The Roadrunner Report

The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - Jan. 17, 2020

Together with our community, Ridgewood Elementary School provides an education inspired by the attributes of the IB Learner Profile while fostering learner agency and encouraging meaningful action.

Principal Perspective

With just four days remaining in the semester, teachers are busy assessing students and working on report cards. There is no school on Monday, January 27th so that teachers can complete report cards for each student. Those will be uploaded and available for online viewing by parents on Monday, February 3rd. There will be no paper copies going home (see notes below on how to access your child’s report).

The weeks between Winter Break and Spring Break and key for student growth. During this time it is important that students are at school, as long as they are healthy. Each and every day our teachers have lessons that further student understanding of text, numbers and our world. Thank you for your support in getting your students to school on time each day and ensuring they are rested and ready to learn.

BeepBeep Winners!

Congratulations to our BeepBeep winners for Jan. 10th: Charlotte, Dani, Eli, Ella, Ivy, Jasper, Julian, Maia, Mathew, and Nathan!
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Congratulations to our BeepBeep winners for Jan. 17th: Avyana, Claire, Evan, Gabriel, Hadley, Mila, Renata, Sam, William, and Winnie!
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Volunteer Corner

Production Room:

  • Meet Wednesday mornings from 9-11 am (or longer if you are able) to work on classroom materials for teachers. Make a regular time commitment or just drop in. Enjoy visiting with other Ridgewood volunteers while getting lots of work done! January volunteers can win a $5 Starbucks gift card! Click (HERE) to volunteer!

Staff Treats:

  • Thanks to those who saw the sign-up request in last week's Wednsday Wire! February is taken care of. June is the only month still needing volunteers. Provide food and drink treats for the Ridgewood staff during their monthly staff meeting on June 2. Treats should be delivered to the front office by 2:00 that day. Three people will coordinate treats for approximately 45 people. Here is the link:

5th Grade Party:

Science Festival Committee:

  • We are looking for a few additional people to join the committee to assist with planning and on the event day, February 21st. The time commitment is only a few hours between now and February. Contact Matt Hansen ( if you are interested, or if you have any questions.

Walk & Roll to School:

  • Are you interested in coordinating our Walk & Roll to School days? Work with the BSD Safe Routes to School Coordinator and Ridgewood staff to boost participation in this fun monthly activity! Email with questions or to sign up.

Activity Coordinator Needs:

  • We are looking for a Ridgewood parent (or two!) to volunteer to fill the Field Day Activity Coordinator position! What a better way to show your Ridgewood spirit by ending this school year with another fun Field Day?! Contact the Volunteer Coordination Team to volunteer if you are interested:

Kinder Reading and Writing:

Morning Mix Stations:

Friendly Reminders:

  • Badges: Do you have any school volunteer badges at home? Please be sure to return them to the basket by the volunteer sign-in table in the front office.
  • Restrooms: It can be tricky to know which bathrooms are for adult use. Adult bathrooms are located in the blue hall. There is one across from the library, one in the workroom behind the front office, and one across from the trophy case. They are separate from student bathrooms.
  • Recognize a Deserving Volunteer: Please drop their 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.

Middle School Boundary Adjustments

The Beaverton School District has held four (4) community meetings with the Middle School Boundary Adjustment (MSBA) advisory committee. Attendance boundaries for all of the middle schools are being considered for adjustment and the advisory committee is seeking community input from residents in the central and southern part of the District.

The City of Beaverton is planning for almost 7,000 new residential dwelling units in the Cooper Mountain area near Mountainside High School over the next 10-15 years. Which middle school(s) should serve these new developments? Do you have reasons why your neighborhood should attend a different middle school? Do you understand that changes to attendance boundaries in the north part of the District will impact other attendance boundaries? Are you concerned about the potential for the size of student enrollment at middle school?

If you are concerned about any of these questions, or if you have other questions about the MSBA project, please visit the District's MSBA web page (link). Read the materials, visit the advisory committee calendar, and/or submit written comment to the committee. Please come to an advisory committee meeting or watch the meeting livestreamed in real time. The district wants and needs to hear from you.

Thank you for your support!

Steven A. Sparks, AICP | Executive Administrator for Long Range Planning | Beaverto

Family Movie Night

Join us for a free family movie night on Friday, Jan 31, for a showing of Disney's "Aladdin". The movie starts at 6pm in the gym, and licorice and popcorn will be available to purchase with BeepBeeps (no cash sales). Feel free to bring blankets and pillows to get comfortable on the floor.

Please note that this is not a "drop off" event; children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian for the duration of the event.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is coming to Ridgewood! Register your 3rd/4th/5th grade girl for this 10-week program that combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles), with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills, and make healthy choices.

Practice is 90 minutes twice a week on Monday and Wednesday. Practices start the week of March 2nd and end the week of May 18th. Registration opens January 15th, 2020.

Contact Damiana King at with any questions.

Report Cards are Going Paperless

The Beaverton School District is transitioning to electronic report cards for all students. The electronic report cards will be accessed through ParentVUE (mobile and desktop), with grades available online beginning on Feb. 3rd. If you have not set up your ParentVUE account, you will need to do that as soon as possible.

There are resources and guidance on how to set up a ParentVue account. Please view the FAQ for instructions on setting up your account. There are several benefits to moving to paperless report cards. You will be able to view grades days after grading days, rather than wait up to two weeks for a report card to come by mail or in your child’s backpack. In addition, moving away from paper is environmentally friendly and cost-effective for the District.

Please contact your school if you need help setting up or accessing your ParentVUE account or need assistance with a printed copy. We will be sharing more information about this transition in the coming weeks.

Las boletas de calificaciones se enviarán electrónicamente y no en papel

El Distrito Escolar de Beaverton está haciendo la transición a las boletas de calificaciones electrónicas para todos los estudiantes. De ahora en adelante usted podrá obtener las boletas de calificaciones electrónicas a través de la aplicación ParentVUE (por celular y computadora). Si todavía no ha configurado su cuenta de ParentVUE, deberá hacerlo antes de enero de 2020.

Tenemos recursos e instrucciones sobre cómo configurar una cuenta de ParentVue. Por favor consulte la sección de Preguntas Frecuentes donde podrá encontrar esta información.

Hay varios beneficios de solo recibir las boletas de calificaciones de manera electrónica. Usted las podrá ver de tres a cuatro días hábiles después de los días de calificación, en lugar de esperar hasta dos semanas para recibir una boleta de calificaciones por correo o en la mochila de su hijo. Además, deshacerse de la opción de papel ayuda al medio ambiente y es mas económico para el Distrito.

Por favor comuníquese con su escuela si necesita ayuda para configurar o entrar a su cuenta de ParentVUE o si necesita ayuda con una copia impresa. Estaremos compartiendo más información sobre esta transición en las próximas semanas.

Save the Date! District Community Event - Conversations About Race

Come join the conversation! Southridge High School is hosting a community-wide event on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Starting with a schoolwide "conversation about race" earlier in the day, the school is then opening its doors to all students, families, staff, community members, and partners to engage in community-wide conversations about race from 3:30-6:00 p.m. There will be student, staff, and community-led breakout sessions on various topics from 3:30-4:10 and 5:05-5:45, with a keynote student panel from 4:15-5:00. The goal of this event is to increase individual racial literacy by participating in meaningful and purposeful learning and conversation. Look for a registration link via a GoogleForm coming soon!

Inclement Weather Procedures

With the possibility of winter weather in the forecast, it is important to be aware of district procedures for inclement weather. The District generally posts the announcement of delayed school opening, school closure, and snow routes by 5:30 a.m. The best way to find out about delays and closures is by checking the BSD website directly. Also, all local TV news programs will broadcast this information and post it on their websites.

The District will also notify parents via School Messenger. You may manage your communication preferences in SchoolMessenger InfoCenter.

At Ridgewood, only bus route 153 has potential snow routes; all other buses will run on normal bus routes. If your child rides route 153, please familiarize yourself with the snow route schedule, here. Be aware that students are not assigned to a particular snow route stop; families should use the stop that is the closest/safest choice based on their particular neighborhood. Also, buses that run on snow routes on their morning route will always use snow routes in the afternoon (even if the weather has cleared by then) and students will be dropped off at the stop where they boarded that morning.

If you have further questions, please contact the school office at 503-356-2440.

Ridgewood Collects Box Tops!

Please download the new APP! After shopping, just scan your physical receipt within the APP and we get an automatic addition to Ridgewood’s account. It is VERY easy! If you have any remaining clipped Box Tops at home, please submit them by FEBRUARY 15th. This program is phasing out completely and that is our last submission date for clipped Box Tops.

Any questions? Email:

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Fifth Grade End of Year Party

There will be a meeting for all 5th grade parents on Tuesday, Feb. 4th, at 6:30pm, to start planning the end-of-year party. Please join your fellow 5th grade parents in the library to start discussing end-of-year plans.

Save the Date for Ridgewood's Art Show

Thursday, April 30th 5:30-7:30 PM. Details coming soon...........

Change of After School Plans?

If you need to let us know about a change of end-of-day transportation plans, please call or email the office no later than 2pm. You may call the office at 503-356-2440 or email us at Please do not send emails to individual staff emails, as we won't get the message if the staff member is out that day.

The 2:00p.m. deadline allows us to communicate the changes to all affected students and teachers prior to dismissal. Since we typically have a large number of changes each day, we may not be able to accommodate your request if you call after 2:00p.m.

Dates to know...

1/20 - SCHOOL CLOSED, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/27 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, Grading day

1/30 - Passport day

1/31 - Family Movie Night, 6-8pm

2/03 - Student grades available on ParentVue

2/11 - PTC Meeting, 6:30pm

2/12 - Coffee with the Principal, 8:30-9:30am

2/14 - Class parties

2/17 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Presidents' Day

2/18 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, staff development day

2/19 - Immunization exclusion day

2/21 - Science Festival, 6:00-8:30pm

2/27 - Passport day

See our full calendar here.

See the 2019-2020 district calendar here

Important Dates for 2019-2020

Want to know all the days off, special events, and other important dates for the upcoming school year? Download the attached list of Important Days:
After School Activity Flyers

The Beaverton School District does not sponsor or endorse the activities and/or information in community flyers.

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Our next newsletter will be published on Jan 31st. Please send articles to Dede Morris ( no later than Wednesday, Jan.29th.