ER Newsletter 12.17.19

Sarah White, Principal

December 17, 2019

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410

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Winter Break
December 23 - January 3

From the East Ridge Staff

To Our East Ridge Community,
Wishing you holidays filled with fun and laughter, and very best wishes for a prosperous new year!
With Gratitude,
~The East Ridge Staff


Dear East Ridge Families,

Winter Break is fast approaching! Time away from school brings on excitement for many students as they look forward to celebrating holidays and spending time with family and friends. It can also be a time of stress for students (and adults!) as their regular routine is disrupted, potentially impacting their self-awareness (working to identify emotions) and self-management (working on impulse control and stress management). Self-awareness and self-management are building blocks for resilience, which is the trait we have been focusing on at East Ridge in November and December. Changes in routines and busy seasons can be a test of resilience for children and adults! Whether your child is experiencing a sense of pure joy or possibly feelings of worry, we appreciate your partnership in helping students practice self-calming strategies while away from East Ridge. 
There are several methods you may find helpful in supporting your child at home with self-calming strategies:

  • The Parent Toolkit Website is a great resource! Check out the  Stress Less: Calming Strategies video series. 
  • Use this language from our Second Step Social/Emotional Learning Curriculum:
    1. Tell yourself to stop or use your stop signal to ask for help.
    2. Name your feeling.
    3. Use one of your calm down strategies:
      • Breathe
      • Count
      • Use Positive Self Talk:
        • “I am in charge of my emotions”.
        • “I am a problem solver.” 
        • “My challenges help me grow.”
        • “I choose my own attitude.”
        • “I forgive myself for my mistakes.”
        • “I can handle it!” 

If students are still not calm after taking these steps, coach your child in using any of these calm down methods until he or she feels calm enough to talk. 

Developing self-calming strategies is a resilience skill that will extend beyond your child’s time at East Ridge. Not only are these skills essential for students fostering friendships, working collaboratively, and focusing on their school work, they will carry them will carry them into adulthood and support their career success!
As we head towards time away from school, we appreciate your continued emphasis on our East Ridge pillars of being kind, respectful, responsible and safe wherever students go. We wish everyone a safe and joyous time over Winter Break and a Happy New Year. May your break be filled with gratitude, positive memories, and lots of laughter. 

Sarah White


Woodinville Storehouse

Dear East Ridge students, families and staff,
Thank you so much once again for helping us provide nutritious food for those in need in our community.  You’re food drive was fantastic and really helped to restock our shelves.  We appreciate your continued help and support! 
We are also very grateful for your students and their family members who were able to help us put together our Thanksgiving bags and tour the food bank.  The clients were so happy to get the special bags and loved the artwork you did for each bag.
Thank you again for helping us to help others!
Woodinville Storehouse Board of Directors


Holiday Travel Plans

If you have travel plans that will take your student out of school beyond the designated break, please be sure to complete and submit a Pre-Approved Absence Request form. This form can be found on our website at:


Are You Moving?

If moving is in your future, please contact the office to let us know. 425.408.4400


Lost and Found

Be sure to check the lost and found for missing articles. Our lost and found rack is located in front of the school and is overflowing! Any items not claimed before winter break will be donated.


Winter Delays/Closures

For District information on Weather and Emergencies, check out the district website:


Hour of Code

East Ridge students participated  in an Hour of Code last week as part of the celebration of Computer Science Education Week. What an amazing time! Thank you to the fabulous volunteers who came in to make it happen: Tyler Althoff, Kristen Bero, Cassie Curry, Nick Curry, Abhinav Sharma, Ghladyst Tanto, Kyle Willett, Sally Wolfe, Graham Wood, and
Tianshu Zhou.
We encourage all families to try a coding activity at home. To learn more and access great tutorials visit the Hour of Code website.
For more information about Computer Science Education Week visit their website.

♫  East Ridge Musical Celebrations  ♬

Choir Concert 

Everyone is invited to our fourth and fifth grade Choir Concert on Tuesday, December 17th, at 7:00 pm at East Ridge. Refreshments will be served following the performance.
Choir members: Please wear something nice and report to the music room by 6:30pm.


Band & Strings Concert

Elementary Band & Intermediate Strings will be having their concert on Wednesday, December 18th, at 7:00 pm at TMS. Please wear something nice and report in at 6:30pm.


Annual Musical Celebration Assembly

Friday, December 20th at 3:15 pm, we will have our annual East Ridge Musical Celebration Assembly. The fourth and fifth grade choir will perform and then we'll have a sing-along of seasonal songs. Students are encouraged to wear festive hats that day and parents are welcome to join us for the assembly.


Cyber Attack Update

In Mid-November kitchen adjustments were made to some students’ meal accounts.  As you know, the cyber attack at the beginning of the year affected many of our systems. These adjustments were made to bring our systems into sync so meal balances are now accurate.
Please check your student’s meal account balance on PayPams ( If you do not have a PayPams account, you can sign up for an account for free. You do not have to make payments to PayPams (they charge a fee) but it is an easy way to check your student’s account balance. We are seeing many accounts that are overdue.
As a reminder, if your student qualifies for free and reduced lunches and your student is requesting milk only, the cost of milk is $ .50. Otherwise, the cost of milk is included in the price for lunch. Apply for free and reduced here:
Thank you for your help and understanding. We love seeing your children come through the lunch line! Please contact Cheryl in the kitchen if you have any questions: or 425.4084408.   Happy Holidays!


Biking to School

Thanks to a generous grant from PTA, our school now has a bike rack! It is located to the right of the main gym/office front doors. 

Students riding a bicycle to school, where/when it is safe to do so, creates greater transportation flexibility for families, allows students to exercise greater independence and promotes positive physical health. 

We believe families should carefully consider their potential biking routes, their student’s ability, and their safety preparations before allowing their child to bike to school. We do not recommend students under 10 years old be allowed to ride their bikes to school.

Parents and guardians are responsible for their child if they ride to and from school. Bicycle maps are available to help determine the safest route. 

Elementary students and families should complete a Bike to School Consent Form prior to biking to school. Forms are also available at the link above or in our school office. Elementary students should also complete a bicycle safety course prior to riding to school. These free courses students basic safety skills necessary to navigate roads and public areas that are aligned to Washington State codes.
Parents and guardians assume all risks associated with their student riding a bicycle to school, including injury, loss, damage, and theft of the bicycle and helmet. District staff will not be responsible or held accountable for safeguarding a student’s personal property.

All of the above information is available on the district website:


ASB Update:


  • Comfy Cozy Day next Friday, December 20th
  • ASB will be supporting Threads and Treads, a resource that has been providing Northshore families free, quality, donated clothing for school age youth, teens, young adults and parents. East Ridge ASB will be collecting gently used clothing items and new socks for Threads and Treads January 21-31. Over the winter break, please set aside any school-appropriate clothing for the school day, special events, sportswear, shoes and accessories. 
  • Used Clothing and New Socks will be collected in classrooms January 21-31.
  • Bring a bag of clothes to Movie Night for a raffle ticket on January 17th 6:00-8:00.
  • Rafiki Bracelet Sales supporting WE Villages will be sold at PTA Movie Night January 17th 6:00-8:00.



ERPTA Giving Tree and Mitten Tree
The final collections for the PTA's Giving Tree and Mitten Tree are to be brought in tomorrow, December 18th.  We thank you for your generosity in helping those in our community who need it!


ERPTA Movie Night

Save the date!  The PTA will have a Movie Night on Friday, January 17th in the school gym.  All are welcome to attend.  More details to follow!


Save the Date for the 4th Annual BEcommunity Auction benefiting East Ridge PTA, on May 1, 2020 at McMenamin’s Anderson School! To learn more about ERPTA'S biggest fundraiser, visit
Add East Ridge to your holiday shopping list!  The BEcommunity Auction Committee has some fun baskets in the works, and we need your help to create exciting packages to sell at the event. Visit our Amazon wish list at It’s super easy and budget-friendly! Items start at $5 and ship straight to our basket coordinator’s home. To learn more about contributing to auction baskets or the auction in general please visit


Anxiety Awareness

Northshore Council PTSA and Skyview and North Creek PTSAs:  Join us for a special screening of Angst – Raising Awareness Around Anxiety, January 16, 7:00 pm, at North Creek HS.  Presented in English with Spanish subtitles. (Appropriate for ages 10 and up) Questions?