Bauer's Blast

Ridge Wood Elementary School - January 12, 2018

Ridge Wood Rockets Learn and Lead Together!

Dear Ridge Wood Families,

It is with pleasure that I call myself a member of the Ridge Wood Rocket Team! This week has been full of exciting new adventures. Everyone has been extremely helpful and encouraging. Thank you for opening your doors to me, Ridge Wood!

I look forward to meeting many of you in the weeks to come. To that end, please see below for information about some of our upcoming events. If our paths do not cross, please feel free to stop in and see me. Until then, stay warm and healthy as we welcome 2018!


Beth Solensky

Interim Principal

Upcoming Events:

This Month

January 10-31 - NWEA Winter Testing Window

Tuesday, January 16th - PTA Reflections Celebration @6:00 (RW Media Center)

Tuesday, January 23rd - PTA meeting @ 9:00 AM (RW Cafeteria)

Saturday, January 20th - Daddy/Daughter Dance @ 5:30 PM (RW Gym)

Friday, January 26th - Half Day for Students - dismissal @ 12:15 PM

Next Month

Monday, February 19th - No School - President's Day

Monday, February 26th - PTA Meeting @ 7:00 PM (RW Media Center)

Tuesday, February 27th - KDG Enrollment - 9:00AM-1:30 PM - RW Office Conference Rm

Wednesday, February 28th - KDG Enrollment - 2:00-7:00 PM - RW Office Conference Rm

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Lighthouse School of Academic Distinction Award

Ridge Wood has recently been named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School of Academic Distinction! An "Academic Distinction" honor is given to schools that are at or above the 85th percentile for the state's combined proficiency standards. Look for our new Lighthouse Banner that highlights this accomplishment in the coming weeks!

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Congratulations to our NEF Grant Award Winners!

The Northville Educational Foundation awarded grants totaling $29,571.00 this year. 43 teachers and 22 projects across the district were awarded Innovative Grants. Funding is made possible through generous contributions from NPS staff, parents, and community members. When there is support, Innovative Grants and other impactful programming is possible!

$2,015.21 was awarded to Ms. Janke, for the Ridge Wood Storywalk project! WOW!!

The Ridge Wood Storywalk Project is an educational and creative way to combine the pleasures of reading children's books with the benefits of walking an outdoor pathway lined with informational picture book posts. This innovative approach to reading helps build children's interest toward reading while encouraging healthy outdoor activity for both children and adults. It may be used during brain breaks, recess, incorporated time with their teachers, and outside of school hours with family.

$1,383 was awarded to Mrs. Foster and the ESL Department.

The ESL department will purchase a karaoke machine for each ESL classroom in the district. A karaoke machine with recording capabilities will allow newcomers to sing along with written lyrics or practice speaking, individually or with others. This will get students comfortable with speaking into a microphone, which they will need to do for the WIDA assessment. Additionally, it will help their literacy and fluency. Class discussions can revolve around song lyrics and the emotions of songs. Students will have fun while honing in on their speaking skills in a less-intimidating environment.

$240.10 was awarded to Mrs. Segerstrom and Maria Key for the Spanish for Elementary Spanish Speakers project.

Spanish for Spanish Speakers will help heritage or near-native Spanish speaking students increase their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the Spanish language. This will be done at an age- and proficiency-appropriate level. This program will give heritage or near-native speakers an opportunity to speak and practice the Spanish language with other Spanish speaking students, who are at a level beyond that of the regular Spanish language classroom, but yet lack specific skills of a native speaker.

Daddy/Daughter Dance - Mark Your Calendars!

Special thanks to the Ridge Wood Dad's Club for hosting the upcoming Daddy/Daughter Dance on Saturday, January 20th, from 5:30-8:00 PM. This year's theme is "A Night in Paris". Both the invitation and registration are included below.
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Green Team Survey

The Green Team is working on keeping the Green School status here at Ridge Wood, and we need your help. Please complete this quick Energy Survey:

Help Us Stop the Spread of the Flu!

It is a great time to remind everyone of our building procedures during

the ‘Cold & Flu’ season.

- If your child has vomited, they must remain home for 24 hours.

- Children must be fever free for 24 hours (without the use of medicine.)

- Please notify the main office of any contagious conditions (strep, pink eye, chicken pox, head lice, mumps, measles, etc.)

Taking these steps will definitely help contain the spread of colds and flu!

How can you stay informed? Join the Ridge Wood Listserv.

Have you wondered how you can stay informed of things happening at Ridge Wood? The majority of our communications come out through our Listserv. Below are the directions for joining:

Go to:

- Click on the Families & Community Tab

- Click on Email Subscription (ListServ)

- Complete the user information

- Scroll down and click the ‘Ridge Wood’ school box

- Click on any other boxes of interest (i.e. Early Childhood, Transportation, etc.)

- At the bottom of the page, click on “Signup” icon

You should then see a message “Subscribe was successful”. You will also receive an e-mail message confirmation for each individual list you have subscribed to.