Cascade Ridge Elementary E-news

January 30, 2020


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Cascade Ridge Elementary will host S.T.E.A.M. Family Night TONIGHT, Jan 30, 2020, from 6:00pm-8:00pm. This exciting event is sponsored by the Issaquah Schools Foundation and will provide students and their families with interactive STEM and Art experiences and the opportunity to enjoy learning engineering principles together.

--STEM activities will be held in the Café, Gym, and Room 141

--The Art Walk will take families around all the school.

Please note, there will be no access to classrooms at any time.

Rescheduled Events

  • Class Photo Day has been rescheduled for Monday, February 3
  • 5th Grade Concert has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 12
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2020 Kindergarten Registration, coming soon!

Online Kindergarten Registration for September 2020 entry will be February 3rd - March 6th!

The window to register your child for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year begins February 3, and must be completed by March 6. Students who are turning 5 years old by August 31, 2020, are eligible for enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.

Please visit the ISD New Student Enrollment website to begin enrollment February 3. The link will be live at that time. Once the online portion is complete, you will be required to visit your neighborhood school to pick up additional forms that must be completed in order to finish the enrollment process.

Additional Kindergarten information available at this link.

In May, we will have an Incoming Kindergarten Night at Cascade Ridge Elementary for our soon-to-be Coyote families. This will be a time for both adults and students to visit the school and learn about Kindergarten. More information about Kindergarten Night and Online Registration will be posted on the website soon!.

Kindness Club

Hello Coyote families. Cascade Ridge is excited to introduce a new club that will be taking place during lunch recess called Kindness Club. A group of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders have signed up to be Kindness Ambassadors (4th and 5th graders will have an opportunity to sign up at the next Student Council meeting on February 11th).

Their jobs will be to look for acts of kindness taking place at recess and acknowledge it. Students spotted being kind will be given a Kind Coyote sticker and get their names put in the hat for a weekly drawing. Our goal is to continue to cultivate a community of kindness. This program will start in February and is managed by Ms. McConnell and Ms. Janelle.

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) Information

What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)?

In 2011 Washington State adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a set of clear college- and career-ready standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. To assess students’ progress towards these standards, Washington has implemented the Smarter Balanced assessments (SBA) for grades 3-5 statewide. Smarter Balanced assessments provide more accurate and meaningful information about what students are learning by adapting to each student’s ability, giving teachers and parents better information to help students succeed in school and after.

Where can I find more information or practice tests?

· A video that provides information about the shift to the Smarter Balanced assessments.

· Smarter Balanced Assessment Training Test: Families are welcome to practice at home to get students comfortable with the format. These tests work best with Chrome or Firefox.

· Issaquah School District Smarter Balanced Assessment Information

· Issaquah School District Smarter Balanced Parent Resources

· OSPI: The Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

When are grades 3-5 testing? The testing window at Cascade Ridge is from late April to June 2020. See below for specific test dates.

For more information about Issaquah School District's Assessments, please visit the ISD Assessment webpage.

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Family Trips During Assement Windows

Family trips taken during assessment windows will be marked as Unexcused. This is because the data collected during these assessments informs our practice and supports your child’s learning. Naturally, our preference is for families to travel during vacation periods outlined by the ISD. If your family needs to travel outside of those windows, please be aware of two things:

1) Absences during assessment windows are marked as unexcused

2) Per State law beginning 2017-18:

· 5 or more unexcused absences in a month require a letter and a petition to be filed with the courts.

· 10 or more unexcused absences in a year require a letter and a petition to be filed with the courts.

Things to note:

· Any absence is marked unexcused if you do not call in prior to the absence.

· A child arriving 2 hours or more after the start of the day is not a tardy. At that point, it is considered an absence.

· Pre-Arranged Absence Request forms have changed. The new forms are posted on our website. They are due to the office at least one week BEFORE the first day of the absence. Forms received outside of that window may not be received in time for processing and could result in an unexcused absence.

· Pre-Arranged Absence Request forms may not be completed retroactively.

· Pre-Arranged Absence Request forms are available in our Our School/Forms and Regulations section of our webpage.

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Coronavirus – Cold and Flu Season – When to Keep Your Child Home

You have likely seen in the news or on social media that Washington State has had one confirmed case of coronavirus. We know this kind of news is worrisome to families and in this case, many of the early symptoms may appear much like the flu, causing much concern.

The District has an emergency response plan and protocols in place for health risks that we will enact if needed. The Washington State Health Department is generally the lead agency in health crisis situations and will provide direction to school districts. While it is a serious illness, at this time the Washington State Health Department considers it a low risk to the public.

Flu season is also here! We respectfully ask that if your child is sick, please keep them at home. If you're not sure whether or not to keep your child home, please check your child’s symptoms with this handy chart. Ways to protect yourself and your family from colds and flu are to ensure everyone has a flu shot, wash hands thoroughly, drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest and stay home when ill. We have information in multiple languages about how to stop the spread of germs and the flu on our website at

Helpful guide to Head Lice

If your child is complaining of itching on his or her head, it is always a good idea to check for head lice. Head lice are common in children between the ages of 3 and 11 years old.

If you would like some more information CLICK BELOW to read this article entitled: No Panic Guide to Head Lice from John Hopkins.

Nosebleed Prevention at home

•Keep your child's nails short to prevent injuries.

•Keep the inside of your child's nose moist with saline (saltwater) nasal spray or gel, or dab ointment gently around the opening of the nostrils.

•Run a cool-mist humidifier (or vaporizer) in bedrooms if the air in your home is dry. Keep the machine clean to prevent mildew buildup.

•Make sure your kids wear protective athletic equipment during sports or other activities that could cause a nose injury.

Even with proper precautions, kids can still get a bloody nose occasionally. So if your child gets a nosebleed, try not to panic. They're usually harmless and are almost always easy to stop. If your child gets one please:

•Have your child sit upright in a chair or on your lap, then tilt his or her head slightly forward (chin to chest).

•Do not have your child lean back. This may cause blood to flow down the back of the throat, which tastes bad and may cause gagging, coughing, or vomiting.

•Gently pinch the soft part of the nose (just below the bony ridge) with a tissue or clean washcloth.

•Keep pressure on the nose for about 10 minutes; if you stop too soon, bleeding may start again.

•Have your child relax a while after a nosebleed. Discourage nose-blowing, picking, or rubbing, and any rough play.

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Weather Make Up Days and Future School Calendars

Weather Make Up Days and Future School Calendars

Our recent snow and ice event has resurfaced requests from the community to build weather make up days into our school calendars. In an effort to enable students, families, and staff to plan, we make every effort to post calendars three years in advance. As a reminder, our school calendars are developed and adopted as part of the bargaining process with the Issaquah Education Association (IEA) who represent our certificated staff. As we shared with the community last spring, while the current 2019-2020 school year calendar was established in 2017, because of the weather experience last year and because calendars for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years were not established, the District would explore opportunities to build in more weather make up options for future calendars.

To that end, District staff members negotiate with IEA’s leadership and gather input from the other labor organizations regarding calendar refinements. As part of negotiations, we shared with IEA the results of the community survey we conducted last spring asking for input on preferences. It is important to note that while 81.8% of survey respondents stated that they want built-in make up days, there was no clear majority favoring options to refine the calendar by starting the school year before Labor Day or making changes to winter, mid-winter, or spring break. While a majority of parent responders did favor taking time from teacher professional development and prep time on Wednesdays, it would take four Wednesdays to recoup one snow day. In order for us to insert weather make up days, we need to adjust one or several of those factors or extend the school year; all of which have competing desires. See survey here.

We do make every effort to use all options available to us, including application for waiving the school day if we have met the state minimum for instructional time. Meanwhile, calendar negotiations are in process now, and we expect to bring 2021-22 and 2022-23 calendar proposals to the school board for approval at the February 13, 2020 regular meeting. We will announce the approved future calendars through our usual communications channels, like E-News and websites, when the process is complete.

Snow Make Up Days - Last Day of School to be Announced in Spring

A reminder to our families that school closure make up days will be added to the end of the school year. Because we are still in the winter season, it is possible more snow or weather will come our way that may result in school closures or delays. We will announce that last day of school in E-News and on our website later this spring when we are past the possibility of snow and hazardous conditions on the roads or at our buildings. *Specific information for seniors will be communicated to students and families by their high schools.

EP&O renewal levy would not increase total local school tax rates

How would taxes be impacted by the ISD EP&O renewal levy? The District is asking voters to authorize a levy of $49.85 million in 2021 and $54 million in 2022. This is about $6.7 million less than we are legally authorized to collect. This will allow us to maintain our current programs while remaining fiscally responsible and sensitive to the overall tax rate. Because previous bond debt is ending and because we’ve planned conservatively, the estimated total local school tax rate will go down from $3.46 to $3.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value in the first year and to $3.30 in the second year.

Did you know that Washington state law provides property tax exemptions and deferrals for senior citizens and people who are disabled who meet income requirements? If you think you or someone you know might qualify, check out for more information and to apply. For more information on the renewal levy, visit the district website.

Open Enrollment Begins February 1

Per ISD Regulation 3131 regarding In-District Student Transfers, students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) may apply to transfer to any District school other than their neighborhood school during open enrollment through the month of February for the following school year. For complete information on the open enrollment process, including applications, please click here.

Annual ELPA21 Testing

The annual ELPA21 assessment is an online assessment given between February 3- March 27 to all students who qualify for English language development (ELD) services.The ELPA21 summative assessment measures students' English language proficiency in reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Results from this test determine which students are eligible to continue receiving ELD services.

Please contact your student’s ELL teacher with questions regarding specific dates for testing.

Dyslexia Family Engagement Forum - February 6

Families interested in connecting with the Issaquah School District regarding support for students with dyslexia are invited to a community forum hosted at the Administration Building at 5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the forum is to facilitate two-way communication, collaboration, and shared learning related to supporting students with dyslexia. Two additional forums will be held on March 5 and May 21. Families are welcome to attend one, two, or all three meetings. The February 6 session will include active listening opportunities and time for families to share their stories, interests, and learnings with ISD staff.

Father-Daughter Valentine Dance

The annual Father-Daughter Valentine Dance is once again coming to the Issaquah Community Center on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Grades K – 2, 4:00-6:00pm

Grades 3 – 5, 7:00-9:00pm

$29 per adult; $24 for Issaquah Residents; $45 at the door. Register with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at or 425-837-3300.


WHAT: Showcase of STEM learning hosted by teachers and students from the Issaquah School District. Teachers and students through interactive booths and demonstrations share how they learn STEM skills and knowledge through classroom projects, afterschool clubs, and student competitions. In addition to teacher/student booths, there will be various STEM related industries invited to share their work in the area of STEM.

WHEN: February 13, 2020 - 5:30-7:30 pm.

WHERE: Issaquah High School Commons – 700 2ndAvenue SE, Issaquah 98027

Everyone is welcome to attend! More information and event program can be found here.

Issaquah City Council Approves Designation and Zoning for Schools at Providence Heights

The Issaquah City Council voted 5-2 at its January 21, 2020 regular meeting to approve land designation and zoning at Providence Heights as Community Facilities CF-F. We are thankful to the City Council and look forward to working with our municipal partners, the residents of Providence Point, and other neighboring communities to mitigate the impact as much as possible as we build these much needed schools. For additional information, including next steps, please click here.

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La Casita is the February Dining for Kids partner. Join us Wednesday, February 5th and La Casita will donate a portion of your bill to Issaquah Schools Foundation. These funds go to programs and resources for Issaquah School District students, including food & snack support during the school day. More info:

Art Docents Needed! Are you creative? Do you love art and working with students? You should attend our free Art Docent training for Issaquah School District students! January and February classes are scheduled, including painted landscapes, drawing the face, Frida Kahlo portraits, painting with wool, and more! Get more info and register here:

Mark your calendars for Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser and Celebration: Nourish Every Mind 2020.

Nourish Every Mind 2020:

Luncheon - Friday, May 8th, Breakfast - Tuesday, May 19th

Both Events Held at Eastridge Church, Issaquah

Online Auction – April 24-May 4, 2020

More info:

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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!

Cultural Bridges Magazine

The new Cultural Bridges magazine is available and can be viewed here

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Week 2 Eager Reader stats are in! Here are the classes with the most reading minutes per grade. Keep on reading and don’t forget to submit your student’s time by Sunday at 10pm.

CPR Training

Tue, February 25, 2020

5:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Cascade Ridge Elementary School

Babysitter? Grandparent? Sports coach? Parent? You can never be over prepared for an emergency. The School of Hearts Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with local schools to provide evening CPR courses to community members. The training will be conducted by CPR Seattle which is an authorized training center for both the American Heart Association and American Safety Health Institute training center. The course is designed to provide the fundamental skills and confidence to perform CPR on an adult, child or infant.
Follow the link for full details about the training and to sign up. Spaces are limited!


Brown Bear Car Wash Tickets

Gifts for neighbors? A gift for yourself? Brown Bear car wash tickets are back in stock and ready for delivery. We have four packages available:

1 for $5
4 for $20
10 for $50
20 for $100

Please order on the PTSA Website:

Winter Enrichment Classes

Enrichment programs are coming back to Cascade Ridge for winter! The classes are filling up quickly but there are still some spots left!

NEW this session is Public Speaking with Grasshopper Enrichment on Mondays! This needs a few more students to take place this session.

COMING back this session are Piano, Chess Club, Techventures coding (grades 3-5), Leap4Kidz engineering (grades K-2), drama, and drawing and painting. Spanish continues!
Check out our Cascade Ridge PTSA web page HERE for class offerings and info!

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The 2020 EP&O Renewal Levy Continues Support For: Career & Technical Education • Mental Health Counselors in Our Schools • Special Education • Early Childhood Learning • Safety and Security • Highly Capable Programs • Dual Language Program • After School Activities and Athletics

This is not a new tax. This renewal levy replaces the previous two-year levy expiring in 2020. With voter approval of this renewal levy, we can ensure these programs continue benefitting our students for another 2 years.

Click here to download a fact sheet with details

Click here to read levy information in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish or Vietnamese (on pages 16-17
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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!


  • 3: Class Photo Day
  • 4: Finalists Spelling Bee - Cafe - 4:30
  • 6: Kinder and 3rd Grade Field Trips
  • 7: Popcorn Friday
  • 9: Eager Reader Ends
  • 11: PTSA Staff Appreciation luncheon
  • 11: Science Fair Assembly
  • 13: Eager Reader Ice-Cream Party
  • 12: 5th Grade Concert
  • 14: Valentine's Day
  • 17-21: Second Winter Break- no school
  • 25: PTSA CPR Class
  • 26: SciTech Family Information Night
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