February Ridge Raptor Report

Preparing Students to be Succesful for Life

From the Principal

Thank you to parents for participating in our school survey conducted before winter break. Below is the feedback received from 70 respondents who answered the survey questions. Statements, to the question, What is important to you in terms of what you want from your child's learning experience at Ridge? were rated by parents on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being "least important" and 5 being "most important". Below are the statements with the percentage of responses that listed the statement a 4 or 5.

What is important to you in terms of what you want from your child's learning experience at Ridge?

Being Prepared to be Successful for Life (85%)

Safety (82%)

21st century Skills (Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Communication) (77%)

Students pursuing their Passions and Interests (72%)

Student Choice and Ownership in their learning (70%)

Grades (68%)

Balanced School Calendar (68%)

Multi-Age learning Experiences (55%)

Homework (53%)

Standardized Test Scores (38%)

The main reasons respondents listed for choosing Ridge was full day Kindergarten, the balanced calendar, and a longer school day. Other reasons listed included social emotional learning, Ridge's focus on family and community, working together, and an excellent staff dedicated to students.

When asked, What do you see in the future for Ridge?, answers included expanding to include grades 6, 7, and 8, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) focus, science based learning, and less standardized testing.

We certainly concur with parents on the importance of safety, as well as preparing students to be successful for life and utilizing 21st century learning skills as a focus of student learning.

The information and data will be used in our planning for continuous improvement. Please note that Ben Grey, Assistant Superintendent for Innovative Learning and Communication, and I will make a preliminary presentation at the February 22 Board of Education meeting regarding the future possibility to expand Ridge to a K-8 school.


All returning students must complete electronic registration. Electronic registration for 2016-17 school year will be available in the Hub during winter conferences. The link for registration will be sent (from CCSD59) to you February 9th. Please call the Ridge office if you have any questions at 847-593-4070.

Winter Conferences Feb. 10th and 11th

Winter conferences is an excellent time for you to discuss your child progress and learning with their teacher. You should already have a conference time scheduled sometime Wednesday, February 10 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, or Thursday, Feb. 11 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm or from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. On Feb. 11th there are no conference times during the teacher's dinner hour of 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Wednesday, Feb. 10th is a 1:40 early dismissal for students. There is no school for students on Thursday, February 11th, Friday, February 12th, and Monday, Feb. 15 (President's Day).

5Essentials Survey

Your help is needed: We need a higher response rate in order to have usable data representing our parents on the 5Essentials Survey. If you haven't done so please take a few moments (parents only) to fill in a brief survey that will give us valuable feedback for our school improvement planning.

Your opinions are important to us.

Survey Link: https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/

Please click on Parent Survey.

Parent & Guardian Technology Support Nights

Please come to any one of the upcoming CCSD59 Technology Support nights. Learn about resources for social media, screen time limits, accessing your child's Google account, directions to see your child's digital work, online privacy, internet safety, cyberbullying, and much more.

February 2, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Rupley Elementary

February 9, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Friendship JHS

February 16, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Brentwood Elementary

Ridge FTO - February 9 at 7:00 pm in the Hub

Wednesday Spirit Days

Feb. 3 - Red Day

Feb. 10 - Crazy Socks Day

Feb. 17 - Purple Day

Feb. 24 - Comfy Clothes Day

Dine n' Share Wednesday, Feb. 10- FTO Fundraiser

All Day Fundraiser - Moretti's - 1799 S. Busse Rd. Mt. Prospect, IL

Must mention "Ridge Family Center for Learning FTO" fundraiser when ordering.

Please present flyer.

February 23 Field Trip for Grades 1 - 5

Wolves Hockey Game - Special school day game. Permission Slips coming soon!