Ridgeline eNews

January 19th, 2023


Thursday 1/19: 6:00-7:00 pm Lottery Information Session

Sunday 1/22: 10:00-2:00 Board Retreat

Monday 1/23: Site Council Meeting

Tuesday 1/24: UO Test Kit Return

Saturday 1/28: 10:00-11:00 am Lottery Information Session

Saturday 1/28: 11:30 am-12:30 pm Lottery School Tours

Tuesday 1/31 : UO Test Kit Return

Wednesday 2/1: 7:00-9:00 pm Ridgeline Equity Committee Meeting

Monday 2/6: Due date for the Talent Show video clips

Friday 2/10: IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE: Talent Show

Be sure to check the full calendar at https://www.ridgeline.org as some dates may change. Please note that Ridgeline’s calendar differs slightly from 4J elementary and middle school calendars.

Order Ridgeline Apparel!

The orders for Ridgeline apparel are up and running! Please enter your information in the website, https://ridgelinemontessorigear.bigcartel.com/ and place your order before February 2, 2023. We will be processing the order in the beginning of February. All apparel should arrive by early March!

We continue our “T-shirts for All Students” program which provides a t-shirt at no cost to any student who qualifies on Ridgeline’s Income Survey Form. If you are able to, please make a donation to go towards another child's t-shirt order. If you need any assistance getting a t-shirt for your child please reach out to the Ridgeline Equity Committee. If you have any questions about ordering, reach out to equity@ridgeline.org.
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Crossing Guards Needed At Drop-off and Pick-up!

Sign up and work toward your commitment of 40 hours of volunteering at Ridgeline!


  • Crossing guards are needed daily at 8-8:30 am and 3-3:20 pm.
    This is one of our largest, ongoing needs as far as volunteers!

You will help guide Ridgeline students to safely cross between building B and the sidewalk, and cross West Amazon to and from the Amazon trail.

Safety vests and stop signs provided. Sign-up for any slot that fits your schedule!

If you would like to volunteer, go to the Volunteer Page of our website and review the requirements.

Fill out a background check form if you have not done so in the last five years.

Directions for how to log your hours on Track it Forward are found at the bottom of this page.

Drop off and Pick up Line!


  • Pull all the way forward, regardless of where your student attends class.

  • Model safety by directing your vehicle slowly, with intention and care.

  • If your student requires your help to exit or enter the car, park your vehicle on the street and guide your child safely to the school.

We encourage you to join other families in keeping students safe by volunteering as a crossing guard! See above for volunteer opportunities.

Ridgeline Board Retreat

The Ridgeline Board of Directors will be meeting for a work session to hold a board retreat this Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The planned agenda will include a teambuilding activity, an overview of our history, and small group discussions around the core values and onboarding for being on the board. As this is a work session, no final decisions will be made on Saturday.

Call for Muddy Puddle Pants Donations!

Ridgeline students spend time outdoors, rain or shine, and that means we sometimes need to lend them clean dry clothes when theirs get soiled!

We are in need of:

  • rain pants in all sizes, youth size 5 through adult small/medium

  • versatile pants (especially leggings and athletic pants in gender neutral colors) in all sizes, youth size 5 through adult small/medium.

Your clean clothing donations, brought to the office, are appreciated!

It is important to us that students are comfortable in clean, dry clothing while they are learning, and we are happy to loan clothing to students whenever necessary. Please return laundered borrowed school clothes as soon as possible.

Wellness Center Newsletters

If you haven’t already done so, take a look at the newsletters that our school mental health specialist, Jon Talebreza-May, has sent out from the Wellness Center. Find out about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and the techniques that they are teaching in classes!

Wellness Center Newsletters

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Talent Show

Friday, February 10th, 2023 at 6 PM is the Ridgeline Talent Show! This year, the talent show will be a hybrid model. We are still asking students to submit a video clip of their talent to wobblykate@hotmail.com by Monday, February 6th, but we are thankful to have the opportunity to come together on February 10th in the school Gym to watch the video together on a big screen! (The talent show video will be available for 2 weeks on YouTube after the talent show for those who can’t attend in person).

Talent Show Acts must be 3 minutes or less. Any musical lyrics must be school appropriate. Please avoid themes of violence, drugs/alcohol, sex, etc. Kids are welcome to provide a solo act and/or a group act. Be sure to send a video clip of their talent to wobblykate@hotmail.com by Monday, February 6th!

If your child is interested in being a classroom MC and introducing their peers, please email wobblykate@hotmail.com. We will accept the first 2 applicants from each class on a first-come-first-picked basis. Parents will be emailed a script for their MC to read/recite on video a few days before the talent show and those videos will play before the class performances. MCs may also submit a talent act, but do not have to submit an act for the talent show.

We will have volunteer opportunities for the evening of the talent show, so please email wobblykate@hotmail.com if you would like to help.

Thank You for Your Calendar Donations!

Thank you to everyone who sent in their old calendars! The pictures will be wonderful to use for observational drawing. I really appreciate all of the donations.

Merideth Turner, Art Specialist

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Ridgeline Lottery Information Sessions

Please share the following opportunity with your family and friends!

Ridgeline welcomes community members to join us for a one-hour virtual information session on January 19th from 6-7 pm and January 28th from 10-11 am. Find out more about what makes public Montessori unique. Families will have the opportunity to meet our dedicated school leadership, talented teachers, and participate in a questions and answers session.

Click here to learn more and register for a Ridgeline Information Session

Ridgeline lottery guidelines and deadlines can be found here on Ridgeline’s website.

*Ridgeline’s lottery application and process are separate and independent of 4J’s School of Choice lottery.

Food Donations Needed to Fill the Pantry!

Our pantry is nearly empty, again! Please bring donations of granola bars (Z bars are a favorite), cuties, individually wrapped cheese, pre-packaged snacks, applesauce or fruit cups, and other healthy snacks to the office so we can stock the cupboards.

Through your generous donations to the food pantry, we are able to ensure students are never left hungry during lunch or snacks.

Sibling Enrollment 2023-24 School Year

Siblings of students who are currently enrolled and will remain enrolled in Ridgeline in the coming year receive enrollment priority. If space is unavailable, students with sibling-level priority will be the first group selected by an equitable lottery process for placement on the waiting list.

In order to qualify for sibling preference, you MUST complete the Online Enrollment Application for any incoming sibling by February 26, 11:59 pm.

Ridgeline Safety Drills and the “I Love U Guys Foundation”

Ridgeline practices monthly safety drills and utilizes the Standard Response Protocols (SRP) from the I Love U Guys Foundation, providing a common shared language for students, staff, first responders and families. This school year we have practiced Shelter for earthquake and Evacuation drills for fire. We have also implemented a few Holds when it was necessary to keep the hallways clear. A Hold may be used if there is a medical emergency, an incident in the hallway, or another situation requiring hallways to remain clear for a period of time. A Hold is typically short in nature, and students are free to go about their regular routine within their classroom until the hold is released.

We realize that you and your student may have a range of feelings about drills or emergencies. By talking about different situations and practicing drills at school, it assures them there is a plan in place to help keep them safe and they know what to do and expect.

Near the end of this month we will practice a Lockdown drill and later in the year a Secure drill. Your student will receive instruction from their teacher prior to the drills so they know what to expect and they may also practice with their classroom prior to the actual drill. Should an actual Lockdown or Secure be required, families will be notified as soon as possible, although our first priority is your student’s safety.

SRP Parent Handout in English and Spanish

Community News

South Eugene Babe Ruth Spring Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the South Eugene Babe Ruth 2023 youth baseball season! Players ages 6-14 are invited to evaluations on Saturday, February 4th or Sunday the 5th for team placements. New and former players are very welcome. Go South!

Registration & info: https://southeugenebaberuth.sportngin.com
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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!