Challenger Elementary E-news

February 12th 2020

Upcoming Dates

  • February 12: PTA After School Movie
  • February 17-21: NO SCHOOL Mid Winter Break
  • February 28: Spirit Day - School Mascot Day
  • February 28: PTA Membership Goal Met - Ms. Kessler becomes a Sundae
  • March 2: Dr. Seuss's Birthday
  • March 4: Junior Coach Meeting 1:30
  • March 5: Student Council Meeting 3:40-4:25

Challenger School Hours

Mon, Tue, Thur, & Fri

9:15am-3:40pm

**Wednesday**

9:15am-1:30pm


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.

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5th Grade Parent Night at Beaver Lake Middle School

Please join us for Fifth Grade Parent Night at 6:30 PM on Monday, March 9 for an evening designed to provide parents with information about the middle school program and transition activities. Please mark your calendars. Your students will have an orientation at Beaver Lake Middle School on Wednesday, March 11, during the school day. We look forward to meeting you and our newest Bulldogs!

ATTENTION PARENTS OF 5TH GRADERS TRANSITIONING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL IN 2020-2021

SUMMER TIME = SPORTS PHYSICAL TIME

Will your student be participating in the ISD sport programs offered at middle school? If so, mark your calendar and schedule their sports physical during the summer after June 1. Students entering 6th grade that plan to play sports are required to have a physical dated after June 1. A physical date in June, July or August is valid for the entire school year.

If you normally schedule your child’s physical around their birthday, we suggest you consider postponing until summer. Fifth grade students planning to play ISD sports who get their physical prior to June 1 will be required to get a second physical at parent expense. For more information on middle school sports and the required physical form check out the ISD Middle School Sports webpage at https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/family/sports/MSsports or call the middle school office. The office team will answer all your questions.

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Attendance Email

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

Please send all Attendance communication to:

chattendance@issaquah.wednet.edu

NO SCHOOL DAY COMING UP....


NO SCHOOL February 17-21 for Mid Winter Break

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: https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/programs/voice

If you have any questions, please contact

Challenger Elementary Dean of Students,

Brandy Falk.

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PTA Information

Early Release After School Movie Featuring:

"The Lego Batman Movie"

Wednesday, February 12th 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Challenger MPR

Price $10 (includes two nut free snacks and a water)

Sign up here

5th grade parents will be chaperoning this event and all proceeds benefit 5th grade end of year activities.

More information can be found on the Challenger PTA website.

PTA BOX TOP COLLECTION

Our next box top turn in deadline in February 21st, so please continue to turn in box tops. Collection sheets can be found on the PTA board just inside the main school doors. Or, just put 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.

The class that turns in the most box tops by the deadline will be awarded coupons for a free doughnut at Legendary Doughnuts. So, start saving your box tops today! Also, keep scanning those digital box tops as well!

Please contact Kelsey Fierst at Kelseyfierst@yahoo.com with any questions.

District Information

Thank you for Voting and Renewing the Educational Programs and Operations Levy!
Thank you to our community for renewing our two-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy! Your support for ISD schools ensures local kids will continue to receive a high quality education in a safe learning environment. Early election returns show the levy passing by 61.5%. To pass, levies in Washington State must receive more than 50% approval by voters.

Coronavirus Update – Guidance from Public Health Seattle and King County

While the immediate risk to the general public in Washington and the United States is still considered to be low, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all travelers from China, including school students, staff, and volunteers arriving in the U.S. AFTER February 2, 2020 at 2 pm stay at home away from others and monitor their health for 14 days. If you get a fever or develop a cough or difficulty breathing during this 14-day period, avoid contact with others. Call your doctor or healthcare provider to tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel.

There is no recommendation for people showing no symptoms arriving before this time to restrict their activities. All travelers from China who arrived BEFORE February 2, 2020 at 2pm can continue to attend school.

The normal precautions during cold and flu season to prevent the spread of germs apply.

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with those who are sick
  • Stay home if sick
  • Cover cough or sneeze with tissue, throw tissue in trash, wash hands immediately
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces


You can find more about conronavirus at the links below or call the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 and press the # key.

Science Technology Magnet Program Informational Meetings February 27, March 5, and March 9

Families of current third grade students: Are you interested in enrolling your student in ISD’s Science Technology Magnet Program? The Issaquah School District offers this program at three elementary school sites serving 4th and 5th grade students. Each magnet serves 50+ students in a two-year program. Each program covers all standard 4/5 district adopted curriculum with an added emphasis on science and technology. Grade specific math instruction is provided.

Families interested in participating in the enrollment lottery must attend a mandatory informational meeting, unless they have had a student previously enrolled in the program. Informational meetings will be held at Cascade Ridge on Thursday, February 27th, at Briarwood on Thursday, March 5th and at Clark on Monday March 9th. All meetings are scheduled for 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year Begins Online Starting February 3.

The window to register your child for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year begins February 3, and must be completed by March 6. Students who are turning 5 years old by August 31, 2020, are eligible for enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.

Please visit the ISD New Student Enrollment website to begin enrollment February 3. The link will be live at that time. Once the online portion is complete, you will be required to visit your neighborhood school to pick up additional forms that must be completed in order to finish the enrollment process.

Additional Kindergarten information available at this link.

Dyslexia Family Engagement Forum - February 6

Families interested in connecting with the Issaquah School District regarding support for students with dyslexia are invited to a community forum hosted at the Administration Building at 5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the forum is to facilitate two-way communication, collaboration, and shared learning related to supporting students with dyslexia. Two additional forums will be held on March 5 and May 21. Families are welcome to attend one, two, or all three meetings. The February 6 session will include active listening opportunities and time for families to share their stories, interests, and learnings with ISD staff.

STEMPOSIUM is here!

The 3rd annual STEMposium will take place this Thursday, February 13 from 5:30-7:30pm at Issaquah High School.

Sponsored by the Issaquah Schools Foundation, STEMposium brings together students from across the district to share through interactive booths and demonstrations how they learn STEM skills and knowledge during classroom projects, afterschool clubs, and student competitions. In addition to teacher/student booths, there will be various STEM related industries sharing their work in the area of STEM; including the King County AFIS team, Salmon Hatchery, and Minecraft!

See you Thursday!
February 13, 2019 - 5:30-7:30pm, Issaquah High School Commons
More information and event program can be found here

From the City of Issaquah

Calling all 3rd through 5th graders! The Science Symposium hosted by the Issaquah Youth Advisory is coming up on Friday, February 28, 6:00-8:00pm, at the Issaquah Community Center. Join us for a fun evening of science experiments! Baking soda volcanoes, elephant toothpaste, lemon light bulbs, robotic building and more! $18; $15 for Issaquah Residents. Pre-registration is required at 425-837-3300 or www.issaquahwa.gov/register

Dual Language Parent Information Night - Noche de información sobre el programa bilingüe

If your child is entering kindergarten in the 2020-21 school year and you are interested in participating in the Dual Language program, please join us!

  • Wednesday, February 12, 6 p.m.
  • Issaquah Valley Elementary School: 555 NW Holly St, Issaquah

For more information about the program, visit the Dual Language page.

Si su hijo ingresa al kindergarten en el año escolar 2020-21 y está interesado en participar en el programa bilingüe, únase

  • Miércoles,12 de febrero a las 6:00 PM
  • Issaquah Valley Elementary: 555 NW Holly St, Issaquah

Para obtener más información sobre el programa, haga clic aquí: www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/departments/elementary/programa-de-inmersion-de-idioma-dual

The annual ELPA21 assessment is an online assessment given between February 3- March 27 to all students who qualify for English language development (ELD) services.The ELPA21 summative assessment measures students' English language proficiency in reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Results from this test determine which students are eligible to continue receiving ELD services.


Please contact your student’s ELL teacher with questions regarding specific dates for testing.

Weather Make Up Days and Future School Calendars

Our snow and ice event last week has resurfaced requests from the community to build weather make up days into our school calendars. In an effort to enable students, families, and staff to plan, we make every effort to post calendars three years in advance. As a reminder, our school calendars are developed and adopted as part of the bargaining process with the Issaquah Education Association (IEA) who represent our certificated staff. As we shared with the community last spring, while the current 2019-2020 school year calendar was established in 2017, because of the weather experience last year and because calendars for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years were not established, the District would explore opportunities to build in more weather make up options for future calendars.

To that end, District staff members negotiate with IEA’s leadership and gather input from the other labor organizations regarding calendar refinements. As part of negotiations, we shared with IEA the results of the community survey we conducted last spring asking for input on preferences. It is important to note that while 81.8% of survey respondents stated that they want built-in make up days, there was no clear majority favoring options to refine the calendar by starting the school year before Labor Day or making changes to winter, mid-winter, or spring break. While a majority of parent responders did favor taking time from teacher professional development and prep time on Wednesdays, it would take four Wednesdays to recoup one snow day. In order for us to insert weather make up days, we need to adjust one or several of those factors or extend the school year; all of which have competing desires. See survey here.

We do make every effort to use all options available to us, including application for waiving the school day if we have met the state minimum for instructional time. Meanwhile, calendar negotiations are in process now, and we expect to bring 2021-22 and 2022-23 calendar proposals to the school board for approval at the February 13, 2020 regular meeting. We will announce the approved future calendars through our usual communications channels, like E-News and websites, when the process is complete.

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.
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