Island View Elementary PTA

September 2021 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! I know we are all hoping to return to a more “normal” year after the last 18 months. I got a small taste of our students’ excitement at the district’s recent Ready to Learn Fair, where I saw several Island View families. As one dad told me, “My students can’t wait for school to start. They are so excited!” The whole staff feels the same strong enthusiasm.

As we prepare for the start of school, I know parents have many questions. I hope you find the following information helpful.

  • If your child will be riding the bus, please fill out the online bus request form by September 1st: This form needs to be completed each year.
  • By September 3rd, I will send families a detailed power point presentation that explains our plans for student arrival, dismissal, lunch, recess, and other important protocols.
  • We will have an in-person “Meet and Greet” on September 7th from 3:30-5:30. Students and parents will have an opportunity to meet teachers and visit classrooms. To limit the number of families in the building at any time, I will send a Sign-Up Genius link so families can select a 15-minute slot to visit the school. Office staff will be at tables outside to help families with meal accounts, transportation questions, and other support needs. Please look for the emailed link by September 3rd. Masks are required.
  • Volunteers in schools: The district is currently working on a possible plan/timeline for allowing volunteers in schools. But no volunteers will be permitted in buildings during the first month of school.
  • If you have other questions, please contact me at or at 360-503-1490.

One thing I have always appreciated about our school community is the way students, staff, and family members value and respect one another. We work together to build an inspiring school for our students. Last year solidified my deep respect for and belief in the Island View community. Whatever this year brings, I am certain of one thing—your students will continue to grow, learn, and thrive. It’s what I fondly call our proud, soarin’ flight.

I cannot wait to see you all very soon.

Brian Hanrahan

The SHELL Fun Run is person!

Register for the Fueling Education Fun Run and help Island View win $5,000!!

Every September Puget Sound Refinery puts on this amazing event which brings our community together and helps raise close to $50,000 a year to support Anacortes students. Funds raised during last year’s 6th Annual (but first ever virtual) event supported COVID Relief Grants in all ASD schools and STEM College Scholarships. This year, the focus will be on Mental Health support for our students. In addition, Puget Sound Refinery provides a $5,000 grant to the ASD school with the highest percentage of their student body that participates in this race. All ASD staff and students are eligible to participate in this competition to help their school win $5,000! Last year it was a close race and we'd love for Island View to be the winner this year!

This year's 5K and Kids Race will be held on Sunday, September 19th at Washington Park. There is also a virtual option for anyone who is interested. For more information about the race and to register, visit


Are you passionate about Arts for our children?

From the WSPTA Website: "Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but in life. Students in pre-K through grade 12 create original works of art in response to a theme. The theme for the 2021-2022 program year is I Will Change The World By… Students submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. While the primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity through positive recognition, finalists from local PTAs will move on to their council PTA (if applicable), then finalists from councils will move on to the state round. Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round."

Students can only submit entries for the Reflections program through their school's PTA. We would love for our Island View Eagles to have the opportunity to participate in this wonderful program, but we need volunteers to make it work. WSPTA provides the full outline for a successful program and a team of 4-6 volunteers (plus judges) will be needed. If available, the program would need to be announced to the students in September since entries are due in January. If you are interested in leading or volunteering for this program, please reach out to Membership Coordinator, Rachel Esposito, at

For more information about the Reflections program, please visit


Show Your School Spirit!

Now's the time to get your Island View t-shirts, hoodies, hats, scarves, and masks - gear can be personalized for just a few dollars more. Place your orders by Friday, October 1; items will be delivered to your student in the classroom just a few weeks later. All merchandise is produced here in Anacortes by the wonderful people at T-shirts By Design.



N-O-W is the time to JOIN PTA!

Join the Island View PTA today!

We're back and ready to have a fabulous year, but we need YOU!

Join the Island View PTA by October 30, 2021 and you will be entered into a raffle to win a gift certificate for a 1.5 hour kayak trip at Deception Pass with Anacortes Kayak Tours, an AKT T-shirt and an AKT pint glass!

Joining the PTA doesn't mean you need to volunteer; we understand you're busy and we would never ask you to take on more than you have time for. Joining the PTA DOES mean you'll be well-informed, engaged and an advocate for your student and studies have shown that these things make a difference for student success in school and beyond. Anyone can join the PTA! Parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors, community members - we would love to have them all supporting our students! We want our Island View Eagles to soar and you can help! Visit to join 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!


Box Tops help Island View!

Box Tops is 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.




  • 6: Labor Day Holiday
  • 7: Meet and Greet, 3:30-5:30 PM
  • 8: FIRST DAY of School, 1st thru 12th Grade!
  • 13: FIRST Kindergarten Day!
  • 21: PTA Meeting online, 6 PM


  • 19: PTA Meeting

Questions? Please feel free to contact us any time!

PTA President

PTA Vice President

PTA Membership Coordinator