We welcome volunteer support. Would you like to help with one of the programs below? Please remember that before you can volunteer at Ridgewood School you’ll need to complete the prerequisite tasks.
Jump to the different sections on this page via the links below:
Action in the Park | Art Literacy | Book Fair | Bulletin Boards | Celebrate Reading Program | Chess Club Classroom Coordinator | Classroom Volunteer | Classroom Party Coordinator | Clothes Closet | Country Fair Carnival | Field Day | Fifth Grade Party | Garden Committee/Ridgewood Junior Gardeners | Green Team/Sustainability Club | Hearing Screening | Library | Lost-and-Found | Lunch Recess Track Program Movie Night | Music Classroom | Oregon Battle of the Books | Passport Club| Picture Day | Production Room | Science Festival | Scooter Town | Staff Appreciation Week | Staff Treats | Track Program | Vision Screening | Walk and Bike to School Days
1. Action in the Park
Join students outside at Ridgeview View Park (adjacent to the school) to help restore the habitat and learn about nature. Parent chaperones are essential to the success of this partnership with Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation. No experience is necessary; you need only a willingness to be outdoors on the scheduled dates and to share enthusiasm for the project, rain or shine.
2016-17 dates are:
Tuesday/Wednesday 11/8 – 11/9
Tuesday/Wednesday 3/7 – 3/8
Tuesday/Wednesday 5/23 – 5/24
2. Art Literacy
Art Literacy is a District-wide program that introduces students to the works of six different artists throughout the school year. The program is run entirely by volunteers and funding is provided by the PTC. In the classroom, students get to work on a hands-on project based on the work of the artist being presented. Volunteers are needed to help with the scheduled hands-on project. A two-hour training meeting is provided for volunteers before each artist presentation. Each classroom presentation takes about one hour. Artistic knowledge and aptitude are not necessary.
3. Book Fair
Come and see books for students and adults of all ages. Buy ahead for the holidays, birthdays, and vacation car rides. Bring your grandparents, friends and neighbors.
In addition to volunteering at the Book Fair, consider donating a book to your child’s classroom library. Such books will enrich the education of children for years to come. We’ve asked teachers to fill out a Classroom Wish List so you’ll know which books they think will add to their students’ knowledge and imagination. Books you give will become a permanent part of the classroom library. Every gift will be recognized with a bookplate identifying your family or child as the donor. Your generosity can make a classroom more exciting and stimulating to young minds. Volunteers are needed to serve on the Book Fair Planning Committee and also to work the sales table during the event.
4. Bulletin Board
If you are a frustrated artist, this is the opportunity for you! Be a part of the team that decorates the entryway bulletin board all year. This is so important because the bulletin board is the first thing that students, staff and visitors see when they walk through the front door! Time commitment: amount of time spent varies, typically twice during the year, depending on number of volunteers.
5. Celebrate Reading Program
The Celebrate Reading Program is a voluntary, incentive-based reading program that tracks a student’s reading time through their entire school career at Ridgewood. The amount of reading time done outside of school is tracked on a monthly calendar. At the end of the month, total reading time is tallied and verified by the student’s parent. The calendar is returned to the student’s teacher who forwards it to a volunteer parent who keeps a running tally of the total reading time. Students earn awards based on different reading levels achieved. Students who reach 500 total reading hours will have their names engraved on a plaque that hangs at school.
Parent volunteers are needed to tabulate monthly reading hours and present awards to the children in their classroom. Tabulating hours can be done at home, but you will need to visit the classroom to distribute student awards. The students will always greet you with enthusiastic smiles!! This program is a fun way to enhance literacy skills in all of our students.
Celebrate Reading during the Summer, too!
Don’t forget . . . all reading during the summer months count toward your Celebrate Reading goals. Summer calendars will be sent home with students. Keep them handy and make sure to fill them out. Turn in June, July, and August when you return to school in September.
- Only time dedicated solely to reading counts.
- All reading done outside of school counts, i.e. books, magazines and homework assignments that include reading.
- Time read by a parent counts.
- Reading by an older student to a younger student (or vice versa) counts as time for both students.
What Does NOT Count
- Math homework does not count.
- Computer games do not count.
- Reading while watching TV does not count.
- Tally Sheet
- 1st Calendar Reminder form
- Missing Calendar form
6. Chess Club
Ridgewood Chess Club is an after school program that all Ridgewood interested students in grades one through five are invited to join. The club meets after school on Tuesdays until 4:15pm for experienced players, and Wednesdays until 4:15pm for learners. No chess experience is necessary for the learners section. The club typically runs in the Fall and Spring. Parents who have children participating in the club are requested to volunteer to help with chess club practice sessions and competitions.
7. Classroom Coordinator
Assist your child’s teacher in scheduling volunteers for classroom help and any other volunteer-related needs. Much of the work can be done at home by phone or email. Time involved varies from teacher to teacher.
Time commitment: determined by individual volunteer
8. Classroom Volunteer
Help in your students’ classroom(s) weekly, once a month, or twice a month. Tasks are varied and can include anything from photocopying to assisting students. Schedules will be arranged to suit the needs of the teacher and the volunteer. Please indicate if you are willing to help in a classroom other than your child’s. Time commitment: determined by individual volunteer.
9. Classroom Party Coordinator
Assist with any or all of the three classroom parties that take place during the school year by contributing supplies, planning games and activities, or simply being on hand to help out at the event
10. Clothes Closet
The Clothes Closet is operated by volunteers from the School District’s parent groups and Beaverton community to provide free clothing for students in grades K-12 for families with limited income. Volunteers are needed to staff the store on Ridgewood’s scheduled day – ONE Wednesday per school year.
11. Country Fair Carnival
A fun night for the whole family! Serve on the planning committee and/or volunteer to help on the night of this Ridgewood school community event. Takes place in April or May; Various shifts available for set-up, during and after the event. 2017 date TBD.
12. Field Day (June)
The PE department plans all activities, but help is needed to organize and volunteers are needed to help set up and staff the games and snack station at this much-anticipated end-of-school-year event.
Time commitment: during school day in June – approximately 2 hours on day of event, plus approximately 5 hours during the two weeks prior to the event.
13. Fifth Grade Party
This volunteer activity is for parents of 5th grade students only. Parent volunteers plan and volunteer at this traditional send-off for Ridgewood’s graduating 5th grade students. Event takes place during the school day in June. Planning meetings take place leading up to the event. Time commitment: varies depending on the number of volunteers
14. Garden Committee/Ridgewood Junior Gardeners
Put your green thumb to use and help us keep our courtyard garden looking beautiful.
Time commitment: varies; clean-up and work days may be scheduled after school or on weekends. Younger siblings are welcome to attend.
15. Green Team/Sustainability Club
Keep Ridgewood sustainable and help students develop leadership skills! Work with 4th-grade students on various green efforts around the school: milk carton recycling, gardening, clothing swap, sustainability education, and more! Time commitment varies. Green Team will meet before or after school, or during lunchtime hours.
16. Hearing Screening
2016-17 date TBD. Escort students to-and-from the classroom for this annual assessment. Time commitment: one day only; shifts available
Help shelve books, facilitate the birthday book program, repair damaged books and tackle other projects in a (generally) peaceful setting. Training is provided.
Time commitment: shifts are scheduled depending on number of volunteers; typically once or twice a month for approximately an hour
Keep the Lost-and-Found area neat and organized so that lost items can be identified and claimed easily; sort and clean unclaimed clothing for donation to the Clothes Closet. Time commitment: determined by individual volunteer
19. Lunch Recess Track Program
One of Ridgewood’s greatest assets! Track is a fast-paced, fun program that promotes physical fitness for our students during their lunch recess and puts our track to good use. Parents are needed to hand out cards, mark cards when laps are completed, and distribute prizes. It’s a great opportunity to interact with lots of kids in an active, non-academic setting and provide positive encouragement for exercising.
Time Commitment: shifts are during the lunchtime recesses (11:00am-12:20pm), Monday through Friday, and take place September-June, weather permitting. Grab a buddy and join us outside!
20. Movie Night
January 2016 – All-school movie night in the gym. Coordinate with principal to purchase popcorn and licorice and arrange for a few volunteers to “sell” (using Beep-Beeps for money) concessions during the event. Minimal time commitment.
21. Music Classroom
Assist the music teacher with grade level programs. Time commitment: varies during the year
22. Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)
This statewide program for Grades 3-5 motivates students to read books, discuss them, quiz each other on the contents, and then compete in teams of four to correctly answer questions based on the books in a quiz show format. Volunteers are needed to help support the Ridgewood staff member who coordinates this program by running the timer and keeping score during battles. Time commitment: 1-3 hours per week (lunchtime) during February.
23. Passport Club
Passport Club is an optional geography program open to 1st-5th grade students. Each month, students study countries around the world or regions of the United States. They are rewarded with colorful copies of real stamps which they place in their individual passport. Check out the bulletin board at school in the Production Room hallway to see all of the students who have completed Level 5 this year. Way to go Ridgewood Students!!
Help is needed to cut stamps at home, make copies of maps needed monthly, and to participate as a checker during the once-a- month student “Check Day.” “Check Day” is typically held the last Wednesday of the month. This program enables volunteers to work with children outside their child’s immediate classroom.
Would you like to help with Passport Club? Contact our volunteer team.
Here is a website where students can learn more about geography and test their geography knowledge.
24. Picture Day
September 27, 2016: Help students get ready for pictures by combing hair and directing them to the appropriate area. Time commitment: September; volunteers are needed for the entire day. Picture re-takes are scheduled for November 3, 2016
25. Production Room
Meet Wednesday mornings from 9-11am (or longer if you are able) to work on classroom materials for teachers. Make a regular time commitment or just drop in. Enjoy visiting with other Ridgewood volunteers while getting lots of work done! Time commitment: determined by individual volunteer
26. Science Festival
Each Spring Ridgewood hosts a Science Festival. It’s free to participate. More information will be added to this website as we get closer to the date. In the meantime, begin brainstorming ideas for your next science project.
- Science Fair Questions
- Science Fair Projects
- Science Buddies
- Science Videos Discovery School
- Discovery School
27. Scooter Town
2017 date TBD (usually March or April): Assist PE teacher during your child’s PE class time or help out all week long! Volunteers needed to make this Ridgewood tradition a fun success. Volunteers also needed to set-up, take-down, and create new decorations. Most work completed during first two weeks of March or April.
28. Staff Appreciation Week
Be part of the team that recognizes our wonderful Ridgewood staff by planning, decorating, and/or bringing meals, snacks and beverages during this week in May.
Time commitment: 1 week in May
29. Staff Treats
Provide simple refreshments for monthly staff meetings one month or all ten. Easy and so appreciated! Two volunteers needed each month.
30. Vision Screening
October 6, 2016. Escort students to-and-from the classroom for this annual assessment. Time commitment: one day only; shifts available.
31. Walk and Bike to School Days
Help coordinate the spring walk and bike to school week series of events