Pacific Ridge Principal's Update

Week of Monday, October 12th - Friday, October 16th

We had a successful Discount Cards & Cookies Drive Thru event on Friday!

A big thank you to our Pacific Ridge PTO, parent volunteers and generous community for supporting our puffins by participating in our Friday Drive Thru Event. We raised $7000 for new Chromebooks for our students!

We will continue to sell our Discount Cards at our school office the entire school year. Through Thursday this week we will be working out of our Gearhart Elementary School office and starting on Monday, October 19th we will be up at our new Pacific Ridge Elementary office. Stop by to purchase your Discount Card between 8 AM - 4 PM. We have combined our 2 separate elementary discount cards into one Pacific Ridge card this year! Cost is $10 each.

Thank you again for supporting our Pacific Ridge Puffins! Click Here to Visit our PTO Pacific Ridge Elementary Facebook Page!

Counselor Corner

Hello Pacific Ridge Families,

Mrs. McDowell and Ms. Jones, counselors of Pacific Ridge Elementary, would like to share some information with you for the start of this school year.

We would like to welcome you all as Pacific Ridge Puffins, and are very excited to begin another year (virtually!) with you. While these unprecedented times have been stressful and challenging, we want to ensure you that we are here to help ease any concerns that may arise.

While we will not be meeting with your children in person for the start of the school year, we would like to extend our services virtually as needed. Mrs. McDowell and Ms. Jones will be available to meet with students one on one via Zoom or small groups, pending parent permission. Additionally, weekly Guidance lessons will be available for access via SeeSaw classrooms.

Mrs. McDowell and Ms. Jones would also like you to take a look at the instructions for an easy to use check-in application, which is included in this newsletter. The application, Closegap, is a student- friendly feature allowing children to identify and track their daily, weekly, and monthly emotions. The application includes several mindfulness activities and coping skills for children to use to regulate some uncomfortable emotions. Please feel free to reach out to either counselor for more information. We look forward to working with each and every one of you this year!

Here’s to a unique, but wonderful school year!


Mrs. Kelso-McDowell and Ms. Jones

Big picture
Big picture

How do I contact my child's teacher?

Teacher Contact Information

Teachers can be contacted through the family communication app in Seesaw or by phone or email. Please contact your child's teacher if you are not yet connected to your child's Seesaw account.

Also, all contact information for teachers (including phone numbers) can be found on our school website. Due to distance learning, all teachers have their own individual phone numbers. Here is the link

Chromebook Safety

Go Guardian & School Issued Chromebooks

We ask that our students use their school-managed Google accounts and school-managed devices for educational purposes only. We encourage families to discuss rules for appropriate internet usage with your child, and to reinforce lessons of digital citizenship. We also highly encourage you to report any potential cyberbullying or other sensitive issues to us.

To help keep your child safer and more scholarly online, our teachers use online services provided by Go Guardian to track students’ website usage. It may be helpful to know that over 10,000 other schools use Go Guardian to protect 5.5 million students across the world, and the Global Educator Institute has endorsed this product.

We have chosen Go Guardian services to help protect students against harmful and inappropriate online material, help students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online, and help assess students’ progress towards class assignments. Go Guardian’s web-based services operate on our school’s managed Chrome accounts when a student is logged into Chrome or a Chromebook with their school email address.

Go Guardian allows teachers to see their student's screens during live teaching. This is extremely helpful when a student is having trouble navigating to online assignments or accessing their learning platform. Teachers are able to help their students easily resolve any issues because they can see exactly what the student is seeing.

Pacific Ridge Elementary School

Our office is now open 8-4PM! We are currently still working out of the Gearhart Elementary office until our Pacific Ridge office construction is complete.