Clark Elementary E-News

February 7, 2020

Calendar

February


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

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.


LUNCH FOR THE BREAK FOOD DRIVE
February 3 - 12

School breaks should be exciting. For some, no school means not enough food. Lunch for the Break ensures all ISD kids have enough to eat, even when school's out. Each grade is responsible for gathering the following for the drive:

  • Kindergarten—Canned tuna or chicken and Crackers
  • First Grade—Standard size of Cereal and 12-18 ounce jar of jam/jelly
  • Second Grade—Dry Black Beans and Granola Bars
  • Third Grade—16 ounce box of Spaghetti and Peanut Butter
  • Fourth Grade—Progresso or Chunky canned soup and 8-24 count of Corn tortillas
  • Fifth Grade—24 ounce jar of pasta sauce and Shelf stable milk boxes (2% or chocolate)
  • Sci-Tech—16-32 ounce bags of white rice and 15 ounce or larger cans of Canned peaches or pineapple

If you would like to contribute, but are not able to donate food, please consider making a financial contribution to help purchase perishables. Each box costs $55 to fill, pack, deliver. For every $3.75 donated an item will be added to your child's grade tally.

February 12, 2020 is the last day to donate. Your donations directly impact families experiencing food insecurity in our community. Visit Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank for more information.

Volunteers are also needed for gathering and delivering goods to Our Savior's Lutheran Church on Wednesday, February 12, at the end of school. SIGN UP HERE TO VOLUNTEER.


Fees

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

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 Update – Guidance from Public Health Seattle and King County

While the immediate risk to the general public in Washington and the United States is still considered to be low, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all travelers from China, including school students, staff, and volunteers arriving in the U.S. AFTER February 2, 2020 at 2 pm stay at home away from others and monitor their health for 14 days. If you get a fever or develop a cough or difficulty breathing during this 14-day period, avoid contact with others. Call your doctor or healthcare provider to tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel.

There is no recommendation for people showing no symptoms arriving before this time to restrict their activities. All travelers from China who arrived BEFORE February 2, 2020 at 2pm can continue to attend school.

The normal precautions during cold and flu season to prevent the spread of germs apply.

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with those who are sick
  • Stay home if sick
  • Cover cough or sneeze with tissue, throw tissue in trash, wash hands immediately
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces


You can find more about conronavirus at the links below or call the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 and press the # key.


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.


Remember to Vote and Return Your Ballot - ISD Levy Renewal

We’ve got just a few days left to vote in the 2020 levy election. Return your ballot by mail or in a ballot drop box by next Tuesday, February 11.

To see what’s funded by this levy, check out this short video that highlights some of the many important programs and services funded by levies, including mental health counselors, school security, extra-curricular activities and many more. While you’re at it, you can check out all of our videos about the important things funded by the levy.


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.

News from Issaquah Schools Foundation

Impact Scholarships Available

The Issaquah Schools Foundation Impact Scholarships are open to juniors and seniors in the Issaquah School District. The scholarships will be awarded to 2 students who describe how Issaquah Schools Foundation-funded programs have enriched their education. The scholarships will be awarded in two categories. Written category ($1000) and Presentation category ($1500).

Application deadline is February 21, 2020

More information: http://isfdn.org/impact-scholars

Spread the Love 2020: Make a Contribution in Your Teacher's Name!

The Issaquah Schools Foundation loves to support our teachers! The Foundation began by providing grants to educators in the Issaquah School District, and because of YOUR donations we are able to continue this great work! This February, share the love by expressing our appreciation for the teachers of the Issaquah School District! Donate in honor of a teacher and what they give to us every day. Make your contribution here (https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=issaquahsf&id=35 )and include your teacher’s name and personal message. We will let them know of the gift you made in their honor. You can view the list of all teachers honored here! (http://isfdn.org/spread-the-love-2020/)

Dining for Kids: March

Next month's Dining for Kids partner is Big Fish Grill. Join us on Wednesday, March 4th from 11AM-10PM and Big Fish Grill will donate a portion of your bill to Issaquah Schools Foundation. These funds go to programs and resources for Issaquah School District students, including food & snack support during the school day. More info: http://isfdn.org/dining-for-kids/

You might already have these through ParentWiser, if not, there are two Parent Education Events coming up. Register for these events at ParentWiser.org

1. Plugged-In Parents: How to keep kids safe, happy and healthy in the digital age

When: Monday Feb 10th, 7-8:30pm

Where: Issaquah High School

Even the most in-tune parents could use some extra tips for keeping up with the fast-changing media landscape. Local mental health therapist specializing in technology fixation and youth screen time use, Jocelyn Skillman, partners with nationally acclaimed Common Sense Media to deliver a comprehensive presentation addressing the biggest concerns parents of elementary and middle schoolers have: managing screen time, getting a cellphone, cyber bullying, social media, apps, and more. In this thought-provoking discussion parents will learn how to use media in balance as a family, find quality content, set expectations around healthy use to prevent conflict, and raise kids to be media savvy consumers and creators. (For Parents of K-8)

2. Help! My Teen is Dating. Real Solutions to Tough Conversations.

When: Thursday, Feb 27th, 7-8:00 pm

Where: Issaquah High School theater

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is providing funding for a parent education seminar around dating safety. Gain essential skills and strategies for addressing awkward and yet vitally important discussions with your child.

This interactive seminar is changing the way parents and their children are approaching, discussing, and handling decision-making regarding dating, intimacy, parties, and safety. In one hour, parents will discover essential steps for helping their sons and daughters with making safer choices. (Parents Only)

Please Join the Issaquah Schools Foundation for Our Annual Fundraiser and Celebration!

Student success is personal. The Issaquah Schools Foundation recognizes the unique needs of students and works in partnership with the Issaquah School District to offer a variety of programs that give opportunities to every student at every school. From leading-edge STEM curriculum and arts programs to after-school tutoring and food for students in need, the funds you donate to the Foundation ensure( that kids of all abilities have the support they need to navigate their own unique path to success. More info: http://isfdn.org/nourish-every-mind/

Nourish Every Mind 2020:

Luncheon - Friday, May 8th

Breakfast - Tuesday, May 19th

Both Events Held at Eastridge Church, Issaquah

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