* December 5 - 9 *


Wednesday, December 7: NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)


Weather Emergencies

Please call 253-800-6001 for information regarding school cancellations, delays, and/or snow routes.

For questions regarding when and how decisions are made, click HERE.

Dress for the Weather

Speaking of weather... The weather is cooling down and rain is making a grand appearance! Since we rarely cancel recess, it is so important to please make sure that your kiddos are coming to school dressed appropriately for the weather.


Our next Family Engagement Event (sponsored by our staff and PTA) is...

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Attendance Matters!

Dear Families,

During the dates leading up to our winter break from school, we are grateful to everyone for helping to maintain a routine for showing up to school.

We appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra time off prior to and after the winter break. As long as your child is healthy, please encourage showing up to class when school is in session.

If your family or your child needs support, please reach out to our social worker for help.

Every day of school is an important opportunity for students to learn as well as to connect to their peers and teachers.

We thank:

  • Our students and their families who do their best to show up daily even when it isn’t easy.
  • Our teachers who go above and beyond to make school a welcoming and safe place for all students to learn.
  • Our many, many healers and helpers - the support staff and community volunteers who provide the extra hands and attention our children need.

Following are a few reminders...

Please use of one the following options to report your student's absence.

  1. Call our attendance line at: 253-800-5093.
  2. Log onto ParentVUE and enter an absence request.

** You must notify the Attendance Office each day your child is absent. **

Send a note: Send a note with your child when he/she returns to school. A note from your healthcare provider is recommended when appointments take place during school hours to excuse the partial or full day absence. If no notification is received for the absence, an automated message system will call and notify the family the child is listed as unexcused.

Pre-Arranged Absences: If you know in advance that your student will be absent for 3 DAYS OR LONGER, a Pre- Arranged Absence Form must be completed and returned to the office prior to the absence. Forms can be requested from the office. The principal will determine if the pre-arranged absences are excused or unexcused. The school board sets the district yearly calendar by June of each year. Please plan your family trips and vacation to coincide with pre-planned breaks in order to avoid accumulating excessive absences. Absences that are unexcused, may require the school to file a BECCA petition in accordance with Washington State Law RCW 28A.225.

If you would like to meet with our assistant principal or social worker, Mrs. Kaasa or Mrs. Lindstrom, regarding your student's attendance and discuss how we can support you in your student's success, please email Mrs. Kaasa at, or email Mrs. Lindstrom at, or call our office at 253-800-5000 to schedule a meeting.

We appreciate each one of you! May the upcoming days off be restful and healthy.

Thank you for partnering with us to improve attendance at Rocky Ridge Elementary!

For more information regarding our district's attendance policies, please visit: click HERE

For information on the importance of attendance, please visit:


ROCKY RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is having a Read-a-thon this year!

Read-a-thons actually get your reader excited about reading and it gives friends and family the opportunity to encourage your child to read even more.

Our Read-a-thon starts Monday- December 5, 2022.

Instructions should be coming home soon (if not already) on how to activate your reader's personal page. This is where you will be able to view and record their progress.

We encourage you to activate your reader’s account today by clicking on and following the simple instructions.

We've chosen "Read-a-thon" because it will not take much of your time, gives your child a reason to read and helps in the development of stronger reading skills. We hope EVERYONE participates.

Please email Ms. Lamar with any questions at:

Let's get reading!

PTA Fundraiser Update

Due to yesterday's weather... our PTA fundraiser pick-up has been delayed!

The next pick-up date will be announced ASAP. We are hoping for next week, but this depends on warehouse/supply availability. We will update everyone on our PTA FB page as soon as we know more!

Please note: Any/All perishable items that do not meet health department temperature controlled requirements will be replaced this ONE TIME by Cherrydale due to uncontrollable weather conditions. After today, replacements will NOT be available/granted for any items that are not picked up on a later scheduled pick up date.

Learning Activities Related to Holidays

Throughout the year, there may be learning activities at Rocky Ridge that may be related to specific holidays. If you have concerns about your child(ren) participating in these because of family traditions or beliefs, please reach out to their classroom teacher so alternative activities can be provided. -- Thank you!

Let's meet another Raccoon Staff Member...

Mrs. Ahmu has been a Raccoon for SEVERAL years and currently serves as our PBIS Para-educator. PBIS is an acronym for: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support. This means that Mrs. Ahmu works SUPER hard to help create a safe learning environment by improving school-wide systems in place and supporting classroom behavior support systems.

A few of Mrs. Ahmu's favorite things are: loving on all our Raccoons, greeting parents, the color blue, sunny summer days, roses, watching movies, Pepsi, M&Ms, scrapbooking, dolphins, Starbucks, and shopping at Target. Mrs. Ahmu also enjoys spending time with her family at the beach.

Mrs. Ahmu can be reach at:

Rocky Ridge is sure blessed to have Mrs. Ahmu here!

Mitten Tree

All gifts are due in the office by 12/14 (Wednesday).

You can reach out to Mrs. Lindstrom with any questions at:

Thank you for your generous support

of our Rocky Ridge families!

Parent / Guardian Identification

Our district's policy is that all parents/guardians remember to always have a valid ID on them when picking up their child(ren). We have various staff members that answer the door and at parent pick-up. They may not always recognize your beautiful faces and families.

Supporting our School

Many of our families have been asking if we're accepting any donations, running low on important items, and inquiring about ways to serve.

One way that you can support our school is...

tissue, tissue, TIIIIISSSSSSUE!

Sniffles, sneezes, and runny noses... Oh, my!

Donations can be sent to school with your child

or dropped off in the office.

All of us at Rocky Ridge appreciate our Raccoon families

and their eagerness to support, serve, and give!

Staying home

Too sick or not too sick for school... that is the question! And this is a question that our office staff is asked almost everyday. Please read the following written by the Pierce County Health Department.

Keep your child home if they:

  • Are too sick to participate in normal activities.
  • Need a level of care or observation not manageable at school or childcare.
  • Create an unhealthy or unsafe environment for others.

Some conditions require you to keep your child home. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Chickenpox (varicella): Keep your child home until all blisters have scabs and no new blisters are forming.
  • Diarrhea: Keep your child home from school until diarrhea can be contained and they can participate in normal activities.
  • Fever: Keep your child home until their temperature is below 100.4°F and they don’t have behavior changes, sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, irritability or confusion. Children MUST BE fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medications.
  • Flu (influenza): Keep your child home until they are fever-free for 24 hours.
  • Strep throat: Keep your child home until they have taken antibiotics for 24 hours and are fever-free.
  • Vomiting: Keep your child home until they have not vomited for 24 hours and they can participate in normal activities.

Please see the following chart.

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Student Transfer Requests for 2023-24

Student transfer requests for the 2023-24 school year may be completed and submitted online from the district’s website beginning on January 4, 2023.

  • All transfer requests will be done electronically.

First consideration deadline for accepting student transfer requests for the 2023-24 school year will be March 10, 2023 for all grades, K through 12.

  • Requests received after the deadline may not be considered until the week of August 21.
  • Requests submitted after August 21 will be reviewed after September 15 when actual enrollment counts are in.

If the request is submitted by March 10, parents will be notified by April 15 if the request has been approved or denied.

  • Approval or denial of transfer requests will be based on established criteria outlined in School Board policies and procedures 3131 and 3141.
  • Parents will provide transportation for students who voluntarily attend a school outside their attendance area.
  • For more information, call Mary Ann Mulloy-White at 253-800-2012 for secondary or Rayna Messer at 253-800-2014 for elementary.

Students who are currently approved for in-district student transfers do not have to complete a new form unless they are changing from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school.

Rocky Ridge PTA

  • For up-to-date information from our PTA ... click HERE.
  • Join PTA ... click HERE.
  • Contact our PTA... click HERE!

Spirit Days are Every Week!

TUESDAYS = SCHOOL SPIRIT DAYS! ~ Wear your RRE gear, raccoon stuff (earrings, shirts, etc.), or school colors (blue and gold/yellow). Note: Our PTA is working on replenishing our Ridge Wear. Stay tuned.

FRIDAYS = TEAM WEAR! ~ Show off your favorite team with sweatshirts and t-shirts! This could be a sports, choir, dance, chess teams... There are so many teams to celebrate!

We've got spirit! ... Yes, we do!

We've got spirit! ... How about YOU?!

Breakfast & Lunch Menu

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A Message from our Art Teacher

Dear Families,

Your young artist(s) will be posting their artwork in an app called Artsonia this year in art class! You will be able to view their artwork, and you also have the option to post comments and share with family and friends!

Please use this link to connect to your child's portfolio:

You will enter your child's name and grade, along with an email address.

Please keep in mind that it might be a few weeks before artwork starts to become uploaded, but it's still a great time to connect to their account.

FAQ's for parents:

~Mrs. Taini


Hazel Health is offering free mental and physical tele-health services at home for all students in the Bethel School District. There is no cost to families. To access services, parents will need to sign the online form here:

Box Tops for Education!

Did you know you can earn money for our school just by going grocery shopping?

All you need to do is...

  1. Download the app.
  2. Add Rocky Ridge Elementary as your school.
  3. And scan your receipts!

Joke of the Week!

Q: What did one snowman say to the other?
A. "Can you smell carrots?"

Dates to Remember

Dec. 7: NO SCHOOL | Staff Development Day

Dec. 12-16: Santa Shop (PTA)

Dec. 14: LATE ARRIVAL | Drop-off begins at 9:20am / Full STEAM Ahead!!!

Dec. 21 - Jan. 2: NO SCHOOL | Winter Break

School Calendar: Grades K-12

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School Calendar: Preschool

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Follow RRE on Facebook!

Join us on Facebook for up-to-date information of what's happening at Rocky Ridge! Just click ... HERE!

Bethel School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Title IX Coordinator, Director of Athletics and Security: 253.800.4303; Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Executive Director of Special Education: 253.800.2300; Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Director of Equity and Achievement: 253.800.2019. All individuals may be reached at this address: 516 176th Street East, Spanaway, WA 98387. // El Distrito Escolar de Bethel no discrimina en sus programas o actividades por motivos de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, nacionalidad, edad, condición de veterano de guerra o grado militar, orientación sexual, expresión de género o identidad, discapacidad o uso de perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio, además ofrece igualdad de acceso a los Boy Scouts y a otros grupos de jóvenes especificados. El empleado mencionado a continuación ha sido designado para atender consultas y quejas de supuesta discriminación: Coordinador del Título IX, Director de Atletismo y Seguridad: 253.800.4303; Coordinadora de Sección 504/ADA, Directora Ejecutiva de Educación Especial: 253.800.2300; Coordinadora de Cumplimiento de Derechos Civiles Directora de Equidad y Logro: 253.800.2019. Todas las personas pueden ser contactadas en esta dirección: 516 176th Street East, Spanaway, WA 98387.