East Ridge Newsletter 8.16.19

Sarah White, Principal

August 16, 2019

We hope you are having an amazing summer! 

Save the Dates! East Ridge Calendar Link: https://eastridge.nsd.org/our-school-clone/calendar 

August Office Hours: 8:30 - 3:30 pm

Our building is still under construction. If you need to stop by the office, please use caution when parking and entering the main office. All other entrances to campus and all other parts of campus are closed to staff, families, and visitors. 

The first day back to school will be September 4th for grades 1-5 (For Kindergarten Start information, please see below). The first day of school is a full day. Dismissal time is 3:50 pm on September 4th.

Daily Schedule for 2019-20

9:00 am    Covered Area supervision begins
9:15 am    First bell (students line up outside classrooms)
9:20 am    Tardy bell (school begins)
3:50 pm    Dismissal

Early release Wednesdays:  2:20 pm dismissal (Early Release Wednesdays begin on Wednesday, 9/11)

New Staff Welcome to East Ridge

Please join us in welcoming these new staff to East Ridge for 2019-20 school year:

Kris Held, Office Manager
Madison Petersen, Kindergarten
Molly Murdock, 1st grade
Katie Morris, 2nd grade
Marilee Clobes, part time Music
Heidi Jones, part time PE
Carol Michel, School Psychologist
Heather Ullrich, Speech/Language Pathologist
Johanna Brugman, Occupational Therapist
3rd grade teaching interns: Steven Sager (w/Emmy Hager) and Stephanie Donohoe (w/Jenny Sullivan)

From the Health Room: Changes to MMR Vaccine Exemptions

As of July 28, 2019, a new state law removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR vaccine required for school and child care attendance. Medical and religious exemptions are not affected by this new law.

Based on this new law, families will need to provide updated healthcare provider verified immunization paperwork at or before the start of the 2019-20 school year if their student has a personal/philosophical exemption for the MMR vaccine. Children without a medical or religious exemption will need two doses of MMR vaccine to be allowed into school, starting on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

Because MMR vaccine doses must be administered at least a month apart, children may be entered into school if they have healthcare provider verified paperwork showing at least one dose of MMR vaccine by the beginning of the school year. This will allow a conditional status for up to 30 days, at which point families will need to provide records showing their child received the second dose of vaccine.

Children without up-to-date immunizations may not enter school. State law does not allow for a grace period.

New Student/Family Tour: Thursday, August 29th from 2:00-2:45 pm. Meet in the Library. Please arrive promptly, as once the tour begins it will be difficult to join a group!

Meet the Teacher: Thursday, August 29th, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Come meet your teacher, see your classroom, see the campus and drop off your school supplies. Please note that all of our teachers have an important meeting at Woodinville High School at 4:30 pm, so they will be closing classrooms in time to leave promptly at 4:00 pm. 

Class placement letters: We understand you and your child are eager for this information! Thank you for your patience as we enroll new students and work to create balanced groupings. You should expect to receive your child’s teacher/ class assignment via US mail prior to our Meet the Teacher date on 8/29. Please do not ask for this information in advance, and please do not call the office for this information. (Families who do not receive their letter by 8/29 may stop in at the office prior to Meet the Teacher to get their placement information.) 

Bus routes and stops will be posted on the E-Link 2 weeks before school starts. Bus routes will not be mailed out.  http://versatrans.nsd.org/elinkrp/Login.aspx

A basic Student Supply List will be available on our website. Please wait until after school has started to buy supplies other than those on the list. https://eastridge.nsd.org/resources/school-supplies

Kindergarten Start 2019-2020

The beginning of the 2019-2020 school year will be a “staggered start” for kindergartners.  In a staggered start, half of the students (those with last names A - J) attend school on September 9, and half (those with last names K - Z) on September 10. September 11 will be the first day ALL kindergarten students attend together for the first time. 

Staggering the start of school allows kindergarteners to make a smoother transition to K-12 schooling. Students are better able to learn the routine of their class and get to know their teacher in smaller groups, setting them up from the beginning to feel more comfortable, confident, and excited about school.

Your kindergarten teacher will be contacting you this summer to schedule a 20 – 30 minute family conference. These WAKids Conferences will take place between September 4-6.


We look forward to welcoming you all back soon!