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Important Dates:

  • December 20 – January 1 – Winter Break, No School
  • January 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School
  • January 22 – PTA General Membership Meeting, Library 7:00 p.m.
  • January 24 – 5th Grade Music Program, MPR 6:30 p.m.

A Festive Food Drive
The 2nd graders have been learning about being global citizens and took it upon themselves to help people in our own community. They held a Festive Food Drive and collected over 1,000 items for the food bank that are in high demand during the winter holiday season. HERE is a video that celebrates their efforts! Way to go 2nd grade!

Highly Capable Program Testing for Second Grade Students 2019
Letters are being sent home with second grade students this week with information about the Highly Capable Program testing. The letter has also been posted on the website and can be found using the links below:


The letter details the process that will be used to identify Issaquah’s “most highly capable” second graders. This process includes the administration of the Iowa Achievement Test, the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test), and the TTCT (Torrance Test of Creative Thinking) in your student’s second grade classroom. The administration window for these tests is January 15th through March 14th, exact dates and times vary by classroom.

Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter the Highly Capable Program with services through MERLIN or SAGE for next school year.

Counselor Corner: Anne Taylor, IVE School Counselor

Small Groups
Throughout the year, I provide small group learning opportunities for students. These services are offered to support and enhance the development of personal skills and to promote educational success.

These are some of the small group learning opportunities that I will be providing this year:

  • Social Skills Building
  • Emotion Regulation Skills
  • Divorce and Changing Families
  • Boys and Girls Leadership

If you feel like your student could benefit from, or be interested in, one of these groups, please contact me, Anne Taylor, or your teacher for more information. 

Parent Education – Digital Safety 101
For parents of students in grades 3-12. A presentation by Jo Langford to help parents learn how kids spend their time online and how to start those important conversations with kids about relationships to themselves, friends, and their vast digital world. Wednesday, January 9th, 7PM at Skyline High School. This is for parents only. Click here to learn more about this event and register.

News from the Nurse

Strep throat has been reported at IVE.  This organism is transmitted via airborne droplets from the nose and mouth (coughing & sneezing).  

The most common symptoms of strep throat include fever, a sore throat that can start very quickly, pain when swallowing, large tonsils with pus or white patches on them, swollen tender nodes in the neck.  Other symptoms such as headaches, stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting may also be present.  It is important to know that streptococcal sore throat can occur with very few symptoms and that all sore throats resembling Strep throat are not due to strep.

Only a rapid strep test or throat culture can determine if group A strep is the cause. A doctor cannot tell if someone has strep throat just by looking at his or her throat.  Strep throat is treated by antibiotics. 

If you think your child may have strep throat, keep them home from school and contact your physician

For more information on strep throat, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/groupastrep/diseases-public/strep-throat.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Ffeatures%2Fstrepthroat%2Findex.html

HEALTH ALERTS: Hand Foot and Mouth
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease has been reported at IVE. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a common childhood illness. It causes sores in the mouth and on the hands, feet, and sometimes the buttocks and legs. Mouth sores can be painful and may make it hard for your child to eat. Avoid spicy foods.  The disease is not serious, and it usually goes away in a week or so. The virus spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. You can also get it by coming in contact with infected stool, such as when you change a diaper. Your child may feel tired, have a sore throat, or a fever of around 101F to 103F.  To help prevent the spread of the disease wash hands often with soap & water, so sharing of toys or kisses with infected children, wear rubber gloves if applying any lotion or creams to blisters. 

For pain and fever, give your child acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil).  Do not give your child aspirin. Aspirin has been linked to Reye's syndrome, a serious illness.

For more information on hand, foot & mouth disease, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html

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 District

Highly Capable Screening Test Results Available on Family Access for Current Kindergarten Students
Screening of current kindergarten students for our highly capable program is complete. Those students who scored at or above the 98th percentile on the CogAT screener (Cognitive Abilities Test) are eligible for further testing for possible selection into the Primary Enrichment Program. Parents of students who have qualified for further testing will be contacted this week regarding the next level of assessment. For more information please click the headline.

Issaquah School District Releases Annual Report for 2017-2018 School Year
The Issaquah School District invites the community to view our annual report online for the 2017-2018 school year. From academic scores on state assessments to programs and finances, the report offers an overview of the District’s performance with links to dive deeper. The report is available at http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/annual-community-report. For more information, please contact Executive Director of Communications, L. Michelle at michellel@issaquah.wednet.edu or 425-837-7004.

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.

News From Issaquah Schools Foundation

The season of caring and sharing is here! At this special time of year, we invite you to join us in giving students the essential support they need for success at school. Throughout the Issaquah School District, the Issaquah Schools Foundation is there to lend a helping hand through our Basic Student Needs programs. Beaver Lake Middle School Principal Stacy Cho shared the story of how the Basic Student Needs programs made a world of difference for one student:

Let me tell you about an 11-year-old whose family recently experienced homelessness. During the first days of the school year, I showed him how he could choose a new, free backpack filled with school supplies. I shared that free breakfast bars were always available if he ever came to school hungry (and he would come to the office and eat six bars at a time). I helped his family access support from the Nurses Fund, which paid for transportation to doctor's appointments. This support set him up for success at school. It was all made possible by the Foundation.

This holiday season, will you help kids in need by donating to the Foundation's Basic Student Needs Fund? Click here to make a donation. Dan, Martha and the Timmins family have already donated $5,000, with the hope that your generosity will allow us to raise $20,000 towards the fund. Please join the challenge by this wonderful family to help students!