ER Suns Newsletter 5.9.22

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410

Save the Dates!

Calendar Link:

District Calendar for 2022-23 now available


Early Release Wednesday: 2:05pm release


Thank you PTA!

A huge shout out to Danielle Rank and her many helpers who worked so hard to make the East Ridge staff such happy campers! We were treated to a delicious Rise & Shine breakfast and presented with Thankful Cards. April showers bring so many May flowers! The school was filled with beautiful bouquets of flowers that students brought in. We enjoyed a delicious campfire luncheon, there were so many treats! What a gracious and caring community we have, thank you. We appreciate YOU bear-y much!

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Safe Inside DrillSafety Drills

We will be conducting a safe inside drill on Wednesday, May 11th. We practice drills monthly to ensure that staff and students know what to do in the event of an actual emergency. Safe inside would be used if an animal were to come onto campus that would pose a threat to the safety of the school, such as a bear or cougar. Learning continues but movement around campus is restricted.



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.


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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 two persons at our school recently tested positive. If a 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.


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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.


Spring SBA State Testing

Spring is the time of year when our schools administer stateSpring SBA State Testing 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

5/12, 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


Early Learning Programs

NSD is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year for our Tuition-Free Early Learning programs for income eligible families!

The Northshore School District is proud to offer multiple early learning programs that are free of charge for income-eligible families. The three Early Childhood Education Programs include Head Start, ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) and Ready Start.

Eligibility for our programs is determined by the child's age, family income and circumstances.

Children must turn 3 years of age by August 31st, 2022 to be considered for the 2022-23 school year.

Please contact one of our Family Support Specialists with any questions and to start the application process.

For more information about our programs and to download a copy of our application

(in English and Spanish) please follow this link:

Please contact 425-408-6013 with any questions.


Spirit Week

ASB Spirit Week

Spirit Week – be sure your spirit wear allows you to stay focused on school AND follows school dress codes

May 23-27

  • Monday Tropical – Lei, flowers, pastel colors
  • Tuesday Sports Day
  • Wednesday Country & Western – plaid, country hat, boots, jeans
  • Thursday Inside Out/Backward Day
  • Friday East Ridge Colors


ASB Sponsored Pet Food & Supply Drive

May 16th - 20th

The ASB is helping animals in need. We can’t wait to help out the pets at Homeward Pet. Located in Woodinville, Homeward Pet finds new homes for over 1,800 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens every year. They are dedicated to providing excellent care to their animals, and great service to their two-legged visitors.

Some things you will be able to donate are canned cat and dog food, leashes, plush toys, homemade dog toys, and more! A specific wish list item from Homeward Pet can be found here:

Students can also make their own cat and dog toys! Directions can be found outside Mrs. Hager’s Classroom OR you can see the instructions here:


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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!

East Ridge will host a meet on May 10th!

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.


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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:

  • Kanani B. in Mrs Anderson's room for being responsible during partner reading
  • Andrew L. in Mrs Ratliff's room for being a responsible leader in music
  • Colette B. in Mrs Harrer's room for being a responsible example during reading
  • Zhiheng Y. in Mrs Hawthorn's room for being responsible and helping someone else
  • Axel M. in Mrs. Loke's room for being kind and helping a friend who was feeling down.
  • Katharina S. in Mrs. Sullivan's room for being responsible.
  • Dayne G. in Mrs. Morris' room for being responsible with super math work.
  • Allison E. in Ms. Dicken's room for being responsible and being an upstander.
  • Brandon M. in Mrs Reed's room for being respectful and responsible with his book partner.
  • London D-B. in Mrs. Oliver's room for being respectful and staying focused on the lesson.

We have a new challenge in front of us! If we can get 300 sunshine slips focusing on kindness, we will win a disco party! Make sure to find opportunities to be kind and help East Ridge win a disco party.

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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Fun Opportunity!

East Ridge PTA needs your help! It has been wonderful to be back in person this year and to be able to start holding some of our fun, annual community events again. We are currently looking for a VP of Events to help work with others to plan various activities throughout the year like Fall Festival, Movie Night, Field Day or any other fun ideas you may have! The job can be shared if you know someone you'd like to work with for this role. If you have any interest or want to find out more, please email This is a fun role and an amazing community to plan events for, so please reach out!


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Math Challenge

Math Challenge

Math Challenge is back for the 3rd year! This is a FREE optional enrichment program open to all East Ridge students! The 15th and FINAL challenge begins May 6th (and is due May 19th). For more info, go to:


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:

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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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  • ...and much more!