Apollo Elementary E-news

November 22, 2019

Upcoming Dates

  • November 18 - December 2 - Toy Drive
  • November 28 & 29 - Thanksgiving Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • December 4 & 5 - Parent Conferences - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • December 9-13 - Winter Scholastic Book Fair
  • December 13 - Winter Festival, 6-8pm, MPR (Book Fair open 5:30-7:30pm!)
  • December 23-Jan 3 - Winter Break- NO SCHOOL


Dear Apollo Families,

We are nearing the end of the first trimester and looking back at our first weeks of school compared to now, gosh do we see a tremendous amount of growth in our Apollo students! Growth does not only happen in the classroom but also in students’ artistic talents as well. Our annual Reflections Art event saw over 80 students participate; providing paintings, drawings, photography, music, dance, and poetry to the theme Look Within. The finalists will go on to the district level. Our students never fail to keep me in awe of their talents and reflective insights!

Our Apollo Student Council is hosting a Toy drive to collect toys and gifts for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank’s Holiday Gift Barn. The students are excited to increase their donation amount from last year’s 400 items! Donations will be accepted through December 2. Oh and did I mention, there is a grade level contest too?

If you are like me, you can’t believe that some neighbors and friends already have their homes beautifully decorated for the season. There is one great way to start to catch up and it is for a worthy cause! Our fifth grade parents are teaming up with Carpinito Brothers’ Nursery to sell Wreath and Garland until November 29! Proceeds go to support Apollo’s 5th grade Camp experience! You can order on the PTA website and pick up your order at Apollo on Dec. 6th from 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm.

One of my favorite events is coming soon to Apollo… The Winter Scholastic Book Fair December 9th – December 13th. Also, if you find yourself at the Bellevue Barnes and Noble Book Store look for an opportunity to support Apollo’s Book Collections for classrooms and Library. B&N selected Apollo as a school to support during their Holiday Book Drive. The drive runs November 1st through January 1st. Our Librarian, Mrs. Quimbey has already brought back to Apollo many boxes of great books!

Please check out the Apollo PTA Site for information listed above!

I hope all of our families that have travel plans for the Thanksgiving Break have a safe, wonderful, and restful time!


Jane Harris, Principal

Toy Drive

Apollo Student Council & Apollo PTA are teaming up to collect new toys and clothing items from Monday, November 18 – Monday, December 2 for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s “Holiday Gift Barn.” Donation boxes will be outside the office. The “Holiday Gift Barn” serves over 1,800 students in the Issaquah School District each year. Apollo collected over 400 toys last year! The grade that donates the most will earn a popsicle party!


Lunch for the Break will be available at Valley Church (SR 900), Our Savior Lutheran Church (downtown Issaquah), and Faith Church (Issaquah Plateau) on Thursday, December 19th. If you are interested in accessing food over the winter break for your student, please register using this link: https://issaquahfoodandclothingbank.wufoo.com/forms/z1exegrk18ythvv/

Elementary Phase 1 Curriculum Adoption – Foundational Reading Skills Parent Survey

The ISD Teaching and Learning Department will review instructional reading materials for teaching foundational reading skills beginning in December 2019. During this literacy adoption, a district committee will review evidence-based practices and instructional materials to make recommendations. As partners in your child’s education, we invite you to follow this link to complete a survey.


Highly capable testing for second grade students will occur at all elementary schools January 14 through January 17 and continue March 10 through March 13. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter either SAGE or MERLIN in the 2020-21 school year. Second grade students attending private or home-based schools are invited to participate. Contact your neighborhood school for more information about how to participate. More information about the Issaquah School District Highly Capable Program and testing for second grade students is available on the Highly Capable Issaquah School District webpage.


Each year we offer to parents/guardians of fifth grade students a district presentation of the Family Life and Sexual Health (F.L.A.S.H.) curriculum prior to teaching the unit.

The presentation includes information about:

· Laws and district procedures

· How curriculum is presented in our classrooms

· Options for exempting students

The upcoming dates for these presentations are:

Wednesday, December 11, 6:00 PM

Saturday, December 14, 9:00 AM

· All presentations are held at the Issaquah Administration Center:

5150 220th Ave. SE

Issaquah, WA 98029

· Please know that the presentation begins on time and lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

It is only mandatory to attend a presentation if a parent/guardian wants to exempt their student from the HIV/AIDS lessons.

Additional information about F.L.A.S.H. is available on our ISD website or by contacting Kris Coleman (425-837-7123)

PTA News


Help give thanks to our hardworking Apollo staff by dropping off a crockpot of soup or chili, and/or bring salad bar fixings! We're excited to provide a cozy meal and salad bar to celebrate these wonderful hard working people! This is a also great opportunity for working moms and dads to take part and contribute by dropping food off to the Office/Staff Room in the morning before school. Thank YOU for contributing to this event and making it so special! click here to help. Questions? Contact Kristina Murphy, Apollo PTA Staff Appreciation Chair


A round of applause to all the students who entered this year’s Reflections program! We had 85 entries from our Apollo students! Congratulations to the students who are school finalists and will have their art move onto the district for judging! Please click here to see the complete list of Finalist and Honorable Mentions! Also a big thank you to all the volunteers that made the Reflections Program a success this year!


When thinking of your holiday decorating this season, please consider ordering your greenery from your fellow 5th grade parents. Apollo PTA 5th Grade Camp Fundraising team is excited to be teaming up with Carpinito Brothers in Kent again to sell 25’ fresh cedar garlands for $30.00 and 24” deluxe decorated fresh noble wreaths for $25.00. Sales end November 29th! On-line ordering is available on the Apollo PTA website: apollopta.org. Greenery will be delivered on December 6th. Questions about wreath/garland fundraising? Please email camp@apollopta.org.


The Read At Home (RAH) Fall Challenge is due on Monday, December 2nd! If your child has been busy reading at home, make sure they fill out this form and return it to earn a free book from the Apollo PTA! If you need a new form, Click HERE for more information. Questions? Contact rah@apollopta.org


Join us for family dinner as well as Bingo and Carnival Games on Friday, December 13th from 6-8 in the MPR. There will be pizza, salad, prizes and lots of fun, all sponsored by the Apollo PTA. Make sure to stop by the library and checkout the Artic Adventure Book Fair happening from 5:30-7:30! This event is “Powered by Dad’s”; we are looking for Dads to volunteer to setup, serve food, and cleanup. If you are interested please email events@apollopta.org or click HERE and let us know how you can help!


The STEM Fair is looking for committee members to help us plan this fun and educational event. Our first committee meeting will be in January and STEM Fair will be on April 24th. We are looking for volunteers who will help us organize the daytime student visits to STEM Fair and help us plan the hands-on activities for the family event in the evening. Help support all of Apollo's young scientists! For more information, contact stemfair@apollopta.org.


To find a complete list of upcoming volunteer opportunities, visit our website here.

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