ER Newsletter 2.4.20

Sarah White, Principal

February 4, 2020

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410

Save the Dates!

Calendar Link: 

Elementary Conference Day is February 7th.

East Ridge School Spirit Days:
2/7 - East Ridge Colors
2/14 - Valentine’s day
2/28 - East Ridge Colors

Attendance matters!

School attendance has a direct impact on a student's academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school.
When your child misses school, he/she misses newly introduced concepts and skills in all academic content areas, music and PE. Your child misses interactive activities, discussions, teacher demonstrations, projects and other classroom experiences that are not possible to make up. Frequent absences can interfere with your child’s familiarity with classroom and school routines and can even impact his/her friendships.

We realize some absences are unavoidable. We also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Absences can add up quickly.  A student is considered chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!
Research shows:

  • Students chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Clearly going to school regularly really matters! Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few tips to support consistent attendance:

  • Ensure your child goes to school every day unless he/she is truly sick.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers for advice if your child feels anxious about going to school.
  • Make sure your child keeps a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

We want your child to be successful in school! If you have questions or need help to improve your child’s attendance, please contact your child’s teacher, principal, or our school nurse.

Sarah White, Principal


Kindergarten Registration Opens

Kindergarten registration has opened. Registration is online at: There are also registration packets available in the East Ridge office if you do not have access to the internet.
Children entering kindergarten in September 2020 should have turned five years old by August 31, 2020. Tell your friends and neighbors who have kindergarten age children to register. If you have questions, please call the office at 425.408.4400.

To register your child for kindergarten, you will need the following documents: 

  • Proof of residency (rental agreement, utility bill, mortgage statement)
  • Your child's birth certificate, passport or other proof of birthdate
  • Immunization records
  • Names and phone numbers of emergency contacts

East Ridge will hold kindergarten tours for kindergartners and their families on June 9th, June 9 from 5:30-6:30 pm. Please r.s.v.p. at:
This event is for both guardians AND their kindergartner.

District 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. 


Music News!

All School Assembly

We had a wonderful all school assembly titled "Be the Change" to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 31st. The third and fourth graders lead the assembly as they have been studying how leaders have utilized peaceful protest to make positive changes in our world. 
In order to accommodate working parents, we are also presenting the program on Tuesday, February 4th @ 7:00 pm in the East Ridge gym. Third and fourth grade students should report to the Music Room at 6:40 and the performance will be finished by 7:30. 

Northshore Sings Concert

The following fifth graders will represent East Ridge in this year's "Northshore Sings" concert on Wed. Feb. 26th at NPAC: 

Emma B., Sophia C., Caroline B., Ella D., Hinari H., Seth H. Jillian L., Addison L., Naiya P., Savannah R., Jordin T., Sophia T.,  and William R.

This event brings together singers from all of our NSD elementary schools with the middle school choir directors and students for a fun afternoon of singing, playing music games, a question and answer session about middle school, pizza dinner and a culminating concert in the NPAC theatre at 7:00 pm. Families and other fans are invited to attend the concert!


Nurse Notes

The cold and flu season is still upon us and now we have Coronavirus as well.  The best way to prevent the spread of germs is by good and frequent hand washing and knowing when you should NOT send your child to school. 
Please note: there have not been any cases of Coronavirus at school.
When should your child stay home?

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher.
  • Stay home until fever-free for 24 hours, no medication.
  • When you have symptoms such as coughing, headache, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, abdominal cramps, sore throat, and/or generally looks sick.
  • Stay home until no vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours without medication.
  • Severe chest and/or nasal congestion or frequent nasal discharge.
  • Frequent coughing.

Coronavirus information:

  • No cases of Coronavirus at the school.
  • Please read the following letter from the District about Corovirus.

If your student is not well enough to go out for recess, they would be best at home. We do not have supervision for students inside.

~ Nurse Gerry,, 425.408.4406

Dear Parents and Guardians

You may have heard in the news about the first diagnosis of a new viral illness, Coronavirus, in Snohomish County. While some strains of Coronavirus have been around for a while, this is apparently a new strain with potentially severe consequences, especially for vulnerable populations (elderly, children, or immune compromised people). 

This first case was contracted by a person traveling through Wuhan City, China. While this is the first case in the USA, the CDC is expecting there will be more cases. 

If you have traveled to, or through China, and have subsequently become ill, please contact your medical provider immediately, telling them you have recently traveled in China. 

Please notify the school nurse if your child is sick and has recently travelled from China or has been in close contact with anyone under investigation for laboratory confirmed Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath. 

If you have any questions about this important health concern contact your school nurse. 

For more information:
 ~Health and Nursing Services


East Ridge ASB

WE Give Education Rafiki Sales
Purchase a Rafiki in time for Valentine’s Day! Buy one for yourself, friend or family member!
Support the WE Give Education cause by purchasing a handmade Rafiki bracelet for $10 during
your lunch recess at Room 22 (Mrs. Hager’s Classroom) February 5-7.
Cash or check to East Ridge Elementary.


Thank You!

A BIG thank you to our grounds and custodial departments for removing all the snow after our last snow event, plowing and sanding the parking lot, and cleaning up the trees and limbs that were brought down during the storm. Thank you for helping to make East Ridge beautiful and safe!


Save the date! ERPTA's Musical Performances of Giants in the Sky will be on March 21st at 11:00am and 3:00 pm, and the 22nd at 3pm. Ticket sales will start on February 24th. Check out for more info!


BEcommunity Auction Update

Does your child benefit from the PTA?  Of course, all of our kids do!  The PTA funds our school's Art Docent program, social-emotional learning resources, Sunshine Slip prizes, community nights, Earth Club, Game Room, emergency supplies, classroom enrichment grants and our newest playground equipment (added in 2017), just to name a few.  The BEcommunity Auction is the PTA's major fundraiser and we need your support!  How can you help?

  • Purchase items from our Amazon Wishlist ( to fill baskets and sell at the event. It's quick and has recently been simplified into one large list to make buying more convenient.  Find more details at
  • Mark your calendar to attend the auction on Friday, May 1. Invitations and registration info to follow.
  • We need more volunteers! Join us for our next Auction Committee meeting on Friday, February 7 from 9:30-10:30 am in Room 11. Or check out the link above to see our most pressing volunteer needs.

Thank you for supporting our school community!

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