The Roadrunner Report

The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - Sept. 14

Dates to know...

9/25 - Picture Day

9/27 - Passport

9/28 - Spirit day - wear college gear or Ridgie wear

10/5 - Walk or Bike to School day

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

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

10/12 - Jogathon!

NEW - Ridgewood celebrates 60 years on Friday, November 2nd. Open house and sock hop. Details are coming...

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 - Attendance

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 helps 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 weeks 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. Of course, if your child is sick, please keep him/her home so we can keep everyone healthy.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing our students every day!

Big picture

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

BeepBeep Winners

Congratulations to this week's BeepBeep winners: Hannah, William, Jackson, Maren,

Nathan, Georgia, Arlo, Santiago, Rylee, and Emma!

Big picture

Volunteer Corner

Ridgewood Volunteer Needs:

Party Planners--

The following classroom still need help planning the parties. Find a buddy and split up the 3 to 4 parties, or do one party each! If you do not want to be in charge, ask your teacher how you can help! For questions, contact volunteer team or speak with your teacher directly.

Sackley - Party Coordinator

O'Neill - Party Coordinator

Docherty - Party Coordinator

Gretz - Party Coordinator - need 1 more to assist

Passport Volunteers -- Starts Sept 27th -- Shifts are ready!

Passport kids need your help to navigate them through the world! Click HERE to sign up, we need 8-10 volunteers. On the sign up page, you can view when your child will be participating. Sign up for one shift or for the same shift all year! Contact Lucia Dallas if you have any questions

Ridgie's Runners (Formerly named the Lunchtime Track Program) - Lunchtime a "from time-to-time" helper needed. We need someone that can fill in from time to time. Please contact Kim Pfefer for questions and scheduling.

Staff Treats - First Wednesday of the month.

Would you like to treat the staff? Sign up HERE with a friend or two to provide the treats, a one time commitment. More info on the link. Contact Jennifer Browning with any questions.

Library Needs Volunteers -- flexible hours and a great job if you have little ones. Help shelve books, facilitate the birthday book program, repair damaged books and tackle other projects in a (generally) peaceful setting. Training is provided. Shifts are scheduled depending on number of volunteers; typically once or twice a month for approximately an hour. Chocolate provided!! To volunteer, contact Jane Kleist-Tesch or our librarian Carla Bergin at

Production Room -- Wednesdays.

Flexible schedule. Help with photocopying, cutting out things, and preparing projects for the teachers with our fun Production Room team. They need a 1-2 more people. Contact Hilary Gerrish for info and inquiry.

Ridgewood's annual Jog-a-thon Fundraiser Committee needs YOU! (Jog-a-thon is on Oct 12) How do YOU want to be apart of this fun event?! Contact Liz Melching at

Big Beep Beep Award

Congratulations to our September “Big Beep” Volunteer Award Winner Val Estep! She was nominated for being an awesome coordinator of Celebrate Reading, dedicated production room helper and overall fantastic volunteer. Thank you very much Val, we appreciate all you do around the school!!!

Do you have a super volunteer to nominate for the Big Beep? The nomination forms and bucket are by the sign-in computers in the front office, and are drawn monthly at the PTC meetings. Winners receive a $5 gift card for coffee at Jim and Patty’s.

Thank you for supporting Ridgewood!

Orissa Crispin and Julie Larson

Ridgewood PTC Volunteer Coordination Team

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

Volunteer in the Library

We are looking for volunteers to help with:

  • Shelving

  • Check-in and checkout

  • Book repair

  • Covering books

  • Reading shelves and straightening

  • Photocopying

  • and more

We offer:

  • Flexible scheduling!

  • Chocolate! (really!)

  • Friendly staff to answer your questions!

Let us know how and when you can help!

Carla Bergin

Ridgewood Library Media Assistant

(503) 356-2440

Big picture

Counselors Corner

Callie Taylor is now Callie McAuliffe! You may reach her at her new email, , or 503-356-2444.

Call for Clothes Closet Donations

We desperately need:

Shoes (boys and girls size 1-4)

Girls M-L clothing (7/8 and 14/16)

Boys M clothing (7/8 and 10/12)

If you want to do a fall clear-out of your students’ closets, please bring in any clothing donations that are still in “lend to a friend” condition. They should be stainless and not have any holes or tears. There is a bin labeled with “Clothes Closet” in the front hall for donations.

From our Family Handbook - A reminder

Personal Property - Games & Toys

The school or district cannot be responsible or replace personal possessions lost or stolen at school. In addition, such possessions often disrupt the educational process and therefore are not appropriate to have at school. For these reasons, students should not bring such items as cell phones, electronic devices, laser pens, toys, dolls, jewelry, trading cards, sports equipment or other valuables to school. A toy being brought to school for a class-related activity needs to be kept in a bag or backpack when not in the classroom. Students are to bring only as much money as they will need for lunch or other special activities.

View our entire Family Handbook here.

Green Team News

International Coastal Clean-Up Day is Sept. 29th. Join Green Team members and SOLVE for a Beach Clean-Up Sept. 29th from 10:00am-1:00pm at Cannon Beach. In Oregon we’re lucky to have access to lots of different bodies of water to enjoy. Our beautiful waterways get a lot of use over the summer and could use a little TLC. Can’t make the 29th? Check out other opportunities with SOLVE! Register and sign-up on SOLVE’s site. Contact Becky Lanford with questions

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.

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
Science Matters - STEM Club

Ridgewood Elementary School

Our next newsletter will be published Sept. 21 Please send articles to Dede Morris ( by Sept. 19 (4:00 p.m. deadline).
If you need this document interpreted please call (503) 356 -3755 (English) 如果您需要翻译服务,请致电欢迎中心。(Welcome Center) (503) 356-3779 (Chinese) Si vous avez besoin de l'interprétation de ce document, veuillez téléphoner (503) 356 -3773 (French) 日本語で説明が必要な方は、(503) 356- 3781 までご連絡 (503) 356-3778 로 연락주시기 바랍니다 (Korean) Si usted necesita la interpretación de este documento, por favor llame al (503) 356-3755 (Spanish) Hadii aad u baahantahay in laguu turjumo ducumeentigaan fadlan soo wac (503) 356-3776 (Somali) Если Вам нужен перевод этого документа, позвоните по телефону (503)356-3770 (Russian) Xin liên hệ (503) 356-3777 nếu cần nghe phiêndịch văn kiện này (Vietnamese) Kama unahitaji hii kwa Kiswahili tafadhali piga simu (503) 356-3755 (Swahili) (Hebrew)