The rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - April 16, 2021
Principal Perspective - Spring is here!
- State Testing for grades 3-5 - BSD is sharing information with families today about our state testing plan for this year. We are working on a Ridgewood plan and will share it with you soon. Parents get to choose whether or not their students participate in testing, as it will be on Wednesdays with transportation provided. We'll send details to 3-5 families this week. Testing begins on Wednesday, May 12.
- Camp Achieve - Many of you are familiar with the BEF funded summer camp we have run for the last 8 years. With the addition of federal pandemic funding we will be able to once again offer Camp Achieve in person, not only to all Ridgewood students, but to all students in the district. Details are being finalized and we'll share the dates and registration information as soon as they are set.
- Student Profiles for next year - Each year we invite families to give input on the best learning environment for their students as we prepare class lists for next year. With the start of hybrid, we have delayed our class lists creation, so we will send an electronic profile form to families by the end of April. Profiles will be due May 14th.
Plans for Next Year - Message from the Superintendent
On April 5, we welcomed our youngest learners into our schools — some for the very first time. On April 8, we continued to see students in grades 3 through 5 happily walk through our doors. Both our students and staff did an excellent job of adhering to our safety protocols while still focusing on the main objective — reconnecting and teaching kids. It was a week of smiles, laughter and pure joy. And we can’t wait to welcome the remainder of our students in middle, high and option schools back this week.
While most of our attention has been focused on successfully implementing In-Person Hybrid Instruction, we are looking ahead to the 2021-2022 school year. Many of you have asked what direction the district will take. As I have indicated previously, we try to do as much planning as possible, but ultimately, we have to react to changing COVID-19 case counts and changing Ready School Safe Learners guidance from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
That being said and with the expanding distribution of vaccines, it is the intention of the Beaverton School District to welcome back all children at all grade levels for five full days of in-person instruction in the fall. Those families who do not wish to send their students back for in-person instruction should apply to our permanent distance learning option, FLEX Online School.
I want to acknowledge what a trying 13 months it has been. There’s been much discussion — and yes, sometimes disagreement — about the best course of action; this has truly been uncharted territory. But one thing that I have never doubted is the passionate commitment of the staff and parents in the Beaverton School District. We all want what’s best for our children. We all care deeply about their social and emotional health, in addition to their academic process. And together, we are all part of the work moving forward.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your steadfast support of your students and the Beaverton School District.
Special Education Parent Resource Fair
The Special Education Department and Special Education Parent Advisory Council are hosting our Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair on April 27th from 6:00 - 8:00pm via zoom.
Parents will have a chance to listen to presentations from different non-profit organizations, businesses and more that serve children with disabilities and their families! Parents will also have a chance to ask questions of presenters after their formal presentations.
The fair will include presentations from:
- International Dyslexia Association- Oregon Branch
- Camp Yakety Yak
- Family to Family Resource Center through OHSU
- NWRESD- ECSE
- Paladio Planning-Financial trusts and planning for students
- Specialty Athletics
- Swindell’s Resource Center
- and more!
Please visit https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/special-education/parent-resource-fair to register.
Fake & Fatal
We implore all middle and high school students and their parents to join us for “Fake & Fatal,” a community conversation about the dangers of buying fake pills made from deadly fentanyl on social media. This alarming trend has claimed the lives of more than one unsuspecting BSD student in the past year. This virtual event will be held on Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. You can watch the presentation on the District's Facebook page or YouTube channel. In addition to local experts, we’ll hear from Cedar Park and Sunset parents Jennifer and Jon Epstein, whose son, Cal, died of fentanyl poisoning in December.
Your child's life is worth investing the time.
This event is being held in partnership with Washington County Public Health Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Beaverton Police Department
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.
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Hello, Ridgewood families! It has been so nice being back in the building and seeing many kids face-to-face. Students have transitioned well to the new schedule. I am also impressed by the perseverance of students remaining in CDL. As always, I am here to support as we navigate the transition in schedule. Take care!
-Mrs. Mason :)
Wellness Lesson Reminder
All Wellness lessons are now being posted to Seesaw on Wednesday mornings through the rest of the school year. Thanks for reminding and encouraging your child to complete their lessons!
I recently attended a YouthSAVE training on youth suicide prevention and intervention. I learned many valuable tools for intervening when a youth is expressing suicidal ideation.
One takeaway for parents and caregivers was about how to approach your child if you are suspecting they are suicidal. Many people believe they should not ask someone if they are thinking about suicide, for fear that it will cause them to follow through. However, this is not the case - in fact, the opposite is true!
Youth who are thinking of suicide oftentimes actually want others to directly ask this difficult question: “Are you thinking of killing yourself?” Most times the youth will respond honestly. It is an opportunity for them to feel heard and seen, and for you to intervene early. This powerful video highlights the importance of direct and immediate communication with youth who may be at risk of suicide. Also available in Spanish. Bottom line: Don’t be afraid to ask; it may save a life.
Oregon Youth Line: https://oregonyouthline.org/
National Suicide Prevention Lifelife: 800-273-8255
School Counselor Role
To spread awareness about the comprehensive role of school counselors, I am including short facts and statistics in each Counselor Corner.
The ASCA National Model guides school counselors in the development of school counseling programs that:
are based on data-informed decision making
are delivered to all students systematically
include a developmentally appropriate curriculum focused on the mindsets and behaviors all students need for postsecondary readiness and success
close achievement and opportunity gaps
result in improved student achievement, attendance and discipline
Helpful Resources for Families
NEW: Clothes for Kids (formerly BSD Clothes Closet) is well-stocked and open for appointments. Click here to learn more.
Headspace Breathers - A weekly YouTube video series leads viewers through "practical and creative exercises and tips" for teaching children and parents how to recognize, communicate, and manage emotions.
Pandemic Parenting Resources: Washington County library has curated great resources to help parents support their kids during the pandemic.
2020-2021 Parent Information Series: Virtual parenting series on a variety of topics. Registration required.
Racism Explained to Kids: Short illustration with simple and straightforward language for kids.
The Conscious Kid is a wonderful resource for families, educators, and organizations to take action in disrupting racism in young children.
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 nutritious food. 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 coats, shoes, and clothing for ages 5 - 14. Please contact me if your family needs assistance with clothing.
Counselor/Student Success Coach Office Hours
Ms. Shearer and I hold office hours on Mondays and Fridays from 3:00-3:30. Use the link below to pop in and chat!
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) funds
- Nutrition Services continues to offer free MEALS to all BSD children aged 1-18 with no Meal Benefits application required. This will continue until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
- New Information: The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program, through DHS, will offer MONEY to families who qualify for Meal Benefits. The money is being offered to help families purchase groceries during the pandemic.
- Families who meet the criteria in this list for the 2020-2021 school year will receive P-EBT funds. No application or further action is needed by families who:
*Have students only at CEP schools (families who have students at CEP and non-CEP schools need to apply for the non-CEP students to receive funds)
*Have children who qualify for SNAP or TANF benefits
*Have children with Homeless, Foster, Migrant, or Runaway status
*Have applied and been approved for Meal Benefits at any time during the 2020-2021 school year.
- Families who do not meet any of the above criteria need to apply right away for Meal Benefits if they wish to be considered for P-EBT funds. Online applications are strongly encouraged, using www.schoolcafe.com. The SchoolCafe website supports English and Spanish applicants.
- Paper Meal Benefits applications, in both English and Spanish, are available at all meal pickup sites and all school offices.
- For more information, follow this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services.
- If you have questions, please call Meal Benefits at 503-356-3957 or email to NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.
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
OBOB: Party May 5th,Time TBD. Be sure to do a material pick up on this day if you are CDL for party bags..
Kindergarten- 3rd grade Author Visit: April 22nd
Topic: Graphic Novelist Aron Nels Steinke- Author Visit
Time: Apr 22, 2021 10:00 AM Join Zoom Meeting
https://beavertonk12.zoom.us/j/84749173942?pwd=MWMwa3N4N2dQaS9CSkdtVXFSWmVUQT09 Meeting ID: 847 4917 3942 Passcode: Books
How to borrow a book from the Ridgewood Library:
NEW: Curbside Library Wednesdays 10:45am - 12:00pm
Through the Ridgewood Library Catalog (Destiny)
Here is how. Destiny-Catalog Instructions. You will receive an email when they are ready for pick up.
Last Chance to enter 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:
You may submit as many poems as you like but they must all be 80 words or less and under one submission form.
The Digest does feature haiku Poems although they accept many types of poetry.
Make sure all words are spelled correctly or your poem will not be accepted.
Be sure to put my name in the Teacher/librarian spot not your teachers.
To Submit Poetry: Students - EXPRESSIVE EDUCATION
Browse the website for more details.
Submission due date is April 23, 2021
KEEP CALM and READ ON!
See the full year calendar here. You can also subscribe to get our calendar added to yours!
Wednesday, April 21 - RPAC All School Assembly 10:00 - Zoom info in Seesaw
Thursday, April 22 - RPAC Performance on Zoom @ 6:00
Wednesday, April 28 - No School, PD Day
- Tuesday, May 11, 6:30 - PTC Meeting
- Thursday, May 20, 6:00p.m. - Kindergarten Orientation
- Monday, May 31, 2021 - No School, Memorial Day
- Tuesday, June 1 - Follow Monday specials schedule
- Wednesday, June 2 - Instructional Wednesday, follow Tuesday Specials
- Friday, June 4, 5:00-8:00 - Carnival
- Tuesday, June 8, 6:30 - PTC Meeting
- Wednesday, June 16, 10:00-3:00 - Fifth grade party
- Friday, June 18 - Last Day of School, Fifth grade clap out @11:00
The first day of the 2021-22 School Year is Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
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