Donations from Amazon Smile as of 1/2/2021

$ 766.45


Amazon customers are supporting Ridge HSA as of 1/2/2021

 Use this link  to visit and help earn money for Ridge at the  same time! Every you shop Amazon via this link, a portion of everything you buy will be donated to Ridge!


Ridge School's Earning so far this year

$ 205.20


2020-2021 BOX TOP For Education goal

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In these unprecedented times, we appreciate any donation you are able to send. Our success is dependent on the generosity of families like you. We hope to continue the legacy of offering the best educational opportunities for our children.
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November & December


11/9 - HSA Public Meeting

11/9-11 - Fall Book Fair

11/19 - Colonial Craft Day

11/24 - Thanksgiving Break! (12:45pm Dismissal)

11/25-26 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)


12/14 - Spelling Bee (12:00 pm)

12/16 - Spelling Bee (1:15pm)

12/17 - Teacher Appreciation Lunch

12/23 - December Break (12:45pm Dismissal)

12/24 – 12/31 December Break (No School)


september 8, 2021

Fourth & Fifth Grade Parents:  

The Ridgewood Police Department has restored our driveway crossing guard, so you may return to dropping off/picking up your children in the Staff Parking Lot.  Thank you for your patience!


Ridge School Photos are still available for ordering!  See all info here:  Ridge Photos Ordering Info.pdf 

Photo Make-ups (for students who were absent) will be on Monday, November 15th.   If you want to request a re-take for   a photo already taken, please email Mrs. Quinlan so we can have your child’s name on the list. 


Wishing Tree:  There are still a number of “wishes” on our Wishing Tree in the lobby.  If you take a snowflake to help a child this holiday season, please return the gift to Ridge UNwrapped and with the tag attached.  Thank you!


LOST & FOUND….all items in our Lost & Found will be placed on tables on the front patio this Friday (11/11) for you to look for your child’s missing items of clothing.  Clothing not collected will be donated.

Thanksgiving Food Drive:  We will once again be helping the SSA of Ridgewood provide Thanksgiving Food – please read carefully to see what Ridge is collecting: RIDGE SSA Thanksgiving Flyer (1).docx 


Notes from the Health Office: 

  • When calling a child in absent, please leave a DETAILED message (sore throat, cough, family day, etc.).  Just saying “my child doesn’t feel well” or “my child will be out today” isn’t enough.   This year, especially, we need to track illnesses.  Thanks for your cooperation with this.

  • Please check the district’s COVID dashboard for all info about COVID – testing, quarantining, etc.

  • REMINDER:  Home Covid Tests are NOT accepted.

  • Your children should have their own mask (on a lanyard) with a backup in their backpack.  We do not have an unlimited supply of masks to give to students. 







Book Fair

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please click the link to the signup genius to volunteer for the book fair. We need parent volunteers to staff the book fair for three shifts each day, as well as an early morning setup shift and an after school clean up shift on each day. FALL BOOK FAIR 2021 - Parent Sign Up.pdf 
Fall Book Fair Sign Up


Outdoor Reading Corner 

With the front ramp walk and courtyard space complete, we are focusing on the next phase of the Ridge Beautification Project. Due to generous donations of materials and equipment by Downes Trees and Kuiken Brothers, we have been able to create a natural seating area to accompany the upcoming Jean Schoenlank Reading Corner and Outdoor Library.  

Next week we will be doing final sanding and shellacking of the benches and stump seats — and extra hands are welcome to make both tasks take less time.  

We are looking for roughly hour time commitments, between 9:30 and 11:30, M-Th of next week. Sanding and shellacking materials will be provided … dress appropriately! 


Exact times and days TBD (we want to be flexible based on your availability)!!  If you are interested in helping, please email or text Amy Hayes.



LEAP is back and we need you!  Looking for parents to supervise indoor lunch/activity … it’s just a 1/2 hour commitment once a week for four weeks.  No need to come up with an idea because we have tons and tons of simple activities (Legos! Coloring! Board Games!).  Please see the link for more information.  Questions?  Please contact Julia Bender at or

For more information, click here.


Art Class Volunteers

Interested in supporting ART at Ridge?  Mrs. Stewart, our art teacher, needs parent volunteers to:

·       Help with students’ art displays (volunteer for 1 hour)

·       Help in the Art Studio (classes are 50 minutes weekly, see schedule for your student(s) class) 21-22 ART Schedule.pdf 

We will work with your schedule. All parent volunteers must be fully vaccinated and wear masks. If you are interested, please contact Christin Williams at and Jeannie Kohler at this week.


Red Zone

Have you signed up yet? This is not the orange zone, the black zone or even the Twilight Zone. This is the RED ZONE! We always need volunteers and if you’re reading this, then you are a highly qualified applicant. Please sign up here today and join the other awesome volunteers who have committed their time and talent to moving kids and cars along safely.


Frosty Fridays

How do you feel about popsicles and sticky fingers? If you answered, “COUNT ME IN!”, then we want your help. We are looking for a Frosty Friday Volunteer Coordinator to help plan our Spring Frosty Fridays. If interested, email Meaghan Nadeau.



Thanksgiving Treats

Thanksgiving is around the corner! Ridge School HSA is once again partnering with Village Table to offer delicious desserts to complement your Thanksgiving feast. There is something for everyone, including decorated and DIY cookies, mini pies in a variety of flavors, hot cocoa bombs and cupcakes.  Head to this google form to place your order.  Orders must be in by November 18, no exceptions! Pick up your order at Ridge on Tuesday, November 23.

Charleston Wrap

ONLY A FEW WEEKS LEFT! Thank you to all who have already ordered. If you haven't had a chance to shop yet, we need YOUR support! With over 2,500 gift ideas, you can check-off your holiday gift-list and support Ridge too! Shopping couldn't be easier, either click on the following flyer link, Charleston Wrap.pdf or you may also access Charleston Wrap directly through this link Charleston Wrap - HUB ( use Organization ID: 20119. Please note: Personalized/Boutique items may take up to two weeks to ship. If your order includes personalized items and standard items, the order will be held until the personalized items are received and the order can ship complete. We appreciate all of your support and encourage you to spread the word to your family and friends! The more people who shop, the more money we can raise for Ridge!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Emily Howell.



School Directory

The Ridge directory for the 2021-2022 school year is now available! Head to to pay your $30 dues and get access to this year’s directory information. Thank you for your patience while we give you access. It takes about 24-48 hours once you pay your dues, but we are on it!

Any questions, email Lisette Coffina.

Book Gifting

The Ridge School Library Book Gifting Program is back! This program provides our school library with lots of new books each year. It is a great way to recognize your child’s birthday while contributing a lasting gift to our library’s collection.  Please visit the following link within our website to participate. Questions? Contact Julia Bender 

Tuesday Tips/Parent Hacks

Do your kids come home asking “Mom [Dad], Sally had the most fantastic snack at school, can I get that too?” Are you the parent sending your child to school with the most coveted snack in the classroom? Do you have a trick for getting your kids to eat broccoli or a child accessory that all the neighborhood parents are asking you for? We are looking for great parent hacks and stellar recommendations for our new Tuesday Tips section on our social media channels. Email Jean Whitehead with your unique recommendations and you may see yourself highlighted on our social media channels.


American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER III Federal Grant - Public Comment

Ridgewood Public Schools will be provided with $1,066,230 in the ESSER III Main Grant and 4 sub grants of ($456,952, $40,000, $40,000 and $45,000). The district is taking public comments until November 17 at 12:00 pm on how best to spend their allocation. Head to this google form to provide your comment today.




11/9 - HSA Public Meeting

11/9-11 - Fall Book Fair

11/19 - Colonial Craft Day

11/24 - Thanksgiving Break! (12:45pm Dismissal)

11/25-26 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)


12/14 - Spelling Bee (12:00 pm)

12/16 - Spelling Bee (1:15pm)

12/17 - Teacher Appreciation Lunch

12/23 - December Break (12:45pm Dismissal)

12/24 – 12/31 December Break (No School)


Have an entry for Ridge eNews? Send it to Jean Whitehead by the end of the day on Friday including any flyers or attachments.

Visit for eNews and upcoming dates!

Please visit this link for all district and school notices:




The Ridge School HSA is a non-profit organization comprised of parents/guardians of students, faculty and administration of Ridge School.

We support enriching experiences for our children and provide interesting and important information to parents/guardians throughout the year.

This website contains important information for parents of Ridge School students including how you can help make Ridge school better. Please refer to it throughout the year.



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SCHOOL HOURS - during regular school year 



The mission of Ridge School is to provide all students with equal access to a full education recognizing their various learning styles and providing them with the skills needed for their fullest participation in a changing society. This education will emphasize the dignity of the individual in an atmosphere of active support, open communication, financial commitment and cooperation among professional staff, parents, children and the larger Ridgewood community.



The Ridge School website is

Click "Select a School" then click "Ridge Elementary School." The website contains current information about what is happening at Ridge.


Pages include: 
Information on HSA activities 
Emergency closing information 


Grades 1-5   

Minimum Day Hours: 

8:30 am-2:55 pm

8:35 am-3:00 pm 

8:35 am-12:45 pm

SCHOOL HOURS - during hybrid/virtual school year

All Grades

8:30 am - 12:45 pm

Following A/B schedule 

As playgrounds are closed, we strongly urge that students arrive at school as close to 8:30 as possible, but must arrive on time. Students will now enter through designated grade-level doors for a temperature check. 
On inclement weather days, students may line up with grade level groups on the terrace by the front entrance. This covered area offers protection from rain. A small flag will be displayed to alert students to wait on the terrace. 

ABSENCE VERIFICATION SYSTEM - Still valid during hybrid/virtual schooling 

This telephone answering system serves as a double check of a student's absence and assures that each child sent to school has arrived safely. Parents should report student absences by calling (201)670-2740 ext. 1 any time before 8:45am or 1 :00pm. A recorded message will ask that the following information be provided: 

  1. Student's name 

  2. Student's grade and teacher 

  3. Date(s) absent 

  4. Reason for child's absence 

The messages will be checked twice a day at 8:45am and 1:00pm against the teachers' absence reports. If a child is not in school and has not been reported as absent, a secretary will call the parent. 


Still Valid During hybrid/virtual


With the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, the U.S. Congress established a requirement that all school districts with a federally funded school meals program develop and implement wellness policies that address nutrition and physical activity. As of September 1, 2007, Ridgewood's Board Policy #3542.1 affects us in the following ways:


NO CANDY or SODA may be sent to school for classroom treats, birthdays, or other celebrations (i.e. Halloween, Valentine's Day.) Teachers may not give candy or any food as rewards. 

Peanut butter, nuts and any food items containing such will not be served in the schools. Snacks may be consumed in the classroom if permitted by the classroom teacher. First and second grade students are allowed to have snack every morning; however, only healthy snacks are permitted.


Students may bring soda, other non-approved beverages, baked goods, or candy to school for their own consumption, although children and parents are encouraged to make healthy choices.


Students may NOT celebrate their birthdays in school with food or gifts. 

Teachers/Students will brainstorm a list of ways to celebrate birthdays in school, e.g. recess, game, special activity cards. Birthdays are announced from the office each week . 

Any item sent to school for general consumption MUST include a list of ingredients. Teachers/Parents may not distribute any food item unless we receive a list of ingredients.


For store-bought items, the list on the package will be sufficient. 

Homemade items must include the ingredients in the recipe. 

NO candy is permitted, even as decoration on treats. 

NO soda is permitted at birthday or holiday celebrations.


A goal of the policy is that as students learn about healthy nutrition, they will bring healthy beverages and lunches to school; however, the guidelines do not limit what students can bring to school for their own consumption. 



Students in Grades 4 and 5 are permitted to ride bikes to and from school provided they ride legally, safely and considerately. Bike helmets are required by law. Children should dismount at the approach to the school driveway and walk their bikes to the rack. Ignoring crossing guards or disregarding safety rules may result in the loss of riding privileges.


Skateboards, roller blades and scooters are prohibited and must not be brought to school.


Making, carrying or throwing snowballs is prohibited on school grounds and while traveling to and from school.


Surprise parties for teachers are not allowed. Such parties embarrass the teacher involved and create social pressure.for other classes to do likewise. Invitations to home parties may not be handed out in school. Remember that children's feelings are easily hurt. 

VISITORS - No visitors allowed during hybrid/virtual learning.



Cell phones and smart watches arc not permitted for students. During school hours devices must be turned off and placed in student backpacks.


ILLNESS - Non Covid 
Please do not send your child to school if he or she is not feeling well. Illness spreads quickly in a classroom environment. General guidelines include: 
No fever in the past 24 hours 
No persistent cough 
No thick nasal mucous 
No fatigue or general discomfort 
When a child becomes ill at school, the school nurse provides only first aid care and, when necessary, arranges for the child to go home. If parents are not available, the person listed on the child's emergency form is notified and asked to come for the child. No child will be sent home without an adult from elementary school.


ILLNESS - Covid 
Any student showing symptoms of a covid-like illness will be safely isolated near the health office, and parents will be informed to pick up their child as quickly as possible. Return to school will require a doctor's note.


Students will not be dismissed from school to walk to medical appointments. Children are asked to wait in the office until picked up by a designated adult.

During hybrid/virtual learning, we ask that all appointments be made after 12:45 p.m.


The nurse cannot legally administer medicine internally without a doctor's written order. Therefore, the nurse cannot offer even such medication as aspirin. If it is necessary for your child to take medicine during school hours, the medicine must be given to the nurse along with the parental request. The student should not carry medication to school each day; instead, the container with the prescription label should be left in school with the nurse. Medicine intended for home use should be kept separately in a labeled container at home. If the school nurse is not available, the medication may be given only by the parent. The authorization for medication does not extend beyond the current school year.


Pediculosis is a continuing and annoying problem among school-aged children. In order to limit the spread of pediculosis, we have instituted a number of procedures at Ridge School.


It is the practice of Ridge School that any student determined to have head lice be temporarily excluded from school until they have been treated, rechecked by the school nurse and are "nit free." If you find head lice or nits (eggs) on your child at home, please do your part to prevent the spread of this communicable condition. Notify the school nurse immediately so she can check children in your child's grade level. 

This information will be handled in a confidential manner. Please also inform the parents of your child's close friends and check all family members for possible infestation for at least two weeks. After treating your child with lice shampoo, it is extremely important that you manually remove all nits from your child's hair. The school nurse must check your child before returning to class to ensure that he/she is not free.


FALL PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES - will be held virtually this year
Parent-Teacher conferences will be held between late September and Thanksgiving. The conferences are designed for parents to meet with their children's teachers in order to set goals for the year. Information about scheduling of these conferences will be communicated through the classroom teacher.


Each Tuesday, school notices will be emailed to parents and posted on the Ridge School website. Your child may also bring home materials if they are not suited for posting on the website.


The calendar included in this handbook lists the school vacations for the year 2020-2021. Please try to schedule family vacations at these times to avoid unnecessary disruptions in your child's academic program.


State regulations and Board of Education policy require that parents be informed that they may request a copy of pupil records upon the child's departure form the Ridgewood Public Schools. If you wish to have a copy, please direct your request to the school principal. Parents may make an appointment with the principal to review their child's records at any time.


Lost and found items are located on the table near the front door. Please check there if you are missing items of clothing, etc. Please label all your children's belongings to limit the number of items in the lost and found.


INTERRUPTION OF CLASSES - Items may not be dropped off during hybrid/virtual

Because of the potential for interruptions of the instructional program, the office does not call students out of class for lunches, instruments, homework, library books, etc. Teachers have been instructed to send students who are missing these items down to the office to see if they have been delivered. Please reinforce with your children that if they realize they are missing any of the above items, they should check with the office to see if they have been delivered. Please do not deliver items directly to the classrooms or closets during school hours.


The Bill Ward Discretionary Fund, named for former principal Bill Ward, provides financial assistance to families with children at Ridge Elementary School who find themselves in need. Assistance may be used to help pay for such things as summer school and summer camps, rental of musical instruments, Book Fair, class trips, book gifting, etc. The money in the fund is invested in an interest bearing account that will allow access to funds whenever needed. If you or anyone you know are in need, please send a note or make a telephone call to the principal, Jean Schoenlank. The privacy of the recipients will be respected and all requests will remain confidential. Contributions may be made to the fund by writing a check payable to the Bill Ward Discretionary Fund, and forwarding it to the HSA Treasurer.




Students in the Ridgewood Public School District's six elementary schools are expected to follow a golden rule: 

Treat other people and their things the way you would like to be treated. 
We believe this rule is a clear compass to guide all behavior in all situations. In addition to modeling this rule through daily actions, the faculty and staff regularly address this rule through weekly character education sessions, regular read aloud sessions, and school wide events. 

We believe that elementary school is a time to grow and learn from mistakes. Therefore, we are guided by a progressive discipline philosophy. We have listed some possible consequences for violating our Student Code of Conduct, in order of severity. Because we believe that the consequences for students should have meaning and help them learn, we also explore alternative forms of discipline if we feel it is in the best interest of the students.


Infractions that are not acceptable in a school environment include: harassment, intimidation, bullying*, theft, destruction and/or defacing school property, fighting, leaving school property without permission, disrespect to fellow students/faculty, violation of acceptable use policy for technology, and inappropriate behavior that is disruptive to the learning or safety of others. 

Possible consequences include: 

Discussion with students and/or their parents 
Written reflection 
Lunch/recess detention 
After school detention 
Alternative discipline such as an assignment or community service 
Suspension or expulsion in the case of dangerous or unsafe behavior, serious or repeated harassment, intimidation, bullying*, fighting, theft or vandalism.


Our discipline standard requires that we address any action of which we are made aware by investigating it and, if necessary, by implementing discipline. Our philosophy of progressive discipline focuses on teaching a student to behave properly so the consequences may be simply talking to a student and recording the incident, or as severe as a suspension. Should a student repeat the same offense or several small offenses, she will receive more severe discipline.


Counseling and the Child Study Team services may be utilized in order to assist students in adhering to the Student Conduct of Conduct. Teachers and administrators provide additional group and individual support as appropriate. Student conduct is almost never black and white and we will provide due diligence in any investigation, but we are not a court of law. We do not discriminate based on gender, age, religious orientation or any other protected class, and our policies and practices are implemented without regard to membership in such groups. We do not make public the disciplinary actions that we impose on a student, even to the family of a victim if there is one. We respect the privacy of all students. 

*Ridgewood Board of Education Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy and Regulation (5512, R 5512) may be found at www.ridgewood.k12.nj.usunder Board Policies and Regulations.



This directory is a publication of the Ridge Home & School Association and is not an official publication of the Ridgewood Public Schools system, and is published solely for the informational and social convenience of Ridge School families. No one, including, but not limited to, members of the Ridge Home and School Association, Inc., and any employee or representative of the school system is permitted to give information in this document to any person or organization which solicits or is engaged in any commercial, outside charitable, political or partisan purpose. No one may use the information in this document for personal gain. The names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of families in this directory should be treated as private and confidential.





HOURS 8:35 AM - 3:00 PM


PRINCIPAL Michael Piacenza


Jean Whitehead