Welcome, Kindergarten!
We've heard raving reviews from Mrs. Riddick and Mrs. Rose's kindergarten class. These students have adjusted so well to the "big school" and they are doing a great job wearing their masks and learning all about the different places in school: the Jerrie Jenkins Taylor Media Center, Revelle Gym, the computer lab, the cafeteria and more. We hope it is a great year for them!
Send your sealed bid for prime parking!
Normally, these prime parking spots would be auction items at our Annual Ridgecroft Auction. However, the 2020 Auction was canceled due to COVID and these items were never purchased for the 2020-2021 school year. There are 2 PRIME parking spots available - 1 parent PICK YOUR OWN parking spot and 1 student parking spot in the Upper School Lot.
Please email your HIGHEST and BEST bid to Claire in the Development Office (cabshire@ridgeroft.org) by Monday, August 24 at 12pm noon.
The minimum bid on each parking spot is $700.
All money raised benefits the Ridgecroft School Annual Fund.
Please know your spot will be reserved August 24, 2020 to August 1, 2021.
Please allow 1-2 weeks for your personalized sign to arrive.
Reserved Parent Parking -
Pick your spot!
Running late? Buy your spot and reserve it close to the main office. Visiting Revelle Gym for games? Buy your spot and reserve it at the gym!
Reserved Student Parking -
Upper School Lot
COVID-19 Resources
All communication related to COVID-19 procedures can be found on the Ridgecroft website here. Please keep in mind these policies and procedures are subject to change and all parents will be notified via email of any change in these documents. Since the last Ram Page, we have added 1 new document - Reminders & Middle School Arrival/Dismissal.
Pura Vida Bracelets
There are Pura Vida bracelets for sale in the Development Office. The bracelets are $10 each and they are Ridgecroft colors - blue, white and gold!
Ridgecroft tumblers
Ridgecroft tumblers for sale in the Development Office! Straw included. $8 each.
Ridgecroft Silicone Mobile Pockets
Mobile pockets for sale in the Development Office. $3 each.
Ridgecroft Masks
Youth and adult sizes available in the Development Office. $5 each.
Meet our new 4th Grade Teacher!

Describe your background and what you did prior to Ridgecroft.
I was a teacher at Gatesville Elementary in Gates County for 15 years (9 years in 2nd grade and 6 years in 4th grade).

What do you like most about teaching? 
My favorite thing about teaching is the students. I love to see their faces when they learn a new math concept.

What is your favorite quote? 
My favorite quote is "Stand up for your principles, even if you stand alone."

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I love to cook (especially bake), walk in the mornings and read a good book. 

Ms. Perry's email address is bperry@ridgecroft.org
There are other "new faces" who will be on campus this year as part of the Ridgecroft faculty. We plan to share one introduction a week so please stay tuned to meet Ms. Kay Crandall
(Social Studies/Geography/Personal Finance), Mrs. Melissa Joy Edwards (Math),
Ms. Judy Gurganus (5th grade) and Ms. Simone Johnson (Science).
Playground Facelift
PTO helped lead a project to "revamp" the playground. PTO purchased the new border that encompasses the equipment area and the sandbox area. A special thank you to the parents who volunteered their time to install the border and spread the new pea gravel. Also, a huge thank you to TriCo Grading for delivering loads of the new pea gravel. Together, a lot of hands were involved in this project and it looks awesome. PTO also purchased new safety mats that have been placed under each swing.

One family from each class K-5 can sign up to donate $20 worth of new playground toys to their child's class - this will earn 1 service hour. You can sign up here or email Claire if you are interested in helping. (cabshire@ridgecroft.org)

PTO reminds everyone that you can scan your receipts using the Box Tops for Education App to help raise money for Ridgecroft PTO!
Farming Families!
Every year, Bayer sponsors a grant program "America's Farmers Grow Communities," that awards $2,500 to nonprofits all over the country. Farmers apply for this grant and if selected as a winner, he/she is able to designate Ridgecroft School as the recipient of the $2,500 check. In years past, we've had great success in receiving this grant. In fact, one year, 3 different farming families were selected as winners and then gave the money to Ridgecroft (Hertford county family, Halifax county family, Northampton county family). 

If you actively farm 250 acres or more, please complete the application online here. It's super easy and doesn't take long. The application is open until November 1, 2020. Thank you in advance to anyone who is able to apply on behalf of Ridgecroft. Please direct any questions to Claire Abshire in the Development Office cabshire@ridgecroft.org, 252-332-2964.
Professional Development
Mr. Johnson organized two days of professional development before the start of the new school year. There was a focus on technology and staff members were split into two groups: one group in the library and one group in the Computer Lab. We had a "Zoom" video workshop with Mr. Jorge Valenzuela.

Jorge is an education coach, author and advocate. He has years of experience as a classroom and online teacher, a curriculum specialist and a consultant. His work focuses on improving teacher preparation in project-based learning, computational thinking and computer science integration, STEM education and equity based restorative practices. He is an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University and the lead coach at Lifelong Learning Defined.