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Issaquah Valley Elementary PTA 

Make a difference... Become an Angel
Would you like to make a difference in our IVE community? Please consider becoming an Angel Sponsor and have a direct impact on the life of one of our own IVE students. Angels are parents and individuals who are able to sponsor a child in need with basic necessities twice a year. Contributions in the form of gift cards make giving easy. For questions about the program or to become an Angel Sponsor, or to enroll a child, please contact Jaimi Messmer at

Please join us in welcoming our 2015-2016 Community Outreach Coordinators and newest PTA Board Members, Morgan Noble and Katie Bell! Morgan and Katie can be reached at

Halloween and our Fall Fun Fair are just around the corner. We would like to give all IVE students the opportunity to dress up for these events!  Please donate any gently used and clean Halloween costumes to our donation racks located outside the main office by October 20th.  Beginning October 26, if your student needs a costume, he or she will have the opportunity to browse the racks and select a costume.

Kindergarten-2nd grade Holiday Choir is coming soon and a piano accompanist is needed! Please be on the look-out for information the last week of October. Registration due date is November 13, 2015. 

The Holiday Choir is desperately seeking a pianist to accompany the Choir.  If you, or someone you know might be interested in supporting our great kids and having fun making music together, please consider volunteering your time to this worthy event.

The Choir will be singing 5-6 simple holiday songs, and holding three rehearsals on Wednesday afternoons (November 18, December 9, and December 16 from 1:00-2:30) before the final performance the evening of Wednesday, December 16th.  The accompanist would be asked to play for the rehearsals and the evening performance. If interested, please contact Emily Whelan, Choir Director, at as soon as possible before Friday, November 6th.



We would like to thank all of our great volunteers and members of our school community who made our Salmon Days Parking Fundraiser so successful!  We collected over $7500 which will fund classroom supplies, books and magazines and help support our new grant program! Thank you!  Mark and Caryna Wilding

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2015 Come out and enjoy free family fun! 

PARENTS! Dress your little ones in their Halloween costumes and come to the Issaquah Valley fenced parking lot for some trick or treating fun!  Trick or treat from trunk to trunk from IVE families that have decorated their vehicles for you to enjoy! 

We have room for more trunks, email if interested! 

There will be free popcorn, drinks, movies (in the MPR) and of course CANDY! You don’t want to miss it!  It’s going to be SPOOKTACULAR!

Costumes are optional! Event will take place rain or shine!

Order your 2015-16

Online ordering began September 1st.  The only way to guarantee your student gets a yearbook is to pre-order. Last year, we sold out so this year we are starting early! Don’t wait.

Order online through the IVE PTA website at:

$18 if you order between Sept – Feb
$20 if you order between Mar – Apr

Questions?  Contact Kim Pike at 206-250-9497 or

Yearbook Photographers & Designers Wanted

Do you love to take pictures?  We’d love to use them for the yearbook!

WHO:  YOU!  Parents, Guardians & Grandparents of students at IVE
WHAT:  Take photos throughout the year to be in the yearbook
WHERE: Your student’s classroom, playground, lunch room, bus stop or any school activity
WHEN:  Anytime. It’s up to you!
WHY: It’s their book of memories. Let’s capture some memories that will last a lifetime.
HOW:  It’s simple, just upload photos anytime on our new online site

Questions? Contact Kim Pike (206-250-9497 or

Calling all 5th Graders! Yearbook Cover Contest

The Yearbook Cover Contest starts NOW!  All 5th graders are welcome to participate in the contest. One lucky 5th grader's drawing will be selected as the 2015-2016 yearbook cover.  Ideas for yearbook covers could include: your favorite school activity, school mascot or whatever else comes to your imagination.

Entry forms can be found in the hallway by the office.  All entries are due by November 15th.   Winner will be announced in December!

Questions? Contact Morgan Noble or Kim Pike (206-250-9497,

"Let Your Imagination Fly"

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice - literature, photography and visual arts — reflecting on this year's theme. There also is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate.

Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful. So write a poem or story, take a picture or create a piece of visual art and tell us your interpretation of the theme.

  • There will be a prize for every participant!
  •  Deadline for all entries: Friday, October 23rd, 3pm
  •  Questions?  Contact
Visit the Reflections page on our PTA website for important documents and additional information.

It's Good for Your Children

  • Showing your children you value their education, will teach them to value it as well
  • Research shows children whose parents are involved in their school get better results and have fewer disciplinary problems

It's Good for You

  • At PTA meetings you can raise concerns, suggest ideas and input on how funds are spent
  • Meet like-minded people and make new friends
  • Whether you organize an event or simply help out, you will use existing skills or hobbies and likely acquire new ones
  • Be in the know! Find out what is happening in the school and get to know staff members better

It's Good for Our School

  • Schools are becoming more dependent on PTA's for fundraising revenue to supplement the school budget
  • You can play an important role of helping the school acquire key resources

Join the PTA Log on today to select your membership option. Our goal is 100% membership!


Calling All Volunteers
Thanks to those who have answered our calls for committee chairs, we'll be able to continue to offer programs at IVE!  We're getting there, but we still have a few positions to fill:
Yearbook Co-chair(s) - assist & shadow the former chair
Staff Appreciation Week Chair(s)
Enrichment Chair
Board Members:
Director of Legislation
Director- at-Large

Please contact Shari Tokumi at if you're interested in any of the position


Have you procured an item?  Please be sure to enter your item at the following link:

We are still looking for corporate and/or family sponsorship's for our Auction this year! Depending on the 4 different sponsorship levels, you will have an ad in our auction catalog, vocal recognition from our MC/Auctioneer, logo/family name listed on the school bulletin board, and recognition in E-News and Facebook! Please email Lizz Eng at for any questions!

We're All In For Kids...Are You In?
The Issaquah Schools Foundation has kicked off their All In For Kids Annual Fund Campaign and they invite everyone - parents, staff and the community to go all in to support our students.  Look for a letter in the mail from the Foundation.  Visit and Click For Kids to make a donation online.  Your gift is fully tax deductible and will build academic achievement, open up limitless possibilities and launch the future success of every child in every Issaquah district school.  If you have any questions about the Issaquah Schools Foundation or the All In For Kids Annual Fund Campaign, contact Shari Tokumi at  Thank you so much!


Upcoming Events

Reflections Deadline
October 23

Sounders FC Match
October 25

Family Fun Night
October 30

General PTA Meeting

November 12

Fall Book Fair
November 16-20


IVE Library Helpers Needed
Do you have some time to volunteer but aren't able to sign up for a PTA committee?  We may have an opportunity for you!  Mrs. Ritchie, our school librarian, is looking for volunteers to help in the library during the day.  Volunteers help with checking out books that are borrowed, checking in books that are returned and shelving books as time permits.  Volunteers are needed during many classroom periods so check out the classroom schedule here.  If you would like to volunteer during a specific class or sign up to help her as your schedule allows, please contact Mrs. Ritchie at or at (425) 837-7166.  Thank you so much!

Thank you to Flying Pie for donating the Top Class Prize for our Fun Run!


Salmon Days Parking
We would like to thank our amazing Chairs:
Caryna and Mark Wilding and all of our great volunteers!

Fun Run
A special thank you to our Fun Run Chairs:
Jacalyn High
Jennifer Moosman
Rachel Santoy

What an amazing success!  Thank you! 



Keep Clipping!  Next contest ends November 6th!
The class with the most gets FREE popcorn!

Auction News:

Auction: March 18 at 6pm


We are now collecting fabulous items to for our auction
and need your help!

We are on the lookout for vacation home rentals, fun and unique experiences at local businesses, airline miles, hotel
stays and more.

We would also love to encourage you to pair up with other families and donate a “party” to our auction. These events are great ways to meet fellow IVE parents while raising money for our school!

Our goal is to procure one item per family. Please help us achieve our goal by asking your friends and family for donations to our auction.

Visit our auction page at
for more information, to submit an item online or to download our procurement form.

Next time you shop at Amazon and shop through our PTA link.  You can save this link to your favorites to make sure you use it every time.

Your shopping experience will be the same as always; in fact there isn’t anything on their site or during checkout to tell you it worked. But if you have used the special IVE PTA Amazon link we will automatically get a percentage of your order!


Issaquah Valley Elementary PTA  and IVE Art Docents have pages on Facebook. Check out our us!...share us!!  Be in the know!


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