Cascade Ridge Elementary E-news

February 13, 2020

Message from Mrs. Kleinkopf

Eager Reader prizes were awarded this week and I was so impressed with all the reading that has been happening around here! Our students logged so many hours! That's hours of being immersed in a great book! Thanks for your support of our PTSA Eager Reader program - encouraging your readers, logging their hours and being reading role-models! This is great momentum to take into Mid-Winter Break. We want next week to provide a break - fun, rest, relaxation, rejuvenation! But, reading a great book can become part of that time. It is a great way to teach kids that reading is fun!

I hope you all have a safe and wonderful break!

Tia Kleinkopf

Happy Valentine's Day - No School Next Week

We had a great Valentine's Day here at Cascade Ridge! Just a reminder that there is no school next week! See you back on February 24.

Thank you families!

Thank you all so much for the wonderful Around the World Luncheon. All the food was amazing!

Continued Traffic Issue

Snow, flooding, construction...oh my! The traffic getting to Cascade Ridge continues to be challenging and I am afraid there is not an end in sight. Hopefully, the road in front of Endeavour will be open soon - but construction will continue on the roads leading to Cascade Ridge. Getting to pick up on time can be very tricky. Please have a back up plan - a neighbor or friend that could pick your child up if you are stuck. Children get scared and anxious when they are not picked up on time. Please feel free to call the office to communication those changes in plans if needed. Thank you for your partnership.
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Mrs. Creaser got an Issaquah Schools Foundation Grant!

What are Yoruba, Maracatu, and Berimbau? They are names of a language (Yoruba), a type of rhythm (Maracatu), and an instrument (Berimbau) that our 5th graders will be experiencing in a 6-week artist-in-residency program! Thanks to the Issaquah Schools Foundation and their amazing donors, our music teacher Mrs. Creaser was awarded a grant to bring in Mr. Jeff Busch to work with all 5th graders during music class for six weeks during March & April!

Mr. Busch is an active professional drummer/percussionist residing in Seattle who has also lived and studied in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil as well as Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro and Vitoria, Brazil. For the past twenty years Jeff has worked predominantly in the Brazilian, Cuban, Calypso, Gospel and Jazz communities in Seattle; including work with Latin Grammy award winning vocalist Carlos Cascante, three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto (pianist/composer from Brazil), and the legendary Seattle Gospel singer Patrinell Wright.

In this 'artist in residence program' Mr. Busch will teach students rhythms such as Samba, Maracatu, Afoxe, Samba Reggae, Afro 6/8 & Conga de comparsa. Students will have exposure to new instruments such as the surdo, cuica, ago-go bells, caixa, tamborim and berimbau. The classes are interactive & accessible with effective call & response teaching techniques as well as songs learned in Portuguese, Spanish and Yoruba.

This percussion- based artist in residency is designed to be fun and inclusive, uplifting and infectious, exposing students to a world of challenging, but beautiful, polyrhythms that will make them want to dance and sing!

We are so excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our 5th graders, and it would not have been possible without the Issaquah Schools Foundation! Many thanks to all the donors who support the foundation!

2020 Kindergarten Registration is OPEN!

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

The window to register your child for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year begins February 3, and must be completed by March 6. Students who are turning 5 years old by August 31, 2020, are eligible for enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.

Please visit the ISD New Student Enrollment website to begin enrollment. Once the online portion is complete, you will be required to visit your neighborhood school to pick up additional forms that must be completed in order to finish the enrollment process. Additional Kindergarten information available at this link

We recently had a Kindergarten Online Registration Night. You may view that presentations here.

In May, we will have an Incoming Kindergarten Night at Cascade Ridge Elementary for our soon-to-be Coyote families. 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.



Will your student be participating in the ISD sport programs offered at middle school? If so, mark your calendar and schedule their sports physical during the summer after June 1. Students entering 6th grade that plan to play sports are required to have a physical dated after June 1. A physical date in June, July or August 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 planning to play ISD sports who get their physical prior to June 1 will be required to get a second physical at parent expense. For more information on middle school sports and the required physical form check out the ISD Middle School Sports webpage at or call the middle school office. The office team will answer all your questions.

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.

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NEW IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS (starting 20-21 school year)

Dear Cascade Ridge Families:

Starting next school year MANY NEW CHANGES will be occurring for our Kindergartners and any New Students:

Kindergartners and New Students will need to visit their health care provider and comply with the NEW IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS before being allowed to start school.

** The State of Washington will NO LONGER allow a 30 day Grace Period for compliance


SEE Issaquah District LINK BELOW with all of the information you will need to know


Check out this VIDEO link: Detailed Quick Study on the New Requirements.

Immunizations for Incoming Kindergarten Students


Most common cause of a sore throat is a Virus. If you have a runny nose and eyes with your sore throat it is most likely a Virus.

Is It Strep?

If it is NOT A VIRUS, it could be bacterial like Streptococcus aka-Strep

The only way to know for sure if it IS STREP THROAT is to get a Swab Test from your Dr.

Here are a few signs that it could be Strep Throat:

· The pain came on suddenly and it hurts to swallow

· Your tonsils are red swollen or covered with white spots

· You have swollen lymph nodes in your neck or jaw

· You have a Fever

IF IN DOUBT - CHECK IT OUT – if your sore throat does not go away on its own in 5-7 days then it is a good idea to head to the Doctor to get tested for Strep Throat

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Thank you for Voting and Renewing the Educational Programs and Operations Levy!

Thank you to our community for renewing our two-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy! Your support for ISD schools ensures local kids will continue to receive a high quality education in a safe learning environment. Early election returns show the levy passing by 61.5%. To pass, levies in Washington State must receive more than 50% approval by voters.

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.



The 3rd annual STEMposium will take place this Thursday, February 13 from 5:30-7:30pm at Issaquah High School.

Sponsored by the Issaquah Schools Foundation, STEMposium brings together students from across the district to share through interactive booths and demonstrations how they learn STEM skills and knowledge during classroom projects, afterschool clubs, and student competitions. In addition to teacher/student booths, there will be various STEM related industries sharing their work in the area of STEM; including the King County AFIS team, Salmon Hatchery, and Minecraft!

See you Thursday!
February 13, 2019 - 5:30-7:30pm, Issaquah High School Commons
More information and event program can be found here

Science Technology Magnet Program Informational Meetings February 27, March 5, and March 9

Families of current third grade students: Are you interested in enrolling your student in ISD’s Science Technology Magnet Program? The Issaquah School District offers this program at three elementary school sites serving 4th and 5th grade students. Each magnet serves 50+ students in a two-year program. Each program covers all standard 4/5 district adopted curriculum with an added emphasis on science and technology. Grade specific math instruction is provided.

Families interested in participating in the enrollment lottery must attend a mandatory informational meeting, unless they have had a student previously enrolled in the program. Informational meetings will be held at Cascade Ridge on Thursday, February 27th, at Briarwood on Thursday, March 5th and at Clark on Monday March 9th. All meetings are scheduled for 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

From the City of Issaquah

Calling all 3rd through 5th graders! The Science Symposium hosted by the Issaquah Youth Advisory is coming up on Friday, February 28, 6:00-8:00pm, at the Issaquah Community Center. Join us for a fun evening of science experiments! Baking soda volcanoes, elephant toothpaste, lemon light bulbs, robotic building and more! $18; $15 for Issaquah Residents. Pre-registration is required at 425-837-3300 or
The next District-Wide Middle School Dance is set for Friday, March 27, 7:00-10:00pm, at the Issaquah Community Center. $5 at the door. This is the place to be on a Friday night! All youth, grades 6-8, are welcome to attend this DJ’d dance provided they have a photo ID (ASB card works great!). $1 concessions are available. Parent volunteers are always needed! Please call 425-837-3300.
2nd Annual Dodgeball & Doughnuts is back on Friday, March 13, at the Issaquah Community Center! High Schoolers and Issaquah Police Officers are joining forces in this epic double-elimination dodgeball tournament! Prizes, FUN and of course...doughnuts! Last year’s event was so fun!! 6:00-9:00pm. $25/team. Reserve a spot in the bracket for your team of 5 or 6 by emailing If you're a team of 5, a Police Officer will join you to make a team of 6. This event is hosted by the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board.

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.
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Impact Scholarships Available

The Issaquah Schools Foundation Impact Scholarships are open to juniors and seniors in the Issaquah School District. The scholarships will be awarded to 2 students who describe how Issaquah Schools Foundation-funded programs have enriched their education. The scholarships will be awarded in two categories. Written category ($1000) and Presentation category ($1500).

Application deadline is February 21, 2020

More information:

Spread the Love 2020: Make a Contribution in Your Teacher's Name!

The Issaquah Schools Foundation loves to support our teachers! The Foundation began by providing grants to educators in the Issaquah School District, and because of YOUR donations we are able to continue this great work! This February, share the love by expressing our appreciation for the teachers of the Issaquah School District! Donate in honor of a teacher and what they give to us every day. Make your contribution here ( )and include your teacher’s name and personal message. We will let them know of the gift you made in their honor. You can view the list of all teachers honored here! (

Dining for Kids: March

Next month's Dining for Kids partner is Big Fish Grill. Join us on Wednesday, March 4th from 11AM-10PM and Big Fish Grill 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:

You might already have these through ParentWiser, if not, there are two Parent Education Events coming up. Register for these events at

1. Plugged-In Parents: How to keep kids safe, happy and healthy in the digital age

When: Monday Feb 10th, 7-8:30pm

Where: Issaquah High School

Even the most in-tune parents could use some extra tips for keeping up with the fast-changing media landscape. Local mental health therapist specializing in technology fixation and youth screen time use, Jocelyn Skillman, partners with nationally acclaimed Common Sense Media to deliver a comprehensive presentation addressing the biggest concerns parents of elementary and middle schoolers have: managing screen time, getting a cellphone, cyber bullying, social media, apps, and more. In this thought-provoking discussion parents will learn how to use media in balance as a family, find quality content, set expectations around healthy use to prevent conflict, and raise kids to be media savvy consumers and creators. (For Parents of K-8)

2. Help! My Teen is Dating. Real Solutions to Tough Conversations.

When: Thursday Feb 27th, 7-8:00 pm

Where: Issaquah High School theater

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is providing funding for a parent education seminar around dating safety. Gain essential skills and strategies for addressing awkward and yet vitally important discussions with your child.

This interactive seminar is changing the way parents and their children are approaching, discussing, and handling decision-making regarding dating, intimacy, parties, and safety. In one hour, parents will discover essential steps for helping their sons and daughters with making safer choices. (Parents Only)

Please Join the Issaquah Schools Foundation for Our Annual Fundraiser and Celebration!

Student success is personal. The Issaquah Schools Foundation recognizes the unique needs of students and works in partnership with the Issaquah School District to offer a variety of programs that give opportunities to every student at every school. From leading-edge STEM curriculum and arts programs to after-school tutoring and food for students in need, the funds you donate to the Foundation ensure( that kids of all abilities have the support they need to navigate their own unique path to success. More info:

Nourish Every Mind 2020:

Luncheon - Friday, May 8th

Breakfast - Tuesday, May 19th

Both Events Held at Eastridge Church, Issaquah

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Cultural Bridges Magazine

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

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Science Fair

The Cascade Ridge Science Fair is coming up March 19th and registration is now open! Visit the PTSA website to register for the Science Fair, find ideas and inspiration and to order a colorful display board for your scientist’s experiment. Ordering a board through PTSA is easy! There are a variety of colors, we deliver it to your child’s classroom and it helps to fund the Science Fair. All display board orders are due March 2nd and boards will be delivered to classrooms on March 6th. We can’t wait to see your scientists’ ideas and thinking in action!

CPR Training

Tue, February 25, 2020

5:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Cascade Ridge Elementary School

Babysitter? Grandparent? Sports coach? Parent? You can never be over prepared for an emergency. The School of Hearts Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with local schools to provide evening CPR courses to community members. The training will be conducted by CPR Seattle which is an authorized training center for both the American Heart Association and American Safety Health Institute training center. The course is designed to provide the fundamental skills and confidence to perform CPR on an adult, child or infant.
Follow the link for full details about the training and to sign up. Spaces are limited!


Brown Bear Car Wash Tickets

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:

Enrichment News!

Grasshopper Enrichment’s Speak Easy Class has agreed to adjust their after school enrichment class dates! They need a minimum of 10 students to hold the class and have 7 enrolled. This is an opportunity to prepare our kids for the many presentations they will need to give in junior high, and it will be the only time it is offered this school year. See below for their class description and the new dates!

Public Speaking is the number one fear among adults. Why not conquer that fear as a child when inhibitions are low and learning new skills comes naturally? Our children will be required to make presentations and command an audience as soon as junior high. As they go through higher levels of education presentation skills become the key to success. Through engaging interactive games and fun activities, students will learn to get past their fear, embrace their audience, write and deliver an effective speech, and improvise. This class is empowering and FUN! Class will culminate with a speech presentation for family and friends.

Mondays, 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

7 classes!

NEW Class dates are 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/24, 3/30, 4/6

Grades 1-5


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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!


  • 14: Valentine's Day
  • 17-21: Second Winter Break- no school
  • 25: PTSA CPR Class
  • 26: SciTech Family Information Night


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Check our PeachJar Bulletin Board!

The Issaquah School District partners with PeachJar, an online bulletin board system, to help families see all the opportunities happening with community partners in the greater ISD community.