Cascade Ridge Elementary E-news

January 23, 2020

No School for Students, Monday January 27th

All of our teaching and office staff have a Professional Development Day on Monday: there will be no students in school.

The school office will be open 1pm - 4:30 pm

Rescheduled Events

  • Class Photo Day has been rescheduled for Monday, February 3
  • 5th Grade Concert has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 12

2nd Grade Testing

See below for the adjusted schedule due to snow days.
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2020 Kindergarten Registration, coming soon!

Online Kindergarten Registration for September 2020 entry will be February 3rd - March 6th!

We are holding a Kindergarten Registration Information Night Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 6:30 in the Coyote Café. This meeting is for parents only. We will be discussing registration and answering questions about the registration process.

In May, we will have an Incoming Kindergarten Night. This will be a time for both adults and students to visit the school and learn about Kindergarten. More information about Kindergarten Night and Online Registration will be posted on the website soon!.

Kindness Club

Hello Coyote families. Cascade Ridge is excited to introduce a new club that will be taking place during lunch recess called Kindness Club. A group of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders have signed up to be Kindness Ambassadors (4th and 5th graders will have an opportunity to sign up at the next Student Council meeting on February 11th).

Their jobs will be to look for acts of kindness taking place at recess and acknowledge it. Students spotted being kind will be given a Kind Coyote sticker and get their names put in the hat for a weekly drawing. Our goal is to continue to cultivate a community of kindness. This program will start in February and is managed by Ms. McConnell and Ms. Janelle.

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) Information

What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)?

In 2011 Washington State adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a set of clear college- and career-ready standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. To assess students’ progress towards these standards, Washington has implemented the Smarter Balanced assessments (SBA) for grades 3-5 statewide. Smarter Balanced assessments provide more accurate and meaningful information about what students are learning by adapting to each student’s ability, giving teachers and parents better information to help students succeed in school and after.

Where can I find more information or practice tests?

· A video that provides information about the shift to the Smarter Balanced assessments.

· Smarter Balanced Assessment Training Test: Families are welcome to practice at home to get students comfortable with the format. These tests work best with Chrome or Firefox.

· Issaquah School District Smarter Balanced Assessment Information

· Issaquah School District Smarter Balanced Parent Resources

· OSPI: The Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

When are grades 3-5 testing? The testing window at Cascade Ridge is from late April to June 2020. See below for specific test dates.

For more information about Issaquah School District's Assessments, please visit the ISD Assessment webpage.

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Family Trips During Assement Windows

Family trips taken during assessment windows will be marked as Unexcused. This is because the data collected during these assessments informs our practice and supports your child’s learning. Naturally, our preference is for families to travel during vacation periods outlined by the ISD. If your family needs to travel outside of those windows, please be aware of two things:

1) Absences during assessment windows are marked as unexcused

2) Per State law beginning 2017-18:

· 5 or more unexcused absences in a month require a letter and a petition to be filed with the courts.

· 10 or more unexcused absences in a year require a letter and a petition to be filed with the courts.

Things to note:

· Any absence is marked unexcused if you do not call in prior to the absence.

· A child arriving 2 hours or more after the start of the day is not a tardy. At that point, it is considered an absence.

· Pre-Arranged Absence Request forms have changed. The new forms are posted on our website. They are due to the office at least one week BEFORE the first day of the absence. Forms received outside of that window may not be received in time for processing and could result in an unexcused absence.

· Pre-Arranged Absence Request forms may not be completed retroactively.

· Pre-Arranged Absence Request forms are available in our Our School/Forms and Regulations section of our webpage.

News from the Healthroom

Infornation on Coronavirus

Our main concern is always focused on Prevention and the Health and Safety of each of our students. With news of Coronavirus here in WA we want to alert all of our Cascade families to the following preventative actions you can take to help keep your student and other students safe.

At this time:

· Practicing good personal hygiene

· Staying home when sick

· Avoiding close contact with ill people

· Covering nose & mouth with tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cover sneeze with elbow or sleeve

· Washing hands for 20 seconds with soap & water

· Wash hands frequently

· Use hand sanitizer if soap & water unavailable

· Avoid touching mouth, nose & eyes.

Please also Check Out the LINK to the District website under Health Notices.

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Levy ballots mailed this week – Be sure you’re registered to vote

King County is mailing out ballots this week for the district’s EP&O renewal levy. Vote and return your ballot through Feb. 11. You can mail it back or put it in an election drop box.

It's not too late to register to vote! Register online or by mail through February 3 and in person until February 11.

If approved, the EP&O renewal levy will provide continued funding for a wide range of programs and services throughout the district, including school-based mental health counselors, career and technical education, special education, school security staff, teacher professional development and many more. For more information on the renewal levy, visit the district website.

Highly Capable Testing

Highly capable testing for second grade students will occur at all elementary schools January 14 through January 17 and continue March 10 through March 13. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter either SAGE or MERLIN in the 2020-21 school year. Second grade students attending private or home-based schools are invited to participate. Contact your neighborhood school for more information about how to participate. More information about the Issaquah School District Highly Capable Program and testing for second grade students is available on the Highly Capable Issaquah School District webpage.

Annual ELPA21 Testing

The annual ELPA21 assessment is an online assessment given between February 3- March 27 to all students who qualify for English language development (ELD) services.The ELPA21 summative assessment measures students' English language proficiency in reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Results from this test determine which students are eligible to continue receiving ELD services.

Please contact your student’s ELL teacher with questions regarding specific dates for testing.

Open Enrollment Begins February 1

Per ISD Regulation 3131 regarding In-District Student Transfers, students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) may apply to transfer to any District school other than their neighborhood school during open enrollment through the month of February for the following school year. For complete information on the open enrollment process, including applications, please click here.

Dyslexia Family Engagement Forum - February 6

Families interested in connecting with the Issaquah School District regarding support for students with dyslexia are invited to a community forum hosted at the Administration Building at 5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the forum is to facilitate two-way communication, collaboration, and shared learning related to supporting students with dyslexia. Two additional forums will be held on March 5 and May 21. Families are welcome to attend one, two, or all three meetings. The February 6 session will include active listening opportunities and time for families to share their stories, interests, and learnings with ISD staff.

Father-Daughter Valentine Dance

The annual Father-Daughter Valentine Dance is once again coming to the Issaquah Community Center on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Grades K – 2, 4:00-6:00pm

Grades 3 – 5, 7:00-9:00pm

$29 per adult; $24 for Issaquah Residents; $45 at the door. Register with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at or 425-837-3300.

Snow Make Up Days - Last Day of School to be Announced in Spring

A reminder to our families that school closure make up days will be added to the end of the school year. Because we are still in the winter season, it is possible more snow or weather will come our way that may result in school closures or delays. We will announce that last day of school in E-News and on our website later this spring when we are past the possibility of snow and hazardous conditions on the roads or at our buildings. *Specific information for seniors will be communicated to students and families by their high schools.

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La Casita is the February Dining for Kids partner. Join us Wednesday, February 5th and La Casita will donate a portion of your bill to Issaquah Schools Foundation. These funds go to programs and resources for Issaquah School District students, including food & snack support during the school day. More info:

Art Docents Needed! Are you creative? Do you love art and working with students? You should attend our free Art Docent training for Issaquah School District students! January and February classes are scheduled, including painted landscapes, drawing the face, Frida Kahlo portraits, painting with wool, and more! Get more info and register here:

Mark your calendars for Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser and Celebration: Nourish Every Mind 2020.

Nourish Every Mind 2020:

Luncheon - Friday, May 8th, Breakfast - Tuesday, May 19th

Both Events Held at Eastridge Church, Issaquah

Online Auction – April 24-May 4, 2020

More info:

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Issaquah Schools Foundation

Your partnership with the Issaquah Schools Foundation benefits every student at every school in the district. Donating to the Foundation give students opportunities to explore and cultivate their interests, thrive academically, and graduate with the skills they need for rewarding and productive futures.

· $10/month supports 44 students as they explore STEM through robotics, rocketry & sports medicine clubs.

· $25 a month Provides 30 books for school libraries, improving student access to print, the most successful way to improve reading success.

· $50 a month supplies 17 backpacks filled with school supplies for students who need financial assistance.

Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to provide over 1000 backpacks filled with school supplies to district students this year!

Cultural Bridges Magazine

The new Cultural Bridges magazine is available and can be viewed here

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Cascade Ridge Elementary will host S.T.E.A.M. Family Night on Jan 30, 2020 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. This exciting event is sponsored by the Issaquah Schools Foundation and will provide students and their families with interactive STEM and Art experiences and the opportunity to enjoy learning engineering principles together.

Please RSVP on the Cascade Ridge PTSA Website. We are in need of VOLUNTEERS for setup, cleanup, running stations and pre-event kit assembly to make this event a success. Please consider volunteering to support this fun family night.

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The 2020 EP&O Renewal Levy Continues Support For:

Career & Technical Education • Mental Health Counselors in Our Schools • Special Education • Early Childhood Learning • Safety and Security • Highly Capable Programs • Dual Language • After School Activities and Athletics and more!

With voter approval of this renewal levy, we can ensure these programs continue benefitting our students for another 2 years.

Click here to view a video about this Levy Ballot Measure

Click here to download a fact sheet with details

Brown Bear Car Wash Tickets are back in stock!
Stocking stuffers? Gifts for neighbors? A gift for yourself? Brown Bear car wash tickets are back in stock and ready for delivery. We have four packages available:

1 for $5
4 for $20
10 for $50
20 for $100

Please order on the PTSA Website:

Winter Enrichment Classes

Enrichment programs are coming back to Cascade Ridge for winter! The classes are filling up quickly but there are still some spots left!

NEW this session is Public Speaking with Grasshopper Enrichment on Mondays! This needs a few more students to take place this session.

COMING back this session are Piano, Chess Club, Techventures coding (grades 3-5), Leap4Kidz engineering (grades K-2), drama, and drawing and painting. Spanish continues!
Check out our Cascade Ridge PTSA web page HERE for class offerings and info!

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Spirit Days

Every Wednesday is Coyote Spirit Day! Wear your favorite Coyote Gear or blue and/or green!

Every Friday is Team Spirit Day! Do you have a favorite team? Maybe the Seahawks or the Sounders? Maybe the Mariners or Skyline? Maybe Liberty or Issaquah? Maybe Denver or Detroit? Maybe UW, WSU or Idaho? Show your Team Spirit every Friday!


  • 24: Green School Assembly
  • 27: Teacher Work Day - no students in school
  • 30: PTSA STEAM Night


  • 3: Class Photo Day
  • 4: Finalists Spelling Bee - Cafe - 4:30
  • 6: Kinder and 3rd Grade Field Trips
  • 7: Popcorn Friday
  • 7: Eager Reader Ends
  • 11: Science Fair Assembly
  • 12: 5th Grade Concert
  • 14: Valentine's Day
  • 17-21: Winter Break II - no school
  • 25: PTSA CPR Class
  • 26: SciTech Information Night
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