The Roadrunner Report

The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - August 24, 2018

Dates to know...

8/27 - First day of school for grades 1-5 and Kinder last names A-L

8/28 - First day for Kindergarten last names M-Z

9/6 - Back to School Night, 6:00-7:30 p.m. - all families invited

9/7 - Grandparent's Day, 9:30-12:30 p.m.

9/11 - PTC Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Library

9/12 - Coffee with the Principal, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Conference dates for 2018-19 - No School October 25 & 26 and April 18 & 19

See our full calendar here.

See the 2018-2019 district calendar here.

Principal Perspective - Welcome Back!

Welcome to the 2018-19 School year! This is going to be a great year, full of learning, exploring and friendship.

Thanks to the many families who came to our Meet & Greet and for the supplies you brought. A special thanks to our PTC for providing a t-shirt for each child this year. If your child did not get his/her t-shirt during our Meet & Greet we will distribute them to students next week so we can all wear them on Friday.

We have been working hard to set up our classrooms in the midst of construction, and we are nearly ready! There are some classrooms where the shelving is not complete, but we hope to see that finished this weekend. Finishing touches on our new HVAC system will continue over the next several weeks, but in the evenings and weekends. The new system is up and running and we have temperature controls in each room that allow us to adjust the heating and cooling.

As we return to the routine of school, I encourage families to return to a schedule that allows them to get a good night's sleep, eat breakfast, and arrive to school between 8:00 and 8:25. Our days will be full of getting to know each other and learning this first week, and we want all students to he at their best.

See you all next week!

First Week Reminders

  • Parents may walk their students to the classroom door without checking in during the first week. Kindergarten parents may walk their students to class until September 7th.
  • Parking can be tight, and we still have construction equipment taking up space. Please plan accordingly and do not park in cross walks or areas not designated for parking.
  • Please take a few minutes to review our Family Back to School Checklist, as it contains important information about school.
  • Don't forget to invite your Grandparents to Grandparents Day on Friday, September 7.

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 and August 29th

Office Hours: 7:30-4:00 daily

Volunteer Corner

To skip ahead of the rush, update your MyVP profile whether you are newly registered or returning. You now know your teacher(s), so click HERE for instructions on how.

Ridgewood Volunteer News

Please help with this special day for grandparents and grand friends! We need a few people to help set-up, greet, escort grandparents, and clean up. Grandparents please do NOT sign up in MyVP to participate, just sign in on the clipboard upon arrival. Volunteers sign up HERE If you have any questions, please contact Tina Swanson

We will assist you with MyVP, volunteer opportunities, expectations,and meet the volunteer team. Childcare provided.

Ridgewood's annual Jog-a-thon Fundraiser Committee needs you! (Jog-a-thon is on Oct 12)

Our 2018 goal is to raise $60k. Interested in helping to make this event outstanding? Here are some of the areas you can volunteer:

  • Kick-off assembly planning and logistics
  • Event-day volunteer recruitment and management
  • Ridgie Roadrunner mascot
  • Envelope-stuffing, etc.
  • Donating corporate swag for prizes
  • Work for Nike, Intel or The Standard? Test out our donation-matching instructions to make sure they work!
  • Be a corporate event sponsor

This is just a sample of the many tasks involved in Ridgewood's only major fundraiser. If you'd like to help, please contact Liz Melching at

If you are interested in helping, but not sure what will fit into your busy schedule this school year, please contact the volunteer team, and we will assist you with the right fit. Click HERE for a list ofvolunteer opportunities

volunteer but not registered? Get started HERE

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 update_volunteer_locations@beaverton.k12 **

Ridgewood Spirit Wear Sale

The online store is now open to purchase your Ridgewood spirit wear. Please visit to order. The store will be open through Monday, September 10th. Items will be delivered to your student's classroom during the last week of September. Please be sure to include your student's grade and teacher name in the online order.

Also- Do you have Ridgewood apparel you no longer need? Items can be donated to the Clothes Closet collection bin, usually located in the front hallway, to help families in need. Your school community thanks you!

Enrollment Verification

You likely have received notices asking you to verify your child's enrollment information. We ask this of parents each year (even those who have just enrolled) so that we can capture any changes that may have occurred over the last year. For most of you, this is a quick check that the demographic information we have is correct. Please take a few minutes to complete this before school begins. Please note that the verification must be done on a computer - it won't work correctly on a phone or iPad.

If you have trouble accessing your account, please call our main office (503-356-2440) and Marla or Dede can help you! Details can also be found at this website.

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Regular Attendance Is Important

When it comes to attendance, every day matters. According to the Oregon Department of Education, more than one in six students in chronically absent. Chronic absenteeism means a student misses 10% or more school days. That’s about two days per month.

Regular attendance will help children do well in elementary school, secondary school, college and at work. According to the Attendance Works Organization, by 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of school. By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

Attendance habits are set the very first week of the school year, so please start building good attendance habits early. As a parent, you can help by establishing a regular bedtime and morning routine. You can also avoid medical appointments during school hours, as well as extended trips when school is in session. We will be sharing more helpful tips and information throughout the school year.

Medication Information

If your child needs to take medication while at school, district policy requires the medication to be stored in the school health room and dispensed by trained school personnel. Students may not carry or self-administer any medication, including both over-the-counter and prescribed medications. If you will be bringing in medication for your child, please complete the Medication Authorization form and bring it to the office with the medication. Paper forms are also available in the office.
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Our next newsletter will be published Aug. 31st. Please send articles to Dede Morris ( by Aug. 29th (4:00 p.m. deadline).
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