Welcome to Monument Ridge

Dear Monument Ridge Students,


It has been two years since I was named principal of what would eventually become Monument Ridge Elementary School.  There were days when we were building Monument Ridge that I wondered whether or not children and staff would actually be able to enter the building in August 2020 as planned.  There were construction delays and material shortages, but somehow, each obstacle was overcome and where there once was a dirt lot, a beautiful building started to emerge. I remember driving my car by the school site in the fall of 2019, just as a crane was lowering the staircase into the building.  As I watched the stairs dangling in the air, I thought about the many footsteps that would one day go up and down in the heart of this amazing building. 


Your teachers and the rest of the staff were hired over several months, many over Zoom, and I want you to know that choosing staff was one of the most important jobs I have ever had!  As your principal, I wanted to hire the most amazing team of people to guide and support you during your time at Monument Ridge.  Together, we worked to create our school vision, “Building a Community of Kind Learners”.  


On August 17, 2020, we opened our doors to all of you and that is when Monument Ridge became so much more than just a building!  Many of you hadn’t stepped foot in a school building in almost six months, but your faces told us that you loved everything about your new school! Over the next nine months, all of the anxious feelings about starting at a new school seemed to fade away as you each embraced the school vision, made new friends and returned to in person learning. 


What are the important lessons that we learned from the 2020-2021 school year?  For me, it will be that together, against all odds, we opened a brand new school, returned to in person learning and kept kindness at the forefront. As you head into summer, please carry kindness into our community and always be proud that you were part of building something really great!


Love,

Mrs. Larsen




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Monday - Thursday

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday, early release

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

*Students may arrive no sooner than 8:35

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