The Roadrunner Report

The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - Feb. 28, 2020

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 have A+mazing teachers!

Did you see the report from the Portland Business Journal on Oregon’s “A+ teachers?” We are on the list because of our amazing teachers and the support they receive from our students and parents. What makes our teachers so amazing? Each day they care deeply for all students, push them to think critically and set goals with students. Each week they collaborate to share resources, support each other, and analyze student progress. Monthly they develop units that support learning through inquiry, and every year they demonstrate that they are lifelong learners. Thank you to our amazing teachers, support staff and parent community!


Spring Parent Conferences will be the week we return from Spring Break, so please make sure you sign up for a time to meet with your child’s A+mazing teacher to learn how your scholar is progressing as we head toward the end of the school year. Sign up info is below.

Spring Conferences

Spring parent conferences are coming up soon, the week right after Spring Break on April 1st and 2nd. If you have not yet selected a time to meet with your child's teacher, please click on the link here and pick your time. You may also call the office at 503-356-2440 to schedule a time.

BeepBeep Winners!

Congratulations to our BeepBeep winners for Feb. 21st: Sagan, Asaph, Kaleb, Audrey, Maria, Lilah, Henry, Kendal, Glenn, and Ella!
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Congratulations to our BeepBeep winners for Feb. 29th: Abi, Blake, Christiaan, Cleo, Gavin, Kaden, Liam, Martin, Mila, and Mirene!
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Volunteer Corner

A big thank you to the Science Fair committee members & all of you who volunteered to make it such a successful event!


Book Fair in the Playroom:

  • Next Week! March 2-6th: Help our kids develop a life-long love of reading! Volunteer shifts are before school, during lunch recesses and after school. Assist kids to find item prices, count their money and keep the shelves tidy.
  • Family Night is Wednesday, March 4 5:30-7p, with PIZZA available for purchase.
  • We are in need of a new Book Fair Chairperson (or team!) for our two book fairs each year. Contact Orissa Crispin with questions: orissa.crispin@gmail.com
  • Click HERE!

Little Free Library Upkeep:

  • Come help on any week day from 1:30-1:45 and work with 5th graders to stock, organize and keep neat both the inside library in the alcove and the outside library. This is during the 5th grade afternoon recess.
  • Contact Mocalina Shearer to arrange your schedule or with questions: mocalina_shearer@beaverton.k12.or.us
  • Click HERE!

Activity Coordinator Needs:

  • We are in need of a new volunteer co-coordinator (or two!) for next school year. We'd like you to join our team and start training as soon as possible. We work together to support Ridgewood activities throughout the year. It's a great way to get to know the ins-and-outs of our school programs and meet people. Hours are flexible. We would love to speak with you more about this position, coffee or tea is on us! Contact the Volunteer Coordination Team if you are interested: volunteering@ridgewoodptc.org

Kinder Reading and Writing:

Morning Mix Stations:

Staff Treats:

  • Just a few people are needed to help cover staff treats for the remainder of the school year. One person is needed for March (coming up next week!) Three people are needed for June (something fun like an ice cream sundae bar?) Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48a8a728a7f49-ridgewood1Ridgewood Staff Treats 2019-2020
  • Provide food and drink treats for the Ridgewood staff during their monthly staff meeting. Meetings are generally the first Tuesday of the month and treats should be delivered to the front office by 2:00 that day. Three people will coordinate treats for approximately 45 people. www.signupgenius.com
  • Questions? Contact Jennifer Browning at jensbrowning@yahoo.com.

Library Inventory:

  • Five people are needed to help with library inventory in March. The time commitment is 1-2 hours, twice a week for 2-3 weeks beginning March 9th (with flexible scheduling.) Interested or have questions? Contact Jennifer Browning at jensbrowning@yahoo.com.
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Lions and Tigers and Books, Oh MY!

Our spring book fair is just around the corner - March 2nd-6th. Join us in the multipurose room for a wild reading adventure! Check out our book fair web page HERE!


Parents - the new Ewallet option is great for sending kids to the book fair without having to carry cash (setup available starting on the 17th). All funds that aren't used are refunded back to your method of payment.


Join us for Family Night on Wednesday, March 4th from 5:30-7:00pm, where we will have pizza available to purchase (cash only please!). Pizza was such a hit last time, we ran out. We will have more pizza this time!


If you'd like to volunteer, click HERE. All volunteers will receive a coupon towards a book fair purchase. We hope to see you there!

AVID for 6th Graders

AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system in all Beaverton middle and high schools and includes the AVID elective class during the school day. Your feeder middle school is looking for 35 students to be enrolled in the AVID elective class for next year.

The AVID elective is a year-long elective class, taken in addition to the academic core classes (humanities, math, science, and other required courses) at your middle school. It is based on writing as a tool for learning, the inquiry method, reading, organization, and collaborative grouping. Your feeder school’s AVID elective teacher is looking for 35 students to be enrolled next year.

AVID students selected for the AVID elective are...


  • In the “academic middle” – meeting standards in all subject areas and passing standardized tests, but need a little extra support to do better
  • Needing help with study skills and organizational skills
  • Motivated to go to college but don’t quite know how or have resources at home
  • Willing to work hard and study every night
  • Historically underrepresented in 4-year universities (first one in the family to attend college, students coming from economically challenging situations, students of color, etc.)
  • Facing special circumstances that make it difficult for them to actualize their college dream


Students must apply and interview to be in the AVID elective class. For more information, please contact Callie McAuliffe, Counselor. For more information about the AVID elective class, contact your feeder middle school. Application is due March 16, 2020 to your student's 5th grade teacher.


Callie McAuliffe, School Counselor

503-356-2444

callie_mcauliffe@beaverton.k12.or.us

Beaverton City Library News

Spring break is coming up soon, and the Beaverton city libraries have lots of fun and free events planned for students in grades K-5 and their families. For information please visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org/SpringBreak and the links below.


Here are some other activities happening March at the Beaverton Main library:

and the Murray Scholls library:

Time to Spring Forward

Don't forget to "spring forward" on Sunday, March 8th. Remember to set your clocks ahead by one hour and get ready for daylight savings time.
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Read Across America Week

Find out all about the fun activities happening during Read Across America Week (3/2-3/6) in the attachment below.
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Camp Achieve

Summer is coming, and the days away from a regular routine can set students back and take away learning gains from the school year. If students leave school in June and don't read or practice their math skills all summer, they can return in the fall at the skill level they were at back in January. Students then spend the first three months of the school year trying to regain what they had already learned the prior school year. This is called Summer Slide.


How can you stop Summer Slide from happening? One way is to sign up for Camp Achieve this summer! Applications will be sent home soon, pending the approval of our Beaverton Education Foundation grant application.


Here’s how Camp Achieve will work:

Students will sign up for two 3-day minicamps: June 30, July 1, July 2 and August 4, 5, 6 from 8:15-1:15 daily plus one lunchtime meet-up at a park the week of July 14. Teachers will check in with students at home who are unable to meet up the week of July 14. Teachers will remain connected with their class via Seesaw from June 28 through August 21.


During the minicamps, students will engage in STEAM activities and prepare for time away from camp - which includes picking out books to take home with them, practicing Dreambox, and choosing a journal. While students are away from school, teachers will check in with them via Seesaw to encourage them to read, complete Dreambox lessons, and write in their journal.


This year, Camp Achieve will be held at Ridgewood Elementary School. Students from Barnes, Cedar Mill, and Ridgewood will be invited to attend. We will provide bus transportation to the two minicamps from a few specific bus stops. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students for free. Enrollment is open to current K-4th grade students.


There will be a Family Meeting in early June, and a Parent/Guardian is expected to attend one of the available meetings dates. Dates will be sent out in May. At this meeting, we will explain the summer expectations and address any technology questions. We will also check out devices to families who need one over the summer. In order to participate in Camp Achieve, students must have signed Google Permission forms on file at their home school.


We hope you plan to reserve your spot in Camp Achieve! Applications should open after Spring Break. The first 150 students to apply from these four schools are guaranteed a spot (pending approval of our BEF application)! You students will get the opportunity to have a summer-long connection with a teacher who is reminding them to read, write, and think mathematically, suggesting new book titles, and cheering for their progress. Please consider signing up!

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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open! If you have a child who will turn 5 years old by Sept. 1, please begin the online enrollment process here. In addition to online registration, we also ask that you provide us with proof of birth (either a birth certificate or passport) along with a current copy of their immunization record.


Please plan to join us for Kindergarten Orientation at 6pm on April 9th. Incoming kindergarteners will visit a classroom for fun activities while parents meet in the school gym. Information will be shared about curriculum, registrations, and support services for your child.

This event is intended for parents and prospective kindergarteners. You are welcome to bring siblings, but no childcare will be provided.


Please complete your online registration by March 13th, to allow for verification of enrollment before orientation.


Questions about enrollment or Orientation? Please call the office at 503-356-2440.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run Coach Needed!

We are looking for one more person to help coach our Girls on the Run after school program Mon/Wed. from 3:05-4:35. As a Girls on the Run (GOTR) Coach, your role will be to inspire and encourage girls to realize their full potential! Over the course of 10 weeks you’ll connect with your girls through the GOTR lessons that cover subjects such as loving oneself, celebrating others, and connecting with their community - all while helping them work toward their end-of-season goal, finishing a 5k! If this sounds like something you would like to do, please sign up at: https://www.girlsontherunpdx.org/Coach


Coach | GOTR Portland Metro

As a Girls on the Run (GOTR) Coach, your role will be to inspire and encourage girls to realize their full potential! Over the course of 10 weeks you’ll connect with your girls through the GOTR lessons that cover subjects such as loving oneself, celebrating others, and connecting with their community - all while helping them work toward their end-of-season goal, finishing a 5k!

www.girlsontherunpdx.org or for more information contact Damiana King at damiana_king@beaverton.k12.or.us or info@girlsontherunpdx.org

Ridgewood Art Show

Join us for a celebration of artistic expression on Thursday, April 30th 5:30-7:30 pm


Who: All students K-5


Criteria: Each participant may submit up to 2 pieces of personal art created at any time during the current school year. The artwork can be anything, as long as it is physical media, that can be hung or displayed on a table. Return the sign up form by March 20th to the front office.


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In addition to the art submitted for the Art Show, there is a Poster Contest for those interested.


Who: All Students K-5


Criteria: Draw or paint a picture, no larger than 9x12, that shows what art is to you. Please write your name and grade on the back and return it to the front office by Friday, February 28th, 2020.


The top 4 submissions will be selected by the art show committee, displayed in the hall by the office, and students may vote for their favorite March 9-13th!


The winner’s name will be announced at the end of the day on March 13th, and their picture will be used as the poster art for the Art Show in April!!


Please see attached poster criteria and Art Show sign up form.

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.
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Change of After School Plans?

If you need to let us know about a change of end-of-day transportation plans, please call or email the office no later than 2:00pm. You may call the office at 503-356-2440 or email us at

RDGWD-communications@beaverton.k12.or.us. Please do not send emails to individual staff emails, as we won't get the message if the staff member is out that day.


The 2:00p.m. deadline allows us to communicate the changes to all affected students and teachers prior to dismissal. Since we typically have a large number of changes each day, we may not be able to accommodate your request if you call after 2:00p.m.

Dates to know...

3/2-6 - Book Fair & Read Across America week

3/4 - Family Night at Book Fair, 5:30-7:00pm

3/5 - SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Night, 6:00p.m.

3/10 - PTC meeting, 6:30p.m., Library

3/11 - Coffee with the principal, 8:30-9:30a.m.

3/11 - 2nd/3rd grade musical, 6:30p.m.

3/13-20 - Scooter Town

3/18 - Family Dine Out night, Cedar Hills Killer Burger, 4:00-8:00p.m.

3/19 - Passport day

3/20 - Spirit Day - Hawaiian wear

3/23-27 - Spring Break - SCHOOL CLOSED

April 1st and 2nd - Spring Conferences, No School April 2nd and 3rd.


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:
After School Activity Flyers

The Beaverton School District does not sponsor or endorse the activities and/or information in community flyers.

Ridgewood Elementary School

The next newsletter will be published March 13th. Please send articles to Dede Morris (dorothy_morris@beaverton.k12.or.us) no later than Wednesday, March 11th.