The rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - June 13, 2021
Principal Perspective - The end!
It's hard to believe that we have made it to the last week of the 2020-21 school year, as amazing as it has been. I am grateful that we have been able to spend these last two months with hybrid students in our building while continuing to connect with our CDL students online. I look forward to a full return to school next year.
We have much to celebrate this week! On Wednesday, we will spend time saying goodbye to our fifth graders, on Thursday we will say goodbye as a school in an all school assembly and Friday we will clap out our fifth graders at the end of the hybrid school day.
We are collecting all library and classroom books, ipads (with cords & bricks), Chromebooks (with cords & styluses) for the summer. Please plan to either send these to school with your child on the last day (if you can access the asynchronous afternoon work on another device) or drop them off Monday the 21st between 11:00-1:00 on our front porch. We will use summer to prep all these materials for use at school next year. Thanks for getting them returned.
Finally, we'll share another newsletter next week with details on how to read your child's progress report, summer learning resources, and ParentSquare, a new communication tool launching at the end of the month.
Enjoy this last week and congratulations to our fifth graders!
Thank you Carnival Committee!
Our PTC provides these optional packs to make school supply shopping easier! Due June 15.
Beaverton Library Summer Reading Program
Beaverton City Library’s Summer Reading Program starts June 1st! Babies, kids, and teens will get to choose a free book after they read, listen, and learn for 15 hours this summer. There is no registration required, just keep track of time spent reading/listening on the attached reading log (English and Spanish). Visit the library or www.BeavertonLibrary.org/SRP for all the details. Learn how to make a reading log and get a sneak peek at just a few of the books to choose from in this video from Beaverton City Library: https://youtu.be/WGm1xgQUVaQ
Beaverton Library Service Update:
This summer the Beaverton library is expanding service hours. Beginning Monday, June 14, the hours of operation at the main library will be Monday - Wednesday, 10 AM - 7 PM; Thursday - Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM; and Sunday, 1-6 PM. The hours at the Murray Scholls branch will be Tuesday & Wednesday, 10 AM - 7 PM; Friday & Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM; and Sunday, 1-6 PM (closed Monday & Thursday). Additionally, both locations will have very limited seating. The computers at the main library will move upstairs and more computers will be available. Holds pickup inside the library is now self-service at both locations.
Please share this link with those who have kids turning 5 years old by September 1st.
Clothes for Kids
If your student needs clothing at no cost, Clothes for Kids is ready to serve you.
Clothes for Kids hours: Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Appointments are required. To schedule, please complete the Clothes for Kids Appointment form or call 503-356-4322. Visits are limited to one adult with four children or two adults with 8 children. All visitors must wear masks. If you don't have your own, we'll provide one.
We’re also looking for Clothes for Kids volunteers. Please contact Johanna Shrout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Ridgewood families,
I am so impressed by your students’ resilience and adaptability throughout this unusual school year. Kids are truly amazing! It has been my honor and pleasure to work at Ridgewood this year. I hope you all have a great summer… see you in the Fall!
Pandemic EBT Funds
Great news! Oregon has been approved to issue retroactive Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) funds for the 2020-2021 school year. This will provide more than $550 million in food assistance for approximately 572,000 children in Oregon. Funds will begin going out in the US Mail in July 2021. Apply now for Meal Benefits at www.schoolcafe.com to be sure you are eligible for P-EBT funds! Click here for more details.
Fondos retroactivos EBT por la pandemia (P-EBT)
¡Buenas noticias! Oregón ha sido aprobado para enviar fondos retroactivos EBT por la pandemia (P-EBT) para el año escolar 2020-2021. Esto proporcionará más de $ 550 millones en asistencia alimentaria para aproximadamente 572,000 niños en Oregón. Los fondos comenzarán a enviarse al correo postal de los Estados Unidos en julio de 2021. ¡Solicite ahora los beneficios de comidas en www.schoolcafe.com para asegurarse de que es elegible para los fondos P-EBT! Haz click aquí para más detalles.
Summer Camp Scholarship Opportunity
Helpful Resources for Families
NEW: Beaverton Resource Center
The Beaverton Resource Center connects those in our community struggling with hunger, housing insecurity, and poverty to local resources. Physical drop-in center located at 13565 Southwest Walker Road, Beaverton, Oregon. https://beavertonresourcecenter.org/
NEW: Counseling for Adolescent Boys
Nick DeMayo, LMFT, has opened up a new office in Multnomah Village. He is a therapist who specializes in working with adolescent boys, ages 11-15. Please visit his site for more information. http://counselorforteens.com/
NEW: Digital Citizenship Resources
Some great resources from BSD and Google to help guide and protect your child’s online activity.
Clothes for Kids (formerly BSD Clothes Closet) is well-stocked and open for appointments. Click here to learn more.
Headspace Breathers - A weekly YouTube video series leads viewers through "practical and creative exercises and tips" for teaching children and parents how to recognize, communicate, and manage emotions.
Pandemic Parenting Resources: Washington County library has curated great resources to help parents support their kids during the pandemic.
2020-2021 Parent Information Series: Virtual parenting series on a variety of topics. Registration required.
The Conscious Kid is a wonderful resource for families, educators, and organizations to take action in disrupting racism in young children.
Ridgewood Food Backpack Program
The Food Backpack program has concluded for the 2020-2021 school year. In Fall 2021 we will resume offering free and nutritious supplemental food to families in need. Please contact me for more information if you are interested in applying.
Ridgewood Clothes Closet
Ridgewood’s clothes closet is stocked with a large supply of shoes and clothing for ages 5 - 14. Please contact me if your family needs assistance with clothing.
Resources for our response to COVID-19 in out schools and community
Ridgewood Library News
Please return ALL Ridgewood Library books ASAP so that they can be enjoyed by students next school year.
All library books must be returned by June 7th.
Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) 2021-2022:
If you are interested in participating or even if you are not, start reading now because there are a lot of great books to enjoy!
Follow this link to view some of the OBOB Book Trailers.
Summer Reading opportunities:
NEW: The Ridgewood Library has a new Website. It will be updated regularly so keep checking back!
KEEP CALM and READ ON!
Little Beavers Girls Soccer Camp
“TryLax” is a 60 minute introductory lacrosse experience for boys and girls, ages 7-12, who have never played before and are curious about the sport!
Current Tualatin Valley Lacrosse League represents all high schools in the Beaverton School district. Existing players and Titans boys and girls youth lacrosse players are encouraged to attend as well! Try to bring a friend, sibling, or neighbor who hasn't played before!
In an effort to connect you with a program in your area, the clinic will be conducted by coaches from the Aloha, (Paul Voas current 4th Grade teacher at Chehalem ES) , Mountainside, Tigard, and Southridge high school boys and girls programs.
Come out, run around, play Hungry Hippos, and experience something new, connect with your community, and have some fun!
See the full year calendar here. You can also subscribe to get our calendar added to yours!
- Wednesday, June 16, 10:00-3:00 - Fifth grade party
- Friday, June 18 - Last Day of School, Class Parties, Fifth grade clap out @11:00-11:30
- Monday, June 21 - Drive-up Chromebook/iPad collection, 11:00-1:00
- Tuesday, July 6 - Thursday, July 29 - Camp Achieve
- Friday, July 23 - Kindergarten playdate, Foothills Park, 11:00
- Wednesday, August 11 - Kindergarten playdate, Forest Hills Park, 5:00
- Monday, August 23 - Kindergarten playdate, Ridgewood View Park, 5:00
- Monday, August 30 - Teachers Return
- Wednesday, Sept. 8 - First day for grades 1-5, Kinders by appointment
- Thursday, Sept. 9 - 2nd day for grades 1-5, Kinders by appointment
- Friday, Sept. 10 - 3rd day for grades 1-5, first day for Kinders with last names A-L
- Monday, Sept. 13 - 4th day for grades 1-5, first day for Kinders with last names M-Z
- Tuesday, Sept. 14 - all students attend
- Friday, Oct. 15 - Jogathon
- Wednesday, Oct. 20 - Thursday, October 21 - Fall Parent Conferences
- Thursday, Oct. 21 - Friday, October 22 - NO SCHOOL
- Wednesday, April 27 - Thursday, April 28 - Spring Parent Conferences
- Thursday, April 28 - Friday, April 29 - NO SCHOOL
Ridgewood Elementary School
Please ring the doorbell on our front porch and we will gladly help you.
The office will be closed for summer break from June 28 through August 13, and will reopen for regular hours (7:30-4:00) on August 16.