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Are you moving this summer?

If your student(s) will not be attending Grand Ridge next year, please let the office know as soon as possible. Also, please be sure to update the office if you have moved or changed your contact information so we have the correct information on file.

 


 

Announcements

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.

 


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.

student and family resources       practice and training tests

 

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 

Celebrate Earth Day at Grand Ridge

Earth Day is a Birthday!

 It’s a special day to celebrate our planet.  Earth Day began on April 22, 1970 in California.  Every year, America and over 100 other countries join together in the celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd. On Earth Day, we remember to appreciate nature and learn ways to protect our environment. Here at Grand Ridge, we try to reduce waste, conserve water, and save energy every day. Let’s celebrate our Earth as a school for this national event!

 During the week of, April 22nd, Green Team members will be making a morning announcement each day giving a tip on how to go green. We will also participate in a district wide Waste Free Wednesday lunch challenge. Please see the details below. Thanks for helping to encourage participation.

 

 Wednesday, April 24th - Waste Free Wednesday District Lunch Challenge

  • Help Grand Ridge reduce the amount of garbage we produce in the Dining Den as we participate in a district wide challenge.
  • The average student’s lunch generates a total of 66 pounds of waste per school year!
  • Pack your lunch with reusable containers (NO plastic bags) or buy school lunch.

 

 April

April 17.......Family Engineering Night  6:00pm

April 22......After School Movie, How to Train Your Dragon, PTSA  sign-up 

April 24.....Waste Free Wednesday District Lunch Challenge

April 25.....Grand Ridge Chorus Concert  6:30pm

April 26....PTSA Grizzly Guys at 2nd recess


 

 news from the district

ISD School Safety Information Nights
Student safety is our top priority, and we want families and community members to feel confident that our schools are secure. Join the Issaquah School District Safety Team at one of three Safety Information Nights to learn about what we do to keep students and staff safe every day.

  • Tuesday, April 23 - 6:00pm-8:00pm at Pine Lake Middle School
  • Thursday, April 25 - 6:00pm-8:00pm at Issaquah Middle School
  • Tuesday, April 30 - 6:00pm-8:00pm at Maywood Middle School

District and school leaders, including the District's Director of Safety and Security, will talk about emergency preparedness, campus safety upgrades, levy and bond funded safety measures, mental health and counseling, Safety Advisory Committee, lockdowns, drills, and much more.

Spanish -https://issaquah.wednet.edu/docs/default-source/district/operations/safety-roadshow-flier---spanish.pdf?sfvrsn=a1c5cb17_2

Korean-https://issaquah.wednet.edu/docs/default-source/district/operations/safety-roadshow-flier---korean.pdf?sfvrsn=b9c5cb17_2

Chinese-https://issaquah.wednet.edu/docs/default-source/district/operations/safety-roadshow-flier---chinese.pdf?sfvrsn=bdc5cb17_2

 

 

Bus Drivers Needed – We’re Hiring!
Schools all across the country are experiencing a shortage of school bus drivers. This is true in the Issaquah School District as well. The ISD offers paid training and a competitive wage of up to $25.38/hour. Drivers may work part time or up to 40 hours. Full benefits include medical, dental, and vision. Drivers work a school calendar and schedule. If you or someone you know is interested, please call 425-837-6327 for more information or apply online by clicking here. Classes will be starting soon.

 


 from the nurses office

Free Dental Clinic for Kids!

 

Sponsored by 425 Dental and the University of Washington School of Dentistry

 Date: Saturday May 12, 2019

 Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

 Location: 710 NW Juniper Street, Suite #101, Issaquah

Services provided at no cost: screenings, cleanings, cavity fillings and education about oral health

 First come, first served!

 Thank you,

 Keri Webber, RN, MSN
School Nurse

webberk@issaquah.wednet.edu

 


 

city of issaquah

Issaquah Youth Advisory Board applications are now available for the 2019-2020 school year. Represent your middle school next year! Deadline of Monday, April 26, 2019. All youth, currently in grades 5-11, who live and/or attend school within the Issaquah School District are welcome to apply.  Visit www.issaquahwa.gov/YAB

 


 

Issaquah Schools Foundation 

JOIN US! - Nourish Every Mind 2019
You won’t want to miss one of these great Issaquah Schools Foundation events!  Come hear inspiring stories from students and staff who have directly benefited from Foundation investments.  Registration for both events is open here.

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

 

 

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