Hello CRMS Families,

This is such an exciting time for the Cedar Ridge community. We are so pleased with how our new campus is coming together. Our staff has been working around the clock to make sure things are ready to roll when students return on Monday. Staff is still working on buttoning up some final projects and areas, but overall the facility looks FANTASTIC. We will hold an official grand opening celebration and tours in early January. Hope to see you all there.

I would personally like to extend a huge thank you to the maintenance, custodial, kitchen, technology, licensed, and classified staff members that have spent countless hours in the new facility making it a great space for kids to learn. A much-deserved thank you goes out to our district office staff for their support and work in making this project a reality. I would also like to extend so much gratitude to all of the volunteers that came to help us with the Orientation day. It was exhausting, but so very cool to see kids in the building for the first time. Finally, leadership students and student volunteers, YOU ROCK. Thank you to all of the kiddos that came to help us unpack and move things around! This really has been a community effort and everyone has pulled together in such an awesome way for our kids. I am proud to be a part of this community!

Here are a few changes and details to be aware of:

Bell Schedules: As mentioned earlier this year, we will be shifting our bell schedule up by ten minutes to help alleviate traffic congestion and help bus transportation run smoothly. Our day will now go from 7:30am-2:15pm. Students will be allowed entrance into the building at 7:15am for breakfast. Everyone will be invited into the cafeteria until 7:25am, at which time they will be released to go to their lockers and head to first period. Please note that most bus route pick up and drop off times will not change.

Parent Drop-Off and Bus Lanes: The bus drop-off and pick-up is now separate from the parent drop-off and pick-up. Please DO NOT enter the bus lane if you are dropping off or picking up your child. Instead, please use the loading lane by the main entrance and follow the traffic signs. We will have extra staff and volunteers helping show the way on Monday morning. You can also refer to the district or school our previous posting for a helpful areal map of the campus.

Transitions: Transitioning to a new facility can be tough. While your child may be excited, they may also feel anxious about new lockers, passing time, and new lunch procedures. We spoke with students about what to expect and walked them through tours to help orient them to their new school. Please reassure your child that we will be lenient regarding tardies for the first week or so to help reduce the stress around new locker combinations and passing times.

PE Uniforms: Most PE uniforms were handed out at the New School Orientation on Friday. If your child still needs to order a PE shirt, please encourage your child to see Mrs. Sharfenberg or a PE teacher to pick up the forms. We are working on a solution for the shirts/shorts that are too large. PE teachers will be updating their classes on what the options will be. We do not anticipate dressing down the first week we are back. Please connect with your child’s PE teacher for dress down procedures and details.

Mountaineer Pride Shirts: Our goal is still to get EVERY child a Mountaineer Pride shirt to wear on Fridays. These shirts are partially paid for by the proceeds from the Color Run, but if you are able to throw in a few bucks to help offset the cost, we much appreciate it. Thank you to everyone that has already turned in an order form and paid the $5. Shirts were scheduled to be delivered last week, but were delayed. We anticipate delivery and student distribution of shirts next week. Students that have already submitted an order form will get priority for the sizes we ordered. In the next week or so, order forms for additional CRMS gear will be coming home. We are thrilled to offer a variety of shirts, sweatshirts, and other items to students, staff, and families.

School Safety: Over the next couple of weeks we will be running students through a variety of safety procedures, drills, and preparing them for emergency situations. Please talk with your child about the importance of safety drills and preparedness. Their ability to listen carefully and follow directions during drills is critical to keeping everyone safe.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know.


Nicole Johnston


Once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer!