We hope this finds all our Grizzly families healthy and safe.  We want to thank each of you for your patience while we’ve worked through the things that have impacted the PTSA.  While we are Distance Learning, we are also Distance Planning.  We continue to work on things to close out this school year and plan for next school year.

A Message from Grand Ridge staff

The Grand Ridge staff put together a video to show all Grizzlies how much they miss them.  Check it out!  They also put together a second video to show off some comedic talent!

Staff Appreciation

Staff Appreciation week in May 4-8. While we can’t be together in person, that doesn’t stop us from being able to share with them our thanks! We encourage everyone to take a moment and reach out to any staff member your student(s) interacted with this year and tell them how much you appreciate them. This may be your student’s teachers and paraprofessionals, but it also could be building support staff such as our custodians and food service staff that work hard to keep our school functioning and our students needs taken care of. Your kind words are one of the best ways to shower our staff with love. (Some templates are on our website if that helps.) You can find their email addresses in the Staff Directory on the school website.

5th Grade Promotion Recognition Opportunities

In light of the school closure and impact on regular 5th grade promotion school celebrations, the PTSA is offering the opportunity to purchase a yard sign to celebrate your 5th grader (or remove the yard stake to use it somewhere else). The cost is $16 for a sign customized with the name of your grad; signs will be delivered in late May. Order your sign here by May 8, 2020.

Also, the Highlands Council is offering free graduation announcements in the June 2020 issue of Connections. Submit your announcement here by May 8, 2020 to have it included.

We realize these are not the same as the promotion ceremony but hope they still offer some fun and recognition in this challenging time. 

PTSA Awards

Every year, Grand Ridge PTSA recognizes those who stood out with their service to our school.  The Awards Committee is happy to announce our 2019 Grand Ridge PTSA Award Winners!

Nathalie Isensee has been awarded the Grand Ridge PTSA 2019 Golden Acorn Award!

Nathalie has been a Grand Ridge PTSA volunteer since her daughter Jacqueline was a Kindergartener the year our school opened.  Nathalie and her husband Michael also have sons Niclas and Christian and are active in the Highlands Community.  Over the last 13 years, Nathalie has volunteered countless hours at Grand Ridge.  She served on the PTSA Board as Volunteers Co-Coordinator, Staff Appreciation Chair, Summerfest Chair, and she coordinates school picture days every year. Nathalie has spent many years as a room parent, volunteering within the classroom, assisting with the Art Docent program, and sharing her South African heritage at the school Cultural Fair.  With her youngest son moving on to middle school, Nathalie’s helpful spirit and warm smile will be missed at Grand Ridge.

Molly Banskon has been awarded the Grand Ridge PTSA Outstanding Educator Award!

Molly Bankson teaches 1st grade at Grand Ridge and was born and raised within the Issaquah School District.  She has become a leader within the school and on the district level testing out new science curriculum and experimenting in co-teaching a more inclusive learning model.  Ms. Bankson has been awarded Issaquah Schools Foundation grants for coding bots in 2019 and wiggle stools in 2020.  She has been a leader at the school’s Family Engineering Night program.  As a teacher, she presents a structured classroom style while encouraging imagination and school spirit among her students.  Grand Ridge PTSA is proud to recognize Molly Bankson as an Outstanding Educator.  

Lindsey de Haan has been awarded the Grand Ridge PTSA Outstanding Educator Award!

Lindsey de Haan is in her second year at Grand Ridge but previously taught at Discovery Elementary in the Issaquah School District.  She is a Central Washington University alumni and obtained her Master’s Degree while working in the Seattle School District.  Ms. de Haan was inspired to “become a teacher and invest in the next generation”.  She loves working with 1st graders and watching how a class can become a school family over the course of a school year.  She explained, “Teaching is my avenue to reach children to help them know their worth and capabilities, while getting to celebrate alongside them!”  Grand Ridge PTSA is proud to recognize Lindsey de Haan as an Outstanding Educator.

PTSA Meeting

Our final PTSA meeting will take place later this month via Zoom.  The specific date and time will be announced soon.  We will vote for our 2020-2021 PTSA board members and give an update on where we are with plans for next school year.  Please look to social media and our website for updates on this event!

Volunteer Opportunities

The 2020-21 school year is likely to be different than previous years as we continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19. While some events and programs may not happen in the same way, we will still need creative and passionate volunteers to help support our students and school community. If that's you, please don't hesitate to reach out to Laura Gaffney or any board member to talk further about joining the Board or a Committee

Stay in the Know

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