ER Suns Newsletter 9.19.22

ER Suns Newsletter 9.19.22

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410

Please call if your child is tardy or absent.


Save the Dates!

Save the Dates!

Picture Day, September 29
PTA Fall Festival, September 30


Information for Parents

Principal and Specialist Curriculum Night Messages

In order to avoid repetitive information for families with multiple children at East Ridge, we have prepared a few videos for families to watch separately, rather than including them at each Curriculum Night.

Please watch this 1-minute welcome message from Mrs. White! Please also watch this 1-minute introduction from our School Counselor, Katie Couture. Please mark your calendars for a Principal & Counselor presentation at our October 11th PTA General Meeting (7pm via ZOOM).

Our Library, Music and PE specialists have prepared videos for families to share what your child will be learning this year. Here are specialist videos by grade (K, 1st, and 3rd will be in next week’s newsletter!)

2nd Grade


4th Grade


5th Grade

Music class video will be sent after 5th graders make their music course selections


Curriculum Nights

Curriculum Nights

Classroom Curriculum Nights will be held in the classrooms. Curriculum Night is for parents/caregivers only.

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


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Please check your child’s emergency contacts in ParentVUE. Parents need to add or change emergency contacts in ParentVue. Contacts include anyone who has permission to pick their child up from school or the bus stop, this includes daycare providers.

** Please log into ParentVUE and complete the District required forms. **


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Air Quality

At school, we continue to monitor air quality to make determinations about outdoor recess and/or PE. In the Northshore School District, we use to verify the quality of air in our area. Based on the quality of the air, we adjust activities using the Washington Air Quality Guide for School & Child Care Activities*. *Please note, we use the health conditions of students based on information on file with our school nurse. Per these guidelines, health conditions include asthma and other lung disease, respiratory infection, heart disease, and diabetes.

We will continue to make determinations about students being outdoors based on the resources shared above.


A Note from Mrs. White - AttendanceAttendance Matters

Dear East Ridge Families,

Last school year, we excused absences for family trips, knowing that many had to postpone trips during the pandemic and that it was important to find time to visit family after a long time apart. This year, we hope families will return to pre-pandemic practices of limiting non-illness related absences as much as possible. Please schedule family trips during regular school breaks (see 22-23 calendar here).

It is very difficult to make up missed instructional time, since much of your child’s learning at school is dependent upon student and teacher collaboration, personalized feedback, small group work, hands-on learning, inquiry experiences, and other classroom interactions. These rich classroom experiences can’t be replaced by make-up work or online programs. Teachers are not able to provide assignments in advance of student absences.

Consistent attendance is very important to your child’s learning and relationships at school. Missing just two days a month, whether excused or unexcused, makes it more likely your child will not meet academic standards. Frequent absences can also make it harder for children to establish and maintain friendships with peers.

We love seeing your child here at school every day! Thank you for your partnership!


Get to Know New Staff to East Ridge...


Kelsey Barrett

Kelsey Barrett

I am a Kindergarten and First Grade Music Teacher here at East Ridge. We learn about music by exploring sounds, singing, playing instruments and making music together!

During fall of 2021 I student taught at East Ridge in first grade with Mrs. Gangwish. I spent the rest of the school year working at another elementary school in Northshore SD. East Ridge has such a dedicated community of staff members and families. Everyone at East Ridge works together to support each student in their social, emotional and academic growth. I am thrilled to be back at East Ridge this school year. Go Suns!


Katie Couture

Katie Couture

I am the school counselor here at East Ridge. Sometimes I refer to school counselors as "feelings teachers" when talking to kiddos about my job. I am extremely excited to get to know the students and families that make up our community!

East Ridge Elementary is a wonderful place for students to learn about themselves and the world around them. I appreciate so much the values this school strives to instill into all of our kids: safety, respect, kindness, and responsibility.


Sara Howard

Sara Howard

I am a school assistant helping with recess supervision, small group work and helping anywhere else I'm needed around the school.

My two children attend East Ridge and I just love being a part of such a wonderful community. As a classroom teacher, I have taught nearly every grade from preschool through 6th. I have also been volunteering and involved in the PTA here the last few years, so this was an amazing opportunity to get to tie it all together. I am so excited to be joining such a fabulous team and getting to know all your students this year!


Kiwi Lawson

Kiwi Lawson

I am the Learning Center Teacher.

I am excited to join such a kind and caring community. I look forward to sharing my love for learning with all students at East Ridge.




Rachel Madding

Rachel Madding

I am a Mental Health Counselor. I will be at East Ridge on Thursdays. During that time I will be working with a small caseload of students identified through internal referrals. If you are concerned about your student, the first step is to contact their teacher and Ms. Couture, the school counselor.

I am really excited to be a member of the East Ridge community!


JoAnn Todd

JoAnn Todd

I work as a literacy specialist serving Multilingual students and K-4 students who are learning to be proficient readers.

I am thrilled to work part-time at East Ridge while I teach several courses at the UWB School of Education mentoring and teaching future teachers. This is my 14th school year in NSD and 22nd in education. Woodinville is my home and I am fortunate to know several East Ridge families through my two children's sports teams.



ParentVUE  - Emergency Contacts & Required Forms

ParentVUE - Emergency Contacts & Required Forms

Please check your child’s emergency contacts in ParentVUE. Parents need to add or change emergency contacts in ParentVue. Contacts include anyone who has permission to pick their child up from school or the bus stop, this includes daycare providers.

Please log into ParentVUE and complete the District required forms.


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Picture Day!

Thursday, September 29

  • Go to and search for your school

  • Select the order button from the appropriate photo day

  • Complete your transaction

  • Or - look for flyers coming home

  • Questions? 1-800-826-3535


COVID CommunicationCOVID virus

The Department of Health (DOH) requires schools to inform families and students about COVID-19 case numbers and potential outbreaks. Last week, there were a total of four confirmed cases at our school. The accuracy of our data depends on self-reporting. Thank you for continuing to let the school know if your child tests positive for COVID-19. To view additional information, including school and district trends visit the District’s COVID-19 data dashboard. The dashboard is updated weekly on Monday evenings.

If your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 keep them home and test for COVID-19. Families can order free COVID-19 tests from the state. Together, we can keep our schools healthy and safe.


Cross Country - Begins this Week!

Cross Country - Begins this Week!

Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:45 – 4:30 pm.

Practices: 9/20, 9/22, 9/27, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, and 10/20.

Volunteers needed for practices and upcoming meet on 10/4. Please sign up to help at the home meet at the below link:

If you have any questions regarding registration, please feel free to contact the East Ridge main office staff at 452.408.4400. For other questions or concerns, call / text Coach Mitchell Zimberg at 425.765.4952 (note: new phone number) or Email at

Meets: 4:45 – 6:00 pm 10/4 East Ridge

10/11 Sunrise
10/18 Cottage Lake
10/25 Sunrise –5:00 Finals

Complete registration information including fees, methods of payment and forms is available on the Northshore School District elementary sports website: - Registration is open now and will continue through September 20. - The registration fee is $35.00 or $0.00 for Free or Reduced Lunch Program qualifiers.


Bus Passes

REMINDER: Bus Passes

Please note: bus passes will not be issued until the first part of October.



After School Notes - Home - School Connection

REMINDER: After School Notes

Please continue to send notes to school if your child's USUAL after school plans change. Include your child's name, teacher, date, and after school plan.



Volunteer/Visitor Badge

REMINDER: Volunteer/Visitor Sign In

We are working hard to make East Ridge an exceptional and safe school for your child and you. Please observe the following:

  • You must complete the district background check process annually, prior to volunteering at East Ridge.
  • Sign in at the office and wear a badge any time you are on campus during office hours. This includes before and after school. Return the badge and sign out.
  • Younger siblings are not able to accompany volunteers at this time.
  • Please refrain from using your cell phone on campus.

Volunteer at the Library


REMINDER: Library Help

East Ridge Library would love your help! Volunteers help keep the library running smoothly by helping with things like check in/out and shelving. It's a great way to get involved at school, even if you've never volunteered before. It's also very flexible if you aren't able to make it in on a weekly basis. We still have several classes without volunteers, so please fill out this form if you have any interest in helping out in the library this year!

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Frequently Used Links

Daily Lunch Picture Menu
Weekly Breakfast and Lunch Menu
Paying for Meals Online - Titan
Family Handbook: All You Need to Know about East Ridge!
COVID Flowchart
Pre-arranged Absence Form
East Ridge Elementary Website
Northshore School District Calendar for 22-23


East Ridge PTA Newsletter Information Below...


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:



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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!


Thank You!picture of picnic tables on the lawn

A big “thank you” to Julie Even, Danielle Rank, and Justin Rank for taking time to put together all of the picnic tables that the PTA purchased last year! They’re all ready for everyone to enjoy at the Fall Festival—we appreciate their time and effort to get this done!

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!



Math Challenge

Math Challenge

Math Challenge is a FREE optional Math Enrichment program open to ALL STUDENTS, K-5th grade!

It’s easy to participate! Just go to the link below to download the latest challenge by clicking on the blue ‘Current Math Challenge’ button:

Challenge #1 will be available on September 23rd with answers due October 6th by 3pm.

ONLY ONLINE submissions will be accepted! To submit your answers go to:

Students can enter as many or as few Math Challenges as they would like throughout the school year. Small prizes awarded for top responses each challenge!

So come on and give it a try!


ERPTA Fall Festival

The East Ridge Fall Festival is coming up on 9/30! Your help makes this event possible, so please sign up below if you're able to! This is a great opportunity for middle/high school students to get service hours.


ERPTA Fall Festival flyer

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See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!