Grand Ridge Elementary E-news

October 18, 2019

Costume Spirit Day

Dear Grand Ridge Families:

We are delighted to announce that this year we are having a Costume Spirit Day the same day as Falloween, Wednesday October 23rd! As with all other Spirit Days, your student (and staff!) may choose whether or not to participate. In partnership with the PTSA, we are abiding by the same set of costume expectations. Please see below for a list of the guidelines. This is the only school-wide opportunity your student will have to wear a costume during the school day this year.

All costumes must:

  • Portray positive images.
  • Not be offensive or inappropriate in any way. No costumes that demean any race, religion, nationality, disability or gender allowed.
  • Not show bare midriffs or have revealing clothing.
  • Be prepped at home. No dressing or applying makeup or hairspray once students arrive at school.
  • Allow students to sit, walk, breathe, see and hear. No masks.
  • Not include pretend weapons (pistols, knives, swords, handcuffs, etc.). Leave them at home.
  • Not cause a disruption or be unsafe.

Students wearing costumes that do not conform to the costume guidelines will not be allowed to wear them at school.

Site Council Representatives Needed!


Are you interested in being a Site Council Rep? We are looking for an Intermediate Parent Rep (this means you have a student in Grade 4 or 5) to serve on our Site Council for the 2019-2020 school year. We have 5 meetings/year (October, November, January, March and May) from 8:00-8:45 AM on a Tuesday morning. Calendar of dates will be provided to new member and can also be found on the Grand Ridge website.

If you are interested, please send me a paragraph explaining how you feel you could contribute to this council, made up of community members, PTSA members, other parents and staff members. We are a site-based collaborative team that works as a partnership to discuss issues that are timely in our community and in our school. We would LOVE to have you join our team. One rep will be chosen and all who apply will be notified of the decision.

Please have your submission completed and emailed by Monday, November 1st .

Thank you,

Jill Ravenscraft


Grand Ridge

From the Issaquah School District

On Thursday, October 24 we will be conducting a TEST of our text notification system. We are doing this to make sure the information we have on file for you in Family Access is correct. Please note that if we only have a landline telephone number for you, we cannot send a text. Here’s how it will work: At approximately 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, the District will send a test text message to all families that says “TEST text message from ISD.” At approximately 6:30 p.m. the District will send a follow E-News by email to all families with information about how to let us know if you did not receive the text.

- If you do receive the text, you’re all set! You do not need to respond to the follow up E-News.

- If you do not receive the text, please follow the instructions in the email.

Are you registered to vote? A quick way to check and register online for 11/5 Election
Ballots for the November 5 election are being mailed out to registered voters on October 18, 2019! Do you know if you are registered to vote? If you’ve recently moved or changed your name (or just haven’t voted in a while), you probably need to re-register to vote. And, because general elections usually happen only once a year, it’s understandable if you’re not totally clear on your voter status or if you remembered to update your registration after your last big life event. Even if you’re pretty sure you have, there’s no harm in taking a minute to double-check and there is an easy way to find out! Simply follow this link to the VoteWA website and enter your name and birthday. It will verify your status, and offer you the opportunity to update your information if need be. October 28 is the deadline to use the online registration, but you can still register in person up to November 5. All of the details are on the website! You can also find important details about the November 5, 2019 General Election at King County’s Election Website.

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.

Are you new to the ISD?

Would you like to learn more about the school system and programs in the Issaquah School District?

All families are invited to attend the ISD event “What Every Parent Wants to Know about the ISD” on Oct. 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Clark Elementary School.

This event will have separate sessions for elementary, middle and high school information on topics such as school and classroom expectations, behavior expectations, grading, homework, communication with school and teachers, how to get involved, and course selection at the secondary level. District staff and parent volunteers will be available to answer questions.

Spanish, Korean and Mandarin speaking interpreters will be available at the event. Contact by Oct. 17th if you need an interpreter in another language.

Snacks and Childcare are available.

From the Music Teacher

Music Concert Dates:

  • Fifth Grade: Feb 6
  • Second Grade: March 12
  • Fourth Grade: March 26
  • Choir: April 7
  • Third Grade: May 14
  • First Grade: June 4

Evening concerts begin at 6:00PM and run 20-30 minutes.

Veterans Day Assembly:

For our Veteran’s Day assembly, we will be putting together a school wide slide show of Veterans in our lives and community. Please send digital pictures of Veterans from your family to Alice Badgley to be included in this special presentation.

Please include name and division of the military they served, and the name of the student. Please submit pictures by Friday November 1st .

If you sent in a picture in previous years, there is no need to resend your picture.

If you are a Veteran and would like to attend our assembly, please email Erika Magnussen at for more information.

Vision and Hearing Screening on November 4th

Vision and Hearing Screening Day for Grades 1,2,3 & 5
Coming up on Monday November 4th!

Washington State law requires that all students in Grades K-3, 5 and 7 have their vision and hearing screened annually. This is just a screening and families will be notified by the nurse if your student should require further testing.

Two important reminders from the School Nurse regarding screening day:

  1. If you want your student excluded from having their vision or hearing screened at school, please send an email (do not leave a voicemail) to by Thursday 10/29 clearly stating the screening that you want them to be excluded from.
  2. If your student wears glasses, corrective lenses or hearing aids, be sure that they are wearing them or bring them with them to their screening on Monday November 4th.

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

Dining for Kids

Join us on November 6th at Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill in Issaquah Highlands and Dine for Kids! Our Dining for Kids restaurant partners generously guarantee a portion of the day’s proceeds as a donation to the Issaquah Schools Foundation that provides multiple forms of support to Issaquah School District students, including food aid. More information about Dining for Kids dates & locations can be found 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!

Program Spotlight

Teacher Grants - The Issaquah Schools Foundation provides an opportunity for all teachers to apply for grants to fund projects that enrich education, fill unmet needs, and/or serve as incubators for innovation. Many PTSAs offer teacher grants as well, which is great! There are times when a grant is for a larger need, may be spread to more than one school, or is simply out of a given PTSA’s budget. The Foundation is here to support those ideas that teachers have to best support our student’s education. The Foundation’s grant process is all online and will open on November 8th. More information can be found at:

Our fall campaign, Step up for Kids is still in full swing! Donations can be made online at: