Challenger Elementary E-news

December 5 2019

Upcoming Dates

  • December 6: 2nd Grade Nature Vision
  • December 10: Comet Choir Winter Concert @ 6:30PM in MPR
  • December 12: Student Council 3:40-4:25
  • December 16: 2nd Grade Science to go
  • December 19: Winter Sharing - K-2 @9:30 3-5@2:30-3:30

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

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

Please send all Attendance communication to:

Winter Break: No School December 23-January 3

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)


Please join us for Fifth Grade Parent Night at 6:30 PM on Monday, March 16 for an evening designed to provide parents with information about the middle school program and transition activities. This meeting follows our 5th grade student visitation to PLMS earlier on this same date. Please mark your calendars. We look forward to meeting you! -Pine Lake Staff

PTA Information

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:

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.

Highly capable testing for second grade students will occur at all elementary schools January 14 through January 17 and continue March 10 through March 13. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter either SAGE or MERLIN in the 2020-21 school year. Second grade students attending private or home-based schools are invited to participate. Contact your neighborhood school for more information about how to participate. More information about the Issaquah School District Highly Capable Program and testing for second grade students is available on the Highly Capable Issaquah School District webpage.

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.
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. 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.