Message from the Principal 

To the Grand Ridge Community:

In light of the tragic accident last Friday between an Issaquah School District bus and a motorcycle, right before dismissal time, it is important to acknowledge how our school community came together to get all students dismissed in a timely and orderly fashion.  From our staff to our students and parents, everybody acted with the deepest of respect and sense of urgency and safety for our students.  We were able to account for all students and get them reunited with their families in just over an hour.  We maintained a sense of orderliness in our dismissal procedures, releasing one grade level at a time in descending order and according to groups (walkers, day care, students who get picked up).  Our front office staff was in constant communication with all staff who were out front, on the sidewalks and at Grand Central, to make sure we were not adding more confusion to an already emerging situation.  All classroom teachers held their students and when all students were released, came outside to help.

Thank you to all in the community for partnering with us to make this as smooth as possible.  Everybody who was present last Friday afternoon came together for our students, ensuring that they were able to arrive home safely and without too much delay.

Our thoughts are with the motorcyclist and the bus driver as we continue to be a Community who Cares. 


With appreciation,

Jill Ravenscraft
Grand Ridge Elementary



 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 

5th Grade WCAS Testing, Thursday, May 30th

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:  or, contact Jennifer Sehlin, Assistant Principal.


If you have questions regarding the SBA testing that was just done,  please see the SBA FAQ's document here.

Mark your calendar 



May 30.......5th Grade WCAS Testing


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

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

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

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

30....5th Grade WCAS Testing

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

30....Emily Whitman Author Visit, Administration Building Board Room, 6:30-7:30




7....Popcorn Friday

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


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

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


News From the district 

 Levy Committee Representatives Needed!!!

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.

  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

We are still in need of a representative from our school!!   Feel free to call our HR phone number 425.837.7000 with questions regarding working at the ISD.



Emily Whitman Author Visit

Emily Whitman will talk at the Admin Building Board Rooms on May 30th from 6:30 to 7:30. The flyer is attached here .



Parent Survey for New Teacher Website

A leadership advisory team has formed to explore a replacement for Connect as the teacher website tool. As part of our selection process we would like to hear from parents about what they would like in a classroom web tool.

 Our goals include finding a tool that:

  • Meets communication needs for teacher to student and families
  • Provides a consistent look and feel throughout the district
  • Integrates with other online tools such as Office365, Classlink, Skyward and online textbooks
  • Is accessible to persons with disabilities
  • Includes translation tools for a variety of languages

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by clicking this link:



PTSA news 

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:


Other PTSA News

  • 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. 



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

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.