Ridgewood Family Handbook

Introduction and Mission Statement


Ridgewood Elementary School


Family Handbook 2019-20


Ridgewood Elementary School 

10100 SW Inglewood Street

Portland, Oregon 97225

phone: (503) 356-2440

fax: (503) 356-2445


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Our Mission

Together with our community, Ridgewood Elementary School provides an education inspired by the attributes of the IB Learner Profile while fostering learner agency and encouraging meaningful action. 


The IB Learner Profile® empowers us to be . . .


We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.


We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience. 


We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance. 


We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us. 


We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.


We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.


We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.


We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live. 


We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences. 


We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.


We foster agency by empowering others to become life-long learners who have voice, choice and ownership in their educational experiences. We strive to provide opportunities for participation in meaningful group and individual actions in order to make a difference for ourselves, each other, and for the world.


Welcome to Ridgewood

Welcome to Ridgewood!


Welcome to a new school year! We are grateful for a chance to rest and rejuvenate this summer, and we are ready for our students to return.  A special welcome goes to our new families, we can’t wait to share with you and your students all the wonderful ways they will grow and learn this year. 

A successful school experience requires three critical elements: the student, the parents, and the school.  All three must work together if our students are to reach their fullest potential.  Students need to come to school well rested, with their homework completed, and ready to participate in class.  Parents must provide support for their children in the form of consistent routines, a comfortable place to read, and show interest in their child’s school work.  Ridgewood will provide a safe learning environment, classroom instruction that challenges all children regardless of ability, and the opportunity to find their passion. 

I encourage parents to participate in our school community.  We have many volunteer opportunities beyond helping in the classrooms that we are eager to fill.  Please contact your child’s teacher, the office, or our volunteer coordinators.  A great way to become involved and get to know other families is to attend our PTC meetings held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM in our library.  Another way to involve yourself in our school community and enjoy some quality family time is to attend our school-sponsored events.

My door is always open, so stop by my office and introduce yourself.  The first Wednesday of each month, from 8:30-9:30a.m., I hold an informal coffee chat.  Parents and community members are welcome to join me, and others, for a cup of coffee and visit.  

Please take time to familiarize yourself with our Student-Parent Handbook and discuss it with your son or daughter. If you have questions regarding any information, please contact our office. 

On behalf of the entire staff at Ridgewood Elementary, welcome back.  We are going to have a tremendous year!    


Ms. Cary A. Meier


Ridgewood Elementary