East Ridge Newsletter 3.26.19

Sarah White, Principal

March 26, 2019

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410. 

Save the Dates!

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

Rescheduled Parent/Teacher Conferences - Friday, April 5th, 12:20 dismissal 

Spring Break: No School April 8 - 12th


SBA Testing

The Smarter Balanced Assessment testing window for grades 3-5 at East Ridge will be from 4/25 - 6/11/19. Your child’s classroom teacher will communicate their class testing dates. Students with special education accommodations may be testing on different dates in order to provide their accommodations. 

Student Transportation & Changes After School  

We are frequently having students come into the office after school thinking that they are getting picked up, when in turn, they should have rode the bus home.  Please note that any changes in your child’s regular means of transportation (i.e. bus, walking or parent pick-up) from school must be validated by a note to your child’s teacher, signed and dated by you as the parent/guardian. Without a note or phone call your child will go home his or her regular way.
If you are unable to send a note, please call the office before noon.

Lost & Found

There are many, many coats needing homes!  Please have your kids check out our lost & found rack in front of the school for their coat, sweatshirt and/or sweater.  Parents, if you are on campus, please take a look.  Clothing will be donated to Threads & Treads the Friday before Spring Break.  


Kindergarten Registration 

Kindergarten registration packets are now available in the East Ridge office.
If you have packets out, please return them. If you know of someone with a kindergartner, please encourage them to come to the office to register their student. We are working on classroom numbers and staffing for next year.

Nurse’s Corner

Even though the weather is getting warmer, plants are blooming and budding and Spring is here, the flu season is in full swing.  Hospitals are seeing an increase in flu cases. So we still need to be mindful of flu symptoms and ways to stay healthy and not spread the virus. The Seattle and King County Public Health Department have offered this Health Advisory:

Influenza activity is at high levels for influenza A H3N2 and increasing in addition to previously circulating influenza A H1N1. Influenza circulation may continue for another 4-6 weeks.

  • Typical flu symptoms (may feel some or all) include: fever, or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Not all strains of influenza are presenting with fevers. People are still testing positive with body aches and sore throats.
  • If your child has been complaining of flu symptoms for a few days, you may want to keep them home.
  • Hand washing with soap and water and scrubbing for 20 seconds (ABC song) is the best way to prevent the spread of illness and help keep you healthy.
  • Remember to be sure and stay hydrated to help fight illnesses.
  • Each classroom is using approved cleaners to use to wipe down surfaces which will help decrease the spread of illnesses.
  • Now that it is Spring (technically), seasonal allergies can be a problem. If your child uses medications for seasonal allergies that may need to be given at school (even if over-the-counter), you will need to bring in a completed “Medication Authorization Form” along with the medication.
  • Remember that cough drops, throat lozenges, ointments and creams are considered a medication (by OSPI) and require a completed Medication Authorization Form in order to have these at school.

Gerry Cullins, RN, BSN

Track and Field

Track and field practices will begin April 16 and run through May 16. Practice will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:45-5:00 pm.

Meet dates and times:
4/30   4:45   ER & Woodin at Sunrise
5/7     4:45   Sunrise & CL at East Ridge
5/14   4:45   Wellington & ER at Hollywood Hill
5/21             2019 Junior Olympics at WHS

Camp Cedar Springs

Save the date! Camp Cedar Springs will be held this year from May 8th -10th.  Final paperwork and payment is due by April 26th.

Parent meeting at Bear Creek Elementary on Tuesday, April 16th from 6:30-7:15 pm in the gym, followed by a Counselor Orientation meeting at 7:15 in the library. 
Medication drop off at East Ridge on Friday, May 3rd. 
Luggage drop-off in front of the East Ridge main office on May 7th before 9:30 am.
Parent pick-up at East Ridge on Friday, May 10th between 1:15 -1:30 pm.
Payment and permission slips are due April 19th.
Scholarships are available. Contact the office.

Way Too Fast!

We have had several neighbors report to us that cars are speeding through Saybrook and on 156th. Please remind yourself and your neighbors to slow down and take extra care driving. King County Sheriffs will be increasing their patrols.

2019-2020 Ready Start Tuition Program

Northshore Early Childhood is excited to announce that we are expanding and enhancing our Ready Start program at both Sorenson and Cottage Lake Elementary.  This change will allow us to increase capacity to serve more students within an inclusive classroom environment.  Within our new blended multi-age model we will serve students, ages 3-5, with IEP’s (Individual Education Program), students from our community who pay tuition (formally known as Peer Model Program), and students who are income eligible for a free preschool. We believe that utilizing developmentally appropriate teaching strategies supports a whole child approach to learning, within an inclusive PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) environment, fosters high levels of student learning and social/emotional growth for all students.  

For more information please our website: https://www1.nsd.org/schools/programs-services/early-childhood


PTA Coffee Open House

There will be a PTA Coffee Open House for our K-2nd grade families! Please join us to meet your PTA Board and your friends and neighbors. There will be coffee and treats provided. Little ones welcome!
Thursday, March 28th, 9:00-11:30 in room 11.

Award of Excellence - PTA Reflections

Congratulations to Jadie H. for receiving an Award of Excellence at the State PTA Reflections competition! The theme of Reflections this year is 'Heroes Around Me'.  Jadie’s literary piece was titled Kind. Way to go, Jadie!

PTA Spelling Bee

The 3rd/4th Grade Spelling Bee will be March 26th and the 1st/2nd Grade Bee will be March 28th. Both Bees will be in the library at 4:00 pm.

BECommunity PTA Auction

The 3rd Annual BEcommunity Auction is just around the corner!
While both schools are busy getting ready, we need your help putting together Silent Auction Baskets. Our Basket coordinators and Amazon have made it super easy. Just click on the following link: https://tinyurl.com/z29hcwd and enter BEcommunity in the search box.
You can choose items from any of these fun themed baskets!

  • We Bought a Zoo Movie Night
  • Chef Extraordinaire
  • Circus Crafts
  • Game Night
  • Into the Wild Glamping
  • Lego Wild
  • S’mores by the Fire
  • Seahawks are Not in a Zoo
  • STEAM #1
  • STEAM #2

At checkout, please select the shipping address “BEcommunity Auction Baskets c/o Allison.”
Items will be delivered to our basket coordinators for assembly and delivery to the auction!
After purchase, please email BEcommunityAuction@gmail.com letting us know that you purchased an item or if you have any questions.
We will include all basket contributors’ names on a special thank you at the auction.
Thank you for your support!
Maria Faulhaber (mfaulhab@hotmail.com) and Cassie Curry (bruingirl@gmail.com)
Auction Co-Chairs

Limited Times Still Available

There are limited times still available for you to sign up to help in the Game Room. Located in the Art Room, Game Room runs on Thursdays from 11-1:15 and includes all three recesses. This is a supportive role for volunteers, Game Masters (3rd - 5th graders) have been trained in peer leadership and conflict resolution and need your positive encouragement and, at times, hands on help. Questions? Please contact Tanya O’Rourke (tanyakaarina@outlook.com).
Sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c48aea729abfd0-east1