Cascade Ridge Elementary E-news

September 26, 2019

From Your PTSA

Thank you so much for supporting the PTSA! Our Light It Up for STEAM GlowFest was a great time! Thanks for all that came out and joined the fun!

Safety Week at Cascade Ridge

Cascade Ridge will conduct our annual Safety Week next week, September 30 – October 4.

We will kick off Safety Week tomorrow, with an assembly where we review school-wide expectations including what to do during an emergency or drill.

Safety is important to us and we will conduct unannounced drills at least monthly throughout the school year. To help the students prepare for the variety of drills, we will use safety week to explain different types of possible emergencies and practice a few as well. One type of drill will be highlighted daily. We will cover earthquake, shelter in place, lock-down, and fire. Teachers will use a variety of tools including PowerPoint, videos and talking points to explain and help students feel comfortable with the various drills. To learn more about emergency preparedness at all our schools, click here.

We know it can be unnerving to think about the possibility of an emergency at school. Our first priority in the event of an emergency is to keep everyone safe – students, staff and any visitors/guests in our schools. In order to ensure that we can follow through with this priority, it is imperative that parents abide by the following procedures:

Please do not call the school.

It is critical that we keep phone lines open for emergency agencies and district personnel in order to best respond to the emergency.

Please do not go to the school.

Do not go to the school until the announcement has been made through phone, email, web or radio/TV. We know this will be very difficult for any parent but, having extra people on campus can actually impede the school and emergency agencies from effectively doing their jobs. Keep in mind, it may not be safe for anyone to be on school grounds. We want everyone safe – that includes you.

When picking up your child after an emergency, have your ID ready. It is required by law.

Do not take your child and go home without following the proper notification procedures. These procedures will look different depending on the situation, so please follow any communication provided.

Lastly, please know at Cascade Ridge, we fully recognize the trust you have placed in us. As a parent of children that went all the way through ISD schools, I needed to trust that the school would take care of my children in the event of an emergency and we pledge to do the same for yours.

Tia Kleinkopf

Welcome to our new Dean of Students!

My name is Kate McConnell, and I am very excited to be joining the Cascade Ridge staff as Dean of Students. This will be my thirteenth year in education. I am coming most recently from the Northshore School District where I spent the last year teaching in a fifth grade Highly Capable classroom. However, the majority of my time teaching has been spent in Issaquah. I taught fifth grade for six years at Sunny Hills Elementary and Language Arts and Social Studies for five years at Pacific Cascade Middle School. Before moving to Issaquah, I also had the opportunity to teach preschool and work with all elementary ages as a paraeducator.

I am looking forward to a fantastic year filled with learning and laughter.

Spirit Days

Every Wednesday is Coyote Spirit Day! Wear your favorite Coyote Gear or blue and/or green!

Every Friday is Team Spirit Day! Do you have a favorite team? Maybe the Seahawks or the Sounders? Maybe the Mariners or Skyline? Maybe Liberty or Issaquah? Maybe Denver or Detroit? Maybe UW, WSU or Idaho? Show your Team Spirit every Friday!

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 also 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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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.

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.

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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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Enrichment classes are nearly full!

Last chance to sign up for Fall enrichment classes... many start next week! There are still a couple of spots in several of the classes, so there is still a little time.

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

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.

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.

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Spirit Days!

Every Wednesday: Coyote Spirit!

Every Friday: Team Spirit!


  • 27: School Wide Expectations Assembly
  • 30: August and September Birthday Cupcakes in Café
  • 30-10/4: Safety Week


  • 2: International Walk to School Day
  • 4: Popcorn Friday
  • 8: Picture re-take day
  • 10: PTSA Staff Appreciation Lunch
  • 11: PTSA General Membership Meeting/Talk with Tia - Café, 9.30am
  • 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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