Grand Ridge Elementary E-news

January 22, 2020

News from the Issaquah School District

Levy ballots mailed this week – Be sure you’re registered to vote

King County is mailing out ballots this week for the district’s EP&O renewal levy. Vote and return your ballot through Feb. 11. You can mail it back or put it in an election drop box.

It's not too late to register to vote! Register online or by mail through February 3 and in person until February 11.

If approved, the EP&O renewal levy will provide continued funding for a wide range of programs and services throughout the district, including school-based mental health counselors, career and technical education, special education, school security staff, teacher professional development and many more. For more information on the renewal levy, visit the district website.

Grizzlies Got Talent!

Join us at 5:30pm in the MPR to cheer on friends and classmates in our talent showcase!

Kindergarten Information Night Wednesday, February 5th 6:00-7:00

Do you have a child that will be 5 on or before August 31, 2020 and you live within the Grand Ridge attendance area? If so, we invite you to join us for a parent only Kindergarten Information Night on Wednesday, February 5th from 6:00 - 7:00PM in the Grand Ridge Multi-Purpose Room.

Due to space constraints, Grand Ridge Kindergarteners will attend school at either Challenger or Endeavour Elementary schools. The building assignment is based on your property address and will be made by our district transportation department.

Family Engineering Night

Family Engineering night is Wednesday, February 12th from 6:00-8:00pm. It is a chance to have interactive STEM experiences and enjoy learning TOGETHER. The hands on activities promote the engineering process, scientific thinking, and an opportunity to learn and play as a family. Go to the Grand Ridge PTSA website ( to sign up to ensure we have enough materials for everyone!

2019-2020 State Testing Dates

Highly capable testing for second grade students will be on January 17, 22-24, and 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
  • CogAT/TTCT: January 17, 22-24
  • 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

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

5th Grade Camp Parent Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 29th

6:30-7:30 Grand Ridge Commons

5th Grade Camp

Mon-Wed April 27-29th

From the Issaquah Schools Foundation

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:

Mark Your Calendar


January 22......5:30 Talent Show

January 27......No School, Teacher Work Day

January 29......After School Movie - The Lego Ninjago Movie

January 29......6:30 - 7:30 5th Grade Camp Parent Meeting - Grand Ridge Commons

January 31......1:40PM, Grizzly Guys, 2nd recesses


February 3.....Online Kindergarten enrollment opens

February 5.....6:00 - 7:00PM Parent Only Kindergarten Information Night, Grand Ridge Commons

February 6.....6:00PM, 5th Grade Concert

February 7.....Popcorn Friday

February 12...After School Movie - Ramona and Beezus

February 12....6:00 - 8:00, Family Engineering Night, Grand Ridge Commons

February 17-21....Mid-Winter Break

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