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The IVE eNews is a great way to keep up with what is happening at IVE and the Issaquah School District. Check back here for new updates every other week.


November 6, 2017

Hands-On Art Night & Reflections Reception - This Tuesday! November 7, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Bring the whole family and enjoy creating hands-on art projects and learning about the PTA sponsored Art Docent Program.

We will also be recognizing student artists who have participated in the National PTA Reflections cultural arts competition.

Please show your support for the visual arts and join us.  Everyone is Welcome.


ParentWiser - parent education in Issaquah schools

Concerned about how technology may be taking over your child's life?  Let's talk about tech!  Come together with Janell Burley Hofmann, creator of the original iPhone contract (featured in Screenagers) and a thought leader in the space of digital mindfulness, to talk about raising the digital generation – and all of the challenges and joys it brings. Create a personalized set of iRules to support your family. Register now for iRules Workshop AM or PM sessions on Nov 8th at Pickering Barn (next to Costco) in Issaquah.  For parents of K-12. More at ParentWiser.org.


Order Your Cougar Spirit Wear Today!

Support Issaquah Valley Elementary by purchasing these top quality items and wearing spirit wear at school, on field trips or everyday! Remember to include all your family members near and far and anyone special in your life so they can show their IVE spirit too! There are new colors this year and are available in a variety of styles and sizes. The order deadline is November 9th with delivery 3 weeks later. Please note that because these are custom made items, we cannot accept returns or exchanges for incorrect sizes ordered. Please email spiritwear@ivepta.org with questions. Sponsored by IVE PTA.

Go here to order: https://c9sportssm.tuosystems.com/stores/issaquah-valley-elementary-pta---jmt180


Spirit Day – Wear a Hat Day
Mrs. Crandall's class won the Orange Ruler Pig Race and as a prize decided on our school spirit day theme. We will celebrate Wear a Hat Day on Thursday, November 9. All students are encouraged to join in the fun! Please remember that teachers/staff reserve the right to ask students to remove the hat if it becomes a disruption to the learning environment.



Monday, November 13 - Friday, November 17, 2017

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 - 8:30am-4pm
  • Tuesday - 8:30am-4pm (lunch with a friend during your child's lunch time)
  • Wednesday - 8:30am-1:30pm, 6pm-8pm Family Night
  • Thursday - 8:30am-4pm
  • Friday - 8:30am-3:30pm

WE NEED A LOT OF VOLUNTEERS as cashiers or floaters. If you are able to volunteer for any shift (part of a shift too), please sign-up on IVEPTA.org. 

There will be green bins in the library during the book fair that teachers/staff have picked out for their classrooms. You may purchase books out of those bins and gift those to the classroom. To/From stickers will be available at the cashier register for you to put in the book! 

If you have any questions, please contact your book fair co-chairs: Lizz Eng, Renee Barnes, Nikki Ludwyck, Jamie Rydberg, and Niza Lacasse at bookfair@ivepta.org.


2017 Holiday Choir

WHO: All K-2 students at Issaquah Valley Elementary

WHEN: Rehearsals begin on Wednesday November 15, 2017 IVE MPR (lunch room)

November 15th, 22nd, 29th  1:25-2:45pm


December 12th – 3:40-4:45 (note different day and time)

DRESS REHEARSAL: Wednesday December 13, 2017 (time TBA)

PERFORMANCE with Cougar Chorus: Thursday December 14, 2017

COST: FREE! Generously sponsored by IVE PTA


No experience necessary. Just bring a smile and be ready to have fun!


1. A completed and signed parent permission slip must be received by the deadline.

November 13 (E-mail confirming receipt of registration and participation November 14).

In the event of overwhelming demand, a lottery will be held

2. Students must attend all rehearsals, which will be held in the MPR after school hours.

Holiday Choir is an optional student activity. Because of our short rehearsal schedule,

please do not enroll your child unless he/she can commit to all rehearsals.


3. Parents must pick up students promptly at 2:45 PM.

4. Students will be asked to practice at home, work hard at rehearsal, and obey all IVE rules of behavior. Please make sure your student understands these rules. Students will be asked to leave Holiday Choir if these rules are broken.

5. A light snack will be provided at rehearsals.

If your child has dietary restrictions, please pack an appropriate after-school snack.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Nikki, IVE PTA Holiday Choir Director at holidaychoir@ivepta.org

We look forward to seeing you at Holiday Choir!


Camp Orkila

The annual fifth grade overnight camp at Camp Orkila will be presented to the fifth grade classes this Thursday, November 9th.  All fifth graders are invited to participate in this exciting experience on Orcas Island from Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd.  Pre-registration packet will be handed out on Thursday that will need to be filled out and returned with a $25 deposit by 11/30/2017. The packets can be turned into the Camp Orkila box located in each of the fifth grade classrooms.  To help offset overall camp costs, several fundraisers will be held throughout the school year.  The next fundraiser will be sales of Brown Bear car washes.  Order forms will also be distributed on Thursday and are due 11/30/2017.   Thank you for your support!


Don't let IVE get Frozen Out of the next Math Adventure!

This year's storyline - "A Cold, Creamy Crime" is centered around an ice cream factory that has been burglarized and the police are asking the kids to help solve the crime! The Adventure blends math puzzles, dramatic mini-adventures and rewards during an evening  event  for 2nd-5th graders that fosters teamwork and builds community.  The event is slated to take place on Friday, March 23, 2018, but we need your help!

We have a PTA Chair, Victoria Remer, who is experienced in leading these events, but she cannot do it alone.  We are in need of a minimum of four assistants if we are going to be able to bring this wildly popular event back to IVE. Volunteer positions that need to be filled before November 30, 2017 so we can move ahead are:

1) POSITION FILLED!  A Registrar to help with registration forms, entering the information onto a master spreadsheet and  matching up registrations from the online payment system in addition to creating a team list and table assignments for the event. (Help between mid-January-mid February and week of the event).

2)  A Math Puzzle Proctor who will be in charge of learning the puzzles, training the Coaches before the event  and printing and assembling the puzzle packets. (Help beginning in February through night of event).

3)  Two Co-Volunteer Coordinators in charge of learning the stations and acting roles and staffing/training the volunteers. (Help beginning in February through night of event).

Don't let this opportunity melt away. Please join the IVE Math Adventure Committee!  For more information or to volunteer, visit the IVE PTA Math Adventure page at www.ivepta.org and contact the Chair at mathadventures@ivepta.org by November 30th!



Lights, Camera, Auction!

Save the date!

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. 

Location: Embassy Suites, 3225 158th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA

The Auction is held biennially and is our largest fundraiser! We are in the planning stages of this wonderful event that will fund many programs for our students and staff at IVE including educational field trips, art docents, science fair, garden docents, an extensive multi-level book collection and essential PE equipment. 

Have you procured an item over the summer?  Do you own a business or have connections to some awesome items for our auction? Please contact our procurement chair, Alex Rosenstein, at procurement@ivepta.org.

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 lizztran@hotmail.com for any sponsorship questions!

Any other auction questions, please contact the Auction Co-Chairs - Renee Barnes, Miriam Corlett, Lizz Eng, and Alex Rosenstein at auction@ivepta.org.

If you would like to book a room for the night of the Auction, please use the link below for 10% off the daily rate of the day you book! Please DO NOT call in because they will not apply the 10% discount. 

Booking Link: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/es/reservation/book.htm?ctyhocn=SEABLES&corporateCode=560018601&from=lnrlink


Join the IVE PTA!

We have reached 70% membership!  Please consider joining us and helping us reach 100% participation!  Go to ivepta.org to join today!

Remember joining the PTA does not mean you have to volunteer at the school.  It just means you are showing support for the students and staff at IVE and helping us provide funds for inside and outside of the classroom. 

Did you know that the PTA funds the following programs?

Art Docent Program, Science to Go, 1st Grade Gardening, 5th Grade Dancing Classrooms, grade level funds that are used for field trips and so much more! 

Joining is easy!  Go to IVEPTA.ORG to join. 

Congratulations to Veronica S. who won the Seahawks raffle basket for joining during our 2017 membership drive!


Important Dates:

November 6

Veteran's Day Assembly

November 7

PTA Hands on Art Night & Reflections Reception, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

November 9

IVE Spirit Day - Wear a Hat Day!

November 10

Veteran's Day - No School  

November 13 - 17

PTA Scholastic Book Fair

November 14

Site Council Meeting, 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. IVE Library

November 15

PTA Book Fair Family Night, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.












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