Grand Ridge Elementary

June 10, 2020


It is important, now more than ever, that we be there for one another.

We are here if you need us.

Jill Ravenscraft


Grand Ridge Elementary

Correction - please see updated chart below to pick-up your child's items at school

Student Materials & Personal Possessions Pick Up Instructions.Grand Ridge

On June 16th, 17th and 18th, we will be facilitating a student materials & personal possessions pick up at Grand Ridge Elementary.. At this time you will be able to pick up: student desk possessions, yearbooks, lost & found items and medications from the health room. You will be able to drop off: library books and any items belonging to the school.

Families have been assigned a time (see CORRECTED chart below), based on the first letter of their child’s last name, in which they can pick up/drop off supplies and materials.

At your designated time, you may come to Grand Ridge to pick up/drop off materials and supplies. You will enter the pickup/drop off lane where a curbside drive thru lane will be set up to distribute materials. During this process we ask that people stay in their cars and allow us to bring the materials to you. This will also help us to move people through in as quick and efficient a manner as possible while maintaining social distancing. When you pick up/drop off your materials, please have a sign in your curbside window with your student’s last name printed in large letters at the top and then all children with that name listed below by first name and grade level. See attached document as an example that you can use or make one of your own.

Lastly, in order to expedite delivery of these items in a timely manner and to keep cars moving while implementing the state’s social distancing guidelines, we will not be able to socialize or help trouble shoot other concerns as you pick-up items through the pick-up/drop off lane (the front of the school). We want to ensure everyone will be able to get their items without any delays within their designated time slots. Thank you for understanding.

Materials pick up schedule (by CHILD’s last name):

Please Note Corrected Times!

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From the library

Library Book Return

We will begin collecting Grand Ridge library books. You will receive an email notice listing checked out library materials. There will be several blue or black library carts outside of the front door to drop off your books. Families may drop the books off in the carts at the front of the school during these hours:

June 9th –12th (T/W/Th/F)
9:00 am -10:00 am

June 16th –18th (T/W/Th)
During your scheduled time (see above) for Student Materials and Personal Possessions Pick Up

From the issaquah school district

Distance Learning 2.0 Update:

I want to begin by thanking the over 3200 participants in our recent ThoughtExchange. With over 6,700 thoughts shared and over 170,000 ratings we have learned a lot about what many in our community have experienced as we were ordered to move in an unprecedented fashion into a Remote Teaching /At Home Learning system. A final report from our most recent ThoughtExchange will be available in the coming days on the ISD website.

While individual experiences have varied across our system, trends were readily seen from the thousands of exchange responses as well as the hundreds of emails and conversations we have had with students, staff, parents/guardians and community members. Three very clear areas of needed improvement and consistency in our approach to Remote Teaching emerged:

  • There is a strong desire for teachers to utilize a single common platform for Remote Teaching, particularly from families with multiple children at different grade levels,
  • more consistent live virtual interactions between teachers and their students, and the need for consistent, direct instruction from our teachers either through pre-recorded instructional lessons or live virtual teaching rather than rote assignments.

We conducted the ThoughtExchange because as a District we value your feedback and are committed to being better prepared for future remote teaching. Because the Issaquah School District is committed to high expectations for the learning experiences of our students, we will use what we are learning from the experiences of students, families, administrators, and teachers this spring to inform our plans for learning, teaching, and working when we are able to reopen schools.

A step in that direction begins with my excitement to report that in collaboration with our teachers a district selection committee recommended and the District administration approved the use of the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) for our middle and high school teachers and students beginning in the 2020-21 school year. Our commitment is to have all secondary staff using the Canvas LMS when classes resume this fall. We are currently implementing a professional development plan that will introduce our teachers to a three hour training on Canvas in the coming weeks followed by additional training opportunities in July and August. Additional professional development opportunities will be available throughout the school year to support teachers and help them refine their use of the Canvas LMS as teachers and students grow in their fluency of use.

We are also working with our elementary teachers around the use of SeeSaw and Microsoft Teams for their continued and expanded use in the fall to provide a consistent learning platform for elementary students and families.

In addition, we will also continue working with our teachers and certificated support staff on implementing best practices related to virtual interactions such as class meetings, small group tutoring sessions, office hour interactions such as those with school counselors, and live synchronous virtual instruction. Moreover, we recognize the need for more direct asynchronous instruction in the form of pre-recorded video lessons in which the students’ teachers are delivering new skills, concepts and curriculum.

Currently there is a lot of speculation and concern about what our return to school this fall might look like. The big question that will have a tremendous impact on what the 2020-21 school looks like in the fall is whether or not we will be required to maintain social distancing. If public schools are required to maintain social distancing, then it is highly likely that we will have to implement some hybrid form of teaching that includes in-person schooling along with remote teaching. We also recognize that if we experience another big outbreak in COVID19 cases, the State may close our schools again and we will be ordered back into Remote Teaching/At Home Learning. If this occurs we recognize that we have to make that transition much more fluid and timely than we did this past March in order to minimize loss of instruction and learning.

The past three months have been a challenging time for our community and our country. Mobilizing our district to support our students, staff, and community remotely has not come without challenges, but we have learned so much along the way. I reflect often on the support, feedback, and grace our community has given the ISD during this difficult time. We have much work to do as we prepare for a new school year in September where there are still so many unanswered questions. The remote learning situation that was thrust upon our system in March was sudden and unexpected, and while our staff did their best to respond to this difficult situation, we know that as a system we can do better. Your feedback is a valuable tool as we move forward in providing the best learning experience for our students. I hope your family stays safe and healthy, and please know the ISD looks forward to partnering with our community as we navigate the changing landscape ahead.

Ron Thiele,


Exceptional Placement Testing Postponed

Due to the state’s stay-at-home orders, the Issaquah School District is postponing Exceptional Placement testing. The current plan is to offer multiple testing opportunities in August for families who are interested in an additional acceleration option for students who are ready to skip both CC6 and 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.

IMPORTANT: This test is not required for your student to skip CC6 and enroll in CC 7/8. It is a test to see if your student already knows most middle school math content and is prepared to skip both CC6 and CC 7/8 and take CC8/Algebra 1 instead. Historically, only 1-2% of ISD students demonstrate sufficient mastery for this three-year acceleration of content.

If you wish for your child to take the test, please wait for information in ENews to register for the test in August.

Last Day of School is June 23
Please make note that the last day of the 2019-2020 school year is June 23

ISD Meal Services - Last Day is June 19
Please note that the last day that the ISD will be provide grab and go meals is on Friday, June 19

Student Laptop and Hotspot Return June 23-25

Students and families that have laptops and/or hot spots checked out from the ISD: Please note that those items will need to be returned. Curbside drop off return has been scheduled for June 23, 24, and 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Briarwood, Endeavour, Grand Ridge, Newcastle and Issaquah Valley Elementary schools along with Issaquah Middle School.