eNews 5.9.19 

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Thank you to all the parents and children who have shown their appreciation, in so many ways, throughout the week for all the staff at Cascade Ridge. A special thank you to Paula Koransky and the PTSA committee for all the yummy Harry Potter treats that magically appeared in the staff lounge every day this week. We appreciate you all!

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.  

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  

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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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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Wishing a fond farewell to Nurse Anne....




Everyone would like to thank Nurse Anne for all her support over the last three years at Cascade Ridge Elementary & at many schools across the District. We wish her wonderful adventures! 

Ms Elves, our wonderful Health Room Assistant, will remain a familiar face in the Health room every day for all our children and we look forward to welcoming a new nurse to the Coyote family soon.  

"Thank you Cascade Ridge Elementary for the best 3 years!!! It has been my absolute pleasure caring for your children. I will be leaving this Friday, embarking on a new journey. I will be moving to Florida to be closer to family who need me to help take care of them. Family is so important. I am leaving with many fond memories and will miss you all so much!!! "

Nurse Anne   

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.

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Information from the School District

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

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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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


  • 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