Grand Ridge Elementary E-news

November 13, 2019

From The Office

Parent Teacher Conferences

The window to schedule your child's conference will close on November 14th at 4:00PM.

Family Vacation and Pre-Approved Absence Forms

This is a busy time of year as families make plans to visit friends and family for the holiday season. If your vacation plans will involve missed school days, please inform the office. If your child will be absent for 3 or more days, a Pre-Approved Absence Request Form is required to be turned in ONE WEEK or more before you leave. We have copies in the office, you can link to the form on our website or you can download and print here. Thank you for your cooperation.

3-20 day Pre-Approved Absence Request Form

20+ day Pre-Approved Absence Request Form

Holiday Gift Barn

Holiday Gift Barn

Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank

Each year Holiday Gift Barn serves children in the Issaquah School District. We turn Pickering Barn into a huge department store where parents choose gifts and stocking stuffers for each of their children. We also have a wrapping station and child care so gifts can stay a surprise until Christmas morning.

Register now through November 29!

Families residing in the Issaquah School District can register online starting November 4th - November 29th. This year's shopping days are Wednesday and Thursday, December 4th and 5th, 2019. For those living outside the Issaquah School District, but within our clothing bank service area, holiday shopping will be available for parents at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank beginning Monday, December 9th.

*NEW THIS YEAR: All participants need to either be active, registered clients of the IFCB or provide documentation of residency within our food bank service area (98027, 98029, 98075, 98059), OR documentation that their children attend an Issaquah School District school.

For more information and important program details, and to register for Holiday Gift Barn, please see our client registration toolkit!

From the Issaquah School District

THE VOICE MENTOR PROGRAM NEEDS YOU! Volunteers of Issaquah Changing Education (VOICE) is an in-school, volunteer mentoring program that pairs caring community members with Issaquah School District students. VOICE mentors work one-on-one with students throughout the school year. Some students may need academic help; others may need emotional support or a friend and role model. All benefit from a positive, supportive relationship with an adult role model. VOICE currently has 200+ students on the wait list. We need mentors! Can you help? Here's what’s involved:

  • Complete a screening process, including a mandatory, in-depth, pre-match training.
  • Time commitment of once/week (30–60 minutes) throughout the school year. Schedule and choice of school is flexible to accommodate mentor availability.
  • Optional supplemental trainings, plus support provided by your mentee’s school and the VOICE team.
  • Most importantly, develop a meaningful relationship with a young person and help them thrive.

“I have come to learn that I only need to be a caring human being who enjoys spending time with kids. These are relationships that enrich my life as much or maybe more than my mentees’ lives” ~ Recent quote from a long-time VOICE Mentor with 3 mentees.

If you would like to become a VOICE mentor, please APPLY HERE To learn more: Email View our VOICE Website Call us @ 425.827.7222.

City of Sammamish Seeks Community Input on Transportation Master Plan

Do you have transportation issues you care about? Traffic got you down? Let’s talk traffic! Please register to share your voice and learn more about the Transportation Master Plan on Connect Sammamish! Connect Sammamish allows citizens to participate in polls, surveys, and ask questions directly to City staff. The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is a 20-year strategic framework to help improve how you get around town. Please register to share your thoughts on the TMP! You can ask a question or participate in our mapping feature. You will also find more information about the TMP and learn more about other projects the City is working on.

From the PTSA

Cultural Club

Cultural Club returns on November 14th. Thursdays during 2nd recess, students will have the opportunity to visit Portable 10 and learn about a new culture. Check out our website,, for more information.

After School Movies

The November movie is Detective Pikachu (PG) and will be shown on November 13th. Go to to sign your student(s) up. Volunteers for this event are able to have their child(ren) attend for free!

PTSA Meeting

Our next general meeting is at 9am on Tuesday, November 19th in Portable 10. Jake Kuper, ISD Chief of Finance & Operations, will join us to discuss the 2020 renewal/replacement levy. You'll also hear updates from the PTSA about our programs, and updates from Mrs. Ravenscraft regarding things going on at Grand Ridge.

2019-20 State Testing Windows

2nd Grade Highly Capable Testing Windows:

CogAT/TTCT: January 14 - January 17, 2020

IOWA: March 10 - March 13, 2020

3rd - 5th Grade

Smarter Balanced - ELA and Math: March 2 - June 5, 2020

5th Grade Science: April 13 - June 5, 2020

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.

From the ISF

Cultural Bridges Magazine

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

Shop for a Cause

Join the Issaquah Schools Foundation at the Golf Club at Newcastle November 14th and get a jump on your Holiday shopping! $3 from each glassybaby and 20% of all Kendra Scott jewelry sales will be donated back to fund programs and resources for Issaquah School District students. Enjoy an evening on the Terrace (indoor) of the Calcutta Grill with friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and rally together to shop for a cause!

Mark Your Calendar


November 14.....1:20 Cultural Club, 2nd recess

November 19.....9:00 PTSA General Membership Meeting

November 21.....1:20 Cultural Club, 2nd recess

November 22.....1:40 Grizzly Guys during 2nd recesses

November 28-29....NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving


December 3-6....Scholastic Book Fair

December 5-6.... NO SCHOOL, Parent/Teacher Conferences

December 11....1:20 After School Movie

December 12.....1:20 Cultural Club, 2nd recess

December 13....1:40 Grizzly Guys during 2nd recesses

December 13.....Popcorn Friday

December 23-January 3......NO SCHOOL, Winter Break