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



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.


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

May 30, 6-7pm. Beaver Lake Middle School
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:



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 



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

 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

30....Social Emotional Learning Parent Night, 6:00 - 7:00, Beaver Lake MS

31....Last Grizzly Guys, 2nd recesses




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


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

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

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:




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.