Pacific Ridge Principal's Update

Week of Monday, December 14th- Friday, December 18th

Virtual Family Forum

Tuesday, December 15th

Please join us today, Tuesday, December 15, from 6:00-7:00pm, for a virtual chat with our superintendent and principals to answer questions you may have about online learning/teaching and our eventual shift to hybrid onsite instruction.

In addition, Vincent Aarts, Emergency Manager for Clatsop County Health Department will be available to share the latest health information and answer questions. Click HERE for Zoom link.

Questions? You can submit them in advance HERE.

*We are working to schedule a Spanish version of this presentation as well. I will share that date and time once it is scheduled.

Holiday Dress up days

This Week!

Our teachers will be dressing up next week for their live Zoom classes. Students are invited to join us in the fun!

Monday, December 14th - Holiday Colors & Hats/Accessories

Tuesday, December 15th - Favorite Holiday Sweater/facemask

Wednesday, December 16th - Character Day

Thursday, December 17th - Plaid/Flannel Shirt Day

Friday, December 18th - Pajama Day

Food Drive

Which grade level will bring in the most food?

Let’s help our local food bank! Together, we can make a difference!
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Feedback Needed!

Comprehensive Distance Learning/Online Thrive Survey

Pacific Ridge Families,

It's hard to believe that we are entering the start of our 2nd Trimester of the school year in Online Thrive and Comprehensive Distance Learning. We'd really like your feedback!

Please complete the short survey linked below if you have not already done so. We want to learn, grow and provide the best possible online learning experience for your child and family.

Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us!

Elementary English Survey

Elementary Spanish Survey

Calendar Reminders

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, December 15th ~ ZOOM Parent Virtual Chat @ 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Monday, December 21st- Friday, January 1st ~ Winter Break ~ No School

Transportation Planning for Hybrid onsite instruction

Arrival and Dismissal

All families with students participating in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL)/Hybrid will need to complete this form. Please click on the link below so that we know how your child will be getting to school and going home. Please complete this transportation form for each of your children who attend Pacific Ridge Elementary.

Even if you plan to drop off and pick up your child daily, we need this form completed so that we can take your child off of that bus route. This will make room for another child to ride the bus. We are restricted to a small amount of students who can ride the bus at one time.

Thank you!

Tips for Improving your INternet

Tips from Mrs. Whisler

Tips to Improve Your Internet Service

With so many of us depending on the internet (wifi, hotspots and phone data) for work, school, and connecting with family and friends it is good to do a check-up on how well our home network is set up. Here are some excellent articles that list many free and low cost ways to get the best possible download speeds and use of the bandwidth we have to work with, especially with multiple users, and devices that may be taking up internet bandwidth when you are unaware.

11 Ways to Make Your Wifi Faster

Another idea is to use the scan tool at the far end of this article to figure out where your home has the best download speed. My office had 3Mbps but my living room near my modem had 15Mbps!!!! I found my provider in the list and walked around testing inside my house and out. Ideas for apartments are also listed.

Boost Your Wifi

My advice is to search your home for your old ethernet cable and hardwire your most important user directly to your modem. That’s right, skip the wifi! Ethernet cables are available in short and long (50 feet!) lengths and start at about $6.00. If you aren’t sure what the ends look like give a search on Amazon or Best Buy for an example.

13 Ways to Boost Your Speed

Finally, I plan to move my internet equipment out of the corner of my room. Since it is sending the signal in a circle pattern a huge percent of mine is going right out the walls and the roof. Luckily I have a password on my wifi and my hotspot so no one can use that signal without my permission and slow me down. Also, I am more aware that easy to use products like bluetooth doorbells/security, bluetooth light controls or printers, etc are all constantly searching and using my wifi. Removing or turning off unnecessary devices until I need them might help too.

If you are paying for the internet then it really ought to work. Checking with your ISP (internet service provider) is always a good idea and they can help you with tips that can help you help yourself!

Good Luck,

Mrs. Whisler

Pacific Ridge Elementary School

Our office is now open 8-4PM at our newly remodeled Pacific Ridge Elementary School office!