PTSA Events

Back to School Ice Cream Social
Back to School Ice Cream Social

Chair:
When:
September

Cougar Ridge welcomes new and returning families immediately following "Meet the Teacher" with a social event at school. Families enjoy visiting with other Cougar Ridge families with ice cream, beverages, games and other fun activities. Volunteers are needed to sell tickets, set-up, distribute food, and clean-up.


Caring Through Sharing/Holiday Gift Barn
Caring Through Sharing/Holiday Gift Barn

Chair:
When:
early November- early December

This Holiday Giving program provides food, clothing, and gifts at the holidays to needy families in our district while demonstrating to Cougar Ridge students the importance of charitable support for their greater community. The committee chairperson organizes and distributes item lists and requests for gifts/giftcards, clothing, and household items to Cougar Ridge families. Volunteers are needed to assist with the planning and creation of the Caring Through Sharing display, collecting, organizing, and delivering donations to appropriate locations.


Carnival
Carnival

Chair:

End of the year celebration/Carnival. An outreach event meant to bring families together the end of the year to celebrate and have a good time! Carnival games, splash zone, gaga pit, food and beverages.
Family Bingo Night
Family Bingo Night

Chair:
When:
December

Join us every December for a fun night of Family Bingo at Cougar Ridge! Historically this is held the night before the start of Teacher Conferences in December. A great night for the entire family! The chair of this committee plans this great event for our kids and families.
Kindergarten Playground Night
Kindergarten Playground Night

Chair:
When:
Before kindergarten begins

The PTSA and the Connections Committee extend a warm welcome to all the new families who join the Cougar Ridge community as well as those who have been at the school and wish to find out more about the PTSA.

This committee provides valuable information about our school and greater community through various get togethers throughout the year. They are also responsible for organizing the Kindergarten Play Date before school starts.
Spooky Spaghetti Dinner
Spooky Spaghetti Dinner

Chair:
When:
One evening in late October

This family-friendly, dad-run evening features a spaghetti dinner prepared and served by Cougar Ridge dads. Children enjoy dressing in family-friendly costumes and playing games. Volunteers are needed both before and day of the event. You can now purchase your tickets online!

Fundraising

Auction
Auction

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Cougar Ridge holds an auction biennially. This is an adult only event that is held off campus. Funds from this event go a long way to support our PTSA budget.

Our next Auction will be Friday, March 13, 2020.
Corporate Rebates
Corporate Rebates

Chair:
(none)

The PTSA has rebate programs with several retailers. This committee's chairperson is responsible for encouraging participation by Cougar Ridge students, families and friends in the Corporate Rebate programs supported by the PTSA. He/She also oversees submission and collection of required forms. The chairperson, along with the Vice President of Ways and Means, annually evaluates and selects corporations with which to form rebate relationships. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate the program throughout the year.

Grant Writing
Grant Writing

Chair:
(none)

Cougar Ridge teachers and staff can work with this PTSA member to have their grant writing ideas written out and submitted on their behalf.
Membership
Membership

Chair:

Membership in the Cougar Ridge PTSA is available to all parents and community members that support the objective of advocacy for the welfare of children and youth in home, school and community. The Cougar Ridge Student Directory is provided with each membership (one per family). The membership chairperson is responsible for recording all PTSA membership fees and distributing membership cards and student directories accordingly. The membership chairperson keeps an updated and accurate membership list for the PTSA and the Washington PTA organization.

Membership is available online however, paper forms may be requested by contacting the membership chairperson. We encourage every family to join. Cougar Ridge has proudly met our goal of 100% membership, annually, for over a decade. Your support funds Cougar Ridge PTSA programs like Science Fair, Art Fair, Grade Level Enrichment Grants, Science to Go Prorams, and Student Council to name a few.
Spiritwear
Spiritwear

Chair:
When:
September and November

Cougar Ridge Spiritwear is sold in the fall. Please contact the program chair if you have any questions or comments regarding our school's Spiritwear.

Walkathon
Walkathon

Chair:
(none)

Every two years, Cougar Ridge PTSA holds a Walkathon to raise funds. This fundraiser, along with the Auction on the off year, provides the bulk of the PTSA's income and enables PTSA to fund its many programs.

Our next Walkathon will be in Fall 2020.

PTSA Enrichment Programs

Art Docent Program
Art Docent Program

Chair:
When:
ongoing

The Cougar Ridge Art Docent Program is funded and supported by the PTSA. Each class has art docent volunteers who plan and conduct monthly art lessons.

Book Fair
Book Fair

Chair:
When:
November

The Book Fair is an annual event, occurring in November. Cougar Ridge works in partnership with Scholastic Book Club. Please contact a Book Fair Chairperson for additional information. Profits (books & funds) from the PTSA sponsored Book Fair help enrich Cougar Ridge learning each year. The chairperson acts as liaison between the PTSA and the book company, schedules volunteers, arranges deposits with PTSA Treasurer, orders supplies and arranges publicity for the fair. Approximately 20-30 volunteers are needed to help with publicity, set up displays, cashier, and take down displays.
Chess Club
Chess Club

Chair:
(none)
When:
2nd and 4th Thursday every month after school

Please contact a Chess Club leader for details or any questions on how to get involved.

Gift-a-Book
Gift-a-Book

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The Gift-a-Book program was developed to help supply and support the Cougar Ridge library inventory.

Green Team
Green Team

Chair:

Is your 3rd- 5th grade child interested in the environment and recycling? Have them join the Green Team! The meetings will be once a month. At the first meeting, students will receive a permission slip and the dates of all the meetings.

The club will do schoolwide projects and posters, and we will learn about recycling and the environment.
Heritage Festival
Heritage Festival

Chair:
(none)

The Heritage Festival (formerly Festival of Cultures) occurs in alternate years and is next planned for 2021. The evening event features Country Booths (run by CR families) including arts and crafts, food samples, and more.
Parent Education
Parent Education

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Many Parent Education classes and seminars are offered throughout the year. A current listing can always be found on the district website. This position helps to get the word out about these great programs.


Reflections/Art Fair
Reflections/Art Fair

Chair:
(none)

The Washington State PTA, in partnership with the National PTA, sponsors an arts education contest known as the Reflections Program, with a different theme each year. Students use their creativity to express themselves through original works of art. Volunteers are needed to work with the local chairperson to promote Reflections at Cougar Ridge, distribute information and entries to students, identify local judges, display entries and organize a Reflections recognition reception at Cougar Ridge for participants. Time commitment varies. The committee chairperson is also responsible for organizing an Art Fair to highlight these great entries!

Science Fair
Science Fair

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The Cougar Ridge PTSA Science Fair is held each year in the spring, and all students are invited to participate by entering a science project.

Spelling Bee
Spelling Bee

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Cougar Ridge PTSA sponsors an annual spelling bee in February for grades 2-5. Click below for more information.

Operations

Awards
Awards

Chair:
When:
Year-long

The Awards committee is also responsible for the Golden Acorn and Outstanding Advocate awards. The awards committee coordinates and oversees nomination, selection, and presentation of the Golden Acorn and Outstanding Advocate Awards of the Washington State PTA. Presentation of these awards occurs at school and Issaquah PTSA Council ceremonies.
Bobcat Blast Coordinator
Bobcat Blast Coordinator

Chair:
When:
Year-long

The chairperson is responsible for drafting and sending the weekly "Bobcat Blast" emails listing upcoming PTSA and school events, volunteer opportunities, and parent education opportunities. The chairperson will gather information from the PTSA school and district calendars and will also include information as requested by other PTSA board members. Coordination with the PTSA Webmaster may be needed to ensure links to the web page are listed properly in the Blast.
Database Administrator
Database Administrator

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The database administrator (DBA) maintains an information database of families and students at Cougar Ridge. The DBA also creates lists and labels as needed for various PTSA committees.
Emergency Supplies
Emergency Supplies

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The Emergency Preparedness Committee Chairperson has the responsibility of working with Cougar Ridge principal and staff representative to inventory and update all emergency supplies and procedures. Included in the procedures is the updating of the Emergency Phone Tree and the Weather Phone Tree. These are used to notify participating families of weather/disaster related school closures and/or scheduling changes. Chairperson coordinates with the Issaquah School District Emergency Preparedness Committee that meets during the school year. Volunteers are needed to check and replenish supplies. 3-4 volunteers are needed for each classroom for Emergency and Weather Phone Tree calling.
Financial Review
Financial Review

Chair:
(none)
When:
Winter & July

The PTSA's fiscal year is from July 1 through June 30. The audit of the current year's financial records takes place in July.
Description: The PTSA financial records are audited once or twice per year by this independent committee in accordance with Washington State PTA Guidelines. Three to five volunteers are needed once during the winter (if mid-year audit is performed) and in mid-July for 3-5 hours. A financial background is helpful.
Language Liaison
Language Liaison

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This person is an important one for the PTSA - they are a liaison between our PTSA and our diverse cultural community. This person helps the Exec Board with advice and guidance as well as helping to secure language translations for PTSA communications as needed.
Room Parent Coordinator
Room Parent Coordinator

Chair:
When:
Room parent trainings are held in the fall.

The Room Parent Coordinator works closely with Classroom Parents. They provide training on Cougar Ridge and Issaquah School District policies and procedures for classroom parties, field trips, using the staff work room, and specialist support. They're also an important liaison between the PTSA and the classroom parents.
Student Directory
Student Directory

Chair:

Student directories are distributed to all PTSA members in the fall. Additional copies of the student directory are typically available. If you would like a copy, please complete a PTSA membership application and return it to the Cougar Ridge office. Current PTSA members can purchase an additional copy of the student directory for five dollars.
Description: Each year a student directory is printed and distributed to all PTSA members (one per family). Committee members assist with editing, proofreading, printing and distribution.
Yearbook
Yearbook

Chair:
When:
September - June

This committee produces an annual Cougar Ridge yearbook available for purchase by students and staff, and delivered in June. The yearbook features every class, specialist, and school group. It highlights other activities that occur during the school year. The committee chairperson is the liaison between PTSA and the yearbook publishing company, works with and trains layout volunteers and photographers, ensures photos are taken at all school events, and ensures completion of each yearbook page. Volunteers are needed to photograph various school-wide and grade-level activities throughout the year. Volunteers also are needed for page layout in February to early April.

Each class is requested to secure a Class Photographer. This volunteer is responsible to take pictures of his/her assigned class events and candid pictures from the beginning of school through March. Class photographers do not need to attend committee meetings/workshops.
Yearbook Sales
Yearbook Sales

Chair:
When:
Holtan

The Yearbook Sales chairperson is responsible for tracking yearbook sales. The majority of sales are obtained through the online registration process however, there is time spent following up with students who didn't order. The Yearbook sales chairperson also communicates sales information to Yearbook chairperson. Additional time is spent in the last two weeks of school sorting and distributing the yearbooks. Chairperson also sells any extra yearbooks ordered. 2-3 volunteers are needed to help with distribution and year-end sales.
Webmaster
Webmaster

Chair:
When:
Year-long

The Webmaster maintains the Cougar Ridge PTSA website to contain current information. The web pages contain the published information of the PTSA, including newsletters, budget, meeting minutes and information about PTSA sponsored events.

Advocacy

Issaquah Schools Foundation (ISF) Liaison
Issaquah Schools Foundation (ISF) Liaison

Chair:
(none)
When:
All year-- especially Fall and Spring

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is a private nonprofit organization that was formed in 1987 by a group of interested parents, teachers, business leaders and administrators to raise funds for Issaquah School District educational goals that would not otherwise be funded by regular school funding. The funds are generated yearly through varying fund raisers: All in for Kids/ Click for Kids in the fall and the Nourish Every Mind Spring Luncheon. Funds are distributed through specific grant requests that are consistent with the districts goals in education and technology. The Cougar Ridge ISF Liaison is responsible for promoting ISF events and securing volunteers as needed.

Legislation
Legislation

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-long

The Cougar Ridge PTSA Legislation chairperson keeps our membership informed on legislative action and news by maintaining a legislative presence to advocate laws that are in the best interest of our children. The Washington State PTA is a grassroots organization that focuses its legislative efforts on issues chosen by PTA members through Legislation representatives who meet locally, regionally and at a state assembly each year.
Periodically, as certain legislation approaches a vote, the PTA/PTSA will encourage communication to legislators by phone, letter or e-mail by its members. As advocates for our children, parents are encouraged to communicate their opinion to their legislators on issues that impact education in Washington State.
Volunteers for Issaquah Schools
Volunteers for Issaquah Schools

Chair:

Provide support for this nonprofit.

Staff Appreciation

Fall Staff Luncheon
Fall Staff Luncheon

Chair:

Description: This committee organizes and hosts a luncheon for the staff prior to the opening of school. Volunteers are needed to organize, prepare food, set-up, serve, and clean-up.
Monthly Staff Luncheons & Hospitality
Monthly Staff Luncheons & Hospitality

Chair:

The PTSA sponsors monthly staff luncheons as well as provides treats to monthly staff meetings. The volunteer parent chair(s) is responsible for securing and providing refreshments food and drinks for these events.
Staff Appreciation Week
Staff Appreciation Week

Chair:

This special and fun filled week is devoted to honoring our multi-talented staff at Cougar Ridge. A committee of volunteers is needed to generate ideas for the week that involve students and parents, as well as implementing the activities. Time commitment can vary and areas of need include decorations, luncheon planning, gift making, and supply shopping. This is a terrific opportunity to thank our amazing school staff!

School Events

Student Council
Student Council

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All students in fourth and fifth grade are eligible to serve on the Cougar Ridge Student Council. Members participate in monthly meetings before school to hear interesting guest speakers and develop leadership skills. The Student Council organizes school spirit days and Humanitarian activities such as food and clothing drives for Cougar Ridge and the community. Parent volunteers are needed to provide help and guidance for various Student Council activities.
Vision/Hearing Volunteer Coordinator
Vision/Hearing Volunteer Coordinator

Chair:
When:
Year-long

The chairperson is responsible for creating a volunteer sign up genius and coordinating with the Nurse and Office for our annual Vision and Hearing Day.