ER Suns Newsletter 8.31.20

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410.

First Day of School Car Parade! Wednesday, September 2nd, 3:15-4:15pm

First Day of School Car Parade! Wednesday, September 2nd, 3:15-4:15pm

We want to help make the first day of school special! We are planning a car parade for the first day of school. This will give families a chance to see the school and staff in "real life" on the first day, while still keeping everyone safe!

  • This will be a drive-through event only.
  • We will not be collecting or distributing any materials at this event.
  • We encourage each child to make a sign with their name, grade, and teacher's name, to hold up as they drive by!
  • Parade begins in the East Ridge School Bus Entrance - Follow the signs!

  • Our teachers and staff will be arranged in grade level or specialist groups so that you can more easily spot your teacher(s) to wave! (They will have signs, too!)
  • Classroom teachers will notify their families if they are unable to participate in person that day.
  • We will video a "drive by" of the parade and make it available later in the week for those who are unable to come that day.

Community Building Weeks

The district focus for the first three weeks of school is community building. Establishing classroom and school community is critical to the success of every student. To build the important relationships between students, their families, teachers, and other school staff, our school is planning activities and work which will focus on community-building, setting expectations, and training students and families on various technology tools. Together, we will work toward a successful launch of Northshore Learns 3.0 and a great start to the school year! Here are some details about our East Ridge Plan:

  • We are hosting a first day of school car parade to celebrate the first day of school! See details above.
  • Each classroom teacher will be conducting individual family connection meetings. Students and their parents/caregivers should attend these meetings. Teachers will be communicating sign up information to families.
  • Our theme for September is "How to Be Distance Learner." Classroom teachers will host daily class meetings for students, each morning and each afternoon. The focus of these class meetings will be on helping students get to know one another and their teacher, learn about class and school expectations, and learn how to be a distance learner and classroom community member.
  • During the community building weeks, teachers' work days will be focused on the class meetings at the beginning and end of the day and also on meeting with every family. Teachers will not be providing regular academic content-area instruction during these weeks. Limited independent/asynchronous student tasks may be assigned for students to complete during the day, with a focus on getting to know you activities and learning how to be a distance learner.
  • Some grade levels will be doing student assessments during these weeks.
  • We will also have some whole-school content, such as videos and read alouds from Mrs. White and other staff.
  • Each class will have one connections class meeting with their PE, Music, and Library teachers between 9/3-9/11. Our regular weekly specialist schedule will begin on 9/14.
  • We are in the process of planning some activities for our new students to get to know other students and our school. More info soon!
  • We are in the process of planning our Curriculum Nights in a virtual setting. More info soon!
  • Our regular schedule for classroom instruction and academic content will begin on Monday, September 21. Prior to that date, teachers will be providing information to students and families regarding how to navigate Schoology to find their daily schedule and content.


Please watch this video from our district, which explains our process for student attendance during distance learning.

During distance learning, teachers will take daily attendance during the first class meeting in the morning. Students will be considered present if they log into the live Zoom session; students may be counted as present even if they opt to have their camera off.

If a student is not present at the start of the school day, they will initially be noted as absent. We understand that there are circumstances that may prevent live participation during the scheduled school day, and we want to honor the possibility of asynchronous learning on the part of a student. Attendance through one or more of the following activities will be allowed:

● Daily logins to Schoology, Northshore’s learning management system;

● Daily interaction with the teacher(s) by sending a message through Schoology or via email;

● Evidence of participation in a task or assignment posted in Schoology;


If your child is sick or unable to participate in school activities, please report your child's attendance by calling our attendance line at (425) 408-4410 or sending an email to

Log In Information

If you missed the email on Friday with more information about logging into Clever, Schoology and Parent Vue, you can read information here:

Save The Date!

Materials pickup will be on September 16th.

Stay tuned! More information to come!

Last chance for tech pickup!

Need a Device? Do you currently have a NSD white Chromebook?

Does your student need a laptop? Is your student currently borrowing a white Chromebook* from school? Do you need Internet** access at your home?

If you've answered yes to any of these questions, please fill out this form as soon as possible for Tuesday (9/1) pick up :

*White Chromebooks will need to be exchanged for an updated device to ensure your student has access to all of the online resources they will need. If you are exchanging a white Chromebook, please bring the white Chromebook & it's charger in a bag with your students' name on it to the pick up (details below).

**We will have a limited number of Hotspots for families without Internet. You will only need one Hotspot per household.

Device Pick Up

If you complete the Device Request form, we will have a device ready for you to pick up on Tuesday, 9/1.

Pick Up will be 9-11 am on Tuesday, September 1st.

Pick Up Process - Important!

  1. Please have a sign with your student's name displayed on your dashboard.
  2. Enter East Ridge parking lot and wait in the student drop off area (along the curb in front of the main office). If there are many cars, please loop counter clockwise through the parking lot until a spot is open at the curb.
  3. Please do not get out of your car.
  4. East Ridge staff will be wearing PPE, we will verify your students' information and hand you your device(s) through your passenger side window.


Please contact our School Technology Specialist, Tiffany Dial, with any questions or concerns at


**Please note: Hotspots are limited and there is a wait list.


Looking for More Information?

See our newsletter last week for information about

  • School Supplies
  • Save the date for our Materials Pick Up Event on 9/16
  • Community resources for clothing and meals

clip art of a camera

New to East Ridge?

To aid in our process of getting to know your child(ren), we would like to see their smiling face! Please submit a head shot photo of your student to our secretary/registrar, Rae Shepherd, at:

Their photo will be entered into our student database program.

Returning students (including transfers within the District) do not need to send photos as these are currently in the system.

Thank you!

Changes to your plan to attend East Ridge?

Please notify the office if your plans to attend East Ridge have changed or if you have moved. Email ( or call: 425.408.4400.


View the East Ridge Calendar:

East Ridge Elementary School

East Ridge Elementary School


22150 Northeast 156th Place, Woodinville, WA, USA(425) 408-4400