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Principal’s Message

August 2018

Dear Ridge Families,

Summer greetings! I hope everyone is having a blast with family and friends during these balmy days of summer. In preparation for next year, I wanted to share information that will be of interest to you. Please read this letter carefully and mark your calendars with the important dates noted.

We are excited to announce that this year’s school theme will be, “Ridge is the Greatest School on Earth!” The theme will offer our students the opportunity to make connections between the value of balance, perseverance, flexibility and teamwork as we enter the 2018-2019 school year! So come one, come all, to the greatest school year of all!

Kindergarten Orientation will be held on Thursday, August 30 at 3:30PM. The beginning of Kindergarten is a very special time for families and we strive to create a supportive first experience for both students and parents. After orientation, you and your child will be given the opportunity to go into your child’s classroom.  This orientation is designed to allow students the opportunity to get comfortable with their new teacher and classroom while parents are given a chance to hear about the details of a typical school day.

An Open House for students in grades 1-5 will be held on Thursday, August 30 from 4PM to 6PM.  Please plan to drop by anytime between those hours to meet your child’s teacher, visit their classroom, drop off any school supplies, and join the PTA for a sweet treat in the cafeteria.  Interpreters will be present to assist families.

Our first day of school will be on September 4 with the first bell at 7:50AM and the tardy bell at 8:10AM.  We can’t wait to see all the smiling faces entering the building!

Back to School Night for students in grades Kindergarten-Fifth will be Thursday, September 13th beginning at 6:30PM.  We will begin in the auditorium together and will be dismissed to your child’s classroom for teacher presentations, questions, and comments.  This is a night you surely do not want to miss!

Please remember that our school website is also a great place to check for important dates and information throughout the year. The website address is    I will be sending text messages with important dates and reminders weekly and you can also sign up to receive weekly PTA emails with great information.

Several new faculty members have been hired for the upcoming school year. They are all AMAZING and bring fresh perspectives. The interview panels have each been impressed by these folks, and we are sure you will be too!  Together, this year promises to be a super year “Under the Big Top” as we continue to provide engaging and meaningful learning experiences for your children.  With a closely working community that includes the staff, students, families, and community, we can guarantee that our Ridge students embark on an adventure where they acquire the best education available in a nurturing environment. Our students deserve no less than the best!  Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you at the “Big Show!”




Anna Hatfield, Principal




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