ER Newsletter 1.7.20

Sarah White, Principal 

January 7, 2020

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410

Save the Dates!

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No School January 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
No School January 27, Non-Student Day


Thank you East Ridge

Thank you for all the delicious and thoughtful gifts and goodies we received before the break. We are grateful for such a caring and involved community!
       ~ Your East Ridge Staff

Happy New Year!

On behalf of the entire East Ridge staff, I wish you and your family a very happy New Year! Sometimes the very best gift of all is the gift of time together, and I sure felt blessed over the holidays to have extended time with family and friends.
January is a time when many of us look ahead and set goals and resolutions. I want to take this opportunity to share one of our East Ridge goals with you. At the beginning of the year, East Ridge staff set the following goal, which is aligned to our Northshore School District Strategic Plan:

From the beginning to end of each writing unit, all students will make at least one year of growth (1 rubric point) and students who are below standard will make more than a year of growth (1.5 or more rubric points), as measured by the On Demand Writing Rubrics in target area(s) identified based on individual student need at the beginning of each unit. 

This goal means that teachers analyze each student’s writing at the beginning of each unit and choose an individual goal area for that student which will make the biggest impact on their writing. Teachers measure progress in that goal area during and at the end of the unit.
As a staff, some of the actions we are taking to reach these goals are:

  • All teachers explicitly teach writing at least four days per week. Each classroom will have at least one unit on each of the main genre: Narrative, Opinion, and Informational. Since our school data shows that our students are not as strong in opinion and informational writing, we will teach more than one opinion or informational unit in each grade.
  • Teachers give regular common assessments in writing and collaborate to analyze student performance and set goals for instruction.
  • Teachers regularly confer (meet one-on-one) with writers to give feedback and teach next steps.
  • Teachers frequently provide targeted small-group instruction for students not at standard in writing.
  • Teachers participate in professional development about working with writers one-on-one and in small groups to give them specific feedback and target their next steps for improvement.
  • Teachers use tools such as checklists, rubrics, and progressions to analyze student work, set goals for instruction, and teach students how to assess their own writing.

All classrooms started the year with a unit on Narrative writing. This unit was taught during the first two months of school. Here are some facts about our student growth in individual goal areas during that unit:

  • The average growth for all students was 1.14 rubric points, which represents about one year of growth in that rubric component.
  • Students who were at or above standard averaged growth of 0.53 rubric points. This represents about half of year of growth.
  • Students who were below standard on the rubric in September averaged growth of 1.37 rubric points. This represents well over one year of growth!

In just about 8 weeks, almost all of our students made significant growth as writers! We are noticing not only growth in student writing itself, but increases in student motivation to write as well. Ask your child how he/she has grown as a writer this year, and what he/she is trying to work on as a writer this week. I hope you will be pleasantly surprised with the specificity with which your child can talk about his or her writing.
How can families help us with our goal? Here are some ways to help your child in writing:

  • Build a climate of words at home. When you go places, and see things with your child, talk about what has been seen, heard, smelled, tasted, touched. The basis of good writing is good talk, and younger children especially grow into stronger control of language when loving adults — particularly parents — share experiences and rich talk about those experiences.
  • Let children see you write often. You can be both a model and a teacher. If children never see adults write, they gain the impression that writing occurs only at school. Have children see you writing notes to friends, letters to businesses, perhaps even stories! From time to time, read aloud what you have written and ask your children their opinion of what you’ve written. If it’s not perfect, so much the better! Making changes in what you write confirms for the child that revision is a natural part of writing.
  • Share letters and emails from friends and relatives. Treat such letters as special events. Urge relatives and friends to write notes and letters to the child, no matter how brief, and encourage your child to respond. Writing is especially rewarding when the child gets a response!
  • Share pieces of writing that, as a reader, you find powerful or interesting, and explain why the piece was important to you. Sometimes we read things that sound beautiful, create a vivid image, cause us to think in different ways, teach us something new, or just make us laugh! Sharing little excerpts of powerful writing will help your child develop an appreciation for the craft and purpose of great writing.
  • Stay in close contact with your child’s classroom teacher about how your child is doing in writing, especially if he or she is not yet on standard. Your child’s teacher probably shared some specific details about this at the parent/teacher conference in November, including how your child is doing compared to writing rubrics and/or checklists. If you have not seen the tools most of our teachers are using to assess student writing and set goals, ask your child’s teacher or Mrs. White for a copy.

Parents also help us with our writing goal in other ways. Parent volunteers in many classrooms help us by working with students and by helping teachers with classroom jobs so they can devote their planning time to the professional tasks of analyzing student work and planning expert instruction. Thank you so much for your generous gifts of time– it makes a difference!
I have great confidence that we can reach these writing goals because of our committed staff, our dedicated parents, and motivated student learners. Stay tuned for an upcoming newsletter to hear more about our other important goal – developing responsible, resilient, empathetic learners. I look forward to celebrating many East Ridge successes with you in the coming year.
Sarah White, Principal


Kindergarten Registration

The District is working on streamlining the registration process and we anticipate the release of kindergarten registration shortly. Please keep checking our newsletter and website for the latest information.

Kindergarten information night for students entering the 2020-21 school year is Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the Northshore Performing Arts Center on the Bothell High School campus at 7:00 PM. 

Giving Tree Thank You!

Thank you to the elves who helped those in the community who could use a helping hand by donating items for the Giving Tree. Thank you to the PTA for providing this support to our community.

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.

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 an 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 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.



ERPTA Family Movie Night

Save the date!  The PTA will have a Movie Night on Friday, January 17th, at 6:00 pm, in the school gym.  Come see Toy Story 4, wear your jammies, and bring your coziest blanket and stuffie. Doors open at 5:45 to secure your seats and gather snacks. Free to attend! Free popcorn! A ticket issued at the door will get you one free snack and drink! You may bring bottled water but otherwise, no outside food or drink. All are welcome to attend. Parent attendance required. This is not a drop off event.
In support of the ASB clothing drive for Threads and Treads, bring a bag of gently used clothing and/or new socks for a chance to win a raffle prize!
Rafiki bracelets supporting WE Villages will also be sold.

PTA Auction

Save the Date for the 4th Annual BEcommunity Auction benefiting East Ridge PTA, on May 1, 2020 at McMenamins Anderson School! To learn more about ERPTA'S biggest fundraiser, visit


Northshore Council Parent Education Night

Anxiety Awareness

Northshore Council PTSA and Skyview and North Creek PTSAs: Please join us on Thursday, January 16, 2020, for a special FREE screening of the documentary “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” at the North Creek High School Theater at 7:00 p.m.  The event will feature a viewing of the  film (presented in English with Spanish subtitles), followed by a moderated discussion. The film is 55 minutes long and appropriate for ages 10 and up.
Tickets are not required, but they help us plan and guarantee entry. Reserve your ticket at:


Teen Emotions

Families are invited to attend "Top Three Parenting Hacks to Help Your Teen Manage Emotions," a parenting workshop with Cher Anderton, MSW, LSWAIC, mental health therapist and coach. Join us on Wednesday, January 22nd, at Inglemoor High School Little Theater from 7-8:30pm. The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • 3 simple steps for emotion regulation and processing & boundary setting so your kids have healthy coping strategies for uncomfortable feelings like anxiety, depression, frustration, loneliness and more!
  • Understanding basic brain development.
  • How to decode adolescent behavior; behavior as communication and a skill.

Walk away with strategies you can use immediately for yourself and your teen. There will also be a Q&A session, so you can get your questions answered!

This event is brought to NSD by the Inglemoor High School Counseling Department and is co-sponsored by Inglemoor PTSA and Northshore Council PTSA.


Changes to Car Seat Laws

Effective January 1, 2020, the following changes have been made to WA State car seat laws:

  • Children up to age 2 must be properly secured in a rear-facing car seat.
  • Children ages 2-4 years must ride in a car seat with a harness (rear or forward facing).
  • Children 4 and older must ride in a car or booster seat until they are 4’9” tall.
  • Children over height 4’9” must be secured by a properly fitted seat belt (typically starting at 8-12 years old).
  • Children up to age 13 must ride in the back seat when practical to do so.
  • Child restraint system must comply with U.S. DOT standards and be used according to vehicle and child restraint manufacturer.

More information is available at