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Issaquah Valley Elementary PTA 

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! 

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!


IVE will be collecting gently used clothing to support the Eastside Fire & Rescue's 5th 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!!

Hands-On Art Night & Reflections Reception
Wednesday, November 4, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
IVE Library and Main Hallway

Bring the whole family and enjoy creating hands-on art projects and learning about the PTA sponsored Art Docent Program. During the evening student artists who participated in the National PTA Reflections cultural arts competition will be recognized. Please show your support for the Visual Arts and join us!!!  

Make a difference... Become an Angel
Please become 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

On behalf of the Community Outreach Program, we would like to thank everyone who has participated in the Halloween costume donation drive.  Donated costumes will be handed out to kids Thursday, October 29 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Parents of children who are in need of a costume, please remind them to come by and check out the many wonderful costumes.

Calling all 2nd-5th graders: Math Adventures is returning to IVE in March 2016! The spring event will be based on Greek Mythology: Homer’s The Odyssey. A Parent Information Night will be held on Monday, November 16, 2105 from 7-8 PM in the IVE Library. Questions? Contact Victoria Remer, IVE Math Adventure Coordinator at


Attention Parents!
Jogging Club is back and we need YOUR HELP on our journey to “Run Across America!”
Who: Kindergarten-5th Graders
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday during LUNCH RECESS starting November 3rd-June
10:35-10:55  Kindergarten & 2nd Grade Recess
11:00-11:20 1st & 4th Grade Recess
11:25-11:45 3rd & 5th Grade Recess
Where: IVE Field (child registration NOT required since this is a recess activity)
What: IVE students will run 2,770 miles - a distance equal to running from Issaquah, Washington to Washington D.C. Individual recognition will be given to students on the Jogging Club Bulletin Board as they complete each 5 miles. Students will receive special individual recognition when they reach 26.2 miles (Marathon mark!)
What’s the need? Volunteers who are willing to  mark the students’ cards as they complete laps (rain or shine) and help keep our Jogging Club Bulletin Board up to date!
Please email Mrs. LaMance with the day(s) and time(s) you can help.


The first PTA hosted Staff and Teacher Appreciation Luncheon of the year is taking place Friday, November 13 and we are looking for chefs of all abilities to share their culinary talents. The theme is Comfort Food so whether you make a rocking mac and cheese or a killer mashed potatoes, this is your time to shine. If you're not the next Rachel Ray or Martha Stewart, don't worry, you can show you care by picking up some bread or drinks or signing up to help set up, serve or clean up! Arrangements can be made to drop off items in advance. Visit and click on "volunteer" to see all menu options and email with any questions! 

Kindergarten-2nd grade Holiday Choir is coming soon! Please watch for information the last week of October. Registration due date is November 13, 2015. 

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.  Questions? Please contact Emily Whelan, Choir Director, at 


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

Online ordering began September 1st.  Pre-order is the only way to guarantee your student gets a yearbook. Last year we sold out! 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.  Entries are due by November 15th.   Winner will be announced in December!

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

PTA Membership is at 71%. Since we would love to have 100% participation, please join now! Various membership options are available. Contact with questions. Thank you!


We Have Lift Off


For our procurement drive launch that is!  Wondering what items are of interest or how you can share your own talents, skills or experiences? Visit our auction page at for more information.

Not sure how to ask your friends, families or favorite businesses? Don’t worry, we’ve made that easy for you too. Simply visit the auction page for our sample email. Just copy, paste and do a little bit of customization and you can ask for great items in no time!

Our auction page has links to submit an item online or to download our procurement form:

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to

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!

Support Issaquah Schools Foundation
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 for the first Dining for Kids night on Wednesday, November 4th at Hop Jacks, 4506 Klahanie Dr SE, Issaquah, 98029.  November 6th is Click for Kids Day! Let your fingers do the fundraising by clicking here to make your All in for Kids Annual Fund contribution. Question? Contact Shari Tokumi, ISF Ambassador at Thank you!
Issaquah Schools Foundation Grant Writing Workshop
Every year, the Issaquah Schools Foundation awards that funds more than 30 programs district wide, impacting the education of every student, every year.  All teachers, administrators and parents within the Issaquah School District are eligible to apply for a grant from the Issaquah Schools Foundation. The Foundation is offering a FREE Grant Writing Workshop on Thursday, November 5th, from 5pm-7pm, at the Issaquah Middle School Library. For grant information, visit ISF Grants or contact ISF Ambassador, Shari Tokumi at if you have questions. Thank you!

Volunteers Needed for Honk & Wave

Honk, honk!  Parents & supervised students are needed to hold signs & wave from 8-8:20am on the corner of Newport & Holly on Friday, November 6th!  It's a super fun way to encourage the community to Click for Kids!  Contact Shari Tokumi at to volunteer!


Upcoming Events
Family Fun Night
October 30

Hands-On Art Night & Reflections Reception
November 4

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!


Many hands make light work--a big thank you to Melissa Schweers, Marcy Witman, Sian Bedi, and Liz St. Andre for helping put our IVE gardens to bed for the winter!
Patty Dillon & Essie Hicks
Growing Great Gardeners Program Co-Chairs

The Orange Ruler Fun Run was a huge success!

Thank you for the incredible job you did in supporting our school through the big fall fundraiser. Our children and school will benefit greatly from these funds as they will be used specifically for overall student enrichment programs, the art docent program and grade level teacher support.
The entire Orange Ruler program was a very positive and fun experience for our children, school and community. Throughout the program, the consistent encouraging messages for our children to believe in themselves, work as a team and stay active made a big impact. It was also rewarding to see so many parents at the Fun Run cheering on the children and their teams.
We want to thank you again - it was great to see our whole school and community come together for this important cause.
A special Thank you to Flying Pie for donating the Top Class Prize for our Fun Run!

IVE PTA & The Orange Ruler Team

Introduction to the American School System — Who are we in the Issaquah School District?

Join us on Thursday, October 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Issaquah Valley Elementary School to learn about the American education system and the Issaquah School District. District parents and staff will share information and answer your questions. Free childcare and snacks will be provided during the event.

Interpretation is available in Mandarin, Spanish, and Korean. If you need interpretation in another language, please contact: Rosann Rankin by October 21 at

Questions? Email us at:
Spanish Speakers: Marisol:
Chinese Speakers: Liang:
European Speakers: Lotte:
Korean Seakers: June:
Indian Speakers: Toral:
English Speakers: Rosann:




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

Auction News:

Auction: March 18 at 6pm


Auction procurement is kicking off!
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

Auction Item Spotlight!!!

Replica Helmet signed
by #3 Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks!!!

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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