Dear Ridgewood Families,
This has been one of the most difficult “Welcome Back-Happy New Year” letters I have ever written in the 17 years I have spent in the Fox C-6 School District. So difficult I have written this at least three times, since Friday evening. My heart is heavy, along with our staff hearts as well. I am speechless over the flooding and devastation our community has faced over the holiday break. The flooded areas in Arnold and especially Fenton have affected numerous families within school community. As your Principal, please know I will do whatever it takes to ensure that as a Ridgewood Family, WE will go above and beyond to help out our families in this significant time of need. Within the next week, please watch emails I will send out in regard to collection of items our RMS families need. The Fox C-6 Campus collected items this weekend, and had a huge amount of support from our community, this just goes to show how amazing our community is and how blessed we are to have such a giving “family” in time of need.
Ridgewood Middle School’s entry was flooded out for a few days, in which water receded enough on Friday to allow access to buildings. The interior of the building at RMS is completely fine, our maintenance department along with myself have visited our building, all is “a-ok” and we are ready for school tomorrow, Monday, January 4th, 2016. One thing I am 110% positive in stating to you as parents, is that our building is equipped to embrace your child/children tomorrow with love, care, & support. Again, please know we are here for you and your child/children.
If you are family who has been displaced due to the flooding, lost personal belongings, or need assistance for your child, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org or call the main office and speak to Mrs. Graves @ 636-282-1459. We want to communicate as much as possible with one another and help out as much as we can for our students and their families. While I realize many may not have access to email, if you know of a Ridgewood family and can communicate this email to them I would greatly appreciate it.
Tomorrow students will begin class in Advisory, during Advisory all students will receive a second semester schedule, so please communicate with your child he/she will report to Advisory after dismissing from the gym tomorrow morning. We as a staff will be ready to greet your child with warm smiles and positive welcome backs, Ridgewood students have always been the strongest students I have been around in education to persevere … and we as a staff will remind them tomorrow how great it is to be back and how we are here for them and our community!
In closing, I want to thank you again for being the great parents you are for our students at RMS, together we will all get through the rough times … “together”.
Mrs. Cavato, Ed.S
Ridgewood Middle School