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Important Dates:

  • November 22 – 23 – No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 27 – PTA General Membership Meeting, Library 6:30 p.m.
  • November 28 – Dual Language Program Information Night in Spanish, ISD Boardroom 6:00 p.m.
  • November 29 – Pizza, PJs, and Partnerships Event, IVE 5:30 p.m.
  • November 30 – PTA Movie Night, IVE MPR 6:00 p.m.
  • December 5 & 6 – Elementary Conferences
  • December 12 – Dual Language Program Information Night, IVE Library 6:00 p.m.

Elementary Conference Scheduler – NOW OPEN
Parent-Teacher Conferences are December 5 and 6. Parents will use Family Access Conference Scheduler to sign up for conferences. Conference Scheduler is now open and will close on November 30th at 3:30 p.m. Log onto your Family Access Account and you will find Teacher Conferences listed on the left. Click HERE for complete directions on how to log in to Family Access. Directions for scheduling a parent conference are available in English and Spanish.

Pizza, PJ’s and Partnerships Event
The purpose of this event is to provide a time centered on partnership between school and home to support students in social emotional learning. Parents will choose 3 sessions to attend:

  • growth mindset
  • introduction to ISD social emotional curriculum
  • positive interactions surrounding difficult conversations
  • behavioral support
  • anxious children
  • ADHD and anxiety from a medical perspective.

While parents are learning, students will be lounging in their PJs in the MPR and watching the movie Inside Out. Pizza will be provided for all that attend. Spanish translators will be available. No RSVP necessary. Contact PBSES Coach, Samantha Slattery, for more information.

Dual Language Program Information Nights
The Dual Language Program will be provided at Clark Elementary and Issaquah Valley Elementary Schools and open to students living in these attendance areas. This year, informational meetings, provided in both English and Spanish, will be held at Clark Elementary and Issaquah Valley Elementary and additional locations to assist families in learning more about the program. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend one of the following:

  • Wednesday, November 28, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30, Administration Bldg. Boardroom (Presented in Spanish)
  • Wednesday, December 5, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30, at Clark Elementary (Spanish interpretation provided)
  • Wednesday, December 12, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30, at Issaquah Valley Elementary (Spanish interpretation provided)

El Programa de Idioma Dual será proporcionado en Clark Elementary School e Issaquah Valley Elementary School y estará abierto a los estudiantes que viven en estas áreas de asistencia. Este año, las reuniones informativas, proporcionadas en inglés y español, se llevarán a cabo en Clark Elementary e Issaquah Valley Elementary y en otros lugares para ayudar a las familias a conocer más sobre el programa. Se recomienda que los padres que asistan a una de las siguientes reuniones:

  • Miércoles, 28 de noviembre, 6:00 p.m. a 7:30 p.m., Edificio de Administración. Sala de juntas (presentada en español)
  • Miércoles, 5 de diciembre, 6:00 p.m. a 7:30 p.m., en Clark Elementary (se ofrecerá interpretación al español)
  • Miércoles, 12 de diciembre, 6:00 p.m. a 7:30 p.m., en Issaquah Valley Elementary (se ofrecerá interpretación al español)

Winter Weather is Coming – Snow Day, Snow Stops, and Emergency Notification Information for 2018-19
An Emergency Transportation Bulletin was sent out in late October for the ISD for the 2018-19 school year.  This mailer included information on snow routes and emergency stops, as well as program cancellations and schedule changes due to inclement weather. The bulletin also included information on communication of school delays or closure. An electronic copy of the Emergency Transportation Bulletin can be found on the district website here.

School closures and delays are announced early in the morning, usually between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. If you anticipate emergency transportation conditions, please check for an announcement on TV, radio, or the Internet. 

To receive closure information straight from the district: 

  • Make sure you are receiving District E-News. Sign up on our website. Weather delay notifications will NOT be sent via individual school eNews.
  • Check the ISD homepage, www.issaquah.wednet.edu.
  • Subscribe to receive ISD emergency news at www.FlashAlert.net (for weather emergencies only)
  • Check the recorded messages at (425) 837- 7000 (Administration) or (425) 837-6333 (Transportation).

Families using Skylert via Family Access:
Please note that phone numbers added in Skylert are NOT used for Emergencies, only for Attendance calls and text messages. The email feature is not used in Skylert. Please check only the attendance boxes (for phone calls and text messages).

Counselor Corner
Hi IVE Families! It seems hard to believe but November is upon us. Did you know that practicing gratitude and acknowledging what we are thankful for is good for your emotional well-being? Click here for ideas on teaching your children about gratefulness.

Here are a couple of local resources for families in need:

  1. Turkey and Groceries Giveaway. Click turkeys for more information.
  2. Lunch for the Break registration. Click here to register and select a pick up location You will receive a box for each of your children in grades K-12. Forms in Spanish are coming soon!
  3. Holiday Gift Barn. Information in Spanish. Registration in Spanish. Registration in English.

Anne Taylor, IVE School Counselor

Holiday Gift Barn
The “Holiday Gift Barn” is a holiday gift program for Issaquah School District families with children ages birth-18. Like last year, Pickering Barn will become a “department store” for families in need to do their holiday shopping. Childcare will be available if needed.

Please click on the Issaquah Food Bank website below to get to the link for more details and registration forms: http://issaquahfoodbank.org/  Registration is required between November 1-30. This link has the information for Issaquah School District families in need who want to register as a shopper as well as information for anyone or any group wishing to donate items/volunteer to the Holiday Shop.

News from the Nurse

Vision & Hearing Screening
A huge thank-you goes out to all the parent volunteers who made the 2018 Vision/Hearing Screening a huge success.  We screened over 600 students over 2 days!  A special thank you to our chairwoman, Colleen Daniel, who provided hospitality, support, and recruited all the wonderful volunteers!

In December, we will be in the process of re-screening anyone who did not pass the school screening or may have been absent during the screening.  After being re-screened, if your child still does not pass either the vision or hearing portion of the test, you will receive a letter in the mail from me. 

Parents, as required by state law, students in the Issaquah School District have their vision and hearing screened annually in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade and 7th grade.  This is a mass school screening using a PLUS OPTIX vision screening tool that screens for 6 eye conditions including near and distance vision.  Just as you would bring your child to the dentist/doctor, I would encourage you to bring your child to an eye doctor.  If you do not have vision insurance and feel this is a burden on your family, please feel free to contact me for possible resources. 

Kristi Lincicome, IVE Nurse https://connect.issaquah.wednet.edu/elementary/ive/staff/ms_lincicomes_site/

News from the PTA

Cougar Campaign Update
With 3 weeks remaining for the PTA Cougar Campaign we have raised approximately $6,000 toward our goal of $25,000. We need your help now more than ever! Please donate and share our online campaign on your social media channels HERE. As always, you can also donate via check to the PTA mailbox in the front office. More info on the Cougar Campaign can be found at http://ivepta.org/Page/Fundraising/Cougar%20Campaign

IVE PTA Movie Night Featuring Incredibles 2 – November 30th
Join us Friday November 30th in the MPR for Incredibles 2! Doors open at 5:30pm and the movie starts at 6:00pm. Bring your favorite picnic or take-out, blankets and low-backed chairs. We will also be collecting non-perishable food for the Issaquah Food Bank. Candy, Pirate's Booty and water will be available for $1 each.
Note: Incredibles 2 contains a sequence of flashing lights which may affect participants with photo sensitivities. 

News from the District

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.

Community Input Sought on Draft Interpretation of EL-16 Equity Policy
The Superintendent has created a draft interpretation and invites the community to provide input into this interpretation. Once the Superintendent is satisfied with the interpretation, he and his team will begin to collect the evidence that must be brought forward for monitoring purposes. The ISD Board of Directors is scheduled to perform its first monitoring of EL-16 at the January 23, 2019 school board meeting.

The Draft Interpretation of EL-16 is available for review or download on our website at https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/equity/el-16-equity

Again, we welcome and hope to hear your feedback and comments. Please provide input on the draft interpretation by emailing us at Equity@Issaquah.Wednet.edu.