ER Suns Newsletter 1.11.21

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I hope that this message finds you safe and healthy. We are all trying to process the troubling events that occurred in Washington DC last week. We recognize that you may be having big, hard, brave, and comforting conversations with your children and that you may be using this as an opportunity to reaffirm your family values. Here are some resources that may help you with conversations with your child.

One of our strategic action plan goals as a school is to develop responsible, resilient, empathetic learners. We strive for each student to embrace their own voice, accept ownership of their actions and experience, honor diversity and appreciate the unique needs and contribution of others. We support our students’ growth in these areas through our social emotional learning lessons and also embed this work throughout our instruction by teaching students to read and think critically, to write from their experience, beliefs and passions, and also to actively contribute and listen to respectful discourse across the content areas.

Whether you’re a student, a family member, an employee, or a resident of our community, know that the East Ridge family is here for you, and we will provide a space for voices to be heard. During times such as these, it is of great importance to have an outlet to discuss how you’re feeling with someone. That someone could be a friend or family member, a helping professional, or a trusted colleague. We encourage you to find those moments to process and express how you’re feeling. If you need support talking with your children about this incident or your child needs a more focused time to process 1:1, feel free to reach out to our school counselor, Stephen Wallinger, at

At East Ridge Elementary you are valued. We are a strong community and we will get through the toughest of times together. Thank you for being part of our East Ridge family!


Sarah White, Principal


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Library News

Library Book distribution has moved to every other week.

There is no library delivery/pick up this week. The next one will be 1/21(bus delivery) and 1/22 (pick up at school).


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School Photos

We still have a few photos at the school for pick up. You may contact Kris Held ( for arranging pick up or they will be in the student's materials for the next pick up on 2/5.

Photo Make-up/Retakes are scheduled for Friday, February 5th, 4:00 - 5:30 pm with a required reservation

Parents may submit their own head and shoulders photographs for use in the yearbook class pages. The pictures need to be 300dpi.

Please send images, along with student grade and teacher names to: by January 29th.


Lightspeed Relay Reports

Lightspeed Relay Weekly Parent Reports applies to students using district devices.

This week our pilot of the Relay web filter weekly parent report feature will end. This only impacts the weekly report that was sent to parents to provide an overview of their child’s web activity; the use of the Relay web filter will continue for all students. Feedback from the pilot has been gathered and submitted as several feature requests to Lightspeed, the developer of Relay, and the district has decided to discontinue these reports. Since parents will no longer be receiving weekly reports, if you have questions regarding your child’s web activity, please email Mrs. White at or Mrs. Dial at


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HiCap Updates

The Accelerated Models and Programs Department is in the middle of our 2020-2021 screening and assessment plan. Here are the updates for our elementary students:

Grade 5 Update

We are planning device distribution for our 5th grade students at East Ridge on February 5th. The screening fifth graders using the NNAT3 will occur between February 8th-12th. Following the NNAT3, the district will invite students to take the Iowa test if they score above the 85th percentile.

Students in grades K-4

We are still working on the highly capable screening and assessment schedule for grades K-4. Our department will update families when we can safely test.

Thank you,

Accelerated Models and Programs Department


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East Ridge Keeps Playing

Our game of the week is “Roshambo Stretch.” The SEL (Social Emotional Learning) focus for this game is Empathy - Being able to both understand and care about how someone else is feeling. The brain break of the week is called Freeze Dance. Teachers may be using these in class activities, and these are also activities kids and families can do for fun or for breaks at home. Thank you PTA for these great resources!


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Reading with Rover

Did you know there are more opportunities for children to Read with Rover in January! The link to information about the program, dates, as well as the sign up is provided below.


January Trait: OPTIMISMOptimism, blue balls with unhappy faces, 1 yellow smiling ball

Optimism Definition: Feeling hopeful that risks are worth taking and that problems will work their way out. Looking on the bright side - focusing on the positive instead of the negative. When you do something new, you think, "I can try," and give it your best shot because that's how you grow.


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View the East Ridge Calendar:

No School: 1/18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and 1/25 Non-student Day


Planned Absences?

Please complete a Pre-Approved Absence Request Form if you know of any upcoming absences.


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Looking for More Information?

See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!


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Yearbooks on Sale

Yearbooks are on sale now! Click here to place your order. Also, make sure to upload your December pictures showing WINTER FUN!!!

Parents may submit their own student's head and shoulders photographs for use in the yearbook class pages. The pictures need to be 300dpi.

Please send images, along with student grade and teacher names to:

Due January 29th.


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PACE at Wellington

PACE (Parents Active in Cooperative Education), a choice educational enrichment program offered through the Northshore School District, is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. All applications are due prior to the February 5th PACE lottery drawing deadlineand a virtual tour is required prior to application.

The hallmarks of PACE include an enhanced educational experience due to high parent involvement, enrichment activities, encouragement for students to become self-motivated learners and a strong sense of community among families. Families commit to a minimum number of volunteer hours per year of program support. PACE is located at three elementary school sites in the district with feeder patterns from all Northshore elementary schools.

A tour is required prior to applying to the PACE program. To register for a virtual tour hosted by PACE at Wellington Elementary, please email

For more information about the PACE program, please visit


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After-school Enrichment

The Northshore School District has continued our contract with 6crickets who will continue to maintain a database of community organizations that are offering after-school enrichment opportunities through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. The database has enrichment opportunities focused on theater, baking, STEM, public speaking and more.

More information and a link to the database can found on the NSD website at the link below:


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