Quick Links for Parents:

 Are you moving this summer?

If your student(s) will not be attending Sunny Hills next year, please let the office know as soon as possible -  McKuneC@issaquah.wednet.edu. In addition, please be sure to update the office if you have moved or changed your contact information so we have the the most current information on file. Thank you.


Smarter Balanced Assessment....This spring, our students in grades 3-5 will take the Smarter Balanced tests in math and English language arts. Students in 5th grade will also take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). As you know, we have been busy preparing and reinforcing the skills necessary for students to demonstrate their learning. Even though this assessment is a snapshot—one single perspective – is it an important measure of student learning both within the state and the district.

SBA Testing Schedule – Spring 2019 Students will be taking each of these tests online. At Sunny Hills, students will be testing on the following dates.  Please ensure your students are present for testing.

Grade Level



5th Grade

May 2

ELA (reading, writing, listening) – Performance Task

May 6

ELA (reading, writing, listening) – Computer Adaptive Test

May 7

Math – Performance Task

May 8

Math – Computer Adaptive Test

May 9

WCAS (Science)

3rd Grade

May 16

ELA (reading, writing, listening) – Performance Task

May 17

ELA (reading, writing, listening) – Computer Adaptive Test

May 20

Math – Performance Task

May 21

Math – Computer Adaptive Test

4th  Grade

May 23

ELA (reading, writing, listening) – Performance Task

May 24

ELA (reading, writing, listening) –Computer Adaptive Test

May 28

Math – Performance Task

May 30

Math – Computer Adaptive Test

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 (5thgrade science, see below for more information): 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. While we have not had any issues with the Google Chrome browser, other web browsers are not compatible with the practice tests.

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 (Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas). 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 websitehttps://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/assessment/SBA  or contact Cami Przybylski, Dean of Students.

Smarter Balanced Assessments – Sample Items

The Smarter Balanced Assessments include four different tests including as many as twelve-different types of “test items” or questions to which students must respond. For students and families who would like further information to become more familiar with the SBA, we encourage you to check out the SBA Sample Items page at the following link:http://sampleitems.smarterbalanced.org/.

The Sample Items page includes hundreds of SBA Sample Items organized by grade, subject area, claims and targets. We encourage you to review this resource, along with your student, to see if it is helpful in preparing for the SBA. If you have additional questions about the Smarter Balanced Assessment, please see the ISD website https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/assessment/SBA or contact Cami Przybylski, Dean of Students. 



Parents, please remember to send in all medication request forms (filled out by the physician and parent) for 5th Grade Camp unless you are a camp counselor.  This includes over-the-counter medicine (Tylenol, Benadryl, Sudafed, etc.)  Please remember that a separate form needs to be filled out for each medication.  All medications must be in their original containers, labeled with the name of the student, name of medication, and dosage and must be brought to school by an adult.  The forms and medication need to be turned in no later than Tuesday, April 30, 2019 unless you have made other arrangements with me.  If you have any further questions, or need more medication forms, please feel free to reach me at 425-837-7408.  Also, thank-you to all the parents who have already brought camp medication in to the office!

 Kim Rocco RN

School Nurse

Counselor Corner

April updates from Ms. Schulenberg

You can find all previous newsletters

and more information on my website

Ms. Schulenberg's website


Counselor Class Lessons:

  • I go into each classroom throughout the year to deliver bully prevention lessons and more based on need.

*Click here to view my April class lessons.

 Learning Resources:

Article from Mind/Shift

Resource for the home:

Spring cleaning time?  If you are wanting to get your kids involved with chores and helping in the house, you might be surprised with what they can really do. The key is to have them try, even if it is not perfect. It is a great way to have kids feel part of the family.  Check out this link for a sample of jobs your kids can do. Positive parenting solutions: Jobs for kids by age

 Parenting Websites:

  • ParentMap: https://www.parentmap.com/ - resources and ideas on health, education, food and home, parenting, family media, and camps. Check out the calendar for fun, local events to enjoy with the family!
  • Parenttoolkit: https://www.parenttoolkit.com/ - resources on academics, social emotional wellbeing, health and wellness, and student growth benchmarks.

 Issaquah School District Parent Education - ParentWiser Events:  

NEW DATE! - Evening with Emily Whitman-Author of "The Turning"....

Please join us for an exciting evening as Ms. Whitman shares writing strategies, research adventures, and how her book The Turning explores what it means to belong.

NEW DATE: Thursday, May 30th

TIME: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

LOCATION: ISD Admin Board Rooms 


425 Dental to Host Kids Free Dental Day Low-income Families Offered Free Dental Services on May 11th

ISSAQUAH, WA (April 24, 2019) – 425 Dental, a comprehensive dental practice, is inviting low-income families to their Issaquah clinic for free dental services for children up to 18 years of age. Called “Kids Free Dental Day”, this event will take place from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, May 11th. Along with UW Husky Smiles of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, 425 Dental staff will provide dental screenings, cleanings, fillings, flouride varnish and sealants, along with dental supplies. The Kids Free Dental Day is being organized by 425 Dental’s dental assistant, Alex Chloe, who is planning to apply to dental school.

EVENT: Kids Free Dental Day at 425 Dental

DATE: Saturday, May 11, 2019

TIME: 8:00am to 5:00pm

LOCATION: 710 NW Juniper Street, Suite 101 Issaquah, WA 98027 (425) 659-2291

DETAILS: Free parking on-site


The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Online Auction LAST DAY

 Monday, April 29th at 8 pm!

You're invited to participate in the Issaquah Schools Foundation's Online Auction. Bidding is open on one-of-a-kind finds and sporting events, wonderful wine tastings, and glorious getaways. Plus, the auction features personalized school experiences from each school!  All proceeds benefit students in the Issaquah School District. Click HERE to view the auction

There is also still time to register for Nourish Every Mind events featuring inspiring stories from students and teachers who benefit directly from Foundation funded programs and grants. If you don't have a table captain, please let us know and we'll secure a great seat for you!

Luncheon: Friday, May 3rd at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue
Breakfast: Tuesday, May 14 at Eastridge Church in Issaquah

Understanding Your 2nd Grade Student’s Highly Capable Test Scores: Parent Information Session

Parents of 2nd grade students are invited to attend an informational meeting to help them prepare for receiving their student’s Highly Capable test scores (CogAT, Iowa Achievement and TTCT).  Your 2nd grade student took these tests in January and March to determine eligibility for the Highly Capable Program.  Scores will be sent to via US mail mid-to-late May.  Parents are encouraged to make sure their address is up to date in Family Access.  At the information, session topics such as interpreting the score reports and highly capable eligibility criteria in Issaquah will be discussed.

  • What: Understanding Your 2nd Grade Student’s Highly Capable Test Scores: Parent Information Session
  • When: Thursday, May 9th at 6:30-7:30PM
  • Where: Issaquah School District Administration Building Board Rooms A, B and C 565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah, WA 98027
  • Who: Presented by Susan Mundell, Executive Director of Elementary Education and Page Perey, Director of Elementary Special Programs.

Contact Betsy Gorman if further information is needed, 425-837-7120.  

The Incredible Parents’ Night Out is coming up on Friday, May 10! For kids, grades K-5. Parents, have a fun Friday night out while we entertain your kids with “The Incredibles 2!”, popcorn and themed games. Dress up as your favorite superhero or come in your jammies! Bring pillows, blankets and stuffies! 6:00-8:30pm at Tibbetts Creek Manor. $18; $15 for Issaquah Residents. This event is hosted by the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board. Pre-registration is required with Issaquah Parks & Recreation: 425-837-3300 or www.issaquahwa.gov/register.

4th Annual Issy Kids Triathlon! Sunday, June 2, at the Issaquah Community Center and Julius Boehm Pool. This just-for-fun untimed “race” is for kids, ages 6-12. Start with a party and end with a celebration! Check-in begins at noon. First wave of kids jumps into the pool at 1:00pm. Preregister with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at 425-837-3300 or www.issaquahwa.gov/register.