Rocket Wrap Up

January Newsletter


Dear Families,

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 Elementary

Ridgedale High School Cheerleading Mini Camp

Winter Fest

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Dr. Bower Visits Classrooms

Dr. Bower spent several days in December visiting each classroom to teach a lesson or read a book. The students were enthralled with the lesson and enjoyed spending time getting to know our Superintendent!

Visit from Santa and the Grinch!

Ridgedale Elementary was lucky enough to have a visit from Santa Claus and the Grinch before we left for the break.

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!

Power Hours

POWER Hours is accepting enrollment forms through Monday, January 9th. If you would like your 3rd-8th grade child to be involved in the before or after school program, pick up the packet it in either office and get it turned in fully completed to Melissa Weston or either building office.

Lego Donations

Do you have any Legos that your children have outgrown? Our Power Hours would love to use them for an upcoming Lego club!

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!

Second Step

Second Step has been fully implemented in all of our grade levels, K - 5. The conversations between teachers and students on these important topics has been wonderful.

Unit 2 will begin upon our return from Winter Break and will focus on Emotion Management. Grade level specific information is linked below.


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Counselor Corner

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

complete assignments.

Afternoon Dismissal

Please send a note to the office or call the office whenever there is a change from your child's regular dimissal schedule. Our staff will follow your selected dismissal path unless we hear otherwise.

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

Ridgedale Schools has partnered with PublicSchoolWorks to offer the Safer Schools site to help with student safety reporting.

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.

Attendance Information

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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.


If you child is sick, please call the office or send an email to Mrs. Shumaker ( If you take your child to the doctor or urgent care, please send the school excuse in to school (paper form or email).

This will be an excused absence.

Medical Appointment

If your student has a medical appointment (doctor, dentist, counseling, etc.), please send the school excuse (paper form or email) in to the school.

This will be an excused absence.

Vacation/Planned 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.


If you are wishing to volunteer at any point during the school year (field trips, special events, field day, etc.) a current BCI background check is required. Please call the office for more information.

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."

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School/Home Connection Corner

2022/2023 School Year Calendar

Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Upcoming Events

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

Family Literacy Calendar

Unique (and quick) activities to do each day with your child to bring in additional reading skills at home!