Originally delivered on 4/1/2022 5:42 am

SUBJECT: April 2022 PTSA Newsletter

April 1, 2022
2021-22 School Year - Volume 16, Issue 8

We have entered the last third of the school year. It's hard to believe that we've already begun planning for next year! For those of you looking ahead, we will be offering school supply orders again for next school year. Please look for more information on this in May or June.

If you are interested in becoming a more active volunteer next year, please consider a board or even a co-chair role for one of our events! Email grptsa@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more about the many ways to get involved.

The last thing we wanted to share is about the PTSA membership drive we had in Februray. In mid-March, Ms. Stettler Schug's classroom claimed their prize and did a wonderful job covering Mr. Aguilar in silly string! Thank you to all families who participated by becoming PTSA members, and to Mr. Aguilar for being such a great sport!

2022 Levy - Ballots due April 26

The School Board approved (3) renewal levy packages which will go before voters April 26, 2022.  These are renewal levies and will replace the current levies which expire December 31, 2022.  The EP&O and Capital Levies are 4 year levies and will fund programs and critical repairs through December 31, 2026. The Transportation Levy (Bus Levy) is a 1 year levy and will not need to be renewed until 2027. 

Like a subscription, levies must be renewed or the funding will be lost.

Visit www.visvote.org for more information or Click here for details of what each renewal levy funds

Ballots arrive in mailboxes on April 8 and are due April 26. 

Register to Vote: 


Grand Ridge PTSA endorses the 2022 Levy. Join us in supporting the levy by participating in a Honk & Wave.

Wednesday, April 6th:  6:30am-8:00am and/or  5:00-6:30pm (ballots mailed out this day)

Monday, April 25th:   6:30am-8:00am and/or  5:00-6:30pm (ballots due the next day, April 26, by 8pm)

Choose the location best for you to join friends and community members. Signs will be provided at all locations.

Location 1: South End Intersection of 900 and Gilman Blvd (all corners, near QFC and Burger King)

Location 2:  Skyline Attendance Area: Intersection of 228th & SE 30th Street (Pine Lake Village)

Location 3: Grand Ridge - Highlands Area (across from Starbucks/Habit/Bevmo - big empty field) 

Location 4: East Lake Sammamish/SE 64th Place-SE Issaquah Fall City Road intersection (76 gas station corners)

Grizzly Garden Clean-up

The Grand Ridge garden has been neglected since Covid and we need your help to get it back in shape! Bring your gardening gloves, shovels, and weeding tools! If you don’t have any, no worries, we have a few extra shovels and gloves in the shed!

Join us for a garden work party!

Saturday, April 2

9:00am-12:00pm (Drop in anytime)

Questions?  Email grptsavolunteers@gmail.com

Order Grizzly Gear by April 9

The Grizzly Gear store is open March 25-April 9!

All orders will be delivered to the school in late April, and then be distributed to the classrooms or available for pickup for incoming Kindergarteners.

Yearbook Orders Due on April 30

Yearbook orders are due this month! Every year we receive many requests for extras and we don't often have enough. To ensure your student(s) receive a yearbook this year, place your order here. Please note that if you've already ordered one for your student, you won't see the form available for them. Reach out to grptsa@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Grad Sign Orders due April 30

Grad Signs are $15 each and can be personalized with the name of your student. Place your order by April 30. We are unable to support orders after this date. Signs will be available for pick up in late May/early June. Details will be communicated closer to that time. 

If the cost is prohibitive for your family, please email about scholarships for yearbooks and/or grad signs to GrandRidgeResources@gmail.com.

Play at Recess!

Join your students on the the playground for Parent Playground! Dads, and other special guests, are invited to join us for Lunch Recess the first Friday of the month. Sign up for any one or more 20-minute time slots for April 1, May 6, and June 3. Volunteers will sign in at the PTSA-sponsored check-in table at the front of the school. You must have a valid Volunteer clearance on file to come on campus. One you have been cleared, you will receive a Visitor's Badge and be invited to our playground to PLAY, PLAY, PLAY!!!


Staff Appreciation

Thank you to all who donated earlier this year to provide snacks for staff. We have transitioned to providing monthly appreciation events, hosted by grade levels. Thank you to the grade level families who so generously donated their time and money towards fun events for our staff!

Staff Appreciation Week is the first week of May. If you would like to help with planning for that week, please email grptsa@gmail.com.

Student Art Project - Paper Quilt Collaboration

The Grand Ridge Paper Quilt Collaboration project has made its way back to the school and is now hanging across from the kiln room on the first floor. Over 600 paper quilt squares are brightening the hallway. Encourage your kids to stop by and see how much more beautiful each small piece becomes when it’s working together with others.

THANK YOU to everyone who had a hand in making this happen!

Issaquah Special Education PTSA

The Issaquah Special Education PTSA is being formed to support students, families, and educators across the Issaquah School District. We plan to offer district-wide parent training, resource-sharing, education, and support to families whose students are served in the special education programs, have 504 accommodation plans, or who have a suspected disability. Our group will provide strong advocacy, timely communication about important issues, and fun community-building opportunities.

Interested in learning more? Join the Discord Discussion Group.

ParentWiser Presents: Developing Independent Decision Makers

Is your student making independent, informed choices? Improving conversations can help because they are the building blocks within a family to share ideas, sharpen our edges, build trust, problem-solve, gather information, argue our point, and share our stories.  Learn strategies to strengthen communication and develop and fine-tune your child’s decision-making skills.

April 5, 2022 - 7pm

Register on Eventbrite 

Washington State PTA Recognizes Grand Ridge PTSA with the Gold Membership Growth Award

Grand Ridge PTSA has recently been recognized by Washington State PTA as a Gold Membership Growth Award recipient! PTAs are presented with this award for enrolling at least 10% more members this year than all of last year. That means our PTA is growing! Thank you to everyone who has become a member so far this year: YOU are the reason our PTSA achieved this award! If you haven’t yet signed up for a 2021-2022 PTSA membership, please consider joining today! By doing so, you are demonstrating your support for our PTSA and all it does for Grand Ridge.

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: Mrs. Bacon

Mrs. Maureen Bacon has been with Grand Ridge since it opened in the Fall of 2006. She teaches 3rd Grade.

Tell us a little about your life before coming to Grand Ridge: Was born in San Diego, California and is the oldest of three children. Grew up in Skagit County where she enjoyed being outside playing sports, hiking, biking and swimming in the great Pacific Northwest. Played volleyball and softball in college. Attended Shoreline Community College, Western Washington University and Lesley University. Has an Earth Science degree and a Master’s in Educational Technology. Has been teaching since 1998. Has taught High School Science and 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Currently lives in Snoqualmie, with her husband Matt, daughter Sadie, sons Trent and Devon, dog Bailey and cat Zeke. Currently teaches third grade and coaches volleyball at Issaquah High School.

Favorite children's book: "Strega Nona  " by Tomie dePaola

Favorite food: Mexican Food

Favorite weekend activity: Watching sports or hiking

Best thing about working at Grand Ridge: The students and their families! I enjoy watching students grow up and move through the grades. It has been fun to have multiple kids from a family too!

What one piece of advice would you give to Grand Ridge students? Always try your best!

Spotlight On: Mr. Mangum

Mr. Brent Mangum is new to Grand Ridge this year. He teachers 3rd Grade.

Tell us a little about your life before coming to Grand Ridge: I have a long history of teaching and science before coming to Grand Ridge. I used to be a chemist and a microbiologist before officially switching careers. When I was a kid I was into wrestling, especially where I grew up in Tigard Oregon. 

Favorite children's book: "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Favorite food: Dim Sum

Favorite weekend activity: Trail running

Best thing about working at Grand Ridge: The families. Everyone here is so generous!

What one piece of advice would you give to Grand Ridge students? Give everything you try an open mind – you never know what you might fall in love 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 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 will be donated in June!

Upcoming Events
Friday, April 1
12:05p Parent Playground at Recess
Saturday, April 2
9:00a Grizzly Garden Clean Up
Monday, April 4
7:00p GR PTSA Board Members meeting
Thursday, April 7
6:00p ISD School Board Meeting (2021-22 School Year)
Saturday, April 9
Grizzly Gear Orders Due
Monday, April 11
No School (Spring Break)
Tuesday, April 12
No School (Spring Break)
Wednesday, April 13
No School (Spring Break)
Thursday, April 14
No School (Spring Break)
Friday, April 15
No School (Spring Break)
Tuesday, April 26
2022 Levy Ballots Due at 8pm
Thursday, April 28
6:00p ISD School Board Meeting (2021-22 School Year)
Saturday, April 30
Yearbook orders due
5th Grade Grad Sign Orders Due
Stay in The Know

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