eNews 3.14.19


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. 

 lost and found

The lost and found is full of coats, jackets, backpacks, etc.  Please stop by the lost and found to claim any items that your child may have misplaced. 

All remaining items will be donated to a local charity on Friday, April 5th

To families of students receiving English Language Services (ELL)

Between March 8 – March 29 you will receive via e-mail a report detailing your student’s progress with English language learning.

Please contact Katherine Dynes, our ELL teacher, at dynesk@issaquah.wednet.edu - or leave a message for her with the Office if you have any questions or concerns. 425-837-5500


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

Parents night out: Skyline

Support Skyline High School’s Sophomore Class by participating in their Parents Night Out fundraiser on March 29th! Drop off your kid(s) at Skyline for a fun-filled night full of games and activities! Go to http://shssophomoreclass.weebly.com/parents-night-out.html for more information on this exciting night!
Email sydneyawilliams@outlook.com with any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you!

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


flu bug

Influenza: When to Keep Your Student Home from School and How to Prevent the Spread of Flu
School Nurses are currently seeing students in the health room who are experiencing fever-related illnesses, including influenza, or, the flu. To prevent the spread of the flu, please keep children home from school when they have a fever of 100.0 F or higher. They should remain at home for at least 24 hours after their temperature has returned to normal (98.6F) without the aid of fever-reducing medication, such as Children’s Tylenol or Advil. Please do not send your student to school if fever-reducing medication has been administered at home before leaving for school. Parents/guardians will be contacted to pick up their student if they have returned to school less than 24 hours after experiencing a fever-related illness. For more information, please visit the main ISD website

Remember to update school office with any new phone numbers and emergency contacts, in case your student becomes ill at school.   

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Information from the School District

Changes to Elementary and Middle School Grade Reports and
Trimester Dates Due to Snow Days

To accommodate instructional time lost due to weather and maintain the number of days in this second trimester reporting period:

  • Elementary Schools: Report cards will go live at 5pm on Tuesday, March 26. 
  • Middle Schools: Trimester 2 will end March 22 - Grades will post by March 29.​

Last Day of School – Thursday, June 27, 2019

This past February’s historic snowfall created many challenges for our community and school system. Now that it appears our snowy winter weather is subsiding, we can communicate the remainder of our school year calendar. In accordance with our negotiated agreements and approved 2018-19 school year calendar, the six days of school missed due to weather will be added to the end of the current school year calendar. The last day of school is now Thursday, June 27th. High School Graduation dates will not change.

Every school district in our region has a unique set of circumstances related to how they might make up snow days. As a result, you will see districts implementing different plans. Options such as built in snow make-up days, conversion of non-student professional development days, state waivers or renegotiating instruction time are not viable options for the ISD this year. With this recent snow event resetting our common experience, the District is exploring opportunities to build in more snow day make-up options to our future calendars. Any changes will be communicated as soon as possible.

  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. 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. 

Elementary Summer School Registration is open! 

Elementary Summer School is now open 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 on weekdays from July 8 through August 2, 9:00am to 12:00pm at Clark Elementary School. Tuition for the 4-week Summer School program is $400.00. Registration forms are located on the Elementary Summer School Website. If you are unable to download the registration materials your elementary school office has hard copies in the school office. Families are required to provide transportation to and from Summer School.

Registration will close on Friday, April 19. 

Summer Robotics Class is now open for registration. The Robotics program is a two-week class for current 4th and 5th grade students only. This course teaches the fundamentals of robotics using LEGO Mindstorm Kits. A minimum of 12 students is required for this class to proceed.

Two sessions will be offered, Session 1 runs weekdays from July 9 to July 20, 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 registration forms are on the Elementary Summer School WebsiteIf you are unable to download the registration materials your elementary school office will have hard copies in the school office. Families are required to provide transportation to and from Robotics class.

Registration will close on Friday, April 19.

author evening at District, April 4th 2019   



 Science Fair!

CA Science Fair graphic for 2019  

Science Fair Important Dates and Reminders

  • Our last order for science fair display boards will be delivered to classrooms Friday, March 15th.
  • Registration for the science fair is due March 15th, so this is your LAST chance to sign up!



  • PLEASE sign up to volunteer!
    • We still need volunteers to make this event a success.  Our greatest need is for judges, so that students don’t have to wait too long to present their projects.  It’s a great way to interact with the students and enjoy their creativity and scientific thinking!



  • Send us photos of your scientists in action!
    • Student Name
    • Project Name
    • Teacher
    • Grade
    • Please send your photos with the following details:            
    • Email your photos and information to lloydraphael@hotmail.com so that we can share them in our science fair slideshow.

Family Bingo Night

Mark your calendars and save the “new” date! Family Bingo Night has been rescheduled to Friday, May 17th. We hope you can join us for this fun family event! Visit the Cascade Ridge PTSA website to purchase tickets and pre-order pizza. We are also looking for volunteers. If you can help, please sign up on the PTSA website.

For questions, contact us at bingonight@cascaderidgeptsa.org.

pastries with PTSA

Pastries with the PTSA

Friday, March 15th

10:00am - 11:30am

at the home of Paula Koransky, PTSA Community Relations VP


This is a casual gathering for all parents (younger siblings welcome). Whether you are new to Cascade Ridge and looking to connect with other parents or have been here all along, we'd love for you to join us!

  • Just to socialize
  • To meet the PTSA Board and put a face with a name
  • To find out more about our volunteer opportunities and how you can get involved

For questions or directions contact paulakoransky@me.com 



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

Nourish Every Mind
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – breakfast at Eastridge Church, in Issaquah


Every Wednesday: Coyote Spirit Day
Every Friday: Team Spirit Day


  • 14: PTSA Spelling Bee
  • 19: Trudy Ludwig at Cascade Ridge
  • 21: 2nd Grade Concert
  • 22: Spirit Day - Formal Wear Day!
  • 26: 4th Grade Concert
  • 27: 5th Grade Photo Day and Make - Up Photos for Yearbook
  • 28: Birthday Cupcakes
  • 28: PTSA Science Fair


  • 1: 4th Grade Field Trip
  • 8-12: Spring Break
  • 19: Sci/Tech Field Trip
  • 23: 5th Grade Concert
  • 25: PTSA Festival of Cultures
  • 4/25-5/2: 5th Grade SBA Testing