Ridge Circle Family Newsletter

September 23, 2022

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RC is Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Sept 15 to Oct 15

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Lost and Found is growing....

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RC Book Fair

Ridge Circle Book Fair

Our school's Book Fair will take place from October 3-7, 2022 during your child’s Library Day/Time

Our evening event will be held on Wednesday evening, October 5th, 2022 from 4-7pm in the Library.

Food for reward or celebrations...

Ridge Circle has many students that are affected by food allergies. Due to this health concern, we do not allow food celebrations for student birthdays. We would love to celebrate your child's special day with items that all students will be able to enjoy. Individual items - such as pencils, erasers, stickers, or small toys - make perfect gifts. Another way to celebrate your child is by purchasing a whole class gift, such as a new book for the library or fun new game to use at indoor recess during those chilly winter months. We will continue to celebrate birthdays, however, we want to do this in a way all students can participate. Thank you for understanding.

Holiday Celebrations

As a District, we encourage students to make good choices around healthy eating and physical activity to promote positive outcomes. With the holidays around the corner, U-46 will continue this practice by promoting holiday celebrations with non-food items. To stay aligned with the USDA's Smart Snacks requirements, food-related celebrations or distribution of snacks to students to eat in the classroom during the school day will not be allowed. The USDA-defined school day hours are from midnight to 30 minutes after the end of the school day.

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Did you know ?

Did you know October is National Fire Prevention Month?

To celebrate, the Streamwood Fire Department has a coloring and poster contest. We hope all our students will participate. The supplies have been handed out by our teachers. The details are below.

Watch for the Streamwood Fire Department to visit each of our classes later this year to learn more about Fire Safety.

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We have a few yearbooks left from last year..... If you are interested, please send $25 to the main office with your child.

Safety Drills

Our students and staff will practice 3 safety drills: Fire, Disaster and Run/Hide/Fight. We practice so that we can be prepare in the case of emergencies. Many parents have questions about the Run, Hide, Fight Drill. Click here for more information.

Below are the dates of our practice safety drills.

Fire Drill:

  • September 8th at 9:30 am--Completed

Disaster Drill(Tornado or weather related)

  • TBD

Run/Hide/Fight--(For Active Threats)

  • September 12 at 9am--Completed

Bus Drill:

  • September 27 morning

U-46 Gifted Programs

The Gifted Office will present a Gifted overview for 3rd and 6th grade teachers from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the U-46 Welcome Center, 1019 E. Chicago Street in Elgin. Questions can be directed to Gifted Coordinator April Wells.

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. **

Computer and Ipad

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

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.

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!

#UniteU46: Building Tour and Open House

The best way to understand the challenges faced by some of our U-46 school buildings is to see them yourself. As part of our Unite U-46 community engagement initiative, the District is hosting a building tour this Saturday and an open house next week. Members of the public are invited to attend either one or both of these events to get an inside look at up to seven of our school buildings and provide feedback on three different plans to move U-46 schools forward.

The building tour is scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will travel on school buses from the U-46 Welcome Center, 1019 E. Chicago St. in Elgin, to three sites: Garfield Elementary School, Hilltop Elementary School, and Ellis Middle School. Space is limited for this option, reserve your spot today via this online form.

The open house is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants can stop by any or all of the following buildings for a self-guided tour: Eastview Middle School in Bartlett, Glenbrook Elementary School in Streamwood, Horizon Elementary School in Hanover Park, and Willard Elementary School in South Elgin. Attendees can also learn more about Unite U-46, talk with principals and school district leaders, and provide feedback about plans for the future of our schools.

More information about Unite U-46, including videos from past community presentations, can be found at UniteU46.org.

Upcoming Events

10/3 - 10/7 Book Fair during library time

10/5 Book Fair open to families from 4-7 pm

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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Click here for Tutoring Opportunities

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