Dates to remember: 3/19 Trudy Ludwig Presentation*** 6:00-7:30 pm 3/26 Report Card Day (changed due to snow days) 3/27 Club and 5th Grade Photo 9:30 am
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LAST DAY OF SCHOOL -- THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019
This past February’s historic snowfall created many challenges for our community and school system. Now that it appears our snowy winter weather is subsiding, we can communicate the remainder of our school year calendar. In accordance with our negotiated agreements and approved 2018-19 school year calendar, the six days of school missed due to weather will be added to the end of the current school year calendar. The last day of school is now Thursday, June 27. High School Graduation dates will not change.
Every school district in our region has a unique set of circumstances related to how they might make up snow days. As a result, you will see districts implementing different plans. Options such as built in snow make-up days, conversion of non-student professional development days, state waivers or renegotiating instruction time are not viable options for the ISD this year. With this recent snow event resetting our common experience, the District is exploring opportunities to build in more snow day make-up options to our future calendars. Any changes will be communicated as soon as possible. UNPAID FEES AND FINES
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ATTENTION PARENTS: On Tuesday evening, March 19, you are invited to attend Trudy’s special parent presentation: “Understanding Our Kids’ Online & Offline Social World: Friendships, Cliques & Power Plays.” This family night, co-sponsored by Endeavour Elementary and Cascade Ridge and will take place at Cascade Ridge Elementary from 6:00 -7:30 pm.
Trudy has been featured in U.S. national media outlets including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” PBS’s nationally syndicated show, “Keeping Kids Healthy,” Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and the National Crime Prevention Council’s Circle of Respect program. She has also served as an expert panel member on Sesame Workshop’s video series addressing bullying. Her books (My Secret Bully, Just Kidding, Sorry!, Trouble Talk®, Too Perfect, Confessions of a Former Bully, Better Than You, The Invisible Boy, Gifts from the Enemy, and her newest release, Quiet Please, Owen McPhee!) have received international praise for helping children connect and engage with their peers in kinder, more inclusive ways.
For more information about Trudy, her books, and other resources on the topics of friendship and bullying issues, please visit the author’s website: www.trudyludwig.com.
FLASH and HIV/AIDS Curriculum Information Sessions for grade 5
Your child’s teacher will be teaching the district adopted FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health) and HIV/AIDS curriculum during this school year. To allow you an opportunity to examine the instructional materials and view the videos that may be used, there will be 2 public viewings of the materials in Boardroom A of the Issaquah School District Administration Center.
Thursday, March 28, 6:00 PM (presentation lasts about 1.5 hours)
Saturday, March 30, 9:00 AM (presentation lasts about 1.5 hours)
At the appointed time, there will be an informal presentation with viewing of video(s). Curriculum staff will be available to answer your questions.
HIV/AIDS Instruction: Please note – the process of exempting your child from HIV/AIDS education is treated separately from exempting your child out of sexual education.
In recognition of the significant threat that the HIV/AIDS virus presents to the health of the people of our nation, the Washington state legislature passed the Omnibus AIDS Bill in 1988. This law directs local school districts to provide yearly instruction to students in grades 5-12 about the pathology and prevention of the HIV/AIDS virus. The law requires that parents/guardians must preview the HIV/AIDS curriculum which is found within the FLASH curriculum, before exempting your child. This must be done each year.
It is not necessary for parents to attend a public review session if they do not intend to exempt their children from HIV/AIDS instruction. Being familiar with the curriculum will enhance your ability to talk with your children about this serious health threat. FLASH curriculum can also be previewed through the King County Department of Public Health at www.kingcounty.gov/health/FLASH
Session Location: Issaquah School District Administration Center
565 NW Holly St. Issaquah, WA 98027
Contact Information: Kris Coleman, ColemanK@issaquah.wednet.edu, 425-837-7123
Call for Art: 2019-2020 PRINT Student Art Calendar Thanks to support from the Seattle Times, every family and staff member in the Issaquah School District will once again receive a free print copy of the Student Art Calendar in the 2019-2020 school year—easy to hang on the wall to keep track of important school dates! Every current student in the district is invited to submit artwork to fill the pages for thousands of homes and offices. Get your creative juices flowing because the deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019 at midnight. Click here to visit the Call for Art webpage for full details! Science Tech Magnet Program Information Meetings March 14 and 21 Families of current 3rd graders: Are you interested in enrolling your student in our Science Technology Magnet Program? The Issaquah School District offers three programs serving 4th and 5th grade students in unique multi-age classrooms. See more information, including mandatory informational meeting dates.
Elementary Summer School Registration opens March 4.....Elementary Summer School will be offered to current kindergarten through fifth grade (K-5) students in the Issaquah School District. The Elementary Summer School program will provide an excellent opportunity to reinforce skills and to get a jump-start on the next grade-level learning. All Elementary Summer School classes are dependent upon staffing.
Classes will be held weekdays from July 8 through August 2, 9:00am to 12:00 pm at Clark Elementary School. Tuition is $400.00. Applications will be on the district website beginning March 4. Families must provide transportation to and from Summer School.
Summer Robotics Class will be returning again this summer.....The Robotics program is a two-week class for current 4th and 5th grade students only. This course will teach the fundamentals of robotics using LEGO Mindstorm Kits. A minimum of 12 students will be required for this class to proceed.
Two sessions will be offered, Session 1 runs weekdays from July 8 to July 19, Session 2,runs weekdays from July 22 to August 2. Both sessions will meet between 9:00 am-11:00 am at Clark Elementary School. Tuition for this two-week program is $250.00 and applications will be on the district website beginning March 4. Families must provide transportation to and from Robotics class.
Special Services Parent Night
The Issaquah School District Special Services Department and The Arc of King County have partnered to offer FREE training sessions open to parents, guardians, caregivers and teachers of students with special needs. Financial Planning and Resources for Families
Bus Drivers Needed – We’re Hiring! As many people have seen and heard in the news, schools all across the country are experiencing a shortage of school bus drivers. This is true in the Issaquah School District as well. The ISD offers paid training and a competitive wage of up to $24.91/hour. Drivers may work part time or up to 40 hours. Full benefits include medical, dental, and vision. Drivers work a school calendar and schedule. If you or someone you know is interested, please call 425-837-6327 for more information or apply online by clicking here.
Nourish Every Mind
Save the date!
Friday, May 3, 2019 – luncheon at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – breakfast at Eastridge Church in Issaquah