The Roadrunner Report

The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - Nov. 2

Dates to know...

11/6 - Fifth grade family night at Cedar Park, 6:00

11/9 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, grading day

11/12 - SCHOOL CLOSED, Veterans Day holiday

11/13 - PTC Meeting, 6:30 in the Library

11/14 - Coffee with the Principal, 8:30-9:30am

11/20 - College Spirit Day - wear your favorite college gear

11/21-23 - NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break (Wednesday-Friday)

11/29 - Passport

Spring Conference dates - No School April 18 & 19

See our full calendar here.

See the 2018-2019 district calendar here.

Principal Perspective -

Volunteer Corner

Kindergarten "Read to Me" -- Read to Kindergarten students one on one in the classroom right after morning drop off. Each shift is only 25 minutes starting at 8:25. To sign up, click HERE and scroll down to Classroom Volunteering - Kindergarten. Contact Cyndi Simantel, our reading intervention specialist, for more information.

First Grade - Exploring Sound with Music -- Nov 6th. Help introduce sound to the first graders in music class. All students will go through sound sources rotations. We need 10 more volunteers to help from 1:45-3:00. You will either run a station or help a small group rotate. Mrs. Shaw will show you what to do from 1:45-2:00. Click HERE to sign up.

Passport Volunteers -- Nov 29th. Help kids navigate around the world. Click HERE to sign-up and view when your child(ren) will be participating. Contact Lucia Dallas with questions.

Recognize a deserving volunteer? Drop his/her 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!

Orissa Crispin and Julie Larson
Ridgewood PTC Volunteer Coordination Team

**If you no longer have children attending Ridgewood Elementary, please notify

BeepBeep Winners

Congratulations to this week's BeepBeep winners: Elliott, Kanen, Marcela, Selma, Max,

Massimo, Julia, Callan, Oliver, and Ce'Miyah!

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Fall / Pre-Holiday Spirit Wear Sale

The online store to purchase Ridgewood spirit gear is now open! Please visit to place your order now. The online store will remain open through Monday, November 19th. Orders will be delivered to your child's classroom in December- please be sure to include the teacher name during the order process. If your order contains a gift and you would prefer to pick it up at the school office, please specify this in the teacher name area.


We are very excited to begin Oregon battle of The Books (OBOB) with your students. This is a fun competition that will encourage students to read a wide range of genres and authors. It is also a great exercise in teamwork and camaraderie. OBOB teams comprise of 3-5 team members at a time. Only 4 people from the team battle at a time.

Battles will be during the school day. One team will have a chance to advance to regionals. To learn a little bit more about OBOB and see this years wonderful list of books you may visit the official website at

Parent support will be necessary in order for our students to successfully compete. Each team will need a parent coach. I will need 2-3 parent volunteers per grade. I will need someone to be the contact person for each grade level. I will also need help during each battle.

Students may choose to borrow books from the school, public library or purchase the books in order to read and study before the battles begin in January.

Please return this form by November 6, 2018 or e-mail me the following information at so I will be able to contact you with future OBOB information.

1. Student’s Name

2.Parent/guardian’s name and e-mail

3. Teacher’s name

4. Possible team member’s names

5. Can you volunteer? yes no

6. Team Captain’s name and e-mail.

Please see the form below if you do not have access to an email account.

Thank you,

Carla Bergin

Ridgewood Elementary School LMA

Art Lit News

The focus for this year's Art Literacy rotation is shape, form and texture.

Each lesson throughout the year is designed to focus on these 1-3 elements of art.

Last month, students learned about geometric and organic shapes in the primitive style of the French artist, Henri Rousseau (ahn-REE roo-SOE). He is best known for his paintings of jungle scenes drawn completely from his imagination. Students then created tigers hiding in their own imaginary jungle scene and many are on view in the halls outside their classrooms.

This month, students will learn about actual and implied texture in portraiture in the style of another French artist, Jacques Louis David (Jzh-OCK Loo-EE Da-VEED), a Neoclassical painter. He is known for his political paintings during the French Revolution and his realistic portraits of prominent French citizens, including Napoleon. Students will be exploring texture to create their very own realistic self portraits.

Green Team is a Go

5th and 4th grade are starting Green Team officially!!! In Green Team this year, there are three main areas we are looking at to make our school greener: garden, recycling, and eco schools.

Eco Schools pathways is a national recognition of our school being green. Our school is currently bronze, but we we are looking at ways to move up to the next level, silver, or even the top, platinum. There are several tasks involving the whole school to reach platinum level but we are hoping to be one of the few schools to accomplish it.

Successful First Walk and Bike

Our first Walk and Roll was a huge success. Thank you to the many student and adult volunteers, and the many people involved. A ton of people walked and biked to school and most of the bus riders walked two laps on the track after arriving. We were giving out cocoa and prizes to those who participated, but don’t forget that we were doing this to help the environment! We hope to see you participating in our next Walk and Roll to school day, but you can help the environment any day too. We will be doing Walk and Roll days with a walking school bus the first Wednesday of each month. Students who walk, ride their bike to school, or take the bus and then do two laps on the track can get a sticker for their efforts.

Ridgewood Gear Exchange

The Green Team is starting a Ridgie Gear Exchange. If your students have old Ridgewood shirts or sweatshirts that no longer fit, we will collect them for our exchange. We will be giving them to students who can wear them or want them. Please drop them off in the blue hall by the entrance of the school

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TAG Testing

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). If you think your child might qualify, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office. Completing this form gives our school TAG committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of its completion.

Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

The Parent Information Form must be completed and returned to our school’s TAG facilitator, or the school's office by Wednesday, October 31st.

Oct. 24 - CogAT testing - All 3rd and 5th graders (Intellect TAG screener):

8:45-9:45am - 3rd grade

10:50-11:50am - 5th grade

Nov. 13-16 -TAG Testing - ALL Grades

Options Schools Open House

Beaverton School District Learning Option Schools Open House Schedule for the 2019-20 School Year The Beaverton School District will begin accepting applications for Learning Options Schools for the 2019-20 school year on October 15, 2018. In order for you to determine if an option school would be best for your student, a series of open houses will be held at option schools (see schedule below). You are encouraged to attend these presentations with your student to gather information about the schools and programs. Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on December 7, 2018. Applications received after that will be considered on a space available basis.
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After School Enrichments

Beaverton YDP - Basketball Clinics and Tryouts
Chess Odyssey - Chess Club
Coding with Kids - Computer Programming Classes
Cub Scout Pack 122 - Scout me In
PlayFitFun! - After School Program
Cub Scout Pack 122 - Scout me In​

Girl Scouts - Join us to Get Started!​

Ridgewood Elementary School

Our next newsletter will be published Nov. 8th. Please send articles to Dede Morris ( by Oct. 24 (4:00 p.m. deadline).
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