Originally delivered on 12/1/2020 9:54 am

SUBJECT: December 2020 PTSA Newsletter

December 1, 2020

2020-21 School Year - Volume 15, Issue 4

With remote learning, we have been unable to meet many of you the way we would when we are in school. We have updated our Board of Directors page to give you a way to meet us. Please reach out to any of us should you ever have any questions or suggestions. Our general email (grptsa@gmail.com) is checked daily as well.

We are also excited to announce some fun events coming up in early 2021 - the Grand Ridge Spelling Bee and our Grizzles Got Talent Virtual Talent Show! Stay tuned for more details.

Lastly, as a reminder, Parent/Teacher Conferences are December 2 and 3 so there is no school for students. School is also closed for winter break from December 21 through January 1. We hope you all have a safe and fun break! 

Online Book Fair open through Dec 6

Don't miss your chance to order books from the online Scholastic Book Fair! Visit our Virtual Book Fair and stock up on books for winter break while supporting Grand Ridge! Books can be shipped directly to your home. 

You're Invited to a Magic Show!

Join us on Wednesday, December 9 at 2pm for a magic show with Ace of Illusions, Nate Jester! This will be a fun event for kids of all ages. You must register by Sunday, December 6 to attend this FREE event. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered families on Tuesday, December 8. Can't make it to the live show? We got you covered! We will post a recording of this event on our website a few days after the show. Check out his promo video.

Reflections Art Program

Thank you to everyone who submitted pieces to this year's Reflections Art Program. 12 pieces were selected to move on to the District Finals. View all pieces and a list of the Finalists on our Reflections page. Special thanks to Farha Ajir-LaHue, our Reflections program chair and Shilpi Upadhyay, Reflections volunteer for managing this program in a challenging year! 

Staff Appreciation

We appreciate all our staff are doing each and every day. We also heard in the results of our fall survey that supporting our staff was especially important to you this year. We have had a little something special for the staff each month to show them how much our school community is behind them.


To kick off the school year, staff were given a Welcome Back gift of chocolates from Boehms Candies.


In October, each staff member received a certificate of appreciation. One was made specifically for teachers and one was made to recognize the many contributions of all non teaching staff. These gifts were made by a Grand Ridge parent.


In November, staff were treated to a variety of snacks. From sweet to salty, we had them covered!


This month, during conferences, staff are treated to a meal from Panera. Thank you to all who donated to make this event happen!

ParentWiser Event - Beyond Behavior

Are you trying to parent through challenging behavior? Pediatric psychologist, Mona Delahooke PhD, will share strategies and tools to reduce behavioral challenges and promote psychological resilience and satisfying, secure relationships.

December 9th, 2020, 7pm

Register at, www.parentwiser.org/events or directly on Eventbrite

Community Book Discussion

You’re invited to share perspectives on race and equality with Grand Ridge PTSA and read, “What If I Say The Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People”, followed by discussions over four weeks in January and February.  Purchase or borrow and read the book on your own, then gather on Zoom to discuss a handful of “habits” each week, resulting in better developed interactions that will serve our friends and neighbors. Join for one session or all. Email, grptsaoutreachdirector@gmail.com to sign up for the meeting invitations.

Jan 11th, Monday at 7pm, Habits 1-5

Jan 19th, Tuesday at 7pm, Habits 6-11

Jan 27th, Wednesday at 7pm, Habits 12-18

Feb 4th, Thursday at 7pm, Habits 19-25


Discussions will be moderated by a PTSA Board Member.  It is expected everyone adhere to the Grizzly Pledge of being safe, responsible and respectful while we learn together.

Staff Spotlight
Spotlight On: Ms. Rekhi

Ms. Raman Rekhi is a new English Language Learner (ELL) teacher. We asked her a few questions so everyone could get to know her better.

Tells us a little about your life before coming to Grand Ridge: 

I have my Masters in Business and Multiple Subject Teaching credentials with ELL endorsement. I had my own Computer training Institute in India before moving to the US. I taught at CSUSM and Elementary schools in San Diego before moving to Washington. I have been teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) at Middle and Elementary schools for 15 years.

I am married to my husband, Ishpal for 22 years and we have two wonderful daughters, Gurveen, a senior at Purdue University and Diya, a senior in High School. 

Favorite food: Indian cuisine - Tandoori Fish & Mughlai Chicken

Favorite children’s book: Dr. Seuss – “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

Favorite sports team: Purdue Men’s Basketball

Favorite thing to do on a Saturday afternoon in the fall: Hiking and capturing amazing Fall colors

Favorite hobbies: Creating fresh flower arrangements and cooking

Best thing about being at Grand Ridge so far: Wonderful, supportive and helpful staff and Administrators.  Awesome ELL families that I work with.

Reminders from the School & District
Grand Ridge Resources

Just a reminder that the office has a confidential email: GrandRidgeResources@gmail.com that any student or family member is encouraged to use if they need some additional resources at a time when they don’t have additional money. Don’t hesitate to reach out if there is a need – from a winter jacket to supplies for school, a birthday gift to rain boots. Privacy of any requests will be respected. #grizzlystrong

Headphones and Desks

Issaquah School Foundation has headphones and desks for students who need them. Please contact Alicia Spinner at alicia@isfdn.org or 425 295 4024 for more information.

Free meals for all kids

The Issaquah School District now offers free breakfast and lunches to all children 18 and under. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the free meal program through the end of the 2020-21 school year. This allows us to serve free, nutritious meals to all children 18 and younger, regardless of income or enrollment in the Issaquah School District. Learn more on the ISD website.

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, December 1
Scholastic Book Fair
Wednesday, December 2
Scholastic Book Fair
No School - Elementary Conferences
Thursday, December 3
Scholastic Book Fair
No School - Elementary Conferences
Friday, December 4
Scholastic Book Fair
Saturday, December 5
Scholastic Book Fair
Sunday, December 6
Scholastic Book Fair
Tuesday, December 8
4:00p PTSA Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 9
2:00p Magic Show with Nate Jester
6:00p ISD Board Meeting
7:00p ParentWiser: Beyond Behavior; Understand and Solve Your Students’ Behavioral Challenges
Stay Informed

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