Welcome Back to School Edition
Important Dates in August
August 16: Open House (see info below)August 18: First Day of School - Yippee!!!
August 23: STAR fall benchmarking window opens
August 18: Dunlap CUSD 323 School Board meeting (6:00 p.m. DHS)
August 25: Dunlap CUSD 323 School Board meeting (6:00 p.m. DHS)
August 26: Orchestra Night (4th & 5th grades only)
August 30: Fall Picture Day
I want to extend an enthusiastic welcome to all of our Ridgeview families as we return to a more normalized school year. We hope to make the transition back to school as smooth as possible for students, staff, and families. We are very excited to see all of our Foxes again. Although we will continue to be looking for guidance from IDPH, please be patient with us as we navigate through all of the recommendations and changes that present unique challenges to schools. Our focus will be keeping all students and staff safe while creating an engaging learning environment. I look forward to working with you and your children to create an experience where there is a love and excitement for learning! I have included below Dr. Dearman's return to school guidance which he sent to families in late July for your reference.
"YOU BELONG, YOU MATTER, YOU ARE WORTHY!"
Approved 2021-22 School Year Guidance
The following information was sent to Dunlap families by Superintendent, Dr. Scott Dearman, on July 22nd and is being re-posted here for your review. In addition, you can review the summary guidance document through the following link: 2021-22 School Year Guidance document
The past year and a half has brought unprecedented situations, and yet with each new hurdle, we have adapted to make it over safely and successfully. The 2020-21 school year started with worry and concern as we welcomed students back to in-person learning during a pandemic, all while simultaneously offering a new remote learning environment. We learned as we went and I cannot thank you all enough for your patience, understanding, and--most importantly--your help to make the year the success that it was.
Evermore, I call upon the same patience, understanding, and help so that we can continue to offer our students the best quality education possible. As you may be aware, on Friday, July 9th, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) fully adopted the updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which gives districts the ability to make decisions to best fit their needs while providing guidance to monitor the spread of COVID-19. The flexibility along with continued vigilance will allow us to take a step closer towards what we consider “normal” and bring back many of the regular routines regarding lunch, PE, music, and other educational opportunities.
Throughout the upcoming school year, Dunlap CUSD #323 strongly encourages all individuals--students and staff alike--to wear masks; however, we do respect families’ rights to make a choice regarding mask wearing. Should the rate of transmission of COVID-19 in our schools increase to certain levels, we have a tiered plan for mitigation outlined on page 3 of the “2021-22 School Year Guidance” document. As with the 2020-21 school year, we will continue to monitor guidance and guidelines as they are released by federal, state, and local authorities and inform all families of any changes. Please continue to monitor the district website for updates.
We are dedicated to safely welcoming students and staff back to school in a few short weeks and are thankful for our continued partnership with families in monitoring student symptoms and communicating with school staff.
Enjoy the last several weeks of summer!
Dr. Scott Dearman, Superintendent
Class Lists / Bus Lists
You will be able to view your child’s teacher and bus information through PowerSchool on Wednesday, Aug. 11th at 4:00 p.m. If you are new to the district or have not yet set up a PowerSchool account and require your child's Access ID and Access Password, please email the secretary at email@example.com. This information was sent home with existing students at the end of last year. Parent PowerSchool access information has been/will be emailed to all Kindergarten and new families in late July/early August. Please contact us if you need assistance to access your child’s information.
Kindergarten Families, Open House and Virtual Meeting
We have a kindergarten open house scheduled for Monday, August 16 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Details of this event are included below. In order to help ease the transition for our kindergarten families and our families, I am offering an opportunity to meet virtually with kindergarten parents on Sunday, August 15 at 6:00 p.m. This will be an optional meeting intended to discuss bus transportation, arrival and dismissal processes, lunches, attendance, the first day of school, etc. Kindergarten parents can access this meeting via the following link:
Welcome New Staff to RES
Madison Boland - Kindergarten
Hayley Caho - Kindergarten
Jennifer Walker - Music
Mary Musuruana - 5th Grade
Kyle James - RES Asst. Principal / Student Services Coordinator
Jeff Vacca - Social Worker
Brooke Troisi - School Psychologist
Kelly Ryon - Speech Pathologist
Our Ridgeview Teachers
First Grade: Mrs. Cross, Mrs. Johnson, and Ms. Rush
Second Grade: Mrs. Aydt, Mrs. Birkey, and Mrs. McCauley
Third Grade: Mrs. Barker, Mrs. Serrahn, and Mrs. Weiss
Fourth Grade: Mrs. Hudson, Mr. Scheuermann, and Mrs. Whalen
Fifth Grade: Mrs. Kuethe, Mrs. Loser, and Mrs. Musuruana
Counselor: Mrs. Dando
Specials: Mr. Rankin (PE), Mrs. Blayney (world language), Mrs. Wright (art), Ms. Walker (music)
Band/Orchestra: Mrs. Ardner (orchestra) and Mrs. Long (band)
Special Education: Mrs. Barksdale, Mrs. Eppel, and Mrs. Hopkins
English as a Second Language: Mrs. Miller
Speech Pathologists: Mrs. Koch and Mrs. Ryon
Arrival and Dismissal
Arrival Process (Car Riders):
- Students may not arrive prior to 7:24 a.m. - supervision is not available until that time.
- All car riders enter through the front doors next to the gym.
- Option 1: Pull up to the curb and kiss and drop. There will be a line so please pull up to the furthest available spot under the front canopy to drop off. Please be sure your child is ready ahead of time as parents should not have to leave their car for this process. You may drop off at any point when you reach the canopy area (again, pulling up as far as possible).
- Option 2: Park in the front or side parking lot and walk your child to the front sidewalk or doors.
Dismissal Process (Car Riders):
- The dismissal times are included below in addition to a diagram for dismissal.
- K-2 car riders will be assembled along the front sidewalk before the canopy.
- 3-5 car riders will be assembled along the front sidewalk under the canopy area.
- Option 1: Pull up to curb to pick up. This option is for those who only have one child to pick up. Please be careful pulling in and pulling out. Parents should remain in their vehicle.
- Option 2: This is the best option under most circumstances. Park in the front or side parking lots and walk to front sidewalk to pick up your child(ren).
All students are assigned a bus. It is policy that students are only allowed to ride the bus to which they have been assigned. Our default is to send students home on their bus each day. If your student will be doing something other than taking their bus home at the end of each day as part of their regular schedule, (car rider, day care – including Right at School, etc.) please complete a Transportation Change Form and turn it into the office. Parents may scan and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. A new form will need to be completed each school year.
For Kindergarten Parents only – a parent must be at the stop before the driver will allow the Kindergarten student off of the bus. Kindergarten parents can complete a Kindergarten Parent Consent Form that will allow someone other than a parent to get their Kindergarten child from the bus. A copy of this form will be kept both in the office and on the child’s bus.
Kindergarten Orientation and Open House
Optional Parent Orientation: There will be a 30-minute optional Zoom meeting for new families with the principal, Mr. Jefferson on Sunday, August 15 beginning at 6:00 PM. The purpose of the meeting will be welcome new families as well as to go over procedures and policies at Ridgeview. A Zoom link will be sent to the following families to join in:
- Kindergarten Families
- New families to Ridgeview
Kindergarten Open House:
- Monday, August 16 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
- Parents and students will meet their teachers
- Parents are encouraged to bring school supplies if they did not purchase them ahead of time.
- Students can step onto the bus as well to see what it looks like on the inside.
1st-5th Grade Open House
- 6:30 - 7:00 PM - Families with last names beginning with A - L
- 7:00 - 7:30 PM - Families with last names beginning with M - Z
During this evening, parents will have an opportunity to meet their child's teacher in a "meet and greet" format. Students are encouraged to bring their school supplies to drop off in the classroom. School supplies purchased through the PTO will already be in your child's classroom. Students may also step inside one of our buses that will be available.
Snack Time During the School Day
Curriculum Night for Parents
Ridgeview teachers will host a parent-only Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 7 from 6:30-7:30. This night is intended to explain the following topics related to your child’s education this year:
Overview of the academic and social-emotional curriculum
How student progress will be communicated
Classroom expectations and routines
Overview of 1:1 chromebook usage
Communication methods and expectations
There will be 2 identical presentations in each classroom to help accommodate parents who have more than one child. The first presentation will take place from 6:30-7:00 and the second presentation will take place from 7:00-7:30. The evening will conclude at 7:30.
Ridgeview Outdoor Education Center Update
2021-2022 School Supply Kits & List
School supplies purchased through the PTO will be delivered to your child's classroom before Open House on August 16. If you have questions regarding school supply kits, please email Ginger Cates at email@example.com.
Residency, Immunizations, and Health Records
5th Grade Band and 4th and 5th Grade Orchestra Sign Up
Sign up for Band (5th Grade Students) and Orchestra (4th and 5th Grade Students), will be on Thursday, August 26 from 3:30PM-8PM in the Ridgeview commons. This event is to help facilitate parent questions and instrument rental.
If you have questions regarding orchestra, please contact Mrs. Ardner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions regarding band, please contact Mrs. Long at email@example.com
Office Hours & Visitors
School & Office Hours: We will once again follow an early dismissal schedule every Wednesday throughout the school year. Wednesday afternoons are designed to allow teachers to work collaboratively as Professional Learning Communities with the ultimate goal of improving teaching and learning for all students. You can find more information about Professional Learning Communities on our district website at www.dunlapcusd.net. School is dismissed at 2:15 each Wednesday and at 2:45 on all other days of the week. We do have a few school improvement days during the year in which students are dismissed at 11:15 a.m. These dates are listed on the school calendar. Office hours at Ridgeview are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. M-F. Staff makes every effort to return emails and phone calls within 24 hours.
Visitors: In an effort to follow the guidelines set forth for our return to school, visitors will only be allowed in very unique and absolutely necessary circumstances. These visits would have to be pre-approved by building administration ahead of time. Lunch guests will not be allowed due to the factors indicated previously as well as capacity limitations. A drop table is located in the foyer outside the main office for items that need to be dropped off or picked up. Please contact the office ahead of time if you have an item to drop off and be sure to clearly label the item with your child's name and their teacher. The Ridgeview phone number is 309-243-7717.
A monthly parent bulletin will be sent through School Messenger during the school year to update parents on important events, activities, and news involving school. This bulletin is sent electronically via email to your email address listed in Powerschool. The bulletin is also posted on our school website. Bulletins will typically be sent out on the first Friday of each month.
The quickest and easiest way to communicate with Ridgeview Staff is through email. All staff emails can be found on the Ridgeview website by hovering over the Quicklinks tab in the upper right corner; then clicking on Teachers and Staff.
Fall Photo Day
Inter-State Studio photographers will be on hand Monday, August 30, to photograph all Ridgeview students and staff. Photos will take place in the art room. These photos will be used in the 21-22 Yearbook.
More information will available on our Ridgeview website as that date nears.
Right at School / After Care Programs
1, 2, 3 You and Me - (309) 692-3470
Cadence Academy Candletree (formerly Rogy's) - (309) 271-7242
Cadence Academy Big Hollow (formerly Rogy's) - (309) 271-4246
Little Friends - (309) 243-9000
Fun n' Fit - (309) 693-5757
Northminster (only if enough registrations are received) - (309) 691-6322
School Dismissal Time: 2:45 p.m. (2:15 every Wednesday)
K Lunch = 10:30-11:00
1st Lunch = 11:05-11:35
2nd Lunch = 11:40-12:10
3rd Lunch = 11:40-12:10
4th Lunch = 12:15-12:45
5th Lunch = 12:15-12:45