ER Suns Newsletter 3.14.22

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410

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Early Release Wednesday: 2:05pm release


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Update on Masking in Northshore

Dear East Ridge Families,

Beginning today, March 14th, masks are optional for students, staff, and approved volunteers in the Northshore School District.

Here are the talking points teachers are using with students:

  • Wearing a mask will be a personal choice. Some people will continue to wear their mask. Some people will choose not to wear a mask. Either choice is ok. Students will be encouraged to talk to their family to make the best mask choice for them.
  • Some people may continue to choose to wear a mask for different reasons, such as: They, or someone they love, have a special reason; They have young children at home; They feel most comfortable wearing a mask.
  • It is important to respect and not question the choice others make. Students are not to pressure one another into making a decision about their mask use.
  • Everyone is allowed to have privacy about why they choose to wear a mask. This means we don’t ask, “Why are you wearing a mask?” We will know they have made the right choice for them.
  • People might have lots of different feelings about masks being optional. All feelings are ok.
  • Students have been wearing masks for a long time, and it may feel unusual or even uncomfortable to not have one on or to see people without them on.
  • Students are still expected to respect others’ personal space and maintain physical distancing, regardless of whether they are masked.
  • Students who visit the nurse’s office will need to wear a mask at that time.

Our teachers are connecting all of the above with our school expectations for being safe, kind, respectful and responsible.

Please note that school staff will not be able to provide supervision or accountability for individual students’ mask use. Please talk to your child about your expectations for their mask use.

If you volunteer at East Ridge, you must first complete the district volunteer process online, including providing proof of COVID vaccination. Masks are optional for volunteers. Please note that if you choose to volunteer at East Ridge, you must be open to working with all children, regardless if they are masked or not. Volunteers may not request or direct students to put on masks.

Our school will continue health and safety practices, including physical distancing when possible, frequent hand-washing, regular and thorough cleaning, and batch testing. Please contact your child’s teacher or our office if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation.


Sarah White, Principal


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Health Room News

If your student has come home from school wearing clothes they didn’t go to school in, they probably had to borrow clothes from the healthroom. Please wash and return any borrowed clothes. Thanks!



Hello Kindergarten

Kindergarten Registration Open - Register ASAP!

Kindergarten registration for fall has opened. Please register your student ASAP and encourage your friends and neighbors who have kindergarten-age children to register. The earlier families register, the earlier we can secure the number of kindergarten teachers we need!

Registration is online at:

Children entering kindergarten in September 2022 should have turned five years old by August 31, 2022. If you have questions, please call the office at 425.408.4400.

To register your child for kindergarten, 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


East Ridge will host a virtual Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, June 14th at 7pm.



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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 winners:

  • Luke S. in Mrs. Hager's room for being safe and watching out for some younger students at recess.

  • Liam L. in Mrs. Reed's room for being respectful and responsible .

  • Brooke P. in Mrs. Hawthorne's room for being responsible.

  • Ryan G. in Ms. Schmidt's room for being kind helping a classmate.

  • Diego F. in Mrs. Oliver's room for being responsible and working hard.

  • Quinn R. in Mrs. Gangwish's room for being responsible.

  • Julian B. in Mrs. Anderson's room for being respectful and responsible while being a good role model.

  • Sylvia V. in Mrs. Harrer's room for being responsible while waiting in line.

  • Ben H. in Mrs. Sullivan's room for being kind and respectful waiting for art supplies.

  • Liam G. in Ms. Fawcett's room for being kind and helping others to log in to their computer.

Great job East Ridge!


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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:


ERPTA Membership Giveaway

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Math ChallengeMath Challenge

Thank you to everyone that entered Math Challenge 10. The top responses can be found below and will receive a small prize via their classroom teacher:

MC 10:

Eric E. - 1st, Harrer

Eloise L.- 1st, Gangwish

Keira S. - 1st, Harrer

Math Challenge 11 is available now and due March 17th. For more information click on the link:


Northshore Schools Foundation

Northshore Schools Foundation

The foundation's annual spring fundraising event 'All in it for Kids' is coming up on Thursday, March 31st from 4-6pm.

Anyone wishing to support the foundation and the work they do for our school district is welcome to attend in person at Evergreen Church or remotely in the privacy of your own home. For more information and tickets use the link below:


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Preparations are underway for the annual East Ridge Auction, but we need your help! Our Auction will be on May 6th at the Archer Hotel and is all about the East Ridge Community! Funds raised will help to supplement mathematics resources for teachers and students, social-emotional learning resources, and various supplemental programming for students in academics, fitness, and the arts. We invite you to join us in preparing for, planning and executing this amazing event.

Email the auction team to get involved in one of the following ways:

Volunteer your Time

Email the Auction team to see what positions we have available and where we need the most support. We welcome all talents, time and volunteers.

Become a Sponsor

Support East Ridge Elementary with a sponsorship. Sponsorships help cover some of the cost associated with the event which allows for more funds raised to go back to the school. Sponsorship is a great way to gain exposure for your company while also supporting our school. Reach out if you or someone you know may be interested to learn more!

Donate an Item

We are busy procuring items now, and you can help!!!

You can obtain donations from businesses such as merchandise, experiences, certificates, services or vacation getaways. Items can be collected and dropped off at the school through April 1st. Contact us with your ideas and any materials needed.

Have an item, unused gift cards, or package you would like to donate to the East Ridge Auction? Contact the event team and we’ll get you additional details.

Contact us at today!

These activities are not sponsored nor endorsed by the Northshore School District or any of its schools. The district assumes no responsibility for the conduct during or the safety of the activities. Northshore School District shall be held harmless for any cause of action, claim or petition filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of the materials including attorney’s fees and judgment or awards.


Daddy Daughter Dance 4/23 flyer

General Overview of Dance:

On April 23, 2022, from 6 pm-8 pm, we are holding Woodinville High School’s yearly Daddy Daughter Dance. The dance will be held inside the Woodinville High School Commons and showcase music performed by our very own music department. Within the dance, there will be fun activities for our dads and daughters to participate in and enjoy. These activities will be stationed around the WHS commons and will flow out to the back patio which is attached to the commons by a large garage door. The theme will be CandyLand (as in the board game) and a variety of sweet treats and games will be offered to children and parents alike.

Purpose of the Dance:

The purpose of the dance is to reconnect our school with our community. Throughout quarantine, we have been stuck in our homes, with little to no contact with our Woodinville community. This dance is a way to reunite our school with the people who help support all our scholastic endeavors. Through the Daddy-Daughter Dance, we see families from all over Woodinville and the surrounding area coming together for a night of fun, as their children get to be immersed in the wonders of high school. One of the things that schools have encouraged since pre-k is making new friends, and the Daddy-Daughter Dance is a wonderful way for our Woodinville children to be in a setting where they can be whoever they want to be, and to meet new people that they could have friendships with forever. The Daddy Daughter Dance will be an incredible opportunity to reconnect with our Woodinville families and friends as we get through these difficult times.


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Looking for More Information?

See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!