ER Suns Newsletter 5.2.22

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410

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Calendar Link:

District Calendar for 2022-23 now available

Early Release Wednesday: 2:05pm release


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Counseling News

Hello East Ridge Families,

The Committee For Children has recently started a series called Hot Chocolate Talk. This series helps guide parents and guardians through conversations about sexual abuse with their child in a way that is age appropriate and informative. These conversations are crucially important so that our children are equipped to refuse and report any forms of sexual abuse. If you're interested, check out the following link for more information:

Stephen Wallinger, M. Ed.,
School Counselor


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COVID Communication

Dear East Ridge Parent or Guardian,

In support of school community safety, it is our goal to provide strong communication. This includes notification of any positive COVID test of a person at our school. I am writing to inform you that a person at our school recently tested positive. If the person who tested positive is in your child's class, you received a separate email.

The individuals with COVID-19 will not be able to return to school until after their contagious period has passed. This period is 5 days after the start of symptoms and 24 hours after fever and symptoms improve without the use of medications. The individual will be required to wear a mask at school on days 6-10 (unless they receive a negative rapid antigen test).

You can find Northshore School District COVID information here.

It is recommended that all families continue to monitor their child for symptoms of COVID-19. If your child develops symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider and ask that your child receive testing for COVID-19. Testing is also available for NSD students with symptoms at Pop Keeney Stadium: click here for hour and appointment information.

We understand receiving information about positive cases can cause concern for families. We continue to implement consistent safety protocols at East Ridge in support of the well-being of our students, staff, and families. We appreciate your ongoing partnership and trust in this effort.

Kind Regards,

Sarah White
Principal/COVID Supervisor
East Ridge Elementary


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Bell Times 2022-23

As part of the District’s Start Time Initiative, and after implementing start and dismissal time changes in 2017-18 and other slight adjustments since, the District will put in place the start times 2022-23. You may view a chart of start times for 2022-23, which provides more information about the school-specific changes.



Planning for the 2022-23 School Year - Vacation

Planning for the 2022-23 School Year

Are you planning vacation for the next school year? Please use this district calendar to aid in planning your escape and to minimize absences from school.


Input for Classroom Placement for 2022-23 School Year

Each Spring, East Ridge staff begin planning for the next school year. Part of our planning includes making classroom groupings for next year. We provide families with the opportunity to provide input as part of our process. Our paramount duty during the placement process is to create well-balanced classrooms that provide the best instructional setting for all students. In determining placement, our school teams and principal consider what we know about individual students, student groups that work well together, parent input, and overall classroom balance. As a family, you may have additional insight that helps us ensure a positive and productive year for your child. If you have input you would like us to consider, please complete this form and press submit by May 13, 2022. Please complete a separate input form for each child in your family. In completing this form, please note:

  • Completion of this form is optional. All students will be given careful consideration for classroom placement, whether or not parent input is provided.

  • We do NOT accept specific teacher requests or guarantee placement in specific classroom programs. We will delete responses with specific teacher requests.

  • The information you provide will be shared with all staff involved with your child’s placement, including your child’s current teacher and next year’s teacher – this form is NOT confidential.

  • Please understand that since we may have a low number of classes at each grade level, we will not be able to create classrooms that honor all requests.

Please complete this form no later than May 13, 2022 to ensure your input is considered. Thank you for your partnership in your child’s education.


Spring SBA State Testing

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


ASB Meeting

The next ASB meeting will be May 5th at 8:15 am in room 22.


ASB Thank You!

ASB would like to send a HUGE thank you to the East Ridge Community for your donations to the Sunshine Bags for people who are unhoused. We donated 83 sunshine bags complete with sunshine notes that students wrote. THANK YOU!

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Go East Ridge Runners!

The children are having a great time at track and field thanks to the amazing volunteers who have shown up to help out!

Practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the season ends with the final meet on May 24. Practices will be from 3:50 - 5:05pm. Meets are from 5:00-6:15pm.

East Ridge will host a meet on May 10th but it is in jeopardy of being canceled because there are not enough volunteers!

To volunteer, sign up here: or contact Coach Mitchell at 425-941-3599 /

Thank you for supporting the team!


Kindergarten Registration Open - Register ASAP!

Kindergarten Registration 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.


Sunshine Slips

smiling sun face with raysCongratulations 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:

  • Caroline R. in Mrs. Sullivan's room for being kind.
  • Kira R. in Mrs. Gangwish's room for being responsible.
  • Levon B. in Mrs. Martinez's room for being kind and holding the door open.
  • Micah H. in Mrs Hager's room for being respectful with great contributions in STEM.
  • Kenzie B. in Mrs Harrer's room for being kind, respectful, responsible and safe.
  • Oliver R. in Mrs. Hawthorne's room for being respectful
  • Dylan P. in Mrs. Reed's room for being responsible
  • Zoe S. in Mrs. Anderson's room for being respectful and responsible working on her poem.
  • Ivan T. in Mss Dickens' room for being responsible and showing good thinking about his novel.
  • Elaine O. in Mrs. Hill's room for being responsible and taking the lunch tub back when others forgot their job.

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:

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Math ChallengeMath Challenge

Thank you to everyone that entered Math Challenge 13. The top responses can be found below and will receive a small prize via their classroom teacher:

MC 13:

Callum B. - 1st, Harrer

If you haven’t tried Math Challenge yet this school year there is still time!

Math Challenge 14 is available now and due May 5th. For more information click on the link:


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ERPTA needs you!

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:


ERPTA Board Positions available

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Ice Skating Event flyer

Mariners Game Day flyer

YMCA Before & After school flyer


Wednesday Weeders!Wednesday 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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