Bikes for Tykes Drive Dec 6

Your Previously Loved Bike
Tuned & Donated
to a Child in North Vancouver this Christmas

Ridgeway Bikes for Tykes Drive

December 6th 8:15am to 9:00am

Every year, James Wilson and his team at Obsession Bikes receive 100s of donated, previously-loved kids bikes from North Shore families for the Bikes for Tykes Program. The bikes are tuned and made like new for a new child to ride them. Through the work of the Christmas Bureau, these bikes (along with a brand new helmet) are given to kids in our area in time for Christmas, with the majority of recipients being identified through Family Services of the North Shore.

This is a great opportunity for the Ridgeway community to get involved and support a fantastic local initiative. As James described to the entire school during the Bike to School Week assembly back in May, his belief is that every kid deserves to experience the joy and freedom that riding a bike can provide. Not to mention all the places a bike can take us as we grow and keep riding!

This coming Friday December 6th, 8:15 am – 9:00 am, please drop off a bike that your child/children have outgrown, knowing you are helping create an amazing Christmas for some less fortunate child in our neighbourhood. Not to mention, clearing room for the next bike in your home!

*NEW* Playground Fundraiser

Students are coming home this week with a Playground Fundraising form. Please help support them in getting donations for their new playground.

Our current tally is now $12,000 higher thanks to recent donors, including a special thanks to Lynn Johnston Productions. It’s because of all of our current donors and these fundraisers that we are at nearly $140,000 – so close to reaching our goal of $200,000.  Thank you so much!

How the Fundraiser Works

Similar to our Spring Fair raffle, students are encouraged to reach out to friends, family, or the community for donations (cash or cheque) to help us build our new playground – which benefits not only our students, but hopefully the whole community! The form will help you keep track of donations and provide us with information for tax receipts.


Students are encouraged to set their own fundraising goal to help us fundraise that remaining $60,000. Students who fundraise more than $100 and who return their form and donations before December 6, 2019 will have the opportunity to win prizes, which include (but not limited to):

  • 2 Canucks tickets
  • A Family set of tickets (2 adult, 2 child) to Cineplex
Students should be accompanied by an adult at all times if reaching out to the community. Consider going further afield to avoid overlap with the many students who live around Ridgeway.
The CONTEST is open until DECEMBER 6th.

Online donations can be made here.

Traffic & Safety Survey

As part of the ongoing dialogue between the City of North Vancouver, the School District, the PAC, and the community, there is a NEW survey out to help inform City decision making around transportation-related issues.

TAKE THE SURVEY HERE (click ‘Let’s Talk’)

We know there are many factors around traffic & safety in the neighbourhood, whether it’s concerns about traffic levels on Keith diverting to our neighbourhood, speeding, visibility, crosswalks, or just the logistics of drop off and pick up. We hope you take the time to voice your opinion.

Please pay special attention to the SECOND tab of the survey called “Map Your Safety Issues / Suggestions.” This allows you to drop a pin on specific areas where you would like to see a positive change.

Parent Holiday Cheer on Nov 29

Join us November 29th for some Holiday Cheer.

Kick off the holiday season with fellow Ridgeway parents at this adult-only event, featuring light snacks & drinks. We thank the generous support of our partners for this event:

Thanks to their generous support, and our PAC fundraising, we are happy to make this an entirely FREE event!

BONUS – we are excited to have Larry’s Market joining us *in person* at the event to share all their exciting goodies and give you the opportunity to win a gift card!

Get to know your fellow parents & have fun!

When: November 29th at 6-9pm
Where: Ridgeway, Heritage Hall (enter from front of school)

Family Skate on Dec 2

Monday, December 2nd, please join us for this FREE Ridgeway family skate tradition at Harry Jerome Arena!

  • Primary ice time is 6:15 – 7 p.m.
  • Intermediate ice time is 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. The ice will be cleaned from 7- 7:15 p.m.
  • Skating is FREE for all Ridgeway students and their families. All skaters must be accompanied by a supervising adult.
  • All student skaters must wear a helmet.
  • Rentals are $2.95 for skates and $0.95 for helmets. The skate rental shop opens at 5:15 p.m.
  • If you are renting, please purchase rental tickets upstairs at the Harry Jerome front desk before you visit the skate rental shop.

Fun Lunch Ordering Open – Session 1

Session 1 Fun Lunch orders are now open! Sign up for a Munchalunch account or log in to update your student’s information and place Session 1 Fun Lunch orders here (Oct 11 – Nov 22). Orders are due October 1st.

The fun lunch program is PAC-sponsored, volunteer-program that provides optional hot lunches once a week and some snack days.

Have questions about fun lunches? Details and session dates are available here.

Welcome Night Ordering Open

Wednesday September 18th
5:30-6:15pm Classrooms open
6:00-7:00pm Optional Dinner in the gym
ORDER HERE | Orders due Sept 15

Join us for an informal opportunity to tour your student’s classroom & connect with fellow families over a casual (optional) dinner in the gym. Pizza, Sushi or Wraps must be pre-ordered by Sunday, September 15 through Ridgeway’s online food ordering system (Munchalunch).

*Please note* ordering for Welcome Night is now in the regular ordering flow for fun lunch (not under fundraising).

Your supper order summary will be available for pick-up starting at 5:30pm near the gym on the night of the event. Volunteers needed!

First PAC Meeting Sept 16

Start the new school year engaged and informed!

We invite you to join us to the first 2018-2019 Ridgeway Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting following the SOGI presentation (6:30-7pm) in the school library.

Monday September 16th, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Ridgeway Library
(Free child minding provided)

We will discuss the latest school news with school administrators & share the outline of school events & PAC projects for the year – including updates about the proposed outdoor play space improvements! Please join us for a hands-on brainstorming activity to help determine Ridgeway community priorities.

Open positions

We will be looking to fill the following open positions:

  • Vice President(s) – 2 individuals to shadow the current President in her last year, learning how current tasks are done, the organization systems, and how to oversee the committees
    • ** Position cannot be vacant for our PAC to run **
  • Family of Schools representative (planning events among 5 schools in our school district)
    • 4x dinner meetings to plan 1-2 yearly events including the annual Haunted Harvest Fair
    • Representative will pitch in on planning / execution, relay info back to the school
    • ** Position must be filled to partake in shared fundraising **
  • DPAC representative – attend monthly meetings & share news from the District with the PAC
  • Fun Lunch (additional 1+ admin volunteers) – help organize Munchalunch & coordinate weekly orders with vendors

The PAC functions primarily with committees! Come hear more about some of the fun ways to be a part of the school, including:

  • Parent Socials
  • Spring Fair
  • Multicultural Fair
  • Playground Development
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Bike to School Week
  • Craft Fair (TBD)

BONUS: the PAC will now supply a social stipend to support committees to get together for planning sessions!

Welcome Back Coffee

Join us on Friday, September 6th to welcome back a new year – and welcome all the new parents to the school!

Ridgeway PAC will be serving up fresh coffee, thanks to the support of Blenz Coffee, with a chance to hang out, meet other parents, and get to hear more about the year ahead.

Welcome Back Coffee
Friday, September 6th
8:40am – 9:40am
Front of the school

SOGI Presentation Sept 16

Everyone has a sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). Ridgeway is a SOGI-inclusive school, but what does that mean? At Ridgeway, we try to teach that every student will understand and express their gender differently and that every choice is embraced – never a cause for discrimination.

SOGI-inclusive education simply means speaking about SOGI in a way that ensures every student feels like they belong.

Join us on September 16th before our first PAC meeting for an information presentation by one of our primary teachers, Anne Watt, to learn about Ridgeway’s SOGI initiatives and the opportunity to bring a rainbow crosswalk to our school.

SOGI-Inclusive Education
September 16, 2019
Ridgeway School Library

The Ridgeway PAC Meeting will follow the presentation at 7pm.