Ridge Circle Family Newsletter

August 26, 2022

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U-46 is serving Pork

U-46 has brought back pork to the district school lunch menus. If you have a health or religious reason your child cannot eat pork, we have alternative meals. In order to have this option, please send Mrs. Raine a letter stating your child's name and reason for the request.

Visitors to Ridge Circle

  • All visitors to Ridge Circle (during school hours) must have an appointment scheduled. Please call or email us to set up an appointment. Appointment enter RC at door 1.
  • Parents picking up a child during the school day is required to provide a valid ID. We check your ID to be sure you have permission to pick up the child.

Thank you for helping to keep our building safe.

Morning Drop Off / Afternoon Pick Up

Drop off begins at 8:15am. (There is no supervision prior to 8:15am)

Before School Line Up Locations

Grade Kindergarten, 1st , 2nd by door 6 and 7 and enter door 5

Grade 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th on the basketball courts and enter door 4

**Bus Riders will line up by Door 1.

After School Pick Up

Students will exit the door they enter.

Critical Information

Our teachers need your child's pick up information. Please share with them whether your child is a parent pick up, walker, turnabout pick up, Boys & Girls club or older sibling picking up.

If you are driving your child to or from school, you must use the turnabout on Streamwood Boulevard. Drivers must stay in their cars. Staff will escort your child to their line up location. There is no parking in the turnabout.

Reminder--The staff parking lot is for staff. No parent parking or drop off is allowed.

We encourage all our parents to walk their child to school on the first days to see the traffic and better understand how drop off and pick up work.

** In order for our process to work, it takes patience. **

New breakfast times!

This year breakfast will be served from 8 to 8:25 am in the cafeteria. It is free to all our students. If you would like to have your child participate, please drop them off at door 1 (front door) from 8 to 8:15am. Please do not park in our bus lane while dropping off. Thank you!

Computer and Ipad

U-46 provides all students with computers. Grade 1-12 have Chromebooks and kindergarten have Ipads.

If you are a previous student, remember to bring your computer to school.

If you are a kindergarten student or a new student to the district, we will be issuing you your computer in the first days of school. We are waiting patiently for them to arrive.

Computers that are not working can be switched out through the main office.

Please be sure to send your child to school everyday with a charged computer.

Attendance Matters at RC

Did you know the class with the best attendance keeps the RC Panther in their classroom for the month?

At the end of the month we will be celebrating the class with the best attendance. Which class will win?

Attendance Facts

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Run for U-46

The U-46 Educational Foundation’s Run for U-46 is returning on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Bartlett High School. The Run for U-46 is a 5-kilometer run/walk fundraiser with a certified course and chip-timing. All participants receive a medal and a tech t-shirt. Fundraise for the Run and you can also earn the exclusive Run hoodie! Be a part of this annual tradition by signing up today or contact Foundation Coordinator Dawn Curran to volunteer or with any questions. Be sure to encourage your neighbors and friends to walk, run, or help out, too!


The next #UniteU46 community engagement session is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, and it will focus on how school buildings are funded and the District’s options for moving forward.

The Sept. 14 session will be held in-person at the U-46 Welcome Center, 1019 E. Chicago St., Elgin. There will be light refreshments. Please register here to help with planning.

If you cannot make it to the Welcome Center, a virtual option via Zoom is also available. Click here to register, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you. More information on this initiative - which seeks to provide equitable access to 21st century learning environments that support academic success for all - can also be found at UniteU46.org, including videos of sessions held in the spring.

Advisory Councils

U-46 has a number of advisory councils that provide important input, and they will begin meeting regularly with the 2022-23 school year now underway.

The first meeting of the Community Advisory Council (CAC) is Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at the U-46 Welcome Center, 1019 E. Chicago St. in Elgin. The meeting will offer a virtual option via Zoom for those not able to join in person. No registration is required to attend in person. To join via Zoom, register here to receive a unique link. The CAC has been in existence for more than half a century, and the community and parent volunteers who serve on the CAC act as liaisons between their schools, the CAC, and the school district.

Each U-46 school can have up to five registered representatives on the CAC. If you would like to volunteer as a CAC representative, please contact the principal at your child’s school. Community members who reside within U-46 boundaries and do not have a U-46 student can seek an “at-large-membership” to represent one of the schools in your attendance zone. For questions or additional information, please call the District’s School and Community Relations Office at (847) 888-5000 ext. 5300. Learn more at u46cac.org.

The African American Advisory Council will hold its first meeting of the school year on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. The council aims to help U-46 students become more competitive in a global society by informing parents of U-46 services and assisting them with their questions and concerns. All are invited to attend this group’s meetings. More info can be found here.

Upcoming Events

9/5 No School Labor Day

10/20 School Pictures

10/20 & 10/21 Conferences

Positions available in U-46

U-46 is looking for Para Educators, Noon Hour Supervisors and Substitute Teachers. Please go to U-46.org and click on CAREERS. Mrs. Raine is also available to talk to you about these amazing opportunities.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

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Looking for Child Care Before and After School?

Ridge Circle is a Boys & Girls Club outside of school hours. If you are looking for excellent child care with academic support, recreation, daily meals, enrichment programs, and friendship, B & G is the place for you child. Most families qualify for free programing. Visit the website for more information www.bgcelgin.org

Ridge Circle Administrative Team

Please contact us if you need anything.

Janelle Raine, principal janelleraine@u-46.org

Anissa Lanotte, assistant principal anissaupshaw@u-46.org

Sarah Hansen, resident administrator sarahhansen@u-46.org