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Medication Pick up

Please remember to pick up any medications or supplies currently at school no later than June 27th as any medication left will be destroyed.  If your child has an epipen at school because of a life-threatening allergy, the epipen will need to remain at school until the end of their last day of attendance.


In order to comply with state law, each student designated with a LIFE THREATENING HEALTH CONDITION (requiring an epipen) must have their Life Threatening Health Care plan, necessary medications and doctor’s orders to the appropriate school no later than MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2019Families not abiding with this time frame may not have their child begin school on the first day of school. 

The reason this is an August date, is to allow school nurses enough time to process and distribute the care plans, notify and train the staff and ensure all medications and plans are in place on the first day of school, as is required by Washington State law RCW 28A.210.320. Having the care plans and medications in place on the first day protects these students and keeps us in compliance with state law.   Please make your summer appointments with your health care provider now so as to be ready to submit the health care plan and medication orders on time. 


Please ensure your student is fully immunized before the first day of school.   Washington State law RCW 28A.210.080 requires all students to be fully immunized in order to attend school.  If you are unsure if your student is fully immunized, please contact your licensed health care provider.  Full immunization includes the Tdap immunization which is typically given during the transition from elementary to middle school.  Tdap also needs to be administered to foreign exchange students.  Students beginning kindergarten must have their primary series completed before starting school.  Personal waivers may only be attained after a conversation with your licensed health care provider who then signs a document.  Effective July 28, 2019 no personal or philosophical exemptions from the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination will be available to families (only religious or medical exemptions will be accepted).  This new law is in effect for all grades.   If your student receives any immunizations over the summer, please notify the school nurse or the school office in August, who will update their record. 


Immunization requirement for entering 6th grade

Tdap (given after 11th birthday)

Students entering sixth grade are required to have the Tdap vaccination if they are 11 years old. Tdap vaccine protects adolescents against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. It is recommended for all children 11 years and older. This vaccine replaces one tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster.

Your child’s middle school must have documentation of this immunization before the first day of school. A health check-up that includes vaccinations is recommended for all children 11-12 years of age. Schedule your child’s check-up appointment at least one month before school starts to make sure they get the Tdap vaccination required for school. A sports physical form is needed for participation in middle school sports.  Please check with the middle school your child will be attending for this sports physical form.

In March, notification letters were emailed to parents of fifth grade students who need the above  immunization.  If your child turns 11 years old before the end of this school year, please return the letter to your elementary school office with the updated information as soon as it is available during the current school year.  The Tdap can be given after your child’s 11th birthday.  A second notice was mailed in June to parents of students who still need immunizations to meet this requirement.

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.

An important change in Washington State Law regarding vaccinations

Effective July 28, 2019 no personal or philosophical exemptions from the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination will be available to families. The law applies to all public and private schools and licensed child care facilities in Washington State.

If a student has had a personal or philosophical exemption in the past, we must now have documentation of MMR immunization from a health care provider or on or before the first day of school on September 4, 2019 as a condition of enrollment. The new law does not affect religious or medical exemptions.

Two doses of MMR are required for all students in grades K-12. The two doses must be given at least 28 days apart. When your child has a first MMR vaccination, please let your school nurse know the date it occurred as well as the date the second dose is administered. We are notifying families now to allow sufficient time to meet the new immunization requirement before the first day of school.

More information can be found at the WA Department of Health exemption law change web page, including FAQs: www.doh.wa.gov/mmrexemption. You are also welcome and encouraged to contact your school nurse if you have questions.


Strep throat has been reported at Sunny Hills Elementary.  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


The health room is in need of boys shorts and sweat pants size 10 - 12. If you are doing any spring cleaning and are purging any of these items, please consider sending them in to the health room. Thank you.


Please visit our Pay on Line site and clear up any unpaid fees your child may have on their account. These will be converted to fines at the end of the year if they are not paid. Fifth grade parents - if your child has a fine on their account as they enter middle school they will not be able to purchase an ASB card or a yearbook at their corresponding middle schools. If you have questions regarding your child's account, please call Karin Danner 425-836-7404 or  dannerk@issaquah.wednet.edu



Please check the lost and found for forgotten items. As a reminder the PTA will be donating any unlabeled items on JUNE 25 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.


Counselor Corner

June updates from Ms. Schulenberg

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Have a wonderful summer!

 Summer Ideas:

  • Local Summer Camps and Programs: Summer is right around the corner! Registration is already open for many programs, and spots fill up fast! Here are some ideas for local fun and educational summer programs:

Local Summer Opportunities.

 Reading is a great way to keep kids engaged in learning over the summer.

    • Here are some tips to ignite a love of learning. Learn how

 Apps That Inspire Kids to Play Outside:

    • Apps designed for outdoor adventures let kids do everything from studying bugs to identifying constellations. Click here

 Tips for Managing Screen Time:

 Parenting Websites:

 Celina Schulenberg

School Counselor

Sunny Hills Elementary, Rm. 124

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