Does your child have aspirations to be on stage? Auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s rendition of "Princess and the Pea" will be held for Apollo students K-5th grade on Monday, January 12th.

Important information about this program:
*  Auditions are January 12th from 3-5:00.
*  Not every child who auditions will be cast in the show; there will be between 50 & 60 spots.
*  The cost is $25 per child who is cast in the show (max $45 per family).
*  Rehearsal Schedule: Mon. 5:30-7:30, Tues. 3-7:30, Wed. 1-5:30, Thurs. 3-7:30. There is a 30 minute dinner break each day.
This is subject to change. An exact rehearsal schedule will be given out after auditions.  Not all students will be involved in every rehearsal session.
*  Students MUST clear their schedule all week to practice after school.  Students will not be excused from rehearsal or performances for any practices, games, music lessons, appointments., etc.
*  Performances will take place on Friday January 16th, one during the day as a school assembly, and one in the evening.
*  All performers will be out of class all day Friday Jan. 16th for dress rehearsal and performance.
*  All rehearsals and performances will take place in the Apollo MPR.
*  No advance preparation is needed, just come ready to have a good time!
*  We are in need of families to volunteer to host the 2 directors for the week.  They each need their own room, but can be placed with 2 different families if necessary. 

Questions? Contact Myrriah Hayden 425-277-5758  


Thank you to all parents who have joined Artsonia, the world's largest online student art museum.  We still have 245 students whose parents have not signed up for Artsonia.  When you sign up, your child will have access to a free, private online art gallery that you may share with your family around the globe!  Please email with your student’s name(s), teacher, and your preferred email (up to two addresses), and we will set up your account.  After receiving an email from Artsonia, activate your account.  We have 133 accounts that have not been activated.  Most of your children have artwork waiting for you!  Click on those Artsonia emails in your Inbox and activate today!  



   Issaquah Schools Foundation PTSA Newsletter Blurbs – December 2014

3 Ways to Shop and Give this Season
Give great gifts and support great education when you participate in one of the Issaquah Schools Foundation business partner promotions. Thank you!

1) Glassybaby – These hand blown collectible tea lights and glass votive candleholders make the perfect gift for teachers, friends and family.  Through December 24, use code ‘ISF’ in-store or online and 10% of your purchase will be donated to the Foundation. Check out the Glasybaby Holiday Collection.

2)  Barnes & Noble—Give the gift of reading to a student from the Foundation’s VOICE Mentor or Pre-K Summer School Programs.  Next time you visit Barnes & Noble at Pickering Place, add a Holiday Book Drive purchase to your order. Books are available for as little as $3 at checkout. Promotion runs through December 31.

3) Fred Meyer – Whether you’re shopping for decorations, school supplies or groceries, your purchase can benefit your student when you participate in the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program. Link your card at Fred Meyer Community Rewards, then each time you shop, you’ll help improve educational resources for your child.

To obtain more information, CLICK HERE to read the December ISF flyer.

Apollo Elementary Geographic Bee

It's Almost Time for the 2nd Annual Apollo Elementary Geography Bee!

Do you know which continent lies entirely north of the Tropic of Cancer?  Apollo Elementary 4th and 5th graders will once again have the opportunity to answer questions such as the above when they participate in the fun and challenging National Geographic Bee! To qualify for the school bee, 4th and 5th graders will be participating in mini geography bee challenges in their individual classrooms during the month of December.  These classroom bees will determine grade level finalists for our school bee which will be held the afternoon of January 13th, 2014.

After the school bee, our school champion will have the opportunity to take a written test in an attempt to continue on to the state bee, held on March 27, 2015.  State winners are invited to National Geographic headquarters May 11th – 13th to compete in the national finals for scholarships and exciting prizes. The national winner receives a $50,000 scholarship, a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine, a Galápagos trip, and $500 cash!

Click HERE to learn more!


Apollo Reflections Finalists 2014-2015

"The World would be a better place if..."

Congratulations to all our Finalists!  Best of luck as your artwork moves forward to the next level in Reflections!

Name Title Division Category
Alexa Sevart What would make the world a better place Intermediate Film Production
Benjamin Smith Curiosity Intermediate Music Composition
Caitlin Anne Thornhill I’m Holding a Heart Intermediate Dance Choreography
Alexis Vorley Helping make the world a better place for animals Intermediate Literature
Ethan Doan The world would be a better place if there was no homelessness Intermediate Literature
Madhav Binu Beauty of Nature Primary Photography
Avery Chien More Educated Kids Means Better Lives Intermediate Photography
Kiana Graves When Everyone Has a Happy Home Primary Visual Arts
Dia Aggarwal Got Blood? Donate and Save Lives Intermediate Visual Arts
Nirali Anand No War! Intermediate Visual Arts
Manal Sherani Bird’s Unity Intermediate Visual Arts
Peter Wolska Gwozdz Renewable Energy Solutions Intermediate Visual Arts

A big thank you to Rick Edelman Photography for taking pictures at the Reflections Reception! His photos can be seen by clicking on the link below. These photos are available for downloading and printing.

Also Announcing…

WSPTA Reflections Award Winners 2013-2014

"Believe, Dream, Inspire"

Hannah Wand earned an Award of Excellence at the State level last year for her entry in the Intermediate Literature category titled “Purple Power”. Congratulations Hannah!



PTA Fitness Committee and Coal Creek YMCA bring you 'Fun Fit Club!'


Coal Creek YMCA The PTA Fitness Committee & Coal Creek YMCA have partnered to bring "Fun Fit Club" to Apollo. Starting October 20th, all students are welcome to participate in optional fitness activities on Monday afternoons during recess. Look for YMCA instructor James Terry on the playground and join in! Volunteers are welcome 1:30-2:40 PM. Contact for more information


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.

 Apollo PTA Popcorn Fridays

Popcorn Schedule

Easy way to earn FREE Popcorn: Log in your RAH or MAH minutes each month at!

  • December 19
  • January 9
  • January 23
  • February 6
  • February 27
  • March 13


National PTA names Apollo Elementary a 2014-2016 National PTA School of Excellence!

We are excited to announce that Apollo Elementary has been named a National PTA School of Excellence! As a National PTA School of Excellence, Apollo made significant progress to welcome and empower families to support student success and school improvements during the course of the 2013-2014 school year. We are one of only three schools in the entire state of Washington to receive this honor.

Apollo Elementary joins an elite group of schools recognized by the National PTA for its partnership with families through PTA to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

Thanks to the over 300 people who have already joined the PTA for the upcoming school year. Join today! All who join by September 30th will be entered into a drawing for a family dinner and movie night out ($50 gift certificate to Red Robin AND a $50 gift certificate to Regal Cinemas). Go Rockets!



Models Wanted for 'Parade of Countries Fashion Show'
We're looking for student models for our "Parade of Countries" Fashion Show taking place during Multicultural Night on Friday, February 6th.  Participants will get to model clothing representing a country of their choice and will also participate in a musical performance during the show’s finale.  If you're interested, please email Nadine Stewart @ or complete our form and return to your child’s teacher by December 12th.  **Please note, models will need to provide their own costumes and be able to attend one dress rehearsal.**

Apollo International Food Festival - Multicultural Night
Do you have a favorite family recipe passed down from generations before you?  Or maybe it's a traditional dish your family serves during special occasions, or one your culture is well known for?  Well we'd love for you to share it with your Apollo family at the Multicultural Night Potluck Dinner on Friday, February 6th from 6-8pm  We're looking for dishes from ALL cultures to complete our Food Festival.  The more countries represented, the better.

Please click on the link below to sign up to bring a dish or two to the potluck, and sign up early so we can plan accordingly.  For any questions, please contact Nadine Stewart at

*Multicultural night is a huge event so we will need as many people to sign up to bring a dish as possible.  For planning purposes, please sign up early.  More communications will follow later.  Thank you!


November 24 - December 5:  Giving Tree and Coin Drive
December 2:  Open PTA Board Meeting, 7:00-8:30PM, School Library
December 12:  Apollo Skate Night, 6:00-8:30PM, Castle Ice Arena - Renton
December 22 - January 2:  Winter Break!


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.

Dec 21
Winter Break
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Mon 12/22 - Fri 1/2
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Mon 12/22 - Fri 1/2
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Mon 12/22 - Fri 1/2
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Mon 12/22 - Fri 1/2
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Mon 12/22 - Fri 1/2
Jan 1
Winter Break
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Mon 12/22 - Fri 1/2
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Mon 12/22 - Fri 1/2
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Mon 12/22 - Fri 1/2
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Mon 12/22 - Fri 1/2
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Mon 12/22 - Fri 1/2
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