The rundown on Ridgewood Elementary School-March 20, 2020
Together with our community, Ridgewood Elementary School provides an education inspired by the attributes of the IB Learner Profile while fostering learner agency and encouraging meaningful action.
Principal Perspective - School Closure
Thank you for your continued dedication, sacrifice, and flexibility in these uncertain times. Please know that we are all doing our best to protect our students, staff, and the communities we call home. At this time, schools are closed until April 28th. Please continue to watch your email for messages from our District regarding plans moving forward.
As we face five weeks of no school, Beaverton School District is working on ways to support learning during this time. We will use next week’s Spring Break to formalize a remote learning plan, so please plan to check for communication about this during the week of March 30th. In the meantime, I have shared many resources below for families who would like to begin their own home learning, in addition to the BSD Remote Learning webpage.
The best thing you can do for your children during this time is keep them safe and healthy, both physically and mentally. Be sure to listen to them, share your feelings, and give them outlets for their emotions (music, art, games, laughter). Children thrive on routine, so set new routines (or have your kids write their own schedules) for your house, and stick to them during the week. This will provide structure to your time and ease anxiety about what’s next.
We are all grieving the sudden loss of our classroom and school communities. We look forward to replicating those online in April, and hopefully seeing you all again in May. In the meantime, enjoy Spring Break, take care of yourself and others, and know that we miss you!
School and all events are canceled until April 28
We know that many special events have been canceled during this school closure, including RPAC shows, Scooter Town, Kinder Orientation, field trips and others. As we return to school we will be working to determine which items will be rescheduled and which will not occur this year. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.
The Beaverton School District is providing free meals at several sites between 11:00 and 12:00. Students must be present to pick up a meal. The closest site for us is William Walker Elementary School. Grab and go meals will be available on these dates:
March 30-31 and April 1-3
Anyone can call 211 for assistance with housing, childcare, utility bills, or if you have health and safety questions or need any other resources. Help is available in several languages. You can also get help online at http://211.org/
The Oregon Food Bank is open. Check here for more information: https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/
All families can set up free internet access for 2 months through Comcast. Go here for details: https://www.internetessentials.com/ or call 1-855-846-8376.
Read, Read, Read!
Our local libraries have recently closed, but hopefully your children brought enough books home last Friday to sustain them for awhile. You can also find books online at these sites:
- Login to Clever then use Bookshelf to read books by IRLA level
- Login to Clever then use Sora to check out ebooks (If you need a Clever login and password, please call us at Terra Linda and leave a message. We will return calls within 24 hours.)
- Login to Epic - Access is free between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm with a class code (If you need the class code, send a message to your teacher on Seesaw)
- Check out ebooks from the Washington County Library, including Tumblebooks
- Register your Washington County Library Card on Sora and get access to digital books from both the BSD Library and the Washington County Library.
- Audible stories in six languages for free - Audible.com
Learning at Home
There are many great activity ideas online for families to use during this time of school closure. Here are a few:
- Check out this link for daily activities in all content areas for each grade level: bit.ly/BSDremotelearning
- General K-12 Resources
Here are some additional online resources - in no particular order. You can visit the San Diego Zoo or explore the surface of Mars! Many allow you to learn more about something that you love or are passionate about! Links provide free and fun learning options for all ages from toddlers to adults. Some are always free and some are only free during this current situation. (Thanks to facebook.com/oktobewell for these resources.)
- Keep a daily journal - What is your experience during this pandemic?
- Write books or stories to share when you return to school
- Complete a few lessons on Dreambox each day. Access is through Clever. Email your teacher if you need help logging in.
- Complete activities on Kahn Academy at https://www.khanacademy.org/
- Use the link from Scholastic for daily activities: www.scholastic.com/learnathome
- Play board games, card games, and dice games - here's a link to some resources.
- Watch Mo Willems in his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE at 1:00 pm ET (10:00 am in Portland). Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks.
- Visit https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/ to watch all of Mo Willems's videos, find activity sheets to print out & follow along, and more!
- Check out this free art curriculum at https://artsed-washington.github.io/alic/
- Encourage your children to participate in Movement Breaks - here is a link to many different options: www.tiny.cc/BSDbrainboost
We are also sharing many resources to our Ridgewood Facebook page, so be sure to follow us!
BOOK FAIR UPDATE
A big THANK YOU to all who attended and volunteered at our spring book fair! We brought over 1,300 books into our school community. That's a lot of reading! Special thanks and a very fond farewell to Katie Copp and Darcy Humphrey, who have worked more than 18 years of book fairs between them. Thank you, ladies!
Playground Access during Closure
It is important for all of us to follow social distancing recommendations during this time of school closure. While we are not able to monitor and enforce the use of our playground and other outdoor facilities, please adhere to the following while on campus:
Bring your own wipes and sanitizer to wipe down any surfaces before touching them.
Wash your hands before and after you visit.
Follow social distancing recommendations and keep six feet from others.
Please limit group sizes to 10 people or less.
Walking & running only on the track - no wheels.
Dogs are not permitted on school property.
BOX TOPS COLLECTION GOES DIGITAL
The paper box top collection program has been discontinued by General Mill, so we are no longer collecting box tops at school. However, you can still earn money for Ridgewood; if you see the label below, simply use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth the same amount and what’s great is the app will instantly add cash to the school’s earnings online. Find more info here.