Easter Egg Hunt

Garden Club Sale May 4

Auto Tour at Refuge Closed

The Auto Tour route at the Refuge is closed during the week for a bridge update. It’s open on weekends.

Ridgefield School District Appoints Brett Jones to School Board

Brett Jones, a Ridgefield community member, business owner and Ridgefield school parent, was appointed Ridgefield School District’s newest school board member by unanimous vote on April 2, 2019 at a special meeting of the Ridgefield School District school board.

A lifelong Ridgefield resident, Jones and his wife, Georgianna, have four daughters currently attending Ridgefield schools:  Paige, a sophomore, at Ridgefield High School; twins, Cameron and Claire, eighth graders at View Ridge Middle School; and Elizabeth, a fourth grader at Union Ridge Elementary School.

Jones is a third-generation Ridgefield High School graduate.  His great-grandfather, Walter A. Jones, was a member of the Ridgefield School Board when Union Ridge Elementary School was built in 1952.  “It is an honor to participate in the growth of Ridgefield schools, just like him,” said Jones.  “I believe the schools in Ridgefield are the heartbeat of the community.  Having lived in Ridgefield my entire life, I am excited to be involved with the school district during this time of growth in our town.”

A business owner for 22 years, Jones is an active, contributing member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC).  His company, Jones Landscape, Inc., has donated time and resources in assisting SSAC student members successfully implement the landscaping project now in progress at the Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center (RACC).  In addition, his company has supported various school and community events such as the Ridgefield High School commencement ceremonies, the Ridgefield Fourth of July Parade and community fundraisers.

“Brett will be a great addition to the school board,” said Scott Gullickson, Ridgefield School Board President.  “I look forward to working with him and the rest of the board as we continue our pursuit of premier.”

“Brett’s enthusiasm for all things Ridgefield, combined with his extensive business background and common-sense approach make him ideally suited to serve the district as a board member,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield Superintendent.

Jones will represent District 3, a seat formerly held by Steve Radosevich, who resigned in March, after nearly ten years of distinguished service to the school district.

Watercolor Classes Start Tuesday, April 16

A new set of watercolor classes will start Tuesday, April 16 in my downtown studio. Class is geared toward beginner and intermediate students and the size is limited to six people. The morning class is full, but there is still space in the afternoon class, from 1 to 3pm.

You’ll learn a lot, laugh a lot, and discover the artist within you. There’s lots of individual instruction and  lessons make each class a learning experience.

Cost of the six week class is $60, with a $35 materials fee for new students. That includes a palette loaded with paint, one brush, a support and top quality watercolor paper. Please call me to sign up, 360-887-2160, before Monday, as I need to buy the palette.

Ridgefield School District Honors April Employee and Students of the Month

On April 9, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the April Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

Sunset Ridge Intermediate School is super excited to nominate Kelly O’Boyle as the Employee of the Month for the Ridgefield School District.  Kelly is extremely worthy of this honor as she exemplifies what it means to be a Sunset Ridge staff member.

There is no stronger advocate for students than Kelly.  She blends a unique style of compassion and caring with high expectations and a belief that all students can learn.  Kelly is laser-focused on what students should learn and turns to data often to help make the right decision for students.  Kelly is honest and models this for all students and staff.  She is not afraid to speak up and helps to create a learning environment of high expectations at Sunset Ridge.  She has a strong ethical sense of right and wrong, and her excellent judgment is trusted by students and staff.  Kelly is a positive force.  She has a great sense of humor, is upbeat and fun and is a true pleasure to work with.


Students of the Month

Connor Bringhurst, a fourth grader, is April’s’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  The South Ridge Elementary School teachers and staff are very proud of Connor.  They write, “Connor Bringhurst comes in every day excited to be here.  He has a spring in his step and a constant smile on his face!  He looks for ways to help his classmates, whether it be helping them one-on-one with a math skill, calling their attention back to a lesson or gently reminding a student about expectations.  Connor is very focused and is an active, enthusiastic participant in every lesson or activity.  He works very hard to always do high-quality work.  Connor is truly a person of integrity!  He has a kind and generous heart.  He is welcoming and friendly to all and is aware of others and their feelings or difficulties.  Connor is a fun and enjoyable kid to be around.  He brightens every day with his respectful, outgoing personality and engaging smile.”


Iver Kast, a kindergartner, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  Union Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Iver.  They write, “Iver is a kind, caring, funny, and considerate student.  In class, he is helpful to his peers and quick to offer help to his teacher.  Ha always works hard on his projects and school work.  We look forward to seeing Iver grow and excel here at Union Ridge and outside of school.”


Raina Larson, a sixth grader, is April’s Student of the Month at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School.  The Sunset Ridge Intermediate School teachers and staff are very proud of Raina.  They write, “Raina Larson exemplifies the mission for Sunset Intermediate School and is a true Coyote.  She is Respectful, Responsible and Resilient.  Every day, she goes above and beyond by helping to collect and properly return the playground equipment to where it belongs.  She takes great pride in our school and is always disposing of garbage when she sees it, without even being asked to do so.  She is kind and courteous, always looking for ways to help.  We greatly appreciate her and all she does for us.”


Allison Orantes, a seventh grader, was chosen at View Ridge Middle School.  The View Ridge Middle School teachers and staff are very proud of Allison.  They write, “Allison is a hard-working and polite student who strives for excellence.  She is dedicated, ambitious, honest, and smart.  Allison is easy to teach, for she stays on task and is not afraid to ask questions.  You can always count on her to add interesting conversation in classroom discussions.  She is a fearless participant in discussion and is always willing to engage in debate and share her ideas.  Her work is always of the very highest quality, and she works well with all her classmates.  Allison knows how to work in a science group.  She leads by example.  She also knows how to share the workload and allows for all ideas to be heard in a group.”


Angelina Zhiryada, a sophomore, has been chosen as the April Student of the Month for Ridgefield High School.  Angelina has been nominated by four different teachers in four different months for Student of the Month.  Her teachers say Angelina is “a positive influence in class, a hard worker and a great support to her classmates.  She has outstanding participation and produces top-notch work.”  They also say that Angelina “comes to class every day with a smile and leaves with a ‘thank you for teaching me’ – EVERYDAY!”  As a sophomore at RHS, Angelina is taking three advanced classes (Chemistry, Algebra II and AP Psychology) while maintaining a nearly-perfect 3.97 GPA.  In her spare time, Angelina gives a lot of time to church involvement.


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

Staff Appreciation Day

National Library Week (April 7 – 13) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.

Tuesday, April 9th is National Library Workers Day, and the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library are hosting an informal reception in the library from 4 pm to 5:30 pm to thank and celebrate our amazing and dedicated library staff.

Come in, enjoy some light refreshments, and express your appreciation to Sean, Lois and Anne-Laure, and welcome Kathleen, the newest member of the library team!

Thought for the Week

Ridgefield Co-Ed Softball Spring League 2019

Ridgefield Community Education is proud to offer a great community event for participants 16 years of age and above.  Rally your family and friends, create a team and participate in the Ridgefield Co-Ed Softball Spring League.  This is a league for all skill levels.  Games are scheduled for Friday nights or Sunday afternoons, tentatively starting April 14th.  Go to https://ridge.revtrak.net and register your team today!  For more information, contact Ridgefield Community Education at terri.cochran@ridgefieldsd.org.



Earth Day Rally for First Saturday

Lots going on tomorrow at Overlook Park, the theater and Ridgefield Art Space. There will be an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt, A Pop-Up Used Book Sale by Friends of the Library, earth-inspired kids crafts with the Ridgefield Art Association, recycled art, free seed packets from the Ridgefield Garden Club, face painting, snacks, music, and the return of the Ridgefield Farmers’ Market.

Learn about native plants and buy herbs at the Old Liberty Theater. and the Wine Garden, sponsored by Windy Hills Winery, opens at 11. 

Come on downtown – it’s all happening from 9am to 2 pm.

Mystery at the Library

This crocheted egg turned up on the tree outside the library; Anyone know anything about it?

Was the Easter Bunny early?

Friendship Bench Installed at South Ridge Elementary

There’s a new place for students to sit at the South Ridge Elementary playground.  But this isn’t just a regular bench—it’s a Friendship Bench.  Karen Moses’ fourth grade class made the bench as a way to support other students.

Every person knows what it’s like to be sad or feel left out.  Now when a student wants someone to talk to or play with, they can go sit on the Friendship Bench.  Other students and staff understand the signal; they can go to the bench to become a friend.  By providing a place for students to go when they are lonely or dealing with issues—big or small—the Friendship Bench helps encourage friendships, support, and kindness.

The Friendship Bench was made and donated by parents Alex and Sarah Peru and their family.  They had a plaque made to designate it as a Friendship Bench.  And the students had a fun time putting paint on their hands to add colorful handprints to the bench.

Moses said, “I’m overwhelmed with the generosity of the family that made this for us!  It turned out so beautiful!”

The first Friendship Bench was designed in 2012 by Acacia Woodley, a fifth grader in Florida.  Woodley was born without complete arms and had experienced feeling different.  But instead of approaching other students with anti-bullying ideas, she decided to be pro-friendship.  She and her family created the first Friendship Bench at her school in Florida, and since then, the idea has spread to schools throughout the U. S. and Canada.

Moses hopes the new Friendship Bench will inspire students to connect with each other at school.  South Ridge students are already using the Friendship Bench, building new friendships one step at a time.

Students got messy with the paint to make handprints.


Karen Moses’ class stands with the new Friendship Bench.




The Priscilla campaign is so popular that we are running out of jars for her pig food. If you have small plastic jars, please bring them to the library. The sizes shown in the picture are great – I think bigger jars are too intimidating.

We’ll label the jars so people can fill them with their spare change. When the jar is full, or before November 15, bring your jar to the library and we’ll put the money in a large carboy.

On November 15 the collection will stop for this year and the carboy will be capped. After that, you’ll have a chance to guess how much money is in the jar. Chances cost $5, and you can buy as many as you want until December 5, when the contest closes. Winner will be announced on December 7, and that person will take home half the money raised through the guessing contest. Vote early and vote often.

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.

Green Eggs and Ham Day

Green Eggs and Ham is a great children’s book, but would you really eat green eggs and ham?  Hundreds of first graders in Ridgefield had the chance to try it as part of the Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebration.

This special event is a longstanding tradition in Clark County.  Beaches restaurant in Vancouver cooks a special breakfast of green eggs and ham for students and parents.  They also donate a Cat in the Hat hat for each student.  It started in 1996, when one school needed help encouraging parents to get involved.  Beaches volunteered to provide breakfast, reading, prizes, and costumes.  The event has continued to grow ever since.  Now they feed over 7,000 people at 48 schools over five mornings of events.

Special volunteers come to the schools each year to help with the event.  The Mayor, members of the City Council, and members of the Ridgefield Police Department come each year to hand out hats, serve food, and read Dr. Seuss books.

South Ridge and Union Ridge Elementary first graders are always excited to take part—until they get the plate with actual green eggs.  Some kids hesitated before trying the bright green eggs, pushing them around suspiciously with a fork.  But when they ventured to taste, they were surprised to find that they tasted like—regular eggs.  “They’re good!” one student shouted, before digging into the meal.

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!”

Volunteers from the Ridgefield City Council, Ridgefield Police Department & Beaches Restaurant.


Mayor Don Stose serves up green eggs and ham.


City Council members Jen Lindsay and Dave Taylor hand out hats.

Ridgefield High School Theatre Presents “Chicago” Starting May 2nd

A musical spectacular not to be missed!  Ridgefield High School Theatre proudly presents “Chicago” starring our talented RHS students.  Opening night is May 2nd at 7:00 pm at the RHS Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are available online at https://ridge.revtrak.net and at the door.