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How do I keep informed about what is happening at View Ridge Elementary?

You can find information about our school three ways: this website (check out the View Ridge A-Zs), the Otter Know Mail and Otter Updates (weekly e-communications from the PTA) and KidMail (papers coming home in your child’s take home folder).

Where do I park?

Good question! View Ridge Elementary does not have a parking lot and parking is tight. Sandpoint Community Church does allow us the use of the north end of its parking lot. We would suggest that you drive behind the church and use this lot to drop off/pick up your children. If parking in the neighborhood, please be a good neighbor and be careful not to block driveways and park close to the curb on 50th Avenue NE so that school and city buses can get through. Please do not use/park on the dead-end streets that surround the school as they can get very congested and difficult for residents and parents to exit.

Is after school care available?

The View Ridge Boys and Girls Club is located in the Sandpoint Community Church basement, adjacent to View Ridge Elementary. University Family YMCA has a location at Magnuson Park with bus transportation from our school.

What is the Spectrum Program and how does it work at View Ridge?

Spectrum is a district-supported program that serves the needs of students who are academically gifted. The program provides a rigorous, accelerated curriculum that challenges students to apply complex thinking skills when working with core skills and concepts. Please see the Advanced Learning link on the Seattle Public Schools website for application information.

What is the Pay for K program?

The Pay for K program allows Seattle Public Schools to provide full day kindergarten as the state provides funding for a half day program. . This fee is waived for students eligible for free/reduced meals.

How does PTA fundraising help View Ridge Elementary?

There are several ways fundraising supports our classrooms and community. The Annual Appeal is unique in that it raises money that goes directly to our classrooms by adding funds to our school’s budget. In addition, every other year we hold an Auction, with proceeds supporting many programs, including teacher needs, our music and art programs, special projects like disaster preparedness, and the operating budget in general. View Ridge parents who purchase Scrip cards or use eScrip support our school even while they shop. In addition, the View Ridge PTA holds several fundraisers throughout the school year that fund the operating budget. The operating budget covers expenses from our community builders, like Boo Ridge, Science Night, the Ice Cream Social, and Arts Night, enrichment assemblies, like Pacific Science center assemblies, Chinese New Year celebration and the Harmony run, as well as Family Support, which helps our families in need. Fundraisers also help to provide grants to all teachers and specialist to supplement their classroom supplies budgets. The Birthday Book Program and Bring-A-Grownup-To-Lunch Day are funded by PTA fundraising efforts, as are administrative costs like copies and PTA insurance.

What is the best way to get involved at View Ridge Elementary?

During the first couple of weeks of school, on curriculum night and throughout the year via the Otter Know Mails and Updates and this website, you will hear of opportunities to sign up to volunteer. There are usually a number of ways to help out in the classroom: being a reading volunteer, doing book orders, organizing parties and chaperoning field trips, are some examples.

What’s for lunch?

See the menu on the SPS website.