Originally delivered on 3/1/2021 6:52 am

SUBJECT: March 2021 PTSA Newsletter

March 1, 2021

2020-21 School Year - Volume 15, Issue 7

Have you heard the news? Kindergarten is coming back to Grand Ridge next year! Next year will see a large number of students new to Grand Ridge as we welcome our new Kindergarteners as well as our new 1st graders who have been attending Challenger or Endeavor this year. We couldn't be more excited!

Grand Ridge Celebrates Science

This month we are excited to sponsor several virtual events to ignite our students' curiosity and understanding of the world. From chemistry to outer space to the San Diego Zoo, there are great topics to excite your student! Click here to learn more and to register for these fun events.

We need your photos for the yearbook!

Spirt days, pets, art, and other fun photos are needed for this year's yearbook. Also if your student missed picture day at school, you can still submit one of your own. Upload details on our yearbook page. Pictures needed by March 31! 

While you're there, don't forget to order a yearbook for your student(s) and have them fill out a short fun survey for a yearbook feature.

Get your Grizzly Gear!

The Grizzly Gear spirit store is now open! Order your gear by March 28th. There are items for kids and adults. Orders will begin to ship mid-April. Please contact grptsafundraising@gmail.com with any questions.

Watch Our Virtual Talent Show!

We received so many wonderful submissions and are excited to share them with you. Visit our virtual talent show page to watch the performances. Thank you to all the students who shared their talents with us!

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!

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!

PTSA Meeting

Save the date! On Monday, March 22 at 4pm we will be hosting a PTSA meeting. During this meeting we will be announcing PTSA awards, reviewing our budget for next year, and discussing upcoming plans. If you have any questions you'd like to discuss with the PTSA or Principal Ravenscraft, please join us or send us an email.

The meeting agenda, materials, and zoom link will be posted to our website a few days before the event.

ParentWiser Event - Powerful Study Techniques That Make the Grade

This event may interest our 5th grade families as they prepare for middle school in the fall.

Academic Life Coach, Gretchen Wegner will condense the complex neuroscience of learning into three simple steps you can apply immediately, and she will share an easy checklist for what to do before each test so you can succeed.      

**Middle and high school students are invited to attend with a caregiver. 

March 3, 2021 - 7-8:15pm
Register at, www.parentwiser.org/events

Spotlight On: Mr. Dave

Mr. Dave (pictured in the red shirt) is our beloved custodian at Grand Ridge. We asked him a few questions so everyone could get to know him better.

How long have you been at Grand Ridge: 

I have worked at Grand Ridge since 2013. I started off as the night custodian, and when there was an opportunity for the lead that came open, I applied and have been the lead custodian now for 4 years.

Favorite food: 


Favorite children’s book: 

Danny and the Dinosaur

Favorite sports team: 

I grew up in Michigan and love the Detroit Red Wings and Michigan Wolverines

Favorite weekend activity in the Winter: 

Outdoors – hockey, indoors – Xbox one

Best thing about working at Grand Ridge:

The Children! I care about the children of the Grand Ridge community tremendously and have enjoyed establishing relationships with them for a safe, clean and fun Grand Ridge experience. It’s fun to see them start off as 1st graders and sad to see them leave as 5th graders, but the 5 years in between is quite the journey, and the journey is what it’s all about.

Reminders from the School & District
March Materials Distribution - March 3

March materials distribution is on Wednesday March 3rd.

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

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


Please post the following in your window for ALL students:


**We strongly encourage you to have a friend/neighbor pick your materials up during their assigned pick-up time if 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

Kindergarten Registration Due March 5

If you have a student entering Kindergarten in the fall, please make sure you have completed the registration process by Friday, March 5. If you have any questions, please visit the Grand Ridge Elementary website.

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
Monday, March 1
5:00p 2nd & 3rd Grade Hybrid Families Meeting
7:00p 4th Grade Spelling Bee
Tuesday, March 2
5:00p 3rd Grade Spelling Bee
6:30p ISD Board Meeting
7:00p 5th Grade Spelling Bee
Wednesday, March 3
2:00p March Materials Distribution
5:00p 1st Grade Spelling Bee
7:00p ParentWiser: Powerful Study Techniques That Make the Grade
Friday, March 5
Kindergarten Registration due
Monday, March 8
5:00p 2nd Grade Spelling Bee
Tuesday, March 9
4:00p PTSA Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 10
2:00p Investigating Chemistry Event
Thursday, March 11
6:00p ISD Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 17
2:00p Indoor Star Party Event
Thursday, March 18
6:30p PCMS 5th Grade Parent Night (Virtual)
Monday, March 22
4:00p PTSA General Meeting
Wednesday, March 24
1:30p Live Zoo Tour (Virtual)
Thursday, March 25
6:00p ISD Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 31
Yearbook photos due
2:00p Planetary Geology Event
Stay Informed

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