Kindergarten Special Edition

Ridges Elementary | Summer 2023

Welcome New Kindergarten Families

Dear 2023-24 Kindergarten Families!

If you are a new family, I'd like to be the first to offer an official welcome to the Ridges community. If you are a returning family with a newly enrolled younger sibling, we are very happy to continue partnering with you to give your child the best educational experiences we can.

This special edition newsletter is to provide our new and returning families with the information you need to successfully start the school year with your soon-to-be Kindergarten student. You are always welcome to reach out by calling the Ridges front office at 503-825-5700.

Also, please feel free to share this newsletter with any families with a Kindergarten age child who may not have heard about Kindergarten registration. Thank you!

Miranda Johnson

Principal, Ridges Elementary

Kindergarten "Ramp-Up"

As we approach the 2023-24 school year we are eagerly making plans for your child’s transition to Kindergarten. The first few days of school will look different than is typical as we "Ramp-Up to Kindergarten." Our "Ramp-Up" schedule gives us time to get to know your child before being placed into their permanent classroom.

“Kindergarten Orientation Days” August 30, August 31, and September 1

Kindergarten Orientation Days: Your child will be invited to one of the three orientation days. They will spend this day doing fun activities with all Kindergarten teachers in a small group setting.

Students’ assigned day for Kindergarten Orientation is determined by the first letter of their last name:

  • Student Last Name A – G: Wednesday, August 30 (7:55 am – 2:15pm)

  • Student Last Name H – M: Thursday, August 31 (7:55 am – 2:15pm)

  • Student Last Name N – Z: Friday, September 1 (7:55 am – 2:15pm)

Families will drop their students off at the kindergarten entrance (see map linked here) and staff will be present to take students to the classrooms.

  • 7:55 am - Kindergarten drop off

  • 8:00 am - Parents meet under the Ridges covered play area for a Welcome and Q & A with staff.

“Ramp-Up Days” September 5-7

  • Tuesday, September 5 & Wednesday, September 6 - all children attend the full school day (7:55am - 2:15pm). During these two days, students will spend time in each kindergarten classroom with a variety of students and staff.

  • Thursday, September 7 - No school for kindergarten students - teachers thoughtfully create balanced classes and prepare classrooms. Kindergarten class lists will be emailed by noon.

  • Friday, September 8 – Kindergarten students begin in assigned classes (7:55 - 2:15).

Additional Important Information

  • Please fill out this Go-Home Survey to let us know your child’s end-of-day transportation plans for the Orientation and Ramp-Up days.
  • Please send a healthy, nut-free snack, with your child each day.

  • Cold lunch is strongly recommended for the first days of school; however, hot lunch may be purchased. Lunch money should be sent with your child in a sealed envelope or zip-lock bag with your child's first and last name clearly marked on the front. If you are interested in seeing prices, lunch menus or applying for free meals, please see the section below.

School Supplies

School supplies will be brought to school during our Ridges Meet and Greet Night (more information and date to be determined soon).

If you would like to pre-order you supplies through the school, please Click Here to go to the on-line ordering site. Ridges Account number is 22627. This ordering site will be available for families to order their grade level school supply kits until Friday, June 23rd. The kits will be delivered to the school and will be placed on student desks for our Meet and Greet Night.

Parents are also welcome to purchase their students' supplies on their own, Click Here to view the Ridges Supply List for the 2023-24 school year.

If there are any families that need financial assistance purchasing school supplies, please reach out to Miranda Johnson, our Principal at

Updated School Calendar

The School Board approved an adjusted calendar for the 23-24 school year. This includes starting school a day earlier, on August 30. You can click here to view the calendar for more information.

Kinder Playdates - Coming Summer 2023

This summer, incoming Kindergarten families will have more opportunities to meet staff and other families at Kinder Playdates. Kinder Playdates are 1-hour play times on the Ridges playground, from 4-5 pm. They include arts and crafts and an introduction to the Kindergarten teachers and school principal. Our dates will be July 18th and August 15th. More information will be shared with all registered kindergarten families via email over the summer.

Breakfast and Lunch Information

Information about lunch and breakfast prices and menus can be found on our Nutrition Department web page linked here. If you would like to apply for our free lunch program please complete the application linked here.

School Day Schedule

The school day begins at 7:55 a.m. with doors opening at 7:45 for general arrival. Students eating breakfast at school may arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. The school day ends at 2:15 p.m., with the exception of Wednesday when school dismisses at 1:15 p.m.

Transportation Information

If your home address is more than one mile radius from our school, or you live on the opposite side of Hwy 99W, you may be eligible for transportation. To view transportation maps, routes, and pick-up/drop-off times please visit the transportation web page linked here.

Ridges PAC

Get connected with the Ridges PAC! Visit the link here to see upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to get involved and be connected.

Register Today for Kindergarten!

Registration for our incoming Kindergarten class is available online using the link below. Incoming Kindergarten students must turn 5 on or before September 1, 2023. Registering early helps the school and district start planning for the fall.

Online Kindergarten Registration

During online registration, new families will create a Sherwood ParentVUE account. Parents of current and former Sherwood students will log in with their existing ParentVUE account. Please call the Ridges front office at 503-825-5700 if you have any questions.

Paper Registration

Families are also welcome to register using paper registration. Paper registration packets can be picked up from the Ridges front office.

School Boundaries

If you’re enrolling your student or looking to move to Sherwood, you may locate the schools for a home address using our online Boundary Map. Enter your address in the upper left corner to search. Contact Kami Golden at or 503-825-5011 with boundary questions.