Issaquah Valley Elementary School’s ‘guardian angel’ wins state award

July 1, 2014

Suzie Kuflik receives $500 check from WEA

Suzie Kuflik received statewide recognition May 30 from the Washington Education Association Minority Affairs and Human Rights Committee, for bringing the Angel Program to Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The award came with a $500 check, which Kuflik donated to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, where she frequently volunteers.

Among her efforts to better the Issaquah community, Kuflik created the Angel Program to pair students in need with “adopted families.”

Those families are given the age, size and gender of their child to provide basic necessities, though many donate additional gifts. The Angel Program’s work has inspired other schools in the Issaquah School District to adapt the program to help more students.

By Rachel Osgood Suzie Kuflik (left) is presented with a $500 check by Stephen Miller, vice president of the Washington Education Association, as part of a state award. She then donated the check to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

By Rachel Osgood
Suzie Kuflik (left) is presented with a $500 check by Stephen Miller, vice president of the Washington Education Association, as part of a state award. She then donated the check to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

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Diane Holt to leave Issaquah Valley Elementary School, take survey to help find new principal

June 26, 2014

NEW – 11:40 a.m. June 26, 2014

Diane Holt, the principal at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, has accepted a new job with the Federal Way School District.

Holt, principal at Issaquah Valley for the past five years, will be the new director of leadership support for Federal Way schools.

She has been working for the past year to become a nationally certified principal mentor, and the position in Federal Way will allow her to put those skills into practice, Holt said in an email to Issaquah Valley families.

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Local boy gets golden opportunity with McDonald’s trip to the World Cup

June 17, 2014

John Carroz took his 9-year-old son J.K. to get passport photos in early May.

“Are we going somewhere?” an inquisitive J.K. asked.

“Uh, no, it’s a Mother’s Day gift,” John responded, trying his best to hide a secret of epic proportions.

By Greg Farrar Sounders FC goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann (left), Eastside FC player J.K. Carroz, 9, and Ronald McDonald pose for publicity and family photos at local owner Alan Finkelstein’s Gilman Boulevard McDonald’s restaurant after the unveiling of a banner with the surprise travel prize for Carroz.

By Greg Farrar
Sounders FC goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann (left), Eastside FC player J.K. Carroz, 9, and Ronald McDonald pose for publicity and family photos at local owner Alan Finkelstein’s Gilman Boulevard McDonald’s restaurant after the unveiling of a banner with the surprise travel prize for Carroz.

The cat was finally let out of the bag June 11, when, in front of family, friends and Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, J.K. learned he won a trip to the World Cup in Brazil courtesy of McDonald’s.

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To the Editor

June 17, 2014

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Salmon Days logo

Issaquah Press masthead took me back to glorious days

I love The Issaquah Press logo of the June 11 edition and its celebration of the new Salmon Days logo.

Seeing it reminded me of the glorious days of the ‘60s and ‘70s when everyone, it seemed, took a stand on important social issues; where student activism helped to end a war, environmental awareness led to a bipartisan vote to establish the Environmental Protection Agency (imagine, brought to us by a Republican President — Nixon — and ratified by the House and the Senate, ah, the days). Women started seeing themselves as more than just window-dressing and demanded equal treatment, and the whole concept of healthy, sustainable living was nurtured.

Let’s hope the new logo inspires similar activism and continues to broaden our vision of what we can achieve.

Kathy Swoyer

Issaquah

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Apollo, Issaquah Valley budgets revised

May 27, 2014

The ongoing construction projects at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools had details revised for a third time at the Issaquah School Board’s May 14 meeting.

A revised contract of $10,318,949 was approved at the meeting, an increase of $141,622 from the previous amount. Babbit Neuman Construction Co. is the contractor on the two schools.

The revisions include changing storage rooms into small instructional spaces, sound-system changes in multipurpose classrooms, and the addition of call buttons in classrooms and activity spaces at both schools.

The revised contract total is within the board’s original budget.

Federal waiver loss could affect schools

May 20, 2014

Last month’s U.S. Department of Education decision to revoke Washington state’s No Child Left Behind waiver is starting to filter down to school districts and individual buildings.

At the Issaquah School Board’s May 14 meeting, officials discussed the loss of the waiver, which was officially announced April 24. Washington had been one of 43 states with the waiver, allowing it to deviate from NCLB, a nationwide accountability system for public schools that has been in place since 2001.

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Issaquah educators receive grants

May 13, 2014

The East-King School Retirees’ Association recently presented grants to a pair of Issaquah School District teachers.

Jane Brammer, a kindergarten teacher at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, will receive money to purchase “Reading Like a Writer” mentor texts for her classroom.

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Go all-in for Issaquah Valley Elementary School at poker tournament

May 9, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 9, 2014

Have fun and play poker for a great cause at a Issaquah Valley Elementary School PTA fundraiser May 10.

Purchase a seat for $50 in a no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament. Half of the buy-in goes to the school’s PTA. The other half goes to the prize pool. There will also be a few other great prizes up for grabs.

The fundraiser is at the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge No. 1843, 765 Rainier Blvd. N., behind the Issaquah Darigold.

Check-in/buy-in is at 5 p.m. with happy hour and food. An optional poker lesson is at 5:30 p.m. and cards are in the air at 6 p.m.

Local schools could lose budget flexibility

April 29, 2014

The Issaquah School District is likely to lose some flexibility in budgeting next year.

State officials announced April 24 that Washington would lose a waiver it has been receiving from the federal government which allowed the state flexibility under portions of the No Child Left Behind law.

Under the law, 100 percent of students need to be at their grade level standard in both reading and math by this year. For the past few years, the federal government has granted more than 40 states waivers from the requirement.

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Schools honor top volunteers

April 8, 2014

Issaquah School District Golden Acorn and Outstanding Advocate Awards were recognized at a reception at Swedish/Issaquah on March 25.

Golden Acorns are presented, by a local PTA unit or council, to volunteers in recognition of their dedication and service to children and youths.

Since the beginning of the program, more than 44,000 Golden Acorns have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington state. A contribution in the name of the recipient(s) is made by the honoring PTA to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program. From these contributions, WSPTA is able to provide grants to freshman students entering post-secondary education.

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