The Roadrunner Report

The Rundown on Ridgewood Elementary - October 28, 2016

Coming up at Ridgewood...

Oct. 31 - Fall class parties

Nov. 1 - General PTC Meeting

Nov. 1-4 Fall Book Fair

Nov. 2 - Coffee with the principal, 8:30-9:30am

Nov. 3 - Picture retake day

Nov. 3 - Family Book Fair Night, 6:00-7:30pm

Nov. 10 - NO SCHOOL - Staff development day

Nov. 11 - NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

Principal Perspective

We are busy planning for parent conferences and setting our goals for the year. At conferences teachers will share with you where your child is at and what you can do to support their learning. Please seen below to schedule your conference.

We are also excited about the Jog-a-thon this week! It looks like we may get wet, so please send kids with extra socks and shoes and rain gear. Thanks to all of the parents who have spent hours planning this event. It will be a fabulous celebration of our school and community partnerships.

Ridgie's Volunteer Corner

We want to highlight a few volunteer opportunities coming up where your help is needed:

Party Coordinators – We still need someone to plan the three seasonal parties for your child's classroom. These classes still need coordinators: O'Neill, Turkington, King/Rodriguez, Magdaleno, Moldovan, Hellis, and Gretz. Interested? Email Liz at

Lunch recess track program - every dry Monday – Friday from 10:45 am to 12:15 pm. Various days available. Contact the activity coordinator to arrange for a bit of training and you’re off and running! Contact Kim at

Beep Beep Store – we need one parent each Friday from 7:55 am to 8:25 am to help run the students’ Beep Beep Store - email Mrs. Shearer directly at

Book Fair – November 1-4 – Many opportunities to volunteer with various shifts available from 8:00 am- 7:30 pm; there’s something for everyone! Set-up on 10/31 from 8:30-noon. All other jobs (cashier, crowd support) available all days. Pack-up 11/3 from 3:45-5:00. Please sign up in MyVP (see sign up instructions below).

Action in the Park – November 8, 9. Shifts from 9-11, 12-2, and 2-3

Join students outside at Ridgewood View Park (adjacent to the school) to help restore the habitat and learn about nature. Parent chaperones are essential to the success of this program. No experience is necessary; you need only a willingness to be outdoors on the scheduled dates and share enthusiasm for the project, rain or shine. Please sign up in MyVP (see sign up instructions below).

The Big Beep Beep - Congratulations to Kristie Hace, the winner of this month’s Big Beep drawing! She was nominated for the outstanding job she did organizing Grandparents Day back in September. Our grandparents thank you for your hard work making the day possible. Do you have someone to nominate for the Big Beep? The nomination forms and bucket are by the sign-in computers in the front office. Drawings are held monthly at the PTC meeting. Winners receive a $5 gift card for coffee at Jim and Patty’s.

Thank you, volunteers, for all that you do! Your Ridgewood PTC Volunteer Coordinator Team - Liz Melching Colclazier, Dan Schauer, and Holly Van Houten

After School Enrichments

Mondays - Play Fit Fun

Tuesdays - Robotics for Fifth Graders

Fridays - Rhythm & Percussion

Mondays & Wednesdays - Chess

Learning Options Information for 2017-18

The Beaverton School District is nationally recognized for high student achievement and innovative programs. 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 one of a number of small learning options. Transportation is provided.

Applications will be available starting Monday, October 24, 2016. All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries. Current Beaverton School District students are able to apply online using their student ID. Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school will need to complete a paper application available online, or at any school office beginning October 24, 2016. Below is a link to this year’s open house schedules.

Options Open House Information

Scrip Gift Card Sales

  • *New Gift Cards*
  • Petsmart - $25 @ 4%
  • Nordstrom - $25 @ 4%
  • Office Depot - $25 @ 7%
  • Hyatt Hotels - $50 @ 7%
  • Visa Prepaid Cards $50 @ 1.5%
  • Good at Costco and any place accepting Visa.
  • (except gas pumps & ATM's)

Counseling Corner - Digital Citizenship Week

Last week we celebrated digital citizenship week. As technology integration in schools and society increases, it is important to remember how to keep our students safe and respectful online. In our world today we have and will most likely continue to have higher access to devices, internet connection, and information. As we navigate this online world, ITSE has put forth key elements to maintaining good digital citizenship. They are organized into three categories: respect, educate, and protect. Read more here

In our schools, homes, and community it is important to respect digital law and follow proper etiquette and policies. It is also important that we educate users on how to make appropriate decisions and how to be safe online. Finally, we can protect others by making sure their right to privacy is respected and protecting them from harmful information.

Here are some tips on what you can do to make sure your student is being safe online and to promote healthy digital citizenship:

1. Talk to them. Having an open conversation about concerns you have can make them more comfortable to approach you when they are unsure of information sources or come across something they are uncomfortable with.

2. Try a device-free dinner and balance technology and media use with face-to-face time without distractions.

3. Work together with your students on a pledge to be a super digital citizen and make a plan as to how they can be safe, respectful and responsible online.

4. Explore safe and appropriate websites for research and learning together to create a foundation for evaluating information and website sources for validity and appropriateness.

5. Help prevent cyberbullying by recognizing it, discussing it and reporting it. You can discuss the damaging effects of bullying and help address it by knowing the signs, talking with your student about their use online, and reporting if something comes up.

6. Remind them to be thoughtful and respectful digital creators. Everything posted leaves a footprint online.

7. Monitor their usage by having devices in a common area where there is supervision. If they have a private device, you can prohibit them from accessing explicit content by following these instructions:

iPhone: Settings > General > Restrictions > Tap “enable restrictions” > (on enable restriction screen) Turn off Safari / turn off installing apps / turn off allow explicit content for music, podcasts and news / enable movies of specific ratings / enable only specific websites if desired

Android: Home screen > Settings at top right > Users, click add user > Restricted or normal profile > Tap “set lock” and enter PIN > On restricted profile, apps will all be disabled / on normal, list of apps will have toggles on > Turn on and off the apps you want them to have access to. Android also has “kid’s mode” that can be turned on from home screen.

Please direct any other questions about phone setting to Ryan Cutsforth,

Callie Taylor

School Counselor


Oregon Battle of the Books

3rd thru 5th graders are invited to read and battle!

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)

Read, Read, Read some more

Battle (with your team) & Celebrate!

Turn in permission slips by November23rd.

Battles start in January

Find permission slips here

Youth Sports

Students who play on high school Youth Development Program (YDP) athletic teams need to participate based on the current 2016-17 boundaries. At this time, students are not to attend tryouts for a school they will be attending in the fall of 2017 or in later years based on the new high school boundaries.

Ridgewood Elementary School

Our next newsletter will be published on Wednesday, Nov. 9th. Articles are due to Dede Morris ( by Monday, Nov. 7th.

Student Medication Reminders

We are seeing an increase in students arriving at school carrying medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. Please remember the following medication requirements:

  • Medication must be transported to and from school by the parent/guardian, not the student.
  • All medications, even over-the-counter medications, must be in the original container (no baggies, unlabeled containers, etc.).
  • A medication form must be completed by the parent/guardian. Find the form here.
  • All medications must be picked up at the end of each school year.

Thanks for helping us keep students safe!

Please Check the Lost and Found!

Please check the lost and found soon for those missing jackets, lunch boxes, etc. Any items remaining after the upcoming Parent-Teacher conferences will be sent to the Beaverton Clothes Closet. Please remember to label your child's items - we will always try to return items that have been labelled.