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Important Dates:

  • November 22 – 23 – No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 27 – PTA General Membership Meeting, Library 7:00 p.m.
  • November 28 – Dual Language Program Information Night in Spanish, ISD Boardroom 6:00 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.

Dear Families,

At this time of year, we are reminded of the important things in life. Time with families ranks high on that list. On behalf of our staff, I am wishing you a restful long weekend. We appreciate the time you dedicate to your children and to our school. The partnership we have with you is a gift we greatly appreciate. If you are staying home, enjoy! If you are traveling, travel safely. 

Take care,
Michelle Pickard
Principal, Issaquah Valley

A Festive Food Drive
The 2nd graders have been learning about being global citizens, and would like the students at IVE to have an opportunity to help people in our own community.  We want everyone at our school to know that even though we are young, we can help others!  We are having a Festive Food Drive!  We will be collecting items for the food bank that are in high demand during the winter holiday season…think yummy family dinners and treats!  We will be collecting items through December 7th.  You will be taking home a note today with lots of ideas of things you can bring.  There will be boxes in the hallways to put your donations in.  Thank you for helping us help others!! - 2nd Grade Team 

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
This event has been postponed to the spring. Stay tuned for more information in 2019.

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

CDC Recommends Three Actions to Fight Flu

  1. The first and most important step is to get a flu vaccination each year.
  2. If you get sick with flu, take prescription antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. Early treatment is especially important for the elderly, the very young, people with certain chronic health conditions, and pregnant women.
  3. Take everyday preventive actions that may slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu. This flyer contains information about everyday preventive actions.

Flu causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential severe complications is for children to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year. You can help stop the flu by taking EVERYDAY PREVENTATIVE PRECAUTIONS.

What are everyday preventive actions?

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the      fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand   rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs that can cause respiratory illnesses like flu.
  • If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and other measures.
  • If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and other measures.

Head Lice
Head lice is a common childhood nuisance. Early identification and treatment are essential to reducing the spread of head lice.  Please check your child’s head every 7-10 days for the presence of lice.  Things to look for:

  • Observing your child for signs of itching
  • Inspecting your child’s scalp for lice (very small living insects which are often hard to see and range from gray to black in color)
  • Inspecting your child’s hair for nits.  Nits are tiny, smooth, oval eggs which can vary in color from white to yellowish-white to dark brown.  Nits resemble small flakes of dandruff, however, unlike dandruff; they are glued firmly at an angle to the side of a single hair shaft.
  • Nits are frequently seen at the nape of the neck and behind the ears, but can also be found anywhere on the head.

If you find signs of head lice, (live lice and/or nits/eggs), please notify the School Nurse:
Kristi Lincicome, RN, BSN
Issaquah Valley Elementary Nurse
Phone 425-837-6607/fax 425-837-6605

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

Highly Capable Program- Parent Engagement Group (HCP-PEG)
Are you interested in supporting students and families who are in the Highly Capable Program in the Issaquah School District? The ISD Highly Capable department is facilitating the formation of a parent group whose initial purpose is to enrich the lives of the students and families who receive Highly Capable services. The group will offer support in gathering information and input from families as well as support enrichment through community events, parent education, and a newsletter! For further information, including meeting dates and application to become a parent representative, please click the headline.

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.