Island View Elementary PTA

November 2020 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Island View Families:

As we welcomed students back into the building this month, I stand in awe of our school community. Staff are working together to ensure students are safe and nurtured, and families are showing patience and grace by following our guidelines and protocols. Thank you for your positive partnership.

Yet, I must admit I am not surprised. Afterall, we are the proud, soarin’ Island View eagles. 😊

I have spent every free moment I can muster in classrooms, and your children are inspiring. They wear masks when they would rather not wear them. They keep calm bodies and socially distance from their peers. They joyfully engage in learning. Every time I walk into a classroom and watch our talented staff work with your gifted students, I am reminded that loving relationships form the heart of education. We understand that heart at Island View.

Because we realize the importance of relationships, the Island View staff has created a staff Charter, which codifies how we want to feel at school and how we want to make others feel. Below is a draft of our charter:

As staff at Island View Elementary School, we want to create a work environment that helps us feel:

  • SAFE

We believe if adults in the building nurture these feelings, our students will thrive. Ultimately, that is our primary hope. If there is anything we can do to help your student thrive at this time, please reach out to me at or at 360-503-1490.

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family. Make memories. And stay well-

Brian Hanrahan


Monday, November 2 was filled with many memorable moments as K-3 Island View students returned to in-person learning. HUGE thanks go out to Rachel Esposito, Stacey Mahoney, and Jenessa Eelkema for showing up early Monday to decorate before staff and students arrived at school. Also, deepest thanks to all those that 'chalked the walk' around Island View on Sunday, November 1 to share love with students and staff.

We will decorate again when our 4th and 5th graders return to in-person learning, whenever that will be. If you'd like to help out, please email


PTA Meeting TUESDAY Dec 1

Join us via Zoom for our second PTA meeting of the year! Get all the latest news and help make amazing things happen for our school.

YOU are the change needed!

There are several AMAZING opportunities available RIGHT NOW to make fun events a reality for our students and their families. The PTA welcomes volunteer Chairpersons for the following positions:

  • Family Fun
  • Hospitality
  • Graduation
  • I Love to Read Month

Please email to get involved!!


PTA loves our Island View students AND staff!

Early morning on Friday, Nov 6, a wide range of non-perishable snacks and treats were delivered to our incredible Island View staff courtesy of the PTA. Thanks to Stacey Mahoney for coordinating, Rachel Esposito for collecting, and to ALL of you for donating! We hope to do this several times this year, so keep your eyes out for the next opportunity to give back to the staff that does so much for our children!


Picture Day Friday Nov. 13


ALL K-3 grade students will have their picture taken for their student ID card and records on Friday November 13. Please note that this year, purchasing of student portraits is ONLINE ONLY. As part of the O’Connor Photography Studio COVID-19 Safety procedures, paper order forms are NOT being used.

If you would like to order pictures, use the link emailed to you or go to their website at, click on Fall Portraits, scroll down to Elementary Schools, and then select the Island View Logo.

Picture retakes will be the second week of December.


CELEBRATE the Season

Every year, the Anacortes Schools Foundation throws their "Celebrate the Season" event to raise money in support of ASD students. This year, funds are being raised to support COVID-19 Relief, Mental Health supports, STEM Programs, Visual and Performing Arts Programs, Impact Summer School, Preschool Scholarships and more!

Your help is needed! Island View PTA will be contributing a fun 'Some Like it Hot' ensemble of firepit-themed accessories. See this sign-up to be a part of the hottest auction item this year.

Thank you to all those students that submitted artwork for the ASF Celebrate the Season Student Art Contest. Among so many wonderful submissions, three Island View students will have work included in this year's auction. Congratulations to Olive B., Sophia N., and Maya H, and check out this video about all the district winners!


Share Art with Seniors in town

Meals on Wheels is collecting artwork for the seniors they assist and this month they're looking for Thanksgiving-themed artwork. If you or your student are able to share some original, seasonal artwork, please drop it off in the outdoor basket at the Senior Center before November 20.


This is another year our kids won't forget! Calling for all photos of Island View students returning to in-person learning, engaged in remote learning, at the bus stop, etc. Share those precious snapshots taken on Nov 2 and/or Nov 9!

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!


Box Tops help Island View!

Box Tops is still an easy way to support Island View. Remember to redeem these valuable coupons by submitting photos of your shopping receipts within 14 days of eligible purchases.



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!

Can you help us be a better PTA?

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!



  • 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 –