Rocket Wrap Up

September Newsletter

Welcome Fall!

Dear Families,

What a welcome September was in our building! With the change of months, we've had a cooling down of weather and a more settled feel inside the building.

Students and staff are establishing routines and beginning to make their goals for the year ahead. Our students in grades 1 - 5 have started on their iReady diagnostic for the fall to help provide important information about the needs of each child. Students in K - 3 are working on a variety of literacy assessments to help create a more complete picture of each student as a reader.

As we continue to live, teach, and learn in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, please continue to monitor your child/ren at home for symptoms. If they are not feeling well, please call the office and send a note when they return. If your student has been in direct contact with someone outside of school that has tested positive, please notify the school and begin your self-quarantining procedures. We want to do everything we can to perserve full, 5 day a week learning for all of our students. We appreciate your help in making that happen!

Please feel free to reach out to me or your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns!

Yours in Education,

Jess Parthemore, Ed.S.


Ridgedale Elementary

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Picture Day is Coming

School Picture Day is scheduled for September 8th. Due to the high number of student and staff absences at the moment, this will be for individual pictures only.

We will do whole class photos and picture retakes on September 29th.

If you would like to place your order for pictures online, please visit the link here. The password is "PrePay."

Please see Ms. Parthemore if you have any questions.

Chromebooks and Cases

Our chromebooks are each issued with a case. These cases are designed to help protect the chromebook from drops and falls, and are only designed to fit the actual chromebook inside.

Please help reinforce this with your child--no other objects (pencils, headphones, earbuds, etc.) can go in the case. These can move around and get between the screen and the keyboard and cause the chromebook screen to break.

Thank you!

Interested in Subbing?

Interested in helping in the school? We are always in need of additional subs for the following areas:

  • Classroom Aides
  • Nurse
  • Custodian
  • Teachers

Please contact Ms. Parthemore if you are interested in being added to one of these lists!

Attendance Update

September is Attendance Awareness Month!
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PTO Information

Mumkin Sale is on until September 13th!

Go to to get your child's code.

The catalog can be viewed here.

Delivery will be Saturday, October 2nd.

Counselor Connection

Miss Warwick would like to encourage parents to practice "Mindfulness" with their kids. This is being present and aware. In our busy world, our minds and bodies can get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle, and may have a hard time slowing down. It is also easy to get stuck thinking about things in the past or the future, while forgetting to focus on the here and now. The benefits of mindfulness for children and adults include decreased stress and increased resilience.

Try this activity with your child to decrease anxiety and focus on being in the moment. This is a 5-4-3-2-1 "Grounding Technique." Name 5 things you can see; Name 4 things you can feel; Name 3 things you can hear; Name 2 things you can smell; Name 1 thing you can taste. Try this activity periodically in different settings. It's amazing how your responses change based on your environment. Have fun and enjoy your new sense of calm .

School/Home Connection Corner

Reading SOS: Should I correct my child when she reads aloud to me?

Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Family Literacy Calendar

Unique (and quick) activities to do each day with your child to bring in additional reading skills at home!

Upcoming Events

September 6th--No School/Labor Day

September 8th--Picture Day

September 13th--No School/Professional Development

September 29th--Picture Retake Day

October 4th--No School/Conferences (11:00 AM - 7:00 PM)

October 6th--Conferences (4:00 - 8:00 PM)

October 11th - 14th--Book Fair

October 15th--No School

October 25th - 29th--Dental Clinic

October 26th--3rd Grade Fall ELA Assessment Part 1

October 27th--3rd Grade Fall ELA Assessment Part 2, Boo at the Barn (5:00 - 7:00 PM)

October 29th--End of 1st Quarter

November 11th--Veteran's Day Concert

November 24 - 26--No School/Thanksgiving Break

December 13th - December 17th--Holiday Shoppe

December 14th--Elementary Concert (Grades K-1)

December 22nd - December 31st - No school/Winter Break

January 14th--End of 2nd Quarter

January 17th--No School/Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February 18th--No School/Professional Development

February 22nd--No School/Presidents Day

March 7th--No School/Conferences (11:00 AM - 7:00 PM)

March 18th--End of 3rd Quarter

March 31st--Elementary Concert (Grades 2-3)

April 5th--Grades 3 - 5 ELA Assessment Part 1

April 6th--Grades 3 - 5 ELA Assessment Part 2

April 15th--No School/Spring Break

April 18th--No School/Spring Break

April 20th--Grade 5 Science Assessment Part 1

April 21st--Grade 5 Science Assessment Part 2

April 26th--Grades 3 - 5 Math Assessment Part 1

April 27th--Grades 3 - 5 Math Assessment Part 2

May 18th--Last day of Preschool

May 25th--Last day of School

May 26th--Teacher Work Day