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Get your tickets now to the View Ridge Auction

Sign Right Up to Volunteer: We have many great ways to volunteer including; set up, silent and live auction assistants, cashiering, and cleanup. Every bit helps, please sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054BACA92CA13-20

Questions about volunteering? Contact Nigel Horton.

 

VIEW RIDGE GEAR SALE ON NOW

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Our View Ridge Spring gear sale has started and runs from 4/21 - 5/2.  We have t-shirts, sweatshirts, Space Needle socks (limited quantity) and a sporty new visor.  Look for order forms to come home in kidmail and check out the display in the hall, across from the office.  Questions?  Contact Karen Pickett at kmpickett@comcast.net

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 21:09
 
It's Not Too Late!! Science & Engineering Night

Sign up today to do a project for Science & Engineering Night, coming to View Ridge on May 15th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Don't miss all the fun - Seattle Aquarium, Book Fair, Strawberry DNA, fish dissection, and so much more! Science and engineering is COOL - be part of it! View Ridge student today, Nobel Prize Laureate tomorrow (well, you never know!) Contact Jill Seebergh to sign up your student to do a project, and for more information.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 07:55
 
Still undecided about attending the View Ridge Auction?

Still undecided about attending the View Ridge Auction?  Check out this great video from our auctioneer, Jim Dever  of Evening Magazine. If he doesn't persuade you, what about a live magician, a juggler, mini corn dogs, or popcorn bar? It's all part of what you can expect from our night of fun and fundraising to support the greatest little school on earth.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 07:54
 
Drawing like Picasso and Matisse

Please join Ms. Pasos in Room 1 on Monday, April 21, Tuesday, April 22, or Thursday, April 24, from 3:40-4:40 pm.  We will learn about Picasso and Matisse and create artwork inspired by them.  Please return bottom portion with $12 check made payable to View Ridge PTA at least 1-2 days before class or sooner.  Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact Ms. Pasos with any questions. Hope to see you!

 Click here for more information.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 07:54
 
Readbox: 5th Grade Book Trailers

Looking for a great book to read?  Search no further - our 5th graders have created book trailers to guide you - click here for 3rd-5th grade level suggestions. 

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 07:49
 
Special Education "Open Mic NIght" meetings

Families are invited to give feedback on Special Education services at Seattle Public Schools during two “Open Mic Night” meetings

Families of Seattle Public Schools are invited to joinexperts from Louisiana State University and the TIERS Group (Teams Intervening Early to Reach all Students) during two Open Microphone Nights to give feedback on Special Education Services.

Join us:

  • Tuesday, April 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Rainier Beach High School, 8815 Seward Park S., Seattle Washington 98118
  • Wednesday, April 23from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Nathan Hale High School, 10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle

Seattle Public School’s Special Education Department is undergoing a Comprehensive Corrective Action Plan (C-CAP) to help improve results for our students in special education. As part of this plan, the department is working with experts from Louisiana State University and the TIERS Group for consultation on activities related to C-CAP targets.

They will be visiting the district the week of April 21 to collect data for initial analysis on the special education department. Part of their data collection will incorporate family input. Families are invited to give feedback verbally or in writing during this meeting. There will be a sign-in sheet for parents and they can leave comments, respond to a paper survey or stay and speak publically.

The sign in sheet will be used to determine the order in which people speak.  Individuals will be allowed three minutes each to speak and any other comments can be written and left with one of the TIERS team members.

 Interpreters will be provided for Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese and Cantonese. If you need an American Sign Language interpreter please contact Mary Perrigo at mmperrigo@seattleschools.orgfor arrangements.

More information:

The purpose of C-CAP is to provide guidance for the district to make significant improvement in the following target areas:

  • Establish and implement an effective, equitable, and systemic strategic plan for the provision of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to students eligible for special education and related services at the district level in full compliance with corresponding federal and state regulations;
  • Create and maintain a uniform mechanism for special education program and fiscal accountability which includes a centralized system of internal controls and informed decision-making;
  • Recruit, hire, and maintain stable leadership for special education at the district level;
  • Voluntarily redirect the use of federal special education funding (up to 15%) to ensure adequate implementation of an OSPI approved Comprehensive Corrective Action Plan.   
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 07:48
 
Get Ready for National Bike to School Month!

It's time to get your tires pumped and bikes ready to ride to school in May!  New this year: the Bike Team will provide free bike safety checks on Thursday April 24th, 3:35-4:30 on the primary playground (if weather is bad it will be in the primary play court). Your child must be with their bike for the safety check and our experienced bike mechanics will let you know if your child's bike needs further service. 

Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 7th! All kids and staff who ride their bikes to school that morning and check in on the primary playground between 9:10-9:25 get a reflective bike sticker. For bike to school month, your kids will receive a logsheet by April 30th to record the minutes they ride their bikes to school or anywhere instead of going by car.  Once the month is over, total up your mintues and and fill out all the information clearly. Forms must be turned in to the main office "Bike to School Box" by Monday June 2nd.

Prizes will be awarded from Cascade Bike Club: the school that turns in the most total minutes will receive one kid's Raleigh bike that will be raffled off. All kids who turn in their forms on time will be eligible to win. Any student that rides 1-240 minutes gets a reflective bike light and students who ride 241 minutes or more get a Frisbee. Please note: prizes are provided by the non-profit Cascade Bike Club to encourage bike riding so they are for cycling students/staff attending View Ridge Elementary. See Joy Undem at joy@cycleu.com or the Cascade Bike Club site at http://www.cascade.org/elementary-schools for more details. 

Finally, this is my son's last year at VR so we need a new Bike/Walk to School Coordinator for 2014/2015- see Joy Undem for info on this easy-to-do at home job (mostly email communications + couple hours at VR).

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 07:46
 
MARCH BOX TOP WINNER

A HUGE thank you again to Ms. Koch's, Room 4, kindergarten class on their second win this year. They brought in the most Box Tops the month of March and will be rewarded with personalized "View Ridge Elementary Box Top Winner" pencils with silly erasers and the trophy to proudly display all month.

KEEP CLIPPING THOSE BOX TOPS!!

It's the easiest way to earn fundraising dollars for our school!

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 07:45
 
Don’t throw out that used up marker! Recycle It!

Did you know that one box of recycled markers can be converted into clean burning energy that can be used to fry an egg, make toast, and brew a pot of coffee?  In fact, 308 recycled markers can create enough energy to power an SUV 15 miles. 

Please bring in your used up markers (any brand), highlighters, and dry erase markers for an on-going recycling effort in partnership with Crayola, which has created a program called ColorCycle.  Used up markers will be sent to an energy conversion facility, free of charge, where the entire marker will be melted into fuel, regardless of the different kinds of plastic or how they are assembled.

Recycled markers will be collected in the classrooms, and in a marker recycling bin in the main hallway near the Office.

Let's see how many markers, highlighters and dry erase markers View Ridge can keep out of the landfill.  For questions, please contact Mindi Bachhuber or the Green Team.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 April 2014 20:49
 
SPS seeks feedback on proposed math materials

The Seattle Public Schools elementary math adoption committee work has reached a critical stage.  In looking to partner with parents and community to find the best possible math program for Seattle Public School students for the 2014-15 school year and beyond, the committee invites you to provide your thoughts and opinions.

The committee is excited to have three possible math programs as viable candidates: 

  • enVision
  • Go Math!
  • Math in Focus

So how can you get involved and help?

You can provide direct feedback at one of our display locations. There will be forms prepared for you to fill out at each site, as well as forms online.  This is an opportunity to compare the programs and consider what type of program you think would be a good fit for your family and community, and most importantly, for your student. 

From April 1 through April 25, please come to one of these schools during the school day:

  • Catherine Blaine K-8, 2550 34th Ave W, 252-1920
  • Bryant Elementary, 3311 NE 60th St., 252-5200
  • Northgate Elementary, 11725 1st Ave NE, 252-4180
  • West Seattle Elementary, 6760 34th Ave SW, 252-9450
  • Wing Luke Elementary, 3701 S Kenyon St., 252-7630

Or visit the Douglass-Truth Public Library, 2300 E Yesler Way, during open hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 206-684-4704

While the math committee prefers community members review the materials in person, we know that’s not always an option. You can review materials online starting April 1.

Secondly, if you would like to consider how well the programs align to the standards by which the students will be learning, the committee invites you to consider the transition to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The state has adopted this new set of standards, which will replace Washington Performance Expectations in English/Language Arts and Mathematics beginning next year.  Your input is sought on how far you think these programs go to help your students, their teachers, and our community best meet the demands of these 21st century skills. 

More information about the Common Core is available online at:

If you have any specific questions about how these programs were selected for the final round, please don’t hesitate to email.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 07:43
 
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