Thanks everyone for a fantastic Ridgeway “Slice Night” Open House last night! We really appreciate the participation of teachers and administration, and all reports indicate that it was one of the best-attended Open Houses in recent Ridgeway history. We did run a little short on pizza by the end – mental note made for future. We hope everyone was able to pick up a PAC Handbook, full of good info on PAC opportunities and upcoming events. If you didn’t receive a handbook, copies will be left just outside the school office (on the main floor) for pick-up during school hours.

What a shock to the system that October has crept up so fast. But it has, and that means Fun Lunches start soon! And THAT means, Fun Lunch ordering (for the October – December term) closes soon. REMINDER THAT FUN LUNCH ORDERING CLOSES TONIGHT (THURSDAY OCT 2) AT MIDNIGHT. To set up your MunchaLunch Account for the first time, click here. If you have an account but need to log in and complete your order, click here. Sorry, but late orders can not be accommodated. If you can spare a couple hours one Friday to help distribute the Fun Lunches, please click the “Volunteer” link at the top of the MunchaLunch site. For all the upcoming Fun Lunch dates, click here.

This year’s PAC Fit-A-Thon is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15. Students collect pledges ahead of time, then see how many laps of the school field they can run in 12 minutes. The Fit-A-Thon is intended to highlight the fun and importance of fitness, and all funds raised go toward the purchase or replacement of school gym and pep room equipment. Student pledge forms will be sent home on Wednesday October 8, and are to be returned to the classroom teacher by Friday October 17. If you would like to volunteer approximately one hour of your time on the morning of October 15 to record student laps, or set up / tear down the course, please email us with “Fit-A-Thon Volunteer” in the subject.

The first PAC meeting of this year will take place on Monday October 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. This meeting will help set the direction for PAC initiatives and committees for this year, so please plan to attend if you want your voice to be heard (or just want to hear others’ voices)! This will be followed by the PAC Annual General Meeting on Monday November 17, at which all positions are open for election/appointment. For more details see the PAC Meeting Dates page of our site.

Ridgeway PAC’s Annual FAMILY PHOTO NIGHTS are also coming up soon. Pay attention and sign up quick, because this popular opportunity always fills up. Run by MjM Studios, Family Photo Night is an opportunity for you to get a fantastic family photo for MUCH less money and hassle than hiring your own professional photographer!

Who: Your family, including pets (yes, pets), siblings, grandparents, in-laws, and anyone else you consider family.

What: A ten-minute family photography sitting, for $20 per family. The $20 sitting fee includes one 8 x 10 print of your choice, and a whole range of shots to choose from. Additional photos and packages are available for purchase through MjM Studios.

When: A ten-minute sitting time that will be assigned to you. (Preferences are accommodated as much as possible on a first-come, first-served basis.) All sitting times are between 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Monday October 20, or Tuesday October 21.

Where: At Ridgeway Elementary School, using a backdrop and professional lighting set up by MjM Studios.

Why: Why NOT??? You may never look this good again!

How: Sign up by emailing Please include your first and last name, child’s teacher and division number, and preference for date (Monday October 20 or Tuesday October 21) and/or time (between 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.). Note that preferences will be accommodated as much as possible, on a first-come first-served basis.

Last but not least, if you are the proud parent of a Grade 7 student, get ready for Grad Year! A notice about Grad hoodies and an upcoming Grad Parent meeting has gone out to all Grade 7 parents.  If you missed it, it will be posted in a new Grade 7 Grad section of our site shortly.

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