Cascade Ridge Science Fair

March 31, 2016

6:00-8:00 PM

Final registration deadline is March 14th for KG-4th graders and January 27th for 5th graders.  
Feb 7
6:30p 2nd Grade Concert
2nd Grade Concert

Wednesday, February 10
6:30p - 7:00p
Coyote Cafe
PTSA Service Awards Nominations Due
PTSA Service Awards Nominations Due

Friday, February 12

The PTSA service awards - Golden Acorn - Outstanding Advocate – Honorary Lifetime Membership - are given every year to outstanding volunteers for their service to our school and community. Please help us select outstanding volunteers from the Cascade Ridge community to receive an award by nominating someone you feel is deserving! To nominate, simply email the name of the person you would like to nominate to our Volunteer Appreciation Chair, Erinn Chapman at
NO SCHOOL - Second Winter Break
NO SCHOOL - Second Winter Break

Mon 2/15 - Fri 2/19
NO SCHOOL - Second Winter Break
NO SCHOOL - Second Winter Break

Mon 2/15 - Fri 2/19
NO SCHOOL - Second Winter Break
NO SCHOOL - Second Winter Break

Mon 2/15 - Fri 2/19
NO SCHOOL - Second Winter Break
NO SCHOOL - Second Winter Break

Mon 2/15 - Fri 2/19
NO SCHOOL - Second Winter Break
NO SCHOOL - Second Winter Break

Mon 2/15 - Fri 2/19
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Spelling Bee Feb 23-25
We are super excited for all the students who registered for the Spelling Bee. It is going to be an amazing night! For tips on how to study for the bee, and for K-5 word lists, please visit the Spelling Bee home page  and click on the tabs “ Rules and tips ” and “ Practice word lists ”. The bee will take place over three evenings in the Cafeteria, as shown in the schedule below. We are still looking for great volunteers to make the event a success. If you are interested to be a pronouncer, a judge, or ... read full article

Five Guys Fundraiser - Tues, 3/8
No RSVPs needed! Take the family out to dinner (or simply get take out) on Tuesday, March 8th at Five Guys in Issaquah (755 NW Gilman Blvd), mention you are with Cascade Ridge and 15% of your total bill will be donated back to our school! Mark your calendars now!   ... read full article

Science Fair - Register by 03/14
It is that time of the year once again, when we bring to you our budding scientists with their amazing experiments, innovation and out of the box thinking!!!!! Come join the Cascade Ridge Team of scientists on Thursday, March 31, at the Science Fair 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We have some exciting exhibits lined up for you yet again from Fitness to Nutrition to Reptiles to Laser to Salmon Dissections to just name a few . Come along with your family to this great Cascade Ridge tradition and enjoy a fun filled family night with pizzas, scientific ... read full article

Box Tops For Education Due 02/23
Time is running out to turn in those Box Tops! The classroom that collects the most Box Tops by February 23rd will win a Yo Plateau class party ! Mrs. Thomas, Ms. Perkin, Mr. Ullom, and Mrs. Jochim are leading the way, but it’s a tight race with many classes close behind. Any class can win! To enter: 1. Simply place Box Tops in a Ziploc bag with the teacher’s name on front. Alternatively, you may clip, paste, or tape your Box Tops to the collection sheet found on the school’s website here . 2. Bring your Ziploc bag or ... read full article

Brown Bear Car Wash
Happy New Year! How is your resolution list coming together? 1) Eat Healthy 2) Exercise 3) KEEP MY CAR CLEAN ...Wait...what?!? We can help you with #3! Order your Brown Bear Car Wash tickets today! 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). You can purchase tickets ONLINE  or by emailing Nicole Brenner at  with the number of tickets you would like, your student’s name and student’s teacher. Then simply deposit a check in the black ... read full article

Fifth Grade News - Photos Due 04/04
Next Newsletter Publication Look for the second edition of the 5th Grade Newsletter mid-February for up to date information on camp, service project, ceremony and party! Fifth-Grade News is Online, All of the Time! You can keep track of 5th-grade news and events by clicking on the “News” icon on the PTSA website, or bookmark this link: . Fifth-Grade Cast-Off Ceremony Slideshow – Deadline April 4th This year for the 5th grade slideshow, we would like to include pictures of the 5th graders throughout their entire time at Cascade Ridge. We will be taking photos throughout their 5th grade ... read full article

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 ... read full article

Cascade Ridge PTSA: We’re Online, All the Time!
Did you know you can have school and PTSA events automatically added and updated into your calendar app of choice? Checkout the details at: Viewing calendar events in other calendar applications  (you'll need to be logged into your PTSA account.) Another way to stay connected: “Like" us on Facebook ! Get the most up to date information on all upcoming school and PTSA events, Spirit Days, late-breaking news and everything else relevant to our school community right in your news feed. If you like our page already but aren't seeing our news on your feed, make sure to check our ... read full article

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Important! 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.

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

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

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 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: ... read full article

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 ( ) or Jaime Foreman ( ) for more information! ... read full article

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 - 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 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 - 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 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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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