ER Newsletter 6.16.20

Sarah White, Principal

June 16, 2020

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410


East Ridge Distance Learning Page:

School Days...Please note!
Last day of school … June 19th

The East Ridge office will be closed in the month of July.
Summer office hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Beginning Monday August 12th.
Start times for 2020-21 - no changes from this year

Dear Families,

June has finally arrived and we are approaching the last few days of the school year.  As we say good-bye for the summer, we hope your children have fond memories of the great friendships and learning they had throughout this year. It definitely has been a year to remember! Although the year has not ended typically at all, we hope that the challenges this year have resulted in greater resilience, stronger family relationships, and new technology and independent learning skills for your child! 

Since our closure of the year this year is not what children are used to, you may be noticing an increase in your child’s big emotions or more challenging behavior. You are not alone! Your child is processing a lot of change and loss as we close the year, and without some of the typical end-of-year activities to give a sense of closure, your child may be expressing their emotions in unexpected ways. You may find some tips in this article about resilience or this article about coping with emergencies or this one about coping with changes due to covid-19  helpful. (These might look familiar! We have linked these in previous newsletters, but they are still relevant as we close the school year.) 

Families have partnered with us more than ever before with their children’s learning this year, and we are so grateful to you! Even though school is almost over for this school year, there are many opportunities for learning this summer. Our East Ridge Keeps Learning site resources will remain open all summer long! All of the lessons and learning opportunities your child’s teachers have posted will remain there for your child to access. Encourage your child to access our resources for reading, writing, math, social/emotional learning and fine arts throughout the summer! Many families have specifically asked us about I-Ready availability over the summer. We are pleased to inform you that East Ridge will continue I-Ready access for all of our students over the summer. We encourage your child to do 90 minutes of Reading and 90 minutes of Math each week throughout the summer! One of our teachers, Katie Morris, will be monitoring students over the summer to ensure they do not get locked out of lessons due to low passing rates. In the fall, we will recognize students who were diligent with I-Ready over the summer!

We have many students leaving us - fifth graders who are ready for middle school,  students moving to new schools to participate in special programs, and other students moving to new schools. Each of them will take a little bit of many different aspects of East Ridge with them. Dedicated staff, countless parent volunteers, and supportive families have all had a role in these students’ success and preparation for their future. Students who are leaving will still be a part of our school community because of the solid learning, fond memories and friendships formed.

During the summer months, our staff will miss the regular connections with our students and families! There are so many unanswered questions about school in the fall, and our district and school will have updates for you in August. In the meantime, have a marvelous summer. Stay healthy, be safe, play hard, and as always, spend lots of time together as a family building those lifetime memories! 

Sarah White 


Online Safety for Children

As we think about summer safety, we want your child to be safe wherever they go, even if it is via technology. Your child is now equipped with so many online skills! We want your kids to be safe. If you are looking for resources for online safety, here are some that we have put together for you. Online Safety Resources for Families


Changes in the East Ridge Staff

Carmen Daza has been our custodian for the last 16 years. You might have seen her walking the campus, always cleaning and always with a smile. She was with the district for 24 years. Did you know that Carmen was a teacher for 15 years in Mexico? We are thankful for the many years she has shared with us and wish her all the best in her new adventure!

Another change that we have this year is with Mrs. Murdock. Mrs. Murdock taught 1st grade in room 4 up until we left school due to the pandemic. In April, she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Congratulations to the new family! In order to take care of baby and enjoy this time with him, she will be taking next year off. We look forward to having her back in the 2021-22 school year! Stephanie Donohoe, who taught first grade this spring (and also was a student teacher with Mrs. Sullivan this fall) will return to teach first grade next year.

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Thank you for delivering your student’s library books.
Library books will be checked in at the end of the summer including books left in the classroom.   FINES WILL BE CLEARED IN SEPTEMBER for these books.

Are you moving?

If your family is planning to move out of the East Ridge service area over the summer vacation, PLEASE let the office know as soon as possible. This will help us to have a more accurate enrollment count as well as make our preliminary placement and balancing of the class/student groupings as accurate as possible.


News from Nurse Gerry

Hello families! This is an update for the end of the year and needs for next year.

  • Immunization requirements are different this year, as of August 1, 2020. This is due to a law from Governor Inslee that students must have proper completed documentation in regards to immunizations before they can attend school. The proper documentation is a printed copy of the CIS form from WAIIS that says "Pass", medical verification, positive titers or completed exemption form. 

Immunizations Needed for Incoming New Students/Kindergarteners:

  • DTaP/DT/Tdap: need 5 doses unless 4th dose after 4 years of age
  • IVP (polio): Need 4 doses with 4th dose being after 4 years of age
  • Hepatitis B series (3 immunizations): 8 weeks between dose 1 and 2, 8 weeks between dose 2 and three but dose 3 needs to be given AFTER 24 weeks of age to be valid.
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella): Need 2 doses (if not given on same day as other live virus immunization, there needs to be 28 days between to be valid)
  • Varicella: Need two doses (if not given on the same day as other live virus immunization, there needs to be 28 days between to be valid). If already had Chickenpox, need MD verification or positive titer.
  • Tdap is now due prior to start of 7th grade instead of 6th grade (as of August 1, 2020)


Back to School - Things to Know…

  • Meet the Teacher:  Details will be sent in August.
  • The first day of school is September 2nd. First days for Kindergarten will be September 9 and 10 (staggered start - more info in August)
  • Class placement letters- Please be sure you are able to access ParentVue. This is the only method we will be using to release class assignments in August (we will not be mailing letters with placement information this year). You can also check your child’s attendance status in Parent Vue. Don’t wait! Contact Rae Shepherd ( if you are having any trouble signing in.
  • Bus routes and stops will be posted on the E-Link 2 weeks before school starts. Bus routes will not be mailed out. 
  • A basic Student Supply List will be available on our website in August. Please wait until after school has started to buy supplies other than those on the list.
  • The school office will be closed the month of July and will reopen in August.
  • Children without up-to-date immunizations may not enter school. State law does not allow for a grace period. 



Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

Do you need extra support to purchase groceries during COVID-19 ? Your student may be eligible for food assistance, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program. If your student already qualifies for free & reduced meals, no action is necessary to receive this benefit. If your family has lost income since school buildings closed, you may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Learn more and apply by June 30. Learn More and Apply

Threads and Treads End of the School Year Shopping

Threads and Treads is open for families in need of clothing support for the summer. Please note, all will be required to adhere to the standards set by the county and state for safety. Please be aware of the following before you come to shop:

  • Adults Only in the store – if you need to bring your children, we will have someone keeping an eye on the basketball courts or tennis courts and will have some balls and such to keep them busy while you shop. Sanitation for balls and toys will be available.
  • To adhere to spacing requirements, we can only allow 4-5 adults in the store at a time.
  • You must wear a mask or cover your face.
  • We will require hand sanitizer before you enter and leave the store.
  • Depending on the number of people in line waiting to enter, we will limit the amount of browsing time in the store.
  • To expedite your time and maximize your shopping, you may want to bring a list of clothing and sizes you are looking for. We will have several staff on hand who will be able to gather things for you.
  • There will be no bathrooms available.
  • Those waiting to shop will be standing in line adhering to the 6-foot spacing rule.

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday June 16, 2020, 12:00-2:00 p.m. for last names A-L
  • Wednesday June, 17, 2020, 12:00-2:00 p.m. for last names M-Z

Shopping hours may be available over the summer. Threads and Treads

Changes in Circumstances

We are aware that during this unique time family living situations may have changed. If you are experiencing or have experienced a change in your family housing please fill out the form linked below so we can help provide support. Send the completed form to Ana Foy at
Housing Changes Form 


Meeting Unmet Needs During COVID-19

While we have worked to problem solve many needs in our community, some are still experiencing unmet needs. Please complete the form below to let Northshore School District know about any of your unmet needs so we can help provide guidance or support. 
Unmet Needs Form