Clark Elementary E-News

October 31, 2019



4... Elementary Conferences Sign Up Opens at 9:00AM in Family Access

6... Wear your Clark Shark Gear to School

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

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...Elementary Conferences Sign Up Closes at 3:30PM

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 on 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.

Food Drive

The Second Grade students of Clark Elementary are hosting a school-wide Food Drive to help out our community! We will be collecting items from Wednesday, November 6th- Wednesday, November 13th! All items will be donated to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. While all items are greatly appreciated, some of the items they are currently in need of are: non-perishable foods, breakfast cereal, oatmeal, and condiments. The classroom who collects the most items will win a bonus recess with Mr. Merritt!

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 Commons 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

New From The Nurse

Holiday Gift Barn

The dates for the Holiday Gift Barn this year are 12/4 & 12/5. Registration will open up in November. This is a program sponsored by the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank for families that need assistance around the holidays.

Please read the following link for more information.

PTA News

Vision & Hearing Screening Volunteers

Volunteers are needed from 9:15 AM - 12 PM and 12:30 - 3:15 PM on November 21 or 9:15 AM - 12 PM on November 22 for assist with vision and hearing screenings in the Health Room. SIGN UP NOW. ISD Volunteer Application required.

Clothing Donations Needed

The nurse's office is in need of leggings, boy's sweat pants, and underwear for the Health Room. Sizes for K - 5th grade students are always needed. Please drop off all donations to the front office.

Holiday Gift Barn

Help families in our community through giving and sharing of gifts for children from birth to 18 years old. All gifts can be dropped at the Clark PTA office from November 12 - 27. Please do not gift wrap presents and all gifts should be brand new. Gift wrap and supplies are also appreciated. Contact for questions.

Read-A-Thon - October 7 - November 3

This is the final week for Read-A-Thon. Make sure to finalize your fundraising through Mighty-Cause and have students turn in their reading minutes log on November 4. All fundraising money is due November 8. 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.

ISD News


Volunteers of Issaquah Changing Education (VOICE) is an in-school, volunteer mentoring program that pairs caring community members with Issaquah School District students. VOICE mentors work one-on-one with students throughout the school year. Some students may need academic help; others may need emotional support or a friend and role model. All benefit from a positive, supportive relationship with an adult role model. VOICE currently has 200+ students on the wait list. We need mentors! Can you help? Here's what’s involved: Complete a screening process, including a mandatory, in-depth, pre-match training. Time commitment of once/week (30–60 minutes) throughout the school year. Schedule and choice of school is flexible to accommodate mentor availability. Optional supplemental trainings, plus support provided by your mentee’s school and the VOICE team. Most importantly, develop a meaningful relationship with a young person and help them thrive. “I have come to learn that I only need to be a caring human being who enjoys spending time with kids. These are relationships that enrich my life as much or maybe more than my mentees’ lives” ~ Recent quote from a long-time VOICE Mentor with 3 mentees If you would like to become a VOICE mentor, please APPLY HERE To learn more: Email View our VOICE Website Call us @ 425.827.7222.


Cultural Bridges Magazine

The new Cultural Bridges magazine is available and can be viewed here:

Dining for Kids

Join us on November 6th at Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill in Issaquah Highlands and Dine for Kids! Our Dining for Kids restaurant partners generously guarantee a portion of the day’s proceeds as a donation to the Issaquah Schools Foundation. More information about Dining for Kids dates & locations can be found here:

Shop for a Cause

Join the Issaquah Schools Foundation at the Golf Club at Newcastle November 14th and get a jump on your Holiday shopping! $3 from each glassybaby and 20% of all Kendra Scott jewelry sales will be donated back to fund programs and resources for Issaquah School District students.