Make it 2 M

Every month the Friends of the Ridgefield Library hold a silent auction to raise money for the library building fund, and this month the item is two table lamps. They are in excellent shape, and would provide a lovely accent for your home.

Visit the library to see the lamps and make and offer on them.

Barbara Bush RIP

Main Street

The Main Street Program meets at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon, 121 N Main Ave. Please join us this Thursday at 8:30-9:30 am to hear Sen. Ann Rivers speak, updating us on what’s happening in Olympia.
Complimentary coffee, and as always, breakfast service is available.
Looking forward to seeing you!”

Toastmasters

Ridgefield Toastmasters Meeting6:30-7:30PM each Tuesday in the Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church at 1410 S. Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield. Have fun becoming the speaker and leader you want to be. We provide a safe, friendly and supportive environment. The first three weekly meetings are free, with a small membership fee if you wish to continue and become a member of Toastmasters International. You may call Gene at 802 989-0624 for more information.

I AM SO PUMPED!

Just got back from the meeting at the Community Center with Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Library system, and I am excited. A good sized crowd listened while she gave a history of what sites for the library had been evaluated, and why they were not chosen. She then talked about the environmental and other studies that had been done to see if the current site of the Community Center would be feasible for a library.

The last thing still to be evaluated is the contamination of the soil around the Community Center due to the poisons put there by the wood treatment plant and the former dry cleaners. Those studies will not be complete for awhile – in fact a group will start drilling Monday to monitor what’s happening in the soil. This means the site will not be officially chosen for awhile, so things are still up in the air, but if the report is positive it looks as if we will have a new library soon.

Lots of questions were asked and answered. There was good audience participation. Jane Higgins, Board Member of the Library, complimented us on how well people in Ridgefield have worked together towards this common goal. Jane was a powerhouse in the building of the Battle Ground library.

The thing I liked best about the information given was the fact that the new building will be first class, with new HVAC, lighting, a new facade, etc. An addition to the east will enlarge the size of the building so it’s within range of the required space. Ms. Shelley has already overseen the building of new libraries around the country, and she has a good idea of what’s needed to make it happen.

Thanks to all who participated in the discussion, and remember – there are matching funds available for anyone who donates $10,000 or more to the Ridgefield Community Library Buiding Fund. If the money is a rollover from an IRA you do not need to pay taxes on it.

R Biz Networking

Ridgefield School Board Approves Changes to School Boundaries and Start Times

On April 10, at the regular Board of Directors meeting, the Ridgefield School District school board approved the proposal to change the district’s elementary school boundaries and school start times to take effect in the 2018-2019 school year.

The proposal for these changes was submitted to the school board on February 27 by the Boundary & Start Time Committee, which was formed by the district in Fall 2017.  The committee was tasked to determine adjustments to boundaries and school start times necessary to serve the district’s continued rapid growth and opening of new schools.

The committee ran a deliberative and inclusive process.  In early March, the district shared the committee’s proposal with school staff, parents and the community.  View it on the district’s website at http://www.ridgefieldsd.org/article/41661?org=district.

New School Start Times

Effective school year 2018-19, school start times will be as follows:

9:05 – 3:35 South Ridge Elementary and Union Ridge Elementary (both K-4)

8:05 – 2:35 Sunset Ridge Intermediate (5-6) and View Ridge Middle School (7-8)

8:00 – 2:45 Ridgefield High School (9-12)

Boundary Shifts

The district’s current boundaries are impacted as follows:

Students residing in the carve-out in the Pioneer Canyon subdivision area previously in the South Ridge boundary area will return to the Union Ridge boundary area to adhere to neighborhood school attendance and to increase transportation efficiency.

The boundary between South Ridge and Union Ridge will shift northward to move newer developments from the Union Ridge boundary area into the South Ridge boundary area to balance out school attendance zones.  Without this adjustment, expanding enrollment from new subdivisions would add to the rapidly-expanding student enrollment at Union Ridge, already one of the state’s ten largest elementary schools.

The district realizes the challenges associated with boundary adjustments and the impact they have on students.  To prevent current third graders from moving to a new elementary school for their final year, the district will automatically approve boundary exceptions.  This will allow next year’s fourth grade students to remain in their current school if they so choose.

The district will also continue to allow all students to apply for in-district boundary exceptions.  To ensure operational efficiencies and create greater equity, the district will adhere to the expectation that student transportation is the responsibility of parents and guardians for all in-district boundary exceptions.

The district is grateful to the members of the Boundary & Start Time Committee for their time and dedicated efforts in their work during this process.

Make it 2 M

Reminder – the welcome reception for Jessica, our new librarian is this afternoon from 4 to 5 at the library. Come and give her a warm Ridgefield welcome!

AND there is a public meeting tomorrow, Saturday, 11 am at the Community Center, seeking input from Ridgefield residents about options and opportunities for a new Ridgefield Community Library location.

Proposed Curriculum Materials Available for Public Review in Ridgefield School District

The public is invited to review the following curriculum materials being considered by the Ridgefield School District for adoption at Ridgefield High School for the 2018-19 school year.

Literature and Composition: Reading, Writing, Thinking (2017) published by Bedford Freeman and Worth, which will be used in the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition class for Grade 12.

T’es branché? Level 2 (2019) published by EMC Publishing, which will be used to teach French 2 in Grades 10-12.

Sample textbooks and evaluation materials will be available for public review at the District Office located at 2724 S. Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield, Washington, April 13-27, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Ridgefield School District Hosts Free Screening of Award-Winning Film “Screenagers”

 “Screenagers – Growing Up In the Digital Age” is a powerful documentary depicting the way millions of teens struggle with phones, games and technology in general.  The film offers solutions on how we can help kids navigate the digital world and provides practical tips for raising happy, healthy technologically empowered teens.

Ridgefield School District is sponsoring the film, which will be shown on Tuesday, May 8 from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center, 2630 S. Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield.  Admission is free.

Watch the official Screenagers 2017 trailer and a Google Talk interview with Dr. Delaney Ruston, Stanford-trained physician, who wrote and directed the film.

Ridgefield School District Honors April Employee and Students of the Month

On April 10, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the April Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Denise Krause.  Denise manages View Ridge Middle School, simply put.  She makes sure that all who enter our doors feel safe, supported and is successful.  She is a Spudder, born and raised, and serves View Ridge and our community with great pride.

Denise Krause

With the myriad of tasks asked of her, Denise is a source of tireless support to staff carrying out their day-to-day duties.  She ensures that they are set up for success, knows when to offer an extra hand or an ear to listen, and when necessary, deliver a kick in the tail.  Parents know they can rely on Denise for important information; she will go the extra mile to accommodate their needs.  Denise is flexible in unique circumstances and can come up with creative ways to meet families where they are.  She shines brightest in her work with kids.  While she is direct and to the point, students know she has their best interests at heart.  She has a particular soft spot for students who are experiencing hard times or are struggling to behave consistently.

Denise builds positive, empathetic relationships with our frequent visitors and is one of their leading advocates when it comes to improving their outcomes.  Finally, Denise represents the district and its families with the highest standards of integrity and character.  She follows through on commitments, honors confidentiality, and takes ownership of her work.

The View Ridge Middle School staff is proud to work with such a great and dedicated Spudder and proudly congratulates Denise Krause for April Employee of the Month honors.

Students of the Month

Dylan Benavidez, a fourth grader, is April’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  Teachers and staff are very proud of Dylan.  They write, “Dylan Benavidez is a wonderful young man.  We are incredibly proud and honored to be working with him this year.  From the first day, he has been a model student in the classroom.  He has the most amazing work ethic.  There hasn’t been a time where he gives up, no matter what is thrown at him.  It is also wonderful to see him work with his peers.  The patience this young man possesses is admirable, and he demonstrates caring and compassion for his classmates.  He never balks at his share of work and will tirelessly help his partners if they are having trouble.  When the going gets tough, he never quits and works until he gets through it.  Dylan is solid, steady, and a true representation of a South Ridge Roadrunner!”

Dylan Benavidez

Deven Hausinger-Barbo, a fourth grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  The teachers and staff at Union Ridge are very proud of Deven.  They write, “Deven is a hard-working student who is patient and caring.  The ROCKS expectations come naturally to him.  He is always respectful and shows ownership.  He works hard to improve his community by being kind, and he is always safe.  Union Ridge is lucky to have Deven’s friendly face smiling throughout our building.  Deven is a great friend to his peers and a wonderful role model in class.  We are proud of Deven’s hard work and delighted to nominate him as Student of the Month.”

Deven Hausinger-Barbo

Maleah Heng, an eighth grader, is View Ridge Middle School’s Student of the Month.  The View Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Maleah.  They write, “Maleah is an amazing student and role model.  She is always full of enthusiasm when it comes to learning.  Her positive “can do” attitude makes her a valuable contributor to every classroom she is part of.  She passionately shares comments and insightful thoughts in classroom discussions.  Her excitement for learning shines through in her eagerness to help her peers reach understanding.  She is always open to challenges and never hesitates to ask questions and risk mistakes.  Maleah works meticulously on very task presented, setting an example for all her classmates.  She is often first to step forward with a new idea and frequently explores new ways to tackle concepts she has already mastered.  View Ridge is lucky to have Maleah, and we look forward to her future accomplishments!  Congratulations, Maleah, at being Student of the Month.”

Maleah Heng

Niyonzima Jean De Dieu, a sophomore, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  The Ridgefield High School teachers and staff are very proud of Niyonzima.  They write, “With great privilege, Ridgefield High School announces Niyonzima Jean De Dieu as our April Student of the Month.  Niyo was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  When he was 12 years old, his village was attacked and Niyo, along with others, was captured by his attackers and held for two weeks.  He was freed by his government and sent to Kenya along with other refugees to live with a family.  During his two years in Kenya, Niyo filled out paperwork requesting placement for refugees, not knowing where in the world he might be placed, or if he would be placed.  During the two-week period in 2017 when the U.S. ban on refugees was lifted, Niyo was placed in Ridgefield and enrolled in RHS on March 2, 2017.  To say that Niyo demonstrates resiliency is an understatement.  But more than that, Niyo is a student who is a positive influence on our entire campus.  He gives his best at all times, has learned the English language in the one year and one month he’s been here (and is studying French at RHS just to make things more challenging!).  He is an incredibly hard-working student and is always willing to help others.  He is dedicated to his education and runs on the school’s cross country and track teams as well as sings in the advanced choir.”  One staff member said it best:  “We are lucky to have him at Ridgefield High School.”

Niyonzima Jean De Dieu

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 fourth year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district’s recognition program.

Safety Night Event Advances District’s Efforts Toward Continued Safety in Ridgefield Schools

Ridgefield School District’s first ever Safety Night Open House on March 14 was a huge success!  We shared our commitment to school safety by providing many families with important information.  Not only did the event spark conversations, it allowed us to share the ongoing important work we continue doing to keep our students and staff safe.  We are grateful to everyone who attended!

For those who were unable to attend the Safety Night Open House, we created an Emergency + Safety webpage on the district website where all of Safety Night’s handouts are now readily available.  This webpage will continue to grow, so please check back often for additional resources.  The following links from the webpage provide a wealth of specific topics regarding safety in our schools:

What To Do In an Emergency

Building Safety

Social and Emotional Health

Parental Resources

 

School Safety Survey

We realize that school safety is a complex topic—one that cannot be covered in a single event.  To that end, we will be hosting future Safety Nights specific to topics of interest to you, which will delve deeper into specific subjects and encourage group discussions.

In order for us to gain a better understanding of your safety concerns, we invite you to fill out a short survey that will help us shape the agendas for future Safety Night events.  Simply click on the link below.  Thank you for your input and participation!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfShP0OMbig5_qDkmgQQJyWfmedb8Pm29ONl_ibi5Q-wAFIDg/viewform?usp=sf_link

A Request

This Letter to the Editor appeared in Sunday’s Columbian, and I thought some of you former school teachers (or others) might want to respond.

“Hello! I am a fourth-grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we research a state for our state fair, and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Washington as I work on my report.

While we will research most of the information ourselves, we also like to get firsthand knowledge from people who live in the state. This is why I’m writing to you. I was hoping that you would be willing to send me some small items to help me learn more about the best things in your state. It could be things like postcards, maps, pictures, general information, newspaper articles, or any other items that you think might be useful.

You can mail items to me at this address: Mr. McConaughy’s class, Charlotte Latin School, 9502 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28277 by April 30, for our state fair on May 18.

I really appreciate your help and will do my very best to send a thank-you note to each and every person who takes the time and makes the effort to help me with this project. Thank you in advance!

Megan Morrison”

Toastmasters

Ridgefield Toastmasters Meeting6:30-7:30PM each Tuesday in the Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church at 1410 S. Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield. Have fun becoming the speaker and leader you want to be. We provide a safe, friendly and supportive environment. The first three weekly meetings are free, with a small membership fee if you wish to continue and become a member of Toastmasters International. You may call Gene at 802 989-0624 for more information.

Thought for the Week