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Issaquah Valley Elementary PTA 

Win a $50 Target Gift Card!

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

Donate or procure an item for the auction now through Thursday, November 19 at 3 pm to be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Target gift card. The winner will be announced in the next IVE PTA e-news.

 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


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!


FALL BOOK FAIR IS NEXT WEEK! Monday, November 16th-Friday, November 20th

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 are: 
Monday 8am-3pm
Tuesday 8am-3pm (lunch with a friend during your child's lunch time)
Wednesday 8am-noon, 6pm-8pm Family Night
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

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!!

Holiday Family Movie Night -Friday, December 4th at 6:00 pm. 
Mark your calendars for an evening of Family Fun at our first Family Movie Night! Wear your PJs and bring your blankets as we will be showing "Polar Express" on the big screen in the MPR!  Free popcorn and water will be provided!

Join us for our upcoming PTA General Meeting this Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 pm in the IVE Library.  Captain Russ Tanner from Eastside Fire will be our guest speaker and he will be speaking to us about the Breakfast After the Bell program at IVE and their current clothing drive for families in need.  Members are encouraged to bring their gently used clothing donations to the PTA meeting.  We will also be discussing the first round of grant applications.  Child care will be provided in the MPR.  Hope to see you there!

Director of Enrichment Needed! 
The PTA has added several after-school enrichment programs this year but spaces are limited and demand is high.  We would love to recruit a Director of Enrichment to coordinate some additional class and programming options.  Please contact to find out more information about this fun and rewarding position.

Attention 5th Grade Parents!

Pre-registration is going on now for outdoor education camp at Camp Orkila. We would love for every 5th grader to come be part of the adventure!  Forms came home in kid mail or register online at and click on 'Order'.  Scholarships are available.  Contact the organizers at with questions.
Want a great 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 came home in kid mail and can also be downloaded from the Camp Orkila page at  Contact the organizers at with questions.


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

Reminder: Math Adventure Parent Info Night Monday, November 16 from 7-8 PM in the IVE Library. Parents of 2nd-5th grade students are encouraged to come find out about this exciting opportunity. The Odyssey adventure is scheduled for the evening of Friday, March 25, 2016. Registration details will be available at the meeting. Priority registration for IVE students through December 18, 2015. Questions? Contact Victoria Remer, 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.


Kindergarten-2nd grade Holiday Choir is coming soon! Registration forms came home and are due on 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

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,

We would love to have 100% participation, please join now! Various membership options are available. Contact with questions. Thank you!


Support Issaquah Schools Foundation
Dine out 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.


Upcoming Events
General PTA Meeting
November 12

Staff Appreciation Lunch
November 13

Fall Book Fair
November 16-20

Special Friend Lunch at Book fair
November 17

Math Adventures Parent Info Night
November 16

No School- Parent Teacher Conferences
December 2-3

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

Holiday Choir Performance
December 16


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 all of our IVE families, trunkers, and PTA Board for making our Trunk and Treat and Fall Fun Fair a phenomenal success! A special shout out to our organizer extraordinaire (and PTA Co-Treasurer) Renee Barnes! And to Morgan Noble and Nicole Mecum who organized our Photo Booth and DJ Dylan who kept the parking lot pumping with tunes!

Congratulations to Reflections co-chairs Teri Sytsma and Lee Anne Linnemann! This year's program was a huge success! Thank you to all of the many kids who "Let their Imaginations Fly" and created special pieces of art.

Thank you to Katie Bell & Morgan Noble for Halloween costume drive. Their efforts allowed even more Princesses and Ninjas to roam the streets in search of treats!






Keep Clipping!  New contest will be announced soon!

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

a Super Auction Item!!!


10 ft Round Springfree Trampoline

Value: $1649

Springfree Trampoline is the world's safest trampoline. Our innovative design and high quality materials ensure a safer, longer lasting trampoline your entire family will enjoy for years to come. No springs, no frame, no rigid net poles and no way to fall off. A fun, healthy auction item the whole family will love! Prize also includes a voucher for $200 off delivery and installation.

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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