Challenger Elementary E-news

November 20th 2019

Upcoming Dates

  • November 21: 1st Grade Science to Go
  • November 22: Spirit Day - Apple Cup Day
  • November 28-29: NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 2: Reports Cards Available on Skyward after 4pm
  • December 4-5: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS Conference Days

Due to construction on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road, traffic has picked up on Klahanie Boulevard. Please make sure you and your students are using crosswalks when crossing Klahanie Blvd, especially right in front of the school. With the rain and darkness, we want to keep our community as safe as possible.

Attendance Email

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NO SCHOOL November 28-29th Thanksgiving Holiday

NO SCHOOL for Elementary Students December 4-5 Conference Days

Holiday Food and Clothing Drive

Challenger Elementary Student Council And Challenger PTA

In November we will be supporting the Issaquah Food Bank. Challenger’s annual food and clothing drive is November 12-22 . Please bring gently worn clothing and non-perishable food. No glass please!

Please send your donations to school in brown paper grocery bags for easy transport to the food bank.

Rainy season is upon us.

Students will go out to recess every day unless there is thunder, lightning or hard rain/severe wind conditions. That means there will be puddles and sometimes the field or blue toy may be shut down!

Please send kids with raincoats, rain boots, umbrellas, and a change of clothes in their backpack (our health room only has clothes for potty accidents).

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.

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.

Attention 5th Grade Families

F.L.A.S.H. Parent Presentation

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 Information

Challenger PTA wants to thank our Bingo and Reflections Teams

We have had 2 great events this month that would not have been possible without some amazing Challenger Families:

Thank you to the Reflection chairs: Kelsey Fierst, Flannery Wilcox as well as Wendy Pacifici, Amanda Lin, Naj Soutar, Monique Boswell and Priyanka Parmanand for putting on an extremely successful Reflections event. We increased our submissions this year- which is always a challenge and a goal.


Did you have a great time at BINGO?? Please thank our amazing chairs- it was a ton of work - but they rocked it - and all for the KIDS!!

Tracey Boyd, Yvonne Bergholm, Naj Soutar, Susie Allison, Charlotte Archer and Shaeli Beeson

From the bottom of our hearts- thank you for putting the kids first!

Lynch Creek Holiday Items:

Please click on the link to purchase beautiful holiday items and support Challenger 5th grade end of year events.

Lynch Creek has beautiful Fall and holiday items including wreaths, centerpieces, tabletop trees, swag, garland etc.

Here is the link:

PTA Gift-a-Book

September, October and November Gift a Book letters have been sent out. If you would like to celebrate your child’s fall birthday or another achievement with a gift to the Challenger library, you can purchase the gift online or pay by check.

Each donated book is handpicked by your child and receives a nameplate with your child’s name. They are then the first person to check the book out from the library!

Thank you for your support!

Festival of Cultures

Mark your calendar! Festival of Cultures will be held on Friday, January 24th 2020.

Interested in hosting a table? The deadline for table hosts is December 20th, 2019

Interested in your group performing? Want to help plan this event?

Email Amy Senior

District Information

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.

City of Sammamish Seeks Community Input on Transportation Master Plan

Do you have transportation issues you care about? Traffic got you down? Let’s talk traffic! Please register to share your voice and learn more about the Transportation Master Plan on Connect Sammamish! Connect Sammamish allows citizens to participate in polls, surveys, and ask questions directly to City staff. The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is a 20-year strategic framework to help improve how you get around town. Please register to share your thoughts on the TMP! You can ask a question or participate in our mapping feature. You will also find more information about the TMP and learn more about other projects the City is working on.
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. November 16: Architectural Builds; December 7: Digging for Dinosaurs. Sign up with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at 425-837-3300 or

Legal Notices

Please read the important safety, health, and equal-rights notices that are posted online on our Legal Notices page. You will find information about asbestos, nondiscrimination, pest management, possession of firearms, sexual harassment, Title IX, and more.