Hi all,

I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. Jamison turned 9 on Saturday and our house was full of 3rd graders having a blast…nerf wars, video games, and general chaos. It reminded me once again of the great kids we have in Ridgefield.

Speaking of great kids, we clearly need more space to house all the new students joining us. Last Tuesday, we hosted a community forum for our upcoming 2017 bond election. Our next community forum will be on Monday, October 17th from 5:30 – 7:00pm at the Ridgefield Community Center. I strongly encourage you to learn as much as you can about the bond program. I’ve attached the slide presentation from the October 4th forum for your review. I will also be visiting each of the campuses over the next few weeks to talk more about the bond program at site staff meetings.

Progress on the planning and design for the 5th-8th grade schools complex continues and I again wish to thank all team members that are joining us for the stakeholder meetings. Should the bond pass, these two schools are slated to be constructed first. Please know, this bond package also includes a significant expansion at RHS (as well as safety and security upgrades at the elementary schools and a repurposing of View Ridge) and we are committed to an equally inclusive process for those projects as well.

At Tuesday’s board meeting we celebrate our first Employee and Students of the Month for the 2016-2017 school year. Congratulations to Steve Rinard (RHS) on being named our October Employee of the Month. Also congratulations to the following Students of the Month…

  • Ruben Esquibel (South Ridge)
  • Joseph Gallant (Union Ridge)
  • Kira Newman (View Ridge)
  • Tamarick Mendoza (RHS)

Our third annual holiday greeting card contest is going on now. Students in art classes around the district have or will be working on cards and we have two after school community education classes later this month for students who wish to participate. I’ve attached more information on the event. Our friends at Ridgefield Art Association sponsor this contest and also serve as the official judges.