4th of July Photos

This from Sandy Schill:

“As the longtime Festival director for the Ridgefield 4th of July, I just couldn’t bring myself to say, “Canceled” for our event. While it looked nothing like the annual parade, festivities and evening fireworks that we usually have, we altered it to comply with the safety for our citizens due to the current pandemic.

We asked our community citizens to celebrate our independence at home in their front yards and driveways and we would bring some fun to them. People started the day at 1 p.m. holding their own kid parade in their street. At 2 p.m. Cars and Parade entries randomly began driving around our development neighborhoods. One of our long-standing parade entries, RDO, passed out 5,000 units of potato chips and instant potato packets. Ice cream trucks roamed the streets. Human bugs from a pest control company, Natura, performed as they drove through the neighborhoods. We were pleasantly surprised at how many people participated in our suggestion to stay home and celebrate. We also had a patriotic Parade of Homes in which the best decorated home for the 4th of July received a trophy in each neighborhood. We had a lot of participants that did a wonderful job decorating for the 4th. They pre-phoned in their address and we drove around and judged the homes awarding them with their trophy.

We also had #Ridgefield Strong t-shirts custom made over the last four weeks. Everyone was wearing their shirt for the day.

The city had their own virtual events happening such as a virtual pancake breakfast and a virtual shoebox parade float that was streamed online. While it was a bummer that we couldn’t hold our traditional event, it just goes to show how strong our community spirit is in Ridgefield.”

Here are photos of some of the winning displays

Superintendent’s Update to Families – July 14, 2020




July 14, 2020

Dear Ridgefield Families,

Here we are, in the middle of July, with long summer days and relaxing cool nights.  I hope you are finding time to escape, rejuvenate, and unwind.

When I wrote to you on June 18, I was optimistic that we would be opening the 2020-2021 school year in a “traditional” fashion.  Now, nearly a month later, I am less confident that a “traditional” start is possible.

I empathize with and share everyone’s desire to know more about what school will look like for 2020-2021.  Please know, the Ridgefield School District continues to prepare for a safe and sensible in-person start, albeit today that looks like it will be in a hybrid learning model.  Please also know, at least for the beginning of the year, a remote-learning model for all students remains a possibility.

Hopefully, you have heard the news; the District is also committed to running a distance-learning model.  We sent the distance-learning option notice early because there are families that have already shared with us that they:

  • do not want their children attending schools until there is a proven vaccine;
  • do not want their children to attend schools wearing face masks.

It was important to make sure families knew there would be a distance-only option.  Naturally, this still leaves many unanswered questions.  The District is working as quickly as possible to finalize details.  I am immensely grateful for the talented team of administrators, teachers, and staff working collaboratively on our reopening plans.

The first question many ask is, will more information be forthcoming before families have to decide on the learning model for their children?  Yes, more specific information will be coming, and relatively soon.  I can assure you that the distance-learning model will be far more robust and predictable (day-to-day fidelity) than the model we rolled out this spring.  We have gained valuable experience and more preparation time that we did not have in March.

If you are interested in this option for next year, please click here to complete the registration process by July 31.  We will extend the deadline if we need to give families sufficient decision-making time.

Thank you for your patience as we complete the process of putting the hybrid and distance-learning models together.  As I mentioned above, I am optimistic we will have more information to share soon on each option available to families.

I hope this helps to alleviate some of the anxiety around the many unknowns for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.  As always, stay well and remain #RidgefieldResilient.


Dr. Nathan McCann, Superintendent


Thought for the Week

A Cherokee saying:

We have taught our children the earth is our mother

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth

This we know.

The earth does not belong to man. The man belongs to earth.

This we know.

All things are connected. Like the blood which unites our family.

All things are connected.

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.

Man did not weave the web of life. He’s merely a strand in it.

Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.

AiSv Nv wa do hi ya do.

(Walk in Peace)

A Record High Daily Covid Count – USA

The above graph is from Worldometer’ s dashboard for Covid 19. For the first time, it shows cases for the US as being above 70 thousand/day.   The number is higher than John Hopkin’s dashboard and Wikipedia’s  .  However. the sources all show that Friday, July 10th  was the highest single day ever.  Many states, especially in the south,  are at crisis levels now.  

The US failed to get this disease under control when it had the chance back in March and April when other countries did.  We are going to pay a heavy price for that with many epidemiologists saying it is going to get worse.

As individuals, our responsibility is to protect ourselves and others as best we can.  Wearing a mask,  practicing  safe distancing,  and other recommended means need to be followed.  It may be a while before things get better.

By Paul Snoey

Parking Lot Sale

Friends of the Library are selling off the remaining items from the Community Center today in the parking lot of the former Umpqua Bank, which will be the new temporary home of the library. I understand it’s mostly kitchen items, but come and check it out – you might find just the item you need.

The sale will be from 9am to 3pm.

Masks and face coverings along with social/physical distancing will be required!

Superintendent’s Update to Families – July 8, 2020




July 8, 2020

Dear Ridgefield Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying a restful and relaxing summer.  2020 has been a challenging year and once again I extend my sincere appreciation for the grace, patience, and support our families have demonstrated.  Together, we are indeed much stronger.

The District continues to work collaboratively with our partners to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.  I want to be clear that while many unknowns still exist, the District’s overarching goal is to return to “traditional” in-person instruction in a safe and sensible manner.  As we analyzed our stakeholder survey results it became clear that the District needs to plan for multiple learning opportunities, and that a return to in-person learning (in any form) may be more than some families are currently comfortable with.   We understand that some families may want or need an online-only learning experience and we are pleased to share with you today that Ridgefield will have an online learning option available in the fall.

Please fill out the Ridgefield School District School-Based Distance Learning Registration in order to enroll your student in the online-only learning experience.  Early registration will allow the District to assign your student to a distance learning teacher and allow our teachers to prepare for how to best provide this robust learning opportunity to their students. Please note – submitting a School-Based Distance Learning Registration Form confirms that your student will not attend in-person classes for at least the first Trimester (K-6th grade students) or Semester (7th – 12th grade students) of the 2020-2021 school year.  Forms must be completed by Friday, July 31, 2020.

As always, stay safe and remain #RidgefieldResilient.


Dr. Nathan McCann, Superintendent

Ridgefield School District Hosts Virtual Community Forum on Bond Program

Come and learn more about the district’s bond program.  Ridgefield School District will be hosting a virtual community forum via Facebook Live at 5:00 pm on Monday, July 13th.  Note:  This is a change from the forum’s originally scheduled date of July 8th.  Please join us.

Library Parking Lot Sale

Next Friday, July 10, from 9 am to 3 pm the Friends of the Ridgefield Library are having a “parking lot” sale of the remaining items (mainly kitchen items) leftover from the former Ridgefield Community Center. All proceeds from this sale will benefit the Ridgefield Community Library Building Fund.

The sale is taking place in the parking lot of the future temporary home of the library in the former bank building at 228 Simon Street. Masks and face coverings along with social/physical distancing will be required!

Thought for the Week

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11. Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow man.

12. Never give yourself a haircut after three maragaritas.

13. Finally…and most important: Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect, it just means you’ve decided to see beyond the imperfections.

Have a great week. Wear your mask. Eat healthy. Get outside in our beautiful weather.

Ridgefield School Board’s Letter to the Community – July 2, 2020





Thought for the Week

“Things I Wish I Knew…” (cont’d)

6. The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship; “I apologize” and “You are right”.

7. Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying “thank you” though it helps if you say with a Southern accent.

8. Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiter.

9. Never marry a man or a woman that you meet in a bar.

10. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance.

Ridgefield Boosters Fireworks Stand Opens July 1st


The Ridgefield Boosters is hosting a fireworks stand starting Wednesday, July 1st from 12 noon – 9pm at the I-5 Ridgefield exit (old Park & Ride).  All proceeds will benefit Spudder Grad Night for RHS’ Class of 2021.  The stand will continue to open daily July 2-4 from 9am – 9pm.


Children and Families Show Their Appreciation for Meal Service in Ridgefield

When schools closed due to COVID-19 in mid-March, the Ridgefield School District and the Chartwells food service staff made it a priority to continue providing healthy meals for kids.  The meal service they implemented (free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals at school and satellite sites in the community) served children and their families through the end of the school year and has been much-appreciated.

Since the first day of the program, food servers at the school sites have been receiving Thank You notes created by the kids, and over time, the number of these thoughtful messages has grown steadily.  We are pleased to share many of them here.

Ridgefield School District is grateful to Chartwells for the exceptional service they provided to families during this challenging time.  Special thanks to Nicole Bartroff, Joanne Hazan, Vicki Mariso, and Judi Sekidde who were instrumental in getting the free meal service in place.  Thanks especially to our lunch ladies on the front lines at South Ridge and Union Ridge Elementary:  Stacie Andrew, Ruth Chumley, Jen Holbrook, Angel Slack and Amber Vesley, for meal prep & distribution and being there each day for kids and their families.


Curbside Pickup is Now Available at Library

Library’s First Curbside pickup

FVRLibraries is now offering curbside pickup of holds. When you get the notice that your hold is ready, call us at 360-906-5000 to schedule a pickup time. It’s just that easy to get contactless holds pickup.

Ridgefield School District Seeks Candidate for Seat on School Board

Scott Gullickson, School Board Director representing District 5 in the Ridgefield School District, has announced his resignation from the board.  Gullickson has served on the school board for 12 years.

Ridgefield School District now begins a search for highly qualified candidates to fill the vacant School Board Director position representing District 5.

Applications are available online at the district’s website by clicking here: Application for Appointment – District 5.  Applications are also available at the Superintendent’s Office, Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center, 510 Pioneer Street in Ridgefield, Washington.  Applications must be received in the Superintendent’s Office by 4:00 p.m. on July 13, 2020.

The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors consists of five members.  Each Director represents one of five geographic districts in which he or she resides.

District 5 boundaries are as follows:

  • Starting at the intersection of I-5 and Carty Rd.
  • Westerly on Carty Rd to Hillhurst Rd.
  • Southeast on Hillhurst Rd to 31st Ave.
  • South on 31st Ave to 209th St.
  • West on 209th St to 43rd Ave.
  • North on 43rd Ave and extension to Flume Crk.
  • Northeast on Flume Crk to Lake Rvr.
  • North on Lake Rvr to Bachelor Island Slough.
  • Northwest through Bachelor Island Slough to school district boundary. Counterclockwise following school district boundary to southern crossing of I-5.
  • North on I-5 to the point of the beginning.

The district reserves the right to extend the application deadline if necessary to obtain a sufficient number of applications.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Ridgefield School District.  Directors must be a U.S. citizen and resident of the state of Washington; be a resident and qualified voter in the school district; and reside in the director district which he or she represents.