ER Suns Newsletter 4.18.22

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410

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District Calendar for 2022-23 now available

Early Release Wednesday: 2:05pm release


Message from Mrs. White

Dear East Ridge Families,

One thing that is special about East Ridge is the strong support we have from our PTA. Our PTA enriches the experience of every child and staff member at East Ridge through countless volunteer hours, family events, programs, and grants. Most of these depend on the generosity of our community through PTA fundraising. We are excited to return to the tradition of the East Ridge PTA Auction this year, and hope that you will join us on Friday, May 6th at the Archer Hotel Redmond!

The ERPTA has the perfect night planned whether you are looking to sneak away on your own, with a friend, or significant other! (PTA even has complimentary sitters lined up as they earn hours towards their Honors Society commitment. Reach out for more info! becommunityauctioninfo@gmail.comTrust us, you aren’t going to want to miss this night to be back with the ER community. You may even be able to jockey your way into the winners' circle in a real live Derby race! You are sure to leave with a full heart knowing you have supported the hard-working East Ridge staff, teachers, children, and parents.

Purchase your ticket by April 20! If you can’t attend in person, you can participate in the silent auction or by donating. Find out more and buy your ticket today!

Here are a few of the ways East Ridge PTA fundraising has directly impacted our students and staff in the last few years:

  • Playground improvements (Aeroglider, quadro seesaw, green play cube, outdoor bells, outdoor drums, new fitness path and target stencil, and more!): $36,500
  • Social/emotional learning kits for every classroom: ~$1600
  • Picture books to support our monthly character trait teaching: $1069
  • Supplemental reading intervention curriculum, Flyleaf Phonics: $2330
  • Math Genius Squad subscriptions for all teachers (resources for instruction and professional development): $3600
  • Second display monitors for teachers to support their online teaching during remote learning: $994
  • Anti-Bullying Assembly from Taproot Theater for all students: $500
  • Wobble stools and sensory supports: $1300
  • Ukulele stand: $854
  • Supplemental nonfiction books for 4th grade: $170
  • Third grade math manipulatives: $367
  • Outdoor signage for our school expectations and recess banners: $5043
  • Individual staff grants for supplemental materials and supplies: $350 annually per staff member

PTA fundraising allows us to enrich each child’s learning, play, and overall experience at East Ridge. Our community and PTA support is often named as one of the top reasons our amazing staff members choose to work at East Ridge. Thank you so much for your support of our PTA and school! I hope to see you at the auction on May 6!


Sarah White, Principal


Date Night or Ladies Night Out, ERPTA Auction Information


Meet & Greet with Dr. ReidNorthshore School District logo

Dear East Ridge Elementary School Families,

Please join us in person Thursday, April 21st at 8:35 a.m. for an informal 30-minute meet and greet with Dr. Reid. This event is open to all East Ridge Elementary School parents and guardians. Please check in at the main office before heading to the library. Space is limited to allow for social distancing. Supervision will be available for students whose parents attend.

After the meet and greet, Dr. Reid will meet with a group of students before visiting each classroom.


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Third Quarter Progress Reports

Progress reports for selected students will be mailed home at the end of this week. Only selected students will receive a progress report:

  • 3rd quarter progress reports are utilized ONLY for students who are presently below standard in one or more areas, or for whom an improvement in behavior needs to be communicated formally. Please direct questions to your child’s classroom teacher.

  • Students on IEPs will receive an IEP Progress Report. Please direct questions to your child’s IEP Case Manager.


Positive COVID Result?covid test vial held by gloved hand

If your child tested positive during Spring Break, please notify Nurse Gerry at Even if their 5-day required quarantine happened over break, it is important for the school to know of any positive COVID results. Students who have tested positive may return to school after 5 days if their symptoms are better, but must remain masked at school through day 10. Students who have had COVID in the past 90 days must be opted out of our batch testing process so that we do not get false-positive results.

Thank you for your cooperation.
~ Nurse Gerry


SBA State Testing sign

Spring SBA State Testing

Spring is the time of year when our schools administer state required assessments. These assessments are used for state and federal accountability, to monitor student progress toward grade level standards, as well as an option for high school students to meet their Graduation Pathways requirement. The English/Language Arts (ELA) and math Smarter Balanced Assessments are administered in grades 3 through 8 and 10, while the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) is administered in grades 5, 8, and 11.

East Ridge SBA Testing Schedule

3rd Grade

5/17, 5/18, 5/19, 5/24 & 5/26

4th Grade

5/16, 5/17, 5/18, 5/31 & 6/1

5th Grade

5/3, 5/5, 5/6, 5/12, 5/24 & 5/26

As we want each student to perform at their best, we encourage students to get good sleep and nutrition during these times. It is also important for families to minimize student absences during the testing schedule.

If you have any questions about your child’s fall assessments or schedules, please feel free to contact Tiffany Dial at


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Are there changes in your future?

If your family is planning to move out of the East Ridge service area, PLEASE let the office know as soon as possible.


ASB Donation Drive April 4-22Project i Am logo

ASB is hosting its first donation drive which benefits people that are unhoused. ASB was inspired by Jahkil Jackson's Project I Am organization. ASB is collecting the following items which will be stuffed into "Sunshine Bags".

Donations will be collected and put into Sunshine Bags! Sunshine bags will go to Mary’s Place, a local shelter in the greater Seattle area that helps people that are in need of housing. Students will be writing/drawing Sunshine Notes in the classroom that will be stuffed into the bags!

  • Gallon size Ziplock bags
  • Chapstick
  • travel size wipes
  • deodorant
  • travel size first aid kit
  • mini bottled water
  • granola bar or trail mix
  • Neosporin
  • pepperminuts
  • pocket tissue
  • travel size hand sanitizer
  • toothpaste and toothbrush
  • travel size Vaseline
  • travel size lotion
  • face towel
  • socks
  • travel size shampoo and conditioner
  • soap

Learn more at and

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Track & Field - VOLUNTEERS foot with wings on back NEEDED!!

The East Ridge Suns Track and Field Team needs volunteers to serve as assistant coaches this season. Volunteers are encouraged to support the team at any level of time commitment from acting as an assistant coach for the full season to helping at a single practice. No experience or athletic ability is necessary. Detailed volunteer sign-up information was provided in the Track and Field registration package sent home with the students, volunteers are encouraged to reach out to the head coach (Mitchell Zimberg: 425-941-3599 /

Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on April 19 and the season ends with the final meet on May 24. Practices will be from 3:50 - 5:05pm. East Ridge will host a meet on May 10th. Meets are from 5:00-6:15pm.

Thank you for supporting the team!


Kindergarten RegistrationKindergarten Registration Open - Register ASAP! Open - Register ASAP!

Kindergarten registration for fall has opened. Please register your student ASAP and encourage your friends and neighbors who have kindergarten-age children to register. The earlier families register, the earlier we can secure the number of kindergarten teachers we need!

Registration is online at:

Children entering kindergarten in September 2022 should have turned five years old by August 31, 2022. 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 host a virtual Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, June 14th at 7pm.


Elementary ChoirElementary Choir

Please note that after school choir has ended.

Thank you for your participation!

We had so much fun!

~Ms. Shuford


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Sunshine Slips

Congratulations to the following students who have been caught demonstrating our East Ridge Expectation Pillars: Being Kind, Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being Safe.

This weeks winners are:

  • Parker J. in Ms. Dickens’ class for being responsible.

  • Corbin W. in Mrs. Gangwish's class for being responsible.

  • Noah G. in Ms. Schmidt's class for being kind and understanding.

  • Asher A. in Mrs. Reed's class for being safe.

  • Joanne S. in Mrs. Hager's class for being kind.

  • Sky K. in in Mrs. Hill's class for being responsible and working hard during reading.

  • Hayley J. in Mrs Morris' class for being kind and helping a friend.

  • Taytum L. in Mrs. Ratliff's class for being Kind and teaching classmates an art activity.

  • Rambo O. in Mrs. Sullivan's class for being responsible and making a good choice.

  • Fred Q. in Ms. Schmidt's class for being responsible and safe with a calm body.

We’re proud of our Suns! Keep it up!


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The mission of East Ridge Elementary PTA is to enrich, encourage, and enlighten. We do this by providing a wide spectrum of educational programs and a network of support for our students and staff. To learn more, join, or donate, click the link:


Math Challenge

Math Challenge

Thank you to everyone that entered Math Challenge 12. The top responses can be found below and will receive a small prize via their classroom teacher:

MC 12:

Kaidan R .- 1st, Harrer

If you haven’t tried Math Challenge yet this school year there is still time! There are 3 challenges left and you can enter whichever ones you would like!

Math Challenge 13 is available now and due April 21st. For more information click on the link:



The PTA and all of our programs aren't possible without our amazing volunteers. We have a number of open positions for the next school year!

To learn more about open positions, check out the job descriptions here:

Please also join us at our next ERPTA General Meeting on Tuesday 4/26 at 7pm on Zoom!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 879 1475 7122
Passcode: 167647
Find your local number:

Available PTA Board Positions poster


WednesdayWednesday Weeders! Weeders!

Don't for get to remind your child about Wednesday Weeders and to dress for the weather!

This is a PTA volunteer activity held during the lunch recesses.


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See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!