All ISD schools are on a two (2) hour late start today due to road conditions throughout the area.
Cascade Ridge Elementary will start at 11:15 a.m.
Morning activities are cancelled, including Coyote Club, PTSA Enrichment Classes, or any other meetings scheduled before school. At this time, after school events will take place.
We ask that you send your child with appropriate winter and wet weather clothing - coat and appropriate footwear. At this point in time, we plan to follow a regular schedule for outdoor recess and we want to partner with you and do our best to keep our students warm and dry all day long. We do not have extra clothing available for students who get wet. Thank you for your help!
Be safe out there!
Online Kindergarten Registration for September 2020 entry will be 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 February 3. The link will be live at that time. 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.
SUMMER TIME = SPORTS PHYSICAL TIME
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 https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/family/sports/MSsports or call the middle school office. The office team will answer all your questions.
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.
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.
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.
While the immediate risk to the general public in Washington and the United States is still considered to be low, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all travelers from China, including school students, staff, and volunteers arriving in the U.S. AFTER February 2, 2020 at 2 pm stay at home away from others and monitor their health for 14 days. If you get a fever or develop a cough or difficulty breathing during this 14-day period, avoid contact with others. Call your doctor or healthcare provider to tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel.
There is no recommendation for people showing no symptoms arriving before this time to restrict their activities. All travelers from China who arrived BEFORE February 2, 2020 at 2pm can continue to attend school.
The normal precautions during cold and flu season to prevent the spread of germs apply.
You can find more about conronavirus at the links below or call the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 and press the # key.
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
National School Counseling Week is our opportunity to honor and celebrate the unique contribution of counselors in our schools! Counselors are integral members of our learning community who work with students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, post-secondary options, and social/emotional skills. They help students identify their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Counselors work in partnership with parents as they face the challenges of raising children in today’s world and collaborate with educators to create an environment in which students can realize their potential. During National School Counseling Week, our Counseling Specialists will be visiting schools and taking photos and videos that illustrate special themes for each day of the celebration, including Lend a Helping Hand, Offer Encouragement, Show Appreciation, and Be the Change in the World. You can follow the fun on social media with the hashtag #NSCW2020. Be sure to thank your school counselor for all they do to support our students, families, and staff every day!
Remember to Vote and Return Your Ballot - ISD Levy Renewal
We’ve got just a few days left to vote in the 2020 levy election. Return your ballot by mail or in a ballot drop box by next Tuesday, February 11.
To see what’s funded by this levy, check out this short video that highlights some of the many important programs and services funded by levies, including mental health counselors, school security, extra-curricular activities and many more. While you’re at it, you can check out all of our videos about the important things funded by the levy.
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.
Have you heard? STEMposium is coming February 13! Students and families throughout the district are invited to attend.
Sponsored by the Issaquah Schools Foundation, STEMposium brings together students from across the district to share through interactive booths and demonstrations howthey 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.
Please join us for the 3rd annual STEMposium.
February 13, 2020 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Issaquah High School Commons
More information and event program can be found here.
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.
Weather Make Up Days and Future School Calendars
Our recent snow and ice event has resurfaced requests from the community to build weather make up days into our school calendars. In an effort to enable students, families, and staff to plan, we make every effort to post calendars three years in advance. As a reminder, our school calendars are developed and adopted as part of the bargaining process with the Issaquah Education Association (IEA) who represent our certificated staff. As we shared with the community last spring, while the current 2019-2020 school year calendar was established in 2017, because of the weather experience last year and because calendars for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years were not established, the District would explore opportunities to build in more weather make up options for future calendars.
To that end, District staff members negotiate with IEA’s leadership and gather input from the other labor organizations regarding calendar refinements. As part of negotiations, we shared with IEA the results of the community survey we conducted last spring asking for input on preferences. It is important to note that while 81.8% of survey respondents stated that they want built-in make up days, there was no clear majority favoring options to refine the calendar by starting the school year before Labor Day or making changes to winter, mid-winter, or spring break. While a majority of parent responders did favor taking time from teacher professional development and prep time on Wednesdays, it would take four Wednesdays to recoup one snow day. In order for us to insert weather make up days, we need to adjust one or several of those factors or extend the school year; all of which have competing desires. See survey here.
We do make every effort to use all options available to us, including application for waiving the school day if we have met the state minimum for instructional time. Meanwhile, calendar negotiations are in process now, and we expect to bring 2021-22 and 2022-23 calendar proposals to the school board for approval at the February 13, 2020 regular meeting. We will announce the approved future calendars through our usual communications channels, like E-News and websites, when the process is complete.
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.
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.
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 www.issaquahwa.gov/register or 425-837-3300.
The Issaquah City Council voted 5-2 at its January 21, 2020 regular meeting to approve land designation and zoning at Providence Heights as Community Facilities CF-F. We are thankful to the City Council and look forward to working with our municipal partners, the residents of Providence Point, and other neighboring communities to mitigate the impact as much as possible as we build these much needed schools. For additional information, including next steps, please click here.
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: http://isfdn.org/impact-scholars
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 (https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=issaquahsf&id=35 )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! (http://isfdn.org/spread-the-love-2020/)
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: http://isfdn.org/dining-for-kids/
You might already have these through ParentWiser, if not, there are two Parent Education Events coming up. Register for these events at ParentWiser.org
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: Monday 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: http://isfdn.org/nourish-every-mind/
Nourish Every Mind 2020:
Luncheon - Friday, May 8th
Breakfast - Tuesday, May 19th
Both Events Held at Eastridge Church, Issaquah
Cultural Bridges Magazine
The new Cultural Bridges magazine is available and can be viewed here
Week 2 Eager Reader stats are in! Here are the classes with the most reading minutes per grade. Keep on reading and don’t forget to submit your student’s time by Sunday at 10pm.
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!
1 for $5 4 for $20 10 for $50 20 for $100
Please order on the PTSA Website: https://cascaderidge.ourschoolpages.com/Packet/PassiveFundraising/ProductsPacketPage/1
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.
NEW Class dates are 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/24, 3/30, 4/6
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 Program • After School Activities and Athletics
This is not a new tax. This renewal levy replaces the previous two-year levy expiring in 2020. With voter approval of this renewal levy, we can ensure these programs continue benefitting our students for another 2 years.
Click here to download a fact sheet with details
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!
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.