Island View Elementary PTA

April 2023 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Island View Families:

Recently, I watched a staff member take a picture of a vibrant bunch of crocuses blooming in front of the school. It was a chilly 36 degrees that sunny morning, and I imagined the staff member was trying to capture a moment of impending spring. And it has arrived; indeed, spring break is around the corner – and then it’s a fast-paced race to the end of the school year. Hang on for the ride.😊

During March we celebrated “I Love to Read Month” in super fun ways. Camp Read-a-Lot family fun night, “I Got Caught Reading” prize drawings, and “Drop-Everything-and-Read” events during the school day all contributed to the excitement and expectation that reading is a positive and productive life-long habit. I would like to thank the PTA and Ms. Hannah Davis (our librarian) for their vision and hard work to highlight the importance of reading.

After we return from spring break, we turn our attention to state assessments for our intermediate students, grades 3-5. Please anticipate specific information from your students’ teachers. Thankfully, the state has streamlined and shortened testing requirements in the wake of COVID closures and complications. I personally believe these changes are good for our students. While we need assessment data to help us improve student support systems, kids need to work, learn, and play at school. I appreciate the balance.

In closing, I’d like to return to the spring flowers in front of our school. As I walk into the building each morning and see colorful growth, I think of your students. I am amazed by their changes this year—physically, emotionally, and academically. It is a joy to be part of a school community where kids thrive and grow.

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

Brian Hanrahan

Important Dates

Mar 28: Popcorn Day!
Apr 3-7: Spring Break!
Apr 15: Movie morning - Super Mario Bros. - 10:00 am
(tentative date - see below)
Apr 14: 5th graders only - Deadline to turn in shirt size and payment
(see below)
Apr 18: PTA Meeting
Apr 19: Bike/helmet safety event
Apr 20: Half day
Apr 21: Nominations Deadline for PTA leadership 2023-2024 school year
Apr 22: Earth Day Clean Up Event - 10:30 am to noon-ish
Apr 26-28: Kindergarten Roundup
May 3: Walk & Wheels Event
June 8: Island View Talent Show
June 15: Field Day

Family Fun Night - Movie Morning

Saturday, April 15 at 10:00am at Anacortes Cinemas (tentative date)

Prepare to have Island View Elementary take over Anacortes Cinemas! This is a very special event where Island View students and families have a special showing of a new release movie. We are anticipating Anacortes Cinemas showing The Super Mario Bros. Movie on Saturday, April 15. We are hoping to confirm on April 1st and if we are confirmed, we will send out an email link to purchase tickets. Tickets are $14.00 per person, and includes a small popcorn and drink. Please contact with any questions.

Kindergarten Roundup

April 26-28, 9am-1pm (at Anacortes Lutheran Church)

Is your child heading to Kindergarten next year? “Kindergarten Round Up” will be taking place April 26-28, 2023 at the Anacortes Lutheran Church (2100 O St) from 9:00am-1:00pm each day. If your child will be in Kindergarten this coming fall, please sign up for a spot!

Kindergarten Roundup Flyer

Hospitality Update

Hospitality is gearing up for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, May 1st-5th! Our committee will be gathering and planning soon, so if you'd like to share any fabulous ideas or just simply want to help, please email Amber at

Our next hospitality zoom meeting will be on Mar 30 from 6:30-7:15pm, send a message to the hospitality email address above if you want the link.

Morning Reading & Math Assistance

Island View has kicked off an initiative for early morning reading and math assistance for our students. Currently, the program has seven volunteers matched with students that need support.

Morning Reading & Math Assistance

There is still a student need for assistance, but additional volunteers are needed to expand the program. Volunteers will work with students in grades K-5 on reading or math (depending on what the student needs support in, but right now the skill in greater demand is reading support).

Details / Volunteering time requirements:

Time: 8:30 - 9:05 (not every day; volunteers work this out with Ms. Frost)
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.

Island View Garden

On Saturday, March 18, about 20-30 Island View students, parents and staff showed up to prepare the school garden for the planting season.

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Weeds were pulled, grass was cut, plants were pruned.

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The garden beds were prepped with compost and students already planted potatoes to get the season started!

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Teachers will have an opportunity to take their classes to the garden to plant more things as the weather warms up.

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We will need volunteers during the summer to water the garden so be on the lookout for a sign up genius before school ends.

Island View PTA Needs You

Bike/Helmet Safety Event

Wed, April 19 at 8:30am

On Wednesday April 19, the Safe Routes to School and Island View Elementary will be doing a bicycle and helmet safety event. It is open to all ISV students and it starts at 8:30 at Island View. There will be bike mechanics set up to inspect and adjust/repair student's bikes. Members of the fire department will be on hand for helmet fittings and will have helmets for kids that don't have any or need a new one. We will need 3-4 more volunteers for this event. If you are interested in volunteering, please email William Zottneck at or Teresa Syms at

Bike Safety + Walk and Wheels Events

Walk & Wheels Event

Wed, May 3 at 8:15am

Following the Bike and Helmet Safety event, May 3 will be our Spring Walk & Wheels event. Bring your bike, scooter, or walking shoes and meet at Storvik Park at 8:15am. Parents are encouraged to walk or ride as well! Island View families will meet on the north side of the park (Mt. Erie families will be on the south side). We will make our way to Island View starting at 8:30. There will be a police escort to cross M Avenue. Stay tuned because we may have some goodies to hand out for those that participate once the students get to school.

Box Tops Program

Every bit helps and with losing the AmazonSmile funding stream (it was sunsetted by Amazon on Feb 20, 2023), your participation in the Box Top program is even more important.

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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 fruit snacks, granola bars, certain cereals, cookie dough or pie crusts, and even cleaning supplies – you could be earning money for Island View. Why not get credit for the stuff you were going to buy anyway?

NOTE: Use this referral code A3N53R18 when you sign up and you’ll get 25 Bonus Box Tops ($2.50 value) when you scan your first receipt now through 05/31/2023, while supplies last!

Download the Box Tops for Education app through the link below:


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.

Talent Show 2023 - Volunteers Needed

Island View’s annual talent show is back!

It will take place Thursday, June 8, 2023. Eagles had to submit their permission slips by March 24th and auditions will be taking place after students come back from Spring Break. After acts are chosen for the talent show, our Eagles will be able to practice and perfect their acts in the Theater during lunch periods.

Mr. Vecchione is seeking volunteer assistance during rehearsals and for the day of the performances (there will be two – Kinder - 2nd and 3rd - 5th). On the day of the performance, parents would assist with functions like backstage crowd control, assistance transitioning between acts, and DJing. In general, it is anticipated that parents will be allowed to attend one of the two performances.

Additional information will be released closer to the event. To volunteer to help with the talent show, you must be cleared to volunteer by the District (it’s an easy form to fill out) and can be done by clicking on this link: ​​

If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Karen at

Island View 2023 Field Day - Volunteers Needed

Island View is holding its annual Field Day event on Thursday, June 15, 2023 (yep, the second to last day of school) from about 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm.

More details will be passed closer to the event date but the PTA is seeking volunteers for prep work before field day and then the day of.

2023 Field Day Event

If you are available to help make and distribute popcorn, have a knack at snow cone making, have awesome skills at face painting, or have a passion for DJing – we need YOU!!

To volunteer for field day, you must be cleared to volunteer by the District (it’s an easy form to fill out) and can be done by clicking on this link: ​​

If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Karen at

Island View 2023 Field Day - Fifth Grader Shirts (*action needed)

Fifth Grade Families only - Historically, fifth graders help run the show for field day as a milestone acknowledging their impending graduation. The PTA is working on ordering shirts for the fifth graders that have the Island View Eagle on the front and the names of the graduating class on the back. The PTA is also partially subsidizing the shirt so the cost to parents is $8 (youth sizes) and $10 (adult sizes). In order to get these shirts on time, we need to place the order by 15 April.

You can order and pay online (credit/debit card or cash/check), through the link below.


Alternatively, fill out the bottom of the form that came home with your fifth grader and send cash or a check made out to “Island View PTA” in an envelope.

Payment is due no later than April 15, 2023 (sooner would be better).

T-shirt Order Flyer

Island View 2022-2023 Yearbook

The PTA is diligently working on the 2022-2023 yearbook. Our Eagles have made a big impact already by choosing the yearbook covers (front and back). All other cover submissions will be featured in some way throughout the yearbook. This year, Island View PTA is using Treering as the yearbook platform. Softcover yearbooks will cost $19.00 and Hardcover will cost about $25.00. If you would like to purchase a yearbook, please do so by going to this link:


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

Earth Day Clean Up Event

Saturday, April 22, 2023 - 10:30 to noonish

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to give some TLC to Island View. Participants will meet up at the front of the school and will do debris pick up, light pruning, raking, and general upkeep for the school.

Earth Day Clean Up Event Flyer

If we have enough volunteers we will go around the school to clean up our kids playgrounds. We have gloves and garbage bags, but would appreciate it if volunteers could bring their own work gloves, rakes, and pruning shears if they have them. Snacks will be provided at this event.

Spirit Week and Be the Change Recap

Based on the creatively put together outfits and overall participation, I think we can call this year’s spirit week a success.

Spirit Week School Rainbow

The change drive was also a success, raising $600! The overwhelming vote from the classes was to donate the money to the Humane Society of Skagit County.

Earth Day Clean Up Event Flyer

Mr. Hanrahan, PTA representatives, and some students were able to make a special trip out there to visit with the animals at the shelter and personally deliver the school's donation. It was great to see the impact our change drive will be able to make!

Earth Day Clean Up Event Flyer

Special thanks to everyone who helped out and made spirit week possible! Also, a special thank you to Pet Place Market for their donation of dog food and toys for the Humane Society, and Mr. Hanrahan, teachers, and staff for their support of the change drive and daily themed participation (which the students loved to see!).

I Love to Read Month Recap

Camp Read-a-Lot Family Fun Night was a blast!

Camp Read-a-Lot Image

Our kiddos read by flash lights in tents, picked up some great books at the book swap, ran a tent maze, went fishing, tossed marshmallows, and sang along to campfire songs! It was amazing!!

Camp Read-a-Lot Image

Thank you for taking the time to come together, Eagles!

Camp Read-a-Lot Image

Also a very, very special thank you to the leaders who brought this event all together— Hannah Davis, Stacey Mahoney, Amber Fry, and Emily Wray.

Camp Read-a-Lot Image

Nominations for the 2023-2024 School Year

Deadline to nominate is April 21, 2023

Are you interested in getting involved in a leadership position within the PTA?

A nominating Committee has been elected to hunt for the best candidates to fill the officer positions for the 2023-2024 school year.

Call for PTA Officer Nominations

Every position is open for nominations every year so if you are interested in the President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer positions, fill out a nomination form. Self-nominations are completely encouraged!

The deadline for submitting recommendations for nominations is April 21, 2023. The nominating committee will submit a nominating committee report by May 1st. We will be electing officers at the May 2023 meeting (May 16th).

If interested, please contact any member of the nominating committee (Karen Denny, William Zottneck, and Nicole Johnston).

Next ISV PTA Meeting

As we head into the second half of the school year, the PTA anticipates many opportunities to engage with the school community to help our kids have memorable experiences.

Some examples of future volunteer opportunities include one or more work parties to prepare the Island View Garden for planting, Field Day, the spring Walk & Wheels event, and the 2023 Color Run.

Consider joining us in person or virtually at the next PTA meetings or if you are interested in volunteering for any of these events, please contact us at,, or and we’ll connect you with the Project Chairperson.

Our PTA meeting this month will be on Tuesday, April 18 in the Island View Library, from 6:00-7:00pm. If you can’t make it in person, you can join us through Google Meet with the link below!

Meeting Link

Phone Number:
(US)+1 417-719-7652
PIN: 297 052 320#

Here's the link to join the PTA:

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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