Island View Elementary PTA

March 2020 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Dear Island View Families:

After a very soggy February, we are seeing early signs of spring. In my morning walks to school, I hear quiet bird chatter, and recently when I cross-walked students at the end of the school day, I saw the first green shoots from the tulip bulbs our students planted two years ago. I have come to realize that March is the month of patience. Yet rest assured, spring always arrives.

As an educator I appreciate the month of March for another reason: it is free from breaks. Staff and students hunker down for full, five-day weeks to learn, grow, and create beauty together. March is also a productive time before spring state and district assessments begin. I will send information and assessment schedules to families once they are finalized in April.

As many of you know, I recently interviewed for the superintendent position here in Anacortes. I was not selected as a finalist.

First, I would like to thank many of you for your kind and positive support. Your notes, emails, and spoken words meant the world to me. As I prepared for my interview, I recognized that I lack experience that would help me assume such an important role in our district. Yet I stayed committed to the road I was traveling, and in the end, I have to say I am proud of myself. I worked hard and felt fully prepared; I did not shy away from an intimidating process; and I presented my authentic and true self, which was my primary goal.

Isn’t that what we want for our students? Work hard. Set lofty goals. Stay true to yourself. As the Island View principal, I am happy to model that kind of proud, soarin’ flight.

I trust our school board members. They are upstanding, smart people who are deeply invested in our school community. They will hire a strong superintendent to lead us in our beautiful work. I have every confidence in that reality.

As always, please contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions you have at 360-503-1490 or at

Happy Spring!

Brian Hanrahan, Principal

Movie Morning: 7 March!

Pixar's ONWARD is coming to the big screen in Anacortes. For $10 you get to see the movie, enjoy a small popcorn and drink. These events are open to ALL, so bring your friends!


Tickets must be pre-purchased online. Only 150 tickets available for the show, so get yours today!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact: PTA President or PTA Vice President

March PTA Meeting

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Wednesday, March 4th at 6 pm in the Island View Library.

Special Guest: Incoming Superintendent of Anacortes Public Schools Dr. Justin Irish! Please join us as we welcome our new Superintendent and let's show him an awesome PTA in action! Wear your Island View gear if you can!

Food Drive Appreciation


A shout out to all of Island View for generously donating 994 cans/food items in the third annual 100 Day Food Drive. We crushed out goal of 700 cans! Second grade won a cookie party for collecting the most cans.

Taco Bar Dinner for Teachers a Hit!

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The PTA is so grateful for all those that brought food to feed teachers a delicious taco dinner during conference week. It smelled incredible in the lounge and the teachers said thank you over and over again!

March is I Love To Read Month


It's time for Island View students and staff to dive into a good book and celebrate reading like never before! Activities include:

  • Guest Readers in classrooms
  • Weekly Raffle Drawings
  • 'Been Caught Reading' tickets
  • Family Fun Night: March 19 6:30-8 pm
  • School Assembly & Bike Raffle March 31
  • Other FUN SURPRISES throughout the month

Picture Day is Two Weeks Away


Spring Picture Day is March 10!

Students will take a picture with their full class and individual pictures will be available for those interested. Helpers are needed! Please email if you have time to help that day.

Garden Clean Up Party!

Download: Spring Clean Up Flyer

Come out to the Island View Garden on Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m. and help get our amazing school garden ready for students to plant. Join the fun as we weed, mow, spread bark and enjoy the morning together. We are looking for a few people to bring wheelbarrows and edgers. Questions: email

Family Fun: Camp Out and Read


Join us for a magical, memorable hour of reading...CAMP STYLE! Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 19 from 6:30-7:30 pm for our 'Camp Out with a Good Book' event. Bring a book or two, a flashlight or battery-powered lantern, and a soft pillow or blanket to get cozy in the Island View 'campground' set up in the school theater.

Volunteers are needed for this event, sign-up to lend/set-up tents and camp chairs.

Staff Appreciation March 23

In order to show our continued appreciation for the amazing staff at Island View, the Hospitality committee will host an event in the school foyer. Mark your calendars for March 23 (10:45 through lunch), all staff are encouraged to stop by for a serving of treats and drinks while their students are on the playground.
(Leftover items will be available in the lounge for those who cannot stop by.)

Color Run Planning & Fun


Save the Date for the most anticipated event of the year: The Color Run on May 16! Fundraising will begin after spring break; in the meantime, please join us in planning for this super fun event. Our next planning meeting is Tuesday, March 10 at 2:30pm at school.


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Want to make school zones safer for everyone? The more kids who walk, bike and bus to school, the fewer the number of cars on the road. In addition to the health benefits of walking and biking, fewer cars means less pollution. And kids who travel in groups are safer. It's a win-win.

The city is looking for a PTA rep (or two) to help encourage and plan fun SRTS events. Please contact Treva King for more information.

Mark your calendars for RIF!


Reading is Fundamental (RIF) is a wonderful national program that gives free books to K-3 students twice a year. The students get to pick their very own books, smiles abound, and the love of reading is born!

This is a fun event that can't happen without volunteers! April 28 is the big day and help is needed to assist with set-up, short shifts during the day, and cleanup. Sign up here and support our youngest readers!

It's time to think...YEARBOOK

Calling All Photographers!

Our yearbook is in production, and we need your school event photos! Do you have treasured images from field trips, classrooms, lunches, recess, or pre/after school events? We'd love to publish them.

Just email your images to or drop off a disk or flash drive at the office. Please be sure to include your name and contact information with all submissions, along with the teacher and/or classroom for the students in your photos. Photos should be high resolution color JPGs.

We can't wait to see what you've got. Thank you!

End of Year Help Needed

We need your help! Please save these dates and contact to lend a hand.

June 5: Talent Show

June 15: Field Day

June 19: 5th Grade Graduation



  • 1-31: I LOVE to Read Month!
  • 4: PTA Meeting, 6pm, Island View Library
  • 10: Color Run Planning Mtg, 2:30 pm
  • 14: ISV Spring Garden Party, 10 am
  • 19: Family Fun Night, Reading Campout, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • 23: Staff Appreciation in Foyer, 10:30 - 12:50 pm
  • 31: I LOVE To Read Month Assembly & Bike Raffle


  • 1: PTA Meeting, 6 pm, Island View Library
  • 16: Early Release, 12:05 pm
  • 17: Book Fair Begins & Family Fun Night
  • 20-24: Scholastic Book Fair
  • 24: Early Release, 12:05 pm
  • 28: Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
  • 30: Spring Concert

Mark your calendars: COLOR RUN is May 16, 2020!