PTSA 2016-17 Exec Board Nominees
The 2016 Cascade Ridge Nominating Committee proudly submits the following slate of nominees to the general membership for election to the 2016-2017 PTSA Executive Board: President: Jaime Foreman Executive Vice President: Sandy McNees Secretary: Stefanie Magnuson Treasurer: Becky Henle VP Communications: Jackie Mueller VP Fundraising: Krystl McCandlish VP Programs: Carolyn Roberts VP Volunteers: Ajita Krishnan and Farzana Mogal VP Community Relations: Angela Fischer Please join us at our next General Membership meeting on Friday, April 22nd at 8:30am in the Coyote Café, when we will elect the 2016-2017 PTSA Executive Board. Also, thank you to this year’s PTSA nominating committee: ... read full article
Author:
Kelly Huber 
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4/4/2016-6/18/2016

Volunteer Hour Matching
Dear Cascade Ridge parents, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for volunteering at various PTSA and school activities. It is your involvement day in and day out that help make Cascade Ridge a vibrant community. You are all very much appreciated! One of the areas of opportunity to help support our school, staff and students is the employee volunteer hours matching program. Many of our volunteers work for companies that gladly contribute millions every year to ensure their employees remain engaged in the communities. For example, Microsoft donates $25 per hour for their employees’ volunteer ... read full article
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Julia Yu 
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1/11/2016-6/30/2016

We Love Our Teachers and Staff
Ever wonder when your teacher’s birthday is, or what their favorite treat might be? How about which teams they root for or what kind of flowers make them smile? Cascade Ridge teachers and staff were invited to share some things they love and things that they hold dear so we can shower them with joy and happiness throughout the year! All their favorites are conveniently posted on our PTSA website so you can access them anytime. The link can be found in the left column towards the bottom under “ staff favorites ”.  ... read full article
Author:
Ann Brooks 
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11/3/2015-6/30/2016

Thank You Sponsors
Cascade Ridge gives a huge shout out to: • Tingey Orthodontics • Elite Roofing & Remodel • Carla Marsh - Realtor • SportClips Haircuts • Eastside Pediatric Dental Group • Cathy Santiago - Realtor • Washington Awards These corporate sponsors generously donated funds towards our annual fundraiser this year! The entire Cascade Ridge community thanks you! ... read full article
Author:
Kelly Huber 
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1/11/2016-6/30/2016
CRE PTSA VOTES YES FOR ISSAQUAH SCHOOLS!Kelly Huber4/4/20164/26/2016
CRE PTSA VOTES YES FOR ISSAQUAH SCHOOLS!
Did You Know? • 2,000 + 2,000 equals a lot of kids in our schools! With 2,000 students added over the last 4 years, the projected growth of 2,000 more in the next 5 years, and the implementation of full-day kindergarten, we need to build more schools and add classrooms to accommodate our students. • Vote Yes! Bond passage will ensure that we have classrooms for our rapidly growing student population. • Why now? Land for schools is becoming scarce in our region. Now is the time to secure land and prepare for incoming students. • What will it cost? ... read full article
CRE PTSA Endorses 2016 ISD School BondCascade Ridge PTSA2/12/20164/1/2016
CRE PTSA Endorses 2016 ISD School Bond
On October 28, 2015, the Issaquah District School Board approved the $533,500,000 school bond ballot resolution to be put before the voters on April 26, 2016.   At our January membership meeting, the Cascade Ridge PTSA Board and members in attendance voted to support the endorsement of the Issaquah School Bond.  Click on these helpful links to:   learn more about the bond , view the  2016 Bond Projects:  Superintendent Recommendation  and register to vote . Want to find out who else endorses the Issaquah School Bond? Click here  for the list of individuals and organizations endorsing the bond. ... read full article
Fundraising Volunteers NeededKelly Huber1/11/20161/25/2016
Fundraising Volunteers Needed
Want a great opportunity to work with friends and benefit your child's education? Cascade Ridge PTSA is in search of a group of 5 energetic volunteers to create our fundraising committee for 2016-17! No one needs to "chair" this, but instead work together as a team to plan/create our fundraising event next fall! Interested? Grab some friends and contact Kelly Huber (kellyahuber@aol.com) or Jaime Foreman (jaimeforman@comcast.net) for more information! ... read full article
President’s Letter - JanuaryKelly Huber1/11/20161/28/2016
President’s Letter - January
Happy New Year Coyote families! In this time of resolutions, I hope among the efforts to lose weight, be more organized and eat healthy, there are also a few ‘volunteer at Cascade Ridge’ or attend one PTSA meeting. Conveniently, we have you covered - please join us on Friday morning, January 22nd at 8:30am to get information about upcoming events and programs, as well as learn about a proposed expenditure for a new YMCA recess program and vote on this year’s nominating committee. We are looking forward to the many PTSA events and programs that 2016 has to offer! From ... read full article
Volunteers Needed - Science Fair & Coyote Art Walk ChairCarolyn Roberts9/24/20154/1/2016
Volunteers Needed - Science Fair & Coyote Art Walk Chair
Art Walk Chair: The Art Walk is an opportunity for our creative coyotes to exhibit the arts and crafts that they have been creating throughout year, with the help of their wonderful classroom Art Docents. It is currently scheduled to take place in May. We are still hopeful that there is one or more of you out there who will volunteer to coordinate this PTSA event. The halls of the school already look like an art gallery with the amazing artwork. We would love to open the doors in the evening so that the community can appreciate the abundant artistic ... read full article
Volunteers Needed - Book Swap, Talent Show, Art Walk & Math ClubKanika Arora4/4/20164/30/2016
Volunteers Needed - Book Swap, Talent Show, Art Walk & Math Club
Book Swap - 04/19 Volunteers needed to help with book collection before school, sorting, set up and clean up. Check out Volunteer Spot  to sign up! Questions? Contact Michele Brady at  brady1093@yahoo.com Talent Show - 04/27 & 04/28 This event needs a Master of Ceremonies. We also need volunteers who can help out with the technicalities of the sound system and acoustics. General organizing and coordinating help is also needed and we can never have enough help! To help out with the Talent Show please contact Angela Fischer at afischer515@yahoo.com Coyote Art Walk - 05/19 We need volunteers to make ... read full article
President’s Letter - AprilKelly Huber4/4/20164/30/2016
President’s Letter - April
Spring NEWs at Cascade Ridge This week’s wonderful sunny weather reminds us that spring break is around the corner and we are in the final months of the school year! Spring also reminds us of change and new beginnings. At our April 22nd PTSA meeting, we will vote on our new PTSA Board for next year! Thank you to our nominating committee - Jackie Mueller, Angela Fischer, Jen Belding, Mary Jo Webb and Sandy McNees -who worked diligently over the last several weeks to assemble a slate of officers who will lead us to success for the 2016-17 school year. ... read full article
President’s Letter - FebruaryKelly Huber1/29/20162/29/2016
President’s Letter - February
All You Need Is… It’s February already?! In a classic ode to valentines, Paul McCartney and John Lennon once sang ‘all you need is love’… maybe true, but as we look forward to an extremely busy spring and further to next school year - I would amend that to also include… ‘all you need is love and volunteers’. Last year the Cascade Ridge Science Fair presented nearly 250 student experiments – plus offered fun concessions and featured numerous local exhibitors. Please consider lending a few hours to host our CRE families and engage our budding scientists in a fun evening. ... read full article
December Thank YousKanika Arora1/11/20161/28/2016
December Thank Yous
For coordinating the Eager Reader Program we would like to thank Tiffany Parker ! She made sure that her team of parent volunteers kept every class and every child motivated. Thank you Tiffany! The Holiday Gift Barn was coordinated by Marci Bartholomae, Juli Kubicki and Angie Lukens . Thank you Marci, Juli and Angie for enabling everyone to give back to the community and for making the program a huge success.  Thanks to Amy Passalacqua, Darlene Baker, Ana Malloy, Jessica Tran, Michelle Lyman, Jennifer Rohleder, Anne Miller, Elana Clayton, Angie Lukens, Carrie Haines, Jeanna Schmidt, Colleen Gutierrez, Nathalie Fusaro, Lara ... read full article
PTSA 2016-17 Exec Board NomineesKelly Huber4/4/20166/18/2016
PTSA 2016-17 Exec Board Nominees
The 2016 Cascade Ridge Nominating Committee proudly submits the following slate of nominees to the general membership for election to the 2016-2017 PTSA Executive Board: President: Jaime Foreman Executive Vice President: Sandy McNees Secretary: Stefanie Magnuson Treasurer: Becky Henle VP Communications: Jackie Mueller VP Fundraising: Krystl McCandlish VP Programs: Carolyn Roberts VP Volunteers: Ajita Krishnan and Farzana Mogal VP Community Relations: Angela Fischer Please join us at our next General Membership meeting on Friday, April 22nd at 8:30am in the Coyote Café, when we will elect the 2016-2017 PTSA Executive Board. Also, thank you to this year’s PTSA nominating committee: ... read full article
YMCA Play Everyday Starting on 02/01Jaime Foreman1/29/20162/29/2016
YMCA Play Everyday Starting on 02/01
Starting on February 1st, the PTSA will begin a partnership with YMCA’s playEVERYDAY program on Mondays. Coach James will be here for lunch recess to provide students with optional recess activities and games. The goal of the program is to get all kids playing by providing group games that all kids can participate in with no waiting time and that they can easily duplicate on their own. These games are designed to further develop the student’s interest in physical activity. Be sure to ask your child if they have met Coach James at recess. ... read full article
Glassbaby FundraiserMichelle Lyman1/29/20163/31/2016
Glassbaby Fundraiser
During our Science Fair on Thursday, March 31st (6-8pm) we will have a representative from Glassbaby come with a variety of glass votives, “glassybabies,” to choose from. They will be on sale to take home that evening! We will also have an online link that week for those who cannot make it or want to continue shopping! Cascade Ridge will receive 10% of all sales made! For more information on Glassbaby, check out: www.glassybaby.com ... read full article
January PTSA Volunteer SpotlightKelly Huber1/11/20161/28/2016
January PTSA Volunteer Spotlight
The PTSA Board would like to “spotlight” Carol Schweitzer and Diana Pugh for their dedication to our school community! Both Carol and Diana are part of the small Staff Appreciation team at CRE. Each month these creative gals help plan the theme and menu for the luncheons that feed over 70 part and full time Cascade Ridge staff members. In addition to the planning, both help decorate for and execute the luncheons AND put their amazing culinary skills to use cooking and baking for the monthly feasts. They give of their time generously, always behind the scenes with their smiles ... read full article
Community Connections - AprilMichele Brady4/4/20164/30/2016
Community Connections - April
LUNCH FOR THE BREAK is working to make sure all Issaquah School District students have enough to eat, even when school is not in session, by providing a FREE BOX OF GROCERY ITEMS for each student in the family that can be used to make breakfast, lunch and snacks. For the upcoming April break, there are now nine schools, with the addition of Maywood Middle, being sponsored: Apollo, Briarwood, Clark, Grand Ridge, Issaquah Valley, Maple Hills, and Sunset Elementary Schools; Issaquah Middle School and Maywood Middle. The shopping list for donated foods can be downloaded from the website. New this ... read full article
March Volunteers - Thank YouKanika Arora4/4/20164/30/2016
March Volunteers - Thank You
Thank you Jen Belding for coordinating the Parent Ed Night on Kids Privacy in the Digital World. Thanks to our first-grade families for another wonderful staff lunch! Thank you Carol Schweitzer , Diana Pugh and Ann Brooks for coordinating all efforts! Thank you Tobi Roni for coordinating, picking up and delivering the Yo Plateau Fro-Yo to Ms. Perkin's 3rd grade class! They were the Box Top Winners! Thanks to Elana Clayton for chairing the Box Top Committee and to all the class representatives for collecting the box tops! Angie Lukens, Erica Fewel, Jaime Foreman, Karla Rager, Michele Brady, Teresa Mundel ... read full article
PTSA Spotlight – Olga LepekhinaErinn Chapman4/4/20164/30/2016
PTSA Spotlight – Olga Lepekhina
The PTSA board would like to "spotlight" Olga Lepekhina. As a volunteer coach, Olga has driven the 5th grade math club to a 2nd place victory in the Math Is Cool Competition. This victory was a testament to Olga's coaching goal, which is to raise the math level of every student. She successfully engages all students by creating a safe environment, where children feel motivated to work hard, gain math skills and take risks to speak out in class. She has brought many shy kids out of their shells and it is a joy to see them gain confidence, get ... read full article
5th Grade Service ProjectErinn Chapman4/4/20164/30/2016
5th Grade Service Project
Thank you to the 5th grade committee members Dafna Tarlowe, Michelle Lyman and Sandy McNees for a fantastic and super successful 5th grade service project! On March 15th, the 5th grade students made fleece blankets and attached a handwritten personal note. These blankets will be donated to Project Linus for distribution to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need. These blankets provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort. The funds left over after purchasing fleece fabric and supplies, will be donated to Eastside Baby Corner. For more information about Project Linus, visit projectlinus.org and Eastside ... read full article
PTSA Volunteer Service AwardsErinn Chapman4/4/20164/30/2016
PTSA Volunteer Service Awards
PTSA service awards are given every year to outstanding volunteers for their service to our school and community. These awards recognize the contributions individuals have made at Cascade Ridge Elementary and within our local community. Congratulations to this year’s winners! We acknowledge and appreciate your commitment to Cascade Ridge and our community! • Michele Brady – Outstanding Advocate • Kelly Huber – Golden Acorn • Dan Miller – Outstanding Advocate • Ripal Shah – Golden Acorn • Khristie Tobler – Golden Acorn These deserving volunteers will be honored at a reception held at Pacific Cascade Middle School in April. When ... read full article
Math is CoolKanika Arora4/4/20164/30/2016
Math is Cool
The 5th Grade Math Club Students participated in the Math is Cool Competition on Friday March 18. We are proud to announce that Cascade Ridge Elementary earned a 2nd place in Team competition out of the 10 schools that participated in division 1-B. Each of the six CRE teams had their own strengths, which earned them the 2nd place. We are very proud of all our Math Club students. Well done! Congratulations Atharva Kamat, Bianca Druta, Bryce Wang, Caroline Zhuang, Himaja Kotti, Justin Park, Jason Zhang, Kartik Arora, Lina Joy Bartminn, Lucianna Colindres, Mira Chatterjee, Mira Lee (Miracle Lee), Niveditha ... read full article
Coyote Art Walk Coming Soon!Carrie Tulloch4/4/20165/19/2016
Coyote Art Walk Coming Soon!
Please join us Thursday evening, May 19th from 6 - 8 P.M. for an evening of artistic fun and celebration, and view your very own child’s artwork on display!  Watch the newsletters and FB for more information in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, we need volunteers to make this night happen! If you’re interested, please contact art walk chair Carrie Tulloch: carrie.tulloch@gmail.com  , Leah Chambers: leah@leahchambers.com  or Jackie Mueller: jackie.mueller1@comcast.net   Thank you! ... read full article
President's Letter - MarchKelly Huber3/9/20163/23/2016
President's Letter - March
A well-known advertising campaign claims ‘membership has its privileges’ … and the same holds true for PTSA membership! It’s not too late to join to get some great benefits now and throughout the summer, including discounts at Great Wolf Lodge, Fedex Office, Key Arena, Barnes & Noble and more! Visit www.cascaderidgeptsa.org to complete your membership today! (For a full list of discounts/ benefits, please visit PTSA Membership Has Benefits ) Membership also means you receive all PTSA communications, including important reminders about events such as the Science Fair, coming up on March 31st and our next general membership meeting on ... read full article
Fundraising Chairs NeededKelly Huber1/29/20163/31/2016
Fundraising Chairs Needed
Want a great opportunity to work with friends and benefit your child's education? Cascade Ridge PTSA is in search of a group of 5 energetic volunteers to create our fundraising committee for 2016-17! No one needs to "chair" this, but instead work together as a team to plan/create our fundraising event next fall! Interested? Grab some friends and contact Kelly Huber ( kellyahuber@aol.com ) or Jaime Foreman ( jaimeforman@comcast.net ) for more information! ... read full article
Volunteer Thank Yous - FebruaryKanika Arora1/29/20162/29/2016
Volunteer Thank Yous - February
Big thanks to Kim Vivash and Teresa Marshall and their team of helpers for Cascade Ridge’s first Movie Night. It was a fun night and we are looking forward to the next show! Last week was Class Picture Day, when we take all the group photos seen in the yearbook. This would not have been possible without the help of Kanika Arora , Brooke Daggett , Ajita Gopikrishnan and Krystl McCandlish . Thanks so much for your time and help. ... read full article
PTSA Volunteer Spotlight - FebruaryErinn Chapman1/29/20162/29/2016
PTSA Volunteer Spotlight - February
The PTSA would like to “spotlight” Michele Brady for her dedication to our school community! Michele maintains the PTSA website in all its complexity. Whether you are registering your child for a program, clocking minutes for Eager Reader, signing up for volunteer positions or looking for information about upcoming events, Michele is the one who makes it all come together. She (along with the graphical expertise of Shuling Huber) is always refining this valuable resource that serves our community so well. This year Michele was also instrumental in bringing the PTSA classroom volunteer process online, this saved many hours of ... read full article
PTSA Movie Night RecapKim Vivash1/29/20162/29/2016
PTSA Movie Night Recap
Minions galore! It was a fun successful night. About 180 Minion fans gathered in the Café for movie, crafts and treats. A big Tank YU! (thank you in Minion language) to our Movie volunteers: Melanie Kusmik , Michele Brady , Anne Miller , Farzana , Jane Huber , Erin Park , Thevina , Angela Fischer , Iralde Jose Sicilia , Andrew Schweitzer and the school support staff. Missed out on the fun? Don’t worry! We will be having another movie night upcoming in May. Look for your chance to vote which movie we show in April! ... read full article
Parent Ed Corner - FebruaryJen Belding1/29/20162/29/2016
Parent Ed Corner - February
Happy February! Here are some of the great parent education opportunities that are coming soon in the Issaquah School District: Success: Stay Organized, Manage Time and Study Skills Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Pacific Cascade Middle School, 24635 SE Issaquah-Fall City Road, Issaquah, WA Help your teen succeed by learning practical organizational, time management, and study skills that be personalized to the individual learning style. Put basic office supplies to use and reduce mind clutter. This presentation is by Jenni Butz of Pacific Learning Academy. Anxiety — Yours, Mine, and Ours Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 7:00 ... read full article
Seattle Sounders Coming this MayMichelle Lyman1/29/20162/29/2016
Seattle Sounders Coming this May
Cascade Ridge Elementary Night with The Seattle Sounders FC! Keep your eyes posted for more information coming soon about a night out to see the Sounders play! Cascade Ridge will benefit from each ticket purchased! Tickets will be $21 each, and $3 will be donated back to our school. Exact dates/times will be posted soon! ... read full article
Reflections CompetitionRipal Shah1/29/20162/29/2016
Reflections Competition
PTA’s Reflections Art Contest has wrapped up at the district level. Our student’s art work was on display at Issaquah High School, along with the district finalists from other participating schools in the Issaquah School District. Cascade Ridge had twelve entries this year, ten in Visual Arts, one in Music composition and two in Literature. Congratulations to Cascade Ridge Elementary 4th grade student Ananth Krishnan . His music composition, titled “Witch’s Craft”, has advanced to the WA State PTA Level of the National Reflections contest. The judges were impressed with the 256 entries selected to complete at the district level ... read full article
Parent Ed Corner - JanuaryJen Belding1/11/20161/28/2016
Parent Ed Corner - January
Happy New Year! For me, the New Year is always exciting and full of new possibilities. Among those are new habits that I always have grand plans of embracing. I know that statistically, people don’t tend to keep their New Year’s Resolutions but it’s always fun to dream! I thought this was a cute way to look back at the year that has passed as well as look forward to the new one with your kiddos….bonus keepsake as well! http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2014/12/printable-new-years-resolutionskids-2015/ In looking back, I want to thank all who were able to attend the workshop given by Kim Estes on ... read full article
Holiday Gift BarnMarci Bartholomae1/11/20161/28/2016
Holiday Gift Barn
Thank you Cascade Ridge! The Holiday Gift Barn program was a huge success. Over 1,300 Issaquah, Renton and Sammamish children received new toys, clothing, stockingstuffers, socks, underwear, scarves, puzzles, books and more with the support of generous families like yours. Thank you for making the holiday season brighter for 500+ families! A special thank you to all of the Holiday Gift Barn reps for talking to your classrooms and making collection boxes. Thank you to the Room Coordinators for communicating with parents. Also, thank you to the volunteers who helped collect all the gifts and drive them to the Gift ... read full article
Eager Reader SuccessTiffany Parker1/11/20161/25/2016
Eager Reader Success
Another year of Eager Reader is in the books! Congratulations to all our Eager Readers and thank you to all our students, families, and teachers for their support. The students earned a fun assembly with Alex Zerbe aka “The Zaniac” as their prize for achieving their 500,000 minutes goal. Please join me in sending a big thank you to all our classroom volunteers. They packaged and delivered approximately 2,000 prize bags over the 4 weeks of the program. Eager Reader would not be possible without their help. • Krystl McCandlish • Kathy Allison • Elizabeth Chiu • Marissa Schulz • ... read full article
Volunteer Thank You'sMichele Brady11/3/201511/30/2015
Volunteer Thank You's
Thanks to Angela Fischer for coordinating the Silly Spaghetti Dinner and to the team of volunteers who made this social evening a success. Our heartfelt thanks to: Kanika Arora, Navanshu Arora, Kristy Bloom, Melissa Bortnick, Michele Brady, Lara Buis, Leah Chambers, Nancy Chen, Brooke Daggett, Mamatha Damodarsamy, Jaime Foreman, Krista Gale, Kristen Gehrett, Mi Goelkel, Ajita Gopikrishnan, Kevin Grady, Kelly Huber, Shuling Huber, Laurie Jones, Stacey Koya, Maricor Lim, Walter Lim, Michelle Lyman, Krystal McCandlish, Sandy McNees, Marcus Naylor, Carolyn Roberts, Kathy Schroeder, Carolyn Scurrell, Khristie Tobler, Lara Tolbert, Khanh Tran, Jessica Tran, Kirsten Vienneau, Lora Wendl, Natalie Wilcox, Kavya ... read full article
PTSA Volunteer SpotlightMichele Brady11/3/201511/30/2015
PTSA Volunteer Spotlight
The PTSA Board would like to “spotlight” Melissa Bortnick for her dedication to our school community! Melissa is ever willing to help out. She has readily stepped up on various occasions this year when there was an urgent need for volunteer help. At Silly Spaghetti, she was the MC for the entertainment program provided by the student musicians. She went above and beyond her role, creating a calm, nurturing atmosphere backstage, making the young musicians feel encouraged and recognized, and even managing to ease away a sudden bout of stage fright. She was there for Vision and Hearing Day when ... read full article
October President’s LetterKelly Huber10/1/201510/31/2015
October President’s Letter
Remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine. ~ Snow White As we head into the home stretch of this year’s fundraiser, Snow White was definitely onto something. At Cascade Ridge we each have the ability to help enrich our school environment and have a meaningful impact on our students – every day! If you have not done so already, please consider supporting PTSA through the Orange Ruler Fun Run. Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to look through the materials that were sent home last week and understand how important your help is to continuing ... read full article
Orange Ruler Fun Run - Get ready for our *NEW* fundraiser!Khristie Tobler8/8/20159/1/2015
Orange Ruler Fun Run - Get ready for our *NEW* fundraiser!
Get Ready Cascade Ridge! The Orange Ruler Fun Run is coming to Cascade Ridge this fall - our new and only fundraising event for the year. The Orange Ruler team has put together a fun-filled experience for our children and school that focuses on teamwork, staying active and believing in yourself.  This critical program will help us raise needed funds that will be used for classroom grants, specialist and enriching programs like Eager Reader and Science Fair. Please be on the lookout for the Orange Ruler Fun Run envelope coming home with your child on September 23rd. Get ready to ... read full article
Volunteers Needed!Kanika Arora7/23/20159/30/2015
Volunteers Needed!
We are looking to fill the following positions for the 2015-2016 School Year: Science Fair – Do you enjoy science? Do you enjoy seeing a student’s face light up as they discover something new? If so, this is the event for you! This is your chance to organize one of the most popular events at Cascade Ridge. If you are interested please contact VP's of Volunteers Kanika Arora kanika.0810@gmail.com  or Ajita Gopikrishnan  ajitagk@gmail.com Fine Arts Night -   Do you like to admire others artwork? Would you like to see our Coyotes have their own Art Exhibition? As chairperson of this event, ... read full article
New Board MembersKelly Huber6/3/20159/1/2015
New Board Members
Congratulations Incoming PTSA Executive Board Members! Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last month’s PTSA General Membership Meeting. Our membership elected the following individuals to the 2015 - 2016 PTSA Executive Board. Congratulations and thanks to each and every one of these members who so willingly give their time and energy to our school and community. President Kelly Huber Executive VP Jaime Foreman Secretary Stefanie Magnuson Treasurer Krystl McCandlish VP of Programs Carolyn Roberts VP of Communication Jackie Mueller Co-VPs of Fundraising Khristie Tobler & Michelle Lyman Co-VPs of Volunteers Kanika Arora & Ajita Gopikrishnan Co-VPs of ... read full article
Summer Parent Ed CornerJen Belding6/3/20159/1/2015
Summer Parent Ed Corner
We’ve made it through another school year and summer is stretched out before us! We live in a beautiful part of the world and I know most of us have camps, classes and trips planned but I thought this was a fun read with some great ideas of “what to do” when you hear the dreaded words of summer…..I’m BORED! 10 Summer Activities to Do With Your Kids Here are some local ideas that are mostly free to entertain the kiddos this summer: Simple Mostly Free Activities Trying to find a balance with activities? I thought this was a good ... read full article
Message from your ISF Rep!Cathia Geller9/16/201010/16/2010
Message from your ISF Rep!
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PTSA President's MessageTina Yerges8/31/20109/30/2010
PTSA President's Message
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Making A Difference - One Member At A TimeWeb master8/31/20109/30/2010
Making A Difference - One Member At A Time
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Parent Ed - AprilJen Belding4/4/20164/30/2016
Parent Ed - April
Thank you to those who were able to make the Parent Education night with Anne Livingston last month. It was extremely valuable information and just a reminder that technology is changing faster than ever! It’s definitely something I’ll need to brush up on each year. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, you can visit her website at www.kidsprivacy.net. There you can find links to other great websites, lists of apps to be on the lookout for, examples of phone contracts and much more! Take a minute and check it out! Here is what is going on around the ... read full article
Volunteer Hour MatchingJulia Yu1/11/20166/30/2016
Volunteer Hour Matching
Dear Cascade Ridge parents, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for volunteering at various PTSA and school activities. It is your involvement day in and day out that help make Cascade Ridge a vibrant community. You are all very much appreciated! One of the areas of opportunity to help support our school, staff and students is the employee volunteer hours matching program. Many of our volunteers work for companies that gladly contribute millions every year to ensure their employees remain engaged in the communities. For example, Microsoft donates $25 per hour for their employees’ volunteer ... read full article
Adjusting School Start TimesMichele Brady1/11/20163/31/2016
Adjusting School Start Times
The Issaquah School District has received numerous requests from parents and community members asking for a later start time for our high school students. In response, the Superintendent directed senior staff to study the issue from an operational and financial standpoint with the following parameters. • School start and end times for all grade levels must occur between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. • The tiered bus system, which saves hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, must be kept intact. • The change to the high school start time must be significant. • The costs associated with changing to later ... read full article
2016 PTSA Focus Day on 02/03Jacklie Mueller12/16/20152/3/2016
2016 PTSA Focus Day on 02/03
Are you ready to Stand up, Speak up and Show up? Join Washington State PTA in Olympia for the 2016 Focus Day on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. We have reserved the Columbia Room, 1st floor of the Legislative Building as a place to gather, share information and prepare for the day's events. Bring your family and friends to meet with legislators and to rally in the main capitol building's Rotunda at noon.   An event agenda will be posted in mid-January, so please watch the WSPTA website and Leadership News for upcoming information; you can also register and ask any questions here: ... read full article
Site CouncilMichele Brady11/3/201511/30/2015
Site Council
Please welcome our 2015-2016 Site Council Members! Staff Members: Natalie Fowler (Principal) Callie Greenfield (Student Support) Kari Klosterman (Educational Aide) Lisa Lo (Principal's Secretary) Toni Osotio (Kindergarten) Jennifer Sehlin (Dean of Students) Lynette Springborn (4th Grade) Parent/Community Members: Jen Belding Ann Brooks Brian Ecceles Stefanie Magnuson Stephanie Wright PTSA Representative: Jaime Foreman (Executive Vice President) Site Council is intended to be an avenue for communication between the community and the school. If you have any comments or concerns that you would like addressed, please contact a member of site council or email sitecouncil@cascaderidgeptsa.org . ... read full article
November Parent Ed CornerJen Belding11/3/201511/30/2015
November Parent Ed Corner
Happy November! I hope everyone survived all the pumpkin patches and Halloween celebrations! I came across this great website in one of my continuing education courses and thought I’d pass it along! It has great suggestions for each age level (through high school) and talks about various aspects of social-emotional development:   Parent Tool Kit Also, don’t forget to mark your calendar for our first parent education night in December! Be Keen on your Tween’s Safety! Tuesday, December 8th at in the Cascade Ridge Elementary Coyote Café Join Kim Estes from Savvy Parents Safe Kids for a parenting workshop for ... read full article
We Love Our Teachers and StaffAnn Brooks11/3/20156/30/2016
We Love Our Teachers and Staff
Ever wonder when your teacher’s birthday is, or what their favorite treat might be? How about which teams they root for or what kind of flowers make them smile? Cascade Ridge teachers and staff were invited to share some things they love and things that they hold dear so we can shower them with joy and happiness throughout the year! All their favorites are conveniently posted on our PTSA website so you can access them anytime. The link can be found in the left column towards the bottom under “ staff favorites ”.  ... read full article
Orange Ruler Fundraiser a Success!Khristie Tobler11/3/201511/30/2015
Orange Ruler Fundraiser a Success!
We did it! We Exceeded our goal! Cascade Ridge “Measured Up & Dared To Be Orange!” A BIG “ORANGE” Thank You to: Our parents, students and their families and friends for every dollar that was donated! You powered the PTSA to continue with classroom enrichment and PTSA programs! Our wonderful Teachers who were involved every step of the way and showed a ton of enthusiasm! They also dressed up their pigs, made Classroom signs, dressed up in costumes and ran/walked with the students on Fun Run Day! Donna Cleary and Lisa Lo for passing out student prizes and showing their ... read full article
Silly Spaghetti RecapMichelle Lyman11/3/201511/30/2015
Silly Spaghetti Recap
Thanks to everyone who attended Silly Spaghetti, our first school wide family event on September 24th. We had over 340 people there to enjoy the festivities. The idea behind this event was to gather our Cascade Ridge community at the start of the school year to reconnect with friends and celebrate the beginning of another wonderful year at Cascade Ridge Elementary. This event was organized by the PTSA as a community building event and was not a fundraiser. All funds charged were used to cover only the costs to put on the Silly Spaghetti dinner. We had delicious food catered ... read full article
New PTSA Member Benefits!Jackie Mueller9/3/20159/17/2015
New PTSA Member Benefits!
*NEW* Value Village August 23 through September 30 Washington State PTA members can take advantage of 30% off school supplies at Value Village by showing a current PTA membership card. Click here for coupon ! *NEW* Washington State Fair WSPTA members can begin purchasing discounted tickets to the Washington State Fair through a custom portal. Save up to 49% on tickets to the Washington State Fair, September 11-27 and #PARTYBIGWA with tons of free entertainment, concerts, fabulous fair food, animals, and much more! Click here for more information and promotion code ! PTA Members Receive 20% Off at Great Wolf ... read full article
Box Top Classroom CompetitionElana Clayton8/30/201511/2/2015
Box Top Classroom Competition
Collecting and turning in box tops is an easy way for you to help earn money for our school. We are hoping to reach our goal of $1,000 again this year. You can help by clipping, pasting, taping and turning in your collection sheets. If you aren’t familiar with the “Box Tops for Education” program you can view the list of eligible products .   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 at anytime to your classroom. Remember to write your teacher’s ... read full article
*NEW* Online Volunteer Application REQUIREDMichele Brady8/23/201512/31/2015
*NEW* Online Volunteer Application REQUIRED
We are so proud of our volunteers who give their time and talents to the students and staff at Cascade Ridge! For the safety of our school community, all visitors and volunteers are asked to sign in at the office upon arrival and sign out when leaving. Volunteer Badges need to be worn and visible at all times. If you do not have a Volunteer Badge with your picture on it, please come to Picture Day on September 29th to take your free picture. Please remember to get your Washington State Patrol Form filled out. New this year, all volunteers ... read full article
New Bond For the New YearMichele Brady1/11/20164/1/2016
New Bond For the New Year
Building the Future for ISD Students - School Construction and Maintenance Bond April 26, 2016 Ballot – Quick Facts What is a school bond? • The State of Washington does not fund the regular building or maintenance of public schools. Instead, local voters must approve school bonds for this purpose. Similar to a mortgage, bonds may be paid for over 20 years, helping to keep annual costs lower for taxpayers. Issaquah School District’s current bonds are, on average, paid off in nine years. This shorter duration saves taxpayers’ money. • State law mandates that bond dollars be used only for ... read full article
New Bike PolicyMichele Brady9/3/20159/17/2015
New Bike Policy
Just in case you missed the Note from Natalie last week, there have been a few changes to the Bike/Scooter/Skateboard rules and procedures that you might want to be aware of: 1. All students may ride their bike, scooter, or skateboard to school, regardless of grade level. It will be the responsibility of the child’s parent/s to determine if their child’s level of physical ability and coordination as well as maturity and independence enable their child to safely ride their bike/scooter/skateboard to and from school by themselves. 2. All bikes/scooters/skateboards will be stored outside in the bike racks. Currently, our ... read full article
Parent Ed Corner - SeptemberJen Belding9/3/20159/30/2015
Parent Ed Corner - September
Welcome back to school! I hope you had a fabulous summer, soaking up the unbelievable amount of sunshine and warmth that we were treated to here in the PNW! Great news! It turns out that Family Game Night is good for your family for more than just a fun time!!!! Executive function (the ability to formulate and pursue goals) is integral to learning and academic success. Sound boring? Here is an article that explains how Family Game Night can actually help develop those skills! Pull out the Monopoly!!!  Do you have a reluctant reader on your hands? This article  has ... read full article
Thank You SponsorsKelly Huber1/11/20166/30/2016
Thank You Sponsors
Cascade Ridge gives a huge shout out to: • Tingey Orthodontics • Elite Roofing & Remodel • Carla Marsh - Realtor • SportClips Haircuts • Eastside Pediatric Dental Group • Cathy Santiago - Realtor • Washington Awards These corporate sponsors generously donated funds towards our annual fundraiser this year! The entire Cascade Ridge community thanks you! ... read full article