Cascade Ridge Elementary E-news

March 5, 2020

Message from the principal

Reading was everywhere this week!

We Read Across Cascade Ridge this week during Read Across America Week! Students were introduced to a variety of books, received an extra check out and a bookmark. We held a school wide Drop Everything and Read. Students were reminded how FUN and important reading is. I hope you were able to participate in our Read Across America this week and read at home with or beside your student(s). Remember – it is good for them to see you reading for FUN too. Even though Read Across America Week is over, let’s continue to keep reading in the forefront of our daily activities.

Enjoy your books!

Tia Kleinkopf


Information regading absences

Please remember to let the office now about all absences.

Regarding school work requests, in the event that you opt to keep your child/ren at home, the current practice in place remains the same as for all pre-arranged absences. Please

  • access your child’s teacher’s website,
  • read daily,
  • utilize the online math resources available to you (Zearn, Eureka, CLEVER, etc.),
  • keep writing skills sharp by crafting letters/emails/stories.

When your child returns to school, curriculum-based papers that have been distributed during their absence will be available. It should be noted that in-class instruction and learning cannot be replicated at home so there will be components of daily learning from the classroom that cannot be accessed due to the collaborative nature of a classroom-based program.

Parents do not need to fill out a pre-arranged absence form. To be excused, student absences will need to be reported by phone at 425-837-5500 or email at:

Safety first!

Please could we ask for parent help at the crosswalks. Our paraprofessionals will signal for students to walk across the road when it is safe to do so. Sometimes adults accompanying those children will start to cross before this signal is made and it can confuse our children so they lose attention.

Please do not step into the crosswalk until the adult has signaled them that it’s okay.

Also, please could you drop Coyote Club kids at the front of the school (and not in the bus loop) after 8am.


Student Visits & Parent Orientation Nights

Our local middle school are excitedly preparing for incoming 6th grade student visits and parent orientation sessions in March. Please register now for your local middle school ENews. See below for dates and times of these events.

Message from BLMS: Welcome to our newest Bulldogs

Please join us at 6:30 pm on Monday, March 9 in the BLMS Gymnasium for a program designed to provide parents with information about the Beaver Lake Middle School program and transition activities to support our incoming 6th graders. This evening event precedes the 5th grade student visit to BLMS that takes place during the school day on Wednesday, March 11th from 10:30-11:30 AM in our BLMS Gymnasium.

At the daytime visit for students, we will:

  • Share general information about BLMS.
  • ASB students will share tips for transitioning to middle school.
  • We will listen to our fabulous music students perform.
  • Talk with our guidance counselors about class registration.
  • Our Mascot, Buddy the Bulldog, will make an appearance.

We hope you can come to our evening program for parents on March 9. We look forward to working with you to support your child in learning and connecting to BLMS.

Beginning at 6:00 pm on Monday, March 9 in Room number B2, the BLMS Special Education Team will have 5th Grade Special Education Parent Night. This event precedes the 5th Grade Parent Night and will include information about Special Education Services at BLMS. If your child receives Special Education services in elementary school, and will attend BLMS next year, please come to this parent meeting and then join the program in the gym.

Please mark your calendars. We look forward to meeting you!

Stacy Cho Marilee Bosshart

Principal Assistant Principal

Message from PLMS: Welcome to our newest Wolverines


Please join us for Fifth Grade Parent Night at 6:30 PM on Monday, March 16, for an evening designed to provide parents with information about the middle school program and transition activities. This meeting follows our 5th grade student visitation to PLMS from 9:30 to 11:05 AM on this same date.

Please mark your calendars. We look forward to meeting you!

-Pine Lake Staff

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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.

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.

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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Latest Update Regarding Coronavirus - District Working with Health Department

The District continues to monitor and communicate with Public Health of King County regarding novel Coronavirus and will continue to follow their professional guidance. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the risk is low for the general American public.

Please be mindful that although novel Coronavirus started in China, having Chinese ancestry – or any other Asian ancestry – does not place a person at higher risk for this illness. You can help keep our schools safe for everyone by sharing accurate information with your children and fellow community members.

As with the regular flu, if students or staff experience fever or other symptoms of illness, they should stay home from school. Please see our guidance for when to keep your child home from school due to illness.

Please check our Health Notices webpage for more information.

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
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Letter from the Superintendent re COV-19 precautions

Dyslexia Family Engagement Forum

Families interested in connecting with the Issaquah School District regarding support for students with dyslexia are invited to a community forum hosted at the Administration Building Thursday, March 5 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at 5150 220th AVE SE. Issaquah. The purpose of the forum is to facilitate two-way communication, collaboration, and shared learning related to supporting students with dyslexia. Additional forums will be held on April 2 and May 21. Families are welcome to attend one or all of the meetings.

Two More Science Technology Magnet Program Informational Meetings: 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.

Video: Pilot Lunch Program Introduces More School Meals Made From Scratch

In the coming months, students at four ISD elementary schools will more meals made from scratch by their schools’ nutrition staff on their school lunch trays. The District’s Food Service Department will launch a “scratch cooking” pilot program at Clark, Issaquah Valley, Sunny Hills and Sunset elementary schools this spring. Beginning March 11, each of those schools will start providing seven new scratch-cooked meals. Food Service staff from the schools gathered February 18 to test out the recipes and prepare to serve them to students. Watch a video of that test-run on the ISD YouTube channel.

After testing the new recipes at the four elementary schools, the Food Service Department plans to make them available at all elementary schools next school year, and then at secondary schools.

The Food Service Department plans every meal to provide the nutrition students need, according to National School Lunch Program standards. The goal of this program is to further increase the quality and value of meals by reducing processed foods and replacing them with more wholesome and local ingredients to offer more freshly made options.

The 2020 Census: It’s important. It’s easy. It’s safe.

This spring you will be asked to perform an important task: Fill out the census. The Census: It’s important. It’s easy. It’s safe.

The U.S. Constitution requires a count of the United States’ population every 10 years. The goal is to count every resident. Collecting accurate information on everyone who lives in Washington is important to the future of our state, ensuring we receive our fair share of federal dollars for vital community programs. In 2016 alone, Washington received $16.7 billion in federal assistance, based on data collected during the 2010 census.

The census also determines the number of representatives each state has in Congress, which can make a difference when it comes to issues important to Washingtonians. Beginning in March 2020, all households will receive a mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau asking them to take the census online or by phone. Each household will be asked to provide details about people who reside in the household “most of the time” as of April 1, 2020, the official “Census Day.”

What do you need to do? Complete the short and easy form online. If you don’t have a computer at home, you can use one at a library or at a location in your community clearly identified Census Questionnaire Assistance Center.

Also, we know that infants and young children are the most under counted people. Your kids count, so make sure to count them when you fill out the census form in Spring 2020!
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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! (

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 on March 19th and we’re excited to see your scientists in action. Registration closes next Friday, March 6th, so sign up now and reserve a spot for your child’s project!

Register now at

You can still order display boards through Monday, March 2nd and all boards will be delivered to your child’s classroom next Friday, March 6th. Visit the Cascade Ridge website for lots of ideas and information to help your child with his or her project.

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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!


At this time all events are still being held. We will let you know ASAP if anything changes.

  • 5: PTSA Parent Workshop - All about growing up
  • 9: BLMS 6th Grade Orientation parent session
  • 10: IMS 6th Grade Orientation parent session
  • 11: 5th grade visit to BLMS
  • 11: All Choir Festival (at Challenger Elementary)
  • 13: 3rd Grade Field Trip
  • 16: PLMS 6th Grade Orientation parent session
  • 18/19: PTSA Science Fair
  • 24: 4th Grade Music Concert
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.