Pacific Ridge Principal's Update

Week of Monday, February 1st- Friday, February 5th

Share the LOVE Event!

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Saturday, February 13th from 1:00-2:30 PM

Pacific Ridge Elementary and Pacific Ridge Beginning School staff would like to invite you to our SHARE THE LOVE event. On Saturday, February 13 from 1:00 to 2:30pm school staff will be at the locations listed below ready to wave to students, pass out treats, and SHARE some LOVE! Families are invited to drive-by each location, and receive a treat at each stop. We ask that you wear masks and stay inside your cars. Staff will bring the treats to you! We are so excited to see you. Rumor has it that the PRE Puffin may be making an appearance at one of our locations!

SHARE THE LOVE event locations:

  • Pacific Ridge Elementary School, 2000 Spruce Dr.

  • Seaside High School (new location), 2600 Spruce Dr.

  • OLD Seaside High School parking lot, Hwy 101

  • OLD Broadway Middle School parking lot, Hwy 101

  • Cartwright Park, 1942 S Franklin St.

Calendar Reminders

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Monday, February 1st ~ Special School Board Meeting @ 6PM *Zoom details on our SSD website.
  • Thursday, February 4th ~ Consejo Hispano Parent Meeting ~ See below for more details!
  • Saturday, February 13th ~ Share the Love Event ~ See below for more details!
  • Monday, February 15th ~ President's Day ~ No School Today!

Picture Day FUN!

Thank you for coming to picture day!

*If you were unable to attend our picture days last week, we will have picture retakes at a later date!

No purchase is necessary! But if you would like to order pictures you will be receiving an email from Justin Grafton Studios with your students personal access code and instructions on how to purchase from the website/app.

Clatsop County Community Action

Services for South County Residents

Clatsop Community Action has a satellite office in the main entrance of Seaside Providence Hospital on Fridays. They offer all the same services as the Astoria office for residents of south county. The phone number is 503.717.7176.

Some of these services are:

  • Information and Referrals
  • OHP sign ups
  • Transportation vouchers
  • Rent or deposit assistance
  • Energy Assistance Applications
  • Personal Care Items
  • Connections with the food pantry

Getting to Know our 3rd Grade Teachers

Mr. Albright, 3rd Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? Western Oregon State College

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? 28 years in 3rd, 4th, 5th grades

What's your favorite subject to teach? Art

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Art

Favorite hobby? Hiking

Favorite color? Blue

Favorite book? Holes

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Blackwell. He handed out Blackwell Bucks. That inspired me to create Chuckbucks that I hand out in my classroom.

Interesting Fact? I love road trips!

Ms. Spunaugle, 3rd Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? Concordia University in Portland Oregon

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? I have been teaching 3/4/5 grades for 23 years

What's your favorite subject to teach? Math and Science!!

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Reading

Favorite hobby? I love to play with my dogs

Favorite color? Green

Favorite book? To Kill a Mockingbird

Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school and why? Mrs. Bulher - She had a piano in the room and we sang every day. She also read amazing books aloud. I realized I wanted to become a teacher when I started coaching younger kids in baton twirling.

Mrs. Paino, 3rd Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? Seaside Highschool, Clatsop Community, Pacific University and Lesley University, and Lesley University

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? 17 years kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade

What's your favorite subject to teach? Math and art but also science!

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Math and Art

Favorite hobby? Read, crochet, small craft projects, create ideas for teaching or reaching students.

Favorite color? Red

Favorite book? All books are my favorite while reading them. I like to read two or three at a time.

What made you want to become a teacher? Sue Gilbertson and Ann Brown are my favorite teacher friends who inspired me to be all that I could be when I needed the inspiration.

Interesting fact? I came to my profession late in life, learning never ends.

Mrs. Siems, 3rd Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? Walla Walla University

How long have you been teaching? 12 years

What's your favorite subject to teach? Science

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Language Arts

Favorite hobby? Spending time with my family and adventuring.

Favorite color? Blue, any shade

Favorite book? Little House on the Prairie

What made you want to become a teacher? I love learning and seeing the joy when a student grasps a concept.

Anything else? I have LOVED working with the staff and students in Seaside and Gearhart and will miss it tremendously!

Mrs. Meyer, 3rd Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? I graduated from Oregon State University.

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? I substitute taught in Seaside School District for 20 years. This is my 4th year teaching 3rd grade.

What's your favorite subject to teach? My favorite subject to teach is math.

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? My favorite subject in school was always math.

Favorite hobby? I love curling up next to a fire, with a cup of coffee (or tea in the afternoons), and a good book! I also love hiking, especially in the high Sierra Nevada!

Favorite color? My favorite color is coral.

Favorite book? It's a toss-up: The Robe and To Kill a Mockingbird

Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school and why? My favorite teacher was Mr. Schimp. He taught history, which was very hard for me. He pushed us to think deeply about how to connect historical events. I never did well on the tests, and I struggled daily. I didn't even like history, but his expectations were high, and he was so kind. Once I went to Washington D.C., I was able to connect the dots. Now I love history! Thank you, Mr. Schimp!

Interesting Fact? I lived in France for a year when I was 12 (7th grade). I attended a French school, and my classes were mostly in French! I moved from a small town (where I walked to school) to a huge city, where I took two city buses to school. It was a really hard year for me: I missed my friends, I was mocked for speaking American English, and French is a hard language. However, I will always be grateful for that year, as it's full of overcoming challenges. There are many wonderful memories, too. For instance, we camped all over Europe, and in the winter time, I downhill skied for P.E.!

Seaside Kids Sign-up Info.

Softball & Baseball

-See the attached flyers to understand the differences between the Baseball and Softball Programs we offer. If you have any questions, message the SKI Facebook page.

-Please register soon if you think your child might be interested in playing so we can begin planning!

-Tryout/Placement Clinics dates and times will be available soon.

-Is your softball player ready to play more than T-Ball? Are they 7 or 8 years old? Are they ready for a more challenging level of competition? Sign them up for 8U Recreation Softball!

-Check, the SKI Facebook page, and of course your email (once you register your player) for updates.

-Registration can be found at

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Seaside High School Play

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This play has some mature content and is most appropriate for students in grades 3rd and up!

Seaside High School Drama is excited to announce its first production of 2021! Game of Tiaras: A Stay-At-Home Play by Don Zolidis will be available to stream at home from February 12 through February 18, 2021.

Combining the gut-wrenching plot twists of Game of Thrones, and the soul-numbing despair of Shakespearean tragedy, this adaptation of King Lear will leave you dying with laughter as the body count mounts. When you play the Game of Tiaras, you win or you die.

Presenting senior Lucas Ethridge as the King; juniors Elizabeth Jesberger as Cinderella, Gracie Klemp as Belle, Kaiya Taylor as the Snow Queen, Sophia Reynolds as the Mermaid, Abigail Sills as Snow White, Lilli Taylor as the French Prince, Riley Wunderlich as Prince Charming; sophomore Parker Davis as Smeagol; and a supporting cast full of eccentric characters played by 6th-12th grade students. The play is directed and produced by Susan Baertlein.

To pre-purchase tickets to this virtual production please visit:

The cost is $10 for individuals or $20 for a household, and it will be available to stream from February 12 at 12:01 am until February 18 at 11:59 pm.

Game of Tiaras is presented with permission from Playscripts, Inc.

For further information, contact Seaside High School at 503-738-5586 or email Susan Baertlein at

Job Opportunities

NWRESD is Hiring!

Northwest Regional Educational Service District (NWRESD) is looking for bilingual (Spanish and English) candidates for two school-based positions in our district.

One position is for tutoring Seaside School District students online about 10 hours per week during the pandemic, and the other is a family liaison position to help connect families with the three Seaside schools. This position is about 20 hours per week.

Please see the job descriptions below. If you are interested, information is also included about how to apply. For additional information, please contact Sande Brown, Director of Curriculum and Instruction and the ELD program for Seaside School District, 503-738-5591.

Contract positions - Temporary 02/01/21 - 6/30/21

Migrant Education Program 1:1 Tutor Contract Position

ELD Family Connection Coordinator Contract Position

Lunch Buddies with Mrs. McDowell

An Opportunity for our 1st & 2nd Grade Students to Connect & Chat about Favorite Things!

Hello, Everyone!

Thank you for helping your children to join our Wednesday Sharing Lunch Bunches over the last three weeks.

This Wednesday, February 3, will be the fourth and final sharing session for the topics of Pokémon and Stuffies.

Stay tuned for an announcement on the times and topics for our new upcoming new Sharing Groups!

The Sharing Group ZOOM codes are below. They will also again be posted as a SeeSaw assignment on Wednesday, February 3.

If your child is interested in sharing their common interest with other students and talking about it with them, they are welcome to join the group at one of the links below at the following times. Coming to the previous group is not a requirement—first timers are welcome!

GRADE ONE “Pokémon”: February 3 10:30-10:50

Grade One “Pokémon” ZOOM Code:

GRADE TWO “Pokémon”: Wednesday, February 3 11:00-11:20

Grade Two “Pokémon” ZOOM Code:

GRADES ONE AND TWO: “Stuffies”: Wednesday, February 3 11:30-11:50

“Stuffies” ZOOM Code:

These groups are totally optional, and are for any interested first and second graders.

I hope to see your children there for these final sessions!

Mrs. McDowell

Lunch Buddies with Ms. Jones

An Opportunity for our 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Students to Connect & Chat about Favorite Things!

Hello 3rd, 4th and 5th grade families!

We are excited to announce a fun, and totally optional opportunity for all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students! This past Wednesday, January 13th, Ms. Jones offered three social zoom groups for students to have the opportunity to connect with other students whom they have not had the opportunity to meet, due to distance learning. During these groups, various common interests were discussed and shared.

I have decided, beginning this Wednesday, January 20th, to offer three groups focused on topics that your students identified as an interest: Beginning on Wednesday, January 20, any 3rd, 4th or 5th grader is welcome to drop in to one or all three of the virtual social groups.

The focus of these groups will be; Pokemon, Anime, and Minecraft. Come prepared to share about your favorite topics and be ready to teach Ms. Jones a little bit about each. She is definitely not an expert! They are welcome to join at one of the links below at the following times:

“Pokemon”: Wednesday, January 20, 27, and February 3 11:00-11:20

“Pokemon” ZOOM Code:

“Anime”: Wednesday, January 20, 27, and February 3 11:30-11:50

“Anime” ZOOM Code:

“Minecraft”: Wednesday, January 20, 27, and February 3 12:00-12:30

“Minecraft” ZOOM Code:

I will also post a reminder each Wednesday with the codes as an activity on their SeeSaw page, so they can access the link directly from there as well.

I hope to see your students there!

Ms. Jones 3-5 PRES School Counselor

Consejo Hispano

Pacific Ridge Consejo Hispano Parent Meeting

Padres, nos gustaría invitarlos a nuestra reunión del Consejo Hispano y Pacific Ridge Elementary School el jueves 4 de febrero de 5:00 a 6:00pm. Esta reunión se llevará a cabo mediante un Zoom. Esta reunión se llevará a cabo en español con la ayuda del Consejo Hispano. Compartiremos los resultados mediante una presentación de powerpoint de nuestra reunión más reciente del consejo escolar. En la agenda incluiremos puntos adicionales; métricas actualizadas para regresar a la escuela, sesiones adicionales de tutoría mediante zoom y un resumen breve de nuestro plan para regresar a la escuela. Si tiene preguntas adicionales que le gustaría que abordemos durante la reunión, favor de enviar un correo electrónico al Sr. Catt o la Srta. Quezada con su pregunta y las agregaremos a la agenda. Gracias por todas sus excelentes preguntas y su apoyo. ¡Esperamos verlos!

Enlace de Zoom se proporciona aquí:

Enlace de zoom para los padres

Wednesday Tutoring Help

Our Educational Assistants are now Tutoring via Zoom on Wednesdays!

Would you like some extra help for your child on Wednesdays? We have educational assistants available to help in 30 minute Zoom sessions. They can read with your child or help them complete their assignments in Seesaw.

Timeslots are every Wednesday between 8:30-10:30AM & 11:30-1:00PM. You're welcome to sign up for more than one timeslot as well!

Parent Sign-Up Info: Go to (code is: swug9)

Parents will receive an email with the time and Zoom link. Teachers have also added the assistant Zoom links to their Clever pages for easier access for students and families.

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!

Pacific Ridge Elementary School

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