Grand Ridge Elementary E-news

October 2, 2019

From The Principal

October 2019

Dear Grand Ridge Community:

Greetings and Welcome to Fall! Isn’t it beautiful outside? The crisp chill in the air and the lovely colors…it must mean that school has started and we are on our way! It has been a GRAND beginning to the 2019-2020 school year! Our 1st - graders have already had their first “Welcome to Grand Ridge!” assembly and we have had Troy Cummings, a very popular young children’s author, come to share what it is like to be an author and an illustrator. He spoke to all students, 1st-5th between two assemblies. Thanks to the PTSA, we were not only able to bring him to Grand Ridge to speak to our students but the PTSA also bought each 1st-3rd grade classrooms one of his books so that all students would be familiar with his work.

We have our second assembly of the year next week, featuring an author named Simon Calcavecchia. He will be coming to be with all of our students and lead them in an assembly about writing, inclusion and anti-bullying the week of October 7th. He will then be leading our 4th and 5th grade students in some Writing Workshops so that he can speak more clearly as to how he, himself, works his way through the writing process. We very much look forward to his visit, as he comes highly recommended by several other elementary schools. PTSA will be hosting him after school on Tuesday, October 8th for a 30-45 minute Meet & Greet, as well as offering his books for purchase. Please watch the PTSA website for this announcement with all the details.

Everybody at Grand Ridge, staff and students alike, have been working hard and settling in to their new routines and grade levels. We have reviewed expectations and students are doing an amazing job of showing us what they know. There is all kinds of learning taking place around the school and it is exciting to drop in and visit with students so they can share what they are most proud of so far. Curriculum Night was a big success! Thank you so much to all of you who attended. It is great to partner with you and to build on that school-to-home connection.

New this year will be a trimesterly “Java with Jill” series, hosted by the PTSA. Please join us for the first of three opportunities on Wednesday, October 16th from 7:45 AM-8:45 AM in the Library. This is an optional event but will give me a chance to talk with you about various topics throughout the year, as well as hear what is on your mind. Our first chat will focus on Inclusion and what that means for all students in the Issaquah School District. I hope you can make it!

Thank you to all who participated in the Orange Ruler program, whether it was by fundraising or sharing in your student’s enthusiasm at this special time of year. As I write, I am decked out in an orange vest and orange antennae, waiting for the Fun Run to begin! Go Grizzlies Go!!!

As the year unfolds, I will be highlighting our newest School Improvement Plan (SIP), which will focus on Literacy, as well as share with you what we, as a staff, do during our Professional Development Days. I will also speak to the learning that your students are doing, from academics to social and emotional, as there is a lot of powerful learning taking place here every single day. I will continue with my “Behind the Scenes” feature, allowing you a peek into the lives of some of the staff members that may not be so visible to you.

Thank you for being the community that you are. Together we are providing a solid foundation for our children that will allow them to become who they are destined to be.

Until next month,

Jill Ravenscraft


Mark Your Calendar

October 3, 6:30 - 7:30.....An Evening With Matt Glover, Writing Consultant @ Creekside Elementary

October 4......Popcorn Friday .25

October 14.....No School - Teacher Work Day

October 16, 7:45 - 8:45AM.....Java With Jill

October 16......After School Movie

October 22, 7:00PM, Skyline HS Theater..... Parent Wiser Event presents Normal Sucks, How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outisde The Lines

October 23, 6:00PM.......Falloween

October 25, 1:40PM.....Grizzly Guys - 2nd recess

October 28....Picture Re-take Day

October 28.....Reflections Projects Due by 3:30

October 30......After School Movie

From The Grand Ridge PTSA

Thank you to everyone who supported our school through the Orange Ruler fundraiser. Thanks to your generosity, we raised $82,891 which will support all students are Grand Ridge by providing stipends to teachers along with funding programs such as author visits, recess events, technology subscriptions, and more.


This year’s Reflections Art Program theme is “Look Within”. Students can use their creative talents to express themselves through original art work on this theme. There are 6 categories. Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, Film/Video, and Choreography/Dance. Students may submit up to 2 entries per category, and they can enter in all categories if they are feeling extra creative. Entries are due on Monday, October 28th. For more information, please visit our website at

After School Movies

After School Movies are back! We will show How to Train a Dragon: The Hidden World (PG) on Wednesday, Oct. 16th, and Halloween short films (PG) on Wednesday, Oct 30th, for your student's enjoyment, immediately after school. Each After School Movie date is open to all grades (K-5) and there are 100 first-come-first-served spots available for each movie. A $10 donation is requested per Grand Ridge student. Registration for the movie is due no later than the Monday before the showing you wish to attend. No exceptions. Go to to register your child and sign-up to volunteer. Once your child's spot is reserved, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. For questions, please email

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From The Issaquah PTSA Council

October 22nd @ 7:00PM @ Skyline High School

Parent Wiser presents Normal Sucks, How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines.

Confessional and often hilarious, inspirational writer Jonathan Mooney talks about how normal sucks and different does not mean deficient — and we shouldn't be striving for, or enforcing, normalcy on anyone. With humor, knowledge and hope, he meditates on neuro-diversity, offering the radical message that we should stop trying to fix people and start empowering them to succeed.

Launching a national book tour, Jonathan shares his personal experiences as a dyslexic, ADD, and neuro-diverse student who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. He gives hope for anyone who learns differently and emphasizes the impact of supportive teaching and parenting. Register Here!

From The Issaquah School District

Attendance Calls Update

The ISD is using a new system to send out attendance calls to families when a student is absent from class. This year, both a phone call and an email will be sent according to the primary contact information in Family Access. Phone calls will simply alert families of an unexcused absence. The emails will contain information regarding class periods missed for students in secondary grade levels.

ISD Replacement Levy Resolution Approved by School Board of Directors on September 12
The Issaquah School Board of Directors passed a resolution for a replacement Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy to be placed on the February 11, 2020 ballot. Voters will have an opportunity to maintain current funding for programs such as career and technical education, mental health counselors, dual language, and safety. This levy would replace the levy approved by voters in 2018 that expires at the end of 2020.

The District is asking voters for about $6.7 Million less than they are legally authorized to collect. The amount being asked for is $49.85 Million in 2021 and $54 Million in 2022. Superintendent Thiele said at the board meeting that he is confident that this amount of funding would allow the District to maintain its current programs while remaining fiscally responsible and sensitive to the overall tax rate. Because the District is retiring previous bond debt, the overall combined local school tax rate will go down to around $3.25-$3.30 per $1,000 of assessed property value — the lowest rate it has been in over 20 years. Please watch the ISD website for more details coming soon.

Grace Period for Last School Year’s Eligibility for Free and Reduced Lunches Ends October 15, 2019

Families in need of meal assistance must submit an application each school year. If you qualified for free or reduced priced meals in the previous school year, but have not yet submitted an application for the 2019-2020 school year, you must do so by October 15 in order for your benefits to continue uninterrupted.

If you have submitted a new application for this school year, no further action is needed.

Applications are processed as received; however, while you are awaiting approval, please send money or a lunch for your student until your qualification has been determined. Once approved, a letter will be sent to your primary family address.

Low income families may qualify for free or reduced price school lunches. The online English and Spanish application can be found at . If you prefer to fill out a paper application, one may be printed from the District website under Family Resources/Free and Reduced Lunch Program. If you do not have access to a computer, a paper copy is available by contacting your school office.

Issaquah School District Celebrates Taste Washington Day, Wednesday October 2
Taste Washington Day celebrates Washington agriculture and promotes good nutrition in our schools. On October 2, school lunches in the Issaquah School District will highlight local produce and dairy from the fantastic bounty Washington State has to offer. Each featured produce item will be accompanied by signage in the lunch room for the students to see with information about the local farm that grew and harvested the food.

We are happy to announce that the milk we serve this day, and every day during the school year, is supplied by Smith Brothers Dairy in Kent, Washington. Smith Brothers belongs to a Washington State Dairy Pool and the locally processed milk is all produced by Washington State dairy cows. Other featured items are fresh celery from Carpinito Brothers in Kent, Washington, fresh peaches from Sage Fruit Co in Yakima, Washington, fresh pears from Rainier Fruit in Selah, Washington and fresh Golden Delicious apples from Evans Fruit in Yakima, Washington.

We look forward to participating in our fifth annual Taste Washington Day and future opportunities to feature locally grown and produced foods in our schools. Taste Washington Day is organized in partnership by the Washington School Nutrition Association (WSNA) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).

Young Rembrandts Saturday Cartoon & Drawing at the Issaquah Community Center. Ages 6-12. Saturday, October 12-November 2 or Saturday, November 16–December 14 (No class November 30). $66; $55 for Residents. In this 4-week class, learn to create exciting cartoon imagery filled with dynamic characters and expressive personalities. You will develop visual story-telling skills by drawing humorous sequential images. Young Rembrandts teaches all-new lessons every week, and all lessons are both educational and FUN. Media includes pencils, sharpies and colored markers. Sign up with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at 425-837-3300 or

S.T.E.M. Workshops at the Issaquah Community Center. Saturdays, 10:00am–12:00pm. Ages 6-10. $48; 40 for Residents. Join Pamela Kennedy, an award-winning science teacher and owner of Cascade Enrichment for educational workshops that will get your kids thinking, solving and creating. Choose one workshop or sign up for multiple – each workshop is individual from each other. September 28: Mixing Madness; October 19: Microscopic World; November 16: Architectural Builds; December 7: Digging for Dinosaurs. Sign up with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at 425-837-3300 or

Mark your calendars now for the upcoming Family Sock Hop at the Issaquah Community Center. Friday, November 15; 6:30-9:00pm. This inaugural 50’s themed event, complete with root beer floats, is for all ages! $18/family; $15/for Issaquah residents. Sign up with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at 425-837-3300 or

Legal Notices

Please read the important safety, health, and equal-rights notices that are posted online on our Legal Notices page. You will find information about asbestos, nondiscrimination, pest management, possession of firearms, sexual harassment, Title IX, and more.

From the Issaquah Schools Foundation

Fall Dining for Kids Dates & Locations

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. Put these upcoming dates on your calendar!

More information available here:

Issaquah Schools Foundation

Your partnership with the Issaquah Schools Foundation benefits every student at every school in the district. Donating to the Foundation give students opportunities for academic enrichment as well as support for students who need help with basics like food and school supplies. Thanks to our generous donors, we provide a budget to each building for food support and were able to provide over 1000 backpacks filled with school supplies to district students this year! Step Up for Kids and donate to our fall campaign at