ER Suns Newsletter 3.15.21

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410.


From the Principal

Dear East Ridge Families,

I was hoping to have more details to share with you on Friday or today. However, Governor Inslee held a press conference at 11:30 on Friday and issued a proclamation regarding school reopening. As a result, our district needs more time to adjust the plan for our return to an in-person hybrid model. Dr. Reid’s COVID update on Friday has the latest information.

Here are a few things we DO know (Due to the governor’s proclamation and ongoing district planning, there may still be changes):

Bridge Weeks

  • Please note that the original Bridge Weeks schedule published by the district MAY CHANGE based on the adjustments the district needs to make after the Governor’s proclamation. All information below should be considered tentative.

  • Students will likely come for one session per week for 2 hours (approximately 9:20-11:20am OR 1:50-3:50pm) on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday OR Friday.

  • There will be groups from each class coming on different days

  • When students are not at a Bridge Day, they will continue learning remotely with their classroom teacher on the regular schedule

  • YMCA and district administrators will be with the student groups on Bridge Days. Mrs. White will also be at Bridge Days. Classroom teachers and other school staff will not be part of Bridge Day activities.

  • Students will be mostly outdoors

  • Activities will include social/emotional activities, learning safety protocols, and playing physically-distant recess games

  • No meals or snacks will be provided

  • Transportation will be provided to and from Bridge Days- your child must ride both ways in order to access transportation. Regular bus stops will be used.

  • Bridge Days are optional

  • We are still waiting on many district decisions before we can give you more detail. Our school will send parents the Bridge Weeks group information and schedule by Friday morning at the latest.

In-Person Hybrid Model

  • 2 full days per week, either M/T or TH/F

  • Other 3 days are asynchronous

  • Special Education, LAP and EL schedules and services may change with the new schedule

100% Remote Model

  • Students will have a teacher that is assigned to the 100% remote group

  • Similar schedule to current model

  • Special Education, LAP and EL schedules and services may change with the new schedule

Intent to Return Survey

I'm not considering the learning model families chose on the survey last week as binding. Once more detail is communicated from the district about the staffing parameters, learning models, and schedules, we will use current survey data to make the in-person hybrid and 100% remote groupings. Once groupings are shared with families, if a family needs to request a change they should contact me. Please note that if you change your mind after we have re-balanced classes as needed, it may be harder to put your child back with their original teacher. Of course, our goal will always be to keep children with their teacher and classmates whenever possible.

We are committed to doing everything we can to accommodate children and families as we make this transition. I'm sure you recognize we have to stop short of making promises as this is a very complex situation we are navigating. I am continually grateful for your support!


Sarah White, Principal


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Schedule Adjustment for All Classes on Tuesday, March 16th

Tomorrow, teachers will have their students engage in asynchronous learning activities from 9:00-11:00am. Some teachers may ask their students to log on as usual at 9:00 to start the day to take attendance, hold a brief class meeting, and orient the students for the remainder of the morning. Look for your teachers' communication for each class plan for tomorrow. Music, PE, Library, LAP Reading, Special Education Learning Center, Speech and Occupational Therapy will continue as normal, so students should log onto zoom if they have one of those classes in their schedule. This time will allow the East Ridge staff to work on tasks related to re-opening in a hybrid model.


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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: Please call our office at (425) 408-4403 or email if you need help with the online registration process.


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Materials Pickup - Save the Date!

The next all school materials pick up will be Friday, March 19th in the afternoon by timed student last name as follows:

1:00 - 1:20pm A-B

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 - 5:15pm For families who need more time.

**5th graders can return their laptops on this day.**


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Library News

NO! Library delivery/pickup IS NOT this week.


Hi East Ridge Book-Loving Families!

Thank you for your remarkable support of our "Every Student Opted In" ER Library Book Circulation Program of 2020-2021! For 13 straight weeks from October 2021 to January 2021, and for four bi-weekly dates in January-March 2021, you have been picking up and dropping off bags of ER Library books on a regular basis, giving your ER student(s) and family the joy of regularly reading a variety of carefully selected quality books from our school library.

As your neighborhood librarian, I have stayed committed each of these 17 weeks to providing equal access for every ER student to the best books in our East Ridge library--representing a broad spectrum of genres and topics. Some of you have been able to show up for every one of these 17 weeks, while most families have picked up books on well over half of these weeks. In whatever manner you have been able to connect so far this year, you have helped extend your child's literacy development and joy of reading.

Looking ahead--amid the big changes for school we will now be navigating--we still plan to have at least four more Pick-Up weeks remaining on the school calendar. The pick-up day for these four weeks will likely shift from Thurs./Fridays to just Wednesdays--when families can safely drive up curbside on the one day each week students are not attending school on campus. Here are the tentative upcoming pick-up dates:

March 24 - April 7 - April 28 - May 12

Please put these dates on your calendar, but use an erasable pencil, just in case things end up needing to be flexed. 😁

Let's make the school year end strong for our students' reading joy and development with a steady stream of families picking up more great books on the dates above.

Thanks for your enthusiastic support of East Ridge Elementary, and your most local public library.


Mr. C
Teacher-Librarian, East Ridge Elementary

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East Ridge Keeps Playing

This week’s game is Pulse. The social / emotional skill related to this game is Teamwork – working together to achieve a common goal. This week’s brain break is Shipwreck. Teachers may be using these in class, and these are also activities that can be done at home. Thank you PTA for this resource!


East Ridge Toy Drive, Collecting Toys at the 3/19 Materials Pick Up


The East Ridge ASB Toy drive is this week!

Join in the fun and help out at the same time.

Toys will be collected 3/19 during Materials Pickup.

Check out the incredible presentation the kids put together:

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Self-reflection is the habit of deliberately paying attention to your own thoughts, emotions, decisions, and behaviors. You might talk with your family: What is something that brought you joy today? What makes me happiest about my family? What's my favorite memory with my family?


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View the East Ridge Calendar:


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ASB Spirit Days!

March 16: Wear green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day




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Looking for More Information?

See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!


Northshore Family Partnership

Northshore Family Partnership is a Kindergarten through ninth-grade site-based choice school that supports an inclusive, supportive community of families that seek an alternative model of learning for their children. NFP is intended for families who have made the choice to teach their children at home. In this program, certificated teachers oversee learning plans in which parents serve as the primary educators. Families collaborate in a true partnership with teachers to plan for instruction, observe student growth, and prepare for learning activities that excite and motivate each child as an individual.

Because parents provide education in all subjects required for promotion and graduation, students supplement their home learning by selecting courses from a catalog of on-site classes available through NFP. Certificated teachers guide students in learning with peers and participating in meaningful, real-world learning experiences. Classes are small, project-based, multi-age, multidisciplinary, collaborative, and hands-on, providing students with the opportunity to dig deep into exploring ideas, concepts, and skills.

NFP has a robust and supportive parent community with a PTSA that provides additional enrichment and resources, including supplemental educational resources and workshops for both parents and children. For more information, see the Northshore Family Partnership link on the NSD website. In addition, there will be two NFP information meetings for new families. Please join Principal Gary Keeler to ask questions and learn more about NFP. We look forward to serving your family in NFP.

NFP Information Meetings

Monday, March 15th from 3 to 4 PM
Use the following zoom link to attend the information meetings:


2021/2022 East Ridge PTA Positions Open

2021/2022 East Ridge PTA Positions Open

Many of our longest-serving volunteers are graduating from East Ridge this year and that means we are recruiting more friends and volunteers to help East Ridge and ERPTA to continue being a dynamic, motivated, inclusive, and innovative network of support! Team up with your friends to co-team a role! Fill an individual role and make new friends and learn new skills! Is there a lull in your resume? Fill it by volunteering for ERPTA and making a real difference! Whatever your strengths are, there is a great spot for you on ERPTA and we NEED YOUR HELP!

Even if there is a name listed in a position, you can still help. We make committees and co-chairs often. Positions are open to all parents and adults in our communities, so don't be shy. Click here to see a job description for the listed roles. Email with any questions and mark your calendar for April 20th's big General Meeting where positions will be finalized!


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Yearbook Sales Ending

Yearbook sales end 3/31!
Click here to order.

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