Challenger Elementary E-news

October 9th 2019

Upcoming Dates

  • October 11: 4th Grade Toy Maker Activity
  • October 14: No School for students (Teacher Work Day)
  • October 16: Young Author's Club in Library
  • October 17: 3rd Grade Salmon Hatchery
  • October 17: Vision and Hearing Screening
  • October 17-18: Kindergarten Science To Go

Attendance Email

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

Please send all Attendance communication to:

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

PTA Membership Directory

As part of your PTA membership, you have access to our online directory of other PTA members. You can search by student name or my teacher name for class lists.

Please take a moment to sign into the PTA website and check your student details are correct and that they are assigned to the correct teacher for this year. This is especially relevant if you signed up for PTA before the teacher assignments were available, or if you have a teacher new to Challenger this year, as their names were not updated until recently.

Thank you for your help in making our online directory a great asset to PTA membership.

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

Issaquah School Foundation

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:

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:

Our fall campaign, Step up for Kids is still in full swing! Donations can be made online at:

District Information

Are you new to the ISD?

Would you like to learn more about the school system and programs in the Issaquah School District?

All families are invited to attend the ISD event

“What Every Parent Wants to Know about the ISD”

on Oct. 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Clark Elementary School.

This event will have separate sessions for elementary, middle and high school information on topics such as school and classroom expectations, behavior expectations, grading, homework, communication with school and teachers, how to get involved, and course selection at the secondary level. District staff and parent volunteers will be available to answer questions.

Spanish, Korean and Mandarin speaking interpreters will be available at the event. Contact by Oct. 17th if you need an interpreter in another language.

Snacks and Childcare are available.

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.

ISD Transportation Department Weather Emergency Notification Bulletin -

Be Ready for Winter Weather

Watch your mailbox starting October 2 for the ISD 2019-2020 school year Emergency Transportation Bulletin. This mailer includes information on snow routes and stops, as well as program cancellations and schedule changes due to inclement weather. The bulletin also includes information on how to find out about school delays or closure. For more information, including a link to the electronic version of the bulletin, please click here.

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 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

Legal Notices

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