Clark Elementary E-News

October 3, 2019



4...PTA Popcorn at Recess

9...Wear your Clark Shark Gear to School

14...NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day

15...Picture Re-Take Day

16..Wear your Clark Shark Gear to School

18...PTA Recess with Kids

21...Picture Re-Take Day

23..Wear your Clark Shark Gear to School

25..PTA Bingo Night 6:00PM MPR

30..Wear your Clark Shark Gear to School

From the Principal

Save the Dates…

Coffee with Christy is a great opportunity for us to come together and have conversations about what is happening at Clark. I know how busy people are so I thought it might be helpful to send you all the dates for the year so you can mark your calendars. All coffees are 9:30-10:30AM in Portable 9 on the following dates:

November 14

January 17

March 16

May 12

I hope to see you there

Christy Otley,

Principal Clark Elementary

News from the Office

Attendance Reminders

Perhaps the most important factor in your child’s classroom success this year is attendance. Daily attendance and active participation in class are critical parts of the learning process. We accomplish a great deal during the school day. Much of the day includes explicit and direct teaching, partner or group work, conversation, and discussion. When your child misses school, he or she is missing much more than just assignments. Please do all that you can to insure your child attends every day.

On Time: It is very important that your child be on time each day. Learning begins promptly at 9:15AM each morning. When students arrive late, it disrupts the learning of the entire class

If you child is going to be absent, please contact the Clark office either by phone 425-837-6300 or email at

Vacations/Make-up Work: When your child misses school, it is difficult if not impossible to recreate the day to day learning that takes place. Remember that during their absence your child may:

  • miss newly introduced concepts and skills in reading, writing, math, social studies, science, health
  • miss activities, projects and classroom events that cannot be made up
  • need extra support at home with assignments upon returning from the absence
  • need to relearn established or learn new classroom policies and procedures
  • not be provided assignments in advance of their absence
  • make up assignments/projects as decided by the classroom teacher upon return

Please make an attempt to schedule family trips during non-school dates. It is very difficult to make up lost instructional time.

Picture -Make Up/Retake Day - Tuesday, October 15th

If a student was absent on the original picture day or is new to Clark

  • Your child will have their picture taken
  • Order forms were sent home with students today. Send the completed order form and payment with your child on October 15th.

If a student had their picture taken but forgot their order form and payment on the original picture day

  • The photographer highly recommends the student have his/her picture re-taken. (They can order previously-taken photos but there is a late fee)
  • Order forms are available in the main office. Payment must be made by check or cash, or online.

If a student had pictures taken but doesn’t like the way they turned out

  • The student needs to return the picture packet to the photographer
  • There will NOT be an additional charge for the new pictures
  • The student does NOT need to send a new order form and payment

Parking Lot Reminders

Please note that ALL parent traffic should approach the school via 1st Avenue near the community center. This includes student drop-off, student pick-up, and parent parking. The other access point (via Clark Street alongside the pool) is RESTRICTED ACCESS for staff and bus access only. Parents should NOT drop off, pick up, or park in the pool parking lot.

A few reminders to keep traffic flow moving:

Drop-off: Have your child ready to get out of the vehicle. Pull up in the drop-off lane, proceed past the crosswalk and have your child get out on the sidewalk side.

Pick-up: Please stay in your vehicle and have your child get into your vehicle once you have passed the crosswalk. It is very important and necessary that we keep the traffic moving. Please do not leave your vehicle in the drop-off/pick-up lane for any reason. If it is necessary to come into the school, please park your vehicle in a designated parking spot.

Our wonderful Para Professionals may ask you to please move forward if you forget, or will remind you to park your vehicle if you need to go into the office. Thank you for being considerate of the others around you.

We have volunteer student safety patrols assisting at the crosswalks, please be respectful and follow their directions.

Also, a friendly reminder: leave the handicap spaces for those that need them; please don’t park or even wait for your child without the special permit or license plate on your vehicle.

Fees and Fines

Have you checked your child’s PayOnline account to see if there are any fees that are due?

It is very important to check your child’s account frequently throughout the year as fees will be attached as events occur. Fees will stay attached to your child’s account until cleared by payment. All fees must be cleared before the last day of school.

You can access PAYONLINE through this link, the school’s website or the district main page.

To log on, please use the following as a guide:

Username: Your Skyward Parent Access username

Password: Password created during first visit

If you have questions or need assistance, contact Linda Hill via email

News from the Nurse

Head Lice

Head lice is a common childhood nuisance. Early identification and treatment are essential to reducing the spread of head lice. Please check your child’s head every 7-10 days for the presence of lice. Things to look for:

  • Observing your child for signs of itching
  • Inspecting your child’s scalp for lice (very small living insects which are often hard to see and range from gray to black in color)
  • Inspecting your child’s hair for nits. Nits are tiny, smooth, oval eggs which can vary in color from white to yellowish-white to dark brown. Nits resemble small flakes of dandruff, however, unlike dandruff; they are glued firmly at an angle to the side of a single hair shaft.
  • Nits are frequently seen at the nape of the neck and behind the ears, but can also be found anywhere on the head.

If you find signs of head lice, (live lice and/or nits/eggs), please notify the School Nurse.

Leslie Oakes, RN- Clark Elementary


Clothing Needed

The Clark Health Room is in need of boys and girls sweatpants and girls leggings, all sizes.

PTA News

Popcorn Friday is Friday, October 4

The first one this year - this Friday! Make sure your child brings a quarter to school if they will be participating to buy their own bag of popcorn.

Volunteers Needed

Salmon Days - Oct 5 & 6 - Help raise money and get a free parking space with 2 hours of volunteer time. This is a huge fundraiser providing PTA sponsored programs for our students throughout the year. Sign Up Now!

Picture Retake Helpers - Oct 15 - Help students to and from their classroom for any picture retakes throughout the day. Sign Up Now!


Mingle, eat pizza, dress in your best costume, support the 4th grade bake sale, and win prizes during this year's BINGO Night, October 25th from 6 - 8PM. All PTA members get 5 free BINGO game boards. Pre-order your pizza for the event and save $1 per slice ($3 per slice pre-order, $4 at the door). Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on all the details.

Grab A Good Book

And get ready for Read-A-Thon and our fall Book Fair. Book Fair will run from October 21 - 25. More details to be sent home with your child soon including shopping hours. Volunteer to help set up, clean up or be a cashier. Our annual Read-A-Thon starts this month. Keep an eye out for more details coming soon on, with your student, and on our Facebook page.


Join America's oldest and largest arts education program of its kind with 300,000 students from Pre-K to Grade 12 participating in the National PTA Reflections program. The theme this year is Look Within. Students can submit their original work of art in one of 6 categories. More info at

News from the ISD

Now through October 15

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.

Now through Oct 2

Issaquah School District Celebrates Taste Washington Day, Wednesday October 2
Taste Washington Day celebrates Washington agriculture and promotes good nutrition in our schools. On October 2, school lunches in the Issaquah School District will highlight local produce and dairy from the fantastic bounty Washington State has to offer. Each featured produce item will be accompanied by signage in the lunch room for the students to see with information about the local farm that grew and harvested the food.

We are happy to announce that the milk we serve this day, and every day during the school year, is supplied by Smith Brothers Dairy in Kent, Washington. Smith Brothers belongs to a Washington State Dairy Pool and the locally processed milk is all produced by Washington State dairy cows. Other featured items are fresh celery from Carpinito Brothers in Kent, Washington, fresh peaches from Sage Fruit Co in Yakima, Washington, fresh pears from Rainier Fruit in Selah, Washington and fresh Golden Delicious apples from Evans Fruit in Yakima, Washington.

We look forward to participating in our fifth annual Taste Washington Day and future opportunities to feature locally grown and produced foods in our schools. Taste Washington Day is organized in partnership by the Washington School Nutrition Association (WSNA) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).

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