Island View Elementary PTA

June 2023 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Island View Families:

It is remarkable to me that we have entered the final two weeks of school. We’ve enjoyed a great year of (almost) normalcy.

We once again had unrestricted all-school assemblies, music concerts, field trips, and a color run where all students could share the same starting line😊. We also had more volunteers in the building than we have had since COVID shut the schools. Next year—let’s shoot for even more!

I hope you have a relaxing and joy-filled summer. As an empty-nester, I long for those slow summer days of playing outside or beach combing with my boys. Savor the special moments.

Also, look for opportunities to keep your students academically engaged. Set aside reading time—both independent time and time together. Look for “math moments”—at the grocery store, driving along and counting signs, and giving math problems when you’re having fun (one fun example I remember with my youngest son: “if we each throw the baseball at one another every 15 seconds, how many throws will we do in five minutes?”). Finally, I hope you enjoy our incomparable forest lands and library. We are a blessed bunch in Anacortes.

I look forward to seeing you in the fall.

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

Brian Hanrahan

Message from PTA President

As the final month of the 2022-23 school year approaches, I would like to say thank you to everyone that has made an impact on our PTA and the school this year.

We have had some amazing events: family fun nights, restaurant takeovers, chocolate sales, I Love to Read month, and the Color Run just to name a few. Those wouldn't have been possible without the help of our hard-working, creative members. Thank you Molly Johnson, Amber Fry, and Stacey Mahoney for taking on multiple activities, having a vision and putting those to life. Also, thank you to our amazing Color Run planning team–Amy Begnal, William Zottneck, and Katie Schneider, we couldn’t have pulled off the Color Run event without you. Another shout out to Bryan Klein who does so much behind the scenes with his technological help.

There are so many others that have been active and involved and I want to say I appreciate you all.


Teresa Syms
Island View PTA President

Important Dates

June 1: Ice cream takeover @ Lopez Island Creamery (4-7pm)
June 6: PTA Meeting at 6pm (must have 10 or more to vote for the budget)
June 8: Island View Talent Show
June 13: Field Day
June 16: 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony

May PTA Meeting Update

At the May meeting, we had our yearly Board of Directors election. Thank you to our secretary, Katie DeBord, and treasurer, Angela McCormick for being on the Board this year. You guys were awesome.

Our Board for 2023-24 is:
President- Teresa Syms
Vice President - Karen Denny
Secretary - Stephanie Downey
Treasurer - Molly Johnson

Island View PTA Needs You

Island View 2023 Field Day - Volunteers Needed

Tuesday, June 13, 1:30-3:15pm @ Island View Elementary

Island View is holding its annual Field Day event on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 from about 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm. The PTA is seeking volunteers for prep work before field day and then the day of. 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!

2023 Field Day Event

If you can volunteer, please do so using this signup genius: 2022-2023 membership: Field Day 2023 (

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

5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony

Friday, June 16

5th grade families, please join us in celebrating these wonderful kiddos in the gym following the Moving Up Ceremony! 5th graders are encouraged to bring their year book and a white t-shirt (or 5th grade t-shirt) as we will have a table for yearbook signing and a table for t-shirt signing! We will also have cupcakes and a fun photo opportunity for families and friends! Along with the certificates given out, students will also be getting a hand made candy lei and a program to take home to mark this special occasion!

Any questions please contact Amber at

Hospitality Update

Teacher/Staff Appreciation week was full of sweet treats!

Teacher/Staff Appreciation week

Staff had survival kits to grab, a fun candy letter and fresh fruit in the lounge!

Teacher/Staff Appreciation week

Highlights were daily staff swag giveaways, a breakfast cart with coffee and light bites, and several boxes of Crumbl cookies to enjoy!

Teacher/Staff Appreciation week

Now we are counting down to the end of the year, I can't believe it! Hospitality would like to end the year with one last staff event! We will be making a summertime punch board for the staff and serving bagels the last week of school! We are gathering local gift cards to put inside the punch board for prizes, please check the link below to help! Hospitality would like to give a BIG thank you to all who donated this year, it's been so fun to treat the teachers and staff!

Any questions, please email

Scholastic Book Fair

Island View had a fantastic turnout for the Spring Book Fair and our Eagles bought approximately $15,000 in books (about the same as in previous book fairs). The proceeds from the Book Fair help Island View fund new books to keep the library’s stock healthy and relevant.

Island View 2022-2023 Yearbook

Thank you to all who purchased a yearbook! The Treering publishing service has sent the 330+ yearbook orders that were placed for Island View.

Yearbook Cover

If you haven’t ordered a yearbook, you can still do so by going to the below Treering link.

Standard softcover books can be purchased for $19 and hardcovers for $25. You may have to pay for shipping and handling but Treering will send the yearbook to your home.

Walk & Wheels Event - Recap

We had a great turnout at the Walk & Wheels event on May 3! Thank you to all who made it out to help and participate! We had over 120 students walk or ride scooters/bicycles to school and it was an awesome time!

2023 Walk and Wheel

Island View Color Run- Recap

We had over 300 registrants for the Color Run on May 13, thank you all!

2023 Color Run Before

The Color Run fundraiser resulted in over $5000 in proceeds that supports the educational programming at Island View Elementary including items like field trips, school plays, purchasing gym gear, and meeting other school needs.

2023 Color Run After

It also goes toward purchasing yearbooks, monthly popcorn days, supporting field day, and myriad other programs and initiatives.

Thank you Treva King for the video below.

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.

Island View PTA Needs You

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:


Next Year Volunteer Opportunities

With families moving into middle school and positions changing, we have many volunteer opportunities available for next year. Whether as a chairperson or just helping, we need you.

An example of a few positions open for next year include chairpersons for:

  • Family Fun Nights
  • Book Fair
  • Volunteer Chair

IMPORTANT: We also need someone with technology experience to help with the website, software, or other technology issues. There will be a full year to learn how everything works to ease the transition. Don't wait until the position is empty and then try to figure out everything on your own. If you have questions about what would need to happen in this role, please email

There are many more opportunities. If anyone is interested for next year, please reach out to Teresa Syms at

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