Back-To-School Checklist

We’re kicking off our back-to-school series with a checklist to help you prepare for the first day of school. This year, make sure all your “I’s” are dotted and “T’s” crossed before the school bell rings with the help of these specialists and retailers at Grand Ridge Plaza.

Schedule haircuts: Check in online at to skip to the front of the line or drop by the Highlands Drive salon – no appointment needed. For sophisticated services such as balayage and highlights, consult the experts at The Salon at Ulta Beauty or Sorella Salon.

Issaquah Highlands Dental GroupVisit the Dentist: The end of summer is a good time to book dental exams before families get busy with after-school activities. The dentists at Issaquah Highlands Dental Group treat patients of elementary school age and older. Located next to Carter’s, the practice is currently offering a $59 new patient special that includes an exam, cleaning and digital x-rays.

Get Focused: Can they see the whiteboard? Can they focus on road signs at Driver’s Ed? Take guessing out of the picture by scheduling eye exams at Optica Vision Care. Drs. Samuel Ahn and Katie Gunther see patients ages four and older at the full-service optometry clinic on Park Drive.

Zumiez Backpacks IssaquahDouble-check Backpacks: Sort through last year’s gear and determine what’s in great shape – and what needs to be replaced. For backpacks, head to Zumiez and DICK’S Sporting Goods. Both retailers also offer the option of buying online and picking up at the store. Carter’s is also a go-to resource for preschooler backpacks and accessories.

Book Sports Physicals: Allegro Pediatrics is opening a pediatric clinic at Grand Ridge Plaza in September. Each of the seven pediatricians at the new clinic is currently accepting new patients. In addition to sports physicals, the practice offers yearly check-ups to answer everyday questions.

NaturoMedica IssaquahReview Vaccination Schedules: Washington State recently updated required vaccination schedules for school-age children. The NaturoMedica naturopathic medicine clinic at Grand Ridge Plaza has Chicken Pox vaccines in stock to meet new vaccine requirements for ninth to twelfth graders and can provide advice on alternative schedules.

Stock Up for Lunch: Visit Safeway Issaquah Highlands for non-perishable basics such as juice and milk boxes, napkins, sandwich bags and snack foods. Safeway also carries school supplies such as permanent markers, pencils, pens, tissues and loose-leaf paper.

Carter's Back to SchoolShop Your Closets, Then Hit the Stores: From unused school supplies to unworn clothing that still fits, there’s often a hidden gem in every home. Sort through drawers and closets, then visit Marshalls, francesca’s, Zumiez, Carter’s and DICK’S Sporting Goods to shop the latest fashions. (Please consider donating children’s clothing and gear that your family no longer needs to Eastside Baby Corner. Drop off donations at Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage next to BevMo! on High Street seven days a week.)

Charge Your Phone: Make sure you have enough battery power for terrific First Day of School photos.

P.S. The first day of school for both the Issaquah and Bellevue school districts is Thursday, September 1. Renton and Snoqualmie School Districts return a day earlier on Wednesday, August 31.