Message from the Principal


June 2019

Dear Grand Ridge Families:

Well, how did this even happen?  I blinked and we went from September to June, just like that!  And, what a ride it has been!  “Hold on tight!” during some spots and wind-in-your-hair-with-your-head-thrown-back in other spots.  It has been such a GREAT year of learning!  Your children have come together as a community of learners, helping one another stretch and grow.  With parents and teachers as partners, our students have the very best foundation upon which to grow. 

As I said when I was hired, it is truly such an honor.  An honor that very few get to experience and every day, I am so grateful. I learn every single day.  I have the opportunity to model what it is like to be a learner and to have areas of growth so that our students can see that it is okay to ask questions, make mistakes, take a risk, ask for help. We are so much stronger when we learn and grow together.  And, in what other workspace does one get to go to school with a unicorn, a ballerina, a scientist, a soccer player and a grizzly bear named Gilman all under one roof?  Every day I smile at the wonders that stand before me.  Kids who are who they are, adding to the beautiful social fabric that is Grand Ridge.  We are truly “rich” in this community when we look at the potential that stands in front of us.  Our future is in good hands if our very own Grand Ridge Grizzlies are any indication.     



In this month’s edition of Instructional Highlights, we shine the spotlight on STEM.  The focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at Grand Ridge is top-notch.  I can walk down the hallway and be pulled into classrooms that are highlighting and celebrating all of these fields.  Technology is evident in our hallways, where you see students using computers to generate presentations, write reports or drafts of stories, practice math and/or work with a partner to generate a project to share in class.  I have seen the integration of Engineering and Math whereby our students, both at the primary AND the intermediate levels, are using coding to work on math concepts.  Using the coding-bots (differently named depending on the manufacturer and/or grade level), students are able to program the bots to match digital time to analog time and to follow a pre-constructed maze.  In response to my opening paragraphs and the fact that our staff and parents are partners, I was recently in a classroom where a parent came to talk about his job and how applied science was an integral part of his job as the captain of an ice cutter in the Coast Guard.  He had the students (and me!) on the edge of our seats as he shared all he has seen and all that he does.  What a great way to get students to begin thinking about why we learn what we do and what doors the learning will open in the future!


It has been a GRAND year and I want to thank all of you for the part you have played in our collective success.  I hope that no matter what you do this summer, whether you are traveling or taking a staycation, whether you are moving in our moving out, whether you are working or playing, take time to celebrate all of the learning that has been done.  Continue to learn and grow, as that can happen anywhere, and relax, refresh and rejuvenate.  Be good to one another and to yourselves.  Lead by example and learn out loud, modeling for your children every step of the way.  It’s how they learn.  Take good care and I will see you in the fall.


Jill Ravenscraft
Grand Ridge


 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.





 News for Parents of 5th Grade Students

Exceptional Placement Math Test for Incoming 6th grade students.

Exceptional Placement provides an additional acceleration option for students who are ready to skip CC 7/8 and begin middle school in CC 8/Algebra 1. Interested students must demonstrate sufficient mastery of CC 7/8 concepts and skills on a district-administered assessment. The exceptional placement assessment will be offered to interested students on Wednesday, June 19 from 4:00-6:00 OR Wednesday, June 26 from 2:00-4:00 at the Issaquah Middle School Library.

*Since CC6 math is taught in the 5th grade MERLIN program, 5th grade MERLIN students will take the CC 7/8 Math Mastery Assessment test in their classrooms each spring.

To register to take the Exceptional Placement assessment please complete the sign up at

 by June 7.

Once a student has qualified for Exceptional Placement, parents make the final determination of whether or not to accept that placement. Further information will be provided to families of students who qualify for Exceptional Placement to help inform this decision. More information can be found at or you may contact Susan Ford at or 425-837-7051



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 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



 Student Support Coach 


Social Emotional Learning Parent Night

Please join us at a district sponsored PBSES parent night to learn about Second Step, our social Emotional Curriculum for K-8. We will cover: 

  • What’s being taught in K-8, using Second Step?
  • Ways to support your child’s social –emotional growth at home
  • Resources for families

June 11, 6-7pm. Issaquah Middle School


Playing Games with your child helps boost their Social Emotional Skill

Social skills games are great for helping kids develop valuable social emotional skills.  These games teach kids a variety of social emotional skills such as making and keeping friends, communicating with others, showing empathy, problem solving, turn taking, and more.

Here is a list of games that could help with focus, decision making, and following multi-step directions:

  • Distraction
  • Snake Oil
  • Chess
  • Risk
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Game of Life
  • Sim City
  • Yahtzee
  • Stratego
  • Quandary

A simple game to play anytime is called Would You Rather?  Here are the directions:



Social Emotional Learning Passport

Over the summer, Grand Ridge Elementary students are encouraged to complete the SEL Passport and return to their classroom teacher the first week of school for a Grizzly Gold for their class.  The SEL Passport is a fun way for students to practice their Social Emotional Learning skills over the summer such as being kind, following directions, playing fairly, etc. 

 To participate, please print a copy of the Passport located here:

Children will need help from their caregiver to “stamp” their completed Passport pages. Extra copies are located in the main office.


Stephanie Wright

Creekside & Grand Ridge Elementary School



upcoming events

 aloha spirit week

Spirit Day

In support of Summerfest, the student council wants you to dress up in your Hawaiian-inspired clothing for our next Spirit Day! Join in the fun for Hawaiian Day on Wednesday, June 12th!

 Some ideas:

Flowered shirts
Grass skirts
Shell necklaces


From the nurses office 

Do You Have a Student Entering 6th Grade

In the Fall?

 All 6th grade students must have a Tdap vaccine and the date recorded before the first day of school.  The student must be 11 years old to have this vaccine. If your student is already 11 and in elementary school, please get your Tdap now and report it to your student’s elementary school in order to ease the transition to middle school.  This vaccination may be obtained at many pharmacies, grocery stores, community health clinics or through your provider.  Washington State allows exemptions from this vaccine for medical, personal or religious reasons when obtained and signed by your provider then reported to school with the exception of the MMR starting in July.  

 Community Health locations available for immunizations - by appointment only and sliding scale:

    • Health Point Redmond 425-822-1697 @ 163 NE 87th St. Suite B6 Redmond, WA 98052
    • Health Point Renton 425-226-5536 @ 200 S. 2nd St. (next to Renton HS) Renton, WA 98055

 End of Year Student Medication Pick Up

 Orders for the administration of medication at school are good for one academic year only. In addition, medications at school are not carried over to the next year and need to be returned to the parent. Please pick up medications by June 27.  If medications have not been picked up by this date, they will be destroyed. Here are a few things to keep in mind if your student needs medications for next school year.  Students with life-threatening health plans there are a few more steps:

 If your student has a life threatening allergy with Epipen/ Benadryl, Seizures, Diabetes, Cardiac Condition or Asthma:

  • A new physician signed Authorization of Medication Administration form must be received each year for prescription medications.
  • Schedule your student’s appointment now.  Doctor’s offices book up at the end of summer with a rush on immunizations, school physicals and medication orders.
  • All medications must be in an original labeled container and dropped off to the office by a parent. Please be aware that students are not allowed to hand carry medication to school.  If you have medications given daily at school, please ask the pharmacist for an additional labeled pill bottle for use with field trips.
  • Please have signed paperwork and medications ready to bring to the health room prior to August 19 before school begins. 

 Thank you and we appreciate your help!

Mark your calendar 


7....Popcorn Friday

11....Social Emotional Parent Learning Night, 6:00 - 7:00, Issaquah MS

12.....All library materials are due back to the school library

12.....Summerfest.....6:00 on the playground, see the PTSA website for details!

14....Yearbooks delivered

14....Volunteer Appreciation Reception 1:30 - 3:00 Grand Ridge Library

17.....Extra yearbook sales, 8:30, in front of the office. $25.00, cash only.

18....5th Grade Promotion  9:30 - 10:30

27....Last Day of School 11:30 dismissal 


PTSA news 

Yearbook Delivery!

Yearbooks will be distributed to the classrooms on June 14th. Extra yearbooks will be sold on June 17th at 8:30 am outside the main entry doors to the building.  5th grade students will be given priority for the extra yearbook sales. Yearbooks are cash only and will cost $25.00. Any outstanding student fees must be paid by June 12th. If not paid by June 12th, the yearbook will be held and not distributed to the student

Fees are NOT paid on Skyward/Family Access or by cash/check in the office.  Fees can be paid by going to the Issaquah School District website at  To Pay Online, the username is your Family Access username and the password your last name. If you have any questions regarding fees, please contact Cyndi Thompson at 425-837-7927. 

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Volunteer Appreciation Reception

With gratitude for all that you do, we invite all our school  volunteers to please join us as we celebrate the many ways your support and participation have enriched Grand Ridge Elementary this school year!

Friday, June 14th   1:30-3:30  Grand Ridge Library
Kindly RSVP to help us prepare:




Take it easy in August and avoid running around all the stores looking for school supplies! You can now order your child’s school supplies for next school year online. Simply log on to and enter our school code GRA048. All orders must be completed and paid for via credit card by July 5th. School supplies will be delivered to your child’s classroom for “Meet the Teacher”. If you have any questions, please contact


Issaquah Schools Foundation 

Foundation E-News

 Dining for Kids – June 5th

The Issaquah Schools Foundation invites you to Dining for Kids! Join us for lunch, happy hour, or dinner, on Wednesday, June 5th at Levitate Gastropub on Front Street in Issaquah (parking lot in back). If the sun is out the outdoor patio and umbrellas will be open, so join us for some fresh focused, locally sourced, and scratch made bites. Reservations accepted. Levitate Gastropub will generously donate a portion of your bill to the Foundation!



Tools4School is a partnership between the Issaquah Schools Foundation and Issaquah Food & Clothing bank to provide new backpacks filled with school supplies for Issaquah School District K-12 students who need financial support.  You can help provide the backpacks and supplies by donating online here.  If you, or someone you know needs help with school supplies, participants can register here.