Room 5- Cheri

Classroom Updates

Cheri's Update 6-6-21

Dear Families,

This coming week is our last, full week before Summer Break! Thank you to everyone that helped support our classroom community over distance and hybrid learning. Huge thanks goes to Azusa for her knowledge, support and patience as we worked through the schedules, Seesaw assignments and classroom/distance instruction.


3rd Grade Zoom Lunch

Third graders will soon move up to their new Upper El classrooms. This may be an anxious time for them and we’d like to help ease their minds as they prepare for the upcoming changes. This week, we’d like ALL current 3rd graders to join in a combined Lower El 3rd grade lunch. We would like to give them a chance to get to know other kids who may be joining them in a new classroom next year!

WHERE AND WHEN: Jacob, Rachel’s teaching assistant, will be hosting 3rd grade lunch on Wednesday, June 9th at 11:30 in his help zoom. Visit Jacob’s Help-Zoom by clicking on this link:

Jacob's Help Zoom


End-of-year Video

Thank you for all the great video and photo contributions for our end-of-year video. I look forward to sharing our classroom video with you before the end of the school year! Kudos to Azusa and Jacob for putting the video together.


Peacemaker Biography Projects

Students have worked hard on their peacekeeper biographies. This week they will put them together as a book or poster and present them to the class! IPL students can present their information at school. Help your child prepare by letting them practice presenting to you. We are working on reading fluently, not too fast, and making eye contact. Public speaking is a skill that requires practice! I’ve asked that all students record themselves presenting their project and add the video to our classroom blog. That way they can share their information with everyone! Thanks for your support with this. Let me know if you have questions. cheri.spies@ridgeline.org


Supply Return

We are nearing the end of the school year and it is time to return all of those wonderful hand-made Montessori materials that parent volunteers so graciously created for the classrooms. Only some materials will be returned to school.

What to return?

1. checkerboard mats and beads

2. yellow mats

3. pattern blocks

4. white boards (in good condition only)


**Please keep all the paper materials. Handwriting books can be used for Summer practice!

When to return?

Please drop off the items listed above during one of two times:

· Tuesday, June 15, 3:30-6:30pm. (Cohort B can bring materials with them to IPL that day)

· Wednesday, June 16 8:30am-3:30pm


Thank you for sharing your awesome children❣️

Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 5-24-21

Greetings!

Sorry, this is getting to you late. The weather has been lovely… the garden beds are calling to me.

REMINDER- Memorial Day-Monday, May 31 is a holiday. No school.

DAILY THEMES-just for fun! This week we will have some special themes during morning meetings.

· Monday- Hat Day: Wear a favorite hat

· Tuesday- Pet Day: Show us a stuffy or a real pet!

· Wednesday-

· Thursday- Book: Share a favorite book

· Friday- Pajama Day

These daily themes are optional of course. If your student prefers to come and enjoy the fun but not participate, that’s just fine.

PEACEMAKER RESEARCH PROJECT: I’ve been impressed by the students’ work with choosing a ‘Peacemaker’, learning about his/her childhood and recording facts. This is the beginning of the research, a process which will proceed step-by-step for the next several weeks. We reviewed how to prepare for writing by reading, retelling, and prewriting. This week we’ll do the writing step for our first topic, the peacemaker’s childhood.

A note from Emily-author of the research writing project:

Retells = Rich Conversations-A key step in our process is the retell, where students get to access and synthesize their knowledge through “oral writing.” This is great practice for composition. As I like to tell the kids, “If you can say it, you can write it.” Ask your child to tell you about their peacemaker’s childhood. Was it easy or hard? What challenges did their young peacemaker face?

End of Year Calendar Changes - Site Council approved the following 2020-21 calendar changes to provide an equitable number of in-person learning days for each cohort. Report cards will be mailed home. Thursday, June 17 is the last contract day for instructional staff. Please let me know if you have any questions:

Cheri’s Class Weekly Update 5-14-2021

Hi Everyone!

The sunny weather is beautiful and warm! Please be sure your student brings a full water bottle to school.

Earthquake Drill Today we discussed and practiced an earthquake drill with our students. Next week our entire school will practice an earthquake drill. The students created posters to share at home. Consider discussing your family’s at-home plan in case of an earthquake. You may wish to take this opportunity to practice an at-home earthquake drill. For more information check out this link: The Great Oregon Shake-Out: https://www.shakeout.org/oregon/index.html

End of Year Calendar Changes - Site Council approved the following 2020-21 calendar changes to provide an equitable number of in-person learning days for each cohort. Report cards will be mailed home. Thursday, June 17 is the last contract day for instructional staff. Please let me know if you have any questions:

Friday, June 11

Cohort B attends school (formerly grading day)

Tuesday, June 15

New last day of school for ALL students

Tuesday, June 15

Cohort B attends school (formerly cohort A)

Wednesday, June 16

Grading Day

Easy CBM Schedule 5/17-5/21 Azusa’s Zoom Room

Azusa will not be available in her Help Room Zoom during testing

Click to open: Azusa’s Zoom

Click to open: CBM

Preview attachment CBM Schedule May 17-21 Azusa’s Zoom Room

Thank you for sharing your precious children.

Enjoy the weekend!

Cheri and Azusa

FAMILY UPDATE 5-7-2021

Thank You! It’s so nice to be Appreciated!

What a cheery surprise to find Ridgeline’s front doors filled with colorful messages of gratitude and love! Thank you for the cards, treats, gifts and plants.

I love my new gardening bag & plan to make use of it this summer! Azusa and I really enjoy Teacher Appreciation!

Easy CBM Testing

We will complete Spring benchmark tests during the next 2 weeks. Azusa is hosting the sessions from her Zoom. Please check the schedule below:

Easy CBM Schedule 5/10-14 in Azusa’s Zoom Room

Monday 5/10

Science Fruit or Science Vegetable?

We are learning about fruits this week. You can play the science fruit or science vegetable game with your child at dinner. (Ask them to explain what a science fruit has that a science vegetable does not.)

Also in science, we are learning about some stinky seeds and tracking down how they are dispersed (and why they’re so stinky!). Ask your child to tell you what they’ve learned about plant adaptations!

Peacekeeper Project

For the last writing project of the school year, we are asking students to choose a (famous) Peacekeeper and write about their childhood, what they believed in and why they are famous. Students will complete pages with information and pictures about their peacekeeper. These pages can become a special book or a research poster to share with classmates!

More information in the next Update…..

Thank you for sharing your wonderful children ❣️❣️

Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 5-2-21

Dear Families,

Testing Options for Third Graders

Third graders are being offered one standardized test this year covering English language arts. We are asking that parents of third graders complete one of these forms: Opt-out or Participate in the 2020-21 State Testing Form before next Monday. Testing will occur on Wednesday, May 12 from 9:00 to 11:00. More information is at our website.

Wednesday Attendance

Our Wednesday attendance is better! Thank you for reinforcing the Wednesday work day and for encouraging students to join morning meeting or check-in for help (both in Azusa’s Zoom) They may also complete Seesaw activities to be marked ‘present’ for the school day.

Peacemakers and Heroes

Soon we will start a biography project. Throughout this school year, students have been learning about a diverse group of amazing and courageous people. These special people, often referred to as ‘heroes’, have helped change our lives. They’ve made

the world a better place! Our students been introduced to many heroes through biographies on Seesaw. These include Amelia Earhart, Wagari Maathai, Jane Goodall, Ruby Bridges, Bessie Coleman and more!

We’ve asked students to choose a particular person on which to focus writing a biography over the next few weeks. They will also build a model to display. Family members often influence children’s ideas of what a hero is. They may ask you, “Who do you admire?” Students will often get inspiration listening to stories within their family. Talking to them about what makes a person admirable is a great way to share your values with your children.

No School Next Friday

Just a reminder - May 7 is a day off for kids and a planning day for Ridgeline staff.

Thanks for your support!

Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 4-26-21

Dear Families,

The warmer weather has been a welcome change!

~The high pollen count, not so much…

Next week we’ll have some rain and cooling temperatures.

Here are some reminders for you:

For In-person learners: Please remember to send a filled water bottle to school every day. Drinking fountains are not operational due to COVID and your students get thirsty!

With rain comes mud. Your student may need to have additional clothing layers available. “Outdoor” shoes will be removed after recess-before entering classroom. Please make sure your child has indoor shoes to change into.

Please remind your students to water their ‘Grass-heads’. We want these funny guys to grow some hair before their haircuts.

Although Wednesdays are a planning day for teachers, they are still school days for students. We can only record your student’s attendance as ‘present’ if they attend Morning Meeting with Azusa (8:30am) OR connect with her via zoom/email OR complete and turn in assigned Seesaw activities.

Feel free to email if you have questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful week! Thanks for your🦋 support.

Cheri's Update 4-18-21

Reminder - Wednesdays Are School Days

Students have morning meeting (in Azusa’s Zoom) and have assignments to complete on Wednesdays. We take attendance based on activity on Seesaw and/or joining Azusa in morning meeting or her help Zoom. Although students don’t have live Zoom lessons with me on Wednesdays, it’s important that they consider it a school day! We hope to have all our students attend school on “Working Wednesday” this week. I’ll post lessons early so that families who travel on these days can get access to the assignments before setting out.

See you on Wednesdays!

Grass Head Anticipation

What will our grass heads look like? How long will it take before they grow? We are all in suspense and hoping to give some great haircuts in the next week or two. In the meantime, students have checked the progress of their radishes grown in the light or dark. I encouraged students to give seedlings from the dark, lots of sunlight to see if they can be saved! I look forward to hearing about the results.

Let’s Talk Character

This week in our reading and writing lessons, we continue to learn about characters and character traits. We will distinguish between feelings, which can be fleeting, and personality traits. Students will build new vocabulary around examples of character traits. We’ll talk about the fact that what people say can give us clues about their character traits.

Update for Hybrid Learners

We have enjoyed the beautiful weather with our hybrid cohorts and scheduled some extra outdoor time every day. We are using a “flipped” model of instruction with our hybrid learners. Lesson content is delivered online, during our morning lessons. At school, kids have the opportunity to practice the*8 concepts in a hands-on way. Please make sure that your hybrid learner continues to join us for morning lessons – the lessons are the foundation of many activities completed at school.

A note from PE teacher, Jeannelle Mahle

PE plans for the week of April 19-23, 2021

April 19-20, 2021: NO PE - I have some family members coming from Alaska to visit me during these days. I will have PE activities posted on Seesaw.

Cheri's Update 3-26-21

Dear Families,

Recently we learned about the history of vaccines and the COVID-19 vaccine specifically. We discussed how we stay safe at home, when we’re out, and at school. We discussed handwashing, sanitizing, mask-wearing, social distancing, and staying home when sick. All important ideas!

Welcome to Spring Room 5! Our class will begin a study of Cultural/Science units learning about the lives and habits of plants. Get ready to become Botanists, and observe a variety of plants, especially those growing in our local area. We'll get our hands dirty investigating exciting science experiments!

**Please pick up your student’s packet of botany+Scholastic materials at school on April 1st.

When we return from Spring Break on Tuesday, March 30, the online (CDL) class schedule contains some changes and will look like this:

Changing Schedule

We have an updated schedule posted here and on the Ridgeline classroom website--Cheri’s Class Cheri's Class. Cultural/Science lessons remain on Monday but Language Arts and Math have changed days. Wednesday is now an asynchronous day. (ie., no direct teacher instruction but Azusa will be available with her Zoom room open! We are also starting our day 15 minutes earlier. This changes our Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday lesson times:

Morning Meeting: 8:15

3rd Gr. Group Lesson: 9:15

2nd Gr. Group Lesson: 9:50

1st Gr. Group Lesson: 10:25

(**Closing/End-of-Day) Meeting: No closing meeting as teachers will be with hybrid students at this time.

Wednesday Math is now an asynchronous (no teacher-directed instruction) day of learning. Students will start their day with a Good Morning meeting in Azusa's zoom room to connect and start off the day in a positive way. She will have her zoom room open after the morning meeting until 10:30 to assist students with their work. Students will use this time to complete math assignments designed to review concepts and strengthen skills. Teachers will use this time to plan instruction for the following week, preparing the classroom, and staff meetings.

Azusa's Zoom Room Schedule

You can also see the schedules on our classroom webpage:

Click here Cheri's Class

Get ready for this new adventure. As we navigate these uncharted waters we ask that all have patience, grace, and a good sense of humor! Please let us know if you have questions.

Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 3-11-21

Afternoon Schedule Changes

There will be no afternoon meetings with Azusa or myself, starting today (Thursday) and continuing through next week. This includes the end of the day meeting, and it means that Azusa’s Help Zoom will be closed after 11:30. Our usual afternoon student small groups will also be cancelled. Scholastic activities will still be available in Seesaw even though groups will not meet. Afternoon PE and Art will continue at their usual times (1:15-1:45, Tuesday thru Friday).

We are shifting to this asynchronous (independent learning) afternoon schedule so that teachers and assistants can prepare space and curriculum for the shift to Hybrid learning, which begins March 30.

Next Week’s Lesson in Seesaw

Next week we will be taking a look at the science of staying healthy. We’ll learn how vaccines work and we’ll explore ways to protect ourselves and each other by social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing.

As we plan out the next few months of school, we’re staying focused on emotional health and academic engagement. We’re also planning Spring botany and science as plants start to emerge from their winter dormancy. We’ll conduct investigations and experiments with seeds, soil and light, either in the classroom during hybrid learning or as a special at home activity.

Azusa and I are working to get things ready for all our students-those who will participate in hybrid learning and those who will continue with distance learning. Please feel free to ask questions and be assured you will receive additional information.

A message from PE teacher, Jeannelle Mahle: PE plans for week of March 16-19

  • March 16-17, 2021: Lower Elementary - Choice Board

  • March 18-19, 2021: Lower Elementary - Toss & Catch (Eye/Hand Coordination)

Dates to remember:

March 22: Spring Break begins

March 29: No school. Planning Day for staff

March 30: Classes resume. Hybrid Learning Begins.

Thank you for your on-going patience and support. Please feel free to email me if you have questions or concerns cheri.spies@ridgeline.org

Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 3-4-21

Dear Families,

Greetings! You’ve heard that Ridgeline will begin hybrid learning soon. I’ve attached links that include family communication for your review.

Hybrid Learning Survey due Friday

We are planning for hybrid learning and want to know your preferences. If you missed the Q&A Zoom session, check the link for a recording. If you still have questions, please submit them through the questions form.

Hybrid Learning and Comprehensive Learning Details

During Hybrid Learning students will work on their assignments, receiving support as needed from Azusa or myself. They will be able to practice skills learned during morning virtual lessons. We will use these whole-class virtual meetings to create and maintain connections between students, whether they continue with Distance learning or participate in hybrid cohorts. March is Women’s History month and students will learn about some amazing female role models. The week of March 15, students will learn how vaccines work and discuss ways we keep each other safe. The following week, March 22-29, is Spring Break. Classes resume on Tuesday, March 30.

Hybrid Learning Q & A for Students

Executive Director Chrystell and Principal Michelle would love to hear from students about their thoughts regarding the hybrid learning plan. If your students have questions or would like to share their thoughts, have them join for a Zoom session on Monday, March 8, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. Here is the link: Hybrid Learning Question and Answer Session for Students

Azusa and I are working to get things ready for all our students-those who will participate in hybrid learning and those who will continue with distance learning. Please feel free to ask questions and be assured you will receive additional information.

Dates to remember:

March 22: Spring Break begins

March 29: No school. Planning Day for staff

March 30: Classes resume. Hybrid Learning Begins.

Thank you again for your patience and for your support.

~Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 2-25-21

Dear Families,

Greetings! I was so excited to see Crocus and Daffodils popping up in my garden beds! I also found the first egg in my chicken’s nest yesterday. Spring is coming! I look forward to warmer temperatures and sunshiny days🌞

Last week in Cultural Studies students learned about volcanoes, types of volcanic rocks and Columnar Basalt! They also practiced writing details by using their five senses and by making inferences about photos. We will continue to write on Wednesdays.

New PE and Art Links

Students now using new zoom links for PE and Art.

The links can be found on our Seesaw Zoom Links page in Seedsaw.

Next week’s PE Plans:

PE plans for the week of March 2- 5, 2021

March 2, 2021:

Kinder and Lower Elementary - This or That Workout (Games & Movies Edition)

March 4, 2021:

Choice Board: Students will vote on what physical activity we will all get to do together.

Kinder and Lower Elementary - Choice Board

Grade level lunches with Cheri added to the Weekly Schedule

Our weekly schedule now includes an optional ‘Lunch with Cheri’ and grade-level classmates. Time: 11:30-12:00 Grade one on Wednesdays, Grade Two on Thursdays and Grade Three on Fridays. Let’s do lunch❣️

I am happy to meet with students and/or parents. If you or your student have a question and would like to meet with me, please send an email or let me know during Morning Meeting or Grade Level meetings. We will plan a time that’s convenient.

Students asked for the homemade playdoh recipe I used to demonstrate fractions this past week so I added that document as well as a Blank Fraction Strips page and a multiplication review worksheet.

Thanks Again,

Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 2-19-21

Dear Families,

A big thank you for all you do each and every day to support your children’s learning. It is a big job! Last week students explored the layers of the Earth and wrote some amazing stories using the 5 Steps of the Writing Process. We will continue with writing on Wednesdays. This week students will write about some favorite foods. They will practice writing details using their senses.

This week in Cultural Studies

This week we are erupting into a cultural unit on volcanoes! The raw power and dynamic nature of these natural wonders make for interesting studies. Volcanoes can be found all around our solar system! Some of these planetary volcanoes are called cryovolcanoes. They erupt water, methane, or ammonia instead of molten rock.

PE and Art

Students got off to a great start using the new zoom links for PE and Art. These links can be found on Seesaw’s Zoom Links page.

NEW WEEKLY SCHEDULE

I’ve attached the new schedule. I am not meeting with individual students this week but am moving towards small group meetings. If you or your student have a question and would like to meet with me, please send an email or let me know at the end of Grade Level meetings. We will plan a time that’s convenient.

Thanks Again,

Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 2-5-21

Greetings Room 5 Families.

Upcoming Events

● February 14: Valentine’s Day❤️

● February 11-12: Family Conferences. No School for students.

● February 15: Presidents Day. No School for students.

Valentine Exchange

Optional Valentine exchange with help from room parents Kari Stubbert & Emily Caldera.

● Make or buy 31 valentines

● Have your child write their own name on each card.

● Drop them off on the Ridgeline front steps today, February 5 or Monday, February 8.

● We will separate them into a bag for each child.

● You may pick up your student’s bag of valentines on Friday, February 12.

Valentines can include stickers, pencils, tattoos, etc., but no candy please.

FAMILY CONFERENCES FEBRUARY 11-12 (No School for students)

Conferences - Parent/student and teacher conferences are coming up Thursday, February 11, and Friday, February 12. These are no school days. With comprehensive distance learning, we recognize that some families are in frequent contact with teachers, but teachers would still love to have the opportunity to share with you. Please sign up for a conference, especially if your child’s teacher specifically requests to meet with you.

Click this link to sign up on SignUp.com:

Cheri’s Class

PE Plans

February 9-10, 2021:

Kinder and Lower Elementary - We’ll be focusing on dance and rhythm. Students will learn a short dance called the Ice Age Sid Shuffle.

February 11-12, 2021:

Kinder and Lower Elementary - Minion Dance Fitness

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you! Jeannelle Mahle. Physical Education Teacher

Thanks for your support and stay safe!

Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 1-30-21


Water Cycle Experiments

Next up in our science and cultural studies is the water cycle. Students will be doing some hands-on experiments. Here are the supplies they will need this Monday:

  • A clear cup or jar (plastic or glass)

  • A cover for the jar (can be a lid, plastic wrap or even a saucer)

  • Hot water from the tap

  • Paper with different sizes of print

Later in the week we’ll do an evaporation experiment. Kids will need:

  • Two similar cups/jars

  • A cover for one of them

Next week we’ll create model rivers. Kids will need:

  • Printer paper (doesn’t need to be blank)

  • Tape (any kind) or staples

  • A marker

  • A spray bottle of water (or some other way to create a gentle “rain” - a showerhead at low pressure, watering can, etc.)

No supplies? No worries! We will run all of these experiments through Zoom for any student who’d like to experiment virtually.

Conferences -

Parent/student and teacher conferences are coming up Thursday, February 11, and Friday, February 12 (sign up here, if you haven't already). These are no school days.

Valentine Exchange

We are hosting an optional Valentine exchange with the help of room parents, Kari Stubbert and Emily Caldera. Here’s how it will work:

  • Make or buy 31 valentines (this number includes students + Cheri and Azusa). Have your child write their own name on each card. DO NOT write other students' names onthe valentine cards.

  • Drop cards off at the Ridgeline front steps on Friday, February 5 or Monday, February 8 between 8am and 4pm.

  • Kari and Emily will distribute them into a bag for each child and let them “quarantine” for a few days.

  • Pick up a bag of valentines on Friday, February 12.

Valentines can include stickers, pencils, tattoos, etc., but no candy please.

During the Valentine Drop off and Pick up days, you will also have an opportunity to replenish home school supplies (notebooks, white board markers, etc) if needed. We will have paper copies of Scholastics and Science Spin as well as school supplies available on the front steps during our Valentine pick up and drop off days. If you need to replace supplies, take a look. Please let us know if you have more specific needs and we will make sure to have your supplies on hand.

Finally, CONGRATULATIONS to all the brave and talented performers at our virtual talent show! AND a Great, Big THANK-YOU to Kate Downing, the amazing organizer for our annual Talent Show!

Thank you for sharing your awesome children❣️

Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 1-21-21

1-21-2021 Greetings Room 5 Families!

Upcoming Events

  • January 28: Ridgeline’s Virtual Talent Show

  • January 29 (Friday): Grading Day. No School for students.

  • February 5th & 8th: Valentines drop off

  • February 12th: Valentines pickup

  • February 14: Valentine’s Day

  • February 15: Presidents Day. No School for students.

Volunteer Opportunity

If you’re willing to host a weekly social Zoom lunch time for your child’s grade, please email cheri.spies@ridgeline.org I am looking for a 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade parent to each host a grade level lunchtime Zoom once per week.

Seesaw Information/Schedule

  • The titles of some activities have stars *** which means they are important and should be completed. Activities that aren’t starred are optional.

  • Daily Topics: Mon-Science/Culture, Tues/Thur-Math, WedFri-Language Arts/Writing

  • Leftover Activities: If your student has leftover Seesaw activities that need to be deleted, please submit them with a note that says ‘Delete’.

  • If you have questions or concerns, email: cheri.spies@ridgeline.org

Research

In the classroom, research is an ongoing activity. It is also a choice during Distance Learning. If your student wishes to research a particular topic and share the information with classmates, please let me know. Questions? Just send an email!

Valentines Exchange

Our classroom Valentine’s Day celebrations are some of my favorite days of the year. This year we are hosting an optional Valentine exchange with the help of room parents Kari Stubbert and Emily Caldera. Here’s how it will work:

  • Make or buy 31 valentines (this number includes students, Cheri and Azusa). Have your child write their own name on each card. DO NOT address the valentines.

  • Drop them off on the Ridgeline front steps on Friday, February 5 or Monday, February 8.

  • We will separate them into a bag for each child and let them “quarantine” for a few days.

  • You may pick up a bag of valentines on Friday, February 12.

  • Valentines can include stickers, pencils, tattoos, etc., but no candy please.

Talent Show Act Submission Saturday

Dust off your child’s baton, tap shoes, or ballet slippers. Clear the living room for your child’s tumbling routine, and record their 3-minute act for next week’s show! Submissions are light so far, and the deadline is fast approaching. Help make this a successful event showcasing the amazing varied talents of Ridgeline students. This year’s virtual talent show is a golden opportunity to showcase acts that cannot fit on the Ridgeline stage. Think outside the Talent Show box (tuba player in a treehouse, anyone?) Send your videos to Kate Downing by wobblykate@hotmail.com --Please send in video submissions by Saturday, January 23rd. In the email, please include your child's name, class, and grade level, as well as any information you would like included about their act.

Sheild Catering Dinner Fundraiser during our Talent Show!

(Ordering deadline is January 24) - Our friends at Sheild Catering have put together a delicious dinner proceeds fundraiser for us on Thursday, January 28! Click here for the Fundraiser Menu (click on one of the three main menu dishes to additional options.)

to see the delicious meal they have put together for us. This special menu is a nod to our beloved traditional Pasta Dinner and includes vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and meat entree options as well as a wide range of add-on options. We hope there is something for everyone! Place your order today and enjoy your relaxing dinner next week! PLEASE NOTE: ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 pm on January 24! Order Pick Up Times - You may pick up your order from Sheild Catering either Wednesday, January 27, 4-7 pm, or Thursday, January 28, 3-5 pm. Ridgeline parent volunteers will be on hand to run your order out to your vehicle.

Weekly Art Update from Melanie & Pete

This week (1/19-22), we continued practicing our portrait drawing skills by finishing up self-portraits, and also drawing Martin Luther King, Jr. Next week (1/25-28), we'll start on a landscape unit. We'll look at the painting “Landscape With Rainbow” by Robert Duncanson. This hopeful painting was chosen by Jill Biden for display during the inauguration and (I learned) this artist was one of the best-known and most acclaimed African American painters of the Civil War era.

PE Update from Jeannelle

January 26, 2021:

We will use Sworkit kids to workout together.

  • “Jump Around Noisy Workout” on Sworkit

January 28, 2021:

PE Choice Board - Every now and then, students will vote and pick which workout we will do together as a whole group. Below are their choices. Students will vote on which one they’d like to do together.

  • Scavenger Hunt Color Game

  • This or That Fitness - Food Edition

  • Dance or Move Workout

  • Wheel of Fitness

  • Freeze Dance with stuffed animals

Parent Education Opportunity with Jonathan Wolff

“I Can. I Will. I Am!” How to Raise a Courageous, Compassionate, and Creative Problem-Solver

As a parent, it’s difficult - especially in times of extreme stress, anxiety, and uncertainty - to know how much help is too much and how much is too little, when our children hit a wall of personal challenge. Whether it’s an issue with their online learning, social needs in a time of isolation, fears, frustrations, or disappointments – knowing when to lean in and lend a hand, versus when to back off and provide time and space for independent problem-solving – is a difficult and delicate parenting decision. As in a Montessori classroom, knowing how to respond to a child’s experience of adversity or conflict is rooted in careful observation and assessment of their needs. In this webinar, designed for families facing radically altered lifestyles and learning environments, Jonathan Wolff, international Montessori school consultant, leadership coach, and author, will share practical strategies for achieving what a three-year-old child once counseled Maria Montessori: “Help me to do it myself.”

This parent education program has been constructed specifically with your feedback in mind. The pre-recorded video with an accompanying handout was designed for you to consume on your schedule. The one-hour video will be broken into three shorter segments. You can view it all at once or over a period of time, whichever is convenient for you. It will be available on our website for the rest of the year. For more information, contact Ridgeline. 541.681.9662

Don’t Miss out! Sibling Enrollment 2021-22 School Year

Siblings of students who are currently enrolled and will remain enrolled in Ridgeline in the coming year receive enrollment priority so long as an application for the sibling is received prior to the application deadline. If space is unavailable, students with sibling-level priority will be the first group selected by an equitable lottery process for placement on the waiting list. In order to qualify for sibling preference, you must complete the online enrollment application for any incoming sibling by January 31.

Thanks for your support and stay safe!

Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Class Update 1-15-2021

I was reflecting on how our lives have changed since the Covid outbreak. I am completely in

awe of the efforts of our families, students and Ridgeline staff. We are all making the best of a

very challenging situation and I appreciate your efforts.

This week we offer Special Thanks to our Ridgeline School Board Members️ who volunteer

their time and expertise to help create our exceptional public charter school.

Amy Sage, Board President

Brad Knopp, Board Vice President

Nancy Willcox-Trent, Board Treasurer

Jenny Noyce, Board Secretary

Jennifer Hornsby

Jordan Bishko

Andrew Gillespie

April-Kay Williams

Ann Carney Nelson

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Talent Show - Only a week and a half left to record your student’s Talent Show entry!

All submissions must be in by Saturday, January 23. Submit your 3 minute (or less)

video to wobblykate@hotmail.com. See continuing news for all the details.

If you don’t have Facebook, please email Kate and she will send you a link the day of

the talent show to watch asynchronously on YouTube. The talent show will be unlisted

and only visible to those with the link.


A message from our Art Specialist: Melanie Germond melanie.germond@ridgeline.org

Dear Room 5 families,

Hello from the art department! This is the first of weekly updates to let you know what

your amazing artists are working on. This week (1/11-15) we're learning how to use facial

proportion guidelines to draw a self-portrait. Next week (1/19-22) we'll honor Dr. Martin Luther

King, Jr. by drawing his portrait. We'll look at the portrait of President Obama by artist

Kehinde Wiley for inspiration.

Also, we've changed the weekly schedule a bit, so thank you all for your patience &

understanding with this! Your student will now have Zoom Class on Fridays with the whole

class. On Wednesdays, they can start working on the lesson posted in Seesaw. They should

bring any work (finished or in-progress) & their art materials to the zoom class on Fridays.

Your students are doing extraordinary things during extraordinary times, and I love working

with them. They make my day : )

- Melanie


A message from our PE teacher Jeannelle Mahle

Hello everyone,

My name is Jeannelle and I am the new PE teacher. I am so excited to be part

of Ridgeline. I will be sending out weekly emails to update you on what we will

be doing in PE for each class.


ALL GRADES - On the first day of PE classes, we will take it nice and slow by

doing a getting to know you activity. Students will pick one topic (topics will be

provided on a google slide) to share with everyone. We will have casual

conversations and learn about each other on our first day.

January 2021:

Kinder and Lower Elementary - Scavenger Hunt Color Game

Upper Elementary - Dance or Move Activity

Middle School - Full Body Workout

I will also be posting asynchronous PE Choice boards in your Seesaw, Google

Classroom, or other class platforms that you are using at least once a week.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!

CALENDAR

  • JANUARY 18: NO SCHOOL in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King

  • JANUARY 28: VIRTUAL TALENT SHOW

  • JANUARY 29: NO SCHOOL. GRADING DAY

CHERI AND AZUSA

Cheri’s Class Update 12-10-20

Dear Families,

Welcome to week 11 of Distance Learning. We are in the home stretch before Winter Break, December 21 thru January 4. We look forward to the positive changes 2021 will bring!

Amaryllis Bulb Tradition: Every year we plant an Amaryllis Bulb and students record observations as they watch it change. This activity coincides with botany (parts of a bulb) and math studies (measurement + data). We continue the annual Amaryllis bulb planting tradition, with a few tweaks. This year’s bulb was planted while students watched during Morning Meeting and we’ll check for changes every couple days. In past years, during in-person learning in our classroom, students measure the growth of the bulb at least twice weekly. They use both inch and centimeter units. We They also ask them to draw/color pictures to record changes. You may want to plant a bulb of your own to observe at home!

Polar Writing and Research Project: Students are working hard to finish this activity. We would really like students to share their learning with others either by presenting to the group live or by recording their presentation and posting it to our Class Seesaw Blog. One goal of research work in our classroom is to teach others. Let us know if you have questions.

Next week’s special activities- Next week students can choose participate in these special events…

· Monday- Favorite blanket/pillow

· Tuesday- Class lunch together in Azusa’s Zoom-room

· Wednesday- Favorite Stuffie

· Thursday- Wear a hat

· Friday- Pajama Day

Thanks for all you are doing to support student learning!

Cheri's Update 12-4-2020

Dear Ridgeline Families

What a week it’s been! The Lower Elementary classes are in the middle of a special writing assignment involving research of polar animals. This is a two-week project designed to take students through a structured research experience. The process allows students to apply their developing writing skills to a project that is meaningful and educational. Thank you for all the support you are providing your student at home!

This past week students chose an animal, created a planner with four topics (4-square planner) and added interesting details to the planner. Some students got started writing topic sentences for their four paragraphs. Next week students will complete their writing, and practice sharing their information with others. Older students will complete a revision and editing process culminating with their research typed up in google docs.

Get ready for some practice presentations! We will discuss speaking clearly, making eye contact, and using our voices to reflect punctuation and to answer questions.

Future - project finale: Students will eventually use the knowledge gained to create displays with a drawing and a title. Poster board or cardboard from an old box works great. Stay tuned for more on this step later.

Winter Break - 12/21 - 01/04

School starts again on Tuesday, January 5th

-- Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 11-30-2020

Dear Families,

Welcome to week 11 of Distance Learning

We hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing 4-day weekend!

For the next two weeks our students will learn about animals of the Polar Regions. After exploring the geography and climate of the Arctic and Antarctica, we’ll discuss adaptations-both behavioral and biological. Students will choose an animal to research then be guided through the process with a focus on writing.

Scholastic News: Please help your student remember to join their weekly Scholastic lesson. Grade 1- Wednesday at 9:15 w/Azusa, Grade 2- Thursday at 9:15 w/Azusa, Grade 3- Friday at 12:30 w/Cheri

Beginning this week, most students will be assigned daily spelling activities. On Friday they can ask an adult to give them a spelling test.

Cheri's Update 11-16-2020

Dear Families,

This week we’ll continue to learn about Native Americans. Our hope is that students will gain some understanding about the ways in which indigenous people lived and the practices developed to satisfy their physical and spiritual needs. We want children to feel respect for their own and other cultures and to honor belief systems different from their own.

Some Seesaw activities are assigned for practice following live instruction. Other activities are assigned for review or special interest. Activities that students should be sure to complete will be marked with asterisks/stars around the ***title***. Research projects or other non-screen school work can substitute for unmarked activities.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade Scholastic News schedule is included. During our Scholastics lessons with students, we introduce new topics presented, review articles and take a peek at the grade-level activities provided. Azusa meets with 1st grade students on Wednesdays at 9:15 and 2nd grade students on Thursdays at 9:15. Cheri meets with 3rd graders on Fridays at 12:30. Please add these meetings to your student’s’ schedules.

Research: In the classroom, research is always an ongoing activity. It is also a choice during Distance Learning. If your student wishes to research a particular topic and share the information with classmates, please let me know. This month we are asking students to research plants or animals from their favorite biome. For more information send an email cheri.spies@ridgeline.org or pop in during your student’s one-on-one meeting with me.

Cheri's Update 11-6-2020

Dear Families,

Here we are ready for Home Learning Week Eight, November 8-12.

· If you were unable to pick up supplies during last week’s distribution, please contact Leauriy, 541.681.9662

at the school office and arrange for a time to retrieve these items.

· This week our Cultural Studies will focus on Native Americans, especially those from the Pacific Northwest.

· No School this Wednesday, November 11, in honor of Veteran’s Day.

· No School November 26-27, Thanksgiving holiday

· This week only- 1st grade Scholastics is scheduled for Tuesday at 9:15.

Some Seesaw activities are assigned for practice following live instruction. Other activities are assigned for review or special interest. Beginning this week daily activities that students should be sure to complete will be marked with asterisks/stars around the ***title***. Research or other non-screen school work can substitute for unmarked activities.

1st, 2nd and 3rd grade Scholastic News schedule is included. I will meet with 3rd graders on Fridays at 12:30 for their Scholastics activity. Please add this meeting to your 3rd grader’s schedule.

Research: In the classroom, research is always an ongoing activity. It is also a choice during Distance Learning. If your student wishes to research a particular topic and share the information with classmates, please let me know. This month we are asking students to research a plants or animals from their favorite biome. For more information send an email cheri.spies@ridgeline.org or pop in during your student’s one-on-one meeting with me.

Thanks for your support

Cheri & Azusa

Cheri's Update 11-2-2020

Dear Families,

Welcome to Home Learning Week Seven, November 2-6.

We are grateful for the opportunity to meet with you last week during Family Conferences. Your words of encouragement and your commitment to your children’s education energized us!

This week we begin with the next step in our Cultural/Science studies-Decomposers! Fallen leaves and Halloween pumpkins decompose or rot over time. We’ll look closely at the stars of this process- decomposers! After watching a video about decomposition in forests our students will go on a Decomposer Hunt then have fun experimenting with different types of foods, how they decompose and what conditions or products might slow their decomposition!

Weekly Teacher-Student Meetings/Check-ins

I meet with students individually every week. This one-on-one time provides an opportunity for me to check-in, evaluate social/emotional well-being and assess academic progress. It also allows time for some individualized instruction. Parents are always welcome to attend. Because the 10-15 minute meetings are individual, your student may have to wait a few minutes. Please leave the zoom window open and I will invite your student to join. I especially appreciate knowing about changes or events that affect your family so Azusa and I can observe and provide additional support for students as needed. The schedule for our weekly teacher-student check-in is included. These meetings happen at the same time each week. Please help your child remember to come to Cheri’s zoom-room on time.

First and second grade Scholastic News topics and dates schedule is included. Thank you Azusa!!

**I will meet with 3rd graders on Friday at 12:30 for their Scholastics activity. Please add this meeting to your 3rd grader’s schedule.

We appreciate all of you and thank you for your support!

Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 10-22-2020

Dear Families,

Welcome to Home Learning Week Six, October 26-30. Only 3 days of school this week, with family conferences on Thursday and Friday.

On Wednesday morning we’ll do some pumpkin math. If you are able to join us with a pumpkin of your own that would be great! If that’s not convenient, your student can watch as the teacher weighs and measures her pumpkin. Materials needed: pumpkin, scale, yarn or string to measure the circumference of the pumpkin, scissors to cut off extra and a tape measure or ruler to measure the string!

Over the next couple weeks, students will research plants that grows in a temperate forest biome. I’ve attached a planner with which to gather information. We ask that students provide an picture (photo or hand drawn) and at least 3 facts about their chose plant.

REMINDER: NO SCHOOL THURSDAY or FRIDAY, Oct 29-30. Sign up for FAMILY CONFERENCES!

*Since there’s no school on Friday, our kids will have Art class together this Wednesday, 1:15-1:45.

Upcoming Family Conferences-Thursday Oct. 29 or Friday Oct.30

We’d like to know how distance learning is working for you and your student, answer any questions you have and share information. Please sign up for a 20 minute conference time on Thursday, October 29 or Friday, October 30. Follow this link to find a time that works for your family. If the available times are not convenient, send an email and we’ll schedule a conference for another time. If you have particular questions or concerns, send an email prior to our meeting time.

Click here to sign up: Cheri's Class Sign Up

A message from this week’s E-news…

Conferences - Parent/student and teacher conferences are coming up Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30. These are no school days. With comprehensive distance learning, we recognize that some families are in frequent contact with teachers. If you do not feel that you need to touch base with your child’s teacher at this time, it is not mandatory to sign up. However, if your child’s teacher specifically requests to meet with you, please be sure to sign up.

Weekly Teacher-Student Conferences

I meet with students individually every week. This helps me get a sense of their social/emotional well-being and their academic progress. It also allows time for some individualized instruction. Parents are always welcome to attend.

I especially appreciate you letting me know about changes or events that affect your family so we can observe and provide additional support for students as needed. The schedule for our weekly teacher-student conferences is attached. These meetings happen at the same time each week. Please help your child remember to come to Cheri’s zoom-room on time.

Thanks for all your support. Cheri and Azusa

Next week we complete part two of Easy CBM district testing and we need your help!

Easy CBM Testing Schedule 10/26-28 Azusa’s Zoom Room.

Family Support Survey (due October 29) - We know distance learning is a huge burden and challenge for families. Please complete the Family Support Survey to share with us how it is going for you (both the good and the challenging parts) and let us know how we can provide useful and meaningful support throughout this year. With your feedback, we will create opportunities for families to connect, support, and learn with each other. Portions of your survey responses will be combined with teacher input to help us connect and support those who need it most.

Click here for FAMILY SUPPORT SURVEY

SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION

Art Supply & Other Supplies Distribution - Now that we are a month into school we have more items for you to pick up to assist you student(s) with CDL. There are items for ALL students to pick up. Pick up times are on conference days - Thursday, October 29, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. AND Friday, October 30, 8:30 a.m. - 10am. Please make every effort to come during those times to pick up art supplies and other items. If you cannot come at these times we encourage you to reach out to another Ridgeline family to pick up your child’s items. Please present a clearly written sign with each student’s FULL NAME, GRADE, and CLASS on it. Add siblings to your sign with all the same information. Example: Patty Smith Simon Smith

Grade 3 Grade 5

Rachel’s Class Jasper’s Class

Pull up as far as you can in the driveway circle and wait for a staff member to come to your vehicle. Masks are required. Remain in your vehicle. Hand the sign to the staff member and they will hand you your bag/box.

Plant research idea/planners

Cheri's Update 10-16-2020

Dear Families,

Welcome to Home Learning Week Four, October 12-16. This week and next we will have fun learning about Botany and Math using Leaves and Pumpkins! Our first in depth Biome studies will be with our own, familiar, Temperate Forest Biome. We’ll learn about types of leaves and investigate why they change color. We will also use leaf collections to practice graphing. This weekend please help your child notice and collect a variety of leaves so that they have some hands-on materials for next week. While you’re outside, talk about the types of trees that live in and around Eugene. Take time to make a list of some of the trees and plants you see. We will be learning about many types of plants that live in a Temperate Forest, including nonvascular plants such as moss, lichen and algae. Many plants that live in this biome have adapted to live close or even in water. Some Aquatic plants you may be familiar with are Cattails and water lilies. Enjoy exploring our surroundings!

During the week of October 26, we'll do some pumpkin math. We will weigh, measure, estimate, graph, and count our pumpkins. Please plan on having an uncarved "math pumpkin" available. Small to medium-sized pumpkins will be fine for this activity….but larger ones can be fun too.

Upcoming Family Conferences-Thursday Oct. 29 or Friday Oct.30

We’d like to know how distance learning is working for you and your student. Please sign up for a 20 minute conference time on Thursday, October 29 or Friday, October 30. Follow this link to find a time that works for your family. If the available times are not convenient, send an email and we’ll schedule a conference for another time. If you have particular questions or concerns, send an email prior to our meeting time. cheri.spies@ridgeline.org

A message from this week’s E-news…

Conferences - Parent/student and teacher conferences are coming up Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30. These are no school days. With comprehensive distance learning, we recognize that some families are in frequent contact with teachers. If you do not feel that you need to touch base with your child’s teacher at this time, it is not mandatory to sign up. However, if your child’s teacher specifically requests to meet with you, please be sure to sign up.

Cheri's Class Sign Up

Weekly Student Conferences

I meet with students individually every week. This helps me have a sense of their social/emotional well-being and their academic progress. It also allows time for individualized instruction. Parents are welcome to attend as well.

I especially appreciate you letting me know about changes or events that affect your family so we can observe and provide additional support for students as needed. The schedule for student meetings with their teacher is attached. These meetings happen at the same time each week. Please help your child remember to come to Cheri’s zoom-room on time.

Thanks for all your support.

Cheri and Azusa

This next week we complete part two of Easy CBM district testing and we need your help!

🌈🌈 PARENTS/CAREGIVERS PLEASE FOLLOW THESE STEPS:

Join the testing Zoom link Azusa's Zoom Meeting Please have video on. Ridgeline staff will guide your child through instructions.

Open your browser (Chrome, Safari, etc.). Your Zoom view be covered, but that’s okay, as long as Ridgeline staff can see your child .

4. Go to this website: 4j-or.easycbm.com

5. Your screen should look like this:

6. Click on the Students “Click Here” link.

7. Type in the teacher’s username. It is azusa.mcmullen

8. Once you click “Go!” then you should be taken to a screen that asks you to select the group. Click on “All Students”.

9. Scroll through the names until you come to your child’s name, and click on it.

10. ***Confirm it is on your child’s test, and not another student’s!

11. You will be prompted to enter a password, which is the six-digit number of your child’s birthdate. MMDDYY, with no slashes.

12. Once entered, you will see “Select the Test”.

13. Scroll through the array of tests offered and select the one your teacher/assistant has indicated.

14. If your child is doing the math test, your assistance in reading the math problems aloud to your child may be needed. No reading assistance is allowed on the reading assessments.

15. Your child’s Ridgeline teacher or assistant is required to observe your child taking the assessment. There will likely be one group at a time on Zoom, testing at the same time.

16. These groups will happen in Azusa’s zoom-room and will be available the morning and afternoon time slots. There will be an assignment in Seesaw with more instructions and times next week. Thanks for your help with these required tests.

Cheri's Update 10-8-2020

Dear Families,

Greetings! After three weeks our zoom meetings are beginning to feel normal and students are becoming more interactive with us and one another. I guess it just takes getting used to. Thank you for all your support.

Biome Exploration

Let’s get ready to travel the world as we explore all the beautiful biomes of our Earth - deserts, rainforests, polar regions, grasslands, mountains, wetlands, and even the ocean. We’ll learn what a biome is and identify its living and nonliving parts. During our writing lessons, students will choose an animal to research and write about.

Live Lessons… The Instruction Manual for Remote Learning

Our seesaw activities are designed to be follow ups to our daily live lessons. Being with students live allows us to introduce new concepts, clarify expectations and answer questions. If your child misses a lesson, they may struggle to complete the Seesaw activity on their own. Pending permissions (more on that later), we will have recorded lessons available. Until then, encourage good attendance! If your child misses a lesson and needs some help, please have them visit Azusa’s help zoom to get back on track.

Permission to Record Lessons

Our lessons are highly interactive, and we often have students in view on screen. This means that the recorded lessons include students in the video. In order to share these recorded lessons with students who need them, we need your consent. Please fill out this form ASAP so that our recorded lessons can be made available.

Distance Learning Recording Consent Form- Rm 4

https://forms.gle/RmpPks7F9ReBQLAo9

Remember, lesson videos will only be made available to families from our classroom.

Easy CBM Update

Next week we will be starting our first round of EasyCBM Testing with one minute reading tests. Students will be tested during their conference time and tests should only take a couple of minutes. We ask that your child be in a quiet space where they can focus without distractions. This is an assessment, which means the students will need to complete the task without help or coaching. Our students have all done this before and it should feel familiar to them.

We appreciate you and your students!

Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 9-25-2020

Dear Families,

Welcome to Home Learning week of 9/21-25. Thank you for everything you are doing to help your students

complete home learning activities. Since ours is a multi-grade classroom and students function at different levels, some of our zoom lessons are grade level specific. Please refer to this week’s attached schedule. I color-coded the grade specific zoom meetings to make it easier.

To find assigned activities, students should check their Seesaw account. Since we will keep our Zoom meeting open all day, every day- all meetings will have the same Zoom link. To re-enter our Zoom meeting click on the original link.

· Art classes will start next week, Sept. 28-Oct. 2. You will receive more information from our Art teachers on Monday, 9/28.

How parents can help their student prepare:

· Be sure your child can easily find our Zoom meeting link. Help establish routines and workspace. Set alarms (on your phone, a timer, a clock, or on their device) to make sure they know when their scheduled meetings begin. There’s a Chrome app called Reminders that lets you set a sequence of timed notifications on a chrome book.

· Be sure your child knows how to photograph work using the available devices. You may want to add the Seesaw Class app to your phone so that your child can have another way to submit photographs easily.

FYI: 1. The box means there are materials in your student’s box from Ridgeline to accompany this lesson.

2. Sharing: Your student may bring an item to morning meeting that others can learn from. Help your student prepare to tell three facts about their sharing and answer questions from peers.

3. Your student will find the day’s activity assignments in Seesaw plus messages that remind them it’s time to go to a zoom meeting.

Please feel free to ask us questions and provide feedback. An email is the best way to communicate with us. cheri.spies@ridgeline.org azusa.mcmullen@ridgeline.org

We miss you and can hardly wait until we can all be together again, as a classroom and as a school community.

Take care and Stay Safe!

Cheri and Azusa


Lower El Schedule for Each Cohort and Distance Learners.pptx
Azusa's Zoom schedule.pptx
Cheri's Zoom Links
PE with Jeannelle and Art with Melanie