Island View Elementary PTA

October 2020 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Island View Families:

First, I want to thank you for the many words of gratitude you have shared with me about the Island View staff. I have been inspired by the effort, openness, and creativity of your teachers and support staff. They have worked very hard to make the fall reopening engaging and meaningful for students. Thank you for noticing.

As we now prepare for in-person learning to begin in November, I would like to acknowledge the different sentiments I have heard from families. Some of you eagerly anticipate our return to the building; some of you have deep concerns about students being together in person; and some of you feel a combination of happiness, fear, and uncertainty. I understand and value these mixed feelings. In the end, I trust you will make the right decision for your family.

During October, I will work closely with district and school staff to provide a safe environment for students. Specifically, we are currently developing plans to ensure:

  • Staff and families follow all safety protocols.
  • Staff and students wear masks or face coverings.
  • Students arrive and depart school in an orderly and safe manner.
  • Hand sanitizer units are available throughout the building.
  • School custodians implement strict disinfection protocols, ensuring all classrooms are cleaned before students enter the spaces.
  • Student movement in the building is limited.
  • Classrooms have a reduced number of students.
  • Desks are spaced 6 feet apart.
  • Student groups are kept from mixing in shared spaces.
  • A supervised holding room is available for students who are not feeling well.
  • Communication is open and consistent between school and families.

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding our reopening plans, please do not hesitate to contact me at 360-503-1490 or at

Obviously, this is not my typical October message. I would much rather write about the festive and fun artwork that adorns our hallways—the pumpkins, bats, ghosts, and ghouls. But that is not our reality this fall. Whatever your family decides to do as Island View reopens to in-person learning, I am confident the spirit and love that binds our school community will continue to hold us all together. Perhaps even a bit more strongly than ever before.

I continue to be grateful for and inspired by the proud, soarin’ Island View eagles—students and adults alike.

Stay well-

Brian Hanrahan


PTA Meeting: Thursday, October 15 at 6 pm!

Don't miss the FIRST PTA Meeting of the school year! Get all the latest info and hear about some (safe) fall fun for everyone. Watch your email for the zoom link.

Join the PTA to be eligible to win AWESOME raffle prizes. One winner will be randomly selected at the October meeting.

Prize Packages: Anacortes Kayak Tours Package // 5th Street Bistro Brunch for Two



Monday, October 26 from 3 to 4 pm

Island View PTA and WatchDogs are hosting a drive-thru event at the Island View bus loop to continue the fall tradition of pumpkin fun. First come, first served to receive a free pumpkin - one per Island View family.

THANK YOU to Schuh Farms for generously donating the pumpkins for this festive event!

Don't forget to send pictures of completed fall coloring sheets, carved pumpkins, and roasted seeds! Email them to us at

Ready to Learn Fair Resource Card Update

Every August the Anacortes Schools Foundation partners with the Anacortes School District to host the Ready to Learn Fair. This event is meant to provide FREE backpacks, school supplies, books, clothing and community partner information to Anacortes families. Due to COVID-19, this year's event was transitioned to a drive-through event for the backpacks and supplies only and served over 300 students!

In addition to the backpacks and supplies, each family was given a Resource Card that ASF has put together. It includes information about community partners that typically attend the RTLF in person each year, local community resources AND information about many of the FREE opportunities available in Anacortes.

**As noted on this card, some of these resources are not currently open/available due to COVID-19, but will be open again when restrictions are lifted.


YOU are the photographer...

It's never too early to start working on the yearbook!

Please send us photos of your Island View students hard at work or play. First day of school, singing along with music class, jumping for gym, or just playing at the closest park - anything is great.

With the upcoming return to school, any bus stop photos are also a plus.

Please email your photos to In the email please include your students' names, grades, and teachers.

We'll do our best to make sure everyone is included. Thank you!




THANKS all those who have supported the Island View PTA already. We are deeply committed to the staff and students at Island View Elementary and we could not provide the MANY opportunities we offer without your support!

Won't you please JOIN our Island View PTA family today?


Are YOU able to DONATE?

If you are able, please consider donating to the Island View PTA so that we can continue to support the Island View staff and students as much as possible. Thank you!!

You can also help by selecting Island View PTA as your charity of choice in Amazon Smile! Once you have it set up, you just shop as you normally would, and Amazon will automatically donate .05% of your purchase total to us! Super easy and it means a world of difference to our staff & students! Thank you for your support!



  • 15: PTA Meeting 6 pm via zoom
  • 26: Great Pumpkin Pickup, 3 to 4 pm
  • 26-30: Early Release for Conferences


  • 2: Grades K-3 Return to School!!
  • 9: Grades 4-5 Return to School!!
  • 11: Veterans Day - No School
  • 25: Early Release
  • 26-27: Thanksgiving - No School


  • 1: PTA Meeting 6 pm via zoom
  • 18: Early Release for Winter Break


  • 4: Students back to school

Questions? Please feel free to contact us any time!

PTA President –

PTA Vice President –

PTA Membership Coordinator - Rachel Esposito –