Clark Elementary E-News

January 9, 2020



10...PTA Popcorn Friday

16....Spirit Day Wear your Clark Shark Gear to school

17...Coffee with Christy 9:30AM P9

....PTA Recess with Kids

22.....Spirit Day Wear your Clark Shark Gear to school

24...PTA Sharks on Ice 6:10PM Sno-King Arena

28....Kindergarten Parent Information Night 6:00PM Commons

29.....Spirit Day - Video Game Day

News from the Office

Incoming Kindergarten Parent Information Night

Do you have a child that will be 5 on or before August 31, 2020 and you live within the Clark attendance area? If so, we invite you to join us for a parent only Kindergarten Registration Information Night on Tuesday, January 28th at 6:00PM in the Clark Commons.

We will distribute registration packets, answer questions and review the online registration process in detail.

Animal Drive

Clark Elementary Student Council is hosting an animal food drive for Seattle Humane Society- Bellevue Location from Monday January 20-Friday January 31. We will be collecting wet and dry food for the following animals: dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, and rabbits.

Video Game Day

On Wednesday January 29th Clark Elementary will be having a Video Game Day. Students can come to school dressed as their favorite video game character. No weapons or masks are allowed.

Highly capable Testing for 2nd Grade

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.

Family Trips During Assessment Windows

As we have done in the past, family trips taken during assessment windows will be marked as Unexcused. This is because the data collected during these assessments informs our practice and supports your child’s learning. Naturally, our preference is for families to travel during vacation periods outlined by the ISD. If your family needs to travel outside of those windows, please be aware of two things:

1) Absences during assessment windows are marked as unexcused

2) Per State law beginning 2017-18:

· 5 or more unexcused absences in a month require a letter and a petition to be filed with the courts.

· 10 or more unexcused absences in a year require a letter and a petition to be filed with the courts.

Things to note:

· Any absence is marked unexcused if you do not call in prior to the absence.

· A child arriving 2 hours or more after the start of the day is not a tardy. At that point, it is considered an absence.

· Pre-Arranged Absence Request forms have changed. The new forms are posted on our website. They are due to the office at least one week BEFORE the first day of the absence. Forms received outside of that window may not be received in time for processing and could result in an unexcused absence.

· Pre-Arranged Absence Request forms may not be completed retroactively.

· Pre-Arranged Absence Request forms are available in our Our School/Forms and Regulations section of our webpage.

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) Information

What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)? Washington State adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for curriculum and will implement the Smarter Balanced assessment for grades 3-5 statewide. CCSS have increased the rigor for our students.

Where can I find more information or practice tests?

· A video that provides information about the shift

· Smarter Balanced Assessment Training Test: Families are welcome to practice at home to get students comfortable with the format. These tests work best with Chrome or Firefox.

· Issaquah School District SBAC Information

· Issaquah School District Parent Resources

· OSPI: The Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

When are Grades 3-5 testing? The testing window at Clark is from late April to June 2020. See below for specific test dates.

For more information about Issaquah School District's Assessments, please visit the ISD Assessment webpage.

Upcoming Testing for Grades 3 - 5

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News from ISD

Preparing for Winter Weather

Emergency School Changes

With snowflakes in the 10-day forecast, please make sure your family and child care givers are signed up for snow day closure and delay texts or emails from our Transportation Department through FlashAlert. (Only families with verified mobile numbers in Family Access will receive texts from the District.) The District and school websites will post information by 6:30 a.m. Please take a moment to locate your Emergency Transportation Bulletin (ETB) that was mailed out in October or access the ETB online. Also take a moment to use SNOW E-Link to find your emergency snow route and make sure you check the chart below to become familiar with program changes due to delays and closures. For more information, including how programs such as field trips and athletics are affected during school closures, please click here.


Superintendent Ron Thiele will present facts and information about the renewal Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy on the February 11, 2020 ballot. Representatives from the ISD School Board and the Volunteers for Issaquah Schools will also be in attendance to answer questions and share information.

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: King County Library Resource Center at 960 Newport Way, NW, Issaquah, WA 98027

View or download our electronic information flyers below or visit our levy page for more information.

News from ISF

La Casita is the February Dining for Kids partner. Join us Wednesday, February 5th and La Casita will donate a portion of your bill to Issaquah Schools Foundation. These funds go to programs and resources for Issaquah School District students, including food & snack support during the school day. More info:

Art Docents Needed! Are you creative? Do you love art and working with students? You should attend our free Art Docent training for Issaquah School District students! January and February classes are scheduled, including painted landscapes, drawing the face, Frida Kahlo portraits, painting with wool, and more! Get more info and register here:

Mark your calendars for Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser and Celebration: Nourish Every Mind 2020.

Nourish Every Mind 2020:

Luncheon - Friday, May 8th, Breakfast - Tuesday, May 19th

Both Events Held at Eastridge Church, Issaquah

Online Auction – April 24-May 4, 2020

More info:

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