Ridgefield School District Honors January Employee and Students of the Month

On January 22, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the January Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Emily Crawford, librarian at South Ridge Elementary School.  Emily Crawford has been doing so much for South Ridge Elementary School to make life easier for the students and for the teachers.  From coming in over the summer to work in the library, to staying after school to work in the curriculum room, to helping manage the new reading curriculum, Emily has been doing such great work!  The staff at South Ridge Elementary School is especially thankful for all that she does and is proud to name Emily Crawford as January’s Employee of the Month.

Emily Crawford

Students of the Month

Brooklyn Barnett, a first grader, is January’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  The South Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Brooklyn.  They describe her as consistently respectful, responsible, and resilient whether in the classroom, walking down the halls or in a specialist class. Brooklyn entered first grade demonstrating excellence in Roadrunner behavior.  She loves to challenge herself and isn’t afraid to take risks.  She tries hard and never gives up.  Brooklyn is very kind and is often a peer mentor in the classroom, as she enjoys helping others.  She sets a wonderful example for all students in the classroom and in the school.

Brooklyn Barnett

William Legg, a third grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  The Union Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of William.  They write, “William is a very kind young man.  He is warm, accepting, flexible, and everyone’s friend.  He walks down the school hall to warm greetings by peers and adults alike.  William is also very helpful in the classroom, lunchroom and playground.  He is a conscientious student who works and seeks to learn and grow always.  He also has a very good sense of humor and brings a smile and laugh to many.  We are delighted to honor William.  He is an asset to Union Ridge Elementary School.”

William Legg

Bennett Erickson, a sixth grader, is January’s Student of the Month at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School.  The Sunset Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Bennett.  One describes him this way: “Bennett is new to our school and new to the school environment, after being home schooled.  He came in after classes began, and though this was a brand new environment, Bennett did not let that stop him.  He has worked very hard to complete assignments, learn routines, make new friends, and become a respectful, responsible, resilient student.  Bennett is always polite, even when you know he is having a hard time.  He faces challenges head on and does not give up.  His smile is contagious; I look forward to greeting him every day so I can see his smile.  I’m so proud of Bennett’s effort and am confident he will continue to grow and be successful.”

Bennett Erickson

Olivia Krause, an eighth grader, was chosen at View Ridge Middle School.  The View Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Olivia.  They write, “Olivia is a gifted student and role model within the classroom.  She is always ready for a challenge and seeks opportunities to push herself and her learning.  Olivia always works well with others and is respectful and kind.  Her calm demeanor helps to establish a productive learning environment, and her offered insights benefit the thinking of everyone in the classroom.  Olivia is a wonderful and prepared student who always strives to do more to better herself in class.”

Olivia Krause

Cameron Bosell, a senior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  The Ridgefield High School teachers and staff are very proud of Cameron.  Cameron is described as “a great kid for so many reasons.  Recently, he stood up and took a stand against bullying and let students know that we don’t do that at RHS.”  Another staff member describes him as “a team player, mentor and all-around great person who produces top quality work.”  Cameron participates in track, DECA, National Honor Society, and robotics.  Even though RHS is the third high school Cameron has attended (he says it’s the best one!), he still has been able to carry a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Cameron Bosell

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, James Schmeling of Allstate Insurance Company, whose local office is providing funding to support the district’s recognition program during this school year.

Union Ridge Giants


If you walk to Union Ridge School on N 8th Avenue, you will be greeted by some giant Douglas Fir trees at the end of the street.  The largest, to the left in the photo, is 145 feet  tall and is 19 feet in circumference at chest height.  It is the largest of some very big trees here and being among them is a pleasure.  Myrna Mills, a former deputy city clerk for the City of Ridgefield, said that when she was a student at Union Ridge, she and other students planted some of these trees.

The Carnegie Institute of Ecology at Stanford University did a study of carbon uptake in forests.  Their conclusion was that 25% of man made carbon dioxide emissions  are taken up by the world’s forests.  It makes sense to preserve and protect forests and trees.   In the United States, Pacific Northwest forests are the best at removing carbon from the atmosphere.  Douglas firs can live over a thousand years and can rival redwoods and giant Sequoias in size.  In addition to their beauty, trees clean the air, provide cooling, and remove carbon dioxide from the air.

Ridgefield has a lot of trees.  When I am in the Carty Unit near Lake River and look  back into town, there are so many trees I can barely make out the houses.  There are many places in Ridgefield  where more trees can be planted so let’s  do that.

Contributed by Paul Snoey


District Staff Members Earn Micro-Credentials in Social Emotional Learning

Congratulations to the following Ridgefield School District staff members who have earned the Culturally Responsive Social Emotional Learning (SEL) micro-credential certification.  These educators were part of a statewide cohort who, in partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB), and the online platform, Bloomboard, received 20 hours of professional learning related to SEL.

Included in the SEL professional learning were completion of the OSPI SEL modules, creation and implementation of culturally responsive SEL classroom lessons, evaluation of the lessons in relation to Washington state SEL standards and benchmarks, and the opportunity to collaborate with content area experts and other educations from around the state.

“I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to be a part of the SEL pilot,” said Teresa Vance, Behavior Intervention Specialist for the district.  “This experience has afforded participating educators the ability to engage in meaningful, job-embedded professional learning personalized to student and classroom need and has positively impacted the ability to provide social emotional learning in a manner that is culturally responsive.”

Ridgefield School District proudly congratulates the following staff members:

Back Row (L-R):  Karen Bachle, Megan Suarez, Marianne Mack, Amber Lutes, Monica Deshazer, David Payette, Teresa Vance, Tiffany Quast, Kayla Mitchell, Brooke Bray, Jamie Heim.

Front row (L-R):  Lacey Jones and Laura Gutierrez.

Not pictured:  Andrea McCain, Elena Kuzmenko, Brittany Rodin

Meaningful Movies

January’s Meaningful Movie is ‘Higher Education – the New Global Economic War’. It’s this Wednesday, January 23, at the Old Liberty Theater, 115 North Main Avenue, in downtown Ridgefield. Lobby opens at 6:30 for conversation and refreshments. Previews start at 6:45 and the film begins at 7:00.

WSU professors Sue Peabody and Desiree Hellegers will moderate the discussion after the movie. It’s all free, but donations are gladly accepted.

This film asks the questions: who really benefits from this heightened competition? Just how much debt should students take on? What is the real price for our society?

Come find out how we got here and discuss solutions to change the system.

Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce

This month’s Chamber of Commerce meeting on Wednesday, January 30 from 11:30 to 1:00 will feature Seanette Corkill and Anne Marie Luthro, owners of Frontdoor Back. This month the meeting will be at the Sportsman’s Restaurant, 121 North Main Avenue.

They each have 20+ years experience in retail, design, research, marketing, & sales, working independently and together for independent, regional, national and international clients. Knowing the bigger picture of retail trends and shopper behavior gives their organization, Frontdoor Back, a competitive edge. Their skills and personalities complement each other for lively, fun & educational presentations.

Purchase lunch at ridgefieldchamberofcommerce.com/events. Member Fee: $15 (includes lunch & networking). Non-Member Fee: $20 (includes lunch & networking) or $5 if lunch is not requested.

Apply for membership and sponsorship packages at RidgefieldChamberofCommerce.com

$75 *

Every month the Friends of the Library put together a basket of items to auction off as a fund raiser for the new library. This month’s basket includes the following:

Pink and Green Elephant Kit, Happy Sunflower Bookmark Kit, Magic Fix Tool, Knitting Clips, Crochet Stitch Markers, Shawl Pin, Sweet Treat, Mini Charm Hooks, Powered Scissors, Darcy Dog Key Ring Kit, Sock Darning Egg, Measuring Tape, Gourmet Microwave Popcorn, Raccoon Key Ring Kit, and an idea book from Rosie O’Donnell.

* Why $75? I took the amount of money still needed to build the new library, divided by the number of people in the 98642 area code, and it came out to an even $75.

 It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible.

If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. There are other levels of giving also. Each major donor will received recognition on a display at the new library. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.


Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center Set for January 22

Main Street Program

The Main Street Program meets Thursday, January 17, 2019, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am at the Sportsman’s Restaurant located at 121 N. Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield.

The start of the new year means new plans and projects.

We’ll hear updates from the following community organizations:

Ridgefield Raptors Baseball

Friends of the Library

Ridgefield School District

Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce

Ridgefield Art Association

Camas Downtown Association

and a few more…

Complimentary coffee and tea will be served. Breakfast is available on request.

Sportsman’s Has New Owners

Did you know the Sportsman’s has new owners? Michael Schnidrig  and Norene Kuhn took over November 1, and already people are commenting on the new menu and upgrades that are being made.

I talked with Michael last week and I’d like to share with you some of the things he told me.

Michael started as a dishwasher when he was 15 years old, working up to cook. He’s worked in so many restaurants throughout the Portland/Vancouver area that it boggled my mind, holding every job from cook,  to chef, to general manager.

He’s a hands-on owner, and he believes in good service, good food quickly and cleanliness. His wait staff wears all black and have been trained in their jobs. Alterations are being made to enlarge the kitchen and move the dish washing space to make service faster. Eventually the large room will have more sound proofing to separate it from the bar and control the noise level.

Starting Saturday the restaurant will offer craft cocktails from 5 to 8:00 pm, with a Master Mixologist on hand.

Best of all, Michael and Norene plan to continue being a gathering place for Ridgefield.

If you haven’t eaten at the Sportsman’s in the last couple of months give it a try – you’ll be very pleasantly surprised.



The Pink Patch Project

Police Departments across the country participate in the national Pink Patch Project, raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness through the Pink Lemonade Project. Each group has a pink patch designed for their shirts and they wear the shirts during October.

This year the Ridgefield Police Department had patches made and the Police Officers Association paid to buy shirts to hold the patches so they wouldn’t have to remove that patches on their uniform shirts. They bought 100 patches as a test, and sold the ones that weren’t used by the officers. The group that sold the most patches were the folks at Todd’s Corner Marketplace. Thanks gang!

Each year a new patch will be designed so they will become collectibles.

Representatives from the Police Department presented a check for about $770 to the Director of the Pink Lemonade Project, Meaghann Ande.



Donations Needed

Citizens for Ridgefield Schools are currently looking for donations for the silent and live auctions for their 2019 Annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction on Saturday, January 20.

Donating to the auction is a great way to support our schools and as a bonus get your name and or business name out there. (not to mention a tax write off).  Auction items do not need to come from only businesses.  Maybe you are a great baker and would donate desserts for a year (one dessert each month to the winning bidder). Maybe you are season ticket holder to the Seahawks, the Ballet, Theater etc you could donate tickets to an event.  Maybe you have a cabin on the beach and want to donate it for a weekend.

Lots of creative ways to donate and support!

We appreciate your consideration please email Erika at owner@ridgefieldministorage.com or or call 206-819-9119 with any questions or donations.  Thank you again for your support!

Community Forum Set for Thursday, January 17

Thought for the Week

“He’s My Brother”

I’ve been reading Jordan B. Peterson’s book, ’12 Rules for Life, an Antidote for Chaos,’ and Rule 5 is “Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.” As he says,

  “You might ask, ‘Limit the rules to what, exactly?” Here are some suggestions.

Do not bite, kick or hit, except in self-defense.

Do not torture and bully other children, so you don’t end up in jail.

Eat in a civilized and thankful manner, so that people are happy to have you at their house, and pleased to feed you.

Learn to share, so other kids will play with you.

Pay attention when spoken to by adults, so they don’t hate you and might therefore deign to teach you something.

Go to sleep properly, and peaceably, so that your parents can have a private life and not resent your existence.

Take care of your belongings, because you need to learn how and because you’re lucky to have them.

Be good company when something fun is happening, so that you’re invited for the fun.

Act so that other people are happy you’re around, so that people will want you around.

A child who knows these rules will be welcome everywhere.”

Spudder Alumni Luncheon Set for January 25

The Ridgefield School District is pleased to extend an invitation to all Ridgefield High School graduates to attend the annual Superintendent’s Spudder Alumni Luncheon on Friday, January 25.

Come and have lunch with fellow Spudders at the new Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center (RACC) located at 510 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield.  Welcome is at 11:30 am, and lunch is at 12:00 noon.

A tour of the RACC building (the former View Ridge Middle School, newly-repurposed) is scheduled after the luncheon.

To RSVP for the event, please call Bonnie Harris at 360-619-1302 or send an email to bonnie.harris@ridgefieldsd.org by Friday, January 18.

Ridgefield School District welcomes all Spudder alumni to this event.  Please join us!

North County Rotary club introduces “Rotary Book Nook” program

With a mission to promote literacy in neighborhoods around the west side of North Clark County, the Rotary Club of Three Creeks has installed its very first Rotary Book Nook.

In partnership with Friends of the Ridgefield Library, club president Nelson Holmberg worked with Friends member Tevis Laspa to install a Book Nook at Lark Park at the corner of Lark Drive and Heron Drive in Ridgefield.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity we’ve had to put this program together,” Holmberg said. “The Rotary Club of Three Creeks purchased two of these small libraries at fundraising events to benefit the Ridgefield library and to place the first one in Ridgefield is absolutely appropriate.”

Books have been purchased by the club to stock the Book Nook and, going forward, speakers at regular meetings of the club will sign books to be placed in the small neighborhood libraries with inspirational messages for readers.

“It’s really about providing access and visibility to the value of literacy and accessibility to reading,” Holmberg said. “Basic education and literacy is an official area of focus as designated by Rotary International, and this is just one small way our club can make a difference while honoring that area of focus.”

The new Lark Park library has birds hand painted on it, which makes it a good fit in the city that not only honors the presence of birds at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, but also plays nicely with the location at Lark & Heron Drives.

Titles in these Book Nooks are free and Rotary Club of Three Creeks hopes that visitors will “take a book and leave a book”. While the club sponsors and maintains the Book Nooks – including stocking the inventory – it is known that sharing of books by the users means the club doesn’t have to keep purchasing books to share.

“We believe this is a great service to the communities we love so much,” Holmberg said.


The Rotary Club of Three Creeks recently celebrated its second anniversary and serves the Hazel Dell, Felida, Salmon Creek and Ridgefield areas of North Clark County. Since chartering in October 2016, the club of 32 members has completed more than two dozen service projects. More information about the club can be found on its website (www.rotaryofthreecreeks.com), or Facebook (www.facebook.com/rotaryofthreecreeks).