The Roadrunner Report

The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - Feb. 14, 2020

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.

Principal Perspective - Common Expectations

This month we are taking time to review with students the common expectations we have of them when they are in the cafeteria and on the playground. In the cafeteria we expect students to be:


  • Wash or sanitize hands

  • Eat their own food

  • Stay in their seats until dismissed


  • Share tables

  • Use quiet voices & kind words

  • Use good manners


  • Are prepared

  • Clean up

  • Compost/Recycle

Please take time to review these expectations with your children at home and let them know what you expect of them during their lunch time. As always, parents are welcome to join their students for lunch, simply sign in as a visitor in the main office. Lunch times are:

Kinder & 3rd grade 11:25-11:45

1st & 4th grade 11:50-12:10

2nd & 5th grade 12:15-12:35

Also, our amazing Broadcast crew did a video reminding all students of playground expectations, including walking on the blacktop, swinging straight and sliding feet first, one at a time down the slide. We want to ensure the safety of all students on the playground.

Have an amazing week and I hope to see many of you at Science Festival on Friday!



BeepBeep Winners!

Congratulations to our BeepBeep winners for Feb. 7th: Everett, Arijana, Gabby, Vivia, Olive, Dexter, Demi, Odin, Soren, and Raleigh!
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Volunteer Corner

Science Festival:

  • Friday, Feb 21st: For the shifts below, you will sign in with MyVP. If you have a child that is in 6th grade or above that would like to volunteer, particularly for the demo rooms, please send Matt Hansen or Julie Larson their name and school, and what they would like to volunteer for (they do not need to sign up in MyVP). We also need 75 reviewers* and reviewers also do NOT need to sign-up in MyVP.
  • Set-up evening of Thursday, Feb 20 5-6:30p, and/or help kids set up their projects from 6:30-7:30p. Click HERE!
  • Help kids with project set-up Friday, Feb 21 morning 7:30-8:30a. Click HERE!
  • Help kids with project set-up Friday, Feb 21 lunch 11a-1p. Click HERE!
  • Demo Room** Set-up and Demo station volunteer (3 different shifts) Friday, Feb 21 5-7:30p. Set up from 5-6p, and two 45-min shifts to assist kids. Click HERE!
  • Pizza set-up and service (2 shifts) Friday, Feb 21 5:15-6:45p. Click HERE!
  • Clean-up Shift Friday, Feb 21 7:30-8p. Click HERE!

*Reviewers - we need 75 reviewers. All are welcome to help, moms and dads, siblings in 6th grade or higher, grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends, cousins and neighbors. No experience needed, no prep, no computer sign-up! Each review will be asked to review three projects. There will be a new, quicker way to review each project - more details soon! Just let us know as you enter the building on Feb 21 that you are interested in reviewing.

**Demonstration Rooms: there are 6 stations and we need a total of 16 people. Shifts are from 6-6:45p and 6:45-7:30p, only 45 minutes. You will help the kids stay in line, and assist them minimally with the demonstration. It is a simple and fun way to help out!

If you are interested in volunteering in the demo room and/or have any questions, please contact Matt Hansen or Julie Larson We are looking for a few additional people to join the committee to assist with planning and on the event day, February 21st. The time commitment is only a few hours between now and the Festival. Contact Matt Hansen ( if you are interested, or if you have any questions.


Staff Treats:

  • Provide food and drink treats for the Ridgewood staff during their monthly staff meeting. Volunteers are needed to provide treats on March 3rd, April 7th and June 2nd. Treats should be delivered to the front office by 2:00p that day. Three people will coordinate treats for approximately 45 people. Here is the link:

Book Fair in the Playroom:

  • March 2-6th: Help our kids develop a life-long love of reading! Volunteer shifts are before school, during lunch recesses and after school. Assist kids to find item prices, count their money and keep the shelves tidy.
  • Family Night is Wednesday March 4 5:30-7p, with PIZZA available for purchase. (We will have more pizza this time!)
  • We are in need of a new Book Fair Chairperson (or team!) for our two book fairs each year. Contact Orissa Crispin with questions:
  • Click HERE!

Little Free Library Upkeep:
  • Come help on any week day from 1:30-1:45 and work with 5th graders to stock, organize and keep neat both the inside library in the alcove and the outside library. This is during the 5th grade afternoon recess.
  • Contact Mocalina Shearer to arrange your schedule or with questions:
  • Click HERE!

Activity Coordinator Needs:

  • We are in need of a new volunteer co-coordinator (or two!) for next school year. We'd like you to join our team and start training as soon as possible. We work together to support Ridgewood activities throughout the year. It's a great way to get to know the ins-and-outs of our school programs and meet people. Hours are flexible. We would love to speak with you more about this position, coffee or tea is on us! Contact the Volunteer Coordination Team if you are interested:

Kinder Reading and Writing:

Morning Mix Stations:

Friendly Reminders:

  • Badges: Do you have any school volunteer badges at home? Please be sure to return them to the basket by the volunteer sign-in table in the front office.
  • Restrooms: It can be tricky to know which bathrooms are for adult use. Adult bathrooms are located in the blue hall. There is one across from the library, one in the workroom behind the front office, and one across from the trophy case. They are separate from student bathrooms.
  • Recognize a Deserving Volunteer: Please drop their name in the “Big Beep” bucket in the front office, near the volunteer sign-in computer. A winner is selected at each month’s PTC meeting.

Thank you for supporting Ridgewood!

Sandy Dinsdale and Orissa Crispin

Ridgewood PTC Volunteer Coordination Team

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Lions and Tigers and Books, Oh MY!

Our spring book fair is just around the corner - March 2nd-6th. Join us in the multipurose room for a wild reading adventure! Check out our book fair web page HERE!

Parents - the new Ewallet option is great for sending kids to the book fair without having to carry cash (setup available starting on the 17th). All funds that aren't used are refunded back to your method of payment.

Join us for Family Night on Wednesday, March 4th from 5:30-7:00pm, where we will have pizza available to purchase (cash only please!). Pizza was such a hit last time, we ran out. We will have more pizza this time!

If you'd like to volunteer, click HERE. All volunteers will receive a coupon towards a book fair purchase. We hope to see you there!

Middle School Boundary Adjustments

The Beaverton School District has held four (4) community meetings with the Middle School Boundary Adjustment (MSBA) advisory committee. Attendance boundaries for all of the middle schools are being considered for adjustment and the advisory committee is seeking community input from residents in the central and southern part of the District.

The City of Beaverton is planning for almost 7,000 new residential dwelling units in the Cooper Mountain area near Mountainside High School over the next 10-15 years. Which middle school(s) should serve these new developments? Do you have reasons why your neighborhood should attend a different middle school? Do you understand that changes to attendance boundaries in the north part of the District will impact other attendance boundaries? Are you concerned about the potential for the size of student enrollment at middle school?

If you are concerned about any of these questions, or if you have other questions about the MSBA project, please visit the District's MSBA web page (link). Read the materials, visit the advisory committee calendar, and/or submit written comment to the committee. Please come to an advisory committee meeting or watch the meeting livestreamed in real time. The district wants and needs to hear from you.

Thank you for your support!

Steven A. Sparks, AICP | Executive Administrator for Long Range Planning | Beaverton

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Camp Achieve

Summer is coming, and the days away from a regular routine can set students back and take away learning gains from the school year. If students leave school in June and don't read or practice their math skills all summer, they can return in the fall at the skill level they were at back in January. Students then spend the first three months of the school year trying to regain what they had already learned the prior school year. This is called Summer Slide.

How can you stop Summer Slide from happening? One way is to sign up for Camp Achieve this summer! Applications will be sent home soon, pending the approval of our Beaverton Education Foundation grant application.

Here’s how Camp Achieve will work:

Students will sign up for two 3-day minicamps: June 30, July 1, July 2 and August 4, 5, 6 from 8:15-1:15 daily plus one lunchtime meet-up at a park the week of July 14. Teachers will check in with students at home who are unable to meet up the week of July 14. Teachers will remain connected with their class via Seesaw from June 28 through August 21.

During the minicamps, students will engage in STEAM activities and prepare for time away from camp - which includes picking out books to take home with them, practicing Dreambox, and choosing a journal. While students are away from school, teachers will check in with them via Seesaw to encourage them to read, complete Dreambox lessons, and write in their journal.

This year, Camp Achieve will be held at Ridgewood Elementary School. Students from Barnes, Cedar Mill, and Ridgewood will be invited to attend. We will provide bus transportation to the two minicamps from a few specific bus stops. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students for free. Enrollment is open to current K-4th grade students.

There will be a Family Meeting in early June, and a Parent/Guardian is expected to attend one of the available meetings dates. Dates will be sent out in May. At this meeting, we will explain the summer expectations and address any technology questions. We will also check out devices to families who need one over the summer. In order to participate in Camp Achieve, students must have signed Google Permission forms on file at their home school.

We hope you plan to reserve your spot in Camp Achieve! Applications should open after Spring Break. The first 150 students to apply from these four schools are guaranteed a spot (pending approval of our BEF application)! You students will get the opportunity to have a summer-long connection with a teacher who is reminding them to read, write, and think mathematically, suggesting new book titles, and cheering for their progress. Please consider signing up!

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Kindergarten Registration Now Open

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open! If you have a child who will turn 5 years old by Sept. 1, please begin the online enrollment process here. In addition to online registration, we also ask that you provide us with proof of birth (either a birth certificate or passport) along with a current copy of their immunization record.

Please plan to join us for Kindergarten Orientation at 6pm on April 9th. Incoming kindergarteners will visit a classroom for fun activities while parents meet in the school gym. Information will be shared about curriculum, registrations, and support services for your child.

This event is intended for parents and prospective kindergarteners. You are welcome to bring siblings, but no childcare will be provided.

Please complete your online registration by March 13th, to allow for verification of enrollment before orientation.

Questions about enrollment or Orientation? Please call the office at 503-356-2440.

Science Festival

The Ridgewood Elementary Science Festival is scheduled for February 20th, 2020. If you are interested in being a part of the science festival committee please contact Matt Hansen at to find out how you can help. You don’t need to be a scientist; you just need to be interested in helping promote science at Ridgewood. There is no required commitment during the school/work day.

Here is a short video highlighting a previous festival:

Project registration link:

Happy science!

Ridgewood Science Festival Committee

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run Coach Needed!

We are looking for one more person to help coach our Girls on the Run after school program Mon/Wed. from 3:05-4:35. As a Girls on the Run (GOTR) Coach, your role will be to inspire and encourage girls to realize their full potential! Over the course of 10 weeks you’ll connect with your girls through the GOTR lessons that cover subjects such as loving oneself, celebrating others, and connecting with their community - all while helping them work toward their end-of-season goal, finishing a 5k! If this sounds like something you would like to do, please sign up at:

Coach | GOTR Portland Metro

As a Girls on the Run (GOTR) Coach, your role will be to inspire and encourage girls to realize their full potential! Over the course of 10 weeks you’ll connect with your girls through the GOTR lessons that cover subjects such as loving oneself, celebrating others, and connecting with their community - all while helping them work toward their end-of-season goal, finishing a 5k! or for more information contact Damiana King at or

Save the Date for Ridgewood's Art Show

Thursday, April 30th 5:30-7:30 PM. Details coming soon...

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 2:00pm. 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 2:00p.m. 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 2:00p.m.

Dates to know...

2/17 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Presidents' Day

2/18 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, staff development day

2/19 - Immunization exclusion day

2/21 - Science Festival, 5:30-8:00pm

2/27 - Passport day

3/5 - SEL Night

3/10 - PTC meeting, 6:30pm

3/11 - Coffee with the principal, 8:30-9:30am

3/11 - 2nd/3rd grade musical, 6:30pm

3/13-20 - Scooter town

3/19 - Passport day

3/20 - Spirit day - Hawaiian wear

3/23-27 - Spring Break - SCHOOL CLOSED

April 1st and 2nd - Spring Conferences, No School April 2nd and 3rd.

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:
After School Activity Flyers

The Beaverton School District does not sponsor or endorse the activities and/or information in community flyers.

Ridgewood Elementary School

The next newsletter will be published Feb. 28th. Please send articles to Dede Morris ( no later than Wednesday, Feb. 26th.