Grand Ridge Elementary E-news

February 27, 2020

Read Across America Events!

Here at Grand Ridge, we read every day.

But, it is fun to celebrate reading in a school-wide way.

Join us in celebrating Read Across America Week.

This year’s theme is “I am a Reader.”

During the week, students can look forward to the events listed below as well as hearing a variety of diverse books and/or stories.

Bookmark Creation Activity– At home, students are invited to create a bookmark supporting the theme, “I am a Reader.” See the Grand Ridge Bookmark Contest Document for details.



Monday, Mar. 2 – Buddy Story Day

Students will have an opportunity to pair up with a buddy to share and/or listen to

a good book or story.


Tuesday, Mar 3 – Family Reading Night

Simply setting aside some time to read and/or browse books is the idea. Families might choose to visit the public library or a bookstore. If a child participates in an after school reading activity, and they return the Family Reading Night Form on Wednesday, Mrs. Gekeler will give the student a coupon that allows the student an extra book during library check out.


Wednesday, Mar 4 – Read My Shirt Day

Wear a shirt with words!

This might be a shirt imprinted with a fun saying, a special message, a logo, a favorite sports team, or our school name.

Bookmark entries are due today!


Thursday, Mar 5 – School-wide Game

Today your class will play a school-wide game.

Good luck!


Friday, Mar 6 – Surprise School-wide Reading Time

Bring a book that YOU want to read today. Carry it all day today. Several times during the day, an announcement will be made for all of us, school wide, to cuddle up with a good book and read.

News from the Issaquah School District

Science Technology Magnet Program Informational Meetings February 27, March 5, and March 9

Families of current third grade students: Are you interested in enrolling your student in ISD’s Science Technology Magnet Program? The Issaquah School District offers this program at three elementary school sites serving 4th and 5th grade students. Each magnet serves 50+ students in a two-year program. Each program covers all standard 4/5 district adopted curriculum with an added emphasis on science and technology. Grade specific math instruction is provided.

Families interested in participating in the enrollment lottery must attend a mandatory informational meeting, unless they have had a student previously enrolled in the program. Informational meetings will be held at Cascade Ridge on Thursday, February 27th, at Briarwood on Thursday, March 5th and at Clark on Monday March 9th. All meetings are scheduled for 6:00 to 7:00 PM.


Thank you for Voting and Renewing the Educational Programs and Operations Levy!

Thank you to our community for renewing our two-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy! Your support for ISD schools ensures local kids will continue to receive a high quality education in a safe learning environment. The levy passed with 63.6% of voters approving the measure. To pass, levies in Washington State must be approved by a simple majority (50% +) of voters.


From the City of Issaquah

Calling all 3rd through 5th graders! The Science Symposium hosted by the Issaquah Youth Advisory is coming up on Friday, February 28, 6:00-8:00pm, at the Issaquah Community Center. Join us for a fun evening of science experiments! Baking soda volcanoes, elephant toothpaste, lemon light bulbs, robotic building and more! $18; $15 for Issaquah Residents. Pre-registration is required at 425-837-3300 or www.issaquahwa.gov/register


ISD Site Work at Middle School #6 – What to Expect

The Issaquah School District is beginning site preparation work for the construction of Middle School #6. Beginning the week of February 17, equipment will be arriving on site and continue for the next few weeks. Site clearing and grading will take place during the week of February 24 as well as moving substantial amounts of dirt in preparation for the relocation of a water line.

What to expect:

  • Equipment trucks entering and exiting the site.
  • Intermittent road closures on Falcon during the water line work.

Ø Tenants will be able to access the parking garages but there may be a wait at times. This area will be clearly marked and a flagger will be on site.

  • Lights may be turned on for security purposes.
  • Materials for the water line will be delivered March 3.
  • Construction will be complete before the Fall 2021 school year.


Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year Begins Online Starting February 3.

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.

2019-2020 STATE TESTING DATES

Highly capable testing for second grade students will continue March 10 through March 13. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter either SAGE or MERLIN in the 2020-21 school year. Second grade students attending private or home-based schools are invited to participate. Contact your neighborhood school for more information about how to participate. More information about the Issaquah School District Highly Capable Program and testing for second grade students is available on the Highly Capable Issaquah School District webpage.



2nd Grade Highly Capable Testing Dates
  • IOWA: March 10 - March 13, 2020



3rd - 5th Grade Smarter Balanced Testing Dates

  • 4th grade: 4/29 ELA CAT, 4/30 ELA PT, 5/4 Math CAT, 5/5 Math PT
  • 5th grade: 5/7 Math CAT, 5/8 Math PT, 5/11 ELA CAT, 5/12 ELA PT, 5/21 WCAS
  • 3rd grade: 5/18 ELA CAT, 5/19 ELA PT, 5/28 Math CAT, 5/29 Math PT



Smarter Balanced Assessments - Practice Opportunities at Home

We are encouraging all families to set aside some time to help your student practice for the Smarter Balanced Assessment coming this May for grades 3, 4 & 5. The Smarter Balanced Assessment is a system of valid, reliable and fair next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy & Math. Please use the following link to access the Practice & Training Tests (for ELA, Math and WCAS (5th grade science - see below):

https://wa.portal.airast.org/users/students-and-families.stml


Click on the icon for Practice and Training Tests, sign-in as a Guest, and select your child's grade level when prompted.


Along with the SBA, fifth grade students will also take an additional assessment in science, called the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). The WCAS will assess all three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards. For more information about this assessment follow this link:

https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/testing/state-testing-overview/washington-comprehensive-assessment-science/wcas-educator-resources


If you have additional questions about the Smarter Balanced Assessment, please see the ISD website:

https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/assessment/SBA


Family Trips During Assessment Windows


As we have done in the past, 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:


Absences during assessment windows are marked as unexcused

Per State Law:

5 or more unexcused absences in a month require a letter and a petition to be filled 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 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 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 out side 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.

Important Dates for Parents of 5th grade students

ATTENTION PARENTS OF 5TH GRADERS TRANSITIONING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL IN 2020-2021

SUMMER TIME = SPORTS PHYSICAL TIME

Will your student be participating in the ISD sport programs offered at middle school? If so, mark your calendar and schedule their sports physical during the summer after June 1. Students entering 6th grade that plan to play sports are required to have a physical dated after June 1. A physical date in June, July or August is valid for the entire school year.

If you normally schedule your child’s physical around their birthday, we suggest you consider postponing until summer. Fifth grade students planning to play ISD sports who get their physical prior to June 1 will be required to get a second physical at parent expense. For more information on middle school sports and the required physical form check out the ISD Middle School Sports webpage at https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/family/sports/MSsports or call the middle school office. The office team will answer all your questions.


5th Grade Camp

Mon-Wed April 27-29th

Additional News From The Issaquah School District

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.


For Our ELL Families

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.


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.

From the Issaquah Schools Foundation

Dining for Kids: March

Next month's Dining for Kids partner is Big Fish Grill. Join us on Wednesday, March 4th from 11AM-10PM and Big Fish Grill 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: http://isfdn.org/dining-for-kids/



Spread the Love 2020: Make a Contribution in Your Teacher's Name!

The Issaquah Schools Foundation loves to support our teachers! The Foundation began by providing grants to educators in the Issaquah School District, and because of YOUR donations we are able to continue this great work! This February, share the love by expressing our appreciation for the teachers of the Issaquah School District! Donate in honor of a teacher and what they give to us every day. Make your contribution here (https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=issaquahsf&id=35 )and include your teacher’s name and personal message. We will let them know of the gift you made in their honor. You can view the list of all teachers honored here! (http://isfdn.org/spread-the-love-2020/)



ParentWiser.org

1. Help! My Teen is Dating. Real Solutions to Tough Conversations.

When: Thursday Feb 27th, 7-8:00 pm

Where: Issaquah High School theater

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is providing funding for a parent education seminar around dating safety. Gain essential skills and strategies for addressing awkward and yet vitally important discussions with your child.

This interactive seminar is changing the way parents and their children are approaching, discussing, and handling decision-making regarding dating, intimacy, parties, and safety. In one hour, parents will discover essential steps for helping their sons and daughters with making safer choices. (Parents Only)



Please Join the Issaquah Schools Foundation for Our Annual Fundraiser and Celebration!

Student success is personal. The Issaquah Schools Foundation recognizes the unique needs of students and works in partnership with the Issaquah School District to offer a variety of programs that give opportunities to every student at every school. From leading-edge STEM curriculum and arts programs to after-school tutoring and food for students in need, the funds you donate to the Foundation ensure( that kids of all abilities have the support they need to navigate their own unique path to success. More info: http://isfdn.org/nourish-every-mind/

Nourish Every Mind 2020:

Luncheon - Friday, May 8th

Breakfast - Tuesday, May 19th

Both Events Held at Eastridge Church, Issaquah

Mark Your Calendar


February

February 27......6:00PM Book Swap

February 28.....Grizzly Guys, 1:40 Second Recesses


March

March 5......2nd Grade concert

March 10.....7:00PM, PTSA General Membership Meeting

March 11.....After School Movie

March 18.....6:00PM, Science Fair

March 25.....After School Movie

March 27.....Grizzly Guys, 1:40 2nd Recesses


April

April 3......Grizzlies Night Out

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