PTSA Events

Spooky Spaghetti Family Night
Spooky Spaghetti Family Night

Chair:
When:
September - October

Bring the family, dress in your costumes, and enjoy dinner and a ghoulish good time!
Meet the Teacher/Back to School Event
Meet the Teacher/Back to School Event

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.


Carnival - End of Year Celebration
Carnival - End of Year Celebration

Chair:
When:
March-June

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

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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:
June - August

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.
Heritage Festival Family Night
Heritage Festival Family Night

Chair:
When:
April-May

The Heritage Festival (formerly Festival of Cultures).
Celebrate our wonderful multicultural school community by coming together to explore facts of countries around the world, taste food and enjoy performances from across the globe!
5th Grade Promotion
5th Grade Promotion

Chair:
(none)
When:
June 2023

5th Grade is a special time of transition, at the end of the year a ceremony and party is held to celebrate the Cougar Ridge students completion of elementary school.
Seeking Chairperson(s).
Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year

Chair:
(none)
When:
January-February

School Events

5th Grade Camp
5th Grade Camp

Chair:
(none)
When:
April-May
Student Council
Student Council

Chair:
(none)
When:
Full School Year

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:
(none)
When:
Spring (TBD)

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.
Assemblies
Assemblies

Chair:
(none)
When:
All Year
5th Grade Yard Signs
5th Grade Yard Signs

Chair:
(none)
When:
June 2023

A new tradition born during the pandemic, but a fun traditional nonetheless. Work with our graphics team to create an idea, promote the sale and coodinate pick-up of signs at school. Could easily be done by one person or a small team.
Seeking Chairperson(s).
5th Grade Picnic
5th Grade Picnic

Chair:
(none)
When:
June 2023

Operations

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

Chair:

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

Chair:

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:
January & 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 hours. A financial background is helpful.
Language Liaison
Language Liaison

Chair:

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 Sales
Yearbook Sales

Chair:
(none)
When:
Eleen Kwor

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.

PTSA Enrichment Programs

Art Docent Program
Art Docent Program

Chair:
When:
Full School Year

An Art Docent is a parent volunteer who leads hands-on art lessons designed to encourage creative thinking while introducing art history and famous artists. The focus of this program is on visual art, drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Each lesson should result in a finished project, a piece of art. It is our goal to reinforce the key art concepts such as color, texture, line, composition etc.
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.

Scholastic Book Fair
Scholastic Book Fair

Chair:
(none)
When:
October - November

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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:
When:
All Year

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

Gift-a-Book
Gift-a-Book

Chair:
When:
February

The Gift-a-Book program helps update the book collection at the Cougar Ridge Library and allows our Librarian, Mr. Hembree to purchase a book on your child's behalf. It is a great way to honor your child. The book purchased with your donation will be shown to your child during his/her library time. Your child will have a chance to pick the book and his/her name will be placed inside.

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.
Parent Education
Parent Education

Chair:
(none)

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.
ParentWiser offers speakers, discussions, and documentary films throughout the school year to engage parents in timely educational topics for raising healthy, confident K-12 students.

Check out http://parentwiser.org for a current listing of parent education events, registrations, and resources across the Issaquah School District.


Reflections/Art Fair
Reflections/Art Fair

Chair:
(none)
When:
October-December

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!

STEM Fair /Science Fair
STEM Fair /Science Fair

Chair:
(none)
When:
February-March

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

Chair:
When:
January-February

Cougar Ridge PTSA sponsors an annual spelling bee in March 1st and 2nd, 2022. Click below for more information.

Robotics Club
Robotics Club

Chair:
When:
All Year

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Art Fair
Art Fair

Chair:
(none)

Community Relations

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.


Membership
Membership

Chair:
(none)
When:
All Year

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. It's an annual subscription and runs from July- June, but you can join anytime during the year. We encourage every family to join. Cougar Ridge has proudly met our goal of 100% membership, annually, for over a decade.

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.
Social Media
Social Media

Chair:
When:
All Year

Our PTSA can be found on Facebook @CougarRidgePTSA and Instagram @CougarRidgePTSA . Stay up to date on all the fun and exciting programs you don't want to miss.
Angel Student Assistance Program
Angel Student Assistance Program

Chair:
(none)
When:
All Year

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The Angel Program at Cougar Ridge Elementary was created to provide a helping hand to students who need extra support with basic necessities. The program is a confidential, behind-the-scenes PTSA program made possible by donations from the Cougar Ridge community; both the donors (known as "Angel'') and the student in need remain anonymous. Every donation - no matter the size - makes a huge difference!

Fundraising

Donation
Donation

Chair:
(none)
When:
Fall

“Pass the Hat” is the Cougar Ridge Elementary 2022-23 Primary Fundraiser.

Auction
Auction

Chair:
(none)

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.

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.

Fun Run
Fun Run

Chair:
(none)

Every two years, Cougar Ridge PTSA holds a Fun Run 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 Fun Run is on March 16 - April 1, 2022

Staff Appreciation

Fall Staff Luncheon (Meet the Teacher)
Fall Staff Luncheon (Meet the Teacher)

Chair:
When:
August-September

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:
When:
Full School Year

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:
When:
April-May

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 Spirit & Fun

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.


Yearbook
Yearbook

Chair:
(none)
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.
Spirit Week
Spirit Week

Chair:
(none)

Dress up in the theme of that day and cheer on our amazing Cougar Ridge students as they enter the building during Spirit Week.

Staff Support

Curriculum Grants
Curriculum Grants

Chair:
(none)

The mission of the Cougar Ridge Elementary School PTSA is to provide opportunities to support our children’s education. To that end, the PTSA provides curriculum grants to Cougar Ridge teachers and staff to enhance educational opportunities for students.
Teacher Stipends
Teacher Stipends

Chair:
(none)
When:
All Year

At the start of every year, we provide all our teachers and staff with a stipend to spend on additional supplies they might need for the school year.

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:
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:
(none)

Provide support for this nonprofit.

Parent Support

Tissues & Tears
Tissues & Tears

Chair:
When:
September

Join kindergarten and other parents after the morning drop off on the first day of school to have a little cry and a little celebration!
Purposeful People
Purposeful People

Chair:
(none)
When:
All Year

The PTSA has funded a new curriculum called PurposeFull People! PurposeFull People is CharacterStrong’s Pre-K-5 Toolkit. It is intentionally designed to support work that schools are already doing around Character Education and Social-Emotional Learning. Designed by veteran teachers, school counselors, play therapists, and many other incredible voices, PurposeFull People is packed with tons of practical and easy-to-use tools that focus on developing character and social-emotional skills in students, staff, and families.

Each month we will provide resources on a new topic.

Student Support

School Supply Kits
School Supply Kits

Chair:
(none)
When:
June - August

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The PTSA works with an outside vendor to have complete school supply kits made for each grade. Sale usually runs during the summer.
Kinder Summer Playdates
Kinder Summer Playdates

Chair:
(none)
When:
June/July/August

Join other incoming 2022-2023 Cougar Ridge kindergarten students and their families this summer at Lewis Park.
Date and time will be TBD.
Bus Greeters
Bus Greeters

Chair:
(none)
When:
September - first two weeks of school

This program helps get the wheels rolling during the first 2 weeks of school. Bus greeters will meet kids as they exit the bus at school. They will help kids learn their bus numbers, by writing the bus number on their hand as they exit the bus and direct them to their classes. After school, they will hold signs with bus numbers and assist children to get to the correct bus. Approx. time investment 20 mins in the AM and 20 mins in PM.

Volunteering

Future Opportunities
Future Opportunities

Chair:
(none)
When:
All Year

Add your name to specific events and programs you are interested in supporting through volunteering.

The programs and events provided to the school by the Cougar Ridge Elementary PTSA cannot happen without volunteers from our school community. If you would like to be included in receiving more information about any of our below programs or events, please check the what you are interested in. You are not committing to help, just to receive more information. If you cannot always be present at school, there are still opportunities to help from home, so don't hold back on checking what interests you.

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Chair:
(none)