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September Newsletter


September, 2013

RES Newsletter

Hello Parents,


It’s hard to believe we are into our fifth week of the new school year.  I plan to publish a Ridgway Elementary School Newsletter 6-8 times throughout the year. My hope is to help provide parents with as much pertinent information as possible.

Trish Greenwood


Ridgway Elementary School


Upcoming Events:

Creede Repertory Theater Play, Sept. 30, 1:30-2:15

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, October 2-3

No School, October 4th

School Board Candidate Forum, October 7th, 6:30 pm

Images of the World Assembly, October 11, TBD

Student Picture Day, October 15th

End of First Quarter, October 24th


Hank Dorsey trying out the bus during a home visit in August,.

Special Assemblies and Field Trips at RES

The fourth grade students have been on numerous field trips as Mrs. Javoronok is trying to bring Ridgway and Ouray County history to life for her students. So far they have been to the Railroad Musuem, hiked Bear Creek in Telluride, participated in a Ute “Bear Dance” with regional fourth graders, visited the Ouray County courthouse. From all of these experiences the fourth grade students will be writing a book on the history of the region.


Third grade students visited Ridgway State Park to learn about the Bird Banding Project that wildlife biologists and the Divison of Wildlife participate in each year. Did you know that they collect data on birds visiting our park on their migration to Sentral and South America? The students observed a wildlife biologist collect data, place a band on a bird’s leg and even got to hear the amazing heartbeat of bird (1,000 beats per minute). Third grade students recently traveled to the Ridgway Community Garden.


Amy Laubenstein, the Director of The Pinhead Institute, brought a scientist into school this week to teach 3-5 graders about his work studying weather. Cory Wolf is an Associate Professor at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. He showed images of different weather clouds, slow-motion images of lightning hitting the earth’s surface, and showed students how to make a tornado in a jar. The Pinhead Institute provides regional guest speakers to schools with the goal of educating and encouraging interest in science.  Look for more Pinhead Scientist visits this year!


All RES students are working with a guest artist in music this week. Mrs. Kubinyi received a grant from the Mount Sneffels Education Foundation to bring in Faro Talno to the Ridgway Schools. Fara Tolno is originally from Guinea and is a master drummer. He lives in Boulder, CO and does many school outreach sessions annually. He is the guest teacher for all RES music classes this week. I joined a second grade class and was immediately caught up with the drumming. Tolno Folno is masterful in engaging students and they were drumming the entire music period. This Friday he will present an all-school assembly at 2:45 in the Eagle’s Nest.

Special Project at RES:

Mrs. McKay is very enthusiastic about giving the library a new look. She wants to make the library more user friendly for students and is working hard to collaborate with other librarians in Ouray, Ridgway and Telluride.  She has written a grant for new materials and is hoping to create more “cozy spaces’ inside the library where kids can curl up with a good book. If you have a nice chair you’d like to donate to the library, please contact Mrs. McKay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mrs. McKay is always looking for a few good volunteers who would enjoy helping to re-shelve books one hour a week. This effort would greatly increase the amount of time Mrs. McKay would have to work on other library projects including: purchasing books, processing books, ordering materials, planning library lessons. If you are an organized individual who enjoys volunteering in a quiet environment please contact Melissa.


New Initiatives from the State of Colorado

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has a number of new initiatives that teachers across the state are working on. First off is the new teacher evaluation system, commonly referred to as Senate Bill 191 or SB 191.

This new teacher evaluation system requires that all teachers be evaluated every year using a new teacher rubric. Last year the staff spent numerous afternoons going over each of the five new standards they will be evaluated on. This is the first year of implementation and Mr. Hobbs, Ms. Gomez and I are working together to make sure we spend a lot of time in classrooms in order to meet all state deadlines.


The new evaluation rubric defines what good teaching looks like and specifies what teachers should be doing and what students should be doing if all standards are put into practice. As a principal I look forward to time spent in the classroom and enjoy the professional conversations that I have during each teacher evaluation cycle. I view it as being an educational coach, which I like very much!

Fundraising for RES:

This Saturday, September 28th, is the annual Mt. Sneffels Education Fund Auction. All proceeds from this event go towards funding enriching experiences for the students of Ridgway and Ouray Schools. The event will begin at 6:00 pm at the Ouray County 4-H Center.


I am working on building a scholarship fund for students attending preschool and extended day kindergarten.  It is very important to help with tuition for students needing early intervention so they may experience full-day education.


1.     Continue to return BoxTops to RES. We receive funds for the quantities of box tops collected.

2.     Open a debit or charge card at Target. This card will give you 5% off each time you shop and a portion of funds spent come right back to our school. I’ve already received a check for $185.00.

3.     When shopping at Office Depot, you can select Ridgway Elementary as your school of choice and we will receive 5% of your purchase towards free supplies.

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

October 2nd and 3rd

You will be getting notification of your designated time for a parent, teacher and student conference. Please be sure to bring your child with you since we find it very important to have them present at all conferences.

During this conference you will be hearing about how your child is doing academically, socially and behaviorally at school.  You will not be given a report card or specific grades. This conference is meant to discuss your child’s progress prior to the end of the first quarter on October 24th.  Please be sure to address any questions or concerns you have at your conference.

Contacting Staff

The best way to reach teachers and staff is via email. All you need to do is add the first initial of the first name followed by the last name and @ridgway.k12.co.us

Teachers check email regularly and can often respond faster with email than via the phone.