Panther Principal Update September 17, 2021

SPIRITRIDGE PANTHER UPDATE                                               September 17, 2021


It was an eventful first full week of school and your children did amazing. Students are happy to be back in school and truly enjoying being around friends again. We have focused on building community and promoting our theme of Together. We will be highlighting this is in our September Assembly happening soon – it will be a Teams Assembly and recorded for students to view in class and families can view at home as well.

One of our goals this year is to ensure we are listening to and learning from our families. Your voice matters and we want to hear from you. We are here to support your children and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to us anytime.

Looks like fall is coming in strong this weekend, so be safe and enjoy some of that rainy PNW weather.

Scott Hetherington
Principal, Spiritridge Elementary



October 5, Tuesday

  • 5:30 Principal Welcome Session
  • 6:00 K-2 Teacher Sessions
  • 6;30 3-5 Teacher Sessions

Principal Session: Mr. Hetherington and Dr. Highsmith will share an overview of Spiritridge, our school theme for the year and how we support our students socially, emotionally, and academically. (20 min)

Teacher Sessions: Teachers will host a Teams Session to meet families, introduce themselves and share information about their classroom learning this year. Plan on about 20-30 minutes.

We have split up grade K-2 and 3-5 so that parents of multiple students have a better opportunity of attending more than one session.



We are supportive of families walking and meeting their children at school. However, to number of families gathering at the main entrance is creating difficulty with dismissal and causing too much proximity for students and adults.

Starting Monday, we are asking children to meet their parents a either the Loading Zone area by the MPR door or by the Garden Area by the Mosaic Wall.

This will allow for our students to exit the building more safely and allow space for them to get to where they need in a timelier manner.


Students have been doing a great job of wearing masks at school and following protocols. Be sure to thank your kiddos for their efforts in being safe. There are a couple reminders that would be helpful:

  • Please have your child bring a couple masks to school each day so that they have a clean mask in case one gets wet/dirty or breaks. While we do have masks at school, we are handing many out each day.
  • Masks that loop around the ears are preferred over masks that have ties around the head and neck, especially during active times to prevent any injuries.

The Panthers are Back Together and looking for your help!!

Your donations are critical to providing enrichment opportunities, school events/activities and ensuring student safety and support with our GSA’s. Together we can reach our goal and continue to make Spiritridge the incredible learning community it has been for over 50 years.

This year more than ever our GSA (General School Assistants) are essential to our student safety and academic success. Our GSA’s monitor students during our 5 lunches and recesses to ensure safety and fair play. They help resolve conflict and manage problem solving. In the classroom they support students to reach standard in reading, math and writing. And they serve as mentors, role models and trusted, caring adults for many of our students. We could not do school without them!

Visit the PTSA Walkathon Site to donate today:

Plus – What will Mr. H do this year if we reach our goal? Will it be another Polar Bear Plunge or back to the classic Gatorade Dump?

2020 Polar Plunge Video 

PTSA MEMBERSHIP – Become a Spiritridge PTSA member today
Your membership helps support our student enrichment learning opportunities and curriculum enhancements along with school activities, family events and GSA support.

Learn more and JOIN THE PTSA


SCHOOL ARRIVAL TIPS: Please refer to the Parent Info Session slide deck for visuals

Students may arrive starting at 8:40 AM

Car Drop Off

  • If you are driving your child, please follow the traffic signs for Student Drop Off. Stay on the inside lane marked by cones and proceed to the front of the school.
  • Students exit cars past the FLAGPOLE in the Drop Off Zone.
  • Be kind and patient as we move cars through as quickly as possible. Help us out by pulling as far forward as you can in the drop off zone to fit in other cars.


  • Please do not crowd the entrances and try to say your goodbyes in the Walk/Bike Zones. This will help us all be safe.
    Bike Racks are located by the Bus Zone and MPR Entrance


  • We will have staff welcoming students off the bus and directing them to their correct entrance. Adults will be at each entrance to welcome and help students.

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