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Issaquah Valley Elementary PTA

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 IVE PTA Auction.
There are still a few things available in our online auction. Those include some sign-up experiences and personally inscribed books hand picked by the teachers! We will keep the online auction open through Friday so visit and follow the link to the Online Auction. 

Our Fund-a-Need this year is for the health and wellness of our children. We are making permanent improvements to our playground, aiming to include crossfit equipment that both our children and the community can use. Please consider making a donation to support our school and improve our playground! Visit for more details.

Cougar Pantry
In preparation for Spring Break, Community Outreach will be collecting the following items for Cougar Pantry 

* Microwavable/Box Mac & Cheese 
* Ramen Noodles
* Canned Soup (chick noodle/stars) 
* Canned Tuna 
* Canned Chicken 
* Mayonnaise (plastic bottles)
* Peanut Butter (plastic bottles)
* Jelly (squeezable bottles)
* Granola Bars/ Cheese & Crackers
* Fruit & Applesauce Cups
* Instant Oatmeal (small 10 pack boxes)

Please keep in mind some kids carry home the bags, so we ask for specific items to keep bags light. Smaller, plastic squeezable bottles and kid friendly canned soups, such as those listed above, are preferred.

Our goal is to be able to provide up to 60 children at IVE with lunches for Spring break. Donations accepted through April 6th in the front lobby of the school across from the office in the green bins. Bags will be available for pick up 8:15 – 9 am and 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Thursday & Friday April 7th & 8th   

Thank you to all who donate for making Cougar Pantry possible. It really is appreciated! If you have any questions please contact,

Morgan Noble   
Jaimi Messmer
Katie Bell

Save the dates! Tuesday, April 19th-Friday, April 22nd

There is a wide selection of books that every child will LOVE! Not only does this put books in the hands of our students, it also puts books in the hands of your teachers and librarian! 
Book Fair hours: 
Tuesday 8am-3pm (lunch with a friend during your child's lunch time)
Wednesday 8am-noon and Family Night from 6pm-8pm
Thursday 8am-3pm
Friday 8am-3pm
If you are able to volunteer for any shift (or part of a shift ), please sign-up on If you have any questions, please contact your book fair co-chairs: Lizz Eng, Violet Estrin, Nikki Ludwyck, and Niza Mokhtar at

Family Engineering Night Call for Volunteers

Planning is underway for IVE's 5th Annual Family Engineering Night (Friday, April 29th) and we need volunteers!  Whether you are an engineer or just interested in helping kids learn about all the things engineers do, this is a great way to contribute your unique talents to the IVE community. Besides attendance at the event, we ask that you attend one or two preparation sessions (evenings) to help make sure the event is a success. Please contact Patty Dillon or Lisa Milkowski at for more details.
Patty Dillon & Lisa Milkowski
Family Engineering Night Co-chairs


Please donate Legos!

IVE could desperately use some more Legos in the Resource Room.  Playing with Legos is highly motivating to kids, very helpful for their dexterity AND they build things together and learn to share.  Please consider donating your old, random, small or large (preschool size) Legos for educational purposes.  Deliver to the office in care of Natalie Watters. 

Saturday, May 14th at 6:10 PM, Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels
Purchase your discounted tickets for $17.00/each and IVE PTA will receive a portion of the proceeds! Forms will be  sent home through kid mail and will available in the IVE lobby. If you would like to sit with another family, please turn in one order form. Please turn in forms before Friday, April 22nd. If you have questions, please contact Lizz Eng at


Star Wars themed Variety Show

Mark Your Calendars!  
Issaquah Valley Elementary is bringing back its beloved Variety Show on Friday, May 20, 2016. This years theme is Star Wars! Students in grades 1-5 are welcome to participate in one performance during the show.  We are looking for comedians, dancers, magicians, singers, musicians, and any other talent that can be performed on stage and is safe for the performer and their surroundings.  Acts must be no longer than 1 minute (60 seconds) and should contain language and content that is elementary school age appropriate. Please look for details on a flyer sent via kid mail soon... and may the force be with you! 

Congratulations to our 2015-2016 Golden Acorn & Outstanding Educator Recipients! 
Golden Acorn: Amy Cancelosi, Violet Estrin, Margarita Leas, & My-Trang Robinson
Thank you to our parent volunteers who consistently work to make our school and community the best it can be for our students! We appreciate your dedication, leadership, and service!
Outstanding Educator: Dawn Harper, Leona Keltner, & Suzanne Thoburn
Thank you for your outstanding work educating and supporting our children! 


Order a Yearbook for Your Student or as a Donation!
Last chance to pre-order your 2015-16 yearbook!  The only way to guarantee your student gets a copy is to pre-order one.  Last day to order is April 25th.  Price $20.00.

Two ways to order: 
1.  Order online through the IVE PTA website. Click on the ‘Order’ icon on the left, then Yearbook
2.  Look for paper forms in kid mail.  Paper order forms will be coming home soon. 
Yearbook is still looking for a photos! Check your you have photos from these classrooms or events?
Event pictures:
Veterans Assembly
5th grade Ballroom Dancing
Global Reading
5th Grade Music Program
Any class field trip
Volunteers/Parents who help out at IVE
Extracurricular Activities:  Ex Sports, Girl or Cub Scouts, etc. 
Directions to Upload Pictures to Lifetouch Site:
Go to:
-Under New User, Enter Code:  PFKZXF
-Click “Get Started”
-Create an account
-You will be sent a confirmation email to your inbox. Click on the link to activate your account.
-Go back to the log in screen, and enter your email address and password
-Click “Upload Images” Button
-You can upload 5 pictures at a time. Click ‘browse’ to find the pictures on your computer.
-Click “Upload” Button
-Step 2 will be a review of your pictures. Please fill in as much information you can for each picture.

  • Keywords: Name of Event or Grade
  • Description: Type in the student(s) name, if known. Or the teacher.
  • Category: Select which folder to put them in. Each class and event has a different folder.
-Click “Submit All” Button
-Click “Upload More Images” to upload more images or Log Out
Thank you for your order!


School Bond Volunteers Needed! Volunteers are needed for Honk and Wave and literature drops to encourage voters to support the school bond.  The first honk and wave is taking place on Thursday, April 7th.  Morning shifts are from 6:30-8:30am and evening shifts are from 5-7pm at designated locations within the district.  Bring the kids and your enthusiasm and stay as long or as little as you can.  Volunteers are also needed to distribute postcards in your neighborhoods on Saturday, April 2nd.  These are both really fun opportunities for families & friends to do together!  Let’s get voters’ attention so we can get this bond passed!  Contact Shari Tokumi at to sign up or for more information.

Today's Bond Fact: Issaquah School Bond - Growth & Building: In 1990, student enrollment was 8,600. The District had three high schools, three middle schools and seven elementary schools. By 2002, enrollment had climbed to 14,500. Today nearly 19,000 students attend 3 high schools, 5 expanded middle schools, and 15 elementary schools. Over the last 10 years, the Issaquah School District Capital Projects Department has successfully managed approximately $325 million in projects and our schools and support service centers are modern, efficient, cost effective, and equitable district-wide. A variety of sustainable strategies have been used to enhance the learning environment while reducing maintenance and operational costs. Energy efficient construction saves operation dollars that can be used for the classroom.

For an update on ISD's current construction projects please visit:  Endorse the bond at

Issaquah Schools Foundation - Reserve your seat for two of the most inspiring events of the season—the ISF Nourish Every Mind Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 28 and the ISF Nourish Every Mind Breakfast is on Wednesday, May 4. Both events showcase students and staff who have benefitted from Foundation investments, inspirational videos, entertainment and information on the impact private donations have on our public schools.  Seating at the Luncheon and Breakfast are limited. Contact ISF Ambassador Shari Tokumi at to reserve your seat or for more information.

The first Wednesday of every month is ISF’s Dining for Kids.  On April 6th join ISF at Mirchi Indian Café and Agave Cocina and a portion of their sales will be donated to the Foundation.

Make a donation to the Value Village in Issaquah or Redmond from March 19-April 3 and ISF will benefit from your donation.  You must mention the Issaquah Schools Foundation at the time of your donation.

 The Issaquah Schools Foundation thanks you for your generous support!


Upcoming Events

Math Adventures
March 25

General PTA Meeting
April 21

Spring Book Fair
April 18-22

Family Engineering Night
April 29

Variety Show
May 20


A special thank you to:

Rachel Stoner & Brieanne Baumann for a fun and successful B-I-N-G-O night!

Erika Petersen, Rebecca Maljak and all auction committee members for all their hard work to make our 2016 Auction a huge success!


A special congratulations to twelve students who competed in the Semi-Final round of the Dancing Classroom’s Colors of the Rainbow Team Match. IVE’s “Blue Team” was made up of: Kyler Barstow, Abigail Cap, Misha Fay, Philip Hancock, Jack Kuntz, Amelia Linnemann, Edgar Machua-Molina, Emily Martinez- Tolosa, Emma McIntosh, David Remer, Ava Wilkison and Porter Willis. The couples earned individual gold medals in addition to bringing back the 1st place trophy for IVE. They advance to the Final Round of competition on June 11. Special thank you to Ms. Chantell Ray and the fifth grade teachers for their support and dedication.



Keep Clipping!  
The next collection contest ends April 22nd.  The winning class will get a popsicle party!





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!


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