ER Suns Newsletter 8.22.22

ER Suns Newsletter 8.22.22

Save the Date!Save the Date sign

The first day of school is August 31. This is a full-day Wednesday, 9:05am-3:35pm 


District CalendarDistrict Calendar

Please use this district calendar when making plans for the new school year.

2022-23 NSD Calendar



East Ridge Elementary sign

Parent Handbook

All You Need to Know about East Ridge!



School Schedule for 2022-23

School Schedule for 2022-23

9:05am - School Starts (no arrival before 8:50)

3:35 - Dismissal

2:05 - Wednesday Early Dismissal (every Wednesday except August 31 and June 14)


Thank You Community Serve Day Volunteers! - We appreciate you

Thank You Community Serve Day Volunteers!

What an incredible community we have! The turn out for our second Community Serve Day at East Ridge was remarkable. Beds have been weeded, trees trimmed, bushes tamed, flowers planted, bark spread, shelves moved, classrooms organized. Thank you team East Ridge! A big thank you to Cynthia Loland and Flic Chastney for helping to organize this event and to the many volunteers who showed up to help. Our campus looks amazing!


Class Placement, drawing of teacher with students

Class Placement

We understand you and your child are eager for this information! Thank you for your patience as we enroll new students and work to create balanced groupings. You can log into ParentVue on Wednesday, August 25th to see your child’s classroom teacher placement. Your family will also receive email communication late Wednesday afternoon from your child’s classroom teacher. Please do not call the office for placement information.

Our staff puts considerable time and effort into creating balanced classroom groupings. Each teacher at our school is prepared to warmly welcome your child and provide them with an excellent experience this school year. Placement changes are not possible at this time. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being at the start of the school year, please reach out to their teacher directly. We look forward to your partnership!


Meet the Teachers Event

Meet the Teachers Event

Come meet your teachers and meet others in the East Ridge Community! Join us on Thursday, August 25th, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. PTA will have treats at 4pm. Families new to our school are invited to arrive at 2:30pm for a tour.

Please note that students should NOT bring their school supplies to this event. School supplies should be brought to school on the first day of school.

Please be sure to do each of these tasks at this event:

  • Stop by the “Transportation Station'' to pick up your car sign for car drop off/pick up. You can also receive help to fill out the required After School Plan Survey Form.

  • Find your child’s classroom teacher. Teachers will be at tables in the outdoor hallways. Look for the color that corresponds to your child’s grade. Stop by the specialist and special program staff tables, too!

    • K: red

    • 1: green

    • 2: purple

    • 3: blue

    • 4: orange

    • 5: pink

    • PE/Music/Library Specialists: white

    • Special Education Staff: white

    • English Learner Development Program Staff: white

    • School Counselor: white

  • Stop by the playground at 4:00pm for a treat from PTA!


After School Plan Form - RequiredAfter School Plan Form - Required - QR code

Scan this QR code or follow this link to complete an After School Plan form for your child.

Please complete one survey per student.

This is your child’s USUAL plan for after school.

If your plans change permanently, let the office and your teacher know.

If plans change for a short time or on any individual day, you must send a note to school with your child.

**Without a note, your child will be sent home the usual way.**



Important Changes in School Meals

  • Breakfasts and lunches will no longer be free.
  • Families who need free or reduced-price meals must reapply for benefits by the end of September.

  • NSD has moved from PayPams to Titan. All account balances were transferred automatically but you need to register in order to view or add money to student accounts.

  • Details below.


School Meals - Meals Will Be For Purchase This Year

The Northshore School District, like all others in the state, will again begin to charge for school lunch and breakfast at the start of next school year. The Federal COVID-19 waivers that have allowed U.S. public schools to offer free breakfasts and lunches to all students regardless of income expires this month. This means students who apply for benefits and qualify for free or reduced-priced meals will continue to receive meals at no charge in 2022-23, and students who do not apply for or qualify for benefits will be charged at the paid meal price for breakfast and lunch when participating.

Breakfast Price: $2.25

Lunch Price: $3.75

Preparing for Meal Purchase:

  • Set up a Titan Family Portal account. Be prepared for purchasing meals by opening a Titan Family Portal account where you can add money to your student's account, set up recurring payments, see purchases, set low-balance reminders, move money between siblings and even apply for benefits!

Students need to qualify each school year for free or reduced-priced meals in order to continue receiving benefits. Reapply for benefits in August! In addition to meals, those who qualify can also receive discounted or free school services including athletic fees, field trip fees, ASB fees, college application fees, and more!


Student Technology- laptop picture

Student Technology

To prepare for the start of school, please locate your 3rd-5th grade child’s Chromebook, charger, and bag before school starts. If your 1st-2nd grade child checked out an ipad, please reach out to for next steps. Students should begin bringing their charged device to school on the first day.


Bus Routes- picture of top of school bus

Bus Routes

Bus stop information will be posted on the E-Link the week before school starts. Bus routes will not be mailed out.

Important Bus Information

  1. Kindergarten: Students must be met by a parent/guardian at bus drop off or are delivered back to school. If a parent/guardian requests a different person be at the stop, please fill out the permission to release form.

  2. Unaccounted students: If for any reason students are unaccounted for, (missed bus, has not arrived at home, etc.) please be sure to check after school programs, daycare and alternate after school plans prior to contacting Transportation at 425-408-7900.

  3. Bus stop change request forms are online: Transportation Forms. All requests (except safety) are reviewed in late September.

  4. Note: Board Policy 8100 allows students to walk 1 mile to bus stops or school if conditions are safe.

  5. Bus Pass: All passes are issued from the school main office. Please send a note to school with your child with ALL information: date, your child's name and teacher, student riding with, bus stop address, and bus number.

Hello kindergarten


Kindergarten Schedule

East Ridge kindergarten will participate in a staggered start the first week of school. The first 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. The sign up for conferences will be sent out directly from the teachers next week.

Here is the schedule for Kindergarten:

  • August 31: WA Kids Conferences

  • September 1: WA Kids Conferences

  • September 2: WA Kids Conferences

  • September 5: Labor Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL

  • September 6: Kindergarteners with last name A-L attend

  • September 7: Kindergarteners with last name M-Z attend - early dismissal 2:05 pm

New to East Ridge? Welcome!


New to East Ridge?

Check out these presentations:

Kindergarten Presentation/Tour (for incoming Kindergarten)

East Ridge Virtual Tour (for any grade)


Curriculum NightsCurriculum Nights

Classroom Curriculum Nights will be held in the classrooms.

Tuesday, September 20

5:30-6:15pm - 4th grade

6:30-7:15pm - 2nd grade and 5th grade

Tuesday, September 27

5:30-6:15pm - Kindergarten / 1st grade

6:30-7:15pm - 3rd grade


Supply List

Supply List

A basic Student Supply List is now available at School Supply Link. Please wait until after school has started to buy supplies other than those on the list.


Nurse's Corner

Welcome to school for 2022-23

Welcome back to school! I am looking forward to seeing your children again this year. Our goal is to keep students in school to learn, while making sure to help protect their health.

Here is some information you will need for the start of the school year:

Basic information:

  • If your child has life threatening allergies, please remember to bring in medication and Medication Authorization Form by the first day of school. Your student will not be able to attend without the necessary paperwork and medication.

  • If your child needs to have medications at school, please bring in the medication and the Medication Authorization Form by the first day of school.

  • All medicines (prescribed and over the counter) need an MD order. If your child normally just takes meds at home (like inhalers) and they need to get it at school or increase how often to get at school, a new MD order is needed for us to be able to give the medication.

  • Cough drops, throat lozenges, lip balm/chapstick, lotions, creams, and ointments are considered medications and need an MD order/Medication Authorization Form.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Nurse Gerry Cullins RN, BSN,, 425.408.4406


Injuries at School

The health and safety of our students is of critical importance to the Northshore School District. Even so, accidents may and do happen and the resulting medical bills can be expensive. However, many families are unaware that the district does not carry insurance for student personal injury costs and cannot assume responsibility for them.

Parent/Guardian Responsibility: What this basically means is that if your child gets hurt during school day or during a school activity, you as the parent or guardian, are financially responsible for any medical bills incurred.

This includes students participating in athletics, PE, recess and after school activities. If your student participates in a sport, please make certain your family insurance plan covers athletic participation.

Optional Student Health Insurance

As a service, the district provides information on an optional student accident/health insurance plan. Although not the only provider of this coverage type, Meyers-Stevens & Toohey has been recommended by our Washington Schools Risk Management Pool. This coverage plan is made available by many school districts across the state.

If you have questions regarding the available plans, please call Myers-Stevens & Toohey at (800) 827-4695 or visit their website at

If you would like a hard copy enrollment form, please contact our East Ridge office.


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:


Welcome Back PotluckWelcome Back Potluck

School is almost here, which means we want to treat our amazing teachers and staff to a Welcome Back Potluck on August 25th!

If you would like to contribute to the potluck, please sign up here!:

Ice Cream Social - PTA

First Day Coffee - PTA

Community Resources

Threads&Treads is a free clothing bank located in Bothell at Canyon Park Junior High School. Northshore families in need of clothing assistance may shop once a month for 3 outfits, shoes, jackets and accessories. ( No referral required.

Want to contribute to this resource? Clothing donations accepted at Canyon Park Junior High and volunteers are needed!

Clothes for Kids

Clothes for Kids is a referral-based program serving Snohomish County and the Northshore School District. Transforming lives since 1984.

Clothes For Kids provides school clothing (including socks, underwear, and shoes) to students in our community whose families qualify for free or reduced meals at school. We serve all of Snohomish County and the Northshore School District of King County.


Welcome Back to School


Looking for More Information?East Ridge logo, yellow sun, orange rays

See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!