eNews 1.18.19 

No School on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Starting next week on, Tuesday, January 22nd , you will be asked to show your picture ID when you come in to volunteer or to visit Cascade Ridge. We will then scan your ID into our system and print a photo ID sticker for you to wear while you are on campus. You will still sign in as well. This ID sticker will need to be visible the entire time you are on campus. When you are ready to leave, you will still stop by the office to sign out. This is very important as this is how we account for people in the building during emergencies.  The sticker you receive can just be thrown away – it will be void at the end of the day. 

This is just one more step the Issaquah School District is taking to keep our students safe. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this new system.

mouse shouting thank you

Thank you SO much for our YUMMY staff lunch on Tuesday!
We appreciate all of you!



Will your student be participating in the sports programs offered at middle school?  If so, mark your calendar and plan to get their sports physical during the summer.   Students entering 6th and 9th grade are required to have a physical dated after June 1.   A physical, dated in the summer, is valid for the entire school year. 

If you normally schedule your child’s physical around their birthday, we suggest you consider postponing until summer.  Fifth grade students getting their physical while in the 5th grade will be required to get a second physical dated after June 1 if they want to participate in middle school sports.   For more information on middle school sports and the required physical form check out the ISD Middle School Sports webpage or call Beaver Lake Middle School office.  The office team will answer all your questions. 

 Emergency Reunification Forms

If there were ever an emergency at Cascade Ridge we hope to serve your family best. One way to do this is knowing we can honor your requests during reunification in the event of an evacuation. To best accommodate you, we need to have up-to-date emergency contact information in Family Access, as we can only release child(ren) to those listed in our records. In addition, it would be great if you filled out the school's reunification form and kept one in each glove box of your vehicle (or somewhere easily accessible), just in case. Both of these precautions will help in an emergency evacuation and speed up the process of getting you and your child(ren) back together.

Click here for the reunification form.

Highly Capable Program Testing for Second Grade Students 2019 

Highly capable testing for second grade students at Cascade Ridge will occur January 15 through January 18 and continue March 5 through March 7. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter either SAGE or MERLIN in the 2019-20 school year. Second grade students attending private or home-based schools are invited to participate and are encouraged to contact their boundary school. More information about the Issaquah School District Highly Capable Program and testing for second grade students is available on the Issaquah School District Website at https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/programs/gifted. 

 flu bug

Please remember, when calling school to report your child absent for an illness, to leave a reason for the absence such as fever, diarrhea, vomiting. And remember to ALWAYS keep your child home if they have ...

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Nasal discharge (yellow or greenish)
  • Cough
  • Rash                                                                                      

The most important thing you can do to prevent illness is for you and your child to wash your hands often with warm water and soap.

Remember to update school office with any new phone numbers and emergency contacts, in case your student becomes ill at school.  
The school nurse, Anne Bourne, can be contacted directly on 425-837-5506, if you have any other health concerns. 

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Information from the School District

Support Skyline High School’s Sophomore Class by participating in their Parents Night Out fundraiser tomorrow!
Drop off your kid(s) at Skyline for a fun-filled night full of games and activities! Go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-LPhZQ6OSgRjVe6PXXYogURUas5Lu7iZXleaCCVR4zJvGwA/viewform?usp=sf_link to sign up for your night out!
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 Community Input Sought on Draft Interpretation
of EL-16 Equity Policy

Last spring, the Issaquah School Board of Directors adopted a new Executive Limitation on Equity, called EL-16. We are now in the first phase of monitoring which requires the Superintendent to provide an interpretation of each sub-bullet within the Executive Limitation. 

The Superintendent has created a draft interpretation and invites the community to provide input into this interpretation. Once the Superintendent is satisfied with the interpretation, he and his team will begin to collect the evidence that must be brought forward for monitoring purposes. The ISD Board of Directors is scheduled to perform its first monitoring of EL-16 at the January 23, 2019 school board meeting. 

The Draft Interpretation of EL-16 is available for review or download on our website at https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/equity/el-16-equity 

Again, we welcome and hope to hear your feedback and comments either in person at a regular school board meeting or by emailing us at Equity@Issaquah.Wednet.edu. 

Welcome to the ISD for Incoming Kindergarten Students

This year the Family Partnership group will be offering a new event, to help support culturally and linguistically diverse families as they start their child in Kindergarten at the Issaquah School District.

Please join us for this event, designed specifically for families new to the US Public Schools, to learn more about the ISD Kindergarten program. ISD staff and Family Partnership Team volunteers will provide information on topics such as kindergarten preparedness, kindergarten school day schedule, school and classroom information as well as being available to answer your specific questions.

Clark Elementary, January 30, 6:30pm-8:00pm

Questions? Please contact:


All parents and caregivers of kindergarten students for the 2019-2020 school year are invited to attend this event, and the local ones planned for your child's school. Further details about these events will be posted shortly. 

Registration for all incoming Kindergarten children begins online on February 1st 2019. Click here for more details. 


 2019 PTSA Talent Show

All the performance spots have filled for the 2019 PTSA Talent Show.  There is still a need for student comedians from all grades and a few 5th grade student Masters of Ceremonies.  Please signup on the PTSA website if your child is interested.  The show will take place on Tuesday, January 22nd 5:30-8:00PM in the Cascade Ridge Cafe. 


School Yearbooks = School memories

Friends signing each other's yearbooks at the end of the school year...Looking back at all the fun.  Have you ordered your student's yearbook yet?  It is not too late!  

To order your student's yearbook go to cascaderidgeptsa.org and click on the PTSA icon on the left side and then click on yearbook.   

Winter Enrichment Programs

HURRY! Registration for Winter Enrichment Programs at Cascade Ridge is underway and many classes have begun.  Sign up today to reserve your child’s spot in these popular classes!  Check out the schedule below and more information at PTSA Enrichment!

The Piano Keyboard Club, Manga, Speak Easy 2, Eastside Drama Kids

Spanish continues! Game Design, Wall Ball, Dance & Yoga
Magic Tree House with Village Theatre, Kids Create with Code Club, Adventures at Hogwarts with Village Theatre
Lego Jr. Engineering, Mixed-Media Art, Karate
Intro to Robotics, Drawing & Painting, Spanish Continues!

Cascade Ridge PTSA, Cascade Ridge Elementary, and the Issaquah School District do not sponsor, endorse, or recommend any of the organizations, services, or activities described in these materials. In consideration for the privilege to distribute this information, Cascade Ridge PTSA, Cascade Ridge Elementary, and the Issaquah School District shall be held harmless from any causes of action filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of these materials, including all costs, attorney’s fees, judgments, or awards

Survey for Fall 2018 Enrichment Classes

If your child participated in a fall 2018 enrichment class, we as a PTSA would love to hear what you and your child thought about their class!  Please check your inbox for a short survey and fill it out.  We want our families to be happy with the enrichment offerings being offered at our school.  Your responses will be invaluable as the PTSA selects programs for next year, assuming space is available.  Please contact leticia.watson@gmail.com with any questions or if you did not receive a survey.  Thank you!

Eager Reader (1/7 – 2/1)

Eager Reader began on January 7! The program will run for 4 weeks. Information packets are available online.

What is Eager Reader? 

The Eager Reader Program is a voluntary reading program sponsored by the PTSA. It is designed to encourage students to read for their enjoymentoutside of school. By giving away prizes along the way, students and parents will both have a fun incentive to participate and connect through the shared pleasure of reading. To earn prizes, LRC I, II, and K-2nd grade students must read or be read to for 120 minutes each week, and 3rd-5th grade students must read 180 minutes each week.  

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PTSA Fundraising Ideas!

1.) Amazon Smile

Simply go to smile.amazon.com and on your first visit, select 'Cascade Ridge Elementary PTSA' as the charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchase. Your selection will be remembered for future purchases.

 2.) Bartell Drugs

If you have a Bartell Drugs ‘B’ Caring card, you can contribute up to 4% each time you shop! Sign-up for a ‘B’ Caring card at https://secure.escrip.com/signup/index.jsp?cid=300404&ct=63

Register your card and select CASCADE RIDGE 

 3.) Brown Bear Car Wash Tickets

For every $5 ticket purchased PTSA earns $3.50 (normal price for basic exterior car wash is $8.00).

Order your brown bear tickets here: https://bit.ly/2rop6Ne

 4.) Coyote Gear

Gear up for spirit day! Order some Coyote Gear featuring the latest designs. 


5.) Cascade Ridge Socks

Take your school spirit to the next level with some Cascade Ridge socks. Perfect for spirit week or just lounging around. 

E-mail claireraphael@hotmail.com to order.

6.) Jamba Juice

Jamba Juice “Buy One, Get One Free” Punch Cards are only $10!
-Punch card is good for 6 Buy One Get One FREE! (Up to a $35 value)
-50% of the proceeds go to Cascade Ridge PTSA!

Order your punch cards here:  https://bit.ly/2AWIi92  

Issaquah School Foundation

Upcoming ISF Events

Parent Ed/Maker Night – January 24th
Gibson Ek Commons, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Join Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger in an evening of exploration of creativity and education.  Why is creative thinking necessary?  How can we use it for success in school and industry? And how does it fit into STEM? We will start with a 20-minute TedTalk by Sir Kenneth Robinson about creativity and education.  We will then discuss the importance of creative thinking, and how to apply it to diverse fields, including STEM.  Finally, we will put our knowledge to the test with an open-ended exercise. Contact Juliette@isfdn.org for more information. Please sign up on this page under “Creativity Talks” http://isfdn.org/our-purpose/promoting-professional-development/art-docent/

Program Showcase – January 29th
This showcase is a great opportunity to hear about how the Issaquah Schools Foundation supports students in our district.  Come and learn about several programs as well as some larger grants the Foundation has funded.

January 29th from 6 - 8 pm at the Issaquah School District Administration building

Dining for Kids at Tanoor - Wednesday, February 6th
Enjoy a great meal for a great cause! The Issaquah Schools Foundation invites you to Dining for Kids to raise funds for our Feeding Student Success program, which provides food aid in schools.

Impact Scholarship Applications due Feb 15th
The Issaquah Schools Foundation is once again offering scholarships to help juniors and seniors in the Issaquah School District continue their educational journeys. The Impact Scholarship will be awarded to students who submit essays that describe how Foundation-funded programs have enriched their education. For more information on the scholarships and how to apply, please visit our Impact Scholars Page.

Nourish Every Mind
Save the dates!
Friday, May 3, 2019 – luncheon at Meydenbauer Center, in Bellevue
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – breakfast at Eastridge Church, in Issaquah


Every Wednesday: Coyote Spirit Day
Every Friday: Team Spirit Day


  • 18: Great Kid Lunch
  • 21: No School - in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day
  • 22: PTSA Talent Show
  • 25: Science/Tech Field Trip
  • 25: Great Kid Lunch
  • 28: No School - Teacher Work Day
  • 31: Birthday Cupcakes!
  • 31: PTSA Engineering Night


  • 1: Parent Playday & Popcorn Friday
  • 4-7: PTSA Spelling Bee
  • 8: 4th Grade Field Trip
  • 12: 2nd Grade Music Concert