NEWS


Get ready to join us Under the Sea! The winter book fair is scheduled for February 2nd-6th in the Apollo library.  Every student will get a chance to shop the book fair during their scheduled library time.  Kids may also Explore an Ocean of Books at select recesses, after school, and during the PTA‘s multicultural celebration on Friday, February 6, from 5:30- 7:00 pm.

The book fair's success depends on wonderful volunteers like you! Please take a look at our online sign-up and feel free to take a shift during your child's library or recess time.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aa8a92eabfe3-winter

 

HOW DOES THE BOOK FAIR BENEFIT APOLLO??

Last year Apollo earned over $9,000 in Scholastic Dollars, which are used like cash to buy Scholastic products.  Here is a breakdown of how we are using these Scholastic Dollars:

  • $1,500….To buy Library Books
  • $1,500….To buy Books for RAH (Reading At Home)
  • $500….To buy MAH prizes (Math At Home)
  • $3,500….Each Classroom teacher gets $100 to buy books for their classroom
  • $1,000…Gift Certificates for Teachers and Volunteers who participate in the Book Fair

Thank you for giving our teachers and students access to great books by supporting the book fair! Please direct any questions to bookfair@apollopta.org.



Become an Apollo PTA Member Today!

It’s never too late to become an Apollo PTA member.  Simply click: https://apollopta.ourschoolpages.com/Packet/Donate. With your paid membership, each family will receive an Apollo Rockets car cling as our thank you to you for supporting your Apollo PTA.

The PTA rallies parents and teachers together to provide a voice for the best education for our students. The Washington State PTA is the largest volunteer association dedicated to the education, health, welfare, safety of all children in Washington State. When you join PTA, you support local, state and national efforts to improve the lives of children and their families.

 




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 nstewart425@gmail.com.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B4AA8AA2BA46-Apollo

*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!

 


Elementary Testing

What assessments/tests are given to our elementary students? Do I have my student study for these tests?
How do I address my student’s anxiety about tests?

Come listen to our speaker as she will answer these questions and any other questions you may have! The presenter will cover all tests that will be given to elementary students K-5. !Specifically the Smarter  Balanced tests, tests that include the Highly Capable Testing process, and any other tests.

Join us on:
Monday, February 9th, 2015 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Grand Ridge Elementary - Library
1739 NE Park Drive Issaquah, WA 98029

Debra Hawkins, Director of Assessment & Research
For additional information please contact pcooper00@gmail.com

Discussion is open to all Issaquah School District Elementary parents



Apollo Reflections Finalists Advance to the State Level

Congratulations to Apollo's two District Reflections Finalists!  Their artwork will be advancing from the Issaquah District level to the State level.  We're proud to have Apollo represented in this National PTA art competition!

  • Kiana Graves (1st grade) - "When Everyone Has A Happy Home" (Visual Arts category)
  • Benjamin Smith (5th grade) - "Curiosity"  (Music Composition category)



RAH and MAH Targets!

Read at Home (RAH): Earn 1 free book per target level, Monthly RAH book giveaways during 2nd recess
Math at Home (MAH):  Earn 1 raffle ticket per target by grade level; raffle for prizes in Feb and June

Minutes are on-going and accumulative from October-May.

For more information:


Artsonia


Apollo student Artsonia "Artist of the Week" Finalist

Aiden Teng's clay pinch pot has been nominated for Artsonia's "Artist of the Week".  Please click on the following link below and vote for his masterpiece daily between now and 9PM - Saturday, January 17th. 



The winning artist receives a $50 gift certificate to Blick Art Supply and Apollo's Art Docent program will receive $100 to Blick as well!

Link to vote: http://www.artsonia.com/aotw/vote/2/35623967

Congrats to Aiden from Miss Leitzke's 1st grade class!  

 





Attention Parents and Grandparents!

Have you ever considered how you will balance planning for retirement with saving for the kids’ education?  Are you too busy to figure out the difference between 529s and Washington State GET?  Would you like to know where to start?  Come to our PTA meeting and we’ll delivery what you need to know from a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.  Elizabeth Peterson, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley in Federal Way, will take us through a workshop that gives you what you have been meaning to address.  Please bring the Grandparents!

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 10 @ the Apollo PTA General Meeting - 6:30pm- 8:00pm (School Library)

  • Walking the Line
    o   College for your kids vs. your Retirement
  • 10 Things Should Know about 529s
    o   Such as it’s the only Tax-Free College Savings Vehicle
    o   It’s not just for kids
    o   Tax benefit for Grandma/Grandpa/other “wealthy” family members
  • Comparing the 529 Options
    o   What do you need to know to pick your direction
    o   What is self-directed vs Advisor directed
    o   Explain WA GET vs Non pre-paid 529
    o   Common miss-conceptions
     

Biography
Elizabeth has 20 years experience providing financial services, with nine years in investments & planning at Morgan Stanley.  She advises hard working people, helping them to invest prudently and keep all their financial matters organized.   Seattle University is where Elizabeth earned her financial planning certification. She sat for the CFP® exam and obtained the designation in September 2006. This professional mark is indicative of those who have attained a higher education degree, have passed a rigorous exam, have met a minimum experience requirement and – most importantly – agree to embrace and adhere to a body of governing rules and standards, notably CFP® Board’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Financial Planning Practice Standards.  She also organizes workshops on Social Security, Medicare, Long Term Care, and workshops for women where all financial questions are welcome.  If you are interested in speaking about your money matters, don’t hesitate to reach out.  Contact information and helpful tools can be found on Elizabeth's website.

 



RESILIENCY: BOOST YOUR CHILD’S SUCCESS IN SCHOOL AND IN LIFE!

The Newcastle Elementary PTSA proudly presents an evening with award winning writer, editor and author Linda Morgan as she speaks on the topic of Raising Resilient Kids in an Indulgent Culture. At this free event, you will have the opportunity to learn why resiliency is important and what you can do to nurture this quality in your kids. Linda will plan to talk for about 45 minutes and then address questions during a (roughly 30-minute) Q&A session. We hope you will join us!

View the flyer HERE

WHEN:
Thursday, February 26, 2015 --
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Newcastle Elementary Commons

All parents of students in the Issaquah School District are welcome to attend!

 


 

   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!

 


 

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 fitness@apollopta.org for more information

 

Shop on Amazon?  Use Amazon Smile and benefit our children!
If you shop at Amazon, please visit smile.amazon.com, 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 ApolloPTA.org!

  • January 23
  • February 6
  • February 27
  • March 13

 
ANNOUNCEMENTS

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!



COMING THIS MONTH!

February 2-6:  Book Fair Under the Sea (School Library)
February 6:  Multicultural Night - 6:00pm- 8:00pm (Multipurpose Room)
February 9:  Elementary Testing - 7:00pm- 8:00pm (Grand Ridge Elementary - Library) 
February 10:  PTA General Meeting - 6:30pm- 8:00pm (School Library)
                       Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Peterson - Morgan Stanley
February 16-20:  Mid-Winter Break
February 26:  Linda Morgan Presentation - 7:00pm- 8:15pm (Newcastle Elementary Commons) 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL CALENDAR

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.

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Winter Book Fair
Winter Book Fair

Date:
Mon 2/2 - Fri 2/6
Where:
School Library

Aside from all the fabulous books the kiddos can purchase, the Apollo earns Scholastic Dollars. The Scholastic Dollars can be used to buy books directly from the Book Fair & Scholastic Catalog. Last year alone we were able to gift each classroom teacher $100 Scholastic Dollars, the Library $1,500, Math At Home $500, and Reading At Home $1,800. Thank you to everyone for supporting the Book Fair!
Winter Book Fair
Winter Book Fair

Date:
Mon 2/2 - Fri 2/6
Where:
School Library

Aside from all the fabulous books the kiddos can purchase, the Apollo earns Scholastic Dollars. The Scholastic Dollars can be used to buy books directly from the Book Fair & Scholastic Catalog. Last year alone we were able to gift each classroom teacher $100 Scholastic Dollars, the Library $1,500, Math At Home $500, and Reading At Home $1,800. Thank you to everyone for supporting the Book Fair!
7:00p Open PTA Board Meeting
Open PTA Board Meeting

Date:
Tuesday, February 3
Time:
7:00p - 8:30p
Where:
School Library
Winter Book Fair
Winter Book Fair

Date:
Mon 2/2 - Fri 2/6
Where:
School Library

Aside from all the fabulous books the kiddos can purchase, the Apollo earns Scholastic Dollars. The Scholastic Dollars can be used to buy books directly from the Book Fair & Scholastic Catalog. Last year alone we were able to gift each classroom teacher $100 Scholastic Dollars, the Library $1,500, Math At Home $500, and Reading At Home $1,800. Thank you to everyone for supporting the Book Fair!
Winter Book Fair
Winter Book Fair

Date:
Mon 2/2 - Fri 2/6
Where:
School Library

Aside from all the fabulous books the kiddos can purchase, the Apollo earns Scholastic Dollars. The Scholastic Dollars can be used to buy books directly from the Book Fair & Scholastic Catalog. Last year alone we were able to gift each classroom teacher $100 Scholastic Dollars, the Library $1,500, Math At Home $500, and Reading At Home $1,800. Thank you to everyone for supporting the Book Fair!
Winter Book Fair
Winter Book Fair

Date:
Mon 2/2 - Fri 2/6
Where:
School Library

Aside from all the fabulous books the kiddos can purchase, the Apollo earns Scholastic Dollars. The Scholastic Dollars can be used to buy books directly from the Book Fair & Scholastic Catalog. Last year alone we were able to gift each classroom teacher $100 Scholastic Dollars, the Library $1,500, Math At Home $500, and Reading At Home $1,800. Thank you to everyone for supporting the Book Fair!
6:00p Multicultural Night
Multicultural Night

Date:
Friday, February 6
Time:
6:00p - 8:00p
Where:
Multipurpose Room

Be sure to join this very popular annual event at Apollo that celebrates our different cultures. And don't forget to check out the Book Fair as well!
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