Bring a Grownup to Lunch Week

Kindergarten, Monday, March 2nd, 11:55 – 12:35
First Grade, Tuesday, March 3rd, 12:25 – 12:55
Second Grade, Wednesday, March 4th, 12:25 – 12:55
Third Grade, Thursday, March 5th, 12:25 – 12:55
Fourth and Fifth Grade, Friday, March 6th, 11:55 – 12:25

Superheroes Unite! Donate Now to Support our School

Tickets to Seahawks, Sounders or Husky games. Week stays at vacation homes. Private boat tours.   Rounds of golf. Homemade gourmet dinners and desserts. Parking spaces adjoining our school. Tickets to ballet, symphony or theater. Enviable bottles of wine. Lawn care and housecleaning services.

The 2015 View Ridge Elementary School Auction blasts off on Saturday, April 25th and your help is needed. We are currently seeking donations of auction items from our parents and community. Have any of the above items, or know a business that might? Consider donating it to the auction and support our Classroom Success Fund, all proceeds of which support teaching and staff positions including music, library and the arts.

Donate directly online. Questions? Contact Erin Thakkar or Nigel Horton.

Story Hour with Ms. Lourde

Wondering how leprechauns do their magic? Come join Ms. Lourde for a fun filled hour of stories and leprechaun science on Tuesday, March 10th or Thursday, March 12th from 3:45-4:45 pm. This month we will read books about leprechauns and unravel, though scientific experimentation, the secrets of leprechaun magic and tricks. Cost is $12.00 (checks payable to View Ridge PTA). Snacks provided.

Questions? Contact Ms. Lourde. Looking forward to seeing you!

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Get to Know Our New Staff at View Ridge

We’re almost at the halfway point through the school year, but we have a lot of new faces around the school that perhaps you haven’t had a chance to meet yet.  Get to know more about our newest staff at View Ridge! Continue reading

Read Across America Day and Pajama Day

It’s Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Monday, March 2nd.  We plan on celebrating here at View Ridge!  Students are invited to bring their favorite picture book from home.  They can also wear pajamas, sweats, or a cozy outfit on this same day.  Students will have an opportunity to share their books with their buddy classrooms.  Stay tuned…the Cat in the Hat might also make an appearance!

Open Enrollment: February 23 – March 6

Open Enrollment for school choice opened up on Monday, February 23 and will run through March 6.  Forms are available on the SPS Admissions website.  Since the district has rolled out the Assignment Look-Up Tool, families will not be receiving a next-year assignment letter in February as they have in past years.  As a general rule, your student is assigned to the same school he or she is attending now.  Families who applied for Advanced Learning testing should enroll students by March 6th.  Due to a record number of tests being administered, many families have not received eligibility information yet.  These families should still submit a School Choice Form on time, even if they haven’t yet been notified of Advanced Learning eligibility. Please check the Advanced Learning webpage for more information.  

February letter from our PTA Co-Presidents

Million dollar question “It’s Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks are on the one yard line with 20 seconds left, the win so close we can touch the hardware, why throw the ball? Did they forget about Beast Mode?” If you have the answer please tell, it still hurts!

Now that we have gotten that out of the way, let’s celebrate what we do know! The Pancake Breakfast was a huge success, thanks again Gordon for coordinating. The Pre-Loved Book Sale raised over $3000, thanks to our Committee Chairs, Gretchen, Carissa and Kari. It was great to see the mile high plates full of pancakes with chocolate chips, whipped cream and sprinkles, along with families leaving with a ton of great books. The money raised from the Pancake Breakfast goes into our general operating fund to help support field trips, teacher grants, other Community Builders and much more. The money from book sales gives Ms. Young, our amazing librarian, greater opportunities to grow our library. Thank you to all who attended and to the many dedicated volunteers who worked throughout the morning. For those who couldn’t make it, there is always next year (wait, I guess that goes for the Seahawks too)! Continue reading

Town Hall Meetings for SPS Teaching and Learning Technology Vision

Following the success of the SPS Teaching & Learning Technology Summit, Seattle Public Schools want to make families aware of the 5 Town Hall meetings that will be held starting February 23rd.   The first one is scheduled for northeast Seattle at Eckstein Middle School on Monday, February 23rd from 6 to 8 pm. These Town Hall Meetings are being held so that a larger audience is able to contribute to the Seattle Public Schools Teaching and Learning Technology Vision. Please see the attached flyer for more information regarding locations, times, logistics, etc.   Everyone is invited to attend. Interpretation services will be provided at each meeting. If you are unable to attend, but still want to provide input for the Vision … please email us your thoughts and ideas. Additional information is available at this website.

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2nd Annual View Ridge Triple Drive – February 26

Reserve your BLOOD DRIVE DONATION appointment online now:  https://schedule.psbc.org/DonorPortal/GroupLanding.aspx?s=4132

SAVE THE DATE!  Thursday, February 26th, from 8am-7pm is the 2nd Annual View Ridge TRIPLE DRIVE, a combo Blood + Bone Marrow Registry + Gift Card Drive!

Please consider giving blood and/or coming by to learn about and signup for the National Bone Marrow Registry.  Also, please consider making a double impact by donating gift cards purchased via the View Ridge Scrip Program to cancer families in need at Seattle Children’s Hospital…this is a great way to make a positive impact if you can’t donate blood, and is a win-win for View Ridge and Seattle Children’s! Continue reading

Grown-Up to Lunch week

Your child can invite one parent/guardian, grandparent, caregiver, etc. to join him/her for lunch! Please note the date and time below of your child’s lunch period. (This is a special day for the students, so please, no siblings.)
The dates/times are:
Kindergarten, Monday, March 2nd, 11:55 – 12:35
First Grade, Tuesday, March 3rd, 12:25 – 12:55
Second Grade, Wednesday, March 4th, 12:25 – 12:55
Third Grade, Thursday, March 5th, 12:25 – 12:55
Fourth and Fifth Grade, Friday, March 6th, 11:55 – 12:25
The format is Brown Bag – we ask everyone to bring their own lunch. Maybe your child would make one for you? Or stop by a sandwich shop on the way to school? Or order a pizza? Whatever you can think of to make it an extra special day.
No RSVP is required.
This event is a lot of fun for the kids and the grown-ups – we hope to see you there!
Questions?   Email Jessica Bradley

Advanced Learning Testing and Open Enrollment (Feb. 23 – March 6)

This year more than 5,400 students are participating in the testing cycle to determine eligibility for Highly Capable Services or Spectrum/ALO programs. Because of the high volume, the testing cycle will continue through February. That means the majority of families will not know eligibility results in time for the Open Enrollment for School Choice deadline (March 6), but families should still submit a School Choice Form on time, even if they haven’t yet been notified of Highly Capable eligibility. Eligible students are guaranteed a seat in the Highly Capable Cohort (self-contained classroom) if the School Choice Form is submitted. Continue reading