Mountaineer Message

September 23, 2022

Mountaineer Families,

Learning is in full swing at PTR! Our students are doing an amazing job learning routines, being safe, responsible, respectful, and kind. It is wonderful to see our Mountaineers progressing so quickly in their learning. We appreciate the community support in ensuring the success of all of our students, we continue to look forward to an amazing school year!

Please ensure for family drop-off, families follow the drop off location using the drop-off line. Entry is at the Whitehawk neighborhood sign. There is no student drop off at the front of the school unless you have made special arrangements with the office or you are arriving past 9:05. This ensures the safety of all of our students.


We have five elected school board officials who volunteer their time to help ensure the Orting School District is responsive to the needs and concerns of our community. As part of their commitment to transparency and regular communication, our board would like to hear from you! If you have questions or concerns about future growth, facility needs, student support, improving learning outcomes or any other topics you would like to discuss, members of the elected school board are here to listen and learn from you! Swing by to chat, grab some treats and find out more about the great things happening in OSD!

We have a few Listen and Learn opportunities coming up that we hope you can attend!

  • Saturday, Oct. 1: Orting Red Hat Days
  • Friday, Oct. 7: Homecoming Football Game
  • Thursday, Oct. 20: OMS and OHS conferences

In addition, we are hosting a few other events where the community can share their voice. This includes our Citizens Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) and three town hall meetings. We will have two CFAC meetings, occurring on Tuesday, October 4 and Tuesday, November 29. The CFAC meetings are to engage the community to better understand their priorities and desires regarding school facilities, further explore the enrollment issues, potential solutions, and alternatives. Our three town halls will occur on Thursday, October 13, Thursday, January 26 and Thursday, February 9. We hope to see you there!


If you need to make a change in your student's dismissal procedure for the day, please call the office or send a note prior to 2:45 pm Mon-Thur and prior to 1:15 at Friday. This will provide time to ensure all teachers and students are notified of the change.


We welcome parent volunteers at PTR. If you would like to volunteer please visit the office to get a parent volunteer form. Volunteers need to meet the requirements which include a completed volunteer form, background check, and COVID immunization or exemption thru HR. Volunteer forms need to be completed every year.

If you need to visit PTR please make sure to have your ID on you and you check in at the office upon entry.


100 page Club

What: a reward system for students who read Just Right Books outside of the school day

How: students will get a bookmark in the Library. They will fill it out based on the Chapter book they are reading. When they have finished the book they will turn in the book mark to Mrs. Carlson.

When: for every 100 pages read they will get a prize. Prizes will be given out at their Friday Library time once a month.

Why: to encourage students to read chapter books at their level outside of the school day. For a book to count for the 100 pages club it needs to be a chapter book. Graphic Novels are fun to read but do not count because the amount of words per page is low.

Social Emotional Spotlight - With Mrs. Lien

September can be a challenging time for students. There are new friends, new routines, new teachers and possibly a new school. It is normal for children to have some anxiety at the beginning of the school year.

Here are some words you can use at home for a child that is anxious or worried:

  1. I’m here with you. You’re safe.

  2. Do you want to do some dancing or running to get rid of the worried energy?

  3. Tell me about it.

  4. What would you like to say to your worry? What might your worry say back? Then what?

  5. Let’s draw it.

  6. What does it feel like in your body? Where is the worry? How big is it?

  7. Match your breaths to mine.

  8. Let’s think up some endings for what could happen (anxious ones, goofy ones, AND realistic ones.)

  9. What’s something we could do to help you feel better?


Some of my favorite children’s books for children who are anxious or worried:

  1. Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival.

  2. Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

  3. Find Your Calm by Gabi Garcia

  4. Wilma Jean-The Worry Machine by Julia Cook

  5. What Do You Do With a Problem by Kobi Yamada


October is Bullying Prevention Month!

Bullying Prevention lessons, using our Second Step curriculum, start in October! Students will learn the skills of recognizing bullying - what it is and isn’t, reporting bullying to an adult at school or at home, and helping to put a stop to a situation by refusing bullying. Students also learn about the power of being a bystander and how to support others being bullied.

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Cavities are one of the most common preventable diseases in children. Free preventative dental care is coming to PTR on Oct 26th. Smile Saved will be offering screening, cleaning, sealants if needed and referrals. Consent forms were sent home in children's backpacks. Forms must be returned no later than Oct. 19th.


Washington State law (WAC 246-760) requires schools to conduct auditory and visual screenings of children each year. Students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 are screened. Ptarmigan Ridge's screening will happen on October 4th. If your child uses corrective lenses, please be sure they bring them on the day of the screening. If your child is not scheduled to be screened this year you may request a screening by contacting your child’s teacher or school nurse. Inform them of any concerns you may have.

A professional evaluation by an eye care professional is recommended for students who do not pass their vision or hearing screenings. If you have any questions regarding the results of your child’s screening, please contact the school nurse

If you do not wish your child be screened for either hearing or vision, please contact the district nurse .
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Spirit Wear is here!! T-shirts, sweatshirts, and more!

Click on your schools link below to order.

Store is open now and closes Wednesday 10/5 at 11:59pm.

Orders will be delivered directly to students to take home with them, 3-4 weeks after the store closes.

Note: Youth small hoodies are a bit too small for the screen, so you will see them offered only as small as youth medium. We’ve been advised the cotton hoodies run smaller than the sport tek options in those sizes if you’re needing one for a true little one! We’re sorry for any inconvenience, but tees are still able to screen on YS.

Ptarmigan Ridge:

Orting Combined PTA is looking forward to working with you for the 2022-23 school year! We have new and exciting events, fundraisers and opportunities coming your way!

Please like our Facebook page and join our membership list below to stay in the loop of what's to come!

To join follow the link below (no time commitment required):

Please contact us with any questions at

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Contact Us

Ptarmigan Ridge Elementary will be open from 8am to 4pm daily.

All visitors must sign in at the main office.

Location: 805 Old Pioneer Way Northwest, Orting, WA, USA
Phone: 360 893 0595