Apollo Elementary E-news

October 4, 2019

Upcoming Dates

  • October 14 - Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • October 29 - Picture Re-take Day

Message from the Principal

“I wish that every day was Saturday and every month was October.”
Charmaine J. Forde

Dear Apollo Families,

I love October for a variety of reasons but as an educator I love October as the month that shows students are becoming more confident in their new grade and demonstrating confidence in their practiced routines and traditions!

We hosted our first annual “Apollo Rocket Way Assembly”, where students were chosen to represent their class in a knowledge competition. Students ascended the stage, with their classmates cheering them on, and they answered questions about the Rocket Way Expectations. Believe it or not, there was a tie amongst all K- 5 classes and all classes won five minutes of extra recess time! I certainly had a lot of fun trying to ask tricky questions about Apollo Expectations but I could not stump a single student!

There is a lot going on in October at Apollo and I don’t want you to miss any of it! This week the Apollo PTA kicks off the “Rocket Fuel Fundraiser” and the goal is to raise $30 K in two weeks! The PTA will be hosting the Missoula Theater Week October 21- 25. And the annual PTA Reflections entries are due October 28 with the theme of “Look Within”. Please check the PTA site for more information or ask your student to tell you more about it!
Also, our 3rd graders will begin their Salmon Life Cycle learning and participate in a field trip this month to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery!

A couple dates to be aware of are:

OCTOBER 14 -- This is a non-student teacher training work day, so no school or Before/After school Care.

And while I mention some of the traditional events to look forward to, there is also a new trend that I want to address. We are seeing more and more students with smart watches that act as phones, texting and gaming devices, cameras, and GPS trackers. I definitely understand the need to equip your student with communication tools; however, these kinds of devices can become overly distracting to the learning environment when used during the school day. We have a cell phone policy in place and while it does not say smart watch specifically, the functions are similar and the policy is in place to protect the learning environment as well as student privacy.

From our student handbook:

Students are not to use cell phones in any way at school, during school hours, or on the school bus. If a phone is brought to school, it must remain in the student’s backpack and turned off. If parents need to be contacted during the school day, the office staff, or the nurse, will call using a school phone. Cell phones are not to be used to take photos or to view photos or video at school. Cell phone use at school may result in confiscation of the phone and require a parent pick up of the phone. Parents, out of respect for the school environment, please limit your cell phone use while on campus. Student/Parent watches or devices that are used as satellite tracking devices are to be turned off during the school day.

Additionally, if you need to get a message to your student, please call our main office, rather than text your student during school hours. Our office numbers are 425-837-7505 or 425-837-7538, the office staff will be more than happy to help get a message to your student!


Jane Harris

Grace Period for Last School Year’s Eligibility for Free and Reduced Lunches Ends October 15, 2019

Families in need of meal assistance must submit an application each school year. If you qualified for free or reduced priced meals in the previous school year, but have not yet submitted an application for the 2019-2020 school year, you must do so by October 15 in order for your benefits to continue uninterrupted.

If you have submitted a new application for this school year, no further action is needed.

Applications are processed as received; however, while you are awaiting approval, please send money or a lunch for your student until your qualification has been determined. Once approved, a letter will be sent to your primary family address.

Low income families may qualify for free or reduced price school lunches. The online English and Spanish application can be found at https://issaquah.strataapps.com/ . If you prefer to fill out a paper application, one may be printed from the District website under Family Resources/Free and Reduced Lunch Program. If you do not have access to a computer, a paper copy is available by contacting your school office.

PTA News


We want to start out this year ROCKET STRONG and meet our goal of $30,000. This Rocket Fuel will provide teachers, parents and students a way to support our school goals. 100% OF THE MONEY RAISED STAYS AT APOLLO!

Funds raised will help Apollo in the following ways:

  1. Student Enrichment (Art Docent Program, Math & Reading Incentive Programs, STEM Fair, 5th Grade Camp)
  2. Staff Support (Yearly Teacher Stipends, Apollo PTA Special Funding Requests and Staff Appreciation)
  3. Social Activities (Multicultural Night, Variety Show, Bingo Night & Spring Fling)
  4. Connect Apollo & Families (Back-to-School-Social, KinderConnect, MERLINConnect, ELL Engagement)
  5. School & Family Services (Emergency Preparedness Backpacks, Outreach & Parent Education)

Website is LIVE. Cash and check donations are due on October 15th and credit card (via PayPal) closes on October 15th at 11:59PM.
For more information, please check out our Apollo PTA webpage by clicking here: http://apollopta.ourschoolpages.com/Home
For questions, email fundraising@apollopta.org


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


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.

District and Community News

Young Rembrandts Saturday Cartoon & Drawing at the Issaquah Community Center. Ages 6-12. Saturday, October 12-November 2 or Saturday, November 16–December 14 (No class November 30). $66; $55 for Residents. In this 4-week class, learn to create exciting cartoon imagery filled with dynamic characters and expressive personalities. You will develop visual story-telling skills by drawing humorous sequential images. Young Rembrandts teaches all-new lessons every week, and all lessons are both educational and FUN. Media includes pencils, sharpies and colored markers. Sign up with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at 425-837-3300 or www.issaquahwa.gov/register.

S.T.E.M. Workshops at the Issaquah Community Center. Saturdays, 10:00am–12:00pm. Ages 6-10. $48; 40 for Residents. Join Pamela Kennedy, an award-winning science teacher and owner of Cascade Enrichment for educational workshops that will get your kids thinking, solving and creating. Choose one workshop or sign up for multiple – each workshop is individual from each other. September 28: Mixing Madness; October 19: Microscopic World; November 16: Architectural Builds; December 7: Digging for Dinosaurs. Sign up with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at 425-837-3300 or www.issaquahwa.gov/register.

Mark your calendars now for the upcoming Family Sock Hop at the Issaquah Community Center. Friday, November 15; 6:30-9:00pm. This inaugural 50’s themed event, complete with root beer floats, is for all ages! $18/family; $15/for Issaquah residents. Sign up with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at 425-837-3300 or www.issaquahwa.gov/register


Fall Dining for Kids Dates & Locations

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. Put these upcoming dates on your calendar!

More information available here: http://isfdn.org/dining-for-kids/

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.