ER Suns Newsletter 11.14.22

ER Suns Newsletter 11.14.22


24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410.

Please call if your child is tardy or absent.


Parent Teacher Conferences - Early Dismissal

Wednesday, November 16th is a regular early dismissal at 2:05pm.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held November 17th - 23rd. Dismissal is 12:15pm.


Save the Dates!

11/14 - 11/22 - Book Fair
11/15 - Picture Retakes
11/17 - Staff Appreciation Potluck
11/17 - 11/23 - Elementary Conferences/Early Dismissal 12:15pm
11/17 - PTA Bingo Night
11/18 - ASB Sports Day
11/24 - Thanksgiving - NO SCHOOL
11/25 - Native American Heritage Day - NO SCHOOL


Prevent Laptop Damages - Please Talk With Your Child

Prevent Laptop Damages - Please Talk With Your Child

Please talk with your child about responsible laptop care, including keeping the laptop in its case when in areas where it's likely to get damaged or wet. Students should not be using their laptops on the bus, at the bus stop or outside.

Here is a helpful video you can share with your child on Chromebook care. Additional Chromebook care instructions can be found here.

Please contact Tiffany Dial at with any questions, etc. Thank you!


ASB Sports Day

ASB Sports Day

ASB Sports Day is Friday, 11/18.

Go Suns!


Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Fall Conferences

Dear East Ridge Family,

We look forward to welcoming you for a Fall Conference with your child's teacher November 17th-23rd. Prior to your upcoming conference, you will receive your child’s First Quarter Progress Report. The report will come home in your child's backpack. This report is one of many ways we communicate student progress with families.

On the report, teachers will mark whether a student is currently performing at standard in ReadingWriting, and Math with a Y for “yes” or an N for “not at this time". The report also contains a section on “Behaviors that Promote Student Learning.” In this section, teachers will mark if a student exhibits each of these learning behaviors “Consistently,” “Often,” “Sometimes” or “Rarely”.

The Fall Conference is one of the most important milestones during the school year because caregivers and teachers have time to discuss each child's strengths, progress, goals, and strategies for building success. Although teachers will have much to share about your child, we hope you will also share insights you believe will be helpful to your child’s success this year - we are here to listen as well as share.

I hope your fall conference is informative and purposeful, and that it will reinforce a strong partnership for your child’s success this year.


Sarah White


Choir Announcement

Choir Announcement

Due to conference days and the Thanksgiving holiday, Choir rehearsals have been moved to Thursday, Nov. 17 from 12:15-1:30 and Monday, Nov. 21st from 12:15-1:30. Rehearsals will resume as normal after the Thanksgiving break. Please have students come to choir rehearsal with a snack and water bottle.

Miss Shuford


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Are You Moving?

If moving is in your future, please contact the office to let us know. 425.408.4400


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Holiday Travel Plans

Please make an effort to schedule travel plans during school breaks. Consistent attendance is important for your child’s learning. If you have travel plans that will take your student out of school beyond the designated break, please be sure to complete and submit a Pre-Approved Absence Request form. This form can be found on our website at:


Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Be sure to check the lost and found for missing articles during conference week. Our lost and found rack is located in front of the school and is overflowing! Any items not claimed will be donated.



Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes

Orders may be placed online by searching for your school's name at and selecting the green Order button next to your school retake day event. Online orders are available up to 4 days after retake day. If you have already ordered and want a new picture taken, please be sure to return your original picture packet to the photographer on retake day.



Cross Country T-Shirts, Return to office

Cross Country T-Shirts

Please return your cross country t-shirts.

Coach Mitchell would like to schedule an ice cream celebration after t-shirts are turned in.


Thank you Veterans

Veterans Day Assembly

Wow! What a fun assembly we had last week! Thank you so much to our Veterans for serving our nation! Thank you also to friends and family members who attended. And lastly thank you to our East Ridge Choir, 4th graders, 2nd graders and speakers for sharing their talent with us.

If you missed the assembly or would like to view the performances again, see the links below:

East Ridge Choir - Star Spangled Banner

East Ridge Choir - Land of Liberty

Fourth Graders - We Honor You

Second Graders - Do You Wanna Know Freedom?

Veterans We Know Video

Thank you!

Miss Shuford

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Are you ready for Winter Weather?

Take Winter by Storm and get ready before the rivers rise and the wind blows! For weather preparedness tips and resources for Western WA go to:

District Information: Closures and Delays, Snow and Ice Bulletin

Northshore School District Information Line (425) 408-6001 - recorded message line

NSD Mobile APP

Local Radio and television - listen for Northshore School District #417 - self subscription to the Puget Sound Emergency Message System


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COVID Communication

The Department of Health (DOH) requires schools to inform families and students about COVID-19 case numbers and potential outbreaks. Last week, there was one confirmed case at our school. The accuracy of our data depends on self-reporting. Thank you for continuing to let the school know if your child tests positive for COVID-19. To view additional information, including school and district trends visit the District’s COVID-19 data dashboard. The dashboard is updated weekly on Monday evenings.

If your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 keep them home and test for COVID-19. Families can order free COVID-19 tests from the state. Together, we can keep our schools healthy and safe.


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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 week's sunshine slip winners are:

  • Omri in Mrs. Gangwish’s Room
  • Hadley in Mrs. Gangwish’s Room
  • Connor B in Mrs. Taylor’s Room
  • Naomi in Mrs. Moore’s Room
  • Sidney in Mrs. Hager’s Room
  • Greta in Ms. Dickens’ Room
  • Landon in Ms. Schmidt’s Room
  • Joseph in Mrs. Ratliff’s Room
  • Ian in Ms. Dickens’ Room
  • Franklin in Mrs. Martinez’s Room

his week’s Best Bus Line goes to: Bus 190 Dolphin Bus


Ready Start Program

The Ready Start program is a blended multi-age, inclusive model, serving students, ages 3 – 5.

We are currently enrolling at both locations (Sorenson and Woodmoor Elementary) for the 22/23 school year. Classrooms are taught and supported by a general education teacher, a special education teacher, and a para-professional. Inclusive classrooms create a dynamic learning environment for all students. The average class size is 16 students, with class make-up of 8 students with Individual Education Program, 4 students who pay tuition, and 4 students who are income eligible. Classrooms utilize The Creative Curriculum & Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment Tool. The staff is committed to fostering student learning and cultivating friendships while creating a sense of community for our students. Utilizing developmentally appropriate teaching strategies to support a whole child approach to learning an inclusive environment, fosters high levels of student learning and social and emotional growth for all students.

The application can be found on the Northshore School District website @ or contact Sorenson at (425) 408-5570.

Return all forms including deposit to:

Sorenson Early Childhood Center

19705 88th Ave NE Bothell, WA 98011

Sessions times:

  • 8:00 am - 10:30 am

  • 11:45 am -2:15 pm


  • Children must be 3.5 by August 31st

  • Toilet Trained

  • Parent Transportation

  • Birth Certificate

  • Certificate of Immunization

  • No Kindergarten Eligible Students

Tuition Cost:

$300 per month


ASB Associated Student Body


ASB has decided to have Spirit Day once a month.

The final full week of school (June 2023), we will have spirit week.

Mark your calendars!

Spirit Days:

11/18 - Sports Day

12/18 - PJ Day

Meetings- 2:05 - 2:40

11/30, 12/7, 1/1

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REMINDER: Change in After School Plans

Have your child's regular after school plans changed since the first day of school or since you last filled out the transportation form? If yes, please update their transportation plans by filling out the below form so we have the most current information in the office. This will help us especially for emergencies and when we have substitutes.

Please use this link to complete the form.

**Without a note, your child will be sent home the usual way.**


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REMINDER - EAP/Hicap Services Family Advocacy

Do you have a student who has qualified for hicap services in either reading or math? Are you interested in advocacy around being able to serve students who qualify for EAP here at East Ridge, rather than having to change schools? Are you interested in finding out how we can better serve the single subject qualified students who still attend East Ridge? If you have have a single or dual qualified EAP student - or if you are just interested in finding out more, please reach out to Sara Howard at


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Frequently Used Links

Daily Lunch Picture Menu

Paying for Meals Online - Titan

Family Handbook: All You Need to Know about East Ridge!

COVID Flowchart

Pre-arranged Absence Form

East Ridge Elementary Website

Northshore School District Calendar for 22-23


East Ridge PTA Newsletter Information Below...


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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:


Staff Appreciation Potluck

It is time once again to honor the wonderful staff at East Ridge Elementary with a parent-provided potluck! We invite you to share your favorite fall dishes as a way of saying we are Grateful, Thankful, and Blessed for all that our teachers and staff do for our children!

Sign up here!:

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Book Fair Flyer

Book Fair Volunteers

Volunteers needed for the Book Fair!

Join your East Ridge friends and volunteer at the Book Fair!

Sign up here!


Book Fair Volunteering flyer


Reflections is back, and this year's theme is "Show Your Voice"!

Submissions will be due by Friday, November 18th to the school office or contact Cynthia Loland to arrange for a contactless porch pick-up or drop-off of art and entry form.

Questions? Contact Cynthia Loland at

ERPTA Reflections Flyer

Fall Fundraiser

Your support helps make the PTA possible! The East Ridge PTA funds over $30,000 worth of school programs each year. Using these funds we create a wide array of education and enrichment programs for the school. We also fund staff grants and provide supplemental funds to teachers and specialists for classroom, library, PE, music, and playground materials.

If you're able, please consider donating during our Fall Fundraiser!:

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Math ChallengeMath Challenge

Math Challenge is a FREE optional Math Enrichment program open to ALL STUDENTS, K-5th grade!

It’s easy to participate! Just go to the link below to download the latest challenge by clicking on the blue ‘Current Math Challenge’ button:

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

Livia L - K, Moore
Diana S - 1st, Anthony
Sienna C - 2nd, Morris
Joy G - 3rd, Hager
Jean G - 5th, Fawcett

Math Challenge 4 is available now and due November 17th by 3pm. For more information click on the link:

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See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!