Cascade Ridge Elementary E-news

September 3, 2019

Tomorrow is the First Day!

It was so great to see so many smiling faces this morning at Meet the Teacher! We are all so excited to get the 2019-20 school year off to a great start!

School starts tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 4 for Grades 1-5. Kindergarten Families will be having their Family Connection Meetings with their teacher tomorrow, Thursday or Friday. Kindergartners begin school on Monday!

Please see below for our bell times and drop off/pick up schedule. Unlike today, families will not be able to walk students to class from the inside of the building. If an adult needs to go to a classroom, they will need to come into the office and sign in before being buzzed through. Families can walk their students to the outside classroom lines. Teachers will meet students outside.

Please take a moment to review our parking lot guidelines below. Our parking lot is a wonderful, crazy place! Your cooperation keeps it running smoothly and keeps everyone safe and smiling. Please be patience with the adults and student safety patrollers. Many are new to their positions and it will take time to learn the exact needs at each spot.

In closing, I want to once again say how excited the staff is to get this year started! We look forward to learning with all our students everywhere! We will learn on the playground, in the Cafe, in the hallways, in the classroom spaces - everywhere! We will learn through math, reading, writing, making friends, and mistakes and in many other ways. We will try to stretch our brains and give ourselves grace as it takes a lot of practice to learn new skills. Here's to an amazing school year!

Tia Kleinkopf

Bell Times

Office Hours: 8:30-4:30
Drop Off: Starting at 9:00
First Bell/Doors Open: 9:10
School Starts: 9:15

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Dismissal: 3:40

Dismissal: 1:30

Parking Lot Safety

Let's start the year off right with a safe, kind parking lot! While in the lot, remember: patience, kindness, eyes up, safety first! Please read all rules below.

Parking Lot Rules

  • Adults stay in car at all times. If you need to assist your child getting in or out of the car, you will need to park rather than use the drop off/pick up lane.
  • Students are ready to exit on the RIGHT only. Have coats on and backpacks/lunches nearby when you leave your house rather than waiting until it is time to exit. Students MUST exit to the right safely onto the sidewalk, not to the left into passing traffic.
  • Drop off/Pick up in the white lines only! Once you are in the diagonal white lines, you are ready to stop. But first, pull all the way forward, do not leave large gaps before stopping to drop off or pick up children. Do not stop in the cross walk.
  • Do not drop off on the “wrong” side of the parking lot! Wait until you have circled all the way around to the diagonal white lines. Do not drop off on the other side and allow your children to walk across the parking lot or cross walk.
  • Say your "Good byes", "I love yous" and reminders of the pick up plans as soon as you enter the parking lot.
  • Drive slowly. Plan your drop off time so that it allows for traffic. If you are on a tight schedule, walking or riding with a friend is a better option.
  • Pay attention to adult crossing guards and student safety patrollers. They know the rules and are trying to enforce them for everyone’s benefit. Eyes up and not on cell phones or watching students walk to class.
  • Engage civilly. Moments of frustration are bound to occur. Remembering our Culture of Kindness and our District's Civility Regulation are important.


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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:

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

News from Issaquah Schools Foundation


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:

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


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!

Our School Calendar

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  • 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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