East Ridge Newsletter 1.8.19

Sarah White, Principal


January 8th, 2019

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410


Save the Dates!

Calendar Link: https://eastridge.nsd.org/our-school-clone/calendar


No School January 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
No School January 28, Non-Student Day

A Warm Thank You!

Thank you for all the delicious and thoughtful gifts we were showered with before the break. We are grateful for such a caring and involved community!
 With best wishes for a wonderful New Year, 
  ~Your East Ridge Staff

Bus Passes

When requesting bus passes from the office, please include the following information:

  • Your student’s first and last name, as well as the first and last name of a friend they are riding home with.
  • The specific date for which the pass is needed.
  • Stop location (we need the cross streets).
  • Teacher’s name.

Parent Education Opportunity (Thank you, PTA!)

Understanding Our Kids’ Offline & Online Social World: Friendships, Cliques & Power Plays
(an event for only parents/guardians)
You are invited to a special evening presentation with children’s advocate and bestselling author Trudy Ludwig on Tuesday , January 15th, from 7:00-8:15 pm at Woodinville High School.
Intentional exclusion, gossip, the silent treatment, teasing, and the spreading of rumors are often dismissed as normal rites of passage, but research shows these behaviors are a form of emotional bullying and they are as harmful as physical bullying—with long-term negative effects. Learn more about relational aggression (the use of relationships to manipulate and hurt others) including the latest research findings, the nature of boys’ and girls’ friendships, cyberbullying, as well as tips, tools, and resources to help you empower your children in their relationships with their peers.
Trudy Ludwig’s work and presentations have received high praise from leading experts, educators, and organizations. Her acclaimed books, My Secret Bully, Just Kidding, Sorry, Trouble Talk®, Too Perfect, Confessions of a Former Bully, Better Than You, The Invisible Boy, Gifts from the Enemy and Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! focus on helping children thrive in their social world. An award-winning writer and an engaging speaker, Trudy has been featured on numerous U.S. media outlets including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” PBS’s “Keeping Kids Healthy,” Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Reading Rainbow, the National Crime Prevention Council’s Circle of Respect Program, and she has served as an expert panel member on Sesame Workshop’s video series addressing bullying. This presentation is for adults only. Trudy will also be coming to East Ridge to share her books and expertise with students on January 17th. For more information, visit Trudy’s website, www.trudyludwig.com.
Our special thanks to Cottage Lake, Wellington, Bear Creek & East Ridge Elementary School PTAs for co-sponsoring this evening parent event.

Cold Weather & Warm Clothing

The rainy and cold weather is here.  Please make sure that your child brings a warm, waterproof coat to school each day and that he/she is dressed for the weather.  Also, please put your child’s name on their coat (it helps us return it to them if it becomes lost at school).  Children need to be prepared to be outside for all recesses.  Children also need to be prepared to stay outside for extended periods of time in case of emergency.  If we should have an earthquake or fire drill, we will evacuate the building and remain outside without much shelter for extended periods of time.  Hypothermia would be a real danger and could come on within minutes if students are not dressed warmly.  Please help us keep your children safe.

Report Cards

Report cards will be coming home via kid-mail on Friday, February 1st.

Nurse’s Corner

Brrrrr! It’s cold outside! As a reminder, make sure your child is properly dressed. They should have a jacket, warm socks, and mittens or gloves when outside. At recess, if they get bumped with a ball or fall down, the colder they are, the worse it hurts! Also, keeping warm and dressing for the weather is less stress on the body and reduces the risk of infection.
Other Helpful Reminders…
If students have had a fever, they should not come to school until they have been without a fever for 24 hours, without the use fever reducing medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.  The medication only masks symptoms and the student could still be contagious to others.
If students have vomiting and/or diarrhea, they should not return to school until it has been 24 hours since last episode.
Cough drops, throat lozenges and lip balm/chapstick are considered medications and need an MD order.
Remember, hand washing is the best way to prevent spread of infection.
If your child is complaining of feeling sick to his/her stomach, it may be best to keep at home. Students have vomited at school without the presence of a fever, their only complaint was having an upset stomach.
Remember to cover your coughs to help decrease the spread of infection.
Gerry Cullins, RN BSN

Winter Weather

As we head toward winter and the potential for inclement weather, it is important to make sure your family’s contact information is current.
Parents and guardians can verify contact information in ParentVUE. Please contact the school if you need help accessing ParentVUE or updating contact information.
In the event of a emergency, or if winter weather conditions impact the school schedule or affect bus transportation, families will receive a phone message, email and text from the District. Information will also be posted on the District homepage at nsd.org. If no schedule change information is communicated, schools and buses are on their regular schedules. Please visit the District’s Closures & Delays webpage for detailed information.


Digital Safety 101

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, author and speaker Jo Langford will be giving a parent talk, "Digital Safety 101," at Canyon Park Middle School's Little Theater at 7:00 p.m. Digital safety is a timely and important issue. Join author, educator and international speaker Jo Langford for an important talk tailored to parents to build their Internet “savvy” to help our kids balance their online lives with boundaries, etiquette and good judgement. This parent education event is being sponsored by Canyon Park MS PTSA, Skyview MS PTSA and Northshore Council.

Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 pm. 
Canyon Park Middle School Theate

PTA Reflections

Congratulations to all students who entered the 2018-2019 Reflections Art competition offered by East Ridge PTA.  East Ridge PTA had 10 students submit 11 entries to the Northshore PTSA Council for judging.  We have 3 students who are State Qualifiers and their art will be moving onto the State PTA to be judged.   East Ridge also had 2 students who received a Judges’ Choice ribbon, which does not move onto State but their pieces really resonated with the Judges.
Thank you and congratulations to the following students:
Sienna B. (State Qualifier in Literature)
Jadie H. (State Qualifier in Literature)
Anamara A. (State Qualifier in Music Composition) (2 entries)
Emma B. (Judges’ Choice in Photography)
Eva L. (Judges’ Choice in 3D Visual Arts)
Aurora D.
Lydia R.
Kaylee S.
Emelia D.
Katie F.

Kristen Bero - Reflections Chair