Pacific Ridge Principal's Update

Monday, March 20th, 2023

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, March 21st ~ 2nd & 3rd Grade Spring Concerts in Pacific Ridge Gym *see newsletter for times & drop off information
  • Thursday, March 23rd ~ Early Release @ Noon for Parent Teacher Conferences *sign-ups are included in out newsletter below! We will also have our Scholastic Book Fair open during conferences on both days!
  • Friday, March 24th ~ No School for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Monday, March 27th-Friday, March 31st ~ No School ~ Spring Break
  • Wednesday, April 26th ~ Kindergarten Connect *see newsletter for details

Spring Concerts

2nd & 3rd Grade Spring Concerts

We are excited that our 2nd & 3rd grade classes will be performing in their Spring Concert this Tuesday (tomorrow)!

Date: Tuesday, March 21st

Where: Pacific Ridge Elementary Gym

When: 2nd grade performs at 5:45 PM & 3rd grade performs at 7:15 PM

*Please plan to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the concert start time time to drop off you child with their teacher in their classroom.

  • 2nd Grade Drop Off at 5:30PM
  • 3rd Grade Drop Off at 7:00PM

Scholastic Book Fair

The book fair will be at Pacific Ridge!

During parent teacher conferences we will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair.

The book fair will be open:

Thursday, March 23rd ~ 1:30PM-7:30PM

Friday, March 24th ~ 8:00AM-11:30AM

Parent Teacher Conferences

It's time to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences:

Parent teacher conferences are coming up soon! Our teachers are looking forward to meeting with each of you to share your child's Winter Assessments & Report Cards!

Our conferences will be held on-site in your child's classroom. To accommodate all of our families, appointments will be limited to 20 min per teacher. Interpreters will be available.

Thursday, March 23rd ~ Parent Teacher Conferences from 1:30PM-8:00PM

Friday, March 24th ~ Parent Teacher Conferences from 8:00AM-12:00PM

Please click the link to sign up or use the QR code for a conference for each of your children.

Please call the Main Office at 503-738-5161 if you have any questions.

5th Grade OBOB

Oregon Battle of the Books Competition in Beaverton

The Wiggly Pickles competed at our regional Oregon Battle of the Books competition on Saturday in Beaverton. Over the course of the morning, they battled four different teams in several rounds of pool play. The Wiggly Pickles read 15 books between them and did an amazing job of representing Pacific Ridge Elementary. Nice work Abigayle, Brooklyn, Michael and Greta!!

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4th & 5th Grade Student Council

4th/5th Student Council Updates & Student Spotlight

Student Council Report

Hello, my name is Kamailee and I am Ragner. We are happy to give you an update regarding the 4th and 5th Grade Student Council. Over the past month, we have participated in a lot of school activities such as the morning announcements, student council bulletin board, and positive behavior poster to name a few.

This upcoming month you will see us as morning greeters, supporting the 2nd and 3rd-grade concerts, guest readers, and teacher appreciation days. We are also working on small group “passion projects”. Currently, we are exploring a garden club and looking at ways to support students with new lanyards for the bus. We are very excited about this work.

Finally, we will be sharing spotlight students of the month. More information on that is below!

Spotlight Students Biography

Kamaliee K.

  • I am in the 5th grade
  • I live in the town of Seaside
  • My favorite school subject is math
  • In my free time, I like to do writing
  • When I grow up I’d like to be an actress
  • My favorite thing about Pacific Ridge is making new friends

Ragner B.

  • I am in the 4th grade
  • I live in the town of Seaside
  • My favorite school subject is STEAM
  • In my free time, I like to play games
  • When I grow up I’d like to be a scientist
  • My favorite thing about Pacific Ridge is the games we play in PE

Safe Oregon

What is Safe Oregon?

Our school participates in SafeOregon. SafeOregon is a statewide school safety tip line for students to use to report school safety threats.

What is Safe Oregon?

Safe Oregon is a program created for Oregon students, parents, school staff, community members and law enforcement officers to report and respond to student safety threats.

A Commitment to Safety

The goal of SafeOregon is to prevent school safety threats from occurring by providing schools and communities with a relevant tool for reporting potential threats. Tips can be submitted in a variety of ways, including email, phone calls, text, our mobile app and our web portal. All tips go immediately to a tip line technician 24×7. Tips are promptly analyzed and forwarded to designated personnel who can provide further assistance in resolving reported incidents.

How to Report a Tip

Encouraging reporting at schools or online leads to a culture of safety. When a potential safety threat is reported, we have the chance to prevent violence. Working as a community to keep school safe is the highest priority at SafeOregon. Tips can be reported in a variety of here for more information.

Erin's Law Information

Counselor's Corner & Erin's Law Lesson Information

Pacific Ridge Families,

During the month of April, our students will be participating in a very important series of lessons. These lessons are based on Oregon Senate Bill 856, which states that all schools shall provide sexual abuse prevention instruction for students in grades K-12. These lessons are often referred to as the “Erin’s Law” lessons.

On the district website under the “Teaching and Learning” tab, you will find the areas covered at each grade level, along with the corresponding applicable standard. Additionally, information is available on the Pacific Ridge Elementary website–just go to the “Counseling” tab, then drop down to “Curriculum and Resources.”

Also for your reference, included in this newsletter is a summary overview of what is covered.

Please take a few moments and review this information.

Should you have any questions at all, or are considering having your child not participate in one or more of these lessons (“opting out”,) please send an e-mail to:

Kaile Jones, School Counselor,

(please contact on/before Friday, March 24th)

Thank you very much for your interest in these important lessons!


Juli Wozniak


Erin's Law Lessons Overview

In a nutshell, this is what is covered in the “Erin’s Law” lessons. Some lessons do overlap just a little.

1. Reproductive Body Parts Lesson: We talk about how some parts of our bodies are private, and it is okay to say "no" to unsafe touches about those parts (rule: "it is not okay for someone to touch a private part of your body--the part covered by a bathing suit--unless it is to keep you clean or healthy.") We briefly name the private body parts. We do not talk about reproduction at all, or the function of the private parts. We just name them, as there is research to show that using the biological names, rather than "silly" type names, helps normalize them for children and allows them to better verbalize should anything unsafe happen.

2. Support systems Lesson: We talk about how there are safe people that we can trust and talk with should we feel unsafe in any way.

3. Consent Lesson: We talk about how our bodies belong to us, and it is okay to say no respectfully to unwanted things, such as a hug we don't feel like. The lesson content is similar at all grade levels, but changes slightly for developmental appropriateness.

4. Bodily Fluids Lesson: For Grades K-2, this is really just a review of the COVID rules--how germs spread, washing our hands is important, covering our coughs, etc. Grades 3-5 adds some basic information about HIV, along with other ways disease can be transmitted, such as sharp objects one might find.

5. Gender Lesson: We talk about how it is okay for girls to like football and boys to like dolls—in other words, we talk about stereotypes. The private parts of the body are briefly mentioned. The lesson content is similar at all grade levels, but changes slightly for developmental appropriateness. We will briefly touch on the fact that some people do not identify with either gender. We will discuss the importance of acceptance to all people. If students have further questions about gender, we will direct them to ask their family about this.


Should you have any questions at all, or are considering having your child not participate in one or more of these lessons (“opting out”,) please send an e-mail to: Kaile Jones, School Counselor, (please contact on/before Friday, March 24th)

PTO Update

A message from our Parent Teacher Organization

Save the dates for some upcoming PTO Activities:

  • Thursday, March 23rd & Friday, March 24th ~ Book Fair Volunteers Needed during Parent Teacher Conferences: Sign-up HERE!
  • Thursday, May 4th ~ Fun Run jog-a-thon
  • Friday, June 2nd ~ Family BBQ @ 5:30 PM

***Background Check: All volunteers MUST have current background check on file (good for 3 years) PRIOR to volunteering. We need time to process so please submit ASAP if you haven’t. It is one quick sheet Fill out and return to our front office or fax to 503-738-7303. You can also pick up a form at school if you don't have access to a printer and return at same front office. Background check forms are linked here (English & Spanish)

ODE Integrated Guidance Feedback Needed

Families we want your feedback!

You are invited to review the district's draft of the ODE Integrated Guidance Plan Proposal and provide us with your input. Your feedback will be considered in preparation for submittal of the final document to ODE. Please send your feedback by March 30th, to Superintendent Susan Penrod at Or, join us on March 21st for a School Board Meeting when there will be a presentation and opportunity for public comment on this proposal.

Kindergarten Connect

Kindergarten Connect is Wednesday, April 26th

Do you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st, 2023?

If so, please save the date and plan to join us for our kinder connect & registration event!

April 26th Schedule:


  • Families & future students will participate in a scavenger hunt to explore our school, participate in fun activities, and learn more about what to expect in kindergarten.

  • Families & future students will have the opportunity to ride a school bus around the neighborhood to experience a bus ride.

***Kindergarten Registration will OPEN on this date, Wednesday, April 26th. Our registration is online on our school website.

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Liberty Theatre

Celebrating 98 Years

All of our students have the opportunity to decorate the Liberty Theatre with "birthday cards".

  • Hard copies of the attached document below will come home with your child this week. Once colored they can return to our front school office and we will deliver them to the Liberty Theatre or you can deliver it yourself (information in flyer below).
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Seaside High School Drama Camp

Drama Youth Camp

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Northwest Parenting Presents...

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State-wide Assessment Info.

3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Students

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Classroom Celebrations

Birthday Celebrations & Treats

Birthdays are celebrated collectively in the classroom with one time per month to honor all the birthdays of the month.

Please contact your child's teacher if you wish to contribute a healthy snack to the class monthly celebration. Healthy snacks are preferred over cupcakes or other sugary snacks. All food must be store bought and individual packets are best.

  • Frozen Fruit Bars

  • Snack mixes of cereal and dried fruit

  • Raisins and other dried fruit

  • Crackers or healthier cookies

  • Pretzels


If you wish to pass out birthday party invitations at school, we ask that all students in your child’s class be included.

Calendars ~ Seaside School District


  • Our Pacific Ridge Elementary calendar is also on our website and LINKED HERE. Upcoming events will be posted on this calendar.

  • Our School District Calendar is posted to our school website and LINKED HERE for quick reference.