Clark Elementary E-News

October 17, 2019



18...PTA Recess with Kids

23..Wear your Clark Shark Gear to School

...What Every Parent Needs to Know About the ISD 6:30PM

25..PTA Bingo Night 6:00PM MPR

30..Wear your Clark Shark Gear to School


6...Wear your Clark Shark Gear to School

7...Veteran's Day Ceremony 9:40AM MPR

11...Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL

13...Wear your Clark Shark Gear to School

14...Coffee with Christy 9:30AM P-9

15..PTA Recess with Kids

20...Wear your Clark Shark Gear to School

28 & 29..NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday

News from the Office

Kindergarten Screener Dates

The Cognitive Abilities Screening Test (CogAT Screener) will be given in all kindergarten classrooms the November 5, 6 and 7. Using the score results from the CogAT screener, students at the highest achievement level will be selected to go on for second level eligibility testing December 9 th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th .

Please note these dates to ensure that your child is present, had breakfast and is on time for the appropriate testing. Any student arriving after testing has begun will not be admitted to class until testing has completed for that day. Students may not be dismissed from class during testing for any reason other than illness. In addition, vacation requests will not be approved during the testing window.

We would appreciate your consideration of these testing dates as you make medical appointments and/or vacation plans.

Clark Student Council

Interested in joining student council? Student council is open to all 4th and 5th grade students who would like to take on a leadership position at Clark.

Student council meets from 8:15-9:00am, one Monday a month in the library.

If interested, please fill out the digital link at, or paper form by Friday, October 25th.

Our first meeting will be Monday, November 4th.

Questions? Contact Mr. Winter at

Veteran's Day Ceremony

Clark Elementary will be observing Veterans Day with a special ceremony to honor and thank all who have served in the US Armed Forces. This ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 7th from 9:40-10:20 in the Multi-Purpose Room at Clark. We wish to extend a special invitation to the veterans and those in active service who are family members or friends of our students. If you are, or know, a veteran or active service member who is interested in joining us as we honor their service, please contact your student’s teacher. We ask that students stand with his/her guest and introduce them at the assembly. Veterans and service members, please feel free to wear your uniform to the program.

If you would like to honor a veteran or active service member who is unable to attend, you can email a photo to be included in a slideshow that will be shown at the assembly. Please send the photo, name, and branch of the military to

Photos must be received by Friday, November 1st.

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.

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

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New From The Nurse

Flu Season is Approaching

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year in October.

Please read the attached brochure for more information.

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:

ü Observing your child for signs of itching

ü 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)

ü 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.

ü 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


PTA News

Read-A-Thon - October 7 - November 3

Grab a good book, log minutes read, raise money for Clark, and win prizes all month long! Fundraising can be set up online through Mighty-Cause by joining Clark's team. As students complete fundraising tasks, they can tear off and turn in tickets to win weekly prizes. And, don't forget to log minutes read each day. Classes in each grade level with the most reading minutes will win a popcorn party and the class with the highest fundraising total will win an ice cream party. MORE INFO HERE.

Important dates: Oct 21 - Week 2 minutes due; Oct 28 - Week 3 minutes due; Nov 4 - Week 4 minutes due; Nov 8 - all fundraising money due.

BINGO Night - October 25

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. We are also seeking volunteers to help throughout the night. SIGN UP NOW.

Book Fair - October 21 - 25

Get ready to stock up on all the latest titles at the fall book fair, October 21 - 25, as part of our month of reading. Operating hours are from 4 - 6 PM Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; 4 - 8 PM Friday; and 1:30 - 3:30 PM on Wednesday at the Clark library. Sales from the book fair benefit our Clark library and reading programs. We need your help to make it a success - VOLUNTEER NOW for cashier, set up, and tear down positions.

Reflections - Due November 1

Students can join many others in one of the largest and oldest arts education programs by creating an original work of art based on this year's theme of Look Within. Art should be completed and submitted in one of the 6 available art categories - (1) Dance Choreography; (2) Film Production; (3) Literature; (4) Music Composition; (5) Photography; and (6) Visual Arts. Download and complete REFLECTIONS APPLICATION HERE.

Box Tops - Due October 24

Box Tops have gone digital! This is our last chance to collect physical box tops before they will be only accepted digitally. Please send in all your unexpired box tops before Thursday, October 24 and the class in each grade with the most box tops collected will get a party. Winners announced Nov 1.

ISD News

What Every Parent Wants to know about the ISD

  • Dates: October 23, 2019
  • Address: 335 First Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA

October 23 - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Clark Elementary

Separate sessions for elementary, middle and high school information.

Topics include: school and classroom expectations, behavior expectations, grading, homework, communications with school and teachers, how to get involved, course selection information and Family Access.

Chinese and Spanish interpreters available at all ISD Family Partnership events. Contact if you need an interpreter in another language for a specific event.

Highly Capable Program Screening for Kindergarten Students

Letters were recently sent home to the families of all kindergarten students who are enrolled in the Issaquah School District. These letters detail the process that will be used to identify Issaquah’s “most highly capable” kindergarteners. Student screening will be November 5 through 7. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter the Primary Enrichment Program (PEP) later in the school year. Students living within the Issaquah School District’s boundaries, but attending private or home-based schools may participate in screening. Contact your neighborhood school for more information. To learn more about the Highly Capable Program click on the following link: Highly Capable Issaquah School District webpage.

Are you registered to vote? A quick way to check and register online for 11/5 Election
Ballots for the November 5 election are being mailed out to registered voters on October 18, 2019! Do you know if you are registered to vote? If you’ve recently moved or changed your name (or just haven’t voted in a while), you probably need to re-register to vote. And, because general elections usually happen only once a year, it’s understandable if you’re not totally clear on your voter status or if you remembered to update your registration after your last big life event. Even if you’re pretty sure you have, there’s no harm in taking a minute to double-check and there is an easy way to find out! Simply follow this link to the VoteWA website and enter your name and birthday. It will verify your status, and offer you the opportunity to update your information if need be. October 28 is the deadline to use the online registration, but you can still register in person up to November 5. All of the details are on the website! You can also find important details about the November 5, 2019 General Election at King County’s Election Website.

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.

The district’s Family Liaisons have created a series of short videos where they introduce themselves and explain how they can help families navigate the school system.

For more info or questions on the liaisons and their work, please contact Lorna Gilmour (425-837-7205).

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Ina Ghangurde




Francisca Mejia Campos





Playlist with all videos:

Cultural and Family Partnerships page: