Pacific Ridge Principal's Update

Week of Monday, May 10th-14th

Pip the Puffin!

Naming our mascot!

Our puffin mascot finally has a name! Our students voted and the long list of ideas came down to two great choices: Pip the Puffin and Roley the Puffin! The votes were counted...and the results are in! The winner is Pip the Puffin! Pip welcomed students to school on Monday at drop off!

Summer School Information

1st-5th Grades

Pacific Ridge Families,

In response to the pandemic and a year of online learning, the Oregon Department of Education has allocated funding for Summer Programs for students who will be entering grades 1-12 in Fall of 2021. As a result, Seaside School District will be able to offer a variety of Summer School opportunities and Summer Camps in August, with transportation and sack lunches included.

Pre-registration for programs will be prioritized for students most needing to make up graduation credits (Grades 10, 11, & 12) and unfinished learning (Grades 1 through 9); remaining slots will then be made available to all students. High School students who need to make up credits towards graduation will be eligible for programs focusing on Credit Recovery, tutoring, or Summer School credit opportunities. For elementary students, fifty of the slots for summer camp will also qualify for wraparound childcare services through the Sunset Empire Parks and Recreation District during summer sessions.

Parents whose students are prioritized for these programs based on data gathered this spring will be contacted for registration first. Our aim is to serve as many students as possible. After May 17, 2021, any remaining registration slots will be opened to all other students.

You may also see a Bookmobile cruising through your neighborhood once a week this summer. The Bookmobile, curated by our Seaside District Library staff, will deliver free books once a week to predetermined drop off spots in Cannon Beach, Seaside, Gearhart, and Cullaby Lake. More information on days, times, and locations will be announced in June.

For more information or questions, please contact Cate Blakesley at Pacific Ridge Elementary School 503-738-5161 or via email at


Cate Blakesley

Summer Program Coordinator

Butterflies take flight!

3rd Grade ~ Mrs. Meyer

It looks like butterflies migrated through the 3rd grade...and the children enjoyed their special art project!
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Crossing the Delaware!

Students in Ms. Collins' class have been studying the American Revolution over the past month. Students recreated the classic painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware by artist Emanuel Leutze. Painted almost 100 years after the actual event, the class was able to discuss primary source documents and how this depiction may not be exactly historically accurate.

Fun Run

Links for Student Participation & Volunteers

Fun Run Student/Participant Sign-up LINK HERE

Fun Run Parent/Family Volunteer Sign-up LINK HERE

*Hard copies of pledge forms were sent home in student backpacks!

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Bikes for Books

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A Reading Contest for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders

Once again, the Masonic Evergreen Lodge in Seaside has generously donated 6 bikes to be given away as prizes to 6 lucky readers in our Bikes for Books contest.

This contest is for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders who read a book and then, on their computer, carefully answer questions about the book on our Book Report Form.

In order to include Online Thrive, CDL and in-person students, the form is a Google doc. that is accessed by computer, filled out and then submitted electronically.

Teachers are sharing an informational video made by our librarians, Mrs. Stewart and Mrs. Ogilvie to let our students know all about it.

This year our school is providing a helmet to go with each bike!

Remember, the more you read and the more times you submit an entry, the better your chances that your name will be drawn!

The contest begins on May 10th and runs through June, 7th.

June 7th is the last day to submit an entry.

Six lucky winners will have their names drawn and announced the last week of school. So good luck and get ready to read and ride!

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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

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

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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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.

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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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!