The rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - May 3, 2021
Principal Perspective - It's May!
Last week, on our PD day, teachers and staff took time to learn about racial mircoraggressions and how we can counter them. We identified how these every slights impact people of color and how we can not only prevent them in our selves, but respond when we see them. Our work in becoming Anti-Racist educators is ongoing and vital so that we can meet the needs of all of our students. I have again shared resources with you (linked below) to join us in this work at home.
We are finalizing our plans to celebrate the end of this school year safely. Soon we will publish details on end of the year celebrations such as class parties, assemblies, fifth grade clap out, etc. Our goal is to be inclusive of both hybrid and CDL students and follow all safety practices while keeping our end of year traditions.
Finally, I want to share the joy that being back in person has brought our community (see video below). Thanks to BSD videographer, and future Ridgewood parent, Colin Elliot for filming us and showcasing all that we did and continue to do to make in person learning happen. We are so happy to be back together!
Student Profiles for Next Year
Each year we give parents the opportunity to give input on the best learning environment and placement for their child for the upcoming school year. We use this data, along with teacher observed data, reading levels and programs to balance our class rosters for next year.
To give your input, please complete the form linked below by Friday, May 14. Thanks!
Please complete one form per child to give input on class placement for next year.
Our PTC provides these optional packs to make school supply shopping easier!
State Testing for Grades 3-5
Please share this link with those who have kids turning 5 years old by September 1st.
Congrats to Ms. O'Neill and Ms. Magadelono's fifth graders - they had the highest April Passport Participation! Way to lead the way 5th graders!
Happy May! Please read on for updates from the Ridgewood school counseling world.
-Mrs. Mason :)
May is Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Throughout the month of May, we celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders to American history. Per a statement from the White House on April 30, this month is a time for reflection and action: “In the midst of a difficult year of pain and fear, we reflect on the tradition of leadership, resilience, and courage shown by AANHPI communities, and recommit to the struggle for AANHPI equity.” This Time Magazine article is a great start to learning more about the impact of the AANHPI community on American history and the fight against racism. Ridgewood AANHPI families and students: I see you, I support you, and I stand with you!
Wellness Lesson Reminder
All Wellness lessons are now being posted to Seesaw on Wednesday mornings through the rest of the school year. Thanks for reminding and encouraging your child to complete their lessons!
School Counselor Role
To spread awareness about the comprehensive role of school counselors, I am including short facts and statistics in each Counselor Corner.
School counselors provide 1:1 counseling in crisis, brief and solution focused therapy skills, mindfulness and groups, and play therapy, as well as classroom guidance lessons.
We run all kinds of groups in schools, from children who have a parent in prison, to kids whose parents have divorced, to how to develop friendship skills.
School counselors are developmentally driven, in that they understand how children and young adults develop academically, physically, intellectually, and emotionally.
Helpful Resources for Families
NEW: Clothes for Kids (formerly BSD Clothes Closet) is well-stocked and open for appointments. Click here to learn more.
Headspace Breathers - A weekly YouTube video series leads viewers through "practical and creative exercises and tips" for teaching children and parents how to recognize, communicate, and manage emotions.
Pandemic Parenting Resources: Washington County library has curated great resources to help parents support their kids during the pandemic.
2020-2021 Parent Information Series: Virtual parenting series on a variety of topics. Registration required.
The Conscious Kid is a wonderful resource for families, educators, and organizations to take action in disrupting racism in young children.
Ridgewood Food Backpack Program
The Food Backpack program is offered to all families in need at Ridgewood. Every other Wednesday, Ridgewood supplies families in need with nutritious food. Apply here, or simply contact me with your interest and I'll sign you up.
Ridgewood Clothes Closet
Ridgewood’s clothes closet is stocked with a large supply of coats, shoes, and clothing for ages 5 - 14. Please contact me if your family needs assistance with clothing.
Counselor/Student Success Coach Office Hours
Ms. Shearer and I hold office hours on Mondays and Fridays from 3:00-3:30. Use the link below to pop in and chat!
Clothes for Kids
If your student needs clothing at no cost, Clothes for Kids is ready to serve you.
Clothes for Kids hours: Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Appointments are required. To schedule, please complete the Clothes for Kids Appointment form or call 503-356-4322. Visits are limited to one adult with four children or two adults with 8 children. All visitors must wear masks. If you don't have your own, we'll provide one.
We’re also looking for Clothes for Kids volunteers. Please contact Johanna Shrout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ridgewood Library News
Curbside Library - Come checkout books Every Wednesday 10:45-12:00 on the Ridgewood Front Porch.
If you ordered a Aron Nels Steinke book it will be going home with students this week. CDL students these are available for pick up on Wednesday at Curbside Library
Please return all finished books to Ridgewood asap. There is a drop box in front of the school. or have kids return them in classrooms.All books are due back by June 7th!
How to borrow a book from the Ridgewood Library:
- Through the Ridgewood Library Catalog (Destiny)
- Here is how. Destiny-Catalog Instructions. You will receive an email when they are ready for pick up.
OBOB PARTY - Fri. May 7th, 2:40pm. Be sure to do a material pick up on this day if you are CDL for party bags.
NEW - The Library has a new Google site. It will be updated regularly so keep checking back! https://sites.google.com/beaverton.k12.or.us/ridgewoodlibrary/home
KEEP CALM and READ ON!
From our Public Library
Ready Set Kindergarten
Beaverton City Library invites all incoming kindergartners to a special storytime series “Ready, Set, Kindergarten!” that meets via Zoom starting Saturday, May 15. Each week we’ll read stories, sing songs, and get excited for Kindergarten together! Kids will also get free books for attending.
Please share with anyone who has a soon-to-be-kindergartner!
La Biblioteca de la Ciudad de Beaverton invita a todos los estudiantes que van a empezar kínder a una serie especial llamada “En sus marcas, listos, Kínder.” La serie será a través de Zoom a partir del sábado, 15 de mayo. ¡Cada semana leeremos cuentos, cantaremos canciones y nos emocionaremos con el aprender juntos!
También ganaran libros gratis por asistir.
Manejando los Antojos de una Manera Sana (Managing Cravings in a Healthy Way)
Padres, únase a WIC y la biblioteca de la ciudad de Beaverton virtualmente el 16 de mayo a las 4 pm para aprender sobre consejos para equilibrar la necesidad de satisfacer los antojos con una dieta saludable. Se requiere registro: https://apps2.beavertonoregon.gov/Secure/Library/EventRegistration/ES/register-adult.aspx?eventid=2816
Parents, join WIC & Beaverton City Library virtually on May 16 at 4pm to learn about tips to balance the need to satisfy cravings against a wholesome diet. Registration is required for this Spanish Language event.
See the full year calendar here. You can also subscribe to get our calendar added to yours!
- State Testing (see schedule above)
- Tuesday, May 11, 6:30 - PTC Meeting
- Thursday, May 20, 6:00p.m. - Kindergarten Orientation
- Monday, May 31, 2021 - No School, Memorial Day
- Tuesday, June 1 - Follow Monday specials schedule
- Wednesday, June 2 - Instructional Wednesday, follow Tuesday Specials
- Friday, June 4, 5:00-8:00 - Carnival
- Tuesday, June 8, 6:30 - PTC Meeting
- Friday, June 11, 4:00-6:00, Remember Shawna Allen
- Wednesday, June 16, 10:00-3:00 - Fifth grade party
- Friday, June 18 - Last Day of School, Fifth grade clap out, Class Parties
The first day of the 2021-22 School Year is Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
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