Island View Elementary PTA

May 2020 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Dear Island View Families:

I hope you are staying healthy and hopeful during these challenging times. As cliché as it sounds, we are experiencing something new and unprecedented in education, in our community, and in our world.

As surprised as I have been by our recent health crisis, I have to say I’m not at all surprised by our school community. The Island View staff has worked very hard to develop engaging experiences and lessons for students in our “virtual” online setting. I have also received many emails and communications from parents and students, asking questions, sharing ideas, and voicing constructive concerns. In all respects, I have been impressed with the patience and understanding all have displayed. I cannot thank you enough for your productive partnerships.

I know many questions remain, big and small. What will “moving-up” look like for our 5th graders? What will report cards look like at the end of the school year? How will class pictures be distributed? How can students get materials they left at school? And many more. I will continue to process these questions and communicate regularly with families.

I miss your students greatly and relish any opportunity I get to engage with them. Daily birthday calls have become my favorite part of the day. I visit classroom Seesaw pages just to see your students record their reading and writing. Recently, I was walking in town and a student yelled out of a car window, “Hi Mr. Hanrahan!” While I couldn’t identify the student, it didn’t matter at all. I immediately responded, “I miss you!” And that is the truth.

As this school closure continues to the end of the year, please know I am here to help and support you and your students. If you have any questions, concerns, or school needs, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 360-503-1490 or at bhanrahan@asd103.org. I believe strongly in our Island View eagles, students and adults alike. Our current health crisis is certainly challenging, but it cannot keep us shackled to the ground.

Not for a second. We are proud, soarin’ eagles—always.

Brian Hanrahan, Principal

Last PTA Meeting and Elections!

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Live via ZOOM on Wednesday, May 6 at 6 pm, there will be one final PTA meeting for the 2019-2020 school year. We will elect new board officers and vote on the proposed budget for next school year.

We must have quorum for these important votes, so please plan to Zoom with us. The Meeting ID is 308 670 879 and we will send out the password just prior to the meeting (to protect against Zoom-Bombers).

Thanks in advance for joining us - it will be so good to see familiar faces again!

Staff Appreciation!

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THANK YOU ISLAND VIEW STAFF!!

Staff Appreciation Week is May 4 - 8, 2020. Our wonderful staff need to feel the love even more this year, while we are far apart. Please take a moment to send a note to some of our beloved Island View teachers and staff to show them your gratitude for all they do for us throughout the year.

Yearbooks On Sale

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The Island View PTA is working hard, despite school being closed, putting together a wonderful yearbook of a VERY memorable year.

Please order your yearbooks online here: https://www.islandviewpta.org/yearbook

If you order by May 8th, a personal message to your student will be included for free!

And if you have any photos to share from this year, either from school or from “home” school, please send them to yearbook@islandviewpta.org.

ASD Essential Learning Plan

With the state-mandated school closure being extended to the end of the school year, Anacortes School District has issued a revised learning plan effective 27 April 2020. Please review the district’s continuous learning program for details about learning expectations and resources for elementary, middle and high school students, and the district’s general response to COVID-19 that outlines available food, learning, child care, mental health and technology services.

We Miss You! Stay Safe!

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