Roadrunner Report

The rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - February 26, 2021

Welcome Incoming Kindergarten Families

Starting this week, our incoming Kindergarten families are receiving our newsletter. We hope that you find the information in this newsletter helpful and please give us a call or email if you have questions. Welcome to Ridgewood!

Principal Perspective - Returning to Ridgewood

This afternoon I shared with our staff the decision made by Superintendent Grotting to modify the Hybrid return plan. The rationale for this change is outlined below, but the main driver is keeping kids with their current teachers. At Ridgewood, our goal has been to keep as many kids with their teachers as possible, and it looks like we will be able to keep all kids with their current teachers.


Beginning April 5th for K-2 and April 12th for 3-5, all students learning in person will attend a morning session at Ridgewood. During that time, our students in CDL will be learning asynchronously and attending specials online while their teachers teach in person. In the afternoons, CDL students will get live instruction from their teachers while in person students work asynchronously and attend specials. The exact times of each of these sessions are still being determined.


73% of Ridgewood families have elected for their students to return in hybrid. To accommodate the large number who have selected hybrid, we will need to move some of our classes to larger learning spaces such as our library, cafeteria, playroom and gym. I will be working closely with teachers in the coming weeks to find the best room for each class.


If this new information or the information that we announced last week regarding the start of Hybrid at our middle, high and option schools has caused you to change your mind, here are your options:

  • If you previously chose Hybrid but would like to switch to CDL, you can do that.
  • If you previously chose CDL but would like to switch to Hybrid, you may be able to do that. I will take names of those interested and determine if we have the 35 square feet available for additional students.
  • If you would like to make a change to your child's model please let me know as soon as possible. cary_meier@beaverton.k12.or.us


To further answer your questions, I moved the March Principal Chat to Wednesday, March 3rd from 8:00-9:00am. I will also be available to chat in person during School Pictures on Wednesday afternoon. Finally, if you have individual questions, please email me with the best time and phone number to contact you and I'll give you a call.


Thanks for your continued flexibility as we navigate the best way to get students back in our building with their teachers.

Hybrid/CDL Update - Full BSD Message

Dear BSD Elementary Families,


Thank you for completing the survey indicating your student’s choice between Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) and In-Person Hybrid Instruction. We’ve analyzed the results, and those results have presented us with an opportunity to modify the model in such a way as to provide the vast majority of families with what they truly wanted — the ability to remain with their existing teachers. Please allow us to explain.


While there was some variation by school, the elementary survey results were roughly split down the middle: 50% of students opting for CDL and 50% of students opting for Hybrid. Here’s what that allows us to do:

  • All students who opted for Hybrid will come to school for a morning session. During that time, students will receive live in-person instruction from their teachers in reading, writing, math and some health subjects. In the afternoon session, those students will be learning online at home asynchronously. They’ll be working independently on social studies, science and some other health lessons. Students may use Dreambox, our self-directed math program. They’ll also have music and P.E., either with live or recorded lessons. Students will attend school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; Wednesdays will be devoted to asynchronous learning online, much like it is right now in CDL.
  • All students who opted for CDL will be learning online at home asynchronously in the morning. They’ll be working independently on social studies, science and some health lessons. Students may use Dreambox, our self-directed math program. They’ll also have music and P.E., either with live or recorded lessons. In the afternoon session, those students will receive live in-person instruction online from their teachers in reading, writing, math and some health subjects. Students will have live online instruction on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; Wednesdays will be devoted to asynchronous learning online, much like it is right now in CDL.
  • The model for Grades 6-8 at our K-8 schools (Aloha-Huber Park, Raleigh Hills and Springville) is not impacted by this plan.


Again, the vast majority of students will not need to change teachers. However, there will be a few instances where — because of student numbers and the required 35 square feet of space per student — this will not be the case. We’ve done our very best to accommodate the largest number of families.

In addition, the District has been working with our local child care providers. The following vendors have been given permission to operate in our schools once students return for Hybrid. It’s important to note that we do not run these programs. The providers still need to ensure that they have the proper staffing levels and the ability to adhere to enhanced health and safety protocols. To check on availability, you’ll need to contact the provider directly. We’ve provided contact information on our Return to In-Person Instruction webpage under the Child Care tab.


  • Bethany Child Care - Bethany, Jacob Wismer, Springville (maybe), Sato
  • Champions - Cooper Mountain
  • Club K – Oak Hills (maybe), Scholls Heights (maybe), Vose
  • Mari’s Little Lambs - Sexton Mountain
  • REACH - Ridgewood
  • Student Stop – Bonny Slope, Cedar Mill (maybe)
  • Vermont Hills - Montclair


(A few of the programs are marked as “maybe.” We’re still evaluating space implications at these schools.)

If this new information or the information that we announced last week regarding the start of Hybrid at our middle, high and option schools has caused you to change your mind, here are your options:

  • If you previously chose Hybrid but would like to switch to CDL, you can do that. Contact your school office to request the move.
  • If you previously chose CDL but would like to switch to Hybrid, you may be able to do that. You’ll need to contact your school principal to see whether the class counts and space availability will allow for the change. If not, your student will be put on a waiting list.


If the last year has taught us anything, it’s the value of remaining flexible. We continue to work each day to find the best path forward for our students and staff. Thank you for your continued patience and support.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance

A new resource outlining BSD protocol and response to COVID-19.

Return to In-Person Instruction Webpage

Details on the Hybrid return.

For the 2021-22 School Year

We’ve been fielding questions about the district’s plans for next school year. Of course, all plans are subject to health metrics and guidance from the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority. However, here’s what we can share at this time:

  • For the 2021-22 school year, the District will NOT be offering Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) in the same format as we have done this year. All families who wish to remain fully online should enroll their students in the district’s FLEX Online School. FLEX is taught by BSD teachers using online learning systems — Florida Virtual at the elementary level and Apex Learning at the secondary level. FLEX will be accepting students for Kindergarten through 12th grade. Visit FLEX’s webpage for more on the enrollment process. Also, our Special Education and Multilingual Departments are currently working on a plan to provide specialized instruction and dual-language instruction via the FLEX platform.
  • If current state-mandated health and safety protocols remain unchanged, all BSD schools will begin the school year in a Hybrid model. After evaluating the success of this school year’s various Hybrid models, the administration will make a determination as to which Hybrid model(s) will be implemented for the coming school year.
  • If current state-mandated health and safety protocols are changed, BSD schools may be able to open in a “normal” model. We’ll be paying close attention to rules around cohorting and required social distancing.


As we receive new information regarding next year, we’ll be sure to share it with you. Stay tuned!

Anti-Racism/Anti-Bias Resource for Families

The Conscious Kid website has lots of great resources for families.

Science Festival Extended

Projects are now due March 4th and will be reviewed March 8-12.

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Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22

Please share this link with those who have kids turning 5 years old by September 1st. Now includes links to the Q&A and a teacher welcome video.

Ridgewood Community Curbside Recycling: Did you Know??

Recycling Holiday Lights taught us a lot about recycling. We made this fact sheet about curbside recycling to share what we’ve learned. Check-it out! You might be surprised by our curbside do’s and don’ts. Plus, there’s a Recycling Challenge if you’re inspired to step up your Recycling Game like we were. Thanks for working to keep recyclables out of the Landfill!!


Counselor Corner

Hello Ridgewood families and caregivers!

I hope you are taking care of yourselves. Please read on for updates from the Ridgewood school counseling world. :)


Upcoming Wellness Wednesday Lessons

Ms. Shearer and I are excited to see students in grades 3-5 for their synchronous (live) Wellness lessons on Wednesday, March 3. Grades K-2 will have their next synchronous lesson on March 10.


We will continue with our Harmony unit on Communication through Spring break. Please check with your child’s teacher for their specific lesson time.


BSD Middle School AVID Program: Now Accepting Applications

AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system in all Beaverton middle and high schools. Cedar Park Middle School is looking for 35 students to be enrolled in the 6th grade AVID elective class for next year. Students attending BSD option schools can also apply to AVID.


The AVID elective is a year-long elective class, taken in addition to the academic core classes (humanities, math, science, and other required courses). It is based on writing as a tool for learning, the inquiry method, reading, organization, and collaborative grouping.


Students selected for the AVID elective are...

  • In the “academic middle” – 2’s and 3’s on report cards, average state testing scores

  • Needing help with study skills and organizational skills

  • Motivated to go to college but don’t quite know how or have resources at home

  • Willing to work hard and study every night

  • Historically underrepresented in 4-year universities (first one in the family to attend college, students coming from economically challenging situations, students of color, etc.)

  • Facing special circumstances that make it difficult for them to actualize their college dream


Interested 5th graders must apply to the AVID program. To view the informational slideshow I presented to 5th grade students, which includes the application link, please click here. Feel free to contact me with questions at alexis_mason@beaverton.k12.or.us. Applications are due March 19, 2021.


School Counselor Role

To spread awareness about the comprehensive role of school counselors, I am including short facts and statistics in each Counselor Corner.


Did you know…?

  • The American School Counselor Association recommends that schools maintain a ratio of 250 students per school counselor.

  • The national average is 430 students per school counselor, according to the most recent data from the 2018-2019 school year. This is the lowest national average ratio recorded by ASCA since 1986. In Oregon, the average is 461 students per school counselor.


Source: www.schoolcounselor.org


Helpful Resources for Families

NEW: Washington County Winter 2021 Behavior Health Focus - Quick Guide


NEW: The Conscious Kid I just discovered this wonderful website. It is a resource for families, educators, and organizations to take action in disrupting racism in young children. I especially appreciate the children’s book recommendations, as I work to update the Ridgewood SEL library with books that represent diverse identities and points of view.


Parenting Together offers great parenting resources to parents in Washington County.


CDC Checklist: Planning for In-Person Classes


BSD Covid Resources: This resource list was recently created by district social workers and nurses to use in supporting families impacted by Covid-19. English, Español

Oregon Youth Line YouthLine is a free, confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line. Contact us with anything that may be bothering you. No problem is too big or too small for the YouthLine! 1-877-968-8491 or text teen2teen to 839863. Available for ages ages 11-20.


Pandemic Parenting Resources: Washington County library has curated great resources to help parents support their kids during the pandemic.


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 bags filled with nutritious, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food. The bags are supplemented with fresh food like milk, vegetables, etc. Apply here, or simply contact me with your interest and I'll sign you up.


Ridgewood Clothes Closet

Ridgewood’s clothes closet is stocked with a large supply of used coats, shoes, and clothing for ages 5 - 12. Please contact me at alexis_mason@beaverton.k12.or.us or 503-356-2444 if your family needs assistance this winter.


Counselor/Student Success Coach Office Hours

Ms. Shearer and I hold open office hours for parents/caregivers on Mondays and Fridays from 2:30-3:15. Zoom link, password: wellness

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March & April Celebrate Reading Calendars

Turn your calendars in to your classroom Celebrate Reading Coordinator.

Ridgewood Library News

NEW: The Library has a new Google site. It will be updated regularly so keep checking back! https://sites.google.com/beaverton.k12.or.us/ridgewoodlibrary/home


POETRY CONTEST: Every year we join with Young American Poetry Digest here in the library. Kids write poems and I submit them. This year they may be submitted online individually. Things you need to know:

  1. You may submit as many poems as you like but they must all be 80 words or less and under one submission form.

  2. The Digest does feature haiku Poems although they accept many types of poetry.

  3. Make sure all words are spelled correctly or your poem will not be accepted.

  4. Be sure to put my name in the Teacher/librarian spot not your teachers.

  5. To Submit Poetry: Students - EXPRESSIVE EDUCATION

  6. Browse the website for more details.

  7. Submission due date is April 23, 2021


OBOB Next meeting is Wednesday March 3rd 11:00am


* New The Book Mobile Updates to our route coming soon!


You can also put specific books on hold through our online catalog.

Here is how. 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.

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


KEEP CALM and READ ON! Carla_bergin@beaverton.k12.or.us

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Ridgewood Calendar

See the full year calendar here. You can also subscribe to get our calendar added to yours!


March 2021

  • Wednesday, 3/3 @ 8:00-9:00am Principal Chat

  • Wednesday, 3/3 - Material Exchange for all grades & Jenson

  • Friday, 3/5 - Book Character Spirit Day

  • Tuesday, 3/9 @ 6:30 PTC Meeting

  • Friday, 3/19 - Ridgewood Spirit Day

  • Monday, 3/22-Friday 3/26 - Spring Break