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Ridgefield Library Offers Tween/Teen Dungeons & Dragons Program

This program takes place every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 pm at the library. We play a variety of game systems from Dungeons & Dragons to Pathfinder to Call of Cthulu to GURPS. This is an established, enthusiastic, fun group. New players are welcome!

Plus, the Ridgefield Library has a collection of 3.5 edition Dungeons & Dragon rule books and Pathfinder rule books in the reference collection. You’re invited to grab some friends and run your own games!

The Ridgefield Community Library is at 210 N. Main Avenue.

Oooooops!

My face is VERY red! The Fine and Dandy Fabric Sale benefitting the library is MARCH 23, not February 23 as annnounced. Same time – 10 am to 2 pm.

$75

Also, Sunday is the Thank You Reception for the Board of the Community Center, honoring the people who donated the building to the Fort Vancouver Regional library so the Ridgefield Library could expand. It’s from 3 to 5 pm in the Community Room. Hope to see you there!

Reception is Sunday

Reminder – the reception honoring the Ridgefield Community Center Association (RCCA) Board for their recent donation of the building and land to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library is Sunday, February 24, from 3 to 5 pm in the small room at the Ridgefield Community Center.

All children who attend will receive a free book, compliments of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

PE Showcase 2019 Set for February 28

Ever wonder what activities Ridgefield students participate in when they are in PE class?  Come to “PE Showcase 2019” on Thursday afternoon, February 28th and get a preview of the district’s PE curriculum while getting a workout at the same time!

Participate in lots of fun games with a chance to win prizes.  This is a free, family-friendly community event with activities for all ages.  Athletic wear is highly recommended.

The district’s Physical Education Department is hosting the event as part of the “Shape Up Across Washington” program, whose goal is to encourage daily physical activity and a healthy lifestyle for elementary and middle school students.  Participation is highly encouraged.

Doors open at 5:30 pm at View Ridge Middle School Gym (The Nest).  Activities include fitness challenges that test endurance, strength and flexibility.  Learn yoga, play spikeball, badminton and pickleball games.  In addition, learn about drug prevention for teens in a session offered by a Drug Prevention Specialist from ESD 112.

The showcase wraps up at 7:15 pm with a raffle drawing for prizes.  Enter to win Timbers tickets, a spikeball set, gift cards, and much more!

A Longtime Teacher’s Classroom Legacy

Karen Stolberg was happy to visit Union Ridge Elementary for Take Your Parent to School Day.  And she has an interesting connection to her granddaughter’s second grade teacher, Sara Eastham.  Stolberg was actually Eastham’s teacher when she was in elementary school.

Eastham, a Ridgefield native, said, “Ms. Stolberg—she was Anderson then— was my third-grade teacher at South Ridge.”

Stolberg smiled.  “I can tell you she was a really good student.”

“But I was really, really, really shy!” Eastham laughed.

Stolberg taught in the Ridgefield School District for 34 years; Eastham was one of many students.  But Eastham was in one of Stolberg’s first classes as a teacher, so she remembers it well.  Stolberg is glad to spend time with her former student and thrilled that Eastham became a teacher too.  “We’ve stayed in touch all these years,” she said.  “I’m so proud of her!”

Sara Eastham and Karen Stolberg

Eastham remembered going to visit Stolberg’s home.  “I would take groups of four or five students home with me as a reward—with their parents’ permission of course.  We couldn’t take students home with us now!” Stolberg laughed.  When Eastham became a teacher herself, she created a similar reward activity she calls Secret Lunch, where students can have lunch with her in the classroom instead of the cafeteria.

Interestingly, Stolberg’s granddaughter is not the first member of her family to have Eastham as a teacher.  Eastham also taught Stolberg’s son, Nick, when he was in elementary school.  The connection between the two families is a surprising and wonderful legacy in the school district.

As Stolberg and Eastham reminisced about their connection over the years, Stolberg’s granddaughter gazed up at them.  Who knows?  With such great inspiration, maybe someday she will decide to be a teacher too.

Karen Stolberg visits her granddaughter during Take Your Parent to School Day.

Main Street Program

The Ridgefield Main Street program will be Thursday, February 21, 2019, 8:30 am to 9:30 am at the Sportsman’s Restaurant located at 121 N. Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield.

 Chief John Brooks of the Ridgefield Police Department, and John Babcock, former Commissioner, Clark County Fire and Rescue, will speak about disaster preparedness.

There will be updates and announcements. Complimentary coffee and tea will be served and breakfast is available on request.

Come and bring a friend to learn more about the Main Street Program.

 

Take Your Parent to School Day

Ridgefield School District held its third annual Take Your Parent to School Day in January.  Students at all area schools had the opportunity to bring their parents with them for a partial or full day of class.  Parents were active participants in the classes, and for many of them, what they saw was very different than what they experienced as kids in school.

At South Ridge Elementary, Principal Jill Neyenhouse met with parents to explain how problem-solving and critical thinking are now interwoven into the elementary school curriculum.  Parents worked together in groups to solve “alphabet equations” like There are 26 L in the A (26 Letters in the Alphabet) and “perplexers” (complex riddles).

In Sara Eastham’s second grade class at Union Ridge Elementary, students demonstrated how they made notes as they read books.  They showed parents and grandparents books full of sticky notes, marking pages that had words they didn’t know, important plot points, and more.  The process helps them read carefully and critically.

Ruby Wheelon shows her mother, Audrey, the book she is reading in Sara Eastham’s class.

At View Ridge Middle School, David Jacobson’s history class brought parents and students into a “four corners discussion”.  A statement is read about the topic they have been studying.  Each corner of the room has a sign:  Agree, Somewhat Agree, Disagree, or Somewhat Disagree.  Everyone chooses a position, then an active discussion begins, with students engaging with others and defending their thoughts on the topic.

At every grade level, parents were excited to experience firsthand the classrooms where their children learn every day.  Parent Heliodoro Garcia has one son in high school, one in elementary school, and one toddler.  He was at South Ridge Elementary School with his middle son, Mateo.  “With my older son, I used to come to school only to play soccer with kids in the field.  Now it’s good to have a time to come to the school and have lunch with him, see his class.”

Heliodoro Garcia with son, Mateo, at South Ridge Elementary.

Parent and teacher Audrey Scott enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the event at View Ridge Middle School.  “As a middle school parent and a kindergarten teacher in the Ridgefield School District, I have often wondered what the classroom environment is like at the middle school level,” she said.  “I attended Mrs. Allen’s literacy class and thoroughly enjoyed the thought-provoking text, meaningful discussion and the overall warmth and thoughtfulness of her classroom.”

Participation in Take Your Parent to School Day was higher than expected; parents welcomed the opportunity to see students and teachers in action.  While there is only one Take Your Parent to School Day this year, parents are always welcome as volunteers in the schools.  Background checks are required, and forms can be obtained at the school office.

Thought for the Week

“These are the things I prize and hold of dearest worth:

light of the sapphire skies, peace of the silent hills,

shelter of the forests, comfort of the grass,

music of birds, murmur of little rills,

shadows of cloud that swiftly pass,

and, after showers, the smell of flowers

and of the good brown earth, –

and, best of all, along the way, friendship and mirth.”

Henry Van Dyke, God of the Open Air

Sign up for Lion’s Club Casino Night at ilani

The Lion’s Club Casino Night is Saturday, February 23, 7-10pm at the ilani Casino, in the Cowlitz Ballroom. Invite friends, neighbors, new members to the community. This will be a very fun night with small bites prepared by the ilani kitchen. Entry is $20 and includes 2 drink tickets, $200 in play money and eligibility to win prizes. 

Anyone that RSVP’s to sandyschill33@gmail.com or theduckmom@gmail.com will receive an extra raffle ticket for one of many prizes such as Raptor tickets, Family Season tickets for all Spudder games, $50 cash to be spent in Downtown AND throw a pie in Mayor Don Stose’s face on the 4th of July!, and more. 

Call today to reserve your spot.

Musicians Needed

Good afternoon Ridgefield community, 

 The RHS Performing Arts Department is currently preparing for “Chicago”, our annual spring musical production.  Kaitlyn Etter (RHS Theater) and I are in search of instrumentalists in the Ridgefiled School District and Ridgefield community to volunteer their time and talent to serve as musicians for the pit orchestra.  

As is the precedent, we always offer the opportunity to RHS students first.  Currently, most spots are occupied by student-musicians.  Due to the large breadth and depth of the instrumentation required for the production, we are seeking adult volunteer musicians to play the following instruments:  

 – Soprano Saxophone 

– Alto Saxophone 

– Trombone (First and Second Parts – Two musicians required) 

– Banjo 

– Piano 

 If you are interested or know of someone who would be interested in volunteering for the show, please let us know at your earliest convenience.  

Thank you!

 Charlie Greggerson   / Kaitlyn Etter 

RHS Band Director   / RHS Theater Director 

charlie.greggerson@ridgefieldsd.org  /  kaitlyn.etter@ridgefieldsd.org

Ridgefield School Board to Review Resolution for Ballot Measure to Renew Levy Funding

On Tuesday, February 19, Ridgefield School District’s board members will review a resolution to place before voters a ballot measure to renew levy funding for the Ridgefield School District.  The Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy the Board will consider replaces the levy currently in place, which expires at the end of 2019.

The current levy is funded by a tax rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value, which is limited by law.  Although the district can project a levy rate based on estimated assessed value, levy rates cannot exceed this limit.  With voter approval, levy funding will be renewed at this same current rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value for calendar years 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The district uses levy funds to pay for expenses in excess of state funding such as professional development for teachers, curriculum, technology, classroom support (additional teachers and teacher assistants), extra-curricular activities (athletics), community education, and early childhood education activities.

“The operations levy is vital to the successful operation of the district,” said Superintendent Nathan McCann.  “Renewal of levy funding ensures that we can continue to deliver the comprehensive, high-quality education expected by our students and families.”

To view the agenda for the school board meeting, click here.

Tom McCarthy

I’m sad to report that Tom McCarthy died February 11. Owner of Volcano Garden Art and a well-known beekeeper, Tom was past Commander of Ridgefield American Legion Post 44 and member of the Clark County Bee Keepers Association. He is survived by his wife Sherry McCarthy, sister Roxanne Borean and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services for Tom will be held Sunday, February 17 at 2 pm at the Ridgefield Veterans Memorial in downtown Ridgefield next to the Fire Station, followed by a Celebration of Life and Potluck at the Community Room in the Ridgefield Library (formerly Ridgefield Community Center.)

Watercolor Classes Start February 26

Tired of the grey weather? Come and create beautiful watercolor paintings with a congenial group of artists. My next series of six classes starts Tuesday, February 26, and is geared toward beginner and intermediate artists. Even if you’ve never painted before, this class provides a very positive learning experience, and not only that it’s fun! Each class starts with a short lesson, and then you’ll paint the picture(s) of your choice. 

Class is held in my bright and cheery home studio in downtown Ridgefield.

You have the choice of a morning class, 9 to 11 am, or an afternoon class, 1 to 3 pm. Cost is $60 plus a material cost for first time students of $35. That pays for a palette loaded with paint and one brush, so you can paint at home if you want to. 

All other materials are provided.

Sign up now, 360-887-2160, or kathywinters179@gmail.com. Registration closes Sunday, February 24 because I need to buy palettes on Monday.

Reception for Board of the Community Center

You are invited to a reception honoring the Ridgefield Community Center Association (RCCA) Board for their recent donation of the building and land to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library’s (FVRL) planned expansion of the Ridgefield library. The Recognition Reception is Sunday, February 24, from 3 to 5 pm in the small room at the Ridgefield Community Center.

The RCCA teamed up with the Ridgefield library in 1994 when the library wanted to expand from the Priscilla Club building to their current location. The FVRL District worked hand in hand with the RCCA to plan and apply for grants to facilitate that building project. After operating the Community Center (the heart of Ridgefield) for 25 years, the RCCA Board felt it was time to allow the library to grow once again, especially since Ridgefield’s population has grown remarkably, and there are now many venues available for groups of many sizes.

The Friends of Ridgefield Community Library feel that the RCCA Board deserves recognition for their efforts in creating community and library space. Without them, the heart of Ridgefield would not beat so strongly.

Please join us in celebrating a group that worked tirelessly to benefit our community.

Jeanne Androvich, President of the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library