Feb 19
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break

Mon 2/20 - Fri 2/24
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break

Mon 2/20 - Fri 2/24
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break

Mon 2/20 - Fri 2/24
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break

Mon 2/20 - Fri 2/24
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break

Mon 2/20 - Fri 2/24
Mar 1
Group Class Pictures
Group Class Pictures

Tuesday, February 28
7:00p PTA Board Meeting
PTA Board Meeting

Tuesday, February 28
7:00p - 9:00p
1:00p Talent Show Tryouts
Talent Show Tryouts

Wednesday, March 1
1:00p - 3:00p
Read Across America & PTA Book Swap
Read Across America & PTA Book Swap

Thursday, March 2
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Night with the Stars! -- Annual Variety Show

Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 6:00pm

K-5th Graders!  Bring your best vocal, music, dance, magic, skit, etc. (2 minutes or less)

Students may only participate in ONE act, so make it count!

Wednesday, March 1 - 12:45 to 3pm (Held in the MPR)

All acts that come prepared to auditions will get to be part of the show.  No impromptu acts will be allowed.  Auditions are to preview acts for time and appropriate material.

Mandatory Dress Rehearsal:
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Parent letter/permission form AND all info e-mailed to director due by Monday, February 27th.  NO EXCEPTIONS

For more information, CLICK HERE or email the Variety Show Director: Rupy Kaur



Math In Action Challenge

The Math Challenge #9 is available online at

Be sure to participate for a chance to earn a prize on 3/17/2017. The challenge will be posted on 2/10 (Friday). Turn your submission to your teacher or to the school office. Due date is 2/16/2017 (Thursday) by 3 PM. Math Challenge #8 Solution is also available there. Please check.

Let the challenge begin!


Apollo PTA Food Drive

The Apollo PTA is holding a food drive February 6 - 10! We are asking each class to collect one type of food item.

Check THIS LIST to see what your child's class is collecting.

All food collected will support the "Lunch for the Break" program, which provides extra food for Issaquah School District students during school breaks.

Questions? Contact



Clothing and Textile Drive -- Start Saving Now!

We all have unwanted textiles that are out of fashion, not needed, or no longer fit. Instead of discarding surplus clothing and household linens, give them a second life through Clothes for the Cause. Hosting an easy and profitable clothing drive allows these items to be re-worn, recycled or repurposed for the good of your cause and our planet.

Save your donations now for our April 1st - 21st Fundraiser. The more we collect - the more we earn and will better the Earth!!!

Accepted Items
CLOTHING new and gently used. SHOES paired only. TOWELS, STUFFED ANIMALS, HATS, SHEETS, BLANKETS, QUILTS, BEDSPREADS, DRAPES, PURSES, BELTS...all items must be dry, clean and in a tied plastic bag.

*We cannot take glass, breakables, electronics, pet beds, bed pillows, carpeting, throw rugs, uniforms, or hotel linens or items previously for sale at a thrift store.

Any questions? Contact


Nominations for Apollo's 2017-2018 PTA Board!

The Nominating Committee is looking for recommendations for next year's 2017-2018 PTA Board!  Do you know someone who you think would make a great candidate?  Or perhaps you'd like to recommend yourself!  Nomination Forms and PTA job descriptions are available in the front office.  The deadline for nominations is March 20, 2017. 

For more information, please contact the Nominating Committee.  Laurelle Graves:, Amie Ojerio: or Michelle Nonis:



Apollo Kindergarten Play Dates

Do you have a Kindergartner starting at Apollo this Fall?  It is an exciting time, though full of unknowns for both parents and students. As Apollo PTA Parents, we are here to answer your questions while your Kindergartener gets to know their new peers!

Please join us for our summer play date series called KinderConnect.  It is the ideal opportunity to obtain vital information and contacts before the first day of school and also allows your child to socialize with other kids their age.  We will schedule at least two play dates, dates and times will be announced in the coming months.  You are encouraged to participate in either or both--come and go, just drop by or stay and play!

For more information, please click on the link below:



Thank You Missoula Children's Theatre and Volunteers!

Congratulations to the Missoula Children's Theatre and the Apollo families for a success production of The Tortoise and the Hare!  It was an exciting week all around and was made possible by Michelle Nonis and the Missoula committee: Jodi Ackerman, Marta Burnet, and Laurelle Graves. 

Also a big thank you to the numerous volunteers: Jen Bell, Valerie Buck, Catherine Burns, Katey Curtis, Jen Dosenbach, Kristi Hammond, Gretchen Handfelt, Madeline Haydon, Jenine Hoff, Christi Hughes, Brandon Leavitt, Heidi Leavitt, Rebecca Martin, Brandee Shillito, and Carmon Thumlert.

A special shout out to Mrs. Christensen, Mrs. Harris, and Mrs. Clausen for their tremendous support.


Nominate a Great Volunteer or an Outstanding Educator!

2016-2017 Apollo Elementary PTA Service Awards - Our PTA's highest form of recognition. Nominate someone who has put a lot of time and energy into our school!

  • Golden Acorn Award: for PTA volunteers who go above and beyond to support the students and school.
  • Outstanding Educator Award: for teachers, educational assistants (EAs), bus drivers, custodians, administrators or staff who go above and beyond.
  • Outstanding Advocate Award: for volunteers who advocate for children and youth at the school, district, state or national level.

Each winner receives an award pin and a special certificate from the Washington State PTA. The PTA also contributes $50 in the winner’s name to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to selected high school students entering post-secondary education.


The nomination deadline is February 14, 2017. Please return paper nomination forms to the office or  fill out the online form. Contact if you have questions. 



Multicultural Night Potluck & Fashion Show!

The DEADLINE to sign up for the Multicultural Night FASHION SHOW is Monday, February 6th.  Also we are still looking for people to bring food to the Multicultural Night potluck. 

Please click on the following link to sign up for both:

For more information, please contact Nadine Stewart or Kimbie Pope


Apollo Spirit Store is CLOSED!

If you had ordered spirit wear, we anticipate delivery of items the week of February 27th. 

Thank you for your continued support!



All for Books!

One of our book fair goals is to ensure as many children as possible have access to and receive books. One of the ways we can do that is through Scholastic’s All for Books program. With your help, donations will purchase books for our Reading at Home Program.

How it Works:
• Fill an envelope or plastic baggie with spare change or a donation in any amount.
• Return it to your teacher with the signed treasure chest donation slip (attached to the flyer that came home)
• Your donation is used to buy books for students at Apollo
• Your donation is matched by Scholastic to buy books for children in need.

Direct questions to
For more information on this program: About All for Books

CLICK HERE for the Book Fair Schedule




Reflections Art Contest 2016-2017: "What is Your Story?"

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.

Each year, Reflections challenges students to create art that supports a specific theme. A student may submit an entry in any of the following six art categories.

Your child doesn’t have to be a protégé of Monet, Gene Kelly or Steven Spielberg to participate… Reflections is for everyone!

CLICK HERE for more information

Questions?  Contact



Reading at Home (RAH)

Reading At Home (RAH) is a school-wide reading incentive program. Students can earn free books and free popcorn! Please log your student's minutes by the last day of each month! Click on the "Reading at Home" icon on the left side of this website to enter minutes.

For full information about the RAH program, READ HERE.

Questions? Contact



Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities!

This is a reminder that if you're planning to help out in the classroom or with any of the fun PTA activities this year, there's a registration process for the entire Issaquah School District. All volunteers must complete the District's online application and background check.

Here's a list of volunteer opportunities:




 Join or Renew Your Membership

Please be sure to JOIN or Log-in and RENEW your annual PTA Membership (Click the "Membership" button on the left) to access member benefits and support Apollo Students. Be sure to update your child's grade level and choose "unknown" for Teacher until classes are assigned.



Keep Clippin' Those Box Tops!

Thank you for a wonderful year of supporting Apollo Elementary and the Box Top collection program!! Don’t forget to keep clipping over the summer months!

As an incentive, for every sheet of 50 Box Tops your child turns in next September, they will receive a prize! Please make sure to clearly label the bag or envelope with the NEW teacher’s name and that none of the Box Tops are expired (they do not count). Each Box Tops is worth .10 to Apollo Elementary and they do add up quick!

the Box Tops Collection Sheet HERE.

To see more ways for your child to earn Box Tops for Apollo, go to
Thank you for your continued support!
Mindy Bick / Box Top Coordinator


Shop on Amazon?  Use Amazon Smile and benefit our children!
If you shop at Amazon, please visit, or click on the button in the left tool bar.  Make sure you add Apollo Elementary PTA (city listed is Tacoma) as your charity of choice.  Then, 0.5% of every qualifying Amazon purchase will be donated to our PTA, to benefit programs for our children!  Let’s take advantage of this easy way to raise money.

Does your company offer a corporate match program for nonprofit organizations?

Matching gifts are typically overlooked.   In 2012, The Chronicle of Philanthropy released a report entitled "How America's Biggest Companies Give." Two of the top 5 matching companies are right here in our community: Boeing and Microsoft. In fact, 65% of Microsoft employees request matching company contributions from their employer. Does your company have a matching gift program? If so, now is a great time to submit your Apollo PTA donations for matching.

Did you know that many employers will match your time, too? Apollo PTA has received over $7500 in contributions from our school family documenting and submitting their volunteer hours to their employer for matching this school year alone! What a great way to give back to our school AND have your employer support your child’s school.


Save yourself the hassle of the store and pre-order NEXT years school supplies today!  Simply click here and add the supplies list for the grade your kiddo will be in next school year to your cart.  A paper order form will be sent home Monday, June 2nd for those who prefer to pay by check (please make payable to “Apollo PTA”.  Paper orders are due Monday, June 16th and online orders June 23rd.

All school supply kits will be in your child’s classroom a the Back to School Event on September 2nd.