Island View Elementary PTA

May 2021 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Island View Families:

Having lived in the area for nearly thirty years, I cannot recall a longer string of sunny April days than we experienced this past month. It is indeed tulip time in the Skagit Valley. I hope you enjoyed memorable moments outside with your beautiful children.

As Superintendent Irish has communicated to families, we are currently planning to return all students back to full days. Island View staff members are busy developing new safety protocols, modifying arrival and dismissal procedures, planning lunch routines and recess schedules, and preparing changes in the instructional program. Our custodians are busy moving furniture back into classrooms and developing cleaning new protocols, and kitchen staff are developing processes for serving lunches in new ways. I have been inspired by the team efforts that are creating a safe and meaningful school environment for your deserving students. I will send detailed information to families explaining our new protocols and schedules by Monday, May 3rd.

In the meantime, please contact me at 360-503-1490 or at if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Let’s get back to our sunshine. One of our kinders got in the habit of picking flowers (adults mistakenly call them dandelions 😉 ) for her teacher when she arrived on campus. On the morning of our first cool day, she stood in the front lawn and exclaimed despondently, “they’re all gone!” A staff member explained to her that the flowers would return with the sunshine; I’m not sure our little kinder was convinced.

But our sunshine is returning—one baby step at a time.

Stay well—

Brian Hanrahan


Final PTA Meeting on May 25th!

Tuesday, May 25th at 6pm is the final PTA meeting of the year (changed from the 27th).

We will have elections, vote on next year's budget, and discuss a few final fun events before please plan to attend! Zoom link will be emailed.


Staff Appreciation Week, May 3-7

We are excitedly preparing for the upcoming ISLAND VIEW STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK!!!

Staff are tirelessly preparing for their 5th(!!!) start to the school year. They are completely rebuilding the master schedule (yet again) - revamping student breaks, lunches, transportation, etc. We want to show them how much we appreciate their efforts!

We have two sign-ups in progress to support our staff:

Island View Staff Appreciation Week Sign-Up: click the sign-up link before May 1st if you are able to purchase treats to show our school staff the depth of our gratitude for everything they do!

June End-of-the-Year Celebration Sign-Up: click the sign-up link before June 11th if you are able to purchase fun and useful gifts for our staff from local businesses!

In addition to providing staff goodies, we will also be sending home cards for the students to share their appreciation through words or drawings. If you would like a specific gift idea for a staff member, we know their favorite coffee orders, office supplies, restaurants, treats, and snack ideas! Just email for customized information!

Thank you for your AMAZING support for our WONDERFUL school and staff!


Yearbooks On Sale NOW!

Attention parents: 2020-2021 Island View Yearbook Sales are now OPEN!

Go to this link on the PTA website to order, and receive a free dedication to your student printed in the yearbook if you order by May 21st.

It isn't too late to send in photos! 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!


Color Run is June 5th

Save the Date for the Color Run on June 5th!

We will need all hands on deck to pull off this super FUN event, so watch for a Sign Up Genius coming soon!

Class Act School Play a Total Hit!

The district-wide virtual school play "Adventures in Neverland" was a smashing success! Thank you to all who participated. Everyone involved loved performing in and viewing the final performances!


5th Grade Graduation

We want to continue the tradition of making our graduating 5th grade eaglets feel celebrated before they head off to become AMS hawks, but we need help!

If you would be interested in leading the 5th Grade Graduation Committee and/or volunteering to help with the planning, please email ASAP! We've got a budget and some ideas, but need YOU to make it all come together. Thank you!


Budget Time

Tuesday, May 4th at 1 PM (via Zoom) we will work on the PTA budget. Please feel free to join us in planning what the PTA will do next school year! Email if you would like the zoom link.


Help the Garden Grow!

Island View students have been out planting seeds, weeding and watering during the school week. Already radishes and peas are sprouting! Classes are also using the garden as an outdoor learning space to take a break from sitting at their desks.

Please help us make it a safe and enjoyable space for students by donating an hour of your time one weekend - sign up here. Up to three families can work in the garden together, following CDC-recommended guidelines, so bring your friends!

The Island View Garden Committee thanks you for your help and support!


Read-Aloud Video Library Open

Don’t forget to visit the PTA website's digital read aloud library to view the different read alouds from our school community. The videos will be available until the end of the school year.


Let's Walk & Bike to School!

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL is looking for an Island View representative to attend monthly meetings and help promote safe walking and biking to school. Walking and biking are not only healthy ways to energize the brain before a day of class, but more kids walking and biking means fewer cars, cleaner air, and less traffic around the school. Other easy fun duties of this position could include decorating display cases to promote planned events and recruiting help from the long list of amazing Island View volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Joan Pringle at or Treva King at


Scan Receipts for Box Top $$

Box Tops are conveniently collected and credited to Island View by scanning your receipt.


An app on your smartphone makes it quick and easy, you can even set weekly reminders to scan receipts. So scan away to help Island View PTA!



THANK YOU to all those who supported the Island View PTA throughout an incredibly challenging and unpredictable year! We are so grateful for the phenomenal support from families and the MANY opportunities your contributions make possible for Island View staff and students. Please mark your calendars for a few final events, including the Color Run on June 5th.

Can you help us be a better PTA?



  • 3-7: Staff Appreciation Week!
  • 4: Budget Meeting at 1 PM via Zoom
  • 25: PTA MEETING AT 6 PM via ZOOM
  • 28: Early Release
  • 31: Memorial Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL


  • 5: COLOR RUN!!
  • 22: 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony
  • 22: Early Release - Last Day of School!

Questions? Please feel free to contact us any time!

PTA President –

PTA Vice President –

PTA Membership Coordinator - Rachel Esposito –