eNews 2.28.19

read across americaIt was Read Across America Week at Cascade Ridge! This year’s theme was 'Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers'.  There was an extra emphasis on diversity in the library through read alouds, author spotlights, book talks and CulturalGrams-country research & interviews of young people. Author, Grace Lin, tells us that “it is important for books to serve as both mirrors and windows. Mirrors- so that they can see themselves in the stories they read, and windows- so that they can peek into the lives of others and develop empathy for those who are different.

Also this week students were encouraged to try a book about a character who doesn’t look like them, about a topic they don’t know much about or a book in a format that you don’t normally read such as a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, a picture book, or a hybrid book. All students also received a bookmark. 

Tomorrow is our School Wide Reading Celebration: “Drop everything and Read” The whole school will spill into the hallways and READ! 

I definitely believe that reading can change us and shape us in so many ways, and through it we can be exposed to people and places and ideas that we might not otherwise come across or confront in real life. A platform about the importance of reading and having conversations across the lines of books is really important to me.

Reading = HOPE x CHANGE (What’s your equation?)
~Jacqueline Woodson, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Parent Play Day is tomorrow, Friday, March 1st!

We are so excited to have Parent Play Day again tomorrow. Below are a reminder of the guidelines. Please read carefully.


  • Do not park in fire lanes - this includes the lower loop and drop off zone. It is important that we don't block access to emergency vehicles in case of an emergency
  • You must park in a spot or on the street in an appropriate, legal place
  • Consider walking or carpooling. We do not have safe spots for every car

Checking in for Parent Play Day:

  • Guests coming for Parent Play Day will find the check-in table outside the main front doors. Please...
    • Sign in and put on a visitor badge
    • Walk around the side of the school to the playground
      Please be aware: The new gate, by the bus loop, will be open for you to enter and exit the playground. There will be no access at the other side of the school, near the small play area
    • When recess is over, walk through the new gate, around the outside of the school and back to the front door to sign out
  • Thanks for keeping us all safe!

During Parent Play Day:

  • Children that do not go to school at Cascade Ridge cannot attend Parent Play Day
  • Say your goodbyes when recess is over
  • If you have a scheduled volunteering appointment the same day and you have completed all the volunteer online paperwork, sign in at the front office as a volunteer before going to fulfill your commitment
  • Reminder: Parent Play Day is a recess event only - we sadly do not have room in the lunch room for parents to stay for lunch.


  • 11:20-11:45 1st and 3rd grade
  • 11:45-12:10 2nd and 4th grade, LRCII Primary
  • 12:10-12:35 Kinder and 5th Grade, Science Tech, LRCII Intermediate

Thank you! 

March Spirit Days!

Dress Like Your Teacher Day on 3/8

Formal Day on 3/22 

Bestselling Children’s Author, Trudy Ludwig,
is coming to Cascade Ridge!

 ATTENTION ALL PARENTS:  On Tuesday March 19, you are invited to attend Trudy’s special parent presentation: “Understanding Our Kids’ Online & Offline Social World: Friendships, Cliques & Power Plays.” This family night, co-sponsored by our school and Endeavour Elementary, will take place at Cascade Ridge Elementary from 6:00 -7:30 pm.

 Trudy has been featured in U.S. national media outlets including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” PBS’s nationally syndicated show, “Keeping Kids Healthy,” Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and the National Crime Prevention Council’s Circle of Respect program. She has also served as an expert panel member on Sesame Workshop’s video series addressing bullying. Her books (My Secret Bully, Just Kidding, Sorry!, Trouble Talk, Too Perfect, Confessions of a Former Bully, Better Than You, The Invisible Boy, Gifts from the Enemy, and her newest release, Quiet Please, Owen McPhee!) have received international praise for helping children connect and engage with their peers in kinder, more inclusive ways.

 For more information about Trudy, her books, and other resources on the topics of friendship and bullying issues, please visit the author’s website: www.trudyludwig.com.


Science Technology Magnet Program Information Meetings:
March 5, 14, 21

Families of current third graders:  Are you interested in enrolling your student in our Science Technology Magnet Program? The Issaquah School District offers three programs serving 4th and 5th grade students in unique multi-age classrooms. 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 enrolling their student in this program must attend a mandatory informational meeting—unless they have previously had a student enrolled in this program.  Informational meetings will be held at Cascade Ridge on Tuesday, March 5th, at Clark on Thursday, March 14th, and at Briarwood on Thursday, March 21st.  All meetings are scheduled for 6:00-7:00 pm. 


The parent information night at BLMS, for incoming 6th graders, is on Monday March 11 from 6:30-8. 

Students will visit the school on March 13 during school day.  


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. 

 Community Events

Issaquah Parks & Recreation Summer Day Camp Online Registration begins Saturday, March 2nd, at 8:00am.  Mighty Mites for Preschoolers; Kindercamp for grades K-1; Camp ‘Quah for grades 2-5; Adventure Camp for grades 6-7.  

Kids, grades K-5, and their families, are all invited to the ultimate 50’s dance party… the inaugural Family Sock Hop at the Issaquah Community Center:  Friday, March 8, 2019.  6:30-9:00pm.  $18/family; $15/family for Issaquah residents.  Throw those shoes off, do the hand jive and fill up on root beer floats!  New sock donations will be collected for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.  This event is hosted by Issaquah Parks & Recreation and the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board.   

Any questions about these events? Please call Issaquah Parks & Recreation at 425-837-3300 


picture of hospital and ambulance   

Please be sure to let the Nurse know when your student has been  hospitalized or see in the ER.  That way, we can discuss a safe return to school and modify any activity that may present a barrier to healing.  It is important for the Nurse to assess the student so they have a baseline to use as a gauge for worsening/improvement through the school day.  Your school nurse is also a very important part of your health and educational team as they provide expertise in navigating school safely after injury or illness and can provide assessment,  resources and advice.  

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

  Incoming Kindergarten Students & Open Enrollment begins February 1 2019

Will Your Child be Starting Kindergarten in September 2019?

Kindergarten online registration began February 1st, 2019 and can be accessed from the Issaquah School District website here. If you cannot access the online application, or have other registration questions, please visit or call (425-837-5500) the Cascade Ridge office for assistance between 8:00-4:00pm on school days. Completed applications should be submitted no later than Friday, March 8th.  After submitting your online application, you will be asked to come into Cascade Ridge to pick up a packet. Please bring your ID when you come. 

A Kindergarten Information Night for families and students will be held on May 20. Stay tuned for more details regarding this evening event.


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 this process, please visit the ISD website.

Elementary Summer School Registration opens March 4

Elementary Summer School will be offered to current kindergarten through fifth grade (K-5) students in the Issaquah School District. The Elementary Summer School program will provide an excellent opportunity to reinforce skills and to get a jump-start on the next grade-level learning. All Elementary Summer School classes are dependent upon staffing.

Classes will be held weekdays from July 8 through August 2, 9:00am to 12:00 pm at Clark Elementary School. Tuition is $400.00. Applications will be on the district website beginning March 4. Families must provide transportation to and from Summer School.

Summer Robotics Class will be returning again this summer. The Robotics program is a two-week class for current 4th and 5th grade students only. This course will teach the fundamentals of robotics using LEGO Mindstorm Kits. A minimum of 12 students will be required for this class to proceed.

Two sessions will be offered, Session 1 runs weekdays from July 8 to July 19, Session 2,runs weekdays from July 22 to August 2. Both sessions will meet between 9:00 am-11:00 am at Clark Elementary School. Tuition for this two-week program is $250.00 and applications will be on the district website beginning March 4. Families must provide transportation to and from Robotics class.     



 Science Fair registration is open!

CA Science Fair graphic for 2019  

This year the Cascade Ridge Science Fair will take place on March 28th from 6-8pm.  The Science Fair is required for 5th grade and Science Tech students and optional for all other grades.  Check out the science fair webpage on the PTSA website for more information, to sign up to volunteer and for resources to help your budding scientist plan his or her project!  

Questions?  Email Science Fair co-chairs Amy Hayes and Iris Leal at sciencefair@cascaderidgeptsa.org.

Puberty Workshop Flyer

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/

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

The re-scheduled Grants Workshop will be held on Monday, March 4th at the Issaquah Valley Elementary Library from 6-7pm. Please RSVP to Carolyn Kramer at Carolyn@isfdn.org if you plan to attend.

The grant portal is open through March 13 to accept applications. Please see the grants page for updates and more information.

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


  • 1: Parent Play Day and Popcorn Friday
  • 5: Sci/Tech Program Information Night
  • 6: PTSA Spelling Bee
  • 8: Spirit Day - Dress Like Your Teacher Day!
  • 11: 5th Grade Parent Infomration Night - BLMS
  • 11: PTSA Child/Puberty Workshop
  • 12: PTSA Staff Appreciation Luncheon
  • 13: 5th Grade visit to BLMS
  • 14: PTSA Spelling Bee
  • 13: Choir Festival
  • 15: PTSA Social Event
  • 19: Trudy Ludwig at Cascade Ridge
  • 21: 2nd Grade Concert
  • 22: Spirit Day - Formal Wear Day!
  • 26: 4th Grade Concert
  • 28: Birthday Cupcakes
  • 28: PTSA Science Fair