ER Suns Newsletter 5.10.21

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410.


Racial and Educational Justice Family Survey

Racial and Educational Justice Family Survey

At East Ridge, we want to create a school environment where all children and families feel seen, heard, and valued. Our school’s racial and educational justice team, and our staff as a whole, want to have the opportunity to reflect on your child and family’s experience. Please share your feedback with us on this survey! Your responses are anonymous. Thank you!


Family Input for Student Placement in 21-Student Placement orange sign22 School Year

Each year, East Ridge families are invited to provide input regarding their child’s classroom placement for the next school year. Families should know that the district fully intends to have students in school five days a week beginning on September 1, our scheduled first day of school. There will also be a district-level 100% remote option to serve students who cannot attend school in person due to personal or family health concerns. You can read more details about district plans here.

Our family input form this year includes a question about your intent to enroll your child for in-person school or the district remote-only program (or if you are undecided at this time). It will really help with our planning to have families share this information.

If you have input you would like us to consider, please complete this form and press submit by Friday, May 14, 2021. Please complete a separate input form for each child in your family.

Our paramount duty during the placement process is to create well-balanced classrooms that provide the best instructional setting for all students. In determining placement, our school teams and principal consider what we know about individual students, student groups that work well together, parent input, and overall classroom balance. As a family, you may have additional insight that helps us ensure a positive and productive year for your child. Please note:

  1. Completion of this form is optional. All students will be given careful consideration for classroom placement, whether or not parent input is provided.

  2. We do NOT accept specific teacher requests or guarantee placement in specific classroom programs. We will NOT forward any forms with specific teacher requests to placement teams.

  3. The information you provide will be shared with all staff involved with your child’s placement, including your child’s current teacher and next year’s teacher – this form is not confidential.

  4. Please understand that since we may have a low number of classes at each grade level, we will not be able to create classrooms that honor all requests, especially requests to separate children and/or requests regarding combination classrooms.

Please complete this form no later than May 14, 2021 to ensure your input is considered. Thank you for your partnership in your child’s education.


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Calendar Changes in May

- No School on May 28 and May 31 -

We have two four-day weeks in May.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, May 24-A Day

  • Tuesday, May 25-A Day

  • Wednesday, May 26-Regular Remote Wednesday

  • Thursday, May 27-B Day

  • Friday, May 28-No School

  • Monday, May 31-No School

  • Tuesday, June 1-A Day

  • Wednesday, June 2-Regular Remote Wednesday

  • Thursday, June 3-B Day

  • Friday, June 4-B Day

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Daily Student Health Checks!!

Daily StudentHealth Checks need to be completed DAILY before your child can attend school. They must be completed by 8:30am.


Substitute Employment in NSD

NSD is hiring for both classified and certificated substitutes. Those that are interested can apply online through the NSD website.

Additionally, we are hiring emergency classroom substitute teachers for East Ridge. This position requires a desire to work with children, a willingness to step in and manage a classroom last minute, and a 4 year degree, however it doesn’t have to be in education. If you wish to become an emergency classroom sub for East Ridge, please reach out to Kris Held, Office Manager at or 425-408-4401.


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Are You Moving?

Enrollment projections are very important in planning for the next school year, but an accurate count is even better!

Are you moving out of the East Ridge service area?

If your child WILL NOT be returning to East Ridge next year, please fill out this form by Friday, May 14th.


Thank you, PTA!

Each day you showed us how much you cared.
With snacks and flowers and lunch that you shared.
The flowers you brought really brightened our day,
And the slideshow warmed our hearts in every way.

It isn’t just the goody bags and treats that you brought
That let us know you appreciate the students that we taught.
It’s in the kind words and friendly hellos that we share
That we remember just how much that you care.

A big Thank You to our East Ridge community of family and friends, for a wonderful week of being pampered. We feel so appreciated!

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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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Have Fun with Ms. Simpson!

Join Ms. Simpson on Wednesdays from 1-2 to boost your activity time and social time. Join for part of it or all of it. Come for the fun!

Who’s invited?
All grades, staff, parents, and friends are welcome!

Part 1

1:00-1:10 Yoga

1:10-1:20 Jump Rope Skills

1:20-1:30 Social time and closing

Part 2:

1:30-1:40 Fitnessgram: push-ups, crunches, flexibility and sprints

1:40-1:50 Fortnite dances and hip hop

1:50-2:00 Social time and closing


Meeting ID: 775 631 8968

See you there!


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IMPORTANT Library News

There is NO library PICK UP for REMOTE learners THIS WEEK!

FINAL Remote Learner Library Book Bag pick up will be NEXT Wednesday, May 19.

All Remote Learner library books need to be returned on May 26, OR JUNE 2 AT THE VERY LATEST.

Curbside Pick up & drop off times for May 19th: 11am-1pm & 3:30-4:30pm.

In-school Group A and B students will receive FINAL new library book bags of the school year either THIS week (K-2nd) or NEXT week (3-5th).


***Students who come to school for in-person hybrid may bring their library book bags back to school and place on the library carts in their foyers to return OR follow their classroom teacher's instruction.***


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East Ridge Keeps Playing

This week’s game is Maze Game. The SEL focus for this game is Problem-solving – The process of finding solutions to different issues or tasks. This week’s brain break is Weather Vane. Thank you, PTA for this resource!


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Endurance is the ability to persist for an extended period of time, to sustain effort toward improvement and the ability to recover from hardships.


East Ridge Expectations-Be Kind, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe

East Ridge Expectations

Congratulations to the following students who have been caught demonstrating one of our East Ridge Expectation Pillars. These 10 students' names were drawn out of 210 Shine Slips last week.

Way to go, East Ridge Suns!

Eloise L. for being responsible from Mrs. Anthony's class.

Emmeline H. for being responsible from Mrs. Donohoe's class.

Luke B. for being safe from Mrs. Gangwish's class.

Oliver A. for being responsible from Mrs. Anderson's class.

Coen P. for being responsible from Mrs. Anderson's class.

Violet ND. for being responsible from Mrs. Morris's class.

Ethan S. for being respectful from Ms. Dickens' class.

Noah W. for being responsible from Ms. Dickens' class.

Kaylee N. for being respectful from Ms. Schmidt's class.

Carter B. for being kind from Ms. Fawcett's class.

We’re proud of our Suns!

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View the East Ridge Calendar:


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Looking for More Information?

See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!

ASB Spirit Days!

ASB Spirit Days!

May 21: Sports Day

June 4: Hat Day


Blood Drive

East Ridge families we need you!!!!

We feel so grateful that we've been able to organize a blood drive during these challenging times. Your blood donations are needed and we hope that you will head over to and use the code EastRidge to sign up and schedule an appointment! Juliet Epstein-O'Rourke an East Ridge 5th grader has this to say "because students can't donate, we are relying on the parents to help people in need of blood. It is another way to participate in ASB's Kindness Campaign! Sign up now to help!!!”


Blood drive at Hampton Inn, 5/25, 1-6pm

Mental Health Awareness Month

The Northshore Council PTSA’s Mental Health Committee is hosting a FREE mental health event for Mental Health Awareness Month.

FREE Mental Health Event on May 18, 2021 - Northshore Council PTSA 6.10


Nami East Side presents: Returning to Populated Place, Tues, 5/18, 7 pm

glittery golden acorn clipartERPTA Golden Acorn Awards - Nominations open NOW

Join us in recognizing our wonderful volunteers! They help make East Ridge the exceptional school community that it is!

Nominations are due June 6th and can be submitted via Google Form here: Golden Acorn Award Submission.

Golden Acorn Awards are presented by ERPTA to volunteers in our school community for recognition of their dedication and service to children and youth. You can nominate more than one person (one form per nominee); nominations are due by June 6th and winners will be announced June 15th at the ERPTA General Membership meeting. Students are welcome to submit nominations too!

Staff Appreciation Week

Thank you to everyone who participated in Staff Appreciation Week and helped make our wonderful staff feel the love!

Dine Out at Chipotle to support ERPTA!

Wednesday, May 19th is Dine Out night at Chipotle in Woodinville, 4pm-8pm. See flyer below for more details!

Chipotle fundraise, 5/19 4-8 pm

PTA Board nominations, election 6/15 at 7 pm

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blood drive flyer, 5/25, Hampton Inn & Suites