Challenger Elementary E-news

October 2nd 2019

Upcoming Dates

  • October 3: Student Council Meeting 3:40-4:25
  • October 4: 5th Grade YMCA Camp Terry Field Trip
  • October 5: 5th Grade Science To go
  • October 11: 4th Grade Toy Maker Activity
  • October 14: No School for students (Teacher Work Day)

Attendance Email

Please use our attendance email which is used exclusively for attendance related emails.

Please send all Attendance communication to:

Message from the office

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.

VOICE Mentors Needed for students in grades K-5

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:

If you have any questions, please contact

Challenger Elementary Dean of Students,

Brandy Falk.

Volunteer at Challenger

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.

Challenger School Hours

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.

From our School Nurse

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

(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.

PTA Information

The PTA needs you.....

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 or

Support the PTA

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 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

District Information

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 . 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.

Issaquah School District Celebrates Taste Washington Day, Wednesday October 2

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.

We look forward to participating in our fifth annual Taste Washington Day and future opportunities to feature locally grown and produced foods in our schools. Taste Washington Day is organized in partnership by the Washington School Nutrition Association (WSNA) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).

Young Rembrandts Saturday Cartoon & Drawing

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

S.T.E.M. Workshops

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

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

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