ER Suns Newsletter 6.7.21

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410.


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Kindergarten Information Night

Please join us for a Kindergarten Information Night! This event is for incoming Kindergarten families. We will share about our kindergarten program, show you a virtual tour of our school, give you some ideas about how to help your child be ready for kindergarten, and help you know what to expect for the start of the year. Join us on Monday, June 7th at 7pm via ZOOM:


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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

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


Technology Pick-up!

New Technology Pickups

The Northshore School District is making computing devices available to every student. Each student who currently has a District-provided computing device will receive an updated device that they may use for the entire summer. When the student returns their District-issued computing device, they can pick up their summer learning device at the same time by simply completing and submitting this request form as soon as possible so the device will be ready when the school schedules the exchange. If a student did not need a device this school year, but will need one for summer enrichment and learning, they should complete the form.


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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 ( 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


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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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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:

Code: dawgreader (all lower case)

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


Fall registration is now open

Plans for Fall Enrollment

Northshore School District announced that it plans to open school in the fall in a full-time, 5-day per week in-person model for all students. You may also be interested in the recently released OSPI and State Department of Health guidance for the fall (school year 2021-2022). Please also refer to Superintendent Reid’s weekly messages.

The Northshore School District is also planning to offer the Northshore Virtual Program for the 2021-2022 school year for students who might prefer learning online or do not yet feel comfortable returning to in-person learning. The program will support student learning in a 100% online format for any interested student in grades K-12. The District will host family information sessions about this program on Wednesday, June 9 via Zoom. There will be three sessions in three languages available for our Northshore families:

  • 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. English Language Session

  • 6 p.m. - 7p.m English Language Session (with Hindi, Telugu and Tamil language supports during our question and answer section)

  • 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Spanish Language Session

All sessions will be recorded and posted on our webpage. The Northshore Virtual Program will support student learning in a 100% online format for any interested student in grades K-12. If you are interested in enrolling your student in the virtual program, please submit your Intent to Enroll form as soon as possible. You can also learn more about the Northshore Virtual Program and access the links to the Family Information Session by visiting this link.


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***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 ( 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!


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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


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PE Corner

Thank you, East Ridge PTA, for donating hacky sacks for all students. They are a great activity for individual or group activities. Please keep the hacky sacks at home and encourage your student to practice the skills. You will be amazed at the quick learning curve and the improvement in coordination of the kids. Your child received them at school, or they are ready for pick-up if you are a remote student. Please contact Ms. Simpson if you need help with delivery.


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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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Library News


Thank you, East Ridge families, for sending your students' Library Book Bags to school with your child or dropping them off curbside on the labeled library cart M-F 9am-5pm.

We have received SO VERY MANY book bags in the past few weeks! Thank you!!!

As of this morning we have finally caught up with checking-in the thousands of returned books we have been receiving from you. Thanks for your patience.


We have over 275 East Ridge students who still need to return library books--many with two or more books bags (10+ books). Help! Help!! Help!!!

Thanks for helping me successfully conclude a very ambitious and rewarding school year of library book circulation and family reading!

Mr. C.😎


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Celebrating 5th Graders

Congratulations 5th graders! ERPTA surprised 5th grade East Ridge families with yard signs to celebrate and commemorate moving on to middle school next year! We wish them all of the best on their new adventures in 6th grade!

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East Ridge Keeps Playing

This week’s game is Red Light Green Light. The SEL focus for this game is Using Your Voice – Learning to express yourself responsibly and communicate to be heard and understood. This week’s brain break is Next on the List. Thank you, PTA for this resource!


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Sunshine Slips

Congratulations to the following students who have been caught demonstrating East Ridge expectation pillars. These 10 names were drawn from 113 Sunshine Slips:

Patrick L. for being kind from Mrs. Anthony's class.

Cypress T. for being responsible from Miss Petersen's class.

Auryn M. for being responsible from Mrs. Anderson's class.

Olivia V. for being responsible from Mrs. Anderon's class.

Andre L. for being responsible from Mrs. Morris's class.

Giovanni S. for being responsible from Ms. Dickens's class.

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

Laurel O. for being respectful from Ms. Fawcett's class.

Dylan S. for being kind from Ms. Fawcett's class.

Athena VW. for being kind from Mrs. Reed's class.


Way to go, East Ridge Suns!


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Artwork Submissions for Assembly

Many of your children have been participating in the optional Art Docent lessons this spring with Mrs. Burke, Mrs. Shult, Mrs. Sarkie, Mrs. Loland and Mrs. Felt. If your child would like to share their artwork in our end-of-year assembly, please take a picture and upload it by Wednesday, June 9th, using this link: Student Artwork Submission.



View the East Ridge Calendar:

The last day of school is Friday, June 18th. This is a full day of school.


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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


Back to school

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 ( 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.

  • 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.

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ASB - Food Drive

Food banks are often forgotten in the summer months and are in the highest need in the summer. Let's say goodbye to the school year with a gift of food to a food bank.

The ASB Food Drive will be held May 31-June 12...bring your donation to the box near your classroom! Our gift of food will be donated to Hope Link. See this video of the ASB giving you all the details you need to know!

If you are unable to view the video, here is a link to the slideshow


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Blood Drive

Thank you East Ridge for a successful blood drive! The East Ridge adults know how to show kindness! The East Ridge community donated 29 pints of blood with 31 donors in total. We thank you for your generosity to the greater community!



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Looking for More Information?

See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!


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ERPTA BoxTops!

You can now scan your receipts for BoxTops!


Ready Start

Northshore Early Childhood is currently enrolling for the Ready Start Tuition Program. It is a blended multi-age, inclusive model, serving students, ages 3-5. We currently have openings at Sorenson for the 2021/22 school year. Classrooms are taught and supported by a general education teacher, a special education teacher, and a paraprofessional. Inclusive classrooms create a dynamic learning environment for all students. The average class size is 16 students, with class make-up of 8 students with IEP’s, 4 students who pay tuition, and 4 students who are income eligible. Classrooms utilize The Creative Curriculum & Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment Tool. The staff is committed to fostering student learning and cultivating friendships while creating a sense of community for our students. Utilizing developmentally appropriate teaching strategies to support a whole child approach to learning, within an inclusive environment, fosters high levels of student learning and social and emotional growth for all students.

For more information and enrollment paperwork please visit our Northshore School District website: or contact Sorenson at (425) 408-5570.

Return all forms including deposit to:

Sorenson Early Childhood Center

19705 88th Ave NE

Bothell, WA 98011

Tuition Cost: $300 per month


Threads and Treads

Threads and Treads is a NSD clothing bank run by the Canyon Park Middle School PTSA. This service is open on Wednesday evenings from 4-6pm for any Northshore family. They also accept donation of clothing and shoes in usable condition as well as clothes recycling (please label the recycling).

Threads and Treads also has an Amazon Wishlist which includes new socks and underwear as these are the two items they only accept as brand new items, and currently the most needed item is men's underwear (serving young men in about 7th grade+). You can find their Wishlist at


Free and Reduced-price Meals Expanded Benefits

While Northshore is currently providing free meals through the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, there are still important benefits families can qualify for through the free and reduced-price meal application. This application must be completed each school year. If your family income has decreased, you may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

Below is a list of the additional benefits students can receive who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. This list of fee waivers and fee reductions was expanded this year, thanks to House Bill 1660.

  • Fee waiver for sports/athletics

  • Fee waiver for ASB card

  • Fee waiver for optional non-credit activities such as some clubs, dances, sporting events, etc.

  • Reduced fee for preschool, pre-K and summer school tuition programs

  • Reduced fee for Camp Cedar Springs

  • Reduced fee for PSAT and Advanced Placement Testing

  • Reduced fee for class fees and field trips

  • Reduced fee for high school graduation costs

  • Reduced fee for yearbooks for students in grades 8-12

  • Access to Operation School Bell, which provides clothes and personal products

  • Access to Backpack Program, which provides backpacks and school supplies

To have these fees waived, families must grant permission for their student’s eligibility status to be shared with Northshore School District staff or third-party vendors who are directly associated with the administration or point of sale system of the selected fee waiver programs. To grant this access, there is a new form that requires all families who qualify for free and reduced-price meals, no matter if they qualified through the state or the District’s form, that must be completed in order to securely share qualification information with select staff to ensure fees are waived.

If your family has already completed the free and reduced-price meal application this school year, you will still need to complete the new form to access all of the benefits listed above.

Click here to complete the fee waiver consent form


Northshore’s Commitment to Mental Health

The Northshore School District is committed to supporting the wellbeing and mental health of all students and staff. Resources and learn more here.