Family Photo Fundraiser

Get your family photos done early! We are excited to be working with once again with Sarah Jane Photography to offer you a Mini Photo Session right here at Ridgeway. Sarah specializes in candid portraits, capturing beautiful family moments in a natural way.

You’ll have a chance to book a 20-minute timeslot for your family photo session.

Friday, October 2 from 10am to 5pm (this is a Pro D day)
Saturday, October 3 from 10am to 5pm

The session fee per 20-minute timeslot is $50 and includes 1 digital image. You have the option to purchase 3 images for $100 or all images (usually around 15) for $250.


As a fundraiser, Ridgeway will get back the session fee for every family that books a timeslot.

* If Friday and Saturday times fill up, we will consider adding the Sunday *

COVID-19 Precautions:

Please complete a self-assessment prior to your session and only come if you pass. Please do not show up more than 5 minutes before your session and please leave after. Please wash your hands before and after your session. Common spaces (such as any benches used) will be sanitized.

PAC Meeting & AGM Sept 21

Start the new year involved and informed. We welcome you to join us for our first Ridgeway Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting of the year to help shape this year’s activities and priorities.

September PAC Meeting / Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Monday, September 21
7pm – 8:30pm
Join the Zoom Meeting HERE or dial 778 907 2071. Alternative dial-in numbers available here.

Meeting ID: 916 8767 4081
Passcode: 358097

The virtual meeting will open at 6:45pm to allow for some socializing / working out of any technical difficulties people have logging on. We will share a PAC Meeting Primer on Monday with all the relevant documents, voting procedures, etc.

The Ridgeway Elementary Parent Advisory Council (PAC) was created by and for parents to have a voice in matters at the school and to enrich the school experience for students and parents. COVID-19 does change what we can do (no in-person events or fun lunch, more info on this to come), but we also have a chance to decide on new ways to create and support our community.

This meeting will also include our deferred Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the election of new volunteers (see below for roles that need filling).

  • Community support / event ideas
  • Proposed budget (restricted due to the impact of COVID-19)
  • Fundraising ideas to add more back to the budget
  • Review of minutes from our last meeting
  • Elections for open positions
  • Updates from Ridgeway admin

The Ridgeway Elementary Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is a registered non-profit society. As an independent organization, it is required that we operate with at least 5 executives including President and Vice President and 3 Directors. Our organization includes the following volunteer positions:

  • President(s)
  • Vice President(s)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Family of Schools Representative
  • District PAC Representative
  • Board of Directors (at least 3, including outgoing President)
  • Various volunteers for committees / fundraisers / tasks

All positions can be shared. We are currently looking for candidates to hold the President and Vice President positions.

Whichever position you choose, or whether you can only attend meetings or volunteer for tasks, being a part of the PAC can be an amazing experience – to meet friends, to connect within the community, and to model involvement for your kids. Most PAC ‘work’ is behind a computer and can be done at any time of day (even for those of us who work full-time!).

President / Vice President Openings

The President and Vice President positions typically oversee various volunteers / committees, manage the finances with the Treasurer, co-ordinate with school admin / teachers, host the meetings, and either do or delegate administrative tasks (email database work, newsletters, etc). The PAC is always whatever the core group of volunteers decide to make it.

The President / Vice President positions must be filled to continue to provide financial support to the teachers and students at this school.

Our bylaws dictate President and Vice president positions are held for a maximum of 2 years per volunteer. The outgoing President will be there to support both roles throughout the years ahead.

If you would like to nominate yourself for any open position, please email before the meeting (ideally!). Thank you!!

Traffic Safety Reminders

As we head back to school this month, we want to take a few moments to encourage you to choose active transportation to school or to support your child in walking to school independently. However, we know that driving is a reality for many families and that it’s important we ensure that driver behaviour is not putting our kids at risk.

We encourage you to ‘Drive to 5‘ – drive to within a five minute walking distance – and follow the safety rules of our neighbourhood (including the *new 30km/hr speed limit* on St. Andrews Ave.):

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Thanks to the advocacy of parents and residents in the area, in 2019/2020 we completed a Ridgeway School Zone Safety Review with the City of North Vancouver that included an online survey, in-person open house, and traffic monitoring throughout the neighbourhood. The result of this review is a new Action Plan for Ridgeway including:

  • Phase 1 (2020 / early 2021) – More visible pedestrian crossings, diagonal diverters, expanding slow zones, street murals to draw attention to no stopping zones, curb bulges and pedestrian priority areas
  • Phase 2 (2021 / 2022) – New speed bumps, raised crosswalks, enhanced pedestrian crossings on Keith Rd

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in this process! We encourage you to review the photos for an idea of some of the improvements coming.

Welcome Back, Ridgeway!

I want to take a moment to warmly welcome everyone to Ridgeway – whether you’re new, returning, or currently on the transition program at home. I also want to extend a huge thank you to the teachers, admins and other staff who have worked hard to welcome us all back to school in these unusual times.

Since there are many new people at the school, I want to take a moment to share some resources:

While we cannot welcome you this year with a big event, we hope you will still feel welcome!

We encourage you to join us on September 21st for our first virtual PAC meeting & AGM (more details coming soon) to get to know more about the school & the year ahead.

PAC AGM Deferred

My fellow parents,

It is with great reluctance that we have made the decision to cancel, rather than defer, our Spring Fair. Originally scheduled for May 9, this event is beloved by our students, staff, parents, and our wider community. I want to personally thank our Spring Fair Committee for working hard on the event this year, bringing many new ideas and enthusiasm to our planning! We look forward to bringing these ideas to you for next year’s Spring Fair. Similarly, all Bike to School Week activities (traditionally held across BC at the end of May) have been postponed until the Fall – once again, I thank our Bike to School Week committee for all the ideas generated so far to bring the love of biking to our school.

The PAC Board of Directors held a virtual meeting this week to review our finances, to decide on the rest of the year’s events, and to discuss options for what the PAC’s role should be now during this stage of remote learning. Many of us volunteer with the PAC out of a desire to create and support a strong community at Ridgeway and in our neighbourhood. We will do our best to continue this support now. If you don’t already, please follow our PAC Facebook page for community resources and community news.

At this time in the year, we usually have two PAC meetings left in our calendar – one in April and our annual general meeting (AGM) in May. We do not have plans to hold a virtual PAC meeting at this time and our preference would be to have our AGM and to vote in new PAC executives in September, if our bylaws and reporting requirements allow for it.

It has been my true privilege to be your PAC President for the past two years – to get to know so many parents and to help bring together our community. Whoever decides to step into the PAC roles next year, I’ll be there to help!

Although we may be physically apart, together our community is strong. To this end, I want to send out a huge THANK YOU to all the amazing teachers and staff at Ridgeway for the work they have done to help bring some ‘normal’ back into our children’s lives with the remote learning we’ve had so far. This has been a huge undertaking – but so hugely appreciated.


COVID-19 Update

My fellow parents,

With K-12 classes suspended until further notice, I know you have many questions and concerns. Many of you are facing hardship, isolation, or anxiety. Many have questions about what we will do in the coming weeks when our children cannot resume school. I have spoken with our Principal, Dean Yeo, about some of those concerns and am assured the School District is working on a response.

Given the uncertainty of the situation we are all facing, the PAC has done the following:

  • Fun Lunch has been suspended. We will follow the lead of the school district, and re-evaluate Fun Lunch when/if schools re-open this year. If you have ordered fun lunch or snacks for the coming session, your order will be cancelled and the amount will remain as a credit in your munchalunch account and automatically be applied towards future orders – whether those are later this school year, or even next year. If your child is graduating this year, or if you would really like a more immediate refund, please email and the PAC will issue you a cheque. Please expect this to take some time, as it requires manual adjustments and volunteer time etc…
  • {Update: events are cancelled} We have hit pause, not cancel, on upcoming PAC events, including our Spring Fair, Bike to School Week, and Pancake Breakfast. We will wait to see how events unfold and will adjust our plans accordingly.
  • We are continuing the detailed planning for our upcoming playground thanks to the generous support of this community. It is likely we will have to delay the build until such time as it is safe for people to gather again.

We will try to share more educational and social resources on our Facebook page.

I also want to take a moment to thank the many parents working the front lines today in hospitals, grocery stores, and childcare services. I also want to thank all those families who are taking the advice to self-isolate and maintain social distance. I know it is not easy to do – and even harder to explain to our children.

In this time, our children will look to us for leadership, guidance, and support. We must look to each other for the same. I encourage you to reach out to others in our community who you suspect may not have very much support. Reach out to parents in your class or parents you know from the playground. Extend a hand in friendship and support. Perhaps relax media rules for children, allowing them to call, FaceTime, or text their friends.

We’re all in this together.


Playground Update

Through the amazing support of this community, we are looking to schedule the build of 2 new play areas this Spring. This is Phase 1 of our playground development project, with 2-3 additional new areas hopefully introduced in the coming year.

The play areas include:

  • Climbing net play structures (2)
  • Teepee
  • Natural log climbing areas (2)
  • Stepping structure
  • Sensory equipment
  • Rubber fall surfacing to make the area wheelchair friendly (all blue areas, river design)

Barring any unforeseen delays or changes to the design (necessitate by budget or final approvals), we are hoping to firm up our schedule for late May / early June, with the final reveal in September 2020 after all the finishing touches have been added. Design not final.

There are many to thank for helping us get to this point, but this project has been moving very quickly this year. In response to the needs of the specific species of trees on our property, we chose to add rubber tire surfacing to protect the trees from foot traffic. The surfacing also helps us achieve a level of accessibility for this area we did not believe we could budget for.

As you can imagine, as our design as evolved, costs have gone up. But so has support – although we do need more! At this time, I’d like to thank the major support we’ve received to date:

You will start to hear a LOT more updates about the playground as we approach the Spring. There will be many requests, including for volunteers or in-kind support.

Questions? Want to help?

If you have questions or want to contribute to this amazing project, please reach out to

Playground Phase 2

Our overall design includes new classroom and play areas that have been split into a second Phase of the project, including:

  • An outdoor classroom area near our Welcome Pole
  • An improved boulder / bio swale, with new boardwalk bridge and potential play features
  • Accessible spinners and accessible play surfacing that extends from and around the “blue playground”

Our second phase requires a substantial investment, given the ‘off the shelf’ nature of some of the features. As we have increased the scope of Phase 1, adding in play surfacing and more play features, we have had to use a greater portion of the overall playground fund (meant to support Phase 1 and Phase 2). The phasing of the project also contributes to increased costs.

We still need your support. Our current estimate is that we have raised $177,234 of the estimated $250,000+ we could need – though the amazing partnerships we’ve created means our design is actually worth several times more than what we’re paying.

Donate Now (tax receipts available)

We also welcome corporate partnerships, with the opportunity for recognition and activation at our build and media events.

THANK YOU! Together we are making this amazing project happen.

Parent Education: Blanket Exercise

We are excited to be bringing a very special parent education night to Ridgeway. Led by the Indigenous Education team, the Blanket Exercise is a participatory storytelling of Canada’s history, meant to foster truth and respect among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

6:30 – 8:30PM
Ridgeway Library
Sign Up  Here 

This event is open to a maximum of 30 people. Please sign up for the waitlist if the event caps out.

This is a very powerful event and a great opportunity for parents who want to learn more about the history of the indigenous people in Canada. We are lucky that our children have been privy to this history as part of their curriculum, but it was absent for many of ours.

You can learn more about the blanket exercise hereYou will be asked to bring a small blanket.

Multicultural Fair Coming Soon

Ridgeway’s second Multicultural Fair is coming soon, celebrating our amazing cultural diversity!

Due to the popularity of this event, we’re making it bigger by shifting to the gym, including:

  • ‘Country’ or regional displays created by individual or groups of families / students (we will help coordinate)
  • Displays ideas include photos, facts, books, toys,  crafts, or bite-size tastes of a regional snack or treat
  • A craft area
  • Beverage sale by the Grade 7s: coffee, juice, carbonated water
  • Sign up to contribute to a table HERE

The Multicultural Fair is held on the evening or our Scholastic Book Fair and is a part of our annual PAC Family Fun Night. You can sign up to help at the book fair HERE.

…. and YES, there’s still a cupcake walk!

What is the cupcake walk?
A cupcake walk is like musical chairs: kids walk around a numbered circle – when the music stops, we draw a winner! The winner gets a plate of cupcakes. All for free! We will need cupcake bakers and volunteers – sign up here.