eNews 12.19.18 

 All the staff would like to wish our Coyote families the very best wishes for the holiday season. We have had a wonderful start to the school year and look forward to seeing you all again in 2019!

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As we are heading into a busy holiday period, please remember to take the time to check your family's information in Skyward -  and of course we need to know, before an absence, if you are taking your child out of school or away on vacation. 

Family Access

Before we start a new year, it is a good time to make sure your information in Family Access is accurate!  Please take a few moments to check in Family Access here. You are welcome to send any updates to Donna Cleary, Registrar at Cascade Ridge (ClearyD@issaquah.wednet.edu). 


If your student will miss one or two days of school, please email the office at CaAttendance@issaquah.wednet.edu with the following information: student name, teacher, dates of absence and reason for absence.  If you’re going to be gone three consecutive schools days or more, you need to fill out the appropriate form below and return it to the office one week prior to the first day of the absence.  

If you’re going to be gone more than 2, but less than 20, days use this form:


If you’re going to be gone more than 20 days use this form:


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. 

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Information from the District

 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.

ISF Make The season BrightSupport Basic Student Needs
The season of caring is here! Please give students the support they need by donating to the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Basic Student Needs programs, including food aid, free school supplies and the Nurses Fund. Read more about how these programs help students: bit.ly/BasicStudentNeeds

Dining for Kids at Zeeks Pizza Issaquah
Wednesday, January 2: All day – Ring in the New Year and enjoy a great meal for a great cause! Dine at Zeeks Pizza in Issaquah Highlands on January 2 and Zeeks will donate a portion of your bill to Issaquah Schools Foundation. Learn more: bit.ly/ZeeksIssaquah


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. 


 Winter Enrichment Programs

Sign up today to reserve your child’s spot in a winter enrichment class!  The schedule and more info can be found under “Enrichment” at http://cascaderidgeptsa.org/Home

 If your child was enrolled in an enrichment program in the fall, please check your inbox for a short survey and fill it out.  We as a PTSA would love to hear what you and your child thought about their class! We want our families to be happy with the enrichment programs that are 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.

Eager Reader (1/7 – 2/1)

Eager Reader begins January 7 so have those books ready to read! The program will run for 4 weeks. Information packets will be online the first week of January.

 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.   

 Fundraising Ideas!

We have lots of easy ways that you can contribute to the amazing enrichment opportunities at Cascade Ridge, funded by the PTSA

1.) Amazon Smile

Amazon makes gift giving so easy! 

Simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. 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.

Shop as you normally do, using your regular or Prime account, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases directly to our school. https://smile.amazon.com/

 2.) Bartell Drugs

There is nothing like the drug store for last minute gifts and stocking stuffers. If you have a Bartell Drugs ‘B’ Caring card, you can contribute up to 4% each time you shop!

Here is how: 

  1. Sign-up for a ‘B’ Caring card https://secure.escrip.com/signup/index.jsp?cid=300404&ct=63
  2. Register your card and select CASCADE RIDGE 
  3. Use your card or phone number each time you shop!

 3.) Brown Bear Car Wash Tickets

Wet Sammamish winters will leave even the most pristine car in need of some TLC. The perfect gift for any driver: car wash tickets!

Get a clean car, save money and earn $$ for Cascade Ridge PTSA! For every $5 ticket purchased CRE 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. The next fulfillment time will be spring!


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

Perfect for stocking stuffers, babysitter gifts, or even a treat for yourself.

Jamba Juice “Buy One, Get One Free” Punch Cards.
- Jamba Juice 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 



  • 19: December Birthday Cupcakes!
  • 20: First Winter Break - no school


  • 2: All students return to school
  • 2: PTSA New Family Breakfast 
  • 4: Parent Play Day and Popcorn Friday
  • 7: Eager Reader Competition begins
  • 10: Class Pictures
  • 11: PTSA General Membership Meeting
  • 15: PTSA Staff Appreciation Luncheon
  • 25: Talent Show
  • 28: No School - Teacher Work Day