East Ridge Suns Newsletter

January 3, 2022

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

When should I keep my student home?

Does your child have symptoms, or were they exposed to COVID? Please use this decision tree to help determine if your student should stay home from school.

Still uncertain? Call Nurse Dianna at 425.408.4406 or email at diannarushton @nsd.org.

Meet & Greet with Dr. Reid - Save the Date

Dr. Reid will be visiting East Ridge on Tuesday, January 11th. She will be hosting a Meet and Greet for parents from 8:35-9:05 in the East Ridge Library. We will have supervision available for children of parents who choose to attend. Here is the Zoom link to attend remotely: https://nsd.zoom.us/j/82606767233. After her visit with parents, Dr. Reid will be meeting with a few students in grades 2-5 and then will visit classrooms.

Winter Delays/Closures

For District information on weather and emergencies, check out the district website: https://www.nsd.org/resources/reference/closures-delays

Winter Assembly and Choir Performance

Thank you so much for attending our Winter Assembly and Choir Performance! We had a lot of fun celebrating this festive season with our East Ridge families! If you were unable to attend either event, you may find links to the presentations and/or recordings below!

Choir Performance Presentation

Choir Performance Recording

Winter Assembly Presentation

Winter Assembly Recording

ERPTA Giving Tree and Mitten Tree

Thank you PTA and community members for donating this year to the Giving Tree and Mitten Tree. Your generous contributions allowed us to support both families within our community and in neighboring communities. Many families have faced a variety of challenges this past year and have been brought to tears by our fellow community members coming together to help one another out. We are so thankful for all of you that contributed to make their holidays a little brighter!

Living with Bears and Other Wildlife

Many of our families live in wooded areas with a variety of wildlife, with bears in particular causing safety concerns at times. We cannot predict the location of wildlife, such as when students are traveling to and from school. If a bear or other potentially dangerous animal is seen on or very near school grounds, we typically keep our students safely inside the building.

If you see a bear or other potentially dangerous animal, please alert the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (during business hours) at 425.775.1311 or call the police.

Fish and Wildlife offers guidelines on its Living with Wildlife page: http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/, including Do’s and Don’ts in Bear Country: http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/bears.html#encounters. While bears rarely charge humans, you might consider reviewing some of Fish and Wildlife's safety information as a family.

Wet from recess?

If your child finds they frequently have wet shoes, socks, or clothes after a rainy recess, please talk with them about their choices during recess and help them to plan accordingly. The health room does not have enough clothes for all the kids who are coming in wet.

The East Ridge Library Needs Your Help!

Now that volunteers are able to return to school this year, we need your help keeping the library running smoothly! We are looking for people who would be able to help with jobs like shelving books and doing check in/out for kids during library class times. Volunteer help with these jobs keeps the library running smoothly and allows Mr. C to spend more time teaching lessons and helping kids explore and enjoy books in the library.

Please fill out the quick form below if you might be able to help!


If you have any other questions, please feel free contact the Volunteer Coordinator for the library, Sara Howard, at saravhoward@gmail.com.


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

Math Challenge

Thank you to everyone that entered the fifth Math Challenge. The top responses for December can be found below and will have received a small prize via their classroom teacher:

Kaden S. - 1st, Harrer

Kaidan R. - 1st, Harrer

Keira S. - 1st, Harrer

Kobey S. - 2nd, Hill

Neomi B. - 5th, Fawcett

Math Challenge 6 is available now and due January 6th For more information click on the link: https://tinyurl.com/2ru3cmhr

East Ridge Auction 2022 planning has begun!

We have kicked off auction planning and are excited for our event in the spring of 2022. As we confirm details we will update the community. In the meantime, we would love to have as much support as possible as this is truly an event for everyone and a wonderful way to help out the community at East Ridge. If you have a few (or more than a few) hours to help the East Ridge community, we would love to connect. Please message Jenn Strutzel (jenn@premiereventscorp.com) and she will be happy to reach out to you about your ideas. Thank you!

Yearbook Sales

It's yearbook time! This year's theme is "Shoot for the Stars" and that's just what our kiddos are doing. There are a lot of great things happening at East Ridge this year! Buy your yearbook now and savor the memories. Prices start at $16 with personalization available. Order yours today.

Buy your yearbook now!

Yearbook Orders - shoot for the stars
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Northshore Schools Foundation

The Northshore Schools Foundation has a ‘Pour for Northshore’ event coming up on Saturday, January 15th from 6:00-8:00pm, in the Woodinville Warehouse District.

This event is open to anyone wishing to support the foundation and all proceeds will directly benefit the foundation. Click on the link below to find out more and purchase tickets:


For more information about the foundation visit their website:


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PACE Application Deadline for 2022-23 School Year

PACE (Parents Active in Cooperative Education), a choice educational enrichment program offered through the Northshore School District, is currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. All applications are due prior to the February 10th PACE application deadline, and a virtual tour is required prior to application.

The hallmarks of PACE include an enhanced educational experience due to high parent involvement, enrichment activities, encouragement for students to become self-motivated learners and a strong sense of community among families. Families commit to a minimum number of volunteer hours per year of program support. PACE is located at three elementary school sites in the district with feeder patterns from all Northshore elementary schools.

A tour is required prior to applying to the PACE program. To register for a virtual tour hosted by PACE at Wellington Elementary, please email enrollment@PACEWell.org. For more information about the PACE program, please visit http://www.nsd.org/PACE

Looking for More Information?

See our past newsletters for information about:

  • Attendance

  • Schoology

  • Virtual Tour

  • ...and much more!