Report your volunteer hours with Track It Forward:

Planned Absence Request Form


Board of Director Meeting Minutes


How We Roll: Transforming Transportation

May 14th, 6pm

Downtown Eugene Library

Did you know a gas powered car emits a pound of CO2 per mile?! Add it up and transportation is the single largest source of carbon pollution in the country. The personal vehicle isn’t very good for us, from our health to the environment, or even for a safe and livable city. What are the alternatives? Learn from transportation experts about the growing menu of à la carte wheels to choose from: electric cars, mobility apps, electric cargo bikes, E-scooters, and bike shares. Also, get tips on the basics like, how to bike in the rain, carpool, or travel by bus. It’s up to us to decide how we want to roll (or walk) around our town, and the more options we have the more sustainable our city becomes.

About the presenters:

Shane MacRhodes is the Transportation Options Coordinator for the City of Eugene.  He has worked in the bicycle industry and on active transportation advocacy for over two decades; including managing cargo bike courier companies, volunteering for nonprofits, being a League of American Bicyclists Coach, co-founding the Kidical Mass family bike movement,  and he ran the Safe Routes to School program for the 4j School District for 9 years.

Merlyn Hough is the Director of the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) in Springfield-Eugene, Oregon, responsible for overall direction of the regional air quality agency for Lane County. Before LRAPA, he worked as environmental program manager (1994-2005) and senior environmental engineer (1981-1994) for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in the air quality and waste management programs.