Grand Ridge Elementary E-news

October 9, 2019

From The Office

In order to minimize disrupting classroom learning, please try to create and communicate a dismissal plan for your student prior to dropping them off at school for the day. We understand that sometimes plans change, and we will try our best to get an updated dismissal plan to your child/ren but this is not always possible. Please establish a regular dismissal routine for your child/ren so that they can safely and successfully end up where they need to be.

Thank you for your commitment to the safety and success of your child/ren!

From the Nurse

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.

Costume Spirit Day, Wednesday, October 23rd

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.

Jill Ravenscraft


Grand Ridge Elementary

From the Issaquah School District

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.

ISD Transportation Department Weather Emergency Notification Bulletin - Be Ready for Winter Weather
Watch your mailbox starting October 2 for the ISD 2019-2020 school year Emergency Transportation Bulletin. This mailer includes information on snow routes and stops, as well as program cancellations and schedule changes due to inclement weather. The bulletin also includes information on how to find out about school delays or closure. For more information, including a link to the electronic version of the bulletin, please click here

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.

Mark Your Calendar

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

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

October 16......After School Movie, How to Train Your Dragon 3

October 22, 7:00PM, Skyline HS Theater....Parent Wiser Event presents Normal Sucks, How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside 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, Halloween Short Films

November 4....Vision and Hearing Screening

From the Issaquah Schools Foundation

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: