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Principal's Message

Welcome to West Ridge Elementary School!  I am happy and honored to begin as Principal of West Ridge this September.  I very much look forward to gaining familiarity with the students, staff, parents, and community here in Park Ridge.

Children's growth in elementary school, both academically and socially, is an integral part of their development.  Children take so many important steps during these PreK-6 years and it is our responsibility to celebrate their successes and give them the freedom to make mistakes that they can learn from.  

Student leadership is encouraged throughout the West Ridge years.  The steps of our character education instill in children important pillars of social development and the day to day life at school provides numerous chances for children to take on leadership opportunities, make new friends, and forge bonds that will last well beyond their years in our school.

Student safety has become even more important in recent years and is taken very seriously in our school building.  Regular practice and proactive steps are taken to ensure that all our students are prepared and safe at all times.  We work hand in hand with local law enforcement and the state to make sure that our building and our staff provide what we need for our kids.

Lastly, our learning environment is one where kids want to come to school and can enjoy these important elementary school years.  At West Ridge, we truly consider ourselves a "family" and there is a great feel of comradery, respect, and encouragement.  A wonderful staff and terrific kids come through our doors every day and, with that, memories and experiences that will last a lifetime can take place at any time.  

I am so proud to be a member of the Park Ridge School District and look forward to working closely with everyone in the near future.  At West Ridge, we truly believe that our students are given every opportunity to “Imagine, Believe and Achieve”


Sincerely,
Chris Kirkby (chriskirkby@parkridge.k12.nj.us)