Island View Elementary PTA

March 2021 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Island View Families:

February proved to be an eventful month. Our students celebrated Valentine’s Day in a wonderfully “normal” way—they crafted red and pink hearts, traded cards and store-bought treats, and spread much love throughout our school community. The very next day, we all awoke to a blanket of snow that turned Anacortes into a veritable winter wonderland. I was so pleased to hear stories of sledding, snow angels, and snowball fights. Our students, who have been through so much this year, deserved all the fun and excitement!

Now we turn our attention to March and spring conferences. While I will miss the opportunity to welcome family members into our building, I am thankful for the opportunity to pause and connect with our parents. I am sure you will enjoy your time with teachers.

March is also the time we celebrate I Love to Read. The month and event are particularly poignant to me because when school closed on March 16 last school year, our students were creating a celebratory “book worm” that filled our hallways. After we closed, I remember feeling heavy emotion as I walked the halls and saw our incomplete bookworm. Now a year later, we have new challenges—and new opportunities. The Island View PTA has created an I Love to Read Month that will hopefully capture our students’ imaginations and creativity. Please look in this newsletter and on the PTA Facebook page for all the ways your students can engage in fun reading adventures.

Soon the daffodils will appear, and the tulips will follow close behind. But let’s not forget the winter magic we experienced this past month. It’s a good reminder to us all: each season brings joy and beauty. Especially when you’re surrounded by inspiring little Island View Eagles. 😊

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

Brian Hanrahan


2021-2022 PTA Officers Needed

Several PTA officers are at the end of their term limits and we need leaders to help guide the way. Both the current president and vice-president will still have children at Island View next year, and will happily help you throughout the year.

Leading our PTA as president or vice president has little to do with spreadsheets, event planning, or writing checks. It has everything to do with your compassion. You can make the time commitment as little/much as you wish. Many hands make light work! A presidency can be filled by multiple people. You and a co-president can determine and divide jobs any way you like.

Next year’s board is helmed by a committed treasurer, a veteran secretary, and a membership chair who also maintains our amazing social media presence. They won’t let you fail.

The unknown can be scary, so reach out and let us dispel any concerns you might have. If you’ve ever been remotely interested in diversifying your contribution to our PTA, let us know.

THANK YOU for considering stepping up to serve as a PTA officer. We hope to hear from you soon.

PTA President –

PTA Vice President –


PTA Meeting March 8 @ 6 pm

Don't Miss It! The March PTA meeting is Monday, March 8 at 6 PM via Zoom (meeting link will be emailed).

So much to discuss and so many ways to make Island View AMAZING!



There are so many ways this month to jump into books and reading AND share it with your friends and family. Check out the activities below!


Build a bookworm and enter the weekly raffle! Information will come home from your teacher in early March.


Check out the ISV PTA website for the all-new Digital Read Aloud Library. You can create one too! Just fill out this form.


Listen during morning announcements each week for the mystery book clues. Write down and give your clue to the staff member leading your daily break.


Listen to the weekly Guest Reader on Mr. Hanrahan’s morning announcements.


Go for a hike in our forest lands and see if you can find all 15 Books. Answer the questions if you can!


Hospitality News & Events

So much love and thanks to all those who helped shower hearts all over Island View last month! One teacher said she was getting teary looking at the joyful decorations. We heard about a young student who had trouble crossing the crosswalk because he was so wowed by seeing his school so sweetly decorated.


Our deepest thanks to the wonderful volunteers for making decorations and putting them up: Jenessa Eelkema, Jessica Guzik, Ali Mackey, Heidi Williamson, Molly Johnson, Teresa Syms, Meg Mourning, Tammy Guffey, and Kristen Lamb. Thank you to the students who made beautiful decorations for their school: Piper M., Maya H., Avery H., Alexander, Penny, Sloane W., Etienne, Taxson, Liberty G., Isabell G., Kate M., Bell M., Liberty G., Isabel G., Arlen M. and many other anonymous ones!


The first week of March is Parent/Teacher Conference Week. We are excited to provide meals from Dockside Dogs to the staff as they prepare for their evening conferences on March 4th! Dockside Dogs has a wonderful selection of gourmet hog dogs, veggie dogs, gluten-free buns, and delicious toppings! We are pleased to support this community-minded business!

We recently surveyed the school staff for ideas about treating them to something special. We now have a listing of favorite coffee orders, cold beverages, local restaurants, office supplies, snacks, etc. If you would like any ideas on ways to treat individual ISV staff to something fun, email


Grades 4 & 5 Retakes March 25

Get your smiles ready! O'Connor Photography Studio will be back on Thursday, March 25 to do retakes for grades 4 & 5.

Check out specific packages available for our school and pre-order online.


YEARBOOK Photos Needed!

Call for photos of Island View students doing the school thing! Make the 2020-2021 yearbook the best ever by submitting photos of your student(s).

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, so snap away! Thank you!

PTA Meeting on April 19

Reserve time in your calendar now to attend the April PTA meeting.

Join us Thursday, April 19 at 6 PM via Zoom for another opportunity to connect and contribute to the meaningful efforts of the Island View PTA! We must have quorum at this meeting to elect the new officers!


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?



  • 1-5: Remote Learning Only 9AM to Noon
  • 2-5: Conferences - Sign-up HERE
  • 25: Picture Retakes Grades 4 & 5


  • 5-9: Spring Break, NO SCHOOL

Questions? Please feel free to contact us any time!

PTA President –

PTA Vice President –

PTA Membership Coordinator - Rachel Esposito –