eNews 5.16.19 

Join us for “Talk with Tia” tomorrow, Friday, May 17th at 9:15 am in the Coyote Cafe (General PTSA Membership Meeting immediately following).

This is a great opportunity for conversation and coffee with Principal Kleinkopf (yummy goodies provided by the baking committee too)!

Class Placement Letters due Tomorrow!

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. 

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Do you have an incoming Kindergartner, or know someone who does? Help us spread the word:

Kinder Information Night – Monday May 20, 6pm!

Incoming Kinders Attend too!

New parents and their kindergarten student are invited to the Cascade Ridge Kindergarten Information Night on Monday, May 20 beginning promptly at 6:00pm. We will meet in our Coyote Café at the bottom of the stairs.

We will have a whole group opening and then incoming Kindergarten students will go to the Kindergarten classrooms, with the teachers, for a series of activities while the parents and any siblings present will stay in the Café for more information about Kindergarten. Students will rejoin their parents after the classroom activities are complete. We expect to be done about 7:00pm.

We are so excited to spend this evening with you and your child!

Levy Committee: Reps needed urgently

The Issaquah School District asks local voters to approve levies to pay for educational enrichment that the state does not fund, including the seven period day at two of our comprehensive high schools, mental health and counseling support, safety and security measures, activities/clubs/sports, etc., equivalent to about 15 percent of the operations budget. Because our current levies expire next year, the District is forming a community committee now to help plan the renewal/replacement of the Educational Programs and Operations Levy. (Formerly referred to as the M & O Levy)  If you are interested in representing Cascade Ridge Elementary on the committee, please pick up an application in the school office and return it to Lisa White in the Finance Department by May 17 2019. Committee members will consider the overall need, proposed content, total cost, and tax impacts of the ballot measure and present a final recommendation to the Superintendent. The commitment is a minimum of two Wednesday evenings in June.  


If you are moving and will not be part of the Coyote Family next school year, please let the office now ASAP. Please contact Donna Cleary at clearyd@issaquah.wednet.edu

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 3…May 16-21  

Parent Night – Second Step/ Social Emotional Learning

Please join us at one of the upcoming parent nights! 

Second Step is the Social Emotional Learning curriculum that is being taught K-8. This parent night will highlight ways that you, as parents, can support your child’s emotional growth.


Maywood Middle School - May 21, 6-7 pm

Beaver Lake Middle School - May 30, 6-7pm

Issaquah Middle School - June 11, 6-7pm


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Exceptional Placement Math Test for Incoming 6th grade students.

Exceptional Placement provides an additional acceleration option for students who are ready to skip CC 7/8 and begin middle school in CC 8/Algebra 1. Interested students must demonstrate sufficient mastery of CC 7/8 concepts and skills on a district-administered assessment. The exceptional placement assessment will be offered to interested students on Wednesday, June 19 from 2:00-4:00 OR Wednesday, June 26 from 4:00-6:00 at the Issaquah Middle School Library.
*Since CC6 math is taught in the 5th grade MERLIN program, 5th grade MERLIN students will take the CC 7/8 Math Mastery Assessment test in their classrooms each spring.

To register to take the Exceptional Placement assessment please complete the sign up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScMtYzRkyNU2rTip-OQT4xEdrGsdTgwYledJk2_p3322xSa0Q/viewform?usp=sf_link by June 7. Once a student has qualified for Exceptional Placement, parents make the final determination of whether or not to accept that placement. Further information will be provided to families of students who qualify for Exceptional Placement to help inform this decision.
More information can be found at http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/core/math/middle/mathEP or you may contact Susan Ford at fords@issaquah.wednet.edu or 425-377-7051.



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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Streptococcal Sore Throat, often referred to as Strep Throat, has been reported at our school.

Please keep your child home if they have a sore throat that is associated with fever or swollen glands. The incubation period is usually between 2-5 days.

Without treatment, children are contagious for several weeks and the disease may possibly progress to a more serious disease, such as Rheumatic Fever. However, if treated with an antibiotic prescription, the period of communicability can be less than 24 hours - although it is generally recommended that students with Streptococcal infections take their medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

The signs and symptoms of streptococcal sore throat may include fever, large tonsils with pus on them or an inflamed pharynx and tender nodes in the neck.  It is important to know that Streptococcal sore throat can occur with very few symptoms, and that not all sore throats are due to this specific bacteria.

If your child is ill and you suspect Streptococcal sore throat please keep your child at home and contact your physician, who may perform a Strep culture to determine whether the Streptococcal bacterium is present.  

Children exposed to Streptococcal sore throat do not usually require a throat culture, unless they develop symptoms.

If you have further questions, contact your physician or local health department.

Thank you. 

Remember to update school office with any new phone numbers and emergency contacts,
in case your student becomes ill at school.
   Please click HERE for all medical forms.

Measles: What Families Need to Know

A confirmed case of measles, also called rubeola, has been reported at Issaquah High School. We are urging families to monitor their children for signs of measles. If you believe your child may have measles, please call their health care provider — do not go in. If you must take your child to the Emergency Room, please call ahead to let them know you are coming and that you suspect measles. If your child has not been fully immunized with the MMR vaccine, please talk with your health care provider about getting the immunization. You can also contact your school nurse for more information and resources.

Measles is extremely contagious, and can be serious, especially for young children and pregnant women.  If your child has measles, please keep them home.

  • Measles virus travels through the air. You can get measles if you go near someone who has the virus because the virus stays for up to two hours in the air of a room where a person with measles has been.
  • You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before they have a rash and for up to four days after the rash appears.
  • Almost everyone who has not had the vaccine will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.
  • Foreign travel or exposure to foreign travelers increases the risk for measles.
  • Measles is the deadliest of all childhood rash/fever illnesses.

Measles Symptoms:

Measles starts with: fever, diarrhea, coughing, runny nose, red and watery eyes, and tiredness. After a few days, a rash begins, which usually starts on the face and can spread over the entire body. Measles usually lasts 7 to 10 days.

The best protection against measles is to get vaccinated. Make sure to protect yourself and your children with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

The Issaquah School District works with the Washington State Department of Health to comply with state laws on required vaccinations. In order for students to attend school, all parents are required to complete and return a certificate of immunization OR a certificate of exemption. This is filed within each student’s school record. If either certificate has not been completed and on file, students may not attend school.

 Find District information regarding vaccinations here.


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The City of Issaquah is still seeking applicants for the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board who are currently in grades 5-7 and live and/or attend school within the Issaquah School District. Consider joining this dynamic group of teens! Deadline: Monday, June 3. IYAB@issaquahwa.gov

  4th Annual Issy Kids Triathlon! Sunday, June 2, at the Issaquah Community Center and Julius Boehm Pool. This just-for-fun untimed “race” is for kids, ages 6-12. Start with a party and end with a celebration! Check-in begins at noon. First wave of kids jumps into the pool at 1:00pm. Preregister with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at 425-837-3300 or www.issaquahwa.gov/register.

 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.


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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.

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Action Forum for Youth - May 23rd

Want to know what’s going on with youth in our community? The Healthy Youth Survey is given every 2 years assessing behavioral health issues (stress, anxiety, drinking & drug use etc.) effecting youth.  Join Issaquah School District community leaders for a complimentary breakfast and presentation of the 2018 Healthy Youth Survey results.  Thursday May 23rd 7:00-9:00am at Issaquah Holiday Inn - 1801 12th Ave NW, Issaquah.  All are welcome!  Registration is required and can be found here: http://bit.ly/ActFor. This event is sponsored by Issaquah Schools Foundation and Influence the Choice. 

Dining for Kids – June 5th

The Issaquah Schools Foundation invites you to Dining for Kids! Join us for lunch, happy hour, or dinner, on Wednesday, June 5th at Levitate Gastropub on Front Street in Issaquah (parking lot in back). If the sun is out the outdoor patio and umbrellas will be open, so join us for some fresh focused, locally sourced, and scratch made bites. Reservations accepted. Levitate Gastropub will generously donate a portion of your bill to the Foundation! 


Tools4School is a partnership between the Issaquah Schools Foundation and Issaquah Food & Clothing bank to provide new backpacks filled with school supplies for Issaquah School District K-12 students who need financial support.  You can help provide the backpacks and supplies by donating online here.  If you, or someone you know needs help with school supplies, participants can register here.



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Mark your calendars and save the 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 before May 13th 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.

School Supplies for 2019-20 - Order Now and Save!!! 

Order your school supply boxes now and you can choose to hold delivery until just before school begins in September. Check an item off your to-do list and don't think about it again! 

Order before June 27 and save $$$! Prices will go up on June 28 so don't delay. You will still be able to order through August 12 and ensure delivery by the start of school. 

Avoid the crowds and hassle of buying supplies at multiple stores. One-stop online shopping saves time and our PTSA earns money from your order. 

Our vendor is shipping supplies direct to your home! Each grade's box is already 'built' for you. Simply select your child's upcoming grade. Some grades ask for slightly different supply lists based on the first letter of your child's last name, so be sure to select the correct box. 

Log on to www.schooltoolbox.com, enter Cascade Ridge Elementary, and order away!
Questions? Contact Amy at amy.passalacqua@comcast.net


 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


  • 16-21: 3rd Grade SBA Testing
  • 17: 4th Grade Field Trip
  • 17: PTSA General Membership Mtg
  • 17: PTSA Bingo Night
  • 20: Kindergarten Information Night
  • 21: Sci/Tech Field Trip
  • 24: Spirit Day - Cultural Heritage Day
  • 27 - No School - Memorial Day
  • 28: Birthday Cupcakes
  • 29-31: 5th Grade Camp


  • 4: 4/5 Grade Sci/Tech Field Trip
  • 4: PTSA Staff Appreciation Lunch
  • 6: 4th Grade Field Trip
  • 7: Crazy Colors Spirit Day
  • 7: PTSA Donuts with Dads
  • 7: Parent Play Day & Popcorn at Recess
  • 10: King County Library Assemblies
  • 12: Safety Patrol End of Year Party
  • 13: Birthday Cupcakes