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Ridgeline's eNews 6-11-21

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


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

Fri. 6/11 Ridgeline school day (change from original calendar)

Mon. 6/14 Cohort A for hybrid

Tues. 6/15 Cohort B for hybrid

Tues. 6/15 Last Day of School for all students

Tues. 6/15 Technology & Supply Return 3:30-6:30 pm

Wed. 6/16 Technology & Supply Return 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Wed. 6/16 8th Grade Graduation 6-7 pm

Thurs. 6/17 Board Meeting

Thurs. 6/24 Office Closes for the summer

Mon. 8/23 Office Re-opens

Thurs. 9/9 First Day of School

NEW NEWS –

It’s hard to believe that we are finally here at the end of the 2020-21 school year! This is the last eNews until the third week of August. We hope you all have a restorative summer and that you are able to see and connect with friends and loved ones who you may not have seen for a very long time.


2021-2022 School Calendar - The 2021-2022 school calendar has been approved and it will be available on our website by the end of next week. The first day of school will be Thursday, September 9. https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources/calendar


Report Cards - End of the year report cards will be mailed home June 24th. If you have not updated your mailing address, please contact the office 541-681-9662 or email Leauriy right away to make arrangements.


Volunteer Hours - Thanks you everyone who volunteered this school year! We so appreciate your help and want to make sure we know about all the time you put in. Please remember to log your hours before you leave for summer break. Log hours on Track it Forward.


2021-22 Supply Fee - We will be collecting the $75 per student supply fee in September. Similar to last year we will gladly accept online payment on our website. The paylink will be open when we return after summer break.


Looking Ahead - We are sure you all are wondering what the 2021-22 school year will look like. So do we! Before we depart for summer break, Chrystell and Michelle will send out an end of the year letter reflecting on the year we have just experienced and let you know what we do know so far about school in the fall.


Board Meeting next Thursday - The board will have its final meeting of the school year next Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You will receive information about the email in a special email early next week.


New Staff Members! - Ridgeline is excited to announce the two newest members of the Ridgeline Team. Avery Iseli will be joining us as the Lower Elementary Assistant for room 5, with a temporary training year in Emily’s room, and Paula Cortez will be joining the team as our new Tier III assistant.


Avery comes to us with three years of experience working in a Montessori classroom. Avery expressed that she is “passionate about supporting students in achieving their goals and developing their curiosity in a positive environment.” Avery’s joy and enthusiasm stood out as a natural part of her demeanor during the interview process.


Paula joins us with multiple years of experience serving in a response to Intervention capacity, making her uniquely qualified for this position. In addition to her experience, Paula holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in English Literature. As part of her goal summary, Paula stated that she strives to respond to the child’s individual needs with warmth and empathy.


CONTINUING NEWS -

Class Placement - If you have a student who will be moving up to 1st or 4th grade next fall you will be receiving an email from Cynthia on Friday, June 11 with your child’s class placement and information about the zoom Move Up Day which will take place on Monday, June 14, at 9am. Middle school cohorts are established in late August so you will not receive placement information for your student moving up to 7th grade.

Move Up Day - Move Up Day is a beloved annual tradition. It is time for students to spend time with their classroom cohorts for the upcoming school year. Once again this year, Move Up Day will be over zoom. Teachers will be hosting zoom meetings at 9am, Monday June 14th. Students moving up will get to meet their teachers and other students and those who are returning to the same classroom will have the opportunity to act as ambassadors to welcome incoming students. Parents/Guardians of students moving up to 7th grade should have received an email and instructions directly from Jon Labrousse. If you have an incoming 7th grader and have not received this information contact Jon.

Technology Return - If you have checked out technology from Ridgeline this year - a chromebook, hotspot, headphones, ethernet cable, etc. we are offering two days for return.

Tuesday, June 15, 3:30-6:30 pm Cynthia and Leauriy will be in the pick up circle to collect your items. Please remain in your vehicle and we will come to you. All chromebooks should be returned in good condition with the cord, labeled with the student’s name and classroom on it. We would appreciate them returned in a bag or the banker’s box that was issued to your student in the fall. (See below for school supply return details.) Wednesday, June 16, 8:30am-3:30pm Cynthia and Leauriy will be working in the office and available to receive the school’s technology. We will watch out for you, but if no one comes out, please call the office at 541-681-9662. Again, remain in your vehicle and we will come to you to collect your items.

Supply Return - Please return any handmade Montessori materials (kinder and lower-el) that your child received in their banker’s boxes. Watch for a list of items that need to be returned from your child’s classroom teacher. We do NOT want the consumable supplies back, such as markers, colored pencils, composition books, notebooks, etc. We would appreciate receiving the banker's boxes back if in good condition. You may return both technology and school supplies together in the banker’s box. Supply return dates are Tuesday, June 15, 3:30-6:30pm and Wednesday, June 16, 8:30-3:30pm.

Fundraising Update - Our Fundraising Goal this year is $75,000. We are currently less than $400 shy of our goal! A big thank you to everyone who has donated! If you have not yet made your contribution this academic year, now is the time! YOU could be the esteemed donor who officially pushes us over the finish line!!! Click here to donate to Ridgeline!

Black Lives Matter, Antibias, Antiracism Resolution - Every child deserves to see themselves represented, to be fully seen and known, and to truly belong at their school. The Ridgeline board acknowledges that we and our school have work to do to make sure this statement holds true, most especially for our Black students, our Indiginous students, and for all Students of Color. Here is the Black Lives Matter, Antibias, Antiracism Resolution that the Board adopted last Thursday. It states our current beliefs and understandings, as well as some of our commitments going forward. Here also is Ridgeline's Equity and Inclusion Statement from our administrators. Please help hold us to these statements going forward and continue helping us grow in the service of our students. The board extends its heartfelt thanks to members of the equity steering committee, past and present, and to all of you who have supported us on our journey so far. Maria Montessori said that a child is "a creation that is always in process of realisation, an energy always freshly constructive, the unceasing labour of spiritual incarnation." In honor of that essential work of childhood, we commit to continuing our own!

--Amy Sage, Board President

(You can contact me at amy.sage@ridgeline.org or the full board at board@ridgeline.org. If you are interested in leading this work at Ridgeline through the Ridgeline Equity Committee complete this statement of interest.)

COMMUNITY NEWS -

Climate Revolutions by Bike June Ride

Delta Pond Duckling Ride

Sunday, June 13 at 2 p.m.

Meet at Monroe Park

One of our favorite rides is to Delta Ponds to visit the turtles and ducklings. What are places you like to ride in the Eugene/Springfield area?

Brief program begins at 2:00, followed by an easy, all ages and all abilities ride. Return to Monroe Park for cookies and chat. Videographers will be on hand as part of the active transportation storytelling project called Spinning Yarns. We’d love to record your ideas and stories: What is your favorite place to ride in Eugene/Springfield? What is the next step you are taking to expand your active transportation?

Summer 2020: Free Meals for Children and Youth

June 15–September 4*

Grab-and-go meals will be provided through the summer at six school sites, available for free for all students and youth 18 and younger. Families can choose the location that is most convenient for them, regardless of where they live or attend school, and income requirements do not apply (all are invited to participate).

Meal bags include breakfast and lunch, including hot options most days. Thursday distribution includes up to four meals per bag, with items intended to be consumed immediately and other items intended to be re-heated or cooked over the weekend. To see daily menu, go to the Titan Online Menu, which also provides allergens and nutrition information.

When:

June 15–September 4 (* dates subject to change), Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. (closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)

Where:

Churchill Region

  • Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave. (includes Boys & Girls Club)

North Eugene Region

  • Awbrey Park Elementary School, 158 Spring Creek Dr.

  • Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.

Sheldon Region

  • Holt Elementary School, 770 Calvin St.

South Eugene Region

  • South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.* (back of building, by the cafeteria)

Downtown

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

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

  • Social 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

Additional Meals

Each summer, free healthy meals are available to all youth 18 years old and younger. To find the nearest summer meal site, visit SummerFoodOregon.org, call 2-1-1, or text “food”to 877-877

Food for Lane County Meal Sites: https://foodforlanecounty.org/find-a-meal-site/

Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon: http://www.oregonhunger.org

Ridgeline's eNews 6-3-21

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


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


Thurs. 6/3 Board Work Session 6:30-8:30 pm

Tues. 6/1-Fri. 6/4 Painted Rock End of Year Celebration Collection (see continuing news for details)

Fri. 6/11 Ridgeline school day (change from original calendar)

Mon. 6/14 Cohort A for hybrid

Tues. 6/15 Cohort B for hybrid

Tues. 6/15 Last Day of School for all students

Tues. 6/15 Technology & Supply Return 3:30-6:30 pm

Wed. 6/16 Technology & Supply Return 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Wed. 6/16 8th Grade Graduation 6-7 pm

Thurs. 6/17 Board Meeting

Thurs. 6/24 Office Closes for the summer

Mon. 8/23 Office Re-opens

NEW NEWS –

Board Work Session - The board will have a work session this Thursday evening (6/3/21; 6:30-8:30 pm) to review work from the past year and begin planning for next year. The agenda and materials can be found here. The meeting will be held over Zoom (meeting link). Board meetings are open to the public, except when an executive session is indicated on the agenda, but no public comment is heard at work sessions. You can always reach the board at board@ridgeline.org or by reaching out to individual board members.

Class Placement - If you have a student who will be moving up to 1st or 4th grade next fall you will be receiving an email from Cynthia on Friday, June 11 with your child’s class placement and information about the zoom Move Up Day which will take place on Monday, June 14, at 9am. Parents/Guardians of students moving up to 7th grade will receive an email and instructions directly from the Middle School teachers.

Move Up Day - Move Up Day is a beloved annual tradition. It is time for students to spend time with their classroom cohorts for the upcoming school year. Once again this year, Move Up Day will be over zoom. Teachers will be hosting zoom meetings at 9am, Monday June 14th. Students moving up will get to meet their teachers and other students and those who are returning to the same classroom will have the opportunity to act as ambassadors to welcome incoming students.

Technology Return - If you have checked out technology from Ridgeline this year - a chromebook, hotspot, headphones, ethernet cable, etc. we are offering two days for return.

Tuesday, June 15, 3:30-6:30 pm Cynthia and Leauriy will be in the pick up circle to collect your items. Please remain in your vehicle and we will come to you. All chromebooks should be returned in good condition with the cord, labeled with the student’s name and classroom on it. We would appreciate them returned in a bag or the banker’s box that was issued to your student in the fall. (See below for school supply return details.) Wednesday, June 16, 8:30am-3:30pm Cynthia and Leauriy will be working in the office and available to receive the school’s technology. We will watch out for you, but if no one comes out, please call the office at 541-681-9662. Again, remain in your vehicle and we will come to you to collect your items.

Supply Return - Please return any handmade Montessori materials (kinder and lower-el) that your child received in their banker’s boxes. Watch for a list of items that need to be returned from your child’s classroom teacher. We do NOT want the consumable supplies back, such as markers, colored pencils, composition books, notebooks, etc. We would appreciate receiving the banker's boxes back if in good condition. You may return both technology and school supplies together in the banker’s box. Supply return dates are Tuesday, June 15, 3:30-6:30pm and Wednesday, June 16, 8:30-3:30pm.


Locker Shelf Making Volunteer - We are looking for a woodworking volunteer to cut 84 shelves to be used to create shelves in lockers. Dimensions, instructions, and wood provided. This is a project that can be done over the summer and delivered to the school in late August. Contact Cynthia for more information and to volunteer.

Graduation Set Up Volunteers Needed! - We are in need of volunteers to help set up chairs and help move tents for the 8th Graduation. Volunteers are needed during the day, (time TBA) on Wednesday, June 16. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.

Fundraising Update - Our Fundraising Goal this year is $75,000. We are currently less than $400 shy of our goal! A big thank you to everyone who has donated! If you have not yet made your contribution this academic year, now is the time! YOU could be the esteemed donor who officially pushes us over the finish line!!! Click here to donate to Ridgeline!

Last Call! Photos Needed - We are looking for photos of Diana, Cheri, and Azusa from over the years to include in a retirement slideshow. If your child(ren) were in Diana and/or Cheri’s classes now is the time to take a trip down memory lane and send us those charming photos! Please send photos to Cynthia by June 11.

Black Lives Matter, Antibias, Antiracism Resolution - Every child deserves to see themselves represented, to be fully seen and known, and to truly belong at their school. The Ridgeline board acknowledges that we and our school have work to do to make sure this statement holds true, most especially for our Black students, our Indiginous students, and for all Students of Color. Here is the Black Lives Matter, Antibias, Antiracism Resolution that the Board adopted last Thursday. It states our current beliefs and understandings, as well as some of our commitments going forward. Here also is Ridgeline's Equity and Inclusion Statement from our administrators. Please help hold us to these statements going forward and continue helping us grow in the service of our students. The board extends its heartfelt thanks to members of the equity steering committee, past and present, and to all of you who have supported us on our journey so far. Maria Montessori said that a child is "a creation that is always in process of realisation, an energy always freshly constructive, the unceasing labour of spiritual incarnation." In honor of that essential work of childhood, we commit to continuing our own!

--Amy Sage, Board President

(You can contact me at amy.sage@ridgeline.org or the full board at board@ridgeline.org. If you are interested in leading this work at Ridgeline through the Ridgeline Equity Committee complete this statement of interest.)

CONTINUING NEWS -

Routine Vaccinations - For families with children under age 12, the health department is asking that you get their children caught up on their routine vaccinations now and not wait until late summer. It is possible that younger children will be eligible for the COVID vaccine sometime later this year, and it will be good to get those other vaccinations out of the way before then. It will also help your child’s health care provider manage the workload of vaccinating large numbers of children against COVID.

Volunteers Needed - Facebook Community Moderators - We are still looking for volunteers. If none are received, there will no longer be a private Facebook community page for Ridgeline families once the current one is retired. The RCO is setting up a sub-group that will be responsible for the Ridgeline Parent Community Facebook page. We are looking for 2-4 volunteers who will establish the framework and moderate/manage a new Parent Community Facebook page. The current Ridgeline Community Page will be retired at the end of this school year and the new page established will be a parent only community. The school admin will not be involved in the new Ridgeline Parent Community Page, but will continue to maintain the public facing Facebook page. If you are interested in this role please email rco@ridgeline.org. The sub-group will be selected by RCO and Site Council Parent Reps.

Food Assistance from the State of Oregon - The State of Oregon received approval from the federal government to issue Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the 2020-21 school year. This will provide more than $550 million in food assistance for approximately 572,000 children in Oregon.

P-EBT provides food benefits to families whose children do not have access to the free or reduced-price meals usually provided at school. Oregon was approved to provide retroactive food benefits to eligible students for the 2020-21 school year. The P-EBT benefits are expected to be issued beginning in July.

If you think you may qualify, please apply online at the Oregon Department of Education website. Qualifying for free or reduced meals for the 2020-21 school year before June 30, 2021 will ensure you receive P-EBT when the benefits are issued. Visit pebt.oregon.gov for more information.

End of Year Calendar Changes - In order to offer the same number of in person days for cohort A and B, we have made a couple of adjustments to the end of year calendar. Here are the changes -

Friday, June 11 - is now a school day with cohort B attending in person

Monday, June 14 - last in person day for cohort A

Tuesday, June 15 - last day of school for all students and last in person day for cohort B Wednesday, June 16 - Grading Day (end of year report cards will be mailed) & Technology Return (more details to follow)


Jobs - Ridgeline is hiring! We have positions open, including a classroom assistant. 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.

COMMUNITY NEWS -

Jordan Schnitzer Art Show Featuring Ridgeline Students - Several Ridgeline student have pieces in the NW Kids art show (https://jsma.uoregon.edu/NANK2021) at the Schnitzer right now. We encourage you all to check it out.

Art lessons (ages 10(ish)+) From Former Ridge 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.

~Kesha and Matt Hawk~

The Eugene Family YMCA is excited to be providing care onsite for next school year. Registration is now open and you can find more information on their website: https://www.eugeneymca.org/programs/youth-development or by emailing youth@eugeneymca.org.

La familia Eugene YMCA se complace en brindar cuidado despues de la escuela en el lugar durante el proximo ano esclolar. El registro ya esta abierto, y puede encontrar mas informacion en su sitio web : https://www.eugeneymca.org/programs/youth-development o enviando un correo electrónico a youth@eugeneymca.org.


Oregon approved to issue more than $550 million in food assistance to 572,000 children

NOTE: A previous version of this media release had a typo in the number to text 211. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

To contact 211 via text: Text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211)

(Salem, Ore.) – The State of Oregon received approval from the federal government to issue Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the 2020-21 school year. This will provide more than $550 million in food assistance for approximately 572,000 children in Oregon.

P-EBT provides food benefits to families whose children do not have access to the free or reduced-price meals usually provided at school. Oregon was approved to provide retroactive food benefits to eligible students for the 2020-21 school year. The P-EBT benefits are expected to be issued beginning in July.

“P-EBT benefits will significantly support the food security, health and well-being of children and families across Oregon,” said Dan Haun, director of the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Self-Sufficiency Programs. “Still, many Oregonians are struggling meeting their basic needs. We encourage them to contact our partners at 211 and the Oregon Food Bank.”

“All children deserve access to adequate nutrition to fuel their learning. The Oregon Department of Education is happy to be partnering with ODHS and local school districts to meet the nutrition needs of Oregon's children and families who were most impacted by the pandemic,” said Cindy Hunt, Chief of Staff at Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

ODHS and ODE share responsibility in ensuring that children across Oregon receive P-EBT food benefits. ODE collaborates with school districts across Oregon to determine eligibility and ODHS issues the benefits on Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards.

Households do not need to apply for P-EBT. Benefits will be automatically issued for students who normally have access to free and reduced-price meals and are enrolled at a school in Oregon.

If your children are not currently enrolled in free or reduced meals you can apply through your school or online at the Oregon Department of Education website. Qualifying for free or reduced meals for the 2020-21 school year before June 30, 2021 will ensure you receive P-EBT when the benefits are issued. P-EBT benefit eligibility and amounts will vary. Visit pebt.oregon.gov for more information.

Each student will receive their own P-EBT card. Students and households new to P-EBT and households with more than one student will receive an Oregon P-EBT card in the mail with instructions. Cards will be mailed to the address on file with the school for those students who do not receive SNAP.

Students who are already receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive the P-EBT benefits on the EBT card associated with their household’s SNAP case.

P-EBT does not replace any child nutrition program already offered, and families are encouraged to continue participating in grab-n-go-meals or emergency food programs at their local schools and community locations.

P-EBT is separate from SNAP benefits including emergency allotments that are also being issued due to the impact of COVID-19. P-EBT benefits are not considered in a public charge test.

Resources to help meet basic needs

  • Find a food pantry: foodfinder.oregonfoodbank.org

  • Learn about government programs and community resources for older adults and people with disabilities: Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon at 1-855-673-2372 or www.adrcoforegon.org.

  • Dial 2-1-1, or text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211), www.211info.org

  • Oregon Department of Human Services Resources

About SNAP

Administered by ODHS, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1 million eligible, low-income families and individuals in Oregon, including many older adults and people with disabilities. Oregonians in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP, child care, cash assistance and Medicaid. Learn more at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits. For local resources in your area, such as food or shelter, please call 2-1-1 or reach out to the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-855-ORE-ADRC or 1-855-673-2372.

About the Oregon Department of Education

The Oregon Department of Education fosters equity and excellence for every learner through collaboration with educators, partners, and communities. ODE oversees the education of over 560,000 students in Oregon’s public K-12 education system. While ODE isn’t in the classroom directly providing services, the agency (along with the State Board) - focuses on helping districts achieve both local and statewide goals and priorities through strategies such as:

  • Developing policies and standards

  • Providing accurate and timely data to inform instruction

  • Training teachers on how to use data effectively

  • Effectively administering numerous state and federal grants

  • Sharing and helping districts implement best practices

All Oregonians age 16 and older eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine

All Oregonians age 16 and older are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals meeting these criteria can use the following resources to get linked to vaccine information in their communities:

How to Find a COVID-19 Vaccine

Youth Meal Box Delivery Spring 2021

Home meal delivery ends 4/28.

Weekly pickup available at middle schools (except ATA) Wednesdays beginning May 5th 12:45-2:15.

No sign up required.

Ridgeline's eNews 5-27-21

SCHOOL CALENDAR

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


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

ALL SCHOOL EVENTS

Thurs. 5/27 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 pm

Mon. 5/31 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

Thurs. 6/3 Board Work Session 6:30-8:30 pm

Tues. 6/1-Fri. 6/4 Painted Rock End of Year Celebration Collection (see continuing news for details)


NEW NEWS

Board Meeting Tonight - The board will have it's monthly meeting tonight (Thursday, May 27) from 6:30-8:30 pm. The full agenda can be found here. It includes: approval of next year's budget, contract approvals for certified staff, the Black Lives Matter, Antibias, Antiracism Resolution; and bids for summer facilities work. The meeting will be held remotely. All are welcome to attend (Zoom link). You can reach the board at board@ridgeline.org or by contacting individual board members.

New Staff and Changes for 2021-22! - With great excitement, we announce that Emmanuel Gemora will be joining the Ridgeline Community as the Lower Elementary Lead Teacher in room 5 (pending board approval)! Emmanuel comes to us with several years of experience serving as a licensed teacher in an elementary special education capacity. One of the most stand-out characteristics observed during the lesson portion of his interview was his ability to connect with students. He was said to be “kind and caring” with students and families during his reference checks. He is enthusiastic about attending Montessori training this summer and expressed a passion for the Montessori philosophy.

Earlier this week, Emily and Carmen’s commitment to Ridgeline’s mission and vision shined through when they shared their willingness for experienced classroom assistant Carmen Coleman to join room 5 for 2021-22. As we continue to build strong collaborative teams, this will better support Emmanuel as he transitions to room 5’s teacher and provide the opportunity for room 5’s new assistant to work with experienced Montessori lower elementary teacher Emily Burton during the 2021-22 school year. Click here to read Emily’s heartfelt letter to room 4 families.

Please help us welcome Dan Gardner as Ridgdeline’s new facility coordinator! Many of the skills needed for his former position as a telephone and air pressure technician translate to his new position along with his ability to fix things stemming from his passion for woodworking and tools. He is also committed to safety and accessibility. One of his references shared, “Dan is an extremely hard worker who gets along well with everyone and is always happy to help others.” Dan will begin work the week of June 1!

Summer Watering Coordinator & Watering Volunteers Needed - It is that time of year when we ask for your help to keep the Ridgeline grounds hydrated over the summer. This year we are also in need of a volunteer to coordinate the watering volunteers. Summer watering is a great way to get in volunteer hours and enjoy time outside. Contact Cynthia to volunteer to water and/or to coordinate.

Art at Ridgeline - Melanie Germond, Ridgeline’s art specialist, will be stepping back from the position to focus on other art making endeavors, including public art installations that she and her husband Pete Goldust have created all over the country. Melanie will continue to be a part of the Ridgeline community as both a parent and an Art-Volunteer-at Large. We thank her for the creative inspiring art lessons these last few years and especially this year over the zoom screen! You can read Melanie’s letter here. The Art Specialist position will be posted early next week.

Routine Vaccinations - For families with children under age 12, the health department is asking that you get their children caught up on their routine vaccinations now and not wait until late summer. It is possible that younger children will be eligible for the COVID vaccine sometime later this year, and it will be good to get those other vaccinations out of the way before then. It will also help your child’s health care provider manage the workload of vaccinating large numbers of children against COVID.

Volunteers Needed - Facebook Community Moderators - We are still looking for volunteers. If none are received, there will no longer be a private Facebook community page for Ridgeline families once the current one is retired. The RCO is setting up a sub-group that will be responsible for the Ridgeline Parent Community Facebook page. We are looking for 2-4 volunteers who will establish the framework and moderate/manage a new Parent Community Facebook page. The current Ridgeline Community Page will be retired at the end of this school year and the new page established will be a parent only community. The school admin will not be involved in the new Ridgeline Parent Community Page, but will continue to maintain the public facing Facebook page. If you are interested in this role please email rco@ridgeline.org. The sub-group will be selected by RCO and Site Council Parent Reps.

CONTINUING NEWS

Ridgeline End of Year "Celebration!" - To commemorate the end of this crazy school year, the RCO would like to invite students (and families) to create painted rocks that will be placed on campus to be enjoyed for years to come. The theme for our painted rock creations is "What Brings You Joy?" You can paint anything you like that fits within this theme, we just ask you to keep it positive and school appropriate. :) We will be placing a bin outside the front entrance from May 31 - June 4. All painted rocks should be placed in the bin by June 4th. They will be sprayed with a protective coating and then placed on campus for everyone to enjoy during the last week of school. We will be sending out reminders over the next few weeks and if you have any questions please feel free to email rco@ridgeline.org

Photos Needed - We are looking for photos of Diana, Cheri, and Azusa from over the years to include in a retirement slideshow. If your child(ren) were in Diana and/or Cheri’s classes now is the time to take a trip down memory lane and send us those charming photos! Please send photos to Cynthia.

Food Assistance from the State of Oregon - The State of Oregon received approval from the federal government to issue Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the 2020-21 school year. This will provide more than $550 million in food assistance for approximately 572,000 children in Oregon.

P-EBT provides food benefits to families whose children do not have access to the free or reduced-price meals usually provided at school. Oregon was approved to provide retroactive food benefits to eligible students for the 2020-21 school year. The P-EBT benefits are expected to be issued beginning in July.

If you think you may qualify, please apply online at the Oregon Department of Education website. Qualifying for free or reduced meals for the 2020-21 school year before June 30, 2021 will ensure you receive P-EBT when the benefits are issued. Visit pebt.oregon.gov for more information.

Staffing Updates - Please help us welcome Ridgeline’s new kindergarten teacher, Sarah Maxwell (pending board approval)! One of Sarah’s goals is to foster a love of learning. That truly shined through during her sample lesson with the students. She has a deep understanding of Montessori and great respect for the human being. She previously led a diverse group of 3-6 year olds. Sarah shared, “It was a particularly joyful part of our classroom community to celebrate the cultural backgrounds of all students, and this was reflected in the work on our shelves, in our group conversations and the books in our environment.” One of her references shared, “Sarah provides a foundation for growth and joy.” She looks forward to building community and partnering with parents. Click here to read Sarah’s bio.

Ridgeline is excited to welcome the newest member of the Upper Elementary team, Adrienne Parker (pending board approval). Throughout the hiring process there was one thing that became undeniably clear, Adriene is passionate about Upper Elementary students and Montessori! Her passion was easily demonstrated in her intentionally designed lesson delivery with a clear focus on Upper El content and making connections with students. Students laughed and learned during their time with her. Adrienne has spent the last five years teaching in an Upper Elementary classroom and we are excited to welcome her to the community! Click here to read Adrienne’s bio.

PE Update - Jeannelle, our PE teacher will be leaving Ridgeline at the end of the school year. Jeannelle moves to the Bethel school district to a full time PE position. We are sad to see her go and we know that there will be many happy students at her new school! While her time was short with us at Ridgeline, Jeannelle’s enthusiasm for her work transcended the zoom screen and brought a renewed enthusiasm for PE during a year like no other. We wish her well. You can read Jeanelle’s letter here.

Schoolwide Equity Committee - Hello, my name is April-Kay, and I am a board member, parent, and member of the Ridgeline Board’s ad hoc Equity Steering Committee. For the past two years we, the Equity Steering Committee, have worked with board members, administration, staff, and parents to lay the groundwork for a Ridgeline Equity Committee. The groundwork can be found in a presentation, Ridgeline Equity Committee Framework and Bylaws, in the Ridgeline Equity Committee One Sheet, and in the steering committee’s Vision Statement.

If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the Ridgeline Equity Committee, please fill out this statement of interest, and a member of the Ridgeline Equity Steering Committee will be in touch about the next steps.

Many thanks to all Ridgeline community members who have informed our work through conversations and emailed questions and comments. If you have any questions or concerns or would like more information, please reach out via email.

April-Kay Williams, april-kay.williams@ridgeline.org

Jen Hornsby, jen.hornsby@ridgeline.org

Maizzy Phayt, maizzy.phayt@ridgeline.org

Introduction of Equity Resources Form - As we are working to maintain momentum around diversity, equity and inclusion, Site Council has reached out to staff and teachers about how families and students can continue to be helpful. Our goal is to create a list of books that are peer reviewed by families and students to be accessible for teachers to draw from and for students and families to get recommendations as well. Specifically we are looking for your personal reviews of resources (books, magazines, movies, blogs, and other media) that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. Enjoy some reading or watching and then post a review of the material here

End of Year Calendar Changes - In order to offer the same number of in person days for cohort A and B, we have made a couple of adjustments to the end of year calendar. Here are the changes -

Friday, June 11 - is now a school day with cohort B attending in person

Monday, June 14 - last in person day for cohort A

Tuesday, June 15 - last day of school for all students and last in person day for cohort B Wednesday, June 16 - Grading Day (end of year report cards will be mailed) & Technology Return (more details to follow)


Jobs - Ridgeline is hiring! We have positions open, including a classroom assistant. 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.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Jordan Schnitzer Art Show Featuring Ridgeline Students - Several Ridgeline students have pieces in the NW Kids art show (https://jsma.uoregon.edu/NANK2021) at the Schnitzer right now. We encourage you all to check it out.

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.

~Kesha and Matt Hawk~

The Eugene Family YMCA is excited to be providing care onsite for next school year. Registration is now open and you can find more information on their website: https://www.eugeneymca.org/programs/youth-development or by emailing youth@eugeneymca.org.

A3 Summer Camp - A3 in Springfield is excited to announce that we will be offering a summer camp for any 2021-2022 9th grade students. Students will get to choose from Visual Arts or Performing Arts lessons, and earn up to .5 credit. We don't have a signup quite yet, but interested students and families can connect with our principal, Ame Beard, and be put on a waiting list. I'm attaching a save the date in case anyone would like to share it out.

Oregon approved to issue more than $550 million in food assistance to 572,000 children

NOTE: A previous version of this media release had a typo in the number to text 211. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

To contact 211 via text: Text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211)

(Salem, Ore.) – The State of Oregon received approval from the federal government to issue Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the 2020-21 school year. This will provide more than $550 million in food assistance for approximately 572,000 children in Oregon.

P-EBT provides food benefits to families whose children do not have access to the free or reduced-price meals usually provided at school. Oregon was approved to provide retroactive food benefits to eligible students for the 2020-21 school year. The P-EBT benefits are expected to be issued beginning in July.

“P-EBT benefits will significantly support the food security, health and well-being of children and families across Oregon,” said Dan Haun, director of the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Self-Sufficiency Programs. “Still, many Oregonians are struggling meeting their basic needs. We encourage them to contact our partners at 211 and the Oregon Food Bank.”

“All children deserve access to adequate nutrition to fuel their learning. The Oregon Department of Education is happy to be partnering with ODHS and local school districts to meet the nutrition needs of Oregon's children and families who were most impacted by the pandemic,” said Cindy Hunt, Chief of Staff at Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

ODHS and ODE share responsibility in ensuring that children across Oregon receive P-EBT food benefits. ODE collaborates with school districts across Oregon to determine eligibility and ODHS issues the benefits on Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards.

Households do not need to apply for P-EBT. Benefits will be automatically issued for students who normally have access to free and reduced-price meals and are enrolled at a school in Oregon.

If your children are not currently enrolled in free or reduced meals you can apply through your school or online at the Oregon Department of Education website. Qualifying for free or reduced meals for the 2020-21 school year before June 30, 2021 will ensure you receive P-EBT when the benefits are issued. P-EBT benefit eligibility and amounts will vary. Visit pebt.oregon.gov for more information.

Each student will receive their own P-EBT card. Students and households new to P-EBT and households with more than one student will receive an Oregon P-EBT card in the mail with instructions. Cards will be mailed to the address on file with the school for those students who do not receive SNAP.

Students who are already receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive the P-EBT benefits on the EBT card associated with their household’s SNAP case.

P-EBT does not replace any child nutrition program already offered, and families are encouraged to continue participating in grab-n-go-meals or emergency food programs at their local schools and community locations.

P-EBT is separate from SNAP benefits including emergency allotments that are also being issued due to the impact of COVID-19. P-EBT benefits are not considered in a public charge test.

Resources to help meet basic needs

  • Find a food pantry: foodfinder.oregonfoodbank.org

  • Learn about government programs and community resources for older adults and people with disabilities: Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon at 1-855-673-2372 or www.adrcoforegon.org.

  • Dial 2-1-1, or text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211), www.211info.org

  • Oregon Department of Human Services Resources

About SNAP

Administered by ODHS, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1 million eligible, low-income families and individuals in Oregon, including many older adults and people with disabilities. Oregonians in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP, child care, cash assistance and Medicaid. Learn more at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits. For local resources in your area, such as food or shelter, please call 2-1-1 or reach out to the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-855-ORE-ADRC or 1-855-673-2372.

About the Oregon Department of Education

The Oregon Department of Education fosters equity and excellence for every learner through collaboration with educators, partners, and communities. ODE oversees the education of over 560,000 students in Oregon’s public K-12 education system. While ODE isn’t in the classroom directly providing services, the agency (along with the State Board) - focuses on helping districts achieve both local and statewide goals and priorities through strategies such as:

  • Developing policies and standards

  • Providing accurate and timely data to inform instruction

  • Training teachers on how to use data effectively

  • Effectively administering numerous state and federal grants

  • Sharing and helping districts implement best practice

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 5-20-21

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

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

Mon. 5/24 Site Council Meeting 6-7pm

Wed. 5/26 State Testing Make Up Day 12:30-3:00pm

Thurs. 5/27 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

NEW NEWS –

Attendance Calls - In a typical school year, attendance calls go out daily to the parents/guardians of students who were marked absent without a reason code (ie. we have not been informed that the student is sick, at an appointment, etc.) This year, prior to spring break, 4J sent out once a week attendance calls. Daily attendance calls resumed in April, but due to a script error, Ridgeline families did not receive them. For the remainder of the school year, Cynthia send out an email on Mondays to alert parents of student absences the previous week. If you know that your child will miss school, and will not be participating in any portion of CDL or Hybrid for the day, please let us know by emailing attendance@ridgeline.org. This will allow us to code the absence correctly and you will not receive the weekly email.

Drop Off Times - Please do not drop your child off prior to 11:30am for hybrid. The drop off window is 11:30-11:45am. Staff are on lunch, and are not available to supervise children prior to 11:30am.

Mowing Volunteer Needed - We are in need of volunteers to mow due to a glitch in our lawn service. We welcome anyone to come mow this weekend if you have time. Contact Cynthia if you need access to the shed.

Food Assistance from the State of Oregon - The State of Oregon received approval from the federal government to issue Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the 2020-21 school year. This will provide more than $550 million in food assistance for approximately 572,000 children in Oregon.P-EBT provides food benefits to families whose children do not have access to the free or reduced price meals usually provided at school. Oregon was approved to provide retroactive food benefits to eligible students for the 2020-21 school year. The P-EBT benefits are expected to be issued beginning in July. If you think you may qualify, please apply online at the Oregon Department of Education website. Qualifying for free or reduced meals for the 2020-21 school year before June 30, 2021 will ensure you receive P-EBT when the benefits are issued. Visit pebt.oregon.gov for more information.

Site Council Meeting - Site Council will meet Monday, May 24, 6-7 pm. Along with other monthly business we will be approving the 2021-22 school calendar. All Site Council meetings are open to the public. Join us on zoom. Hopefully parents have given their calendar feedback to the Site Council parent representatives by filling out the survey asking about no school days, conference days, etc.

Volunteers Needed - Facebook Community Moderators - The RCO is setting up a sub-group that will be responsible for the Ridgeline Parent Community Facebook page. We are looking for 2-4 volunteers who will establish the framework and moderate/manage a new Parent Community Facebook page. The current Ridgeline Community Page will be retired at the end of this school year and the new page established will be a parent only community. The school admin will not be involved in the new Ridgeline Parent Community Page, but will continue to maintain the public facing Facebook page. If you are interested in this role please email rco@ridgeline.org. The sub-group will be selected by RCO and Site Council Parent Reps.

STILL NEEDED - Slideshow Volunteer Needed - We are looking for a volunteer who can compile the photos of our retiring staff into a slideshow that we can share with staff and families. To volunteer contact Cynthia.

Staffing Updates -

Please help us welcome Ridgeline’s new kindergarten teacher, Sarah Maxwell (pending board approval)! One of Sarah’s goals is to foster a love of learning. That truly shined through during her sample lesson with the students. She has a deep understanding of Montessori and great respect for the human being. She previously led a diverse group of 3-6 year olds. Sarah shared, “It was a particularly joyful part of our classroom community to celebrate the cultural backgrounds of all students, and this was reflected in the work on our shelves, in our group conversations and the books in our environment.” One of her references shared, “Sarah provides a foundation for growth and joy.” She looks forward to building community and partnering with parents. Click here to read Sarah’s bio.

Ridgeline is excited to welcome the newest member of the Upper Elementary team, Adrienne Parker (pending board approval). Throughout the hiring process there was one thing that became undeniably clear, Adriene is passionate about Upper Elementary students and Montessori! Her passion was easily demonstrated in her intentionally designed lesson delivery with a clear focus on Upper El content and making connections with students. Students laughed and learned during their time with her. Adrienne has spent the last five years teaching in an Upper Elementary classroom and we are excited to welcome her to the community! Click here to read Adrienne’s bio.

PE Update - Jeannelle, our PE teacher will be leaving Ridgeline at the end of the school year. Jeannelle moves to the Bethel school district to a full time PE position. We are sad to see her go and we know that there will be many happy students at her new school! While her time was short with us at Ridgeline, Jeannelle’s enthusiasm for her work transcended the zoom screen and brought a renewed enthusiasm for PE during a year like no other. We wish her well. You can read Jeanelle’s letter here.

Schoolwide Equity Committee - Hello, my name is April-Kay, and I am a board member, parent, and member of the Ridgeline Board’s ad hoc Equity Steering Committee. For the past two years we, the Equity Steering Committee, have worked with board members, administration, staff, and parents to lay the groundwork for a Ridgeline Equity Committee. The groundwork can be found in a presentation, Ridgeline Equity Committee Framework and Bylaws, in the Ridgeline Equity Committee One Sheet, and in the steering committee’s Vision Statement.

If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the Ridgeline Equity Committee, please fill out this statement of interest, and a member of the Ridgeline Equity Steering Committee will be in touch about the next steps.

Many thanks to all Ridgeline community members who have informed our work through conversations and emailed questions and comments. If you have any questions or concerns or would like more information, please reach out via email.

April-Kay Williams, april-kay.williams@ridgeline.org

Jen Hornsby, jen.hornsby@ridgeline.org

Maizzy Phayt, maizzy.phayt@ridgeline.org

Board Meeting Next Thursday (5/27) - The board will have its May meeting next week on Thursday, May 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The agenda is not yet finalized, but will likely include approval of the budget for the 2021-22 school year; adoption of the board Black Lives Matter, Antibias, Antiracism resolution; staff contract renewals and approvals for 2021-22; and selection of bids for additional summer facilities work. The final agenda with a link to meeting materials will be posted on the school website by next Tuesday evening. The meeting will be held virtually (Zoom link for 5/27)

CONTINUING NEWS -

Ridgeline End of Year "Celebration!" - To commemorate the end of this crazy school year, the RCO would like to invite students (and families) to create painted rocks that will be placed on campus to be enjoyed for years to come. The theme for our painted rock creations is "What Brings You Joy?" You can paint anything you like that fits within this theme, we just ask you to keep it positive and school appropriate. :) We will be placing a bin outside the front entrance from May 31 - June 4. All painted rocks should be placed in the bin by June 4th. They will be sprayed with a protective coating and then placed on campus for everyone to enjoy during the last week of school. We will be sending out reminders over the next few weeks and if you have any questions please feel free to email rco@ridgeline.org

Introduction of Equity Resources Form - As we are working to maintain momentum around diversity, equity and inclusion, Site Council has reached out to staff and teachers about how families and students can continue to be helpful. Our goal is to create a list of books that are peer reviewed by families and students to be accessible for teachers to draw from and for students and families to get recommendations as well. Specifically we are looking for your personal reviews of resources (books, magazines, movies, blogs, and other media) that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. Enjoy some reading or watching and then post a review of the material here. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and volunteer work to make the school a better place.

Fundraising Update - A tremendous thank you to all of our Monthly Donors, our DDD donors, and every single donor who has contributed this school year. Thanks to you we are on track to reach our $75,000 goal in the coming month! If you have not yet made your contribution, rest assured now is a great time to do so. You could be the lucky donor whose gift officially pushes us past our goal!

All of your gifts have placed the Fundraising Committee in a unique position this Spring -- we are able to focus on our plans for NEXT year NOW! This is a priceless gift of time. This also means that NOW is the time to share any ideas you may have for Fundraising next year, and we want to hear from you! We are already talking about our plans for email communications, Giving Tuesday, the 2021-22 Direct Donation Drive, a Kindness Campaign, the return of our beloved Student Marketplace, and more!

Do you like planning parties or events? We'd love to have you join our Marketplace or Kindness Campaign planning teams! Is graphic design or writing more your thing? Then we'd love to have you involved with our fundraising communications! Do you want to help but know you cannot make a full year commitment? No problem! Come to a meeting or contact us to share your interests and constraints and we'll figure out a great way to be involved that fits with your schedule. You can always reach us at giving@ridgeline.org.

End of Year Calendar Changes - In order to offer the same number of in person days for cohort A and B, we have made a couple of adjustments to the end of year calendar. Here are the changes -

Friday, June 11 - is now a school day with cohort B attending in person

Monday, June 14 - last in person day for cohort A

Tuesday, June 15 - last day of school for all students and last in person day for cohort B Wednesday, June 16 - Grading Day (end of year report cards will be mailed) & Technology Return (more details to follow)

State Testing Days and Times - For those of you who have opted in for State Testing, the days and times have been adjusted. This will allow us to set up comparable size testing groups and allow for maximum spacing of testers in the room. Please plan to drop off your student(s) for testing 5 minutes before the testing time. Late students will be turned away.

May 26 - 12:30-3 pm Make Up Session for Grades 3-8

Jobs - Ridgeline is hiring! We have positions open, including a classroom assistant. 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.

Photos Needed - We are looking for photos of Diana, Cheri, and Azusa from over the years to include in a retirement slideshow. If your child(ren) were in Diana and/or Cheri’s classes now is the time to take a trip down memory lane and send us those charming photos! Please send photos to Cynthia.

COMMUNITY NEWS -

The Eugene Family YMCA is excited to be providing care onsite for next school year. Registration is now open and you can find more information on their website: https://www.eugeneymca.org/programs/youth-development or by emailing youth@eugeneymca.org.

La familia Eugene YMCA se complace en brindar cuidado despues de la escuela en el lugar durante el proximo ano esclolar. El registro ya esta abierto, y puede encontrar mas informacion en su sitio web : https://www.eugeneymca.org/programs/youth-development o enviando un correo electrónico a youth@eugeneymca.org.


A3 Summer Camp - A3 in Springfield is excited to announce that we will be offering a summer camp for any 2021-2022 9th grade students. Students will get to choose from Visual Arts or Performing Arts lessons, and earn up to .5 credit. We don't have a signup quite yet, but interested students and families can connect with our principal, Ame Beard, and be put on a waiting list. I'm attaching a save the date in case anyone would like to share it out.

Have a great evening!

Emerald


Oregon approved to issue more than $550 million in food assistance to 572,000 children

NOTE: A previous version of this media release had a typo in the number to text 211. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

To contact 211 via text: Text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211)

(Salem, Ore.) – The State of Oregon received approval from the federal government to issue Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the 2020-21 school year. This will provide more than $550 million in food assistance for approximately 572,000 children in Oregon.

P-EBT provides food benefits to families whose children do not have access to the free or reduced-price meals usually provided at school. Oregon was approved to provide retroactive food benefits to eligible students for the 2020-21 school year. The P-EBT benefits are expected to be issued beginning in July.

“P-EBT benefits will significantly support the food security, health and well-being of children and families across Oregon,” said Dan Haun, director of the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Self-Sufficiency Programs. “Still, many Oregonians are struggling meeting their basic needs. We encourage them to contact our partners at 211 and the Oregon Food Bank.”

“All children deserve access to adequate nutrition to fuel their learning. The Oregon Department of Education is happy to be partnering with ODHS and local school districts to meet the nutrition needs of Oregon's children and families who were most impacted by the pandemic,” said Cindy Hunt, Chief of Staff at Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

ODHS and ODE share responsibility in ensuring that children across Oregon receive P-EBT food benefits. ODE collaborates with school districts across Oregon to determine eligibility and ODHS issues the benefits on Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards.

Households do not need to apply for P-EBT. Benefits will be automatically issued for students who normally have access to free and reduced-price meals and are enrolled at a school in Oregon.

If your children are not currently enrolled in free or reduced meals you can apply through your school or online at the Oregon Department of Education website. Qualifying for free or reduced meals for the 2020-21 school year before June 30, 2021 will ensure you receive P-EBT when the benefits are issued. P-EBT benefit eligibility and amounts will vary. Visit pebt.oregon.gov for more information.

Each student will receive their own P-EBT card. Students and households new to P-EBT and households with more than one student will receive an Oregon P-EBT card in the mail with instructions. Cards will be mailed to the address on file with the school for those students who do not receive SNAP.

Students who are already receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive the P-EBT benefits on the EBT card associated with their household’s SNAP case.

P-EBT does not replace any child nutrition program already offered, and families are encouraged to continue participating in grab-n-go-meals or emergency food programs at their local schools and community locations.

P-EBT is separate from SNAP benefits including emergency allotments that are also being issued due to the impact of COVID-19. P-EBT benefits are not considered in a public charge test.

Resources to help meet basic needs

  • Find a food pantry: foodfinder.oregonfoodbank.org

  • Learn about government programs and community resources for older adults and people with disabilities: Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon at 1-855-673-2372 or www.adrcoforegon.org.

  • Dial 2-1-1, or text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211), www.211info.org

  • Oregon Department of Human Services Resources

About SNAP

Administered by ODHS, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1 million eligible, low-income families and individuals in Oregon, including many older adults and people with disabilities. Oregonians in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP, child care, cash assistance and Medicaid. Learn more at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits. For local resources in your area, such as food or shelter, please call 2-1-1 or reach out to the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-855-ORE-ADRC or 1-855-673-2372.

About the Oregon Department of Education

The Oregon Department of Education fosters equity and excellence for every learner through collaboration with educators, partners, and communities. ODE oversees the education of over 560,000 students in Oregon’s public K-12 education system. While ODE isn’t in the classroom directly providing services, the agency (along with the State Board) - focuses on helping districts achieve both local and statewide goals and priorities through strategies such as:

  • Developing policies and standards

  • Providing accurate and timely data to inform instruction

  • Training teachers on how to use data effectively

  • Effectively administering numerous state and federal grants

  • Sharing and helping districts implement best practices

4J Plans Vaccine Clinic for Students Age 12+ on May 17

Published: MAY 5, 2021

Approval of COVID-19 vaccine for youth age 12–15 is anticipated soon • First 4J student vaccine clinic for ages 12+ on May 17

UPDATE: All of the initial vaccine appointments have been filled. Additional vaccination opportunities will be made available.

Eugene School District 4J has scheduled a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for 4J students age 12 and up on Monday, May 17. FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine for youth age 12+ is expected soon.

Vaccination is a voluntary and important opportunity to support the health of our families, schools and Eugene community. 4J is joining with community providers to make COVID-19 vaccines available at no cost for students. This is the second vaccine clinic scheduled solely for 4J students, and the first for ages 12–15. 4J healthcare partner Cascade Health will give the shots.

Who: 4J students age 12 and up

Where: South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.

When: Monday, May 17, 4–6 p.m. (pending FDA approval for age 12+)

Vaccine Type: Pfizer/BioNTech

Consent Form: https://bit.ly/3em3kls

Parent consent: Students under age 15 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian or bring a signed consent form.

Insurance information: If you have insurance, you will need to bring your insurance card or information. If you don’t have insurance, there will be no charge for the vaccine.

Pending approval: At this time COVID-19 vaccines are available for all Oregonians age 16 and older. Federal approval of the Pfizer vaccine for use in youth age 12–15 is under consideration and anticipated to be granted soon. If the FDA has not given approval for the vaccine to be administered to youth age 12 and up before May 17, the district will reschedule this vaccine clinic.

All Oregonians age 16 and older eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine

All Oregonians age 16 and older are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals meeting these criteria can use the following resources to get linked to vaccine information in their communities:

How to Find a COVID-19 Vaccine


Youth Meal Box Delivery Spring 2021

Home meal delivery ends 4/28.

Weekly pickup available at middle schools (except ATA) Wednesdays beginning May 5th 12:45-2:15.

No sign up required.





Ridgeline's eNews 5-13-21

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


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


Wed. 5/12 State Testing 9-11 am Grade 4

Wed. 5/12 State Testing 1-3 pm Grades 3, 5, 6

Thurs. 5/13 Wear Your Ridgeline T-shirt Day

Mon. 5/17 Budget Committee Meeting 1:30-3 pm

Wed. 5/19 Fundraising Committee Meeting 4-5 pm


NEW NEWS –

Ridgeline End of Year "Celebration"! - To commemorate the end of this crazy school year, the RCO would like to invite students (and families) to create painted rocks that will be placed on campus to be enjoyed for years to come. The theme for our painted rock creations is "What Brings You Joy?" You can paint anything you like that fits within this theme, we just ask you to keep it positive and school appropriate. :) We will be placing a bin outside the front entrance from May 31 - June 4. All painted rocks should be placed in the bin by June 4th. They will be sprayed with a protective coating and then placed on campus for everyone to enjoy during the last week of school. We will be sending out reminders over the next few weeks and if you have any questions please feel free to email rco@ridgeline.org

Introduction of Equity Resources Form - As we are working to maintain momentum around diversity, equity and inclusion, Site Council has reached out to staff and teachers about how families and students can continue to be helpful. Our goal is to create a list of books that are peer reviewed by families and students to be accessible for teachers to draw from and for students and families to get recommendations as well. Specifically we are looking for your personal reviews of resources (books, magazines, movies, blogs, and other media) that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. Enjoy some reading or watching and then post a review of the material here. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and volunteer work to make the school a better place.

Thank You Ridgeline Families! - The Ridgeline Staff would like to thank the RCO and all the families who helped to appreciate us all last week. We received creative handmade drawings and written appreciation from students, potted plants, tomato starts, hand sewn bags with chocolate bars inside, and individual gifts. In the midst of a crazy year, we thank you for the lovely gestures.

Fundraising Update - A tremendous thank you to all of our Monthly Donors, our DDD donors, and every single donor who has contributed this school year. Thanks to you we are on track to reach our $75,000 goal in the coming month! If you have not yet made your contribution, rest assured now is a great time to do so. You could be the lucky donor whose gift officially pushes us past our goal!

All of your gifts have placed the Fundraising Committee in a unique position this Spring -- we are able to focus on our plans for NEXT year NOW! This is a priceless gift of time. This also means that NOW is the time to share any ideas you may have for Fundraising next year, and we want to hear from you! We are already talking about our plans for email communications, Giving Tuesday, the 2021-22 Direct Donation Drive, a Kindness Campaign, the return of our beloved Student Marketplace, and more!

Do you like planning parties or events? We'd love to have you join our Marketplace or Kindness Campaign planning teams! Is graphic design or writing more your thing? Then we'd love to have you involved with our fundraising communications! Do you want to help but know you cannot make a full year commitment? No problem! Come to a meeting or contact us to share your interests and constraints and we'll figure out a great way to be involved that fits with your schedule. You can always reach us at giving@ridgeline.org.

Fundraising Committee Meeting - our monthly Fundraising Committee meeting will be held next Wednesday, May 19, 4-5 pm. Join us at the zoom link.

Room 8 Staffing Update - We write to share that this will be Adam’s last year as the teacher for room 8. Ridgeline students benefited from his care and enthusiasm, and he will be missed as part of the Ridgeline community. Adam will be returning to the classroom in a limited capacity, potentially next week, to finish out the school year in person with our students. His future plans include obtaining his master’s degree and serving underserved communities. We wish him well in his pursuit of his master’s degree and future endeavors.


We share this news to let you know we have a strong process for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring teachers. We want to assure you that we hold the best interests of our students at the center of the work we are doing. In the meantime, please share your gratitude and well wishes for Adam.


Click here to read Adam’s letter.


CONTINUING NEWS -

End of Year Calendar Changes - In order to offer the same number of in person days for cohort A and B, we have made a couple of adjustments to the end of year calendar. Here are the changes -

Friday, June 11 - is now a school day with cohort B attending in person

Monday, June 14 - last in person day for cohort A

Tuesday, June 15 - last day of school for all students and last in person day for cohort B Wednesday, June 16 - Grading Day (end of year report cards will be mailed) & Technology Return (more details to follow)


State Testing Days and Times - For those of you who have opted in for State Testing, the days and times have been adjusted. This will allow us to set up comparable size testing groups and allow for maximum spacing of testers in the room. Please plan to drop off your student(s) for testing 5 minutes before the testing time. Late students will be turned away.

May 19 - 12:30-3 pm Grades 7 & 8

May 26 - 12:30-3 pm Make Up Session for Grades 3-8


2021-22 Calendar input from families - The Site Council needs input on a few items for the 2021-2022 calendar: your preference for early release days, conferences (no school for students), and a planning day (no school for students) near spring break. Use this survey to share what you would prefer. The data from this survey along with input from other stakeholder groups will be used as we make calendar decisions.


Wednesdays Attendance - Since the shift to hybrid, attendance on Wednesdays has dropped off significantly. This has truly affected our overall attendance rates for the year, dropping them by several percentage points. There are only a few Wednesdays left before summer break. Please help to encourage your student to participate and engage in school work everyday, and especially on Wednesdays.


Budget Committee Members – Do you want to learn more about Ridgeline’s finances and participate in the budget process? If so, email Chrystell.reed@ridgeline.org! Attendance at the first meeting is vital as we take time to explain the different line items of the budget and review historical data. Budget committee meetings are open to the public.

Monday, 5/17 1:30-3 pm

Monday, 5/24 1:30-3 pm (tentative - if needed)


Jobs - Ridgeline is hiring! We have positions open, including a classroom assistant. 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.


Photos Needed - We are looking for photos of Diana, Cheri, and Azusa from over the years to include in a retirement slideshow. If your child(ren) were in Diana and/or Cheri’s classes now is the time to take a trip down memory lane and send us those charming photos! Please send photos to Cynthia.


Slideshow Volunteer Needed - We are looking for a volunteer who can compile the photos of our retiring staff into a slideshow that we can share with staff and families. To volunteer contact Cynthia.


COMMUNITY NEWS -

4J Plans Vaccine Clinic for Students Age 12+ on May 17

Published: MAY 5, 2021

Approval of COVID-19 vaccine for youth age 12–15 is anticipated soon • First 4J student vaccine clinic for ages 12+ on May 17

UPDATE: All of the initial vaccine appointments have been filled. Additional vaccination opportunities will be made available.

Eugene School District 4J has scheduled a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for 4J students age 12 and up on Monday, May 17. FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine for youth age 12+ is expected soon.

Vaccination is a voluntary and important opportunity to support the health of our families, schools and Eugene community. 4J is joining with community providers to make COVID-19 vaccines available at no cost for students. This is the second vaccine clinic scheduled solely for 4J students, and the first for ages 12–15. 4J healthcare partner Cascade Health will give the shots.

Who: 4J students age 12 and up

Where: South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.

When: Monday, May 17, 4–6 p.m. (pending FDA approval for age 12+)

Vaccine Type: Pfizer/BioNTech

Consent Form: https://bit.ly/3em3kls

Parent consent: Students under age 15 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian or bring a signed consent form.

Insurance information: If you have insurance, you will need to bring your insurance card or information. If you don’t have insurance, there will be no charge for the vaccine.

Pending approval: At this time COVID-19 vaccines are available for all Oregonians age 16 and older. Federal approval of the Pfizer vaccine for use in youth age 12–15 is under consideration and anticipated to be granted soon. If the FDA has not given approval for the vaccine to be administered to youth age 12 and up before May 17, the district will reschedule this vaccine clinic.

All Oregonians age 16 and older eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine

All Oregonians age 16 and older are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals meeting these criteria can use the following resources to get linked to vaccine information in their communities:

How to Find a COVID-19 Vaccine


Youth Meal Box Delivery Spring 2021

Home meal delivery ends 4/28.

Weekly pickup available at middle schools (except ATA) Wednesdays beginning May 5th 12:45-2:15.

No sign up required.



Ridgeline's eNews 5-7-21

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


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


Thurs. 5/6 Board Meeting & Work Session

Fri. 5/7 No School - Professional Development

Tues. 5/11 Cooking with Molly! 6-7pm

Wed. 5/12 State Testing 9-11am Grade 4

Wed. 5/12 State Testing 1-3pm Grades 3, 5, 6

Thurs. 5/13 Wear Your Ridgeline T-shirt Day


NEW NEWS –

Board Meeting Tonight - The Ridgeline board will hold a work session and special business meeting tonight (Thursday, May 6, 2021) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom (meeting link here). Items on the agenda include continued equity and facilities work. Details were shared by email on Tuesday. The full agenda (and meeting materials) are now available and both the meeting and the work session are open to the public (except when an executive session is indicated on the agenda). The Board welcomes your attendance at its meetings and your participation in public comment. You can contact the board by email at board@ridgeline.org or by reaching out to individual board members.


End of Year Calendar Changes - In order to offer the same number of in person days for cohort A and B, we have made a couple of adjustments to the end of year calendar. Here are the changes -

Friday, June 11 - is now a school day with cohort B attending in person

Monday, June 14 - last in person day for cohort A

Tuesday, June 15 - last day of school for all students and last in person day for cohort B Wednesday, June 16 - Grading Day (end of year report cards will be mailed) & Technology Return (more details to follow)


State Testing Days and Times - For those of you who have opted in for State Testing, the days and times have been adjusted. This will allow us to set up comparable size testing groups and allow for maximum spacing of testers in the room. Please plan to drop off your student(s) for testing 5 minutes before the testing time. Late students will be turned away.

May 12 - 9-11am Grade 4

May 12 - 1-3 pm Grades 3, 5, 6

May 19 - 12:30-3 pm Grades 7 & 8

May 26 - 12:30-3 pm Make Up Session for Grades 3-8


2021-22 Calendar input from families - The Site Council needs input on a few items for the 2021-2022 calendar: your preference for early release days, conferences (no school for students), and a planning day (no school for students) near spring break. Use this survey to share what you would prefer. The data from this survey along with input from other stakeholder groups will be used as we make calendar decisions.

Cooking With Molly! -Join the RCO for a virtual cooking class led by Ridgeline parent Molly Northup on May 11, at 6 pm. Molly will show families how to make a Chocolate and Vanilla Mug Cake! This recipe is Paleo, Gluten-free, and Keto-friendly. Here is the zoom link. Look at the Ridgeline public google calendar and facebook for the ingredients list.


Ridgeline T-Shirt Day- Let’s show school spirit by wearing our Ridgeline t-shirts for our annual site visit by our sponsoring district 4J on Friday, May 13.


Wednesdays Attendance - Since the shift to hybrid, attendance on Wednesdays has dropped off significantly. This has truly affected our overall attendance rates for the year, dropping them by several percentage points. There are only a few Wednesdays left before summer break. Please help to encourage your student to participate and engage in school work everyday, and especially on Wednesdays.


Rock Blurb


Budget Committee Members – Do you want to learn more about Ridgeline’s finances and participate in the budget process? If so, email Chrystell.reed@ridgeline.org! Attendance at the first meeting is vital as we take time to explain the different line items of the budget and review historical data. Budget committee meetings are open to the public.

Monday, 5/10 1:30-3 pm

Monday, 5/17 1:30-3 pm

Monday, 5/24 1:30-3 pm (tentative - if needed)


Jobs - Ridgeline is hiring! We have positions open, including a classroom assistant. 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.


CONTINUING NEWS -

Photos Needed - We are looking for photos of Diana, Cheri, and Azusa from over the years to include in a retirement slideshow. If your child(ren) were in Diana and/or Cheri’s classes now is the time to take a trip down memory lane and send us those charming photos! Please send photos to Cynthia.


Slideshow Volunteer Needed - We are looking for a volunteer who can compile the photos of our retiring staff into a slideshow that we can share with staff and families. To volunteer contact Cynthia.


Upper-El Human Growth & Development Parent Education Video - Upper-el students will participate in the Human Growth and Development curriculum presented by Planned Parenthood the week of May 17-21. In lieu of the annual parent meeting offered in advance of the presentations for 4-6th graders, this year there is a video for parents to watch to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the program. If you have further questions after watching the video, please contact Johanna Staniak Further details about topics covered and the dates and times for each grade can be found in this week’s upper-el teacher updates.


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 -

4J Plans Vaccine Clinic for Students Age 12+ on May 1

Published: MAY 5, 2021

Approval of COVID-19 vaccine for youth age 12–15 is anticipated soon • First 4J student vaccine clinic for ages 12+ on May 17

UPDATE: All of the initial vaccine appointments have been filled. Additional vaccination opportunities will be made available.Eugene School District 4J has scheduled a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for 4J students age 12 and up on Monday May 17. FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine for youth age 12+ is expected soon.Vaccination is a voluntary and important opportunity to support the health of our families, schools and Eugene community. 4J is joining with community providers to make COVID-19 vaccines available at no cost for students. This is the second vaccine clinic scheduled solely for 4J students, and the first for ages 12–15. 4J healthcare partner Cascade Health will give the shots.

Who: 4J students age 12 and up

Where: South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.

When: Monday, May 17, 4–6 p.m. (pending FDA approval for age 12+)

Vaccine Type: Pfizer/BioNTech

Parent consent: Students under age 15 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian or bring a signed consent form.

Insurance information: If you have insurance, you will need to bring your insurance card or information. If you don’t have insurance, there will be no charge for the vaccine.

Pending approval: At this time COVID-19 vaccines are available for all Oregonians age 16 and older. Federal approval of the Pfizer vaccine for use in youth age 12–15 is under consideration and anticipated to be granted soon. If the FDA has not given approval for the vaccine to be administered to youth age 12 and up before May 17, the district will reschedule this vaccine clinic.

All Oregonians age 16 and older eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine

All Oregonians age 16 and older are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals meeting these criteria can use the following resources to get linked to vaccine information in their communities:

How to Find a COVID-19 Vaccine


Youth Meal Box Delivery Spring 2021

Home meal delivery ends 4/28.

Weekly pickup available at middle schools (except ATA) Wednesdays beginning May 5th 12:45-2:15.

No sign up required.

Ridgeline's eNews 4-29-21

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


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


Mon. 5/3 Opt-Out or Participate in State Testing Form Due (grades 3-8)

Mon. 5/3 Site Council Meeting 6-7

Thurs. 5/6 Board Work Session 6:30-8:30pm

Fri. 5/7 No School - Professional Development


NEW NEWS –

State Testing for Grades 3-8- Yesterday an email was sent to all families with students in grades 3-8 regarding state testing details. Please remember to fill out the Opt-out or Participate in the 2020-21 State Testing Form, by May 3, 2021 if you have not already. More information about the testing schedule can be found on our website.


Azusa Announcement - With enormous gratitude and best wishes, we share that Azusa will be retiring from the classroom at the end of this school year. Azusa has been part of the Ridgeline community since 2000 and joined the staff in 2006 as a classroom assistant. Among the many gifts Azusa has shared with students and families are her calm and gentle nature and cultural studies centering around her own Japanese culture. Azusa will be dearly missed and her impact on our community will live on through Ridgeline students!


Click here to read Azusa’s letter.


We share the news to let you know we have a strong hiring process in place. Later this week we will complete the first round of interviews for a new lower elementary teacher for room 5. The classroom assistant position will be posted next week and we hope that the new teacher may be able to join this hiring committee. We want to assure you that we hold the best interests of our students at the center of the work we are doing. In the meantime, please share your gratitude and appreciation for Azusa. We look forward to celebrating her later this spring.


Site Council Meeting - Site Council will be having an extra meeting to review and discuss the 2021-22 proposed calendar on Monday, May 3, 6-7pm. We will also consider a revision to the end of the 2020-21 school year to ensure both cohorts receive equitable in-person learning time. All Site Council meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Here is the zoom link to the meeting.


Cooking With Molly! -Join the RCO for a virtual cooking class led by Ridgeline parent Molly Northup on May 11, at 6 pm. Molly will show families how to make a Chocolate and Vanilla Mug Cake! This recipe is Paleo, Gluten-free, and Keto-friendly. Here is the zoom link.


Photos Needed - We are looking for photos of Diana, Cheri, and Azusa from over the years to include in a retirement slideshow. If your child(ren) were in Diana and/or Cheri’s classes now is the time to take a trip down memory lane and send us those charming photos! Please send photos to Cynthia.


Slideshow Volunteer Needed - We are looking for a volunteer who can compile the photos of our retiring staff into a slideshow that we can share with staff and families. To volunteer contact Cynthia.


Upper-El Human Growth & Development Parent Education Video - Upper-el students will participate in the Human Growth and Development curriculum presented by Planned Parenthood the week of May 17-21. In lieu of the annual parent meeting offered in advance of the presentations for 4-6th graders, this year there is a video for parents to watch to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the program. If you have further questions after watching the video, please contact Johanna Staniak Further details about topics covered and the dates and times for each grade can be found in this week’s upper-el teacher updates.


CONTINUING NEWS -

School on Wednesdays - Please remember that, while Wednesdays are asynchronous learning days, they are still school days and it is very important that all students have at least one touch point during the day whether it is attending morning meeting, completing and submitting an assignment or emailing their teaching staff. If we don’t have some type of contact from a student on Wednesday, they are counted as absent.


Attendance During Hybrid - If you child will be absent for their designated hybrid cohort, please notify the teachers and attendance at attendance@ridgeline.org prior to the start of the hybrid session. If we do not know whether or not your child will be attending, the entire cohort will stand on their arrival dots, waiting the full arrival window for your child to arrive, even if the rest of the cohort is already there.

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

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

Ridgeline's eNews 4-23-21

eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


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


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

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


NEW NEWS –

Board Meeting this Thursday -The Ridgeline board of directors will have its regular April meeting this Thursday, April 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The agenda includes updates from administration of plans for the rest of the school year, items related to this year's and next year's budgets and continued board equity work. The full agenda is available here. Board meetings are open to the public, and you may join the meeting using this Zoom link. You can always reach the board at board@ridgeline.org or by emailing board members individually.


School on Wednesdays - Please remember that, while Wednesdays are asynchronous learning days, they are still school days and it is very important that all students have at least one touch point during the day whether it is attending morning meeting, completing and submitting an assignment or emailing their teaching staff. If we don’t have some type of contact from a student on Wednesday, they are counted as absent.


Attendance During Hybrid - If you child will be absent for their designated hybrid cohort, please notify the teachers and attendance at attendance@ridgeline.org prior to the start of the hybrid session. If we do not know whether or not your child will be attending, the entire cohort will stand on their arrival dots, waiting the full arrival window for your child to arrive, even if the rest of the cohort is already there.


Rain in the Forecast - We have been so fortunate to have had such gorgeous weather for the first few weeks of hybrid learning. The forecast now calls for cool weather and possible rain next week. Please remember to send your kids to school on foul weather days dressed for the elements as lunch and recess will still be outdoors and classroom windows and doors will remain open. A change of clothing in their backpacks is recommended.


Volunteer Appreciation - The Ridgeline staff would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our volunteers who have helped us over the course of this very unusual year. We so appreciate all of your hard work! You have helped us by serving on the Board, the Site Council, the RCO, and as room parents. You have weeded, mowed, power washed, helped us get new bike racks and a concrete bike parking pad, coordinated t-shirt/merchandise, designed our t-shirt, served on the fundraising committee, created Montessori materials for home use, covered books, cut lamination, cut poster boards, printed our t-shirts, transported stumps, hauled things to the dump, moved classroom furniture, assembled air purifiers, made welcome back banners, organized staff appreciation, organized our talent show, sat on our equity steering committee, and given your time in countless other ways. Thank you - Amy, Jen, Jenny, Brad, April-Kay, Jordan, Andrew, Ann, Sara, Ben, Heatherly, Mike, Jonathan, Jay, Shannon, Nancy, Meghan, Amanda, Deborah, Alexis, Molly, Alexis, Heather, Rachael, Michelle, Sarib, Kristin, Patricia, Julien, Sarah, Emily, Keith, Kari, Jes, Meredith, Robyn, Kate, Porter, Korey, Kelsey, Jen, Eric, Deanna, Rachael, Benjamin, Linda, Amberly, Bethany, Erin, Becca, Jennifer, Alicia, Tammy, Paul, Marlayna, Erin, Christine, Jillian, Jesse, Melanie, Pete, Jeremy, Brit, and everyone else who has volunteered but not yet logged your hours! (Remember to log hours; we want to know who you are!) In a typical year we would be hosting a tea with baked treats to honor you this week for National Volunteer Appreciation Week. We hope you can take a few moments for yourself to relax with a cup of your favorite warm beverage and know how much we appreciate you!


DUE tomorrow! 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


CONTINUING NEWS -

State Testing - While the state still 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. This year, opting out will not negatively affect Ridgleine’s charter. 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


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

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 4-12-21

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

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