Meadow Ridge Elementary
8100 Courtland Drive
Rockford, MI 49341
Blake R. Bowman, Principal
Phone616.863.6342Fax616.866.7593Hours8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Blue Ribbon Exemplary School

Principal's Welcome
Meadow Ridge Elementary is the proud home of 533 students and 69 staff members who are passionately dedicated to the students’ safety, security, and emotional well-being. “Our Meadow Ridge family is safe, respectful, and responsible.” The banner hangs in our hallway. It’s the key component of our identity as a learning community. We are the first Rockford Elementary to pilot PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports). The backbone of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program is to build positive behaviors through the teaching of expected behaviors rather than the punishment of negative behaviors. This creates a climate and culture of security, honesty, positivity, and stability which are critical for student growth and development.

Meadow Ridge is excited to be the location for our district Early Childhood Center which was launched in the Fall of 2011. All RPS Developmental Kindergarten (DK) students and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) students attend Meadow Ridge as part of this center. Having both programs at the same school allows both groups to receive enhanced services. While having all these young, sweet children brightens our building every day, Meadow Ridge continues to relish its opportunity to cultivate relationships with our K-5 resident students and their families as well. Our school is supported by a fantastic PTO and we are blessed to have the aid of an army of parent volunteers, including our new Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students). Every day these parents are the ‘Heroes of the Hallways’ and the ‘Pride of the Playground’ as they help provide security and support within our school.

All Rockford Public Schools are Blue Ribbon Exemplary Schools, with Meadow Ridge receiving its state award in March of 2009. Meadow Ridge Elementary is fully accredited by AdvancED and has been awarded an “A” for the past the past seven years by the State of Michigan which awards letter grades to all schools through the “Education Yes” program based on test scores and school improvement data. We are proud of our Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) scores as they are consistently above the state average in all subject areas.

Welcome to Meadow Ridge!

I hope that this brief introduction to Meadow Ridge proves to be helpful. We will all do our best to make both you and your child/children feel comfortable and valued members of the Meadow Ridge family. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and, again, always feel free to call or email if you have any questions or concerns.

In the joy of learning,

Blake R. Bowman
Meadow Ridge Elementary

2014-2015 Dk/Kindergarten Enrollment. It's done in three easy steps!  This applies to students who will be turning five years old on or before October 1, 2014. If your student will be turning five years old after October 1, 2014 and who are five years old on December 1, 2014, you must submit an Age Wavier Request form.

Step One:  Online Registration

Step Two:  (please read both parent paperwork packet and information for parent review in this section) Also, if your student will require Transportation to a daycare address, please refer to the section below regarding daycare transportation.Parent Paperwork Packet to complete and bring with you to Parent Meeting on Tuesday, April 15th at 6:30 p.m.
Parent Review Information.

Step Three:  Sign Student up for Kindergarten Screening

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Dk/Kindergarten enrollment process after completing the three steps above, please notify Mrs. Bathum at

To Make a FREE Vision and Hearing Screening Appointment for 2014-2015 Incoming DK/Kindergarten Students:Please call Kent County Health Department at 632-7047 or Rockford Public Schools 863-6031 ext. 7032

Do you have a 2014 -2015 Dk (Developmental Kindergarten) or Kindergarten student who will require  TRANSPORTATION TO DAYCARE? Dk students can be transported to a daycare within their Rockford "home school" address or within the Meadow Ridge district.  Kindergarten students can be transported to a daycare within the Meadow Ridge district only.  Daycare addresses should be submitted (via the link above) no later than Monday, May 19, 2014 or student will be automatically be routed to home address.

Read all about Olympic Day At Meadow Ridge!  Where students, staff, and visitors created fabulous memories for years to come. 
What is P.B.I.S.Please take a moment to view this link regarding our new and exciting program!

Mark Your Calendars For These Upcoming Events and Information
  • March 13 - Dk Holiday Program
  • March 14 - School Carnival - volunteers needed.  Please contact:
  • April 4 thru 13 - No School
  • April 14 - LATE START - School begins at 10:40 a.m.
  • April 15 - Parent meeting for new,incoming 2014-2014 Dk/Kindergarten students 6:30 p.m.
  • We offer a breakfast program at Meadow Ridge!  All students are welcome to participate.  The cost of breakfast is $1.50 and is applied to your RPS food account.  If you qualify for reduced lunch your cost is $.30, and it is free for all students who qualify for free lunch
  • Cares Closet - for donations and information concerning program:
  • Giving Tree - a fun way to make classroom donations.  Contact person:

Health Forms
If your student has a serious, life threatening medical condition, please click on "Health Forms" (then scroll to bottom of page) to fill out the appropriate form.  This form MUST be submitted upon enrollment, anytime the condition changes, and at the beginning of each school year by parent or guardian.

Our school colors are Orange and Black

Mascot: We are the Meadow Ridge Monarchs!


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