Clark Elementary E-News

September 19, 2019



20...PTA Recess with Kids

25...Curriculum Night SAGE/PEP 5:15 - 6:00 3-5 6:00-6:45 K-2 7:00-7:45


2...Wear your Clark Shark Gear to School

4...PTA Popcorn at Recess

9...Wear your Clark Shark Gear to School

14...NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work 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

30..Wear your Clark Shark Gear to School

News from the Office

Curriculum Night

Wednesday, September 25th is Curriculum Night. This is an opportunity for parents to come to the classroom and spend some time learning about the curriculum for the school year.

Show Your School Spirit

Every Wednesday wear your Clark Shark Spirit Logo Wear

Attendance Reminder

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 you child misses school, he or she is missing much more than just assignments. Please do all that you can to insure your child is in attendance everyday.

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.

To Report an Absence...

To report an absence please call the safe arrival line at 425-837-6420 or email

Always Remember...

To Contact the office,, if you have a change in phone number or email. Also contact the office within 5 school days following any change of address.

To Ensure our Dismissal Process Runs Smoothly...

In order to ensure the safety of our students, diminish end of the day classroom interruptions, and ensure our dismissal process runs smoothly, we are asking families to avoid requesting dismissal the last 20 minutes of the day. Avoiding these unnecessary interruptions also allows us to support those families who do experience emergency situations that require the release of their child during this busy time. Outside of such emergency situations, we would request that normal release time and dismissal routine be followed. If you are dismissing early due to a doctor appointment with your student the next day.

Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up Traffic Procedures

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.

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

News from the Nurse


Strep throat has been reported at Clark. This organism is transmitted via airborne droplets from the nose and mouth (coughing & sneezing).

The most common symptoms of strep throat include fever, a sore throat that can start very quickly, pain when swallowing, large tonsils with pus or white patches on them, swollen tender nodes in the neck. Other symptoms such as headaches, stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting may also be present. It is important to know that streptococcal sore throat can occur with very few symptoms and that all sore throats resembling Strep throat are not due to strep.

Only a rapid strep test or throat culture can determine if group A strep is the cause. A doctor cannot tell if someone has strep throat just by looking at his or her throat. Strep throat is treated by antibiotics.

If you think your child may have strep throat, keep them home from school and contact your physician.

For more information on strep throat, go to:

New From ISD

Busing Update

We are working hard to address bus overloads and adjust schedules based on actual ridership as we move into our first full week of school. Please have patience while we continue to make the necessary adjustments to the routes. Thank you!

Attendance Calls Update

The ISD is using a new system to send out attendance calls to families when a student is absent from class. This year, both a phone call and an email will be sent according to the primary contact information in Family Access. Phone calls will simply alert families of an unexcused absence. The emails will contain information regarding class periods missed for students in secondary grade levels.

ISD Replacement Levy Resolution Approved by School Board of Directors on September 12
The Issaquah School Board of Directors passed a resolution for a replacement Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy to be placed on the February 11, 2020 ballot. Voters will have an opportunity to maintain current funding for programs such as career and technical education, mental health counselors, dual language, and safety. This levy would replace the levy approved by voters in 2018 that expires at the end of 2020.

The District is asking voters for about $6.7 Million less than they are legally authorized to collect. The amount being asked for is $49.85 Million in 2021 and $54 Million in 2022. Superintendent Thiele said at the board meeting that he is confident that this amount of funding would allow the District to maintain its current programs while remaining fiscally responsible and sensitive to the overall tax rate. Because the District is retiring previous bond debt, the overall combined local school tax rate will go down to around $3.25-$3.30 per $1,000 of assessed property value — the lowest rate it has been in over 20 years. Please watch the ISD website for more details coming soon.

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.

PTA News

Art Docents Needed

Volunteer to be an Art Docent in your child's class and help lead, support and demonstrate hands-on art lessons once per month. No experience necessary. Please let your child's teacher know if you are interested in being the docent for their class and sign up for an Orientation class. Contact for more information. Can't volunteer as an Art Docent? Help by purchasing items for art programs throughout the year from our Amazon wishlist.

Spirit Wear

Order your Clark Shark spirit wear now through September 25 to be ready for Spirit Days all throughout October. Order here.

Salmon Days Parking Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for 2-hour shifts to help staff the parking lots run by Clark during Salmon Days (October 5 - 6). With your help we could earn over $5,000 to support programs funded by Clark PTA. Sign up now and get your own free parking spot to use either directly before or after your shift to enjoy the 50th celebration of Salmon Days!

Kids Kreations are back!

Students will complete individual art projects in the next month that will be offered for purchase on one-of-a-kind keepsakes that make wonderful, personalized and unique gifts. Examples of the items will be on display during curriculum night, September 25. Order forms to be distributed in October. Purchases distributed before winter break. Click here for more information.

PTA Spotlight - What Does Clark PTA Support?

Did you know that by supporting Clark PTA's annual fundraisers you can help fund $13,000 in grade level grant proposals? These grants allow teachers of each grade level to bring programs that will enrich student's experience throughout the school year. Last year this grant funded programs like Raz-Kids, Word Detectives, Heineman Units of Study for 2nd Grade, Lucy Caulkins Reading Curriculum, and Science to Go.

Don't forget to complete your annual membership, follow us on Facebook for updates on all upcoming events, programs, and volunteer opportunities, and print off our Calendar of all the year's events!

ISF News

Fall Dining for Kids Dates & Locations

Our Dining for Kids restaurant partners generously guarantee a portion of the day's proceeds as a donation to the Issaquah Schools Foundation that provides multiple forms of support to Issaquah School District students, including food aid. Put these upcoming dates on your calendar!

More information available here:

Issaquah Schools Foundation

Your partnership with the Issaquah Schools Foundation benefits every student at every school in the district. Donating to the Foundation give students opportunities for academic enrichment as well as support for students who need help with basics like food and school supplies. Thanks to our generous donors, we provide a budget to each building for food support and were able to provide over 1000 backpacks filled with school supplies to district students this year! Step Up for Kids and donate to our fall campaign at