Pacific Ridge Principal's Update

Week of Monday, October 26th - Friday, October 30th

Parents, in case no one has told you today...

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Thank you for all you are doing to support your students, our teachers and our school community! We truly appreciate YOU!!!

Elementary Office Location Update!

2000 Spruce Drive, Seaside OR

Our Pacific Ridge school office is officially open! We are no longer working out of our Gearhart Elementary office. If you need to exchange a Chromebook or pick something up we are now located at 2000 Spruce Drive in Seaside. We also no longer have the Gearhart phone number. Please use the 503-738-5161 phone number. Thank you!

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 11th ~ No School ~ Veterans Day
  • Wednesday, November 25th - Friday, November 27th ~ No School ~ Thanksgiving Break
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Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook

I'm sure many of you have noticed that we have a NEW school website! You can find all sorts of helpful information including our Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook which is updated each year and posted to the school website.

Below are links to the English and Spanish versions.



Comprehensive Distance Learning Update from our Superintendent, Mrs. Susan Penrod

Hello Seaside School District Families,

On Tuesday evening, The Seaside School District School Board unanimously approved my recommendation to extend Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) until the end of the first trimester, which ends on December 4. During that first week in December we will review the county data to determine if we need to further extend CDL, or if declining trends in positive cases allow us to begin on-site learning.

This was a very difficult decision to make, as we would prefer to have students learning in our classrooms, but the health and safety of our students, families, and staff continue to be our number one priority. We remain hopeful that the positive cases in our county will consistently decline soon, allowing us to bring students in the building with our hybrid model.

The Leadership Team is working on the possibility of offering Limited In-Person Instruction for small groups of students before December 4. This would include a few groups of 10 or fewer students for two hours at a time.

We will keep you posted on this progress by sending more information soon.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.

Susan Penrod

At Pacific Ridge we embrace the power of YET to grow our brains!

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Halloween will definitely be different this year!

Click on the link for some fun & safe ideas for activities!
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Counselors 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

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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

Pacific Ridge Elementary School

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