The Roadrunner Report

The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - March 15

Dates to know...

3/21 - Passport day

3/18-22 - Scooter Town

3/22 - Spirit day - Hawaiian wear

3/25-29 - Spring Break

4/5 - No School, Grading Day

4/9 - PTC Meeting, 6:30 in the Library

4/10 - Coffee with the Principal, 8:30-9:30am

4/11 & 12 - RPAC Show "Mulan Junior" 6:30pm (doors open 6:15pm)

4/12 - Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, 11:00am-12:30pm

4/17 - Conferences 4:00-8:00pm (school in session regular hours)

4/18 - No School, conferences 12:00-8:00pm

4/19 - School Closed

4/25 - Passport day

4/25 - Kindergarten Orientation, 6:00-7:30pm

See our full calendar here.

See the 2018-2019 district calendar here.

See the 2019-2020 district calendar here. School starts August 26th.

Principal Perspective - Future Ready

This month we have had lots of learning around how we can support inquiry and innovation in our classrooms through technology. During our collaboration time we explored new apps to help us organize, enhance and record learning. On Tuesday we had a team of Innovation Strategists from our district join us to demonstrate hands-on lessons in each classroom while teachers got to walk through and see several lessons in action. We were left with a lot of innovative ideas and supports for enhancing student learning.

We also had a visit from the Future Bus so teachers could see what it has to offer and schedule times for classroom visits. We look forward to having it visit again soon.

BeepBeep Winners!

Congratulations to the BeepBeep winners for March 8th: Liam, James, Nick, Alexa, Kyle, Emerson, Henry, Kendra, Blake, and Mia!

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Congratulations to the BeepBeep winners for March 15th: Guillermo, Violet, Bennet, Asher, Makena, Cash, Connor, Jack, Ce'miyah, and Olivia!
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Mr. Greg T-Shirts

A special Ridgewood t-shirt honoring Mr. Greg is now available for purchase here:

Shirts will be available to purchase through March 22nd. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to a college fund for Greg's son, Spencer.

Volunteer Corner

Ridgewood Volunteer Needs

Scooter Town -- Next Week!-- Assist Mr. Patton during your child's PE class time or help out all week long! Volunteers are needed to make this Ridgewood tradition a fun success. So many slots are open, come join the fun!!

Set up (3/15) and take down (3/22)- click HERE
ISC - Mon & Fri - click HERE
K - Brown, Wed & Fri - click HERE
K - Holtz, Mon & Thurs - click HERE
K - Janke, Tues & Fri - click HERE
1 - Curtis, Tues & Thurs - click HERE
1 - Klee, Tues & Fri - click HERE
1 - McDonald, Mon & Thurs - click HERE
2 - Guy, Tues & Fri - click HERE
2 - Johnson, Mon & Wed - click HERE
2 - Sackley, Mon & Thurs - click HERE
3 - King/Rodriguez, Mon & Wed - click HERE
3 - Turkington, Tues & Thurs - click HERE
4 - Hellis, Mon & Thurs - click HERE
4 - Magdaleno, Tues & Thurs - click HERE
4 - O'Neill, Wed & Fri - click HERE
5 - Ankenbrand, Tues & Fri - click HERE
5 - Docherty, Tues & Fri - click HERE
5 - Gretz, Mon & Wed - click HERE

Passport -- Next Thursday! -- We have 3 openings in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. Help kids navigate around the world. Click HERE to sign-up and view when your child(ren) will be participating. Contact Lucia Dallas with questions.

Junior Gardeners -- Spring is upon us! Volunteers are needed to help in Ridgewood's garden area, either with kids or solo. Click HERE to sign up. Contact Bettina Jeszensky with questions.

Save the Date -- April 12th -- Volunteer appreciation luncheon from 11-12:30. Ridgewood loves our volunteers who are so generous with their time!

Recognize a deserving volunteer? Drop his/her 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.

Thank you for supporting Ridgewood!

Orissa Crispin and Julie Larson

Ridgewood PTC Volunteer Coordination Team

**If you no longer have children attending Ridgewood Elementary, please notify

Spring Conference Registration

Spring parent-teacher conferences will be held on April 17 and 18. Beginning on Monday, March 21, you will be able to select a conference time to meet with your child's teacher. Watch for the email message on Monday letting you know that registration has opened, and then follow the link (or visit the school website) to select your time.

Have questions or trouble signing up? Call the office at 503-356-2440.

Please note that there is no school for students on Thursday, April 18, and Friday, April 19.

Scrip News

Scrip is available to purchase now, for a limited time. Turn your scrip order in to the office by Monday, March 18th, for delivery by March 21st/22nd. Extra order forms are available in the office.

Two specials are currently being offered: first, See’s Candy has an Easter special going on. An extra piece of paper should have gone home with your child stapled to their SCRIP order form. Second, with every $50 Columbia gift card purchased, a pass to the Columbia Employee Store will be included.

If you have any questions please send Nicole Lowry an email
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Volunteer Luncheon

Save the date for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, to be held on April 12, from 11:00-12:30pm. More details to come soon!
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Kindergarten Registration Now Open

Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open! If you have a child who will turn 5 years old by Sept. 1, please begin the online enrollment process here. In addition to online registration, we also ask that you provide us with proof of birth (either a birth certificate or passport) along with a current copy of their immunization record.

Please plan to join us for Kindergarten Orientation at 6pm on April 25th. Incoming kindergarteners will visit a classroom for fun activities while parents meet in the school gym. Information will be shared about curriculum, registrations, and support services for your child.

This event is intended for parents and prospective kindergarteners. You are welcome to bring siblings, but no childcare will be provided.

Please complete your online registration by April 1st, to allow for verification of enrollment before Orientation.

Questions about enrollment or Orientation? Please call the office at 503-356-2440.

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Camp Achieve - Save the Date

The Camp Achieve summer program will be back at Ridgewood this summer! Camp Achieve is scheduled to run from July 8th through August 1st, from 9-2 daily (Mon-Thurs). Breakfast and lunch will be available, and transportation will be provided.

More information and online registration will be available soon.

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Radon Testing Results

With our new HVAC system this year, we have re-tested the radon levels in each room in our building. All of our rooms are now below the EPA action level, and we will continue balancing the new system to ensure our levels remain low. Below is the report of the testing completed in our building this month.

After School Activities

Aloha Junior Baseball Organization - Instructional Baseball Registration
Chess Odyssey - Chess Club
Science Matters - STEM Club
TAZ - Tennis Class​

Ridgewood Elementary School

Our next newsletter will be published April 5th. Please send articles to Dede Morris ( by April 3rd (4:00 p.m. deadline).
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