When Our Schools Are Strong, Our Community Thrives
We are investing in our students' futures every day and in more ways than one. This includes paying our taxes so our schools can operate as intended, where every child has the opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed.
You should have already received your ballot in the mail and noticed there is a measure, the Educational Programs & Operations Replacement Levy (EP&O), for the Kent School District. This includes our school.
The Replacement EP&O supports educational programs, student learning, and staffing. It helps pay for:
- Student safety and school security.
- Career readiness programs including opportunities for exploration, acceleration, and remediation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM).
- Bullying prevention and social-emotional learning programs.
- Educational support for students with special needs.
- Daily operations to support clean, healthy, and well-maintained schools and classrooms.
- Professional development for teachers, paraeducators, principals, and educational support staff.
- Essential staff like classroom teachers, nurses, counselors, social workers, and bus drivers not fully funded by the state.
Each year, Kent School District invests an average of $12,321 per student. If the replacement levy is approved by voters, this funding continues and will ensure all students in Kent School District have the same opportunities, regardless of abilities, backgrounds, or family income.
This two-year replacement levy will not affect your overall school tax rate. Providing a stable tax rate, while also addressing educational needs, was a primary goal when planning the renewal levy and remains a high priority for our district.
If you haven’t registered to vote, or don’t know how to register, please visit our website for more information. We also have voter registration forms available in the school office.
Exciting Spring at Ridgewood!
Ridgewood is gearing up for a busy spring! Students in grades 3-6 are preparing to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in May. Fifth-grade students will also be taking the Washington Comprehension Assessment of Science (WCAS).
We have several events to look forward to as well, including:
- Multicultural Night: March 12
- Sixth Grade Outdoor School: March 23-26
- Kindergarten Orientation: late April
- Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Auction: May 9
- Band and Orchestra Spring Concert: May 22
- Volunteer Recognition: May 28
We look forward to seeing families at these events and around our school!
Our Partnership in Education
At Ridgewood Elementary everyone is a reader, an author, an illustrator, an artist, a mathematician, a scientist, and beyond. We are unlocking our potential all day every day!
We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure all students can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school we need support from both the home and school.
We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education.
As partners, we ask for support in guiding your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:
- Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
- Completes all homework assignments given by teachers
- Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
- Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
- Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
- Knows that you expect him/her to succeed and understands that everyone belongs at Ridgewood!