Other Committees

Advocacy - Legislative Assembly
Advocacy - Legislative Assembly

Chair:

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 and Outstanding Educator Committee
Golden Acorn and Outstanding Educator Committee

Chair:

This committee is charged with soliciting from the school community the names of individuals who are extraordinary volunteers and educators 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.

Community Relations

Staff Appreciation Week
Staff Appreciation Week

Chair:
When:
TBD

Plan and carry out this week-long celebration of our school staff.
New Families
New Families

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

This committee is instrumental in helping all families at Cascade Ridge to feel welcome.  This year all new family welcome activities will be virtual.
Holiday Gift Barn
Holiday Gift Barn

Chair:
When:
November/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.
Volunteer Appreciation
Volunteer Appreciation

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

General Enrichment

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.


Science Fair
Science Fair

Chair:
When:
Virtual, March 2021

A science fair is held each year in March and all students are invited to participate by entering a science project.

Eager Reader
Eager Reader

Chair:
When:
Virtual, dates TBD

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.
4th Grade Tuesday Math Club
4th Grade Tuesday Math Club

Chair:
When:
Throughout year

4th 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 on Tuesday 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.

Reflections Art Competition
Reflections Art Competition

Chair:
When:
November

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. This year Reflections will be virtual.

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.

Communications

Bulletin Board
Bulletin Board

Chair:
When:
Virtual

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 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.

PTSA Directory
PTSA Directory

Chair:
(none)
When:
Virtual

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.

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 are available for purchase ONLINE and at most PTSA sponsored events.

Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile

Chair:
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.

Box Tops
Box Tops

Chair:
When:
Throughout year all online

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.

Active Fundraising

Book Fair
Book Fair

Chair:
When:
Virtual March 2021

The Scholastic Book Fair is a 4-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:
Throughout the year.

The Spirit Wear shop will be opened multiple times throughout the school year for orders. Sweatshirts, t-shirts, pajama pants, and other apparel with the Cascade Ridge logo are available for purchase. This year all orders will be shipped directly to homes.
School Supplies
School Supplies

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring

The chair coordinates school supplies orders for the following school year with the vendor, currently School Toolbox. This program gives a percentage of funds back to Cascade Ridge PTSA.

Family Fun Nights

Festival of Cultures
Festival of Cultures

Chair:
(none)
When:
Virtual, April 2021

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

Chair:
When:
January 19th Virtual

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.

Fifth Grade Committee

Fifth Grade Cast-Off Ceremony
Fifth Grade Cast-Off Ceremony

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring 2021 TBD

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

Chair:
(none)

5th grade chairs organize committee leads and oversee all events for the 5th grade class.
Fifth Grade In-Service Project
Fifth Grade In-Service Project

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring 2021 TBD

The committee coordinates one Service Project for 5th grade students in partnership with the 5th grade teachers.

Health and Safety

Vision/Hearing Screening
Vision/Hearing Screening

Chair:
(none)
When:
TBD

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.

Student Life

Picture Day
Picture Day

Chair:
When:
TBD this year

Chair coordinates volunteers to assist with individual pictures in the fall and and class pictures in the spring. This may or may not happen this year and we will update as soon as we have more information.

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).

This year due to district rules, room parents will only be able to assist teachers virtually.