The Roadrunner Report

The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - Oct. 29

Dates to know...

10/31 - Class parties

11/1 - Picture retakes

11/2 - Jogathon Celebration - Wear your Ridgie t-shirt!

11/2 - 60 year Open House (5:00-7:00) and Dance (7:00-8:00)

11/6 - Fifth grade family night at Cedar Park, 6:00

11/9 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, grading day

11/12 - SCHOOL CLOSED, Veterans Day holiday

11/13 - PTC Meeting, 6:30 in the Library

11/14 - Coffee with the Principal, 8:30-9:30am

11/20 - College Spirit Day - wear your favorite college gear

11/21-23 - No School, Thanksgiving Break (Wednesday-Friday)

11/29 - Passport

Spring Conference dates - No School April 18 & 19

See our full calendar here.

See the 2018-2019 district calendar here.

Principal Perspective - Class Parties

As we prepare for our first class parties on October 31 I have a few reminders for parents:
  • Snacks need to be healthy. There are a lot of great creative, healthy snack ideas on Pinterest and other websites. We want our students to be fueled for the rest of their day.
  • If you are volunteering for the party, please sign up beforehand on We will have lists of scheduled volunteers printed so that you can quickly sign in on paper as you enter the school. As a reminder, volunteers who are here during the school day should not bring younger siblings to volunteer (this is district policy). Volunteers wear their personalized volunteer badges or blue volunteer badges.
  • We will also have visitors to our class parties. Visitors are individuals whose presence in our school is not ongoing or frequent. Visitors also need to sign in, and may not interact with children other than their own. Visitors wear yellow lanyard badges or yellow visitor stickers.

Signing in to volunteer or visit can take time, especially when we have many parents attending parties. Please plan time to check in and be patient as we get all of our visitors and volunteers signed in. If you have a your own volunteer badge, or one that has accidentally gone home with you, please bring it. We are looking forward to a fun day!

Volunteer Corner

Ridgewood Volunteer Needs

Kindergarten "Read to Me" -- Read to Kindergarten students one on one in the classroom right after morning drop off. Each shift is only 25 minutes starting at 8:25. To sign up, click HERE and scroll down to Classroom Volunteering - Kindergarten. Contact Cyndi Simantel, our reading intervention specialist, for more information.

Halloween Class Parties -- Oct 31st. Volunteer and visitor sign-in tables. We will need a couple of people for each table. Please contact Orissa Crispin for more details at

Celebrate 60 -- Nov 2nd. We need several volunteers to celebrate Ridgewood's 60 years.

    • Dance decorations - hang student-made decorations in the gym Friday after school.
    • Host a decade room - are you a Ridgewood alum or do you know someone who is? We will have a room for each decade, where we will lay out photos, and would like to have a host for each room.
    • Help supervise decade-inspired activities for the kids - outside each decade room, including Bingo, hoola hoop games, friendship bracelets, Harry Potter, legos and more! If you have games or props you can loan, let us know!
    • If you are interested in helping with Celebrate 60, please contact Principal Cary Meier ( or Parent Volunteer Michelle Hebden (

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

BeepBeep Winners

Congratulations to this week's BeepBeep winners: James, Brooklyn, Demi, Peyton, Davian, Nick, Emma, Rachael, Evan, and Kyoka!
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Scrip News

Scrip is back! You should have recently received an order form with some FAQ’s. Help support Ridgewood by buying gift cards. Order forms are due Monday October 29th with delivery of the gift cards by the end of the week. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. My email address

Thank you for supporting Ridgewood.

Scrip Coordinator,
Nicole Lowry

Fall Parties

Each class will have a fall class party on Wednesday, October 31st. Teachers will communicate class party times to their classes.

Costumes are optional for class parties. If you choose to send a costume for your child to wear, please follow these guidelines:

  • No weapons
  • No blood, no gore
  • Costumes only during party
  • Costume must go over clothing
  • Students must be able to put the costume on without adult assistance
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Green Team is a Go

5th and 4th grade are starting Green Team officially!!! In Green Team this year, there are three main areas we are looking at to make our school greener: garden, recycling, and eco schools.

Eco Schools pathways is a national recognition of our school being green. Our school is currently bronze, but we we are looking at ways to move up to the next level, silver, or even the top, platinum. There are several tasks involving the whole school to reach platinum level but we are hoping to be one of the few schools to accomplish it.

Successful First Walk and Bike

Our first Walk and Roll was a huge success. Thank you to the many student and adult volunteers, and the many people involved. A ton of people walked and biked to school and most of the bus riders walked two laps on the track after arriving. We were giving out cocoa and prizes to those who participated, but don’t forget that we were doing this to help the environment! We hope to see you participating in our next Walk and Roll to school day, but you can help the environment any day too. We will be doing Walk and Roll days with a walking school bus the first Wednesday of each month. Students who walk, ride their bike to school, or take the bus and then do two laps on the track can get a sticker for their efforts.

Ridgewood Gear Exchange

The Green Team is starting a Ridgie Gear Exchange. If your students have old Ridgewood shirts or sweatshirts that no longer fit, we will collect them for our exchange. We will be giving them to students who can wear them or want them. Please drop them off in the blue hall by the entrance of the school

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TAG Testing

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). If you think your child might qualify, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office. Completing this form gives our school TAG committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of its completion.

Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

The Parent Information Form must be completed and returned to our school’s TAG facilitator, or the school's office by Wednesday, October 31st.

Oct. 24 - CogAT testing - All 3rd and 5th graders (Intellect TAG screener):

8:45-9:45am - 3rd grade

10:50-11:50am - 5th grade

Nov. 13-16 -TAG Testing - ALL Grades

Options Schools Open House

Beaverton School District Learning Option Schools Open House Schedule for the 2019-20 School Year The Beaverton School District will begin accepting applications for Learning Options Schools for the 2019-20 school year on October 15, 2018. In order for you to determine if an option school would be best for your student, a series of open houses will be held at option schools (see schedule below). You are encouraged to attend these presentations with your student to gather information about the schools and programs. Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on December 7, 2018. Applications received after that will be considered on a space available basis.
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After School Enrichments

Beaverton YDP - Basketball Clinics and Tryouts
Chess Odyssey - Chess Club
Coding with Kids - Computer Programming Classes
Cub Scout Pack 122 - Scout me In
PlayFitFun! - After School Program
Cub Scout Pack 122 - Scout me In​

Girl Scouts - Join us to Get Started!​

Ridgewood Elementary School

Our next newsletter will be published Oct. 26. Please send articles to Dede Morris ( by Oct. 24 (4:00 p.m. deadline).
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