eNews: Ridgeline Montessori’s Weekly News
RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
Full calendar: https://www.ridgeline.org/family-resources/calendar
Sat. 11/6 Gravel Shoveling Work Party 8 am-2 pm
Sun. 11/7 Daylight Saving Time Ends - clocks back one hour
Mon. 11/8 RCO Planning Meeting 1:30-2:30
Tues. 11/9 UO Test Kits Sent Home
Wed. 11/10 UO Test Kits Collected In bin on front porch 8-10 am
Wed. 11/10 NO SCHOOL Conferences
Thurs. 11/11 NO SCHOOL Veterans Day
Fri. 11/12 NO SCHOOL Conferences
Help Needed! Gravel Work Party - This Saturday, November 6 at 8 am - 2 pm Principal Michelle and her husband Mike will be leading a gravel shoveling work party. Gravel is being added behind building A to fill in the muddy swampy area between the sidewalk and the grassy hill. Many shovelers will make light work. All volunteers are welcome! Especially if you have a student in kinder or lower-el, please consider helping as your students will directly benefit from this work.
Sunday Helpers? - If the gravel work is not completed Saturday, we will need volunteers to help Sunday. If you can help Sunday please contact Michelle with your name and phone number.
Clocks Back - Remember to turn your clocks back one hour at 2 am on Sunday. Hopefully this extra hour of sleep will be restorative and we won’t have any tardy students on Monday!
COVID Vaccines for Kids 5-11!!! - This week, the FDA, CDC and OHA approved COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11! This means all Ridgeline students are now eligible to be vaccinated. Lane County Public Health is holding a number of COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in the coming weeks. Shots will be by appointment only and sign up is available now! Parents and guardians can schedule appointments at: Get Vaccinated - Lane County or by calling (541) 682-1380. Target and other major pharmacies are currently making appointments for children as well. See community news for more information.
UO Testing Next Week - For those who are participating in UO Testing, Ridgeline will participate next week even though there is no school on Wednesday. A test kit drop bin will be on the front porch of the school from 8-10 am. If you wish to participate next week, please drive up and drop your child’s test in the bin.
Stay In Your Car! - The drive-thru lane is just that, a DRIVE THRU LANE. If your child needs assistance to exit the vehicle, the drive-thru lane is not a fit for your family. Please park and walk your child to the drop-off area if they require assistance to exit the vehicle.
Tips for using the drive-thru lane - as you approach school, ask your child to gather their belongings, backpack, water bottle, snack, lunch (if brought from home), and mask so they are ready to leap out of the car after you pull all the way forward.
Pull Forward - Remember to pull ALL THE WAY forward in the drive-thru circle regardless of which class your child is in.
Late Arrivals - Please make every effort to arrive on time for school. The arrival window begins at 8:15 am and we encourage you to drop off as close to that time as possible. We hear a lot from parents, “but we were only one minute late.” While that one minute may not seem significant from your perspective, this is what it looks like:
Late students require the people power of multiple staff members. They must wait in line to have their arrival screening and receive a tardy slip. Building A students are escorted around the outside of the building, through two gates by a staff member. Building B students need to be “clicked” in by office staff. When the student arrives at the classroom, they need to unpack, change their shoes, put their water bottle on the shelf, etc. Only then do they arrive in the learning environment. Truly when all is said and done, it is now 10 minutes after the start of their school day, not one minute. For every late student, this process is repeated. Late students miss the important beginning of the day instructions and the learning environment is interrupted with each late arrival. Currently, students are arriving late all the way until 9 am!
Extra Clothes - Students are becoming extremely wet and muddy as Oregon rains continue this autumn. Please send kids to school with outside weatherwear daily, including warm waterproof jackets and boots. We also highly recommend including a change of clothes in their backpack as we have very limited extra clothing and chances are what we have will not suit your child.
Raingear Donations - If you have rain gear that your child has outgrown and would like to donate it, we would be happy to receive it. Donations can be brought to the front steps outside the office.
Proposed School Calendar Changes - Ridgeline administration is recommending the following calendar changes to the Board of Directors. The changes will provide much needed time for staff planning/professional development and downtime to rest and recharge. By approving the changes, staff can be better mentally prepared to be present and engaged in this hard work of educating, caring for, and supporting our students and their families during this challenging time. With these changes, Ridgeline will still significantly exceed the minimum required instructional minutes.
No school on Wednesday, November 24, 2021
No school (planning/PD) on Friday, January 14, 2022
Next Week! Conferences - Annual parent, student, teacher conferences will take place, Wednesday, November 10, and Friday, November 12. Once again conferences will be held on Zoom. Conference days are no school days. Teachers will email families a link to their conference Zoom. Teaching staff has set aside this time for you to meet to discuss your child’s progress and classroom experience; please take advantage of this opportunity.
We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Fall Conference SignUps.
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click your class link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com:
Sarah's Class Sign Up
Rachel's Class Sign Up
Emily's Class Sign Up
Emmanuel's Class Sign Up
Adrienne's Class Sign Up
Jasper's Class Sign Up
Meridy's Class Sign Up
Jon's Class Sign Up
Carrie's Class Sign Up
Middle School conference links will be sent directly from the teachers
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact your teacher and they can sign you up manually.
Each classroom will send out a Zoom link invitation.
NextStep Volunteer Needed - We have some out of date and broken chromebooks that we need a volunteer take to NextStep. Contact Cynthia to volunteer.
Retakes - Retakes took place on Wednesday. There is a new picture day code for retakes. If you still wish to order photos, please use this code EVT9C6S3P.
CONTINUING NEWS -
PE will be moving back to the gym on November 15 - Crowding and deterioration of our outdoor spaces due to their heavy use as well as cooler, wet weather are prompting this move. The gym is being cleared of debris from summer construction and storage items from hybrid learning to restore the space needed for indoor PE. Students will practice COVID-related health and safety measures during PE (physical distancing, wearing masks, hand hygiene, etc) while they enjoy indoor fun, movement, and active learning.
School Counselor Position - Please help spread the word about this great opportunity to join Ridgeline and support our students. This important position is now posted on the Ridgeline website.
STILL NEEDED Crossing Guards! - Our crossing guard needs have grown. Currently, instructional staff is serving as crossing guards and we are hoping that parent volunteers can now take over these roles. Volunteers need a current background check and a vaccine card. Sign up here to volunteer.
Clarification on school COVID-19 positive test result procedures - There has been some conversation in our school community recently about the validity of COVID-19 test results. Public health guidance requires that Ridgeline treat all positive COVID tests as infectious cases. A second negative test does not negate the school's responsibility to respond to the initial positive result. We know that quarantine can be really hard--it's hard on kids, it's hard on families, and it's hard on staff. While we are all (kids, staff, parents, and more!) working hard to minimize the effects a positive case will have on our students, Ridgeline will continue to honor the commitment we made to our families to prioritize our students' health and safety with respect to COVID exposure as long as community infection rates remain high. We appreciate your continued cooperation and understanding as we travel through this unprecedented year together. We can tell that everyone is doing their best to keep our kids in school and learning together, and that is an enormous, difficult act of love and support. Please always report a positive COVID-19 test result of a student (or a family member) to the school immediately.
The Ridgeline Community Organization (RCO)-
Happy Fall to all of our Ridgeline families! We wanted to take a moment to introduce the RCO to families who are new to Ridgeline (and provide a refresher to those who are already a part of our community!). The RCO is our parent organization, all parents/guardians of Ridgeline students are automatically members, and we are focused on community, service and fun :) The RCO Leadership team is made up of an RCO Lead, filled by Meghan Rogacki, and 4 Planning Team members made up of parents from each grade level (Kinder, Lower El, Upper El, and Middle) - Amanda Bedortha, Alexis Reid and Deborah Salari are the current Planning Team members (and we are looking for a Kinder and Middle
School parent to join us!). The RCO Leadership Team meets once per month to plan fun activities for our community and any member of the community is also welcome to join in these meetings to take part. The meeting info is posted to the Ridgeline calendar. The RCO Charter is available here outlining the Goals, Purpose, Roles and other details about the group. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to RCO@ridgeline.org.
Ridgeline’s School Counselor - With care and understanding, we write to share that Heather LeCompte, Ridgeline’s school counselor, will be reducing her hours now through winter break (working Monday - Wednesday) and will not return in January 2022. Heather has played a critical role in supporting our students and families through the pandemic and has created strong connections with Ridgeline students. This year she has offered weekly lessons for lower and upper elementary classrooms, providing additional social and emotional learning during this important time. We are grateful for Heather and her willingness to continue working up to winter break. We wish her good health and we look forward to continued connection in her role as a Ridgeline parent.
Click here to read Heather’s letter to the Ridgeline community.
No Waitlist 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade - If you know of families with 6th, 7th or 8th grader students who you think would be interested in Ridgeline, please encourage them to fill out an application as there is currently no waitlist at these grades. The application can be found here.
Schoolwide Equity Committee -
Hello Ridgeline community of the 2021-2022 school year!
For the past three years, the Equity Steering Committee has worked with board members, administration, staff, and parents to lay the groundwork for the 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 are 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, Parent and Board Vice President, email@example.com
Jen Hornsby; Past Ridgeline Parent and Board Member, and Present Lunch Lady, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maizzy Phayt, Ridgeline Assistant, email@example.com
Local providers and Lane County are ready to go with vaccinations for 5-11 year olds!
Effective November 9th, all LCPH clinics will be by appointment only and our scheduling tool will be live by the morning of Friday, November 5, 2021. Parents and guardians can schedule appointments at: Get Vaccinated - Lane County or by calling (541) 682-1380.
LCPH Pediatric Clinic Schedule:
Lane County Public Health is planning the following clinics for children ages 5 years-11 years for vaccination upon approval of the Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination. All clinics for children ages 5-11 years are scheduled appointments only. There are not walk-in appointments at this time.
Clinics will open for scheduling the Friday before each week. Additional community-based and school clinics will be announced on an ongoing basis; please continue to check our website for the latest clinic schedule.
Tuesday 11/9/2021 from 3:30-6:30 pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)
Wednesday 11/10/2021 from 1:30-6:30 pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)
Thursday 11/11/2021 from 12:00-6:30pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)
Friday 11/12/2021 from 12-6:30pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)
Saturday 11/13/2021 from 10am-4pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)
Wednesday 11/17/2021 from 2:30-6:30 pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)
Thursday 11/18/2021 in partnership with 4J Eugene School District. (Location and time to be announced.)
Friday 11/19/2021 from 1:30-6:30 pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)
Monday 11/22/2021 from 2:30-6:30 pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)
Tuesday 11/30/2021 in partnership with 4J Eugene School District. (Location and time to be announced.)
Bethel School District is hosting several clinics for students in the district throughout November.
Tuesday 11/16/2021 from 4pm-7pm at Thurston High School
Tuesday 11/23/2021 from 4pm-7pm at Springfield High School
Tuesday 11/16/2021 from 4-7 pm with South Lane School District.
Thursday 11/18/2021 from 3:30-5:30 pm with McKenzie River School District
Saturday 11/20/2021 at Siuslaw Middle School (2525 Oak St, Florence, 97439) (time to be announced)
Tuesday 11/23/2021 with Fern Ridge School District (time to be announced)