ER Suns Newsletter 6.14.21

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410.

erattendance@nsd.org

 

End of the School Year Updates

School Days...Please note!

Last day of school … June 18th

The East Ridge office will be closed in the month of July.
Summer office hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Beginning Monday August 16th.

 

End-of-Year Assembly, Red, orange & burgundy with stars

East Ridge Virtual End-of-Year Assembly

Students and families are invited to our virtual end-of-year assembly on ZOOM. Families should try to log on together from the same device in order to help us stay within our zoom capacity:

Time: Jun 16, 2021 09:00 AM

https://nsd.zoom.us/j/84851549864?pwd=bmdLNzc3UHRNUUFsanZMNFBtcFpEdz09

Meeting ID: 848 5154 9864

Passcode: eastridge

One tap mobile

+12532158782,,84851549864# US (Tacoma)

 

From Mrs. White

Dear East Ridge Family,

As the 2021-22 school year ends, I am so grateful! It is such an honor to be part of this incredible school community. Your partnership with us meant more than ever this year. We know that the challenges of distance learning were great, and we are proud of our families, students, and staff for their resilience and dedication to make this the best school year possible.

The students leaving this year as fifth graders are the kindergarteners who started just six years ago. They will take a little bit of many different parts of East Ridge with them. Dedicated staff, countless parent volunteers, and supportive families have all had a role in these students’ success and preparation for their future. At East Ridge, we work hard to prepare them to leave us, and when they do, we know they are ready!

We also have a few staff members leaving East Ridge for new adventures next year:

  • We are celebrating the long legacy of Janie Anderson as our music teacher at East Ridge since it opened in 1991! Mrs. Anderson has made a lasting impact on our school and community with music and more! Mrs. Anderson is retiring.

  • We will greatly miss Emily Anthony, whose family is moving out of state next year. Mrs. Anthony has provided our kindergarteners and their families such a positive beginning to their school experience at East Ridge for eight years.

  • We are so grateful to Stephanie Donohoe, 1st grade teacher, for the positive impact she has had on students and families last spring and all year this year. Stephanie will be moving on to a new teaching position next year.

  • We are so proud of Amy Goodgion, Learning Center Paraeducator, who will be starting her career as a teacher! She will be teaching Kindergarten at Seattle Christian School next year.

  • We are also wishing Cheryl Lichttenegger, our Kitchen Manager, a very happy retirement! We will surely miss her smiles and warm greetings to kids and staff each day!

  • We have been so grateful for Carol Michel, our school psychologist for the last two years. Carol will be serving a different elementary school in Northshore next year. She has provided our special education team and families with such compassionate and clear evaluation services, and will be missed!

  • We are also sad to say goodbye to Daniella Rizo, whose family is moving out of state next year. Mrs. Rizo has been such an impressive member of our 4th and 5th grade team the last three years and has played such an important role in our students’ readiness for middle school.

Please join me in welcoming the following new staff next year. These teachers come to us with solid credentials and experience, as well as a commitment to make East Ridge the very best place for teaching and learning:

  • Brittney Harrer will be teaching first grade. Brittney was a teaching intern at East Ridge several years ago and has taught in the Wellington PACE program the last two years. We are thrilled to welcome Brittney back to East Ridge.

  • Sara Taylor will be teaching fifth grade. Sara most recently taught at Sunrise and Bear Creek Elementary. Sara has also taught in the Riverview and Renton School Districts. We are excited to have Sara join our staff!

  • Tiana Shuford, previously our Kindergarten/1st grade music teacher, will be joining us full time as our general music teacher! Tiana taught music at East Ridge, Hollywood Hill and Sunrise this year, and is looking forward to putting all of her energy into our school community next year.

We are still in the process of hiring for a few other positions and will update the community in August. We look forward to greeting all of our students and staff full time and in person in September.

Our staff wishes you a wonderful summer! Be safe, play hard, and as our state and county begin opening up safely, I hope you will spend lots of time together as a family and with friends building those lifetime memories!

Fondly,

Sarah White, Principal

 

cartoon drawing of child with laptop

Technology Returns

Do you have a borrowed NSD Laptop or HotSpot?

All NSD borrowed devices must be returned by 6/18.

Each device will need to be inspected by a staff member upon returning and Parents/Guardians will need to sign the return form. Please allow time for this and remember to bring the charger and a pen to sign the form.

Collection Dates:

  • June 16th: 11:00 - 1:00 pm

  • June 18th: 9:30 - 11:00 am and 3:30-4:30 pm

When you return your District-issued device, you can pick up your summer learning device at the same time but you must complete and submit this request form by June 16th so the device will be ready. If your student needs a device for summer enrichment and learning, you should complete the form.

***If these dates and times do not work for you, please contact the office as soon as possible to make other arrangements.***

 

Nurse's Corner

Nurse's Corner

A kind reminder that if your child is due to get immunizations over the summer, you will need to send the updated immunization information to the school nurse.

The Department of Health has updated the Immunization Manual for Schools, Preschools, and Child Care Facilities (PDF) to state that complete immunization documentation (completed and verified or exemption) will be needed for all students in public or private school, regardless of program, and must be in place before they are allowed to attend. This includes home school networks and virtual (remote) learning.

Contact Nurse Gerry with any questions (gcullins@nsd.org).

 

i-Ready logo

i-Ready Summer Use

We are pleased to inform you that i-Ready will be available during the summer (through August 13th). 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 (my.nsd.org) 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.

Mrs. Morris, one of our East Ridge teachers, will be keeping an eye on student i-Ready use over the summer. If you need help with your child’s account during July or August, please reach out to Mrs. Morris at kmorris@nsd.org.

 

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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: https://www.nsd.org/schools/get-started/enrollment. Please call our office at (425) 408-4403 or email rshepherd@nsd.org if you need help with the online registration process.

 

Chinese Language Program

The Chinese Language Program at Sunrise Elementary has a few spots available for students who will be in second grade in the 2021-22 school year. To learn more about the program, click here. Depending on your child's language background, there is a possibility he/she would need to catch up on Chinese content missed in first grade. Upon entry into the program, we would communicate a plan on how that would happen.

If you are interested in having your child join the Chinese Language Program class for the Fall of 2021, please fill out this form by Wednesday, June 16th at 5:00pm.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Sunrise Principal Steve Hopkins at shopkins@nsd.org

 

Woodin Dual Language Program

Woodin's dual language program has a few spots available for students in grades 2nd-5th for the 2021-22 school year. To learn more about the program, click here. Depending on your child's language background, there is a possibility he/she would need to catch up on Spanish content missed in kindergarten through second grade. Upon entry into the program, we would communicate a plan on how that would happen.

If you are interested in having your child join Woodin's Dual Language Program for the Fall of 2021, please fill out this Form by Wednesday, June 16th at 5:00pm.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Woodin's Principal Dawn Bowers at dbowers@nsd.org.

 

Programa de Lenguaje Dual de Woodin

El Programa de Lenguaje Dual de Woodin tiene algunos lugares disponibles para los estudiantes de 2do a 5to grado° para el año escolar 2021-22. Para obtener más información sobre el programa, haga clic aquí. Dependiendo de los antecedentes lingüísticos de su hijo, existe la posibilidad de que él / ella necesite ponerse al día con el contenido en español que perdió desde el Jardín de Infantes hasta el segundo grado. Al ingresar al programa, comunicaríamos un plan sobre cómo sucedería eso.

Si está interesado en que su hijo se una al Programa de Lenguaje Dual de Woodin para el otoño del 2021, complete este formulario antes del Miércoles 16 de Junio a las 5:00 pm.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en enviar un correo electrónico a la Directora de Woodin, Dawn Bowers, a dbowers@nsd.org.

 

UW logo with Husky

UW Summer Reading Program

Real Dawgs Read is a summer reading program developed for K-8 schools in Washington state. Participants read at least 30 minutes a day over 30 separate days to earn a Husky reward and reading certificate. Students record their reading online. Log in here:

Students can to get started online here: https://www.washington.edu/realdawgsread/

Code: dawgreader (all lower case)

You must start recording your reading AFTER the last day of school.

 

ParentVue logo, powered by Synergy

***ParentVue Reminder***

Please be sure you are able to access ParentVue. Not only can you check on your student’s attendance status, but this is the only method we will be using to release class assignments in the fall. Don’t wait! Contact Rae Shepherd (rshepherd@nsd.org) if you are having any trouble signing in.

We have many important events coming up! Please scroll through the whole newsletter to be sure you don’t miss out on important details!

 

red truck driven by a chicken with moving items and dog in the back

Are You Moving?

If your family is planning to move out of the East Ridge service area over the summer, please let the office know as soon as possible. This will help us to have a more accurate enrollment count as well as making our preliminary placement and balancing of the class/student groupings as accurate as possible. Call 425.408.4400 or email rshepherd@nsd.org.

 

PE, shoes with sports balls

PE Corner

EQUIPMENT RETURN - Please return all equipment that was borrowed for PE. There will be a wheelbarrow out for you to put all equipment there. Keep your hacky sacks. They were a generous gift from the East Ridge PTA. Thank you so much for your patience this year during zoom PE meetings.

Ms. Simpson

 

rainbow kids jumping in the air

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

ZOOM LINK: https://nsd.zoom.us/my/ksimpson545

Meeting ID: 775 631 8968

See you there!

 

Playworks logo

East Ridge Keeps Playing

This week’s game is Invent a Game. The SEL focus for this game is Ethical Responsibility – recognizing when your actions might have a negative effect on other people or your community and taking steps to make it right.

This can include effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating yourself. This week’s brain break is Mystery Creature. Thank you, PTA for this resource!

 

Expectations - be kind, be respectful, be responsible, be safe

Sunshine Slips

Congratulations to the following students who have been caught demonstrating East Ridge expectation pillars. These 25 names were drawn from 252 Sunshine Slips:

Rylyn W. for being responsible from Mrs. Anthony's class.
Emmett H. for being responsible from Miss Petersen's class.
Madison P. for being responsible from Miss Petersen's class.
Coen P. for being kind from Mrs. Anderson's class.
Cate S. for being kind from Mrs. Anderson's class.
Sidney V. for being responsible from Mrs. Donohoe's.
Sabrina P. for being responsible from Mrs. Gangwish's class.
Ethan S. for being kind from Mrs. Hill's class.
Landon A. for being responsible from Mrs. Hill's class.
Katharina S. for being kind from Mrs. Oliver's class.
Alillia T. for being responsible from Mrs. Sullivan's class.
Sky S. for being safe from Mrs. Sullivan's class.
Asher A. for being kind from Mrs. Hager's class.
Liam L. for being kind from Mrs. Hager's class.
Mia K. for being responsbile from Ms. Schmidt's class.
Reagan W. for being kind from Ms. Schmidt's class.
Mason B. for being respectful from Ms. Schmidt's class.
Savannah H. for being responsible from Ms. Dickens's class.
Olivia K. for being kind from Ms. Dickens's class.
Lily B. for being responsible from Ms. Dickens's class.
Sawyer M. being responsible from Ms. Fawcett's class.
Nathan M. for being kind from Ms. Fawcett's class.
Maia Q. for being responsible from Mrs. Reed's class.
Tristin N. for being responsible from Mrs. Reed's class.
Cammie M. for being respectful from Mrs. Reed's class.

Way to go, East Ridge Suns!

 

Calendar

View the East Ridge Calendar: https://eastridge.nsd.org/our-school-clone/calendar

  • Library books now due.
  • Last day of school is Friday, June 18th. This is a full day.
  • End of the year Assembly, Wednesday, June 16th, 9:00am
  • 5th Grade Car Parade: Wednesday, June 16th, 10:15am
  • All-school Technology Drop-off :
  • June 16th: 11:00 - 1:00 pm

  • June 18th: 9:30 - 11:00 am and 3:30-4:30 pm

 

Back to school written on colored pencil banner

Back to School - Things to Know...

  • Meet the Teacher: TBD - Details will be sent in August.

  • The first day of school is September 1st.

  • Class placement letters- Please be sure you are able to access ParentVueThis is the only method we will be using to release class assignments in August (we will not be mailing letters with placement information this year). You can also check your child’s attendance status in Parent Vue. Don’t wait! Contact Rae Shepherd (rshepherd@nsd.org) 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. http://versatrans.nsd.org/elinkrp/Students/BasicTransBoundarySearch.aspx

  • 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.

  • The school office will be closed the month of July and will reopen in August.

  • Children without up-to-date immunizations may not enter school. State law does not allow for a grace period.

 

end of the school year

End of the Year

  • Library books due now.
  • Last day of school is Friday, June 18th. This is a full day.
  • End of the year Assembly, Wednesday, June 16th, 9:00am
  • 5th Grade Car Parade: Wednesday, June 16th, 10:15am
  • All-school Technology Drop-off 11:00am - 1:00pm

 

ASB, associated student body

ASB - Food Drive

Food banks are often forgotten in the summer months and are in the highest need in the summer. ASB organized the school to say goodbye to the school year with a gift of food to a food bank. Thank you for donating food! Our gift of food will be donated to Hope Link.

 

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Looking for More Information?

See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!

General Meeting for East Ridge PTA

ERPTA General Membership Meeting

Time: Jun 15, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topics: Final PTA Board announcements and elections, next year's budget, the Golden Acorn Recipients announcement, and a send off for all our graduating members.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 845 8561 3489

Passcode: 520738

 

Thank You for a great year!

Thank You from ERPTA

Thank You from ERPTA to the East Ridge Staff and our Amazing Community!

As we round off this unique year at East Ridge, ERPTA as a whole wants to send a very big warm thanks to the East Ridge staff, all of our volunteers, and also our valued community members! This year more than others, we have realized the importance of strong ties and people working together and are grateful to have each and every one of you.

 

Golden Acorn Awards

Golden Acorn Awards

Golden Acorn Awards are presented by ERPTA to volunteers in our school community for recognition of their dedication and service to children and youth. Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations! We're excited to announce this years very deserving winners and want to thank them for their outstanding service and support:

  • Jenn Strutzel
  • Jenny Pinter
  • Ghladyst Chia
  • Holli Bieler

 

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ERPTA BoxTops!

Thank you, East Ridge Families, for a wonderful collection year! Way to go!

Keep collecting Box Tops all summer long and look for collection dates in the fall!

Have a great summer!

You can now scan your receipts for BoxTops! https://www.boxtops4education.com/

 

Last Chance for Yearbooks!

Last Chance for yearbooks, sales close 6/17

We have additional yearbooks for 1st-4th graders to buy! Go to erpta.org and click the "Order Now" button on the front page to place your order while supplies last! Sales are open until 6/17.

buy your yearbook = last chance!