The rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - April 5, 2021
Principal Perspective - We're back!
We are so happy to have students back in our building! Thank you for your support, patience and flexibility as we create systems and protocols to allow us to be together and be safe.
Important dismissal reminder: Please ensure that you have clearly communicated to us and whoever is picking your child up how you are meeting, as we have a new option this year:
- Curbside - to reduce the number of people under cover, students waiting for someone to drive to the curb and pick them up will go out the front door and wait on the porch. Drivers will pull all the way forward and we will have students walk to cars once they have stopped. This is also the door students who are walking/biking on their own will use.
- Undercover walk-up - This is for adults who walk or park and walk up to the undercover area. Thank you for waiting on our spacing spots.
If your go-home plans change, please call the offie by 10:15 and let us know who will be picking your child up and at which station, curbside or undercover. Please make sure whoever you are sending to pickup knows where to go. If you have questions, please call the office.
Health Education & Erin's Law
Here in the Beaverton School District, we teach children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. In order to help our school be a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn, we also provide age-appropriate health instruction. There will be two primary resources used for this instruction: The Great Body Shop to teach the adopted Oregon Health Standards and fightchildabuse.org to teach sexual abuse prevention in accordance with Erin’s Law. Continue reading for more information on each resource.
Oregon Health Education Standards
The Great Body Shop, published by The Children’s Health Market, will be used to teach the Oregon Health Education Standards. It offers skills-based instruction that addresses physical, social, emotional, and mental health. Human Sexuality Education instruction is age appropriate, medically accurate, and relevant for all students.
Erin’s Law (Sexual Abuse Prevention)
An important component of our curriculum is to help children protect their bodies, get support when abuse has occurred, and report to a trusted adult. In accordance with Erin’s Law, we are educating children about sexual abuse and promoting awareness within our communities. The Oregon Department of Education has required all Oregon schools to comply with Erin’s Law. The Erin’s Law lessons address personal safety, touching safety, and assertiveness.
Previewing Materials/Opting Out
The process for previewing materials and opting out of instruction will be slightly different due to the pandemic. Your child’s teacher will be sending communication home prior to instruction in human sexuality and sexual abuse prevention to address this.
Thank you for helping us to make our school a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.
Please share this link with those who have kids turning 5 years old by September 1st. Now includes links to the Q&A and a teacher welcome video.
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Hello Ridgewood families! I am so excited to see students in-person for hybrid learning, while also staying connected to those in CDL. This is a time of transition for all, and I am here to support if you need it!
~Mrs. Mason :)
Office Hours Update
Ms. Shearer and I have updated our virtual office hours for the spring. New hours: Mondays and Fridays from 3:00-3:30. Use the link below to pop in and chat!
Wellness Lesson Update
All Wellness lessons will now be delivered asynchronously via Seesaw on Wednesday mornings. We may still occasionally join classrooms for additional SEL support. Our next lesson will focus on the theme of adapting to change. Thanks for reminding and encouraging your child to complete their lessons!
Autism Acceptance Month
The Autism Society of America is celebrating Autism Acceptance Month throughout April, seeking to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with autism. The campaign overlapped with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd. Check out this read aloud of “Uniquely Wired,” by Julia Cook, a book that helps children understand autism and its many gifts.
School Counselor Role
To spread awareness about the comprehensive role of school counselors, I am including short facts and statistics in each Counselor Corner. Today, I am introducing information about the ASCA National Model!
School counselors use the ASCA National Model as a framework for program design and implementation. This system ensures counseling programs are data-driven and centered around student mindsets and behaviors. Stay tuned for more info next time!
Helpful Resources for Families
NEW: Headspace Breathers - A weekly YouTube video series led by children's mindfulness expert Samantha Snowden, leads viewers through "practical and creative exercises and tips" for teaching children and parents how to recognize, communicate, and manage emotions.
Pandemic Parenting Resources: Washington County library has curated great resources to help parents support their kids during the pandemic.
2020-2021 Parent Information Series: Virtual parenting series on a variety of topics. Registration required.
Free tax preparation and filing through Metropolitan Family Services and CASH Oregon! Household income must be below $57,000 a year. See the website for scheduling and other qualifications.
Racism Explained to Kids: Short illustration with simple and straightforward language for kids.
The Conscious Kid is a wonderful resource for families, educators, and organizations to take action in disrupting racism in young children.
Ridgewood Food Backpack Program
The Food Backpack program is offered to all families in need at Ridgewood. Every other Wednesday, Ridgewood supplies families in need with nutritious food. Apply here, or simply contact me with your interest and I'll sign you up.
Ridgewood Clothes Closet
Ridgewood’s clothes closet is stocked with a large supply of coats, shoes, and clothing for ages 5 - 14. Please contact me if your family needs assistance with clothing.
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) funds
- Nutrition Services continues to offer free MEALS to all BSD children aged 1-18 with no Meal Benefits application required. This will continue until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
- New Information: The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program, through DHS, will offer MONEY to families who qualify for Meal Benefits. The money is being offered to help families purchase groceries during the pandemic.
- Families who meet the criteria in this list for the 2020-2021 school year will receive P-EBT funds. No application or further action is needed by families who:
*Have students only at CEP schools (families who have students at CEP and non-CEP schools need to apply for the non-CEP students to receive funds)
*Have children who qualify for SNAP or TANF benefits
*Have children with Homeless, Foster, Migrant, or Runaway status
*Have applied and been approved for Meal Benefits at any time during the 2020-2021 school year.
- Families who do not meet any of the above criteria need to apply right away for Meal Benefits if they wish to be considered for P-EBT funds. Online applications are strongly encouraged, using www.schoolcafe.com. The SchoolCafe website supports English and Spanish applicants.
- Paper Meal Benefits applications, in both English and Spanish, are available at all meal pickup sites and all school offices.
- For more information, follow this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services.
- If you have questions, please call Meal Benefits at 503-356-3957 or email to NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.
Turn your calendars in to your classroom Celebrate Reading Coordinator.
Ridgewood Library News
NEW: The Library has a new Google site. It will be updated regularly so keep checking back! https://sites.google.com/beaverton.k12.or.us/ridgewoodlibrary/home
OBOB: Battles will be April 7th 1:30pm
Kindergarten- 3rd grade Author Visit: April 22nd
Topic: Graphic Novelist Aron Nels Steinke- Author Visit
Time: Apr 22, 2021 10:00 AM Join Zoom Meeting
https://beavertonk12.zoom.us/j/84749173942?pwd=MWMwa3N4N2dQaS9CSkdtVXFSWmVUQT09 Meeting ID: 847 4917 3942 Passcode: Books
How to borrow a book from the Ridgewood Library:
NEW: Curbside Library Wednesdays 10:45am - 12:00pm
Through the Ridgewood Library Catalog (Destiny)
Here is how. Destiny-Catalog Instructions. You will receive an email when they are ready for pick up.
Poetry Contest: Every year we join with Young American Poetry Digest here in the library. Kids write poems and I submit them. This year they may be submitted online individually. Things you need to know:
You may submit as many poems as you like but they must all be 80 words or less and under one submission form.
The Digest does feature haiku Poems although they accept many types of poetry.
Make sure all words are spelled correctly or your poem will not be accepted.
Be sure to put my name in the Teacher/librarian spot not your teachers.
To Submit Poetry: Students - EXPRESSIVE EDUCATION
Browse the website for more details.
Submission due date is April 23, 2021
KEEP CALM and READ ON!
See the full year calendar here. You can also subscribe to get our calendar added to yours!
Monday, April 5 - K-2 Hybrid In-person learning begins
Monday, April 8 - 3-5 Hybrid In-person learning begins
Tuesday, April 13, 6:30 - PTC Meeting
Friday, April 16 - No School, Grading Day
Wednesday, April 21 - RPAC All School Assembly 10:00
Thursday, April 22 - RPAC Performance on Zoom @ 6:00
Wednesday, April 28 - No School, PD Day
- Tuesday, May 11, 6:30 - PTC Meeting
- Thursday, May 20, 6:30p.m. - Kindergarten Orientation
- Monday, May 31, 2021 - No School, Memorial Day
- Tuesday, June 1 - Follow Monday specials schedule
- Wednesday, June 2 - Instructional Wednesday, follow Tuesday Specials
- Tuesday, June 8, 6:30 - PTC Meeting
- Wednesday, June 16, 10:00-3:00 - Fifth grade party
- Friday, June 18 - Last Day of School, Fifth grade clap out @11:00
The first day of the 2021-22 School Year is Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
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