ER Suns Newsletter 3.8.21

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410.


From the Principal

Dear East Ridge Families,

On Friday, Superintendent Reid sent this update to the Northshore Community. This is the most current information.

I understand that families are eager to hear more about what the in-person hybrid model and fully-remote model will look like for their children. I also understand that families who plan to choose the in-person hybrid model are eager for information about their child’s schedule. Principals and school staff will begin working on our building-specific plans as soon as we have final guidance from the district and data from staff and family surveys. Once we have that information, please keep in mind that our school team will need time to plan and to form student groups. We will appreciate your patience! Our East Ridge staff is committed to your child’s safety and to their continued learning. We look forward to partnering with you in the exciting times ahead!


Sarah White


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Students in grade 4

The week of March 15, the Accelerated Models and Programs Department plans to begin online assessments of students who were referred for highly capable screening and assessments. The referral window was open from July through October, 2020. Students who need to take the NNAT3 screener will need a district issued device. The Accelerated Models and Programs Department will email a link to those students in order to schedule a time to get them a district device. Other students who have qualified, will receive a link to sign up for an Iowa Assessment. Please direct any questions to

Thank you,

Accelerated Models and Programs Department


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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

YES! Library delivery/pick up IS this week.



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East Ridge Keeps Playing

This week’s game is Concentration Ball. The social/emotional learning skill for this game is Playing Fair – Making sure games are being played honestly and equitably so that all students can enjoy.. The Brain Break activity for the week is called Sequences. Teachers may be using some of these activities in class, and families can also do these at home! Thank you, PTA, for this resource!


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Nurse's Corner

With the recent news about school re-opening, there is some information I need to pass on to you so everything is in place for your student to come back to school. Please note that these are directives from the State, OSPI, and District. This is a new and sometimes trying times for all of us. We need to remember to be patient and respectful of each other. That being said, here are the things needed.

Immunizations: Please note that most students have met all criteria unless they were recently due for an immunization. Those who have not, will receive an email from me with the specifics.

Medications or Treatments:

1. If your child will have medications at school, you will need to provide the East Ridge nursing office with a completed and signed (provider and parent/guardian) Medication Authorization Form or treatment form.

2. You will need to provide both the medication and the authorization form to the nurse prior to in-person learning. Medications need to be logged in with a signature from a school employee (nurse/office staff) and parent/guardian.

3. If there will be treatments during school hours, treatment forms must be completed and signed. You will also need to talk with the school nurse to get a treatment form and to be sure everything is in place.

4. If your student has life threatening allergies or asthma, an Epinephrine Pen or inhaler will need to be provided prior to returning to school.

Additional information can be found at:

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Gerry Cullins, RN BSN
Phone 425-408-4406
Fax 425-408-4402


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Self-reflection is the habit of deliberately paying attention to your own thoughts, emotions, decisions, and behaviors. Here's a typical example: ... We periodically reflect back on an event and how we handled it in hopes that we learn something from it and make better decisions in the future. You might ask yourself: Why did I make that choice? How did it make me feel? How did it make the other person feel?


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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 (and Kaavya’s birthday)

April 22: Wear green and blue to celebrate the earth (Earth Day)

May 4: Wear Star Wars inspired clothing or black (May the 4th be with you)

May 21: Sports Day

June 4: Hat 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

Wednesday, March 10th from 6 to 7 PM
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

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!

list of 2021-22 ERPTA Positions, executive, standing and committee chairs


Spelling Beebee drawing on yellow circle saying Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Dylan Smollen for winning the 5th grade Spelling Bee held last week! Good luck to the 3rd and 4th graders who participated in today's bee. Check out the spelling bee page for the word study list and registration links for the 1st/2nd graders next Monday, 3/15 at 4:30pm. Registration closes the day before.