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Ridgeview Monthly Parent Bulletin October 2018

Fox Fun Run Raises Over $10,000 for PTO, Students, and Teachers!

Upcoming October Events

October 2 - DHS Pathways cookie sales (1:30-2:00)

October 5 - Ridgeview Spirit Day

October 8 - Columbus Day (No School)

October 15 - Ridgeview PTO meeting (6:00 p.m. in Commons)

October 16 - ESL Open House (6:00-7:00)

October 17-23 - Pumpkin Decorating Contest (see information below)

October 18 - Ridgeview Parent Night (see information below)

October 19 - End of 1st Grading Period

October 20 - Trunk or Treat (1:00-2:00)

October 25-26 - Student-Led Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 31 - Halloween Room Parties (1:30-2:00)

Niche School Rankings

We are proud and humbled to be ranked in the top 3% of all elementary schools in the state of Illinois in the recently released Niche Rankings. Ridgeview was the top ranked school in all of Central Illinois. Our students, parents, and staff should be proud of this recognition - you all deserve it! To learn more about the Niche rankings go to the link below:…/search/best-elementary-…/s/illinois/

Ridgeview Parents Night

Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 18. In our continuing effort to partner with parents we are hosting a Ridgeview Parents Night to provide information to parents about the Behavioral Intervention Support Team Model of addressing problematic behaviors and sharing information about internet safety. The BIST model is focused on addressing disruptive or otherwise problematic behaviors through grace and accountability. The BIST Model is founded on the 3 Life Goals of:

  1. I Can make good choices even if I am mad.
  2. I Can be okay, even if others are not okay.
  3. I Can do something even if I don’t want to.

The purpose of the BIST Model is to partner with students when they are struggling and help them be accountable for their actions to make changes in their life. It takes on average 1 month for every year of a child's age to change a behavior through teaching and intervention so this does not happen overnight. BIST is designed to teach and protect students, via GRACE and ACCOUNTABILITY so that students can demonstrate the Goals For Life and make good choices that promote lifelong success.


We accept children for who they are

We care too much about you to allow your behavior to be out of bounds


Guiding students to look at what problems the behaviors create in the student’s life. There are five levels to Accountability:

I did it

I’m sorry

It’s part of a problem in my life

I accept consequences

I accept and need help with this skill

This evening is intended for parents of Ridgeview students only and we look forward to sharing information with you about both the BIST Model as well as resources on internet safety. We will have light snacks available that night as well. Further details will be sent to all parents prior to the event. We hope you are able to make it.

Title I Parent Compact

Ridgeview Elementary School qualifies as a whole-school Title I school through the Every Student Succeeds Act. This qualification is based upon the percentage of families who qualify for free or reduced lunches. We are able to use federal Title I funds to hire additional support staff and supplemental instructional materials to help all children succeed. As a whole-school Title I school, ALL students may receive additional support in reading or math based on classroom performance and STAR testing. Income level is NOT a factor in determine what students qualify for additional support via Title I funds. Below you will see the Title I Parent Involvement Policy. We will also ask all parents to sign a Title I Parent Compact at our student-led conferences on October 25-26.
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Versatran Bus App for Parents

We are pleased to announce a new feature for families to have better access to transportation information with the new installation of Versatrans Onscreen, a telematics GPS system that allows tracking of all transportation vehicles in real-time.

This software, which is integrated with our transportation routing and planning software, allows parents and guardians to view up-to-date information of the bus location and time to pick-up/drop-off for their students.

Access information can be found by clicking on the bus information icon while signed into PowerSchool. Please note that the bus information icon is not available while in the PowerSchool app, it is only available while in the desktop view.

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New Raptor Visitor Sign In Process

Dunlap CUSD #323 is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and faculty. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.

Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.

Student-Led Parent-Teacher Conferences

Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, October 25th from 12:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. and Friday, October 26th from 7:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. These are the only two days set aside for Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences. Teachers are not able to schedule conferences outside of this two day window.

Students will not have school on these days. Students will, however, come with their parents during their scheduled conference time to participate in or lead their conference. We involve students in this process because it provides students with the opportunity to take ownership of their learning and to provide perspective on their learning.

Our goal is always to have 100% of our families participate in these conferences because it allows students, parents, and teachers to build partnerships and plans for future success.

Click on the link below to scheduled your child's Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences.

The online scheduling portal will close to parents on Thursday, October 18th. If you have not scheduled a conference by that time, the office will contact you regarding scheduling.

If you have any questions regarding the online scheduling process, please contact Mrs. Williams at or Mrs. Rohn at

Socktober at Ridgeview!

Happy 'Sock'tober, RES families! During the month of October we will be collecting *new* socks to donate to Peoria Rescue Ministries. The socks that are donated will be distributed to the homeless community in and around the Peoria area. There is a specific need for white, cotton socks for men, but all sock donations are welcome!

There is also an urgent need for onesies and sleepers (newborn size), so we would love to add that to our collection as well. (These can be new or gently used.)

Thank you for helping our school have a positive impact on our community! In the three years that we have participated in 'Sock'tober, our school has donated almost 1,400 pairs of socks to people in need!

Trunk or Treat

The third annual Trunk or Treat Festival will be held on Saturday, October 20th from 1:00 - 2:00pm. Trunk or Treat is a fun and safe “trick-or-treating” opportunity for kids, AND a treat-giving opportunity for adults. At trunk or treat, costumed children walk through our school parking lot, stopping at cars that have decorated trunks, and receive candy. We need families to participate in decorating their trunks and handing out candy (no nuts). Please look for a Signup Genius in your inbox soon.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Ridgeview students are invited to bring a decorated pumpkin to school for the Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. The decorated pumpkins can be dropped off in the Ridgeview Commons from October 17th through October 23rd. On October 24th students will vote for their favorite pumpkins. There will be one winner per grade. Pumpkins should be decorated, but not carved. Please keep the decorations appropriate for school. Please label the bottom of your pumpkin with the student’s name and teacher. Any pumpkin remaining at the end of the day on October 24th will be discarded.

Halloween Class Party

Our first holiday room party of the year will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31st. Students are welcome to dress in costume that day but are not required to do so. Students choosing to wear costumes should come to school dressed in costume to avoid changing into costumes later in the day. Costumes should allow students to move freely and safely in restroom facilities, at recess, and at PE. Parents requesting their child not to participate in the room party should contact their child’s teacher and an alternate activity will be arranged in a different location in the building. Future room parties will take place on Friday, December 21st and Thursday, February 14th.

ESL Open House

Join the elementary ESL teachers as they host an open house for all parents and students in the ESL program. The ESL open house will take place at Ridgeview on October 16th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. There will be a short presentation and time for any questions about the program to be answered. Activities will be available for the students. Look for the flyer in your child’s backpack to register for the event! Email Mrs. Miller with any questions!

End of 1st Grading Period - Report Cards

The first grading period will end on Friday, October 19th. Report cards will be distributed during student led parent teacher conferences, which take place on October 25th and October 26th.

Please sign your child's report card envelope and returned the envelope to your child's teacher by Wednesday, November 7th.

Morning Traffic Pattern

Please remember to park in the front parking lot or the side parking lot of the school and walk your child across the lot to the front sidewalk to ensure a safe arrival to school. The lane in front of the school is a bus drop off and pick up lane only. When picking your child up at the end of the day, please follow the same procedures. Park in either the front or side parking lot and walk up to the front doors of the school to pick up your child. Students may not be dropped off before 7:25 a.m. Thank you for helping us ensure safety for all students.

Geography Bee

Ridgeview will be holding a Geography Bee for 4th and 5th graders this year on October 12. Our goal is to create more awareness and interest in our students in the area of geography. The format is slightly different than the Spelling Bee in that all students are asked the same questions and they write responses on their own answer sheets. The top 10 scores will advance to a school Geography Bee and the winner of the school Geography Bee will take an online test to potentially qualify for the state Geography Bee. The school Geography Bee will take place on Tuesday, October 30.

Spelling Bee

Classroom Spelling Bees will take place on Friday, November 30. Classroom finalists will advance to the school Spelling Bee which will take place on Friday, January 18. The Spelling Bee is for 4th and 5th grade students.
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