ER Suns Newsletter 8.29.22

ER Suns Newsletter 8.29.22

Save the Dates!

Save the Dates!

First Day of School, August 31

Curriculum Night, September 20 - 2nd, 4th & 5th Grades

Curriculum Night, September 27 - KF, 1st & 3rd Grades

Picture Day, September 29

PTA Fall Festival, September 30


Thank You, PTA!

Thank You, PTA!

A huge thank you to the PTA for the delicious potluck on Thursday! We appreciate the generosity of our East Ridge community. It was so nice to break from meetings and have lunch ready for us. Thank you to Daniella Rank and Trudy Ford for organizing and thank you to everyone who contributed.


After School Plan Form - REQUIRED -QR Code

After School Plan Form - REQUIRED

Scan this QR code or follow this link to complete an After School Plan form for your child. Please complete one form for each of your children.

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, please send a note to school with your child.

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


First Day of School apple

First Day of School Information

We are excited to welcome students in grades 1-5 on Wednesday!

Arrival begins: 8:50am

Dismissal: 3:35

Prior to the first day of school, please review this important information about arrival and dismissal. This includes directions for families whose children arrive via walking and car drop off. You don’t want to miss our Parking Lot Rules video for parents! It will make you smile! (Big thanks to Mrs. Martinez and Mrs. Sullivan and our young East Ridge “drivers” and their families for making this video!)


Family Handbook- school with bell

Family Handbook

Please take some time to read our East Ridge Parent Handbook: All You Need to Know about East Ridge!


Bus Routes- picture of top of 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.

Bring NSD Devices Back to School, child with laptop on lap


Bring NSD Devices Back to School

Please help your students to locate their assigned technology device, charger, and bag before school starts, if they had a device checked out over the summer. Coming to school the first day with a fully charged tech device will help make for a smooth transition back to school.

Also, if you have located missing devices or chargers over the summer, be sure to notify your school and return this equipment to avoid fines. Students who are new to Northshore, or do not have a tech device, will receive their device once school starts.

Please contact with any questions.


School Schedule for 2022-23, our daily routines bulletin board

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)


Yearbooks Available

There is a limited number of 2021-22 yearbooks available.

Please contact the office at 425.408.4400 or


Curriculum Nights

Curriculum 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


Important Changes in School Meals

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!


Kindergarten Schedule

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

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

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.


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)


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:


New Website

ERPTA is excited to announce that we have launched a brand new website!

Now it's easier than ever to get to know our board, find out how to volunteer, which events are coming up, and how to donate to support our programs.

Check it out here:

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Friendly reminder that with each new school year, you will need to *renew* your membership with the PTA if you had joined us in the past.

Click the link below to read more about how the PTA serves the East Ridge community, and to renew your membership or join for the first time!

First Day coffee

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

East Ridge logo, yellow sun, orange rays


Looking for More Information?

See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!