The Roadrunner Report

The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - October 4, 2019

Our Mission Statement

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.

BeepBeep Winners!

Congratulations to our BeepBeep winners for Sept. 27th: Anna, Aries, Augustine, Ava, Avyana, Bennett, Gabriela, James, Kendal, Yadiel!
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Congratulations to our BeepBeep winners for Oct. 4th: Renata, Joaquin, Kaden, Madeline, Davina, Jasper, Dani, Matthew, Mary, and Odin!
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Volunteer Corner

A big thank you to those of you who have volunteered at Ridgewood thus far! Your support is greatly appreciated!

Ridgewood Volunteer Needs:

Action in the Park: October 9 & 10. Join students at Ridgewood View Park (adjacent to the school) to help restore habitat and learn about nature. Parent chaperones are essential to the program. No experience is necessary; you need only willingness to be outdoors and share enthusiasm for the project, rain or shine. Parents can sign up to go out with their students' classes. Community volunteers can pick a time frame in which you will help out. Below are the links to sign up for each individual class:

Volunteer at Action In The Park! Wednesday, October 9:

8:45-9:25: Brown

8:45-9:25: Turkington

9:40-10:20: Curtis

9:40-10:20: King/Rodriquez

10:35-11:15: Chamberlain

10:35-11:15: O'Neill

10:35-11:15: SCC Lowry

12:45-1:25: Johnson

12:45-1:25: Shearer

12:45-1:25: SCC Jenson

1:40-2:20: Sackley

1:40-2:20: L. Rodriquez

Volunteer at Action In The Park! Thursday, October 10:

8:45-9:25: Simantel

8:45-9:25: Leijon

9:40-10:20: Guy

9:40-10:20: Gretz

10:35-11:15: Klee

10:35-11:15: McDonald

10:35-11:15: Magdaleno

Jogathon: Oct 18th: This is THE one and only annual PTC-sponsored fundraising event each school year. Students seek pledges of financial support from friends, family and neighbors to support over 40 PTC-sponsored enrichment programs. Students, teachers and staff meet on the track to run as many laps as possible during the designated 30-minute class period (20 minutes for K and 1st) during the school day. SCC students will run with their grade level. Parents are needed to help organize students, cheer kids on and count laps. Click HERE to log in, then scroll down to Events - Jogathon and find your grade and teacher. Contact Kelly Ruhl or Amy Ottaway with,

Passport: Thursday, Oct 24th: Help kids navigate around the world! Click HERE to sign-up and view when your child(ren) will be participating. Contact Lucia Dallas with questions:

In the Classroom: For each classroom, we are recruiting for a Party Coordinator, Art Lit helper and a Celebrate Reading helper. Slots are filling up, but many opportunities are still open! Contact Orissa Crispin or Sandy Dinsdale on the Volunteer Coordination Team with questions:

Kinder Reading and Writing: Monday- Friday mornings (see times in myVP). By inspiring a young child to learn to love reading and writing, you transform a life. Help one or two kindergarten children with their reading- sign up Brown (HERE) Curtis (HERE) or writing- sign up Brown (HERE) Curtis (HERE). Contact Mrs. Brown or Mrs. Curtis with questions:,

Morning Mix Stations: Monday-Friday, 7:55-8:25. Morning Mix Stations allow students to begin their school day by participating in various activities based on what makes them feel most regulated and ready to learn. Staff would be so appreciative to have parent volunteers assist with supervision each morning before school starts. Click HERE to sign up.

Thank you for supporting Ridgewood!!

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The Ridgewood Jogathon is just around the corner! Pledge envelopes should have come home in your student's backpack on Friday, October 4th. Please look inside to find valuable information on how to help your children collect pledges and win prizes through fundraising and our lunchtime raffles. The Jogathon will take place on Friday, OCTOBER 18th. We encourage parents to come join us during the event either as a volunteer or to cheer on the kids!

Please refer to our special JOGATHON EDITION of the PTC Press ( for answers to all of your Jogathon-related questions, including how to collect money, corporate matching, how the money is spent, your student's run times, volunteering and so much more!

Student Sucess Act

The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427) in Spring 2019. This is an historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. The Beaverton School District could be able to access an estimated $34 million per year through a state application process.

School districts are required to apply for funds, and must engage their community in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds. We will host a series of Community Conversations - Speak Up 4 Student Success in several locations throughout the BSD. Schools will also be engaging their communities in these conversations during September and October.

Please join us to talk about what student success looks like in the Beaverton School District? What is going well in Beaverton schools? What areas/services/programs could we improve?

Your voice matters! We welcome your perspective and opinion.

Speak Up 4 Student Success Community Conversations offered in English & Spanish:

· Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Southridge High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Cedar Park Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Monday, October 7, 2019 at Stoller Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Monday, October 21, 2019 at Aloha High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Budget Listening & Learning Session) For more information, and to complete a BSD Needs Survey, please visit the Student Success Act webpage.

De su Opinión sobre el Éxito Estudiantil: HB 3427 - Ley de Éxito Estudiantil

La Legislatura de Oregon aprobó y el Gobernador firmó la Ley de Éxito Estudiantil de $ 2 billones (HB 3427) en la primavera de 2019. Esta es una inversión histórica y muy necesaria en las escuelas K-12. El Distrito Escolar de Beaverton podría acceder a un estimado de $ 34 millones por año a través de un proceso de solicitud estatal.

Se requiere que los distritos escolares soliciten fondos y deben incluir a su comunidad en un proceso de evaluación de necesidades antes de la solicitud de fondos. Organizaremos una serie de conversaciones comunitarias para qué de su opinión sobre el Éxito Estudiantil, en varios lugares del BSD. Las escuelas también incluirán a sus comunidades en estas conversaciones durante septiembre y octubre.

Por favor, vengan para hablar sobre el éxito estudiantil en el Distrito Escolar de Beaverton. ¿Qué está funcionando bien en las escuelas de Beaverton? ¿Qué áreas, servicios y programas podríamos mejorar?

¡Su voz es importante! Agradecemos su perspectiva y opinión.

Las conversaciones comunitarias para que de su opinión sobre el éxito estudiantil serán en inglés y español:

· Martes, 24 de septiembre de 2019 en Southridge High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Jueves, 26 de septiembre de 2019 en Cedar Park Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Lunes, 7 de octubre de 2019 en Stoller Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Lunes, 21 de octubre de 2019 en Aloha High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Sesión Informativa del Presupuesto)

Para obtener más información y para completar una encuesta de necesidades de BSD, visite la página web Student Success Act

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Fall 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!

Costume Guidelines

Each class will have a fall class party on Thursday, 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


We are very excited to begin Oregon battle of The Books (OBOB) with your students. This is a fun competition that will encourage students to read a wide range of genres and authors. It is also a great exercise in teamwork and camaraderie.

OBOB teams comprise of 3-5 team members at a time that battle to see who can remember the most facts about a book. Teams read 16 pre-chosen books.

Battles will be during the school day. One team will have a chance to advance to regionals. To learn a little bit more about OBOB and see this years wonderful list of books you may visit the official website at

Parent support will be necessary in order for our students to successfully compete. Each team will need a parent coach. I will need 2 parent volunteers per grade to help during battles.

Students may choose to borrow books from the school, public library or purchase the books in order to read and study before the battles begin in January.

Please sign and return the parent permission form below.

Carla Bergin

Ridgewood LMA

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Testing for 3rd and 5th Graders

In October, all 3rd and 5th grade students in Beaverton will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener. This 30-minute test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities through verbal/picture analogies, number analogies and figure matrices.

Currently the main purpose for administering the CogAT is to identify students for TAG in the area of intellectual ability. Students who score at the 97th percentile or above on the CogAT screener will be invited to test with the full version of the CogAT that is used for potential TAG identification. The full version of the CogAT will be given in November. For more information about testing, your school’s TAG facilitator. When test results are returned, we will be sending you a copy with additional information about our TAG program.

En octubre, a todos los estudiantes de 3er y 5to grado del Distrito Escolar de Beavertón se les administrará el Examen de Detección de Habilidades Cognitivas (CogAT). Esta prueba de 30 minutos mide las habilidades de razonamiento aprendidas de los estudiantes a través de analogías verbales / ilustradas, analogías numéricas y matrices de figuras.

Actualmente, el objetivo principal de administrar CogAT es identificar a los estudiantes para TAG en el área de la capacidad intelectual. Se invitará a los estudiantes que obtengan puntajes del percentil 97 o superior en la evaluación CogAT a que tomen la prueba con la versión completa de CogAT que se usa para la identificación potencial de TAG. La versión completa de CogAT se entregará en noviembre. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con (su Facilitador de TAG para la construcción).

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Change of After School Plans?

If you need to let us know about a change of end-of-day transportation plans, please call or email the office no later than 2pm. You may call the office at 503-356-2440 or email us at Please do not send emails to individual staff emails, as we won't get the message if the staff member is out that day.

The 2pm deadline allows us to communicate the changes to all affected students and teachers prior to dismissal. Since we typically have a large number of changes each day, we may not be able to accommodate your request if you call after 2pm.

Ridgewood Daily Schedule

Want to know if your students has PE, music, tech, or library on a particular day? Ridgewood "specials" follow a 6-day rotation schedule, which you can view at the link below. To read the schedule, first locate the schedule number for a particular day by looking at the tables listed by month. For example, the schedule for Monday, Oct. 7th is Day 1. Then look at the top of the page for the schedule for Day 1. The color coded blocks refer to the grade and first initial of the teacher's last name. For example, 2G, or Ms. Guy's 2nd grade class, has PE from 8:35-9:25 on Day 1.
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Middle School Options Information

Information on BSD middle school options is available here.


Please clip Box Tops and ask your friends, neighbors and family to clip Box Tops! The program is now phasing to scanned Box Tops. Please download the new App for an even easier way to get Ridgewood dollars! Look for Box Tops on MANY of the regular products you buy and be sure and scan your receipt for an automatic deposit to Ridgewood.

Our 2019-2020 goal is $1,000 for the school which goes right to our students’ programs. It couldn’t be easier! Our first submission is November 1st. Between the start of school and Halloween, please put any clipped Box Tops in your child’s grade box, look for them outside the main office. The grade with the most Box Tops will get extra recesses in November!

Any questions? Email:

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Dates to know...

10/8 - PTC meeting, 6:30pm

10/9 - Coffee with the Principal, 8:30-9:30am

10/11 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS (staff work day)

10/18 - Jogathon!

10/24 - Passport day

10/26 - Katoh exchange students arrive

10/30 - Picture retakes

10/31- Class parties

11/6-7 Fall conference dates (NO SCHOOL 11/7-8)

See our full calendar here.

See the 2019-2020 district calendar here

Important Dates for 2019-2020

Want to know all the days off, special events, and other important dates for the upcoming school year? Download the attached list of Important Days:

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Our next newsletter will be published on Oct. 18. Please send articles to Dede Morris ( no later than Wednesday, Oct. 16.
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