The Roadrunner Report

The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - August 31, 2018

Dates to know...

9/5 - Early release at 1:35p.m.

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, Volunteer Training, 7:00

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

9/25 - Picture Day

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

What an exciting first week back we have had! We are building community, sharing about our summers and reading, reading, reading.

On Monday and Tuesday (and, Friday for kindergartners) we spent time going over our common expectations as a school. We reviewed the rules of wall ball, what we expect in the lunchroom and how to use our new water bottle fill stations. We are off to a great start and look forward to a year full of learning.

Next week is a busy week, as we have no school on Monday, our first Early Release on Wednesday, Back to School Night on Thursday and Grandparent's Day on Friday. We look forward to hosting our parents on Thursday and Grandparents on Friday. We look forward to seeing our parents and grandparents at the end of next week.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Grandparents and Grandfriends Day

You’re Invited to Grandparents and Grandfriends Day, on Friday, September 7, 2018

We look forward to hosting our Grandparents and Grandfriends for a day of learning!

  • Our event starts at 9:30am in the gym. Check in will begin at 9:00 a.m.

  • Guests should enter the building through the gym doors at the south end of the school (please do not enter through the front office). There will be a table there to check in and receive visitor badges.

  • Check in will go much faster if grandparents know their grandchildren’s teacher names (please complete below).

  • Parking at Ridgewood can be difficult. Please plan to carpool or drop off grandparents if possible. You may need to park in the neighborhood and walk to the school.

  • Please have grandparents bring a sack lunch if they would like to eat with their grandchildren.

  • The program concludes at the end of student lunches: 11:40 for Kinder, 11:50 for 1st grade, 12:00 for 2nd grade, 12:10 for 3rd, 12:20 for 4th and 12:30 for 5th grade.

  • Please call the school office at 503-356-2440 with any questions.


What is a BeepBeep? It a special note given to students when they demonstrate one of the IB Profile Attributes of being principled, balanced, communicator, caring, risk-taker, inquirer, thinker, open-minded, reflective, knowledgeable or by taking action. Students can either enter their BeepBeeps into a weekly drawing for a prize or spend them on Friday mornings at our BeepBeep store, open from 8:10-8:25 in the music room.

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

Want to volunteer but not registered? Get started HERE. Submit your application today.

Update your MyVP profile whether you are newly registered or returning. Click HERE for instructions.

Kindergarten - All classes Party Coordinators and Art Lit

Klee - Party Coordinator and Art Lit

McDonald - Party Coordinator and Art Lit

Guy - Party Coordinator

Johnson - Party Coordinator and Art Lit

Sackley - Party Coordinator

King/Rodriguez - Art Lit

Hellis - Party Coordinator and Art Lit

O'Neill - Party Coordinator

Docherty - Party Coordinator

Ankenbrand - Party Coordinator

Gretz - Party Coordinator

Contact the volunteer team volunteer team for party coordinator questions and Erin Richards with Art Lit questions.

(NOTE: For helping with math and literacy, your teacher will send out information shortly, and will organize this piece of volunteering.)

Please help with this special day for grandparents and grand families! 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

Meet in the library for the PTC meeting from 6:30-7. Volunteer Orientation 7-8. We will assist you with MyVP, volunteer opportunities and what you can expect as a volunteer. You can bring your own laptop/device or use the school's computers. 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

Passport Volunteers - Starts Sept 27th

Contact Lucia Dallas if you would be willing to assist this year, or if you have any questions about the program.

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 of volunteer opportunities.

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 **

Directory and Photo/Video Release

Each year parents who do not wish their child's directory information (address, phone number, email address) to be published must notify our office in writing. The deadline for this notification is Friday, September 7.

Parents who do not wish their child's photo/video to be released must complete the Use of Photo/Video of Students Opt Out Form. This form remains on record from year to year.

Details on photo and directory release can be found here.

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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Ridgewood Elementary School

Our next newsletter will be published Sept. 7th. Please send articles to Dede Morris ( by Sept. 5th (4:00 p.m. deadline).
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