Important Dates:

  • March 13 – Site Council, IVE Welcome Room at 5:45 p.m.
  • March 13 – PTA General Membership Meeting, IVE Library at 7:00 p.m.
  • March 16 – PTA Bingo Night, IVE MPR at 6:00 p.m.
  • March 22 – 4th Grade Music Program, IVE MPR at 6:30 p.m.
  • March 23 – Math Adventure, IVE at 6:00 p.m.
  • March 29 – Spring Chorus, IVE MPR at 6:30 p.m.
  • March 30 – Science Fair, IVE MPR at 6:00 p.m.


School Safety
In the wake of the recent school shooting, safety is on everyone’s mind. Our school and office staff work to ensure the safety of our students each and every day. We appreciate your cooperation in observing our established safety procedures:

  • Before school: all students being dropped off by parents are to enter the building via the blacktop. Only parents attending to business will be allowed in the office prior to school starting. Once the school day has started at 9:10am students that are late may enter through the main entrance to check in.
  • When visiting: Visitors coming to the school during the day must enter through the main entrance and are required to sign in and receive/display a visitor’s badge. If our staff does not recognize you, expect to be asked to produce identification and inform us of which student you are visiting. We do this to ensure the safety of our students.
  • Checking out: All visitors must sign out in the office before they leave the premise. This is important so that we can account for all adults in an emergency situation.


Important information for parents of incoming kindergarten students
In order to secure a spot for your incoming kindergartener’s spring assessment, you must register your child by March 9. Information from this spring assessment will be used to determine class placement for your child. Once your child is registered, your school will contact you to schedule an assessment appointment. This assessment is also used to identify students who will be invited to our no cost ISF sponsored Pre-K Summer School. It is important that your child does not miss out on this opportunity! Registration packets may be picked up at, and returned to, your neighborhood school—Issaquah Valley Elementary.


Summer School Registration opens March 5th

Elementary Summer School will be offered to current kindergarten through fifth grade   (K-5) students in the Issaquah School District.  The Elementary Summer School program will provide an excellent opportunity to reinforce skills and to get a jump-start on the next grade-level learning.  All Elementary Summer School classes are dependent upon staffing. Classes will be held weekdays from July 9 through August 3rd, 9 AM to 12PM at Clark Elementary School.  Tuition will be $400.00.  Applications will be on the district website beginning March 5.

Summer Robotics Class will be returning again this summer.  The Robotics program is a two-week class for current 4th and 5th grade students only.  This course will teach the fundamentals of robotics using LEGO Mindstorm Kits.  Two sessions will be offered, Session 1 runs weekdays from July 9 to July 20, Session 2, runs weekdays from July 23 to August 3.  Both sessions will meet between 9 AM-11:00 AM at Clark Elementary School.  Tuition for this two-week program will be $250.00 and applications will be on the district website beginning March 5.  A minimum of 12 students will be required for this class to proceed. 


IVE Lobby Project
Dear IVE Families and Surrounding Community Members,

We are embarking on an exciting new adventure here at IVE! We are looking at how we can beautify our school and make it more welcoming to families and community members. We are planning on beginning this adventure with the entryway to our school.

Right now, our entryway is a jumble of furniture, empty display cases, pamphlets & brochures as well as our safety patrol equipment. It is not neat and clean or inviting. We would like to change that by finding creative ways to store and tidy up some of the needed brochures and equipment. We also want to beautify it by adding furniture, lamps, baskets and plants.

We are working hard to keep our costs low as we don’t have a budget for this type of endeavor. That is why we are reaching out to our community. Mrs. Scott – one of the Title 1/LAP reading specialists here at IVE is also a researcher and writer regarding classroom design. She has offered to spearhead the project. She has made a list of items that would be wonderfully helpful in creating a fresh, welcoming space for our families and communities to experience when they enter the school.

Please look at the list of materials and talents that we may need to complete the project. If you have something(s) you would like to donate, we would love to hear about it. We are looking for goods as well as skills and manpower. If you are someone who would like to donate time to refinishing a piece of furniture, sewing curtains, creating a wall mural, or hanging picture frames, etc. we would LOVE your help.   Please contact Janet Scott at scottj@issaquah.wednet.edu if you have something you would like to offer.

We are in the beginning stages of gathering the needed supplies and talents. It will be impossible to finalize the plan for the project without knowing what kinds of furniture pieces we might receive as well as what people offer in the way of skills.

We are excited about this project and committed to creating a welcoming environment for our IVE community. Thank you in advance for sharing your resources with us!

Sincerely,

Michelle Pickard, Principal


Automated Lunch Balance Notifications Starting March 12
The ISD Food Service Department has developed an automated lunch balance notification system that sends an e-mail to parents and guardians when a student’s lunch balance is low or account is in arrears. No action is required to begin receiving these notifications. Those who may wish to opt out may do so at any time via the instructions at the bottom of the automated emails. The low lunch balance e-mail notification system will go live on March 12, 2018. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Food Service Director, Brian Olson by email at olsonb@issaquah.wednet.edu or 425.837.5061 by phone.


Testing Dates

IVE Testing Schedule


Smarter Balanced Assessments – Practice Opportunities at Home
We are encouraging all families to set aside some time to help your student practice for the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) coming this spring for grades 3, 4 & 5. The Smarter Balanced Assessment is a system of valid, reliable, and fair next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy & Math. Please use the following link to access the Practice & Training tests (for ELA, Math and WCAS (5th grade science – see below) :

https://wa.portal.airast.org/users/students-and-families.stml

Click on the icon for Practice & Training Tests, sign in as a Guest, and select your child’s grade level when prompted.

Practice and Training Tests, Student and Family Resources

Along with the SBA, fifth grade students will also take an additional assessment in science, called the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). The WCAS will assess all three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards. For more information about this assessment follow this link: http://www.k12.wa.us/Science/Assessments.aspx

If you have additional questions about the Smarter Balanced Assessment, please see the ISD website https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/assessment/smarter-balanced-assessment-2014-15 or contact Tim Baynes, Assistant Principal.


Open Enrollment February 1-28 for the 2018-19 School Year
Per ISD Regulation 3131 regarding In-District Student Transfers, students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) may apply to transfer to any District school other than their neighborhood school during open enrollment through the month of February for the following school year. For more information on the Open Enrollment process please click the headline.


Science Tech eNews
Families of current third graders:  Are you interested in enrolling your student in our Science Technology Magnet Program? The Issaquah School District offers three programs serving 4th and 5th grade students in unique multi-age classrooms. Each magnet serves 50+ students in a two-year program. Each program covers all standard 4/5 district adopted curriculum, with an added emphasis on science and technology. Grade specific math instruction is provided.

Families interested in enrolling their student in this program must attend a mandatory informational meeting—unless they have previously had a student enrolled in this program.  Informational meetings will be held at Clark on Tuesday, March 13th, and at Cascade Ridge on Tuesday, March 27th.  All meetings are scheduled for 6:00-7:00 pm.


News from Issaquah Parks & Recreation
Issaquah Parks & Recreation summer day camp online registration begins on Sunday, March 4th, at 12:00 noon.  Day camps include Mighty Mites, Kindercamp, Camp ‘Quah and Adventure Camp.  For further information and camp details, please call 425-837-3300 or visit www.issaquahwa.gov/daycamp.

 

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