After School Movies: Cars 3Laura Gaffney10/23/201811/7/2018
After School Movies: Cars 3
Look who's rolling into town for our After School Movie on Wednesday, November 7. Your student can enjoy a snack and Cars 3 with friends after school,  just sign up here by Monday, November 5. $10 suggested donation per student.   ... read full article
Author Visit on March 19!Laura Gaffney3/12/20193/20/2019
Author Visit on March 19!
The PTSA is proud to sponsor a visit from author Suzanne Selfors on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. She will present at two assemblies during the school day on "How An Idea Becomes a Book".  ... read full article
Bear Hunt School Tours for New StudentsLaura Gaffney5/6/20195/22/2019
Bear Hunt School Tours for New Students
"Bear Hunt" at Grand Ridge Elementary Wednesday, May 22 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm There is nothing scary about this bear hunt! All new students and their parents will follow the “bear tracks” on a tour through Grand Ridge where you’ll explore the: • Classrooms • Playground • Gym • Library and Reading Den • Lunch room • Computer lab Tours will leave every few minutes from the main office area. Reservations are NOT necessary. ... read full article
Latest Newsletter PostedLaura Gaffney4/26/20195/10/2019
Latest Newsletter Posted
In case your inbox is overflowing, never fear you can check out the April PTSA Newsletter here ! ... read full article
New Playground Equipment!Laura Gaffney4/25/20195/9/2019
New Playground Equipment!
Some fun new additions to the playground have come in thanks to money raised at the 2018 Auction! The kids now have soccer goals instead of cones to use in their matches. And there will be music in the air with the addition of several outdoor musical instruments (the instruments have been partially installed...a few more are on their way). Thank you again to the donors who made this possible for all the Grand Ridge kids - and to the dads who assembled the soccer goals!        ... read full article
Before & After School Programs for Spring!Laura Gaffney4/15/20194/24/2019
Before & After School Programs for Spring!
There are several programs starting spring sessions over the next two weeks. From art to LEGOs to drama and more, see the schedules and links on our Before & After School page .  ... read full article
Popcorn Friday This Week!Laura Gaffney4/2/20194/5/2019
Popcorn Friday This Week!
What better way to end the week before Spring Break than with popcorn! Bring a quarter to 2nd Recess this Friday, April 5 and enjoy freshly popped popcorn from our awesome volunteers! ... read full article
K-Kids Donation DriveLaura Gaffney3/14/20194/2/2019
K-Kids Donation Drive
The K-Kids club at Grand Ridge is excited to kick off the club with a donation drive for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. Donation bins will be located by the office, so please drop off any donations there through April 2nd.    Our neighbors in need could use your help in providing: Lightly used bedding and blankets Warm coats Diapers size 4-6 & Baby wipes Laundry soap, Dish soap, & Cleaning products Camping equipment / outdoor gear and tarps, Boots / shoes (large men sizes) Dress clothes for job interviews These items could make a BIG difference in the ... read full article
Summerfest Planning Committee forming now!Laura Gaffney2/26/20193/12/2019
Summerfest Planning Committee forming now!
After all of this cold & snow, it's time to think of warmer & sunnier times! Like Summerfest on June 12! If you're a party planner, a decorating whiz, or just like to see the Grand Ridge kids have a blast, then join Esmari in planning the final event of the school year. Send her a quick email at esmariferreira@hotmail.com  that you're interested and she'll coordinate a planning meeting.  ... read full article
PTSA Positions for 2019-2020Laura Gaffney1/31/20192/14/2019
PTSA Positions for 2019-2020
It's crazy but we already need to start thinking about next year and all the great work the PTSA will contribute to make 2019-2020 grand! If you are passionate about providing an enriching environment for all Grand Ridge kids, we'd love to talk with you about how you can be involved. There's opportunities for many different roles with varying levels of time commitments. Take a look at board positions here or ask the   Nominating Committee (Kim De Booij, Laura Gaffney & Carrie Mount) for more information.  ... read full article
Spelling Bee Postponed Until After Break!Laura Gaffney1/28/20192/27/2019
Spelling Bee Postponed Until After Break!
For all of the details and spelling lists, click here . New dates are Feb 25 - 27, 2019. ... read full article
This Friday 1/25!Laura Gaffney1/23/20191/26/2019
This Friday 1/25!
For more information, check it out here .  ... read full article
More After School Movies Coming in January! Laura Gaffney12/18/20181/21/2019
More After School Movies Coming in January!
Fun times ahead! We will show Sherlock Gnomes (PG) on Wednesday, Jan. 9th and Paddington 2 (PG) on Wednesday, Jan. 23rd , for your student's enjoyment, immediately after school.   Each After School Movie date is open to all grades (K-5) and there are 100 first-come-first-served spots available for each movie. A $10 donation is requested per Grand Ridge student. Registration for the movie is due no later than the Monday before the showing you wish to attend. No exceptions.  Click here to register your child and sign-up to volunteer.  Once your child's spot is reserved, you will receive an ... read full article
Before & After School ProgramsLaura Gaffney12/14/201812/28/2018
Before & After School Programs
Check out all of the programs onsite this winter and spring here !  ... read full article
After School Movie: Holiday Short FilmsLaura Gaffney12/7/201812/12/2018
After School Movie: Holiday Short Films
Your student will be in a festive mood after attending the after school movie on Wednesday, Dec 12 and watching both new and classic holiday short films. A peanut-free snack will be provided.  Register here by Monday, Dec 10.  ... read full article
Popcorn Friday moved to Dec 14!Laura Gaffney12/4/201812/14/2018
Popcorn Friday moved to Dec 14!
With students shopping at the Book Fair during 2nd Recess this Friday, we've decided to move Popcorn Friday to next Friday, December 14! This way kids don't have to choose between books and popcorn! If you can volunteer at popcorn on the 14th, we'd appreciate it:  http://signup.com/go/TXaDNku ... read full article
WA State PTA Legislative AssemblyLaura Gaffney11/19/201812/3/2018
WA State PTA Legislative Assembly
Carrie Mount, Grand Ridge PTSA's Advocacy Director, recently attended the 2018 Legislative Assembly to vote on the two-year legislative platform for the organization. The selected priorities from the 2018 Assembly are: (1) Social Emotional Learning; (2) School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds; (3) Prevent Gun Violence; (4) Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage; and (5) Strategic K–12 Investments to Close Gaps. For more on the priorities and Carrie's perspective on the assembly, read more here .  ... read full article
Volunteer DashboardLaura Gaffney11/7/201811/30/2018
Volunteer Dashboard
Less than 90-minute time commitment options:   STEM Club: If you're by the school on Thursdays during 2nd recess, feel free to stop by P10 to help during your child's recess (20 minute blocks from 1:40 to 3:00pm). Or  sign-up for a full slot in 2019. Grizzly Guys: Any guy - whether dad, uncle, granddad or caregiver - can join the last Friday of the month. There will be games to play both inside and outside during 2nd recess. Next date is Friday, Nov 30 - sign up here .  Two-hour time commitment options: Popcorn Friday: Be the most popular person ... read full article
5th Graders Take Art Outside!Laura Gaffney11/5/201811/18/2018
5th Graders Take Art Outside!
In learning about British sculptor, photographer, and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy, the 5th grade classes took advantage of our beautiful fall weather to work together to create art from the natural environment. Check out their beautiful work in the lower level halls at Grand Ridge or online here . Hats off to the Art Docents for the 5th Grade Class for bringing this lesson to life.     ... read full article
After School Movie: Coco Oct 17Laura Gaffney10/7/201810/17/2018
After School Movie: Coco Oct 17
Our next after school movie is coming up on October 17.  Sign your student up by Monday, October 15 so they can enjoy a snack and this great film with their friends after school. Suggested $10 donation per child.  ... read full article
Box Top Collection Time!Laura Gaffney9/28/201810/26/2018
Box Top Collection Time!
Turn in box tops to your student's teacher from October 15 - 26. The top class in each grade wins free popcorn!  Make sure that each Box Tops clip has a clearly visible expiration date. Expired Box Tops are not accepted. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents for our school. That cash is used to fund additional books, computers, playground equipment and more for our kids! Those little pieces of paper make a BIG difference - last year we raised over $1,500!   General Mills wanted to create a program to help support education and benefit America's schools, and so Box ... read full article
Orange Ruler is on!Laura Gaffney9/16/20189/27/2018
Orange Ruler is on!
We kicked off our Orange Ruler fundraiser on Friday, Sept 14 with a fun assembly and the kids are excited to raise money for Grand Ridge and win some fun prizes along the way! Help your class and our school get off to a big start by registering at orangeruler.com/signup  - money raised over the next two weeks funds classroom materials, field trips, technology subscriptions and more! Donations can be made online through the orangeruler website or by cash or check made out to Grand Ridge Elementary PTSA. Cash and checks will be turned in on Tuesday, October 2. All ... read full article
Wednesday: New Family Welcome then PTSA MeetingLaura Gaffney9/15/20189/20/2018
Wednesday: New Family Welcome then PTSA Meeting
Join Principal Jill Ravenscraft & the PTSA Board for a warm and official welcome to Grand Ridge! We will have volunteers to watch the kids, drinks, dessert and snacks will be provided. Meet us in the library at 6:30.  Then at 7pm we will have our first PTSA meeting of the school year. Come to learn about what's coming in the year ahead, renew your membership, and ask any questions of the PTSA board or Principal Ravenscraft. There will be volunteers to watch the kids. We hope to see you there. ... read full article
2018-19 Open PTSA Chair PositionsLaura Gaffney8/15/20189/14/2018
2018-19 Open PTSA Chair Positions
Interested in having a big impact on Grand Ridge this school year? We'd love to talk with you about open chair positions for Popcorn Friday, Scholastic Book Fair Co-Chair, Fall-o-ween and Summerfest.   Email Alicia & Jo at  grptsapresident@gmail.com  to learn more about these great roles.   ... read full article
New Bell Times for 2018-19Laura Gaffney8/6/20189/10/2018
New Bell Times for 2018-19
Bell times have shifted 5 minutes later for the upcoming school year:  Monday:  9:05am-3:30pm Tuesday:  9:05am-3:30pm Wednesday:  9:05am-1:20pm Thursday:  9:05am-3:30pm Friday:  9:05am-3:30pm ... read full article
Enrollment Verification (EVP) Aug 7 - 13Laura Gaffney7/24/20188/13/2018
Enrollment Verification (EVP) Aug 7 - 13
Every August all Issaquah School District families need to complete the Enrollment Verification Process via  Family Access . Thanks for your attention to this important process.  ... read full article
Staff Appreciation Week coming in May!Laura Gaffney4/17/20194/24/2019
Staff Appreciation Week coming in May!
We're going over the rainbow to celebrate our "oz-some" staff! Stay tuned for information from your room parent specific to your class and check out  our sign-up for the Taco Tuesday lunch on May 7. ... read full article
5th Graders Celebrate ChihulyLaura Gaffney12/20/20181/3/2019
5th Graders Celebrate Chihuly
Inspired by Seattle’s glass sculpture artist Dale Chihuly, 5th graders created their own abstract glass design concentrating on line, shape and pattern. Glass fusing bonds separate pieces of glass in a kiln at a range of high temperatures. And the results are vibrant! Click here for more pictures . ... read full article