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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.




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


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):

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:

If you have additional questions about the Smarter Balanced ASsessment, please see the ISD website

or contact Jennifer Sehlin, Assistant Principal.


Mark your calendar 



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

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

May 14.......3rd Grade Concert

May 15......After School Movie

May 17......Lost & Found Items Will Be Donated - Please come check for your lost items ASAP!

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

May 22......Student Council Spirit Day - Decades Day

May 22......Bear Hunt - for newly enrolled, incoming students to Grand Ridge for next school year, 2019-20..... 5:00 - 6:00

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

May 27.......No School, Memorial Day

May 30.....1st Grade Concert



 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



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.


News From the district 


The Issaquah School District asks local voters to approve levies to pay for educational enrichments that the state does not fund, including the seven period day at two of our comprehensive high schools, mental health and counseling support, safety and security measures, activities/clubs/sports, etc., equivalent to about 15 percent of the operations budget. Because our current levies expire next year, the District is forming a community committee now to help plan the renewal/replacement of the Educational Programs and Operations Levy. (Formerly referred to as the M & O Levy)  If you are interested in representing Grand Ridge Elementary on the committee, please pick up an application in the main office and return it by May 15, 2019. Committee members will consider the overall need, proposed content, total cost, and tax impacts of the ballot measure and present a final recommendation to the Superintendent. The commitment is a minimum of two Wednesday evenings in June.




 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


Upcoming Event  

decades day


Spirit Day

For our next Spirit Day, the student council wants you to dress up from your favorite decade! Be creative and show your style. Join in the fun for Decades Day on Wednesday, May 22nd.  

Some ideas:

Poodle skirt or rolled jeans (50s)

Tie Dye (60s)

Bell bottoms (70s)

Neon (80s)

Flannel (90s)


PTSA news 


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!

Breakfast: Tuesday, May 14 at Eastridge Church in Issaquah