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Ridgeview Parent Bulletin September 2018

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September Events

August 31 - No School - Teacher's Institute

September 4 - DHS Pathways Class Cookie Sales (50 cents per bag)

September 7 - RES Spirit Day

September 10 - RES PTO Meeting 6:00 p.m.

September 13 - RES Fun Run

September 14 - Progress Reports Issued

September 19 - School Board Meeting 6:00 p.m.

September 21 - School Improvement Day, 11:15 a.m. Dismissal

September 28 - Yearbook Photo Day

October 2 - DHS Pathways Cookie Sales 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

October 5 - RES Spirit Day

Morning Drop Off / Arrival / Soft Start

We want to remind parents to please use the front or side parking lots if you drop your child off at school in the morning. Parents need to park and then walk their child to the front sidewalk to ensure they can safely approach the school. The lane in front of the school is used for buses only and our buses arrived at varying intervals so keeping this lane clear of traffic is essential.


Students are not able to enter the school until 7:24 and all students enter through the doors near the gym. School starts at 7:39 so any student arriving after 7:39 will need to stop by the office to receive a tardy pass in order to get into class and ensure accurate attendance counts.


Students then proceed directly to their classrooms for our soft start routine which consists of quiet, independent activities which include time to catch up on work, reading, or to simply talk with their teacher. Students have expressed very positive views of this new routine.

Ridgeview Fox Fun Run Coming September 13

Fox Fun Run

We are excited to announce our Dr Seuss themed Fun Run will be held during school hours on September 13th!! This is our largest fundraiser of the year and students will have a blast doing silly running and dance moves while raising money for our school; we may even have a visit from the Cat in the Hat! Fundraising forms with more information will be coming home with your student next week. Several prizes will be awarded for fundraising, including our grand prize of an Elevate Birthday Party Package! If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact gingerpcates@hotmail.com.

From the PTO

Our school loves volunteers. The PTO is in need of volunteers to fill the following open positions: Yearbook Committee, Grants and Sponsorships Coordinator and School Beautification Coordinator. At this time, we do not have anyone in the position to prepare the yearbook. Ideally, it would be helpful to have 2 volunteers with a student in grades K-2 and 2 volunteers with a student in grades 3-5. The idea behind this is to take the workload off from one individual and make the yearbook position easier and more fun for all involved. If you are interested in helping with the yearbook, or being a part of the PTO in general, please contact Keren Shah at kerenacctg@gmail.com


For continuous updates on the PTO, please like our FB page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/RidgeviewElementaryPTO/ or visit our website at http://ridgeviewelementarypto.digitalpto.com/

Volunteer Approval Process

School volunteers are important to the success of our school district. If you are interested in volunteering for our school and working with the students, the following procedures shown below have been established for our volunteers. Please note that, once on the approved volunteer list, you will remain on the approved volunteer list throughout your child’s time in the Dunlap District. There is no need to repeat this process each year. Below is a brief outline of what will happen during the volunteer approval process:


1. An online application needs to be completed. The link for the online application can be found on the Dunlap District website www.dunlapcusd.net or by clicking on this linkhttps://www.applitrack.com/d323/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Volunteer


2. After completion of the online application, a fingerprinting authorization letter will be emailed to you. You will then take the authorization letter to the Regional Office of Education, allowing you to be fingerprinted.


3. Once fingerprinted, you will take the signed authorization letter to the school office, along with a copy of your driver’s license, copies will be made and at that point, you will be approved to volunteer for field trips.


4. You will receive, by mail, an official letter from the Regional Office of Education indicating that you have been fingerprinted. Please bring that letter to the school office.


Please note that only those on the approved volunteer list will be allowed to attend field trips, volunteer in the library, volunteer in the classroom or at school. If you have questions regarding the volunteer process please contact the office.

SEAPCO Preschool Screening

SEAPCO will be conducting Dunlap area preschool screenings on Monday, September 10th, Tuesday, September 11th and Wednesday, September 12th at Prospect United Methodist Church in Dunlap, by appointment only.


Peoria County Preschool Screening provides free developmental screening for all preschool children (ages birth through five years of age and not enrolled in kindergarten) living in Peoria County outside of District 150. The screening checks areas of development that include: vision and hearing, speech and language, behavior and social development, small and large muscle coordination, thinking and reasoning skills, and other readiness skills. The purpose of this screening is to aid parents in answering questions regarding their child’s progress and also to identify those children who may qualify for a free preschool education in the public schools. An appointment is necessary and can be made by calling the Special Education Association of Peoria County offices at 309.697.0880, ext. 201.

Dunlap CUSD #323 Virtual Backpack

In an effort to go green, Dunlap District utilizes a virtual backpack. Check out lots of extra curricular opportunities available for students in the Dunlap CUSD #323 Virtual Backpack!

RES Picture Day is Coming!

InterState Studio Photographers will be on hand, to photograph each student, on Friday, September 28th. Order forms will be sent home with students as the photo date nears.

Student Illnesses/Absences

If your child will need to leave school early due to an appointment or any other reason, please notify both the teacher and the office. Advanced notification will allow the teacher time to prepare for your child’s departure from the class. If your child will not be in attendance due to illness or any other reason, please email your child’s teacher as well as the office. If the office has not received notification of your child’s absence, a call will be placed to parents/guardians to confirm the absence. Any unconfirmed absence will remain unexcused.

Physical Education Excuses

A parent/guardian may excuse a student from physical education for up to two days. Any long term physical education excuse must be requested in writing from the student’s health care provider, specifying the length of time your child is to be exempted. A written note from the health care provider should be submitted for the student to resume full activities. Any child who is exempt from physical education for medical reasons will not be allowed to participate in outdoor recess activities. Re-injury on the playground could occur, resulting in prolonging the child’s healing and recovery period. A student who is excused from PE may read a book on the Fox Bench in the Commons during outdoor recess. Any child who is exempt from physical education for medical reasons will not be permitted to participate in school sponsored sports.

DHS Pathways Cookie Sales

DHS Pathways students and staff will be on hand to sell cookies during the first Tuesday of each month. Cookies are 50 cents per bag. Each bag contains two cookies. Students may choose from chocolate chip or sugar cookies. The cookies do contain wheat, egg, milk and soy. No student is allowed to spend more than $5. All proceeds will benefit the DHS Pathways Program. If you have any further questions please contact DHS Pathways Staff Member, Heather Lawrence at hlawrence@dunlapcusd.net.

RES Spirit Day

Ridgeview Spirit Days are held on the first Friday of each month. During RES Spirit Days, students are encouraged to wear Ridgeview logo clothing or our Ridgeview colors of green and orange. PTO volunteers pop popcorn for our students; which is distributed during lunch time.


In addition, monetary donations are accepted on Spirit Days. Students are encouraged to bring in loose change to donate or to even work some extra chores around home to earn extra money. All monetary donations will be given to the Children's Home at the end of the school year.


Last year Ridgeview students and staff collected over $1,200 for Children’s Home!

September Lunch Menu

The lunch schedule can be found at the bottom of the newsletter. In terms of what is being served this month, click here for the September 2018 Lunch Menu. If you have questions regarding a lunch account balance, please contact Ridgeview Head Cook Renee Kuykendall at rkuykendall@dunlapcusd.net. Lunch account procedures can be found here. If you would like to purchase an adult hot lunch please notify the kitchen no later than 8:30 a.m. This will ensure an adequate amount of food is prepared each morning.

Birthday Treat Information

For the health and safety of all children only store-bought AND individually wrapped treats will be accepted. Bakery items are not permitted. You may drop off birthday treats for your child in the office. Treats that are not individually wrapped and store bought will not be distributed to the class and will be sent back home with the student. Treats must contain a list of ingredients. As many students have peanut/nut and other food allergies, we ask that you check with your child’s teacher or the office before purchasing birthday treats. A sample list of birthday treats can be found under the Parent tab on our RES website.

Progress Reports

Progress will be come home with students on Friday, September 14. Each student will receive a progress report at this time. Future progress reports throughout the year will be sent home as needed for individual students. Of course, parents of students in grades 3-5 can keep up-to-date on grades at any time through Powerschool.

K-8 Youth Sports in Dunlap

Any student K-8 interested in building or improving their basketball skill is invited to attend upcoming HOI Fall Basketball workouts this fall. There will be a strong emphasizes on shooting, ball handling, and passing. For more information visit www.heartofillinoisbasketball.com. This is a great opportunity to get ready for the upcoming Dunlap Basketball season

Ridgeview Information

Lunch/Recess Times:

K = lunch 10:45-11:05 and recess 11:05-11:25

1st = lunch 10:45-11:05 and recess 11:05-11:25

2nd = lunch 11:10-11:30 and recess 11:30-11:50

3rd = lunch 11:35-11:55 and recess 11:55-12:15

4th = lunch 12:00-12:20 and recess 12:20-12:40

5th = lunch 12:25-12:45 and recess 12:45-1:05