Ridgeline eNews

October 20th, 2022


Thursday 10/20: Curriculum Sharing 3:15-4:15pm & 6-7pm

Monday 10/24-10/28: Spirit Week!

  • Monday:Patterns Day

  • Tuesday: Art and Artists Day

  • Wednesday: Crayon Day

  • Thursday: Decades Day

  • Friday: Rainbow Day!

Friday 10/28: 10:00-11:00am Fun Run! (Don’t forget your sneakers and pledges!)

Sunday 10/30: 1:00pm RCO Halloween Hike

Wednesday 11/2: 6:30-7:30pm RCO School Social

We encourage you to regularly check the full calendar at www.ridgeline.org as some dates may change. Please note that Ridgeline’s calendar is slightly different from 4J elementary calendars.

Hello Ridgeline Families!

Curriculum Sharing is Tonight!

Parents new to our program are in for a treat! Curriculum Sharing is a time when children can bring you into the classroom and show you some of their favorite work. The format is informal and student led. This experience empowers students in a special way. They can demonstrate the confidence and independence gained since school began. Curriculum Sharing is Today, Thursday, October 20. The classrooms will be open 3:15-4:15 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.

The Fun Run is Next Friday!!

The Ridgeline Fun Run is coming up in just a week on Friday, October 28th from 10:00-11:00am on the Rexius trail in front of the school.

Middle Schoolers will begin at 10am, followed by Upper El at 10:15, then Lower El will begin running at 10:30 and finally Kinder will start over at the South Field at 10:45! Students will walk, run and skip their way around the trail to raise money for the Ridgeline general fund!

Flyers with more information along with pledge sheets were sent home last Thursday, October 13th.

Take time to look over the pledge sheets with your child and brainstorm people they can approach for pledges and then you might even help them practice introducing themselves and explaining the purpose of the Fun Run. This is a kid-powered fundraiser and a fun way for students to show support for Ridgeline!

There are still plenty of opportunities for volunteers to make this an amazing event! Sign up now on Track it Forward!

Check out the donation site here www.ridgeline.org/support/2022-fun-run .

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Spirit Week!

Spirit Week approaches! Here's the lineup:

  • Monday: Patterns Day. Wear as many patterns as possible! You can blend in with camo or mix stripes and plaids.

  • Tuesday: Art & Artists Day. Dress up as your favorite artists (visual, literary, music, performance) or pieces of art!

  • Wednesday: Crayon Day. Become your favorite crayon color by dressing in it, head to toe!

  • Thursday: Decade Day. Is there a decade that speaks to you? The 80s? The 90s? The 2000s? Dress like your decade!

  • Friday: Rainbow Day (also Fun Run Day). Wear as many colors as possible! It's also the

  • day of the Fun Run, so be ready to move your body.

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Join the RCO for a Halloween Hike!

Mark your calendars - Sunday, October 30th at 1:00pm, the RCO (Ridgeline Community Organization) is hosting a Mt Pisgah hike full of Halloween fun! Wear your costume and enjoy some Halloween goodies. We plan on meeting near the bathrooms at the entrance to the lower trail, check out the map here for meeting spot and walking route. This is a casual hike, meant to bring Ridgeline families together. We hope to see you there!
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Join Us for the first RCO School Leadership Social!

Join us in the Gym on Wednesday, November 2nd from 6:30-7:30pm for the first RCO School Leadership Social! This will be a great opportunity to meet and mingle with members from the Ridgeline Leadership. You will have a chance to hear from and speak to the Administration, Board, Site Council, and more, as well as other families.

We will have a kids corner with crafts and activities, as well as treats and drinks to enjoy! We are looking for donations to help with decor and activity supplies - if you are interested in helping out please email rco@ridgeline.org.

Book Fair

This year's Book Fair will take place on Friday, November 18, 5:00-7:00. We are partnering with local bookstore Books With Pictures Eugene to create a fresh, fun event where we will purchase books for our classroom libraries. More details to come!

We need volunteers to help, including people who can set up and take down on the day of the event, people to make signs and decor ahead of time, and people to assist families in making purchases during the event. Please email co-organizer Jenny Noyce directly if you can help!: jennynoyce@gmail.com.

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We are excited to bring more volunteers back to school as we rely on our amazing parent volunteers to help with so many different aspects of life at Ridgeline! Teachers will reach out to families in their classroom communications, and Becky Fay will include volunteer opportunities in the eNews. Volunteers serve on committees, make materials at home, do grounds work, act as crossing guards, and other projects.

See instructions at the bottom of the eNews for more information on how to sign up and track your hours with Track it Forward.

If you would like to volunteer with students go to the Volunteer Page of our website and review what is required! Be sure to fill out the volunteer background check form if you have done so within the last five years and submit it to Becky Fay in the school office. Please have patience with the background check process, as there is a delay in turnaround. Bring your ID and proof of COVID vaccination as well. School volunteers are required by state law to be vaccinated.

Fun Run

  • Water tables, Lap counters, Clean-up, Music and more! Are you a DJ? Are you good at cleaning up after super fun events and making sure that our neighbors appreciate how considerate we are? We really need to borrow tarps and volunteers to join classes in cheerleading and counting laps for students while they finish running. Head over to Track it Forward and sign up to volunteer for the Fun Run on October 28! Contact Becky Fay if you have any questions!

Stone Soup Cooks

  • We are looking forward to the return of this beloved Ridgeline tradition. Stone Soup is a school-wide event the day before Thanksgiving (November 23). Students bring vegetables to school on Tuesday, November 22 and slice them in the classrooms with the support of volunteers. The following day, Wednesday, November 23, volunteers prepare soups that staff and students will enjoy as an afternoon snack before dismissal for the Thanksgiving break.

The following volunteers are needed to make sure that pick-up and drop-off are smooth and safe for our students:

  • Crossing Guards

Crossing guards needed to help guide Ridgeline students as they cross West Amazon to access the Amazon trail and the bridge across the creek. Volunteers needed daily at 8-8:30 am and 3-3:20 pm. Safety vests and stop signs provided. Crossing guards need to be fully vaccinated and have a background check within the last 5 years. Sign up for any number of mornings and/or afternoons on Track it Forward

Community News

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Emerald Valley

Emerald Valley, our wonderful assisted living facility to the South, invites Ridgeline families to a trick or treat and craft celebration to bring the young and old together again after these long years.

Please remember that masks are required.

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On-Site Rapid Testing

Should your student develop COVID-19 symptoms while at school, Ridgeline has BinaxNOW rapid tests available. These tests will only be administered if you have completed the Oregon Health Authority waiver and returned it to the school.

Curative Rapid COVID-19 PCR Testing

Rapid PCR testing is available at two local sites through Curative. Check their website to sign up for a testing time. Results are generally available in approximately 2 hours. They also offer other testing and services.

Track it Forward

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

  • Track It Forward app can be added to your phone!

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

Step One:

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

Select sign in

Create your account.

Step Two:

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

Download the app

Log In

You are all set!