ER Suns Newsletter 5.31.22

ER Suns Newsletter 5.31.22

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410

Save the Dates!

Calendar Link:

District Calendar for 2022-23 now available

Early Release Wednesday: 2:05pm release

School Days....Please note!

6/1 - ASB Meeting, 8:15am, Room 22

6/3 - PTA Art Walk

6/15 - Full Day Wednesday, Field Day!

6/17 - Last Day of School, 11:05am Release



Reminder: Last Day of School is June 17

The final day of the 2021-22 school year is Friday, June 17. Please note that the last day of school is 2 hours long. For more information about our school year calendar, please visit the calendar page on our website.


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ASB Food Drive

Dear East Ridge Families,

ASB is having a food drive benefiting the Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank from June 6th - June 10th.

You can donate non-perishable items, here are some ideas to donate:

  • Beans. Canned or dried beans such as garbanzo beans, pinto beans, black beans, red kidney beans, and lima beans

  • Canned meats, poultry and fish

  • Canned vegetables

  • Canned fruits

  • Pastas

  • Rice

  • Other grains such as quinoa, oats,

To make our donation event even more fun we are creating a poll. A poll is when someone asks a group of people a question and they give their opinion on it. The poll we will be doing to kick off the summer is:

Do you like the Ocean or the Pool better?

Each canned food item will count as one vote. Each Foyer will have two boxes in the foyer; one box for OCEAN and the other for POOL.

Why are we donating right before the summer? Well, in the winter, donations are very high, but in the summer the banks don’t receive many donations. With schools out for the summer, it’s hard for food banks to help other people in need who don’t have a lot of food.

Remember that the drive is running June 6th - June 10th. This is our last donation…please support ASB and donate one last time this school year! Thank you!


ASB associated student body

ASB Thank You!

Thank you for your donations to the Pet Food and Supply Drive! We collected 314 items for

Homeward Pet! Local cats and dogs will greatly appreciate your donations!


Homeward pets

pet food drive

volunteers unloading pet supplies

ASB Last Week of School Spirit Week

Monday June 13 - East Ridge Colors
Tuesday June 14 - Neon/Bright Colors
Wednesday June 15 - Wear Your Teacher’s Favorite Color
Thursday June 16 - Wacky Hair
Friday June 17 - Vacation/Travel/Beach Day


art docent

Amazing PTA Art Docents!

Thank you to all of our amazing art docents who have helped create an amazing art program here at East Ridge. This year, most classes had the opportunity to create clay projects, fused glass, and create prints using either block or screen printing techniques. We are so fortunate to have such a rich and diverse art program. Thank you to Heather Burke and Jessica Sarkie for heading up this incredibly gifted group of volunteers!


covid germ with mask

COVID Communication

Dear East Ridge Parent or Guardian,

In support of school community safety, it is our goal to provide strong communication. This includes notification of any positive COVID test of a person at our school. I am writing to inform you that one person in our school recently tested positive. If a person who tested positive is in your child's class, you received a separate email.

The individual with COVID-19 will not be able to return to school until after their contagious period has passed. This period is 5 days after the start of symptoms and 24 hours after fever and symptoms improve without the use of medications. The individual will be required to wear a mask at school on days 6-10 (unless they receive a negative rapid antigen test).

You can find Northshore School District COVID information here.

It is recommended that all families continue to monitor their child for symptoms of COVID-19. If your child develops symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider and ask that your child receive testing for COVID-19. Testing is also available for NSD students with symptoms at Pop Keeney Stadium: click here for hour and appointment information.

We understand receiving information about positive cases can cause concern for families. We continue to implement consistent safety protocols at East Ridge in support of the well-being of our students, staff, and families. We appreciate your ongoing partnership and trust in this effort.


Kind Regards,
Sarah White
Principal/COVID Supervisor
East Ridge Elementary


school bell

Bell Times 2022-23

As part of the District’s Start Time Initiative, and after implementing start and dismissal time changes in 2017-18 and other slight adjustments since, the District will put in place the start times 2022-23. You may view a chart of start times for 2022-23, which provides more information about the school-specific changes.


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Are you moving?

If your family is planning to move out of the East Ridge service area over the summer vacation, PLEASE let the office know as soon as possible. This will help us to have a more accurate enrollment count as well as make our preliminary placement and balancing of the class/student groupings as accurate as possible.



Planning for 2022-23 School Year

Are you planning vacation for the next school year? Please use this district calendar to aid in planning your escape and to minimize absences from school.


sba testing

Spring SBA State Testing

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 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.

East Ridge SBA Testing Schedule

4th Grade


As we want each student to perform at their best, we encourage students to get good sleep and nutrition during these times. It is also important for families to minimize student absences during the testing schedule.

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


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.


early learning program

Early Learning Programs

NSD is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year for our

Tuition-Free Early Learning programs for income eligible families!

The Northshore School District is proud to offer multiple early learning programs that are free of charge for income-eligible families. The three Early Childhood Education Programs include Head Start, ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) and Ready Start.

Eligibility for our programs is determined by the child's age, family income and circumstances.

Children must turn 3 years of age by August 31st, 2022 to be considered for the 2022-23 school year.

Please contact one of our Family Support Specialists with any questions and to start the application process.

For more information about our programs and to download a copy of our application (in English and Spanish) please follow this link:

Please contact 425-408-6013 with any questions.


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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 weeks winners are:

  • Sebastian S. in Ms. Dickens' room for being responsible.

  • Brynn B. in Ms. Fawcett's room for being responsible.
  • Julian S. in Mrs. Martinez's room for being respectful.
  • Juniper H. in Mrs. Loke's room for being kind and a good sport at recess.
  • Leo G. in Mrs. Harrer's room for being responsible and helping to keep the playground clean.
  • Elizabeth C.R. in Mrs Taylor's room for being responsible in music.
  • Yotam B. in Mrs Morris' room for being kind and helping another student at recess.
  • Eloise L. in Mrs. Gangwish's room for being kind, respectful and responsible.
  • Sidney V. in Mrs Hill's room for being responsible
  • Sienna C. in Mrs Gangwish's room for being kind in the foyer and holding the door.

We’re proud of our Suns! Keep it up!


EAP Community

Do you have a student who is or will be receiving EAP services? We are looking to help connect families, both to foster social connections and for potential advocacy in the future. Anyone is welcome! If you have any interest in connecting, please reach out to Sara Howard at


East Ridge Elementary PTA with Yellow sun


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 General Membership Meeting

June 7th, 2022
Join us for the last ERPTA meeting of the school year!

  • Approve ERPTA budget for 2022-23 school year
  • Golden Acorn volunteer recognition


Mariners Ticket Pickup

Field Day, 6/15 flyer

Art Walk 6/3

The ERPTA Art Walk is coming up on Friday 6/3! We will need volunteers to help out at the event-- if you're able to help, please sign up here:


math challenge

Math Challenge

Thank you to everyone that took the time to enter any of this year's Math Challenges! The program has now ended for this school year.

The top responses for Math Challenge 15 are below and will receive a small gift via their classroom teacher:

Peyton H. - 1st Gangwish
Roslyn J. - 1st Harrer
Sienna C. - 1st Gangwish

A number of students went above and beyond and participated many times over the school year. Special mention and an extra special prize will be heading to the following students via their classroom teacher:

Neomi B. - 5th Fawcett
Piper B. - 2nd Oliver
Callum B. - 1st Harrer
David D. - K Hawthorne
Eric E. - 1st Harrer
Adelle E. - 2nd Oliver
Eloise L. - 1st Gangwish
Kaidan R. - 1st Harrer
Kobey S. - 2nd Hill
Kaden S. - 1st Harrer
Keira S. - 1st Harrer


golden acorn

Golden Acorn Nominations

Every Spring we join Washington State PTA in nominating outstanding volunteers so they can be recognized for going above and beyond. You can nominate an outstanding East Ridge volunteer! Feel free to nominate as many people as you'd like, submitting one form per nomination. A selection committee will review the nominations and the winners will be announced at the June 7th ERPTA General Membership Meeting. To submit your nomination(s), please follow this link.


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Opportunity for Fun!

East Ridge PTA needs your help! It has been wonderful to be back in person this year and to be able to start holding some of our fun, annual community events again. We are currently looking for a VP of Events to help work with others to plan various activities throughout the year like Fall Festival, Movie Night, Field Day or any other fun ideas you may have! The job can be shared if you know someone you'd like to work with for this role. If you have any interest or want to find out more, please email This is a fun role and an amazing community to plan events for, so please reach out!


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Looking for More Information?

See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!