Quick Links for Parents:

Important Dates:

  • December 12 – Coffee Chat with Principal Pickard, PBSES Conference Room 9:15 a.m.
  • December 12 – Dual Language Program Information Night, IVE Library 6:00 p.m.
  • December 13 – Cougar Chorus Concert and PTA Holiday Choir, MPR 6:30 p.m.
  • 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.

Lost and Found
Our lost and found is overflowing! Please have your child check the lost and found for their items. We do our best to reunite lost items with their rightful owner but we need your help very much that this process will be successful! Please LABEL CLEARLY you child’s lunch boxes, water bottles, jackets, sweaters, hoodies, pants, hats, etc. with the child’s LAST name and the FIRST letter of the child's FIRST name so that lost items may be returned promptly. Please take the time to look through the lost and found during Parent-Teacher conference days. All remaining items will be donated on December 7.

Principal Coffee Chat
Please join me for the next Principal Coffee Chat on Wednesday, December 12. I will be discussing 5th Grade Camp, the PTA Board decision, and the District Equity Policy. If interested in attending, meet in the IVE PBSES Conference Room at 9:15 a.m. on December 12.

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.

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, 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, 12 de diciembre, 6:00 p.m. a 7:30 p.m., en Issaquah Valley Elementary (se ofrecerá interpretación al español)

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 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.

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.