Island View Elementary PTA

Feburary 2023 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Island View Families:

I have to say my heart burst with happiness at the Pizza Factory takeover in January. Students were running around, shrieking a lot, and parents looked "chill" and happy – or at least they presented a good pose. At one point in the evening I called my wife so she could hear the buzz. Her response was perfect: "It sounds like beautiful, happy chaos."

That is the joy you and your students bring to our school community, thank you.

February is a special month. We begin district MAP testing (your student's teacher will communicate test dates). The acronym MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress, which is a low-stakes test that gives teachers and parents an idea of how students are growing academically. February is also a special time for parent-teacher conferences. We will send a Sign-Up Genius link so you can schedule conference times that work best for your family—please look for it in your email. Mid-year conferences offer parents a valuable opportunity to ask questions and review student progress for the first half of the school year.

Soon our school windows and hallways will be filled with pink and red hearts. I relish this time of year because it reminds me of the love we hold as a school community.

As always, please contact me with your questions, concerns, and suggestions: or at 360-503-1490.

Brian Hanrahan

Important Dates

Feb 13: K-5 Half Day (conference planning)
Feb 14: K-5 Half Day (afternoon conferences)
Feb 15: K-5 Half Day (afternoon conferences)
Feb 15: 100th Day for 1st - 5th graders!
Feb 21: 100th Day for Kindergarteners!
Feb 16: K-5 Half Day (afternoon & evening conferences)
Feb 17: K-5 Half Day
Feb 20: No School - Presidents Day
Feb 23: Science At Work Event, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, volunteers and presenters needed!
Feb 27 - Mar 3: Spirit Week at Island View
Mar 6-10: Education Support Professionals Week
Mar 14: Family Fun Night - I Love to Read Month - 6:00 to 7:30 pm

ClassACT - Island View Play – That's My Crown!

The play took place on January 20th and the actors and actresses did a fantastic job!

Thats My Crown Play Photo

Audiences were thrilled by the Winter Dwarves, the Spring Fairies,

Thats My Crown Play Photo

the Autumn Elves and the Summer Trees presented the most exciting stories that happened in their kingdoms as they competed to win this Season's Crown!

Eagles, well done!

Thats My Crown Play Photo

Also, a special thanks to all the parents and family members who volunteered their time to help the kids rehearse and do hair/make-up and costumes! We couldn't have done it without you!

Thats My Crown Play Photo

A Simple Gesture Grant for Island View

Recently, the school received a grant from A Simple Gesture for Island View students to get snacks in the classrooms (it's a limited amount so this doesn't cover snacks every day). While this sounds simple, it takes some coordination to get snacks for 440 kids! A parent volunteer, Jenny Wisniewski, stepped up to head this project up and we are so grateful! At this time, we don't need additional volunteers for this project but thank you to all those that contacted the PTA to volunteer their time. We appreciate you!

Morning Reading & Math Assistance

The PTA was approached about assisting with an initiative for early morning reading and math assistance for Island View students. Some volunteers have reached out and the program is up and running. Additional volunteers are still needed to expand the reach of the program. Volunteers will work with students in grades K-5 on reading or math (depending on what the student needs support in).

Details / Volunteering time requirements:
Time: 8:30 - 9:05
Where: ISV Library
Who: K-5 students
What: Reading or Math Support
Contact: Monica Frost at

If interested, please reach out to Ms. Frost and let her know what age/grade level child you would prefer to work with, a subject preference, and a preferred day of the week.

Hospitality Update

Hospitality is working to serve another hearty meal to our hard working teachers for their late night conference day. We will also be "Stocking the Staff Lounge" once again to supply healthy snacks and treats for the big conference week! If you are interested in helping, please sign up with the link below. Items will be due February 10th! Your time and generosity is greatly appreciated, thank you!

If you have any questions, please email

Spirit Week

Mon - Fri, Feb 27 - Mar 3

The PTA is working hard to create opportunities for our kids to make amazing memories, raise Island View spirit and camaraderie, and increase community building! Here's the lineup of events:

Monday (Feb 27): "Wacky Wear" Day - Wear your silliest or mismatched socks and shoes, inside out and/or backwards clothes, match patterns with polka dots, the sky's the limit!

Tuesday (Feb 28): Rainbow Day - Wear as much of your grade's assigned color as you can:
K - Purple
1 - Blue
2 - Green
3 - Yellow
4 - Orange
5 - Red

The PTA is coordinating getting a drone and an operator to take an all school, rainbow-themed picture!

Wednesday (Mar 1): What's the Weather Wednesday - What is your favorite type of weather? Dress for a sunny beach day, wear your winter hat and gloves, a rain jacket, sun hat, or a favorite fall sweater. How creative can you be?

Thursday (Mar 2): Cozy Day - Wear your coziest clothes or pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to snuggle!

Friday (Mar 3): School Spirit and Sportswear Day - Wear your Island View Eagles spirit wear, Island View Colors (blue and yellow), or sportswear from your own team or from your favorite local, college, or professional sports team!

Theme: "Be the Change" in our Community

As we celebrate our wonderful school community during spirit week, we also want to take the chance to make a difference in our local community. We can be the change! What better way to do that then with a change drive!

All week long, students are invited to participate in the fun themed days as well as bring any loose change they can spare to school. Classes will collect their change all week long and at the end of the week we will bring all our donations together and vote on an organization/non-profit group to donate the money to. Our change can make a change!

Our Eagles are going to be asked to participate in the decision on where the funds will go by voting in their classrooms (they'll get to vote!) The list of organizations includes: Anacortes Family Center, Center for Whale Research, Humane Society of Skagit Valley, ACFL-Friends of the Forest, Padilla Bay Organization, and A Simple Gesture.

ISV PTA Meeting

Tue, Feb 21 – 6:00-7:00 pm

Please join us for the February PTA meeting. The PTA meeting will be held at the ISV library. We will post a zoom link for those that can attend virtually. Keep your eye out for additional information on the PTA Facebook page.

If there are any events that you know of or speak to your creativity, skills or passion, please consider signing up to volunteer at a PTA event. Please join us to make our kids' school experience the best it can be!

Here's the link to join the PTA:

Island View PTA Needs You

Family Fun Night - Science at Work

Thu, Feb 23 - 5:30-7:00 pm

The Island View PTA and Ms. Ross, Island View's Science Specialist, are partnering to offer a free family Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) night for all our Island View families to attend! The event is called Science At Work and will take place on Thursday, February 23, from 5:30-7:00 pm. Our goal is for students and families to come to Island View and meet with several individuals who work in science-related fields.

We are seeking volunteers that would be willing to come and talk to our students about their amazing science-related jobs or hobbies!

Some possible areas could include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerospace – space and flight – NAVY, NASA, Boeing, etc
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry – refineries
  • Engineering – civil, mechanical, chemical, environmental, etc.
  • Geology
  • Medicine - nutrition
  • Meteorology
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Technology

Participants can be family, staff, or community members so please reach out to anyone you know that may be interested! Our goal is to have a wide variety of individuals from several fields of science. Participants will be given a space in the theater, gym, library, or science room (depending on how many participants we have) and will be able to share with our students about a hobby they enjoy or a job they perform that involves science.

Science at Work Display

Ideally, participants would dress in their work attire or display it for students to see. They could also bring in tools that they use to perform their job that students could possibly touch or view a demonstration of how they are used. Visual displays could be used to show students what their job entails – photo board, slideshow on a laptop, props, etc. Students will visit the tables of each participant and will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn. Participants may also include items that students could take with them – business card, pamphlet, pencil, sticker, magnet, etc.

Our Island View community has so many members that do amazing things in the fields of science so if you are willing to participate, please email Ms. Ross, too, at!

As no great event happens without good logistics, we need volunteers to help set up, take down, and facilitate this event. Please Sign Up Here if you are able to help. Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns! Meg Mourning is the Project Chair for this event and can be reached at

Science at Work Flyer

100th Day & Food Drive

Feb 8th - 15th (if you forget, you can still bring in donations until Fri, Feb 17th)

It's an Island View yearly tradition to celebrate 100th Day, the one hundredth day since the first day of school. Wednesday, Feb 15th is the 100th Day for our 1st through 5th graders, and Tuesday, Feb 21 is the Kindergarteners' 100th Day.

Leading up to 100th Day, the PTA is coordinating a food drive to help a local organization support individuals and families in need.

The goal is for each grade to donate 100 items. Some items that are currently in need include: Jam/jelly, Juice (all types), Milk (shelf stable), Ensure type drinks, Crackers (all types), Granola bars, Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, salad dressing, etc.), Instant Potatoes, Canned meat (Spam, chicken, beef), and single serve instant coffee packets. While not "food," the food bank is also in need of/would be grateful for paper towels, toothpaste, shampoo, and diapers (sizes 4, 5, and 6).

100th Day Food Drive

AmazonSmile Program Change

We recently learned that Amazon will be sunsetting the AmazonSmile program at the end of February 2023 (yes, this month!!) Until then, if you are able, please consider donating to Island View PTA 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 the PTA. This funding stream wasn't huge but every bit helped make a world of difference to our staff & students! Thank you for your support!

How to set Island View PTA as your charity of choice in Amazon Smile.

Box Tops help Island View

Every bit helps and with losing the AmazonSmile funding stream, your participation in the Box Top program is even more important. Box Tops is an easy way to support Island View; the school can earn up to $1,000 a year when you earn box top credits (10 cents per box top). You can do this by scanning your paper and digital receipts using the Box Tops for Education app within 14 days of eligible purchases. If you're buying things like certain things – fruit snacks, granola bars, yogurt, even cleaning supplies – you could be earning money for Island View. Why not get credit for the stuff you were going to buy anyway?

If you don't want to scan your receipt, the PTA has you covered. Just drop off receipts at the PTA mailbox in the front office within 14 days of the purchase and we'll do the rest.

Box tops for Education flyer

Island View 2022-2023 Yearbook

Efforts to design the yearbook are in full swing. We are currently researching the best platform to use to get us a high quality yearbook and keep the costs reasonable. As we work out the details, we are rolling out the yearbook cover contest in early February!

Feb 1 to Feb 22 (by end of the school day), current fifth graders are encouraged to use their artistic skills and provide a submission. Fifth graders can submit their artwork on an unfolded 8.5" x 11" piece of paper to the PTA office or PTA mailbox.

Shortly thereafter, this year's fourth graders will get to vote on their favorite image and the winning submission will be the 2022-2023 yearbook cover.

Previous Yearbook Cover Submission

Parents, here's how you can help now: If you've snapped a great picture of your Island View student participating in a school event (the play, at a field trip, while you were volunteering in the classroom), please share it with us! It is never too early to start sending the PTA pictures of your eagle so we can make sure we are able to get everyone in the yearbook. Images can be sent to

Questions? Please feel free to contact us any time!
President - Teresa Syms
Vice President - Karen Denny
Membership Coordinator - Molly Johnson
Hospitality Coordinator - Kristin Lamb & Amber Fry