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Important Dates:

  • November 12 – No School, Veteran’s Day
  • November 13 & 14 – Vision and Hearing Screening
  • November 15 – Hands on Art Event, MPR 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • November 22 – 23 – No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 27 – PTA General Membership Meeting, Library 6:30 p.m.

Vision and Hearing Screening – November 13, 14
Vision and Hearing Screening will be conducted at IVE on November 13 and 14 this year.  This screening will be performed using a PLUS OPTIX Vision Screening Tool and Audiometers.  Please be sure to have your child wear their glasses these days. If your child is referred from this screening, you will receive a letter via email with the referral to take with you to your provider.  As always, if you have questions about this process, please contact me at any time. – Kristi Lincicome, 425-837-6607

Elementary Conference Scheduler
Parent-Teacher Conferences are December 5 and 6. Parents will use Family Access Conference Scheduler to sign up for conferences. Conference Scheduler will open on November 13th at 8:00 a.m. 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 can be found HERE

Winter Weather is Coming - Snow Day, Snow Stops, and Emergency Notification Information for 2018-19
Watch your mailbox during the week of October 29 for the ISD 2018-19 school year Emergency Transportation Bulletin. This mailer includes information on snow routes and emergency stops, as well as program cancellations and schedule changes due to inclement weather. The bulletin also includes information on communication of school delays or closure. An electronic copy of the Emergency Transportation Bulletin can be found on the district website by clicking the headline.

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

PBSES Coach’s Corner
November is a busy month! Over this month we will both celebrate with the 4th and 5th grade students regarding their positive behavioral choices as well as host a parent night that will help support social emotional growth at home. 

On Nov 29th, 4th and 5th grade students will be able to purchase, with their cougar awards or class dojo points, an activity of their choice. They can choose between a Google expedition, a breakout EDU activity, playing board games with friends, an art or PE activity, or a movie. The students are very excited about this opportunity and are working diligently to earn these incentives. 

Like always, if you would like to help support our PBSES initiative here at IVE there are several ways you can do so:

  1. Donate gently used toys or IVE apparel to the cougar store
  2. Volunteer in the cougar store on the first Tuesday of the month from 12:30-4
  3. Help prepare incentive day activities for the 4th and 5th grade students 

If you have any questions or you would like to volunteer in some way please email me at any time. SlatteryS@issaquah.wednet.edu Samantha Slattery, IVE PBSES Coach

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.

Dual Language Program Coming to ISD
After two years of development and preparation, ISD will open its first Dual Language Program/Spanish Immersion in the fall of 2019. The program will be hosted at Clark and Issaquah Valley Elementary Schools beginning at the kindergarten level. The Dual Language Program provides content-based instruction to students in two languages. This allows students, over a number of years of participation in the program, to become proficient and literate in both languages, achieve high academic standards across subject areas, and develop cross-cultural understanding and skills. The goal is to balance the number of students in each class who are native English speakers with those who are native Spanish speakers. Providing this program is made possible because of strong community support and the approval of the 2018 levy. More information will be coming this year about the Dual Language Program and the enrollment procedure.

Bilingual Instructional Assistants Needed
Puget Sound Educational Service District is hiring Bilingual Instructional Assistants for the 2018-19 school year.  Bilingual Instructional Assistants (BIA) provide language and instructional support for preschool children who speak languages other than English. BIA’s work on contract, receive paid training, have flexible schedules, hours vary and are not guaranteed.  Pay rate is $14.78 an hour.  Job Requirements:  Applicants must by at least 18 years old, experience working with children and coursework in early childhood is highly desired, but not a requirement, and a Washington State Patrol background check will be required.  Languages needed are: Spanish, Vietnamese, Burmese, Arabic, Amharic, Somali, Oromo, Tigrinya, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, and Ukrainian. For more information please call JoAnna Williams-Diggs at 425-917-7679.  Russian and Arabic speakers are specifically needed in the Issaquah area.

News from the Nurse

Flu Season is Here
Here are the telltale signs of having the flu, according to the CDC:

  • Fever and/or chills
  • Cough, sore throat, a runny and/or stuffed nose
  • Body aches and headaches
  • Fatigue (flu symptoms may present in groups of two or three or all at once). Some flu patients also experience diarrhea and vomiting

Most people who get the flu will have mild illness, will not need medical care or antiviral drugs, and will recover in less than two weeks. Some people, however, are more likely to get flu complications that can result in hospitalization and sometimes death. Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections are examples of flu-related complications. The flu also can make chronic health problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu.

How can we stop the spread of the flu?

  • Stay home when you are sick (fever over 100, vomiting or diarrhea)
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way
  • Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill.

If you suspect that you have the flu it is best to call your physician to get treatment. Thank you for not sending sick kids to school and keeping them home long enough to recover so that they can return to learn!

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

Hands on Art Event & Reflections Reception

Sincere thanks to all those participating in the 2018 National Reflections Competition.  The pieces are being judged by esteemed judges.  We hope to celebrate and provide prizes to all participants and those advancing to district, at the Hands on Art Event/Reflections Reception. Hands on Art is an exciting family night held every year at IVE to celebrate our artists who have submitted entries for the national PTA Reflections art contest. Please join us November 15th, 2018, from 6-8pm to enjoy art making and honor our school participants.  The Hands on Art activities are from 6-7:15 followed by the Reflections Reception from 7:15-8.  For questions or clarifications, please see IVEPTA.org website under programs or contact reflections@ivepata.org
Many thanks, Anne & Nicole on behalf of the Reflections team

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.