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East Ridge Newsletter 10.8.19

Sarah White, Principal

October 8, 2019

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410.

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End of Day Student Safety

We need your help to keep our students safe at the end of the day. Here are ways you can help:

Park only in designated parking spots. Do not park in striped areas and do not park in Handicapped parking if you do not have a card to do so.
Send your child with a note at the start of the school day if his/her plans for getting home have changed for the day. Make sure your child is aware of the note and knows their end of day plans.
If you walk to school or park and meet your child on the walkway at the front of the school, please be on time at 3:50pm. It is most helpful for us if, once you have met your child, you proceed back to your car or leave to walk home. If those who have already met their child leave promptly, it makes it easier for the rest of the students to find their cars and families, and makes it easier for staff to help. We love that our families have so many close friendships and that you enjoy spending time together! If you want to stay longer to visit with other families, you are welcome to walk down to the playground with your children. Children must be supervised by their family  if they go to the playground.

We have asked for some new painted lines on the concrete at the front of the school. Once we have the new lines painted, we will update students and the community with new procedures for making our pick-up zone safe and orderly. Thank you for your help!

Join Fall Choir

Choir is open to all fourth and fifth graders. We will meet in the Music Room on Fridays from 3:55 to 4:40 (October - December). Our goal is to hone our vocal skills as we learn some seasonal music and prepare for the following performances:

Woodinville Winterfest (Saturday, 12/7 TBA)
Choir Concert at East Ridge (Tuesday, 12/17 at 7:00 pm)

Students are invited to attend our first rehearsal on October 4th before making their decision about joining the group. At the end of the first rehearsal, Choir Agreement Forms will be handed out to all students who wish to join the group.
*If your child plans to stay for Choir, you must send a note to their teacher letting them know this is a change in their regular after school plans.
* There is no fee for this group.

2019-20 ASB members

Thank you to all 56 candidates who applied to be in the ASB! Please congratulate our 2019-2020 ASB members!

          President     Vice-President     Secretary 
           Natalie C.       Sienna B.               Ava U.

Dickens Class Reps                            Fawcett Class Reps
Gisel M., Ian K., Athena V.                      Jackson H., Jillian L.

Reed Class Reps                                   Rizo Class Reps
Jaemie S., Henry C.                              Carson C., Yutika D.

Schmidt Class Reps
Juliet E., Teo T.

Cabinet Members
Nataniah P., Rachel G., Lydia R., Ella D., Emma B., Kade B., Sydney A., Naiya P., Skylar G., Greta Y., Sarah K., Lily C., Aden A., Peyton P., Stella M., Caroline B., Kael F., Addison L., Dylan S.


Eastside Growth & Boundary Information Night

Dear East Ridge Families, 
We’ve adjusted the time for the upcoming meeting about projected eastside growth and possible 2020 eastside boundary changes on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The presentation will now start at 5:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer session at 6:15 p.m. The event will conclude at 7 p.m. This change was made to accommodate the PACE information night, which begins at 7 p.m. at Wellington, Woodmoor and Lockwood that same evening. 
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019
Presentation from 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Question and Answer Session from 6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Timbercrest Middle School, Cafeteria
19115 215th Way NE 
Woodinville, WA 98077
As you know, last spring the District held conversations about possible boundary adjustments on the eastside of the District that could impact neighborhood families at Bear Creek, Cottage Lake and East Ridge elementary schools. Some community members urged us to confirm the long term viability of the proposed options and shared testimony that enrollments were growing at a greater rate than projected at Cottage Lake and East Ridge. Therefore, the decision was made to put a hold on 2020 eastside boundary changes to allow for the community to meet with the demographer and staff to analyze September enrollment, and the Enrollment Demographics Task Force to fully review the proposed boundary change. 
On Tuesday, Oct. 22 the District’s demographer, along with Chief Operating Officer Joe Paperman, Ph.D., and Deputy Superintendent Duggan Harman will present information about projected eastside growth, followed by a question and answer session at Timbercrest Middle School. 
We encourage you to attend if possible, as the conversation will focus specifically on the possible boundary changes and expected growth that could impact general education students at Bear Creek, Cottage Lake and East Ridge families. These possible boundary changes could have an impact on the availability of classroom space for some Special Education services currently located at Cottage Lake. 


Emergency Contacts & ParentVue

At curriculum night, you should have received your ParentVue login information. Although the system is currently unavailable, we ask that when it does become available, you log on and check your student’s emergency contacts. Parents need to add or change emergency contacts in ParentVue. Contacts include anyone who has permission to pick your child up from school or the bus stop (for kindergartners), this includes daycare providers.
**Please be aware that we will be releasing next year's class placement through ParentVue


Volunteer Information

We are now implementing a new Online Volunteer signup. Volunteers now sign up through the online portal at: Eventually this new system will allow us to share volunteer information within the district, eliminating the need for volunteers to submit paperwork at multiple schools. We need ALL volunteers at East Ridge to follow this process if they plan to volunteer this school year. 


Yearbook Photos!

Get your pictures in the yearbook! The Yearbook Staff invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you've got great photos of school and community events or you and your friends just having fun, we'd like to see them. Our photographers can't be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have.

Here is how you can submit photos online:
   • Go to:
   • If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 414503677
   • Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
   • Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.
   • Click "Upload Chosen Images".

It's that easy! Submit your photos today! The last day to submit photos is 04/01/2020.
Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the school year!

Yearbook Adviser and the 2020 Yearbook Staff


News from East Ridge PTA

ERPTA After School Programs

After school classes are starting this week!  Registration for Sports Spectacular, Smart with Art, and Coding with Kids is closing soon! Visit to register.

ERPTA Fall Fundraiser is still going on!

You can help! We are still accepting donations for the Fall Fundraiser to help support East Ridge PTA programs & activities.  Everything we do is focused on making East Ridge a great community for our students, staff and families!
Please fill out the form or donate online today!
Don’t forget to submit for Corporate Matching with your employer, which doubles your donation to ERPTA. Also, your donation may be tax-deductible.
A big thank you to those who have already donated this year!


PTA Auction Meetings

Join us at one of two BE Community Auction kickoff meetings this week: Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30 pm or Thursday, October 10 at 10:00 am. Both located in Room 11. Learn how you can contribute your time and talents to ensure that ERPTA's largest fundraiser is fun and successful!

ERPTA Cultural Night & Game Room

Save the Date for November 12th from 6 - 8 pm for East Ridge's first Cultural Night to celebrate Diversity and Inclusion! More information will be coming home with students soon. Expect a super fun night filled with poster boards highlighting where students are from, food for sharing, traditional dress, music and prizes. We are still looking for volunteers to join our amazing committee. Contact Tanya O'Rourke at if you are interested or have questions.
Also, our Inclusion Committee will be in need of parent volunteers for our Indoor Game Room slated to begin in January. This is a great opportunity to help support a place for all students to play and build social and emotional learning skills. The Indoor Game Room is a fantastic play space option for all children! Contact Tanya O'Rourke if you are interested in being a part of this incredibly inclusive program that we offer at East Ridge,


ERPTA Dining Out Fundraiser!

Join us for our first dining out fundraiser event for the school year to be held on Thursday, October 10 at MOD Pizza Redmond Ridge (23423 NE Novelty Hill Rd, Redmond, WA 98053). ERPTA receives 20% of meals purchased throughout the day (10:30 AM - 10 PM).
Join your East Ridge friends or bring your neighbors, have fun, take the night off from cooking and support ERPTA, all at the same time!
Don’t forget to mention East Ridge Elementary PTA at the register when you purchase your meal. Good for in-store orders only. To-go orders must be made in-store.


ERPTA General Membership Meeting

Are you interested in learning more about your East Ridge PTA or how you can get involved? Join your fellow ERPTA members for the Fall General Membership Meeting, October 15 at 7pm in the East Ridge Library. We will be reviewing and approving ERPTA's budget for 2019-2020, as well as updating the standing rules and policies. Kids are welcome, refreshments will be served.


PTA Reflections program

Want to encourage your child's creative side?  PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity.  All grades (K-5) can participate through ERPTA.  This year's theme is "Look Within", and original pieces of work can be submitted in 6 categories (Dance, Musical Composition, Visual Arts 2D and 3D, Film, Literature and Photography).  Be on the lookout for a flyer in student folders or take a look at for additional information.  Submissions will be due November 1st.


ERPTA Math Challenge

ERPTA brings you a new (free) Math enrichment program you can do at home and no sign-up is necessary. The very first Math Challenge will be available on October 11th, all students in grades K-5 are invited to participate. Visit for more info about Math Challenge



Be sure to support your PTA and join online or send in your form with a check!

PTA Booked For Lunch

Do you have a child in grades 3-5? Are you interested in expanding your children’s appreciation for literature and love of reading? The Booked for Lunch program starts the week of October 21st for students in grades 3-5. We'll meet in grade level groups to discuss an assigned book and have a book related snack. If your child is interested, please sign up online at no later than October 19th. Contact Holli Bieler at if you have any questions.


PTA BoxTops Collection - Week of October 14

The BoxTops program is going online! We will be doing our final collection of paper BoxTops the week of October 14, so be sure to send those in with your kids! Look for more information to come about how to use the new BoxTops app to scan your receipts and earn money for ERPTA!


PTA Earth Club

Wednesday Wonder Weeders is in full swing and in need of parent helpers, Wednesdays 11:30-1:30. The kids love getting their hands in the dirt and would love to have their favorite grown-up be there to help!
The next Earth Club work party will be Wednesday November 6th, right after school! Help us get your lovely school grounds ready for winter!
Email Flic Chastney at for more information!



Parents Active in Cooperative Education (PACE), is a grades 1-5 choice educational enrichment program offered through the Northshore School District. Join us for a PACE Open House/Information Night on Oct. 22 at Lockwood, Wellington or Woodmoor to find out if PACE is the right choice for your family. (for elementary families interested in joining PACE during the 2020-21 school year). Follow this link for more information. 


NSD Bus Driver Job Fair

Northshore is now hiring bus drivers! Come to the job fair at 21325 20th Ave SE in Bothell on 10/19 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm to hear more about the competitive salaries, paid holidays, retirement, and great benefits. 


Woodinville Girls Basketball Booster Club

Girls grades 4-8 in the Woodinville HS feeder pattern are invited to participate in the 2019-20 Season Girls Select Basketball Tryouts Sept. 22 and 29 at Timbercrest Middle School. flyer