Cascade Ridge Elementary E-news

October 3, 2019

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Safety Week

Our Coyotes did an amazing job this week with Safety Week. We practiced or discussed a different safety drill every day. Our students were quiet, respectful, listened and learned!

Way to work hard, Coyotes!

Here are a few things we learned:

  • It is important for everyone to sign in and out. We do use those clipboards to account for everyone! If you leave and don't sign out, someone may be searching for you!
  • When the alarm sounds or someone comes over the intercom and asks for an evacuation - everyone, even all adults, must evacuate even if it is a drill. Again, if you are signed in but we can't find you then someone has to go searching for you.
  • If you arrive at school during a drill, or if you arrive at school and the alarm is going off - do not enter the building. Return to your car until you see someone re-open the office.

Thank you for your help in this matter.

Police & Fire Department visitors at Cascade Ridge

We were delighted to welcome the fire department on Monday to help to support our fire practice evacuation.

Our local Sammamish Police Department also want to keep our kids safe! They have reached out to us with concerns about students riding in the front seat. Kids under 13 must ride in the back seat, properly restrained. It’s the law! Over the next couple of months Sammamish PD officers will occasionally be standing out at our school during the morning drop-off and/or pick up time, watching for folks who are driving with their kids in the front seat. The police will briefly stop these cars (no lights or sirens, just a quick stop in the driveway) to remind of the law and hand over the information card that you see below. At first their goal is education, but at some point they will begin issuing citations for kids riding in the front seat.

As always when police are present, they will also be watching for and possibly citing for distracted driving, speeding and obedience to crossing guards. Thanks for keeping all our kids safe!

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Picture Retake Day, October 8th

Parents of children who missed picture day can either pick up a picture packet in the office or order pictures online, up to four days after pictures are taken.

Order Online at using access key 9DL2LH9A.

Please note, if families are having photos retaken there is no need to bring in the old pictures; just order the new ones online.

News from the Health Room

With Fall and Winter upon us, I want to remind families to get your flu shots. The flu was responsible for over 900,000 hospitalizations last year, according to the CDC.

Check with your medical provider to see if the flu shot is right for you, if you or anyone in your family has health issues.

Hand washing is a very important part of avoiding illness. Proper hand washing should be 20 seconds in length using warm water and soap. After lathering up with soap, make sure to use friction to wash all hand surfaces including between fingers and the sides of hands. You can sing the “Happy Birthday” song to make sure to wash for 20 full seconds. Here’s to a happy and healthy Fall!

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Grace Period for Last School Year’s Eligibility for Free and Reduced Lunches Ends October 15, 2019

Families in need of meal assistance must submit an application each school year. If you qualified for free or reduced priced meals in the previous school year, but have not yet submitted an application for the 2019-2020 school year, you must do so by October 15 in order for your benefits to continue uninterrupted.

If you have submitted a new application for this school year, no further action is needed.

Applications are processed as received; however, while you are awaiting approval, please send money or a lunch for your student until your qualification has been determined. Once approved, a letter will be sent to your primary family address.

Low income families may qualify for free or reduced price school lunches. The online English and Spanish application can be found at . If you prefer to fill out a paper application, one may be printed from the District website under Family Resources/Free and Reduced Lunch Program. If you do not have access to a computer, a paper copy is available by contacting your school office.

Young Rembrandts Saturday Cartoon & Drawing at the Issaquah Community Center. Ages 6-12. Saturday, October 12-November 2 or Saturday, November 16–December 14 (No class November 30). $66; $55 for Residents. In this 4-week class, learn to create exciting cartoon imagery filled with dynamic characters and expressive personalities. You will develop visual story-telling skills by drawing humorous sequential images. Young Rembrandts teaches all-new lessons every week, and all lessons are both educational and FUN. Media includes pencils, sharpies and colored markers. Sign up with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at 425-837-3300 or

S.T.E.M. Workshops at the Issaquah Community Center. Saturdays, 10:00am–12:00pm. Ages 6-10. $48; 40 for Residents. Join Pamela Kennedy, an award-winning science teacher and owner of Cascade Enrichment for educational workshops that will get your kids thinking, solving and creating. Choose one workshop or sign up for multiple – each workshop is individual from each other. September 28: Mixing Madness; October 19: Microscopic World; November 16: Architectural Builds; December 7: Digging for Dinosaurs. Sign up with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at 425-837-3300 or

Mark your calendars now for the upcoming Family Sock Hop at the Issaquah Community Center. Friday, November 15; 6:30-9:00pm. This inaugural 50’s themed event, complete with root beer floats, is for all ages! $18/family; $15/for Issaquah residents. Sign up with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at 425-837-3300 or

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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!

Step Up for Kids and donate to our fall campaign at

Fall Dining for Kids Dates & Locations

Our Dining for Kids restaurant partners generously guarantee a portion of the day's proceeds as a donation to the Issaquah Schools Foundation that provides multiple forms of support to Issaquah School District students, including food aid. Put these upcoming dates on your calendar!

More information available here:

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We Met Our Goal!!!

Glow Fest wrapped up our fall Light It Up fundraiser and it was a BLAST! We are blown away by all of the support we received over the past few weeks. Without YOU we would not have reached our fundraising goal. Thank you to everyone who donated, honked, spread the word, swept the floor, packed bags, gave a hug, hung a poster, or a million other very important tasks. THANK YOU!

To celebrate reaching the fall fundraising goal, students will be participating in a fun all school event (details coming soon)! Grade level winners will be enjoying a popcorn recess. The overall class winner was Mrs. Shawver's class and they will be celebrating with a special S.T.E.A.M activity and class treat.

The top fundraising classes for each grade are:
K: Oss
1st: Norton
2nd: Marckx
3rd: Shawver
4th: Evans
5th: Foster

Every single donation counts. Thank you to everyone that contributed. If you registered a cash or check donation, please place it in the black box in the front lobby of the school. If your company is going to match your donation, please submit a matching request.

Stay tuned for details on our upcoming Cascade Ridge Elementary auction. We know many of you are looking forward to bidding on teacher experiences and lots of other fun items.

Thanks again!

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Our one and only family movie night will be on Friday, October 11th this year.

Come in your comfy clothes and bring blankets and pillows to cozy up with friends for

“Pokemon Detective Pikachu”

It’s going to be a super fun event with a raffle at the end of the show!

TIME: Doors Open 6:30, Movie Starts 7:00pm

WHERE: Cascade Ridge-Coyote Café

FOOD: Don’t have time to eat before the movie? No worries, we’ll have pizza and drinks available for purchase, along with a variety of yummy treats from the Cascade Ridge Baking Committee. Freshly popped popcorn and drink included with every ticket.

TICKETS: $3 per person or $10 per family. Buy your tickets at the door.

If you would like to help out, please contact our Movie Night Chairs:

Michelle Challey at or Paula Koransky at

Bakers Needed

Please consider becoming​ a Cascade Ridge Baker. Currently we are very low on bakers for the 2019-20 school year. Baking is a wonderful way to support our school in fundraising efforts as well as show our appreciation to staff, volunteers, and families. Please e-mail

to sign up.

Enrichment programs have begun. A full list of classes and their room locations can be found below.
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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!


  • 4: Popcorn Friday
  • 8: Picture re-take day
  • 10: PTSA Staff Appreciation Lunch
  • 11: PTSA General Membership Mtg/Talk with Tia - Café, 9.30am
  • 11: PTSA Family Movie Night - MPR, 6.30pm
  • 14: Teacher Work Day - No students in school
  • 17: Toyman in 5th grade
  • 29: 4th Grade field trip
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