Ridgefield Fifth Graders Pay Kindness Forward

Mention “act of kindness” to any of the students in Laura Gosnell’s fifth grade class at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School in Ridgefield, and they will tell you about the recent project they just completed together as a class—a baby blanket drive that resulted in a generous donation to Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital and to “Babies In Need”, an all-volunteer ministry in Southwest Washington that provides families in need  with basic essentials for newborns.

After reading a book titled Real Life Superheroes by Alison Hawes, the students learned of the work of Thomas Barnardo (1845-1905) a doctor and social worker for the poor who founded an orphanage and school for homeless children.  The true-life story inspired the students to do a class project that would also demonstrate an act of kindness, so the search was on to find out what they could do to help.

Realizing that there was a need for baby blankets in hospitals and for families in need, the students launched a baby blanket drive.  With their teacher’s help, the class connected with the two local organizations who would receive the donations.

As word got out and donations started pouring in, the students were amazed at the number of baby blankets they were getting.  “The more blankets we collected, the more excited the students became,” said their teacher, Laura Gosnell.  The class learned that hospital volunteers offered to knit baby blankets as well, so yarn donations were also collected for the drive.

The blanket drive, a huge success, is now providing warmth and comfort to newborns at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital and “Babies In Need”.  “This was such a rewarding experience for my students,” said Gosnell.  “This was a true act of kindness, and I am proud of each student for their inspiration.”

 

 

Ridgefield Public School Foundation

Do you have a passion for education and our local community? Do you feel a responsibility to support our schools in innovative and creative ways? If so, perhaps you’ll want to feed that passion and sense of responsibility by becoming a member of the Ridgefield Public School Foundation Board. Our current board is composed of motivated and engaged Ridgefield residents. The time commitment consists of:

*1 Monthly Board meeting
*Participation in at least one subcommittee
*Support events and activities (three major fundraisers a year & other community events)
*Support other fundraising activities as needed and/or requested

To learn more about the work we do and activities we support check out www.ridgefieldpsf.org.

Interested? Good! We are too! Shoot us an email at info@ridgefieldpsf.org to learn more. Bonus points if you include a resume & cover letter!

Thought for the Week

Here are some random thoughts to tickle your funny bone. Author unknown.

I plan on living forever. So far so good.

A day without sunshine is like night.

It’s frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.

Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.

Age doesn’t always bring wisdom. Sometimes it comes alone.

Life not only begins at forty, it also begins to show.

Have a great week!

Clean Up Day

Today is the downtown clean up day, sponsored by the Ridgefield Main Street Program.  The City will be planting trees on Main Ave., Garden Club working on planters and weeding and we’re looking for volunteers, and hopefully some students to come after school for some general clean up, window and door washing, etc.  Some merchants will be sprucing up their storefront entries.

Come on down and join the fun!

Bunco Blast – May 18

This is a major fund raiser for our new library. Please sign up for a table.

 

Junction Neighborhood Meeting

The annual meeting of the Junction Neighborhood group will be at the Dollar Tree warehouse, 8400 South Union Ridge Parkway, Monday, May 13  at 6:30 pm. Representatives from many Ridgefield entities will give updates on their activities. The public is invited – this is always an informative and interesting meeting.

Save the date!

Roxie Rocks Ridgefield

RHS Theatre presents Chicago: High School Edition in the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center. May 2-4 and 9-11 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $6 for students, staff, seniors, and veterans; available at the door (cash or check only), or at https://ridge.revtrak.net/chicago.

Ridgefield is one of the first high schools in America to present Chicago—the second longest-running show in Broadway history—thanks to a new age-appropriate “High School Edition” of the classic musical, and a special arrangement with publisher Samuel French.

Chicago transports the audience to the Roaring Twenties’ cabaret scene of the title city, where would-be starlet Roxie Hart (senior Lily Ray) gets mixed up in the fast world of glitz, fame, and “All That Jazz”—ending up on murderer’s row with the original jazz killer Velma Kelly (junior Bridget Donaldson). With the help of the city’s best ‘criminal lawyer’ Billy Flynn (sophomore Peter Schafer) and prison matron-turned manager Mama Morton (senior Sofia Lee), and by using Roxie’s hapless husband Amos (junior Sebastian Rojas-Rincon), the spunky slayers hope to turn their notoriety into stardom in a city where the truth is for sale and sensationalism rules the headlines.

Chicago opened on Broadway in 1975 with book and choreography by Bob Fosse and music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb.  It is based on the 1926 play of the same name by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Filled with iconic songs like “Razzle Dazzle,” “Mr. Cellophane,” and the “Cell Block Tango,” Chicago is a landmark of American theatre.

Chicago: High School Edition is directed and produced by RHS Theatre Director Kaitlyn Etter, with Fosse-style choreography by Megan Smith of Dance Fusion NW. Vocal Direction by Barbara Choltco, and technical supervision by Aziza Mansuri. For more info on RHS Theatre, please visit spudderactivities.weebly.com/theatre.

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Lots of good things going on at the library in the next few weeks..

First of all is our Giant Used Book Sale May 3 and 4. All books are $1, and you’re sure to find something you like. We’ll also be selling tickets for the Ridgefield Quilt. They’re $5 each, and if you buy 5 you’ll get a hand painted watercolor book mark signed by the artist (me). A treasure for sure!

Then the next Tuesday, May 7, starting at 6:30, the architects for the library will be in the Community Room of our library to hear from all of you about what you’d like to see in the library. Bring your ideas, no matter how far out. Here’s an idea: how about putting solar panels on the roof to bring in natural light during the day?

And on May 18 it’s Bunco Night for the Library. Host a table for four and come join in the fun.

Second Sunday at Refuge

New Community Development Department Director

After an extensive nationwide search process, the City of Ridgefield has hired Louisa Garbo to serve as the City’s Community Development Department Director. Ms. Garbo fills a position which was previously held for 4 years by Jeff Niten, who in January, 2019, was hired to serve as the City of Shelton’s City Manager.

Ms. Garbo is a certified planner, a certified mediator, and an accredited LEED green associate. Ms. Garbo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master’s Degree in City Planning, Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Arts in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding. Ms. Garbo has extensive experience in local government administration, policy, and land use planning. She most recently served as the Community Development Director for Kitsap County, WA, with prior work as a Director of Planning in the City of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, and as a City planner in Arizona for over a decade.

“I enjoy living in the West Coast and want to work in a smaller community where I can make a greater impact in help building a sustainable community. I looked up and down the West Coast for a growing community with a commitment to sustainability and a clear vision, where I felt my experience and commitment to innovative planning would be valued and valuable. I learned a lot through the interview process; after meeting with the community and the dedicated and talented people working for the City, I felt Ridgefield checked all the boxes for me,” said Ms. Garbo.

City Manager Steve Stuart said of Ms. Garbo, “We are really excited that Louisa is joining our team. She is widely recognized as a visionary at strategic planning and has a proven track record of success creating innovative ways to connect people with place.” Beyond her planning and management skills, Stuart noted that “Louisa’s Fine Arts background offers a unique opportunity to enhance our partnerships with Ridgefield organizations like Ridgefield Main Street and Ridgefield Arts Association who are working to beautify and revitalize our Arts Quarter and historic Destination Downtown.”

Ms. Garbo will begin work at the City of Ridgefield on May 1.

Main Street Program

Join us Thursday morning, April 18, as we welcome SFC Greg Stube (RET) back to visit Ridgefield.   He is an American hero, patriot and servant. Stube was injured in Afghanistan when his 30 man “A-Team” held off 3,000 Taliban for 5 days. He is a motivational speaker and author.

The Main Street meetings are at the Sportsman’s from 8:30 to 9:30 am. Breakfast is available and complimentary coffee is served.

Also, we will announce an exciting grant program for downtown façade improvement, as well as have updates from the Design and Promotions committees.  Main Street Day planning is in the works as well as Spring Clean Up Day for downtown, next Monday, April 22!

SFC Greg Stube (RET)

Book Sale May 3 & 4

This gives some idea of the amount of used books we’ll have for sale at the Library’s Used Book Sale on May 3 and 4.

All books are $1.00 – come and stock up your book shelves and support the library at the same time.

Neighbors on Watch Meeting

Are you interested in community, safety, and want to be involved?

Ridgefield has a Neighbors on Watch group (NOW). Maybe you are interested in participating.

Want to know more? Come to our next meeting on April 18th at the Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center. 6:30 pm. Meet other members of NOW and find out what it is all about.

-Chief Brooks

Reminder – Easter Egg Hunt

Library Ninjas at Union Ridge Elementary

Ninjas are known for being silent, stealthily moving through the night dressed entirely in black.  But would you expect to find a ninja in the library?  Probably not, but there are plenty of ninjas at Union Ridge Elementary.

One wall of the library has photos of students sporting black headbands and big smiles.  They are the Union Ridge library ninjas.  Librarian Jubilee Roth created the library ninja program to encourage good library behavior.  “They follow all library routines in a sneaky, stealthy, leave-no-trace book shopping way,” she explained.  The rules are simple:

  1. Ninjas use their bookshelf markers correctly
  2. Ninjas use their whisper voices
  3. Ninjas clean up after themselves and others
  4. Ninjas read!

Students who follow all the ninja routines regularly become Master Ninja Librarians.  They earn a ninja headband, handmade by Roth, and get a selfie with her that is posted on the wall to celebrate.

The program has been a great success.  Roth is pleased with how well the students are following the library rules, hoping to achieve ninja status.  “The kids ask every library class if there are new ninjas and are so excited when they earn a headband.”  So when you see a kid wearing a black headband, you might be talking to a Master Ninja Librarian.

 

Union Ridge Librarian Jubilee Roth strikes a pose with Master Ninja Librarian Ruby Stenbak.