Ridgecrest Family Newsletter

"When you're here; you're home!"

April 8, 2022

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Principal's Message from Dr. Michelle Fox

Dear Ridgecrest Families:

Spring Break always marks the official start to the end of the school year. For the first time in two years, we are looking forward to being able to bring back many of our traditional end-of the year events. As you know, we started our Raiders Achieving Honor student achievement assemblies in the new year and have been holding those monthly; our district special education and 5th & 6th grade district track meets are also back on the calendar; we are also looking forward to Career Day is back on the calendar and more information will be coming on that. If you or someone you know would like to share your career with students, we will be asking for volunteers soon!

I am also pleased to share that our wonderful PTA is planning the Raider Run, Field Day, and 6th Grade Celebration. Based on feedback we received from our students in years' past, we are changing up the Human Car Wash! This year the top 10 students who raise money for the Raider Run will get to participate in the Human Car Wash (if you recall, in the past, the staff would be the ones getting wet by the students; this year, the students will get wet by the staff!) The kids are going to LOVE it! We also plan to have our Egg Drop before the Human Car Wash. It is going to be an eventful and fun end to our school year!

On Monday, May 9, we will be partnering with our PTA and opening our doors to all our Ridgecrest families for our AVID Open House and Grub with Grown-Ups event. The PTA will be providing muffins and breakfast treats in the classrooms so that families can come in, see some of the AVID strategies and organizational tools, and meet/greet their child's teacher. We will also have the Scholastic book fair open that week in Portable 8. We hope you save the date and plan to attend. It will be wonderful having our families fill our hallways and classrooms again!

A copy of the end-of-the-year calendar dates is posted below this newsletter story. We will get more information out as we get closer to the events.

Enjoy your spring break!

In service and support,

Michelle Fox, Ed.D.

Ridgecrest Principal

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A Note from Assistant Principal, Mr. Michael Braun

Spring is in the air! As we start to transition from winter to spring in terms of the weather, we also wanted to outline dress and appearance guidance from the Puyallup School District Student Rights and Responsibilities. A copy of the handbook can be accessed here https://p11cdn4static.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_141067/File/Departments/Student%20Services%20&%20School%20Safety/Rights%20&%20Responsibility%20Handbook%202021-2022%20FINAL.pdf

Specific to dress and appearance, Puyallup School District has provided students additional expectations to follow:

  • No clothing with words, depictions or themes related to alcohol, tobacco, drug use, violence, weapons or gang affiliations including bandanas or colors that create real or foreseeable disruption of the educational process.
  • No sexually oriented text, themes, or depictions.
  • Clothing and/or accessory styles that create conflict or an atmosphere of intimidation are prohibited.
  • Clothing styles that are excessively revealing, creating a material and substantial disruption to the educational process.
  • All students must wear shoes. For safety reasons flip-flops, slippers and shoes with wheels “wheelies” are not allowed.
  • Sunglasses may not be worn inside unless for medical reasons.
  • No hats may be worn in the building during school hours. Hats must be stored in backpacks or cubbies once a student arrives on campus.
  • No hoods pulled up over head allowed inside.
  • Face paint, masks, or other face coverings are prohibited

This year we have been a bit more lenient and allowed students to wear hats and hoods in the building in response to higher levels of social anxiety demonstrated when students returned to in-person learning this year. However, we have decided it is time to get back in alignment with district expectations and will be asking all students to refrain from wearing hats or hoods inside the school and classrooms when they return from Spring Break. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns as we seek to support your students in having a strong finish to the school year.

Thanks, and have a wonderful day!

Mr. Braun

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Mental Health Services Available from Home During Spring Break

We want to remind you that Hazel Heart mental health service is available from home from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. during spring break! Sign up today to schedule an appointment for your child at my.hazel.co/puyallup. There is no out-of-pocket cost to Puyallup School District families for Hazel’s mental health services. Read more ...

Parent Input for 2022-23

If you would like to provide us with input on your child's class placement for the 2022-23 school year, please complete this form https://forms.office.com/r/2zk3Tv7FC4,
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Is your child not returning to Ridgecrest next year?

We are sorry to see you go! Please take a moment to fill out this form. It helps us out when we are doing class placement for next year. https://forms.office.com/r/L7EjVMSTJh
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Ridgecrest Talent Show 2022

Thursday, May 12, 2022

6:00-7:00 PM in the GYM

As they say…” The Show must go ON!” We are excited to share that we are preparing a LIVE Talent Show this year! We are thrilled to be able to showcase the talent of our Ridgecrest Raiders. Please read over this information carefully and return your signed permission slip to Ms. Myers by April 18th. (Form linked below this story.)

General Guidelines:

  • No lip-synching or songs performed over other voices. Students must provide their own music (CD, cell phone,mp3 file, iPod, etc.)
  • All performers must be students at Ridgecrest Elementary. (Parents/ guardians may help film, help transitions, etc.).
  • Each performance should be no longer than 3 minutes long.
  • All costumes, dances, lyrics, jokes, etc. must be school appropriate
  • If you are performing in a group every student in the group must attend the rehearsal screening and dress rehearsal before the performance.
  • Each auditioning group member must submit a registration form
  • If you would like to do your act virtually and send it in to be played at the talent show- that is also an option. Talk to Ms. Myers if your family would feel safer with this option, or if you have an act that can only be pre-recorded.


  • Forms due- Tuesday, April 18th
  • Rehearsal/Screening Process- April 29th 1:06pm-3:00pm (Your student will be assigned a time for their rehearsal/screening. Can also be done virtually through Flipgrid.) Once the registration form is received, I will email the options for the pre-screening process.
  • Dress rehearsal- May 12 5:15pm in the gym
  • Talent Showcase- May 12, 6:00-7:00pm in the gym

We are looking forward to a FABULOUS Ridgecrest Talent Show!

Ms. Myers – Ridgecrest Music Teacher


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State Testing Results for Grades 4-9 and 11-12 Coming Next Week

Next week, families of students in grades 4-9 and 11-12 who participated in Smarter Balanced Assessments and/or Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science testing in the fall will receive their child’s assessment results. Those families will receive an email that will guide them through a short process to access their child’s assessment scores online. Please be on the lookout for this important email early next week. If your child participated in the fall 2021 assessments and you do not receive this email, please contact our office.

March Gladness Charitable Fundraiser Raises $1356.96 for Sunny Skies

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Raiders of the Week for April 1-7

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Raiders of the Week for April 8-14

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Spring Fair

The Washington State 2022 Spring Fair is April 14-16 and April 21-24. As a courtesy, the fair has provided discount coupons for each PSD student and staff member. The coupons have been distributed to the schools. They offer $2 off gate admission and discounts on ride and game saver packs.

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Kindergarten Registration Kick-Off

Tuesday, Feb. 22nd, 9:15am

12616 Shaw Road East

Puyallup, WA

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Kindergarten Registration is Coming Soon!

Kindergarten registration for the 2022-2023 school year will kickoff on Tuesday, February 22nd. We will have paper packets available in our school office or you can register online at https://www.puyallup.k12.wa.us/cms/one.aspx?portalid=141151&pageid=158036. You can call our office at 253-841-8753 if you have any questions.

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