Clark Elementary E-News

December 5, 2019



6...PTA Popcorn Friday

PTA Gingerbread House Night 6:00PM Commons

11....Spirit Day Wear your Clark Shark Gear

12.... 2nd Grade Concert 6:30PM Commons

18...Spriit Day PJ Day

20....PTA Recess with Kids

23-January 5 Winter Break NO SCHOOL

News from the Office

Highly capable testing for second grade students will occur at Clark Elementary, 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.

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.

Site Council Representative Needed for Grades K-2

The members of the Clark Site Council (CSC) will:

· Maintain a positive and fun working environment

· Provide a forum for improved collaboration on school-wide education decisions

· Create a trusting environment that listens, communicates and responds to constituents needs

· Enhance the learning environment of students and the work environment of staff

· Address the concerns of the learning community

· Actively support Clark’s Mission Statement

· Keep student’s needs first and foremost

· Effectively communicate with our community and each other

· Encourage each other to explore and learn from various perspectives

Site councils are established by the District as a means to add value to the leadership and management of schools. They are intended to increase understanding, trust, and support throughout the school system, especially by generating ideas, improving communications and removing barriers to understanding among stakeholders.

Site Council meets 4 times a year – typically the on a Friday morning from 8:00-9:00AM. Site Council positions require a two year commitment.

If you are interested in serving on Clark Site Council, please complete the short Self-Nomination form on the Clark website and return it to the office. If you have any questions regarding Site Council, please feel free to contact Christy Otley at

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Hand-foot-and-mouth disease has been reported at IVE. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a common childhood illness. It causes sores in the mouth and on the hands, feet, and sometimes the buttocks and legs. Mouth sores can be painful and may make it hard for your child to eat. Avoid spicy foods. The disease is not serious, and it usually goes away in a week or so. The virus spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. You can also get it by coming in contact with infected stool, such as when you change a diaper. Your child may feel tired, have a sore throat, or a fever of around 101F to 103F. To help prevent the spread of the disease wash hands often with soap & water, so sharing of toys or kisses with infected children, wear rubber gloves if applying any lotion or creams to blisters.

For pain and fever, give your child acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil). Do not give your child aspirin. Aspirin has been linked to Reye's syndrome, a serious illness.

For more information on hand, foot & mouth disease, go to:

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 School Nurse


ISD News

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.