The rundown on Ridgewood Elementary School - August 14, 2020
Principal Perspective - Classes & Cohorts
As we prepare for the beginning of the school year on September 14th, I will be making sure that each student is assigned to a Teacher and Attendance Cohort for when we are able to bring students back into our classrooms. Each student, regardless of whether they choose to remain fully in the Comprehensive Distance Learning model, or plan to attend when in person classes resume, will be assigned to either a Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday Attendance Cohort.
We need these groups to align with the class lists, so I will be finalizing them in the coming weeks, to allow for balance with our teacher assignments. If you have a specific request for either Attendance Cohort (Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday), please let me know by completing this google form by Friday, August 21st.
Although I will not be able to meet every request, I will balance family requests with our need for balance within our classrooms and school. Siblings will be kept in the same Attendance Cohort within BSD, regardless of grade level, so if you have a child at another BSD school, I will work with the other principal to see if your request can be accommodated. Once we have started the school year there will be little flexibility to change teachers or Attendance Cohorts. We hope to share Teacher and Attendance Cohort assignments with families by Tuesday, September 8th.
I know that many questions remain about what the online school day will look like, and how teachers will connect with students in the fall. We are working on a schedule that will mirror the traditional school day as much as possible, taking teacher input throughout the process, along with aligning it across the district. As soon as I am able to share a schedule with you I will. We do know that each day will be a combination of live, recorded and independent activities. Thanks for your patience.
We are also planning ways to personally connect with each family at the beginning of the school year, including distributing materials to students. Again, as soon as decisions are made on these I will notify you of our plans. We are also planning videos and online opportunities for parents to learn how to support their students in Comprehensive Distance Learning.
I know this is a stressful, difficult time to plan what fall will look like for our students. Thank you for your patience and to those of you who have reached out with questions and suggestions. I have scheduled a Principal Chat for next week, specifically to answer questions about Attendance Cohorts and share any updates I have at the time. All parents are invited to listen in and ask questions.
Principal Chat - Classes & Cohorts
Tuesday, August 18th, 6:00-7:00p.m.
Meeting ID: 249 794 394
July 29 Principal Chat - Youtube link to view the chat.
August 18, 6:00-7:00p.m. - Principal Chat on Zoom
Meeting ID: 249 794 394
August 19, 5:00p.m. - Kindergarten Playdate on Zoom
Meeting ID: 930 4462 4435
September 14 - First day of school, all online.
November 16 - First possible day students could be in the building. However, statewide metrics for returning to the building must be met in order for us to open our building to students.
***The rest of our calendar is still under development. As soon as the new school year calendar is released, we will send it to you.***
Kindergarten Summer Playdates
Our last Summer Playdate will once again be virtual. All incoming Kindergarten families are invited to join us to say hi, read a story and play a game.
LAST ONE! - Wednesday August 19th from 5:00-6:00p.m.
Meeting ID: 930 4462 4435
Our Office is Now Open!
We are not able to receive families into our building, but will have a collection station outside for enrollment paperwork. If you need assistance, please call and schedule an appointment for one of us to talk with you on our front patio.
Volunteering at Ridgewood
Yes, there will be many opportunities for virtual volunteering, and you can volunteer as much or as little as your schedule permits.
In addition to parents, grandparents, family, and friends are also welcome to volunteer. First, they have to complete the background check and be approved to volunteer to Ridgewood. These steps, like many others, ensure a safe environment for the students. Volunteers check in/out of the Beaverton School District’s Volunteer Management System. We call it “MyVP”. MyVP keeps record of when and where volunteers volunteer.
To join our Volunteer Taem:
Get started early – Get your background check completed and get registered in MyVP! This can take a few weeks.
Complete online at https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us
- ---> Click the Community tab, on the drop down menu click Volunteer, then click the yellow box that corresponds to your role: Parent/Guardian, Community Member (grandparents use this one), or Youth, then use the “I am new” side of the page to start the process
Please feel free to contact your Volunteer Coordinator Team anytime! email@example.com
Stand by as we find the best ways for volunteers to join us in our online learning environment this fall!
BSD Clothes Closet Volunteer Opportunity
Safely reopening the BSD Clothes Closet requires a complete overhaul of how the program operates and will be dependent on a large number of volunteers. Rather than the previous first come first served structure, we will be scheduling appointments for only one family at a time to shop. With this restriction, for the 2020-21 school year, the Clothes Closet will be open four day a week rather than one. We will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 3:00 and Wednesday from 12:30 to 6:00.
Current BSD volunteers can sign up to help:
- Please click HERE to sign up.
- Shifts are 2.5 hours and are open to adult volunteers only. The Clothes Closet is located in portables on the west side of the District Administration Center at 16550 SW Merlo Road.
- Masks, gloves and temperature checks will be required for both volunteers and families shopping. There will be a 10-minute gap between appointments to wipe down hard surfaces. Volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver.
- Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you with anything. The best way to contact me is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the high number of emails at this time, there may be a delay in my response.
Thank you for your continued support!
Devices for students
Stay tuned for a distribution schedule, and to learn how you can get assistance accessing all the resources your child will need to start learning on September 14th.
Supporting Families - Supplies & Internet
We know that many families are facing hardships this fall as we return to school, and the Beaverton Education Foundation, in partnership with BSD, is working to provide those families with school supplies and stable Internet connections - all the tools kids will need to fully participate online.
If you are able to contribute to either of these campaigns, please click on the links below.
- Equip - Provide school supplies for BSD students in need.
Connect - Contribute to Internet service for families in need.
If you are in need of school supplies or assistance with an Internet connection, please let us know as soon as possible so we can get you what you need. You may call or email our office to let us know of your need:
For families who ordered supply packs through our PTC, those will be delivered to Ridgewood, and we will make a plan for you to pick those supplies up for learning at home. Thanks!
BOX TOPS COLLECTION GOES DIGITAL
The paper box top collection program has been discontinued by General Mill, so we are no longer collecting box tops at school. However, you can still earn money for Ridgewood; if you see the label below, simply use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth the same amount and what’s great is the app will instantly add cash to the school’s earnings online. Find more info here.