Pacific Ridge Principal's Update

Week of Monday, January 18 - Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Picture Day is Almost HERE!

Picture Day is Next Week

Picture day is almost here. Please sign up through School Bookings by clicking this LINK (Code: wk75y). Once you have signed up please add your appointment to your calendar and save the email.


Pictures will be taken on Wednesday, January 27th from 8:00AM-4:00PM and Thursday, January 28th from 12PM-7:00PM.


Please arrive on time for your scheduled appointment. Masks are required while waiting for your turn and please practice physical distancing. You will be asked to wait in your vehicle until your appointment time.

Pictures will be taken in the new Pacific Ridge gym, 2000 Spruce Dr, Seaside. Signs and staff members will direct you to drive through our bus loop and to the back of the school next to the gym. Students will enter the marked gym door with staff to guide them. Parents can choose to wait in their car, or park and walk in with their children. The total time for a student to complete the process is less than 5 minutes.


No purchase is necessary to participate in picture day! But if you would like to order pictures you will be receiving an email from Justin Grafton Studios with your students personal access code and instructions on how to purchase from the website/app. You can receive free shipping by purchasing AdvancePay credit before picture day. If you had already pre purchased a package your credit will be applied to this picture day.

Lunch Buddies with Ms. Jones

An Opportunity for our 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Students to Connect & Chat about Favorite Things!

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


We are excited to announce a fun, and totally optional opportunity for all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students! This past Wednesday, January 13th, Ms. Jones offered three social zoom groups for students to have the opportunity to connect with other students whom they have not had the opportunity to meet, due to distance learning. During these groups, various common interests were discussed and shared.


I have decided, beginning this Wednesday, January 20th, to offer three groups focused on topics that your students identified as an interest: Beginning on Wednesday, January 20, any 3rd, 4th or 5th grader is welcome to drop in to one or all three of the virtual social groups.


The focus of these groups will be; Pokemon, Anime, and Minecraft. Come prepared to share about your favorite topics and be ready to teach Ms. Jones a little bit about each. She is definitely not an expert! They are welcome to join at one of the links below at the following times:


“Pokemon”: Wednesday, January 20, 27, and February 3 11:00-11:20

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


“Anime”: Wednesday, January 20, 27, and February 3 11:30-11:50

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


“Minecraft”: Wednesday, January 20, 27, and February 3 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

Lunch Buddies with Mrs. McDowell

An Opportunity for our 1st & 2nd Grade Students to Connect & Chat about Favorite Things!

Hello, Everyone!


We had a great response to our first social sharing groups last week!


We have one small change for this week and the coming sessions as well. Due to the size of our group of Pokemon enthusiasts, we are going to have two Pokemon sessions; one will be for first graders and one will be for second graders. This will help to give students more time to share.


The additional ZOOM code is below. It will also be posted as a SeeSaw assignment next Wednesday, January 20.


The focus of the other group is still Stuffies. (It will still be grades one and two combined.)

If your child is interested in sharing their common interest with other students and talking about it with them, they are welcome to join the group at one of the links below at the following times:


GRADE ONE “Pokemon”: Wednesday January 20, 27, and February 3 10:30-10:50

Grade One “Pokemon” ZOOM Code: https://zoom.us/j/97331959475


GRADE TWO “Pokemon”: Wednesday, January 20, 27, and February 3 11:00-11:20

Grade Two “Pokemon” ZOOM Code: https://zoom.us/j/96842334301


GRADES ONE AND TWO: “Stuffies”: Wednesday, January 13, 20, 27, and February 3 11:30-11:50

“Stuffies” ZOOM Code: https://zoom.us/j/93348773397


These groups are totally optional, and are for any interested first and second graders.

I hope to see your children there!


Mrs. McDowell, PRES K-2nd School Counselor

Getting to Know our 1st Grade Teachers

Mrs. Wright, 1st Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? Hillsboro High School and Linfield College

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? 20 years - I've taught grades 1,2,3,4, and 5.

What's your favorite subject to teach? Reading

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

Favorite hobby? I love to read in my hot tub and relax. I love to paint and hang out with my family and pets.

Favorite color? I can never decide! I love them all and they change based on my mood or surroundings.

Favorite book? Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

What made you want to become a teacher? I wanted to become a teacher because I love the relationships I get to have with students. I've always understood that anyone can make a difference - no matter how big or small they are, and it makes me happy when I can help others understand that, too.

Anything else? It's one of my lifelong dreams to write my own children's books. I hope to dedicate some time to that dream someday and see if I can become an author!

Mrs. Walker, 1st Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? Dominican University of California

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? 10 years! Kindergarten, First grade, 4th grade and Title 1.

What's your favorite subject to teach? Math!

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

Favorite hobby? I love to hike with my family, craft, and cook.

Favorite color? Teal

Favorite book? Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school and why? Mrs. Haynes- She was a job share and only came one day a week and taught history ALL DAY! It was amazing!

Interesting fact? I have taught in 3 different states so far!

Mrs. Young, 1st Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? Western Oregon University

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? Western Oregon University

What's your favorite subject to teach? Math

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

Favorite hobby? I love playing golf and crafting.

Favorite color? Orange

Favorite book? To Kill a Mockingbird

What made you want to become a teacher? My 4th grade teacher really helped me learn to read and that made me realize I wanted to be a teacher to help kiddos also learn!

Mrs. Hiatt, 1st Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? I graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. I went to R.A. Long High School in Longview, and I received my Masters in Teaching from University of Portland.

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? This is my 13th year teaching and I have taught Kindergarten through 3rd Grade.

What's your favorite subject to teach? It is hard to pick a favorite subject. I love teaching because I get to see students learn, grow, and develop a love of learning! If I had to pick, I would choose literacy!

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? I enjoyed all subjects in school, but I certainly spent the most time reading!

Favorite hobby? I love to hike, swim, bike, garden, read, and play music.

Favorite color? My favorite color is blue.

Favorite book? My favorite children's book is Blueberries for Sal.

Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school? I had a lot of wonderful teachers, and I always loved classes where we had special or unique projects and teachers were excited about what they taught. I teach because I want to make sure all students have the opportunity to develop a love of learning and enjoy school.

Interesting fact? I play the flute and piccolo and I have a degree in music performance. I am looking forward to playing in ensembles again in the future.

Ms. Skyles, 1st Grade Teacher

Where did you go to school? Seaside High School, Linfield College and Concordia University

How long have you been teaching and what grade levels? This is my first year teaching!

What's your favorite subject to teach? I love teaching reading, science and social studies!

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

Favorite hobby? I love reading, surfing and hiking!

Favorite color? Orange

Favorite book? Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school and why? My favorite teacher was my first grade teacher, she made the class very fun and made every student feel special. My aunt made me want to become a teacher, I always looked up to her and loved how caring and kind she is. She was my inspiration.

Consejo Hispano

Pacific Ridge Consejo Hispano Parent Meeting

Padres, nos gustaría invitarlos a nuestra reunión del Consejo Hispano y Pacific Ridge Elementary School el jueves 4 de febrero de 5:00 a 6:00pm. Esta reunión se llevará a cabo mediante un Zoom. Esta reunión se llevará a cabo en español con la ayuda del Consejo Hispano. Compartiremos los resultados mediante una presentación de powerpoint de nuestra reunión más reciente del consejo escolar. En la agenda incluiremos puntos adicionales; métricas actualizadas para regresar a la escuela, sesiones adicionales de tutoría mediante zoom y un resumen breve de nuestro plan para regresar a la escuela. Si tiene preguntas adicionales que le gustaría que abordemos durante la reunión, favor de enviar un correo electrónico al Sr. Catt o la Srta. Quezada con su pregunta y las agregaremos a la agenda. Gracias por todas sus excelentes preguntas y su apoyo. ¡Esperamos verlos!


Enlace de Zoom se proporciona aquí:

Enlace de zoom para los padres

Calendar Reminders

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, January 27th and Thursday, January 28th ~ Save the dates for Picture Day!
  • Monday, February 15th ~ President's Day ~ No School Today!
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Wednesday Tutoring Help

Our Educational Assistants are now Tutoring via Zoom on Wednesdays!

Would you like some extra help for your child on Wednesdays? We have educational assistants available to help in 30 minute Zoom sessions. They can read with your child or help them complete their assignments in Seesaw.


Timeslots are every Wednesday between 8:30-10:30AM & 11:30-1:00PM. You're welcome to sign up for more than one timeslot as well!


Parent Sign-Up Info: Go to www.schoolbookings.net (code is: swug9)

Parents will receive an email with the time and Zoom link. Teachers have also added the assistant Zoom links to their Clever pages for easier access for students and families.

Our PTO still collects Boxtops!

How do we collect boxtops?

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Transportation Planning for Hybrid onsite instruction

Arrival and Dismissal

All families with students participating in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL)/Hybrid will need to complete this form. Please click on the link below so that we know how your child will be getting to school and going home. Please complete this transportation form for each of your children who attend Pacific Ridge Elementary.


Even if you plan to drop off and pick up your child daily, we need this form completed so that we can take your child off of that bus route. This will make room for another child to ride the bus. We are restricted to a small amount of students who can ride the bus at one time.


Thank you!

Pacific Ridge Elementary School

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