Principal's Update

October 20, 2023

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Happy Friday Wolves!

Just a reminder that our conference sign-ups went home via email last Thursday. If you have not signed up for a time, please see the email from your child's teacher.

There will be no school next Thursday and Friday (Oct. 26th & 27th) due to parent teacher conferences, and as a reminder on November 1st students will be dismissed at 11 am.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend,


Harvest Parties

We are excited to host our fall harvest parties this year! Students will be allowed to wear costumes at school, however the times for that will vary depending on class. Your child’s teacher will share those details as the date gets closer. Please know that all costumes need to be school appropriate (no violence, weapons, fake blood, face masks, or full-face paint) and ideally something that your child can take on and off fairly or completely independently. Each class will be running their own celebration and those may look different from class to class. In the event that party volunteers are needed, please know that all volunteers will need to have completed the volunteer items shared in my previous updates. Please also note that background checks are taking 2-3 weeks to clear so if you are hoping to volunteer at the end of the month please get those steps completed ASAP. More information to come from teachers soon!

Ridges Elementary Fall Book Fair is coming October 19 - 25!

  • The Book Fair will be held in the Community Room near the school’s main entrance. See map here.

  • It will be open for student only shopping during school hours.

  • The community is invited to shop after school during these hours:

Oct. 19 ~ 2:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Oct. 20 ~ 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Oct. 23 ~ 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Oct. 24 ~ 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Each class will have a scheduled time to visit and shop at the bookfair.

  • For more information and to shop our Online Fair, visit our Ridges Book Fair Page.

  • eWallets can be set up for your child by clicking here and scrolling down to the eWallet section. This is an easy, cashless way for students to shop at the Book Fair. Plus, family and friends can contribute too!

  • Funds raised through our book fair go to support our two libraries at Ridges Elementary.

Student Services Parent Partnership Meeting - October 25

Join us for the next Student Services Parent Partnership meeting on Wednesday, October 25th from 4:30-6:00 pm at the Sherwood School District Office! These meetings provide an opportunity to build positive connections and learn more about special education and Section 504. Please RSVP to Angela Thiemann at 503-825-5035 or

Freaky Friday - Tonight at SMS

Don't forget about tonight's Freaky Friday event at SMS, 5:00-8:00pm and open to all SSD students and their families.

Want to buy your tickets or bracelet in advance? Purchase using Venmo at @smspso97140 or by scanning the QR code below. Please include your child's name(s), grade level(s), and details of what you are purchasing (for example: "two unlimited games bracelets"). Tickets and bracelets will also be available for purchase at the event entry via cash, debit/credit, and ApplePay.

Freaky Friday Venmo Graphic

Celebrating Ridges Staff

Did you have an exceptional experience with one of our staff members this month? We would love to hear about your experience and help celebrate that staff member. Families, staff members, or students are invited to nominate any member of the Ridges staff to be recognized at our monthly staff meeting! The form for nominations can be found linked here.

Paper Towel Tubes Needed for STEM

It's paper towel tube season again, and probably again later on. Ms Phillips and Mr. Evers will gladly accept paper towel tube donations for an upcoming 1st/2nd project. Students can drop them off in either STEM lab. We don't need any TP tubes though, just paper towel tubes.

Share Yearbook Photos with Ridges

We are excited to offer a 2023-2024 yearbook with the help of a parent volunteer and TreeRing! You can download the TreeRing app to your phone or create an account using the school’s passcode. Linked here are directions for ordering your yearbook at 10% off for their early bird special! Orders will be open through June, but the discount only applies through the end of October.

In order to make the yearbook a true success, we need the Ridges community (students, staff, and families) to share pictures of your school year so far (Fun Run, first days of school, Supply Night, etc.) Picture folders have been created in TreeRing for organization and we are excited about the collective effort to remember all that has happened throughout the year.

Below you will find links to everything you need to know about the yearbook.

  1. Create a TreeRing Account

  2. Create Custom Pages (Spanish Version)

  3. How to Create Custom Pages

  4. How to Share Pictures (Spanish Version)

District Newsletter

Our most recent District Newsletter can be found linked here

Ridges PAC

Our parent volunteer group is a very important part of our school. Get connected with the Ridges PAC today! Visit the link here to see upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to get involved and be connected.

All volunteers will need to complete and have an approved background check on file prior to volunteering (this must be renewed each school year). The background check process can take 7-10 business days, so please allow sufficient processing time if you are planning to volunteer for a specific event.

The Ridges PAC meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 pm in the Ridges Community Room. They would love to have any and all parents attend!

Upcoming Dates

October 25th | Early Release- Students Dismissed at 1:15 pm

October 26th & 27th | No School- Elementary Conference Days (more info coming home today)

November 1st | Half Day for Students- elementary schools dismissed at 11 am

November 1st | Student Store in the Edy Courtyard 11:00-11:30 am

November 3rd | Popcorn Friday!

November 3rd | Wild Sock Day!

November 3rd | Student Store in the Edy Cafeteria 7:30-7:50 am

November 8th | Early Release- Students Dismissed at 1:15 pm

November 10th | No School- Veterans Day Observed

November 15th | Early Release- Students Dismissed at 1:15 pm

November 15th | Student Store in the Edy Courtyard 1:15-1:45 pm

November 17th | Ridges Spirit Day (wear your favorite Ridges gear or school colors)

November 17th | Student Store in the Edy Cafeteria 7:30-7:50 am

November 20th-24th | No School- Thanksgiving Break

November 29th | Early Release- Students Dismissed at 1:15 pm

December 1st | No School- Teacher Report Card Day