November News....

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Issaquah Valley Elementary PTA 

Pre-registration has been extended until November 25th for outdoor education camp at Camp Orkila. We would love for every 5th grader to come be part of the adventure!  Register online at Scholarships are available. Contact with questions.

The holiday season is upon us, and for some of our IVE families, this is an especially difficult time of year. So let's ensure all of our IVE students have plenty to eat this holiday season.  Please join us in donating the following food items to our Cougar Pantry:

  • Canned tuna or chicken
  • Microwaveable Mac and Cheese
  • Granola bars
  • Cheese with crackers
  • Fruit cups
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Bread
  • Canned soup
  • Dehydrated beans (pinto)
  • Evaporated milk
  • Cereal
  • Canned fruit
These items can be dropped off in the collection box by the front lobby beginning November 16th and will be distributed to students by December 18th. Thank you for your support!

Caring through Sharing - Holiday Gift 

This holiday season IVE PTA will continue the tradition of supporting the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank's “Caring through Sharing - Holiday Gift Barn” program. This program helps over a 1,000 kids and families in need that reside in our IVE community and the Issaquah School district by spreading joy and brightening their holidays. 

Visit our IVE lobby, where you will see a display decorated with colorful tags. Please pick out a tag (or two or three!) to help spread a little holiday cheer to families in need this season. Once you have purchased the item(s) on your tag(s), please drop it off, unwrapped, in the bin located in the IVE lobby. Please place gift cards in a sealed envelope marked Holiday Barn in the PTA mailbox located in the main office. Donations of wrapping supplies and batteries are greatly appreciated as well. The last day for drop off is Thursday Dec 7th.

Questions?  Please contact Morgan Noble or Katie Bell  at      
Want a great stocking stuffer or holiday gift idea?
To help get every 5th grade student get to Camp Orkila with their classmates, the 5th grade team is selling Brown Bear Car Wash coupons.  Purchase a 5-pack of car wash coupons for $30 or individual coupons for $7.  Forms can be downloaded from the Camp Orkila page at  Contact with questions.


Thank you to everyone who has been out procuring items for our IVE PTA Auction coming up on March 18 at Pickering Barn! We are doing well and lots of awesome items are coming in. Keep up the great work!! Congratulations to Tiffany Stewart. You won the $50 Target gift card! Stay tuned for another upcoming procurement drawing.

SAVE THE DATE! Let us buy you a cup of coffee at Issaquah Coffee Company in Gilman Village on Friday, December 4 at 10am. Then join us as we go out and procure in person. It’s a quick and fun way to get in front of businesses and ask for donations. There is strength in numbers! Email us at to RSVP so we’ll know to keep an eye out for you. 

Our goal is to raise $95,000 for essential PTA programs. To do that we need EVERY IVE FAMILY TO PROCURE ONE ITEM!

Visit our auction page at for our procurement form, sample email, idea sheet, wish list and more.  If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to

We are still looking for Corporate Sponsorships for the Auction as well as family sponsorships! If you would like to be a family sponsor for the Auction, we are accepting donations $50-$100.00 to display your family name in our auction catalog, eNews, and bulletin at school! Please email

Membership Update

We are nearing our 100% membership goal -- thanks to you, we’re at 72 percent membership!  We are so grateful to you for joining and for your continued support in reaching those families who have not yet joined.  Please encourage new kindergarten families as well as other non-member families to join PTA.  Forward this link to families who might want to join.

We are looking for PTA member families to become sponsors.  Sponsoring a PTA membership for another IVE family is a wonderful way to give back and helps toward our goal of a PTA member to represent each and every student at IVE.  Simply follow this link and complete the form with your name, choosing “Sponsor Family Membership” or “Sponsor Individual Membership” from the drop down list.  
We would love to have 100% participation, please join now! Various membership options are available. Contact with questions. Thank you!

IVE will be collecting gently used clothing to support the Eastside Fire & Rescue's Annual “Fill the Truck” to benefit Issaquah & Mt. Si Food and Clothing Banks. Donations will be collected through November 25th. Bin is located in the main lobby by the office. Please no used under garments…Thank you!!

4th Annual Food & Clothing Drive Supporting Issaquah & Mt Si Food Banks

Eastside Firefighters will again be setting up “camp” atop the 24ft moving truck donated by First Due Movers.  The truck will be parked in the Issaquah Fred Meyer parking lot starting Friday, November 28th- Sunday November 30th, from 8:00 am-8:00 pm.  In an effort to “FILL the TRUCK” with food and clothing.
Please stop by make your donation and say hello to a few firefighters.
Sponsored by First Due Movers & Fred Meyer of Issaquah


Holiday Family Movie Night 
Friday, December 4th at 6:00 pm.
Join us at our first Family Movie Night! Wear your PJs and bring your blankets.  "Polar Express" will be shown on the big screen in the MPR!  Free popcorn and water will be provided!


IVE Volunteers Are Awesome!
It goes without saying - IVE has a school full of awesome volunteers!  Your support has made it possible for our PTA to offer some wonderful programs for our students!  There are still a few really special committees that need chairs and we hope some of our AWESOME volunteers will find chairing or co-chairing one of these committees a fun and rewarding experience!  Grab a friend or two and give it a try!  No experience necessary!  Former chairs are happy to give you guidance and volunteers are ready to assist!  Contact Shari Tokumi at if you would like more information.
Yearbook Co-chair(s) - assist & shadow the former chair
Staff Appreciation Lunch Chair(s) - there's a committee that needs a leader
Enrichment Chair - oversee the various enrichment activities
Board Members:
Director of Legislation
Director at Large
Volunteer Coordinator

Order your 2015-16

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


Are you IN yet?
Thank you to the nearly 1,800 families who have donated to the Issaquah Schools Foundation's All in for Kids Annual Fund Campaign.  We are 75% to our campaign goal! If you haven't donated yet, you can ensure our students have the resources they need to succeed by giving now, at Whether you can give $10 a month or the average family donation of $31/month ($373/year), know that your gift will elevate and enrich education for your child and every Issaquah School District student.

Dining for Kids on the First Wednesday of Every Month!
On the first Wednesday of every month, restaurants around the Issaquah Community will partner with the Foundation to donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit our students.
Join us during lunch or dinner for Dining for Kids on Wednesday, December 2nd at 
Chinoise, 936 NE Park Dr, Issaquah, WA 98029.

Board Position Opening
As a result of the expansion of the Issaquah Schools Foundation Board, there will be a unique opportunity to apply for positions on the Board.  While anyone with a passion for our mission is welcome to apply, the Board is looking in particular for applicants involved with the following schools: Apollo, Briarwood, Cascade Ridge, Challenger, Clark, Issaquah Valley, Maple Hills, Newcastle and Sunset.  In addition to fulfilling the Trustee Job Description, candidates will be interviewed and first asked to serve on a Foundation committee for six months. 

If you are interested in getting more involved with an organization that is changing lives for students across the district, please contact Matt Coyne, VP of Board Development at

Easy way to shop and donate

Did you know that you can make two gifts with one click when you shop at Simply visit and click on the Amazon link on the upper left corner.  The Foundation will earn up to 8% on every purchase you make.  Bookmark it and let your family know too!

Book Drive to Support the VOICE Mentor Program

For the next two months Barnes & Noble in Issaquah is inviting customers to purchase a book that will be donated to support the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s VOICE Mentor Program.

VOICE is an in-school volunteer mentoring program, helping students in all 24 Issaquah schools. Issaquah Highlands’ resident Warren Moskowitz has been a VOICE mentor for 11 years. “It’s a wonderful challenge to get students interested in learning.  I enjoy the time and we become friends.  I miss my students in the summer and am looking forward to returning to mentoring in September.” You, too, can be that positive VOICE for a student. To learn more, visit

Giving Tuesday

December 2, 2015 is Giving Tuesday, and we are thinking about teachers and the incredible impact they have on our children every day. Do you have a teacher you would like to honor? If so, visit our website on December 2nd, and give a gift as a tribute to their hard work and dedication. We will notify them electronically of your donation and list their name on our website. Thank you for supporting the teachers of our community!

Upcoming Events

No School- Parent Teacher Conferences
December 2-3

Holiday Family Movie Night
December 4th at 6:00 pm.

Holiday Choir Performance
December 16

PTA General Meeting
January 21

IVE Auction
March 18
Pickering Barn

Math Adventures
March 25



A special thank you to:
Our Teacher Appreciation Coordinators:
Kate Quesada and Katie Bell  and to the many volunteers who donated food and volunteered on that day.  It was a huge success!

Our Book Fair Chairs:
LIzz Eng, Nikki Ludwcyk, Niza Mokhtar,
and Violet Estrin

Lego Club Coordinator
Angie Warren
and Volunteers: Andrea Hackney, Lynn Callantine, Jennifer Naehr

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets for the Sounders Family Night last month! We sold 114 tickets! It was an exciting game! The money raised helps fund many programs for IVE!






Keep Clipping!  

Auction News:

Auction: March 18 at 6pm


Auction procurement is happening now!
We are now collecting fabulous items for our auction and we need your help.  We are on the lookout for great items, fun and unique experiences, airline miles, hotel stays and more! 

What can you procure?

Visit our auction page for more information, to submit an item online or to download our procurement form. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Super Auction Item!!!


7 Night Lake Chelan Area Vacation!

Enjoy 7 nights at the beautiful Villa Capri! Villa Capri boasts panoramic views of Lake Chelan, is walking distance to the village town of Manson, has a private pool and hot tub and is full of deluxe finishes inside and out. Comfortably sleeps up to 16 with 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. Each room having its own private bathroom. Available Spring Break 2016, Midwinter Break 2017 or Spring Break 2017.

 Value: $4500



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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