Pacific Ridge Principal's Update

Week of Monday, February 15th- Friday, February 19th

Hybrid Onsite First Day for K-1 Puffins

Our K-1 students are having a fabulous first day!!!

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Share the LOVE Event!

Thank you!

A BIG thank you to all of our families who came out to our drive by Share the Love Event on Saturday! It was so amazing to see everyone and share some love with our puffins!!!

Valentines for our Avamere Friends!

Our students shared some love with Seniors!

Our K-5 students created valentines for the seniors at Avamere. They have displayed them in the lobby for everyone to enjoy. Great job puffins!
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Calendar Reminders

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, February 16th ~ Kinder & 1st Grade AM/PM cohorts begin today
  • Monday, March 1st ~ 2nd & 3rd Grade AM/PM cohorts begin today
  • Monday, March 15th ~ In-service Day ~ No School Today
  • Tuesday, March 16th, 4th & 5th Grade AM/PM cohorts begin today
  • Thursday, March 18th & Friday, March 19th ~ Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Monday, March 22nd-Friday, March 26th ~ Spring Break

Panda Express Fundraiser

Eat Anywhere...Nationwide!

This Tuesday the 16th order Panda Express online for pick up and enter 902043 into the coupon code box for our Pacific Ridge Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to receive 28% back for our school!
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Baking For Good!

Ahh, the aroma of baking bread. Nothing quite like it!

On Friday, February 26th, the King Arthur “Bake For Good” program is zooming into our 4th and 5th Grade classes for a demonstration of the joyful magic of baking bread. King Arthur’s goals are for students to learn, bake and share.


As part of this free program, they have delivered 400lbs of flour -along with other baking bread necessities - to make individual baking kits for each 4th and 5th Grader! These kits will be available for pick up at PRE starting Thursday, February 18th.


The hope is that, following the demonstration(not during), students and their families will bake bread together over the weekend. The kits provide enough ingredients to bake two loaves of bread -one to keep and one to share with others.


The sharing part is a very important component of this, and the 4th and 5th Grade teachers would love to hear back(or see video) of students spreading this aroma of kindness. There’s nothing quite like it!

Drawing with Mrs. Mcdowell

2nd Grade Artists!

Hello, Families!


For all Second Graders that would like to participate, we are going to be doing some Drawing Sharing Sessions with some great "how to draw" videos! When we are done with our drawings, we will share them with the group!


At this time, these sessions will just be for Second Graders.

The Drawing Sessions will be held for the next three Wednesdays.

If your student wishes to attend the Drawing Sharing session, here are the ZOOM codes.


Wednesday, February 17: 10:30-10:50: Come if your LAST NAME begins with any letter from A through I

https://zoom.us/j/96704040743


Wednesday, February 17: 10:50-11:00: Come if your LAST NAME begins with any letter from J through Z

https://zoom.us/j/98883316743


When your child comes to the ZOOM session, be sure that s/he already has some blank paper, a pencil, and a dark marker. These should be ready before they sign on.


I will also post these links on Wednesday morning as a SeeSaw activity for Second Graders.

This activity is totally optional, and is not required!


I hope to see your students there here for some fun drawing together!

Mrs. McDowell

Bingo, Kahoot & Minecraft with Mrs. Jones

3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Students

Hello 3rd, 4th and 5th grade families!


During the month of January three social groups were offered, focusing on the topics: Pokémon, Anime, and Minecraft. These groups were a hit! Due to the success of our first round of groups, we will continue to offer three groups starting Wednesday, February 17th

Since students spent some time talking about their interests, two groups will be focused on playing a game of BINGO or Kahoot.


Due to the high volume of students interested in Minecraft and other games, we will keep this topic for the next several weeks.


“BINGO”: Wednesday, February 17th, 24th, and March 3rd 11:00-11:20

“BINGO” ZOOM Code: https://zoom.us/my/miss.jones


“Kahoot”: Wednesday, February 17th, 24th, and March 3rd 11:30-11:50

“Kahoot” ZOOM Code: https://zoom.us/my/miss.jones


“Minecraft”: Wednesday, February 17th, 24th, and March 3rd 12:00-12:30

“Minecraft” ZOOM Code: https://zoom.us/my/miss.jones


I will also post a reminder each Wednesday with the codes as an activity on their SeeSaw page, so they can access the link directly from there as well.


I hope to see your students there!

Ms. Jones 3-5 PRES School Counselor

Getting to Know our NEW Teachers

Ms. Kathryn, Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Kathryn our new kindergarten teacher who is taking over for Ms. Erin. Ms. Erin will be one of our new Beginning School (preschool) teachers!


Where did you go to school? Western Governor's University

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? First year teacher with experience in Early Childhood Special Education.

What's your favorite subject to teach? I love to teach social/emotional skills and how to all work together as a team.

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? I love math and writing!

Favorite hobby? I am a swim coach and have been involved with swimming for 28 years total!

Favorite color? I love aqua/teal.

Favorite book? Plant over Processed- it is a vegan cookbook.

What made you want to become a teacher? I have a skill set that lends itself well to being a coach/mentor/teacher and love instruction in all areas. I do well with breaking tasks down into small steps and am very creative with instructional ideas. I love working with kids and their energy is always amazing.

Interesting Fact? I love to practice yoga, I love to cook, the beach is my happy place, I have 4 wonderful children and 2 step-children, dogs are always a part of our family, and I love my work!

Mr. Fosnaugh, 4th Grade Teacher

Mr. Fosnaugh is our new fourth grade teacher who is taking over for Mrs. Garrigues. Mrs. Garrigues will be taking some time off to be with her new baby girl when she is born in March!


Where did you go to school? Pacific University

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? I’m a first year teacher, and am teaching 4th grade!

What's your favorite subject to teach? Writing

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Writing and Art

Favorite hobby? I love to spend time with friends and family, be in nature and watch old movies.

Favorite color? Olive Green

Favorite book? Me Talk Pretty One Day - By David Sedaris

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Judith Fernandez - She was my art teacher for all three years of middle school and was the first person that made me feel as though I had something special to offer the world.

Interesting Fact? I’m honored to be a part of the Pacific Ridge Elementary community and can’t wait to get to know the students and families!

Getting to Know our 5th Grade Teachers

Ms. Collins, 5th Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? Miami University, Miami, OH

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? 15 years teaching 4th and 5th grade

What's your favorite subject to teach? Social Studies

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Reading

Favorite hobby? Reading and clamming

Favorite color? Blue

Favorite book? 100 Hundred Years of Solitude

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mrs Rawlings - she challenged us and helped us to grow

Interesting Fact? I feel like living on the Oregon Coast is like living in a National Park, with all the beauty and ruggedness of nature and that those who dwell here are some of the most kind, caring people I've ever met.

Mrs. Acton, 5th Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? High School: The Bush School, Seattle, WA College: Whitworth University, Spokane, WA

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? This is my 23rd year of teaching, with experience in 3rd, 4th, 5th.

What's your favorite subject to teach? Social Studies

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Math

Favorite hobby? I love to read, write, and travel.

Favorite color? Pink!

Favorite book? Eek! My favorite? Sheesh. That's hard!! :) Probably Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, or Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

Who was your favorite teacher and why? My favorite teacher was Meta O'Crotty. She was my English teacher my senior year of high school. Already at that age, I was a lifelong reader, always with my nose buried in a book. But she was the first teacher who taught me how to READ. I will never forget reading pages aloud, several times, because she couldn't "see it", didn't believe I understood the essence of the passage. She was quirky, passionate, and witty; nobody left her room unchanged.

Mr. Duer, 5th Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? University of Oregon

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? 14 years of teaching, grades 1st-5th

What's your favorite subject to teach? Social Studies

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Social Studies

Favorite hobby? Running in beautiful Oregon

Favorite color? Blue

Favorite book? Tuck Everlasting

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Simpson, who was also my principal. He was strict, but really cared about me. I became a teacher to help children become the best they can be and encourage them to make a difference in the world.

Interesting Fact? I broke both my arms at the same time when I was in fifth grade.

Mr. Miller, 5th Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? Naches High School / Central Washington University / Lesley University

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? 19 years

What's your favorite subject to teach? All of them!

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Math

Favorite hobby? Read / Family Time / Outdoors

Favorite color? Blue

Favorite book? Crusoe of Lonesome Lake by Leland Stowe

Who was your favorite teacher and why? My 5th Grade Teacher Mr. Johnson. Mr. Johnson made learning fun!

Interesting Fact? I love my job!

Coach Bob, 5th Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? Michigan Technological University

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? This is my 10th year of teaching. I've taught K-12 PE, taught English in Korea and Thailand, and worked as a Special Education aide for 3 years.

What's your favorite subject to teach? PE (but I am enjoying 5th Grade Math this year)

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? In elementary school - PE, Recess, and Science. In college, Psychology.

Favorite hobby? My hands are full with two toddlers at home, but I love hobbies! Right now it's blindfold juggling, Rubik's cube, tying knots, and reading.

Favorite color? RED

Favorite book? Too many favorites, but as an elementary school student I really like "Where the Red Fern Grows"

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. B - my elementary school PE teacher. He let us play and be wild, while also kept us safe.

Interesting Fact? I am thankful to be a part of this VILLAGE.

Mrs. Stiles, 5th Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? Scappoose High School, then University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland, then University of Northern Colorado

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? This is my 5th year of teaching. I have taught upper elementary in 3rd, 4th, and 5th

What's your favorite subject to teach? My favorite subject is math, but I also am drawn to science/tech and art, so my ultimate goal is to teach math with an interdisciplinary lens that showcases all of the ways that you can use math in my favorite areas!

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Does it count to say my least favorite was math? My favorite subject in school was reading. I was kicked out of the library because I read to much and wouldn't go outdoors for recess.

Favorite hobby? When I'm not teaching, I enjoy painting or playing piano.

Favorite color? Green (my maiden name is Greene - this may be why...)

Favorite book? The Wizard of Oz

Who was your favorite teacher and why? My mom was my favorite teacher. She influenced a great deal of my teaching strategies by just being an amazing human being. Her students came first, and academics came second. She taught me that many things are going on below the surface, and you need to listen to the student before you react.

Interesting Fact? My husband is a heavy metal drummer and has played on a couple of CD's and performed with his band in quite a few venues, even opening for some larger names in the metal scene (and that's literally all I know about that because I'm not a huge metalhead...)

Hybrid Reopening Plans

Pacific Ridge Elementary Families,

Pacific Ridge Elementary Reopening Plans:

Our goal is to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff while also providing consistency throughout the week & as much face to face time with their teacher as possible.


  • Two cohorts are needed to maintain the required 35 square feet for each person in the classroom. In order to meet this requirement we will have AM and PM cohorts.
  • All students will be onsite for 3 hours on M, T, Th, F.
  • AM cohort will attend from 8:00AM-11:00 AM (No bus transportation available, students in this cohort will be dropped off & picked up or will walk)
  • PM cohort will attend from 12:30PM-3:30 PM (bus transportation available, all students in the cohort will be riding the bus)
  • Students will complete asynchronous/assignments (in the AM or PM) when they are not onsite with their teacher.
  • Students will take their “to go” meal with them when they leave for the day.
  • Masks are required to be worn at all times for Kindergarten and above.


Grade Level Rollout:

Following ODE guidance our goal is to prioritize a mindful rollout of in person learning to ensure we are demonstrating the ability to limit transmission in our school environment.

  • Week of February 15th ~ Kinder & 1st grade cohorts begin
  • Week of March 1st ~ 2nd & 3rd grade cohorts begin
  • Week of March 15th ~ 4th & 5th grade cohorts begin
  • TBD ~ Beginning School Preschooler cohorts


Secretaries have been calling all of our K-5 families to determine A or B cohorts. If you did not receive a call or have additional questions, please contact our office!

  • In order to ensure that all students are able to attend 4 days per week, it is imperative that we have approximately half of our parents able to transport their child to and from school for the morning session.
  • If you choose to keep your child in Comprehensive Distance Learning and not return to in person on site instruction, your child will be able to do so, but will most likely be assigned a new teacher.
  • Online Thrive students will remain in this program and have the opportunity to transfer to onsite instruction at the third trimester or continue in Online Thrive. Online Thrive will be offered for students until the end of the school year.


Thank you in advance for your continued support and patience as we navigate this very challenging year together.


~Mrs. Wozniak, Principal

AM/Morning Cohort ~ Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures

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Pacific Ridge “Cohort A” Families,

As we begin the transition to in person hybrid learning it is our top priority to provide a safe learning environment for our students and a smooth transition back to onsite learning. Cohort A students will be dropped off and picked up by parents/guardians each day. Due to our COVID-19 restrictions and Oregon Department of education requirements, only essential workers are allowed onsite. Unfortunately, this means parents are not able to walk their children to their classroom doors or enter the building. We have designed a drop-off & pick up plan that will streamline this procedure.


7:45-8:00 AM/Morning Drop-off Procedure:

  • Students may be dropped off starting at 7:45AM. School begins at 8:00AM. Please do not arrive prior to 7:45 AM. We will not have staff onsite to receive your child until 7:45 AM. Thank you!

  • Kindergarten & 1st grade families will drop off in the bus loop.

  • We will have staff outside with signs to direct you.

  • Parents will need to remain in their car.

  • If you live in the neighborhood and walk your child to school, we ask that you drop them off at the gate near the kinder/1st grade classrooms.

  • We will have multiple staff at the gate and in the drop-off loops to take your child directly to their classroom door.

  • All students will enter directly into their classrooms from their outside door or at the main door nearest to their classroom if their classroom doesn’t have an outside door to minimize cohort interactions.


11:00-11:15 AM/Afternoon Pick-up Procedure:

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

  • These numbers will be mailed to you. If you need 2 of these (one for each vehicle), please call the office to request one.

  • Please make sure your number is visible and facing our staff.

  • As you enter into the bus loop for pick-up, a staff member will type your number into a google document 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.


Thank you in advance for your continued support and patience as we navigate this new hybrid schedule together! We look forward to seeing our Kindergarten and 1st grade puffins on Tuesday, February 16th!

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Clatsop County Community Action

Services for South County Residents

Clatsop Community Action has a satellite office in the main entrance of Seaside Providence Hospital on Fridays. They offer all the same services as the Astoria office for residents of south county. The phone number is 503.717.7176.


Some of these services are:


  • Information and Referrals
  • OHP sign ups
  • Transportation vouchers
  • Rent or deposit assistance
  • Energy Assistance Applications
  • Personal Care Items
  • Connections with the food pantry
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Pacific Ridge Elementary School

Our office is now open 8-4PM at our newly remodeled Pacific Ridge Elementary School office!