Originally delivered on 11/1/2021 8:29 am

SUBJECT: November 2021 PTSA Newsletter

November 1, 2021
2021-22 School Year - Volume 16, Issue 3

October saw a return of more volunteer opportunities. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time to the school and/or PTSA. We really could not do all the events and activities without you!

Falloween was a great success and we are so thankful to everyone who took time from their day to attend. We hope you had a wonderful time! Congratulations to the winners of our "guess the weight of the pumpkins" contest. The pumpkins weighed a combined total of 36.8lbs. The winners were:

1st place: 

    Mason (5th Grade) from Ms. Stettler-Schug's class

3-way tie for 2nd place:

    Bradyen (3rd Grade) from Ms. Schmidt's class

    Luke (1st grade) from Ms. Anderson's class

    Laura (Kindergarten) from Ms. Stewart's class

Sign up to support Grand Ridge staff

Our staff could use some fuel and treats to grab throughout the week. Please help us restock the staff lounge each Wednesday morning with delicious snacks to keep them going. Sign up here to donate!

PTSA Meeting / Community Connections

Our next PTSA Meeting is Monday, November 15 at 7pm via Zoom. We have a small update from the PTSA, presentations from both an ISF ambassador and the director of the VOICE program, and then will open it up to a discussion/Q&A with Ms. Ravenscraft. Materials and link will be posted our our website. Hope to see you there!

Art Docent Program

The Art Docent Program has returned! It looks a little different this year. We have a team of volunteers who create lessons and prep materials for monthly projects that teachers can use in their classrooms. The theme in October was fruits & vegetables. Check out our Art Docent page for photos of projects. We will also be rotating an artwork display in the windows at the end of the hallway that faces Park Drive. Stop by outside of school hours to see all the cool things our students are creating! 

Thank you to our Art Docent volunteers for bringing art into our classrooms this year. Thank you to all who have joined and/or donated to the PTSA this year. Your support allows us to fund programs like this!

Gift-A-Book donations

Thank you to everyone who supported Gift-A-Book this year! With your generous donations, we are able to donate just over $2,000 to the Grand Ridge Library. Ms. Gekeler will order the books and connect with your student once they arrive so that they may receive their recognition.

Support the PTSA!

There are so many way to PTA - join us for our meetings, fill out the volunteer interest form so we can contact you when volunteer opportunities arise, and join the PTSA. Your support means so much to our Grand Ridge community!

Thank you for your submissions!

Thank you to all students who submitted their original art for the Reflections Art Program! We have a talented group of artists at Grand Ridge. More information will be shared regarding the outcome of the submissions within the next month or so. Thank you to our chair, Shilpi Upadhyay, for organizing everything this year!

There will be a virtual reception for those who submitted entries. It will take place via Zoom at 7pm on Thursday, November 18. Please watch your email for more information.

Staff Spotlights

We have so many wonderful staff at Grand Ridge. Some who are new to us this year, and some who have been with us a while. Our newsletter aims to help you get to know staff at our school.

Spotlight On: Keri Webber

Ms. Weber has been with Grand Ridge for 4 years and is our School Nurse.

Tell us a little about your life before coming to Grand Ridge: I am from Canada, where I went to nursing school and worked in labor and delivery, and then with moms and new babies. Then we moved to Hawaii for 14 years where I raised my babies. Then we moved to Washington in 2017.

Favorite children's book: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

Favorite food: yummy pasta

Favorite weekend activity: hiking and exploring with my family

Best thing about working at Grand Ridge: Working with all the amazing students and wonderful staff!

What one piece of advice would you give to Grand Ridge students? Try to always be kind.

Spotlight On: Scott Willbrandt

Mr. Scott is the Technology Specialist for our school and has been with Grand Ridge for 9 years.

Tell us a little about your life before coming to Grand Ridge: After I left the Marine Corps, I spent several years in Corporate Facility Management for AT&T Wireless before I decided to change careers and go into IT.

Favorite children's book: "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak

Favorite food: It's a toss up between Italian and Chinese

Favorite weekend activity: Watching sports

Best thing about working at Grand Ridge: The staff is great and love that the kids are back

What one piece of advice would you give to Grand Ridge students? Respect the technology we have here. We are very fortunate to have the laptops, iPads, and tech we have. Treat it like it was your own. Some schools are not as lucky to have what we have, so take care of it.

ParentWiser Event - November 18

What do you say? Come learn from William Stixrud, PhD, and Ned Johnson on how to engage in respectful and effective dialogue, beginning with defining and demonstrating the basic principles of listening and speaking. Learn new ways to handle thorny topics that usually end in parent/kid standoffs.

November 18th, 4pm

Register on Eventbrite

Step up for Kids with the Issaquah Schools Foundation!

Our school – and every school in the district - benefits from the programs and resources the Issaquah Schools Foundation funds in our school community. From after school homework support and Robotics clubs to Cultural Bridges community outreach and big idea grants to teachers, these vital programs are made possible because of YOU! To ensure these programs continue, we need your help and ask that you Step Up for Kids by donating today. The goal is to raise $214,000 this fall and every donation – whether $5 or $500 – makes a difference! Learn more and donate today at www.isfdn.org.

IFCB is requesting donations

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is handing out gift cards for the Holiday Gift Barn this year and they need donations. They are looking for $25 gift cards to Fred Meyer, Target, Walmart, and Amazon. You can also donate online. Learn more at https://issaquahfoodbank.org/holiday-gift-barn

Reminders from the School & District
Levy Committee Rep Needed

Our current levies expire next year and the District is forming a community committee to help plan the renewal/replacement of the Educational Programs and Operations Levy, the Capital Levy, and the single year Transportation (Bus) levy. Are you interested in representing Grand Ridge? Click here for more information and the documents needed to apply.

COVID Vaccination Clinic for 5-11 year olds coming soon

From ISD e-news on October 19, 2021:

We preparing for approval of emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11- year-olds in early November. We are happy to share that we will be hosting a clinic in partnership with Costco, offering free, optional vaccinations for students! 

You can expect a message no later than Nov. 3 including a registration link to sign up for the first shot, which will be administered in either the first or second week of November. We anticipate offering the second shot the first week of December. The clinics will be hosted at the Issaquah School District Administration Building, 5150 220th Ave. S.E., Issaquah, WA 98029.

While we are preparing as many of the details as possible, please know that once the registration link goes live, we anticipate the clinic appointments filling quickly. 

Sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conference sign ups are open starting at 4pm on November 1 through 4pm on November 23. 

Sign up in Family Access

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 an outdoor jacket to supplies for school, a birthday gift to rain boots, a yearbook to Grizzly Gear. Privacy of any requests will be respected.

Is your student missing something?

The Lost & Found fills up quickly. If your student is missing something, please direct them to check the Lost & Found. The Lost & Found will also be made available at Grand Central on Wednesday afternoons for families to check. Unclaimed items are typically donated twice a year (December and June).

Emergency Weather Closures - how to be prepared

As we enter the winter weather season, it's important to be prepared for school delays or closures. Learn about the schedule changes ISD may use in these scenarios. One of the fastest ways to learn if ISD is on an emergency schedule is to sign up for FlashAlert. Also, it's a good time to verify your emergency contact information in Family Access.

Upcoming Events
Monday, November 1
7:00p GR PTSA Board Members meeting
Tuesday, November 2
Election Day
Vision Screening
CogAT Kindergarten Screener
Wednesday, November 3
Vision Screening
CogAT Kindergarten Screener
6:30p Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferences (K-5)
Thursday, November 4
CogAT Kindergarten Screener
Tuesday, November 9
6:00p ISD School Board Meeting (2021-22 School Year)
Thursday, November 11
No School (Veterans Day Observance)
Monday, November 15
7:00p PTSA General Meeting & Community Connections with Ms. Ravenscraft
Thursday, November 18
4:00p ParentWiser event
Tuesday, November 23
Parent Teacher Conference Sign up ends at 4pm
Thursday, November 25
No School (Thanksgiving holiday)
Friday, November 26
No School (Thanksgiving holiday)
Stay in The Know

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