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Tuesday, October 27, 2020


IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you are in a car picking up a child after school, you may only pick him/her up in the red painted area of the red zone. We see many people violating this rule and it is dangerous for your children! Do NOT pick them up by the 2nd grade driveway (children can walk the short walk to the red paint area) and do NOT pick them up on Ridgewood Avenue. PLEASE- this is about safety, not convenience. Also, children and adults should not be crossing the Ridge driveway as a shortcut. Stay on the sidewalks at all times. Thank you in advance for being a good role model and doing your part to keep our children and community safe.

Ridgewood Public Schools has a partnership with Care Plus and they have put together this helpful presentation called Remote Learning Tips for Parents. Check it out!

Parents: Remember that students in Grades 1-5 have the opportunity to socialize with students in their grade level, led by our specialists and guidance counselor. This is a fun opportunity!

Grade Level Captains/ Grade Level/Meeting Days, Time/Google Classroom Code

  • Mrs. Rubin/ Grade /1 Mondays or Thursdays (every other week, beginning week of 10/5*) 2:00pm / n67urpc

  • Ms. Tahan/Grade 2/Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday 1:30pm/ 3tr5pxc

  • Ms. Tobin/Grade 3/Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday 2:00pm/azbzcui

  • Ms. Eng/Grade 4/Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday 1:15pm/l3dj23q

  • Mrs. Pecorelli/Grade 5/Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday 1:15pm or 2:30pm/ tknkkw

*Please note that we share Mrs. Rubin with Orchard, and her sessions will meet every other week.

SCHOOL PHOTOS:   you may now view your child’s photos online for ordering.  Attached are the directions.  Please note that your child’s ID# is available on Skyward Parent Access.     Photo Ordering Directions.pdf

HOLIDAY “WISHING’ TREE….Even though things are a bit different this year, one thing that hasn’t changed is the generosity of Ridge families. We will once again be participating in the Holiday Wish campaign for Children’s Aid and Family Services.  Our tree will be out on the patio each day until all the wishes are taken.  One change this year is there are quite a few requests for gift cards due to the pandemic.  But we are confident that all wishes will be filled, and Ridge will again help lots of needy children have a joyful holiday season.  Our Wishing Tree will be on the front patio starting next Monday, 11/2, since all gifts need to be returned by early December.  Thank you in advance!

Health Notices:

IMPORTANT: Please read Mrs. Manke’s letter about the change in COVID risk factors. Moderate Risk Letter from Mrs. Manke.pdf

Your child needs to wear a CLEAN mask to school each day….cloth masks can be washed, and others should be swapped out each day.  This preserves the effectiveness of the mask.

When calling your child in sick to the nurse, please be specific about your concerns; do not use vague “isn’t feeling well” – please let me know if they have a stomach ache, cough, sore throat, etc.  Also, if you are emailing the teacher about an absence, please copy Mrs. Manke at

HSA Announcements

The Directory is LIVE on GroupSpot!!

To join Ridge School on GroupSpot, please follow these easy instructions:

  • Click on the mobile invite link below

  • Download the GroupSpot app from your respective app store

  • Open the app & create a GroupSpot account

  • Use the invite code below to access the group

  • Answer a few background questions & request to join

  • Once approved, start enjoying your new app

School Group Name: Ridge Elementary School HSA Invite

Link: Invite Code: ooNJToSCuFNWVvPr5

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mindy Muselli or Ashley Minetti.  If you haven’t paid your Membership Dues, please go to

Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Let’s have some Halloween Fun! Go to and submit a photo of your family’s carved pumpkin through Saturday.  The Student Council will vote on the winners of these categories:

  • Cutest

  • Funniest

  • Old School

  • Most Creative

Village Table Fundraiser

Introducing a locally curated food program for the 2020-2021 school year, providing delivery and curbside pickup.  Village Table offers fresh produce and meat delivered to your door in addition to menus from local eateries like Parkwood Deli, Catchy, Blue Moon, West Side Bagel, Brothers, etc.   A percentage of every order goes straight to the Ridge HSA to help fund our enrichment activities and exciting student programs.

Go to

Select create an account

Enter the password- villagetable7

The Ridge Online Book Fair Starts November 9

Get ready for reading! Our Scholastic Book Fair will be virtual this year and even more interactive and fun. You’ll be able to:

> Walk through a virtual Book Fair to browse for books.

> Interact with exclusive author and video content.

> Purchase books for the classroom from your teachers’ wish lists.

> Browse popular picks from the comfort of your home.

Save the date: Access begins November 9 and continues through November 22

Advertising in the Ridge HSA Directory Looking for an easy way to advertise your business and support our school’s HSA at the same time? GroupSpot has an advertising section just waiting for your company’s details. All money raised from purchased advertisements goes directly to the Ridge HSA. Please contact if interested.

Red Zone Volunteers Needed – Especially for Group B!!

As Mr. Rodgers Bruno said in his video, to keep red zone, we need parents to volunteer for AM and PM shifts to help children out of the cars and start their day off with a helping gloved hand! Please contact Mark Bruno at  for more information or click here to sign up

Thank You Notes:

  • Thank you to the families who donated the $5 in shipping fees for the directory to the HSA!

  • Thank you to the families who supported Ridge in the Charleston Wrapping Paper Fundraiser!

Upcoming dates:


10/29 – Halloween Cohort A

10/30 – Halloween Cohort B and Remote Students


11/3 – Election Day – No School

11/5 – 11/6 – NJEA Convention – No School

11/17 – HSA public meeting (7:00 pm)

11/17 – 11/19 – Virtual Book Fair

11/25 – Thanksgiving Break – 12:45 Dismissal

11/26 – 11/27 – Thanksgiving Break – No School

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

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