ER Suns Newsletter 2.1.21

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Be the Change Assembly

East Ridge families are invited to join us on Mon., Feb. 8th orbe the change you want to see in the world  ~ Mahatma Gandhi Tues., Feb. 9th for our "Be the Change" Assembly honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Zoom assemblies will include live and videotaped segments featuring singing, artwork and poetry by our fabulous third, fourth and fifth graders!

Note: Please choose the day that works best for you and use the links below.

Be The Change Assembly (Primary – K-2)

Time: Feb 8, 2021 03:00 PM US/Pacific
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 834 8910 7308
Oasscode: 269658

Be The Change Assembly (Intermediate – 3-5)

Time: Feb 9, 2021 03:00 PM US/Pacific
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 850 9514 6373
Passcode: 632659


BLM at School

Black Lives MatterFebruary is Black History Month! In addition to raising awareness of the month, our Racial and Educational Justice department wants to share resources and encourages you to celebrate. The concept of Black History Month was created by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a scholar, activist, author and historian. He has come to be known as the “Father of Black History” for his efforts to insert and elevate the experiences, histories and key contributions of Black peoples in American history. You can read Woodson’s full biography here.

Below is a list of virtual events for elementary students and families to participate in, hosted by the Racial and Educational Justice Department. *All events will be recorded.*

Tuesday, Feb. 2: Elementary Read-Aloud and Q&A with LaTisha Joseph and Ebony Harvey

Intended Audience: For all of Northshore’s elementary students, families and staff
Time and Webinar Link: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
About the Event:
LaTisha Joseph, librarian at Northshore’s Woodmoor Elementary, and Ebony Harvey, principal at Northshore’s Woodmoor Elementary, will facilitate a read aloud and Q&A for elementary students with the two children’s books I'm Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander.


Friday, Feb. 5: Community Webinar

Intended Audience: For all of Northshore’s students, families, community members, staff, and educators
Time and Webinar Link: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
About the Event:
Various Northshore community members will assemble a panel to be in conversation about their experiences, what it means for Black lives to matter at school, and what it means to be unapologetic about speaking their truth.

The Racial and Educational Justice Department hopes that during February and beyond, students, families, and staff can learn new things and help us celebrate the lived experiences, cultures, histories, backgrounds, and identities of our Black students and staff in the Northshore School District. We are better together.


**Important 5th Grade Testing Information**

Hi Cap testing will require 5th graders to use a NSD laptop. If youShhh! We are Testing! boy standing with finger on his lips already have a NSD laptop you do not need another one. If you have a 5th grader and do not have a NSD laptop, please complete this form ASAP and indicate that it is for Hi Cap testing. Laptops will be available for pick up from East Ridge on 2/5 during material distribution (see below).


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Kindergarten and New Student 2021-2022 Registration

Information on 2021-2022 Kindergarten registration and 2021-2022 new student registration will be coming soon. Please check our website for updated information we will receive from the District.


Parent Schoology Groups

2 limbs of tree look like parents above child with rainbow colored leavesWe are working on establishing Parent Connection Groups in Schoology for each grade level. The purpose of these groups would be to give parents the opportunity to connect and communicate. Some parents who join the group might choose to organize/host social ZOOMS or interest-based Zooms for students in the class/grade. Our ASB (student leadership) may also ask these parents to help them set up student social zoom times for specific grades or grade bands. Participation in the group would be optional. (Any parent who offers to host something for students must be background-checked as a volunteer). It is important to understand that this Parent Connection Schoology group is NOT a:

  • Forum for complaints about District policy or procedure

  • Forum related to performance of District staff (those should be brought to the appropriate District or school representative)

  • Place for discussions inconsistent with the intent of the Group

  • A place for any behaviors inconsistent with District policies or procedures (such as the Technology Use Policy and Procedure, 2022/2022P)

  • A place to ask questions of the classroom teacher. The classroom teacher will not be a part of this group.

We are looking for a lead parent for each grade. The Parent Lead would fill out a district request form to have the group created in Schoology (Mrs. White would create the group for us once the request form is approved at the district level). The main role of the parent lead would be to initiate and moderate the Schoology group, including inviting members of the class/grade to join. Mrs. White will provide training for the leads for how to use the Schoology Group.
Please email Mrs. White at if you are willing to be a Lead for your child’s grade. Thank you!


Library News

4 dancing library books, one dancing on a stack of 4 booksLibrary Book distribution has moved to every other week.

Library delivery/pick up IS this week during Materials Pickup. Please see the following information regarding Materials Pickup. No bus delivery this week.

A Note From Mr. Cissna, Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarian:

How to check your child’s Library Account to know what books you still might need to turn in.

1. Google “East Ridge Elementary Library. Or go to

2. Click “Library Catalog”.

3. Select “East Ridge Elementary School”.

4. Click “Log In” button in top right corner of the screen on the dark blue banner.

5. Use your child’s usual NSD ID/Password to login to his/her Library Account.

6. Select the “My Info” tab on the blue band near the top of the page.

Question regarding info showing on your child’s account? Email me at


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Report Cards

Report cards will be in student materials and ready for pick up on Friday, February 5th. See below for student’s designated time.


sun taking picture with camera saying cheezeSchool Photos

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


Materials Pick Up

The next all school materials pick up will be this Friday, February 5th in the afternoon by timed student last name as follows:

1:00 - 1:20pm A-Bbag with pencils, crayons, ruler and pens

1:20 - 1:40pm C-E

1:40 - 2:00pm F-H

2:00 - 2:20pm I - L

2:30 - 2:50pm M-O

2:50 - 3:10pm P -S

3:10 - 3:30pm T-Z

4:00 - 5:30pm Reservations for student photos:

Materials may be picked up while pictures are being taken.


East Ridge Keeps Playing

Playworks logoThis week’s game is Dance Move.The social/emotional learning connection is Respect – Showing admiration or appreciation for someone’s abilities, qualities, or achievements. We are a stronger community because of those differences. This week’s brain break activity is Sports Clubs. 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? The link to information about the program, dates, as well as the sign up is provided below.


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February Trait: OPTIMISM

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.



View the East Ridge Calendar:

Upcoming Holiday Observances

Feb. 12: Chinese Lunar New Year (Chinese Culture)Snoopy putting top hat on snowman

Feb. 14: Valentine's Day (U.S. Culture)

Feb. 18: President's Day (U.S. Culture)

Feb. 19: Day of Observance (U.S. Culture)

Upcoming Religious and Cultural Observances

Feb. 2: Imbloc (Neo Pagan)

Feb. 15: Nirvana Day (Buddhist)

Feb. 17: Ash Wednesday (Christian)

Feb. 17- April 3: Lent (Christian)

Feb. 25- Feb. 28: Ayyam-i-Ha (Baha'i)

Feb. 26: Purim (Jewish)

Feb. 19: Day of Observance (U.S. Culture)


Looking for More Information?

East Ridge logo, yellow sun, orange raysSee our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!


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Join the East Ridge PTA!

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PTA seeking President and VP of Events!

PTA letters in colorful patterns and designsOur dear and amazing Lillie Linville is sitting as acting president, but has already exceeded her 2 year term limit and needs to be replaced per our bylaws. We need a new President ASAP to relieve her of her duties! You will have tons of fun with our board and lots and lots of support!

Our VP of Events changed schools recently and we are in need of someone to fill this important and fun board position! As with everything PTA, this position is very flexible this year and will reflect the current needs and remote design of activities. Do you have some great ideas of how we can raise morale, stay connected, and help our kids get the most out of this unique year? We need your help to see it through!

Email with questions!


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Math Challenge

The latest Math Challenge started on 1/22 and is due 2/4!


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Save the Date!

Save the date for our upcoming Art Docent Meeting!

Open to current, past, and interested Art Docents and Volunteers!

Time: Feb 3, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Let's get together and see if we can share tips of those of us that have done a live lesson. Ask Danielle questions on the distinct lessons and see if we can brainstorm how to get a lesson to each class that hasn't had a lesson yet, maybe recorded or a full grade level zoom.

Meeting Zoom link, if it doesn't let you in with your email you can use your students NSD email login and even if they are on a zoom, you can be on this one logged in as them too.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 880 592 7623
Passcode: artdocent


Wanted: your pictures for yearbook

5th grade kinder pics needed

Woodin Elementary's Dual-Language program

Woodin Elementary’s Dual-Language Program

Tuesday, February 9th, from 5:00-6:00 PM

Zoom Link:

RSVP to Theresa Cussac, at


Community Assistancedrawn people holding hands in front of school & buildings

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our community has come together to help families in need. Organizations are ready to help with food, housing, healthcare and more. For more information use this link:

School lunches and breakfasts remain available for any child under 18. Meal pick-up can be daily or there is a weekly pick-up on Wednesdays at either lunch time or in the evenings. At a weekly pick-up you will receive meals for one week (14 meals per child). Orders must be placed a week in advance for weekly meal pick up. See for more information.


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Support East Ridge While You Shop!

Click the link to make East Ridge your default AmazonSmile recipient.