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Ridgeline's eNews 10-15-2020

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Thurs. 10/15 Monthly Donor Campaign Starts

Thurs. 10/15 Conference Sign-Ups Available

Mon. 10/19 Site Council Meeting 6-7:30 pm

Tues. 10/27 New Family Virtual Meet & Greet 6:30-7:30 pm

Thurs. 10/29 Conferences NO SCHOOL

Fri. 10/30 Conferences NO SCHOOL

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

NEW NEWS –

Fundraising Committee News - Our Monthly Donor Match campaign is officially underway! Click here if you missed our kick off video greeting. Now is a great time to sign up as a new monthly donor - or increase your current monthly donation. When you sign up before November 15, a Ridgeline family will donate an additional $50 to Ridgeline! What a great and easy way to increase your impact! We currently have 37 Monthly Donors. Our goal is to have at least 50. Can you help us reach our goal?

Information for New Families - We sent out our Ridgeline Fundraising 101 email yesterday afternoon. In it you will find lots of helpful information and answers to commonly asked questions about fundraising here at Ridgeline: If you missed it, click here.

Site Council Meeting - The first Site Council meeting of the 2020-21 school year is next Monday, October 19, 6-7:30 pm. The Site Council is made up of representatives from all “stakeholders,” administration, board, classified staff, certified staff, parents, and students. All Site Council meetings are open to the public. Here is the zoom link if you wish to attend.

Mark Your Calendar: New Family Virtual Meet & Greet - In a typical year we would offer a New Family Orientation during the first two weeks of school. This year we wanted all our new families to connect with their classroom community and experience a few weeks of CDL (Comprehensive Distance Learning) and see what questions they might have for us. We would also like to introduce ourselves, have table group type discussions, and find out who you are. While we cannot meet in person, we would love to get to know you and answer any questions you might have as a new Ridgeline family. Please join us next Tuesday, October 27, 6:30-7:30 pm! Here is the zoom link.

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

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

Diana's Class Sign Up

Rachel's Class Sign Up

Emily's Class Sign Up

Cheri's Class Sign Up

Adam's Class Sign Up

Jasper's Class Sign Up

Meridy's Class Sign Up

Carrie's Class Sign Up My-Z

Jon's Class Sign Up A-Mo

Last Chance for Student Contact List Updates - If you have not updated your phone number or email address with the office, tomorrow is your last chance in order to get this information in the Ridgeline Family Contacts List. If you have not completed the Annual Permissions Form your family will not be included in the Ridgeline Family Contacts List.

Weeding and Trucks- A huge thank you to Mike Castonguay for attacking the weeding and grounds beautification project at school! Check out the area to the right of the drive as you enter the school grounds the next time you drive down W. Amazon. We are working on getting additional mulch and there is a ton of weeding and seasonal leaf raking to do! If you have a truck and would be able to help us haul away piles of weeds, etc. contact Cynthia. We are also looking for volunteers to help with weeding, weed whacking, etc. Currently, the yard debris cans are full and they will be emptied on October 23rd. In the meantime, if you weed please put yard debris in a neat pile at the edge of the building B parking lot for the truck volunteer to haul away.

CONTINUING NEWS -

Who Do I Notify for Attendance? - As we reach the end of our third week, we are getting attendance questions. If your student will be missing school, for any reason, please email attendance@ridgeline.org and include your child’s teacher on the email. You do not have to go into grand details, but please indicate the reason for the absence - sick, dental appointment, religious holiday, going out of town, etc. so the absence can be coded in the computer. We are here to support your kids and communicating absences helps us know what is going on with your student. If you receive an attendance call on Monday for an unreported absence, please send an email and Cynthia will code the absence after the fact.

Fundraising Progress Report - You may recall that as a Public Charter School Ridgeline receives 20% less in state funding than other similarly-sized schools. This means that every year we need to fundraise. This year our goal is to raise $75,000, or $300 per student. As of October 6, we have already raised $9,930!

We would like to send a big THANK YOU out to each of our 37 monthly donors whose contributions represent the overwhelming majority of funds raised thus far. Monthly giving is easy, flexible, and one of the most efficient ways to support our school. Small monthly gifts really do add up! A monthly gift of $25 equals that $300 goal over the course of a year! Next week we will kick off our month-long Monthly Donor Campaign. Look for more details next week.

Room Parents - Each classroom has a room parent (in some cases two) and they are eager to help create connections between families at the classroom level! If you have not already heard from your room parent, you can expect to receive a welcome email in the next week with a link to the classroom facebook page. This year classrooms will all have facebook groups only with current classroom families as members.

Video permissions - In order for teachers to effectively use zoom, they may need to view the students on the screen to ensure student engagement. This means that if teachers record the lesson for absent students or student review, the participating students will be included in the video. Watch for a video permission that will be sent out in teacher’s weekly updates this week.

COVID-19 - Please follow all public health guidance (practice physical distancing, wear a mask, wash your hands, limit gatherings, etc.). Help Lane County turn this around!

Parents/guardians, please notify Chrystell Reed if your Ridgeline student has a positive COVID-19 test even during CDL (Comprehensive Distance Learning). This will allow the school to track and confirm 14 day timeframes during which the school has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among school staff or students. This important information is one of the Ready Schools, Safe Learner metrics required to utilize the statewide allowance for limited in-person instruction and/or the statewide exception for K-3 grade students (when metrics allow).

Ridgeline is Hiring - Please help us spread the word about Ridgeline’s current employment opportunities!

COMMUNITY NEWS -

Free meals for all youth 18 and younger (through December): https://www.4j.lane.edu/communications/coronavirus/foodservice/

Free Library Cards - Eugene School District 4J and Bethel School District students who live outside City of Eugene limits are now eligible for a free Eugene Public Library card. The two public school districts include a total of approximately 1,200 students who live outside the limits of the City of Eugene. The usual non-resident household fee of $11 per month will be waived to include these students. Now, all Eugene School District 4J and Bethel School District students who do not yet have a library card can get one free, whether they live inside or outside City limits.

This change is made possible by a three-year pilot partnership of the Eugene Public Library Foundation, Eugene Public Library, Eugene School District 4J, and Bethel School District.

https://bit.ly/4JEugenelibrarycard

Comcast Essentials - Comcast’s program is designed for economically disadvantaged families to secure internet access. There is no term contract, no credit check and no installation fee. https://www.internetessentials.com/

Family Resources -Eugene School District 4J and our community partners are sharing resources to help students and families navigate the medical, emotional and financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ridgeline's eNews 10-8-2020

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Thur. 10/8 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Fri. 10/9 NO SCHOOL - Statewide InService

Fri. 10/9 Student Profile Updates Deadline for Student Contact List

Wed. 10/14 Meet & Greet Tea #4 12:00 pm

Thurs. 10/15 Monthly Donor Campaign Starts

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

NEW NEWS –

Board Meeting this Thursday - The Ridgeline Board will hold it's October meeting via Zoom (meeting link; meeting ID 812 0653 1385 and passcode 411235) this Thursday evening (tonight, 10/8) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The meeting will be focused on revisions to the 2020-21 budget, including updates to Ridgeline salary schedules. The school's sexual harassment policy will also be reviewed and updated. The full agenda is available here. Ridgeline board meetings are open to the public except when an executive session is indicated on the agenda; all are welcome to listen in. If you would like to contact the board to comment on any agenda item, please email board@ridgeline.org prior to Thursday evening.

Weekly Tea - Bring your lunch and join us next Wednesday, October 14th at noon to socialize with other Ridgeline parents. Use this zoom link.

Who Do I Notify for Attendance? - As we reach the end of our third week, we are getting attendance questions. If your student will be missing school, for any reason, please email attendance@ridgeline.org and include your child’s teacher on the email. You do not have to go into grand details, but please indicate the reason for the absence - sick, dental appointment, religious holiday, going out of town, etc. so the absence can be coded in the computer. We are here to support your kids and communicating absences helps us know what is going on with your student. If you receive an attendance call on Monday for an unreported absence, please send an email and Cynthia will code the absence after the fact.

Fundraising Progress Report - You may recall that as a Public Charter School Ridgeline receives 20% less in state funding than other similarly-sized schools. This means that every year we need to fundraise. This year our goal is to raise $75,000, or $300 per student. As of October 6, we have already raised $9,930!

We would like to send a big THANK YOU out to each of our 37 monthly donors whose contributions represent the overwhelming majority of funds raised thus far. Monthly giving is easy, flexible, and one of the most efficient ways to support our school. Small monthly gifts really do add up! A monthly gift of $25 equals that $300 goal over the course of a year! Next week we will kick off our month-long Monthly Donor Campaign. Look for more details next week.

Room Parents - Each classroom has a room parent (in some cases two) and they are eager to help create connections between families at the classroom level! If you have not already heard from your room parent, you can expect to receive a welcome email in the next week with a link to the classroom facebook page. This year classrooms will all have facebook groups only with current classroom families as members.

Thank You - A huge thank you to Michelle Lodwig & family and Ridgeline alum Eliot Clazia for mowing this past weekend at school!

Grounds Work Help Needed - We are looking for volunteers to help with grounds work. There’s a need for major raking and getting piles of pulled weeds and such into the grey yard debris cans.

Video permissions - In order for teachers to effectively use zoom, they may need to view the students on the screen to ensure student engagement. This means that if teachers record the lesson for absent students or student review, the participating students will be included in the video. Watch for a video permission that will be sent out in teacher’s weekly updates this week.

Cell Phone Donation Needed - We are looking for a cell phone donation for school use. If you have replaced your cell phone and have an old one sitting around in a drawer collecting dust, consider donating it to Ridgeline. We have been told it needs to be a Verizon iphone 6 or android equivalent. Contact Cynthia if you have a phone to donate.

CONTINUING NEWS -

COVID-19 - Please follow all public health guidance (practice physical distancing, wear a mask, wash your hands, limit gatherings, etc.). Help Lane County turn this around!

Parents/guardians, please notify Chrystell Reed if your Ridgeline student has a positive COVID-19 test even during CDL (Comprehensive Distance Learning). This will allow the school to track and confirm 14 day timeframes during which the school has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among school staff or students. This important information is one of the Ready Schools, Safe Learner metrics required to utilize the statewide allowance for limited in-person instruction and/or the statewide exception for K-3 grade students (when metrics allow).

Student Contact List - Each year Ridgeline publishes a Student Contact List for folks to make connections with other Ridgeline families. In order to have updated information for this list we must receive all updates to Student Profiles by Friday, October 9th. The information we have as of that date is what will appear in the Contact List. This year the list will be electronic and include students by classroom, parent’s phone numbers and emails. No physical addresses will be published. Only those who give permission to be included in the Student Contacts List will appear. If you do not complete the Annual Permissions form by October 9th, your family will not be included. Nineteen families have still not filled out this form. If you have not filled it out, you received an email this week with the link.

Ridgeline is Hiring - Please help us spread the word about Ridgeline’s current employment opportunities!

Support Ridgeline - Here is a list of ways you can support Ridgeline while you make your regular purchases.

AmazonSmile: Do you purchase products from Amazon? If so, please consider purchasing through AmazonSmile, which will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Ridgeline Montessori. Be sure to use the link below to ensure your purchase benefits Ridgeline. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know—same products, same prices, same service. Support Ridgeline by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-1296441

eScrip: Not yet a supporter? Please take five minutes of your time and go to www.escrip.com to sign up. Got a new debit or credit card? Login and update your account today. Your usual shopping trips to Market of Choice (our biggest e-scrip donor) and many of your online purchases will then earn much needed funds for our school.

Fred Meyer: Did you know you can link your Fred Meyers Reward card to Ridgeline Montessori to help us? Link your card to Ridgeline here.

SeQuential: Do you or your friends buy fuel at SeQuential Biofuels, 86714 McVay Hwy, Eugene, OR? SeQuential Biofuels will donate 5 cents for every gallon of gasoline you purchase from them to Ridgeline Montessori! All you need to say is, “I would like to donate!” Then the attendant will ask for your zip code and to which organization you wish to donate. Say “Ridgeline Montessori please!”

COMMUNITY NEWS -

Free meals for all youth 18 and younger (through December): https://www.4j.lane.edu/communications/coronavirus/foodservice/

The YMCA - is proud to have been beside you providing support to families for before and afterschool programs, swim lessons, youth sports and more for many years. Like you, we have been pivoting and taking plot twists as they come since March as the pandemic shifts and changes the ways in which we are able to support families in our community. It has been a lot of change but we continue to adjust our programs and guidance to provide quality care in a safe and secure environment for our youth. We are so grateful for our continued partnership with you all in order to reach more families and provide more support as needs shift, grow, and make themselves known.

Thanks to a generous gift from the United Way, we have an opportunity to offer an even greater level of financial assistance to families who are struggling at home with their youth, and we want to make sure this offer reaches those who need it most. We have staff ready to help with Comprehensive Distance Learning, to lead activities and get our youth moving, and we now have the ability to provide healthy lunches as well! This week I have received a couple calls from school counselors asking about resources for families - I am writing to let you know we can HELP!

We have openings for Kindergarten - 12 years old at all our programs. As mentioned above, we provide support for CDL, offer physical activity, enrichment projects, and a healthy lunch. Youth get to be around other youth their own age in a safe, clean, environment that will continue to support their learning and development.

If there is a need from families for more "out of school programs", we are here. In addition to our current locations - the Y can also expand into Cal Young and Madison Middle Schools should the need arise.

Our programs are following all the Early Learning Division rules and guidelines. We also qualify as a certified provider for families receiving Employment Related Day Care assistance from DHS.

If you or the families in your school have any questions please reach out to us at youth@eugeneymca.org or call (541) 686-9622.

October Walk & Roll to School - or Anywhere - Challenges!

Wherever we’re doing our learning, we can have fun getting places walking, biking, skating, scooting, rolling and busing! Try out one of these challenges each day and share a photo with us at eugspsrts@gmail.com for a chance to win prizes for you and your school. The Safe Routes to School Remote Learning page is full of safety tips and lessons for you to practice your way to independent walking and rolling: https://www.eugenespringfieldsrts.org/online-resources

Challenge of the Month! Win Prizes for Yourself and Your School!

To enter a raffle with fun prizes for yourself and your school, complete the bingo card linked here and send a picture from an activity and the name of your school by October 30 (with your permission to share) to eugspsrts@gmail.com Connect with us on FB @ Eugene-Springeld Safe Routes to School for more challenges.

Daily Challenges!

Mindful Monday: Start out your week with a rainbow walk or ride. Tune into your surroundings and find something that represents each color of the rainbow. You can do this outside or inside.

Test Your Route Tuesday: Go for a walk or ride to school, park or other nearby destination. Plan ahead with an adult to figure out where you can safely go and what is the best route. For new bike riders, check out this video on learning to ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADkm4qkXAj8

Walk and Roll Wednesday: Let’s all get outside and join people around the country celebrating Walk to School Day! We may be physically distancing, but we can still connect. Let’s take this day to nod, smile or wave as we pass the other members of our community.

Thrilling Thursday: Decorate your sidewalk, windows or bike with signs of encouragement to bike and walk for your neighbors. Keep an eye out for messages and art others may have left for you!

Fun Friday: Get outside and go on a scavenger hunt. Here are three options in English and Spanish: https://www.walksacramento.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Neighborhood-Walks-Activity-Packet.pdf


Ridgeline's eNews 10-2-2020

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Wed. 10/7 Meet & Greet Virtual Tea #3 2pm

Thur. 10/8 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Fri. 10/9 NO SCHOOL - Statewide InService

Fri. 10/9 Student Profile Updates Deadline for Student Contact List

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

NEW NEWS –

Bike & Walking - Ridgeline is proud to be a biking and walking community! This Friday is Bike and Walk to School Day, and we have reasons to celebrate. During the summer, members of the Transportation Committee received a grant from LTD to expand the sidewalk in front of the school, from the new crosswalk on West Amazon to the parking lot. We now have plenty of space for walking and brand new bike parking! This project shows that our school community is committed to environmentally friendly modes of transportation, and to our students' safety. We look very forward to the day when we can wave to one another from bike lanes and sidewalks as we commute to school again.

Special thanks to parent Paul Cziko, who worked tirelessly on the sidewalk expansion project!

COVID-19 - Please follow all public health guidance (practice physical distancing, wear a mask, wash your hands, limit gatherings, etc.). Help Lane County turn this around!

Parents/guardians, please notify Chrystell Reed if your Ridgeline student has a positive COVID-19 test even during CDL (Comprehensive Distance Learning). This will allow the school to track and confirm 14 day timeframes during which the school has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among school staff or students. This important information is one of the Ready Schools, Safe Learner metrics required to utilize the statewide allowance for limited in-person instruction and/or the statewide exception for K-3 grade students (when metrics allow).

Student Contact List - Each year Ridgeline publishes a Student Contact List for folks to make connections with other Ridgeline families. In order to have updated information for this list we must receive all updates to Student Profiles by Friday, October 9th. The information we have as of that date is what will appear in the Contact List. This year the list will be electronic and include students by classroom, parent’s phone numbers and emails. No physical addresses will be published. Only those who give permission to be included in the Student Contacts List will appear. If you do not complete the Annual Permissions form by October 9th, your family will not be included. Nineteen families have still not filled out this form. If you have not filled it out, you received an email this week with the link.

Weekly Tea - Join Cynthia for the weekly Virtual Tea. We are trying different days and times each week in order to give the opportunity for different Ridgeline adult humans to join in. If you have a request for a day and time for a future tea, contact Cynthia. Since there is no pick up or drop off line, this is your chance to connect with other parents!

A Note From Our Counselor Heather - We are a little over a week into our new school year, and many of you are still adjusting to a “new normal.” 2020 has been a wild ride, and this new school year has likely tested our resolve and patience from day one! Many families have already reached out for guidance and suggestions on navigating the emotions of zoom and online learning. Please don’t hesitate to continue to reach out if you notice new behaviors, need resources, or just have a bad day. My email address is heather.lecompte@ridgeline.org

The impact of Covid-19 has meant that teachers, parents, and students have experienced a large number of significant changes in a short period of time. The degree to which your child experiences an emotion can be vast, and you may experience your child expressing their feelings in new ways. I have provided some suggestions and guidance to help families achieve success in the virtual learning environment.

This guidance was written by Robyn Stead, an educational psychologist, and teacher.

LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN/STUDENTS

The best way to reassure someone who is feeling frustrated about the transition back to virtual school is to first listen to their concerns and acknowledge that their feelings are valid. Provide reassurance that whatever they are feeling is OK. As adults, we often want to rush in and fix problems or help to logically explain away the concerns. Focus on the feelings and emotions rather than on practicalities at this stage.

A PROBLEM-SOLVING APPROACH

Once your child/student has had the opportunity to tell you about their feelings they can be encouraged to focus on what they can do to manage their concerns. Particularly with older children, a problem-solving approach can be helpful. Encourage them to generate a range of possible solutions to the problems they raise and then select the ones that they think will work best for them.

BE PREPARED AND CONSISTENT

Create school day routines that include consistent wakeup and bedtimes. You could spend some time reflecting on the new routines that they have enjoyed recently. Consider whether some of these could be carried over into the going to school routine.

Mowing Needed NOW! - Hi everyone, the grounds are in desperate need of mowing. We are at that critical spot where if the land is not mowed within a week it will be beyond mowing and we will have to weed whack to reign it in. Contact Cynthia to help and/or just show up and get it done!

Ridgeline is Hiring - Please help us spread the word about Ridgeline’s current employment opportunities!

Support Ridgeline - Here is a list of ways you can support Ridgeline while you make your regular purchases.

AmazonSmile: Do you purchase products from Amazon? If so, please consider purchasing through AmazonSmile, which will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Ridgeline Montessori. Be sure to use the link below to ensure your purchase benefits Ridgeline. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know—same products, same prices, same service. Support Ridgeline by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-1296441

eScrip: Not yet a supporter? Please take five minutes of your time and go to www.escrip.com to sign up. Got a new debit or credit card? Login and update your account today. Your usual shopping trips to Market of Choice (our biggest e-scrip donor) and many of your online purchases will then earn much needed funds for our school.

Fred Meyer: Did you know you can link your Fred Meyers Reward card to Ridgeline Montessori to help us? Link your card to Ridgeline here.

SeQuential: Do you or your friends buy fuel at one of SeQuential Biofuels locations? SeQuential Biofuels will donate 5 cents for every gallon of gasoline you purchase from them to Ridgeline Montessori! All you need to say is, “I would like to donate!” Then the attendant will ask for your zip code and to which organization you wish to donate. Say “Ridgeline Montessori please!”

CONTINUING NEWS

Attendance - So far this week all of our students have participated in distance learning which is fantastic! If your child will be missing school, please email your student’s teachers and include attendance@ridgeline.org to let us know the reason (ie. sick, appointment, etc.) so we can code it correctly in Synergy.

Supply Fee If you have not yet paid your supply fee, we are now collecting the $75 supply fee per student. This year all supply fees will be collected electronically. If paying the supply fee presents a financial hardship for your family please fill out the Financial Assistance Form. If you you cannot remember whether or not you have paid, please contact our bookkeeper, Shu Weng-Ramos

Zoom Link Privacy - Please remember that the zoom links are private. Do not share them outside your families and care providers, and do not post them anywhere that is public.

Operation School Bell - The Assistance League of Eugene Operation School Bell offers shopping days at Fred Meyer for students whose families need assistance buying clothing for school. Ridgeline has been awarded a limited number of spots for our students to participate. We know that these have been challenging times for so many families and there may be families in our community in need who are not on our radar. If your family would benefit from this assistance, please contact Cynthia. Depending on the demand we may not be able to accommodate everyone’s request but we definitely want to hear from you!

COMMUNITY NEWS

Oregon Children’s Choir - Looking for a safe, fun, and inspiring afterschool activity for your child this fall? Oregon Children's Choir offers opportunities for kids to interact and sing with peers and work with experienced choir directors. Our fall session will take place online. Programs include an elementary choir (1st-5th grade) and two middle/high school choirs, Treble Choir and Boy Choir/Young Men's Ensemble (6th-12th grades). Spots are also available to audition for our two high school a cappella groups, Synergy and Counterpoint. As always, need-based tuition assistance is available! For information and to register, visit www.oregonchildrenschoir.org, call 458-215-0070, or email info@oregonchildrenschoir.org.


Ridgeline's eNews 9-24-2020

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Wed. 9/30 Meet & Greet Virtual Tea #2 10-10:30am

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

NEW NEWS –

Supply Fee If you have not yet paid your supply fee, we are now collecting the $75 supply fee per student. This year all supply fees will be collected electronically. If paying the supply fee presents a financial hardship for your family please fill out the Financial Assistance Form. If you you cannot remember whether or not you have paid, please contact our bookkeeper, Shu Weng-Ramos

Attendance - So far this week all of our students have participated in distance learning which is fantastic! If your child will be missing school, please email your student’s teachers and include attendance@ridgeline.org to let us know the reason (ie. sick, appointment, etc.) so we can code it correctly in Synergy.

Virtual Tea #2 - Cynthia will be hosting a second virtual meet & greet next Wednesday, September 30th at 10am. It was nice to see the few folks, mostly dads, who took part in last week’s event. Stop by during your morning break and say hi. Here is the zoom link.

K-3 Students - At this point, parents of K-3 students should be able to locate the schedules, zoom links, and recorded zoom meetings from their teacher's individual webpage. You can start here to navigate to your student's classroom page. During the next week, we will be adding permission for students that have ridgeline.org email addresses to access these same links on the website. If you haven't already, you will be receiving an email with your student's account information so that they can log into Gmail. If you did not give Ridgeline permission to create a google account for your child, you will not receive an email and no account will be set up for your student.

Zoom Link Privacy - Please remember that the zoom links are private. Do not share them outside your families and care providers, and do not post them anywhere that is public.

PE Update - Dan Trent has made the decision to resign as Ridgeline’s PE teacher. He will be missed (fortunately he is still a Ridgeline parent) by our staff and students who really enjoyed PE with Dan! We are reviewing the current job description and will post the position very soon (likely adding some details regarding distance learning and technology). In the meantime, teachers will provide an independent PE activity for your students next week.

Slow Zoom - If you are experiencing a slow zoom connection here are a few things you can try.

  • Check that your home has the internet connectivity and speed that you need to use Zoom Meetings.

    • You need at least 3.2 Mbps upload and download speed. For details about internet testing, see Test your internet speed.

    • Cable internet can get slowed down by other users who are using it at the same time. For example, they might be remote working or streaming entertainment.

  • Reduce the number of open tabs and apps to avoid spreading your CPU usage.

  • Try accessing the Zoom meeting through the browser rather than the app

  • Connect the device with an ethernet cable vs. wifi.

  • Remove photos and other work after you finish uploading them to SeeSaw or Google Classroom

  • Restarting the device may also help

Board Meeting Recap - Last week the board met to discuss budget revisions for the current year and 4J's proposed draft charter contract. The board agreed that additional funding that has become available for this year should be directed towards staffing and compensation, while agreeing to reassess the need for facilities projects using reserves later in the school year. Chrystell will present a revised budget committee recommendation for fiscal year 2020 - 21 to the board on October 8th. The board also took an initial look at Ridgeline's proposed charter agreement from 4J. A group of board members will be meeting in the next few weeks to determine a timeline for community feedback and negotiations with the district. Please be on the lookout for opportunities to provide input. The board's next meeting is October 8th at 6:30 p.m. You can contact the board at any time at board@ridgline.org.

CONTINUING NEWS -

Operation School Bell - The Assistance League of Eugene Operation School Bell offers shopping days at Fred Meyer for students whose families need assistance buying clothing for school. Ridgeline has been awarded a limited number of spots for our students to participate. We know that these have been challenging times for so many families and there may be families in our community in need who are not on our radar. If your family would benefit from this assistance, please contact Cynthia. Depending on the demand we may not be able to accommodate everyone’s request but we definitely want to hear from you!

Ridgeline Hiring - In the coming weeks, we anticipate posting a few new staff positions at Ridgeline Montessori. Please watch for the employment opportunities on our website and share the information with qualified friends and family members.

Oh the Mail - We have received numerous requests from families who say they did not receive the back to school mailing that was sent back on August 27th. If you have not received the Student Profile, first check with other members of your household to make sure someone else did not bring it in from the mailbox and set it in a weird pile. If you are sure you did not receive it contact Leauriy in the office to make arrangements to pick up a new copy. It is particularly important this year that students have updated parent contact information for when we transition to hybrid learning.

COMMUNITY NEWS

The Eugene Family YMCA currently has openings in their programs for school age youth. These full day programs will provide support with comprehensive distance learning as well as a variety of enriching activities, games and fun in a safe environment. For more info reach out to; youth@eugeneymca.org

Bounce Distance Learning Camp -

While classrooms are empty, we are here to serve our community.

Hours and Tuition:

Elementary school 1st -5th grade 8:00-3:00 $193.00 per week

Middle school 6th-8th grade 8:00-3:45 $213.00 per week

We are only offering full week options at this time.

Registration is open. Call 541-343-4222 to register.

Ridgeline's eNews 9-17-2020

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Thurs. 9/17 It’s ON! School Supply & Technology Distribution 3-6pm

Thurs. 9/17 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Fri. 9/18 School Supply & Technology Distribution 9am-12pm (pending AQI)

Mon. 9/21 First Day of Comprehensive Distance Learning

Mon. 9/21 Virtual Meet & Greet Tea 3-4pm

Wed. 9/23 Fundraising Committee Meeting 4-5pm

Full calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar

NEW NEWS –

School Supply & Technology Distribution - We really want everyone to be able to pick up their supplies and receive the devices they need to start school. Please make every effort to come to school at the earliest pick up time that is happening, as we do not know if later times will end up being canceled. The air quality is changing often and dramatically. We want your student to be ready to start school with everything they need on Monday. We will continue to send emails to update you on distribution times.

Board Meeting Thursday Evening. The Ridgeline Board of Directors will have its regular monthly meeting this Thursday (9/17) from 6:30-8:30 pm. Agenda items include discussions of 4J's proposed charter contract and next steps in contract negotiations, budget revisions, and board work and goals for 2020-2021. The full agenda is available on the Board page of the Ridgeline website at least 24 hours before the meeting. All are welcome to listen in (Zoom Link; Meeting ID: 869 0092 6549 and Passcode: 725697). Public comment will be accepted by email. If you would like to contact the board, please email board@ridgeline.org

Virtual Meet & Greet Tea - Please Join Cynthia for a Virtual Meet & Greet Tea on Monday, September 21st, 3-4pm. Here is the zoom link. We hope to see you then!

Back-to-school Forms - If you haven’t filled out the forms, go to our website and you will find them all there. At this point, approximately 75-100 families have not completed the required forms. As we sift through the forms in the coming weeks we will alert those who have not completed certain forms. If you think you filled it out, please do not do it again.

Bad Link - We apologize for the bad link to the income survey that went out in an earlier communication this week. Here is the correct link Family Income Survey (Of course it is also available on the website with all the other form links!)

Operation School Bell - The Assistance League of Eugene Operation School Bell offers shopping days at Fred Meyer for students whose families need assistance buying clothing for school. Ridgeline has been awarded a limited number of spots for our students to participate. We know that these have been challenging times for so many families and there may be families in our community in need who are not on our radar. If your family would benefit from this assistance, please contact Cynthia. Depending on the demand we may not be able to accommodate everyone’s request but we definitely want to hear from you!

Ridgeline Hiring - In the coming weeks, we anticipate posting a few new staff positions at Ridgeline Montessori. Please watch for the employment opportunities on our website and share the information with qualified friends and family members.

Oh the Mail - We have received numerous requests from families who say they did not receive the back to school mailing that was sent back on August 27th. If you have not received the Student Profile, first check with other members of your household to make sure someone else did not bring it in from the mailbox and set it in a weird pile. If you are sure you did not receive it contact Leauriy in the office to make arrangements to pick up a new copy. It is particularly important this year that students have updated parent contact information for when we transition to hybrid learning.

Fundraising Committee Meeting - September 23, 4-5pm- zoom link

Come join the first fundraising committee meeting for the 2020-2021 academic year! As with so many (too many?!) other aspects of life this year, fundraising will be different this year since we cannot have our large traditional community events. It also means this is a great time to mix it up and try some new and different things. Have an idea to share? New to our school community and wanting to meet parents outside your child's class? Have a passion for writing and communications? Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend any of our meetings to learn more and/or get involved! Please know, attending a meeting does not commit you to joining the committee, so please do check out a meeting if you're curious!. Fundraising at Ridgeline is truly a community effort. We are grateful and thankful to have each of YOU in our community!

As a reminder, as a public charter school, Ridgeline receives only 80% of the funding that a regular public school our size would receive. We are also not eligible to access additional funding support for our facilities. Fortunately, our administration and staff do an excellent job operating on a very lean budget. But that doesn't cover it all. Your contributions to our annual fundraising campaigns allow us to cover the gaps so we can continue to offer our robust public Montessori education.

COMMUNITY NEWS

The Eugene Family YMCA currently has openings in their programs for school age youth. These full day programs will provide support with comprehensive distance learning as well as a variety of enriching activities, games and fun in a safe environment. For more info reach out to; youth@eugeneymca.org

Bounce Distance Learning Camp -

While classrooms are empty, we are here to serve our community.

Hours and Tuition:

Elementary school 1st -5th grade 8:00-3:00 $193.00 per week

Middle school 6th-8th grade 8:00-3:45 $213.00 per week

We are only offering full week options at this time.

Registration is open. Call 541-343-4222 to register.

Sign up for Lane County emergency alerts

If you haven't done so already, today is the day to sign up for Lane County's free emergency alert system. Numerous alerts regarding the current wildfires have gone out in the last 24 hours.

From the Lane County website:

https://lanecounty.org/government/county_departments/lane_county_emergency_management/emergency_alerts

AlertSense

AlertSense (also called AlertMe!) allows fire, police, and other emergency response agencies to issue alerts to residents in the event of severe weather, fire, flooding, hazardous materials, need for immediate evacuation, civil danger, local area emergencies, and missing persons.

In the event of an emergency, alerts will be delivered to you at the contact information you provided, including telephone, text messages and email.

Emergency voice alerts sent from the County will come through as telephone number (541) 972-3177 on CallerID. You can dial that number if you would like to hear the last message repeated.

Sign up for alerts.


Ridgeline's eNews 9-10-2020

SCHOOL CALENDAR

Please click the link below to get-up-to date calendar information.

Full Calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar

ALL SCHOOL EVENTS

Thurs. 9/10 POSTPONED! Technology Check Out & School Supply Distribution 2-6 p.m.

Fri. 9/11 POSTPONED! Technology Check Out & School Supply Distribution 2-6 p.m.

Fri. 9/11 Family Income Survey, Volunteer Interest Form, Student Profile Review Survey, and Annual Permissions Form Due

Mon. 9/14 TENTATIVE School Supply & Technology Distribution

Tues. 9/15 TENTATIVE School Supply & Technology Distribution

Wed. 9/16 First Day of Comprehensive Distance Learning

NEW NEWS

Hi everyone, we hope you are all hanging in there during these challenging days of smoke and fire. It feels a little weird to be hounding you all to fill out the forms at this time, and we also want to be able to start school with as many systems in place, and ensure that you have all that you need. If it is too much for you right now, mark your eNews as unread, and circle back to it in a day or two when the smoke hopefully clears from the valley. Stay safe and please reach out to Cynthia or Heather if you are in an evacuation area or need any additional support.

TENTATIVE NEW DATES! School Supply Distribution - Monday, September 14 and Tuesday, September 15th. Due to the change of both days and times we are not dividing pick up by last names. Please come when you can. Likely there will be more congestion during the afternoon times slots so if you are a family who can come in the morning, it is recommended.

Staff and volunteers have been working to make materials and gather other school supplies that students will need for distance learning. Kindergarten and lower-el students will receive their materials in banker boxes and upper-el and middle school students will receive large bags. Families will drive through the pick up/drop off circle to receive their items. Every family needs to come pick up supplies. (If you are not able to come during these times, you may make arrangements for another family to pick up your box/bag.)

Please present a clearly written sign with each student’s FULL NAME, GRADE, and CLASS on it. Add siblings to your sign with all the same information.

Example: Patty Smith Simon Smith

Grade 3 Grade 5

Rachel’s Class Jasper’s Class

Pull up as far as you can in the driveway circle and wait for a staff member to come to your vehicle. Masks are required. Remain in your vehicle. Hand the sign to the staff member and they will hand you your bag/box. (Signs will be used to check off who has picked up their items).

Computer User Agreement - In order for your student(s) to be able to access online learning and use their google account you MUST fill out the computer user agreement. This form was due last Friday! We still do not have forms for over half our families! Please take time to fill it out today. Ridgeline Montessori Computer Internet User Agreement Kinder- 8th grade

Weekly Communications & Classroom Updates - Teachers will be sending out weekly updates on Fridays. These will also be available on teacher’s pages on the Ridgeline Website. If you do not receive these emails please contact your child’s teacher or Cynthia to ensure we have your email address on our lists.

Mark Your Calendars Virtual Tea - Please Join Cynthia for a Virtual Meet & Greet Tea on Monday, September 21st, 3-4pm. Watch for the zoom link in next week's eNews.

Forms - We are returning the forms to the new news as we still do not have responses from most of you.

Technology Access Survey ALL FAMILIES MUST COMPLETE THIS

Family Technology Checkout Form COMPLETE IF YOU NEED A DEVICE There are a limited number of devices left for check out on this first chromebook check out cycle. We need to know immediately if you are still in need of a device (by filling out the forms) and have not completed the checkout form.

Family Income Survey Due September 11

Volunteer Interest Form Due September 11

Student Profile Review Survey (to be completed after mailing received) Due September 11

Annual Permissions Form Due September 11

Supply Fee OR Financial Assistance Form Due October 1

Thank you - Thank you to Oron Tipton for trimming the branches at school. A shout out to Heather Hickcox and her mom, brother and sister-in-law. It was a true family affair and they AMAZINGLY made all 120 Stamp Game Pouch/Work Mats. Also, this week Megan Ary and Marci Viano-Davis helped out with a last minute Perler Bead bead bar fabrication project! Finally, we would like to recognize Shawn Green from Montavilla Sewing Center up in Beaverton for loaning a Ridgeline grandmother his wife's Serger machine so that when Ann Carney’s mom’s Serger stopped cooperating she could still finish the Checkerboard Mats!

CONTINUING NEWS

New Website! - Check out the new Ridgeline website. Same web address at www.ridgeline.org but so much easier to navigate and visually modern! A huge thank you to our special projects office team member and parent, Yaeko Rodrigues for all your hard work. Please make a habit of stopping by the website when you cannot find a form or want to see when something is due. We work hard to maintain Ridgeline’s google calendar with the latest up to date information and deadlines. We will also house parent forms and surveys on the “Parent Resources” tab. Click on the main tab and that will take you there.

Return Box - We recognize that many of you have school supply items at home and the thought of another set of colored pencils is too much! There will be a large box at the end of the driveway (where the new bike parking cement was poured this summer). After picking up your items please drive out of the parking lot, turning right. You may pull over to the curb on W. Amazon to assess your bag/box and return any unneeded items. You MAY NOT return any of the handmade Montessori materials or anything that your child’s teachers have specifically communicated that they want you to have. You may leave the bankers box if you already have storage at home. It will be very hard to return said items to you if you do not follow this as your child’s name will not be on them. So while we want to help you to only take what you need, we also want to make sure that you truly have everything you need too! When in doubt, take the supplies home.

Technology Check Out - We will check out a Chromebook to those students/families who have completed the Technology Checkout Form and Technology Access Form in advance. We will not be able to accommodate same-day checkout requests. Cynthia will send an email early next week to those who have signed up. Technology checkout will take place in conjunction with the school supply handout. Please add the word TECHNOLOGY in bold letters on the sign above your student’s NAME, GRADE, and CLASS. Follow all the procedures listed above. Masks are required and you must remain in your vehicle. It is your responsibility to keep Ridgeline’s technology clean and in good working order. All chromebooks have been cleaned and thoroughly checked over to be in working order at the time of checkout. Please report any damage or other issues you may encounter over time to Cynthia

Future Technology Needs - We recognize that people’s needs may change over time. If you discover that you need to check out a chromebook after our initial check out, contact Cynthia.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Sign up for Lane County emergency alerts

If you haven't done so already, today is the day to sign up for Lane County's free emergency alert system. Numerous alerts regarding the current wildfires have gone out in the last 24 hours.

From the Lane County website:

https://lanecounty.org/government/county_departments/lane_county_emergency_management/emergency_alerts

AlertSense

AlertSense (also called AlertMe!) allows fire, police, and other emergency response agencies to issue alerts to residents in the event of severe weather, fire, flooding, hazardous materials, need for immediate evacuation, civil danger, local area emergencies, and missing persons.

In the event of an emergency, alerts will be delivered to you at the contact information you provided, including telephone, text messages and email.

Emergency voice alerts sent from the County will come through as telephone number (541) 972-3177 on CallerID. You can dial that number if you would like to hear the last message repeated.

Sign up for alerts.

Free Meals Extended through December 2020

Free grab-and-go meals will be available for all 4J students and youth 18 years old and younger through December 2020. 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 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.

Summer Meals ends Thursday, September 3 (meal bags will include five days)

***Sites close September 4–13***

Sites reopen September 14

NEW!! Expanded Serving Times: Monday–Friday 10:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (subject to change based on participation)

NEW SITES BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 14

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 West Hilliard Lane

  • Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Drive

Sheldon Region

  • Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Road

  • Holt Elementary School, 770 Calvin St.

South Eugene Region

  • Roosevelt Middle School, 500 East 24th Avenue

  • Spencer Butte Middle School, 500 East 43rd Avenue

Downtown

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

More Information

Track it Forward App - https://www.trackitforward.com/site/ridgeline-montessori

Planned Absence Request Form

Attendance - attendance@ridgeline.org

Board of Director Meeting Minutes

Ridgeline's eNews 9-3-2020

SCHOOL CALENDAR

Please click the link below to get-up-to date calendar information.

Full Calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar

ALL SCHOOL EVENTS

Wed. 9/2-Fri. 9/4 Back to School Zoom Conferences (Students & Parents attend)

Fri. 9/4 Computer User Agreement Due

Mon. 9/7 Labor Day

Wed. 9/9 Technology Check Out & School Supply Distribution 2-6 p.m.

Thurs. 9/10 Technology Check Out & School Supply Distribution 2-6 p.m.

Fri. 9/11 Family Income Survey, Volunteer Interest Form, Student Profile Review Survey, and Annual Permissions Form Due

Mon. 9/14 First Day of Comprehensive Distance Learning

NEW NEWS

Conferences - Conferences are now! If you have not signed up for a conference please do so on the links below in continuing news. Tomorrow is the last day for conferences.

New Website! - Check out the new Ridgeline website. Same web address at www.ridgeline.org but so much easier to navigate and visually modern! A huge thank you to our special projects office team member and parent, Yaeko Rodrigues for all your hard work. Please make a habit of stopping by the website when you cannot find a form or want to see when something is due. We work hard to maintain Ridgeline’s google calendar with the latest up to date information and deadlines. We will also house parent forms and surveys on the “Parent Resources” tab. Click on the main tab and that will take you there.

Technology Forms Clarifications - With so many forms and deadlines we apologize if it was not clear. You only need to fill out the technology checkout form if your student(s) needs to checkout out a chromebook. All other forms are mandatory, and you must fill out a technology survey AND a technology checkout form in order to receive one of the school’s devices. While these forms are now past due, we need EVERYONE to fill out the survey and no, it is not too late to sign up to check out a chromebook. Ridgeline assistants Jacob & Anna are working hard to prepare the chromebooks and assign them to students. There is a lot of prep on the back end that needs to happen so the sooner we know what you need one the better!

Technology Access Survey ALL FAMILIES MUST COMPLETE THIS

Family Technology Checkout Form COMPLETE IF YOU NEED A DEVICE

School Supply Distribution - Please read all the instructions carefully. Wednesday, September 9, 2-6 p.m. & Thursday, September 10, 2-6 p.m. Staff and volunteers have been working to make materials and gather other school supplies that students will need for distance learning. Kindergarten and lower-el students will receive their materials in banker boxes and upper-el and middle school students will receive large bags. Families will drive through the pick up/drop off circle to receive their items. Every family needs to come pick up supplies. (If you are not able to come during these times, you may make arrangements for another family to pick up your box/bag.)

We will be splitting up the alphabet by student last names (if you have kids with different last names pick up items for both kids at one time, choosing one of their last names) to ease the congestion. Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, September 9th -

2-3pm A-G

3-4pm H-L

4-5pm M-R

5-6pm S-Y

Thursday, September 10th -

2-3pm S-Y

3-4pm M-R

4-5pm H-L

5-6pm A-G

Please present a clearly written sign with each student’s FULL NAME, GRADE, and CLASS on it. Add siblings to your sign with all the same information.

Example: Patty Smith Simon Smith

Grade 3 Grade 5

Rachel’s Class Jasper’s Class

Pull up as far as you can in the driveway circle and wait for a staff member to come to your vehicle. Masks are required. Remain in your vehicle. Hand the sign to the staff member and they will hand you your bag/box. (Signs will be used to check off who has picked up their items).

Return Box - We recognize that many of you have school supply items at home and the thought of another set of colored pencils is too much! There will be a large box at the end of the driveway (where the new bike parking cement was poured this summer). After picking up your items please drive out of the parking lot, turning right. You may pull over to the curb on W. Amazon to assess your bag/box and return any unneeded items. You MAY NOT return any of the handmade Montessori materials or anything that your child’s teachers have specifically communicated that they want you to have. You may leave the bankers box if you already have storage at home. It will be very hard to return said items to you if you do not follow this as your child’s name will not be on them. So while we want to help you to only take what you need, we also want to make sure that you truly have everything you need too! When in doubt, take the supplies home.

Technology Check Out - We will check out a Chromebook to those students/families who have completed the Technology Checkout Form and Technology Access Form in advance. We will not be able to accommodate same-day checkout requests. Cynthia will send an email early next week to those who have signed up. Technology checkout will take place in conjunction with the school supply handout. Please add the word TECHNOLOGY in bold letters on the sign above your student’s NAME, GRADE, and CLASS. Follow all the procedures listed above. Masks are required and you must remain in your vehicle. It is your responsibility to keep Ridgeline’s technology clean and in good working order. All chromebooks have been cleaned and thoroughly checked over to be in working order at the time of checkout. Please report any damage or other issues you may encounter over time to Cynthia

Future Technology Needs - We recognize that people’s needs may change over time. If you discover that you need to check out a chromebook after our initial check out, contact Cynthia.

Thank Yous - A shout of to several of our parents who helped Ann make at-home materials the past few weeks: Rachael McEachern, Kelsey Cluff, Julie Lynn Stewart and Jenny Noyce have helped with Perler Bead Bar fabrication, making sandpaper letters, and cutting out the moveable alphabets. Thanks to Jenn Otto who helped by buying a lot of the supplies that were needed at wholesale prices! Thank you to Meredith Calzia for sorting and counting bags of pattern blocks and colored pencils. And thank you to Bonnie Doran for de-webbing the school!

Bike Parking Concrete - When you arrive to pick up supplies you will notice a gorgeous new strip of concrete outside the fence in front of the school. Thank you so much to the biking committee and specifically Paul Cziko, who did the lion’s share of the work, making this project happen within a very tight grant deadline! New bike racks are coming soon too! Once we return to school in person we know that our biking community will be very thrilled.

CONTINUING NEWS

Quick Links to Forms - The following forms need to be filled out by ALL families. Here is the list with links at a glance. Detailed information is available further down in the eNews if you need more information.

Before School Conferences are SEPTEMBER 2,3,4! Sign Up NOW.

Diana’s Class Link

Rachel’s Class Link

Emily’s Class Link

Cheri’s Class Link

Adam’s Class Link

Meridy’s Class Link

Jasper’s Class Link

Middle School Last Name A - Mo Link

Middle School Last Name My -Y Link

Supply Fee OR Financial Assistance Form Due October 1

Family Income Survey Due September 11

Ridgeline Montessori Computer Internet User Agreement Kinder- 8th grade Due September 4

Volunteer Interest Form Due September 11

Student Profile Review Survey (to be completed after mailing received) Due September 11

Annual Permissions Form Due September 11

Back to School Mailing - This year almost all the back to school forms are electronic. Yippee! We will be mailing out a welcome letter with an abbreviated calendar on the back along with the Student Profile Form for you to verify that the student information we have is correct and current. Watch for the back to school mailing next week. Once you receive your student profile in the mail, fill out this survey. Any changes must be clearly marked on the paper you receive in the mail and returned to the school. You may either mail it to 4500 W. Amazon Drive, Eugene, OR 97405 or drop it in the locked box on the front porch M-F 9am-4pm.

Annual Permissions Form - Please fill out the Annual Permissions Form. This form gives permission to include your student in the Family Contact list, along with permissions for pick up , walking field trips, etc. for when students are able to return to the classroom.

Technology Clarification - As a charter school, Ridgeline is not able to access the 4J technology checkout for our students. We do have chromebooks that we are offering for use to our students who do not have access to a designated device at home. We want all our students to be able to access distance learning with ease, and we do not have an inventory that allows us to provide a chromebook to every student who is enrolled at Ridgeline.

Facebook - As we navigate this virtual start to the school year you might consider joining our community facebook group. It is called Parents & Community at Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School. You will be asked to indicate your affiliation with Ridgeline prior to admittance to the group.

Ridgeline's New School Nursing Consultant - Roxanne Graboyes will be reviewing student health files in the coming week. She will likely need to contact some parents regarding health conditions or potential concerns in order to ensure we are knowledgeable and prepared to support your student during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Volunteer Needs -

Power Washing & Weeding - We are looking for a volunteer to power wash the sidewalks around the buildings and the parking lot in front of the office. on Track it Forward.

Supply Fee - Last spring we postponed collecting the 2020-21 school supply fee. As Leauriy works hard to order supplies for students at home and here at school, when we return to in-person learning, your supply fee will be stretched even farther this year! We are now collecting the $75 supply fee per student. This year all supply fees will be collected electronically. If paying the supply fee presents a financial hardship for your family please fill out the Financial Assistance Form.

Family Income Survey Form – While Ridgeline does not offer free & reduced lunch, families who qualify may receive benefits including, but not limited to discounted phone & internet service, and possible additional SNAP benefits. All Ridgeline Families are expected to return the Family Income Survey. All survey information is confidential. Questions regarding the survey should be directed to Cynthia. Qualifying families will receive a letter from our bookkeeper Shu Weng-Ramos.

RCO Update - New parent Meghan Rogacki has stepped up to help out with RCO. Thank you! Who wants to help Megan to launch a new and exciting group to engage parents and build community in this virtual world we live in?

Ridgeline’s Community Organization is our parent group. All Ridgeline parents are automatically members of the RCO. This group has historically been led by two parent volunteers, co-conveners, who have served two-year terms. Last spring’s call for new conveners was not answered. The 2020-21 school year is the first year in Ridgeline’s existence that we do not have an active RCO. Parents, this is your group! You are 180 families and it is up to you to reimagine what our parent organization can be at this time. While we cannot meet physically, we know that you want to build community and that can look like anything you want it to be! If you are interested in working with other volunteers to help re-imagine the RCO and create something new contact Cynthia.

Volunteers Needed!

Kindergarten Volunteer opportunities:

  • Sewing Projects: Cutting felt, some pinning, bracelets, pumpkins, Fall bracelets, winter banners, gnomes, Valentine bracelets, hearts, sashes (involves sewing a shoulder dart.)

  • Haunted house prep: Use Exacto knife to cut along dotted lines

  • Thanksgiving Placemats: Cut mats and paper strips

  • Thanksgiving Booklets: Folding paper and tying yarn

  • Leaf lacing: Use a hole punch to make holes around a laminated Fall leaf for each child

  • Calendar prep: dot numbers on blank calendar forms, one for each month

  • Tracing continents: Trace individual map piece onto construction paper.

To volunteer and for more information contact kindergarten teacher Diana Fitzer diana.fitzer@ridgeline.org

Track it Forward - Ridgeline will continue to utilize Track it Forward for volunteer sign-ups and to log your volunteer hours. If you are new to Ridgeline or have not yet created an account, please do so! Last year we had a lot of folks forget to log their hours. Volunteer hour reporting is important for us to show support for Ridgeline when applying for grants and for reporting to our sponsoring district.

Track It Forward app can be added to your phone!

If you are a first-time Track It Forward user and have not set up an account you will need to create an account first. If you already have an account, skip to step two.

Step One:

Go to https://www.trackitforward.com/site/ridgeline-montessori

Select sign in

Create your account.

Step Two:

Go to the app store on your device and search for Track It Forward.

Download the app

Log In

You are all set!

COMMUNITY NEWS

Free Meals Extended through December 2020

Free grab-and-go meals will be available for all 4J students and youth 18 years old and younger through December 2020. 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 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.

Summer Meals ends Thursday, September 3 (meal bags will include five days)

***Sites close September 4–13***

Sites reopen September 14

NEW!! Expanded Serving Times: Monday–Friday 10:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (subject to change based on participation)

NEW SITES BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 14

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 West Hilliard Lane

  • Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Drive

Sheldon Region

  • Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Road

  • Holt Elementary School, 770 Calvin St.

South Eugene Region

  • Roosevelt Middle School, 500 East 24th Avenue

  • Spencer Butte Middle School, 500 East 43rd Avenue

Downtown

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

More Information

Track it Forward App - https://www.trackitforward.com/site/ridgeline-montessori

Planned Absence Request Form

Attendance - attendance@ridgeline.org

Board of Director Meeting Minutes

Ridgeline's eNew 8-28-2020

SCHOOL CALENDAR

Please click the link below to get-up-to date calendar information.

Full Calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar


ALL SCHOOL EVENTS

Fri. 8/28 Back to School Zoom Conference Sign Up Available

Mon. 8/31 Family Technology Survey Due

Mon. 8/31 Maria Montessori’s 150th Birthday

Mon. 8/31 Back to School Mailing Sent

Wed. 9/2-Fri. 9/4 Back to School Zoom Conferences (Students & Parents attend)

Fri. 9/4 Computer User Agreement Due

Mon. 9/7 Labor Day

Wed. 9/9 Technology Check Out & School Supply Distribution 2-6 p.m.T

Thurs. 9/10 Technology Check Out & School Supply Distribution 2-6 p.m.

Fri. 9/11 Family Income Survey, Volunteer Interest Form, Student Profile Review Survey, and Annual Permissions Form Due

Mon. 9/14 First Day of Comprehensive Distance Learning


NEW NEWS

Quick Links to Forms - The following forms need to be filled out by ALL families. Here is the list with links at a glance. Detailed information is available further down in the eNews if you need more information.

Technology Access Survey DUE MONDAY, AUGUST 31

Family Technology Checkout Form DUE MONDAY, AUGUST 31

Supply Fee OR Financial Assistance Form Due October 1

Family Income Survey Due September 11

Ridgeline Montessori Computer Internet User Agreement Kinder- 8th grade Due September 4

Volunteer Interest Form Due September 11

Student Profile Review Survey (to be completed after mailing received) Due September 11

Annual Permissions Form Due September 11


Before School Conferences are SEPTEMBER 2,3,4! Sign Up NOW.

Diana’s Class Link

Rachel’s Class Link

Emily’s Class Link

Cheri’s Class Link

Adam’s Class Link

Meridy’s Class Link

Jasper’s Class Link

Middle School Last Name A - Mo Link

Middle School Last Name My -Y Link


Back to School Mailing - This year almost all the back to school forms are electronic. Yippee! We will be mailing out a welcome letter with an abbreviated calendar on the back along with the Student Profile Form for you to verify that the student information we have is correct and current. Watch for the back to school mailing next week. Once you receive your student profile in the mail, fill out this survey. If you have changes they need to be clearly marked on the paper you receive in the mail and returned to the school. You may either mail it to 4500 W. Amazon Drive, Eugene, OR 97405 or drop it in the locked box on the front porch M-F 9am-4pm.

Annual Permissions Form - Please fill out the Annual Permissions Form. This form gives permission to include your student in the Family Contact list, along with permissions for pick up , walking field trips, etc. for when students are able to return to the classroom.

Technology Clarification - As a charter school, Ridgeline is not able to access the 4J technology checkout for our students. We do have chromebooks that we are offering for use to our students who do not have access to a designated device at home. We want all our students to be able to access distance learning with ease, and we do not have an inventory that allows us to provide a chromebook to every student who is enrolled at Ridgeline.

Facebook - As we navigate this virtual start to the school year you might consider joining our community facebook group. It is called Parents & Community at Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School. You will be asked to indicate your affiliation with Ridgeline prior to admittance to the group.

Ridgeline's New School Nursing Consultant - Roxanne Graboyes will be reviewing student health files in the coming week. She will likely need to contact some parents regarding health conditions or potential concerns in order to ensure we are knowledgeable and prepared to support your student during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Volunteer Needs -

30 Egg Cartons Needed - Diana is in need of 30 egg cartons. If you have egg cartons we would love to have them. Please drop them by school and place them on the front porch in the box labeled “egg cartons”.

Oh the Webs They Weave - The outside of the school building is overrun with spider webs! We are looking for a volunteer to come with a broom or duster to de-web the building, including the eaves under the breezeway, around light fixtures, etc. Sign up on Track It Forward to volunteer.

Power Washing, Weeding & Tree Trimming - We are looking for a volunteer to power wash the sidewalks around the buildings and the parking lot in front of the office. We also need a tree trimming volunteer to trim branches on a tree behind building B (behind Jon’s classroom). Sign up for both on Track it Forward.

Before School Family Conferences - Staff want to connect with each of you prior to school starting! Please sign up at the links above. Details and zoom links will be sent to you from your child’s teacher early next week. If you have a middle school student with a last name A-Mo, sign up with that link and if you have one with the last name My-Y, sign up with that MS link. Conferences should be attended by both the student and their parents/guardian.

Supply Fee - Last spring we postponed collecting the 2020-21 school supply fee. As Leauiry works hard to order supplies for students at home and here at school, when we return to in-person learning, your supply fee will be stretched even farther this year! We are now collecting the $75 supply fee per student. This year all supply fees will be collected electronically. If paying the supply fee presents a financial hardship for your family please fill out the Financial Assistance Form.

Thank You! - A huge shout out of thanks to Ann Carney Nelson who, with the help of her mom, have spent the summer making many Montessori materials for students to take home. And thank you to Michelle Lodwig and her kids who spent time both Saturday and Sunday mowing the school grounds.

Family Income Survey Form – While Ridgeline does not offer free & reduced lunch, families who qualify may receive benefits including, but not limited to discounted phone & internet service, and possible additional SNAP benefits. All Ridgeline Families are expected to return the Family Income Survey. All survey information is confidential. Questions regarding the survey should be directed to Cynthia. Qualifying families will receive a letter from our bookkeeper Shu Weng-Ramos.

Family Technology Survey - If you have not filled out the Technology Access Survey. please fill it out ASAP. We have heard from only half our families so far. This survey is due, Monday, August 31. Families who have not filled it out by then will be contacted. Please help us reduce our workload by filling out the survey today! Only one survey per family please. After completing that survey, complete the Family Technology Checkout Form, if you need to checkout technology for your student this school year.

RCO Update - New parent Meghan Rogack has stepped up to help out with RCO. Thank you! Who wants to help Megan to launch a new and exciting group to engage parents and build community in this virtual world we live in?

Ridgeline’s Community Organization is our parent group. All Ridgeline parents are automatically members of the RCO. This group has historically been led by two parent volunteers, co-conveners, who have served two-year terms. Last spring’s call for new conveners was not answered. The 2020-21 school year is the first year in Ridgeline’s existence that we do not have an active RCO. Parents, this is your group! You are 180 families and it is up to you to reimagine what our parent organization can be at this time. While we cannot meet physically, we know that you want to build community and that can look like anything you want it to be! If you are interested in working with other volunteers to help re-imagine the RCO and create something new contact Cynthia.

Monday - Maria Montessori's 150th birthday! - Get ready for the 150th celebration of the birth of Maria Montessori on August 31st!!! To kick off this school year, let's celebrate! On Monday, August 31st plan to make a treat with your kids to enjoy that day OR help (or tell!) your child to gather 150 of something OR ask your kids to make a birthday card OR if your family has a fun birthday tradition, do that! Then, take a picture of your celebration and send your photos to photos@ridgeline.org. We'll use the photos to make a fun collage to start off the school year.


CONTINUING NEWS

School Communications - There are two systems we use to communicate with all of you. Cynthia has an eNews email grouping which includes Ridgeline families, community volunteers, friends, and grandparents. We also use School Messenger which is connected to the student information system, Synergy. Communications about the upcoming school year will be sent to you from Michelle Texley, our principal, and Chrystell Reed, our executive director, via Messenger which only goes to registered Ridgeline families. If you did not receive yesterday’s email from Chrystell Reed, please check your spam or promotions folders (it sounds like for Gmail users it may have gone there). You may also contact Cynthia to confirm that we have your current email address in Synergy. It is also imperative that you check your email on a regular basis so you do not miss important information.

Contacting the Office - At this time the best way to reach office staff is via email. We are checking phone messages daily and answering office phones occasionally when on site. We will return your phone message via email or phone within 24 hours. Who are your office folks, you might ask and who does what? Leauiry (pronounced Lorie) Polk is our registrar. Questions about enrollment, immunizations, student health concerns, etc. can be directed to leauriy.polk@ridgeline.org. Cynthia Friedman is your volunteer coordinator, eNews writer, attendance clerk, and random question-answer person. She can be reached at cynthia.friedman@ridgeline.org Not sure who to contact? Just pick one of us and we will make sure your question is answered or sent to the correct person! We are here to help, so please reach out. It is even more important that you do that this year as we won’t see you popping into the office as we always have.

Is the Office Open? - The school office is not open in the traditional sense this year. Leauriy will often be working at school and Cynthia will be working remotely. On a pre-arranged basis we will be available if you need to drop something off or pick something up, but the front doors will remain locked. Non-essential visitors and volunteers are not allowed in the building at this time. There will not be bathroom facilities available to families members when on school grounds. Please plan ahead in this regard if you are coming to school for any reason.

Volunteering - As you all know volunteers play a vital role in the Ridgeline community. As we work to get the 2020-21 school year up and running there is much work to be done and we need your help! Please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form so Cynthia can get a better sense of all the amazing skills you have. Between now and then think about what skills and talents you have that you’d be willing to share with the Ridgeline Community. Or maybe you have equipment, like a truck, and can help haul yard debris. As part of our Blueprint for school operations this year, we are not allowed to have volunteers in the school building so volunteering will look different. While families will not be required to volunteer 40 hours this school year we do still need your help. We hope that volunteering can be a positive safe experience that enriches your life as you support our community. Please don’t stress about completing volunteer hours as you juggle guiding kids with distance learning, working, etc. We so appreciate all our amazing volunteers and the time you give to Ridgeline! Please continue to log all volunteer hours on Track it Forward. (See below for details).

Volunteers Needed!

Kindergarten Volunteer opportunities:

  • Sewing Projects: Cutting felt, some pinning, bracelets, pumpkins, Fall bracelets, winter banners, gnomes, Valentine bracelets, hearts, sashes (involves sewing a shoulder dart.)

  • Haunted house prep: Use Exacto knife to cut along dotted lines

  • Thanksgiving Placemats: Cut mats and paper strips

  • Thanksgiving Booklets: Folding paper and tying yarn

  • Leaf lacing: Use a hole punch to make holes around a laminated Fall leaf for each child

  • Calendar prep: dot numbers on blank calendar forms, one for each month

  • Tracing continents: Trace individual map piece onto construction paper.

To volunteer and for more information contact kindergarten teacher Diana Fitzer diana.fitzer@ridgeline.org

Track it Forward - Ridgeline will continue to utilize Track it Forward for volunteer sign-ups and to log your volunteer hours. If you are new to Ridgeline or have not yet created an account, please do so! Last year we had a lot of folks forget to log their hours. Volunteer hour reporting is important for us to show support for Ridgeline when applying for grants and for reporting to our sponsoring district.

Track It Forward app can be added to your phone!

If you are a first-time Track It Forward user and have not set up an account you will need to create an account first. If you already have an account, skip to step two.


Step One: Go to https://www.trackitforward.com/site/ridgeline-montessori

Select sign in

Create your account.

Step Two:

Go to the app store on your device and search for Track It Forward.

Download the app

Log In

You are all set!

Ridgeline's eNew 8-20-2020

SCHOOL CALENDAR

Please click the link below to get-up-to date calendar information.

Full Calendar: http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar


ALL SCHOOL EVENTS

Thurs. 8/20 First eNews of the 2020-21 School Year

Mon. 8/24 Office Opens (see below for details)

Thurs. 8/27 Back to School Zoom Conference Sign Up Available

Mon. 8/31 Maria Montessori’s 150th Birthday

Mon.-Fri. 8/31-9/11 Back to School Zoom Conferences (Times TDB)

Mon. 9/7 Labor Day

Tues.-Fri. 9/8-9/11 Technology Check Out (Dates & Times TBD)

Mon. 9/14 First Day of Comprehensive Distance Learning


NEW NEWS

Welcome new and returning Ridgeline families to the 2020-21 weekly eNews. As I am sure you all read in the communication sent out yesterday to Ridgeline families, there is a lot of information that will be shared in the coming weeks. Please read all emails carefully and if you have any questions, please reach out.

School Communications - There are two systems we use to communicate with all of you. Cynthia has an eNews email grouping which includes Ridgeline families, community volunteers, friends, and grandparents. We also use School Messenger which is connected to the student information system, Synergy. Communications about the upcoming school year will be sent to you from Michelle Texley, our principal, and Chrystell Reed, our executive director, via Messenger which only goes to registered Ridgeline families. If you did not receive yesterday’s email from Chrystell Reed, please check your spam or promotions folders (it sounds like for Gmail users it may have gone there). You may also contact Cynthia to confirm that we have your current email address in Synergy. It is also imperative that you check your email on a regular basis so you do not miss important information.

Contacting the Office - At this time the best way to reach office staff is via email. We are checking phone messages daily and answering office phones occasionally when on site. We will return your phone message via email or phone within 24 hours. Who are your office folks, you might ask and who does what? Leauiry (pronounced Lorie) Polk is our registrar. Questions about enrollment, immunizations, student health concerns, etc. can be directed to leauriy.polk@ridgeline.org. Cynthia Friedman is your volunteer coordinator, eNews writer, attendance clerk, and random question-answer person. She can be reached at cynthia.friedman@ridgeline.org Not sure who to contact? Just pick one of us and we will make sure your question is answered or sent to the correct person! We are here to help, so please reach out. It is even more important that you do that this year as we won’t see you popping into the office as we always have.

Is the Office Open? - The school office is not open in the traditional sense this year. Leauriy will often be working at school and Cynthia will be working remotely. On a pre-arranged basis we will be available if you need to drop something off or pick something up, but the front doors will remain locked. Non-essential visitors and volunteers are not allowed in the building at this time. There will not be bathroom facilities available to families members when on school grounds. Please plan ahead in this regard if you are coming to school for any reason.

Volunteering - As you all know volunteers play a vital role in the Ridgeline community. As we work to get the 2020-21 school year up and running there is much work to be done and we need your help! In next week’s eNews you will be asked to fill out a Volunteer Interest Form so Cynthia can get a better sense of all the amazing skills you have. Between now and then think about what skills and talents you have that you’d be willing to share with the Ridgeline Community. Or maybe you have equipment, like a truck, and can help haul yard debris. As part of our Blueprint for school operations this year, we are not allowed to have volunteers in the school building so volunteering will look different. While families will not be required to volunteer 40 hours this school year we do still need your help. We hope that volunteering can be a positive safe experience that enriches your life as you support our community. Please don’t stress about completing volunteer hours as you as juggle guiding kids with distance learning, working, etc. We so appreciate all our amazing volunteers and the time you give to Ridgeline! Please continue to log all volunteer hours on Track it Forward. (See below for details).

Volunteers Needed!

Kindergarten Volunteer opportunities:

  • Sewing Projects: Cutting felt, some pinning, bracelets, pumpkins, Fall bracelets, winter banners, gnomes, Valentine bracelets, hearts, sashes (involves sewing a shoulder dart.)

  • Haunted house prep: Use Exacto knife to cut along dotted lines

  • Thanksgiving Placemats: Cut mats and paper strips

  • Thanksgiving Booklets: Folding paper and tying yarn

  • Leaf lacing: Use a hole punch to make holes around a laminated Fall leaf for each child

  • Calendar prep: dot numbers on blank calendar forms, one for each month

  • Tracing continents: Trace individual map piece onto construction paper.

To volunteer and for more information contact kindergarten teacher Diana Fitzer diana.fitzer@ridgeline.org

Sad Grounds HELP!- As a charter school, we are the owners and caretakers of our school building and property. Our grounds are in desperate need of mowing and weed whacking! It would be fantastic if someone could help this weekend as we want to be good neighbors and maintain our property. Contact Cynthia to volunteer. You do not need to hear back from Cynthia before you come. It would be magical if Leauriy arrived Monday morning to discover that the mowing fairy had visited campus! The grass strip along the street is a dandelion forest, and there is tall brown grass everywhere! Volunteers should have their own gas-powered mower or weed wacker. There are no outside electrical outlets.

Montessori Material Making - Teachers have identified some key Montessori materials that they want to continue using and volunteers are busy re-creating home sets of those materials for individual student use. If you would like to help with this fun, creative project, please email our Volunteer Coordinator Cynthia Friedman for details.

RCO - Ridgeline’s Community Organization is our parent group. All Ridgeline parents are automatically members of the RCO. This group has historically been led by two parent volunteers, co-conveners, who have served two-year terms. Last spring’s call for new conveners was not answered. The 2020-21 school year is the first year in Ridgeline’s existence that we do not have an active RCO. Parents, this is your group! You are 180 families and it is up to you to reimage what our parent organization can be at this time. While we cannot meet physically, we know that you want to build community and that can look like anything you want it to be! If you are interested in working with other volunteers to help re-imagine the RCO and create something new contact Cynthia.

Track it Forward - Ridgeline will continue to utilize Track it Forward for volunteer sign-ups and to log your volunteer hours. If you are new to Ridgeline or have not yet created an account, please do so! Last year we had a lot of folks forget to log their hours. Volunteer hour reporting is important for us to show support for Ridgeline when applying for grants and for reporting to our sponsoring district.

Track It Forward app can be added to your phone!

If you are a first-time Track It Forward user and have not set up an account you will need to create an account first. If you already have an account, skip to step two.

Step One:

Go to https://www.trackitforward.com/site/ridgeline-montessori

  1. Select sign in

  2. Create your account.

Step Two:

Go to the app store on your device and search for Track It Forward.

  1. Download the app

  2. Log In

  3. You are all set!

Maria Montessori's 150th birthday! - Get ready for the 150th celebration of the birth of Maria Montessori on August 31st!!! To kick off this school year, let's celebrate! On Monday, August 31st plan to make a treat with your kids to enjoy that day OR help (or tell!) your child to gather 150 of something OR ask your kids to make a birthday card OR if your family has a fun birthday tradition, do that! Then, take a picture of your celebration and send your photos to photos@ridgeline.org. We'll use the photos to make a fun collage to start off the school year.

Technology Survey - This survey was linked in yesterday’s Reopening communication. Please only fill it out once per family. We do need to hear from ALL. The sooner they are all filled out, the sooner we can arrange technology pick up times.

Please complete our Technology Access Survey. After completing that survey, complete the Family Technology Checkout Form, if you need to checkout technology for your student this school year. Although not all learning will be done in front of a screen, access to appropriate technology is going to be essential this school year. We have computers and other resources that we can loan families, and we need to get them distributed so we’re all ready to go on the first day of school. Please fill out the Technology Access Survey immediately, even if you don’t anticipate borrowing anything. We must reach all of our families so that we know we have needs covered.


Track it Forward App - https://www.trackitforward.com/site/ridgeline-montessori

Planned Absence Request Form

Attendance - attendance@ridgeline.org

Board of Director Meeting Minutes