Apollo Elementary E-news

October 17, 2019

Upcoming Dates

  • October 29 - Picture Re-take Day
  • November 6 - Veteran's Day Assembly, MPR, 9:45am-10:15am
  • November 7 & 8 - School-wide Vision and Hearing Screening event

Veteran's Day Assemblies

We will be honoring our veterans at an assembly on Wednesday, November 6th at 9:45 - 10:15am. Assistant Principal, Vanessa Garcia, is preparing a special power point presentation which will include pictures of veterans who are special to our students. Please send photographs to Mrs. Garcia via email to GarciaV@issaquah.wednet.edu no later than Monday, November 4th. If you sent a picture and it was used in last year’s presentation, you don’t need to send another this year.

Please include:

  • The name of the veteran
  • The student’s name and teacher (or names if there are siblings at Apollo)
  • The relationship of the veteran to the student (grandparent, uncle, mother, etc…)
  • The branch of service in which the veteran served
  • The years in which the veteran served

If you have special veterans in your family who live nearby (or if you are a veteran!), please invite them to our assemblies so we can honor them in person!

System Test - Text Notifcation System

On Thursday, October 24 , ISD will be conducting a TEST of our text notification system. We are doing this to make sure the information we have on file for you in Family Access is correct. Please note that if we only have a landline telephone number for you, we cannot send a text. Here’s how it will work: At approximately 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, the District will send a test text message to all families that says “TEST text message from ISD.” At approximately 6:30 p.m. the District will send a follow E-News by email to all families with information about how to let us know if you did not receive the text.

- If you do receive the text, you’re all set! You do not need to respond to the follow up E-News.

- If you do not receive the text, please follow the instructions in the email.

Highly Capable Program Screening for Kindergarten Students

Letters were recently sent home to the families of all kindergarten students who are enrolled in the Issaquah School District. These letters detail the process that will be used to identify Issaquah’s “most highly capable” kindergarteners. Student screening will be November 5 through 7. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter the Primary Enrichment Program (PEP) later in the school year. Students living within the Issaquah School District’s boundaries, but attending private or home-based schools may participate in screening. Contact your neighborhood school for more information. To learn more about the Highly Capable Program click on the following link: Highly Capable Issaquah School District webpage.

Holiday Gift Barn

Thanks to thousands of donors and almost 400 volunteers, over 1,800 children received gifts for the holidays last year.

Holiday Gift Barn is one of the biggest and most exciting annual events put on by the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

Each year Holiday Gift Barn serves children in the Issaquah School District. We turn Pickering Barn into a huge department store where parents can choose gifts and stocking stuffers for each of their children. We also have a wrapping station and child care so the gifts can stay a surprise until Christmas morning.

To see the amazing transformation of Pickering Barn into the Holiday Gift Barn, check out this time lapse video!

Holiday Gift Barn shopping will take place December 4th and 5th this year! Watch our website as fall approaches for updates and more information for the 2019 Holiday Gift Barn event.

Click the link to the Holiday Gift Barn if you are interested in donating, volunteering, or accessing the gift barn for your family: https://issaquahfoodbank.org/holiday-gift-barn

Are you registered to vote? A quick way to check and register online for 11/5 Election

Ballots for the November 5 election are being mailed out to registered voters on October 18, 2019! Do you know if you are registered to vote? If you’ve recently moved or changed your name (or just haven’t voted in a while), you probably need to re-register to vote. And, because general elections usually happen only once a year, it’s understandable if you’re not totally clear on your voter status or if you remembered to update your registration after your last big life event. Even if you’re pretty sure you have, there’s no harm in taking a minute to double-check and there is an easy way to find out! Simply follow this link to the VoteWA website and enter your name and birthday. It will verify your status, and offer you the opportunity to update your information if need be. October 28 is the deadline to use the online registration, but you can still register in person up to November 5. All of the details are on the VoteWA.gov website! You can also find important details about the November 5, 2019 General Election at King County’s Election Website.

PTA News

Rocket Fuel Fundraiser

Our Apollo PTA Fall Rocket Fuel Fundraiser was a SUCCESS! Congratulations Apollo Rockets! Though we were only 75.7% towards our goal of $30,000, by adding in the corporate matches we raised $28,806 for our school. Amazing Job!

Congratulations to Theo Kim from Mrs. Ferranti's class for receiving the most donations. He earned Lunch with Principal Harris in a couple of weeks.

Now to announce the winning grade for this Fundraiser...drum roll please....

Congratulations to the 1st Grade Team! They will receive a Popsicle Party on Friday, October 18th. The teachers will also receive an extra $50 to spend on books for their classroom at the Scholastic Book Fair in December! Yesterday, all students got a chance to celebrate at the Dance part.

Thanks for helping us Blast off to Success Together!

PTA Reflections Art Program:

Apollo students are invited to participate in the Reflections program. This year, the theme is “Look Within.” All Reflectionssubmissions are due by Monday, October 28. For more information on how to participate: Apollo PTA Reflections

Vision and Hearing Testing

Volunteers are needed for the school sponsored Vision and Hearing testing! Please consider helping: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4ea4aa23a7fd0-vision3

Translator Committee Help

Do you speak another language? Yay! Apollo PTA is looking individuals who would be willing to help once in a while with translation. We are hoping to help connect more Apollo families that might need something like this. Please sign up HERE. Questions? Please contact Pauline Reyes via FACE@apollopta.org.

Please visit our website at www.ApolloPTA.org for more information.


Dining for Kids

Join us on November 6th at Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill in Issaquah Highlands and Dine for Kids! Our Dining for Kids restaurant partners generously guarantee a portion of the day’s proceeds as a donation to the Issaquah Schools Foundation that provides multiple forms of support to Issaquah School District students, including food aid. More information about Dining for Kids dates & locations can be found here: http://isfdn.org/dining-for-kids/.

Shop for a Cause

Join the Issaquah Schools Foundation at the Golf Club at Newcastle November 14th and get a jump on your Holiday shopping! $3 from each glassybaby and 20% of all Kendra Scott jewelry sales will be donated back to fund programs and resources for Issaquah School District students. Enjoy an evening on the Terrace (indoor) of the Calcutta Grill with friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and rally together to shop for a cause!

Program Spotlight

Teacher Grants - The Issaquah Schools Foundation provides an opportunity for all teachers to apply for grants to fund projects that enrich education, fill unmet needs, and/or serve as incubators for innovation. Many PTSAs offer teacher grants as well, which is great! There are times when a grant is for a larger need, may be spread to more than one school, or is simply out of a given PTSA’s budget. The Foundation is here to support those ideas that teachers have to best support our student’s education. The Foundation’s grant process is all online and will open on November 8th. More information can be found at: http://isfdn.org/our-purpose/promoting-professional-development/grants/.

Our fall campaign, Step up for Kids is still in full swing! Donations can be made online at: http://isfdn.org/donate/.

Check our Peachjar community bulletin boards!

Apollo Elementary partners with Peachjar, an online bulletin board system, to help families see all the opportunities happening with community partners in the greater ISD community.