The Roadrunner Report

The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - Oct. 5

Dates to know...

10/9 - PTC meeting, 6:30pm - Middle School options

10/10 - Walk & Roll to school day

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

10/12 - Jogathon!

10/18 - Passport

10/18 - Action in the Park

10/19 - Action in the Park

10/24 - School in session, parent conferences 4:00-8:00pm

10/25 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, parent conferences 12:00-8:00pm


NEW - Ridgewood celebrates 60 years on Friday, November 2nd. Open house from 5:00-7:00 and a dancing through the decades from 7:00-8:00. All are invited!

Spring Conference dates - No School April 18 & 19

See our full calendar here.

See the 2018-2019 district calendar here.

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Principal Perspective - Health Education & Erin's Law

This week, during our staff meeting on Tuesday and early release collaboration time on Wednesday, our staff learned about our new health curriculum and Erin's Law. Erin's Law mandates that all students receive lessons on sexual abuse prevention each year. We will be sharing these new health standards and sexual abuse prevention lessons with students starting in January.

We will have materials available for parents to preview during fall conferences and you can learn more about the curriculum at the Erin's Law website. There will also be three districtwide parent nights where you can learn more information about the new health curriculum. Those are on October 15th, 18th and 24th. Details on those nights are available here.

Jogathon Run Times

The Jogathon is coming up soon on Friday, October 12. Following are the run times for all grades:

8:45-9:25 (40 min) 3rd

9:30-10:00 (30 min) ISC

10:05-10:35 (30 min) Kindergarten

10:40-11:20 (40 min) 2nd

11:00-12:10 Lunch Recesses

12:10-12:40 (30 min) 1st

12:45-1:25 (40 min) 4th

1:30-2:10 (40 min) 5th

2:15-2:45 Clean Up

Jogathon News

Thank you to everyone that has set up a Pledgestar Jogathon page. Congratulations to the winners of Jogathon Kick-off Contest #1: Peyton, Isadora, Sarah, and Rory!

Volunteer Corner

Ridgewood Volunteer Needs

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.

Ridgewood's annual Jogathon -- October 12th - Click HERE and scroll down to "Events - Jogathon" to sign up!!

Each class needs 4 lap counters. Help is needed with set-up, clean up, check-in, cheering, running, day-of organizing, so many ways to help! For more info and questions, contact Orissa Crispin at

Passport Volunteers -- Oct 18th.
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.

Action-in-the-Park -- Oct 18th and 19th. Ridgewood's own awesome outdoor education opportunity at the wooded park next door. Each class needs at least 6 volunteers for about 45 minutes. Consider signing up for 2 consecutive time slots and helping another classroom. The more volunteers, the better! Specific shifts are listed by teacher in MyVP under Classroom Volunteering.

Celebrate 60 -- Nov 2nd.

We need several volunteers to celebrate Ridgewood's 60 years.

  • Create and run our photo booth - we are picturing a place where patrons can use their own phones to take pics with Ridgewood props - maybe have the mascot available.
  • Guest book - create a guest book for the event and run a table for people to add memories, photos, etc. as a keepsake from the event.
  • Welcome banner - create a welcome to Ridgewood banner to hang over our check in table.
  • Dance decorations - hang student-made decorations in the gym Friday after school.
  • Host a decade room - are you a Ridgewood alum yourself? We will have a room for each decade, where we will lay out photos, and would like to have a host for each room.
  • If you are interested in helping with Celebrate 60, please contact Principal Cary Meier ( or Parent Volunteer Michelle Hebden (

Staff Treats First Wed of the month for April (1 more), May (3 people) and June (1 more) A few more slots to fill! Sign up HERE with a friend or two to provide the treats, a one time commitment. More info on the link to sign-up. Contact Jennifer Browning with any 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

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

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School Start & End Times

8:00 a.m. - Student supervision begins under cover

8:10 a.m. - Breakfast open, BeepBeep store open on Fridays

8:25 a.m. - Bell rings and students head to classrooms, hang coats & backpacks

8:30 a.m. - Class begins, students are in classrooms ready to learn

1:35 p.m. - Dismissal time on Wednesdays, beginning September 5th

3:05 p.m. - Dismissal time on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Office Hours: 7:30-4:00 daily

Our office hours will be 8:00-4:30 beginning Monday, October 8th.

BeepBeep Winners

Congratulations to this week's BeepBeep winners: Madeline, Charlotte, Adalyn, Olive,

Brooksley, Alex, Aries, Rory, Connor, and Griffin!

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Deadline for Free and Reduced Meals

If your student received free or reduced price meals for the 17-18 school year, those benefits will expire on Monday, Oct. 8th. Applications for the 18-19 school year must be received and approved before Oct. 8, or meals will be charged at the full price beginning on Oct. 9.

You may apply for meal benefits for the current school year at or contact the school office for a paper application. You may reach us at 503-356-2440 with any questions, or to have a paper application sent home with your student.

Parent-Teacher Cooperative Highlights

October Events

9 PTC Meeting (6:30pm in Music Room)

12 Jogathon

31 Class parties

October PTC Meeting Spotlight: Middle School Information Night

All 4th and 5th grade parents and students are invited to join us for an interactive panel discussion featuring Ridgewood parents of students currently attending the following schools: Cedar Park, Arts & Communication Magnet, Health & Science School, International School of Beaverton, Rachel Carson School of Environmental Science, Springville and Summa. Join us for the PTC meeting at 6:30 and stay for the panel discussion beginning at 7:00, or just come for the panel discussion. We hope to see you there!

PTC Budget Highlights for September

All fundraising goes directly back to support our school, enhance student learning and build our community!

OBOB Registration –Teacher Meet & Greet –Counseling Supplies –12 Classroom Mounted Projectors –Big Beep Beep Gift Cards –46 New Library Books –New Classroom Library Books –PTC Website Domain Renewal –PTC Insurance Renewal

Questions? Have a question about PTC events or an upcoming meeting? Feel free to contact your PTC Community Communications Liaison, Kate Himes @

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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BEA Phone-a-thon

The Twentieth Annual Beaverton Education Foundation Phone-a-thon is coming soon, October 9 - 17, 2018. This annual dialing tradition provides critical funds that support innovative educational programs for students in the Beaverton community. During the five-fun-filled nights, more than 350 student volunteers make over 30,000 phone calls, dedicating their time, energy and enthusiasm to supporting BEF programs.

Last year, BEF funded 96 academic projects, serving over 22,000 Beaverton students in grades K-12. Through this funding from our supporters and community engagement, $279,000 was invested back into our schools. This year, in honor of BEF’s 30th anniversary supporting Beaverton students, our goal is to fund 130 projects impacting 30,000 students.

The Phone campaign and the associated mailings are the Foundations largest fundraising activity of the year. Funds raised are reinvested in a wide variety of after and summer school programs for students at all of Beaverton public schools. Please answer the call for our kids

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.

Battle of the Books

Is your 3rd , 4th or 5th grader interested in OBOB? Please join us for an Oregon Battle Of The Books informative meeting on October 8th at 3pm in the Ridgewood library.

Student Absences

Please notify the school by 9am if your student will be absent or late. You may do this any of the following ways:

· Call the Attendance Line at 503-356-2441 and leave a message.

· Call the school office at 503-356-2440

· Email the office at

After School Enrichments

​Chess Odyssey - Chess Club
Coding with Kids - Computer Programming Classes
Cub Scout Pack 122 - Scout me In​
Girl Scouts - Join us to Get Started!​
Kids Like Languages - Spanish
PlayFitFun! - After School Program

Ridgewood Elementary School

Our next newsletter will be published Oct. 12. Please send articles to Dede Morris ( by Oct. 10 (4:00 p.m. deadline).
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