Ridgefield School District’s Early Learning Center Takes Shape

It’s been a busy summer at the Ridgefield Administrative Civic Center (RACC)!

Construction crews are renovating former middle school classrooms there for the district’s very first Early Learning Center (ELC), which is scheduled to open on Wednesday, August 28th — the first day of classes in the Ridgefield School District.

The Early Learning Center will provide full and half-day opportunities for children ages 3-5 and before/after school care for students through fourth grade.

Here are photos showing current construction progress this week in the various classrooms.  Plumbing and electrical work is in progress, new walls are up, and painting is underway.  Carpeting has just been installed, and furniture continues to arrive.

Application packets to enroll students are available by visiting the Early Learning Center webpage at https://www.ridgefieldsd.org/o/district/page/early-learning-center-preschool-child-care.  For more information, contact the Early Learning Center via email at elc@ridgefieldsd.org.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Early Learning Center is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10th at 5:00 pm at the start of the district’s regular school board meeting at the RACC.  All are welcome to attend.

Local Clinics Offer Free and Low-Cost Back to School Immunizations

Get students ready for the school year!  The following local clinics are currently offering free and low-cost Back-to-School immunizations:

Register Today to Participate in Corn Hole Tournament at Experience Ridgefield

Ridgefield Community Education is organizing its first-ever Corn Hole Tournament at 11:00 am at Experience Ridgefield on Sept 14th.  Registration is now open!  Teams can sign up for Youth or Adult divisions.  Register today at https://ridge.revtrak.net (see Events).

Registration Now Open for Ridgefield’s First Annual One Pitch Co-Ed Softball Tournament

Ridgefield Community Education is holding its first annual One Pitch Co-Ed Softball Tournament on Saturday, August 24th 8:30 am at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex (RORC).

Rally your family and friends!  Create a team and enter today.  Teams consist of 10-14 players (ages 15+).  To register, complete the Tournament Registration Form and submit it to Community Education at the District Office, 510 Pioneer Street.  Team fee ($150) can be paid by visiting https://ridge.revtrak.net (under Programs, click on Community Education, then click on Adult Sports).

Complete rules will be emailed to registered teams prior to the tournament.  For more information, check out the Ridgefield Adult Softball Facebook page.  Questions?  Email terri.cochran@ridgefieldsd.org.

Registration is limited to the first 12 teams.  Sign up today!

Ridgefield Community Ed Offers Sports Summer Camps in August

Starting next week, Ridgefield Community Education is offering the following youth sports summer camps for soccer and lacrosse.  Spaces are still available.  Register today at https://ridge.revtrak.net.

 

 

 

Barnaby Gloger Named Assistant Principal at Ridgefield High School

The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors approved the appointment of Barnaby Gloger as Assistant Principal at Ridgefield High School during their regular board meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2019.  Gloger and the high school’s current Assistant Principal, Allen Andringa, will be working together in the same capacity.

Gloger, originally from Connecticut, comes to Ridgefield from the Carpinteria Unified School District near Santa Barbara, California, where he served as Principal of the Alternative Schools and Administrator of Pupil Services, overseeing the district’s alternative high schools and alternative elementary school.  Prior to that, he was Assistant Principal at Carpinteria High School for five years.  As Student Services Coordinator, Gloger did counseling and administration work at Concord High School and Oak Grove Middle School in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District in the California Bay area.  He also did social work at schools and at youth residential facilities.

“I am really looking forward to joining the Ridgefield High School staff, the district and community, to work together to support all students to achieve their best, in and out of the classroom,” said Gloger.  “My family and I are excited to be in the Pacific Northwest and look forward to all the adventures ahead.”

Gloger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and a Master’s degree in Social Work from San Jose State University with an emphasis in school social work and counseling.   He received his Administrative Certificate from California State University, East Bay.

“We are excited to welcome Barnaby to the Ridgefield team,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, the district’s superintendent.  “His background, which includes extensive counseling and administrative experience, make him an ideal addition to an already strong leadership team at Ridgefield High School.”

Gloger and his family live in SE Portland, where their family and friends reside.  His wife, Rachel, grew up in southern Oregon and attended Seattle Pacific University.  They have three children–Ruby, 13, Kai, 11, and Iris, 9.

In their leisure time, the Glogers enjoy the outdoors (camping, hiking, biking, water sports and winter sports) and look forward to traveling around the Pacific Northwest.

Summer Updates from the Ridgefield Family Resource Center

 

Summer Hours

Just a reminder that the Ridgefield Family Resource Center is open during the following hours during the summer:

Mondays:  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Wednesdays:  11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursdays:  1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment outside of the RFRC’s open hours, please contact Chris Poppert at 360-619-1412 or via email at christine.poppert@ridgefieldsd.org.

Help from the Food Pantry

We understand that having students at home in the summer puts a strain on the family food budget.   Did you know that we provide brown bag lunches on Wednesdays at 11:00 am?  Come visit our food pantry.  Grab a lunch and check out all the other resources we have to offer.

Back2School Bash Coming Up

Mark your calendar for the Back2School Bash:  Saturday, August 24th (9:00 am to noon) at the Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene.  This is a FREE event offering free school supplies, backpacks, haircuts, clothing for the family, snacks and a fun kid zone.  The Family Resource Center is currently accepting donations of school supplies as well.

 

Register Soon for 2019-20 School Bus Transportation

Thank you to all the families who have already registered their students for school bus transportation for the coming school year!

Students who plan to use school bus transportation in 2019-20 must register on the KWRL Transportation Portal.  This is required even for students who have been riding the bus in previous years.  Registration will:

  • validate home addresses;
  • allow parents to provide alternative pick-up or drop-off locations; and
  • ensure that students acknowledge and adhere to KWRL school bus rules

To register, please visit the KWRL Transportation Portal at https://portal.kwrl.org/parent/registration.  Parents can sign in using their Skyward username and password.  Parents who do not remember this information can try resetting the password with the “forgot password” link.  For further assistance, call the District Office at 360-619-1309.

Alternatively, parents can also log in using their Google or Facebook Account but only if the email address they log in with is already entered in the Skyward system.

To assist families having challenges with registering on the portal, the Ridgefield School District will be hosting a registration event on Monday, July 15, 4-7 pm at the Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center (RACC), 510 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield.  District computers will be available, and office staff from KWRL and the District Office will be on hand to assist in completing registrations and answering questions.

Note:  Parents or guardians of incoming kindergarten students and students new to the district who have already enrolled with the district but do not yet have their Skyward credentials are encouraged to attend this event to get their student(s) registered for school bus transportation.

School bus registration does not guarantee transportation.  All registrations will be reviewed and are subject to district approval.

New bus routes will be released to the KWRL website at www.kwrl.org approximately two weeks prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year.  If you have any questions regarding the school bus registration process, please email the KWRL Transportation office at info@kwrl.org.

Angie Gaub Named Principal at Union Ridge Elementary School

The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors approved the appointment of Angie Gaub as Principal of Union Ridge Elementary School during their regular board meeting on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

Gaub has been an educator at Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) for 19 years.  She comes to Ridgefield from McLoughlin Middle School where she served three years as Assistant Principal.  In addition to serving as PBIS Coach for a year at Jason Lee Middle School, Gaub has 15 years’ experience teaching Grades 1-6 at Harney, Roosevelt and Eisenhower elementary schools.

Angie Gaub

“I’m excited to join the Union Ridge family,” said Gaub.  “I am passionate about education and believe if we work collaboratively focusing on the right work, we will make a positive difference in the lives of our students.”

Gaub holds a BA and Masters degree in Education from Washington State University and earned her Educational Leadership credentials from City University.

“Angie’s rich background in instructional practices, combined with her many years of elementary teaching experience are tremendous assets that will serve Union Ridge and our community well,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, the district’s superintendent.

Gaub and her husband, Jeremy, have three children and reside in Vancouver.  Their daughter, Miya, just graduated from Washington State University with a degree in teaching.  Their son, Mason, a full-time Running Start student, will be a senior at Hudson’s Bay High School, and their youngest son, Miles, will be a freshman at Columbia River High School in the International Baccalaureate program.

In their leisure time, Gaub and her family enjoy spending time with their goddaughter, Graci, and their silly pup, Luna.  “We often find new adventures and places to explore that we have never been,” said Gaub.  “Going to the movies, concerts and checking items off our bucket list are regular pastimes for our family.”

USDA Offers Free Meal Program for Children and Teens Throughout the Summer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service is committed to helping families nationwide keep their children fed while school is out for the summer.  Their Summer Food Program provides nutritious free meals for children and teens 18 and younger.

Summer meal sites are located at places such as schools, parks and community centers.  Not only do they assist communities with nutritious meals, they also provide educational activities, organized games and other supervised activities.

Click here to find sites near you:  https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

You can also call 1-866-348-6479 or text Summer Meals to 97779.

 

District Opens Second Sale of Personalized Engraved Brick Pavers

Starting this afternoon, July 3rd, Ridgefield School District will once again start accepting orders for personalized engraved brick pavers to commemorate the site of the original Ridgefield High School.  The pavers will be installed in the space at the top of the historic steps at the newly-renovated Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center (RACC) on Pioneer Street, adding to the pavers ordered in the first paver sale.

The sale is a fundraiser that is part of an ongoing project led by students in the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC) to add landscaping and recreational space around the RACC for the benefit of the Ridgefield community.

Three different sizes of pavers are available for sale:  Standard 4” x 8”, Large 8” x 8” and Multi-Display 12” x 12”.

Click HERE for information regarding paver layout information and pricing.

Click HERE for an online order form.

To place an order online:

Download the order form and save it to your computer.

Open it and fill out the form on your computer, then save the completed form.

Email the completed form to communications@ridgefieldsd.org.

To pay with a credit card, go to:  https://ridge.revtrak.net and click on Events, then follow the prompts.

To drop off or send an order by mail:

Download the order form and save it to your computer.

Open it and fill out the form on your computer, then save the completed form and print it.

Submit the form with payment (cash, check or money order) to the District Office at the RACC to the following address.  Please make checks and money orders payable to Ridgefield School District.  If mailing, please do not send cash.

Ridgefield School District

Attention:  Lisa McGhee

510 Pioneer Street

Ridgefield, WA 98642

If you prefer to fill out a paper form, these order forms will be available at the RACC front desk during regular office hours M-F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm during the paver sale.

At the Ridgefield 4th of July Parade, a table will be set up at the RACC near the paver plaza, and paper forms and paver layout information will be available for you to take home and submit later with payment at your convenience.

Paver information and the order form can also be found on the district website at www.ridgefieldsd.org.  Click on Explore – Forms – Personalized Paver project.  Orders will be accepted through August 31st, and paver installations will take place in October.

Thank you for your support in commemorating the history of Ridgefield’s original high school!

Visit the Spudder Gear Pop-Up Shop at the Ridgefield 4th of July Parade

Get some great Spudder gear and merchandise at the Ridgefield 4th of July Parade!  Visit the Ridgefield High School’s Spudder Gear Pop-Up Shop at the corner of Pioneer and Main.  Open 9 am to 6 pm.

Registration for Ridgefield Schools Available During Summer Break

Even though school offices are now closed for the summer, parents can still enroll their children in the Ridgefield School District for the upcoming 2019-20 school year during summer break.

The District Office located at the Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center (RACC), 510 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield, will be enrolling new students for all schools throughout the summer.  Parents can stop in from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday (except holidays) to pick up a registration packet and drop off the completed registration forms for their students.

The registration packet is also available on the district website and can be printed and completed ahead of time before submitting to the District Office.

For the registration packet for Grades K-12, click here:

Registration Packet Grades K-12

For the registration packet for Grades K-12 in SPANISH, click here:

Registration Packet Grades K-12 SPANISH

If you have any questions or need more information regarding school registration in the summer, please call (360) 619-1344.

Summer Camps Offered by Ridgefield Community Education

Registration is now open for two summer camps offered by Ridgefield Community Education:

  • Multi-Day Sport Camps for kids in Grades K-7.  Offered are Soccer/Basketball, Tee Ball, Flag Football, Baseball and Flag Football.  Half-day and full-day camps are available.
  • SoulShine Earth Camp for kids in Grades K-6.  A week long opportunity that includes yoga and meditation, nature walks and various arts and crafts inspired by nature and cultures from around the globe.

Register today at https://ridge.revtrak.net

 

Sale of Fireworks Benefits RHS Class of 2020