October 2019 Trailblazing Terrier


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The Trailblazing Terrier

Ridgely Elementary School

118 North Central Avenue

Ridgely, MD 21660


Website:  https://ridgelyes.org

A School-wide TITLE I School

June, 2019



Lee Sutton     Sarah Crebs

Principal                   Assistant Principal



9/22 Ridgely Car Show – Sunday

9/23 NO School for students – In-service Day for teachers

9/24 Board Work Session – 7 PM

         Fall Picture Day

9/26 Volunteer Training – 6 – 7:30 PM – Please RSVP by calling the front office

9/30 – 10/4  Book Fair

Monday 3:45 – 5:30 PM

Tuesday 3:45 – 5:30 PM

Wednesday 3:45 – 7:30 PM

Thursday 3:45 – 5:30 PM

Friday 3:45 – 5:00 PM


10/1 Board Meeting – 7 PM

10/2 Walk To School – 8 AM @ Martin Sutton Park (Rain date – 10/10)

PJ Story Night 6 PM  

10/3 Volunteer Training 6 – 7:30 PM – Please RSVP by calling the front office

10/4 Grandparents’ Day

10/10   Quarter 1 Interim Reports distributed

10/14   NO School for students – In-service Day for teachers

10/15   Board Work Session – 7 PM

10/18   NO School

10/31   Halloween Parade

         1 PM dismissal for students


11/1 Make-up Picture Day


Parents Right to Know

The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains several provisions that promote a parent/school partnership through communication. One such provision gives parents the right to ask for and receive information about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers. A parent may request the following information: 

  • Any college or university degree, major or certification held by the teacher
  • Whether the teacher is certified by the State of Maryland to teach a particular grade level or subject area
  • Whether the teacher holds a conditional teaching certificate
  • The qualifications of the paraprofessionals serving the student

If you would like to request the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers or paraprofessionals, please submit a written request to the principal. The principal will provide the information to you within 30 business days of the date of your request.

Parents may also request information on the level of achievement and academic growth of their child, if applicable and available, on each of the State academic assessments. 

Parents will receive timely notice if the student has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet applicable State certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.


Parents May Request Teacher Information

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 provides parents of students attending Title 1 schools the opportunity to request information about the professional qualifications of their child’s teachers.  Parents of elementary students may request in writing to the school principal information about their child’s teacher including college/university degrees of certification held, subject area of the teacher’s degree or certification, and Maryland certification status.  Additionally, if your child is served by paraprofessionals, parents may request their professional qualifications.


Parent Information Resource Center

Parents are encouraged to visit our Parent Information Resource Center (PIRC) located in the lobby outside of the front office.  The PIRC has a variety of parenting resources and informational brochures and flyers. These materials are all free. Parents can find booklets from The Parent Institute on topics such as “Seven Habits of Highly Responsible Students; Help Your Child Balance School and Extracurricular Activities; and Helping Children Learn to Resolve Conflicts.”  Parents can also find information about Adult Education, GED English as a Second Language, Parenting skills and the Program and Activities Guide from Caroline County Recreation and Parks. Please be sure to check out our Parent Information Resource Center next time you come to the school.


Seeking Community Members to Serve as Character Counts Coaches at RES

RES is looking to expand our Character Counts (Character Ed.) program. Character Counts is a framework for teaching the six pillars of character (Respect, Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Caring, Citizenship, and Fairness) to our students. Last year, we were able to provide coaches to our 5th grade classes and this year we are hoping to reach more students!

Coaches are typically parents, community members, business owners, or community partners who would like to help educate our students. They will commit to at least 1 class (15 minutes, once a week) and will coach our students on the pillars of character. Coaches are welcome to commit more time and see multiple classes, if they choose. Screening and training will be provided by Character Counts – Midshore with additional teaching resources and lesson ideas available in the RES School Counselor’s office. 

Would you or someone you know make a good Character Counts coach? If you are interested, please contact RES School Counselor Anna Buffenmyer by phone (410-479-3243) or email (buffenmyer.anna@ccpsstaff.org) today! 


Caroline County BackPack Program

We are happy to inform you that Ridgely Elementary School is now part of a program called “Caroline’s Helping Hands (CHH)”  offered through the Maryland Food Bank-Eastern Shore. If you choose to enroll your child, he/she will receive a bag/box of food items to help supplement weekend meals.  The delivery days of the “BackPack” is typically Friday, but may vary and are dependent on availability. This program is absolutely FREE, there is no cost to you or your family.

If you wish to enroll, please call the school and request an application.  If you have any questions, call Anna Buffenmyer or Faith Christ at 410-479-3243.


Meal Benefit Applications

Recently, students received the 2019-2020 Meal Benefit Application for free/reduced school meals.  Please complete the application in its entirety and return the application to school if you feel your family could be eligible.  We ask that families that were in the program last school year complete and return the form on or before October 16, 2019. However, applications are accepted throughout the year.  If at any time during the year your financial status changes which result in you qualifying, a new application may be submitted.


Volunteer Training

Caroline County Public Schools encourages and welcomes school volunteers. We invite parents, families, and community members to engage in volunteer activities in our schools – from pre-kindergarten to high school – and to become partners in teaching and learning.

While we are grateful for the commitment and partnership of our volunteers, we remain mindful of our first priority, which is to keep students and staff safe and secure. With this goal in mind, we created the Volunteer Handbook, which details our tiered program of screening, along with other pertinent information.

The Volunteer information, handbook and application can be found on the Caroline County Public Schools’ website. Parents may print, complete and return the volunteer application to school.  Parents can also review the Volunteer Handbook, view the presentation, and confirm the training verification using the website.  Once the application has been returned to school and the other parts completed online, the administration can approve Tier I volunteers.  Tier II volunteers will need to be fingerprinted.

If volunteers would rather complete the process at school, RES will hold Volunteer Training sessions on Thursday, September 26 and October 3.  Volunteer training takes about 30 minutes. Volunteers can watch the Volunteer Training presentation, review the Volunteer Handbook, complete an application, and complete the training verification during the school training.  Laptop computers will be available and staff will also be available to assist parents. Each night will have 3 available sessions to sign up for the training; 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 PM. Please RSVP for which time and date you will be attending by calling the front office.  


Sunday Phone Message and Weekly E-mail    

Presently, we are experiencing some difficulty with our Sunday Phone Message and weekly e-mail sent by Mr. Sutton.  We will be posting the Sunday Message on our website as well as information on our FaceBook page. Please call the main office if you are not receiving the Sunday phone message and/or e-mail.


Choptank Community Health Wellness Center

Choptank Community Health operates in partnership with Caroline County Public Schools to offer a School Based Wellness Center.  Every Monday and Wednesday (8:00 – 4:00), Jasmine Jordan, PA-C, is available to assist students and staff with their healthcare needs.  Our goal is to provide high quality, age-appropriate care so children are ready to learn. We put an emphasis on prevention, early intervention and risk reduction.  Students can be seen for acute concerns (sore throat, ear pain, etc.) or for management of chronic concerns (asthma, allergies, etc.). Program enrollment forms have been distributed to students during the first week of school.  But, children may enroll at any time during the academic year. If you have questions, do not hesitate to call the Wellness Center at 410-634-9153.   


RES Website Address: ridgelyes.org

Like us on Facebook

Ridgely Elementary School now has a Facebook page.  Please be sure to like our page, check for updates and to see the amazing things our Terriers are doing at RES. 

Welcome to the Ridgely Elementary School Facebook page! We are happy to be sharing news with you here – student and staff accomplishments, upcoming events, fun and interesting photos, and important information.

Our Facebook page is not the appropriate place to report an incident, expect a dialogue about issues or policies, or ask a question that should be directed toward a specific staff member. We ask that you continue to use our website to find email addresses and phone numbers, and use them accordingly. Please understand that we do not monitor Facebook on a 24/7 basis.

Also, we can handle negative comments about things but not about people. We will delete unkind comments directed at or referencing specific people or groups of people.

We appreciate your understanding and your support.