Clark Elementary E-News

December 19, 2019



20....PTA Recess with Kids

23-January 5 Winter Break NO SCHOOL


8....Spirit Day Wear your Clark Shark Gear to school

10...PTA Popcorn Friday

16....Spirit Day Wear your Clark Shark Gear to school

17...Coffee with Christy 9:30AM P9

....PTA Recess with Kids

22.....Spirit Day Wear your Clark Shark Gear to school

24...PTA Sharks on Ice 6:10PM Sno-King Arena

28....Kindergarten Parent Information Night 6:00PM Commons

29.....Spirit Day Wear your Clark Shark Gear to school

A Message From Principal Otley

Thankful – (adj.). grateful, appreciative, pleased, gratified, obliged, indebted.

It’s all that and more! In this season of thankfulness, I am reminded of all that we, the Clark Community have.

A few of the many things for which I am most thankful:

  • Kids that come to school well-fed, rested and excited to learn.

  • A dedicated and supportive parent community and PTA that puts kids’ needs first!

  • A teaching staff that is second to none in their skill, dedication to kids and their willingness to continue learning together.

  • The BEST support staff (para’s, cooks, custodian, secretaries) with a “can do” attitude to make anything happen.

  • A facility that is beautiful both inside and out.

I am so thankful to be part of this AMAZING learning community. Best wishes to you all this holiday season.

See you in 2020!

Christy Otley


News from the Office

Incoming Kindergarten Parent Information

Do you have a child that will be 5 on or before August 31, 2020 and you live within the Clark attendance area? If so, we invite you to join us for a parent only Kindergarten Registration Information Night on Tuesday, January 28th at 6:00PM in the Clark Commons.

We will distribute registration packets, answer questions and review the online registration process in detail.

Highly capable Testing for 2nd Grade

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.

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.

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) Information

What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)? Washington State adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for curriculum and will implement the Smarter Balanced assessment for grades 3-5 statewide. CCSS have increased the rigor for our students.

Where can I find more information or practice tests?

· A video that provides information about the shift

· Smarter Balanced Assessment Training Test: Families are welcome to practice at home to get students comfortable with the format. These tests work best with Chrome or Firefox.

· Issaquah School District SBAC Information

· Issaquah School District Parent Resources

· OSPI: The Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

When are Grades 3-5 testing? The testing window at Clark is from late April to June 2020. See below for specific test dates.

For more information about Issaquah School District's Assessments, please visit the ISD Assessment webpage.

Upcoming Testing for Grades 3 - 5

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News from PTA

Sharks on Ice | January 24, 6:10 - 7:20PM

Join your fellow Clark Sharks at Sno-King Arena in Renton on Friday, January 24 from 6:10 - 7:20 PM for a fun evening of skating. $10 per skater covers the 70 minutes of skate time.

Gingerbread House Night Thank You!

Thank you to all the teachers and staff that came out to Gingerbread House Night and volunteered. Also a big thank you to Amber Thomas, Devanshi Gupta, Malia Greening and Andy Bechtel for organizing and getting everything transported to the school. You all are amazing!

Staff Appreciation Lunch | January 13th

Volunteers are needed for the January staff appreciation lunch. SIGN UP NOW!

News from ISD


Screening of current kindergarten students for the Highly Capable Program is complete. To view CogAT screener results, log in to Family Access. Results are reported as a single matrix score. A matrix score of 7 or greater on the CogAT screener (Cognitive Abilities Test) is needed to be eligible for further testing for possible selection for the Primary Enrichment Program. The following link provides detailed information about how a matrix score is calculated and why the Issaquah School District uses this approach:

Questions on the CogAT Screener test show how well students use reasoning skills to solve problems for which they have not been directly taught. For this reason, the test questions do not parallel what the students are learning in school. Therefore, the score on the screener does not equate with your student’s grade level achievement or report card standing.

Emergency School Changes

When School Schedules Change School closures and delays are usually announced very early in the morning. If you anticipate emergency transportation conditions, check for an announcement on the ISD website, Facebook, Twitter, or local TV station. To receive closure information straight from the District: • Make sure you are receiving District eNews (parents are automatically signed up for eNews upon registering their student with the email provided during registration). • To add additional parent emails to eNews, or sign up a community member, visit our website at https://www.issaquah. Weather delay notifications will not be sent via individual school eNews. • Check the ISD home page, www.issaquah., or your school’s website. • Subscribe to receive weather and closure delay alerts from the Transportation Department at • Check the recorded message

Annual Community Report for the 2018-2019 School Year

The Issaquah School District invites the community to view our annual report online for the 2018-2019 school year. The report contains an interactive scorecard along with links to take a deeper dive into student performance data on state assessments. Because student achievement is also demonstrated through extra-curricular activities, the arts, community service, leadership, and citizenship, the report connects to our snapshots page celebrating these accomplishments. Information and links are also provided to learn about programs and services designed to assist students in accomplishing the ISD School Board’s Ends for Students. An overview of the District’s finances including revenues and expenditures is reported along with a comprehensive guide to understanding the 2018-2019 budget. For more information regarding the community report, please contact Executive Director of Communications, L. Michelle at or 425-837-7004.

Important Note:

The Issaquah School District is committed to providing access to all individuals visiting our district website, including persons with disabilities. If you cannot access content on our website or this annual report because of a disability, please call L. Michelle at 425-837-7004 or email and describe the nature of the accessibility needs and your contact information. We will make every effort to provide the information requested in an accessible format and seek to correct any accessibility issues on our website.