Empty Bowl Benefits Resource Center

The High School National Honor Society is hosting an Empty Bowl event to benefit the Resource Center for families and individuals in need, and the public is invited to attend.

It’s Saturday, December 2 from noon to 2 pm at the middle school.  Art club members and art students have been working all year to make ceramic bowls which they will sell filled with soup.  The soup will be sold with the handmade ceramic bowls, and also individually in regular bowls. This is a community event – Vinnie’s Pizza, Pacific NW Best Fish Co., End of the Road Grill, and El Rancho Viejo are donating the soup for the event.

This is Hometown weekend, so plan to take a lunch break to support our kids and the Family Resource Center.

Fall Showcase

Opus School of Music presents their Fall Showcase of Music Sunday, November 19, from 4-5 pm at the Ridgefield United Methodist Church, 1410 South Hillhurst Drive. It’s free with two cans of food for the local food bank.

Come and find out what talented young musicians we have in town.

Confluence 9th Anniversary

Confluence Vineyard is holding a 9th Anniversary Celebration this Saturday, November 18, starting at 1 pm. Confluence is at 19111 NW 67th Avenue. Come and help Jae and Greg celebrate!

Ridgefield School District Forms Boundary + Start Time Committee

To prepare for continued growth and the opening of new schools, the district has formed a Boundary + Start Time Committee, whose goal is to explore possible adjustments to school attendance boundaries and school start times for Fall 2018.

In September, parents and staff were invited to participate in a district survey regarding school attendance and boundaries.  The results of the survey will help provide the committee with valuable feedback in its decision-making process.

Committee members include Assistant Superintendent Chris Griffith, Shannon Barnett, KWRL Transportation Director, school administrators, parents, and school staff.

The committee, which meets every two weeks, had their first meeting on October 30th.  Two Community Forums will be scheduled to present information to patrons and gather feedback.

To view meeting minutes and Parent Survey results, visit the Boundary + Start Time Committee’s webpage at http://www.ridgefieldsd.org/boundary-start-time-committee .


Reminder: Dedication Tomorrow

Our new ‘Wings of the World” sculpture will be dedicated tomorrow, Saturday, November 18, 4:00 at Overlook Park.

This beautiful sculpture of a soaring eagle was created by Sharon Agnor and commemorates the lives and efforts of five significant people who had the vision for and helped create Overlook Park: Allene Wodaege, Jim Maul, Sydney Reisbick, Amy Montoya, and David Dines.

This community gathering will include a history of Overlook Park, music and refreshments. Please come.

RNWR Calendars on Sale

Time to start holiday shopping while supporting a great cause!

The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s 2018 Calendar is here! This year’s calendar features the winning photos from our annual photo contest and will be on pre-sale through November 28th, 2017.

Our calendars are much more than amazing, high resolution action shots from Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, they also help the Friends support its’ mission of providing habitat restoration,  cultural and environmental education on the Refuge and to its’ visitors. All the photo’s subjects are identified, and there is also some info about each photo! Learn about the seasonal changes in habitat restoration, important dates to look forward to, read a passionate poem about our refuge, and much more. Just $16 pre-sale, these 12 month, 8.5×11 (opens to 11×17), saddle-stitched wall calendars are the perfect gift!

Whether as a holiday gift for loved ones, your friends or co-workers, or a functional keepsake for yourself, your purchase helps support our public lands, protecting wildlife and the history of our area, in perpetuity. With gorgeous photos of wildlife and a little learning, what more could you ask for?

Order yours today to get the pre-sale price and guarantee you get one! Pre-orders will be shipped the first week of December: www.yearbox.com/FriendsofRNWR/

After pre-sale, you can still order your calendars online, or you can purchase them in town at City of Ridgefield‘s Hometown Celebration on December 2nd, or at Seasons Coffee Tea & Remedies while supplies last!

Ridgefield School District Announces Name and Mascot for New Grade 5-6 Intermediate School

The Ridgefield School District announced today that Sunset Ridge Intermediate School has been selected as the name for its new Grade 5-6 school currently under construction.  The new school mascot?  The coyote.

The district announced the news at its regular Board of Directors meeting on November 14.

The school name was selected from 222 nominations received from the Ridgefield community and submitted to the school board for consideration.  In keeping with the names of the existing district schools, “Ridge” was a requirement in the name, along with “Intermediate School”.  Patrons submitted nominations during the month of October.

In its discussions, the Board sought to name the school after a feature unique to the school site and paid special attention not to duplicate other school names within the region.

Student input was key in selecting the school mascot.  Student entries for mascot nominations were required to have connections to regional history, a potato heritage, local wildlife, geographic features and Success Bound attributes (being respectful, responsible and resilient).  Students were also required to provide explanations to support their nominations.

A total of 105 mascot nominations were received.  School administrators collaborated with student leaders from South Ridge Elementary and Union Ridge Elementary, and the top two choices were presented to the Board for final consideration.

The district is grateful to all participants in the Ridgefield community who took the time to submit nominations and comments to help inform the district in the selection process.

Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School will occupy the new Grade 5-8 schools complex, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2018.

Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation Partners with Columbia Credit Union to Announce New Grant Program

At the regular Board of Directors meeting of the Ridgefield School District on November 14,  the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation (RPSF) announced a new grant program to honor the work of Paul Lewis, its co-founder and past president.

Jeff Vigue, RPSF President, announced the Paul Lewis Innovation Grant.  The new grant, sponsored by Columbia Credit Union (CCU), is designed to fuel innovation by funding programs that incorporate creative, original and out-of-the-box ideas for learning in Ridgefield public schools.

The RPSF Board will award two $5,000 grants to a school or school program in the Ridgefield School District that will use the funding to provide opportunities aligned with the school district’s “Pursuing Premier Goals and Planning Blueprint” to benefit a large number of students sustainably in subsequent years.

“We are very excited to unveil this new innovation-driven grant opportunity,” said Vigue, “and we could not have made this happen without the Columbia Credit Union partnership.”

“We applaud the district’s vision that includes a planning blueprint and goals to create a premier school ecosystem, right here in Clark County,” said Columbia Credit Union’s President and CEO, Steve Kenny, in a press release from RPSF.

Paul Lewis co-founded the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation in 2009 and served as its president until earlier this year.  His expertise in developing business partnerships, fund-raising, recruiting, and management provided the foundation with a strong start.   Under Lewis’ leadership, RPSF raised approximately $188,000 in support of student learning in Ridgefield schools.  To his credit, the foundation is now in its ninth year as a successful non-profit organization.

At yesterday’s school board meeting, the district recognized Lewis for his valuable contributions to the Foundation to benefit Ridgefield students.

Paul Lewis is recognized at the Nov 14th Ridgefield School District Board of Directors meeting.  From left to right: School Board members Joseph Vance and Scott Gullickson, Paul Lewis, Colleen Boccia (Columbia Credit Union’s Chief Marketing Officer), Jeff Vigue (RPSF President), and School Board members Becky Greenwald, Emily Enquist and Steve Radosevich.

“We are grateful for the continued support of the Foundation and the partnership with Columbia Credit Union,” said Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School District Superintendent.  “This is a terrific way to honor the outstanding leadership provided by Paul Lewis while also encouraging innovation that positively impacts student achievement.”

Applicants can look for the opportunity to apply in January 2018, and grants will be awarded in April 2018.

Stream Bank Erosion by Gee Creek Trail

                         The stream bank has receded in several places and threatens the new trail

The stream bank along sections of the new trail from Division Street to Heron Ridge Drive has areas that are eroding badly.  In mid- October the section in the photo had only one small section that had collapsed next to the silt fence.  Last weekend things began to get much worse, and on Tuesday, many sections of stream bank began to collapse in several places over a distance of 400 feet or so.  Gee Creek has not had high flows yet so that is not the cause of the sudden collapses.  We had a severe drought last summer that dried the soils here, and we’ve had enough rain to finally wet the soil.  This may be making it heavier and softer and is exacerbating the stream bank collapse from the stream undercutting the bank.   Public Works Director Bryan Kast indicated yesterday that a hydrologist consultant is working on getting some stream bank stabilization done here before the end of the year.

We are now getting into the wettest time of the year.  With soils saturated and higher stream flows on Gee Creek, it may be very difficult to get any stabilization done.   It’s mid-November and we have several more months of possible wet weather with  higher stream flows.  In several areas the changes to the stream bed are forcing water into and along the stream bank itself.  The best hope is to get through the  wet season and then look to find a way to make a real fix.  Unfortunately, a real fix over such a great distance could be very expensive

Another area of bank collapse:  Note how flow is undercutting bank

RMS Meeting

Marie Moalwy

Please join us for our Ridgefield Main Street Community Meeting on Thursday, November 16th at 8:30 am at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon.

A special thank you to Mayor Ron Onslow for bringing us a very special guest speaker. Marie Mosley, City Manager of Kennewick, WA, is traveling all the way to Ridgefield to present to us on a unique opportunity in Kennewick , which has many aspects that pertain to our own Ridgefield. The presentation deals with growth, infrastructure housing, business and relationships of each.

Invitations to attend have also been extended to the City Staff, RBA, Port, Planning & Parks Commissions, Arts, and more. This presentation is of interest to every person, every business, and every organization in Ridgefield. As always, complimentary coffee is provided by the Sportsman’s. Breakfast service is available.

Volunteers Needed for Walk & Knock Food Drive on December 2

Volunteer to help with Walk & Knock, Clark County’s annual food drive, on Saturday, December 2nd.  All it takes is a half-day of your time but you can make a huge difference for many.

Walk & Knock is one of the nation’s largest one-day food drives and takes place each year on the first Saturday of December. It solicits charitable donations of food, which is given to the Clark County Food Bank for those in need across our community.

Volunteers needed are:

  • Drivers and walkers to collect food from homes along a specified route. Sign up for a route with the Ridgefield Lions Club Coordinator (see below).
  • Sorters to sort food and pack them into boxes.
  • Loaders to help load boxes into semi-trailers.

If you’d like to help, meet at Ridgefield High School, 2630 S. Hillhurst Road, on Saturday, December 2nd at 8:30 am.  All volunteers are greatly appreciated!

For more information, call or text the Ridgefield Lions Club Coordinator at 360-901-0740.  You can also visit the Walk & Knock website at http://walkandknock.org .

Ridgefield School District Honors November Employee and Students of the Month

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

The Employee of the Month is Gregg Ford, social studies teacher at Ridgefield High School.  A dedicated teacher for the past 39 years, Gregg is well-respected among RHS students, staff and community members.  He teaches all levels of social studies, including AP classes, and always with a positive attitude and with a passion for the subjects he teaches.  Students appreciate his availability before school and even during lunch.

Gregg Ford

Outside the classroom, Gregg coaches the boys track team year-round.  Last spring, the team brought home the state championship under his leadership.

Gregg Ford exemplifies the qualities of many of the outstanding employees at Ridgefield High School and is deserving of the honor as Employee of the Month for November.  We congratulate Gregg for the many contributions he brings to RHS and to the school district.

Students of the Month

Katelyn Crouch, a fourth grader, is November’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School because of the way she exemplifies the 3R’s on a daily basis.  She is responsible in class, in school and in the community.  She is respectful by including others in activities.  Finally, by completing her class work, staying focused and working through challenges, she is resilient and encourages others to do the same.  By bringing her personal best and encouraging others around her by example, Katelyn Crouch is South Ridge Elementary’s choice for November Student of the Month.

Katelyn Crouch

Ashlynn Bredemeyer, a fifth grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  Ashlynn has been a Tater Tot since kindergarten.  She is a good student, showing perseverance and thoughtfulness in her school work.  She is known for her kindness and is helpful in class and in other settings.  A quiet leader and a helpful friend, Ashlynn leads by example in modeling the expectations of the  classroom.  Union Ridge Elementary is proud to name Ashlynn Bredemeyer as its November Student of the Month

Ashlynn Bredemeyer

Adaya Stewart, an eighth grader, was selected from View Ridge Middle School.  Not only is Adaya an excellent student with a quick wit; she has a generous and kind heart.  Eager to lend a hand, Adaya frequently reaches out to new students to help them catch up on work and offers to help teachers with daily tasks.  She is respectful and expertly mitigates conflicts among her peers.  Adaya pushes herself academically, and her creativity shines through in her school work.  She is a joy to have in class and is a role model for teachers and students alike.  View Ridge Middle School is proud to select Adaya Stewart as its Student of the Month for November.

Adaya Stewart

Ian Abrams, a junior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  Ian is an exceptional student .  He carries a GPA of 4.0 and is a member of the National Honor Society.  He is currently taking three AP classes, along with physics and third-year Spanish.  He is also involved in cross country and track.  Ian was instrumental in starting the peer-to-peer lunch time tutoring program at RHS, volunteering his time to help students needing academic assistance.

Many staff members describe Ian as an “awesome kid.”  Teachers describe him as diligent, kind, respectful, responsible, and resilient.  One teacher saw him defend another student who was being bullied, and another commended him on his work ethic and gentle personality.  It is without question that Ian Abrams is worthy of recognition as Ridgefield High School’s Student of the Month for November.

Ian Abrams

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.

Welcome Vintage Revival

Welcome to our newest retail shop in town, Vintage Revival.

Owner Dee Gaudet has created a unique store with something for everyone. Over twenty vendors provide all kinds of gifts, antiques, and handmade items. If you miss shopping at the Mercantile for that special treasure, take a look at what Vintage Revival has to offer – Barb Blystone from the Dancing Rabbit has a space, and the store is ready for early Christmas shopping.

Vintage Revival is at 418 Pioneer Street and is open Sunday and Monday from noon to 4 and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 6. 360-887-2101

Please support our local businesses!


Special Education Informational Night Scheduled for December 5th

Ridgefield School District has scheduled a Special Education informational night on Tuesday, December 5, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Ridgefield High School Library.

Come and learn about Special Education programming, the proposed HS transition program, and the latest information about the new Grades 5-8 schools complex now under construction.  It’s a great opportunity to ask questions and meet other parents as well.

If you are new to Special Education or have been apart from our community for years, please join us for an informative evening about the program in the district.  Child care and food will be provided.

For more information, contact Michael Baskette at 360-619-1348 or via email at Michael.baskette@ridgefieldsd.org.

Meeting on Gee Creek Sub-Area Plan

Ridgefield Development Code Amendments: Gee Creek sub-area plan
Notice is hereby given that the Ridgefield City Council will hold a Public Hearing on
Thursday November 16, 2017 beginning at 6:30 PM, at the Ridgefield Community
Center, 210 N Main Ave, Ridgefield, Washington.

The proposal is to adopt a sub-area plan for the Gee Creek Plateau area generally
bounded by Gee Creek to the south and west, South 45th Avenue to the east and
the alignment of S. 5th Way to the north.

This notice is intended to invite interested persons to appear at the public hearings
and submit written or oral comments on the proposed amendments. Written
comments should be directed to the Ridgefield City Clerk, PO Box 608, 230 Pioneer
St, Ridgefield, WA 98642, no later than 4:30 PM on November 16, 2017.
Comments may also be submitted into the record at the public hearings.

Information regarding the proposed amendments is available to the public on
request at Ridgefield City Hall, 230 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA, during normal
weekday business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM through 4:30 PM.
The staff report will be available November 9, 2017.

City of Ridgefield
Published: October 11, 2017