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Box Top Class Contest *LAST DAY*
Box Top Class Contest *LAST DAY*

Date:
Monday, February 23

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

Clip, paste and or tape your Box Tops to the collection sheet collection sheet found on the school website.

Questions? Contact our Box Top chair Khristie Tobler at: krt17@comcast.net
6:00p Parent Education - Race to Nowhere Movie
Parent Education - Race to Nowhere Movie

Date:
Thursday, February 26
Time:
6:00p - 8:00p

See the film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. It features the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve. www.racetonowhere.com/
Spirit Day - Crazy Hair Day
Spirit Day - Crazy Hair Day

Date:
Friday, February 27
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WSPTA Student Essay Contest Entries Due
WSPTA Student Essay Contest Entries Due

Date:
Sunday, March 1

WSPTA acknowledges the importance of men in children’s lives, and offers an annual essay contest for students to showcase the important men who make positive impacts in their lives. There are categories for K-12, plus a special author category for students who receive services, as defined by the ADA.

Entry deadline is March 1, 2015. Find further details and entry form HERE
Read Across America Week - Dr. Seuss
Read Across America Week - Dr. Seuss

Date:
Monday, March 2

Teachers will read aloud a Dr. Seuss book and every student will receive a Read Across America eraser. Students will also receive a Dr. Seuss bookmark when they come to the library this week.
7:00p Education Advocacy Event in Issaquah
Education Advocacy Event in Issaquah

Date:
Monday, March 2
Time:
7:00p - 8:30p
Where:
King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

Issaquah PTSA Council is excited to host Heidi Bennett, a very knowledgeable and dynamic speaker and education advocate, who will talk to us about education funding. “Show Us the Money – WA State Budgets” is a presentation that every parent needs to see to understand the McCleary Decision, the basic Education Bills and what’s up with education and funding. It includes “School Funding 101” so every parent can understand and advocate for improving education in WA State.
Read Across America Week - Red & Blue Day
Read Across America Week - Red & Blue Day

Date:
Tuesday, March 3

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish If fish can be blue, well so can you! Today at school, wear red or blue! Not just students, but teachers too! Each class will be given picture books related to one of the fifty states. After reading the books, the class will place the “book cover” on a United States map displayed outside the library. By the end of the day Cascade Ridge will have Read across America
3:00p Caring Coyotes Meeting
Caring Coyotes Meeting

Date:
Tuesday, March 3
Time:
3:00p - 3:30p
Where:
Mrs. Christensen's Room 245

Caring Coyotes is open to any 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students who would like to get together to plan and carry out service projects benefiting our local community. Students have the option to join us from October through December, or for the whole year!
Read Across America Week - Pajama Day
Read Across America Week - Pajama Day

Date:
Wednesday, March 4

Sleep Book - Although this book was made to be read in bed it’s time to get up you sleepyheads. Have your breakfast and brush your teeth. But change your clothes? There is no need. Today at school, wear your favorite PJ’s!
Kindergarten Round Up
Kindergarten Round Up

Date:
Wednesday, March 4
Read Across America Week - Silly Socks Day
Read Across America Week - Silly Socks Day

Date:
Thursday, March 5

Fox in Socks - Silly Socks on your feet just can’t be beat! Stripes, polka dots, or swirls, Colorful socks for all boys and girls! Today at school, wear a pair of silly socks!
Kindergarten Round Up
Kindergarten Round Up

Date:
Thursday, March 5
Read Across America Week - Hat Day
Read Across America Week - Hat Day

Date:
Friday, March 6

Cat in the Hat - The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. What did we do? We read a good book that day! Join the Cat and put on a hat. It’s Kid in the Hat day. Today at school, wear a fun hat. Cascade Ridge will Drop Everything and Read! The whole school will be spilling out into the halls on sometime on Friday to cuddle up with a good book.
Popcorn Friday
Popcorn Friday

Date:
Friday, March 6

Your PTSA membership helps to provide free popcorn to students and staff on the first Friday of each month during lunch.
10:55a Parent Play Day!
Parent Play Day!

Date:
Friday, March 6
Time:
10:55a - 12:15p
Where:
Playground

Join your student(s) on the playground throughout the 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.
10:55-11:20 1st, 2nd, & LRC2(P)
11:20-11:45 Kindergarten
11:25-11:50 4th & Sci Tech
11:50-12:15 3rd, 5th, & LRC2(M)
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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!

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!

Spring Fundraiser with Mixed Bags!
Cascade Ridge students will be bringing home Mixed Bags catalogs for family and friends to browse through and shop. Catalogs will be sent home with your kids during the 2nd week of March. Orders are due by March 31. 50% of all purchases will benefit our school for all catalog sales (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! Keep your eye out for the catalogs as well as samples set up around the school and during the Science Fair!

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.

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

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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Science Fair Registration Deadline 3/9
The Cascade Ridge 2015 Science Fair is right around the corner ( March 26 from 6:00p to 8:00p )! There will be hundreds of great student experiments and many hands-on activities from salmon dissection to rockets and reptiles to DNA. We will also have hot slices of pizza to purchase, lots of sweet treats, scientific snacks and drinks. Come along to this great Cascade Ridge tradition and make it a great night with the family! For grades K-4, the Registration deadline is March 9th so be sure to go online at cascaderidgeptsa.org  to register, order a colorful project display board ... read full article

*NEW* Coyote Care Network
The Cascade Ridge PTSA and school administration are excited to announce a new program called “ Coyote Care Network ”. This partnership came about because of the kindness and generosity of our school community. If a need by a CRE family is identified, either with the family’s permission or anonymously, an email will be sent out to cascaderidgeptsa.org users who elect to receive Coyote Care Network communications. If the need can be met by someone on the distribution list, then they can respond to either the PTSA or school contact to facilitate handoff. Please note that our expectation is not ... read full article

Safety Corner
Welcome to 2015! It is hard to believe we are ½ way through our school year. This is the perfect time to talk safety with our students who ride a BIKE or SCOOTER to school. First off, BRAVO for encouraging your kiddos to ride a bike or scooter to school! We have record numbers of students getting to school via bikes and scooters, and we look forward to seeing those numbers increase as the spring months and better weather draw closer. Cascade Ridge is always evaluating systems for keeping all students safe. Since the start of the school year, we ... read full article

Volunteer Opportunities
We need you! Are you looking for a way to get more involved at Cascade Ridge? Do you want to get more involved outside of your child’s classroom? Do you want to get connected with fun people? We have many great committee positions that will be opening up next year and this is a great opportunity to get involved. There is something for everyone: small and large roles; short term and long term commitments; chair positions that can be completed at home as well as positions that will bring you up to the school. What are you waiting for? More ... read full article

Festival of Cultures Thank You
A BIG Thank You to Bona Park for chairing this year’s Festival of Cultures! Thank you for the dedication, time and effort you put into this event. Your attention to every detail made for a wonderful, fun-filled event for our community. A heartfelt thank you to all of our gracious and magnificent host families , who created a truly amazing evening of color, cuisine and culture! Australia – Melanie Carbon Canada - Betty Sur China – Zhaoan Liu, Aiwen Guo, Liang Tang, Yingtao Wang, Jiayin Yu, Helen Fan, Renee Xie, Lei Zhang, Lei Tian, Sien Zhou, Yun Li, Zheng Chen ... read full article

February Thank You's
Class picture day was a success. Thank you to Neena Rana and Renee Xie for helping. The kids enjoyed popcorn Friday. Thank you Jen Belding, Lori Piper, Michelle Lyman and Jaime Foreman . We all learned a little more geography at the Geography Bee. Thank you to Nigar Suleman for helping make the Geography Bee a great event, Ann Brooks for a fabulous job as the Moderator and Announcer and Kim Evans for being an excellent judge and scorekeeper. ... read full article

Parent Ed Corner
We hope to see a lot of you at this month’s showing of “ Race to Nowhere ” here at Cascade Ridge Elementary on February 26th from 6pm-7pm. Free!!!! If you haven’t seen it before or would like to see it again, this is a great opportunity. If you are unfamiliar with the movie, here is a quick synopsis: Race to Nowhere is a 2009 documentary film written by Maimone Attia and directed by Vicki Abeles and Jessica Congdon. Part of the power of Race to Nowhere is in its personal story. The film came into being after director Vicki ... read full article

PTSA Board Nominations for 2015-2016
Are you interested in being on our PTSA Board or do you know someone who would be really great in a Board position next year? Please take a quick look at the Board positions and their related job descriptions  on our website and let us know who would fit any of these positions. If you know of someone who would generally be a great Board member but you’re not sure in which specific position, we also want to hear from you!  Starting in January, our Nominating Committee will be collecting the names to slate for our 2015-2016 PTSA Board and we always want to get ... read full article

2014 Community Survey Results
Many thanks to everyone who took the time to complete our annual PTSA membership survey. We had 140 responses, which is our highest response rate ever, and we truly appreciate the feedback from our membership. Congratulations to the 3rd class for having the highest percentage of responses as a grade level – enjoy your extra recess! Here are some of the highlights from the survey results: • Our membership is well informed about PTSA events and activities. The most effective forms of communication continue to be the Coyote Howler, the Coyote Connection and class newsletters/emails. In addition, a majority of ... read full article

Volunteer Recognition
Thank you to all of our chairs and volunteers for the 2013-2014 school year!   Through your support we are able to make Cascade Ridge a fabulous school.  We appreciate you!  Special thanks to. . . Peggy Rodma n, Matching Funds Chair, for her persistence and attention to detail! $11,578 was brought into Cascade Ridge as a result of her efforts! Way to go Peggy and everyone who took the time to get your Matching Funds information in. Our Site Council this year: Carol Folkman, Dana Shawver, Gretchen Carpenter, Helen DiMeco, Jen Sehlin, Jennifer Kirsch, Kari Klosterman, Kim Lanman, Lara Buis, ... read full article

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