Roadrunner Report

The rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - September 25, 2020

Principal Perspective - Mission: Possible

We are now settled into this school year, and look forward to finding great ways to connect and stay engaged with our kids and families. In October, all will have a chance to participate in our Virtual Jogathon, and our staff is planning to go on parade on October 9th (details below). We will end the month with our annual Fall Parties on the 30th.


In the coming weeks, all grade levels (except third, which was last week) will host a Virtual Back to School Night. Please keep an eye on your email and Seesaw inbox for an invitation from your teacher. These are important times for us to share with you not only our curriculum, but also ways you can support your children during Comprehensive Distance Learning. I have asked each teacher to record this presentation, so you can have access to the material even if you can't make the time.


Thank you for the support and care you have given your students and our staff as we launched this most unusual school year. More than ever, I am grateful to belong to a caring, supportive learning community.

Ridgewood Staff Parade!

Friday, Oct. 9th, 11am-12pm

Coming to a neighborhood near you!

We want to see you! Our staff will be going on parade on Friday, October 9th from 11:00-12:00. We will publish a map in the coming weeks, but, if you are able, plan to join us as we drive by and say hi.

Library Update

To pick up materials you must first put a book on hold in Destiny (our online catalog).This video will show you how to do that. Destiny Video or follow these written Instructions. Destiny-Catalog Instructions


BOOK BUNDLES: Not sure what to read?

Fill out this form and Mrs. Bergin will put together a book bundle based on your responses. There is even a choice to receive a surprise bundle.


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.


OREGON BATTLE of the BOOKS- 3rd-5th grade

There are no regional or state battles this year. I am working on a plan to do something with this year's chosen books..Whatever we do won't be until after Spring Break. This gives students more time to read the books! Book Titles We currently have a few of them and will have the rest of them in a couple of weeks. They are also available on Sora. SORA. Sora is great for ebooks and audiobooks!


BOOK MOBILE: Mrs. Bergin will be delivering surprise book bundles on a school bus beginning in early October. Book Mobile


BOOK RETURN: We have a new book return bin outside next to the free library.


As always I am available to answer any questions. Carla_bergin@beaverton.k12.or.us


KEEP CALM and READ ON!

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Attendance

Unlike last spring, student attendance will count during Comprehensive Distance Learning. Please read the following guidance on how attendance will be tracked:

  • Teachers will take student attendance daily. Attendance may be counted in a variety of ways to accommodate families who may need to access instruction during different times of the day.

    • Attending a live teacher-led session

    • Watching a teacher-recorded video

    • Interacting with a teacher via email

    • Posting completed coursework online

  • Parent/guardian notifications will be sent out at approximately 5 p.m. each day if students haven’t engaged in their school work and have been marked as absent.

  • Each morning, teachers will access an attendance report and will reconcile any absences from the previous day with any new evidence of engagement during the evening.

Return to School

We continue to carefully watch the county and state COVID-19 metrics in anticipation of starting hybrid learning. Numbers are released weekly. While the Beaverton School District is located in Washington County, we are linked with Multnomah County because more than 10% of our employees live in that neighboring county.


Per the Governor's guidance from July 28, the following criteria need to be met to begin the hybrid model:

  • 10 or fewer cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in Washington (and Multnomah) County over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row

  • Test positivity of 5% or less in Washington (and Multnomah) County over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row

  • Test positivity of 5% or less statewide over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row


The following criteria need to be met to begin the hybrid model with PreK-3 students:

  • 30 or fewer cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in Washington (and Multnomah) County over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row

  • Test positivity of 5% or less in Washington (and Multnomah) County over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row

  • COVID-19 is not actively spreading in the school community

Ridgewood Calendar

See the full year calendar here.

Please note the calendar was updated on August 24, with a move of the February grading day


October

  • Wednesday, 10/8 - Instruction Wednesday due to no school Friday
  • Friday, 10/9 - No School, Staff Development Day
  • Friday, 10/9 - Staff Parade 11:00-12:00 - Stay tuned for route map
  • Friday, 10/30 - Virtual Jogathon!

November

  • Monday, 11/16 - 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.**

BSD seeks applicants for Social Studies Curriculum Adoption Project Team

Parents, guardians, community members, teachers, students and administrators are encouraged to apply to serve on the Beaverton School District Social Studies Project Team. The Social Studies Project Team will review existing Social Studies curriculum and practices to make curriculum adoption recommendations to the School Board. The Project Team is an important part of the BSD Quality Curriculum Cycle (QCC), which provides a systematic means for making decisions about the BSD curriculum review, revision, development, and adoption of practices and instructional resources.


The Project Team’s work will begin on October 20 and will conclude by June 2021. The team will meet on the following weekday evenings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom (unless otherwise communicated): October 20, November 17, January 5, February 16, March 30, April 27 and May 25.


The Project Team and supporting BSD Teacher Cadre will be charged with the following goals:

  • Researching best practices and instructional materials to be considered for possible adoption in Social Studies
  • Articulating and supporting long-term academic learning targets and assessments in Social Studies
  • Recommending professional development and structures for ongoing professional learning
  • Participating in learning opportunities in the form of readings, discussion and trainings related to culturally relevant teaching practices


These goals are aligned with Oregon Social Sciences Standards as well as Multicultural Studies and Ethnic Studies Standards (draft)


The District reviews and updates its curriculum, instructional practices and classroom materials according to Board policy and Oregon State Statute and Administrative Regulations.

Membership for the Social Studies Project Team will include:

  • Elementary classroom teachers (4)
  • Middle school classroom teachers (2)
  • High school classroom teachers (2)
  • Students (4)
  • Parent/Community members (4)
  • School administrators (2 elementary, 1 middle school, 1 high school) (4)
  • Social Studies specialists (1 elementary, 1 secondary) (2)
  • Teaching Specialists, including but not limited to special education, multilingual, dual-language, advanced program and additional content area specialists (6)
  • School Board representative (1)


Please note that membership roles/numbers are subject to change based on applications received.


Google Form and/or email submissions are due on Monday, October 5 by 4 p.m.

Applications should include the following information:

  1. Students: Name, address, school and grade level, plus any special training or experience in Social Studies.

  2. Parents/Community members: Name, address, ages of children and schools where enrolled (if applicable), plus any special training or experience in Social Studies.

  3. Teachers & Administrators: Name, address, teaching experience and current assignment.


All: Respond to the following questions/prompts: (please limit your response to no more than one typed page)

  1. Why do you want to serve on the Social Studies Project Team and what contributions will you make towards its goals?

  2. Please describe your personal/professional experiences with educational equity work, and your commitment to educational equity in the realm of Social Studies education. (Educational Equity Policy, BSD Equity Lens)

  3. What unique skills, perspective and voice will you contribute to ensure an inclusive and socially just Social Studies education for all of our students?

Please complete the appropriate online application form here:

  1. Students

  2. Parent/Community members

  3. Teachers & Administrators

Or mail your application including all information listed above to:

Beaverton School District

Teaching and Learning

Attn: Susan Ouellette

16550 SW Merlo Rd.

Beaverton, OR 97003


For questions or additional information, please contact susan_ouellette@beaverton.k12.or.us

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!

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 https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us

  • ---> 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! volunteering@ridgewoodptc.org


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

BOX TOPS COLLECTION GOES DIGITAL


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.