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eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Full calendar: https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources/calendar


Thurs. 4/15 K-8 cohort B in session 11:30 am-3:30 pm

Fri. 4/16 K-8 cohort B in season 11:30 am-3:30 pm

Wed. 4/21 Fundraising Committee Meeting 4-5 pm

Thurs. 4/22 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 pm

Fri. 4/23 Parent Input Form Due (see continuing news for details)


NEW NEWS –

State Testing - While the state has not yet finalized state testing plans, it is looking more likely that schools will be required to test students in all grades 3-8. During a typical school year, participation in state testing is important for a number of reasons. However, this year is anything but typical, and in-person learning time is limited and a priority. CDL students who plan to test will be required to be onsite for testing in a room alongside other students. If you know at this time that you do not want your child to participate in state testing for the 2020-21 school year, please complete the form below and return it to the office. We will update you as we learn more about this year’s testing plans.


English combined 30-day notice and opt-out form​

Spanish combined 30-day notice and opt-out form


Site Council Meeting - Site Council will have its monthly meeting next Monday, April 19, 6-7 pm. Site Council meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend, here is the link to the zoom meeting.

Fundraising Committee Meeting - Join us for the next fundraising committee meeting, Wednesday, April 21, 4-5 pm. We will be talking about our plans for the remainder of this year and beginning to plan for next year. Here is the link to the zoom meeting.

Staff Appreciation - Share Your Gratitude - In celebration of staff appreciation week, RCO would like to invite all students to share their gratitude for the wonderful teachers and staff at Ridgeline. Students can draw a picture or write something or create whatever they like as long as it is on a piece of paper that can be hung easily (with tape). We ask that students create something for their teacher and assistant as well as something for the specialists and school support staff. There will be boxes set out in front of the school from April 26-30 to collect these works of gratitude. Please drop off your child’s items by April 30. RCO will be hanging up everyone’s work at the school so all can see how much love and appreciation we share! If you are also participating in the staff wellness kits - thank you! If you have any questions please email rco@ridgeline.org

Meal Coordinator - Ridgeline is looking for a meal coordinator who will help facilitate the Ridgeline meal program. They will pick-up prepared meals from 4J’s designated location and deliver them to Ridgeline to be distributed to classroom lunch areas. They will sort the meals into breakfast and lunch while keeping careful track of dietary restrictions. This person will stay in close contact with office staff to ensure accurate numbers for weekly meals. For more information visit our website.

CONTINUING NEWS -

Pick Up Window - Please note that the pick-up window is 3:20-3:30 pm. Staff will make sure students are ready on their dismissal dots by 3:20 pm and we ask that you are timely in arriving too.

Jobs - Ridgeline is hiring! We have positions open for two lead teachers and a facilities coordinator. If you know anyone who you think might be interested, please help us spread the word. See our website for details https://www.ridgeline.org/employment-opportunities.

Ridgeline Merchandise Pick Up - If you were not able to pick up your Ridgeline gear last week, contact Cynthia to make arrangements.

Equity Work Opportunity - Ridgeline’s Equity Steering Committee would like to invite our community to provide input as we complete the board of directors’ anti-bias anti-racism resolution.

Live listening sessions will be taking place during the month of April to allow all community voices to be heard before a final draft of the resolution is presented to the board during their meeting on Thursday, April 22.

Please fill out this form if you plan to provide feedback during one of these sessions. Participants must pre-register to participate in the listening sessions. Our second listening session will take place on Wednesday, April 14, from 7 to 8pm. There will be a 15 minute presentation on Ridgeline’s future Equity Committee, and then the 45 minute listening session.

Any questions can be directed to april-kay.williams@ridgeline.org

Parent Input Form - As spring has sprung, it is also the time of year that we start to think about those students who are moving up a level for the 2021-22 school year. The appropriate placement of students into individual classrooms is a very important task. The Ridgeline staff puts much thought and time into placing children in classrooms. We want every child to succeed in a supportive and challenging environment.

A team of staff (including your student’s current teacher) will carefully consider a hierarchy of student’s learning needs that include the following factors in creating classroom communities:

  • A balance of class sizes, ages, and genders

  • A balance of academic strengths

  • A balance of learning styles

  • A balance of social skills and connections

  • Placement of students with special learning needs

  • Separation of students who are unable to work well together

  • Consideration of parental information

We recognize there may be times when parents wish to share specific needs, concerns, or information regarding classroom placement. We recommend families of students that are moving up a level complete a Parent Input Form. When filling out the input-form, please focus on your child’s unique personality, strengths, learning style, and needs (social, emotional, and academic). Your information will be considered; however, the school maintains the right to make the final decision regarding class placement. To be considered valid, a Parent Input Form must be received by the deadline of 4/23/2021.

If you have a student that is not moving up a level but you have information you want to be considered, please use the parent input form as well.Parent Input Form

Firewood For Sale to Benefit Ridgeline - Lower-el teacher Cheri’s husband, Cliff Worley, is once again offering full and half cords of wood for sale with the proceeds going to Ridgeline. Cost will be $120/cord, $60/half-cord. Delivery will likely be in May. If you are interested, call Cliff at 541-912-8937.

Substitutes Needed - As we begin Hybrid Learning we are in need of additional substitutes. Subs always work in the classroom in the role of the assistant. Those interested in being put on our substitute list are asked to submit a resume and three references with contact information to careers@ridgeline.org. A substitute training will be scheduled in the coming weeks. Contact Cynthia for more information.

COMMUNITY NEWS -

Free Food Box Delivery for Children and Youth

Starting the week of March 29, the district will offer free delivery of a youth food box with breakfast and lunch for a week to families who live within the 4J boundary. Delivery is on Wednesdays and may also include dinner meals when available.

The weekly meal box delivery replaces the grab-and-go meals and the daily delivery meal services. Now that school buildings are reopening for on-site teaching and learning, grab-and-go meals will no longer be offered at school sites to enable daily meal service for on-site students and comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols at school buildings. School buses will be transporting students for hybrid learning at schools, except on Wednesdays, thus daily meal delivery is no longer a possibility. Instead, the district is offering a free weekly meal box delivery on Wednesdays.

School Meal Box Delivery Request Form

  • Begins Wednesday, March 31

  • Youth meal boxes will be delivered on Wednesdays

  • Includes breakfast and lunch for up to 7 days (and dinners, when available)

  • May select vegetarian, no gluten, or other dietary restrictions or allergen options

  • May select reduced-fat milk and/or soy milk options

Eligibility Information

  • Must sign up for delivery, even if previously receiving daily meal delivery

  • Meals are for ANY child age 18 and under

  • No income requirements apply, and students do not have to qualify for free or reduced-price school meals

  • Children do not need to be students in 4J

  • Delivery address must be within the Eugene School District boundary, per USDA rules

Menus & allergen/nutrition information

Eugene School District 4J is an equal opportunity provider

Community Food Resources

4J Wraparound Services: Food boxes and pantry/personal care items are available every Wednesday for 4J families in need. To request a box, please contact your school, or leave a message with your name and phone number for the 4J wraparound team at 541-790-5718 or 4jwraparound@4j.lane.edu.

FOOD For Lane County (FFLC), the area’s nonprofit food bank, continues to distribute food to its network of more than 150 churches and social service agencies during the coronavirus outbreak. The agency is providing an up-to-date list of closures and schedule changes for local food pantries.

Community food resources for families in need include:

Food pantries (Find the food pantry nearest you: tiny.cc/FFLCpantrymap)

Meal sites

The Dining Room

Programs for children

Programs for seniors

Trillium Produce Plus

Parent Cafes - Parent Cafes offer an opportunity to connect with other parents and discuss ways to build family and community strengths. They are a research-backed strategy shown to decrease isolation and build peer to peer parent leadership. 90by30 is in the initial stages of bringing Parent Cafes to the Eugene Springfield area, and this April, 2021, we have three remaining cafes (two in English, one in Spanish). They are free to attend, and attending one is the best way to learn about them and see if they are something you might like to be involved in. There is an Eventbrite link to sign up on the flyer below and you are also welcome to address questions to me, Caroline Madigan, at carolinesmadigan@gmail.com. Some of you know me as Muir Heyn's "back-up mama" from Rachel's class. I hope to see some Ridgeline parents there!"


Ridgeline's eNews 4-1-21

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Full calendar: https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources/calendar


Thurs. 4/1 1st Day Kinder/Lower El Cohort B attends

Thurs. 4/1 Parent Input Form Opens

Thurs. 4/1 Board Work Session 6:30-8:30pm

Mon. 4/5 Equity Steering Committee Listening Session 7-8pm


NEW NEWS –

School Lunch Update (at Ridgeline) - We have learned that all students who sign up for lunch also receive a breakfast to take home for the following day. It is not an option to opt out of breakfast, so if your child has signed up for lunch, please look in their backpack for a breakfast that may need refrigeration. Dinners have also been discontinued (see community news section for food box delivery opportunity). If you have not yet signed up for a school lunch/breakfast and wish to do so, please contact Cynthia or call the office at 541-681-9662.

Ridgeline Board Work Session - The board will have a work session this Thursday focused on equity work. Please see the full agenda here. All meetings of the Ridgeline board are open to the public, except when an executive session is indicated on the agenda, and the board welcomes your attendance (Zoom link here). There is no public comment period during this work session, but you can always contact the board at board@ridgeline.org.

Equity Work Opportunity - Ridgeline’s Equity Steering Committee would like to invite our community to provide input as we complete the board of directors’ anti-bias anti-racism resolution.

Live listening sessions will be taking place during the month of April to allow all community voices to be heard before a final draft of the resolution is presented to the board during their meeting on Thursday, April 22.

Please fill out this form if you plan to provide feedback during one of these sessions. Participants must pre-register to participate in the listening sessions. Our first listening session will take place on Monday, April 5, from 7 to 8pm. There will be a 15 minute presentation on Ridgeline’s future Equity Committee, and then the 45 minute listening session.

Any questions can be directed to april-kay.williams@ridgeline.org

Volunteer Needs -

Dump Run - We need a volunteer with a truck who can haul away several items for us, including a mini fridge, large rug, wooden pallets, and a full-size fridge. Dump fee reimbursement is available. These items must be removed in the next 10 days. Please contact Cynthia to volunteer.

Power Washing - Ridgeline now owns a gas power washer. We desperately need a couple of key areas power washed prior to the upper-el and middle school students return to campus on April 12. Contact Cynthia for details and how to access the power washer.

Parent Input Form - As spring has sprung, it is also the time of year that we start to think about those students who are moving up a level for the 2021-22 school year. The appropriate placement of students into individual classrooms is a very important task. The Ridgeline staff puts much thought and time into placing children in classrooms. We want every child to succeed in a supportive and challenging environment.

A team of staff (including your student’s current teacher) will carefully consider a hierarchy of student’s learning needs that include the following factors in creating classroom communities:

  • A balance of class sizes, ages, and genders

  • A balance of academic strengths

  • A balance of learning styles

  • A balance of social skills and connections

  • Placement of students with special learning needs

  • Separation of students who are unable to work well together

  • Consideration of parental information

We recognize there may be times when parents wish to share specific needs, concerns, or information regarding classroom placement. We recommend families of students that are moving up a level complete a Parent Input Form. When filling out the input-form, please focus on your child’s unique personality, strengths, learning style, and needs (social, emotional, and academic). Your information will be considered; however, the school maintains the right to make the final decision regarding class placement. To be considered valid, a Parent Input Form must be received by the deadline of 4/23/2021.

If you have a student that is not moving up a level but you have information you want to be considered, please use the parent input form as well.Parent Input Form

Firewood For Sale to Benefit Ridgeline - Lower-el teacher Cheri’s husband, Cliff Worley, is once again offering full and half cords of wood for sale with the proceeds going to Ridgeline. Cost will be $120/cord, $60/half-cord. Delivery will likely be in May. If you are interested, call Cliff at 541-912-8937.

CONTINUING NEWS -

New Specialist Schedule - After spring break, art and PE schedules will be changing. Updated specialist schedules will be posted on classroom webpages on the Ridgeline website on Monday, March 29th. Hybrid students should attend with their cohort and CDL students may choose which days they participate in art and PE.

Substitutes Needed - As we begin Hybrid Learning we are in need of additional substitutes. Subs always work in the classroom in the role of the assistant. Those interested in being put on our substitute list are asked to submit a resume and three references with contact information to careers@ridgeline.org. A substitute training will be scheduled in the coming weeks. Contact Cynthia for more information.

FOR HYBRID FAMILIES

Cohort Notifications - Cohort notifications were sent out yesterday afternoon at 2 pm. If you did not receive an email from Cynthia please check your spam folder.

Hybrid Learning Back-to-School Packet - The back-to-school information that was included in the cohort notification email is also available on the Ridgeline website under family resource. https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources

Annex Update - The St. Vincent de Paul Annex that has been used as a park & stride in recent years, will not be available as a remote pick up and drop off location this year. You can make a plan for your upper-el or middle school student to meet you on a neighboring street. Larch, E. 43rd, E. 44th or Old Dillard on the other side of Amazon Creek are all possible rendezvous locations.

No Public Restroom - In accordance with health and safety requirements there will not be a restroom available for family use at pick up and drop off. Please plan accordingly and use the facilities prior to arrival at school.

Clothing - Please send your child to school in warm weather-resistant clothing. Classrooms will be outside regardless of weather, and classroom windows and doors will be open during inside instruction. Teachers will be communicating with families with regards to any classroom specific gear needed, for example, indoor shoes. We highly recommend including a change of clothes in a large ziplock bag in your child’s backpack. Our “muddy puddle” clothing stock is limited and stocking extra clothing for such a wide range of sizes is not feasible.

Appointments - As students will only be attending two afternoons per week for in-person learning, we highly encourage you to make dental and medical appointments for times that your child is not scheduled to be at school. If you do need to pick up your child early, please call the office at 541-681-9662 when you are on your way and we will have your student prepare for departure.

Medications - Please give your child medications before or after school if at all possible. Only those medications that cannot be administered at another time will be dispensed at school. Please contact Leauriy in the office if you need to make arrangements for medication to be given during in-person learning. A medication administration form must be filled out and signed by the parent and all medications need to be in their original pharmacist labeled container.

First Day Photos - Please plan to take any first day of school photos at the Ridgeline sign along the sidewalk. Congregating on campus will not be allowed as students will be directed to their cohort arrival dots and arrival screening will be taking place.

COMMUNITY NEWS -

Free Food Box Delivery for Children and Youth

Starting the week of March 29, the district will offer free delivery of a youth food box with breakfast and lunch for a week to families who live within the 4J boundary. Delivery is on Wednesdays and may also include dinner meals when available.

The weekly meal box delivery replaces the grab-and-go meals and the daily delivery meal services. Now that school buildings are reopening for on-site teaching and learning, grab-and-go meals will no longer be offered at school sites to enable daily meal service for on-site students and comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols at school buildings. School buses will be transporting students for hybrid learning at schools, except on Wednesdays, thus daily meal delivery is no longer a possibility. Instead, the district is offering a free weekly meal box delivery on Wednesdays.

School Meal Box Delivery Request Form

  • Begins Wednesday, March 31

  • Youth meal boxes will be delivered on Wednesdays

  • Includes breakfast and lunch for up to 7 days (and dinners, when available)

  • May select vegetarian, no gluten, or other dietary restrictions or allergen options

  • May select reduced-fat milk and/or soy milk options

Eligibility Information

  • Must sign up for delivery, even if previously receiving daily meal delivery

  • Meals are for ANY child age 18 and under

  • No income requirements apply, and students do not have to qualify for free or reduced-price school meals

  • Children do not need to be students in 4J

  • Delivery address must be within the Eugene School District boundary, per USDA rules

Menus & allergen/nutrition information

Eugene School District 4J is an equal opportunity provider

Community Food Resources

4J Wraparound Services: Food boxes and pantry/personal care items are available every Wednesday for 4J families in need. To request a box, please contact your school, or leave a message with your name and phone number for the 4J wraparound team at 541-790-5718 or 4jwraparound@4j.lane.edu.

FOOD For Lane County (FFLC), the area’s nonprofit food bank, continues to distribute food to its network of more than 150 churches and social service agencies during the coronavirus outbreak. The agency is providing an up-to-date list of closures and schedule changes for local food pantries.

Community food resources for families in need include:

Food pantries (Find the food pantry nearest you: tiny.cc/FFLCpantrymap)

Meal sites

The Dining Room

Programs for children

Programs for seniors

Trillium Produce Plus


Ridgeline Community,


You are invited! We are hosting a book club designed to help white people understand white privilege and white supremacy, and to become better allies. We’ll be reading the book, Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad.

Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on Black, Indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.


The details:

  • Six sessions, Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm-8 pm (April 6th-May 11th). We will meet on Zoom.

  • The book: Me and White Supremacy: You can order the book on Kindle and Audible, or get a physical copy (Tsunami Books has copies and can order more for you.)

  • The organizers: Mary Kate Land, Michelle Lodwig, and Laura Allen are Ridgeline parents.

  • The structure: We’ll use a group process called The Circle Way. This is a participatory, group discussion format.


This can be a difficult series to go through - we will be journaling daily and meeting as a group once a week. In other words, you will be committing time and energy to this and addressing some tough internal issues, but it will be so worth it!


Sign up here


Ridgeline's eNews 4-8-21

Free Food Box Delivery for Children and Youth

Starting the week of March 29, the district will offer free delivery of a youth food box with breakfast and lunch for a week to families who live within the 4J boundary. Delivery is on Wednesdays and may also include dinner meals when available.

The weekly meal box delivery replaces the grab-and-go meals and the daily delivery meal services. Now that school buildings are reopening for on-site teaching and learning, grab-and-go meals will no longer be offered at school sites to enable daily meal service for on-site students and comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols at school buildings. School buses will be transporting students for hybrid learning at schools, except on Wednesdays, thus daily meal delivery is no longer a possibility. Instead, the district is offering a free weekly meal box delivery on Wednesdays.

School Meal Box Delivery Request Form

  • Begins Wednesday, March 31

  • Youth meal boxes will be delivered on Wednesdays

  • Includes breakfast and lunch for up to 7 days (and dinners, when available)

  • May select vegetarian, no gluten, or other dietary restrictions or allergen options

  • May select reduced-fat milk and/or soy milk options

Eligibility Information

  • Must sign up for delivery, even if previously receiving daily meal delivery

  • Meals are for ANY child age 18 and under

  • No income requirements apply, and students do not have to qualify for free or reduced-price school meals

  • Children do not need to be students in 4J

  • Delivery address must be within the Eugene School District boundary, per USDA rules

Menus & allergen/nutrition information

Eugene School District 4J is an equal opportunity provider

Community Food Resources

4J Wraparound Services: Food boxes and pantry/personal care items are available every Wednesday for 4J families in need. To request a box, please contact your school, or leave a message with your name and phone number for the 4J wraparound team at 541-790-5718 or 4jwraparound@4j.lane.edu.

FOOD For Lane County (FFLC), the area’s nonprofit food bank, continues to distribute food to its network of more than 150 churches and social service agencies during the coronavirus outbreak. The agency is providing an up-to-date list of closures and schedule changes for local food pantries.

Community food resources for families in need include:

Food pantries (Find the food pantry nearest you: tiny.cc/FFLCpantrymap)

Meal sites

The Dining Room

Programs for children

Programs for seniors

Trillium Produce Plus

Parent Cafes - Parent Cafes offer an opportunity to connect with other parents and discuss ways to build family and community strengths. They are a research-backed strategy shown to decrease isolation and build peer to peer parent leadership. 90by30 is in the initial stages of bringing Parent Cafes to the Eugene Springfield area, and this April, 2021, we have three remaining cafes (two in English, one in Spanish). They are free to attend, and attending one is the best way to learn about them and see if they are something you might like to be involved in. There is an Eventbrite link to sign up on the flyer below and you are also welcome to address questions to me, Caroline Madigan, at carolinesmadigan@gmail.com. Some of you know me as Muir Heyn's "back-up mama" from Rachel's class. I hope to see some Ridgeline parents there!"


Ridgeline Community,


You are invited! We are hosting a book club designed to help white people understand white privilege and white supremacy, and to become better allies. We’ll be reading the book, Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad.

Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on Black, Indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.


The details:

  • Six sessions, Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm-8 pm (April 6th-May 11th). We will meet on Zoom.

  • The book: Me and White Supremacy: You can order the book on Kindle and Audible, or get a physical copy (Tsunami Books has copies and can order more for you.)

  • The organizers: Mary Kate Land, Michelle Lodwig, and Laura Allen are Ridgeline parents.

  • The structure: We’ll use a group process called The Circle Way. This is a participatory, group discussion format.


This can be a difficult series to go through - we will be journaling daily and meeting as a group once a week. In other words, you will be committing time and energy to this and addressing some tough internal issues, but it will be so worth it!


Sign up here



Ridgeline's eNews 3-4-21

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Full calendar: https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources/calendar


Thurs. 3/4 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 pm

Fri. 3/5 Final Instructional Model Survey Due

Wed. 3/10 Fundraising Meeting 4-5 pm


NEW NEWS –

Special Board Meeting Thursday (3/4/21 6:30-8:30 pm) - The board will have a special meeting this Thursday to vote on approving Ridgeline's hybrid learning plan. The meeting will be structured as a 45-minute informational work sesion, during which the plan will be presented by Ridgeline administration. The work session will then be followed by a public meeting (7:15-8:30 pm) which will include public comment, board discussion, and voting. The agenda can be found here. You can attend the meeting using this Zoom link. You can reach the board at board@ridgeline.org.

Hybrid Learning Plan Questions - If you missed the Q&A Zoom session, we recorded it for you. If you still have questions, please submit them through the questions form.

Final Instructional Model Survey - Just a reminder that the Final Instructional Model Survey is due tomorrow, March 5. The survey was sent to the email addresses of those opting for hybrid on the previous survey. If you chose hybrid, and did not receive the survey, please check first with the other adult associated with your child before contacting Cynthia.

Hybrid Learning Questions and Answer Session for Students - Executive Director, Chrystell and Principal, Michelle would love to talk to students about the hybrid learning plan. If your students have questions or would like to share their thoughts, please help them join us 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. This is designed for students to be the primary participants. Hybrid plan information for parents, including a recording of the parent hybrid Q&A session is available here.

We exceeded our DDD goal! - We are still waiting for a few checks to arrive in the mail, but did want to go ahead and share the GREAT news that we had a very strong finish to our DDD! Not only did we exceed our DDD goal ($10,000 in 10 days,) but we also did so by a very healthy margin! We'll share the final tally as soon as we receive the donation checks that are currently in transit. A big thank you to everyone who donated and helped us reach our goal!

Fundraising Committee Meeting - The monthly fundraising committee meeting is next Wednesday, March 10, 4-5pm. We will be making plans for the spring Kindness Campaign and we welcome anyone to join us! Fundraising truly is a group effort! The zoom link for the meeting is here and can also be found on the Ridgeline public calendar.

Log Update -Thank you all so much for your offers for stumps. We are all set at this point!


CONTINUING NEWS -

Staff Retirements - With enormous gratitude and best wishes, we share that both Ridgeline’s beloved kindergarten teacher, Diana Fitzer, and our founding Montessori teacher, Cheri Spies, will be retiring at the end of this school year.


Cheri was instrumental in helping to establish Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School more than 20 years ago and has been a lower elementary teacher since the very beginning. Cheri will remain in her students’ and peers’ hearts through her dedicated stewardship and service of children. She has been a source of inspiration and motivation. The gifts she has bestowed on Ridgeline as a founding teacher will forever impact future Ridgeline students, families, and staff. She will be greatly missed. Click here to read Cheri’s retirement letter.


Diana has been at Ridgeline for 17 years and has had such a positive impact on our youngest learners. She set our youngest students on a path towards independence, curiosity, and a love of learning. As Diana often said, “Well begun is half done.” What a gift she has given to our students and our school. She will be greatly missed. Click here to read Diana’s retirement letter.


We share the news of Diana and Cheri’s upcoming retirements also to let you know we have a strong process for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring teachers. The hiring process requires a significant amount of time, and it will begin by mid-March. In the meantime, please share your gratitude and appreciation for both Cheri and Diana. We look forward to celebrating their retirements later this spring.


COMMUNITY NEWS -

Art lessons (ages 10(ish)+) From Former Ridgeline Family -


Frequency: 1 hour/week; lesson times to be arranged individually

Location: Skype/ Zoom for now; in-person possible after Covid

Cost: $15 per class; pay for 4 lessons ($60) at a time; 50% sibling discount

Contact: Kesha Hawk at thehawksaerie@gmail.com


Classes are tailored to each student or group. Depending on your child's level, they will go from where they are or begin with concept development and learn the basics before moving on to more complex topics. Topics range from animation to perspective, anatomy, Photoshop digital work, comic panels, painting, sculpture, etc. Usually, each 4 classes will include a small project to learn new skills. One of our main goals is that our students learn by having fun, creating in the realms of what they are interested in and passionate about. Long-term projects are also possible. The sky's the limit! The instructor is my husband, Matt Hawk. He has an associate's degree in Illustration & Graphic Design and has taught art to children in Eugene for 10 years. He has also worked with a video game company and illustrated several books.

Free Meals Extended through June 2021

Free grab-and-go meals (breakfast and lunch served together) will be available for all 4J students and youth 18 years old and younger through June 2021. A dinner meal will start being added beginning in January; this is provided at no cost to families through the Federal Child Nutrition Programs funding. There are no income requirements and no application necessary. Children do not need to be present when picking up meals. Families can choose the location that is most convenient for them, regardless of where they live or attend school.

Please follow the directions posted at each site. Families are required to use social distancing strategies (6 feet distance from anyone not in your household) when accessing meal sites. All meals are intended to be picked up and not consumed onsite.

WINTER SCHEDULE

Serving Times: Monday–Friday, 10:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

(subject to change based on participation)

Site Closure Dates:

  • March 22-26 is closed for Spring Break; a seven-day food box will be distributed on Friday, March 19th from all meal sites

Churchill Region

  • Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.

  • McCornack Elementary, 1968 Brittany St.

North Eugene Region

  • Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.

  • River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School, 120 W. Hilliard Lane

  • Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Dr.

Sheldon Region

  • Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Rd.

  • Holt Elementary School, 770 Calvin St.

South Eugene Region

  • Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.

  • Spencer Butte Middle School, 500 E.43rd Ave.

Downtown

  • ECCO, 200 N. Monroe St. (behind the district office)

More Information



Ridgeline's eNews 2-25-21

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Full calendar: https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources/calendar


Sun. 2/28 Direct Donation Drive Ends

Mon. 3/1 Ridgeline Merchandise Orders Due

Thurs. 3/4 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 pm


NEW NEWS –

Our Annual Direct Donation Drive Ends Sunday! - Thank you to the 26 donors who have collectively donated $6,013 so far! Remember, we have until Sunday evening to raise an additional $3,987 so that we can qualify for the $10,000 match. Can you help us reach our goal? Each and every gift helps move us closer to our goal! Click here to donate now!

We hope you enjoyed watching the Virtual PE class we shared earlier this week. Have you started looking at those pillows as exercise equipment instead of part of an unmade bed? In case you missed it earlier, you can access our latest email update and hear directly from Jeannelle here. Make sure to keep an eye out tomorrow for our spotlight on this year's Art instruction!

If you'd like more copies of the coloring page postcard, the original file is attached below! Happy coloring!


Last call for Ordering your Ridgeline Merchandise - March 1st is the last day to order Special Edition Ridgeline t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, and aprons with a Super Cool custom design. RidgelineMontessori.bigcartel.com.

If your family qualifies on Ridgeline’s Income Survey Form, your student(s) also qualifies for a t-shirt at no cost. Please email Cynthia to order your student's t-shirt under this program.

Please note, women’s t-shirts run small. Items are made to order, so please make sure you order the correct size as we will not be able to make exchanges for incorrect sizing. Questions? Feel free to contact Michelle.

Staff Retirements - With enormous gratitude and best wishes, we share that both Ridgeline’s beloved kindergarten teacher, Diana Fitzer, and our founding Montessori teacher, Cheri Spies, will be retiring at the end of this school year.


Cheri was instrumental in helping to establish Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School more than 20 years ago and has been a lower elementary teacher since the very beginning. Cheri will remain in her students’ and peers’ hearts through her dedicated stewardship and service of children. She has been a source of inspiration and motivation. The gifts she has bestowed on Ridgeline as a founding teacher will forever impact future Ridgeline students, families, and staff. She will be greatly missed. Click here to read Cheri’s retirement letter.


Diana has been at Ridgeline for 17 years and has had such a positive impact on our youngest learners. She set our youngest students on a path towards independence, curiosity, and a love of learning. As Diana often said, “Well begun is half done.” What a gift she has given to our students and our school. She will be greatly missed. Click here to read Diana’s retirement letter.


We share the news of Diana and Cheri’s upcoming retirements also to let you know we have a strong process for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring teachers. The hiring process requires a significant amount of time, and it will begin by mid-March. In the meantime, please share your gratitude and appreciation for both Cheri and Diana. We look forward to celebrating their retirements later this spring.


Board Public Comment - As your board of directors, we welcome your input. "Public Comment" is the official way to provide it. You can comment either in writing (by emailing board@ridgeline.org and including "Public Comment" in the subject line) or in person at our meetings, where you will be allowed a short period of time to speak. If you think someone else is saying what you're thinking, you're probably wrong! Public comment has been very rare at our meetings over the last several years. It is helpful for us to hear directly from you. We also encourage you to engage board members in informal conversations outside of meetings--public comment is not for everyone or for every topic. Please help us serve Ridgeline better.

Special Board Meeting NEXT Thursday (March 4). The board will have a special meeting next Thursday, March 4, 2021, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The topic of this special meeting is Ridgeline's return to in-person learning plan. Work to prepare for this meeting will be continuing up until the meeting happens, so plans, agendas, etc. are subject to change. There will be a board work session from 6:30-7:30 p.m., during which administrators will present the plan to the board and board members will ask clarifying questions. From 7:30-8:30 p.m., we will hold a public meeting. This meeting will include an opportunity for public comment, as well as time for the board to formally approve the parts of the plan which require board approval. The draft agenda can be found here; it will be finalized by next Tuesday. You can reach the board with comments and questions at board@ridgeline.org.

Logs Needed - We need approximately 80 log stumps for students to sit on (individually) outside when we start hybrid. We are looking for a range of diameters to meet the sitting needs of students k-8. Logs can be returned when school resumes to fully indoor, in-person learning. Contact Cynthia if you have logs to lend/donate.


CONTINUING NEWS -

Communications - Thank you to everyone who filled out the Spring Hybrid Learning Survey. Staff is working hard using this data to create a schedule for hybrid instruction this spring. As we move forward, there will be lots of communications heading your way! Please check your email on a regular basis to ensure that you receive details, including intent to return for the 2021-22 school year, and the follow-up survey that will go to the folks who have selected hybrid for this spring.


Lottery - The 2021-22 lottery has been run. If you had a student in the lottery you should have received an email notification. The placement offer or waitlist number provided to applicants on February 17, 2021, is accurate for the 2021/22 school year. Unfortunately, an error occurred informing folks that the results were for the 2017/18 school year. We are trying to learn what happened and when we can resend notifications with the correct school year. If you need additional assistance please call the office at 541-681-9662.


Tips to Improve Your Internet - Here are some helpful tips from Julian, our IT support specialist. If you are having slow internet speed or bad zoom calls you may be able to improve it by clearing your internet cache and cookies.


To do this:

  1. Open your Google Chrome (this is your internet browser)

  2. Click the three dots in the upper right-hand corner

  3. Go to more tools

  4. Another menu will pop up when you move the mouse over more tools

  5. In the new menu click Clear Browsing Data

  6. Click on Advanced

  7. The time range should be set to All Time

  8. Check the boxes next to:

    1. Browsing history

    2. Download history

    3. Cookies and other site data

    4. Cached images and files

    5. Hosted app data

  9. Click clear data

  10. Close Google Chrome


Please note this will only return your internet speed to as it was when you first received the computer; it will not be enormous.

Cooking with Friends - Calling all Chefs and Bakers! - The RCO is planning a parent and kid-friendly virtual cooking class for the Ridgeline community and we need your help! If you are an avid cook or baker (no matter your skill level) and would like to teach (via zoom) your favorite dish to us all, please submit your recipe idea to Amanda Bedortha by 2/25/21. Please pick relatively inexpensive and simple dishes that families can enjoy making together in "class."


COMMUNITY NEWS -

Art lessons (ages 10(ish)+) From Former Ridgeline Family -


Frequency: 1 hour/week; lesson times to be arranged individually

Location: Skype/ Zoom for now; in-person possible after Covid

Cost: $15 per class; pay for 4 lessons ($60) at a time; 50% sibling discount

Contact: Kesha Hawk at thehawksaerie@gmail.com


Classes are tailored to each student or group. Depending on your child's level, they will go from where they are or begin with concept development and learn the basics before moving on to more complex topics. Topics range from animation to perspective, anatomy, Photoshop digital work, comic panels, painting, sculpture, etc. Usually, each 4 classes will include a small project to learn new skills. One of our main goals is that our students learn by having fun, creating in the realms of what they are interested in and passionate about. Long-term projects are also possible. The sky's the limit! The instructor is my husband, Matt Hawk. He has an associate's degree in Illustration & Graphic Design and has taught art to children in Eugene for 10 years. He has also worked with a video game company and illustrated several books.

Free Meals Extended through June 2021

Free grab-and-go meals (breakfast and lunch served together) will be available for all 4J students and youth 18 years old and younger through June 2021. A dinner meal will start being added beginning in January; this is provided at no cost to families through the Federal Child Nutrition Programs funding. There are no income requirements and no application necessary. Children do not need to be present when picking up meals. Families can choose the location that is most convenient for them, regardless of where they live or attend school.

Please follow the directions posted at each site. Families are required to use social distancing strategies (6 feet distance from anyone not in your household) when accessing meal sites. All meals are intended to be picked up and not consumed onsite.

WINTER SCHEDULE

Serving Times: Monday–Friday, 10:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

(subject to change based on participation)

Site Closure Dates:

  • March 22-26 is closed for Spring Break; a seven-day food box will be distributed on Friday, March 19th from all meal sites

Churchill Region

  • Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.

  • McCornack Elementary, 1968 Brittany St.

North Eugene Region

  • Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.

  • River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School, 120 W. Hilliard Lane

  • Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Dr.

Sheldon Region

  • Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Rd.

  • Holt Elementary School, 770 Calvin St.

South Eugene Region

  • Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.

  • Spencer Butte Middle School, 500 E.43rd Ave.

Downtown

  • ECCO, 200 N. Monroe St. (behind the district office)

More Information



Ridgeline's eNews 2-18-21

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Full calendar: https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources/calendar


Thurs. 2/18 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 pm

Fri. 2/19 Direct Donation Drive Starts

Mon. 2/22 Site Council Meeting 6-7 pm

Sun. 2/28 Direct Donation Drive Ends

Mon. 3/1 Ridgeline Merchandise Orders Due


NEW NEWS –

Board Meeting tonight -The Ridgeline Board will have its monthly board meeting this Thursday evening. The meeting will be packed with information on possible upcoming facilities projects, Ridgeline's return to in-person learning, our ongoing contract discussions with 4J. The board will discuss a Black Lives Matter resolution and an equity audit. The board will update several policies and officially endorse a procedure that Ridgeline will follow to make its decision to transition to hybrid learning. (Note: The decision to transition has not been made, and it will not be made at this meeting. However, information that will facilitate decision making when the time comes will be shared.)

The full agenda can be found on the Board page of the Ridgeline website. The meeting will be held by Zoom (link; Meeting ID: 850 2082 5742 and Passcode: 443372) and all are welcome to attend (except for portions of the meeting where an executive session is indicated on the agenda). If you would like to reach the board, please email board@ridgeline.org.

Communications - Thank you to everyone who filled out the Spring Hybrid Learning Survey. Staff is working hard using this data to create a schedule for hybrid instruction this spring. As we move forward there will be lots of communications heading your way! Please check your email on a regular basis to ensure that you receive details, including intent to return for the 2021-22 school year, and the follow-up survey that will go to the folks who have selected hybrid for this spring.


Lottery - The 2021-22 lottery has been run. If you had a student in the lottery you should have received an email notification. The placement offer or waitlist number provided to applicants on February 17, 2021, is accurate for the 2021/22 school year. Unfortunately, an error occurred informing folks that the results were for the 2017/18 school year. We are trying to learn what happened and when we can resend notifications with the correct school year. If you need additional assistance please call the office at 541-681-9662.


Our Direct Donation Drive Starts TOMORROW! Our annual Direct Donation Dive starts tomorrow, February 19, and will run for 10 days this year. During this time we hope to raise $10,000, and when we meet that goal, a group of 10 generous Ridgeline parents will together contribute another $10,000. That's a dollar-for-dollar match! This is a great time to make an annual donation and double your impact! Make your DDD donation today: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/DDD2021

A Fun Ridgeline Postcard is Coming to Your Mailbox! - The Fundraising Committee hopes that you (or your students) have fun coloring it in. Share your works of art on Facebook or send them to giving@ridgeline.org and we'll add them to our "DDD art gallery" which we will share with the community at the end of our Direct Donation Drive!


Ordering Deadline is March 1st for Ridgeline Merchandise - Special Edition Ridgeline t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, and aprons with a Super Cool custom design. We’ve streamlined our ordering system this year for easy ordering of your Ridgeline gear, so check it all out on this website: RidgelineMontessori.bigcartel.com. Sizing guides for t-shirts are now up on the website!

As always, we are committed to making sure each student receives a Ridgeline t-shirt, regardless of income. Your purchases directly fund the T-shirts for All Students Program, with extra funds going to Ridgeline’s general fund. If your family qualifies on Ridgeline’s Income Survey Form, your student(s) also qualifies for a t-shirt at no cost. Please email Cynthia to order your student's t-shirt under this program.

Please note, women’s t-shirts run small. Items are made to order, so please make sure you order the correct size as we will not be able to make exchanges for incorrect sizing. Questions? Feel free to contact Michelle.


Site Council Meeting - The Site Council will have their monthly meeting, on Monday, February 22, 6-7 pm. The Site Council is made up of representatives from all stakeholder groups and the meeting is open for all to attend. Join us via zoom.


Tips to Improve Your Internet - Here are some helpful tips from Julian, our IT support specialist. If you are having slow internet speed or bad zoom calls you may be able to improve it by clearing your internet cache and cookies.


To do this:

  1. Open your Google Chrome (this is your internet browser)

  2. Click the three dots in the upper right-hand corner

  3. Go to more tools

  4. Another menu will pop up when you move the mouse over more tools

  5. In the new menu click Clear Browsing Data

  6. Click on Advanced

  7. The time range should be set to All Time

  8. Check the boxes next to:

    1. Browsing history

    2. Download history

    3. Cookies and other site data

    4. Cached images and files

    5. Hosted app data

  9. Click clear data

  10. Close Google Chrome


Please note this will only return your internet speed to as it was when you first received the computer; it will not be enormous.


CONTINUING NEWS -

Weeding & Bark Mulch Moving Volunteers Needed - We need your help weeding and spreading the mound of bark mulch that is in the north parking lot to get ready for hybrid learning. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the fresh air, get some exercise, and volunteer hours. Contact Cynthia for details. We would like the parking lot cleared before spring break.

Welcome New Members of the RCO Leadership Team - Our new RCO Leadership includes an RCO Lead and a Planning Team with parents from each grade level. We would like to welcome the new members of the RCO Leadership team! Deborah Salari is joining us from Kinder, Amanda Bedortha for Lower El, and Alexis Reid from Upper El. We still have room for one more - if you are a Middle school parent and interested in joining the team, email Meghan Rogacki for more details.

Cooking with Friends - Calling all Chefs and Bakers! - The RCO is planning a parent and kid-friendly virtual cooking class for the Ridgeline community and we need your help! If you are an avid cook or baker (no matter your skill level) and would like to teach (via zoom) your favorite dish to us all, please submit your recipe idea to Amanda Bedortha by 2/25/21. Please pick relatively inexpensive and simple dishes that families can enjoy making together in "class."


COMMUNITY NEWS -

Free Meals Extended through June 2021

Free grab-and-go meals (breakfast and lunch served together) will be available for all 4J students and youth 18 years old and younger through June 2021. A dinner meal will start being added beginning in January; this is provided at no cost to families through the Federal Child Nutrition Programs funding. There are no income requirements and no application necessary. Children do not need to be present when picking up meals. Families can choose the location that is most convenient for them, regardless of where they live or attend school.

Please follow the directions posted at each site. Families are required to use social distancing strategies (6 feet distance from anyone not in your household) when accessing meal sites. All meals are intended to be picked up and not consumed onsite.

WINTER SCHEDULE

Serving Times: Monday–Friday, 10:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

(subject to change based on participation)

Site Closure Dates:

  • March 22-26 is closed for Spring Break; a seven-day food box will be distributed on Friday, March 19th from all meal sites

Churchill Region

  • Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.

  • McCornack Elementary, 1968 Brittany St.

North Eugene Region

  • Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.

  • River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School, 120 W. Hilliard Lane

  • Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Dr.

Sheldon Region

  • Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Rd.

  • Holt Elementary School, 770 Calvin St.

South Eugene Region

  • Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.

  • Spencer Butte Middle School, 500 E.43rd Ave.

Downtown

  • ECCO, 200 N. Monroe St. (behind the district office)

More Information



Ridgeline's eNews 2-11-21

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Full calendar: https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources/calendar

Sat. 1/16 Lottery Information Session

Mon. 1/18 NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Thurs. 1/21 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 pm

Sat. 1/23 Talent Show submission deadline


NEW NEWS –

Lottery Information Session Saturday - The second and final of our live lottery information sessions is this Saturday, January 16, 10-11 am. Please help spread the word with friends and family who you think would be interested in Ridgeline. Participants need to Register for the January 16, 2021, 10:00 a.m. session in advance. Additional enrollment information is available on our website at www.ridgeline.org.


Wondering What to Watch Tonight? - Why not check out the Jonathan Wolff parent education videos? The one-hour education presentation is divided into two 30 minute segments, perfect for watching while folding laundry or after the kids go to bed. It’s easier than Netflix; you don’t even have to log in; just click here. Another perk is you can log volunteer hours. You cannot do that by watching Netflix! Then mark your calendars for the February 4, 6:30pm live Q & A with Jonthan. The link will be included in next week’s eNews.


Volunteers Needed! - Do you miss the old style of volunteering and seeing people? If so, here is your chance! We need volunteers to help us with the Sheild Catering food orders that are being offered in conjunction with the Talent Show. Volunteers work 2-hour shifts running food orders to Ridgeline families who will be waiting in their vehicles on Wednesday, January 27, 4-6pm and Thursday, January 28, 3-5pm. Shield Catering has recently moved to 298 Blair Bvd. If you are able to help, please sign up today so we know we have the people power to make this event happen.


T-shirts and Sweatshirts are in the works! - It’s been a different kind of year, so we’re planning a different type of design. Look for more details in the coming weeks about when and how to order, as well as a sneak peek at the special design. Who knows, you might be able to order a tote bag too! Please remember that a portion of the cost of the Ridgeline gear you purchase will go toward ensuring every student at Ridgeline is able to have a t-shirt. Our t-shirts are a simple reminder that we are all connected to one another and an easy way to increase the visibility of Ridgeline in our greater community. More specifics will be shared with the ordering instructions coming shortly.


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.


Board Meeting - Ridgeline's Board of Directors will meet in public session via Zoom on Thursday, 1/21, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The agenda currently includes information about and discussion of updates to Ready Schools, Safe Learners; charter renewal work; equity committee bylaws and structure; facilities improvements; and in-person learning. The board will vote on adopting a Black Lives Matter resolution and a policy related to the Families First CoronaVirus Response Act.

If you would like to have your comments read aloud at the meeting, please email the board by 3:00 p.m. before the meeting: board@ridgeline.org. All are welcome to attend!


A Note from the Counselor: How to Help Your Child with Screen Anxiety During Distance Learning”

Hello Ridgeline community, I wanted to offer some tips for families experiencing screen anxiety during distance learning. Screen anxiety shows up in children and teens in different ways, but it most often shows up as resistance or avoidance of any meetings, small-group work, or assignments that need to be completed online. If your child has been experiencing screen anxiety, now is the time to validate and help them understand/process their feelings. Here is some guidance that Allison Sibley, a Marriage and Family Therapist, has offered to help young people manage their screen anxiety.

  • This is not a one size fits all method. Please realize that distance learning in this manner and for lengthy periods of time, especially for school-aged children, is not developmentally appropriate. Under normal circumstances, teaching professionals would not support this model. Teachers are working hard to offer the best version of learning through online experiences, yet it will have some problems.

  • Be kind and flexible with your child and yourself. Every child and family is different. There are no absolutes in what will or what won’t work. Commit to a schedule and plan, and be willing to flex it regularly.

  • Try to start the same way daily. Have the same point-person start the day if you can. Try to have a routine and a fun outing daily to do during lunch break/recess (i.e., walk the dog, run a fun errand, etc.)

  • Follow the learning schedule, flexibly. Write out the schedule daily on a dry erase board. Cross off each class and task when your child completes it. If your child is overwhelmed by how long the day looks, break down the schedule into morning and afternoon and only write out half the day at first. Let your child take body breaks when needed.

  • Start with realistic and customized goals for your child. If s/he is scared of being on-screen with his or her mic on, s/he can participate off-screen and off-mic at first. Just be sure to tell his/her teacher that is your plan and that you are working with your child to increase their comfort. Then gradually add a feature–turn on the mic, or turn on the screen during fun activities, help your child respond in chat, or raise their hand virtually, etc.

  • Ask your teacher not to call out or on your child if you are worried that they will become too anxious or meltdown. Advocate for your child’s feelings while still expecting them to grow in becoming more comfortable on screen. Expose them to other less threatening virtual interactions (i.e., zoom calls grandparents regularly, interactive apps or facetime with friends, etc.)

  • Create a ladder. Write out with your child their fears or resistance about being in a virtual class. 10 is the scariest, and 0 is all ok. Help them think about instances that might make them anxious and write them down and rate them (i.e. Being called on in class. Having my teacher ask me to respond on mic. Getting the answer wrong in the chat. Having everyone see my face on the screen. Having to look at everyone’s faces all at once on-screen.) Try to build a list of coping strategies for each level of concern.

  • Be willing to accommodate and adjust your child’s learning experience. If your child is fearful or averse to looking at everyone fully in the face on-screen, you can have him/her sit to the side and just listen to class at first, doodle, or play with a fidget rather than focus on the screen images. You also can have them minimize the zoom window, so they don’t see everyone, or they can hide their image.

  • Emphasize, empathize, empathize–And Still Return Certain Standards. When your child complains, share in those feelings…” This IS awful!” Match their emotion and intensity and then return to a calm voice if you can. Don’t forget to return to certain goals and standards (even if just silently to yourself in that moment) and consistently ask them to participate. If we give up, we teach our kids that they can’t do hard things and that we can’t help them overcome difficult tasks. Don’t pressure, yet do be kind and firm.

If you feel your child is experiencing screen anxiety and you cannot find a strategy to help them cope, please reach out to me for additional resources. Heather.lecompte@ridgeline.org

Office Max Gives 5% to Schools - Next time you are binder shopping, consider purchasing at Office Max, and they will donate 5% of your purchase to Ridgeline. Simply enter Ridgeline’s ID # when making an online order, or tell the cashier the number if shopping in person. Our ID # is 70115185. The number can be easily found on Office Max’s website. Read here for more information about their program.

CONTINUING NEWS -

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.

Intent to Return in March - Every year, we ask our current families what their enrollment plans are for the upcoming school year. This year the intent to return online form will be available starting March 12th. This is how you retain your student’s spot at Ridgeline.

Help Promote Ridgeline! - Please share our upcoming lottery information sessions with friends and family.

Learn More About Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School!

We welcome members of the community to join us for a one-hour virtual information session. Find out more about what makes public Montessori unique. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet our dedicated school leadership, talented teachers, and have their questions answered.


Ridgeline offers tuition-free, multi-age classrooms that challenge students through self-directed learning, guided by experienced, state-licensed, and Montessori certified teachers.

Ridgeline is deeply committed to providing each student with equal opportunities regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, color, national origin, and disability. We welcome all who choose a public Montessori education.

Register for the January 16, 2021, 10:00 a.m. session

A Warm Welcome to Jenine Stocke - A warm welcome to Jeanine Stocke, the newest addition to team Ridgeline, in the position of floating assistant. Jeanine comes to us formally trained as a Montessori assistant, has experience in multiple levels, training in special needs and adaptation of curriculum, and online teaching experience using the Eugene Online Academy! Jeanine will spend some of her days in each of the classrooms (virtually for now), getting to know students and staff.

Pasta Dinner Returns (Virtually) for our Talent Show! - Tired of cooking every night? Wishing you could watch our upcoming Talent Show without having to deal with cleaning up from cooking dinner? Craving the opportunity to share a common meal with school friends over Zoom or FaceTime? If so, we have a unique opportunity for you! The Fundraising Committee is working with our friends over at Sheild Catering (where former Ridgeline music teacher Ameila Mau works) to bring a dinner that can help both you and Ridgeline. We are still working out the final details but there will be three different entree options (vegetarian / meat / vegan/gluten free) as well as optional add-ons (like dessert, extra salad, etc.) The base menu will cost ~$10 per adult-sized portion. Make sure to be on the look out for ALL the details (full menu, pricing, ordering/pick up information, etc) in next week's eNews!

Talent Show - Every year Ridgeline students put on a stellar Talent Show! In the past, we have been lucky enough to witness marvelous magicians, excellent vocalists, instrumentalists, actors, gymnasts, fishing experts, and dancers right on our stage at Ridgeline. This year things will be a little different.

BUT the Show Must Go On!

**NEW INFO** 2021's Ridgeline Talent Show will happen virtually in a Facebook Watch Party on Thursday, January 28th at 6:00 p.m (that Friday is a no school day). Please join the Talent Show Facebook Group by January 26th to allow time for moderators to approve your membership. Feel free to share the link and deadline with friends or family. https://www.facebook.com/groups/223325399245187 We understand that not everyone is a Facebook person, but this is the best and most secure method for simultaneously watching a video.

Now is a great time to start talking to your student about whether they would like to submit a video recording of their act for the talent show. Submissions must be 3 minutes or less. Please make sure your student avoids music with inappropriate lyrics (overtly sexual, drug references, violence, suicide references, etc). If you have any questions about whether your child's music is school-appropriate, please don't hesitate to email the Talent Show coordinator, Kate Downing, before your child begins to practice! You may also send finished submissions to Kate at 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.

This year, I would like a student or two from each class to introduce their class's section of the Talent Show. If your student is interested in recording a short video introduction, please let me know! If your child introduces their class, they are still welcome to submit a performance. I'll sign up a maximum of 2 kids per class for this job (2 total for middle school), and will base the decision on who responds first. Email wobblykate@hotmail.com ASAP if your child would like this job. Please include your child's name and their teacher's name.

COMMUNITY NEWS -

Community Food Resources

4J Wraparound Services: Food boxes and pantry/personal care items are available every Wednesday for 4J families in need. To request a box, please contact your school, or leave a message with your name and phone number for the 4J wraparound team at 541-790-5718 or 4jwraparound@4j.lane.edu.

FOOD For Lane County (FFLC), the area’s nonprofit food bank, continues to distribute food to its network of more than 150 churches and social service agencies during the coronavirus outbreak. The agency is providing an up-to-date list of closures and schedule changes for local food pantries.

Community food resources for families in need include:

Food pantries (Find the food pantry nearest you: tiny.cc/FFLCpantrymap)

Meal sites

The Dining Room

Programs for children

Programs for seniors

Trillium Produce Plus






Ridgeline's eNews 2-4-21

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Full calendar: https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources/calendar


Thurs. 2/4 Parent Education Night with Jonathan Wolff 6:30 pm

Wed. 2/10 Fundraising Committee Meeting 4-5 pm

Thurs. 2/11 Hybrid Learning Spring Survey Due

Thurs. 2/11 NO SCHOOL - conferences

Fri. 2/12 NO SCHOOL - conferences

Mon. 2/15 NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day


NEW NEWS –

TONIGHT! I can. I will. I am! - Please join us for a zoom question and answer with Montessori educator, Jonathan Wolff, Thursday, February 4, 6:30 pm. There is still time to watch the parent education videos prior to this event. These videos, with accompanying handouts, were designed for you to consume on your schedule. The one-hour video is broken into two 30 minute segments. You can view it all at once or over a period of time, whichever is convenient for you. It will be available on the family resource page under parent education for the rest of the year.


Hybrid or CDL? - With changing covid case counts, vaccine rollout, and a shift in the metrics for schools to return to in-person learning, your family’s thoughts on whether to send your child to Ridgeline for Hybrid learning or remain with CDL may have changed since we last surveyed you. In order to make a plan for hybrid learning this spring, we need you to fill out this quick survey ASAP. If you are on the fence, choose the hybrid learning model, as it is less difficult to scale down than up. Those who choose hybrid will be given an opportunity to opt-out before hybrid instruction begins.


Report Cards & Parent Vue Activation Keys - Report cards will be mailed home Friday. Enclosed you may find a parent activation key letter. If you receive a letter, this means you are either a new parent to Ridgeline (since we sent out the activation keys last year), or you did not activate it at that time. Action keys are per person; therefore, there may be an activation key for one adult in the household but not the other. This means that the parent who did not receive an activation key has already activated their account. Through Parent Vue, you can see your student’s profile and attendance. At some point, 4J will roll out online registration, and more fields will become available to parents. We encourage you all to activate your accounts. If you have any questions, please contact Leauriy in the office.


Limited In-Person Instruction(LIPI) - Ridgeline is beginning to implement LIPI on a very limited basis during comprehensive distance learning (CDL). This instruction is need-based. School personnel, teaching staff, our counselor, or principal, will identify a small number of students whose needs might be better met by LIPI. If this applies to your student, you will be contacted by your child's teacher or the principal.


Staff Vaccinations - A big thank you to White Bird and their crew for providing Ridgeline staff the opportunity to receive the COVID vaccine on Monday! Cheers to White Bird and the important work they do to support the community. With this, we have reached another important and necessary milestone in moving forward with in-person learning.


Ridgeline's Annual Direct Donation Drive! - (February 19-28): In two weeks we will be kicking off our annual Direct Donation Drive (aka DDD). Our Direct Donation Drive is our annual "just write a check" campaign. This year's DDD is brought to us by the number 10! (And now I'm humming the opening tune for Sesame Street, again...) Our DDD goal this year is to raise $10,000 over 10 days. But wait, there are more 10s! If we reach our $10,000 goal, 10 generous parents of Ridgeline students (current and alumni) have collectively pledged to donate $10,000 in matching funds! Look for "tens" of more information in the coming weeks!


NEXT WEEK 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 your class link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com:

Diana's Class

Rachel’s Class

Emily’s Class

Cheri’s Class

Meridy’s Class

Adam’s Class

Jasper’s Class

Middle School Conferences

Sheild Catering Update - Thank you to everyone who participated in the Sheild Catering event. Ridgeline will receive $315 to add towards our fundraising goal for the year. The Catering folks enjoyed working with us and would like to do it again in the future. If you have any feedback you would like to share, such as menu suggestions or requests, pick up logistics (what worked/didn’t work), and thoughts about the price point, send that feedback to Cynthia.

CONTINUING NEWS -

Update From Administration About In-Person Learning - Watch Chrystell and Michelle’s video update on Ready Schools, Safe Learners requirements. In the video, Michelle and Chrystell provide an update on what Ridgeline is doing to prepare for in-person learning. See the most recent changes to the advisory metrics and where Lane County is currently here. The following are links to information referenced in the video.

Ready Schools, Safe Learners

Advisory Health Metrics

Harvard Global Health Institute

Medium Jars Needed - Kindergarten is looking for medium-sized jars with lids that they can use for paint. Approximately 75 jars are needed. If you have clean lidded jars that you no longer need, please drop them off at school in the labeled box on February 5, 8, or 12. (These are the drop-off/pick-up days for classes doing Valentines).

Wondering about Weather? - Ridgeline follows 4J when determining if school will be impacted by adverse weather conditions. If there is inclement weather, we will continue to offer comprehensive distance learning. School closures during CDL would only happen during mass power outages. Below is the 4J weather closure information.

No news = No change

Winter weather can make road conditions hazardous. This year, with the increased ability to provide instruction and services remotely, the school district will be more able to continue operations during inclement weather than in past years.

If inclement weather occurs during distance learning, 4J on-site services—such as food service and delivery, busing, internet hubs and limited in-person instruction—may be canceled, and schools will continue instruction at a distance.

If inclement weather occurs during hybrid learning, in general, there will be no change if 4J school buses are able to drive safely on regular routes or snow routes. If not, 4J on-site services will be canceled and schools will operate in distance learning.

There are several ways to find out if there is a change on snowy or icy days:

Opt in to receive school text messages

• Check 4J's website, www.4j.lane.edu

• Follow 4J on social media: Facebook Twitter @4Jweather Twitter @4Jschools

• Tune in to local radio and television news stations

If there is a change due to weather, it will be announced before 6:30 a.m. If there is no change, there will NOT be an announcement. Families are encouraged to consider local road conditions and make their own decisions based on safety.

Ridgeline's eNews 1-28-21

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Full calendar: https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources/calendar


Thurs. 1/28 Shield Catering Order Pick Up 3-5 pm

Thurs. 1/28 Virtual Talent Show 6-7 pm

Fri. 1/29 NO SCHOOL - grading day

Sun. 1/31 Sibling & Lottery Application Deadline

Thurs. 2/4 Parent Education Night with Jonathan Wolff 6:30 pm


NEW NEWS –

No School Friday - Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday, January 29 is a no school grading day.


LAST CHANCE! 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.

Shield Catering Order Pick Up - Remember to pick up your order today, 3-5 pm at Sheild Catering, 298 Blair Blvd. Parent volunteers will greet you at your vehicle and run your order out to you.


Talent Show - Settle into your sofa with the family and enjoy over 40 student acts as part of this year’s Ridgeline Talent Show. We so appreciate all the work that Kate Downing has done to make this watch party happen!

What was that one about "the best-laid plans of mice and men?" We are MOVING THE WATCH PARTY TO YOUTUBE. Facebook has muted many of the kids' acts, BUT THE SHOW MUST GO ON! This group is still important because this is where I will post the youtube party link. Come back here for a party link on Thursday just before 6 pm. Please download this quick chrome extension so we can all watch the video and comment at the same time!


Don’t have Facebook? Email Kate for a YouTube link for the Talent Show. Just email me and I will put you on the list.

Update From Administration About In-Person Learning - Watch Chrystell and Michelle’s video update on Ready Schools, Safe Learners requirements. In the video, Michelle and Chrystell provide an update on what Ridgeline is doing to prepare for in-person learning. See the most recent changes to the advisory metrics and where Lane County is currently here. The following are links to information referenced in the video.

Ready Schools, Safe Learners

Advisory Health Metrics

Harvard Global Health Institute

I can. I will. I am! - Please join us for a zoom question and answer with Montessori educator, Jonathan Wolff, Thursday, February 4, 6:30 pm. There is still time to watch the parent education videos prior to this event. These videos, with accompanying handouts, were designed for you to consume on your schedule. The one-hour video is broken into two 30 minute segments. You can view it all at once or over a period of time, whichever is convenient for you. It will be available on the family resource page under parent education for the rest of the year.


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 your child’s teacher specifically requests to meet with you.

Click your class link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com:

Diana's Class

Rachel’s Class

Emily’s Class

Cheri’s Class

Meridy’s Class

Adam’s Class

Jasper’s Class

Middle School Conferences

Medium Jars Needed - Kindergarten is looking for medium-sized jars with lids that they can use for paint. Approximately 75 jars are needed. If you have clean lidded jars that you no longer need, please drop them off at school in the labeled box on February 5, 8, or 12. (These are the drop-off/pick-up days for classes doing Valentines).

Yarn Bombing Book - RCO Lead, Meghan Rogacki has created a charming book to recap the yarn bombing project. Check it out; the book is attached to the eNews.

Weeding Thank You - Thank you to John & Miles Boita, and Porter Doran and his girls for their work weeding! There is always lots of grounds work to do. If you would like to help out, we encourage you to simply show up and work, or contact Cynthia if you need details and information on how to access the tools in the shed.

Wondering about Weather? - Ridgeline follows 4J when determining if school will be impacted by adverse weather conditions. If there is inclement weather, we will continue to offer comprehensive distance learning. School closures during CDL would only happen during mass power outages. Below is the 4J weather closure information.

No news = No change

Winter weather can make road conditions hazardous. This year, with the increased ability to provide instruction and services remotely, the school district will be more able to continue operations during inclement weather than in past years.

If inclement weather occurs during distance learning, 4J on-site services—such as food service and delivery, busing, internet hubs and limited in-person instruction—may be canceled, and schools will continue instruction at a distance.

If inclement weather occurs during hybrid learning, in general, there will be no change if 4J school buses are able to drive safely on regular routes or snow routes. If not, 4J on-site services will be canceled and schools will operate in distance learning.

There are several ways to find out if there is a change on snowy or icy days:

Opt in to receive school text messages

• Check 4J's website, www.4j.lane.edu

• Follow 4J on social media: Facebook Twitter @4Jweather Twitter @4Jschools

• Tune in to local radio and television news stations

If there is a change due to weather, it will be announced before 6:30 a.m. If there is no change, there will NOT be an announcement. Families are encouraged to consider local road conditions and make their own decisions based on safety.


CONTINUING NEWS -

Middle School RCO Representative STILL Needed - The RCO planning team would like to have a middle school parent to complete its leadership team. Middle school students have different interests than the elementary folks, and in order to plan events that will speak to the interests of all our families, your representation is key. If you have an interest in participating on the RCO leadership team, contact Meghan Rogacki for more information and to volunteer.


COMMUNITY NEWS -

Community Food Resources

4J Wraparound Services: Food boxes and pantry/personal care items are available every Wednesday for 4J families in need. To request a box, please contact your school, or leave a message with your name and phone number for the 4J wraparound team at 541-790-5718 or 4jwraparound@4j.lane.edu.

FOOD For Lane County (FFLC), the area’s nonprofit food bank, continues to distribute food to its network of more than 150 churches and social service agencies during the coronavirus outbreak. The agency is providing an up-to-date list of closures and schedule changes for local food pantries.

Community food resources for families in need include:

Food pantries (Find the food pantry nearest you: tiny.cc/FFLCpantrymap)

Meal sites

The Dining Room

Programs for children

Programs for seniors

Trillium Produce Plus



Ridgeline's eNews 1-21-2021

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Full calendar: https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources/calendar


Thurs. 1/21 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 pm

Sat. 1/23 Talent Show submission deadline

Sun. 1/24 Sheild Catering Order Deadline

Mon. 1/25 Site Council Meeting 6-7:30 pm

Wed. 1/27 Sheild Catering Order Pick Up 4-7 pm

Thurs. 1/28 Shield Catering Order Pick Up 3-5 pm

Thurs. 1/28 Virtual Talent Show 6-7 pm

Fri. 1/29 NO SCHOOL - grading day

Sun. 1/31 Sibling & Lottery Application Deadline


NEW NEWS –

Board Meeting - Ridgeline's Board of Directors will meet in public session via Zoom on Thursday, 1/21, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The agenda includes updates to Ready Schools, Safe Learners; charter renewal work; facilities; policies, and in-person learning. The board will vote on adopting a Black Lives Matter resolution and a policy related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

If you would like to have your comments read aloud at the meeting, please email the board by 3:00 p.m. before the meeting: board@ridgeline.org. All are welcome to attend.


Board Meeting Agenda January 21, 2021

Join Zoom Meeting


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.


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.


Report Cards & Conferences- Midyear report cards will be mailed home this year at the end of the first week of February. During CDL instruction, schools are required to provide additional conference time for families. February 11th and 12th will now be no school days to allow for mid-year parent/student/teacher conferences. (Watch for sign-up links in next week’s eNews). If you have moved, and not updated your address with the office, now is the time to do so to ensure that your child’s report card does not go to the wrong address! In order to change your address in Synergy, we need two proofs of address. 1. A lease or mortgage statement AND 2. a utility bill, pay stub, or government issued mail. Contact Leauriy in the office to update your address.


January is School Board Recognition Month and Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School wishes to express our deep gratitude to our board of directors for their dedicated leadership and commitment to our students and public Montessori education. Each member of Ridgeline's nine-member board contributes countless hours to governing our school. Above and beyond that they are active and engaged community members who volunteer on the fundraising committee, serve on the Equity Steering Committee, attend Site Council meetings, work on charter contract renewal, oversee facility projects, write thank you notes, and so much more! Collectively, our board members have served Ridgeline with more than 31 years of outstanding vision and leadership.

Even though we are making a special effort during January to show appreciation for our school board members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round effort on their part. They are dedicated individuals who are committed to improving student achievement and to fighting for the best for all of our students. Thank you, Ridgeline Board of Directors!!!

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

Book Covering Volunteer Needed - We are looking for a detailed oriented individual to apply contact paper like material to the cover of 10 paperback books to protect them. Volunteers need to be able to measure, cut in a straight line with a ruler and exacto knife, then carefully adhere the adhesive to the book’s cover. All supplies provided. Contact Cynthia to volunteer. This project needs completing by February 1.


Middle School RCO Representative STILL Needed - The RCO planning team would like to have a middle school parent to complete its leadership team. Middle school students have different interests than the elementary folks, and in order to plan events that will speak to the interests of all our families, your representation is key. If you have an interest in participating on the RCO leadership team, contact Meghan Rogacki for more information and to volunteer.


Talent Show Watch Party - Ridgeline Talent Show 2021 will happen virtually in a Facebook Watch Party on Thursday, January 28th at 6:00 p.m (that Friday is a no school day). Please join the Talent Show Facebook Group by January 26th to allow time for moderators to approve your membership. Feel free to share the link and deadline with friends or family. https://www.facebook.com/groups/223325399245187 We understand that not everyone is a Facebook person, but this is the best and most secure method for simultaneously watching a video.

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.

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.

CONTINUING NEWS -

Wondering What to Watch Tonight? - Why not check out the Jonathan Wolff parent education videos? The one-hour education presentation is divided into two 30 minute segments, perfect for watching while folding laundry or after the kids go to bed. It’s easier than Netflix; you don’t even have to log in; just click here. Another perk is you can log volunteer hours. You cannot do that by watching Netflix! Then mark your calendars for the February 4, 6:30pm live Q & A with Jonthan. The link will be included in next week’s eNews.


T-shirts and Sweatshirts are in the works! - It’s been a different kind of year, so we’re planning a different type of design. Look for more details in the coming weeks about when and how to order, as well as a sneak peek at the special design. Who knows, you might be able to order a tote bag too! Please remember that a portion of the cost of the Ridgeline gear you purchase will go toward ensuring every student at Ridgeline is able to have a t-shirt. Our t-shirts are a simple reminder that we are all connected to one another and an easy way to increase the visibility of Ridgeline in our greater community. More specifics will be shared with the ordering instructions coming shortly.


Office Max Gives 5% to Schools - Next time you are binder shopping, consider purchasing at Office Max, and they will donate 5% of your purchase to Ridgeline. Simply enter Ridgeline’s ID # when making an online order, or tell the cashier the number if shopping in person. Our ID # is 70115185. The number can be easily found on Office Max’s website. Read here for more information about their program.

COMMUNITY NEWS -

Community Food Resources

4J Wraparound Services: Food boxes and pantry/personal care items are available every Wednesday for 4J families in need. To request a box, please contact your school, or leave a message with your name and phone number for the 4J wraparound team at 541-790-5718 or 4jwraparound@4j.lane.edu.

FOOD For Lane County (FFLC), the area’s nonprofit food bank, continues to distribute food to its network of more than 150 churches and social service agencies during the coronavirus outbreak. The agency is providing an up-to-date list of closures and schedule changes for local food pantries.

Community food resources for families in need include:

Food pantries (Find the food pantry nearest you: tiny.cc/FFLCpantrymap)

Meal sites

The Dining Room

Programs for children

Programs for seniors

Trillium Produce Plus



Ridgeline's eNews 1-14-2021

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Full calendar: https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources/calendar

Sat. 1/16 Lottery Information Session

Mon. 1/18 NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Thurs. 1/21 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 pm

Sat. 1/23 Talent Show submission deadline


NEW NEWS –

Lottery Information Session Saturday - The second and final of our live lottery information sessions is this Saturday, January 16, 10-11 am. Please help spread the word with friends and family who you think would be interested in Ridgeline. Participants need to Register for the January 16, 2021, 10:00 a.m. session in advance. Additional enrollment information is available on our website at www.ridgeline.org.


Wondering What to Watch Tonight? - Why not check out the Jonathan Wolff parent education videos? The one-hour education presentation is divided into two 30 minute segments, perfect for watching while folding laundry or after the kids go to bed. It’s easier than Netflix; you don’t even have to log in; just click here. Another perk is you can log volunteer hours. You cannot do that by watching Netflix! Then mark your calendars for the February 4, 6:30pm live Q & A with Jonathan. The link will be included in next week’s eNews.


Volunteers Needed! - Do you miss the old style of volunteering and seeing people? If so, here is your chance! We need volunteers to help us with the Sheild Catering food orders that are being offered in conjunction with the Talent Show. Volunteers work 2-hour shifts running food orders to Ridgeline families who will be waiting in their vehicles on Wednesday, January 27, 4-6pm and Thursday, January 28, 3-5pm. Shield Catering has recently moved to 298 Blair Bvd. If you are able to help, please sign up today so we know we have the people power to make this event happen.


T-shirts and Sweatshirts are in the works! - It’s been a different kind of year, so we’re planning a different type of design. Look for more details in the coming weeks about when and how to order, as well as a sneak peek at the special design. Who knows, you might be able to order a tote bag too! Please remember that a portion of the cost of the Ridgeline gear you purchase will go toward ensuring every student at Ridgeline is able to have a t-shirt. Our t-shirts are a simple reminder that we are all connected to one another and an easy way to increase the visibility of Ridgeline in our greater community. More specifics will be shared with the ordering instructions coming shortly.


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.


Board Meeting - Ridgeline's Board of Directors will meet in public session via Zoom on Thursday, 1/21, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The agenda currently includes information about and discussion of updates to Ready Schools, Safe Learners; charter renewal work; equity committee bylaws and structure; facilities improvements; and in-person learning. The board will vote on adopting a Black Lives Matter resolution and a policy related to the Families First CoronaVirus Response Act.

If you would like to have your comments read aloud at the meeting, please email the board by 3:00 p.m. before the meeting: board@ridgeline.org. All are welcome to attend!


A Note from the Counselor: How to Help Your Child with Screen Anxiety During Distance Learning”

Hello Ridgeline community, I wanted to offer some tips for families experiencing screen anxiety during distance learning. Screen anxiety shows up in children and teens in different ways, but it most often shows up as resistance or avoidance of any meetings, small-group work, or assignments that need to be completed online. If your child has been experiencing screen anxiety, now is the time to validate and help them understand/process their feelings. Here is some guidance that Allison Sibley, a Marriage and Family Therapist, has offered to help young people manage their screen anxiety.

  • This is not a one size fits all method. Please realize that distance learning in this manner and for lengthy periods of time, especially for school-aged children, is not developmentally appropriate. Under normal circumstances, teaching professionals would not support this model. Teachers are working hard to offer the best version of learning through online experiences, yet it will have some problems.

  • Be kind and flexible with your child and yourself. Every child and family is different. There are no absolutes in what will or what won’t work. Commit to a schedule and plan, and be willing to flex it regularly.

  • Try to start the same way daily. Have the same point-person start the day if you can. Try to have a routine and a fun outing daily to do during lunch break/recess (i.e., walk the dog, run a fun errand, etc.)

  • Follow the learning schedule, flexibly. Write out the schedule daily on a dry erase board. Cross off each class and task when your child completes it. If your child is overwhelmed by how long the day looks, break down the schedule into morning and afternoon and only write out half the day at first. Let your child take body breaks when needed.

  • Start with realistic and customized goals for your child. If s/he is scared of being on-screen with his or her mic on, s/he can participate off-screen and off-mic at first. Just be sure to tell his/her teacher that is your plan and that you are working with your child to increase their comfort. Then gradually add a feature–turn on the mic, or turn on the screen during fun activities, help your child respond in chat, or raise their hand virtually, etc.

  • Ask your teacher not to call out or on your child if you are worried that they will become too anxious or meltdown. Advocate for your child’s feelings while still expecting them to grow in becoming more comfortable on screen. Expose them to other less threatening virtual interactions (i.e., zoom calls grandparents regularly, interactive apps or facetime with friends, etc.)

  • Create a ladder. Write out with your child their fears or resistance about being in a virtual class. 10 is the scariest, and 0 is all ok. Help them think about instances that might make them anxious and write them down and rate them (i.e. Being called on in class. Having my teacher ask me to respond on mic. Getting the answer wrong in the chat. Having everyone see my face on the screen. Having to look at everyone’s faces all at once on-screen.) Try to build a list of coping strategies for each level of concern.

  • Be willing to accommodate and adjust your child’s learning experience. If your child is fearful or averse to looking at everyone fully in the face on-screen, you can have him/her sit to the side and just listen to class at first, doodle, or play with a fidget rather than focus on the screen images. You also can have them minimize the zoom window, so they don’t see everyone, or they can hide their image.

  • Emphasize, empathize, empathize–And Still Return Certain Standards. When your child complains, share in those feelings…” This IS awful!” Match their emotion and intensity and then return to a calm voice if you can. Don’t forget to return to certain goals and standards (even if just silently to yourself in that moment) and consistently ask them to participate. If we give up, we teach our kids that they can’t do hard things and that we can’t help them overcome difficult tasks. Don’t pressure, yet do be kind and firm.

If you feel your child is experiencing screen anxiety and you cannot find a strategy to help them cope, please reach out to me for additional resources. Heather.lecompte@ridgeline.org

Office Max Gives 5% to Schools - Next time you are binder shopping, consider purchasing at Office Max, and they will donate 5% of your purchase to Ridgeline. Simply enter Ridgeline’s ID # when making an online order, or tell the cashier the number if shopping in person. Our ID # is 70115185. The number can be easily found on Office Max’s website. Read here for more information about their program.

CONTINUING NEWS -

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.

Intent to Return in March - Every year, we ask our current families what their enrollment plans are for the upcoming school year. This year the intent to return online form will be available starting March 12th. This is how you retain your student’s spot at Ridgeline.

Help Promote Ridgeline! - Please share our upcoming lottery information sessions with friends and family.

Learn More About Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School!

We welcome members of the community to join us for a one-hour virtual information session. Find out more about what makes public Montessori unique. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet our dedicated school leadership, talented teachers, and have their questions answered.


Ridgeline offers tuition-free, multi-age classrooms that challenge students through self-directed learning, guided by experienced, state-licensed, and Montessori certified teachers.

Ridgeline is deeply committed to providing each student with equal opportunities regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, color, national origin, and disability. We welcome all who choose a public Montessori education.

Register for the January 16, 2021, 10:00 a.m. session

A Warm Welcome to Jenine Stocke - A warm welcome to Jeanine Stocke, the newest addition to team Ridgeline, in the position of floating assistant. Jeanine comes to us formally trained as a Montessori assistant, has experience in multiple levels, training in special needs and adaptation of curriculum, and online teaching experience using the Eugene Online Academy! Jeanine will spend some of her days in each of the classrooms (virtually for now), getting to know students and staff.

Pasta Dinner Returns (Virtually) for our Talent Show! - Tired of cooking every night? Wishing you could watch our upcoming Talent Show without having to deal with cleaning up from cooking dinner? Craving the opportunity to share a common meal with school friends over Zoom or FaceTime? If so, we have a unique opportunity for you! The Fundraising Committee is working with our friends over at Sheild Catering (where former Ridgeline music teacher Ameila Mau works) to bring a dinner that can help both you and Ridgeline. We are still working out the final details but there will be three different entree options (vegetarian / meat / vegan/gluten free) as well as optional add-ons (like dessert, extra salad, etc.) The base menu will cost ~$10 per adult-sized portion. Make sure to be on the look out for ALL the details (full menu, pricing, ordering/pick up information, etc) in next week's eNews!

Talent Show - Every year Ridgeline students put on a stellar Talent Show! In the past, we have been lucky enough to witness marvelous magicians, excellent vocalists, instrumentalists, actors, gymnasts, fishing experts, and dancers right on our stage at Ridgeline. This year things will be a little different.

BUT the Show Must Go On!

**NEW INFO** 2021's Ridgeline Talent Show will happen virtually in a Facebook Watch Party on Thursday, January 28th at 6:00 p.m (that Friday is a no school day). Please join the Talent Show Facebook Group by January 26th to allow time for moderators to approve your membership. Feel free to share the link and deadline with friends or family. https://www.facebook.com/groups/223325399245187 We understand that not everyone is a Facebook person, but this is the best and most secure method for simultaneously watching a video.

Now is a great time to start talking to your student about whether they would like to submit a video recording of their act for the talent show. Submissions must be 3 minutes or less. Please make sure your student avoids music with inappropriate lyrics (overtly sexual, drug references, violence, suicide references, etc). If you have any questions about whether your child's music is school-appropriate, please don't hesitate to email the Talent Show coordinator, Kate Downing, before your child begins to practice! You may also send finished submissions to Kate at 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.

This year, I would like a student or two from each class to introduce their class's section of the Talent Show. If your student is interested in recording a short video introduction, please let me know! If your child introduces their class, they are still welcome to submit a performance. I'll sign up a maximum of 2 kids per class for this job (2 total for middle school), and will base the decision on who responds first. Email wobblykate@hotmail.com ASAP if your child would like this job. Please include your child's name and their teacher's name.

COMMUNITY NEWS -

Community Food Resources

4J Wraparound Services: Food boxes and pantry/personal care items are available every Wednesday for 4J families in need. To request a box, please contact your school, or leave a message with your name and phone number for the 4J wraparound team at 541-790-5718 or 4jwraparound@4j.lane.edu.

FOOD For Lane County (FFLC), the area’s nonprofit food bank, continues to distribute food to its network of more than 150 churches and social service agencies during the coronavirus outbreak. The agency is providing an up-to-date list of closures and schedule changes for local food pantries.

Community food resources for families in need include:

Food pantries (Find the food pantry nearest you: tiny.cc/FFLCpantrymap)

Meal sites

The Dining Room

Programs for children

Programs for seniors

Trillium Produce Plus



Ridgeline's eNews 1-7-2021

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Full calendar: https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources/calendar

Thurs. 1/7 Lottery Information Session 6:30pm via zoom

Wed. 1/13 Fundraising Committee Meeting 4-5pm

Wed. 1/13 POSTPONED Live Question & Answer with Jonathan Wolfe (details below)

Mon. 1/18 NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

NEW NEWS –

Welcome back; we are off and running! Lottery season is upon us with sibling enrollment NOW. We hope you will watch the parent education videos that were designed especially for you! And if your child is interested in showcasing their talents, now is the time for them to practice and record their talent show entry. See below for more details on these topics and more!

A Message from Our Counselor - In response to yesterday's violence at our nation's capital, I want to provide parents and guardians with guidance on how to talk to young people about this (and similar) events. Three things we can do to help children process and build perspective are:

  1. Help your child investigate their emotions without assumptions. It’s key for adults not to assume they know how their children are feeling and responding to events. Rather than interpreting behavior, like a child who seems distracted or agitated, adults should help the child “investigate feelings" through regular check-ins.

  2. Provide your child the space to share. This can be done through one-on-one or a family-style discussion. If your child has difficulty opening up, engage in a favorite activity (drawing, cooking, etc), or go for a walk with them.

  3. Recognize how adult behavior impacts children. Taking the time to address your emotions and feelings is important. Even children who haven’t followed the news or are too young to understand it may absorb the stress of their parents or teachers through a phenomenon called “emotional contagion". A child may feel stressed or distracted through observing and mimicking the behavior of an adult, but they may not realize the source of those emotions. In stressful times, caregivers may want to take a moment to gather their own emotions before stepping into a discussion with a child.

HuffingtonPost posted a good article that offers more tips for parents and caregivers.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-to-talk-kids-scary-news_l_5ff62e64c5b64e568bf3b44a

I am here to support students and families as we navigate through these current events. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you need more guidance, or you feel your student needs to talk with a counselor. heather.lecompte@ridgeline.org

Update following Governor’s Announcement - Administration has reviewed the updated RSSL guidance along with Governor Brown’s letter to ODE and OHA over winter break. We have also participated in several meetings this week with the Oregon Department of Education and Lane County Public Health. We have learned that there is still much uncertainty (systems and plans are being created for vaccinations and testing), changes are expected to the RSSL guidance (around January 19), and the current health metrics in Lane County recommend continued Comprehensive Distance Learning.

Administration is meeting individually with staff members to hear their feedback regarding in-person learning, and the In-Person Learning Committee will meet on January 14. Next week we will also meet with 4J's Charter Council to learn what approach 4J is taking (and other charter schools) and what support may be provided. We will do our best to update you as we learn details (although things continue to change) and we anticipate holding a community conversation in the future.

Schoolwide January Distribution Cancelled - Due to minimal supply distribution needs from the vast majority of classrooms, we will not hold an all-school supply distribution on January 14th as originally planned. Kindergarten will be handing out supplies to every student 2-5 pm that day (kinder families, watch for instructions directly from Diana), and Leauriy will facilitate individual family requests for any supplies you might need. If your child has run out of any consumable school supplies please contact Leauriy.

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 .

Intent to Return in March - Every year we ask our current families what their enrollment plans are for the upcoming school year. This year the intent to return online form will be available starting March 12th. This is how you retain your student’s spot at Ridgeline.

Fundraising Committee Meeting - The monthly fundraising committee meeting is Wednesday, January 13, 4-5pm. All are welcome to join us to learn more about fundraising at Ridgeline! Here is the zoom link.

Live Questions & Answers with Jonathan Wolfe - The live session with Jonathan Wolfe has been postponed until Thursday, February 4 due to such a small number of viewings of the videos. We worked hard to provide a special parent education opportunity for Ridgeline families based on your needs and feedback. Jonathan created this video specifically for you. Please take the time to participate! Parents may log up to 5 hours per year for parent educational activities. This is a great way to get volunteer hours at this time.

Jonathan Wolfe Parent Education Videos - This parent education program has been constructed specifically with your feedback in mind. These videos, with accompanying handouts, were designed for you to consume on your schedule. The one-hour video will be broken into two 30 minute segments. You can view it all at once or over a period of time, whichever is convenient for you. It will be available on the family resource page under parent education for the rest of the year.

A Warm Welcome to Jenine Stocke - A warm welcome to Jeanine Stocke, the newest addition to team Ridgeline, in the position of floating assistant. Jeanine comes to us formally trained as a Montessori assistant, has experience in multiple levels, training in special needs and adaptation of curriculum, and online teaching experience using the Eugene Online Academy! Jeanine will spend some of her days in each of the classrooms (virtually for now), getting to know students and staff.

Pasta Dinner Returns (Virtually) for our Talent Show! - Tired of cooking every night? Wishing you could watch our upcoming Talent Show without having to deal with cleaning up from cooking dinner? Craving the opportunity to share a common meal with school friends over Zoom or FaceTime? If so, we have a unique opportunity for you! The Fundraising Committee is working with our friends over at Sheild Catering (where former Ridgeline music teacher Ameila Mau works) to bring a dinner that can help both you and Ridgeline. We are still working out the final details but there will be three different entree options (vegetarian / meat / vegan/gluten free) as well as optional add-ons (like dessert, extra salad, etc.) The base menu will cost ~$10 per adult-sized portion. Make sure to be on the look out for ALL the details (full menu, pricing, ordering/pick up information, etc) in next week's eNews!

Talent Show - Every year Ridgeline students put on a stellar Talent Show! In the past, we have been lucky enough to witness marvelous magicians, excellent vocalists, instrumentalists, actors, gymnasts, fishing experts, and dancers right on our stage at Ridgeline. This year things will be a little different.

BUT the Show Must Go On!

**NEW INFO** 2021's Ridgeline Talent Show will happen virtually in a Facebook Watch Party on Thursday, January 28th at 6:00 p.m (that Friday is a no school day). Please join the Talent Show Facebook Group by January 26th to allow time for moderators to approve your membership. Feel free to share the link and deadline with friends or family. https://www.facebook.com/groups/223325399245187 We understand that not everyone is a Facebook person, but this is the best and most secure method for simultaneously watching a video.

Now is a great time to start talking to your student about whether they would like to submit a video recording of their act for the talent show. Submissions must be 3 minutes or less. Please make sure your student avoids music with inappropriate lyrics (overtly sexual, drug references, violence, suicide references, etc). If you have any questions about whether your child's music is school-appropriate, please don't hesitate to email the Talent Show coordinator, Kate Downing, before your child begins to practice! You may also send finished submissions to Kate at 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.

This year, I would like a student or two from each class to introduce their class's section of the Talent Show. If your student is interested in recording a short video introduction, please let me know! If your child introduces their class, they are still welcome to submit a performance. I'll sign up a maximum of 2 kids per class for this job (2 total for middle school), and will base the decision on who responds first. Email wobblykate@hotmail.com ASAP if your child would like this job. Please include your child's name and their teacher's name.

CONTINUING NEWS -

Calling All Party Planners and Lovers of Fun! Your new RCO is here and we are putting a focus on community, service and fun :) The Ridgeline Community Organization is our parent organization, all parents/guardians of Ridgeline Students are automatically members. Previously, the RCO was led by 2 co-conveners and now the RCO leadership is expanding to an RCO Lead, filled by Meghan Rogacki, and 4 Planning Team members made up of parents from each grade level (Kinder, Lower El, Upper El, and Middle). We need volunteers for the RCO Planning Team! If you are interested in being part of planning more fun activities for our community - like the Heart Bombing project - please email Meghan Rogacki. The RCO Charter is also attached outlining the Goals, Purpose, Roles, and other details about the group. We would also like to get some input from the community to help guide the planning of future activities, please complete this survey to share your feedback!

Help Promote Ridgeline! - Please share our upcoming lottery information sessions with friends and family.

Learn More About Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School!

We welcome members of the community to join us for a one-hour virtual information session. Find out more about what makes public Montessori unique. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet our dedicated school leadership, talented teachers, and have their questions answered.

Ridgeline offers tuition-free, multi-age classrooms that challenge students through self-directed learning, guided by experienced, state-licensed, and Montessori certified teachers.

Ridgeline is deeply committed to providing each student with equal opportunities regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, color, national origin, and disability. We welcome all who choose a public Montessori education.

Register for the January 7, 2021, 6:30 p.m. session

Register for the January 16, 2021, 10:00 a.m. session

Volunteers Needed! -

Grounds Work - our amazing grounds volunteer, Mike Castonguay, has been hard at work mowing and landscaping. A couple of areas that he notes still need attention and additional volunteer support are: the north hill in front of the north parking lot by the street towards the end, still needs to be cleared out with a hoe and metal rake, to have wood chips laid down and weeding the woodsy mound out front of the school (the one with the Ridgeline sign and totem pole). Please let Cynthia know if you head over to do these tasks so she can thank you! If the yard debris cans are full when you go, simply make a neat weed/grass pile on the side of the blacktop in the building B parking lot.

Ambassadors for Prospective Families - Lottery season is fast approaching! We are sure you all remember attending an informational session in the gym before applying for the lottery and being able to ask parent volunteers questions about Ridgeline. This year’s informational sessions will be virtual, so we will not be able to have volunteers in this capacity. Instead, we would like to ask for volunteers to be ambassadors who would be available to be contacted by a prospective family via email or phone. If this is something you would like to help with please contact Cynthia to volunteer.

COMMUNITY NEWS -

Community Food Resources

4J Wraparound Services: Food boxes and pantry/personal care items are available every Wednesday for 4J families in need. To request a box, please contact your school, or leave a message with your name and phone number for the 4J wraparound team at 541-790-5718 or 4jwraparound@4j.lane.edu.

FOOD For Lane County (FFLC), the area’s nonprofit food bank, continues to distribute food to its network of more than 150 churches and social service agencies during the coronavirus outbreak. The agency is providing an up-to-date list of closures and schedule changes for local food pantries.

Community food resources for families in need include:

Food pantries (Find the food pantry nearest you: tiny.cc/FFLCpantrymap)

Meal sites

The Dining Room

Programs for children

Programs for seniors

Trillium Produce Plus

Ridgeline's eNews 12-18-2020

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Full calendar: https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources/calendar

Thurs. 12/17 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Fri. 12/18 Last Day of Classes before Winter Break.

Mon. 1/4 No School - planning day

Tues. 1/5 Classes Resume

NEW NEWS –

It’s hard to believe that this is the last eNews of 2020! We are all ready for winter break, as we are sure you are too! Take a rest from the daily classroom zooms, and enjoy two weeks not having to remember to charge your devices or worry if your internet connection is working. Enjoy the damp Oregon December, bake a gingerbread house, and curl up with a good book. This is also a great time to check out the Jonathan Wolff parent education videos. We will be back in January, ready for more virtual learning fun. Have a safe and restorative two weeks.

Joy of Sharing - Oh wow! A huge thank you to all of those who donated to our annual Joy of Sharing grocery food drive campaign. We are able to give grocery gift cards to more than a dozen Ridgeline families. Your donations are truly appreciated and made a difference in our ability to support Ridgeline families.

Board Meeting Tonight - The Ridgeline Board will hold its December business meeting virtually this evening, Thursday, December 17th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Zoom link here). Some things on this month's agenda: the School Improvement Plan, the Audit, by-laws for the Ridgeline equity committee, instructional hour calculations for the 2020-2021 school year, and adoption of a policy entitled "All Students Belong," which prohibits the use of some hate symbols in Oregon schools, and its accompanying Bias Incident Complaint Procedure. The full agenda can be found on the Board page of the Ridgeline website. The board appreciates hearing from you! You can speak to the board either at the meeting (Zoom link here) or by email at board@ridgeline.org. All are welcome to attend.

Heart Bombing Photo Book - We had so much fun showing our love with the yarn bombing project and would like to capture the memories to enjoy! If you would like to share pictures from your heart bombing for a virtual photo book please send your pics to Meghan Rogacki by 12/31/20.

Calling All Party Planners and Lovers of Fun! Your new RCO is here and we are putting a focus on community, service and fun :) The Ridgeline Community Organization is our parent organization, all parents/guardians of Ridgeline Students are automatically members. Previously, the RCO was led by 2 co-conveners and now the RCO leadership is expanding to an RCO Lead, filled by Meghan Rogacki, and 4 Planning Team members made up of parents from each grade level (Kinder, Lower El, Upper El, and Middle). We need volunteers for the RCO Planning Team! If you are interested in being part of planning more fun activities for our community - like the Heart Bombing project - please email Meghan Rogacki. The RCO Charter is also attached outlining the Goals, Purpose, Roles, and other details about the group. We would also like to get some input from the community to help guide the planning of future activities, please complete this survey to share your feedback!

Exciting Parent Education Opportunity!-This parent education program has been constructed specifically with your feedback in mind. These videos, with accompanying handouts, were designed for you to consume on your schedule. The one-hour video will be broken into two 30 minute segments. You can view it all at once or over a period of time, whichever is convenient for you. It will be available on the family resource page under parent education for the rest of the year.

If you finish the video prior to January 13th we encourage you to join Jonathan in a live Q&A session via Zoom. This will allow you to ask questions and address any current issues that you are facing. More details will be coming after winter break.

CONTINUING NEWS -

School Devices at Home - If you have a Ridgeline-issued device, Chromebook, hotspot, keyboard, etc. please remember these devices should be left at home if you travel over winter break. Secure them in a safe, out of sight location, especially if your home will be unoccupied.

Help Promote Ridgeline! - Please share our upcoming lottery information sessions with friends and family.

Learn More About Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School!

We welcome members of the community to join us for a one-hour virtual information session. Find out more about what makes public Montessori unique. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet our dedicated school leadership, talented teachers, and have their questions answered.

Ridgeline offers tuition-free, multi-age classrooms that challenge students through self-directed learning, guided by experienced, state-licensed, and Montessori certified teachers.

Ridgeline is deeply committed to providing each student with equal opportunities regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, color, national origin, and disability. We welcome all who choose a public Montessori education.

Register for the January 7, 2021, 6:30 p.m. session

Register for the January 16, 2021, 10:00 a.m. session

Incoming Siblings? - If you have a sibling of a current Ridgeline student who you wish to enroll for the 2021-22 school year, you will need to fill out a lottery application starting January 5th. Applications are due January 31. Mark your calendars!

Volunteers Needed! -

Grounds Work - our amazing grounds volunteer, Mike Castonguay, has been hard at work mowing and landscaping. A couple of areas that he notes still need attention and additional volunteer support are: the north hill in front of the north parking lot by the street towards the end, still needs to be cleared out with a hoe and metal rake, to have wood chips laid down and weeding the woodsy mound out front of the school (the one with the Ridgeline sign and totem pole). Please let Cynthia know if you head over to do these tasks so she can thank you! If the yard debris cans are full when you go, simply make a neat weed/grass pile on the side of the blacktop in the building B parking lot.

Ambassadors for Prospective Families - Lottery season is fast approaching! We are sure you all remember attending an informational session in the gym before applying for the lottery and being able to ask parent volunteers questions about Ridgeline. This year’s informational sessions will be virtual, so we will not be able to have volunteers in this capacity. Instead, we would like to ask for volunteers to be ambassadors who would be available to be contacted by a prospective family via email or phone. If this is something you would like to help with please contact Cynthia to volunteer.

Talent Show - Every year Ridgeline students put on a stellar Talent Show! In the past, we have been lucky enough to witness marvelous magicians, excellent vocalists, instrumentalists, actors, gymnasts, fishing experts, and dancers right on our stage at Ridgeline. This year things will be a little different.

BUT the Show Must Go On!

2021's Ridgeline Talent Show will happen virtually on Thursday, January 28th at 6:00 p.m (that Friday is a no school day). Stay tuned for details about how to access the show. Now is a great time to start talking to your student about whether they would like to submit an act for the talent show. Submissions must be 3 minutes or less. Please email wobblykate@hotmail.com with your student's act for approval. Please make sure your student avoids music with inappropriate lyrics (overtly sexual, drug references, violence, suicide references, etc). We will begin accepting these video submissions after Winter Break. We encourage you to send in the idea for the Act before practicing and recording so your student's work is not wasted!

This year, I would like a student or two from each class to introduce their class's section of the Talent Show. If your student is interested in recording a short video introduction, please let me know! If your child introduces their class, they are still welcome to submit a performance. I'll sign up a maximum of 2 kids per class for this job (2 total for middle school), and will base the decision on who responds first. Email wobblykate@hotmail.com ASAP if your child would like this job. Please include your child's name and their teacher's name.

Health Center - The Student Based Health Center at Churchill High School (1850 Bailey Hill Rd.) is able to provide immunizations (including flu shots) for any student/child regardless of where they live.

COMMUNITY NEWS -

Taking care during difficult times

Winter can be difficult even in the best of times, but this year people in Oregon might find the season even more troubling. Being gentle with yourself and adjusting your expectations can help during times of stress and anxiety. Setting small actionable steps can be helpful when coping with stress and anxiety.

Here are some ideas:

  • Make a list of the top three things that you want to get done each day.

  • Find time to practice deep breathing.

  • Make a list of things that you feel grateful for.

  • Decide to do something physical. Even a short walk around the block or doing some stretches can be helpful.

  • Help others while you help yourself: check in with friends and neighbors to offer support, especially to those who might be struggling more during this time.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has more information on Coping with Stress during Infectious Disease Outbreaks.

It’s okay to ask for help. COVID-19 has changed our lives, and it can feel difficult for anyone. There’s support for you and the people you love. Local mental and emotional health resources for support can be found at Safe + Strong or you can call the Safe + Strong Helpline at 1-800-923-HELP (4357). The line offers free, 24-7 emotional support and resource referral to anyone who needs it – not only those experiencing a mental health crisis. (800-923-HELP).

Free Meals for Children and Youth

Free grab-and-go meals are available for all 4J students and youth 18 years old and younger at least through June 2021.

The district has expanded serving hours and locations to increase access for families. Families can choose the location that is most convenient for them, regardless of where they live or attend school.

Starting in October, the district also will offer delivery of school meals to families who live within 4J boundary and are not near a meal pickup location or need assistance accessing meals.

School Meal Delivery Request Form

Frequently asked questions:

  • Meals are for ANY child age 18 and under

  • Meals are provided at no charge

  • No income requirements apply, and students do not have to qualify for free or reduced-price school meals

  • Children do not need to be present to receive a meal

  • Children do not need to be students in 4J

  • Children do not need to attend school at the site where picking up meals

  • Meals are a grab-n-go style, with both breakfast and lunch available at the same time

  • Food supplies are sufficient to provide meals based on typical participation

  • Physical distancing rules must be observed at all times—staff, students and families picking up meals must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from any person who is not a member of their immediate household

When:

Monday–Friday, 10:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

(subject to change based on participation)

WINTER BREAK SCHEDULE

On Friday, Dec. 18, the last school day before winter break, food boxes will include an additional seven days of free meals—breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Then on Monday, Dec. 28, families can pick up another week of free meals for students and youth at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., from 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

What:

Meal bags include breakfast and lunch, including hot options most days. On Fridays, meals bags also will include food for the weekend days.

To see daily menu, go to the Titan Online Menu, which also provides allergens and nutrition information.

Where:

Churchill Region

  • Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.

  • McCornack Elementary, 1968 Brittany St.

North Eugene Region

  • Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.

  • River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School, 120 W. Hilliard Lane

  • Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Drive

Sheldon Region

  • Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Rd.

  • Holt Elementary School, 770 Calvin St.

South Eugene Region

  • Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.

  • Spencer Butte Middle School, 500 E. 43rd Ave.

Downtown

  • ECCO, 200 N. Monroe St. (behind the district office)

Menus & allergen/nutrition information

Community Food Resources

4J Wraparound Services: Food boxes and pantry/personal care items are available every Wednesday for 4J families in need. To request a box, please contact your school, or leave a message with your name and phone number for the 4J wraparound team at 541-790-5718 or 4jwraparound@4j.lane.edu.

FOOD For Lane County (FFLC), the area’s nonprofit food bank, continues to distribute food to its network of more than 150 churches and social service agencies during the coronavirus outbreak. The agency is providing an up-to-date list of closures and schedule changes for local food pantries.

Community food resources for families in need include:

Food pantries (Find the food pantry nearest you: tiny.cc/FFLCpantrymap)

Meal sites

The Dining Room

Programs for children

Programs for seniors

Trillium Produce Plus


Ridgeline's eNews 12-10-2020

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Full calendar: https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources/calendar

Thurs. 12/17 Joy of Sharing donations close 7am

Thurs. 12/17 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Fri. 12/18 Last Day of Classes before Winter Break.

Mon. 1/4 No School - planning day

Tues. 1/5 Classes Resume

NEW NEWS –

Donate NOW! Joy of Sharing - Each year we collect non-perishable food items and toiletries to distribute to Ridgeline families who need a little extra over the winter break. This year we will collect monetary donations, instead of physical items. These funds will be used to purchase grocery gift cards. We are planning on helping approximately a dozen Ridgeline families. To contribute click on the Joy of Sharing link.