October 02, 2009
This is my 10th and, sadly, my last year at Ridgemoor since my youngest child, a 5th grader, will move on next fall. Our teachers really do go the extra mile, and have succeeded in helping all three of my children earn straight As every trimester! I estimate that I have attended about four dozen awards ceremonies for Perfect Attendance, Terrific Kid, Student of the Month, and/or Honor Roll. In addition to these recognitions, my kids alone have participated in district sponsored events like Red Ribbon Week, spelling bees, and science fairs; PTA sponsored events like dances, the Harvest Fair, movies on the blacktop, and stargazing; GATE classes like Chess Club and Mad Science; field trips to the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Ramona Pageant, Riley s Farm, Mission San Luis Rey, the Oval Office, and an incredible sim ride called Soarin Over California at the California Adventure Park; health and fitness activities like Running Club and Jazzercise; exploration of the Arts in band, choir, Guitar Club, Spotlight Kid s Theater, and Reflections, not to mention the musicals Vacation on Mars, Westward Movement, Geology Rocks, and Pirates of Grammar Island; as well as special days devised by the teachers like Cat in the Hat Day, Johnny Appleseed Day, Western Days, Polar Express, Chinese New Year, Donuts With Dad, homemade boat launch, U.S. state breakfast, and the ever popular Medieval Faire! For years I ve sent these ideas to my relatives who teach back east! The support my son received in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades following two major hip surgeries went above and beyond the call! Ridgemoor teachers and staff: you are extraordinary and awesome!
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