East Ridge Suns Newsletter

October 18, 2021

24-Hour Attendance Line: 425.408.4410


Save the Dates!

Calendar Link: https://eastridge.nsd.org/our-school-clone/calendar

Early Release Wednesday: 2:05pm release

From Mr. Wallinger

Hello East Ridge Families,

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and so I wanted to provide you all with some information and resources so that you can further understand the importance of this work, and so you can help us prevent bullying at our school. First, I’d like to highlight some data from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and the National Center for Educational Statistics:

  • One out of every five (20.2%) of students report being bullied

  • 41% of students who reported being bullied at school indicated that they think the bullying would happen again.

  • Of those students who reported being bullied, 13% were made fun of, called names, or insulted; 13% were the subject of rumors; 5% were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on; and 5% were excluded from activities on purpose.

  • The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students include physical appearance, race/ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation.

Over the next few weeks I will be visiting classrooms to talk with students about bullying prevention at our school, but you can help too! Talking with your children about bullying is a great way to reinforce the importance of preventing and reporting bullying at school.

Below you will find a list of helpful information and resources related to bullying prevention:

Wishing you and your family all the best,

Mr. Wallinger

Emergency Substitutes Needed

Do you have a Bachelor's Degree (BA) and do you love our East Ridge students and staff? Would you love to work at East Ridge and help when we have unfilled substitute positions? We have a desperate need for substitute teachers, paraeducators, and school assistants! Even if you don’t feel comfortable substitute teaching in a classroom, you could help as a substitute school assistant to cover recesses, which then allows us to use our existing school assistants to teach in classrooms when needed. We can be flexible with scheduling substitute school assistants - recesses are between 11:45-3:05 daily. Substitute teachers can work full days or half days.

If you have a BA, even if that is not in education, we can talk together to see if you might be a great fit for an emergency substitute. Please reach out to Kris Held, kheld@nsd.org, if interested.

Veterans Day

In the month of November, we have the opportunity to pause & reflect on Veterans Day, November 11th. Veterans Day is in remembrance of all U.S. Military veterans- past & present.

Most years, East Ridge has a special assembly to honor our Veterans. This year, we will be having a virtual celebration which will include music, poems & a slideshow dedicated toward all our East Ridge Community Veterans. This event will be hosted LIVE during in person classes on November 10th from 10:20-10:50. A Zoom Link for families to join will be shared at a later date.

We need your help!

If you know a veteran, past or present, that you would like to honor please fill out the Google Form here. These photos will be added to a slideshow shared during our assembly. All submissions are due by November 1st. Thank you!

Would you like to Volunteer?

We love our volunteers at East Ridge! Thank you so much for sharing your time with our community.

As a reminder, all volunteers must complete the volunteer training, background check, and upload proof of Covid-19 vaccination before helping at the school per district policy.

Please visit the NSD website:


Watch your speed

We may see increased attention from King County Sheriffs soon in the streets leading to our school. Please watch your speed when coming and going from school!

2021-22 Annual State Assessments

Fall 2021 Testing

Grade 3


Grade 4

Grade 3 ELA & Math SBA

Grade 5

Grade 4 ELA & Math SBA

Spring 2022 Testing

Grade 3

Grade 3 ELA & Math SBA

Grade 4

Grade 4 ELA & Math SBA

Grade 5

Grade 5 ELA & Math SBA / Grade 5 WCAS

5th graders will be testing on 10/19 and 10/21.

**Testing will need to occur on your student’s NSD laptop, please be sure that your student brings their laptops fully charged on these days. **

As we want each student to perform at their best, we encourage students to get good sleep and nutrition during these times. It is also important for families to minimize student absences during the testing schedule.

** Students will not be disturbed during testing times, so please do not make plans to pick up your child early during testing times. **

If you have any questions about your child’s fall assessments or schedules please feel free to contact Tiffany Dial at tdial@nsd.org or 425-408-4454.

Cross Country

Practices are Tuesday and Thursdays, 3:50-4:35:

October: 21

Meets: 4:45 - 6:00 pm

10/19 Cottage Lake

10/26 5:00 Finals meet - Sunrise - 5:00 - 6:15pm

If you have any questions regarding registration, please feel free to contact the East Ridge main office staff at 452-408-4400. For other questions or concerns, call / text Coach Mitchell Zimberg at 425.941.3599 or email at mitchellzimberg@outlook.com.

Sunshine Slips

Congratulations to the following students who have been caught demonstrating our East Ridge Expectation Pillars: Being Kind, Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being Safe.

Congratulations to:

Yotam B in Mrs. Morris' class for being Responsible

Margaret L in Mrs. Anderson's class for being Responsible

Liam C in Ms. Schmidt's class for being Responsible

Avigail BC in Mrs. Morris' class for being Responsible

Finley P in Mrs. Loke's class for being Kind

Jack C in Ms. Schmidt's class for being Responsible

Joanne S in Mrs. Ratliff's class for being Respectful

Zoe B in Mrs. Martinez's class for being Responsible

Harper B in Mrs. Anderson's class for being Responsible

Lenno A in Mrs. Hawthorne's class for being Respectful

Great work students!

We're proud of our suns!

Nurse's Corner

Please join us in welcoming Dianna Rushton to East Ridge. Ms. Rushton is our new nurse, and she is covering for Gerry Cullins while Gerry is on leave.

We are so grateful to our school community for keeping children home when they have symptoms!

When to send your child to school:

Before you send your student to school each day, please to think through the 5 questions below. If you answer "yes" to any of the questions, please call Nurse Dianna to see if your child should come to school.

Health Check Questions:

1. In the past 24 hours has your student experienced any of the following symptoms:

  • Congestion or Runny Nose

  • Nausea, Vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Cough (new, changed, or worsening)

  • Headache

  • Fatigue

  • Sore throat

  • Fever or chills

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Muscle or body aches

  • New loss of taste or smell

2. Has your student been in close contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19? Close contact means being within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more.

Please call the 24-hour attendance line (425.408.4410) to report absence and symptoms.

Here is the link to the flowchart that Northshore uses to determine when a child with COVID-like symptoms can return to school.

Questions? Contact Nurse Dianna at 425.408.4406 or diannarushton@nsd.org

The Great Shakeout is coming Oct. 21

Northshore students and staff will join millions of people across the nation in the Great ShakeOut on Oct 21.

The ShakeOut provides an opportunity for students and staff to practice how to be safe during big earthquakes and to “Drop, Cover and Hold on.” This is also a time when schools can review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies.

Being prepared at home is just as important as being prepared at school. Families are encouraged to talk about their plan for what to do during an emergency with their students. To help facilitate this conversation, the Great ShakeOut has a number of resources available.

CLICK HERE to view Great ShakeOut resources.


The mission of East Ridge Elementary PTA is to enrich, encourage, and enlighten. We do this by providing a wide spectrum of educational programs and a network of support for our students and staff. To learn more, join, or donate, click the link: https://erpta.org/Page/Pta/PTAHome

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Math Challenge

Thank you to everyone that entered the first Math Challenge of the year, we had such a great response. The top responses this time around can be found below and will receive a small prize via their classroom teacher:

David D - K, Hawthorne

George A - K, Loke

Mackenzie B - 1st, Harrer

Kaidan R - 1st, Harrer

Delphina B - 2nd, Oliver

Kobey S - 2nd, Hill

Adaline R - 3rd, Ratliff

Luca G - 3rd, Sullivan

Ryan Z - 4th, Dickens

Jean G - 4th Schmidt

Noah W - 5th Taylor

Neomi B - 5th Fawcett

Math Challenge 2 is available now and due October 21st. For more information click on the link: https://tinyurl.com/2ru3cmhr

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ERPTA Fall Festival

Come one, come all to the East Ridge Fall Festival! Join us for an outdoor family event. There will be carnival games, cake walk, prizes and more! Free slice of pizza, snack and drink included for everyone who attends.

Wednesday, October 27th from 4-6:30pm at East Ridge

Volunteers make this event possible! Please watch for a link to sign up coming soon or visit the volunteer tab at http://ERPTA.org.

*Masks are required. All activities will take place outdoors.*

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers make this even possible! It's a great opportunity for middle/high school students to et service hours as well. Please sign up if you can!


Cake Walk Donations Needed!

Please bring in store bought, pre-packaged baked goods to help us make this fun activity at the Fall Festival possible! There will be a donation rack next to the front office on these dates. You can drop off items anytime from morning drop off to afternoon pickup.

* Must be store bought and sealed *

Spirit Wear

Orders for Spirit Wear are due by November 1st! Click on the link below to access the apparel/item details as well as the order form.
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Looking for More Information?

See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!