The rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - February 1, 2021
Principal Perspective - CDL or Hybrid?
We have learned a lot in the last week about BSD plans to return to in person instruction this spring. I know there is a lot to digest, and I encourage you to take time to read, watch the video and understand the options you have. I have copied the messages from BSD below for your reference and included a video to the Principal Chat I hosted Friday afternoon.
In the next two weeks, each family will be asked to choose whether you would like to have your student return to in-person learning when available or remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) for the remainder of the year. To facilitate the choice offered to families, we may need to move shuffle students and teachers. Although we value the relationships students and teacher have created, one teacher is not able to offer both hybrid in-person and fully online learning at the same time. Students will be re-assigned to classes that meet their choice of CDL or Hybrid.
I know that there are many questions about how we will bring students safely back to our building. I am happy to chat with you to answer questions as you weigh your options these next two weeks. You can reach out to me via email (email@example.com) or phone (503-356-2443) or we can schedule a zoom chat. Also, I will host a Principal Chat on Wednesday, February 3rd @6:00pm. Zoom info for that will come out the day of the meeting.
Once all the choices have been made I will work on assigning students to teachers and classrooms for the remainder of the year. I will keep you posted on the process and timeline through the coming weeks. Thank you for your careful consideration and attention to the important choice.
Finally, if you are unable to access ParentVue to make your selection, please don't hesitate to call (503-356-2440) or email (RDGWD-Communications@beaverton.k12.or.us) us with your choice and we will enter it for you.
January 27, 2021
Dear BSD Community & Staff,
I want to thank you for your tremendous patience over the past several weeks as our school district grapples with an ever-changing landscape. We know that you’ve been hungry for information. We’ve had to pivot our plan more than once to incorporate changing health metrics, increased mandatory safety measures and the realities of vaccine availability.
It’s important to remember that the information that we’re about to share with you regarding our return-to-school plan remains dependent on several factors including 1) an efficient vaccination rollout for educators and 2) instructional adjustments that may be necessary due to negotiations occurring right now with our employee unions.
Limited-In Person Instruction
Limited-In Person Instruction (LIPI) is scheduled to tentatively begin on February 22 at 29 schools in the district. As the name indicates, this instruction model is limited to a very small number of our students who’ve been most impacted during COVID-19, including some students with disabilities, some English language learners and those students who don’t have reliable internet connectivity. Staff members have identified eligible students and will be reaching out to those families. Please do not call your school to inquire about LIPI. Again, staff will be contacting those students who are eligible.
Elementary Schools: Hybrid Instruction
As long as we continue to meet the advisory health metrics set by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority (≤ 350 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over the previous two-week period in Washington and Multnomah Counties), we will begin Hybrid Instruction (part in-person/part online) in our elementary schools, starting with Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The earliest date that students will return to school buildings for Hybrid Instruction will be April 5. After we’ve had a smooth transition with our youngest students, we’ll consider bringing back grades 3-5, possibly one grade per week.
If you’re not comfortable sending your students back for in-person instruction, they can continue to remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). However, no student — whether CDL or Hybrid — will be guaranteed the same teacher as the one instructing them now. Again, please refer to the video for a full explanation.
All elementary families must choose whether to remain in CDL or move to Hybrid. This decision will apply to the rest of the school year; no switches will be allowed. You’ll receive instructions on how to declare your choice during the first week of February. All choices must be made by February 15.
Middle, High and Option School: BSD Connect
If we meet the advisory health metrics for secondary schools (≤ 200 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over the previous two-week period in Washington and Multnomah Counties), students could begin what we’re calling BSD Connect, starting April 19, the first day of the fourth quarter. Middle, high and option schools will be communicating about opportunities for in-school small group interactions. For example, we may bring students in Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID), clubs, community service, specific course activities and specific social activities. However, students will remain in CDL for their academic classes.
More details about BSD Connect will be communicated as plans are finalized. For OSAA-sponsored sports and activities, we’ll continue to follow statewide guidance.
In addition, we’ll continue to evaluate the feasibility of bringing secondary students back in a Hybrid Instruction model and will communicate a start date when we’re able.
Again, we must emphasize that this plan is our most up-to-date thinking given what we know at this moment. If this school year has taught us anything it’s that we need to remain flexible and open to change.
Finally, we want to thank all Oregonians who continue to practice diligent mask wearing and social distancing. As we make progress against the virus, we move closer to resuming school in the way that we all know and love.
February 1 , 2021
Dear BSD Elementary Families,
As we indicated last week, we are planning to bring back elementary students for Hybrid Instruction (part in-person/part online) on April 5, at the earliest. Of course, this move is dependent on our continuing to meet the advisory health metrics set by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority (≤ 350 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over the previous two-week period in Washington and Multnomah Counties). We are hopeful that COVID-19 cases will continue to decline.
The first group of students to begin Hybrid Instruction will be Pre-Kindergartens, Kindergartens, 1st Graders and 2nd Graders. After we’ve had a smooth transition with our youngest students, we’ll consider bringing back Grades 3-5, possibly one grade per week.
If you’re not comfortable sending your students back for in-person instruction, they can continue to remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL).
We’ve been asked by teachers and parents whether the District considered offering a third option of allowing families to choose to stay with their teachers, regardless of the method of instruction. Yes, the District fully vetted this idea. However, depending on the outcome of the survey, it wouldn’t have been possible to guarantee that the District could still offer a Hybrid option because of the complexities of staffing. Not offering Hybrid instruction to our families is not an option.
Please know that the District will do everything that it can to maintain current teacher-student relationships at the elementary level, where possible. However, no student — whether CDL or Hybrid — will be guaranteed the same teacher as the one instructing them now. Again, please refer to the video for a full explanation.
ALL elementary families (with the exception of FLEX families) must choose whether to remain in CDL or move to Hybrid. This decision will apply to the rest of the school year; no switches will be allowed. We do not know the exact start and end times for the morning and afternoon sessions, and you won’t know if you’ll be assigned the morning or afternoon session before making the choice. Please do not call your school asking this question. The information is not available.
To make your decision:
- Access your ParentVue account.
- Navigate to the upper right-hand corner and click on “Family Updates and New Student Enrollment” and then follow the instructions in the blue box.
- You’ll need to make a choice for each of your elementary students.
- If you don’t have a ParentVue account, read the sign-up instructions on our website.
You also can go to our Return to School webpage and follow the directions to submit your decision.
All decisions must be made by February 15.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Turn your calendars in to your classroom Celebrate Reading Coordinator.
Dear Ridgewood families,
I hope you are well! Next week (February 1-5) is National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counseling Association. This year’s theme is “School Counselors: All in for All Students.” Read on for more information about this annual weeklong celebration.
What is National School Counseling Week?
National School Counseling Week focuses public attention on the unique contributions of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.
The role of the school counselor can be confusing to stakeholders. Last fall I sent out a needs assessment to Ridgewood families. 19% of parents felt they “definitely” understood the school counselor’s role, while other respondents were less sure. This is very common! I hope to continue to spread more information about the school counselor’s role in future Counselor Corners! :)
Did you know…?
Most school counselors hold Master’s degrees in School Counseling, and are licensed to work with children in grades Pre-K through 12th grade.
The term “guidance counselor” has evolved to “school counselor” over the last several years, to reflect the dynamic role counselors play in a school.
I’m all in for students because I believe each child deserves to be successful in school, and in life! I am very thankful and proud to be Ridgewood’s school counselor!
Black Lives Matter at School: National Week of Action, February 1-5
Next week is Black Lives Matter at School’s week of action. As the Ridgewood school counselor, I support this endeavor, and stand in continual solidarity with our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students, families, and staff.
Wellness Wednesday Reminder
Don’t forget! All Ridgewood students are encouraged to attend their Wellness lessons every Wednesday. Depending on the week, students attend a live lesson with me or Ms. Shearer, or completes an asynchronous Seesaw activity. Check with your child’s teacher for their specific schedule.
Helpful Resources for Families
Washington County Behavioral Health Wednesday Wellness Newsletter: Health updates and resources
BSD Covid Resources: This resource list was recently created by district social workers and nurses to use in supporting families impacted by Covid-19.
Oregon Youth Line YouthLine is a free, confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line. Contact us with anything that may be bothering you. No problem is too big or too small for the YouthLine! 1-877-968-8491 or text teen2teen to 839863. Available for ages ages 11-20.
Parenting Together Washington County: Search for great resources available to parents in Washington County. This includes parent education, child care resources, family-friendly activities, and web-based resources for parenting topics organized by the child’s age.
Pandemic Parenting Event and Resources: Washington County library has curated great resources to help parents support their kids during the pandemic.
Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning: A helpful article for caregivers from Commonsense Media.
Live Tutoring for Students through Washington County Libraries: Click your child’s grade level, then scroll down to “Live Tutoring.” You need a library card to access the service.
Learn to Be: Free online tutoring for elementary students
Interns 4-Good: High school students available to provide free/low-cost tutoring
Ridgewood Food Backpack Program
The Food Backpack program is offered to all families in need at Ridgewood. Every other Wednesday, Ridgewood supplies families in need with backpacks filled with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food. The backpacks are supplemented with fresh food like milk, vegetables, etc. Apply here, or simply contact me with your interest and I'll sign you up.
Ridgewood Clothes ClosetRidgewood’s clothes closet is stocked with a large supply of used coats, shoes, and clothing for ages 5 - 12. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-356-2444 if your family needs assistance this winter.
Reminder: Fun Friday Lunch Bunches for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade
Is your upper grade child wishing for more connection during distance learning? If so, we have created an optional opportunity for socialization for students in grades 3-5: Fun Friday Lunch Bunches! This event is open to all third, fourth, and fifth graders, Fridays at 11:30. Check out the flier for more information.
Counselor/Student Success Coach Office Hours
Ms. Shearer and I hold open office hours for parents on Mondays and Fridays from 2:30-3:15. Feel free to pop in during those times if you would like to talk about your child’s needs.
Zoom link, password: wellness
From your Public Library
Hey parents! Monday, Jan. 25 at 7pm. In partnership with Lifeworks NW Promotoras, we will be offering a Mindfulness program completely in Spanish. This event will be on Zoom; please see this flyer for more information.
Library buildings remain closed to the public. At the main library, BCL To Go and Computer Lab are in service Monday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Friday - Sunday, 1-6 p.m. (closed Thursday). These are also the hours for Ask the Library phone service. At the Murray Scholls branch, BCL To Go is in service Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 1-6 p.m. (closed Monday, Thursday, and Sunday). If you would like to use BCL To Go curbside service at the main library, an appointment is required; make an appointment at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/BCLToGo. Drop-ins at both locations and appointments at Murray Scholls are walk-up only (no drive-up). The library continues to offer many services you can use from home - virtual events and recorded videos for all ages, eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming video, and more. See a listing of our current services at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/BCLNow.
Ridgewood Library News
Need OBOB books? You can reserve them via the drive thru link below.
If you are registered you will be receiving an email shortly with a date for our first meeting!
Click on this link to see The many ways to get Library Books. .
The Book Mobile Come see us!!! We want to see your smiling eyes!
You can also put specific books on hold through our online catalog.
You will receive an email letting you know when they are available to pick up.
IMPORTANT: Do not add a book to a list when holding in Destiny. You must press HOLD IT button .I cannot see the list. The lists are for you.
Not sure what to read? Fill out this form and Mrs. Bergin will put together a book bundle based on your responses. Ridgie's Drive Thru Library Allow 2-3 days upon filling out this form. You will then receive an email with instructions when to come pick up your books.
KEEP CALM and READ ON!
As always I am available to answer any questions. Carla_bergin@beaverton.k12.or.us
See the full year calendar here. You can also subscribe to get our calendar added to yours!
- Wednesday, 2/3 - Principal Chat @6:00 (look for Zoom link in Seesaw & email)
- Friday, 2/5 - No School, Grading Day
- Tuesday, 2/9 - PTC Meeting @ 6:30
- Thursday - 2/11 - Picture Day! Details to come.
- Monday, 2/15 - No School, Presidents Day
- Tuesday, 2/16 - Follow Monday Specials
- Wednesday, 2/17 - Instructional Wednesday, follow Tuesday Specials
- Wednesday, 2/24 - No School, Staff Development, Passport in Seesaw Wellness class
- Thursday, 2/25 at 10:00a.m. - Kinder Q&A for 2021-22 Kindergarten families
- Tuesday, 3/9 - PTC Meeting @ 6:30p.m.
- Monday, 3/22-Friday, 3/26 - Spring Break - No School
Ridgewood Elementary School
9:00-12:00 daily & by appointment