ER Suns Newsletter 2.8.21

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410.


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Have Your Circumstances Changed?

Northshore School District provides free meals to students. Learn more at:

Also: Free and Reduced-Price Meals:


be the change you want to see in the world  ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Be the Change Assembly

East Ridge families are invited to join us on Mon., Feb. 8th or 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!

☀️☀️☀️ Join ASB and wear your school colors to the assembly! ☀️☀️☀️

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
Passcode: 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


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Kindergarten and New Student 2021-2022 Registration

Kindergarten and new student registration for the 2021-2022 school year has opened.

Registration is online at:

Children entering kindergarten in September 2021 should have turned five years old by August 31, 2021. More information about starting kindergarten can be found on the kindergarten website.

To register your child, you will need the following documents:

  • Proof of residency (rental agreement, utility bill, mortgage statement)

  • Your child's birth certificate, passport or other proof of birthdate

  • Immunization records

  • Names and phone numbers of emergency contacts

  • Latest report card (not for kindergartners)


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Parent Schoology Groups

We 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 (these should be brought to Mike Bailey at )

  • 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!


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Library News

Library delivery/pick up is NOT 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


Free Books from Northshore Schools Foundation

Free Books from Northshore Schools Foundation

With public libraries closed, access to books is very limited for some children. There are two ways to get books. In addition to the District's Books on the Bus program, books are also provided by a dedicated group of generous volunteers, District family liaisons and the Northshore Schools Foundation. They have come together with community support to provide books to students free of cost. If your student needs new books, please click the button below.
Sign-up for Books


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East Ridge Keeps Playing

This week’s game is Animals in Action. The social/emotional learning skill is Perspective Taking – Identifying, acknowledging, and understanding the emotions of others. This week’s brain break activity is “What are you Doing?” 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!


Northshore Sings: 5th Grade honor Choir

Northshore Sings: 5th Grade Honor Choir

Dear Parents and Families,

Northshore fifth graders are invited to participate in this year’s Northshore School District Northshore Sings! 5th Grade All-District Choir. This year, the event will be held virtually over two evenings on Tuesday, March 2 and Thursday, March 4 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM on “Zoom.” This is a FREE two-night event and a great way to have students from all across the district come together to sing, meet NSD middle school choir students, and get to know the choir directors of the schools they will be attending next year.

Students will be preparing two songs in their school music class and/or choir. During the event, Middle School Choir teachers will lead the rehearsals and share games and other activities. The event will culminate with a sing-a-long on Thursday, March 4.

Registration for Northshore Sings! 5th Grade All-District Choir will be through a digital form that must be opened with your child’s district email account. This is to ensure that the zoom link is sent to authenticated NSD accounts only. The zoom link will be sent out prior to the March 2 rehearsal. Below is the link to the permission form. The registration deadline is Friday, February 12.

Virtual Concert Permission Google Form (Use student NSD email address to access form)

We believe this will be a very exciting experience for your child; and we appreciate your interest, support, and cooperation.


Aly Henniger, 5th Grade Northshore Sings Coordinator
Northshore Middle School

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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.


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View the East Ridge Calendar:

Feb. 15: President's Day, No School
Feb. 16-19: Mid-Winter Break, No School

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)

Upcoming Holiday Observances

Feb. 12: Chinese Lunar New Year (Chinese Culture)
Feb. 14: Valentine's Day (U.S. Culture)
Feb. 18: President's Day (U.S. Culture)
Feb. 19: Day of Observance (U.S. Culture)


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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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ERPTA seeking President and VP of Events!

Our dear and amazing Lillie Linville is sitting as actingPTA letters in colorful patterns and designs 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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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


Online Enrichment OpportunitiesOnline Enrichment Opportunities

The Northshore School District has contracted with 6crickets, who maintains 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. Learn more about these enrichment classes and scholarship opportunities by clicking the button below.

View Online Enrichment Opportunities



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


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Community Assistance

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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