January 24, 2019

2018-19 School Year, Volume 13, Issue 5

Welcome to the new year! Things got off to a quick start once school started up on the 2nd with STEM Club back on Thursdays at 2nd recess. We are excited that we have been able to double the number of kids who can participate with the addition of Portable 9 space. There are a couple of dates left that still need a volunteer or two so sign up quickly if you've been meaning to join in on the STEM fun.

The Cultural Fair committee is also hard at work with preparations for this year's Cultural Fair on Wednesday, March 13! This is one of the most special nights of the year when students and families share their culture and heritage with friends and the community. There are many ways to help make this night a success: you can host a country booth or help with one that's already planned or there is an opportunity for students to perform on our Multicultural Stage during the event. Contact Alicia Spinner for more information.     

Keep clipping Box Tops!
Each Box Top that we collect is 10 cents for the school. Can we collect 5,000 Box Tops by Feb. 15? 

Volunteer of the Month: Kristen Dayley

Kristen Dayley is on her third round with Grand Ridge, as her oldest daughter (now in 10th grade) attended Grand Ridge for three years, as did her 5th grade son (now attending the Science-Tech program at Clark). With 6-year-old twins in Ms. Cooks’ first grade class, Kristen is happy to have more reasons to be back in our school, both as a classroom volunteer and chairing the Scholastic Book Fair for her third year. Kristen began collecting children’s books long before she had children of her own, so overseeing the Scholastic Book Fair is a great way to share her love of children’s literature with others – now if only she can find shelf space for the huge pile of books she bought this year!

We couldn't be more grateful to Kristen for her work leading the Book Fair which delights so many kids and contributes to the Grand Ridge library!

WA State PTA Focus Day in Olympia on February 11, 2019 

During each year’s legislative session, Washington State PTA holds its annual Focus Day that brings members together at the state capitol to advocate for the association’s top five issues

Carrie Mount, Grand Ridge PTSA's Advocacy Director, wrote about the priorities for the year after attending the Legislative Assembly in October. She is planning to set up time with local legislators this spring to share our perspective. She welcomes your thoughts or questions

At the PTSA Member meeting in January, the members confirmed a Nominating Committee to help find candidates for next year's PTSA board. The committee includes Kim de Booij, Laura Gaffney & Carrie Mount.

With several board members moving off as their kids go to middle school or having reached the two-year term limit, there will be many open spots. If you're interested in learning more, check out the different positions and then send us a quick note so one of the Nominating Committee can answer questions & talk with you about your interests.  

Our Talented Grizzlies

It was a standing room only crowd in the MPR for the Grizzles Got Talent show on January 16. The evening got off to a glowing start when the glow-stick outfitted teachers took the stage to shimmy & shake and then the fun continued with the student dancers, musicians, and comedians!


While many of the performers reported pre-show jitters, it was great to see their confidence on stage. Special thanks to MC Nate Perea, music teacher Alice Badgley for working the sound and equipment, PTSA leads Esmari Ferreira & Monica DeVore, and all the volunteers who helped make it a special evening for everyone who attended. 

We were also happy to learn that several Grizzlies were recognized at the Issaquah District Reflections Art Competition on January 15: Third grader Sebastian Castro-Ayala's submission in the photography category was selected to go onto the state competition as was fifth grader Akshadha Seshamani's Music Composition and Literature submission. Fourth grader Medha Rao achieved an honorable mention award for Visual Arts.

We are proud of the work that all eleven Grand Ridge finalists presented at the district and look forward to seeing what the Grand Ridge students will create for the 2019-2020 competition this October on the theme "Look Within." 

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