Pacific Ridge Principal's Update

Week of Monday, April 19-23rd

Playing to Learn and Learning to Play

A Kindergarten Readiness Series for Families

Do you have a child who will be 5 year old on or before September 1? Are you planning to enroll your child in kindergarten in the fall? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, then this series is for you!

We are offering a FREE two-part series for parents and caregivers working to prepare their children for kindergarten. Each part of the series will focus on a different aspect of kindergarten readiness.

Session 1: Playing Games and Supporting Social-Emotional Learning

Session 2: Fine Motor, Literacy and Math

Space is limited for these sessions, and pre-registration is required. Please register for the option that works best for your individual situation:

In-Person Sessions:

  • April 28 and May 12, 6-7:30pm, Pacific Ridge Elementary Gym.
  • Due to COVID restrictions, please only send one adult per family to attend these in-person sessions. Future puffins will need to remain at home. Unfortunately, we are also not able to provide childcare during these sessions.
  • Attendees will receive a collection of games, books, and other materials to use at home with their child over the summer (different materials provided at each session)
  • BONUS: Family take-home dinners, raffle prizes, opportunities to make connections with other kinder families, access to virtual sessions online

Virtual Sessions:

  • Available online after May 12
  • Attendees will receive a collection of games, books, and other materials to use at home with their children over the summer

Click here to pre-register for this exciting opportunity! Still have questions? Contact Betsy Mahoney( ) or Erin Miller ( for more information.

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2021 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Connect

Welcome future puffins! Calling all families with children who are 5 on or before September 1, 2021. It is already time to start thinking about Kindergarten for next year. Our Kinder Connect event is open to all families of in-coming kindergarteners.

Where: Pacific Ridge Elementary School

When: Wednesday, May 26

9:00-10:00 Last names A-L

1:00-2:00 Last names M-Z

Why: We can’t wait to meet our in-coming puffins!

Families are invited to come for a scavenger hunt, playground play, an opportunity to ask questions and meet our kindergarten teachers, a photo opportunity with our puffin mascot and more!

*2021-2022 Kindergarten online registration will open up on Wednesday, April 28th.

Registration Link

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2021 Classroom Environmental Preference Form

Parental Input

Each spring we provide parents with an opportunity to give input into their child's class placement for the coming year. Interested families are invited to complete the Environmental Preference Form prior to May 14, 2021. Please note that forms which list a teacher by name will not be accepted.

English Environmental Preference Form

Spanish Environmental Preference Form

Updated Transportation Information

New Student ID Bus Pass Info.

We are very excited our school is implementing a new program to increase the safety of our students on our buses! If you've ever called the school and experienced the worry of not knowing if your child has gotten off at the correct stop, you will very much appreciate this new system!

This system allows us to know who is on the bus at all times and at which stop they exited. In the past if you called the school, our secretaries would call the bus to find out where the bus is at to check if it's just running late or if for some reason the student didn't get off. This requires the bus driver to pull over in a safe place off of the road since they cannot answer the cell phone while driving. This new computerized system will allow us to look up in the system exactly where the bus is on their route and if your child exited or is still riding the bus.

Here's how it works. Student ID Bus Passes utilizes a badge attached to a student’s backpack or a lanyard which communicates with the Bus Pass scanner located on the bus. Bus drivers will scan the badge as students enter and exit the bus instead of having to take paper pencil attendance!

If you have questions, concerns please don't hesitate to give us a call! 503-738-5161 or email us!


Kirstin Whitlock,

Debbie Hillman,

Ingrid Quezada,

Principal, Juliann Wozniak,

Assistant Principal, Jeremy Catt,

If you prefer to opt your bus rider out of this program please complete this form. It is important to note that students who opt-out of the electronic monitoring portion of the program will still need to show their Student ID Bus Pass to ride a district school bus. Their badge will just not have a active barcode to scan.

Student ID Bus Pass Electronic Monitoring Opt-out Form

Bus route information!

Pacific Ridge Trails

We are so lucky!

At Pacific Ridge, we are so lucky to have a loop of trails, a salmon bearing stream and several bridges on our campus! The sunny weather has allowed our students to get outside daily for movement and exploration on our beautiful trail system!
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Calendar Reminders

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Thursday, April 22nd ~ 5PM-7PM School Picture Retakes! Save the date!
  • Monday, May 31st ~ No School ~ Memorial Day
  • Thursday, June 17th ~ Last day of School ~ End of 3rd Trimester

School Picture Retake Day!

Save the Date: Thursday, April 22nd!

Picture retakes are almost here! Please save the date: Thursday, April 22nd from 5PM-7PM!

If you missed picture day or would like retakes, please plan to come on the date above for pictures! There is no need to sign up this time! We will limit one family at a time in the picture area and will have staff on-site to direct you. Parents are welcome to stay in their car, or escort their student inside. Masks are required for everyone on-site. Students will remove their masks for pictures.

Please don't hesitate to call our office or contact our photographer directly if you have questions!

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When do I keep my child home sick?

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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!