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eNews 6-11-2020

posted Jun 16, 2020, 2:47 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Board Listening Session also Next Thursday -We miss the casual connections and conversations where you share your concerns, frustrations, ideas, and thoughts. We make better decisions when we hear from you! The board will host a virtual listening session from 5:00-6:15 next Thursday (6/18) evening. Anyone who wishes to speak can, usually for 3-5 minutes (it depends on how many people show up). Some board members will be on to listen; your comments will be recorded and shared with the entire board. It's not the same as a conversation, but it's something. You can participate in the listening session by Zoom (link here; Meeting ID: 787 7150 2082 and Password: 1N8KZC). In light of everything that's going on right now, we hope you will take this opportunity to speak up. 

No Summer Seesaw access - Student access to Seesaw will be turned off by June 16 for the summer.  

2020-21 Calendar - The Site Council has conditionally approved next year’s school calendar. We recognize that it is possible things may shift based on community health situations and we encourage you to watch for updates and check the school’s google calendar for the latest information. Ridgeline’s calendar mirrors the 4J elementary calendar with the exception of 4 days - October 16 and March 19 are school days for Ridgeline (and not for 4J) and March 29 & May 7 are no school days for Ridgeline (and 4J has school). 

Volunteer Hours - If you have any unlogged volunteer hours it is not too late! Volunteers have worked on the grounds, sat on the Board, Site Council, and other planning committees, etc. this spring. Or perhaps you never logged those hours from Stone Soup in November! Please log your hours on Track it Forward .

Well Wishes - We wish Mary Kate, India, Clark, Jen, and Curtis all the best in their future endeavors.  Next fall we will have the opportunity to appreciate Curtis and Jen will continue to be part of the Ridgeline community as a parent (at least for a couple more years).  We look forward to crossing paths with Mary Kate, India, and Clark out in our community.

Letter from Curtis - We so appreciate the generous gift in support of Ridgeline!

Dear Ridgeline Community,

It has been an honor and a privilege working at Ridgeline for the past 13 years. I have enjoyed working with our staff, families, and students. I especially will miss all the happy faces as we greeted each student as they entered the school for the start of the new day. 

Because of all the support our family has been given over the years by this great staff and community, my wife Janet and I, would like to gift $1,000 to Ridgeline to be used as you chose. Again, our family will miss the Ridgeline Montessori family. 

Fondly, Curtis and Janet

Thank you Zane - Thank you so much to Meridy’s husband, Zane Wheeler, for tackling the jungle of tall grass on the north hillside. Not only did Zane weed whack the waist high grass, he mowed and hauled away all the trimmings! Thank you also to Cory Hoover, Jesse Cloninger, Brook Edwards, Amelia Mau, and Jonathan Cook for your ongoing help mowing and weed wacking to help us maintain the grounds. We so appreciate everyone’s ongoing efforts and if you become inspired to mow or weed whack simply pop on by as there is always more to do!

AmazonSmile – Do you purchase products from Amazon? If so, please consider purchasing through AmazonSmile, which will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Ridgeline Montessori. Be sure to use the link below to ensure your purchase benefits Ridgeline. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know—same products, same prices, same service. Support Ridgeline by starting your shopping at


Report Cards - This year reports cards will look really different than they have in the past. To help relieve the pressure on students, families, and teachers, we are implementing a more standardized reporting approach for the second semester. The intent of this reporting document is to provide information about a child’s engagement and participation during distance learning while also meeting the State’s reporting requirements. You will see one of two marks for the spring semester: pass or incomplete. Report cards will be emailed to families by June 15. If you have questions about the report card please email your student’s teacher (rather than reply to the sender).


Site Council Parent Representatives - In recent weeks we have asked for applications for Site Council parent reps. With the deadline passed, and only one application submitted for the two positions, we would like to announce Ben Muir as our new Site Council parent rep. Below you will find Ben’s application. There remains one open parent rep. position on the Site Council in addition to the minute taker position. If you are interested in either of these openings, please contact Cynthia.



One of this year's BESTies—the Better Eugene-Springfield Transit awards—has gone to Ridgeline's neighborhood bike path! The 2020 BEST Transportation Innovation award went to the Amazon Active Transportation Corridor, and in accepting the award, City of Eugene Transportation Planner Reed Dunbar mentioned that several community groups played a part. Dunbar said, “Ridgeline Montessori was instrumental” in helping to make this project come about. Well done, team—and special thanks to site council, board of directors, the admin team, and parent active-transit advocates from 2012-2017 who put in hours in meetings, communication, and advocacy work. Now, let’s ride!

Imagine That - As fellow Eugene teachers who care about children we wanted to let you know that we have created a take home version of the Imagine That camp which many Ridgeline students have attended in the past and which we have been hosting in Eugene for over 25 years.  It is over 50 hours of art, drama, music, dance, and adventure activities that kids can do at home.  We know many camps have been cancelled this year which is hard for parents who are working at home so we made this offering to help keep children busy and active but still safe at home.

If you could spread the word to your beloved students and families so they know this offering is available that would be fantastic. Information can be found at 

We are all in this together and we hope to continue to bring joy and light to the children of Eugene even in these unstable times.

Thank you,

The Imagine That team