thank you


fill our bucket


Thank you to all of the families for our amazing Staff Appreciation Week! The many hours you spent preparing and delivering such an amazing week for us was so appreciated! From tacos and sandwiches, coffee and flowers, to gift cards, letters and hugs, our bellies and buckets were very full all week!  Please know that every gesture, large and small was truly appreciated. Grand Ridge is OZ-some because of you!



 Lost and Found Items will be donated on Friday afternoon. Please come check the lost and found for any items that could be yours before it's too late!!!!


information needed

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 

updated testing calendar


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 30.......5th Grade SBA/WCAS Testing

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

May 15......After School Movie - Lilo and Stitch

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 23.....Last General PTSA meeting followed by Family Tech Talk on digital safety @ 10:00am

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

May 30.....1st Grade Concert  6:00 (NEW TIME)



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

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



 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.


 Saturday, May 18, 2019 ISD Job Fair has been CANCELLED.

If you are interested in our current open positions and would like to apply to a posted position or to create an online application, please create an account through our Career Opportunities link

Feel free to call our HR phone number 425.837.7000 with questions regarding working at the ISD.


 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 


  • The Lost & Found is too full! Check the racks by the library this week. Any items left on Friday, May 17 will be donated.  
  • New incoming 1st graders and any other new students joining Grand Ridge for next school year are invited to tour the school at the "Bear Hunt" on Wednesday, May 22 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm.
  • Last PTSA General Meeting of the year will be held on Thursday, May 23 at 9:00 am in Portable 10. Then at 10:00 am stay for a Family Tech Talk discussion with an external speaker. All are welcome.  
  • Save the date: We invite all volunteers to a reception on Friday, June 14 from 1:30 - 3:00pm in the library. 

Issaquqh Schools Foundation

Action Forum for Youth - May 23rd

Want to know what’s going on with youth in our community? The Healthy Youth Survey is given every 2 years assessing behavioral health issues (stress, anxiety, drinking & drug use etc.) effecting youth.  Join Issaquah School District community leaders for a complimentary breakfast and presentation of the 2018 Healthy Youth Survey results.  Thursday May 23rd 7:00-9:00am at Issaquah Holiday Inn - 1801 12th Ave NW, Issaquah.  All are welcome!  Registration is required and can be found here: This event is sponsored by Issaquah Schools Foundation and Influence the Choice.

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.