Jaguar News

A Monthly Update for Meadow Ridge Families

Principal's Message - June 2021

Hello, Jaguar Families!

June and all of the accompanying celebratory "feels" have arrived here at Meadow Ridge! Every day we inch closer to wrapping up a school year that has been "unique," to say the least. Teachers are putting the final touches on the school year they so carefully crafted for students, whether it be in the face-to-face or virtual realms. Students can see summer sunshine and "freedom" beckoning to them, just a few weeks away. Staff is busy planning oodles of memory-making activities for our last week of school---more on that later in this newsletter!

As for me, I find myself wavering between the excitement of celebrating a wildly successful year for our staff and students, and realizing that very soon I will be leaving a piece of my heart here as I move back to my role at our district office. As a first-year principal, I could not have asked for a more supportive and welcoming community. Despite the challenges of this year, I will always treasure the time I spent as Principal of Meadow Ridge Elementary and will dearly miss seeing our staff and students each day. I have been blessed beyond belief to serve as your principal and will be eager to hear about all of the amazing things that will continue to emerge from the Meadow Ridge community in the coming years :)

As I close out this final newsletter update, I want to say thank you for all of the support you have shown our staff as a whole. I fully recognize that we could not have made this year what it was without our families coming alongside our staff to support students in navigating all of the adjustments this year. The changes in routines and expectations for families have been massive, and you all have handled those changes with such grace and understanding. THANK YOU for being amazing partners with us this year!

Stay PAWSOME, Meadow Ridge! :)


Robin Placzek

Meadow Ridge Principal

DW's Corner

Good afternoon, Jaguars!

We made it!!! I'm so proud of us!!! We're at the end of another school year, one of immense challenge and growth. And we came through it together, in some ways closer than ever. We have learned to stay connected, while socially distanced, to communicate with our eyes and hearts more than with our hands and faces. And while we have leaned on each other, we've also gotten to know ourselves a little bit more. Being comfortable with one's own company does not always come easily, but it is critically important.

Over the summer, if you need activities for your students, the Mead Boys & Girls Club is an amazing resource. And the 24 Hour Crisis Line is always available for any mental health needs: 1-877-266-1818.

Instead of saying "Goodbye", I'll simply say, "Until next time". As always, stay kind, be brave, and remember...we can do hard things.


Library Books Are Due!

It is that time...ALL library books are now due. Please return them to school as soon as possible. Thank you!

First Responder & Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

We are SO excited to be hosting a First Responder & Law Enforcement Appreciation Day here at Meadow Ridge, on Wednesday, June 23rd. 13 different agencies will be represented, with static displays of equipment and vehicles on site. Classes will have the opportunity to learn about each agency and the equipment they use, as well as talk to these amazing community helpers.

Folks from these agencies are graciously donating their time purely for the benefit of our students, and we couldn't be more appreciative! A big thank you also goes out to Condron Homes, who has generously provided funding for grab-and-go lunches for our first responders and law enforcement officers.

Our Community Partners are PAWSOME!!!!

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to the following businesses for their generous support of various events at Meadow Ridge this spring:

  • Yoke's - Donated donuts for Senior Grad Walk and Breakfast, as well as free donut coupons for PAWS reward drawings
  • Papa Murphy's - Donated pizzas for all 5th graders as part of our 5th Grade Graduation Celebration
  • Pizza Pipeline - Donated coupons for free pizza slices, for PAWS reward drawings
  • Condron Homes - Provided funding for 45 lunches for our First Responders and Law Enforcement Officers
  • Zip's Drive In - Donated coupons for soft serve cones, for PAWS reward drawings.
  • Hi5 Orthodontics - Provided water and popsicles for our Games/Field Day
  • Baskin-Robbins - Provided coupons for ice cream, for PAWS reward drawings

School-Appropriate Clothing

As the weather warms up, we are starting to see some clothing choices that are more appropriate for the beach than they are for school. Here are some simple guidelines to help your child stay safe and appropriate at school:

  • Flip-flop shoes are not recommended, as they pose a safety hazard when running and engaged in physical activity.

  • Shorts, skirts and dresses should not be too short.

  • Shirts on both boys and girls need to completely cover the belly.

  • Tank top straps are to be at least one and a half inches wide, cover the chest adequately, and cover the bra straps.

If clothing is deemed inappropriate, students may be asked to put on additional clothing provided by the school or call home to have parents bring them a change of clothes. Please review our expectations with your child. Thank you for your support!

Meadow Ridge PTO Update

Our school wouldn't be the same without the efforts of our Jaguar parents and families! Click here for the latest PTO newsletter. We would love it if you would join us for our next meeting (held virtually, of course) on Monday, June 21st at 6:30pm by following this Zoom link:

June PAWS Awards

Our PAWS reward for June is a fun combination of options: 2 weeks of student choice and 2 weeks of super-fantastic drawings, with prizes donated from community partners such as Pizza Pipeline, Yoke's, Zip's, and .... Students have been PAWSOME about being responsible, always doing their best, being respectful, and putting safety first. We love celebrating our Jaguars!

Important Dates to Remember

  • 6/11 Curriculum Day - At Home Learning Day for Students
  • 6/17 Senior Grad Walk/Breakfast, 8-9am
  • 6/21 Virtual PTO Meeting, 6:30pm -
  • 6/22 PTO Donut Event for Students
  • 6/22 5th Grade Graduation Celebration, 6:30-8pm
  • 6/23 First Responder/Law Enforcement Appreciation Event
  • 6/24 Games/Field Day
  • 6/25 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Dismissal at 12:00pm