Spring Fundraiser with Mixed Bags! - Sale ends MARCH 31st!!!
“Hop to it!" It’s not too late to take advantage of Cascade Ridge’s spring fundraiser! Remember, 50% of all catalog purchases will benefit our school (40% for online purchases). Mixed bags are re-usable sturdy bags that are made from eco-friendly materials. The new kitchen and home catalog carries something fun and useful for everyone! Come check out the spring bag display just outside Cascade Ridge’s front office !

Should you have any questions please contact: Michelle Lyman chelle_lyman@yahoo.com or Khristie Tobler krt17@comcast.net

For a sneak peek at all the great products visit: Mixed Bag Designs.
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3/8/2015-4/1/2015

1st Annual Cascade Ridge Book Swap - April 22-24
Bring your gently used books to SWAP for “new to you” books & SHARE the love of reading with other kids! Students are invited to bring up to 10 books to trade (K-5th grade reading level only please, no board books). Books will be collected before school on April 22-23 and swapped during 2nd recess on April 24.

Do you have extras to share? Help us create a Lending Library for local charities. For each additional 5 books turned it, students will receive an entry in our prize drawing!

Questions? Contact Michele Brady at brady1093@yahoo.com
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3/7/2015-4/25/2015

Yearbook Order Deadline April 15
Have you ordered your students their yearbooks for the 2014-15 school year? Can’t remember? You can go online here to see whether or not you have placed an order. If you haven’t ordered one yet, visit cascaderidgeptsa.org to order one now. The deadline for ordering is April 15th and we do NOT order extra yearbooks. We will not be able to fulfill requests at the end of the year so please place your order to ensure that your student is not disappointed.

If you have any questions, please contact Krista Gale at galesintheusa@gmail.com.
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3/4/2015-4/15/2015

Talent Show April 23 & 24
Got Talent? So you think you can dance, sing, tell jokes, juggle, play the piano, violin or have the next rock band to hit it big? Here’s your chance to share your talent. The CASCADE RIDGE PTSA Proudly Presents the 4th Annual TALENT SHOW! Mark your
calendars for two entertaining evenings: Thursday, April 23rd and Friday, April 24th.

Rehearsals for all acts will be held on April 16 and 17. Whether you are performing or cheering the talent on, you won’t want to miss these amazing shows! Stay tuned for registration information. Start preparing your acts – Ready, Set, Action!
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3/4/2015-4/24/2015

Online Directory *New* Teacher Search
We are excited to announce that you can now search by teacher from our online directory. Simply type in all or part of a teacher's name and you will get the complete list of students and parent email addresses for that classroom. This can be helpful for users to send out birthday invites and other class-wide emails.

To access the online directory, click here or login to cascaderidgeptsa.org and select the “directory” icon from the left navigation menu. Remember that you must be a PTSA member and an authorized website user to access the online directory! PTSA memberships can still be purchased by clicking here.
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3/2/2015-4/14/2015

Come out and play!
Join your student(s) on the playground throughout the school year! On the first Friday of each month, we invite all Dads (Moms, grandparents or other special guests too) to join us on the playground during recess. Visitors sign in at the front office, get a visitor’s badge and then join your student outside for recess! Please remember to get your Washington State Patrol Form filled out. This must be turned in before you can attend a play date! Forms can be found in the office or online on the school website under Quick Links. A new one needs to be filled out every year.
Dates are... March 6, April 3, May 1, and June 5
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11/18/2014-6/6/2015

Car Wash Tickets Available!
Get a clean car, save money and earn $$ for Cascade Ridge PTSA! For every $5 ticket purchased CRE PTSA earns $3.50 (normal price for basic exterior car wash is $6.39). To purchase tickets email Joelle Riley at joellemriley@gmail.com and provide the following information:
Your name
Your email address
Your child’s name
Number of tickets you would like to purchase

Place a check ($5/ticket) payable to CRE PTSA in the black PTSA box located in the school foyer. Tickets will be delivered to your child’s classroom within a week of your payment being received.
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11/1/2014-6/17/2015
Spring Programs *Registration Opens Monday, March 9 at 8:00 AM*
Spring Programs *Registration Opens Monday, March 9 at 8:00 AM*
Before and after school enrichment programs are just around the corner. Maybe you have a budding keyboardist or artist or even a Bruce Lee… or coding with Minecraft anyone? The spring line-up of programs offers a great-fit class for everyone!

TechVenture Kids Flyer: Minecraft Learn to Mod Code Club

Eastside Enrichment Flyer: Ceramic Arts, Dance, Music, Karate, Lego & Running Club

Registration – opens Monday, March 9 at 8:00 AM – is completed through Eastside Enrichment and through TechVenture Kids.

Please check the websites for further information including class descriptions, costs and age requirements.

Questions? Contact Kelly Huber kellyahuber@aol.com or Marci Bartholomae kevin_marci@hotmail.com.
3/4/20153/23/2015
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration
Do you have a student or know of a neighbor who will be turning 5 years old by August 31st, 2015? Please mark your calendars and tell your neighbors that it is time to register for Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year!
Registration packets are available in the school office.
• March 4th – Registration from 1:30pm – 6:00pm
• March 10th – To be included in FDK lottery all registration forms due by 4:00pm
• March 11th – FDK lottery at 1:00pm in the library
Please visit our district website for registration information
3/1/20153/11/2015
Don't forget to LIKE our Facebook page!
Don't forget to LIKE our Facebook page!
On Friday, we will draw two names from all the people that have liked our page and the winners will receive a Starbucks gift card!
2/26/20153/12/2015
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Science Fair
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Science Fair
We need you! If you are able to volunteer for one of the many areas of need (set-up, judging, concessions, assistance with various activities at the Fair, tear-down) please sign-up when registering your student for the science fair or contact sciencefair@cascaderidgeptsa.org.
Register your student now and find more information HERE!
2/25/20153/26/2015
Lost and Found
Lost and Found
The lost and found is overflowing with coats, jackets and other items. Please swing by to claim anything your child may have lost while at school. All remaining items will be donated to a local charity on December 19th.
12/4/201412/20/2014
It's Caring Through Sharing time! - December 2-5
It's Caring Through Sharing time! - December 2-5
Cascade Ridge will once again be collecting much needed holiday gifts for Issaquah families in need. We will be partnering with the Issaquah Food Bank to help fill their Holiday Gift Barn. The Food Bank will be setting up a 'store' where families in need can shop for needed items and holiday gifts. Each classroom with be assigned a theme. You can bring in an item from that theme, OR donate a gift card for groceries, OR donate gift wrapping supplies. This is of course optional, I know many families have other groups they help and support. Look for information and details coming in November from your Classroom Caring Through Sharing Rep. Donations will be collected in the classroom the week of December 2-5. Donations need to be new and unwrapped. If you have any questions please contact Chrisann Penz chrisannpenz@yahoo.com
12/4/201412/8/2014
Attention Globetrotters and Geography Fans!
Attention Globetrotters and Geography Fans!
The Cascade Ridge Geography Bee invites all 4th and 5th graders to join the fun on Tuesday, January 27 at 6:00 pm in the Café. The Geography Bee promises to bring the world to Cascade Ridge with questions on US and world capitals, mountain ranges, weather systems and more! The National Geographic website is an excellent resource for building knowledge and taking prep quizzes. Check out GeoBee Quiz for practice questions.
Click HERE to register. We look forward to traveling the world with you!
12/1/20141/28/2015
Festival of Cultures Host Families Needed!
Festival of Cultures Host Families Needed!
Come travel the world with us on January 29th, 2015, 6-8pm! Enjoy international entertainment. Touch and interact with exotic artifacts. Taste new and exciting cuisines. Our event this year will feature host families representing countries from all over the world - Australia, China, Colombia, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Holland, Honduras, India, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Swaziland, USA and more.

Host Families Needed!
We are looking for families to host countries. Please share your country with us! If you are interested in hosting please contact Bona Park at chris_bona@msn.com or 425-427-9307
11/30/20141/30/2015
Coffee w/Natalie & General Membership Meeting
Coffee w/Natalie & General Membership Meeting
Mark your calendar for this month’s Coffee with the Principal on Friday, February 6th at 8:30am. Debra Hawkins, the Director of Assessment & Research for the Issaquah School District and Natalie will lead a discussion around the new Smarter Balanced Assessment and share how the teachers and students at Cascade Ridge have been trained for the new assessments. Immediately following this discussion we will transition into our second PTSA General Membership meeting. At this meeting we will formally elect our Nominating Committee for the 2015-16 school year, review our operating budget and share information about the upcoming programs and events. As always, these meetings are a terrific way for you to share your feedback with our PTSA board. We hope to see you there!
11/25/20142/7/2015
Empty Closets = Full Tummies
Empty Closets = Full Tummies
Value Village is opening a store in Issaquah and has selected the Issaquah Schools Foundation as its local nonprofit partner. All clothing and household goods donated at the Issaquah store February 17-21 will result in a cash donation to the Foundation. We’ll
direct the money to the Basic Student Needs program which provides food, health care, clothing and school supplies for students in need. Stop by 5530 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway with your donation, and thank Value Village for supporting our students.
11/23/20142/3/2015
February Box Top Classroom Competition
February Box Top Classroom Competition
It's Box Top submission time! We earned $766.80 from our last Box Top drive! We are so close to our $1,000 goal for the year. You can help us reach that goal by clipping, pasting, taping and turning in your collection sheets. If you aren’t familiar with the “Box Tops for Education” program or want to see a list of eligible products, visit www.boxtops4education.com for more information.
It’s so easy, simply follow these steps:
1. Clip, paste and or tape your Box Tops to the collection sheet found on the school website.

2. Turn in your collection sheets to your classroom by Monday, February 23rd. Be sure to write your teacher's name on the sheet!

The classroom that turns in the most Box Tops will receive a Yo Plateau class party!

Questions? Contact our Box Top chair Khristie Tobler
11/20/20142/24/2015
THANK YOU Eager Reader Volunteers & Sponsors (Red Robin, Hop Jack's & Pizza Pazzo)!!!
THANK YOU Eager Reader Volunteers & Sponsors (Red Robin, Hop Jack's & Pizza Pazzo)!!!
Another year of Eager Reader is in the books! Congratulations to all our Eager Readers. Over 550,000 minutes of reading were logged over the month of the program. The students earned a fun assembly with The Noise Guy as their prize for exceeding 500,000 minutes read.

Thank you to all our classroom volunteers. They packed and delivered many prize bags over the past month.

We would like to send a special Thank You shout out to our Red Robin Issaquah and Hop Jack’s in Klahanie for providing a kids meal as the week 4 prize.

As part of the program, the classroom in each grade with the most minutes won a pizza party. Thank You to Pizza Pazzo in Klahanie for providing pizza to our winning classrooms.

Thanks to everyone for their support in keeping our kids reading!
11/19/201412/3/2014
Scholastic Book Fair 11/4-6
Scholastic Book Fair 11/4-6
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Cascade Ridge November 4th – 6th. The theme this year, Sir Readalot’s Castle – Enter the Kingdom of Books!, surrounds students in the celebration of reading with hundreds of fun, engaging, affordable books for them to discover. Giving kids access to good books, and the opportunity to choose their own books, motivates them to read more. And, all purchases benefit our school!

Tuesday, November 4th from 3:00-7:00 PM
Wednesday, November 5th from 1:00-5:00 PM
Thursday, November 6th from 3:00-5:00 PM

We need your help to make it happen! Please share your talents and join us for a shift…or two. Volunteer opportunities include: set-up/decorations, cashier, and clean-up. Check out VolunteerSpot to sign up. Thank you!

Questions? Contact Book Fair Co-chairs Michele Brady brady1093@yahoo.com or Lauri Kinnan laurikinnan@yahoo.com.
11/1/201411/7/2014
Math Club Registration Opens Friday, October 31 at 9:00 AM
Math Club Registration Opens Friday, October 31 at 9:00 AM
Math Club is a PTSA sponsored program for 4th and 5th grade students who enjoy doing math!
We meet once a week from 7:15am – 8:25am before school starts. Sessions will be one of the following mornings (before school) - Monday (5th grade), Tuesday (4th grade) and Friday (4th and 5th grades). Kids will be coached by dedicated PTSA parent volunteers. Click HERE to register.

Math Club kids can choose to participate in one or more statewide math competitions in the spring, where they get a chance to show off their ability against kids from other nearby elementary schools.

Questions? Contact: Rocio Aguirre, Sravani Cheeti, and Kanika Arora.
10/30/201411/5/2014
PTSA General Membership Meeting on Friday, October 10th
PTSA General Membership Meeting on Friday, October 10th
Please join us at our first PTSA General Membership meeting of the school year. We will meet on Friday morning at 8:30am in the Coyote Cafe to approve the 2014-2015 budget, discuss results from the Wiki Wiki Walkathon and share our plans for the year. We hope to see you there!
10/9/201410/11/2014
Last Chance!! - Jamba Juice “Buy One, Get One Free” Punch Cards
Last Chance!! - Jamba Juice “Buy One, Get One Free” Punch Cards
Do your kids love fruit smoothies? Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase Jamba Juice punch cards for only $10. The card entitles you to buy one smoothie or other Jamba Juice menu item and get another of equal or lesser value FREE. The punch card is good for 8 smoothie purchases and 2 other menu item purchases. 50% of the proceeds go to CRE PTSA. This is a great way to save money while raising money for your school. These cards will be available for purchase until Friday, October 10th. Contact Helen DiMeco at hdimeco@comcast.net to take advantage of this fantastic very limited time offer.
10/9/201410/9/2014
Last Call for Coyote Wear! – Order Deadline Friday, 9/26
Last Call for Coyote Wear! – Order Deadline Friday, 9/26
Don’t miss this opportunity to order Coyote Wear for both you and your student! There are lots of great offerings this year in both Youth and Adult sizes. Samples are available to check for sizing in the school foyer. Check your student’s backpack for a flyer that came home earlier this week or go on line to www.cascaderidgeptsa.org to place your order (go to first day packets on the lower left side of the home page). This will be the only order placed this year. Questions? Contact Nicole Brenner at nicbrenner@yahoo.com.
9/25/20149/27/2014
Fall After School Enrichment Programs
Fall After School Enrichment Programs
Registration opens Thursday, 9/25 at 9:00 am for the fall programs. Classes will start the week of October 6th. This year we are partnering with TechVenture Kids, OT Athletics and Eastside Enrichment to offer a variety of classes. Click on the links below for more information.

TechVenture Kids: Scratch Code Club-Games & Animations
Overtime Athletics: Frisbee & Jumprope or Floor Hockey & Kickball
Eastside Enrichment: Drama, Lego Jr Engineer, TechnoClub, and Art
9/24/201410/8/2014
OLD Fall After School Enrichment Programs
OLD Fall After School Enrichment Programs
Registration opens Thursday, 9/25 at 9:00 am for the fall programs. Classes will start the week of October 6th. This year we are partnering with TechVenture Kids, OT Athletics and Eastside Enrichment to offer a variety of classes. Click on the links below for more information.
TechVenture Kids: Scratch Code Club-Games & Animations
Overtime Athletics: Frisbee & Jumprope or Floor Hockey & Kickball
Eastside Enrichment: Drama, Lego Jr Engineer, TechnoClub, and Art
9/23/20149/23/2014
5th grade camp voting
5th grade camp voting
All 5th grade parents ... here is the link to vote for whether or not you would like to hold a fundraiser to help pay for the costs of 5th Grade Camp.
9/19/20149/22/2014
Picture Day - Free Pictures for Volunteer Badges
Picture Day - Free Pictures for Volunteer Badges
During Picture Day on September 30th, our photographer, Dorian, offers free pictures for our Volunteer Badges. Stop by between 8:30am and 1:00pm to get your picture taken.
9/18/20149/30/2014
Please come to the Coffee and Cake Social!
Please come to the Coffee and Cake Social!
Please come to our “welcome” event on Friday, September 26, 9:30am – 11am, hosted by the PTSA Hospitality Committee. Meet other new members of our Cascade Ridge/Trossachs community and enjoy a friendly chat and some coffee and cake. Please RSVP to Angie Lukens at tikicat@comcast.net. We can’t wait to see you at Angie’s house and help you connect in our community!
9/18/20149/26/2014
Reflections Chair Needed! * * OCTOBER 17 * *
Reflections Chair Needed! * * OCTOBER 17 * *
DEADLINE: October 17! Grab a Friend and Co-Chair this Important Program for our Kids! Reflections is a national PTSA art competition that runs each Fall and challenges students to create an original work (in music, dance, visual arts, photography, literature or film/video) that supports a theme. The Reflections chair promotes the program to CRE students, coordinates judging and sends the winning entries to the next round. If you are interested or would like more info, please contact Kelly Huber kellyahuber@aol.com or Marci Bartholomae kevin_marci@hotmail.com.
9/11/201410/17/2014
Math Club Chair Needed! * * OCTOBER 17 * *
Math Club Chair Needed! * * OCTOBER 17 * *
DEADLINE: October 17! Grab a Friend and Co-Chair this Fun Program for our Kids! Students who are interested in taking their math skills to the next level are invited to join the Math Club. The Math Club will meet Monday or Wednesday mornings before school, and the kids will be exposed to advanced math concepts. In the spring, the kids will compete in the regional Math Olympiad against kids from other schools.If you are interested or would like more info, please contact Kelly Huber kellyahuber@aol.com or Marci Bartholomae kevin_marci@hotmail.com.
9/11/201410/17/2014
Box Top Classroom Competition Due 10/27
Box Top Classroom Competition Due 10/27
It's Box Top submission time! Our goal this school year is to earn $1,000. You can help us reach that goal by clipping, pasting, taping and turning in your collection sheets. If you are not familiar with the “Box Tops for Education” program or want to see a list of eligible products, visit www.boxtops4education.com for more information.

It’s so easy, simply follow these steps:
1. Clip, paste and or tape your Box Tops to the collection sheet found on the school website. (Be sure to check that the Box Top has not expired.)
2. Turn in your collection sheets to your classroom by Monday, October 27th. Be sure to write your teacher's name on the sheet!

Look for information coming this week from your Room Coordinator. The classroom that turns in the most Box Tops will receive a Yo Plateau class party! Questions? Contact our box top chair Khristie Tobler at: krt17@comcast.net
9/10/201410/28/2014
Eager Reader Begins October 17
Eager Reader Begins October 17
Eager Reader is a voluntary reading incentive program designed to foster a love of reading. Students read outside of school to earn prizes. Each minute spent reading counts towards both individual and class totals en route to fun prizes including: gift cards at participating merchants, books and more! Eager Reader starts October 17th and continues for four weeks. Look for an informational flyer coming home with your student(s) very soon with more details on this reading incentive program.
9/9/201411/16/2014
PTSA Popsicle Social
PTSA Popsicle Social
PTSA sponsored Popsicle social will be on Tuesday, September 2nd at 9:30am. Join us outside the Coyote Cafe for a popsicle after you meet your new teacher.
8/28/20149/2/2014
5th Grade Parent Meeting
5th Grade Parent Meeting
Calling all 5th grade parents. Such a great year ahead for our 5th graders. 5th grade parent meeting will be held September 18th at 6:45pm, during curriculum night. Come hear about the 5th grade service project, 5th grade camp and 5th grade Cast-off. We will be celebrating the kid's last year of elementary school with all these fun activities. For questions contact Chrisann Penz chrisannpenz@yahoo.com or Jaycee Cooper jaycee.cooper@gmail.com
8/28/20149/18/2014
School supply lists available online
School supply lists available online
Need to get your back-to-school shopping done? Check out the Cascade Ridge school supply lists for each grade level here.
7/30/20149/3/2014
PTSA First Day Packet is ready for you!
PTSA First Day Packet is ready for you!
Hi parents! We know we know ... it seems like summer only just got going, and we're already thinking about back-to-school stuff. Well, as you complete your district enrollment verification process in early August, we want to make sure you take care of your PTSA business at the same time, so you'll be all ready to go when school actually begins. The PTSA Online First Day Packet is live and ready for you. EVERY FAMILY needs to complete this online packet. Whether you are a new family or have been around for a decade! Whether you have time to volunteer or even if you don't! Whether you wish to become a PTSA member, or not! The PTSA Online First Day Packet will allow you to purchase your Coyote Spirit Wear, pre-order your yearbooks, become a member, and find out about the amazing programs we have in store for you this year. Complete the packet as early as you possibly can to avoid missing important deadlines!
7/30/20149/12/2014