eNews 4.18.19 

April is Earth Month and
next week is Earth Week!

Earth Week

Celebrate Earth Week!
Monday, April 22 – Friday, April 26

YOU can BE GREEN by:

Monday, April 22 - Conserve Energy and Water

  • Turn off lights & computers when not in use
  • Check faucets for leaks and shut off water when not in use 

Tuesday, April 23 – Spread the Word!

  • Read a book or Show a video or Just TALK to Your Child(ren) 

Wednesday, April 24 - Waste Free Wednesday District Lunch Challenge

  • Use reusable containers

 Wednesday, April 24 – Book Swap

  • Bring in used books to trade

Thursday, April 25 – Walk or Bike to School

Friday, April 26 - Dress in Green 

2019-20 Class Placement Letters! 

As we get closer to the end of the year, we begin to think about placement. If you have information about your child that you would like to let us know, please click here to follow the guidelines for parent input. The link is also available from our website by going under "Family and Community" and clicking "Family Resources". Placement letters are due Friday, May 17 by 4:00pm. To ensure your letter is considered, be sure to read and follow the guidelines provided in the letter.  Thank you for your continued partnership. 

Smarter Balanced Assessment

 All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment this spring. Ways to help include making sure your child has a good night’s rest and has a healthy, filling breakfast each morning.

You can find resources and practice at home by going to this website: https://wa.portal.airast.org/users/students-and-families

Test dates:

Grade 5…April 25-May 2

Grade 4…May 9-14

Grade 3…May 16-21  


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Spirit Days happen at BLMS every Friday throughout the school year. 

In order to welcome their new Bull Dogs in style, they have opened the online spirit wear store through April 30th for incoming 6th graders to prepare for the new year.  Follow the link below to see many new items, as well as offers for free T-Shirts with some orders: Go Bulldogs!




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. 


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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

ISD School Safety Information Nights
Student safety is our top priority, and we want families and community members to feel confident that our schools are secure. Join the Issaquah School District Safety Team at one of three Safety Information Nights to learn about what we do to keep students and staff safe every day.

  • Tuesday, April 23 - 6:00pm-8:00pm at Pine Lake Middle School
  • Thursday, April 25 - 6:00pm-8:00pm at Issaquah Middle School
  • Tuesday, April 30 - 6:00pm-8:00pm at Maywood Middle School

District and school leaders, including the District's Director of Safety and Security, will talk about emergency preparedness, campus safety upgrades, levy and bond funded safety measures, mental health and counseling, Safety Advisory Committee, lockdowns, drills, and much more.

Issaquah Youth Advisory Board applications are now available for the 2019-2020 school year. Represent your middle school next year! Deadline of Monday, April 26, 2019. All youth, currently in grades 5-11, who live and/or attend school within the Issaquah School District are welcome to apply.  Visit www.issaquahwa.gov/YAB

 Adventure Camp for 6th & 7th graders! Spend your summer with Issaquah Parks & Recreation. Trips, tours, hikes, art, insane fun!  www.issaquahwa.gov/daycamp 

Bus Drivers Needed – We’re Hiring!
Schools all across the country are experiencing a shortage of school bus drivers. This is true in the Issaquah School District as well. The ISD offers paid training and a competitive wage of up to $25.38/hour. Drivers may work part time or up to 40 hours. Full benefits include medical, dental, and vision. Drivers work a school calendar and schedule. If you or someone you know is interested, please call 425-837-6327 for more information or apply online by clicking here. Classes will be starting soon.

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 

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.


emily whitman night

Unfortunately, Emily Whitman, our visiting author scheduled to present to parents/teachers this evening has come down with a serious case of the flu. She is unable to travel at this time.
The session has been rescheduled to May 30, 2019 at the Administration building from 6:30-7:30 and we look forward to welcoming you then.


Final Chance to Order a Yearbook  

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to order a 2018-2019 Cascade Ridge yearbook for your student. Students love to look back on their year and have their friends sign their yearbook. Order your yearbook on our website cascaderidgeptsa.org by Friday, April 19th.




Check out the PTSA website under “Enrichment” for information and to register, or click on the links below. Information may be subject to change.  All classes are in the afternoon unless otherwise noted.


The Piano Keyboard Club with Musical Minds, Morning Class, Grades K-5.
3D Drawing and Perspective with Crimson Canvas, Grades 3-5.
It’s Debatable with Grasshopper, Grades 1-5
Eastside Drama Kids, Grades 1-5


Fly Spanish, Morning class, Year-round 
Battlebots Robotics with Leap4Kidz, Grades 3-5
Fly Spanish, Year-round
Karate with WA Shito Ryu Academy.  Day may be subject to change.


Twisted Fairytales with Village Theater, Grades K -3
Kids Create with Code Club with Techventure Kids, Grades 2-5


Intro Jr. Robotics from Leap4Kidz, Grades K-2


Drawing & Painting with Museo Art Academy, Grades K-5
Fly Spanish, Year-round

Cascade Ridge PTSA, Cascade Ridge Elementary, and the Issaquah School District do not sponsor, endorse, or recommend any of the organizations, services, or activities described in these materials. In consideration for the privilege to distribute this information, Cascade Ridge PTSA, Cascade Ridge Elementary, and the Issaquah School District shall be held harmless from any causes of action filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of these materials, including all costs, attorney’s fees, judgments, or awards.


Hello Cascade Ridge Parents!

Join us on April 25th 6-8pm at the Festival of Cultures in the Coyote Café!

Festival of Cultures is an event where we celebrate our school diversity, while learning about our different cultural backgrounds through games, entertainment, and tasting flavors from around the world; a very fun and educational event!

Country Representatives are needed! 

Would you like to represent a country or a culture? 

Download the Country Information Form and Email it, by Saturday March 30th, to



Our children will love seeing their cultures represented, and entertain us with a fashion show where they can show off their cultural attire

We are excited to celebrate our diversity in this amazing event! You cannot miss it! 


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.

 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  

JOIN US! - Nourish Every Mind 2019
You won’t want to miss one of these great Issaquah Schools Foundation events!  Come hear inspiring stories from students and staff who have directly benefited from Foundation investments.  Registration for both events is open here.

  • Luncheon: Friday, May 3 at Meydenbauer Center
  • Breakfast: Tuesday, May 14 at Eastridge Church


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


  • 19: Sci/Tech Field Trip
  • 19: PJ Party Spirit Day
  • 19: Great Kid Lunch
  • 22-26: Earth Week
  • 23: 5th Grade Concert
  • 24: Book Swap
  • 25: PTSA Festival of Cultures
  • 4/25-5/2: 5th Grade SBA Testing
  • 26: Great Kids Lunch
  • 30: Birthday Cupcakes
  • 30: 1st Grade Concert


  • 3; ISF 'Norish Every Mind' Luncheon
  • 3: Parent Play Day and Popcorn Friday
  • 5/9-5/14: 4th Grade SBA Testing
  • 6-10: Staff Appreciation Week
  • 7: Kindergarten Music Concert
  • 14: 5th Grade Camp - Chaperone Training
  • 16: Science Tech Field Trip
  • 16: Toymaker (2nd Grade)
  • 5/16-5/21: 3rd Grade SBA Testing
  • 17: 4th Grade Field Trip
  • 17: PTSA General Membership Mtg
  • 17: PTSA Bingo Night