Originally delivered on 2/1/2021 8:57 am

SUBJECT: February 2021 PTSA Newsletter

February 1, 2020

2020-21 School Year - Volume 15, Issue 6

We are officially halfway through the school year! Let’s take a moment to recognize all the hard work everyone is putting in on this challenging year. Thank You to…

  • Our teachers and school staff for bringing your energy and enthusiasm to educating our students each day.
  • The BASC staff providing childcare and remote learning assistance to students in their program.
  • The parents and caregivers in our students lives who support them in remote learning.
  • Our students for your resiliency and flexibility.
  • Our volunteers who continue to make PTSA programs happen.

And a huge thank you to all our community front-line workers who are keeping our necessary daily services and supports going during this time.

Two more quick things: If there's a book your family loves that is from a minority author or features diverse characters, we'd love you to share the title with us here. And stay tuned for lots of fun SCIENCE programming coming in March!

Have you sent your postcard?

Our postcard project aims to show how connected Grizzlies are to the world. Can we get a postcard from every state in the US? How many different countries will we receive postcards from? Use social media, email, and letters to request postcards from other people. Students were issued one postcard, but your requests to family and friends can be endless!

Reflections Art Program Results

Grand Ridge students sent many wonderful art projects to the district finals for the Reflections Art Program and we had three students make it to the state finals along with an additional two students receive honorable mentions.

Congratulations to state finalists Linn De Booij, Aditi Kumar, and Chuan Li, and to Anika Iyer and Jade Soukhavong on their honorable mentions.

PTSA Awards: Open for Nominations!

The Grand Ridge PTSA recognizes volunteers, educators and community members who go above and beyond for the sake of our kids through the Golden Acorn, Outstanding Educator, and Outstanding Advocate awards for the previous calendar year (Jan-Dec 2020). It only takes a minute to nominate someone! Learn more and submit your nominations by Feb 24, 2021.

Spelling Bee Time

The annual Grand Ridge spelling bee returns (virtually) in March. If your student is interested in showing off their spelling skills in a grade-level bee, visit our website to fill out an interest form by February 21 for each student in your family that wishes to participate.

Be in the 2020-21 Yearbook!

Upload photos for this year's yearbook and order one for your student on our yearbook page! Orders are due April 16. If the cost is prohibitive for your family, please email about yearbook scholarships to GrandRidgeResources@gmail.com..

An update on school portrait pictures will be shared soon.

 **Please note: This form is presented as an option for each student on your account. If you fill out the form once to purchase a yearbook for each student listed, you will still see an open form for your other students. We are looking in to this. If you are uncertain if you have purchased a yearbook, go to My Account --> Previous Orders --> locate your orders and click on the order ID to verify what was included in that order.**

PTSA Board Members Needed

We are beginning to plan for next year’s PTSA Board of Directors and would love to have new parents and caregivers passionate about this school community join the board. Curious? Send Kainoa a quick note at grptsavolunteers@gmail.com and we’ll answer any questions!

Virtual Talent Show

Thank you to all those who have submitted performances for our virtual talent show. We are working on compiling them to share later this month. More information will be sent once these are posted.

ParentWiser Event - The Upstanders

The Upstanders is an IndieFlix documentary film about resilience and the power of connection to end bullying. Watch the film from home during the  48 hr viewing window, then join Tori McBride, Behavioral Health Supervisor at Swedish Medical Center, and guests to ask questions and learn what tools and resources are available in our area. 

Film viewing period: Feb 8th starting at 7pm - Feb 10th at 7pm
Live zoom webinar with Swedish Mental Health and counselors: Feb 10 at 7pm
Register for both links at, www.parentwiser.org/events or directly on Eventbrite

Reminders from the School & District
February Materials Distribution

February materials distribution is Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

**No scheduled 4th grade pick-up this time. Fourth graders have what they currently need.**

Curbside service. Pull up to the front of the school. Remain in your car. We will bring materials to your car.  

Please post the following in your window for ALL students:

LAST NAME IN LARGE LETTERS, First Name, Grade Level


**We strongly encourage you to have a friend/neighbor pick your materials up during their assigned pick-up timeif you are not able to make this event.

2:00-3:00 PM  If student’s last name begins with the letters: A-G

3:00-4:00 PM  If student’s last name begins with the letters: H-P

4:00-5:00 PM  If student’s last name begins with the letters: Q-Z

5th grade Transition night for Families new to Middle School in the US

ISD is hosting an info night on February 25 for families who are new to middle school in the US. This event will cover course selection information, elective class options such as orchestra and choir, PE/Health classes, sports, clubs, health/immunization, costs/fees, supplies. If you are interested in attending, you need to register to receive the zoom link. PCMS will host an information event later this year for all 5th grader families that will cover information specific to PCMS. Watch e-news and their website for more information.

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

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
Wednesday, February 3
2:00p February Materials Distribution (no 4th Grade pickup needed)
Tuesday, February 9
4:00p PTSA Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 10
Spirit Day-Rainbow Day, Wear the rainbow or your favorite color of the rainbow
7:00p ParentWiser: The Upstanders (age 13+)
Monday, February 15
No School - Mid-Winter Break
Tuesday, February 16
No School - Mid-Winter Break
Wednesday, February 17
No School - Mid-Winter Break
Thursday, February 18
No School - Mid-Winter Break
Friday, February 19
No School - Mid-Winter Break
Thursday, February 25
6:30p 5th grade Transition night for Families new to Middle School in the US
Stay Informed

To receive updates in real time, go to www.facebook.com/grandridgeptsa and like or follow our page. We’re on Instagram as well so you can follow our page, grandridgeptsa. You can also visit our website, www.grandridgeptsa.org. Also, make sure you are signed up for E-News from our school and the district.

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