Pacific Ridge Principal's Update

Monday, August 30th

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

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We're excited to welcome back all of our Pacific Ridge Puffins on-site, all day & 5 days per week this school year! Our entire staff has been busy getting our school ready for the 1st day of classes! Each week, the Principal's Update will be sent via email, text, Facebook and posted on our website HERE. This weekly newsletter will contain important information about the upcoming week as well as future events!

Please be sure we have an accurate email address and cell phone on file so that you can stay up to date on all things happening at Pacific Ridge!

Thank you,

Mrs. Wozniak, Principal

Safety Protocols

  • All students and staff will be required to wear masks and sanitize their hands upon entering the building. Masks will be required when indoors at all times except for mealtimes.

  • Students will participate in a daily screening process prior to or upon entering the building.

  • Regular & frequent cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

  • Students will be spaced three feet apart to the extent possible.

  • All classrooms are equipped with functioning air purifying systems.

  • Contact tracing procedures are in place with assistance from our local health authority.

  • Students and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to come to school.

  • If you have a person in your household experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not send your child to school.

Important Dates

Thursday, September 2nd: Back to School Open House * see below for more details

Tuesday, September 7th: First Day of School (Grades 1st-5th grade students only)

Wednesday, September 8th: Early Release at 1:30 for 1st-5th grade students

Thursday, September 23rd: Picture Day!

*Scroll down for important information about the first week of school for preschool & kindergarten students.

Open House

Thursday, September 2nd

Save the date! We are excited to host the 2021-2022 Pacific Ridge Elementary Open House.

You will have the opportunity to tour our updated school, see your classroom, drop off your school supplies and meet your new teacher.

*Masks will be required for all adults and children 5 years and older.

In accordance with ODE guidelines regarding physical distancing please plan to attend during the time slots below.

Last names starting with:
A-F 6:00-6:30 PM
G-M 6:30-7:00 PM
N-Z 7:00-7:30 PM

Teacher Assignments

Who is my child's teacher?

All registered 1st- 5th grade students have been placed in classes. This information will be accessible very soon by logging into ParentVue. Due to summer school our system may still be updating today!

After logging into ParentVue:

  • Click your student
  • Click "Student Info"
  • Scroll down and see teacher nameClass lists will also be posted during Open House. Preschool & Kindergarten class lists will be available September 2nd.

If you're having trouble accessing ParentVue or cannot attend Open House, call the school & one of our secretaries can help!

FREE Breakfast & Lunch K-5

Please help us continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to all of our K-5 students!

Pacific Ridge Elementary School will continue to participate in a Universal Lunch and School Breakfast Program for the current school year (2021-2022). All students enrolled at the Elementary school may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them.

In order to continue to provide free breakfast & lunch it is essential that all of our families complete applications. Use the link to complete your Household application for Free and Reduced Meals or you can get a paper copy from our school office.

School Supplies

Grade Level Lists

Attached is our school supply list for the 2021-2022 school year. Please plan to bring your child's school supplies to Open House, so they do not have to carry them to school on the first day.

Need help purchasing supplies?

We have several generous community organizations who have donated backpacks and supplies. Please call the office and let one of our secretaries know. We'll be sure that your child has the supplies they need for the start of the school year!

Transportation Preference

Please complete the transportation form!

We have over 600 students who will be attending our school and need to have all families sign up for a transportation preference. This includes either parent transport or bus transport.

We want transportation to be safe and successful for all children. Therefore, our bus transportation will only be able to accommodate one pick up and one drop off location per student. If you need to make a permanent change, we will require 72 hours notice (3 days). If you live within one mile of our school, this is the walking zone and busing is not provided.

Our transportation department is currently working on routes for all of our students, so please complete the form below as soon as possible. Complete this form for each child attending Pacific Ridge.

Bus Information

Bus Badges & Stop Information

Please be at your bus stop 5 minutes earlier than the scheduled pick-up time. Bus times vary due to traffic levels. Bus route information!

In order to provide consistency and ensure the safety of our students, each child will have only ONE destination. If you need to change your child to a pick-up, please call the office prior to 1:00 PM, so we can add them to our pick-up list and let your child's teacher know.

*Kindergarteners must be met by an adult who is known to the bus driver. If another adult will be waiting for your child, please call the office to let our secretaries know and send a note to school with the name and a description of the person. If the bus driver is unsure if the adult is OK to pick up a child, the driver will bring the child back to school and we will work it out there. The driver may need to ask to see the person’s identification. Thank you!!!

Bus Badges

During the 2021-2022 school year we will again be using our new bus badge program. This program increases the safety of our students on our buses by allowing us to know who is on the bus at all times and at which stop they exited.

Here's how it works. Student ID Bus Badge utilizes an ID 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 a child tries to scan their badge to get off at the wrong stop the system alerts the bus driver immediately.

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

Morning Drop-Off

Due to our COVID-19 restrictions, and Oregon Department of Education safety guidelines, parents will not be able to walk their children to their classroom doors or enter the building. Please plan to say good-bye in your car. We will have multiple staff members outside waiting to meet students and walk them to class safely. Staff will be wearing badges and yellow/orange safety vests.

7:35-8:00 AM/Morning Drop-off Procedure:

  • Students may be dropped off starting at 7:35AM. School begins at 8:00AM. Please do not arrive prior to 7:35 AM. We will not have staff onsite to receive your child until 7:35 AM.

  • We will have staff outside with signs to direct you into the drop off area at the front of the school. (This is a different location than last year during hybrid)

  • Parents will need to remain in their car. Please have your child exit on the passenger side for safety reasons.

  • If you live in the neighborhood and walk your child to school, we ask that you drop them off at the front door.

  • Please pull all of the way forward. We will have multiple staff in the drop-off lane to walk your child directly to their classroom door.

Afternoon Pick-Up

2:30-2:50 PM/Afternoon Pick-up Procedure:

  • Each family will be assigned a # to hang on their vehicle’s rear view mirror.

  • We are assigning families the same # that they had last school year 2020-2021. You can use last year's tag if you still have it in addition to the one enclosed in this envelope.

  • If you need additional tags (multiple vehicles), please call the office to request one.

  • When entering the pick up lane, please make sure your number is visible and facing our staff.

  • A staff member will type your number into our electronic system that will signal to your child’s classroom teacher that your car has arrived for pick up.

  • Parents/guardians will need to wait in their cars. Your child will be brought out to your car. Students will only be released to the car with the # that is assigned to them.

  • Pick-up times will be staggered to limit time waiting in line. If you have a Kinder-2nd grader please plan to arrive between 2:30-2:40. If you have a 3rd-5th grader, please plan to arrive between 2:40-2:50. Default to the younger sibling. Ex: Kindergartener & 4th grader.

  • If you have not already received your tag in the mail, it is most likely because you have not completed the transportation preference survey. Please call our office ASAP so we can get your child on the pick-up list and assign your family a numbered tag.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and patience as we navigate having over 600 students in one building for the first time!

Preschool & Kindergarten Information

Staggered Start Information

Preschool & Kindergarten is on a full day schedule, however we are start the year with a “soft/staggered” start. This means the first week of school is a little different for our incoming kindergarten students than it is for students in grades 1st-5th.

  • Preschool school hours are 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM on M, T, Th & F. and 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM on W.
  • Kindergarten school hours are 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM on M, T, Th & F and 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM on W.
  • On Tuesday, September 7th & Wednesday September 8th, there will be no school for preschool & kindergarteners. Instead, parents and their child will meet individually with the classroom teacher for 15-20 minutes to introduce the child to the classroom and the teacher.
  • On Thursday, September 9th, just half the class (Last names A-L) will start school so students can learn the routines in a smaller group.
  • On Friday, September 10th, the second half of the class (Last names M-Z) will start school while the first half stays home.
  • On Monday, September 13th ALL preschool & kindergarten students (Last Names A-Z) will attend school together with the preschool day ending at 2:00 PM and the kindergarten day ending at 2:30 PM.

Items for Registration: A copy of their current immunization records and birth certificate on file in our school office PRIOR to beginning their first day of school. Please bring these items to your parent meeting with the teacher. We are happy to make copies for you!

Teacher Information

How do I contact my child's teacher?

Email contact information can be found on our school website

If you need to contact your child's teacher by phone, please call the school at 503-738-5161. If teachers are working with students, your call will be sent to their school voicemail.