Originally delivered on 4/1/2021 8:18 am

SUBJECT: April 2021 PTSA Newsletter

April 1, 2021

2020-21 School Year - Volume 15, Issue 8

Spring has arrived and with it our last trimester of the school year! There has been a lot going on in our school community lately. Thank you to all of the teachers and staff who work so hard for our students each day. You have learned new teaching models, transitioned classrooms and students, and through all of this, you keep students engaged in their learning. We greatly appreciate you!

Speaking of staff appreciation, we're celebrating our extraordinary Grand Ridge Team during Staff Appreciation Week May 3rd-7th. Families, keep an eye out for ways to participate soon!   

We wish you all a wonderful spring break next week!

Last call for Yearbook Orders

Yearbook orders are due on April 16. Do not miss out on this historic yearbook! We do not order extras so if you'd like a yearbook for your student, visit our yearbook page

5th Grade Grad Signs

We are offering 5th Grade Grad Signs again this year. They are $15 and can be customized with your student's first name or nickname. Orders must be received by April 30. Signs will be available for pickup from a neighborhood porch mid-May. Place your order here.

Grand Ridge Celebrates Science

Thank you to all those who attended our virtual science events in March. Raffle winners will be drawn soon.  Watch our website for updates!

Thank you for our Events Director, Liette Loiselle, for organizing these events!

New Books for School

During Black History Month the PTSA worked with the principal, librarian, and building equity leads to purchase more than 35 books by Black authors to provide for year-round teacher use in their classes and classroom libraries. In addition, on the PTSA book suggestion form, we reviewed submissions and added two new titles for the school collection.

Spelling Bee

In March, we hosted our virtual grade-level spelling bees and were blown away by our Grizzlies spelling skills! Congratulations to all participants and especially our winners: 1st Grade: Pranav Sreejit, 2nd Grade: Neev Singhal, 3rd Grade: Pranav Ramkumar, 4th Grade : Isabella Cunningham and 5th Grade: Samridhi Vasanth. Our 5th grade winner also represented Grand Ridge in the King/Snohomish County Regional Spelling Bee.

Special thanks to the Gaffney family for making this event happen!

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!

Virtual Author Visit

The Grand Ridge Library and Grand Ridge PTSA are excited to welcome author and poet Janet Wong to school "virtually" on Thursday, Aprill 22. She is the 2021 recipient of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children and in the assembly she will share how she gets her writing ideas and inspire our students to try their own hand at poetry. You can learn more about her and her books here: https://www.janetwong.com/author/

ParentWiser Event

Julie Lythcott-Haims is returning for a second webinar to share her new book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult.  Julie offers compassion, personal experience, and practical strategies for living a more authentic adulthood, as well as inspiration from individuals who have successfully launched their adult lives.  High school students are invited to attend.

April 21st, 7pm

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

Spotlight On: Mr. Over

Mr. James Over is a paraprofessional currently working on his teaching degree. He is student teaching with Mrs. Reinke’s 2nd grade class! We asked him a few questions so everyone could get to know him better.

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

I worked at the YMCA for 5 years as a camp counselor and then also as a Program Supervisor, which helped me see structured childcare inside and out. This was the job I would consider the most fun that I’ve ever been part of.  

This will be the end of my second year as a Grand Ridge Staff member, however, through the YMCA, I also worked for a year as a PlayEVERYDAY coach at recess on the playground at Grand Ridge.

Favorite food: General Tso's Chicken

Favorite children’s book: Holes by Louis Sachar

Favorite sports team: Sounders FC

Favorite weekend activity in the Spring: Playing soccer outdoors

Best thing about being at Grand Ridge so far:

Working with the staff has been the highlight of my experience. The staff are always helpful, kind and brilliant about the way they help their students and I appreciate their creativity and professionalism.

Reminders from the School & District
April and May Materials Distribution

Materials are only for REMOTE students

Dates: April 14th and May 12, 2021

Time:  2:00pm - 4:00pm

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 if you are not able to make this event.

Missing Something?

With the return to in person learning, we have some items that need to be reunited with their kids. If your student is missing something, check out this padlet. If you find the item you're missing, please comment on the photo or send an email to grptsa@gmail.com.

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, April 5
No School - Spring Break
Tuesday, April 6
No School - Spring Break
Wednesday, April 7
No School - Spring Break
Thursday, April 8
No School - Spring Break
Friday, April 9
No School - Spring Break
Tuesday, April 13
4:00p PTSA Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 14
2:00p Materials Distribution - Remote Students Only
7:00p ISD Board Meeting
Friday, April 16
Yearbook orders due
Thursday, April 22
6:00p ISD Board Meeting
Friday, April 23
School Spirit Day
Stay Informed

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