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Dear Families,

This is a busy time of year with many of you traveling. I hope all of your plans for this holiday season go well and if you are traveling that you have a safe journey. Below are a few updates.

SIP – Our data analysis is complete and our proposed SIP has been sent to TLS at Admin for review. The focus for our SIP goal is Reading however our Action Plan addresses both reading and writing as that is what the SBA ELA measures. This is the beginning of a three year cycle. Once our SIP is finalized it will be posted on our website.

Lockdowns – We were all reminded of the critical need to practice what to do (both students and adults) during a lockdown last week. While I know the work we do here at school gets our students and staff as ready as possible, I encourage all families to remind themselves that the safest course of action from them in a crisis is to remain calm, stay off of campus, refrain from calling the school or the District, to check the ISD main web page and to make sure they have proper ID on them for when we do release students. It is nothing less than scary but if you think about it as putting the Administration in the position of choosing between communicating with families or securing the safety of all of our children, I know you would want our full attention to be placed on our kids. While it is hard to do in a stressful moment, I ask that you trust us to do our job of protecting your child. We will always follow up with communication once the scene is secure. Sharing every detail about an incident and our action plan to mitigate such an incident can actually compromise our security therefore please know that we will communicate only what is needed for the general population to hear. 

Parent Teacher Conferences – Thank you for partnering with our staff and working together to provide the best education for your child. Communication is a critical component of this partnership and I appreciate the time you took out of your busy schedules to come to school to learn about your child’s progress.

Holidays – It is now time to enjoy your families and traditions. I wish you the happiest of holidays! We look forward to seeing you on January 2nd.

Take care,


Leslie Lederman, Principal

Sunny Hills Elementary

Thank you!

Wow! Thank you to all the cookie bakers, luncheon shoppers, luncheon cooks and PTA volunteers who organized and arranged a delicious luncheon and cookie extravaganza! . We were simply blown away that so many people took the time to shop and bake on our behalf. We are so very blessed to be part of a community that is so supportive! 

A special shout out to Stephanie Shipley and 


Second Grade Highly Capable Testing 

Highly capable testing for second grade students will occur January 15 through January 18 and continue March 5 through March 7. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter either SAGE or MERLIN in the 2019-20 school year. Second grade students attending private or home-based schools are invited to participate and are encouraged to contact their boundary school. More information about the Issaquah School District Highly Capable Program and testing for second grade students is available on the Issaquah School District Website at https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/programs/gifted.   



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.

                                      Kim Rocco RN, School Nurse 425-837-7408


Counselor Corner

December updates from Ms. Schulenberg

Ms. Schulenberg's website

 Winter Break Ideas: ParentMap

Soon the kids will be home for Winter break! Click the link below for dozens of activity ideas for indoors, outdoors, indoor play spaces, around-town adventures, and more.


Tutoring Ideas

It is a district policy that we cannot recommend specific tutors or send out a list of tutor names (even if they are teachers at our schools). Click the link for ideas for finding academic support for your student. Tutoring Ideas

Counselor Class Lessons

***I will be starting a 6 - week “Banana Splits” small group in January/February for children dealing with a divorce in the family. Please email me if you would like your child to participate, and I will send you more details.

*Click here for my December class lessons.

 Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank

Food for Winter Break 2018

Lunch for the Break provides one box, with a variety of foods, for each school age child in your household.

Click here for information, to donate, or to register to receive a box for each of your children in grades K-12.

Financial Resources

If your family is experiencing financial hardship or would like to donate or volunteer to help others, here is a link to resources available to you.

Financial Resources

Upcoming Events

Sunny Hills Parenting Event!

Parenting with Courage and Connection

An Introduction to Parenting with Positive Discipline

This workshop provides a general introduction and overview to Parenting with Positive Discipline as well as some practical tools that parents can use right away.

Learning objectives – Parents are introduced to concepts that will help them:

  • Use basic brain science (adult and child) to improve behavior at home
  • Build connections to share your values and culture
  • Discipline with kindness and firmness

Location: Sunny Hills Multi - Purpose Room

Date: Tuesday 1/22/19

Time: 7pm-9pm – after the PTA general membership meeting

 ParentWiser- Parent Education in Issaquah Schools

Digital Safety 101 with Jo Langford

Jo Langford helps parents balance kids’ digital lives with boundaries, etiquette and good judgment. He provides an overview of adolescent digital behavior with the risks and benefits of online life. Jo will discuss the social sites you need to know about --the good, the bad and the ugly. Learn to set limits, monitor behavior, and start the important conversations around kids’ relationships to tech in a connected world.

  • Date: Wednesday, January 9th
  • Time: 7pm-9pm
  • Location: Skyline High School,1122 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA 98075
  • Register online: Here

Click here for more ParetWiser events: https://www.parentwiser.org/events

 Parenting Workshop by the YMCA

For parents and caregivers of children effected by trauma

Find out more at this link: Here

I hope that you all have a wonderful Holiday! - Celina Schulenberg


Our lost and found is overflowing. Please encourage your kids to stop by and check to see if they find any of their forgotten items. Parents are also welcome to swing by at any time. The lost and found closet is right through the front doors to the right. Any unclaimed, non-labeled, items will be donated to charity on January 18th between 10:00 - 1:30 pm.



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!