Passive Fundraising

Jamba Juice
Jamba Juice

Chair:
When:
Ends April 8

Jamba Juice “Buy One, Get One Free” Punch Cards.
-Jamba Juice punch cards are only $10!
-Punch card is good for 6 Buy One Get One FREE! (Up to a$35 value)
-50% of the proceeds go to Cascade Ridge PTSA!

These cards will be available for purchase until Friday, April 8th. Click on the link below to order yours today!

Contact Khristie Tobler with any questions at krt17@comcast.net

Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout year

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Cascade Ridge Elementary PTSA every time you shop, at no cost to you. Simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. On your first visit, select Cascade Ridge Elementary PTSA as the charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchase. Your selection will be remembered for future purchases.

Shop as you normally do, using your regular or Prime account, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases directly to our school.

Brown Bear Car Wash
Brown Bear Car Wash

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

Get your car washed at Brown Bear Car Wash and help us raise funds. Tickets are $5.00 each. For every ticket you purchase, $3.50 goes to support the programs at Cascade Ridge. Tickets are available for purchase ONLINE and at most PTSA sponsored events.

Box Tops
Box Tops

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

Collect "Box Top" labels and bring to classroom or deposit them in the box in the front lobby. Please put Box Top labels in Ziplock bags and write the teacher's name on the front of the bag. Or, click on the link below for the current collection sheet.

Kellogg's Family Rewards
Kellogg's Family Rewards

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

It’s so easy to enjoy rewards from your favorite brands with Kellogg’s Family Rewards® (KFR). Here’s how the rewards and fun unfold: 1. BUY Kellogg's Family Rewards participating products. 2. COLLECT your points. and 3. DONATE points to Cascade Ridge Elementary

Labels for Education
Labels for Education

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

Clip and save UPCs and caps from participating Labels for Education brands. These can be redeemed for classroom maps, books, and learning materials.

Matching Funds
Matching Funds

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

Does your employer match charitable donations and/or volunteer hours? Please let us know so we can work together to ensure that the Cascade PTSA benefits from your corporate matching program. Simply ask your human resource department for the information. Cascade Ridge PTSA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with Tax ID number 91-2113434.

Questions, please reference the PTSA Organizational Chart for the current Chairperson of Matching Funds.
Office Depot
Office Depot

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout year

Shop at Office Depot during their "Back to School" program. Buy qualifying supplies and then designate Cascade Ridge which will receive 5% of your qualifying purchase in credits the school can use for free supplies!

Target
Target

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout year

Sign up for a Target credit card at Target and designate Cascade Ridge. Every time you use the Target credit card, Cascade Ridge will receive up to a 1% donation on whatever you spend.

Fifth Grade Committee

Fifth Grade Camp
Fifth Grade Camp

Chair:
(none)
When:
May 27-29

This committee coordinates Environmental Camp with the Fifth Grade staff. Volunteers assist with planning and implementation.
Fifth Grade Cast-Off Ceremony
Fifth Grade Cast-Off Ceremony

Chair:

This committee coordinates the Cast-Off Ceremony plans with the Fifth Grade staff, creates invitations, programs, photos, decorations, food & beverages, etc… Volunteers assist with planning and implementation.
Fifth Grade Cast-Off Lunch
Fifth Grade Cast-Off Lunch

Chair:
Fifth Grade Cast-Off Party
Fifth Grade Cast-Off Party

Chair:
Fifth Grade Committee
Fifth Grade Committee

Chair:

5th grade chairs organize committee leads and oversee all events for the 5th grade class.
Fifth Grade Communications
Fifth Grade Communications

Chair:

Chair is editor of Fifth Grade newsletter/e-news distributed approximately 3 times per school year to keep parents up to date on Fifth Grade events/activities. Provides information to the school’s website.
Fifth Grade In-Service Project
Fifth Grade In-Service Project

Chair:

The committee coordinates one Service Project performed by the Fifth Grade students.
Fifth Grade Slide Show
Fifth Grade Slide Show

Chair:

Communications

Bulletin Board
Bulletin Board

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

The chairperson refreshes and maintains the PTSA bulletin boards located at the landing of the main stairs. This person will be in charge of putting up and taking down fliers and displays in a timely fashion, and making sure that all committees get equal access to the board. In addition, they will assist the front office with the portions of the board devoted to school and community news.
Coyote Connection
Coyote Connection

Chair:
When:
Every Thursday

This is an electronic weekly newsletter which highlights important activities in the coming weeks. It is a partnership between the PTSA and the school, and it published every Thursday. The committee chair will gather the articles on a weekly basis and arrange the electronic bulletin in a reader friendly fashion. The Connection is emailed to the Cascade Ridge ENews distribution list and posted on the web.

Coyote Howler
Coyote Howler

Chair:
When:
Beginning of each month

This is a monthly electronic newsletter that includes news about the school, PTSA, district and community. It is a partnership between the PTSA and the school, and is published at the beginning of each month. The committee chair will gather the articles on a monthly basis and arrange the newsletter in a reader friendly format. The committee chair is responsible for establishing deadlines, editing content, and converting the finished newsletter into an Adobe PDF file format for electronic distribution and web posting.

Facebook
Facebook

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

We are excited to announce that the PTSA at Cascade Ridge has created yet another way for you to get, and stay, connected with your school. For all of you who use Facebook as a communication tool, please ‘Like’ our new Cascade Ridge Elementary PTSA page and invite your CRE friends to ‘Like’ us too! The PTSA will use Facebook to keep you informed of upcoming school and PTSA events, Spirit Days, late-breaking news and anything else relevant to our school community. Please know that we will NOT post pictures of you or your children without your explicit permission.

Family Access
Family Access

Chair:
(none)

The district's Family Access system provides parents with information on their child's teacher assignments, attendance, and standardized test scores.

First Day Packets
First Day Packets

Chair:
When:
August/September

This committee photo copies and collates materials to go in an envelope that is sent home the first day of school. They also spend the first few weeks of school helping to process the forms that come back from the students. This person works closely with the chairs that have information included in the First Day Packets to ensure proper materials and data flow.

PTSA Directory
PTSA Directory

Chair:
When:
October/November

Each year a student directory is printed and distributed with each family paid PTSA membership. Additional copies may be purchased for a fee. The directory is a highly valued tool for the Cascade Ridge community. To put the directory together, the chair will need to work with the office staff to utilize information from the district files. They must also provide each member with a way to elect not to have some or all information provided in the directory. The chair should also work with the Principal to see if the school would like other materials included in the phone directory.
Reader Board
Reader Board

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

Our fantastic reader board was made possible by the generous donations of Cascade Ridge families. It is an important tool to help keep the community informed of upcoming events and deadlines. To have a date or deadline added to the reader board, please contact Lisa Grady.
Website
Website

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

This chair should maintain the PTSA website to make sure information is current. The PTSA website includes information about what the PTSA is, how it fundraises, the programs it supports, contact information, forms, Legislative updates, a calendar, and links to our monthly and weekly newsletters.
Yearbook
Yearbook

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

This committee produces an annual Cascade Ridge yearbook available for purchase by students and staff, and delivered in June. The yearbook features every class, specialist, and school group. It also highlights other activities that occur during the school year. About 8 volunteers who are comfortable with a camera are needed to photograph various school-wide and grade-level activities throughout the year. Also, 10-20 volunteers are needed for photo layout (Feb-early April); and another 2-3 volunteers are needed to assist with photo follow-up, sales and distribution (March – June).

General Enrichment

Art Docent
Art Docent

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

The art docent chairperson will identify a parent volunteer from each classroom to provide art lessons to students approximately once per month. The chair will work with classroom docents to provide training at the beginning of the year, will update and revise notebooks and resource materials, and will work with volunteers and the Art Specialist to plan and organize Fine Arts Night. Classroom art docents implement already designed grade-level art lessons in coordination with the classroom teacher requests. Classroom docents sign up at classroom level.
Drama
Drama

Chair:

PTSA sponsors KIDSTAGE classes at Cascade Ridge d! During the school day, literature-based early acting/performing classes encourage confidence by building theater and life skills in a fun and supportive environment. Students will participate in developmentally appropriate exercises and activities to learn beginning theater skills including stage direction, staying in character, expression, body language, blocking, projection and diction. Students will also learn valuable life skills such as listening, self-confidence, collaboration and creative thinking.
Eager Reader
Eager Reader

Chair:
When:
November 9 - December 7

The objective of this program is to foster a love of reading. This is a voluntary program for the students, though the majority of students choose to participate at some level. Students earn prizes as they read outside class time and record their reading minutes online. A parent volunteer is needed from each classroom to review the logs and award the prizes. Chairperson oversees classroom volunteer tallying, monthly prize redemptions, and communications.  Classroom volunteers sign up at the classroom level.
Geography Bee
Geography Bee

Chair:
(none)
When:
January 27, 2015

The 3rd annual Cascade Ridge Geography Bee will be a enjoyable and friendly event allowing students to share their geographic knowledge and learn fascinating facts about our interconnected world. We have registered with the National Geographic this year and practice quiz questions are available online for practice at GeoBee Quiz.
Library
Library

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

This chairperson works closely with the Cascade Ridge Library Specialist to identify volunteer needs for the library and set up a volunteer schedule. Parent volunteers are scheduled weekly in approximately 2 hour time blocks to assist with check in/out and reshelving books. Library volunteers have the opportunity to check out books of their own choice. Special projects may also be requested by the Library Specialist.
Math Club
Math Club

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

4th and 5th graders who are interested in taking their math skills to the next level are invited to join the Cascade Ridge 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.

Reading Explorers
Reading Explorers

Chair:
When:
Throughout year
Reading Support
Reading Support

Chair:
(none)

Paid for by PTSA funds.
Reflections Art Competition
Reflections Art Competition

Chair:
When:
Fall

The Washington State PTA, in partnership with the National PTA, sponsors a state wide arts education contest in the fall known as the Reflections Program. Each year there is a different theme for the program, and this information is available on the WA State PTA website, www.wastatepta.org.  The student art entries will be judged at the school (Cascade Ridge), council (Issaquah School District) and Washington State PTA levels. The State PTA winners are entered into the National PTA contest. Chair promotes and organizes the program in conjunction with the State PTA.

Science Fair
Science Fair

Chair:
When:
March 31

A science fair is held each year in March and all students are invited to participate by entering a science project. Participation is a requirement for fourth and fifth graders. The chair will organize volunteers to publicize the event, record entries, and set-up tables. The chair is also responsible to organize an interactive portion to the fair. This allows participants to get hands-on science experience.

Spelling Bee
Spelling Bee

Chair:
When:
February 23-25, 2016

The Cascade Ridge Spelling Bee is a fun contest open to all students in grades K-5, where kids get a chance to show off their oral spelling ability in front of an audience. Students will start off competing in their grade-level spelling bees, and the winners will move on to the championship bee whichs span multiple grade levels.

Staff Grants
Staff Grants

Chair:
(none)

Over $17,000 are given by the PTSA directly to the teachers at our school, for them to buy classroom supplies and invite speakers and presenters to teach specialized lessons to the kids.

Community Relations

Bakers
Bakers

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

This committee provides baked goods as requested for staff appreciation events and any PTSA events. The committee is called upon to help out in providing refreshments at General Membership meetings. This committee can also support the Staff Appreciation Committee. The chairperson coordinates volunteers to bake the treats.
Coffee with the Principal
Coffee with the Principal

Chair:
(none)
When:
Three times throughout year

Cascade Ridge's annual Welcome Back Coffee is a great event to to eat a scrumptious scone, have a cup of coffee, meet our Principal, and volunteer to support our wonderful school events! We also have two other "Coffee With the Principal" events scheduled in conjunction with PTSA General Membership meetings. Coordinator plans and sets up coffee and treats for these events.
Holiday Gift Barn
Holiday Gift Barn

Chair:
When:
December

This program provides gifts to needy families during the holidays while demonstrating to Cascade Ridge students the importance of charitable support.  A volunteer from each class is needed to assist in the planning and creation of the Caring-Thru-Sharing displays and the organizing and delivering of donations.  Volunteers sign up at the classroom level.
New Families
New Families

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

This committee is instrumental in helping all families at Cascade Ridge to feel welcome.  They accomplish this by inviting new families to Coffee with the Principal, inviting them to the most recent PTSA event, providing them with information on the school and the PTSA, answering any questions these families might have, taking them to coffee, and introducing them to other families. They also coordinate a Back-to-School Coffee and a Kindergarten Open House.
Popsicle Social
Popsicle Social

Chair:
(none)
When:
Sep. 3, 2013

The goal of the Popsicle Social is to encourage families to gather and socialize with one another prior to school starting. Forms can be turned in on this day, but it is not the focus of the event. Different displays can be made available to inform the community of what the PTSA does and upcoming fundraisers.
Staff Appreciation
Staff Appreciation

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

This committee plans luncheons periodically to thank our staff for the hard work they do.  They also plan and encourage student and parent participation during teacher appreciation week in May and provide treats to staff during conferences.

Volunteer Appreciation
Volunteer Appreciation

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

Other Committees

Advocacy
Advocacy

Chair:
(none)

The Advocacy Representative will work to keep the Executive Committee and membership appraised of key state and local legislative issues and seek the committee’s input if necessary. If appropriate, this may also require enlisting other members to help advocate for issues or building relationships outside of the PTSA in the community to work collaboratively on issues.
Audit Committee
Audit Committee

Chair:
(none)

At least one audit will be performed at the end of the school year to encompass the fiscal year of July 1 to June 30. The Executive Committee may also decide that an audit is necessary mid-year or in the case of a change of Treasurer. The same audit team can perform both audits.
Budget Committee
Budget Committee

Chair:
(none)

The Budget Committee will meet in April/May to provide a proposed budget for the upcoming school year to be voted on at a General Membership Meeting in the spring. This budget will go into effect on July 1 and will allow the PTSA to conduct business over the summer. Members of this committee may include outgoing and incoming Treasurer and incoming EVP.
Golden Acorn Committee
Golden Acorn Committee

Chair:

This committee is charged with soliciting from the school community the names of individuals who are extraordinary volunteers at school and in the community at large. They will score all nominees on a rubric and present the winners with a gift of appreciation and an invitation to the District PTA Council’s Golden Acorn reception in March.
Issaquah Schools Foundation
Issaquah Schools Foundation

Chair:
(none)

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization that drives resources to help all students reach the promise of their academic potential. We do this by bridging the gap between funds the state provides for basic education and the dollars our schools need to prepare students for success in school and life.

Site Council
Site Council

Chair:

The Cascade Ridge Site Council Representatives work together in support of Cascade Ridge's mission statement. You can direct a concern to the Site Council for consideration by attending the Site Council meeting, contacting representatives personally, or emailing your thoughts to the Cascade Ridge Site Council email account at sitecouncil@cascaderidgeptsa.org.

Active Fundraising

Book Fair
Book Fair

Chair:
When:
November 4-6

The Scholastic Book Fair is a 3-day event held in the school library. New reasonably priced books and other educational items are available for purchase. The chairperson acts as a liaison between the PTSA and the book company, schedules volunteers for the event, arranges deposits with the PTSA Treasurer, orders supplies and arranges publicity for the fair.  Approximately 20 – 30 volunteers are needed to help with publicity, setting up and taking down displays, and cashiers.
Coyote Wear
Coyote Wear

Chair:
When:
Fall

Logo Wear sales are usually held at the beginning of the school year. Sweatshirts, hats, t-shirts, shorts, and other apparel with the Cascade Ridge logo are available for purchase. This chairperson coordinates Coyote Logo Wear sales by working as a liaison between the Coyote Wear company and PTSA.  Volunteers assist in collecting pre-orders, sorting, and distribution of items sold.
Fall Fundraiser
Fall Fundraiser

Chair:
When:
10/08 Pledge Collection & 10/14 Event

Raising money to fund all our PTSA programs.
School Supplies
School Supplies

Chair:
When:
Spring

School supplies boxes are available to order now. Avoid the crowds and hassle of buying supplies at multiple stores. One stop online shopping saves time and our school earns money from your order.

New this year - our vendor is shipping supplies direct to your home! Each grade box is already 'built' for you - just select your child's upcoming grade and you're done. Log on to www.schooltoolbox.com, enter Cascade Ridge Elementary and order all summer long!
Spring Fundraiser
Spring Fundraiser

Chair:
(none)

Family Fun Nights

Coyote Art Walk
Coyote Art Walk

Chair:
When:
May 19

As chairperson you are responsible for planning the event. This includes: coordinating outside artists to come to the event; coordinating with the Art Docent Chair to make sure each classroom has work displayed on the bulletin board by their classroom; coordinating with the Baking Chair to have baked goods for sale; publicizing the event through various PTSA channels. Volunteers are also needed to help with displays and concessions.
Festival of Cultures
Festival of Cultures

Chair:
(none)
When:
Every other year

Chair, along with volunteers, coordinates this family/school community event that celebrates the different cultures of our school community.
Movie Night
Movie Night

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

Chair will coordinate Movie Nights at the school several times through the year.  Responsibilities include: event publicity, coordinating with office and technology staff, and arranging for concessions.
Silly Spaghetti Night
Silly Spaghetti Night

Chair:
When:
9/24/15

Chair creates an all-inclusive family fun night.
Talent Show
Talent Show

Chair:

So you think you can dance, sing, tell jokes, juggle, play the piano, violin or ukulele, pull a rabbit out of a hat or play rock band at lightning speed? Well here’s your chance to shine! Individual or group performances welcome. Chair oversees planning and implementation. Volunteers assist in this family/school community event.

Health and Safety

Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

Chair:
When:
August/September

Chairperson is a liaison for our school community.  This person needs to attend CERT training for the school.  Volunteers will be responsible for maintaining and replenishing our school emergency supplies.
Safety Patrol
Safety Patrol

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

This committee is responsible for directing students and traffic during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. They provide additional safety as kids cross the crosswalks to go to and from school.
Vision/Hearing Screening
Vision/Hearing Screening

Chair:
When:
October 13, 2015

The Issaquah School District nurses perform vision and hearing testing, as well as head lice checks for all Cascade Ridge students on a yearly basis. Chairperson is responsible for acting as liaison to ISD nurse, soliciting and scheduling volunteers and securing refreshments. A total of 60 volunteers are needed for this large undertaking and they will be trained to work immediately prior to their shift. Because this process is very focused and busy, volunteers are asked to not bring preschoolers along.

After School Enrichment

Art Academy
Art Academy

Chair:
When:
2016 Winter

After school program offeredy by Eastside Enrichment. Students will complete a series of age-appropriate exercises designed to develop and hone their fundamental drawing skills. They'll then learn a variety of techniques specific to watercolor and acrylic painting. With these newly gained skills, they'll explore art elements and utilize design principles to create finished compositions. The class will be taught by the Museo Art Academy. Their goal is to cultivate creative confidence and individual expression in each and every student. Providing knowledgeable and respectful guidance and support.

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

Lego Jr Engineers
Lego Jr Engineers

Chair:
When:
2016 Winter

After school program offered by Eastside Enrichment. LEGO Jr Engineers class offers an integrated STEM curriculum including science, technology, engineering, math, as well as history, language arts, and team decision making to children using LEGO® bricks and motors. This is a hands on class where students will build and design with Legos and receive an introduction to levers, gears, pulleys, and more using batteries and motors to bring their creations to life!

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

TechVenture Minecraft Mod Code Club
TechVenture Minecraft Mod Code Club

Chair:
When:
2016 Winter

After school program offered by TechVenture Kids. In the LEARN TO MOD Code Club, your kids explore how to change a minecraft world -- how to mod it! Using ThoughtSTEM’s online environment, Learn to Mod, students practice fundamental coding concepts while learning how to code basic Mods and test them in a Minecraft simulated world.

In this course, students engage in individual exercises, collaborative projects and classroom discussions. This coding club is ideal for students who love to play Minecraft and go a step beyond to begin understanding the programmer’s perspective. We accept beginner-intermediate level coders. Student min: 8, max: 16. We provide the laptops.

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

Parent Support

Parent Education
Parent Education

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

This chairperson acts as liaison between the Issaquah PTSA Council Parent Education representative and the Cascade Ridge community. They are responsible for seeing that articles are placed in the Howler/Connection regarding parent education opportunities within our community. At times, they may be called upon to research a specific parent education opportunity and schedule a class or meeting in conjunction with a General Membership meeting.
Room Parent Coordinator
Room Parent Coordinator

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

Room parents are the option of each teacher. Depending on the needs of each teacher, they usually help the teacher schedule other classroom volunteers to help with things like reading, math, copying, or party planning. The Room Parent Coordinator coordinates all the room parents. He/she provides information to the room parents and works with them to obtain volunteer support within each classroom for different PTSA programs (e.g., Walkathon, Eager Reader).

Student Life

Birthday Celebrations
Birthday Celebrations

Chair:
When:
Once a month throughout year

The committee helps decorate tables in cafeteria and distribute snack to birthday students during lunches for monthly birthday celebrations. Once a month at lunch time, students whose birthday falls in that month are recognized by the rest of the students in the lunch room. This once-a-month lunch time celebration is intended to be in lieu of multiple birthday parties in individual classrooms to minimize disruptions to learning time.
Parent Play Day
Parent Play Day

Chair:
When:
First Friday of every month

This program is intended to provide an opportunity for dads and other family members to come to school and interact with students during lunch recess. Chair will be responsible for coordination all communication and necessary volunteer paperwork. In addition, chair may also facilitate procuring special playground equipment or activities reserved for “Parent Play Day”.
Picture Day
Picture Day

Chair:
When:
Fall (individual) & Spring (class)

Chair coordinates volunteers to assist with individual pictures in the fall and and class pictures in the spring.
Popcorn Friday
Popcorn Friday

Chair:
When:
First Friday of each month

This committee provides popcorn prepared from our PTSA-owned popcorn machine to students and staff on the first Friday of each month during lunch. The committee chair trains volunteers on how to use the machine and also creates the popcorn volunteer schedule. This year, popcorn will be free, as a benefit of your PTSA membership!