Ridgeway Quick Facts
- Ridgeway has approximately 570 students in 2018/19, from grades K-7
- Glossary of terms and acronyms here.
Support at Ridgeway
At Ridgeway, we want to ensure that support is there for students and families, whenever they need it. To that end, we want to make you aware of some of the supports available at school:
- Hiroki’s Fund – This fund, in memory of a Ridgeway student, is meant to support any child in need, to make sure they don’t miss out on any experience or go in need of anything. Parents or teachers can request support by talking with Dean Yeo (Principal) or Carly Roy (Vice Principal). This fund is supported by PAC fundraising, direct donation at events & the 2017/2018 grade 7 class as their legacy gift.
- For Outdoor School – There is a bursary program that supports Outdoor School trips to the Cheakamus Centre for up to 50% of the cost. Additional support can be applied for through the above.
- For Band – Mr. Voth dedicates a part of his own fundraising to support band fees or instrument rentals. Hiroki’s Fund can also assist in this.
- SWIS Workers – An outreach program to support new to Canada students and families into their school and community
- Counselling Services – Ridgeway has counselling support for students three days per week. We welcome Trevor Baker as the new school counsellor.
If ever your family is going through any big changes or you notice your child needing extra support of any kind, we encourage you to talk with your teacher and/or Dean Yeo, our Principal, to provide that support here at Ridgeway and to connect you to other community resources.
Programs at Ridgeway
There are all sorts of programs for students at Ridgeway. Many are run by teacher volunteers, so they may change from year to year, but here is a general idea of opportunities:
- Cross Country group runs in September, for students in Grade 4 and up. Morning announcements usually update on time & place of meetings.
- Intramural sports (floor hockey, volleyball) run indoors in the gym at lunch-time at various time throughout the year, for students in Grades 4 and up.
- Choir is ongoing twice per week for Grades 4 and up (run by Ms. Hollett)
- Just Dance Club is open to Grade 1+ and takes place in the Gym on Wednesdays (run by Ms. Vermeer)
- The P.E.P. Room is open at recess and lunch. It is located downstairs in Heritage Hall, and is staffed by volunteer senior students. All students in Grade 1 and up can sign out outdoor equipment like balls and hockey sticks, and return them at the end of outdoor play time. (P.E.P. Room stands for Playground Enhancement Program.)
- The Elementary Band program starts in Grade 5, and is available to students in Grades 5-7. It is an extra-curricular program and carries additional fees. More info at the School District website here. Grade 4 students will receive information on the Band program at the end of the year, for registration the following year. Mr. Voth runs the Ridgeway Band program.
- Track & Field runs in the Spring, for students in Grade 4 and up. There are several meets between schools in our catchment / North Van area; and the big finale is the meet at Swangard.
Ridgeway School Forms
- Consent form for students participating in North Shore Neighbourhood House after-school programs are available here