Cascade Ridge Elementary E-news

August 16, 2019

Learning Everywhere for Everyone!

Dear Cascade Ridge Families,


Happy August! This may have been the shortest summer ever, but I hope it was a great one for your family. It was a milestone for my family as earlier this month both of my children went off to college! I will have a freshman and a senior at the University of Idaho. Embrace and enjoy these elementary school days, they go quickly!


We are hard at work here at Cascade Ridge getting everything ready to go for our students! We are all very excited for the 19-20 school year. If you were with us last year, you may recall that our focus was “Learning is Everywhere”. We wrapped this around a Harry Potter theme that was fun for all! This year we are adding to that focus: “Learning is Everywhere for Everyone.” We truly want all students to feel welcome, to feel encouraged, to learn and progress in all areas. We want that learning to happen in the classroom, on the playground, in the gym – everywhere. We want the growth to focus on all academic subjects and areas as well as social emotional learning – the whole child. We are excited to share our theme of Cascade Ridge All Inclusive Resort with you!


In addition to this focus, we want to continue to embrace the Coyote Way: Be Kind, Be Safe and Do Your Job. When students feel safe and are surrounded by kindness they can focus on their job of being a successful student. Go Coyotes!


We have had some changes over the summer and we are in process of completing our hiring and solidifying our staffing. We hope to be able to send a list of all staff in next week’s eNews. Families with students in Grades 1-5 will be able to log into Family Access after 5pm on Friday, August 30 to find out the name of their classroom teacher. Kindergarten families – watch for an email next week with the name of your teacher and a link to sign up for your Family Connection Meeting.


New families – come on over at 10am on Friday, August 23 for a short presentation followed by a tour of the school. For everyone else, we are so excited to see you at Meet The Teacher from 9:30-10:30 on Tuesday, September 3.


Warmly,



Tia Kleinkopf | Principal

New to Cascade Ridge?

If your family is new to Cascade Ridge we will be giving a presentation followed by a tour of the school on Friday, August 23, 2019 starting at 10:00 am. Don’t worry if you are a new family and will be out of town. You will have an opportunity to explore the building at Meet The Teacher Day on Tuesday, September 3 2019 (see below).

Meet the teacher!

All students, new and returning, are welcome into school on Tuesday, September 3 from 9.30-10.30am. Meet your teacher, drop your supplies and welcome our new Coyote familes!


The name of your teacher will be available, on Family Access, on Friday August 30th at 5pm

8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday

OTHER NEWS:

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ISD Highly Capable Program

The Highly Capable Program Referral Window is open September 1st through September 15th


Referrals of students to determine possible eligibility for the Highly Capable Program will be accepted online beginning September 1 through September 15.

*Please note, all kindergarten students will be screened this fall to determine eligibility for further testing for possible selection into the Highly Capable program.


The District’s referral procedure may include screening procedures as allowed by state statute. Please go to the Highly Capable website for further information and to access the online referral questionnaire and referral form. Individuals making a referral must use the District provided online referral form. The following exceptions will apply:


  1. Referrals will not be accepted for students who were tested for the Highly Capable Program in the previous school year.
  2. Referrals for second grade students will not be accepted as testing for these students will occur mid-year.
  3. Referrals for students new to the district who enroll after September 15 will be accepted for ten (10) school days from the enrollment date.
  4. Students new to the district enrolling after the Highly Capable fall testing window who meet the screening criteria will be assessed prior to the beginning of the next school year.


Students may be referred by individuals including teachers, other staff, parents, and members of the community. Families who do not have access to the internet, or who would prefer the form in Chinese, Korean or Spanish should contact the school office for a hardcopy. Translation services are also available through the school district, upon request.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications Now Available for 2019-2020 School Year

If your family requires financial assistance with school meals and you would like to apply for free or reduced-price lunches please click the following link to fill out an online application:

https://issaquah.strataapps.com.


For additional information on the application process, please click here to visit the ISD website

News from Issaquah Schools Foundation

Tools4School

While you are out gathering supplies for the upcoming school year, please also help a child in need. You can help by donating a school supply kit, backpack, or both here: https://supplyallkids.com/#/donate/isf

Support the Issaquah Schools Foundation

Step up to support your community by engaging with the Issaquah Schools Foundation! When enrolling your child through the back to school enrollment verification process this summer, please consider a donation to the Foundation. Your support fuels vital programs including after school homework help, artistic support, STEM/Robotics clubs, snack/lunch support, teacher grants, and more. Learn more at http://isfdn.org

NEWS FROM THE PTSA

PTSA Membership

Now that the EVP process is complete, don't forget to join the PTSA!

Even if you were a member last year, you must renew your membership each year.

Click here to learn more about the Cascade Ridge PTSA and all we do for our students and staff! We can’t thank you enough for your support!

Why should I join the Cascade Ridge PTSA?

The number one reason to join the PTSA is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school, but there are many more advantages. Here are just a few:

Tap into a Network – Parenting is not easy! It helps to share ideas, concerns and experiences with other parents and educators. PTSA functions are opportunities to meet teachers and other parents, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind.

Speak Up – The PTSA is a forum for exchanging ideas and can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.

Discover Great Resources – The PTSA offers a variety of programs designed for parents as well as students. By joining you can receive discounts to places like Great Wolf Lodge.

Get Connected – There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school!

You will support local programs and advocacy efforts that will positively impact the quality of your child’s education for the rest of their lives.

Thank you!

School Supplies

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

Our School Calendar

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August

  • 23: New Family Presentation- Begins at 10am
  • 25: Incoming Kindergarten Playdate - 3pm at Cascade Ridge Playground

September

  • 2: Labor Day
  • 3: Picture Day 9.00 - 12noon
  • 3: Meet the Teacher 9:30-10:30
  • 3: PTSA Popsicle Social 10:00-11:00
  • 3: Kindergarten Curriculum Night - 6:30pm
  • 4: First Day of School - Grades 1-5
  • 4-6: Kindergarten Family Connection Meetings
  • 9: First Day of School - Kindergarten
  • 9: PTSA Math Club, Parent presentation - 6pm
  • 12: Curriculum Night - Grade 1-5, Times to be announced
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