Roadrunner Report

The rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - December 4, 2020

Principal Perspective - Resilience

We can do hard things!

This week Mrs. Mason and Mrs. Shearer reminded students during their Wellness lessons that we can do hard things! This is important for us all to remember and practice. Learning in a whole new way this year has not been easy and every day I am impressed by the patience, determination. and resilience demonstrated by our students, teachers and families.

When things get hard we know we can take a break, do things that help us reset (like deep breaths, movement, water). We can look for the little things that make us happy, and focus on those things. We can connect with others and share our feelings, hopes and fears. All of these strategies help us do hard things!

On Tuesday, the focus of our PTC meeting is Wellness and our counselor Mrs. Mason will be sharing some strategies and resources for families to stay healthy this winter. All families are invited to join!

PTC Meeting, 12/8 @6:30pm - Updated Budget & Wellness

PTC Meeting Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 824 4157 7269

Take care of yourselves and have a great week!

Holiday Helping Hands

We are collecting gift card and household items on the 9th & 10th.

Middle School Options - Deadline December 11th!

Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school or apply to a Learning Option Program. Transportation is provided.

Please do some online research on the Learning Options Programs and attend one or more of the virtual open houses.

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available starting October 19:

  • Current BSD students may apply online using their student ID.

  • All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries.

  • Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school (i.e. homeschool or private school students) will need to complete a paper application available online or at any school office beginning October 19.

  • Applicants who don’t have internet access may complete a paper application.

  • Students may only select one option on their applications.

  • Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.

  • Raleigh Hills and Springville will only be accepting applications for 7th and 8th grades.

Applications must be received no later than December 11 at 4:00 p.m.

Important dates, deadlines and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Learning Options webpage.
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Counselor Corner

Dear Ridgewood families,

It’s hard to believe we are in December already! This time of year can bring us much joy and hope as we head into the holiday season. It can also be a time of uncertainty for families experiencing instability or financial hardship. I am so proud to be a part of the Ridgewood community. I have seen families supporting one another in various ways this season, through the donation of food, toiletries, clothing and holiday gifts. To those who have helped - thank you! Your support will make a huge difference for many people this holiday season. Take care of yourselves and read on for some updates.

Resources for Parents During Distance Learning

If you or your child is struggling with the demands of distance learning, or coping with the coronavirus, you are not alone! Below is a list of resources to help navigate some of the challenges that may come up at home these days.

NEW: Parenting Together Washington County: Search for great resources available to parents in Washington County. This includes parent education, child care resources, family-friendly activities, and web-based resources for parenting topics organized by the child’s age.

NEW: Pandemic Parenting Event and Resources: Washington County library has curated great resources to help parents support their kids during the pandemic. They are offering a free online workshop on December 10 called Parenting During the Pandemic. Register soon if you’re interested, as spots are limited.

NEW: Holidays During the Pandemic: Tips for Reducing Stress, Helping Kids Cope, and Making New Traditions

A Psychologist on How to Keep Your Kids Focused During ‘Zoom School’

A Comic Just for Kids: How to Stay Safe From the Coronavirus

Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning: A helpful article for caregivers from Commonsense Media.

Live Tutoring for Students through Washington County Libraries: Click your child’s grade level, then scroll down to “Live Tutoring.” You need a library card to access the service.

Learn to Be: Free online tutoring for elementary students

Interns 4-Good: High school students available to provide free/low-cost tutoring

Ridgewood Food Backpack Program

The Food Backpack program is offered to all families in need at Ridgewood. Every other Wednesday, Ridgewood supplies families in need with backpacks filled with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food. The backpacks are supplemented with fresh food like milk, vegetables, etc. Apply here, or simply contact me with your interest and I'll sign you up.

Reminder: Fun Friday Lunch Bunches for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade

Is your upper grade child wishing for more connection during distance learning? If so, we have created an optional opportunity for socialization for students in grades 3-5: Fun Friday Lunch Bunches! This event is open to all third, fourth, and fifth graders. Check out the flier for more information.

Counselor/Student Success Coach Office Hours

Ms. Shearer and I hold open office hours for parents on Mondays and Fridays from 2:30-3:15. Feel free to pop in during those times if you would like to talk about your child’s needs.

Zoom link, password: wellness

Note: There will be no office hours on Friday, December 4.

Take care,

Mrs. Mason

School Counselor

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Celebrate Reading invites you to participate in the December reading challenge!

The classroom with the most students turning in reading hours for the month of December will receive a popcorn treat (one classroom from each grade will win).

November and December calendars in below link.

Vision Health During CDL

Tips for Vision Health During CDL:

  • Encourage children to take frequent screen breaks. Follow the 20:20:20 rule, take 20 second breaks every 20 minutes to look away from the screen at a distance of at least 20 feet.
  • Keep screens at least arms length distance away from eyes
  • Discourage using screens in a dark room
  • Consider printing assignments, if possible
  • Turn off screens at least one hour before bedtime to support healthy sleep
  • Children should have regular vision screenings
  • Look for signs of vision issues

Signs of Vision Issues:

  • Complaints of eye discomfort or fatigue
  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • Short attention span
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Covering one eye
  • Holding reading materials close to the face
  • Losing place when reading
  • Seeing double
  • An eye turning in or out

Information about vision screening:

Device Protection Fee

At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, families were given the option to obtain coverage for their student’s district-owned Chromebooks and iPads, at a cost of $20 per student. This fee covers the cost of replacing/repairing a lost, stolen, or damaged district-owned device and charger. Without this coverage, families could be liable for the cost of device repairs or replacement, up to a maximum fee of $300 per device.

If you opted-in to accept the $20 device protection fee, but have not yet paid, you may do so online here (using a debit or credit card). You may also drop off payments (check or cash) in the school office between 9-12 daily.

Questions? Please contact the school office at 503-356-2442, or email Dede Morris at

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Library News

Click on this link to see The many ways to get Library Books.

Last day to request books before winter break will be December 10th.

The Book Mobile We’ve added another stop!! I love seeing all the students!

You can also put specific books on hold through our online catalog. This video will show you how to do that. Destiny Video or follow these written Instructions. Destiny-Catalog Instructions. You will receive an email letting you know when they are available to pick up.

IMPORTANT: Do not add a book to a list when holding in Destiny. You must press HOLD IT button I cannot see the list. The lists are for you.

Not sure what to read?

Fill out this form and Mrs. Bergin will put together a book bundle based on your responses. Ridgie's Drive Thru Library Allow 2-3 days upon filling out this form. You will then receive an email with instructions when to come pick up your books.

FOR FUN: Winter Events with the Beaverton City Library

Snowfest Beaverton Civic Theatre

BCL Gift Guide


As always I am available to answer any questions.

OBOB is here!

Third, fourth and fifth grade students have the opportunity to participate in the Battle of Book Knowledge. We have most of the books but are still waiting for some from the publisher. Click here: OBOB Info. Register here: Sign-up

Ridgewood Calendar

See the full year calendar here.


  • Tuesday, 12/8 - PTC Meeting, 6:30pm - Updated Budget & WellnessJoin Zoom

PTC Meeting Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 824 4157 7269

  • Wednesday, 12/16 - Passport in Seesaw Wellness class
  • Thursday, 12/17, 6:00p.m. - All School Winter Singalong, 6:00-6:30 on Zoom

Winter Singalong Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 994 4916 0213

Passcode: Ridgewood

  • Friday, 12/18 - Winter Parties
  • Monday, 12/21- Friday 1/1/21 - No School - Winter Break

January, 2021

  • Monday, 1/4 - Return from Winter Break
  • Tuesday, 1/12 - PTC Meeting, 6:30p
  • Monday, 1/18 - No School, MLK Jr. Day
  • Tuesday 1/19 - Follow Monday Specials
  • Wednesday 1/20 - Instructional Wednesday, follow Tuesday Specials
  • Friday, 1/22, 6:30-7:30pm - Family Bingo Night on Zoom
  • Wednesday, 1/27 - Passport in Seesaw Wellness class

February, 2021

  • Friday, 2/5 - Virtual Science Festival
  • Friday, 2/5 - No School, Grading Day
  • Monday, 2/15 - No School, Presidents Day
  • Tuesday, 2/16 - Follow Monday Specials
  • Wednesday, 2/17 - Instructional Wednesday, follow Tuesday Specials
  • Wednesday, 2/24 - No School, Staff Development, Passport in Seesaw Wellness class