Meadow Ridge Monthly

January 2023

Principal Message

Happy New Year Meadow Ridge Families! I hope everyone enjoyed their break and that your student(s) had a wonderful week back. As we return to our school routines, we are focusing on going over class and schoolwide expectations (PAWS). Students are working to earn PAWS tickets to fill up our thermometer to earn an all-school reward!

Thank you to everyone who helped support our PTO APEX Fun Run. We raised $23,000 for our PTO. This will help fund many of the wonderful events and provide extra opportunities for our students! We appreciate your support!

Throughout the month of January, students will be doing our second set of benchmarking testing. It is wonderful to see the progress our students are making over the year. This data helps drive our interventions and instruction.

Over the next couple of months, there are several school and PTO events planned. Please read the information below for additional details!

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Important Upcoming Dates

January 9th

PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

January 16th

No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 20th

All School Movie Night

January 25th

No Late Start

2nd & 3rd Grade Music Concert

Drop off/pick up

Just a reminder to pull all the way in the front loop for drop off/pick up. Only use the lane close to the curb for student loading and unloading. For student safety, we do not want students crossing between cars. And as always, please do not block the crosswalk with your vehicle. Thank you for your help with this!
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Music Concert Info

I am so excited to share with you that music performances will be coming back so our students can show off their musical skills!!

Our first concert of the school year will be a winter concert for all 2nd and 3rd-grade students on January 25th at 6 pm in the Meadow Ridge gym. We hope that every student can come and enjoy the performing aspect of the fine arts and show off their new musical knowledge and skills!

More info will follow as we approach closer to the event, but please feel free to reach out with any pertinent questions you have!

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DW's Corner

Happy New Year!

It's wonderful being back and seeing how much growth our kids have made in school! I couldn't be prouder of our teachers, and our students. We are growing as individual learners and as a community, under Mrs. O'Connor's leadership, and I am deeply grateful.

Speaking of gratitude, thank you to everyone who helped make our Tree of Sharing a huge success! Our parents here at Meadow Ridge, the staff, our business partners (Yokes and Timberview Church), Whitworth Presbyterian Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wandermere Community Services, Holidays and Heroes, all made it possible for more than 24 families to have a wonderful Christmas. Support came in the form of food, meals, warm clothes, gas cards, and gifts. It was beautiful to witness and I can't thank everyone enough.

Finally, I'd like to acknowledge our PTO for all the support they provide, all year long. Whether it's spreading the word about a project or need for Meadow Ridge, or answering my call when extra support is needed, I think our PTO is the best!

We are better together.


January PTO Newsletter

Meadow Ridge PTO Hockey Night

Square 1 Art

Square 1 Art is a fundraiser that wholly supports the PTO Art Program at Meadow Ridge. It's a privilege to be able to create art with students in their classrooms each month, and that's all possible because of the Square 1 Art fundraiser. All students will be doing a drawing in January, and ordering products imprinted with their individual creations will be live soon. Keep an eye out!

Nurse's News

The winter solstice has come and gone, and with the days getting longer and the nights getting shorter it occurs to me that we should talk about sleep. Kids need good sleep to be ready to learn at school. This is not new news for many, but I recently read that “studies have shown that kids who regularly get adequate sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory and overall mental and physical health.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids age 3-5 get 10-13 hours of sleep and kids age 6-12 get 9-12 hours of sleep each night. Routine is important and if you have a kid that struggles to get to sleep you can try to do some of the following:

  • Dim the lights in the evening before bedtime

  • Stop use of electronics/screens at least an hour before bed

  • Limit caffeine

  • Warm bath

  • Read a short book or do a quiet family activity

I know all too well that it can be a struggle to build a sleep routine for your child. With a new year just beginning, it is a great time to build good sleeping habits.

Brighter (more restful) days ahead,

Allison Cowart BSN, RN

Articles Used:

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

Allison Cowart, RN & Melissa Johnson, RN


Last month our artwork was from our kindergarten classes. It has been so fun to be able to share some of our Meadow Ridge artwork with the community!

Helping Children Learn

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