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Open Enrollment for Fall 2019

Registration for "NEW to Grand Ridge" students is now available online. For current families registering siblings, please login to Family Access and choose "Enrollment Access". For families new to Grand Ridge, please visit www.issaquah.wednet.edu and choose New Parents>New Student Enrollment to begin.

 

Current Grand Ridge students in grades 1-4 and kindergarteners at Challenger and Endeavor only need to verify their enrollment in August during EVP.

 The following documents are required for registration:

  • child's proof of birth date (birth certificate or passport)
  • parent photo ID
  • child's immunization records
  • residency verification (a copy of your purchase papers or lease agreement and a utility bill no more than 30 days old)

Early registration is very important as we plan staffing and allocate resources for the new school year.

ALSO - if your family is moving this summer and your student will not be at Grand Ridge in the fall, please let the office know at groffice.issaquah.wednet.edu.

 

 

New attendance email:

New email for attendance! Please note that there is a new, attendance ONLY, email address. Please use grattendance@issaquah.wednet.edu to report your child's absence. As usual, you can also call the main line at 425-837-7925.

 

 

New Grand Ridge Website

We’re happy to announce a newly designed Grand Ridge website! The district’s goal is to make it easier for families to access and use our website. Here are some of the exciting changes:

 

  • Improved mobile experience – The Grand Ridge website is formatted to work better with smart phones and tablets.
  • Easier to navigate – The toolbar across the top shows you everything at-a-glance, organized into groups for easy searching.
  • Consistent across schools – Soon, all ISD school pages will have a uniform layout and basic organization. Helpful if you have kids at multiple ISD schools!
  • Simplified URL - https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/grandridge/ (the old URL will redirect you to the new site!)
  • Alerts – Emergency alerts posted on the ISD website will automatically show up on Grand Ridge’s website. We can also post FYI reminders (for events, registration, etc).
  • ADA Compliance – We are continuing to work on making our website experience fully accessible to those using screen readers or other accessibility tools.

 

Teacher websites have not changed platforms at this time. We will be working over the coming weeks to ensure all of our previous content was moved and easy to find.

 

 

Is Your Son or Daughter attending PCMS Next Year?

 If so, consider getting involved and being in the know about everything going on by volunteering to be a Board Member for the PCMS PTSA! We have several Executive Committee board positions that will be open in our PCMS PTSA for the 2019-2020 school year. Our PTSA Board is low key, but very effective! The Executive Committee meets just once per month and attends General PCMS PTSA Membership meetings which are held every other month, directly after the Board meetings. The open positions are: 

  • President
  • Director of Parent Education
  • Director of Membership

Descriptions of the positions can be found on our website. The outgoing position holders will be happy to answer any questions you may have and we will provide lots of support and training! We won’t leave you hanging! If you are interested in any of the positions, or know someone whose son or daughter will be at PCMS next year and would be a good fit, please contact Nominating Committee member, Sheila Barlow, at Sheila.barlow@outlook.com.

 


   

testing dates

 

 testing dates

 

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:

 1) Absences during assessment windows are marked as unexcused

2) Per State law:

  • 5 or more unexcused absences in a month require a letter and a petition to be filed 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 outside 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.

 

Smarter Balanced Assessments - Practice Opportunities at Home

We are encouraging all families to set aside some time to help your student practice for the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) coming this May for grades 3, 4 & 5. The Smarter Balanced Assessment is a system of valid, reliable, and fair next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy & Math. Please use the following link to access the Practice & Training Tests (for ELA, Math and WCAS (5th grade science - see below):

https://wa.portal.airast.org/users/students-and-families.stml

Click on the icon for Practice & Training Tests, sign in as a Guest, and select your child's grade level when prompted.

 

 Practice and training tests       student and family resources

 

Along with the SBA, fifth grade students will also take an additional assessment in science, called the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). The WCAS will assess all three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards. For more information about this assessment follow this link: http://www.k12.wa.us/Science/Assessments.aspx

If you have additional questions about the Smarter Balanced ASsessment, please see the ISD website https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/assessment/SBA

or contact Jennifer Sehlin, Assistant Principal.


 

mark your calendar

 

 family engineering night

Family Engineering night is Wednesday, April 17th from 6:00-8:00pm. It is a chance to have interactive STEM experiences and enjoy learning TOGETHER. The hands on activities promote the engineering process, scientific thinking, and an opportunity to learn and play as a family.  

 

JOIN US! Nourish Every Mind 2019
You won’t want to miss one of these great Issaquah Schools Foundation events! Come hear first-hand from students and staff who have directly benefited from Foundation investments. Email Katie@isfdn.org to register.

  • Luncheon: Friday, May 3 at Meydenbauer Center
  • Breakfast: Tuesday, May 14 at Eastridge Church

 

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