Roadrunner Report

The rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - November 20, 2020

Principal Perspective - Productive Struggle

First of all, I want to express my appreciation for the support and care you are giving your child(ren) during remote learning. I am aware of the challenges that this presents for parents and students. While this is not what we would hope for, I appreciate how all are making the best of the situation. Teachers are working tremendously hard, students are engaging and trying to the best of their ability and parents are giving so much. It is a remarkable time in so many ways!

One of the many aspects of my work that I love is being in classrooms and watching children at work. The focus of our work with children is to engage them in thoughtful, rigorous work, hold them to high expectations and provide just enough support so that they can complete tasks independently. There is a sweet spot between offering too much and not enough help or support. As teachers, we have come to learn that when we step in to support at the first sign of struggle for a child, rather than giving them time and space to work through the challenge independently, we tend to limit their learning. In order for students to truly become independent learners, they need to believe in themselves and their ability to persist through the challenges they encounter.

We certainly do not want children to get the point where they feel frustrated and give up, but we do want them to experience success by working through tasks on their own or with a peer. When students make meaning on their own, ask questions for understanding and see that their hard work resulted in success then they not only feel better about themselves, their learning is far more durable. If the work is too easy or we support them too much, they may get the “right answer” but their sense of self and the quality of the learning is not as strong.

This is part of our ongoing work, whether in person or online. As a school we continue to explore how to do this depth of work well. We invite you into this learning with us. If you see your child struggling, here are somethings you can do to help:,

  • Ask leading questions to guide their thinking

  • Instead of asking what they don’t understanding, ask them what they do understand about the task

  • Have them step away from the task and come back to it to give their subconscious time to wrestle with the work

  • Encourage your child to see mistakes as opportunities to learn

  • Praise them for their persistence

I am so proud of teachers and students and all they have accomplished this fall. We have all been engaged in our own “productive struggle." As always, do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns or tips for how we can help you support your child at home.

Productive Struggle is a Learner's Sweet Spot - ASCD article

Exploring Productive Struggle or Productive Struggle videos

Order Ridgewood Gear for the Holidays!

Open now through November 30th. Orders will be delivered to school the week of December 14th.

Middle School Options

Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school or apply to a Learning Option Program. Transportation is provided.

Please do some online research on the Learning Options Programs and attend one or more of the virtual open houses.

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available starting October 19:

  • Current BSD students may apply online using their student ID.

  • All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries.

  • Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school (i.e. homeschool or private school students) will need to complete a paper application available online or at any school office beginning October 19.

  • Applicants who don’t have internet access may complete a paper application.

  • Students may only select one option on their applications.

  • Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.

  • Raleigh Hills and Springville will only be accepting applications for 7th and 8th grades.

Applications must be received no later than December 11 at 4:00 p.m.

Important dates, deadlines and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Learning Options webpage.
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Counselor Corner

Here are a few tidbits from the school counseling world. If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish you a safe and joyful holiday next week!

Reminder: Fun Friday Lunch Bunches for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade

Is your upper grade child wishing for more connection during distance learning? If so, we have created an optional opportunity for socialization for students in grades 3-5: Fun Friday Lunch Bunches! This event is open to all third, fourth, and fifth graders. Check out the flier for more information.

Holiday Help

Traditionally, Ridgewood has offered holiday help to our families in need through the Helping Hands program. Interested families can anonymously purchase gifts for other Ridgewood families needing extra support. This year, we will be doing Helping Hands virtually. Please stay tuned to your inboxes for more information, and a link to sign up.

Resources for Parents During Distance Learning

If you or your child is struggling with the demands of distance learning, or coping with the coronavirus, you are not alone! Below is a list of resources to help navigate some of the academic, emotional or behavioral challenges that may come up at home these days. I will update this list as I hear of more resources.

A Psychologist on How to Keep Your Kids Focused During ‘Zoom School’

A Comic Just for Kids: How to Stay Safe From the Coronavirus

Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning: A helpful article for caregivers from Commonsense Media.

Safe + Strong Helpline 1-800-923-HELP. Safe + Strong Helpline, in partnership with the

Oregon Health Authority, is an emotional support and resource referral line that can assist anyone who is struggling and seeking support. Callers do not need to be in a crisis to contact this line. Help is free and available 24/7. Language interpreters available.

Live Tutoring for Students through Washington County Libraries: Click your child’s grade level, then scroll down to “Live Tutoring.” You need a library card to access the service.

Learn to Be: Free online tutoring for elementary students

Interns 4-Good: High school students available to provide free/low-cost tutoring

Ridgewood Food Backpack Program

The Ridgewood Food Backpack program is up and running! Every other Wednesday, Ridgewood supplies families in need with backpacks filled with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food. The backpacks are supplemented with fresh food like milk, vegetables, etc. Apply here, or simply contact me with your interest and I'll sign you up.

Counselor/Student Success Coach Office Hours

Ms. Shearer and I hold open office hours for parents on Mondays and Fridays from 2:30-3:15. Feel free to pop in during those times if you would like to talk about your child’s needs.

Zoom link, password: wellness

Take care,

Mrs. Mason

iPad Security

For students using BSD ipads (K-2), please be aware that these rely on adult supervision and the user's Internet access to keep the content secure. Unlike Chromebooks, where teachers can directly see what students are viewing, we cannot remotely see or block access to iPads. If you have questions or concerns about this, please connect with your child's teacher.

Celebrate Reading invites you to participate in the December reading challenge!

The classroom with the most students turning in reading hours for the month of December will receive a popcorn treat (one classroom from each grade will win).

November and December calendars in below link.

Device Protection Fee

At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, families were given the option to obtain coverage for their student’s district-owned Chromebooks and iPads, at a cost of $20 per student. This fee covers the cost of replacing/repairing a lost, stolen, or damaged district-owned device and charger. Without this coverage, families could be liable for the cost of device repairs or replacement, up to a maximum fee of $300 per device.

If you opted-in to accept the $20 device protection fee, but have not yet paid, you may do so online here (using a debit or credit card). You may also drop off payments (check or cash) in the school office between 9-12 daily.

Questions? Please contact the school office at 503-356-2442, or email Dede Morris at

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Book Fair is Coming!

To keep us all safe and healthy, this fall's book fair will be online. Have your student look for book fair info coming soon to Seesaw and check out our fair's website HERE. Purchases made through the website from November 21st to December 4th will earn 25% back for our school. New this year, if you set up an eWallet for your student, the info can be easily emailed to friends and relatives so they can securely contribute funds. This means more toward books and less toward shipping. Keep calm and read on!
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Library News

Click on this link to see The many ways to get Library Books.

We have loved seeing so many faces on Tuesdays at the book bus! Tell all your friends! Here is the link with our next visit!: The Book Mobile

You can also put specific books on hold through our online catalog.

This video will show you how to do that. Destiny Video or follow these written Instructions. Destiny-Catalog Instructions.

You will receive an email letting you know when they are available to pick up.

IMPORTANT: Do not add a book to a list when holding in Destiny. You must press HOLD IT button .I cannot see the list. The lists are for you.

Not sure what to read?

Fill out this form and Mrs. Bergin will put together a book bundle based on your responses. 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.

Returning Books?

Books can be returned anytime to our new book return bin outside next to the free library. Books can also be returned on material exchange day or to the bus.


We have most of the books but are still waiting for some from the publisher. Click here: OBOB Info. Register here: Sign-up

FOR FUN: With your clever log in you can now go into This is an extensive, fun resource of books, book trailers, recommendations, authors, illustrators.


As always I am available to answer any questions.

PTC Meeting on Equity & Antiracism

Thank you to our PTC Board for inviting me to share last week with families the work we are doing as a school to support equity and combat racism. Below is a video of that presentation, and here is a link to the slide show.

We invited our families to complete this survey so that we can include you in our future conversations around equity and race. Even if you were not able to attend the meeting, feel free to complete the survey after you watch the video.

Our next Principal Chat will be Wednesday, December 2nd from 8:30-9:30a.m. and at that time I will be sharing with our families the work our staff has done on updating our Mission and Core Values now that we are no longer a PYP school. All families are invited to join me.

Principal Chat Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 249 794 394
Passcode: Ridgewood

PTC Meeting Presentation on Equity & Antiracism

Ridgewood Calendar

See the full year calendar here.


  • Wednesday-Friday, 11/25-27 - No School - Thanksgiving Holiday


  • Wednesday, 12/2, 8:30-9:30a.m. - Principal Chat - Mission & Core Values
  • Principal Chat Zoom Link

    Meeting ID: 249 794 394
    Passcode: Ridgewood

  • Tuesday, 12/8 - PTC Meeting, 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, 12/16 - Passport in Seesaw Wellness class
  • Thursday, 12/17, 6:00p.m. - All School Winter Singalong, 6:00-6:30 on Zoom
  • Friday, 12/18 - Winter Parties
  • Monday, 12/21- Friday 1/1/21 - No School - Winter Break

January, 2021

  • Monday, 1/4 - Return from Winter Break
  • Tuesday, 1/12 - PTC Meeting, 6:30p
  • Monday, 1/18 - No School, MLK Jr. Day
  • Tuesday 1/19 - Follow Monday Specials
  • Wednesday 1/20 - Instructional Wednesday, follow Tuesday Specials
  • Friday, 1/22, 6:30-7:30pm - Family Bingo Night on Zoom
  • Wednesday, 1/27 - Passport in Seesaw Wellness class

February, 2021

  • Friday, 2/5 - Virtual Science Festival
  • Friday, 2/5 - No School, Grading Day
  • Monday, 2/15 - No School, Presidents Day
  • Tuesday, 2/16 - Follow Monday Specials
  • Wednesday, 2/17 - Instructional Wednesday, follow Tuesday Specials
  • Wednesday, 2/24 - No School, Staff Development, Passport in Seesaw Wellness class