Imagine Language & Literacy Learning Tool for Grades K-6 is Live

Imagine Language & Literacy is now available to all K-6 students in the Ridgefield School District.  Your child should be able to access their account using the following link:

Imagine Learning and Literacy Log-In Instructions

If you have questions or need further support, please contact ImagineLearningHelp@ridgefieldsd.org

Satellite Food Service Drop-Off Locations Are Available to ALL Students Age 0-18

Please know that the district’s satellite food service drop-off locations implemented yesterday are available to ALL students age 0-18.  Here are the locations and times:

Route 1

Stop 1: Clark County Fire and Rescue – 911 N. 65th Avenue, 10:30 – 11:00 am

Stop 2: Mountain View Christian – 2810 NE 259th Street, 11:10 – 11:40 am

 

Route 2

Stop 1: ilani – 1 Cowlitz Way – South lot (near Cowlitz Crossing), 10:30 – 11:00 am

Stop 2: LDS Church parking lot – 21720 NE 29th Ave, 11:10 – 11:40 am

 

Route 3

Stop 1: Clark County Sheriff’s Office – 505 NW 179th Street, 10:30 – 11:00 am

Stop 2: Pioneer Vista Apartments – 16501 NE 15th Street (front of main office), 11:10–11:40 am

 

Please note, curbside meal pick-up will continue at South Ridge Elementary and Union Ridge Elementary from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm from March 16-27 and April 6-24.  Children must be present.

Don’t Return Books

Please hang on to the books you have checked out from the library until further notice. All due dates have been extended until the pandemic is under control. If you have books on hold they will be waiting for you when the library reopens.

Some of the little libraries have been closed during this challenging time since there is no way to control what they have been exposed to.

RHS Student, Grace Melbuer, Named Youth Recipient of 2020 General George C. Marshall Leadership Award

Ridgefield High School senior, Grace Melbuer, is this year’s youth recipient of this year’s General George C. Marshall Leadership Award, according to an announcement from The Historic Trust.  The Marshall Leadership Award is awarded in both the adult and youth categories and recognizes a person’s leadership potential, commitment to public service, and strength of character.   The youth award recognizes a Clark County high school senior who has demonstrated leadership, stood for social justice and motivates others to become involved.

Photo credit: The Historic Trust

Chase Smith, Game Design/Computer Science teacher at Heritage High School in the Evergreen School District is the 2020 Marshall Leadership Award adult recipient.  The adult award recognizes an up-and-coming leader in Clark County, 35 years old or younger, who has a commitment to public service.

The public Marshall Award Ceremony was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  A private luncheon will be scheduled in late spring 2020 to honor the recipients.  Congratulations!

Satellite Food Service Locations

Beginning today, Thursday March 19, Ridgefield School District will expand food service to include satellite drop-off locations.  See below for locations and times.  Please note, curbside meal pick-up will continue at South Ridge Elementary and Union Ridge Elementary from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Route 1

Stop 1: Clark County Fire and Rescue – 911 N. 65th Ave                     10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Stop 2: Mountain View Christian – 2810 NE 259th Street                      11:10 – 11:40 a.m.

 

Route 2

Stop 1: ilani – 1 Cowlitz Way – South lot (near Cowlitz Crossing)         10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Stop 2: LDS Church parking lot – 21720 NE 29th Ave                            11:10 – 11:40 a.m.

 

Route 3

Stop 1: Clark County Sheriff’s Office  – 505 NW 179th Street                 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Stop 2: Pioneer Vista Apartments (in front of the main office)                 11:10 – 11:40 a.m.

 

Update on Imagine Language & Literacy Learning Tool for K-6 Students

Ridgefield School District is excited to be able to provide the Imagine Language & Literacy learning tool to all of our K-6 students.  We are currently working with Imagine Learning to get our student accounts up and ready to use as soon as possible.  This may take a couple of days.  Please know that we will send all the information on how to log-in as soon as we have it.

March 17th Update to Families from Superintendent Nathan McCann

March 17, 2020

 

Greetings Ridgefield Families,

Here is the latest news, information, and updates.  Starting yesterday, the Ridgefield School District implemented a student meal service for all students ages 0-18 at Union Ridge and South Ridge.  On the first day, we served 41 students, and today we served 94 students.  As we see the need increasing, we will continue to look for ways to expand our service model.  Stay tuned for more information.

The District is proud to share with you today that one of our learning partners, Imagine Learning, is providing a license for all K-6 students in the District.  Imagine Learning is an online language and literacy tool, tailored to each child’s individual learning needs. More information is attached to this letter.

The District understands the educational impact that comes with a six-week school closure.  With that in mind, we are in the process of preparing practice and resource packets to help families as we all work collectively to support our children.

Many of the resources today are online, requiring computer devices and broadband connectivity. We know this presents an obstacle for some of our families.  The District has student Chromebooks scheduled for replacement after the academic year.  With schools closed, the technology department is working hard to ready these devices for distribution to students through our Ridgefield Family Resource Center. Please email Chris Poppert at christine.poppert@ridgefieldsd.org to get your name on the list if your child lacks a device. We will let you know as soon as they are available for distribution.

I encourage families in need of internet access to read the following link, highlighting Comcast’s efforts to provide Xfinity WiFi: https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/technology/comcast-free-hotspots-waives-late-fees-coronavirus/283-98060649-cad0-4893-b634-c291bc70182b

COVID-19 and the actions we are taking to fight the virus are unprecedented in my lifetime. However, tough times have a way of bringing out the best in people.  In Ridgefield, we spend a lot of time talking about the three R’s, Responsible, Respectful, Resilient.  Although the efforts the District has made to combat the virus has disrupted our daily routines, I see example after example of resiliency in action.  The District is known for our PursuingPremier hashtag.  While we pull together during this national crisis, the District will conclude social media posts with #RidgefieldResilient.  I encourage each of you to join the District and use this hashtag to share inspiring stories of resilience that you observe.

Stay healthy and thank you for your continued support of our schools and community.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Nathan McCann, Superintendent

Optional Online Resources Available for Student Learning at Home

Scholastic Learn at Home

Scholastic has put together some free resources for students that parents can access at home.  It’s on the Scholastic Learn at Home website.  This free resource provides all students with 20 days’ worth of journeys that span the content areas that will keep students academically active during school closures.  The site will be updated weekly until all 20 days of content is available.

The site supports students with approximately three hours of learning opportunities per day, including projects, articles and stories, virtual field trips, reading and geography challenges and more.  These daily learning opportunities were carefully curated by Scholastic editors to reduce the burden on teachers and families needing to create meaningful learning experiences.

The Scholastic Learn at Home website does not require a username or password and is open freely to all, on any device.  It is designed to limit the need for printing and allow students to learn independently or with their families.

This is an optional resource available to all families.  Visit www.scholastic.com/learnathome to get started.

Internet Essentials (affordable internet at home for eligible households)

Since 2011, Internet Essentials from Comcast has connected more than 8 million low-income Americans to the digital world through low-cost, high-speed Internet at home.  They partner with local communities to pass on the importance of being connected and provide low-cost Internet service, computers and free training to safely unlock its potential.

Families eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, and SSI may qualify for Internet Essentials.  If you know of a family who can benefit from this service, please share this information with them.

Learn more at:  https://www.internetessentials.com/

Beaches Restaurant Brings “Green Eggs and Ham” to Ridgefield First Graders

Since 1996, Beaches restaurant has been helping first graders answer the question, “Do you like green eggs and ham?” by letting them try the real thing.  Beaches cooks the special breakfast for thousands of students and parents across Clark County as part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day.

The special event is a longstanding tradition for Beaches.  In addition to cooking and delivering the delicious breakfast to schools, the restaurant also donates a Cat in the Hat style hat for each student.  The event started 25 years ago when one school needed help encouraging parents to get involved.  Beaches volunteered to provide breakfast, reading, prizes, and costumes.  The event has grown bigger every year, and this year, they served more than 7,000 students and parents across Clark County.

Community volunteers help serve real-life green eggs and ham to Ridgefield first graders. Photo credit: Mike Lee

Special volunteers come to South Ridge and Union Ridge Elementary Schools each year to help with the event.  The Mayor and members of City Council are there to hand out hats and help serve food.  And at each event, someone reads the Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham, to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ March birthday.

So how did the green eggs and ham go over with the students?  They were excited to get them—but a little less excited to eat them.  Just like the character in the book, they were hesitant to try the colorful eggs.  But with a little encouragement from parents and teachers, many students got brave and tried them.

The first graders were surprised to find that green eggs tasted just like regular eggs.  Soon there were rows of children wearing tall striped hats, chewing happily on a very unusual (but still familiar tasting) breakfast.  Much like the characters in the book, they learned that you have to try things first to find out whether you like them or not.   And more than one student said, “I do, I like them, Sam-I-am!”

Wearing their “Cat In the Hat” hats, students line up for delicious green eggs and ham courtesy of Beaches Restaurant. Photo credit: Mike Lee

 

The students get to listen to “Green Eggs and Ham” as part of the event. Photo credit: Mike Lee

Ridgefield Family Resource Center Will Remain Open During School Closure Period

During the school closure period, the Ridgefield Family Resource Center (RFRC) is committed to continue serving families in need.  Drop-in hours are:

Monday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wednesday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursday 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Using information from the CDC as a guide, the RFRC is implementing changes that need to be followed during drop-in hours:

  • Upon entering the RFRC, every person will be required to use to use hand sanitizer
  • Only one family at a time will be served in the pantry every 15 minutes
  • Families will only have access to food and personal hygiene items
  • There will be a limit of 2-3 bags of food based on number of family members
  • After families select items, staff will place the items into bags
  • Families will be required to exit the RFRC after being served

Families who need access to additional necessary resources should contact Christine Poppert by phone at 360-619-1412 or via email at christine.poppert@ridgefieldsd.org  to make an appointment.

Additional Resources:

Ridgefield’s First Annual Color Run Benefits Schools

Crowds of people packed Davis Park for Ridgefield’s first annual Color Run.  Hundreds of participants turned out to support the fundraiser for Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School.  A blue, orange, and white balloon arch swayed in the breeze, brightening the grey day.  As it turned out, those grey skies were the perfect backdrop for the riot of colors about to be unleashed.

Mayor Don Stose welcomed the runners to Ridgefield and introduced the pre-race color launch with a countdown.  3, 2, 1, go!  Runners and walkers cheered as they flung colored powder up high and showered each other in clouds of color.   Plumes of bright color floated in the air.  The race was off to a beautiful start.

Along the race course were stations where even more color was sprayed out, allowing participants to run through pigmented clouds.  The all ages event had many families walking and running together, and the kids were especially happy to have an excuse to cover themselves in pink, blue, yellow, green, and orange powder.  By the end of the run, their white race shirts were covered in streaks and splotches of color, and they were ready to enjoy the post-race DJ and activities.

The pre-race color launch transformed Davis Park.

The Ridge parent association partnered with the City of Ridgefield to hold the fun run as part of Ridgefield’s popular First Saturday event and as a kickoff for Youth Arts Month.  The Color Run served as a community-wide fundraiser to support student, teacher, and school activities at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School.

Ridge coordinator Tina Krause said, “The event was amazing, especially for the first year!  The committee worked super hard on this event for the past few months, and we were very pleased with how it turned out.”  With over 370 pre-registered participants and many more registering on the day of the event, the Color Run was even more successful than they had hoped.  “We will definitely do it again next year,” Krause promised.

Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose addresses the crowd.

 

These kids and their sunglasses were covered in color by the end of the race.

Thought for the Week

Here’s how I’m handling the pandemic:

I read a lot, but with the library closed I thought I’d better stock up. Patrons emptied the shelves at the library on Saturday. It looked like at least 20% of the books were checked out. The “Lucky Day” shelf was completely empty. There’s going to be a lot of reading going on in our little town this week!

 

 

Ridgefield School District Offers Free Lunch and Breakfast Meals For All Children

All children, ages 0-18, may pick up free and nutritious sack lunch and breakfast meals in front of the following schools in the Ridgefield School District from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm on week days, March 16-27 and April 6-24.

  • Union Ridge Elementary School, Building B, 330 N. Fifth Street
  • South Ridge Elementary School, Building B, 502 NW 199 Street

Meals will not be served during spring break, and children must be present.

 

Real Time rtPCR Test to Detect Covid 19 Disease

Covid 19 disease is caused by a virus named SARS-COV-2. The test to detect it is called Real Time Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction(Real time rtPCR}. PCR was concieved by a California surfer named Kary Mullis and he was awarded the nobel prize for that. PCR is a way of making copies of DNA. If a double standed helix of DNA is heated it will separate into two single strands. After cooling, and if there are complementary bases in solution, a enzyme called  DNA polymerase rebuilds the strands into the double strands. So,each cycle in PCR doubles the amount of DNA. 10 cycles will create about 1000 copies and 20 cycles will make over 1,000,000 copies. Heating the copies destroys the original polymerase so each cooling cycle had to have fresh enzyme added. Then, it was discovered that the polymerase in a hot spring bacteria called Thermophilus aquatica did not denature. Using that meant the test could be done faster because it did not have to be paused to add the polymerase enzyme in each cycle.
The virus that causes covid 19 is not DNA based.  Rather,  it is single stranded RNA. To run it on a PCR machine it must be converted into DNA. So another enzyme called reverse transcriptase must be used used to covert it into DNA.
PCR only copies DNA. The test was called rtPCR.  To ID the DNA, another test must be done and that test was called gel electrophoresis.   In gel electrophoresis the amplified  DNA is placed in a gel cell and an electric current is applied.  This causes sections of the DNA to migrate.  Then, it can be compared to a known DNA.  It took much longer to do these tests and had more errors.
A new technique was developed that was faster and more accurate, It could also not only ID the virus early on, it could quantify it. This test is called Real Time rtPCR, It is a sophisticated test using probes and fluorescent markers to look for sections on the RNA strand that are unique to the virus.  Early in the test,  the virus can be identified and even quantified.  It can tell how many copies of RNA were in the sample taken from the patient.  It can not only ID the virus, it can give an idea of the load of virus the patient has and how much the patient is putting into the environment.  Real time means that one can look at the ongoing test in real time rather than waiting for the PCR and electrophoresis to be completed.

On December 31st, the Chinese government reported to the World Health Organization that there was a pneumonia in patients in Wuhan China of unknown origin.  A few days later it had been sequenced and identified as a novel(new) corona virus.  The virus and it’s disease quickly spread in  China.   A Real Time rtPCR test was developed to ID the virus.

In the US,  the CDC developed it’s own test for the virus but used different sections on the viral strand to ID the virus.  The test kits the CDC sent out for running the tests were faulty and that was a problem that had to be corrected.  Also,  there were few labs approved that could do the tests.  Another problem was  that  the CDC requirements for who could be tested was too narrow.  The patient had to show symptoms and a history of contact  to someone from China.

Since then,  more labs can do the test and there are fewer restrictions on who gets tested.  A company called Roche has a machine and test procedure that is very fast and can run many  tests and that has been approved.  Because the US is behind on testing there could be many  more cases out there and  the virus could be more widespread.  Catching up on testing is imperative.  It needs to be done along with all the other things being done in a situation that is getting worse here and much of the rest of the world.

by Paul Snoey

 

Curbside Pickup Comes to Ridgefield