The Roadrunner Report

The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - April 5th

Dates to know...

4/5 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, Grading Day

4/9 - PTC Meeting, 6:30 in the Library

4/10 - Coffee with the Principal, 8:30-9:30am

4/11 & 12 - RPAC Show "Mulan Junior" 6:30pm (doors open 6:15pm)

4/12 - Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, 11:00am-12:30pm

4/17 - Conferences 4:00-8:00pm (school in session regular hours)

4/18 - No School, conferences 12:00-8:00pm

4/19 - School Closed

4/25 - Passport day

4/25 - Kindergarten Orientation, 6:00-7:30pm


See our full calendar here.

See the 2018-2019 district calendar here.

See the 2019-2020 district calendar here. School starts August 26th.

Principal Perspective - State Testing

As we enter April, we also enter the season of state testing. Each year our third and fourth graders test in ELA (English Language Arts) and Math. Our fifth graders test in ELA, Math and Science. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test is used for the ELA and Math tests. This is an adaptive test that students take on a Chromebook. There is no time limit to the test, and students will take it over several sessions in the classroom with their teacher. The Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS) test is used for Science in fifth grade only.


This week during Collaboration time, we spent time as a staff looking at resources and supports for ensuring our students are able to do their best on each test. Teachers are incorporating questions similar to those on the SBAC into their lessons, reminding students of the parameters of the tests, and ensuring that they know how to use the online tools and access the test itself.


As parents, we ask that you are aware of when your child is testing (see notes from the teacher), and prepare them with lots of rest, healthy food, water, and a positive attitude. Also, please know that being absent during testing can really put stress on a student, as they then miss more class to make the test up.

BeepBeep Winners!

Congratulations to the BeepBeep winners for March 22nd: Charlotte, Kanen, Izzy, Emory,

Greta, Soren, Milo, Andrew, Kiana, and Maren!

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Volunteer Corner

Changes are happening in MyVP! Take a look at the new Calendar View option. The Opportunities tab has moved to the right side of the main home page and now has a drop down menu with the option to view events on a calendar, as well as the familiar list view. Click on the activity for more information or to sign up. Certain activities will only show up in one or the other view. Let us know if you have any questions!


Ridgewood Volunteer Needs

Production Room -- Wednesdays Flexible schedule - even an hour here or there is a big help! Consists of photocopying, cutting things out, and preparing projects for the teachers with our fun Production Room team. Snacks provided! Click HERE to sign up. Contact Hilary Gerrish with questions. hilgerrish@gmail.com

Junior Gardeners -- Choose your schedule -- Spring is upon us! Volunteers are needed to help in Ridgewood's garden area, either with kids or solo. Click HERE to sign up. Contact Bettina Jeszensky with questions. bjeszen@yahoo.com

Volunteer Luncheon -- April 12th -- Volunteer appreciation luncheon from 11-12:30. Ridgewood loves our volunteers who are so generous with their time! RSVP by signing up [Ridgie’s Readers reading corner (maybe only in the mornings?) - older kids can read to the smaller kids to keep them occupied, prize: $5 to spend at the book fair (or pick out one book) *confirm with Mrs. Shaw if this is ok as we would need to swing one of the shelves out to allow access. volunteers get an entry into a raffle for each shift they work (prize TBD) volunteers may enter the name of one child for each shift they work into a raffle drawing (prize TBD) expand activities for kids/families at family night]HERE if you plan to attend.

Book Fair -- April 22nd - 26th -- Join us at our Dino-Mite spring book fair! We will have lots of fun incentives for volunteering for a shift (or two!). This is a great opportunity to help foster a life-long love of reading! Click HERE to sign up. The set-up shift time the week before may change due to conferences. **Please note: family night is on Wednesday. Contact Darcy Humphrey scarcy13@hotmail.com or Carla Bergin carla_bergin@beaverton.k12.or.us with questions.

Passport -- April 25th -- 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. lucia_rios@hotmail.com


Plant Sale -- May 3rd -- The Garden team is looking for a few volunteers to help run the plant sale on Friday, May 3rd from 12:30-3:30. Volunteering includes sorting out plants into individual orders and then helping a few green team students run a table at parent pick up. Please email Bettina at bjeszen@yahoo.com if you're able to help out.

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
volunteering@ridgewoodptc.org
www.ridgewoodptc.org

**If you no longer have children attending Ridgewood Elementary, please notify
update_volunteer_locations@beaverton.k12.or.us

Please Join Us At The Volunteer Luncheon

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Register for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Spring parent-teacher conferences are coming up soon on April 17 and 18. Please select your conference time now by following the link here.


Have questions or trouble signing up? Call the office at 503-356-2440.


Please note that there is no school for students on Thursday, April 18, and Friday, April 19.

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PTC News

April Events

8 Ridgewood PTC Fundraiser @ Killer Burger

9 PTC Meeting (6:30pm in Library)

22-26 Spring Book Fair (Family Night on April 24th!)

25 Kindergarten Orientation (6:00-7:30pm in Gym)


April PTC General Meeting: Tuesday, April 9 @ 6:30pm

This month's meeting will cover our general business including upcoming events, fundraising, budget status and volunteer needs.

Questions? Have a question about PTC events or an upcoming meeting? Feel free to contact Kate Himes, PTC Community Co-Liaison: kathryn.a.himes@gmail.com


All Ridgewood parents are voting members of the PTC. You are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings to stay informed and ensure your voice is heard! Free childcare provided at each meeting

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book fair is coming

Ridgewood Elementary invites you to attend our Dino-Mite Spring Book Fair on April 22nd-26th with shopping times every day before school, at lunch and right after school. Family Night is Wednesday from 6-7:00pm. Too far away to visit us in person? Shop online for 24/7 convenience and an expanded book selection! https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/ridgewoodpdx
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Kindergarten Registration Now Open

Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 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 25th. 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 April 1st, to allow for verification of enrollment before Orientation.


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

Student Profile

The Student Profile form for the 2019-2020 school year is now available. The form is completely optional, but if you would like to complete one, the link is available below. Paper forms are also available in the school office.


Please return completed forms to the school office by May 15th.

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Online Parenting Class

SEL Times

Camp Achieve - Save the Date

The Camp Achieve summer program will be back at Ridgewood this summer! Camp Achieve is scheduled to run from July 8th through August 1st, from 9-2 daily (Mon-Thurs). Breakfast and lunch will be available, and transportation will be provided.


More information and online registration coming soon.

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Radon Testing Results

With our new HVAC system this year, we have re-tested the radon levels in each room in our building. All of our rooms are now below the EPA action level, and we will continue balancing the new system to ensure our levels remain low. Below is the report of the testing completed in our building this month.

5th Grade Student Surveys

For the next three years all 5th and 8th grade students will be surveyed in an online nutrition and PE survey in order gather information for planning, program evaluation, and assessment of progress on the District’s Physical Education and nutrition plan. The student survey window is: April 24 - May 31st.


  • The District is surveying 5th and 8th grade students to gather information for planning, program evaluation, and assessment of progress on the District’s Physical Education and nutrition plan.

  • The student survey takes about 20 minutes during the regular school day. Like other surveys, results will be presented only about groups. No individual data will be reported.

  • Your child may skip questions or stop filling out the survey at any time. Refusing to participate or withdrawing from the survey does not affect your child's grades or class standing in any way. If you or your child does not want to participate, your child can read or do some other activity while his or her classmates complete the survey.

  • A copy of the survey is available from your child's school and is posted at

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/district/research-reports

  • After reviewing the survey, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify your child’s teacher.


Encuesta Anual de Estudiantes

  • El Distrito encuestará a los estudiantes de 5.º y de 8.º grado para recolectar información para la planificación, la evaluación del programa y para la evaluación del progreso en el plan de educación física y en el plan de nutrición.

  • La encuesta de estudiantes toma aproximadamente 20 minutos durante el día escolar. La información que obtengamos de la encuesta es anónima. Al igual que otras encuestas, los resultados que se presentan son sólo acerca de los grupos. No se proporcionará información de su estudiante.

  • Su hijo puede no contestar las preguntas o dejar de contestar la encuesta en cualquier momento. El negarse a participar en la encuesta o no terminar de contestarla, no afecta las calificaciones o rango de su hijo. Si usted o su hijo no quieren participar, su hijo puede leer o hacer alguna otra actividad, mientras que sus compañeros de clase completan la encuesta.

  • Una copia en blanco de la encuesta, está disponible en la escuela de su hijo y se encuentra publicada en

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/district/research-reports

  • Después de revisar la encuesta, si usted no quiere que su hijo participe, por favor, notifique..

Annual Student Survey

Each year the District surveys students, staff, and parents to gather information for planning, program evaluation, and assessment of progress on the District's Strategic Plan.

  • The student survey takes about 20 minutes during the regular school day. The data gathered from the survey are anonymous; your child will not put his/her name or other identifying information on the survey. Like other surveys, results will be presented only about groups. No individual data will be reported.

  • Your child may skip questions or stop filling out the survey at any time. Refusing to participate or withdrawing from the survey does not affect your child's grades or class standing in any way. If you or your child does not want to participate, your child can read or do some other activity while his or her classmates complete the survey.

  • A copy of the survey is available from your child's school and is posted at

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/district/research-reports

  • After reviewing the survey, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify the Ridgewood office at 503-356-2440.


Encuesta Anual de Estudiantes

  • Cada año, el distrito lleva a cabo encuestas para los estudiantes y el personal con el fin de obtener información para la planificación y la evaluación del programa así como del progreso del Plan Estratégico del Distrito.

  • La encuesta de estudiantes toma aproximadamente 20 minutos durante el día escolar. La información que obtengamos de la encuesta es anónima; su hijo no incluirá su nombre o cualquier información de identificación en la encuesta. Al igual que otras encuestas, los resultados que se presentan son sólo acerca de los grupos. No se proporcionará información de su estudiante.

  • Su hijo puede no contestar las preguntas o dejar de contestar la encuesta en cualquier momento. El negarse a participar en la encuesta o no terminar de contestarla, no afecta las calificaciones o rango de su hijo. Si usted o su hijo no quieren participar, su hijo puede leer o hacer alguna otra actividad, mientras que sus compañeros de clase completan la encuesta.

  • Una copia en blanco de la encuesta, está disponible en la escuela de su hijo y se encuentra publicada en

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/district/research-reports


After School Activities

Aloha Junior Baseball Organization - Instructional Baseball Registration
Chess Odyssey - Chess Club
Science Matters - STEM Club
TAZ - Tennis Class​

Ridgewood Elementary School

Our next newsletter will be published April 19th. Please send articles to Dede Morris (dorothy_morris@beaverton.k12.or.us) by April 17th (4:00 p.m. deadline).
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