eNews 5.2.19 

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We are so excited to have Parent Play Day again tomorrow. Below are a reminder of the guidelines. Please read carefully.


  • Do not park in fire lanes - this includes the lower loop and drop off zone. It is important that we don't block access to emergency vehicles in case of an emergency
  • You must park in a spot or on the street in an appropriate, legal place
  • Consider walking or carpooling. We do not have safe spots for every car

Checking in for Parent Play Day:

  • Guests coming for Parent Play Day will find the check-in table outside the main front doors. Please...
    • Sign in and put on a visitor badge
    • Walk around the side of the school to the playground
      The new gate, by the bus loop, will be open for you to enter and exit the playground. There will be no access at the other side of the school, near the small play area. 
    • When recess is over, walk through the new gatearound the outside of the school and back to the front door to sign out
  • Thanks for keeping us all safe!

During Parent Play Day:

  • Children that do not go to school at Cascade Ridge cannot attend Parent Play Day
  • Say your goodbyes when recess is over
  • If you have a scheduled volunteering appointment the same day and you have completed all the volunteer online paperwork, sign in at the front office as a volunteer before going to fulfill your commitment
  • Reminder: Parent Play Day is a recess event only - we sadly do not have room in the lunch room for parents to stay for lunch.


  • 11:20-11:45 1st and 3rd grade
  • 11:45-12:10 2nd and 4th grade, LRCII Primary
  • 12:10-12:35 Kinder and 5th Grade, Science Tech, LRCII Intermediate

Thank you! 


 Spirit Days 

Friday, May 10:  Decades Day-dress in clothes from your favorite decade

Friday, May 24:  Cultural Heritage Day-wear clothes that represent your cultural heritage

Friday, June 7:  Crazy Colors Day- crazy hair, crazy shirts, crazy socks... whatever makes you look craziest! 

Friday, June 21:  Coyote Power Day-drape yourself in Cascade Ridge school spirit!

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 4…May 9-14

Grade 3…May 16-21  


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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. 


Lice live among us! That being said they also love clean hair!!!

Head lice

Head lice are not a health hazard and are not related to poor hygiene. They do not spread disease and pets cannot transmit them to humans. They do not jump, hop or fly but they crawl. They crawl from head to head contact. I understand that head lice is a difficult and frustrating problem for our students and families. It is so important to remember to be kind to each other and reassure your children that they are loved and they are not the cause of this common problem. 

How can you help? Be a “nit picker”!!! Before cleaning your home, you must complete the nit picking process. It is time well spent. Re-infestation of lice usually does not come from household items such as carpets and furniture. For chronic cases, intense cleaning may be necessary. Off the head, an adult lice cannot survive for more than a day or so. Nits off the hair will die within hours of hatching if they can’t find a meal.

Things to wash:
Bath towels, washable rugs, sheets, blankets and pillow cases
Coats, hats and scarves
*Wash in very hot water and dry items in the dryer on the high setting for at least 30 min. 

Things to sanitize:
Combs, brushes, and special nit combs
Barrettes and hair ties
Detachable foam pads inside bike and sport helmets
*Soak in ¼ cup bleach to 1 cup water for 1 hour 

Things that cannot be washed or sanitized (stuffed animals):
*place in a plastic bag and closed tightly for 2 weeks. This ensures that they are dead since they will not have access to a food source. 

Parent Responsibility:
Please be a partner in helping us control the spread of lice.

*Check your students heads on a monthly basis.
*Contact the school if you know or suspect that your child has lice.
*Inform family and friends so they can check their children.
*Treat your child and follow “Lice Aren’t Nice” pamphlet instructions to control transmission.
*Examine all household members and treat anyone infested.


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

Understanding Your 2nd Grade Student’s Highly Capable Test Scores: Parent Information Session

Parents of 2nd grade students are invited to attend an informational meeting to help them prepare for receiving their student’s Highly Capable test scores (CogAT, Iowa Achievement and TTCT).  Your 2nd grade student took these tests in January and March to determine eligibility for the Highly Capable Program.  Scores will be sent to via US mail mid-to-late May.  Parents are encouraged to make sure their address is up to date in Family Access.  At the information, session topics such as interpreting the score reports and highly capable eligibility criteria in Issaquah will be discussed.

What: Understanding Your 2nd Grade Student’s Highly Capable Test Scores: Parent Information

When: Thursday, May 9th at 6:30-7:30PM

Where: Issaquah School District Administration Building Board Rooms A, B and C, 565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah, WA 98027

Who:    Presented by Susan Mundell, Executive Director of Elementary Education and Page Perey, Director of Elementary Special Programs.

Contact Betsy Gorman if further information is needed, 425-837-7120.

The Incredible Parents’ Night Out is coming up on Friday, May 10! For kids, grades K-5. Parents, have a fun Friday night out while we entertain your kids with “The Incredibles 2!”, popcorn and themed games. Dress up as your favorite superhero or come in your jammies! Bring pillows, blankets and stuffies! 6:00-8:30pm at Tibbetts Creek Manor. $18; $15 for Issaquah Residents. This event is hosted by the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board. Pre-registration is required with Issaquah Parks & Recreation: 425-837-3300 or www.issaquahwa.gov/register.

 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.

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. 


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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.


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Hello Cascade Ridge families! We would love to know what's most important to you as we make decisions about enrichment, programs and events for next year.  Please take a moment to complete this End of Year PTSA Survey and share with us any feedback and ideas you may have for our upcoming school year. The survey will close on Wednesday May 15th and as always, the survey is anonymous.

This year, the class with the most parent participation in the survey will win root beer floats for their class and an Amazon gift card for their teacher!  Please be sure to enter your child/children’s grade level and teacher, so we can keep an accurate count! 


We look forward to hearing from you! 

Cascade Ridge PTSA




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Join us for “Talk with Tia” on 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)!


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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.

 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


  • 3; ISF 'Nourish 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
  • 10: Spirit Day - Decades Day 
  • 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
  • 20: Kindergarten Information Night
  • 21: Sci/Tech Field Trip
  • 24: Spirit Day - Cultural Heritage Day
  • 28: Birthday Cupcakes