Pacific Ridge Principal's Update

Week of Monday, May 3rd-7th

Spirit Day!

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5th Grade Outdoor School

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Outdoor School @ Home, the Official Trailer by NW Outdoor Science School
Welcome to Outdoor School by NW Outdoor Science School
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Virtual Sessions

Due to COVID restrictions, 5th graders won’t be attending Outdoor School (ODS) in person this year, however, we are excited to Zoom with ODS teachers for science lessons in May. Our session of ODS will be the week of May 10th. Students in the AM cohort will join the ODS Zoom call from home in the afternoons, while students in the PM cohort will join the Zoom call from their classroom at PRES. Below are the dates and times, so you can plan head:

Monday, 5/10: 12:45 — 1:30pm

Tuesday, 5/11: 12:45 — 3:15pm

Thursday, 5/13: 12:45 — 3:15pm, and 7:00 — 8:00pm (online campfire!)

Friday, 5/14: 12:45 — 3:15pm

We know this is another “difference” for students to process this year, but we think what ODS is offering this year will be a great substitute. Please contact your child’s teacher with questions.

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More of our Puffins Hard Work on Display!

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Pacific Ridge Beginning School Enrollment 2021-22

Pacific Ridge Beginning School is currently enrolling children for the 2021-2022 school year. We have two classrooms and are able to accommodate 36 children in our program. The Beginning School program operates 5 days a week, 5 hours per day and includes meals and transportation. The Pacific Ridge Beginning School has a comprehensive approach to educating and enriching the whole child. We believe children learn best through meaningful play, which encourages curiosity, discovery, and opportunities for problem-solving.

We offer a variety of options for tuition. Please select the option below that best meets the needs of your family.

  • Full Pay and Sliding Scale (up to 18 slots available)

Register here AND complete the free/reduced lunch application here (link to application)

What happens next? You will be contacted by PRBS staff within two weeks of receiving your registration. Applications will not be processed July 1-August 1.

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  • Preschool Promise Funded (18 slots available)

Cost per month: Free

Complete the interest form here

What happens next? You will be contacted by the NW Early Learning Hub within two weeks of the completion of your Interest Form.

*If you have any further questions, please contact Jeremy Catt,

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Oregon State Testing

3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Only

Oregon schools are required to administer state tests, known as SBAC, this spring. The tests will be reduced compared to past years. Please carefully review the info below to know which tests your child will take at the end of May.

Click here for more information on Statewide Testing Information

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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!
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When do I keep my child home sick?

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A Message from our School Nurse

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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!