Clark Elementary E-News

February 6, 2020

Calendar

February


5...Spirit Day Wear you Clark Shark Gear

6 & 7..Kindergarten Registration Packet Turn In 8:00AM - 4:00PM

7...PTA Popcorn Friday

12...Spirit Day Wear you Clark Shark Gear

17-21 2nd Winter Break NO SCHOOL

26....Spirit Day Wear you Clark Shark Gear

28....PTA Recess with Kids

News from the Office


Valentines

You will have the opportunity to exchange Valentines within your classroom. If you choose to send in Valentines, please make sure you have one for every student. If you choose to send Valentine’s with candy, please know that students will not be eating the candy at school. One of our key goals is to keep all students safe. We are asking students to take their Valentines and candy home so parents can make the decision.

If you need any materials to make your own valentines, please let us know as we are happy to help provide materials.

Thank you for your support in helping us celebrate this special day in a safe way.


Headphone Donations

We are in need of headphones for our students. If you have any headphones or earbuds that you are no longer using, please donate them to Clark. We will be disinfecting any donations and getting them into our classrooms to support students and use of technology. Please drop off any donations to the office.


Volunteers Needed for Kindergarten Registration Turn In Days

The Clark office is in need of volunteers to help incoming parents during the Kindergarten Registration Turn In Days on Thursday, February 6 and Friday, February 7. If you have a couple of hours to offer and have cleared the volunteer application, please click the link to sign up

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4baeaa2ca3ff2-kindergarten1


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.


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 ISD

Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year Began Online Starting February 3.

The window to register your child for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year begins February 3, and must be completed by March 6. Students who are turning 5 years old by August 31, 2020, are eligible for enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.

Please visit the ISD New Student Enrollment website to begin enrollment February 3. The link will be live at that time. Once the online portion is complete, you will be required to visit your neighborhood school to pick up additional forms that must be completed in order to finish the enrollment process.

Additional Kindergarten information available at this link.


Coronavirus – Cold and Flu Season – When to Keep Your Child Home

You have likely seen in the news or on social media that Washington State has had one confirmed case of coronavirus. We know this kind of news is worrisome to families. The District has an emergency response plan and protocols in place for health risks that we will enact if needed. The Washington State Health Department is generally the lead agency in health crisis situations and they provide direction to school districts. While it is a serious illness, at this time the Washington State Health Department considers it a low risk to the public.


Cold and Flu season is here! We respectfully ask that if your child is sick, please keep them at home. If you're not sure whether or not to keep your child home, please check your child’s symptoms with this handy chart. Ways to protect yourself, your family, and others from colds and flu are to get a flu shot, wash hands thoroughly, drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest, and stay home when ill. We have information in multiple languages about how to stop the spread of germs and the flu on our website.


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.


STEMPOSIUM: SAVE THE DATE

WHAT: Showcase of STEM learning hosted by teachers and students from the Issaquah School District. Teachers and students through interactive booths and demonstrations share how they learn STEM skills and knowledge through classroom projects, afterschool clubs, and student competitions. In addition to teacher/student booths, there will be various STEM related industries invited to share their work in the area of STEM.

WHEN: February 13, 2020 - 5:30-7:30 pm.

WHERE: Issaquah High School Commons – 700 2ndAvenue SE, Issaquah 98027

Everyone is welcome to attend! More information and event program can be found here.


Weather Make Up Days and Future School Calendars

Our snow and ice event last week has resurfaced requests from the community to build weather make up days into our school calendars. In an effort to enable students, families, and staff to plan, we make every effort to post calendars three years in advance. As a reminder, our school calendars are developed and adopted as part of the bargaining process with the Issaquah Education Association (IEA) who represent our certificated staff. As we shared with the community last spring, while the current 2019-2020 school year calendar was established in 2017, because of the weather experience last year and because calendars for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years were not established, the District would explore opportunities to build in more weather make up options for future calendars.

To that end, District staff members negotiate with IEA’s leadership and gather input from the other labor organizations regarding calendar refinements. As part of negotiations, we shared with IEA the results of the community survey we conducted last spring asking for input on preferences. It is important to note that while 81.8% of survey respondents stated that they want built-in make up days, there was no clear majority favoring options to refine the calendar by starting the school year before Labor Day or making changes to winter, mid-winter, or spring break. While a majority of parent responders did favor taking time from teacher professional development and prep time on Wednesdays, it would take four Wednesdays to recoup one snow day. In order for us to insert weather make up days, we need to adjust one or several of those factors or extend the school year; all of which have competing desires. See survey here.

We do make every effort to use all options available to us, including application for waiving the school day if we have met the state minimum for instructional time. Meanwhile, calendar negotiations are in process now, and we expect to bring 2021-22 and 2022-23 calendar proposals to the school board for approval at the February 13, 2020 regular meeting. We will announce the approved future calendars through our usual communications channels, like E-News and websites, when the process is complete.


Issaquah City Council Approves Designation and Zoning for Schools at Providence Heights

The Issaquah City Council voted 5-2 at its January 21, 2020 regular meeting to approve land designation and zoning at Providence Heights as Community Facilities CF-F. We are thankful to the City Council and look forward to working with our municipal partners, the residents of Providence Point, and other neighboring communities to mitigate the impact as much as possible as we build these much needed schools. For additional information, including next steps, please click here.


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.

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