Island View Elementary PTA

November 2019 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Island View Families:


I love how the school year follows the seasons. As October comes to an end, the tree outside my office window is on fire with red-orange leaves. Our hallways are adorned with artwork that celebrates the time of year—beautiful birch trees, friendly Frankensteins, and red farm trucks laden with pumpkins.

True to the bountiful season, October is a full and busy month: fall testing is complete, conferences are over, and students have settled into productive routines. As I spend time in classrooms, I see your children actively engaged in collaborative learning. For example, I recently watched two students discuss (in a productively argumentative way😊) the best way to draw a leaf in their science journals. I am very proud of the learning opportunities your teachers create for your students.


It is hard to believe we are moving into the Thanksgiving season. At Island View, we try to nurture a culture that celebrates gratitude and thankfulness daily. That said, November is a good month to really take stock of the many gifts we have as a community. My life is filled with much gratitude — I am grateful to be part of a caring and hard-working staff; I am grateful for an INCREDIBLE school community and PTA; and finally, I am grateful for 417 students who make me smile and laugh and feel joy every day.

I wish you a November filled with warm family experiences and a time of thanksgiving.


Chocolate Sales a Sweet Success!

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Thanks to EVERYONE, the chocolate fundraiser was a HUGE success! We had hoped to raise $20,000, but actually brought in over $32,000!!!!! WOW!

Because we had sooo many big sellers, we awarded the three runners-up bears, too! Sophia Coonce sold 17 boxes! Liberty Guffey sold 23 boxes! Alex Zavala sold 29 boxes! And Kaezin Berry took home the HUGE bear for selling an unbelievable 34 boxes of chocolates!!!

Mr. Lincoln's class had 73% participation and won a game of Gaga Ball with Mr. Hanrahan!

Ms. Holmes' class brought in the most money ($3,744) and won a five-pound chocolate bar!

But the biggest winner of all is everyone here at Island View! This money will pay for so many wonderful things that benefit the entire school.

THANKS AGAIN for your help making this all come true!

PTA Meeting

Our November PTA meeting will be on November 6th, 6-7 p.m. in the Island View Library. This meeting promises to be the best PTA meeting yet!

Membership Raffle

Island View PTA will be holding three Membership Raffles this year and we have some truly AWESOME prizes in store for each drawing.

The first drawing will be held on Tuesday, November 6th at 6pm LIVE on our Facebook page from our PTA Meeting. The winner will receive 4 FREE tickets (2 adult & 2 children) for a 4-5hr Island Whale Watching tour!! To be eligible, simply join the Island View PTA by Monday, November 4th!

Membership forms are available outside the PTA office or you can join online. If you have any questions feel free to email

A HUGE thank you to Island Whale Watching for supporting Island View PTA and providing this fantastic opportunity to one lucky PTA member!

Gratitude Group

Gratitude Postcards Coming Soon

This year for the Gratitude Wall we will take our gratitude off the wall and out into the community.

Very soon we will send your child home with a post card... this is to give to a community member special to them. Maybe they have a favorite waitress or a bookstore worker that is always kind. A friendly face at a gas station, a pastor at church, a grandmother, the business owner of their favorite place, a stranger that is kind, the mail delivery person---anyone they see doing something nice. If possible, take time searching for someone that they can give it to!

(There is also space on back for students to write a personal note and sign their name---win-win, another chance to practice writing!)

Now here is the fun part! Take a picture with whomever they give the card to and the PTA will print those to put on the gratitude wall!

Email your pictures to or text (518) 593-4741.

This is a super easy, fun way to teach our kids to look for the good in the world and share gratitude! Watch for this postcard coming home soon! Any questions please contact Tammy Guffey at

Book Fair arrives in November


November 15-22

Mark your calendars: Book Fair is on the way! Stock up on holiday gifts for everyone on your list.

Volunteers are essential to make the week a success and earn valuable books for our school library and our students! Signup here to help with a shift, including options before, during, and after school. It's easy, fun, and no experience needed.

Family Fun Night - Bingo & Books

November 15th, 6 - 8 p.m.

Get a jump on Book Fair shopping and have a blast playing bingo with family and friends at our November Family Fun Night.

Join Island View students and families on Friday, November 15th in the Theater and Library, and remember your gift list as you get first peek at our Book Fair!

Spirit Wear FLASH SALE

Just in time for the holidays, a final chance to grab some Island View Spirit Wear.

November 21st - 30th, all your favorite attire is on sale here. Orders delivered mid-December!

FROZEN II Movie Morning

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Grab your friends and head to Anacortes Cinema on Saturday, November 23 at 10:30 a.m. for a fun-filled morning of FROZEN II.

$10 each includes personal soda and popcorn.

There are a limited number of seats, so buy your tickets early and remember...this is not a drop off event.

Get your tickets online and see you at the movies!

Restaurant Takeover


November 24th might be a few weeks away, but can you smell the pizza already?

The first PTA Restaurant Takeover of the year will be Sunday, November 24th 5-8 p.m. at Pizza Factory. Pizza Factory will generously donate 20% of all sales (dine in, take out, or delivery) to Island View PTA during this special evening. See you there for some serious deliciousness!

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)

It's almost time for R.I.F. Day, where children's literacy is celebrated and supported through guest readers and hundreds of free books from which every student can select a free book to keep.

R.I.F. arrives on December 5th, and your help is needed to make the event a smashing success! Sign up here for shift times and give an hour of your time for literacy.

Celebrate the Season

The annual Anacortes Schools Foundation (ASF) fundraiser to benefit all Anacortes district students steams into town December 7th & 8th at the Port of Anacortes. Don't miss out on amazing family-friendly holiday activities (free), and a not-to-miss evening of festive entertainment Dec 7th (available through ticket purchase). See the flyer for details!

In order to create the incredible 'Celebrate the Season' winter wonderland, your help is needed to set up, decorate, and/or tear down. Sign up here to spread some holiday cheer!




  • 6th: PTA Meeting, 6-7 p.m. and...
  • FIRST EVER! Membership Drive Raffle live from the PTA mtg
  • 7th: Veteran's Day Assembly
  • 8th: Staff Development = NO SCHOOL
  • 11th: Veterans Day = NO SCHOOL
  • 15th: Book Fair Opens & Family Fun Night BINGO, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • 18th to 22nd: Book Fair at Island View!
  • 21st to 30th: Spirit Wear Flash Sale
  • 23rd: FROZEN II Movie Morning at Anacortes Cinema, 10:30 a.m.
  • 24th: Pizza Factory Restaurant Take-Over, 5 to 8 p.m.
  • 27th: Early Release, 12:05 p.m.
  • 28th & 29th: Thanksgiving Break = NO SCHOOL


  • 4th: PTA Meeting, 6-7 p.m.
  • 5th: Reading Is Fundamental (R.I.F.)
  • 7th & 8th: Celebrate the Season, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 7th: Celebrate Express Dinner to benefit all Anacortes students
  • mid-Dec: Flash Sale purchases delivered
  • 20th: Early Release, 12:05 p.m.
  • 21st to Jan 5: Winter Break = NO SCHOOL