ER Suns Newsletter 4.3.23

ER Suns Newsletter 4.3.23

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410.

Please call if your child is tardy or absent.


Save the Dates!

4/3 - Choir Performance IHS, 6:30pm
4/4 - PTA Board Meeting, 9:20am, Rm 9
4/5 - ASB Meeting, 2:05pm
4/10-4/14 - Spring Break - No School
4/25 - PTA General Meeting, 7:00pm, Pizza Coop
5/1 - 5/5 - Staff Appreciation Week
5/2 - PTA Board Meeting, 9:20am, Rm 9
5/2 - Track Meet @ SR
5/6 - PTA Auction, Archer Hotel, Redmond, 6:00pm
5/8-10 Camp Cedar Springs
5/10 - ASB Meeting, 4th Gr only, 2:05pm
5/11 - Track Meet @ER, 5:00pm
5/13 - PTA Fundraiser, SweetSide bakery
5/15 - 6/2 - SBA Testing
5/16 - Track Meet @ CL, 5:00pm
5/22 - 3/4/5 Music Concert, 7:00pm, ER Gym-  DATE CHANGE!
5/23 - Jr. Olympics (TBD)
5/26 - Snow Make Up Day
5/29 - Memorial Day - No School
5/31 - Volunteer Tea
5/31 - ASB Celebration, 2:05pm


Kindergarten Registration is Now Open!

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 ehello kindergartenarlier we can secure the number of kindergarten teachers we need!

Registration is online at:

To enter kindergarten, your student must be five years old on or before August 31, 2023. If you have questions, please call the office at 425.408.4400.

East Ridge will host a virtual Kindergarten Information Night in May.

Spring SBA Testing Dates

Spring is the time of year when our schools administer state required assessments. These assessments are used for state and federal accountability, to monitor student progress SBA Testing toward grade level standards, as well as an option for high school students to meet their Graduation Pathways requirement. The English/Language Arts (ELA) and math Smarter Balanced Assessments are administered in grades 3 through 8 and 10, while the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) is administered in grades 5, 8, and 11.

Our school testing schedule is below. We want each student to perform at their best and encourage students to get good sleep and nutrition during these times. It is also important to minimize absences during your students' testing schedule.

If you have any questions about your child’s spring assessments or schedules, please feel free to contact Tiffany Dial at:

East Ridge SBA Testing Schedule
3rd Grade
5/16, 5/17, 5/18, 5/30, 5/31

4th Grade
5/15, 5/16, 5/17, 5/30, 5/31

5th Grade
5/19, 5/22, 5/23, 5/25, 6/1, 6/2

Track and Field Starting

Track and field is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The season will begin April 18 and run through May 23. Practice will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:50-5:05 pm. Information packets were sent home on Friday. Home meet at East Ridge is May 11th.  Please contact Coach Mitchell Zimberg at 425.765.4952 or                                            
Please consider volunteering to help at least at one practice (or more), at the one home meet, or at the Junior Olympics, or all three. Feel free to join in at any practice that fits your schedule.  
East Ridge will host one home meet on Thursday, May 11. We are also responsible for one event at the Junior Olympics (the final meet) on Tuesday, May 23. Parent volunteers are needed to run the meets. No experience is necessary to volunteer. Please sign up to help here:                     


Music Corner

Checkout Miss Shuford’s April Newsletter !! You will find video performances from Mrs. Loke’s Kindergarten Class, Mrs. Schmidt’s 4th Grade Class, and 5th Grade General Music’s Performance at the annual “Rhythm in Schools” concert. You will also find important information about performances!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The 3rd/4th/5th Concert date has been changed to Monday, May 22nd at 6:30pm in the ER Gym.


East Ridge Safety Updates

I want to share some important safety upgrades that are coming to the East Ridge campus soon.  Voter approval of our Capital Bonds in Northshore has made the projects described below possible. We are so thankful for the support of our community! Mrs. White will share another update at the PTA General Meeting on 4/25. 


Capital Projects/District Security Staff and Mrs. White completed a security camera plan this fall. We are still waiting on all of the cameras to arrive (supply chain issues have caused delays). Installation of cameras throughout our campus will begin this Spring. The camera locations/views are not made public for safety and security reasons. Office staff will have a screen showing a continuous feed of camera views, and administrators will have access on computers and phone. Part of this project includes electronic locks on the front office door and a videsafety fence proposedo intercom that can remotely open the front door for visitors. (That part of the project will not be installed until late Summer or Fall). 


Limiting the access points to our campus has been a priority for our safety planning. Capital Projects/District Security Staff and Mrs. White completed a plan for security fencing upgrades this Fall. The plan had to first be approved by the Fire Marshall and then go through the required contractor bidding process. This fencing plan will make a big change to access to our campus. The black ornamental fencing (similar to pictures below, taken at Frank Love Elementary) will be installed along the front of the school and chain link fencing will be used on other parts of our campus. The fencing installation will occur later this Spring or during the Summer.


East Ridge expectations poster, be kind, be respectful, be responsible, be safe

Save the date for Music flyer


ER Choir Concert 4/3, 6:30pm flyer

ASB Note

Hi ASB families, 

It has been a pleasure working with your students this year. Here is a modified schedule for the remainder of the year. Please note I have canceled April 26, May 24, and June 7 meetings. Also, I know on May 10 our fifth graders will be coming home from camp. Our May 10 meeting will be for our 4th grade members only. Our final meeting will be May 31 where ASB will have an End of the Year party. 

April 5
May 10-4th grade only
May 31

Thank you for allowing your student to participate in this leadership role.


Jennifer Ratliff


COVID Communicationsdrawing of covid germ

The Department of Health (DOH) requires schools to inform families and students about COVID-19 case numbers and potential outbreaks. Last week, there was one confirmed case at our school. The accuracy of our data depends on self-reporting. Thank you for continuing to let the school know if your child tests positive for COVID-19. To view additional information, including school and district trends visit the  District’s COVID-19 data dashboard  . The dashboard is updated weekly on Monday evenings.

If your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19   keep them home and test for COVID-19. Families can order free COVID-19 tests from the state  . Together, we can keep our schools healthy and safe.


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 sunshine slip winners are:smiling sun with rays

  • Lyla in Ms. Dickens’ Class

  • Bella in Ms. Dickens’ Class

  • Charlotte in Mrs. Morris’ Class

  • Eli in Mrs. Loke’s Class

  • Fayth in Mrs. Martinez’ Class

  • Dominic in Mrs. Sullivan’s Class

  • Owen in Mrs. Sullivan’s Class

  • Gavin in Mrs. Hager’s Class

  • Tinley in Mrs. Gangwish’s Class

  • Brantley in Mrs. Anderson's Class

Way to go Suns!



ASB DatesASB Associated Student Body

Meetings- 2:05 - 2:40    4/5, 5/10, 5/31


Volunteeringvolunteer drawing

If you are interested in volunteering at East Ridge, you must fill out the   district volunteer application. 


Mental Health Support

Need Mental Health Support? You are not alone. There are community supports for mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, self harm, and more.  Learn More


Frequently Used Links

Daily Lunch Picture Menu
Paying for Meals Online  - Titan
Family Handbook: All You Need to Know about East Ridge!
COVID Flowchart
Pre-arranged Absence Form
East Ridge Elementary Website
Northshore School District Calendar for 22-23


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East Ridge PTA Newsletter Information Below...

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:


Mariners game day flyer


ERPTA General Membership Meeting banner

ERPTA General Membership Meeting

The next PTA General Meeting is on Tuesday April 25th at 7:00pm! All East Ridge PTA members are welcome! It's a great way to learn more about what's happening at the school.

We are meeting IN PERSON! We're so excited to get together at The Pizza Coop & Ale House!

Haven't been to a PTA meeting before? Welcome! We love seeing new faces and hearing from all PTA members in our community.

revised Auction Flyer

Tickets are still available for the East Ridge PTA Auction at the Archer Hotel on May 6th! You won’t want to miss the live auction experience. There will be amazing food, a great party, and items that you can *only* bid on in person. To see some of these items, go to: 

To learn more and to purchase tickets, go to:


Math Challenge

Math Challenge is a FREE optional Math Enrichment program open to ALL STUDENTS, K-5th grade!
Math Challenge logo

It’s easy to participate! Just go to the link below to download the latest challenge by clicking on the blue ‘Current Math Challenge’ button:

Challenge #13 will be available on March 31st with answers due April 20th by 3pm.

ONLY ONLINE submissions will be accepted! To submit your answers go to:

So come on and give it a try!


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See our past newsletters  for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!