Bauer's Blast

Ridge Wood Elementary School - October 3, 2017

'Fall'ing into the Routine!

Dear Ridge Wood Families,

The leaves are changing, and the colors are looking beautiful. It’s a great time of year to enjoy Michigan. I hope this newsletter finds everyone well.

Our 'Future Michigan Leaders' are thinking, analyzing, creating, and putting forth their best efforts! We set high expectations for all of our students, and with our support & guidance, they can achieve a lot!

Halloween is just around the corner, and I want to remind all of our families my expectations of appropriate costume dress. I want the children to be creative and to have fun, but no costume can have toy weapons or objects that resemble weapons. Also, costumes need to be comfortable and children must be able to dress themselves.

Continue reading the rest of the articles, you will find many important nuggets of information!

If at any time you have questions, please contact me.


Heather Bauer

Upcoming Events

  • 10/4 National Walk/Ride Your Bike to School Day
  • 10/17 PTA Meeting @ 10:30 in the Media Center
  • 10/17 Room Parent Luncheon @ 11:50-12:35 (sponsored by the PTA)
  • 10/19 Dad's Club Meeting @ 8pm at the Northville Sports Den
  • 10/24 Bingo Night @ 6-8pm in the Cafeteria
  • 10/31 Halloween Parades 11:00 & 3:00 (more info. to follow)

National Walk/Ride Your Bike to School Day

It’s time to gear up for the international Walk or Bike to School Day, Wednesday, October 4, 2017! The Michigan Fitness Foundation & Michigan Department of Transportation are sponsoring this event and we hope that many of our students will participate!

Parent-Teacher Conferences Coming!

Ridge Wood will be hosting Parent-Teacher Conferences the evening of November 15th, during the afternoon & evening on November 16th, and finally during the afternoon of November 17th. Within the next 2 weeks you will be getting communication regarding sign-up. We do sign-up using 'Sign-up Genius', so keep a look-out for this message sent by your student's teacher, as well as on a building ListServ.

Ridge Wood Dad's Club - Looking for Members!

Are you a Ridge Wood Dad? Consider becoming a member of the active 'Dad's Club'! They meet monthly at the Northville Sports Den. The next meeting is Thursday, October 19th @ 8pm. They will be discussing their upcoming events.... Comedy Club Night Out and the Annual Daddy/Daughter Dance. For more information contact Lloyd O'Dell at

PTA Happenings....

PTA is busy providing exciting opportunities for our families! Don't miss out on the fun, join the PTA! Here are a few highlights:

Ridge Wood Family Directory

If you would like to be included in this year’s family directory, you must join the Ridge Wood Member Hub at Please list yourself and student(s) as well as any other family member whom you would like to appear in the directory. Once you submit this information, it will go to the admin for approval. Once you are approved, you will get an e-mail to log on and create your password. *Be sure to check your Spam or Junk E-mail box to make sure you receive this information. If you have any questions you can contact Lloyd O’Dell at

Invest in Your Child Campaign

The PTA’s Invest in Your Child Campaign is about to start J This is the biggest fundraiser of the year! In order to keep many of the programs going, it is important that we have participation from ALL Ridge Wood families! Be on the lookout for the donation envelopes which will be going home soon.

Reflections Program is Soon to Start

The PTA Reflections Arts Program is kicking off! This year’s theme is “Within Reach”. Reflect on the theme and create an original piece of art. The submission deadline is Friday, October 27th. For more information go to:

or e-mail the Reflections team at


The Yearbook Committee is currently collecting the following for the yearbook:

  • 3rd grade pictures from the Heritage (Victorian) Festival
  • First day of school
  • All grades extra-curricular activities pictures

Send all pictures (at actual size) to Tammy Besco at

PTA - Bingo Night

Mark your calendars..... Tuesday, October 24th is Bingo Night at Ridge Wood. This is a fun family event sponsored by the Ridge Wood PTA!

7 Habits Booster.....

Do you know what the ‘7 Habits’ are?

Here is a quick reminder…

  • Be Proactive: Have a ‘ Can Do’ attitude
  • Begin with the End in Mind: Plan ahead and set goals
  • Put First Things First: Set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan
  • Think Win-Win: Everyone can be a success
  • Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood: Listen to each other
  • Synergize: Working together is better
  • Sharpen the Saw: Take care of your mind, body and soul

Ask your student which habit is their favorite. Our students continue to learn and practice these habits throughout their day.

This year's school wide theme is - "Future Michigan Leaders!"

Forgotten School Items....

It is our practice at Ridge Wood to only call students down to pick-up forgotten lunches. If you happen to bring something to school, we are happy to place it in the teacher's mailbox, but we will not call a student out of class to pick up their item (s). This helps reduce classroom interruptions. Thanks in advance for supporting our efforts!

Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures

Please share the attached document with anyone that participates in our drop-off or pick-up. These expectations are for our student's safety, and it is vital that EVERYONE follows the guidelines! Also, I would appreciate it if everyone would refrain from using their cell phones while driving through parking lot - our children deserve your undivided attention. Finally, during our drop-off & pick-up times, left hand turns are not permitted - a new sign will be coming soon!

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