Roadrunner Report

The rundown on Ridgewood Elementary School - August 28, 2020

Principal Perspective - Teachers are back!

Our teachers return on Monday and we are eager to get this year started! We will be working to create schedules for each class and finalize our class assignments, along with learning all the tools needed for remote teaching!

Here are some details on the weekly school schedule:

  • All classes will start with a whole group Zoom launch at 8:30a.m. each day.
  • All kids will have a lunch break from 11:00-12:00 each day.
  • Wednesdays of full weeks will have a launch at 8:30, and then be asynchronous (recorded lessons) and applied activities.
  • Live lessons from out Counselor and Student Success Coach will happen on Wednesdays.
  • Each class will have 30 minutes of either Music or PE on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Half of those lessons will be live and half will be recorded.
  • The student day ends at 2:30.
  • All lessons will be recorded and posted to Youtube for students to watch later if they miss the live lesson.
  • Teachers will build individual class schedules and share them with families.

Families will receive welcome letters from teachers on Friday, September 4th. Each child will have the opportunity to meet their teacher in person for 10 minutes on either Wednesday, September 9th (K-2) or Thursday, September 10th (3-5). Details of our Meet & Greet can be found below.

I know there are still many unknowns as we enter this year and continue to build a remote Ridgewood. Thank you for your patience, flexibility and grace as we navigate this new normal. Please know that balancing the social emotional needs and safety of students and staff are our highest priorities. We will truly be educating the hearts and minds of our students, even from afar.

Ridgewood Calendar

See the full year calendar here.

Friday, September 4 - Welcome letters sent to families notifying them of their teachers.

Wednesday, September 9, 8:00-11:30 - K-2 Meet & Greet with individual appointments

Thursday, September 10, 8:00-11:30 - 3rd-5th Meet & Greet with individual appointments

Monday, September 14 - First day of school for grades 1-5, all online.

Monday, September 14 - Kindergarten assessment.

Tuesday, September 15 - Kindergarten Assessment

Wednesday, September 16 - Half of Kindergarten starts

Thursday, September 17 - Second half of Kindergarten starts

Friday, September 18 - First day for all Kindergartners

Friday, October 9 - No School, Staff Development Day

November 16 - First possible day students could be in the building. However, statewide metrics for returning to the building must be met in order for us to open our building to students.

**No fall or spring conferences are scheduled this year.**

Kindergarten Start

Our Kindergarten Team will use the first two days of the school year (September 14th and 15th) for individual meetings (on Zoom) with each kindergartner and their family to assess what skills and knowledge they bring to kindergarten. Then, September 16th and 17th they will start with half of their students each day. Full Kindergarten schedules will start on Friday, September 18th. Ms. Curtis and Ms. Simantel will send you more details to get those appointments arranged.

Meet & Greet

We are so excited to be able to offer a safe way for students to meet their teachers in person this year, before we begin online learning. Here are the details:

  • Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade Meet & Greet - Wednesday, September 9th, 8:00-11:30 with individual appointments
  • 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Meet & Greet - Thursday, September 10th, 8:00-11:30 with individual appointments
  • Once teacher assignments are released on September 4th, families will be asked to sign up for a 20 minute appointment to meet their teacher, have a photo taken and pick up an iPad/Chormebook.
  • Safety measures will include six-foot distancing, limited participants, face coverings and sanitizing of materials.
  • Families not able to attend in person will be offered Zoom calls with their teacher on the afternoon of Friday, September 11th.
  • In addition to meeting their teacher, each child will take a first day photo, and have access to resources needed to start the school year.
  • iPads will be prepared for each K-2 student. If your K-2 student has a Chromebook from last year, please bring it and the cord for return.
  • For grades 3-5, if you don't have a Chromebook, please call the office (503-356-2440) or email ( to request one to be prepared for you. It is recommended that all students use BSD devices.
  • Volunteers are needed for these events. Keep an eye out for the first Wednesday Wire to see how you can help.

We can't wait to see you!

Our Teachers

Several of our teachers have moved grade levels this year, and we are excited to welcome a new Counselor, Alexis Mason, and new Learning Specialist, Michelle Hebden. We look forward to getting to know our new students and welcome them as well!

You can see a list of our full staff here.

New Counselor - Welcome Ms. Mason!

Hello Ridgewood families!

My name is Alexis Mason, and I am your new school counselor. I am very excited to be working with your children at Ridgewood this year! A little bit about me: I graduated from PSU with my master's degree in 2018. Most recently I worked at Elmonica Elementary School for two years, serving a large and diverse school community. Prior to graduate school, I stayed home with my children while they were little, and also worked for various educational non-profits. As a school counselor, I am passionate about delivering a comprehensive program that meets the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students. When I am not school counseling, I enjoy traveling, cooking, exercising, and eating sushi. I look forward to meeting you and your children this year, be it virtually or in person. Go Roadrunners!

New Learning Specialist - Welcome Ms. Hebden!

Happy Fall Ridgewood!

My name is Michelle Hebden and I will be the half-time Resource Room teacher. I have been teaching Special Education for many years, starting in 2001! I took several years off when I had my children and they will all be attending Ridgewood this year! Ari is a 5th grader, Izzy is a 3rd grader and Jasper is in K. We absolutely love this school and school community. I have been an extremely active volunteer in the past, serving on countless committees, and the Vice President of the PTC. This year I am a co-volunteer coordinator on the PTC and I urge you all to volunteer whenever and however you can! We need all of you! When I am not working or parenting, I love to run and read and watch sports. I look forward to getting to know many new faces this year!

Got paper bags?

As we prepare to send learning materials home on a regular basis, we would love a stock of paper bags to fill. If you have any, please drop them off on our porch. Thank you!

Our Office is Now Open!

Although they are not working in the office every day, Ms. Marla and Ms. Dede are available to answer phone calls, emails, and update enrollments. If you are having trouble with ParentVue, Enrollment Verification, or have other general questions please reach out! Here's how to reach them:


We are not able to receive families into our building, but will have a collection station outside for enrollment paperwork. If you need assistance, please call and schedule an appointment for one of us to talk with you on our front patio.

Volunteering at Ridgewood

Yes, there will be many opportunities for virtual volunteering, and you can volunteer as much or as little as your schedule permits.

In addition to parents, grandparents, family, and friends are also welcome to volunteer. First, they have to complete the background check and be approved to volunteer to Ridgewood. These steps, like many others, ensure a safe environment for the students. Volunteers check in/out of the Beaverton School District’s Volunteer Management System. We call it “MyVP”. MyVP keeps record of when and where volunteers volunteer.

To join our Volunteer Taem:

  • Get started early – Get your background check completed and get registered in MyVP! This can take a few weeks.

  • Complete online at

  • ---> Click the Community tab, on the drop down menu click Volunteer, then click the yellow box that corresponds to your role: Parent/Guardian, Community Member (grandparents use this one), or Youth, then use the “I am new” side of the page to start the process
  • Please feel free to contact your Volunteer Coordinator Team anytime!

Stand by as we find the best ways for volunteers to join us in our online learning environment this fall!

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School Supplies

You may have read in the BSD Weekly a suggested list of elementary school supplies. These are all great items for kids to have, and our Ridgewood teachers will be adding items specifically for their students in the coming weeks - stand by and we will get those lists to you once we have a better handle on what we will need to teach students in this new online environment.

For families who ordered supply packs through our PTC, those will be delivered to Ridgewood, and we get them to you during our Meet & Greet. Thanks!


The paper box top collection program has been discontinued by General Mill, so we are no longer collecting box tops at school. However, you can still earn money for Ridgewood; if you see the label below, simply use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth the same amount and what’s great is the app will instantly add cash to the school’s earnings online. Find more info here.