Grand Ridge Elementary E-news

November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

We would like to take a moment to thank you all for your gift of time and support of our students, teachers and staff. Grand Ridge is GRAND because of you! An extra special thank you all for such a delicious staff breakfast arranged by PTSA. We feel so spoiled!

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

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!

2019-2020 State Testing Windows

2nd Grade Highly Capable Testing Dates
  • CogAT/TTCT: January 14 - January 17, 2020
  • 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.

Mark Your Calendar


December 3-6.......Scholastic Book Fair

December 4-5.......NO SCHOOL, Parent Teacher Conference Days

December 11........After School Movie

December 13........Popcorn Friday

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

December 23 - Jan 3.....First Winter Break


January 10.......Popcorn Friday

January 13......6:00PM 1st grade Spelling Bee

January 13......7:15PM 2nd grade Spelling Bee

January 14......6:00PM 3rd grade Spelling Bee

January 14......6:30PM District Reflections Reception

January 14......7:15PM 4th grade Spelling Bee

January 15......7:45AM Java with Jill

January 15......After School Movie

January 15......6:00PM 5th grade Spelling Bee

January 16......7:00PM PTSA General Membership Meeting

January 20......No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 22......6:00PM Talent Show

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

January 29......After School Movie

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