Ridgefield School District Honors November Employee and Students of the Month

On November 13, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the November Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Sarah Roberts, Special Education paraeducator at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School.  Said one staff member, “Sarah is an exceptional person.  Without fail, she daily shares her gift of spirit and generosity with the entire Ridgefield School District community.  It is no exaggeration to say that everyone loves her.  Sarah brings a heart, joy and enthusiasm to her daily life that is infectious and contributes to a spirit that has made our schools and our district a unique and special place to teach and learn.”

Sarah Roberts

Another staff member described Roberts as a consummate professional.  “She is always diligent and creative in her delivery of lessons while individualizing her support to ensure success for her students.  Nearly without exception, her students have always shown tremendous growth under her tutelage.  Sarah is also naturally curious and is always reading and researching how to best provide instruction for her challenging students as well as her students with challenges.  On more than one occasion, I have suggested and encouraged Sarah to return to school to get a teaching certificate so she can lead her own classroom and share her natural gift as a teacher to a larger audience.”

While students love Mrs. Roberts, the school and district staff love and appreciate her as well.  For years, she has been a vital member of the school staff at South Ridge Elementary School, and now at Sunset Ridge Intermediate.  Her joyous and sincere interactions with each person makes them feel valued and important.  The staff at Sunset Ridge Intermediate is proud to name Sarah Roberts as November’s Employee of the Month.

 Students of the Month

Mason Roberts, a third grader, is November’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  The South Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Mason.  They write, “Mason Roberts is a young man that always follows the 3R’s.  He is respectful to his classmates and adults.  He is responsible in everything he does—doing his classwork, returning homework, assisting others and always speaking kindly to all.  His resilience shines through in his problem-solving abilities, he does not give up when presented with any kind of problem, and he is willing to compromise with the partners he is working with.  Most of all, he is a joy to be around.”

Mason Roberts

Nolan Erickson a fourth grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  The Union Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Nolan.  They write, “Nolan consistently demonstrates respect, responsibility and resiliency.  He is extremely kind and polite with his classmates and teachers.  He consistently comes to school with a positive attitude and is a classroom leader.  Nolan helps other students during recess and lunchtime.  He is an excellent example of a kind, caring, thoughtful and hard-working student.  Nolan represents Union Ridge Elementary with a great sense of integrity and academic excellence.  Union Ridge Elementary’s Student of the Month award is well-earned by Nolan Erickson.”

Nolan Erickson

Roman Matthiesen, a fifth grader, is November’s Student of the Month at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School.  The Sunset Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Roman.  They write, “Roman is a very hard worker.  He is kind, considerate, sweet and funny.  He always is up for a challenge and will not move onto even the “fun” stuff until his work is done.”

Roman Matthiesen

Jordyn Davies, an eighth grader, was chosen at View Ridge Middle School.  The View Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Jordyn.  They write, “Jordyn Davies is very studious and is a wonderful example of how to get the most out of your education.  Jordyn takes pride in her work and thinks outside the box.  She is creative, inventive and ready to challenge her skills in all of her endeavors.”  Another staff member writes, “I have had the pleasure of working with Jordyn for two years in a row, and I am truly impressed with her growth in art and the thought she puts into her drawings.  We can’t wait to see where life takes Jordyn!”

Jordyn Davies

Levi Hipple, a sophomore, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  The Ridgefield High School teachers and staff are very proud of Levi.  They write, “Levi Hipple has a perfect 4.0 GPA.  Levi takes advanced classes in both science and math.  In addition, he is involved in tennis and soccer, is the vice president of the Leo’s club and is active in 4H.  The reason he was chosen Student of the Month is not because of what he does but because of who he is.  Teachers describe Levi as “exactly the kind of kid you love to have in class.  He makes other students better.”  Another teacher says of Levi, “He is a polite student who strives for excellence,” and another says “Levi is a positive student who raises the bar for all students.”  We are proud of students like Levi Hipple and are honored that he represents Ridgefield High School as the November Student of the Month.

Levi Hipple

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 fifth year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district’s recognition program.

Thought for the Week

Yesterday I attended the Veteran’s Day program put on by our American Legion Post 44, and was impressed with the message the speakers chose. which was to cherish our veterans, include them in our activities, reach out to them and hire them.

The Columbia River Chorus sang three patriotic songs. Colonel Larry Smith (Ret) was the keynote speaker, and Mayor Don Stose and Commander John Rose also gave short speeches.

Union Ridge Read-a-Thon

Chief Brooks reads to the kids

Union Ridge Elementary had a Read-a-thon fundraiser last week, and raised over $10,000!

Mayor Stose reads to the kids

This was their first time having a Read-a-thon fundraiser, where the students ask for flat rate pledges from family and friends. Every penny will go directly back to school activities, recess toys, teacher wish lists, and many more fun things!

Mayor Don Stose and Police Chief Brooks came and read books to many classes. Teachers decorated their doors with book themes, and many turned their classrooms into fun reading forts!

The Parent Teacher Organization at Union Ridge appreciates all of the donations they received, and want to share with Ridgefield residents how amazing the Mayor and Police Chief are.

Congratulations Spudders!

Congratulations to members of the Ridgefield Spudders volleyball team who are State Champions.

This is a first since 1990, defeating Columbia River and then Lyndon for the State Championship title!

Attention Public Safety Minded Neighbors

The first meeting of the Ridgefield Police Event Volunteers is taking place next Wednesday, November 14, at 6:30 pm at the Ridgefield Fire Station, 911 N 65th Ave. We will be organizing the group and providing training to our first group. If you would like to participate, join us Wednesday night. If you have additional questions call or email Chief John Brooks at (360) 887-3556 or John.Brooks@ci.ridgefield.wa.us

Swing Dance Classes at RAS

Ridgefield Arts Space is holding Swing and Salsa classes, starting Tuesday, November 13 from 7 to 8:30 pm at their beautiful space above the hardware store at Main and Pioneer.

Cost is $90 single or $150 per couple but receive a 20% discount if you mention this post, making it $72 single or $150 per couple.

To register, call Liz or Spencer at (360) 947 4484 or click the register link below. Choose a single registration or a pair. Either mention this ad by phone or enter coupon code SWINGSALSA20 when registering online and receive a 20% discount.

Last class is December 18th.

Now you can be a show off at your next event!


Christmas Card Workshop

Once again I’ll hold a Christmas Card Workshop as a fund raiser for Friends of the Library, where folks can come and create their own watercolor Christmas cards.

This year I’m offering two sessions: Saturday, November 17 and Monday, December 3. Cost is $45 or $40 for Friends members. Come to both classes for $80, or $75 for Friends members.

All materials are supplied, and this year we’ll have glitter available to make the cards even more stunning.

Class size is limited, so call now to reserve your spot. 360-887-2160 or kathywinters179@gmail.com.

American Legion Honors Vets

Free Ink Cartridges

My Epson printer has finally given up after years of hard use, and I have ink cartridges to give away. They fit the Epson Stylus Photo R260, 280, 380 / RX580, 595, 680 / Artisan 50. I have all the colors, and most of the cartridges are high capacity and were purchased within the last month. Total value of the cartridges is almost $160.

You can have them for nothing by calling 360-887-2160 or emailing me at kathywinters179@gmail.com.

If you would like to donate a percentage of the value to the Friends of the Library it would be much appreciated.

Folk Music Tickets

Two tickets to the Honey Whiskey Trio performance on Friday, November 16, at the Reedwood Friends Church in Portland are available for $20 each at the library. A local couple has season tickets to the Portland Folk Music Society events and they will be out of town for this performance, so have donated their tickets to benefit the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

Los Angeles based Honey Whiskey Trio tells stories through song and stomp, highlighting the musical traditions of American Folk Music. The three sisters began singing together in each other’s living rooms as an emotional and musical release. They solidified their style as American Folk and picked up instruments to further enhance their vocally driven sound. They create, arrange, and explore music from the front porches, music halls and hymn books of early America.

If you would like to attend this performance, call the Ridgefield Library at 360-906-4770. First caller wins the tickets.

Shuman Wins Painting

Congratulations to Frank Shuman, whose winning ticket was drawn Saturday in the raffle sponsored by the Ridgefield Community Gleaners Association. Frank won the lovely original watercolor painting generously donated by Patricia Thompson and painted by Kathy Winters. All proceeds from the raffle will be used to purchase fresh produce for the Ridgefield Family Resource Center during winter months when gleaning is over for the season.

Thanks to Tony Zebrun of the Starliner Cafe, who donates space in his refrigerator to store perishable produce during the time the Resource Center is not open.

Ridgefield Community Gleaners are volunteers who collect vegetables and fruit from local gardens to provide to Ridgefield families who are supported by the Ridgefield Family Resource Center. For more information, send inquiries to rcgleaners@gmail.com.

Today is the Last Day to Vote

The photo above is the ballot box located just east of the freeway.  It’s in the middle of the cul-de-sac just North of Pioneer Street by the restaurant and gas station.  Ballots can be deposited until 8 PM this evening.  Mail in ballots need to be postmarked with todays date to be valid.  Ballots need to be in the Ridgefield post office by 5 PM today.  People with mail delivery need to have their ballots in the mail box before the regular delivery time.

Yoga for Kids

The students balanced themselves in the tree pose, like a line of somewhat shaky flamingos.  But the smiles on their faces said it all:  they were having a great time.  “Yoga is for everybody and for every body,” said instructor Kristen Matthews.  “I really love working with the kids.  They’re just so fun!”

Students practice the tree pose.


Students make a human mandala.

While there are many yoga classes in the region, few of them focus exclusively on children.  Matthews learned yoga as a child herself, teaching herself yoga poses from a magazine article.  Now she is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher, with 595 hours of training.

To study yoga and children’s yoga, Matthews made three trips to India and a trip to Mexico, staying a month at a time.  There, she felt the impact of yoga’s thousands of years of tradition and practice.  Matthews even had the opportunity to have a private teaching with the Dalai Lama at his temple in Dharamshala.

Matthews at the Swag Ashram in Rishikesh, India.

Matthews explained that the teachings of yoga go beyond the poses, or asanas.  “Yoga is not a religion.  It’s not a sport.  The more flexible and capable I am with my body, I can achieve that much more.  I learn how to be peaceful and emotionally stable.”

With three children of her own, she is proud to share the benefits of yoga with kids of all ages.  “I think it’s so important for children to have the tools that yoga gives you,” she said.  “Like ‘I’m having a stressful day, I can meditate it out.’  That’s what we need more of, we need more children who have these skills.”  And judging by the smiles on the faces of her students, there are more children having fun too.

To sign up for Matthews’ children’s or adult yoga classes, register online at https://ridge.revtrak.net, click on Community Education and select Youth Sports.  Classes are listed under Youthful Yoga

Myrtle’s has a new look!

Myrtle’s Tea House is reopening November 14 as Myrtle’s Tea House & Home Décor.

Come enjoy delicious homemade scones paired with a pot of your favorite tea, or try the new teas that have been added to the list! Be sure to explore the refreshed gift shop with all your favorite tea time goodies, plus a fine selection of home decor necessities!

No reservations are needed. Myrtle’s is open noon to 5:00, Wednesday through Saturday, and is located at 321 North 3rd Avenue.

Meet the Drapers

Draper Orthodontics has been an FYI advertiser for the last five years, and has just renewed for another year. I asked Amy Draper to write up information about their business. Here’s what she wrote:


   “Draper Orthodontics is located just up the road in Woodland and has been serving the Ridgefield community for the past six years.  Dr. Draper and his family are Ridgefield residents and love to support the schools and the community of Ridgefield.  

   If you are interested in braces or Invisalign for yourself or your children, please give us a call and we will gladly set up a complimentary consolation to meet with you.

   At Draper Orthodontics, we pride ourselves in giving our patients the individualized care they deserve and love the small town feel of our office and community.  We pride ourselves in treating each patient as our own family.

Mention that you saw this advertisement on FYI98642 and receive $500 off full orthodontic treatment for all new patients starting in 2018.

Smile With Us Ridgefield!”