Ridgefield School District Distance Learning Internet Survey

To ensure that Ridgefield School District students are equipped to participate in Ridgefield Remote (Distance Learning), the district is conducting a Distance Learning Internet Survey.

The survey asks questions about your current Internet service (if any) and offers the opportunity to apply for assistance.  Your application for assistance does not guarantee that the district will be able to accommodate your request.

Please consider completing the survey whether or not you have adequate internet access to support your students’ distance learning.   We appreciate your feedback.

To participate, please follow this link:  https://forms.gle/BZZrizwZhVExtgjC7

Note:  This survey is not to be confused with the High-Speed Internet Survey launched by the Washington State Broadband Office last week.

Update on Refuge Trails

Kiwa Trail closure August 12th & 13th for a prescribed burn to improve habitat. This closure MAY be extended to the entire Auto Tour. Stay tuned to our website here for updates.

For more information about prescribed burns at Ridgefield NWR check out Refuge 20/20.

The Kiwa trail reopened Saturday August 8th. Besides the 12th & 13th, visitors are asked to use the trail as a one-way counter clockwise loop to minimize the need to pass visitors in narrow areas and allow everyone to recreate safely and comfortably. Be aware that parking is limited on this popular trail so you may need to do a loop around the auto tour to wait for a spot to park. Parking is not allowed along the shoulders of the auto tour.

The Auto Tour Route on the River S Unit is open to vehicle traffic ONLY. No bikes or pedestrian access at this time.

There will be no public access to bathrooms, informational kiosks, and the viewing blind due to the inability to provide the public with regularly disinfected surfaces according to CDC guidelines and/or proper social distancing opportunities in these spaces.

The Refuge is fee free at this time.

Current open  gates times for the Auto Tour Route on the River ‘S’ Unit are: 6 AM – 8:30 PM.

For Walking Trails during this closure, the Carty Unit is open.

Note that gates close automatically. Vehicles must exit the Refuge before the gate closes and there is no entry before or after hours. Please expect increased traffic and long waiting times to navigate around the tour and plan accordingly.

Eagle Scout Makes 639 Masks for Ridgefield School District

Gavin Gannon has been working toward becoming an Eagle Scout for years.  He could not have guessed back then what his Eagle Scout service project would be:  sewing hundreds of masks for the Ridgefield School District.

COVID-19 created many planning and logistical challenges for schools, including where learning would take place.  While the Ridgefield School District will start the year with online learning, it is also planning ahead to when schools can safely reopen.  Gannon was inspired to make one part of their work easier by making masks for students, teachers, and staff.  “I chose masks for my project to help RSD be a safer environment for when schools are re-opened,” he said.  “It’s to help keep the community safe.”

His project was ambitious because he had no experience in sewing.  He started by finding a mask pattern and purchasing a variety of fabrics.  His mother and grandmother showed him how to cut the patterns, then assemble and sew the two-layer reversible masks.  “It was a long process of cutting, sewing the masks together, and attaching the other bits,” he explained, but he didn’t mind.  “It was fun, actually.”

Gavin Gannon displays the cloth masks he completed for his Eagle Scout service project.

 

The masks were made in a wide variety of fabric designs.

Gannon started the project in late June and was able to finish in about a month.  His original goal was smaller, but his advisor pointed out that more masks would make a big impact and help a lot more people.  “We started at 200 and it went to 600, so it tripled,” he said.  “But hey, the more the merrier!”  In all, he ended up making 639 masks in sizes ranging from child to adult.

Scouting is a longstanding tradition in Gannon’s family.  “My grandfather is an Eagle Scout, and he helped inspire me to join scouts.”  Gannon is a member of Boy Scout Troop 320, and his final Eagle Scout service project embodies the scouting values of service, community engagement, and leadership development.

Learning to sew is a skill Gannon said he will be “putting to the test” when things get back to normal.  But until then, the masks will be put to good use, keeping hundreds of Ridgefield students, teachers, and staff safer.  Many thanks to Gavin Gannon for his impressive Eagle Scout project!

Superintendent’s Update to Families – August 7, 2020

 

 

 

August 7, 2020

Dear Ridgefield Families,

With the start of the 2020-2021 school year rapidly approaching, I am pleased to share details on the student experience in our distance-learning model, Ridgefield Remote.

Our team of administrators and leadership from our teacher association have worked hard to develop a more robust, predictable, and user-friendly distance-learning model.  Every elementary student will receive small group skill-specific instruction a minimum of 4 days a week, and students with high needs will receive instruction 5 days a week.  Our 6th grade is committed to continuing a subject-specific rotation.

As a District, we continue to hold out hope for a return to in-person instruction this school year.  With that in mind, the secondary sites are committed to maintaining a 6-period course schedule throughout the week.

We heard through our family feedback surveys this spring that consistency with our Learning Management System needed improvement.  This fall, all staff will be using the Google Suite, including synchronous instruction through Google Meets, class assignments through Google Classroom and asynchronous instruction through Screencastify.

I encourage you to visit our homepage and click on the “Ridgefield Remote” link to view building schedules and explore the resources we have posted for students and parents.  Please continue to check back often, as we will continue to add resources to this page, including an FAQ next week.

I also encourage you to take a moment to read the August 6th news release about updated state health guidelines shared by Governor Jay Inslee, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal and the Washington State Department of Health.  The decision tree establishes guidelines and recommendations to assist school leaders and local public health officers when making decisions regarding school reopening plans.

Sincerely,

Dr. Nathan McCann, Superintendent

Thought for the Week

“If I Had my Life to Live Over,

I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I’m one of those people who live sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to liver over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring, and stay that way later in the fall. I would to go more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.”

– Nadine Stair, 85 years old, Louisville, KY

Today is the first day of the rest of your life!

Views of Library

The old library room is gutted, (above) and the new building is in the process of being updated. Below is a photo of the circulation desk.

Curbside pickup is now at the new temporary library.

We’re still taking donations! Help fill up the space…

State Launches Survey Seeking Public’s Help in Identifying Gaps in High-Speed Internet Service Areas

The Washington State Broadband office and state Public Works Board have launched a mapping initiative to identify gaps in high-speed internet service and areas of broadband infrastructure needs in order to advance the state’s goal to have universal broadband access in Washington by 2024 according to a news release.

Using the easy-to-follow instructions and a simple link, Washington residents can complete the one-minute access and speed survey at home using any computer or mobile device.  To participate in the survey, click on the following link:    broadband.wa.gov

To see the state’s news release in its entirety, click here:  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WADOC/bulletins/297f2de

Thank you for your participation!

I don’t understand…

Could someone explain to me why the side door of the Post Office is locked from the outside, forcing everyone to go through the lobby? That’s where there’s a big chance you’ll see other people and possibly be exposed to COVID-19. If the side door were unlocked a person could access their PO box without even seeing anyone else.

Doesn’t make sense to me – what do you think?

Ridgefield Family Resource Center Inspires with Snack Note Project

The Ridgefield Family Resource Center is designed to help Ridgefield students and families in need—and with all the challenges created by COVID-19, the Resource Center has been very busy.  With restructured programs to allow for social distancing and safety, the Resource Center had to close its communal snack cupboard, a popular place for kids to go and grab a quick bite to eat.  They decided to replace the snack cupboard with individual snack bags—then added short, positive messages that became inspirations for many.

Director Christine Poppert said, “Snack items are expensive.  With students home all day, we wanted to help our families.”  Fortunately, they received a large number of snack donations, which allowed them to make one snack bag per person.  The card was almost an afterthought, a little message inside each bag.

Soon others in Ridgefield were helping create the messages.  “People in the community wanted to participate by providing the cards with positive messages,” Poppert explained.  “People have told me that writing the cards to give to others helps their minds stay positive and grateful, and it is something to do while at home during this time.”  Soon the Resource Center had many beautiful, artistic messages of hope and support for their snack bags.

Ridgefield community members made notes to encourage and support snack bag recipients.

The handmade notes have served as an inspiration to many.

The impact it had on the families who received the notes was clear as well.  “Students love to save the cards and hang them on their refrigerator, on mirrors, in the car.  Some people collected them to make a collage.  Parents have commented on how the simple positive message can help them get through a day!”  Poppert was glad to see that a small note could make such a big difference.

The fact that the Ridgefield community has supported the Ridgefield Family Resource Center in so many ways throughout this crisis has been inspiring to Poppert.  “The snack notes have become a huge hit and are important in many ways for our families.  The simplicity of a positive message can often change a negative mindset.  My hope is that we can all learn to be the light and love in a time where we see darkness and hate.”

To assist the Ridgefield Family Resource Center with its food pantry and other items, monetary donations can be sent by check, with RFRC in the memo line, to the Ridgefield School District, 510 Pioneer Street, Ridgefield, WA  98642.   To arrange to send or drop off cards, please contact Chris Poppert at christine.poppert@ridgefieldsd.org

 

Thought for the Week

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”   Author unknown

Vote Now!

I didn’t realize until I filled out my ballot last night that it should have been mailed yesterday to ensure it was postmarked by Tuesday, August 4. So I’ll take it to one of the drop boxes in Ridgefield today. The closest to me is at the RACC, 510 Pioneer Street. This is a walk-up box only. There’s a second one at the Pioneer Street exit and east of I-5, at the north end of North 1st Circle, in the middle of the cul-de-sac.

Allow enough time to read all the write-ups – there are a lot of candidates.

Step Up to Finish Up

The Friends’ first “virtual” fundraiser, Step Up to Finish Up!  A Fundraising Walk for the Ridgefield Community Library kicks off on Saturday, August 1 and runs all month long.  It’s easy to participate…all you do is WALK!  Walk in your home, in your neighborhood, around town, or on your favorite trail.  Walk for your health…and walk for your library!  Every “step up” brings us closer to “finishing up” the library!  Registration fees:  $25 individual or $35 family (in the same household).  Individuals and families who register will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a great door prize!  The drawing will take place at noon on September 5 in front of the temporary library at 228 Simons Street, Ridgefield.  You do not need to be present to win.  Keep track of your “walking” time and/or mileage in August, then bring your log sheets to the “temporary” library on Saturday, September 5 between 10 am and noon, and the first 50 people who turn in their log sheets will receive a participation gift!  All proceeds from this event will benefit the Ridgefield Community Library Building Fund.  For more information and to register please visit the following link on Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/step-up-to-finish-up-friends-of-ridgefield-community-library-fundraiser-tickets-109368807046?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing

Please note:  The log sheet mentioned on Eventbrite is not ready yet to be downloaded, and a log sheet will NOT be available for pick-up at the library.  There is another link to this event that is shorter, and works for some people, but not for me, so that’s why I’m giving you the link that works for me.

Feel free to contact Jeanne Androvich, 808-276-7088, if you have any questions.  If you’d rather NOT register online, you may mail a check made payable to Friends of Ridgefield Community Library to Friends of Ridgefield Community Library, Attn:  Jeanne, PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642.

Please include the following registration information with your check:

Name – Mailing Address (for receipt) – Email Address (for contact purposes) – Individual or Family Registration $ Amount – Donation Only $ Amount (any donation amount will be appreciated).

Bricks at Community Center to be Removed

Tevis Laspa has been charged with the task of removing the bricks from the walls of the Community Center.

If anyone has a brick on the walls of the RCC and would like the brick as a keepsake, please contact Tevis by August 5. He makes no guarantees that the bricks will come out in one piece, as some are mortared in place and may not come willingly, but he will do his best.

Library Makes its Move!

With construction beginning soon on your BIGGER, BETTER Ridgefield Community Library, we’re moving to a temporary location! Here’s what you need to know:

Last day at the Main Street location: July 30

Temporary location: 228 Simons St, Ridgefield (the former Umpqua Bank Building)

Curbside pickup resumes at new location: August 5

For library services July 31 – August 4, visit https://www.fvrl.org/ or call 360-906-5000.

Superintendent’s Update to Families – July 29, 2020

 

 

 

July 29, 2020

Dear Ridgefield Families,

Community spread of COVID-19 in Clark County and Southwest Washington continues, and given the current conditions, Ridgefield School District will begin the 2020-2021 school year in full distance-learning mode.

As promised, our distance-only learning model, “Ridgefield Remote,” will be more robust and predictable.  A talented team of administrators and teachers are working collaboratively, having dedicated countless hours this summer, to develop a distance-learning model that leverages small-group instruction and learning experiences that are engaging, rigorous, and relevant.  The design team is now attending to the final details, and we look forward to sharing “Ridgefield Remote” with the community very soon.

Please know that the District intends to transition to a “hybrid” model (where students spend a portion of their week at school and a portion at home) when it is safe to do so for students and staff.  When that time comes, we will give families ample time to decide whether to attend school in the “hybrid” model or remain in the distance-only model.

Now that we know that we will officially be opening the school year in distance-learning, the most pressing question for many is when we will transition to a “hybrid” model.  Collectively, Clark County school district superintendents are recommending using the Washington State Safe Start Phases as our regional guidepost.  In Phase 3, we hope to begin transitioning to some in-person learning and supports for students where the distance-learning model provides the most significant challenges.  In Phase 4, this graduated transition plan will see increased in-person experiences.  As we have done since the pandemic began, we will continue to heed our public health officials’ advice and guidance.

Ultimately, our goal is to bring students back for in-person learning as quickly as conditions allow.  Together, I believe we can collectively improve conditions so that a safe return to school is possible.

I hope this helps alleviate some of the anxiety around the unknowns for the opening of the upcoming school year.  Thank you for your continued support of the Ridgefield School District.  As always, stay well and remain #RidgefieldResilient.

Sincerely,

Dr. Nathan McCann, Superintendent