The rundown on Ridgewood Elementary School-April 3, 2020
Principal Perspective - Remote Learning with your Teacher!
Our staff has been able to practice our Zoom skills this week as we talk about how best to connect with students and parents in the coming weeks. As a staff, we are committed to keeping this approachable and centralized for families, as many of us are challenged with the same barriers you are - time, space and connectivity. For this reason, a majority of our offerings will be asynchronous, meaning they can be accessed at any time. This will allow families to set up learning schedules that work for them. However, our teachers also want to see students live, and will set up times for either small group or whole class video chats.
The primary way we will be sending content to students is through Seesaw. I have included some instructions for families below. Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms will also use Google Classroom. Teachers will also be emailing parents with weekly updates. Some teachers are venturing into Zoom video conferencing and will post codes for students to join them there. More information about Zoom is below.
Finally, we are posting reminders, resources and pics on the Ridgewood Facebook Page, so please be sure to like our page to get reminders and notices in your feed. We are still working to get everyone remote phone access, so that is not a great option for teachers right now. Email is the best way to reach us with individual questions.
Thanks for your patience and flexibility and we look forward to remote teaching!
Chromebook Round 2 Survey Expires Saturday, April 4@5:00
Thanks to all who collected Chromebooks this week and to the staff who made it possible!
The Elementary Student Device Round 2 survey will close Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Families will be notified and given instructions once devices are ready for pick-up. Pick up will be at Ridgewood, and families will be able to drive up and receive their device.
We have enough devices for all who want them, so please put in a request if this will help your child access remote learning.
Here is the link to request a Chromebook. Please note that part of the process for preparing a Chromebook is resetting a student's password. This means there may be a day or two when students cannot access BSD resources right before they get their Chromebook. Thanks for your patience during this time.
Great activities for students and parents to maintain their mental health during this time.
Student Help Desk is Available
Please contact the Student Help Desk if your student(s) need help with BSD student devices or applications. Students can email the help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 356-4656 for support.
What is Clever?
Seesaw is an online, interactive learning environment. Although we use Seesaw during the year, we will are sharpening our skills for this to be our primary learning platform for grades K-2.
There are two Seesaw apps, Seesaw Family is for parent access and Seesaw Class is for students. Students will need access to the Seesaw Class app, or to an internet browser window. Parents can follow along with learning in the Seesaw Family app, just as they have been able to all year.
Teachers will be using the activities, journal, and blog in Seesaw. There is also a place for individual messaging. Our support staff and principal are also able to view posts and like and comment on them.
Mrs. Shaw and Mr. Patton will be contacting all students with music and PE information and assignments via Seesaw as well. Students will need to look there for lessons, workouts, videos, songs, and projects. Students may need to click on the "Specials" button at the top left of their Journal page in order to focus their feed to the specials classes. From there they can access both the Music and PE folders. This will also be where students can submit work/videos/pictures for Mrs. Shaw and Mr. Patton to assess in the future.
We look forward to seeing our students on Seesaw.
Zoom is an online video conferencing app. Through it teachers are able to hold real-time class and small group meetings. Our teachers are learning to use this app, including muting students, screen sharing content and receiving feedback from students. Because Zoom requires students and teachers to be online at the same time, and requires lots of bandwidth not all teachers are using it right away.
For a Zoom meeting, we recommend that students use headphones and be placed in front of a neutral backdrop.
All Beaverton schools and buildings are closed and this includes our playgrounds, fields, and tracks. All outdoor gates have been locked in support of public health and to limit the spread of COVID-19. Due to limited staff we are unable to maintain safe fall zones at our play structures. Also, please note on Sunday, March 22, 2020, THPRD notified the community that their outdoor playgrounds and exercise equipment are closed to the public.
The Beaverton School District is providing free meals at several sites between 11:00 and 12:00. Students must be present to pick up a meal. The closest site for us is William Walker Elementary School. Grab and go meals will be available on these dates:
March 30-31 and April 1-3
Anyone can call 211 for assistance with housing, childcare, utility bills, or if you have health and safety questions or need any other resources. Help is available in several languages. You can also get help online at http://211.org/
The Oregon Food Bank is open. Check here for more information: https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/
All families can set up free internet access for 2 months through Comcast. Go here for details: https://www.internetessentials.com/ or call 1-855-846-8376.
School and all events are canceled until April 28
We know that many special events have been canceled during this school closure, including RPAC shows, Scooter Town, Kinder Orientation, field trips and others. As we return to school we will be working to determine which items will be rescheduled and which will not occur this year. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.
BOX TOPS COLLECTION GOES DIGITAL
The paper box top collection program has been discontinued by General Mill, so we are no longer collecting box tops at school. However, you can still earn money for Ridgewood; if you see the label below, simply use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth the same amount and what’s great is the app will instantly add cash to the school’s earnings online. Find more info here.