Please use our attendance email which is used exclusively for attendance related emails.
Please send all Attendance communication to:
Parents: The front parking lot is for kindergarten parents only. Kindergarten parents must walk their children to their class line. Drop-off is not permitted.
Additionally, students in grades 1-5 must be dropped off in the back loop. We have noticed many students being dropped off in the front parking lot. With over 160 kindergarteners, we cannot have any other parents in the front parking lot.
Are you interested in making an immediate impact on a student at Challenger? Perhaps you have a high school student in need of volunteer work? We have the perfect opportunity for you…become a VOICE mentor at Challenger Elementary!
What is a VOICE mentor?
A VOICE mentor is an adult (or high school student) who has a passion for working with students. They commit to being available one hour/week throughout the school year to meet with their mentee. Students and mentors do activities together based upon interests and student needs.
How do I become a VOICE mentor? There are 2 easy steps:
1. Complete the Issaquah School District Volunteer Application (including background check).
2. Apply to be a mentor through Issaquah School District via the following link: https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/programs/voice
If you have any questions, please contact
Challenger Elementary Dean of Students,
All volunteers must complete the online registration and be approved each school year.
If you were approved to volunteer last year, you will need to sign into the system, go to your check-off list and make sure all information is updated and current, then submit for approval for this new school year. New volunteers will need to complete the entire approval process before being able to volunteer.
Mon, Tue, Thur, & Fri
If your child rides the bus please remember you need to be at the bus stop by the time the bus arrives otherwise they will be brought to the school.
Vision and Hearing Screening
We need volunteers for our annual “Vision and Hearing” screening, which will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019.The tasks mainly include assisting the school nurse and other staff with hearing testing, escorting classes, line control, etc. Both morning and afternoon assistance is needed. All volunteers will be trained at the start of their shift. Assignments will be made when you arrive that morning- your preferences are requested at that time as well. No experience is necessary. It is best if you are able to stay for your entire shift and are present for the training.
If you are interested in helping with Vision and Hearing, please sign up in the below link
Parents who wish to excuse their student from being screened for vision and hearing on October 17 may e-mail me at PileggiJ@issaquah.wednet.edu
(This is often the case for those with chronic issues that regularly follow up with their hearing and vision professionals)
**From the office - Be sure that your online WSP background check has been completed before volunteering.
Just a reminder to keep clipping those Box Tops! Help your class win FREE Legendary Donut coupons while earning money for Challenger at the same time!
Our First Box Top submission date is October 25th.
Collection sheets can be found on the PTA board just inside the main school doors. You can also clip and stick them into a Ziploc bag with the name of your child’s teacher on the bag. For your convenience there is a collection box in the office labeled Box Tops.
Please contact Kelsey Fierst at Kelseyfierst@yahoo.com with any questions.
We are looking for volunteers on October 1st to stand in front of Challenger- near the entrance facing Klahanie Blvd. to wave the Issaquah Schools Foundation fall campaign signs. Kids are welcome to join us too. Volunteers would be needed just before school starts (9:00-9:15 AM) and/or just after pick up at the end of the day (3:45- 4:00 PM). The honk & wave helps drive awareness of the Issaquah Schools Foundation around the district. Thank you for your help in promoting the Foundation! Hope to see you there!
Calling all STEM fans!! Challenger Elementary PTA has proudly sponsored a STEM/Science fair for over 5 years. It is a well loved and attended event held in March. Currently, we do not have anyone to chair this event. It takes an estimated 15-20 hours. If you are interested, please reach out to us at email@example.com . Without a chair, this event cannot happen so grab a few friends and help us make it happen! Thanks for considering.
Do you have a passion for art? Do you want to help foster that love in our Challenger students? Challenger Elementary is need of help for the our Reflections program. Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but in life. Time commitment is roughly 10-15 hours between now and November. Please consider stepping up to chair this wonderful program. Unfortunately, without enough volunteers, we are unable to provide this program for our students, which would make for some disappointed students. If interested, please reach out to Kendra or Lisa at
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Hello Challenger Families!
The PTA is already working hard planning fun and amazing events for the 2019-2020 school year, but we need your help!
Please visit www.challengerpta.org today and support the PTA.
Some things to remember:
*Family Memberships require you to add 2 names to your account. This can be a spouse, friend, neighbor, grandparent or even your child.
*PTA Membership is only good for one school year. If you signed up last year, THANK YOU, you account has expired.
*Supporting the PTA DOES NOT mean you have to volunteer.
Thank you to all families who have already supported Challenger PTA! We appreciate you!
Questions? Please contact Amy Senior firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Taste Washington Day celebrates Washington agriculture and promotes good nutrition in our schools. On October 2, school lunches in the Issaquah School District will highlight local produce and dairy from the fantastic bounty Washington State has to offer. Each featured produce item will be accompanied by signage in the lunch room for the students to see with information about the local farm that grew and harvested the food.
We are happy to announce that the milk we serve this day, and every day during the school year, is supplied by Smith Brothers Dairy in Kent, Washington. Smith Brothers belongs to a Washington State Dairy Pool and the locally processed milk is all produced by Washington State dairy cows. Other featured items are fresh celery from Carpinito Brothers in Kent, Washington, fresh peaches from Sage Fruit Co in Yakima, Washington, fresh pears from Rainier Fruit in Selah, Washington and fresh Golden Delicious apples from Evans Fruit in Yakima, Washington.
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