The rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - November 6, 2020
Principal Perspective - Equity & Antiracism
Last week I presented our School Learning Plan to a group of district executives, including Superintendent Grotting. All schools were asked to focus on and make goals in the areas of equity, student achievement and collaboration.
At Ridgewood, we have subgroups of students who continually perform below our overall scores on state testing. This is clear evidence that our teaching and state testing do not support equal access and success for all students. Additionally, acts of racism occur at our school. Because our students are young enough to experience racism, it necessary for us to be deliberate in countering it in our school.
In recognizing this, our Leadership Team has created a plan for our staff to learn, grow and take action against racism in our school. We are eager to share this plan with our families, as we know we must partner with you in this work.
At this week's PTC meeting, I will take the opportunity to share with our families the work we are doing to become an antiracist school and invite you to partner with us in that work. I invite all families to participate, or reach out to me individually if you would like to share your experiences at Ridgewood. Our goal in opening up this work is to grow as a community, embracing and celebrating each child and family for who they are.
Please join us for the conversation!
The 2020 Ridgewood Virtual Jogathon is officialy over…and we were VERY excited to announce to the students yesterday that we crossed the finish line of our $60,000 fundraising goal at the last minute! Our total came in just a few hundred dollars over the goal, meaning that we will have the opportunity to enhance the book collection in our library while also supporting many of the other programs funded by the PTC budget. We are so proud of our students and incredibly grateful for all of the support Ridgewood families and our greater community shows to our school year after year! Thank you!!!
Last Friday was a perfect day to get out and enjoy Oregon’s fall weather, and it was fun to see so many little Roadrunners getting active in their neighborhoods! We hope that your family had the chance to participate and enjoy the opportunity to walk or run together. We are working on a slideshow of Jogathon Day to share with the students, so if you have any pictures or videos of your Jogathon activities please email them to fundraising@RidgewoodPTC.org.
Thank you again for your support and participation in Ridgewood’s only major fundraiser for the 2020-21 school year!
Kelly Ruhl & Amy Ottaway
Middle School Options
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.
I am very happy to report that our first ever Distance Learning Passport Quiz was a huge success. We had 139 students participate and nearly half of those taking the quiz achieved Level 5!
November’s Passport study map will be going out in the next material pick-up. If your student would like to get a head start on studying click here and scroll down until you will see links for each month. Click on November and it will take you to November’s virtual classroom. The password to access the map is HelloWorldDL. In addition to map access, students can also find links to interesting facts, videos and books related to the countries they are studying each month.
The link for this month’s quiz will be made available on Wednesday, November 18th. The link will be posted within SeeSaw in the Wellness tab and students will have 24 hours to complete the quiz.
Hello Ridgewood families!
It is hard to believe we are in November already. I hope you are doing well. Please read on for some updates and information from the school counseling perspective.
NEW: Fun Friday Lunch Bunches for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade
Is your upper grade child wishing for more connection during distance learning? If so, we have created an optional opportunity for socialization for students in grades 3-5: Fun Friday Lunch Bunches! This event is open to all third, fourth, and fifth graders. Check out the flier for more information.
Resources for Parents During Distance Learning
If you or your child is struggling with the demands of distance learning, know that you are not alone! Below is a list of resources to help navigate some of the academic, emotional or behavioral challenges that may come up at home. I will update this list as I hear of more resources.
Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning: A helpful article for caregivers from Commonsense Media.
Safe + Strong Helpline 1-800-923-HELP. Safe + Strong Helpline, in partnership with the
Oregon Health Authority, is an emotional support and resource referral line that can assist anyone who is struggling and seeking support. Callers do not need to be in a crisis to contact this line. Help is free and available 24/7. Language interpreters available.
Live Tutoring for Students through Washington County Libraries: Click your child’s grade level, then scroll down to “Live Tutoring.” You need a library card to access the service.
How Parents Support Social and Emotional Learning at Home
Social and emotional learning in the home means that you can use moments that happen organically to grow your child's SEL skills while managing your own. Join us for this interactive presentation led by the Together for Students Chicago Initiative, including our partners at Thrive Chicago with CPS Competency Based Education, and Communities in Schools Chicago, to learn about strategies for intentional SEL application at home. The session will also cover what advocating for SEL at your child’s school looks like, and how modeling best practices can lead to an improved quality of life for your children and family.
Tuesday, November 24, 5:00 - 6:00 pm CST. REGISTRATION
Balancing Screen-Time with Staying Active and Getting Rest
With social distancing and remote learning limiting our ability to connect and be active, daily screen time has increased exponentially. Join us for this interactive presentation led by the Together for Students Chicago Initiative, including our partners at Thrive Chicago with CPS Competency Based Education and Communities in Schools Chicago, to learn how to effectively manage this new normal while making time for our health and physical activity.
Tuesday, November 17, 5:00 - 6:00 pm CST. REGISTRATION
Ridgewood School Counseling program Parent/Guardian Needs Assessment
I am interested in hearing your voices about Ridgewood’s school counseling program needs and offerings. If you have not already, please take a few minutes to complete this parent/guardian needs assessment. Your feedback will be used to refine and guide our school counseling program this year. Thank you!
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 backpacks are supplemented with fresh food like milk, vegetables, etc. Apply here, or simply contact me with your interest and I'll sign you up.
Counselor/Student Success Coach Office Hours
Ms. Shearer and I hold open office hours for parents on Mondays and Fridays from 2:30-3:15. Feel free to pop in during those times if you need a listening ear!
Zoom link, password: wellness
Click on this link to see The many ways to get Library Books.
We did it! It was so fun to get to visit everyone by bus! I hope to see more of you next week! Here is the link with our next visit!: The Book Mobile
Don’t forget you can also put specific books on hold through our online catalog.
You will receive an email letting you know when they are available to pick up.
IMPORTANT: Do not add a book to a list when holding in Destiny. You must press HOLD IT button .I cannot see the list. The lists are for you.
Not sure what to read?
Fill out this form and Mrs. Bergin will put together a book bundle based on your responses. 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.
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 day or to the bus.
OBOB: We have most of the books but are still waiting for some from the publisher. Click here: OBOB Info.
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.
KEEP CALM and READ ON!
As always I am available to answer any questions. Carla_bergin@beaverton.k12.or.us
- Tuesday, 11/10 - PTC Meeting, 6:30pm - Ridgewood's Anti-Bias & Anti-Racism Plan
- Wednesday, 11/11 - No School - Veteran's Day
- Friday, 11/13 - No School - Grading Day
- Wednesday, 11/18 - Passport in Seesaw Wellness class
- Wednesday-Friday, 11/25-27 - No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
- Tuesday, 12/8 - PTC Meeting, 6:30pm
- Wednesday, 12/9 - 8:30-9:30a.m. - Principal Chat
- Wednesday, 12/16 - Passport in Seesaw Wellness class
- Thursday, 12/17 - All School Winter Singalong, 6:00-6:30 on Zoom
- Monday, 12/21- Friday 1/1/21 - No School - Winter Break
- Monday, 1/4 - Return from Winter Break
- Tuesday, 1/12 - PTC Meeting, 6:30p
- Monday, 1/18 - No School, MLK Jr. Day
- Tuesday 1/19 - Follow Monday Specials
- Wednesday 1/20 - Instructional Wednesday, follow Tuesday Specials
- Friday, 1/22, 6:30-7:30pm - Family Bingo Night on Zoom
- Wednesday, 1/27 - Passport in Seesaw Wellness class
- Friday, 2/5 - Virtual Science Festival
- Friday, 2/5 - No School, Grading Day
- Monday, 2/15 - No School, Presidents Day
- Tuesday, 2/16 - Follow Monday Specials
- Wednesday, 2/17 - Instructional Wednesday, follow Tuesday Specials
- Wednesday, 2/24 - No School, Staff Development, Passport in Seesaw Wellness class
Ridgewood Elementary School
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