Math and Science Enrichment

First Lego League
First Lego League

Chair:
(none)
When:
(on hold for 2014-15)

(On hold for 2014-15) First LEGO League (FLL) is an amazing opportunity for your child to become immersed in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams build LEGO-based robots and develop research projects. Through their participation, children gain hands-on programming, engineering, and presentation experience, all within a fun and teamwork oriented environment. Plus, they develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities. The year culminates with a competition against other local teams in late April!
Math Club
Math Club

Chair:
(none)
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.

Play-Well (Lego)
Play-Well (Lego)

Chair:

Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO! Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design! Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. This is an ideal way to prepare young builders for the challenge of Engineering FUNdamentals.

Science & Technology Program
Science & Technology Program

Chair:

This program is for 4th and 5th graders who have been accepted into the program. It rotates among the schools in the district, and is currently held at Cascade Ridge. Students in this program follow the normal curriculum for 4th and 5th graders, except with an emphasis and focus on science and technology.

Science Docent
Science Docent

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout year

The Science Docent chair will identify a parent volunteer from each classroom to provide science lessons to students approximately once per month. The chair will provide training at the beginning of the year, and will update and revise notebooks and resource material. The classroom docent will work with the teacher to schedule monthly visits, which will consist of science lessons that are an extension of the classroom curriculum and include the length of time needed for the presentation and materials needed.
Science Enrichment Fund
Science Enrichment Fund

Chair:
(none)

Paid for by PTSA funds.
Science Fair
Science Fair

Chair:
When:
March 26, 2015

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.

Techno Club
Techno Club

Chair:

In this class students will learn to use PhotoFilter, a digital image editing software. Students will create a gallery of unique, fascinating and zany images by editing digital images using various tools, fun effects and techniques in PhotoFilter. Some of the effects they will learn to create are: Pop Art (Andy Warhol style); Artistic Portrait; Artistic Blend; Duotone; Selective grayscale; Sketch effect; Text effects and much more... students can use later to create images for their school projects, video games, posters or to just have fun. Maximum enrollment: 14.

Techventure
Techventure

Chair:

In our most popular computer club, students learn to animate stories and create video games using basic programming blocks in MIT's Scratch! Skills developed: Introduction to 2D game or story animation, programming concepts, sound and music enhancement, storyboard design, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity.

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:

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.
Award Writing
Award Writing

Chair:
(none)
Budget Committee
Budget Committee

Chair:

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.
Grant Writing
Grant Writing

Chair:
(none)
Issaquah Schools Foundation
Issaquah Schools Foundation

Chair:

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:
(none)

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.

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.

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:
(none)
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).

Active Fundraising

Walkathon and Fall Festival
Walkathon and Fall Festival

Chair:
When:
October 3, 2014

This fun family event is the biggest fundraiser of the year and is usually held in the fall. Money is raised through voluntary donations from Cascade Ridge families and sponsors. This committee organizes and implements the event that fosters community spirit, unity, and fun.  Committee is responsible for gathering volunteers, concessions, communication of event, pledge forms, and also, coordinates with the treasurer to record all funds received.

Book Fair
Book Fair

Chair:
When:
TBD

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.
First Response Fundraiser
First Response Fundraiser

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring

Coordinator manages first aid kit fundraiser and acts as liaison with the First Response representative. Volunteers assist with first aid kit fundraiser, distributing information and kits.
Mixed Bags
Mixed Bags

Chair:
(none)

(This program is on hold for 2012-2013.) These chic reusable bags are 100% polypropylene – in other words, very durable! Reuse them again and again in grocery and in department stores. They come in several handy sizes and many beautiful and seasonal designs.
Monthly Social - Fundraising
Monthly Social - Fundraising

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout year
Poinsettias and Wreaths
Poinsettias and Wreaths

Chair:
(none)
When:
November / December
School Supplies
School Supplies

Chair:
When:
Spring

Every spring, school supplies for the following year are available for purchase at a discounted price. Purchased school supply kits are delivered to your child's classroom on Meet the Teacher Day in the Fall. This committee is in charge of coordinating school supplies requested by the staff at various grade levels, selecting a vendor, advertising in the spring, taking pre-orders for school supply packs, and distributing school supply packs at Open House.
Spring Fundraiser
Spring Fundraiser

Chair:
(none)

Fifth Grade Committee

Fifth Grade Camp
Fifth Grade Camp

Chair:
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 Chairs
Fifth Grade Committee Chairs

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:

General Enrichment

Chess Club
Chess Club

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout year

Chess Club is for kids who enjoy learning and practicing the game of chess. They meet every Tuesday morning before school. For more information, contact kids@chess4life.com.

Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination

Chair:
(none)
When:
October - March

Destination Imagination (DI) is a national creative problem-solving program where children work in teams of their peers to solve a multi-dimensional challenge. The chairperson is responsible for promoting and organizing an information night at the beginning of school to encourage DI participation, for recruiting parents to coach or help with teams, and for working with interested students to form teams. The chairperson is also responsible for managing the paperwork to help teams register for the Regional Seattle Metro Tournament in March.

Geography Bee
Geography Bee

Chair:
(none)
When:
January 27-28, 2015

The Geography Bee is a fun contest within the school for kids to show off their knowledge of the world and geography.
Just A Minute (J.A.M.)
Just A Minute (J.A.M.)

Chair:
(none)
When:
(on hold for 2013-2014)

Do you like to tell stories? Can you tell a story on an impromptu topic for ONE MINUTE without hesitation, repetition, or deviation from the topic? Think it’s easy? Try it with a few friends!! Please note that J.A.M. is only open to 4th and 5th students this year.
Merlin
Merlin

Chair:
(none)

Merlin is a gifted education program for 3rd-5th graders. Acceptance into the program is based on standardized test scores and other criteria. The Merlin program is hosted at other elementary schools in the district, and students in the program attend those other schools instead of Cascade Ridge.

SAGE
SAGE

Chair:

SAGE is a once-a-week gifted education program for 3rd-5th graders. Acceptance into the program is based on standardized test scores and other criteria.

Staff Grants
Staff Grants

Chair:

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.
VOICE Mentor Program
VOICE Mentor Program

Chair:
(none)

VOICE is funding by Issaquah Schools Foundation in cooperation with the Issaquah School District. It stands for Volunteers Of Issaquah Changing Education. Students are referred by teachers and counselors as needing extra support whether it is academic, social or emotional. For further information contact VOICE@issaquah.wednet.edu.

Passive Fundraising

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 will be available for purchase at most PTSA sponsored events.
Box Tops
Box Tops

Chair:
When:
October and February

Collect “Box Top” labels and deposit them in the box in the front lobby. Please put Box Top labels in Ziploc bags and put student’s name on Ziploc bag only – no need to put student’s name on each label.
eScrip
eScrip

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout year

Register your credit cards/Safeway card with eScrip and participating merchants contribute each time you make a purchase. Safeway will be donating 10% of your purchase of participating products to Cascade Ridge PTSA every time you shop.

Ink Cartridges
Ink Cartridges

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout year

Used ink-jet cartridges are collected and recycled and turned in for cash that our school can use for other programs.
Labels for Education
Labels for Education

Chair:
(none)
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:
(none)
When:
Throughout year

Does your employer participate in a matching gift program? If so, please help the PTSA benefit. Simply ask your human resource department for information and fill out the proper forms. This chairperson processes matching funds forms, reconciles funds received, and maintains database of parents that work at companies that provide matching funds. The chairperson also encourages matching funds for large fundraisers such as the Walkathon.
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.

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.
Caring Coyotes
Caring Coyotes

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout year

This is an after-school program that demonstrates to Cascade Ridge students the importance of community service. Students decide what local community initiatives they want to support. There are usually 3 to 5 school wide outreach events each year, such as the Chief Seattle coat and blanket drive, Thanksgiving food drive, Humane Society/pet food drive, and Operation Sack Lunch combined with the giving of used backpacks.
Caring Through Sharing
Caring Through Sharing

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.
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.
Hospitality
Hospitality

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.
Membership
Membership

Chair:
(none)
When:
September/October

This chairperson coordinates entry of membership information into Washington State PTA database, reconciles membership numbers with the treasurer, and handles payments for fees in Oct/Jan/May; also coordinates with Board regarding ideas to increase PTSA membership.

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.

Art and Music Enrichment

Art Enrichment Fund
Art Enrichment Fund

Chair:
(none)

Paid for by PTSA funds.
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.
Choir
Choir

Chair:
When:
Throughout year
Marimba Club
Marimba Club

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

Marimba Club is for 4th and 5th graders.
Reflections
Reflections

Chair:
(none)
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.

Village Theater Kidstage
Village Theater Kidstage

Chair:

KIDSTAGE and the Issaquah Village Theatre come to Cascade Ridge! 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.

Reading and Language Enrichment

Eager Reader
Eager Reader

Chair:
When:
Oct. 10 - Nov. 7, 2014

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.
Foreign Language Classes
Foreign Language Classes

Chair:
(none)

Spanish and other language classes are offered after school once a week.

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.
Reading Explorers
Reading Explorers

Chair:
When:
Throughout year
Reading Support
Reading Support

Chair:
(none)

Paid for by PTSA funds.
Spelling Bee
Spelling Bee

Chair:
(none)
When:
Feb. 4-6, 2014

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.

Family Fun Nights

Dinner Social
Dinner Social

Chair:
When:
Jan. 30, 2014

Chair coordinates with the Fine Arts Night chair to create an all-inclusive family fun night.
Festival of Cultures
Festival of Cultures

Chair:
When:
January 29, 2015

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

Chair:
When:
Jan. 30, 2014

This chairperson coordinates with classroom art docents and plans a “Fine Arts Night” evening for families to view students' art.  Dinner is usually available for pre-purchase. Volunteers help with displays. Chairperson also may schedule artists for students and parents to view during the event. The Art Docent chair is often the chair of the Fine Arts Night but does not have to be.
Movie Night
Movie Night

Chair:
(none)
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.
Talent Show
Talent Show

Chair:
When:
Apr. 24-25, 2014

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.

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.
Coyote Club
Coyote Club

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

Coyote Club is our school age before and after school care program.
Great Kids
Great Kids

Chair:

Every week, each teacher will select one or two students they feel is a GREAT KID and write a short description about that student explaining what admirable characteristics the student has displayed. On Wednesday mornings, I will announce all the GREAT KIDS for the week on the intercom and invite them all to eat lunch with me on the stage during their lunchtime.
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”.
PE Olympics
PE Olympics

Chair:
(none)
When:
June

(Formerly called Field Day.) This chairperson, along with PE staff, coordinates this all-school spring event of outdoor games held during the school day.  Volunteers help with setup and cleanup and lead games on the day of event.
Picture Day
Picture Day

Chair:
When:
September 30, 2014

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!
Student Council
Student Council

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout year

Student Council is composed of one or two student representatives from each class. They meet once a month before school to discuss leadership skills, plan school spirit days, and organize other school-wide activities.

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:
(none)
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 7, 2014

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.

Parent Support

Love & Logic
Love & Logic

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring

Becoming a Love and Logic Parent is a seven session course, with two-hour sessions (including an intermission) each containing 30 minutes of video clips by the founders of Love and Logic, parenting exercises in the workbook, supplemental printed information, small-group discussion and whole-group interaction. Expect lots of laughs as discussion centers around raising kids who are “respectful, responsible, and fun to be with.” Each week, you’ll leave with tips and tricks to bring the fun back into parenting, all while building a loving and healthy relationship with your child.
Parent Education
Parent Education

Chair:
(none)
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).