The Roadrunner Report
The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - Feb. 15
Dates to know...
2/22 - Spirit day, wear Ridgie gear
2/22 - 30th Annual Ridgewood Science Festival
2/28 - Passport day
3/1 - Read Across America Book Character Parade
3/12 - PTC Meeting, 6:30pm
3/12 - Coffee with the Principal, 8:30am
3/14 - 4th & 5th grade musical, 6:30pm
Spring Break - March 25-29
Spring Conference dates - No School April 18 & 19
Congratulations to the BeepBeep winners for Feb. 8th: Cody, Arlo, Henry, Rebecca, Demi, Kendal, Damian, Oliver, and Drea!
Inclement Weather Procedures and Information
School closure or delayed start decisions will typically be communicated to media outlets and posted on the District website, Facebook and Twitter by 5:30 a.m.
We encourage families to make transportation and attendance decisions for their child(ren) based on their own assessment of travel conditions at their location.
When all district schools and facilities are closed
- All daytime and evening activities/events on closure days are cancelled.
When there is a 2-hour delay in opening school
- All schools will open two hours later than regularly scheduled.
- The following classes are cancelled: AM early intervention, AM Preschool Classes, AM Health Careers, Auto Program & Terra Nova Program
- Buses are on snow routes
- There will be no bus service for Bonny Slope, Nancy Ryles and Sato elementary schools.
- Bus services will not be provided to McKinney-Vento students living outside of the district.
When school is on time and buses are on snow routes
- All schools operate on regular daily schedules.
- There will be no bus service for Bonny Slope, Nancy Ryles and Sato elementary schools
- Terra Nova Program is cancelled all day.
- If the weather forecast calls for declining weather conditions throughout the day, the district will implement snow routes for PM dismissal.
When weather conditions necessitate an early closure of schools
- We encourage you to refer to the BSD website, School Messenger and local media for more detailed information.
- All daytime and evening activities/events are cancelled.
Wednesday – Early Dismissal School Days
- The District will not have a 2-hour delay on Wednesday. The District will maintain a regular Wednesday schedule with Early Release or close schools for the day
Congrats to this month's Big Beep winner, Becca Hardesty! Thank you for all you do!!
Ridgewood Volunteer Needs
Science Festival -- Feb 22nd -- For the shifts below, you will sign in with MyVP. If you have a child that is 6th grade or above that would like to volunteer, particularly for the demo rooms, please send Matt Hansen email@example.com or Julie Larson firstname.lastname@example.org 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 21 6:45-8:30 Click HERE
Help kids with project set-up Friday, Feb 22 morning 7:30a-8:30a Click HERE
Help kids with project set-up Friday, Feb 22 lunch 11a-1p Click HERE
Demo Room* Set-up and Demo station volunteer (3 different shifts) Friday, Feb 22 5:00p-7:30p Set up from 5-6:00, and two 45-min shifts to assist kids. Click HERE
Pizza set-up and service (2 shifts) Friday, Feb 22 5:15p-6:45p Click HERE
Clean-up Shift Friday, Feb 22 7:30p-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! The night of the festival you will be given a paper with numbers of 3 projects to visit. You ask the kids simple questions about their project, initial that you were there and leave the kids a quick note of encouragement in their program books. Just let us know as you enter the building on Feb 22 that you are interested in reviewing.
*Demonstration Rooms: there are 6 stations and we need a total of 16 people. Shifts are from 6-6:45 and 6:45-7:30, only 45 minutes. You will help the kids stay in line, and assist them minimally with the demonstration. It is a simple and a fun way 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
**If you no longer have children attending Ridgewood Elementary, please notify
Bubble Gum Day Raises Funds for Homeless Families
February 1 was National Bubble Gum Day. It was started as a way for school children to take action and raise money for their schools. Here at Ridgewood the fifth graders decided to use this as a fun way to take action for homeless families in the community. Students donated money for the opportunity to chew sugarless bubble gum in class. They donated over $110 dollars! The money was used to purchase dental hygiene products for children and families at A Good Neighbor Center in Tigard, Oregon. This shelter for homeless families was so appreciative of the donations which included toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss. The center had other needs as well, so some funds went for cough drops, baby shampoo, thermometers, etc.
Staff Appreciation Week
Parent Teacher Co-op Corner
1 Family Movie Night (6-8pm in the Gym)
12 PTC Meeting (6:30 in Library)
14 Class Parties
22 Science Festival (6-8pm in the Gym)
February PTC Meeting Spotlight: PTC Funding Proposals for 2019/20 School Year
Our February spotlight will begin at 7:00pm directly following the PTC meeting and will discuss any new PTC funding proposals for the 2019/2020 school year. If you have a PTC budget request, please download the PTC Funding Proposal Form below, and bring with you to the February 12 PTC meeting.
If you have a current line item you would like to have increased or would like to propose a new line item added to the budget for next year, this is the time to get your proposals in! If you cannot attend the meeting, please send completed forms to Kelly Ruhl in advance of February 12. No budget decisions are made at the meeting.
Questions? Have a question about PTC events or an upcoming meeting? Feel free to contact your PTC Community Communications Liaison, Kate Himes @ email@example.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.
Kindergarten Registration Now Open
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.
Gaming Club News
Gaming Club will now take place every other Friday starting on February 1st and going until May 24th. We will be meeting from 3:15-4:30pm in the Library/Tech Lab. The meet-up dates are as listed below:
Feb 1 and 15
March 1 and 15
April 12 and 26
May 10 and 24
A few notes about what to expect:
- As always, snacks are provided!
- Gaming Club is FREE--there is no cost to participate!
- Students are allowed to bring in their own gaming materials but they must have their name clearly printed on each item
- Students with their own materials (Pokemon cards, Magic the Gathering cards, etc) must turn in their cards at the beginning of the meet-up days and may collect them at the beginning of the Club Session.
Please be sure to contact Ryan Cutsforth at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any changes to enrollment or go-home plans, or any other questions, concerns, or comments you might have.
Art Lit News
Last month in Art Literacy, students learned about actual and implied texture in fiber arts in the style of the contemporary African-American artist, Faith Ringgold. As a painter, soft sculpture, and fiber artist, she is best known for developing 'story quilts' which combine the traditional form of quilting with a painted canvas and story. Several of her narrative quilts have been made into children's books and are available from the library for students to enjoy (Ringgold was also featured as Ridgewood's January author of the month during library!) . Students explored actual texture as they quilted and implied texture as they painted their own personal 'story quilts'.
This month, students will learn about the life and work of the Russian goldsmith and designer, Peter Carl Fabergé. As a jeweler, he distinguished himself by designing fantastic objects that were both vividly imaginative and masterfully created. He is best known for his elaborate Imperial Easter eggs designed first for Czar Alexander III and later for his son, Nicholas. Students will learn to identify forms and symmetry in his art and will then create an egg using the jewels available to us non-royals (sequins, beads, ribbon).
Save the Date
Upcoming FREE Art Event -A Gathering of the Guilds-April 26-28 at the Oregon Convention Center:
Friday, 10am-7pmSaturday, 10am-6pm
The Oregon Potters Association's Ceramic Showcase and the Gathering of the Guilds are reuniting to form one of the largest, unsurpassed art shows in the Northwest. More than 300 artists working in Metals, Glass, Wood, Beads, Fibers and Clays and Glazes will be exhibiting their wares, doing demonstrations, offering youth activities and more, during this unique and diverse three-day artisan show. In conjunction with the Oregon Potters Association’s Ceramic Showcase, the five Guilds participating in the show include Creative Metal Arts Guild, Oregon Glass Guild, Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, Portland Bead Society and Portland Handweavers Guild.
Admission is free.
The 30th annual Ridgewood Elementary Science Festival is scheduled for February 22nd, 2019. The Ridgewood Science Festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary due to the parent volunteers behind it. If you are interested in being a part of the science festival committee, please contact Matt Hansen at email@example.com 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.
Have a very scientific week,
Ridgewood Science Festival Committee