The Roadrunner Report

The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - September 6, 2019

Our Mission Statement

Together with our community, Ridgewood Elementary School provides an education inspired by the attributes of the IB Learner Profile while fostering learner agency and encouraging meaningful action.

Principal Perspective - We are off to a great start!

Thanks to all our parents who came as August Angels to get our school ready for this year and thanks to all parents for sending your kids to school rested and ready to learn! We are already doing amazing things.

As we enter the second week of school is it important to remember that routine, good sleep and healthy eating are vital for learning. Each week we balance our schedule with purposeful play, movement, music, technology, reading, writing and math. During these first weeks of school we are also working on community building, expectations and reading stamina.

Next week we have two opportunities for families to engage with our school. On Tuesday, our PTC meeting will serve as Volunteer Orientation, and childcare will be available for families. All are invited to attend at 6:30 in the Library. On Thursday, our annual Back to School night will cover an update on the PYP, Student Success Act and our new Health curriculum. Teachers will also share more about what students are learning in each grade level. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you here this week!

Good Morning!

Our Morning Schedule:

8:00a.m. - Undercover area opens for supervision.

8:10-8:25 - Morning Mix Stations open. Students to go assigned grade level location.

*We switch locations on Tuesdays, so on Monday Kindergartners will go to the Library and starting on Tuesday they will go to the cafeteria.*

*Breakfast is open*

*On Fridays the Beepbeep store is open*

8:25 - Bell rings for students to line up and head to class. Exterior doors open.

8:30 - Students are in seats ready to learn!

Please make sure that students arrive by 8:25 so they have time to put their things away and be ready to learn by 8:30a.m.

Parents who wish to wait with their children until the 8:25 bell may do so in the under cover area. Kindergarten parents may continue to enter the building from 8:25-8:30 until Friday, September 13. After that time, all parents must enter through the front doors and get a visitor's badge.

Our Morning Mix is designed to give students the opportunity to regulate and prepare themselves for a day of learning. Each station has activities that help students focus either individually or collectively. After students have experienced all stations they will be allowed to choose the station that best helps them prepare for their day. Thanks for helping your students get to the right station in the morning!

Back to School Night

We look forward to welcoming parents Thursday, September 12, from 6:00-7:30p.m. During the general session in the gym we will cover the Primary Years Program, Student Success Act and our new Health Curriculum. In classrooms, teacher will update parents on classroom expectations and what students are learning this year.

6:00-6:25 - Intro for K, 1, 2 & K-2 SSC in the gym

6:30-6:35 - 3, 4, 5 & 3-5 SCC parents arrive in the gym

6:35-7:05 - Classroom presentations K, 1, 2 & K-2 SCC

6:35-7:05 - Intro for 3, 4, 5 & 3-5 SCC in the gym

7:10 - K, 1, 2 & K-2 SCC parents finish

7:10-7:40 - Classroom presentations 3, 4, 5 & 3-5 SCC

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Grandparents Day

You’re Invited to Ridgewood Elementary School’s Grandparents and Grandfriends Day on

Friday, September 13, 2019.

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.

School Meal Information

If you would like to apply for free/reduced price school meals, you may apply online: You may also pick up a paper application in the office (or call us at 503-356-2440 to have a application sent home with your child).

Please remember, if your child received meal benefits last year, you will need to reapply for the 2019-2020 school year, no later than Oct. 14th.

Questions? Please call Wendy Warner at 503-356-2447 or Laurie Bishop at 503-356-3957.

MS Boundary Adjustment


Please clip Box Tops and ask your friends, neighbors and family to clip Box Tops! The program is now phasing to scanned Box Tops. Please download the new App for an even easier way to get Ridgewood dollars! Look for Box Tops on MANY of the regular products you buy and be sure and scan your receipt for an automatic deposit to Ridgewood.

Our 2019-2020 goal is $1,000 for the school which goes right to our students’ programs. It couldn’t be easier! Our first submission is November 1st. Between the start of school and Halloween, please put any clipped Box Tops in your child’s grade box, look for them outside the main office. The grade with the most Box Tops will get extra recesses in November!

Any questions? Email:

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Dates to know...

9/9 - All students attend all day

9/10 - PTC Meeting, 6:30pm in library

9/11 - Coffee with the Principal, 8:30-9:30am

9/12 - Back to School Night, 6:00-7:30pm

9/13 - Grandparent's Day, 9:30-12:30

9/24 - Picture day

9/26 - Passport day

9/27 - Spirit Day - wear college gear

10/18 - Jogathon!

11/6-7 Fall conference dates (NO SCHOOL 11/7-8)

See our full calendar here.

See the 2019-2020 district calendar here

Important Dates for 2019-2020

Want to know all the days off, special events, and other important dates for the upcoming school year? Download the attached list of Important Days:

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Our next newsletter will be published on Sept. 20. Please send articles to Dede Morris ( no later than Wednesday, Sept. 18.
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