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eNews 6-12-18

posted Jun 19, 2018, 10:49 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Art and Bill Retiring - Our long time 4J special education teacher Art Bertsch and our long time custodian Bill Newton are both retiring this June. We will miss them both and wish them well on their next adventures!

Medication - If you received a medication pick up reminder email and have not picked up your student’s medication, or it did not come home with your student today,  the office will be open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. through June 19th.

Rummage Sale Update - Lily and Jen would like to thank everyone who participated in the Rummage Sale!  The donations were exceptional! We saw so many Ridgeline families who came to shop!  And a special thanks to all the volunteers for an amazing job hanging signs, sorting, organizing,  pricing, and packing up! We reached a new milestone making $2,000 this year! And the Ridgeline community would like to thank Jen and John Boita and Lily Leitermann for all their work as the leads on this annual fundraiser.

Ridgeline Volunteers - The Ridgeline staff wishes to extend an enormous thank you to all the families who volunteered countless hours this past year! What an amazing generous group of parents we have! The end of the year volunteer tally is upon us and we REALLY want to have all your hours logged. If you have not completed your log please do so by going to the link at

Field Day Update - Thank you to George Cox for hosting field day and to all the amazing volunteers who ran field day stations on Tuesday. And thank you to everyone who brought a watermelon. The kids had lots of fun!

2018-19 T-shirt Colors - Students voted and the winner is… red and silver!  Our t-shirts and sweatshirts next year will be a beautiful deep red with metallic silver logo!  Look for order forms at the beginning of next school year!


New Address? - If you have moved over the school year please update your address at the office. In August we will be mailing the back-to-school packet and if we do not have the correct mailing address you will miss out on crucial back to school information! In order for us to update your address, in the computer system, we need two proofs of address – a lease or mortgage AND a utility bill, document from a financial institution, insurance company, government agency, or pay stub.

Summer Watering –If you live in the neighborhood and have time to help water the outdoor plants at Ridgeline over the summer please email our summer watering coordinator Elise Spiro at

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes:

Extended Planned Absence Request Form:

Attendance Email:

Log Your Volunteer Hours:


Music lessons: Amelia Mau is offering music lessons from her home studio in south Eugene this summer! She offers guitar and ukulele lessons for students ages 6 and older, and she offers music theory lessons for students ages 10 and older. Contact Amelia via text or phone call at 803-546-7798 or by email at for details!

Summer Meals Help Bridge the Gap

Summer Food Service Program offers nutritious meals to combat childhood hunger

(Salem, Ore.) – When school lets out for the summer, thousands of Oregon children lose access to breakfast, lunch and afterschool meals that are available during the regular school year. Many children and families rely on these school meals to supplement what is available at home. The Summer Food Service Program helps to fill this gap by providing free, nutritious meals to children and teens over the summer months. Free meals and enrichment activities are offered at participating summer sites including many schools, parks and other non-profit organizations.

The program is currently underutilized with many families unaware of the free meals and activities in their communities. Nationally, only one out of six children who receive free or reduced price meals during the school year continue to receive meals during the summer months. Increasing awareness of and access to these programs can have a significant impact on combating childhood food insecurity.

“We know the important role that child nutrition plays during the school year and it’s just as crucial in the summer months when children don’t have access to school meals,” Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education, said. “We encourage families and caregivers to take advantage of this opportunity to help ensure the children they care for have access to good nutrition over the summer.”

Families can look up meal locations in their area by calling 2-1-1, or texting “Food” or “Comida” to 877-877, or visiting the Summer Food Oregon website. Meals are available for any child 18 and under without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

“The Summer Foods Lunch Program in Klamath Falls allows us to provide lunches to kids who would otherwise go hungry,” Integral Youth Services Outreach Programs Director Craig Schuhmann said.  “Over the course of the summer we serve 24,000 lunches at 30 different sites, rural and city, over a ten week period. This affords us the opportunity to combine our efforts with local community partners to provide education and enrichment activities while the youth are gathered to eat. Many appreciative parents have told us that this program helps to stretch an already tight food budget.”

We invite community partners, school districts and media partners to help spread the word about the free summer meals and activities to families in your area. Follow Summer Meals Oregon on Facebook and Twitter and share their message often!

Want to learn more? Resources for summer meals include:

Summer Food Oregon- Marketing Resources

USDA- Summer Meal Toolkit

USDA- Raise Awareness

No Kid Hungry- Summer Meals