Pine Ridge Weekly


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Thank You Food Service Team! Our Very Superheroes!

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PR Families,

Good morning PR Families!

We are in week 4 of remote learning please know that we appreciate our partnership as we continue to navigate learning in this new way. I have heard that it is getting harder for some of my Ranger friends to stay motivated to engage in the assignments, etc. Please let me know if I can support you or our Rangers by touching base with them via phone or zoom. I can also send them kind messages in their virtual classrooms. :)

It is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week! We appreciate our teachers and staff so much! They are working diligently to provide learning in a remote way and their collaboration and tireless efforts are appreciated! Please help us celebrate them this week!

Rangers: Please take a picture with a pet or a stuffed animal. Send it to Mrs. James by Friday.


  • There is still time to sign up for the Kids Read Now Free Summer Books for all K-3 students!
  • Thank you for providing feedback on our survey.
  • Important Food Service Update below regarding changes in family eligibility for services.
  • Ranger Ticket Video will be posted weekly in Google Classrooms and on Seesaw.
  • Ranger challenge of the week: Send a picture with a pet or stuffed animal. Send pictures to me:
  • More books and chapters have been added to my Loom folders below. I will also add them to Mrs. Zietz's Google Classroom.
  • Don't forget to visit the Counselor's Corner below. Kathy Wittland is available to connect with our Rangers that need support.
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Video - Ranger Tickets Winners for May 1

Rangers Write Their Names with Sticks and Rocks Video! (Some with and without faces)

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Food Service Update:

  • Free meal distribution for children ages 18 and under continues on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11a-1p at FHN and FHC. Children do not need to be in the vehicle to receive free meals.
  • If your financial status has recently changed due to COVID-19, you may temporarily qualify for free or reduced-price meals for the first 30 days of the new school year. Visit to fill out a confidential application. (This will also qualify you to receive the P-EBT benefits described below.)
  • Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transaction (P-EBT) Program - Families on the free or reduced-price meal program will receive extra funds on their EBT card for each child in their household ages 5-18.
    • March & April benefits - $193.80 per eligible child will be loaded on the EBT card by the end of April.
    • May & June benefits - $182.40 per eligible child will be loaded on the EBT card at a later date.
    • If you don't currently receive food assistance benefits, a pre-loaded card will be mailed to you. Benefits for all eligible children will be loaded onto one card.
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4th Grade Fun

Whenever it is safe, we will have our traditional 4th-grade noodle ceremony!

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Mrs. Wittland's Virtual Check In

Kids can fill this out or with the help of parents complete this form.

Hello Pine Ridge Families,

As we head into week four of learning at home, I am starting to hear of more students who are struggling with not wanting to do their school work. Often, these are kids who don’t have trouble completing work at school. It can be frustrating for everyone! If you are in this situation, please know that, in this challenging time, this can be very normal. Your child’s teacher, Mrs. James, and I are also willing to help. Please feel free to reach out to us. I have also added an article with tips for how to handle these times with children, and a tool to create a visual schedule for your child(ren). I hope that they are helpful!

One very special message that I am hearing from our kids is that they are enjoying spending more time with their families!

I hope that you will find some time to enjoy each other this week!

Visual Schedule:



Kathy Wittland

Pine Ridge School Counselor

Links to Books Read Aloud by Mrs. James - Updated

Mrs. James - Story Time - Picture Books

A story about a High Five Tournament added.

Saving Fable - Up to Chapter 9!

Added 2 chapters to Saving Fable. :)

Wifi Access For All Buildings in FHPS

On the COVID page of the district's website, maps have been added under the quick links section that indicates the best parking lot location at each building for student access to WiFi. Each map includes a black box containing the words "WiFi Access." This is the best area for students to access WiFi for instructional purposes.

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Kindergarten Kick-Off POSTPONED

Kindergarten Kick-off - Kindergarten kick-off meetings scheduled for this spring are postponed. Families may continue to register for kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year. Additional information will be forthcoming for families with an incoming kindergartner.

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