Thank you Ridgefield!

Dear Ridgefield Citizens,

On behalf of our students, staff, and Board of Directors, thank you for your support of the 2017 bond program.

We are humbled by the outpouring of support demonstrated in this election.  This overwhelming community-wide enthusiasm translated into 69% of voters declaring “YES” on their ballots, a record level of support for a Ridgefield bond election.  Clearly, we are a community that supports our schools.  Way to go, Ridgefield!

I wish to extend special thanks to the legion of volunteers who served on our Capital Facilities Advisory Committee, participated in the process, and worked so hard to ensure passage of the bond.  It is through their hard work that this bond becomes reality.

You can be assured the projects funded by the bond will directly and positively impact the learning experiences enjoyed by every student in the district.

Your validation of our work emboldens our efforts as we work to provide every Ridgefield student the personalized learning experiences, opportunities, and skills that ensure success and unlimited possibilities.

Thank you again for your continued support of our schools.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Nathan McCann, Superintendent

Make it 2m

More good news about donations this week – two of $1500 each really set us rolling.

Now that the school bond has passed I expect we will soon hear about a location for the new library. I’ll let you know as soon as I find out.

It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible. If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

An anonymous donor has pledged to match donations to the Ridgefield Library over $10,000, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now.

Donations don’t have to be in money – all sorts of other options are available – land, cars, jewelry, etc. Think outside the box…

Update on Erosion

The photo above is of a 90 foot meander below the Heron Ridge Bridge that has been eroding away for the last decade or so.  It is almost breeched in two places and likely will be completely gone in a few more years.  This section of Gee Creek has been lowering, widening, and straightening for some time.  It looks terrible and it will get worse.  To have a restored creek through town will require extensive erosion control.  Having a healthy creek with clean water, restored fish runs, with trees and native vegetation would be a great asset for our community.  First, something must be done about the extreme erosion happening to the stream banks.    – Paul Soney

Thank You Ridgefield

The bond passed – thanks to all the people who helped make this happen, from planning the first fund-raiser, scheduling Letters to the Editor, preparing and erecting signs, to all the other details that go into a successful campaign. There are way too many people to list, but you know who you are – give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.

If you have a sign in your yard, please pull it out. Someone from the bond committee will pick it up if you call them (Tevis at 887-3879), or you can deliver it to the trailer at the top of the driveway at 932 Main Avenue North. The wood portion can be recycled for the next use.

Having a successful bond campaign is just another sign of how our community pulls together. Good Work Ridgefield!

Ridgefield School District Honors February Employee and Students of the Month

On February 14, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the February Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Chris Poppert, Director of the Ridgefield Family Resource Center (RFRC).  Chris joined the district as a paraprofessional at Union Ridge Elementary School in 2011, and over the years, has proven to be an incredible addition to the staff.  She is described as compassionate, caring, thoughtful, hard-working, energetic and enthusiastic — a team player, with a unique ability to take the initiative in helping to get things done on time and in a professional manner.   She is friendly, with a quick, warm smile and a keen sense of humor that endears her to everyone she works with.

Chris Poppert

Above all, her commitment to children is unmatched.  Students respond positively to her and enjoy working with her.  Currently, as Director of the RFRC, she uses these special qualities and her background in youth counseling, mediation and crisis intervention to work with social service agencies, public and private, to coordinate the valuable resources necessary to enable all Ridgefield students to be successful in school.

Ridgefield School District is pleased to honor Chris Poppert as February’s Employee of the Month for her experience, commitment and dedication to Ridgefield’s students and their families.

Students of the Month

Trenton Wagner, a fifth-grader, was chosen at South Ridge Elementary School.  Trenton is described as a hard-working, excellent student.  He is a model of good citizenship in the classroom.  Whenever other students need assistance, he readily steps in to help.  South Ridge Elementary is proud to name Trenton Wagner as their February Student of the Month.

Trenton Wagner

Danica Allen, a fourth-grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary for her willingness to help others and completing tasks asked of her.  In all areas of the school, she is courteous and shows respect for others.  In addition, Danica demonstrates great leadership working in groups with her classmates.  By being safety-conscious and taking the initiative to help out without being asked, she sets a good example for other students.  Union Ridge Elementary congratulates Danica Allen as their Student of the Month for February.

Danica Allen

Adriana Garcia Gonzalez, an eighth-grader, was selected from View Ridge Middle School because she is a wonderful example to her peers.  In addition to ensuring that her work is completed to the best of her ability, she is always friendly and helpful.  She makes her school’s learning community a better place to be.  Adriana demonstrates perseverance, curiosity and concern for her classmates and sets a good example that is reflective of all View Ridge Rebel students.

Adriana Garcia Gonzalez

Caitlin May, a senior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  An excellent student, Caitlin is kind to others, is cheerful, helpful and enthusiastic.  She is involved in yearbook, school photo club, theater, and also serves as a mentor at RHS.  In her spare time, Caitlin volunteers for the Boys and Girls Club in Vancouver, helping to tutor youth with their school work.  Ridgefield High School proudly congratulates Caitlin May for being an outstanding representative of the many fine students at RHS.

Caitlin May

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, the historic Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd.  This is the third year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district’s recognition program.

School District Partners With Local Businesses to Keep Students Safe

As part of the newly-adopted “Evade and Defend” school safety protocol, the Ridgefield School District is teaming up with Ridgefield businesses to provide safe havens for students in the event of school emergency situations.

“RSD Safe Place” placards will designate participating Ridgefield businesses as places for students to shelter in the event of a school emergency.  For students who decide to leave campus to escape a dangerous situation at school, these designation placards will help them find safe places within the community where they can wait until circumstances at their school are resolved.

RSD Safe Place placards displayed at Ridgefield businesses will help guide students to safe places to shelter during emergency school situations

Howard Anderson, the district’s School Resource Officer, suggested the idea after hearing concerns at an informational meeting for parents regarding the new school safety protocol.  “Parents were a bit unsettled at the thought of their children leaving campus with no location in mind during an emergency,” said Anderson.  He discussed his idea with Assistant Superintendent, Chris Griffith, and the district came up with the distinctive RSD Safe Place placard for businesses to display in their windows.

In partnership with the “I Love U Guys” Foundation, the school district adopted the “Evade & Defend” safety protocol this school year.  It provides guidelines derived from the Standard Response Protocol (SRP), an all-hazards, evidence-based approach to school safety based on recommendations from law enforcement agencies experienced in handling a wide variety of emergencies.

School administrators received training in Evade & Defend in August, and teachers and students received training in September.  Shortly thereafter, the district provided parents with information on the new safety protocol during informational parent night meetings.

The school district will provide additional training for students and staff to include information about the “RSD Safe Place” designations and will work with local businesses to help account for students they shelter during school emergencies.

“Our number one priority is student and staff safety,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School District’s superintendent.  “We have strategically engaged with our local first responders, amassed valuable information, and enhanced relationships that make it easier to keep our campuses safe.”

Thought for the Week

This is you last chance! Today is the deadline to mail in your vote for Proposition #2, the School Bond.

Keep our schools number one. VOTE.

A Winter Tea

Yesterday’s Winter Tea was a big success. Jean Meyer and Ginger Hancock did all the work of preparing the meal and entertainment, and they had a very able crew helping them serve and clean  up. Thanks go to all these people who worked so hard and did such a great job!

A multigenerational group of people attended the event, which was a benefit for the library building fund. Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library spoke about Ridgefield’s campaign to raise money for the new library. Two sites are being looked at: View Ridge Middle School and the property to the north of the Post Office. The library will definitely be downtown somewhere.

Nehemiah Brown provided the entertainment after the tea, with songs and stories of his childhood growing up in the south.

Thanks goes to the Ridgefield United Methodist Church, which very graciously let us use their facility for the tea.

This tea is just another example of people in the community working together for a common cause. Thanks to all who participated!

 

 

Update on the Salmon Incubator

Paul Snoey writes: On Wednesday morning, January 11th, the Lewis River Hatchery called to let me know I needed to pick up the salmon eggs for the incubator at Rieman Road.  We were told earlier that they would be available at the end of January.  With the cold and deep snow it was a challenge to get the eggs in the incubator.

They were well developed but it stayed cold through the end of January and the first week of February and they didn’t develop.  It finally warmed up this week with the heavy rain.

When I checked the incubator this morning the eggs had almost entirely hatched and most had dropped down through the grating.  A small group was still on top of the grating and I was able to get this picture.

They will stay in the incubator living off their yolk sacs for several weeks.  When ready they will swim out the overflow and into the stream.   They will stay in the creek for about a year and then head down the Columbia River to the ocean.

Last year was the first year for the incubator on Rieman Road and it was very successful putting thousands of fish into the stream.  This year should be a success as well.    In March groups of juvenile fish should begin appearing in Abrams Park.  Last year many seemed to like hanging out under the bridges going into Abrams Park.

It’s exciting to think that in a couple of years some adults may return.    We are most appreciative of Mike and Linda McCanta for letting us have the incubator on their property.

Gouger Cellars

Stop by Gougér Cellars this weekend – they’ll have Roses, wine tasting, pots du créme and triple chocolate dessert!

Gougér is at 26505 NE 10th.

Wine and Chocolate this Weekend

Three wineries in Ridgefield are participating in this weekend’s Wine and Chocolate event: Stavalaura Vineyards, Koi Pond Cellars, and Confluence Vineyards.

The event runs noon to 6pm February 11 and 12, but check with the individual wineries for specific times, tasting fees and events. www.swwawine.com

Community Meeting

The Main Street Program invites you to come and be part of our first Community Roundtable. It’s Thursday, February 16 from 8:30 to 9:30am at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon, 122 North Main Avenue.

Join us to hear about what the Main Street Program has accomplished and how we’re moving forward.

Come with your ideas and help brainstorm about what YOU want Ridgefield Main Street to accomplish to make our downtown core vibrant.

Complimentary coffee will be provided by the Sportsman’s

Main Street Program Reminder

The Main Street Program will host their first Community Roundtable Thursday, February 16, from 8:30 to 9:30am at the Sportsman’s and the public is invited to attend.

Join us to hear about what the Main Street Program has accomplished and how we’re moving forward.

Come with your ideas and help brainstorm about what YOU want Ridgefield Main Street to accomplish to make our downtown core vibrant.

Complimentary coffee will be provided by the Sportsman’s.

Make it 2m

Lots of good things are happening in our drive to raise money for the new Ridgefield library.

The book sale last weekend brought in over $3,000 – a new record. If you didn’t make it to the sale – don’t worry – there are books for sale in the lobby of the library. They’re great if you’re going on a trip and want something to read on the way that has no due date. And the price is right – check it out.

Another positive thing happened at the book sale – Jeanne Androvich, Membership Chairman, sold memberships to lots of new people. If you haven’t renewed your membership in the Friends of the Ridgefield Library, it’s time to do so. It’ a bargain at $!0. If you want to get involved in some of our fun projects, we welcome helpers. Stop by the library to learn more.

And tonight the City Council voted to buy the property next to the Post Office and remove the two trailers that have been eyesores for years. This is a first step in offering the property to the library for the new building. Keep tuned for further information.

It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible. If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

An anonymous donor has pledged to match donations to the Ridgefield Library over $10,000, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now.

Donations don’t have to be in money – all sorts of other options are available – land, cars, jewelry, etc. Think outside the box…

Ridgefield High School Student Receives 2017 State Scholastic Art & Writing Award

Tatum Howlett, a senior at Ridgefield High School, has received an award for her artwork in the 2017 Washington State Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Her entry, “Bernadette & Raymond Get in Trouble,” won a Gold Key award in the Comic Art category.

Tamara Hoodenpyl, Visual Arts Instructor at Ridgefield High School, received the news early this month.  “I am so proud of Tatum,” said Hoodenpyl.  “She’s a dedicated, hard-working artist.  She has proven that with focus, great things can be achieved.”

“Winning a Gold Key is such a great and exciting honor, and my confidence as an artist has increased tenfold,” said Howlett.  “I’m excited to see where my future opportunities will take me!”

Tatum Howlett

Howlett, along with dozens of other exceptionally creative students from across the state, will be recognized at a reception in Seattle on Sunday, February 19 at the Cornish College of the Arts.  A gallery exhibition open to the public will display the winning entries February 13-17.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12.  Last year, students submitted nearly 320,000 works of visual art and writing to the Scholastic Awards.  More than 85,000 works were recognized at the regional level and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies.

The top art and writing at the regional level advanced to the national stage, where 2,500 works earned National Medals.  National Medalists and their educators were celebrated at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

“Tatum’s work is worthy of this honor,” said Tony VanderMaas, Ridgefield High School Principal.  “RHS is blessed to have such creative students.  We are committed to offering quality programs for students gifted in the arts.”