Superintendent’s Spudder Alumni Luncheon Set for January 26

The Ridgefield School District is pleased to extend an invitation to all Ridgefield High School graduates to join us for the annual Superintendent’s Spudder Alumni Luncheon on Friday, January 26.

Come and have lunch with fellow Spudders at 12 noon at the RHS Commons.  Construction managers will be on hand after lunch to provide updates on the various projects in the district’s 2017 Bond Program and answer any questions you may have.

In addition, walking tours of the Grades 5-8 school complex construction site will be offered after the luncheon.  Participants will be given hard hats and safety vests to wear and be briefed on safety guidelines before the tour begins.

Navigating through the construction site can be a bit challenging, so it is recommended that tour participants be able to walk on their own.  Pre-registration for the walking tour is required, and shuttle transportation will be provided to the site.

To RSVP for the alumni luncheon and/or to pre-register for the walking tour, please contact Bonnie Harris at 360-619-1302 or by email at bonnie.harris@ridgefieldsd.org by Friday, January 19th.

Make it 2 M

The auction items to benefit the library have changed. We are now auctioning off a set of Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates as they seemed more fitting for the season. Some of them are in the display case in the lobby of the library, but there are at least 7-8 more. They will be sold as a group to the highest bidder, and would make a real conversation grouping in your home.

The plates are from the 60’s and 70’s and have holes in the back rim so they can be mounted on a wall. Each is named and signed on the back. The 2017 Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate is for sale on the Internet for $192, but I don’t believe these are that valuable. We might be amenable to a reasonable offer if you would like to purchase the lot in time for Christmas.

Boundary + Start Time Committee Schedules First Parent/Community Forum

The Boundary + Start Time Committee will hold its first Parent/Community Forum on Monday, January 22, 2017 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Ridgefield High School Commons.

Parents and community members are invited to learn about the committee’s work in exploring possible adjustments to elementary school boundaries and school start times in preparation for continued growth and the opening of new schools in Fall 2018.

This will be the first of two community forums scheduled by the committee.

In September, parents and staff participated in a district survey regarding school attendance and boundaries.  The results of the survey helped provide the committee with valuable feedback in its work.

For survey results, meeting minutes, and more information, visit the Boundary + Start Time Committee’s webpage on the district website at http://www.ridgefieldsd.org/boundary-start-time-committee .

 

Ridgefield School District Honors December Employee and Students of the Month

On December 12, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the December Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Kathryn James, science teacher at View Ridge Middle School.  Kathryn “Katie” James is deserving of this honor for her unwavering belief in all of her students’ capacities to learn.  Katie’s daily work with students of all skill levels and her productive collaboration with her fellow staff is what truly distinguishes her for this recognition.

Katie James

At the beginning of the school year, Katie discovered class rosters with significant loads of struggling students.  Many teachers would have resisted the challenge to resolve the situation, but Katie, though a big overwhelmed, collaborated with the principal, a Special Education teacher and a paraprofessional to brainstorm and implement the solutions required to help improve the learning experience of these students.  Her determination provided the students with the opportunity to learn at the high levels at which she was confident they could achieve.

In addition, Katie supports her fellow teachers in a variety of ways.  As a member of the middle school’s science team, Katie has led exemplary work in reviewing common assessment data to guide instructional planning.  In addition, she created a poster explaining the school’s new grading system; developed a peer evaluation form for staff to use in the school’s Passion Project Excel course; serves as advisor for the National Honor Society; and serves as safety team representative.

For all that she does for View Ridge Middle School, it is with pride that we congratulate Katie James as December’s Employee of the Month.

Students of the Month

Kinnley Veitenheimer, a first grader, is December’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  Kinnley is a positive young lady who demonstrates helpfulness in class and beyond.  She recently donated a walking stick to her classroom so that other students could enjoy observing how this insect thrives.  She is kind, thoughtful and respectful, and by eagerly following directions, demonstrates responsibility as well.  South Ridge Elementary proudly recognizes Kinnley Veitenheimer as its December Student of the Month.

Kinnley Veitenheimer

Ava Gillett, a fourth grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  Ava takes ownership of her learning by challenging herself on class assignments and emailing her teachers about her school work even when she is away from school.  She’s thoughtful, kind, respectful, and takes care of things without being asked to do so.  She also cares about safety in school and in the classroom.  Ava is an exemplary role model for all students at Union Ridge Elementary School.  It is proud to name Ava Gillett as its Student of the Month for December.

Ava Gillett

Uruwa Abe, a seventh grader, was selected from View Ridge Middle School.  Uruwa is a hard-working student and always completes high-quality work.  In class, she asks great questions and leads by example.  Uruwa is also an amazing team player, demonstrating leadership among her peers as she facilitates group activities.  View Ridge Middle School is pleased to recognize Uruwa Abe for Student of the Month honors for December.

Uruwa Abe

Kyera Jones, a freshman, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  Kyera has been nominated three times this school year for this honor.  Her teachers describe her as a model student—dedicated, studious, and focused, with an amazing work ethic.  They also describe her as helpful, polite and respectful, adding that she works well in group settings, and contributes good ideas in class discussions.  Kyera is an excellent representative of the outstanding students at RHS.  It is without question that Kyera Jones is worthy of December Student of the Month honors for Ridgefield High School.

Kyera Jones

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.

Thought for the Week

Time is:

   Too slow for those who wait

Too swift for those who fear,

Too long for those who grieve,

Too short for those who rejoice,

But for those who love,

time is not.

~ Henry Van Dyke

 

Mural at Ridgefield Floral

Ridgefield Floral has a new mural that really brightens up the entrance into town.  The artist is Kassi Summers and she is also a designer at the shop. Isn’t it great when shop owners decide to make our town more beautiful?

Be a Secret Santa

There is a Secret Santa Tree set up in Seasons Coffee Shop, next to the Tteater. The tree is to help make Christmas special for the residents of the Ridgefield Assisted Living facility at the bottom of Pioneer Avenue.

Please stop by and pick a gift tag off the tree. Pick up a gift (or two or three) for one of the residents (or more). Their wants and needs aren’t great. Once you have purchased your gift, please return your UNWRAPPED gifts, with the tag attached, back to Seasons Coffee Shop. There isn’t much time, as all gifts must be received by December 19th. Thank you in advance for giving back to our little town we love!

USPS CELEBRATING POLLINATORS

 

This sheet of postage stamps was recently released by the USPS.  If celebrates the beauty of both flowers and their insect pollinators. The twenty sheet stamp has Monarch butterflies on 12 stamps and honey bees on the other 8.  The choice of these two insects is appropriate because both insects are in decline.  Many other insect populations are in decline also.  Because of the lack of insects some bird populations, which are dependent on insects, are down too . Each stamp states:  “protect pollinators”    Providing forage for pollinating insects free of pesticides can  help.  In the past two years I’ve given away a few hundred seed packets and plants of narrow leafed milkweed.  These milkweeds provide food for Monarch caterpillars and the flowers of milkweeds are great for many pollinating insects.  Next spring I should have another batch of plants to give away.  People with milkweed plants that grew and flowered should find they will  do even  better next year.  The Ridgefield Post Office is sold out of these pretty stamps but have more ordered.

 

Singing Christmas Tree

Make your plans now to attend one of the performances of this year’s Singing Christmas Tree.  On this special fortieth anniversary, we will celebrate the decades of this popular event, including some of our
favorite songs from past performances.  Performances are scheduled for 6:30 PM on December 8, 10, 12, 15 & 17, and for 10:30 AM on December 17.  There is no cost for admission, but we encourage you to arrive early, as seats fill up quickly.  For more information, call the church office at 360.887.3576.

Wreath Placing at Northwood Park

Northwood Park is participating in Wreaths Across America on December 16, 2017 at 9:00.
We will be having a short ceremony before placing the Memorial Wreaths on the veterans graves.
We would like to thank Boy Scout Troop #14 for their participation and making sure we have enough wreaths.

Ridgefield Arts Experience is seeking authors of children’s books

Ridgefield Arts Experience is seeking the use of a story written by a local author for an integrated youth arts experience including a performance of the story. The experience will be March 22, 2018, and the author will have the opportunity to be present during the production, including a book signing.

Ridgefield Arts Experience is a collaborative production which integrates musical, literary and visual arts for school age participants. The experience is open to elementary and middle school students who have the opportunity to make costumes and scenery, compose and perform music, and enact the chosen story.

Please send a resume and examples of your work to Barbara AW Wright bawwrightseta@hotmail.com by December 15.

Christmas Card Workshop

I will again offer a Christmas Card Workshop to benefit the library building fund. This year it will be held in my home studio, 114 North 4th Avenue, right in downtown Ridgefield.

In order to accommodate people who work during the week there will be two choices of time: Saturday, December 9, from 1-3 pm, and Tuesday, December 12 from 9 am to noon.

Surprise your friends with a hand painted Christmas card! We’ll have lots of creative ideas, or bring your own reference materials. All supplies provided.

Cost is $45. Class size is limited, so call today to register, 360-887-2160.

Public Invited to Review Curriculum Materials for Proposed Adoption

Ridgefield School District is proposing to adopt foreign language curriculum materials for Grades 9-12.  The curriculum program, “T’es branche?” (copyright 2014) is published by EMC Publishing LLC and will be used to teach French at Ridgefield High School.

The curriculum materials support the district’s objectives and are aligned with Washington state guidelines.  Over the past few months, they were extensively reviewed by teacher groups and adoption committees in the district.

The materials will be available for public review from Wednesday, December 6 through Friday, December 15 at the Ridgefield School District Office, 2724 S. Hillhurst Road, Ridgefield, Washington, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Thought for the Week

“A Woman”

This is written in the Hebrew Talmud, whee all the sayings and preachings of Rabbis are conserved over time.

It says” Be very careful if you make a woman cry, because God counts her tears. The woman came out of a man’s rib. Not from the feet to be walked on. Not from the head to be superior, but from the side to be equal. Under the arm to be protected, and next to the heart to be loved,

 

Tree Lighting

Thanks to Paul Snoey, who took took the following pictures.

I was amazed at how many people were downtown all day, enjoying our Hometown Celebration, since the weather was very rainy. Happily it had stopped raining by 4:30, so the folks who participated in the tree lighting ceremony didn’t get wet.

Thanks to all the volunteers who made the day a success, and especially to Dance Fusion NW, whose performers danced on very wet and cold concrete. They are real troupers.