ER Suns Newsletter 6.13.22

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410

Save the Dates!

Calendar Link:
District Calendar for 2022-23 now available

Wednesday is a full day! No Early Release this Wednesday.


Please note

School Days....Please note!

6/15 - Full Day Wednesday, Field Day! 3:35 PM DISMISSAL

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


Reminder: Last Day of School is June 17

The final day of the 2021-22 school year is Friday, June 17.reminder sign 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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A message from Mrs. White

The last week of school is here, and it is a time to reflect on the year and celebrate success! Welcoming all of the students back to school in person full time this year and supporting their growth has been very rewarding for our staff.

This year, our school has had two Strategic Action Plan goals, which align to goals in the NSD Strategic Action Plan.

Math Goal: Growth for Every Student, Elimination of Opportunity Gaps: Each student actively engages in rigorous standards-based curriculum, effective instruction, timely, targeted enrichment and intervention, and proactive social-emotional supports: Between October and June, all students will demonstrate a minimum annual mathematics growth rate of at least one year for students at/above grade level, and Focus students will demonstrate more than one year of growth, as measured by performance in i-Ready and Math Expressions pre/post grade level assessments. (In I-Ready, one year of growth is defined as “Typical Growth” and more than one year is defined as “Stretch Growth.”)

I am so pleased to report that our students have made incredible growth in mathematics this year. Here is some data:

  • On the I-Ready Math Diagnostic, in September, 26% of students were at or above standard. In June, 86% of students were at or above standard.
  • The median percent progress toward typical math growth was 131% this year! (Typical growth is the average annual growth for a student at their grade and baseline level.) This means our median growth is well over one year of growth! Students who were significantly below standard had the highest median growth at 234%!

This growth can be attributed to the hard work our teachers have put in this year to improve instructional practices in math, to implement a math WIN (“What I Need”) intervention /enrichment time in their schedule, and provide targeted support to students based on their needs. A big support for this work has been our subscriptions to the Math Genius Squad, an online professional development, and instructional resources tool that PTA funded this year. Thank you, PTA! We look forward to continuing our math growth next year. Student growth can also be attributed to the hard work of our students and strong partnership with families!

Although reading was not a formal part of our Strategic Action Plan, out students have made incredible growth in reading also:

  • On the I-Ready Reading Diagnostic, in September, 48% of students were at or above standard. In June, 86% of students were at or above standard.
  • The median percent progress toward typical reading growth was 156% this year! (Typical growth is the average annual growth for a student at their grade and baseline level.) This means our median growth is well over one year of growth! Students who were significantly below standard had the highest median growth at 264%!

Successful Student Transitions Goal: Innovative, Creative, Critical Thinkers: Each student engages in culturally relevant and cognitively challenging, real-world learning, while applying knowledge and skills in a variety of ways: Between October and May, focus students will show improvement in their individual target area (student survey results, teacher survey results, number of behavior incidents, social/emotional intervention data, attendance, etc.)

I am pleased to report that Focus students who were identified as needing support for a successful transition to school and throughout the year this year made significant growth. Depending on need, these students showed growth in one or more of these areas:

  • Attendance
  • Quality of work
  • Academic growth
  • Reduced frequency of problem behavior
  • Reduced social/emotional escalations
  • Increased use of coping strategies
  • Increased number of friends

We attribute this growth to individual interventions such as positive behavior incentive plans, individual student check ins, small group counseling, friendship groups, classroom and school-wide social/emotional learning lessons, and school-wide anti-bullying lessons. This growth can also be attributed to strong partnerships with families and the great effort by our students!

During the final weeks of school, teachers have provided grade level introductions to the next grade. Students have been introduced to the teachers at next year’s grade and learned about some of the exciting things to look forward to next year!

I am incredibly proud of the students and staff for their hard work and growth this year. In my thirty years as an educator, this is some of the highest growth I have seen. Way to go, East Ridge! We are so grateful for the support of our East Ridge families. Families have helped their own children by extending learning at home, volunteering their time in classrooms, and supporting PTA programs and funding. We have also really appreciated how diligent families have been about health and safety this year by keeping their children home when they had symptoms. Together, we have all made a difference this year!


Sarah White



Student Tech

Students may keep their devices this summer.Student Tech

Students will be keeping their assigned computing devices over the summer months to allow for continuous learning. Students and families are expected to take care of their assigned device by keeping it charged and in its bag when not in use.

More information on Chromebook care can be found here.

Students who are enrolled in summer learning programs are expected to bring their device to summer programs each day. If families need support using their device or troubleshooting technical issues, they should call 425-408-7631 or create a help ticket at

Families who wish not to keep a device over the summer need to complete this opt out form.

Families may not need or want to take their student’s device home over the summer. Families who wish to opt out of keeping their student’s assigned device will need to indicate that they are “opting out” by completing this form by June 10th: . This form will help our staff to plan efficiently for sending devices home for summer learning. When students return to school in the Fall, any student who does not have an assigned device will be assigned one for school year learning.

Withdrawing students must turn in devices by June 15th

Families who are withdrawing from Northshore are expected to return any technology devices assigned to their student, including computers, tablets, hotspots and all accessories such as bags and chargers. Our school will be collecting devices on Wednesday, June 15th. Withdrawing students who do not return their devices and accessories will be issued a fine for replacement.


i-Ready logo

i-Ready Summer Use

We are pleased to inform you that i-Ready will be available during the summer (through July 31st). We believe that all children will benefit from continued use of i-Ready. Please support your child to spend about 45-90 minutes per week on i-Ready Math and 45-90 minutes per week on i-Ready Reading throughout the summer.

I-Ready Personalized Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill level and needs, so your child can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive to keep your child engaged as they learn. Consistent use of i-Ready will help your child to continue to grow and prevent learning loss.

To log in during the summer, your child will first log into Clever ( using their NSD account. Then they will click on the I-Ready icon.

Here is a link to the I-Ready family guide, which gives more information about how to support your child and see their progress.


food drive, help us, help others

ASB Food Drive

A HUGE thank you for your food donations for ASB's last donation drive! Our East Ridge community donated 816 items! Wow!

Do East Ridge students prefer to play in the pool or play at the beach? Drum roll please...

410 votes went to POOL


406 votes went to OCEAN

It was a CLOSE race! No matter whether you love the pool or ocean better, ASB hopes you are able to get some fun water play in this summer! Thank you again for your generous donations. Our local food bank will be in a good place to start the summer!


From Woodinville Storehouse

From Woodinville Storehouse

Thank you to East Ridge Elementary for the big donation this morning. The drive was held by the ASB organization and three SUVs were filled with donations from East Ridge families and staff. Thank you for helping to stock our shelves as we head into the summer.










Associate Student Body

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



Please check the lost and found.

All unclaimed items will be donated.


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 two people 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


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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.





Thank you for returning all library books as soon as possible. This helps us prepare the library for the summer and for next fall.



Back to School - Things to Know…

  • Meet the Teacher: Thursday, August 25th at 3pmback to school

  • The first day of school for grades 1-5 is August 31.

  • ‚ÄčKindergartners - During the first weeks of school, three days are scheduled for Kindergarten families to meet with teachers. These are the WAKids Conference days and will be held on August 31, September 1 and 2. Additionally, there will be a staggered start on September 6 & 7 with half of kindergartners attending one day and half the next day. All kindergartners attend September 8.

  • Class placement letters- ParentVue is the only method we will be using to release class assignments in AugustPlease be sure you are able to access ParentVue. We will not be mailing letters with placement information this year. Don’t wait! Contact Rae Shepherd ( if you are having any trouble signing in.

  • Bus routes and stops will be posted on the E-Link 2 weeks before school starts. Bus routes will not be mailed out.

  • A basic Student Supply List will be available on our website. Please wait until after school has started to buy supplies other than those on the list.


Nurses Corner

Nurse's Corner

End of Year and Planning for Next Year - Planning has begun for summer closure of the health room and preparing for next year’s incoming students with health concerns. Parents/students please note the following:

Medications and Medication Pick Up:

Medications your child may have leftover at school will need to get home in a safe manner. Please make arrangements with Nurse Gerry to pick up any medication(s) at school on or before the last day of school on June 17,2022.

  • Any medications left at East Ridge after Friday, June 17 at 3:00 pm will be destroyed (includes emergency medications for seizures, diabetes, EPI Pens, as well as daily and as needed medications).

  • Please note that some medications cannot go home with students and will need to be picked up by a parent (ADHD, seizure medications, etc).

  • Medications can be picked up during the school hours of 8:45am-4:00 pm the week of June 13 – 17, 2022. Contact the Nurse Gerry if other pickup arrangements need to be made.

If your child needs to have medications during school hours next year, a completed Medication Authorization Form is needed. Forms should to have a start date of 8/31/22 and check the End of School Year box. Forms need to be completed before school starts in the fall, 8/31/22. Please bring the completed form and medication in a properly labeled, original container before school begins.

Life Threatening Medications:

Students who have Life Threatening Conditions will need to make plans over the summer to have Emergency Medications with physician’s orders at school and ready before the first day of school. Letters will be sent home in June for those students who currently have Emergency Care Plans in place and will include all necessary forms to be completed for next fall. Please contact the school nurse if you need assistance with forms or have questions. (425-408-4406 or

Immunizations for 2022- 2023

Please make sure student immunizations (Grade K-6) are up to date and on file in the Health Room.

Immunizations Needed for Incoming New Students/Kindergarteners:

  • DTaP/DT/Tdap: need 5 doses unless 4th dose after 4 years of age.

  • IVP (polio): Need 4 doses with 4th dose being after 4 years of age.

  • Hepatitis B series (3 immunizations): 8 weeks between dose 1 and 2, 8 weeks between dose 2 and three but dose 3 needs to be given AFTER 24 weeks of age to be valid.

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella): Need 2 doses (if not given on the same day as other live virus immunization, there needs to be 28 days between to be valid).

  • Varicella: Need two doses (if not given on the same day as other live virus immunization, there needs to be 28 days between to be valid). If a student already had Chickenpox, a MD verification or positive titter is needed..

  • Tdap is now due prior to the start of 7th grade instead of 6th grade (as of August 1, 2020).

For complete vaccine requirement information go to: · ·

The school nurse will be working in the health room starting August 23rd (Non-student days) and will be available to drop off medications/physician orders or review emergency care plans for students with life threatening conditions or address any other parent concerns. Parents are welcome to call ahead to check scheduling drop offs, 425-408-4406 or Medication/physician orders can also be faxed ahead to 425-408-4402, attention: the school nurse.


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.

  • Josie H. in Mrs. Loke's room for being responsible in music.
  • Liam L. in Mrs. Reed's room for being safe.
  • Antonia W. in Mrs. Taylor's room for being kind and responsible and helping a friend.
  • Mase K. in Ms. Fawcett's room for being kind and respectful.
  • Colton C. in Ms. Schmidt's room for being kind and responsible following directions.
  • Sydney M. in Mrs. Reed's room for being safe in the foyer .
  • Micah H. in Mrs. Hager's room for being responsible with great focus and effort.
  • Jax R. in Mrs. Taylor's room for being kind.
  • Gavin P. in Mrs. Oliver's room for being kind in music.
  • Luna VWH. in Mrs. Hager's room for being kind and cleaning up and wiping down the back counter.

Way to go Suns, you reached your goal of 300 sunshine slips!

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:


Golden Acorn Winners

ERPTA wants to celebrate our newest Golden Acorn outstanding volunteer winners: Julie Even, Sara Howard, Jessica Sarkie, and Alyssa Robbins!

Our school could not be what it is without amazing volunteers. Their efforts in the Art Docent program, library, book fair, school events, track & field, and more are appreciated by us all. We are so lucky to have each and every one of these fabulous people working hard for our school.

golden acorn recipients

Field Day, 6/15 flyer

summer playdates for incoming kindergartners


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See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!