Rocket Wrap Up
I hope you were able to have an amazing Holiday season and were able to spend time with your families! We are excited to get back to work with your children and work to accomplish many more goals as we approach state testing and the end of the academic year.
As we continue in the height of cold and flu season (or the tripledemic that I hear about on the news), please take a moment to review our attendance information included toward the bottom of every newsletter. Our goal is to work with you to ensure that your student is in school as much as possible to see the absolute best success academically and socially.
Our staff is continuing to focus on the four pillars of learning, safety, partnerships, and fiscal responsibility. A few of the ways we continue to do this are:
- Learning--We have finished our winter diagnostics and are so thrilled to see the amount of growth that our most of our students have made in the first few months of the academic year. Staff will be working to revise intervention groups and instructional plans to adjust to the most recent data that we have received. Teachers are also administering screeners to help further drill down to what area or areas need the most work.
- Safety--At the December Board of Education meeting a contract was approved for updated and new security cameras and badge systems for the elementary and jr/sr high school. This is available through a Safety and Security Grant through the Ohio Department of Education.
- Community Partnerships--We were blessed this holiday season to have worked with Grand Prairie Baptist Church to provide gifts for families that attend Ridgedale. We also continue to partner with Dayspring Wesleyan Church to provide Blessings in a Backpack for students and families to help with weekend relief.
- Fiscal Responsibility--We continue to review purchases and materials needed for appropriate instruction, with a focus on long term needs and future planning. This has been recently implemented with our focus on early literacy instruction and ensuring that all staff have what they will need, for all teachers now and in the future, to teach those strategies in an consistent way.
As always, please feel free to reach out to me, or your child's teacher, if you have any questions or concerns. We appreciate having the opportunity to educate your student, as well as to work with you to help ensure this is a safe and secure place for them to be each day.
Yours in Education,
Jess Parthemore, Ed.S.
Ridgedale High School Cheerleading Mini Camp
Dr. Bower Visits Classrooms
Visit from Santa and the Grinch!
Thank you to Doug and Sandy Roszman for donating the candy canes for students and to Kelly Kearns for donating the lumps of coal (brownies) for the staff!
Please feel free to send them to the school and we will make sure they get to the right location!
Thank you in advance for your consideration!
Unit 2 will begin upon our return from Winter Break and will focus on Emotion Management. Grade level specific information is linked below.
Happy New Year! As a reminder, I will continue to share tips for parents to help teach responsibility for their child's learning and behavior. We have to teach our children what it means to be responsible and how to go about doing this. Being responsible is not something they can learn on their own. As adults, we need to model the behaviors we want our children to learn.
January is good study habits, so here's what you can do:
3.) Help children to develop a good study plan
a. Establish when to study each day
b. Establish how long to study each day
c. Establish where to study each day
d. Establish studying priorities
e. Create a homework/study "Tool box" with items necessary to successfully
Buses are released at around 3:10 each day (after the Tri Rivers shuttle returns), so it is often too late to get someone off the bus or put them on the bus if we do not know about it before dismissal begins (and not that we don't trust your child, but sometimes they want to go home the opposite way that they are supposed to and will try to make that choice for us :-)).
Thank you for your help with this!
Stay Safe Speak Up Safer Schools
You can now use this to report any concerns that you may have. PublicSchoolWorks monitors these reports 24/7. If there is anything that is especially concerning, administration is immediately called to begin to address the concern. If it is not considered an immediate need, administration will receive an email notification to address the situation the following day at school. Please see below for screenshots (they are also hyperlinked to be able to direct you directly to the site).
You may always access the site from the Ridgedale website and app.
What do I do if my child is absent?
Daily, consistent attendance is crucial for your student's development and academic growth. The State of Ohio has establish attendance law that requires us to track student attendance, notify you when your student is not present at school, and notify you if your student meets certain attendance thresholds. Please see the document here for more information about attendance law.
This will be an excused absence.
This will be an excused absence.
As we approach the holidays--please keep this in mind!
If your family has a planned absence, please send a note/email in to the school before the absence. This allows our staff the opportunity to provide work or materials for your student and allows for the absence to be an excused absence.
Any vacations or planned absences that are not notified before the absence occurs will be not be excused absences.
Ohio Governor's Imagination Library
Do you have a child under 5 at home? Do you know a family that has children under 5?
The Imagination Library, offered through the Ohio Governor's Office, Marion Public Library, and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library provides a FREE book for any child under 5 that is signed up, each month!
If you are interested in signing up, please use the QR code below or download the sign up form. This program is free for all who participate!
"The single most important factor influencing a child's early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school."
School/Home Connection Corner
i-Ready Personalized Instruction Family Guidance
2022/2023 School Year Calendar
December 6th - Girl Scouts of Ohio Troup Formation Night @ 6:00 PM (Girls in Grades K & 1)
December 13th - K/1 Holiday Program @ 6:30 PM
December 14th - Fundraiser Delivery/Pick Up (3:00 - 6:00 PM)
December 22nd - January 2nd - No School/Winter Break
January 3rd - School Resumes
January 13th - End of 2nd Quarter/Elementary Yearbook Sale Begins
January 16th - No School/MLK Day
January 18th - Winter Fest
January 27th - Elementary Yearbook Sale Ends
February 2nd - 100th Day program @ 8:15 AM
February 17th - No School/Professional Development
February 20th - No School/Presidents' Day
February 23rd - Spring Picture Day
March 6th - No School/Conferences
March 17th - End of 3rd Quarter
March 18th - Family Dance
March 30th - 2/3 Spring Program @ 6:30 PM
April 7th & 10th - No School/Spring Break
April 13th - Mobile Dentist
May 17th - End of Year Program @ 8:15 AM
May 18th - Last Day of Preschool
May 21st - Graduation
May 24th - Last Day of School
May 25th - Teacher Work Day
Ridgedale Elementary School
Unique (and quick) activities to do each day with your child to bring in additional reading skills at home!