Cascade Ridge Elementary E-news

September 20, 2019

Update on Parent Play Days


We value you as partners at Cascade Ridge. I have said it before and I will say it many times again – we couldn’t do what we do without your help, encouragement and support. We are fortunate to be in a community where families want to be involved in their child’s education. Each day parent volunteers are in classrooms and throughout the building. The PTSA supports our goal of “Learning is Everywhere for Everyone” financially through gifts and teacher grants and by organizing fun community events outside of school time. The PTSA fosters STEAM through the Science Fair, Engineering Night, Reflections and Arts Programs, and so much more. These are just a few examples of how we could not do what we do without you!

Each year I take a critical look at all we do at Cascade Ridge to support our mission. After consulting with District and community experts we make changes that are best for student learning and safety and security. This year that includes changes to Parent Play Days. Improving Safety and Security is something we have been working to improve for some time. Measures have included ensuring all exterior doors are locked, installing a vestibule system, implementing a new volunteer sign in system and the addition of two gates on the sides of our campus that are locked during the school day.

As part of the review process, the District Safety and Security Team raised concerns last year about unlocking our gates during the school day to allow families in for recess. There is not an efficient way to ensure all who enter are actually family members of our students.

Therefore, after working with the District Security Team, we have decided to eliminate Parent Play Day. I encourage you to find other ways to get involved - PTSA, school wide and/or classroom events. The first Friday of each month will still be Popcorn Fridays for the students.

Thanks for your understanding and support. I know we all put safety and security of our students first.

Tia Kleinkopf



Please read the important safety, health, and equal-rights notices that are posted online on our Legal Notices page. You will find information about asbestos, nondiscrimination, pest management, possession of firearms, sexual harassment, Title IX, and more.

News from the Health Room

When to Keep Your Child Home from school

Fever: Does your child have a fever over 100 degrees F. orally?
Temperature should remain normal (below 98.6 degrees) for 24 hours without any fever reducing medication before returning to school

Sore throat: Is it accompanied by fever, headache, stomachache or swollen glands?

Vomiting: Has your child vomited in the last 24 hours?

Diarrhea: Has there been an occurrence in the last 24 hours?

Eyes: Are your child’s eyes crusty, bright red and/or discharging yellow or green fluid?

Nasal discharge (yellow or greenish): Is there colorful nasal mucus that is accompanied by a fever or other symptoms of an upper respiratory infection?

Cough: Does your child have a persistent, productive cough?

Appearance/Behavior: Is your child unusually tired, pale, have a lack of appetite, difficult to awaken, or confused?

Rash: Does your child have a body rash not associated with heat, eczema, or an allergic reaction to a medication?

Head Lice: Please contact the school nurse if there is any indication of head lice in your home.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please keep your child home from school and consider seeking medical attention.

The most important thing you can do to prevent illness is for you and your child to wash your hands often with warm water and soap.

Remember to always keep the school updated with new phone numbers and emergency contacts in case your student becomes ill at school.

With Fall and Winter upon us, I want to remind families to get your flu shots. The flu was responsible for over 900,000 hospitalizations last year, according to the CDC.

Check with your medical provider to see if the flu shot is right for you, if you or anyone in your family has health issues.

Hand washing is a very important part of avoiding illness. Proper hand washing should be 20 seconds in length using warm water and soap. After lathering up with soap, make sure to use friction to wash all hand surfaces including between fingers and the sides of hands. You can sing the “Happy Birthday” song to make sure to wash for 20 full seconds. Here’s to a happy and healthy Fall!

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Update on Bus Routes from the ISD Transportation Department

Dear ISD families,

We are working hard to address bus overloads and adjust schedules based on actual ridership as we move into our first full week of school. Please have patience while we continue to make the necessary adjustments to the routes. Thank you!

Attendance Calls Update

The ISD is using a new system to send out attendance calls to families when a student is absent from class. This year, both a phone call and an email will be sent according to the primary contact information in Family Access. Phone calls will simply alert families of an unexcused absence. The emails will contain information regarding class periods missed for students in secondary grade levels.

Family Access Help Event - Sept 25, 2019: 6.30-8.30pm

Address: Maywood Middle School, 14490 168th Ave SE, Renton, WA

Family Access provides parents information about your child’s progress at school and class information. Come learn how to use it and support your child’s learning. Help session will include support on how to check your child’s grades in middle and high school, maintain contact through school communications via Skyward, access teacher websites and assignments, check attendance, lunch balance, report cards and test scores. For more information, please click here to visit the ISD website.

Interpreters will be available in Spanish and Mandarin. If you need an interpreter in another language, please contact Lorna Gilmour at by September 19. Snacks and Children’s corner available.

ISD Replacement Levy Resolution Approved by School Board of Directors on September 12

The Issaquah School Board of Directors passed a resolution for a replacement Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy to be placed on the February 11, 2020 ballot. Voters will have an opportunity to maintain current funding for programs such as career and technical education, mental health counselors, dual language, and safety. This levy would replace the levy approved by voters in 2018 that expires at the end of 2020.

The District is asking voters for about $6.7 Million less than they are legally authorized to collect. The amount being asked for is $49.85 Million in 2021 and $54 Million in 2022. Superintendent Thiele said at the board meeting that he is confident that this amount of funding would allow the District to maintain its current programs while remaining fiscally responsible and sensitive to the overall tax rate. Because the District is retiring previous bond debt, the overall combined local school tax rate will go down to around $3.25-$3.30 per $1,000 of assessed property value — the lowest rate it has been in over 20 years. Please watch the ISD website for more details coming soon.

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Issaquah Schools Foundation

Your partnership with the Issaquah Schools Foundation benefits every student at every school in the district. Donating to the Foundation give students opportunities to explore and cultivate their interests, thrive academically, and graduate with the skills they need for rewarding and productive futures.

· $10/month supports 44 students as they explore STEM through robotics, rocketry & sports medicine clubs.

· $25 a month Provides 30 books for school libraries, improving student access to print, the most successful way to improve reading success.

· $50 a month supplies 17 backpacks filled with school supplies for students who need financial assistance.

Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to provide over 1000 backpacks filled with school supplies to district students this year!

Step Up for Kids and donate to our fall campaign at

Fall Dining for Kids Dates & Locations

Our Dining for Kids restaurant partners generously guarantee a portion of the day's proceeds as a donation to the Issaquah Schools Foundation that provides multiple forms of support to Issaquah School District students, including food aid. Put these upcoming dates on your calendar!

More information available here:

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Light It Up!

Our annual fundraising efforts have begun!

This event is our MAJOR FUNDRAISER of the school year, and is our way of kicking off the year with a fun community gathering.

Your PTSA donations support the many educational programs and grants we offer throughout our school.

RSVP and DONATE today on the PTSA Website:

Bakers Needed

Please consider becoming​ a Cascade Ridge Baker. Currently we are very low on bakers for the 2019-20 school year. Baking is a wonderful way to support our school in fundraising efforts as well as show our appreciation to staff, volunteers, and families. Please e-mail

to sign up.

Order Your Spirit Wear

Show your school spirit! Coyote Gear is available to be purchased online at

There is a large assortment of items to choose from in lots of sizes! From hoodies and t-shirts to embroidered hats and backpacks.

The deadline to order is Monday September 23, 2019. Items will be delivered to Cascade Ridge the third of October.

Enrichment classes are coming back to Cascade Ridge!

These are programs that take place before or after school on our school campus. This year we have Chess Club, Authorship Classes, Spanish, Coding, Lego Engineering, Painting, and Drama! Also returning is PTSA’s Math Club. NEW to Cascade Ridge is FLL Lego Robotics Club, which will be run by the school and supported by the PTSA.

For information, how to register, and Cascade Ridge enrichment policies, please go to Cascade Ridge PTSA. Information may be subject to change. Some programs are still confirming their reservation with the district. Guardians are responsible for vetting all programs and instructors.

Mondays: 5th Grade Math Club (PTSA, am), Piano Keyboard Club (am), Aspiring Authors, Chess Club

Tuesdays: Spanish (am and pm), FLL Lego Robotics Club (run by the school and supported by the PTSA)

Wednesdays: 4th Grade Math Club (PTSA, am), Code Club (am), Create with Code (Scratch), Lego Engineering

Thursdays: 4th & 5th Grade Math Club (PTSA, am), Drama

Friday: Spanish, Drawing and Painting

These classes fill up quickly, so be sure to reserve your student’s slot before it is too late!

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.

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  • 20: 3rd Grade Field Trip
  • 25: Spirit Day: Tropical Luau Day
  • 25: Safety Patrol Training
  • 26: Spirit day: Coyote Gear and Robot Pin
  • 26: Light it up for STEAM - PTSA Fundraiser - 4:30-6:30
  • 30: August and September Birthday Cupcakes in Cafe


  • 4: Popcorn Friday
  • 8: Picture re-take day
  • 11: PTSA General Membership Meeting/Talk with Tia - Café, 9.15am
  • 11: PTSA Family Movie Night - MPR, 6.30pm
  • 14: Teacher Work Day - No students in school
  • 17: Toyman in 5th grade
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