ER Sun Newsletter 9.14.20

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410.


Awesome East Ridge Families!

Thank you, Families!

Our East Ridge attendance so far this year has been amazing! Attendance is a major factor in school success. Thank you, families, for all of your efforts to help your child to participate in distance learning!


Thank you, PTA!

The PTA was so thoughtful to put goodie bags together for our staff! You really made us feel special! Thank you so much!


East Ridge Virtual Tour

Are you new to our school? Here is a link to a Virtual Tour that our staff put together last spring. *Please note: Click “Present” in the upper right corner to start the tour. Sometimes the audio does not play on a few of the slides. If you get to a slide and the audio cuts out or if it does not play, please go back one slide and go forward again. Then the audio will work! You may have to do this on a few slides during the presentation.


Zoom Help

All Zoom classes will soon have the authentication feature ON. This is for student safety. Students must log in with their credentials to be able to join any school ZOOM meeting. If your student receives the “Internal Meeting” error, it means that they are not properly logged into Zoom. They should stop, log out of all Zoom meetings/apps/windows and do the following:

  1. Log into Clever at if not logged in already.
  2. Click on the Zoom tile and click “Sign In”.
  3. Enter their email and password to log in.
  4. Click the URL or enter the meeting id and passcode to enter the meeting.

****It is important that the student be logged into Clever using the student account and not the parent account.****

Additional ZOOM Resources:

Student Zoom Login for Chromebook and Chrome Browser

Student Zoom Login - Chromebook/Chrome Browser from Link in Schoology

Student Zoom Login - Zoom App on Mac or PC


A Message from our Counselor, Stephen Wallinger

photo of Stephen Wallinger

Hello! My name is Stephen Wallinger, and I am the new part-time school counselor for both Cottage Lake and East Ridge Elementary. I completed the school counseling program and earned my master's degree from Western Washington University in 2018. My passion is working with elementary aged students, and for the past two years I have been a elementary school counselor for the Ferndale School District. I love the amount of growth and change that happens during this stage of life and value the amount of preventative work that can take place to facilitate lifelong success for students. I am a firm believer that strong relationships are imperative for success and do all that I can to facilitate this with students, families, fellow staff, and community members. This year I will support students through classroom lessons, small group instruction, and brief 1-on-1 counseling. For families, I hope to be a resource and partner for you so that we can ensure the success of your students. In the coming weeks I will have more information for you regarding my role as the part-time counselor for Cottage Lake and East Ridge Elementary. 

As all of you know, our normal way of life has been turned upside down since February, and this has created a lot of stress and tension for many students and families. With mental health crisis and suicide on the rise across our country, it is more important now than ever that we all are familiar with the signs of emotional distress, and how to support those who are experiencing this type of hardship. As some of you may know, September 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day, and so in support of that I want to provide you with some helpful resources. 

This first resource provides some good safety considerations that you may implement in your home if you haven't already: 

Finally, it is so incredibly important that we are engaging in healthy coping during these trying times. We cannot fully support and care for others if we are not caring for ourselves. Not only does proper self-care have many benefits for us as an individual, it models healthy coping behavior for our kiddos as well. Starting in October, Space Between will be hosting a virtual 3-part series on mindfuleness and well-being for families. If you are interested here is a link to register for that 3-part series:

I hope you find these resources informative and helpful. Soon, I will be launching a counseling website that will have a ton of resources for you and your children, so stay tuned for more! 


East Ridge Student Materials Pickup Day - Wednesday, September 16

Wednesday, September 16th

Car with Student Last Name on poster in front window with blue arrow pointing to it.

1. Make a sign to post visibly in your car window

  • Print your student’s last name in LARGE print so staff can quickly identify family.

2. Check for your student’s last name time slot below. Come ONLY at your designated time & stay in your car at ALL times.

  • Prepare to DRIVE through entering from the Saybrook bus entrance. Staff will be handing out materials at the front of the school in the pickup zone.

  • Please remember no parking or getting out of cars will be allowed during this entire process and students must be seat belted at all times.

  • EACH student will receive a box of materials to take home. Please plan accordingly for quick box placement in your vehicle.


Pick Up Schedule

Arrival Time         Student’s Last Name

2:00 pm – 2:25pm..... A - C

2:30pm – 2:55pm.......D - H

3:00pm – 3:25pm.......I-M

3:30pm – 3:55 pm......N -S

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm.....T - Z


Curriculum Nights

Curriculum night banner with colored pencils

We strongly urge you to plan to attend (virtually) East Ridge Curriculum Night for your child's classroom. This is a time for  you to meet your child's teacher, to gain information regarding your child's classroom, and also to ask pertinent questions. Classroom teachers will provide zoom links prior to the event. Please note the schedule below:


Kindergarten 9/29, 5:00 - 5:45 pm

1st Grade 9/29, 6:00- 6:45 pm

2nd Grade 9/22, 5:00 - 5:45 pm

3rd Grade 9/22, 7:00 - 7:45 pm

4th Grade 9/22, 6:00 - 6:45 pm

5th Grade 9/29, 7:00 - 7:45 pm



Virtual Young Author’s Day - Sunday, September 26th. 

Check out this great event coming up! 
Virtual Young Author’s Day - Writing Workshops and activities for age groups 8-13 and 13-16.
Saturday, September 26th, 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Co-Sponsored by King County Library



View the East Ridge Calendar:


Looking for More Information?

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See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Community Building Weeks

  • ...and much more!


ERPTA - Meet your new Board!

President (interim): Lillie
Secretary: Julie Even, Lillie
Treasurer: Mitchell
VP Fundraising: Annette
VP Programs: Ira (Buddy)
Co-VP Events: Stephanie
VP Communications/Publications: Lori
Hospitality: Susana
Membership: Cassie
Special Education Liaison/Inclusivity Chair: Tanya O'Rourke


ERPTA Golden Acorn Awards

picture Golden Acorn winners C. Loland, L. Linville, C. Curry, D. Rank

ERPTA would like to celebrate our 2019-2020 school year Golden Acorn outstanding volunteer winners! Please send a warm congratulations to Cassie Curry, Cynthia Loland, Danielle Rank, and Lillie Linville!

Our School could not be what it is without amazing volunteers, we are so lucky to have each and every one of these fabulous people working hard for our school!

Other invaluable volunteers who were nominated (alphabetical by first name) were: Heather Burke, Holli Bieler, Ghladyst Chia, Julie Even, Kristen Bero, Lori Burkman, Mitch Zimberg, and Tanya O'Rourke.


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Connecting with ERPTA

Have you visited the East Ridge PTA website lately? It is a great resource for keeping up to date, learning about programs, and staying connected with the PTA. Check it out often at

ERPTA wants to adapt to fill the new needs of our East Ridge families! Please fill out this survey to help us know how our team can best help your family this year.


Tech Trouble Shooting ERPTA

The ERPTA has put together an information page to help you trouble shoot some technology issues you may be having. Check it out!