The Roadrunner Report

The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - Sept. 7

Dates to know...

9/11 - PTC Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Library, Volunteer Training, 7:00

9/12 - Coffee with the Principal, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

9/25 - Picture Day

9/27 - Passport

9/28 - Spirit day - wear college gear

NEW - Ridgewood celebrates 60 years on Friday, November 2nd. Open house and sock hop. Details are coming...

Conference dates for 2018-19 - No School October 25 & 26 and April 18 & 19

See our full calendar here.

See the 2018-2019 district calendar here.

Principal Perspective - Thank you!

Thank you - Thanks to all of our families (parents and grandparents) who visited our school this week! We are happy to share with you the amazing work we are doing here at Ridgewood and appreciate your support.

Safety - Beginning next week all parents must say good bye to their students at the exterior doors. We will have staff inside to ensure that students make it to their classrooms. Today we conducted a Lockout Drill, where there is a threat outside of our building. During a Lockout we bring everyone indoors, lock exterior doors, pull the shades and continue with business as usual.

You're invited - Our first PTC meeting is on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Library, followed by Volunteer Training from 7:00-8:00 p.m.. We invite all who would like to volunteer this year to the training, as it will be a short general session followed by work sessions to set up profiles and select shifts. All parents are invited to attend our PTC meetings each month, and we will have a theme for each month - September is volunteering and October is middle school options.

Start & End Times

8:00 a.m. - Student supervision begins under cover

8:10 a.m. - Breakfast open, BeepBeep store open on Fridays

8:25 a.m. - Bell rings and students head to classrooms, hang coats & backpacks

8:30 a.m. - Class begins, students are in classrooms ready to learn

1:35 p.m. - Dismissal time on Wednesdays, beginning September 5th

3:05 p.m. - Dismissal time on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and August 29th

Office Hours: 7:30-4:00 daily

Volunteer Corner

Ridgewood Volunteer Needs

Want to volunteer but not registered? Get started HERE. Submit your application today!

Classroom Helpers Needed! See what your teacher needs below:

Brown - Art Lit, Celebrate Reading

Klee - Party Coordinator, Art Lit

Sackley - Party Coordinator

O'Neill - Party Coordinator

Docherty - Party Coordinator

Gretz - Party Coordinator

For questions, contact:

Party Coodinator volunteer team

Art Lit Erin Richards

Celebrate Reading Val Estep

Ridgie's Runners (Formerly named the Lunchtime Track Program) - Lunchtime Thursdays and Fridays needed. We need your help to assist the kids keep track of their laps as they earn "shoes" on their necklace and work towards earning a picture on the Marathon Wall in the gym. Greatest need is Thursdays and Fridays. Please contact Kim Pfefer for questions and scheduling.

Passport Volunteers - Starts Sept 27th

Contact Lucia Dallas if you would be willing to assist this year, or if you have any questions about the program.

PTC Volunteer Orientation/PTC Meeting -- Tuesday, Sept 11. Meet in the library for the PTC meeting from 6:30-7. Volunteer Orientation 7-8. We will assist you with MyVP, volunteer opportunities and what you can expect as a volunteer. You can bring your own laptop/device or use the school's computers. Childcare provided.

Library Needs volunteers -- flexible hours and a great job if you have little ones. Please see the library section in this newsletter. You can contact our librarian Carla Bergin at

If you are interested in helping, but not sure what will fit into your busy schedule this school year, please contact the volunteer team, and we will assist you with the right fit. Click HERE for a list ofvolunteer opportunities.

Recognize a deserving volunteer? Drop his/her name in the “Big Beep” bucket in the front office, near the volunteer sign-in computer. A winner is selected at each month’s PTC meeting.

Thank you for supporting Ridgewood!

Orissa Crispin and Julie Larson

Ridgewood PTC Volunteer Coordination Team

Directory and Photo/Video Release

Each year parents who do not wish their child's directory information (address, phone number, email address) to be published must notify our office in writing. The deadline for this notification is Friday, September 7.

Parents who do not wish their child's photo/video to be released must complete the Use of Photo/Video of Students Opt Out Form. This form remains on record from year to year.

Details on photo and directory release can be found here.

Volunteer in the Library

We are looking for volunteers to help with:

  • Shelving

  • Check-in and checkout

  • Book repair

  • Covering books

  • Reading shelves and straightening

  • Photocopying

  • and more

We offer:

  • Flexible scheduling!

  • Chocolate! (really!)

  • Friendly staff to answer your questions!

Let us know how and when you can help!

Carla Bergin

Ridgewood Library Media Assistant

(503) 356-2440

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Ridgewood Spirit Wear Sale

The online store is now open to purchase your Ridgewood spirit wear. Please visit to order. The store will be open through Monday, September 10th. Items will be delivered to your student's classroom during the last week of September. Please be sure to include your student's grade and teacher name in the online order.

Also- Do you have Ridgewood apparel you no longer need? Items can be donated to the Clothes Closet collection bin, usually located in the front hallway, to help families in need. Your school community thanks you!

Counselors Corner

Welcome back to a new school year and I hope you all had a wonderful summer!

I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself to our new Ridgewood families as well as describe some exciting developments at Ridgewood this year. My name is Callie McAuliffe and I will be working both with you and your students as Ridgewood’s school counselor. Please visit my website if you would like to see what services I provide to your students each year:

Ridgewood started a backpack program to help families with extra food needs or household needs. Backpacks are distributed once a month and everything is run anonymously through the counselor. If you are a family that would like to receive backpacks from this program please fill out the attached form (below) and send it back to Ridgewood Office. If you would like to help other families through donations, please contact the counselor. Throughout the year we will communicate about any drives for household items.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns. I can be reached by email at or by phone

at 503-356-2444.

I look forward to seeing all students’ academic and personal growth this year!

All my best,

Callie McAuliffe (formerly Taylor)

School Counselor

Ridgewood Elementary School

Call for Clothes Closet Donations

We desperately need:

Shoes (boys and girls size 1-4)

Girls M-L clothing (7/8 and 14/16)

Boys M clothing (7/8 and 10/12)

If you want to do a fall clear-out of your students’ closets, please bring in any clothing donations that are still in “lend to a friend” condition. They should be stainless and not have any holes or tears. There is a bin labeled with “Clothes Closet” in the front hall for donations.

From our Family Handbook - A reminder

Personal Property - Games & Toys

The school or district cannot be responsible or replace personal possessions lost or stolen at school. In addition, such possessions often disrupt the educational process and therefore are not appropriate to have at school. For these reasons, students should not bring such items as cell phones, electronic devices, laser pens, toys, dolls, jewelry, trading cards, sports equipment or other valuables to school. A toy being brought to school for a class-related activity needs to be kept in a bag or backpack when not in the classroom. Students are to bring only as much money as they will need for lunch or other special activities.

View our entire Family Handbook here.

Green Team News

International Coastal Clean-Up Day is Sept. 29th. Join Green Team members and SOLVE for a Beach Clean-Up Sept. 29th from 10:00am-1:00pm at Cannon Beach. In Oregon we’re lucky to have access to lots of different bodies of water to enjoy. Our beautiful waterways get a lot of use over the summer and could use a little TLC. Can’t make the 29th? Check out other opportunities with SOLVE! Register and sign-up on SOLVE’s site. Contact Becky Lanford with questions

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Regular Attendance Is Important

When it comes to attendance, every day matters. According to the Oregon Department of Education, more than one in six students in chronically absent. Chronic absenteeism means a student misses 10% or more school days. That’s about two days per month.

Regular attendance will help children do well in elementary school, secondary school, college and at work. According to the Attendance Works Organization, by 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of school. By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

Attendance habits are set the very first week of the school year, so please start building good attendance habits early. As a parent, you can help by establishing a regular bedtime and morning routine. You can also avoid medical appointments during school hours, as well as extended trips when school is in session. We will be sharing more helpful tips and information throughout the school year.

Medication Information

If your child needs to take medication while at school, district policy requires the medication to be stored in the school health room and dispensed by trained school personnel. Students may not carry or self-administer any medication, including both over-the-counter and prescribed medications. If you will be bringing in medication for your child, please complete the Medication Authorization form and bring it to the office with the medication. Paper forms are also available in the office.

Ridgewood Elementary School

Our next newsletter will be published Sept. 14. Please send articles to Dede Morris ( by Sept. 12 (4:00 p.m. deadline).
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