eNews 4.25.19 

Earth Week

Thank you for all the successful green initiatives this week and for 
helping to save our environment!

Lunch with Mrs. Kleinkopf!

Dear Families, 

The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s online auction is now open! The Foundation provides funding for programs that help students at our school and every school in our district, so I am happy to support their efforts by donating the auction item found here: https://isf.schoolauction.net/nemauction2019/catalog/45 

I encourage you to take a look at the other great items offered as well: https://isf.schoolauction.net/nemauction2019

The auction closes at 8:00 pm on Monday, April 29, so be sure to check it out soon. 

Along with the auction, there is still time to register for the Foundation’s Nourish Every Mind Luncheon and Breakfast fundraisers. These events are a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to hear how you can support students in our district. The Luncheon is May 3 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue and the Breakfast is May 14  at Eastridge Church in Issaquah. You may register for either event here. 

Thank you for supporting our students!

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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Spring Allergies are here

Pollen from trees, grasses and weeds float in the air this time of year. These particles enter our nose, mouth, ears and eyes causing us to sneeze, cough, and red, itchy, and swollen eyes. Pollen counts are never zero and can be highest when it is warm, dry and breezy. Pollen counts in our area can be found on many sites if you are interested here is a link:


How can we manage to get through this season?

  • Keep windows closed to keep pollen out of our homes
  • Change clothes and remove shoes so you don’t bring pollen into your home
  • Take baths/showers in the evening to wash off pollen so you don’t sleep with it
  • Wear sunglasses to protect eyes from pollen
  • Use nasal mist saline to clear out pollen from your nose and keep your nose moist (preventing nosebleeds from occurring)
  • Exercise indoors if possible
  • Wear a face mask when doing yard work/gardening
  • Discuss options with your doctor

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.

  • 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 29, 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. 


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.





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.


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  


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


  • 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