Roadrunner Report

The rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - October 9, 2020

Principal Perspective

We will be promoting its first Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Week (October 12-16) to spread awareness of actions that we can all take to prevent suicide and reduce the stigma related to mental health concerns. Last school year, BSD staff completed 138 suicide screenings and/or interventions for elementary-aged students. Unfortunately, we suspect the number of students struggling with a mental health crisis was much higher.


As part of our effort to support student wellness, students at Ridgewood will be receiving Social Emotional instruction to promote positive mental health and navigating their feelings. Children and young people in particular can be overwhelmed by stress during an event like the COVID-19 pandemic. These stressors include changes in routine, breaks in continuity of learning, missing significant life events and feeling less safe and secure due to loss of housing or a shortage of food resources.


Learn more about mental health and how to engage kids in important topics by accessing the resources at eachmindmatters.org. The organization has gathered quite a list of resources. Specifically related to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a Parental Resources Kit. It includes resources, by age group, to help you support your child’s social, emotional and mental well-being.


To support the mental health of our students, we continue to connect with them in a variety of ways. Our staff parade last week allowed us to see them in person, and we will be partnering with out PTC to celebrate our school and community through out annual Jogathon. Additionally, this Friday will be our first Spirit Day, and all students are encouraged to wear their Ridgewood t-shirts throughout the day.


If you ever have a concern about your child's well-being, either physical, emotional or mental, we can guide you on finding support. Please don't hesitate to call us, email us, or message us in Seesaw to ask for help. We are in this together.

2020 Jogathon Trailer Video

PTC Meeting - Middle School Options

October's PTC meeting features a panel on Middle School Options. Hear from Ridgewood families who have gone on to attend option schools, and learn the pros and cons of attending an option middle school. The meeting begins at 6:30 on Tuesday, October 13th. See your email for the Zoom info.
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Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school or apply to a Learning Option Program. Transportation is provided.


Please do some online research on the Learning Options Programs and attend one or more of the virtual open houses.


Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available starting October 19:


  • Current BSD students may apply online using their student ID.

  • All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries.

  • Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school (i.e. homeschool or private school students) will need to complete a paper application available online or at any school office beginning October 19.

  • Applicants who don’t have internet access may complete a paper application.

  • Students may only select one option on their applications.

  • Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.

  • Raleigh Hills and Springville will only be accepting applications for 7th and 8th grades.


Applications must be received no later than December 11 at 4:00 p.m.

Important dates, deadlines and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Learning Options webpage.
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TAG (Talented & Gifted) Identification

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement in reading and/or math. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning, our evaluation process will look different this year. We will administer in-person TAG testing after January 11, 2021. Until then, teachers will collect evidence on how your student responds to differentiation within their distance learning classroom. This evaluation may include: file reviews, teacher and student observations, a collection of work samples, and/or individual or group assessments. This process may take some time, but every effort will be made to complete the evaluation in a timely manner. Parents will be notified of their school’s in-person testing dates in January.

If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office or linked here. Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion.


Please complete and return the Parent Information Form to your child’s teacher.

Parent Form - Grades K-3

Parent Form - Grades 4-8

Parent Form - Spanish

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Counselor Corner

Hello Ridgewood families!


Can you believe we are already through our third week of school? Time sure flies. I hope you are all well, and taking care of yourselves as we head into fall and winter.


Resources

Ridgewood Food Backpack Program

The Ridgewood Food Backpack program is up and running! Every other Wednesday, Ridgewood supplies families in need with backpacks filled with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food. The program can accommodate as many families as needed. Apply here, or simply contact me with your interest and I'll sign you up. The next food pickup date will be Wednesday, October 7.


Free food boxes through BSD

Since March, in conjunction with our community partnerships, BSD has facilitated the distribution of 17,500 food boxes to Beaverton families. We plan to support those efforts for as long as possible.


Thanks to a grant through the USDA, we're now able to offer more free food boxes at three BSD locations on Wednesday of every week (Beginning October 7):

  • Aloha High School: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (or until all boxes are distributed)
  • Beaverton High School: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Southridge High School: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

We anticipate that each box will contain fresh produce, dairy and meat. There are no requirements to pick up a box. The distribution is open to all.


Counseling Program Requests

Food Backpack program help

We are looking for helpers to sponsor families participating in the Food Backpack program. Currently families receive non-perishable items such as rice, pasta, canned foods, etc. We would like to supplement this with fresh items like fruits, vegetables, eggs, bread, etc. Please contact me if you're interested in providing one or some of these items on a regular basis.


Ridgewood Clothes Closet Winter Donation Drive

Please see the flier included in this week's Roadrunner Report and donate if you can!


Counseling Program Needs Assessment - Coming soon!

I will be sending out a counseling program needs assessment soon. Your input will help me plan counseling goals and activities for the remainder of the school year. Thank you in advance for your participation.


Wellness Wednesday SEL Lessons

Ms. Shearer and I have enjoyed getting to know your children in our live Wellness Wednesday lessons. It has been great to see so many connections being made! This past week I noticed a drop in attendance in 4th and 5th grade for live lessons, compared to our first week of live lessons. As a reminder, Wellness Wednesday lessons are synchronous (live) every other Wednesday. We encourage your children to participate, as research shows there is a strong connection between social and emotional learning, and academic success.


There will be no live lessons this coming Wednesday, October 7, since it is a normal student instruction day.


The next live lessons will be for grades K-2 on October 14.

The next live lessons for grades 3-5 is on October 21.


I hope you all have an amazing weekend. Take care!


Mrs. Mason

Ridgewood School Counseling website

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Library News

ALMOST HERE!

Here is the link: The Book Mobile I can't wait to see everyone and hand out my favorite things BOOKS!!!!!


Don’t forget you can also put specific books on hold through our online catalog.

This video will show you how to do that. Destiny Video or follow these written Instructions. Destiny-Catalog Instructions. You will receive an email letting you know when they are available to pick up.


Not sure what to read?

Fill out this form and Mrs. Bergin will put together a book bundle based on your responses. There is even a choice to receive a surprise bundle.

Ridgie's Drive Thru Library

Allow 2-3 days upon filling out this form. You will then receive an email with instructions when to come pick up your books.


Returning Books?

Books can be returned anytime to our

new book return bin outside next to the free library. Books can also be returned on material exchange days.


FOR FUN: With your clever log in you can now go into Teachingbooks.net. This is an extensive, fun resource of books, book trailers, recommendations, authors, illustrators.


QR Codes:: The many ways to get Library Books


KEEP CALM and READ ON!

Ridgewood Calendar

See the full year calendar here.

Please note the calendar was updated on August 24, with a move of the February grading day


October

  • Tuesday, 10/13 - PTC Meeting, 6:30-7:30 - Middle School Options
  • Wednesday, 10/14 - Jogathon Kickoff Assembly, 12:00p.m. Zoom link in Seesaw.
  • Friday, 10/16 - Ridgweood Spirit Day - wear your Ridgie gear!
  • Wednesday, 10/21 - Passport - sign ups will be in Seesaw
  • Friday, 10/30 - Virtual Jogathon & Fall Parties!

November

  • Wednesday, 11/11 - No School - Veteran's Day
  • Friday, 11/13 - No School - Grading Day
  • Monday, 11/16 - First possible day Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students could be in the building. However, statewide metrics for returning to the building must be met in order for us to open our building to students. Three Staff Development Workdays will be integrated into the calendar prior to hybrid instruction.
  • Wednesday-Friday, 11/25-27 - No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

December

  • Thursday, 12/17 - All School Winter Singalong, 6:00-6:30 on Zoom
  • Monday, 12/21- Friday 1/1/21 - No School - Winter Break


**No fall or spring conferences are scheduled this year.**

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Volunteering at Ridgewood

Yes, there will be many opportunities for virtual volunteering, and you can volunteer as much or as little as your schedule permits.


In addition to parents, grandparents, family, and friends are also welcome to volunteer. First, they have to complete the background check and be approved to volunteer to Ridgewood. These steps, like many others, ensure a safe environment for the students. Volunteers check in/out of the Beaverton School District’s Volunteer Management System. We call it “MyVP”. MyVP keeps record of when and where volunteers volunteer.


To join our Volunteer Taem:

  • Get started early – Get your background check completed and get registered in MyVP! This can take a few weeks.

  • Complete online at https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us

  • ---> Click the Community tab, on the drop down menu click Volunteer, then click the yellow box that corresponds to your role: Parent/Guardian, Community Member (grandparents use this one), or Youth, then use the “I am new” side of the page to start the process
  • Please feel free to contact your Volunteer Coordinator Team anytime! volunteering@ridgewoodptc.org


Stand by as we find the best ways for volunteers to join us in our online learning environment this fall!

Ridgewood Collects Boxtops!

Box Tops has phased out the version that you clip off of packages. Now, you need to SCAN YOUR RECEIPT through the Box Tops app. Click on the QR code to download the app to your phone. It takes about 30 seconds when you get home from shopping at Target, Fred Meyer, Costco, New Seasons…any store where you may have purchased a product with Box Tops.


It is easy and we are WAY behind on our yearly revenue goal for this line item in the PTC budget. So PLEASE START SCANNING (you can use receipts that are delivered with ClickList, Instacart, etc. as well). We used to raise $800 to $1,000 each year and this year we are off to a very meager start.


Yes, we can still take clipped boxtops! You may drop them off during Material Exchange or any day between 8:00-4:00 - we'll have the bin on the front porch.


Any questions? Email: kali@rembold.com