Clark Elementary E-news

September 5, 2019



9...First Day of School Kindergarten

11..Wear your Clark Spirit Wear

16..Picture Day

17..Coffee with Christy 9:30 P9

18..Wear your Clark Spirit Wear

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

News from the Office

Picture Day

Monday, September 16 is School Picture Day. Your child will bring home an order form. Purchasing photos is optional, however every student will have their photo take.

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.

Coffee with Christy

Please join Principal Christy Otley on Tuesday, September 17th at 9:30AM for her first Coffee with Christy of 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 District

The Highly Capable Program Referral Window is Open September 1st through September 15th

Referrals of students to determine possible eligibility for the Highly Capable Program will be accepted online beginning September 1 through September 15.

*Please note, all kindergarten students will be screened this fall to determine eligibility for further testing for possible selection into the Highly Capable program.

The District’s referral procedure may include screening procedures as allowed by state statute. Please go to the Highly Capable website for further information and to access the online referral questionnaire and referral form. Individuals making a referral must use the District provided online referral form. The following exceptions will apply:

1. Referrals will not be accepted for students who were tested for the Highly Capable Program in the previous school year.

2. Referrals for second grade students will not be accepted as testing for these students will occur mid-year.

3. Referrals for students new to the district who enroll after September 15 will be accepted for ten (10) school days from the enrollment date.

4. Students new to the district enrolling after the Highly Capable fall testing window who meet the screening criteria will be assessed prior to the beginning of the next school year.

Students may be referred by individuals including teachers, other staff, parents, and members of the community

PTA News

Clark PTA Annual Membership

Don't forget to complete your annual Clark PTA membership. By joining the PTA, you help bring amazing programs to students and families at Clark, plus get great benefits at local businesses and throughout Washington. Complete Your Membership Here. Also, don't forget to follow us on Facebook for updates on all upcoming events and programs throughout the year!

Spirit Wear

Order your Clark Shark spirit wear now so you and your students are ready for Spirit Days all throughout October. Order here.

Tissues & Tea

Monday September 9 | 9:15 - 10:15 am

Join fellow incoming kindergarten parents for tea after you send your kindergartener off on their first day of school. Add the event to your calendar from our Facebook page.

Picture Day Volunteers Needed

Picture day is right around the corner and volunteers are needed to help assist students and staff throughout the day on September 16. Sign up now!

Art Docents Needed

Volunteer to be an Art Docent in your child's class. No experience necessary. Orientation will be provided. Please let your child's teacher know if you are interested in being the docent for their class. If you need more information, contact your Art Docent Program Directors - Katy Tuttle & Tiffany Nance at

Let me know if you need anything else or have any questions. And best of luck with meet the teacher and the first day of school!

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 to explore and cultivate their interests, thrive academically, and graduate with the skills they need for rewarding and productive futures.

· $10/month supports 44 students as they explore STEM through robotics, rocketry & sports medicine clubs.

· $25 a month Provides 30 books for school libraries, improving student access to print, the most successful way to improve reading success.

· $50 a month supplies 17 backpacks filled with school supplies for students who need financial assistance.

Thanks to our generous donors, we 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

Dining for Kids

Welcome back to school! Come celebrate the first day with us Wednesday, September 4th. Join us anytime between 4:00-9:00pm for happy hour or dinner at The RAM Restaurant & Brewery in Issaquah Highlands and the RAM will donate a portion of your bill to fund programs and resources for Issaquah Schools District students, including food & snack support during the school day.