West Ridge Elementary Newsletter

September 14, 2023

First Bell 8:50...School Starts at 8:55...Dismissal is 3:40

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PRIDE: Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dependable, Empathy

Principal's Post

Hello West Ridge Families!!!!

These first two weeks of school have been amazing!!! Thank you for all of your patience and grace as we figure out after school departure.

Please remember that there is no school tomorrow, 9-15-2023. Enjoy your 3 day weekend and we will see you on Monday.

There is lots of Information in this newsletter so be sure to read all the way through!!!

New entry into the school!!

  • come in through the main doors
  • enter the first set of doors (these doors are unlocked during the school day)
  • in the vestibule press the phone button to the left of the handicap button
  • the office will buzz you in
  • please have your photo ID with you

Free and Reduced Lunch:
  • must be filled out every year (even if you qualified last year)
  • click on the button at the bottom of this page to fill out the application
  • not sure if you qualify...you can still fill out the application

Please call the office (208-773-7291) if...

  • your child will not be at school
  • for any end of day transportation changes (before 3:00)

Label your child's...

  • lunchbox
  • water bottles
  • coats
  • this helps us return lost items


  • no hats in the building
  • hats can be worn outside at recess
  • please walk your bikes and scooters on school property

Office hours are 8:00-4:00 and PD&I Fridays are 8:00-3:30

Lisa Hoffeld


Welcome Our Newest Staff Members

Please help us welcome our newest staff members!!!!

Principal Assistant: Sarah Duvall

Safety Dean: Brandon Bowcutt (starting soon)

PE Teacher: Shaun Bright

First Grade Teacher: Lora Ferguson

Life Skills Teacher: Linda Little

Art Teacher: Brittany Allen

New Paras: Leslie Gardella and Shannon Shafer

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"BE THE ONE" Fundraiser Begins Monday, September 18th

Check your Emails on the morning of September 18th...for more information on how to help raise funds for our school.

We are raising money for...

  • an electronic reader board
  • school signage with our new colors and logo for hallways and the lunchroom

Last year we were able to purchase the following with the help of our families and their fundraising efforts!!!

  • adaptive swing for the playground
  • 3 playground sensory structures (see below)
  • 2 sensory paths for the primary hallways
  • 4 cornhole games
  • 4 giant connect 4 boards
  • 4 giant jenga sets
  • 4 ladder toss games
  • signage for around the inside of the building (see below)
  • several classroom and student supplies

Some Items Purchased Last Year With Fundraising Money

Click on the Picture Below to Order your West Ridge Gear!!! Store closes October 1st

Cross Country Information!!!

  • Cross Country started today!!!!
  • Registration for this program is now closed
  • Cross Country practice is every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00-8:30 am.
  • Cross Country t-shirts can be purchased through Momentum Ink by clicking the button below. T-shirts must be ordered by Sept 17 to allow for processing time and delivery to the school before the meets.

Cross Country Meets: (Dates and times are still being confirmed for the meets)
  • practice meet is October 4 at Ponderosa Elementary
  • ALL-district meet for grades 1-3 on October 11 at Genesis Prep/Real Life Soccer fields ALL-district meet for grades 4-5 on October 10 at Qmelin Park
  • Meets take place after school
  • No transportation is provided for meet events
  • More information will be given regarding the practice meet and other pertinent information at the first week of practices
  • All students must have a filled and submitted online registration form to participate in practices and meets and to establish how they will get home after practices

Comfortable shoes to run in and water bottles are encouraged for cross country practices and meets.

Parent Advisory Meeting


What is Parent Advisory?

Well, is much like PTO. We meet with families to discuss happenings at school, plan family events, share information about our programs, share goals, make goals and much more. We meet once a quarter.

When: September 19th @ 4:00pm

Where: West Ridge Library

Topics for first meeting:

  • Our Title 1 program
  • Grandparents Breakfast
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Fundraiser details and what will the money fund
  • Brainstorm topics for future meetings

Hope to see you there!!!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 5th: First Day of School

Friday, September 8th: Full day of school for all students

Friday, September 8th: Extreme Science Kickoff 2:30-3:15

Monday, September 11th: First Day of GT

Friday, September 15th: No school

Monday, September 18th: Fundraiser Kickoff

Tuesday, September 19th: PICTURE DAY!!!

Friday, September 22nd: No school

Thursday, September 28th: Last day of "Be the One" Fundraiser

Sunday, October 1st: Last day to order school shirts

For up-to-date information and events, please visit our website

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Please Click on the Buttons Below for More Information

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Click here to sign-up for free and reduced lunch. This form must be completed every year.

Counselor's Corner

This is Counselor Martines' website for parents and students

Bussing Information

Follow this link to register for the bus and find your bus route and stop

GAP (childcare) Information

Click here for more information about our GAP childcare program.

Food Service Information

Follow this link for lunch calendars, to pay lunch money and learn more about our nutrition program.