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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 

 

 May

May 1, 2 ,6, 7....4th Grade SBA Testing

May 2......2nd Grade Concert, 6:30 - 7:30

May 3.....Popcorn Friday. Popcorn is 25 cents and for sale during 2nd recess

May 6 - 10.....Teacher Appreciation Week

May 9, 10, 13, 14, 30.......5th Grade SBA/WCAS Testing

May 16, 17, 20, 21.....3rd Grade SBA Testing

May 22....Marimba Festival, 6:30 - 7:30 


 

 Information

 From the Counselor

Parents of 5th grade girls:

I am that girl

I’m excited to let you know that we will be starting an “I Am That Girl” group after camp. This group will focus on building a safe and supportive community where we can be our authentic selves and where we all lift each other up. We will meet on Wednesdays during lunch and recess until the end of the year. All 5th grade girls are welcome! Please watch your email for more details and let me know if you have any questions. 

Mrs. Fernstrom

fernstromj@issaquah.wednet.edu

425.837.7940

 

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.


Student Support Coach 

 Hello Grand Ridge Parents!

 Now that Mandy Pittingoro, our Student Support Coach, is on maternity leave, we want to introduce you to Nicole Perriella-Rehmke and Stephanie Wright. They will be covering for Mandy for the rest of the school year, supporting teachers and students. Stephanie will be in the building on Mondays and Tuesdays. Nicole will be in on Thursday afternoons and Fridays.

 

About Nicole:

I’m passionate about social-emotional learning, language development and teacher self-care. I taught kindergarten for 2 years in Medellin, Colombia, and Spanish Immersion (second and fifth grade) for 10 years in the Bellevue School District. Now I’m a 0.5 PBSES Coach at Beaver Lake Middle School. I love working with teachers to improve and grow their craft.

Ms. Nicole

 

 About Stephanie:

I am thrilled to be back at Grand Ridge El. where I was the Student Support Coach (now titled Positive Behavior Social Emotional Support Coach) for three years before heading over to Creekside El. this school year.  Before this role, I was an Elementary Teacher, Instructional Coach, and SEL Curriculum Developer in Bellevue School District. I love supporting teachers and students with classroom management strategies and behavioral interventions and especially helping in classrooms.

Fun fact:  Nicole and I met at the University of Washington and have stayed in touch since college. :)

 Ms. Stephanie

 


 

 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

  


 

PTSA news 

Popcorn Friday this week:Students should bring their quarters on Friday,
May 3. Popcorn is 25 cents and for sale during 2nd recess.

Share your input! We are starting to plan for next year and beyond and welcome your feedback to help shape the PTSA for the future: PTSA Parent Survey

 


 

Issaquah Schools Foundation 

 

There is also still time to register for Nourish Every Mind events featuring inspiring stories from students and teachers who benefit directly from Foundation funded programs and grants. If you don't have a table captain, please let us know and we'll secure a great seat for you!

Luncheon: Friday, May 3rd at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue
Breakfast: Tuesday, May 14 at Eastridge Church in Issaquah

 

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