28....Kindergarten Parent Information Night 6:00PM Commons
29.....Spirit Day - Video Game Day
6 & 7..Kindergarten Registration Packet Turn In 8:00AM - 4:00PM
7...PTA Popcorn Friday
17-21 2nd Winter Break NO SCHOOL
Clark Elementary Student Council is hosting an animal food drive for Seattle Humane Society- Bellevue Location from Monday January 20-Friday January 31. We will be collecting wet and dry food for the following animals: dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, and rabbits.
Video Game Day
On Wednesday January 29th Clark Elementary will be having a Video Game Day. Students can come to school dressed as their favorite video game character. No weapons or masks are allowed.
Attention Parents of 5th Graders Transitioning to
Middle School in 2020-2021
Summertime = Sports Physical Time
Will your student be participating in the sports programs offered at middle school? If so, mark your calendar and plan to get his/her sports physical during the summer. Students entering 6th and 9th grade are required to have a physical dated after June 1. A physical date in the summer is valid for the entire school year. If you normally schedule your child’s physical around his/her birthday, we suggest you postpone until summer. Fifth grade students getting their physical while in the 5th grade will be required to get a second physical dated after June 1 if they want to participate in middle school sports. For more information on middle school sports and the required physical form check out the ISD Middle School Sports webpage or call the middle school office. The office team will answer all your questions.
Save the Date
March 9- 5th Grade Visit to IMS
March 10 - 5th Grade Parent Welcome to IMS Night
Do you have a 5th grader who will be attending Issaquah Middle School next school year? Information will be coming home from their elementary school soon about the 5th Grade Visit to IMS and 5th Grade Parent Welcome to IMS Night.
Please mark your calendars for Monday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 10, right here at Issaquah Middle School. We are thrilled to welcome all our new families and share a little bit of what IMS is all about.
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.
Levy ballots mailed this week – Be sure you’re registered to vote
King County is mailing out ballots this week for the district’s EP&O renewal levy. Vote and return your ballot through Feb. 11. You can mail it back or put it in an election drop box.
It's not too late to register to vote! Register online or by mail through February 3 and in person until February 11.
If approved, the EP&O renewal levy will provide continued funding for a wide range of programs and services throughout the district, including school-based mental health counselors, career and technical education, special education, school security staff, teacher professional development and many more. For more information on the renewal levy, visit the district website.
Preparing for Winter Weather
Emergency School Changes
With snowflakes in the 10-day forecast, please make sure your family and child care givers are signed up for snow day closure and delay texts or emails from our Transportation Department through FlashAlert. (Only families with verified mobile numbers in Family Access will receive texts from the District.) The District and school websites will post information by 6:30 a.m. Please take a moment to locate your Emergency Transportation Bulletin (ETB) that was mailed out in October or access the ETB online. Also take a moment to use SNOW E-Link to find your emergency snow route and make sure you check the chart below to become familiar with program changes due to delays and closures. For more information, including how programs such as field trips and athletics are affected during school closures, please click here.
The annual ELPA21 assessment is an online assessment given between February 3- March 27 to all students who qualify for English language development (ELD) services.The ELPA21 summative assessment measures students' English language proficiency in reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Results from this test determine which students are eligible to continue receiving ELD services.
Please contact your student’s ELL teacher with questions regarding specific dates for testing.
Open Enrollment Begins February 1
Per ISD Regulation 3131 regarding In-District Student Transfers, students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) may apply to transfer to any District school other than their neighborhood school during open enrollment through the month of February for the following school year. For complete information on the open enrollment process, including applications, please click here.
Dyslexia Family Engagement Forum - February 6
Families interested in connecting with the Issaquah School District regarding support for students with dyslexia are invited to a community forum hosted at the Administration Building at 5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the forum is to facilitate two-way communication, collaboration, and shared learning related to supporting students with dyslexia. Two additional forums will be held on March 5 and May 21. Families are welcome to attend one, two, or all three meetings. The February 6 session will include active listening opportunities and time for families to share their stories, interests, and learnings with ISD staff.
Now through February 8, 2020 - - -
The annual Father-Daughter Valentine Dance is once again coming to the Issaquah Community Center on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Grades K – 2, 4:00-6:00pm
Grades 3 – 5, 7:00-9:00pm
$29 per adult; $24 for Issaquah Residents; $45 at the door
Register with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at www.issaquahwa.gov/register or 425-837-3300.
Snow Make Up Days - Last Day of School to be Announced in Spring
A reminder to our families that school closure make up days will be added to the end of the school year. Because we are still in the winter season, it is possible more snow or weather will come our way that may result in school closures or delays. We will announce that last day of school in E-News and on our website later this spring when we are past the possibility of snow and hazardous conditions on the roads or at our buildings. *Specific information for seniors will be communicated to students and families by their high schools.
Cold Versus Flu
What is the difference between a cold and flu?
Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Colds are usually milder than flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.
How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?
Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.
What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?
The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.
Page last reviewed: December 30, 2019
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)