ParentWiser Presents ...
ParentWiser and Influence the Choice partner to bring TEEN VAPING presented by local substance use expert Jerry Blackburn, April 25th 7pm at Issaquah High School.  For PARENTS ONLY of grades 5-12. Free attendance. Register at http://ParentWiser.org.   Reduce Academic Stress w/o Sacrificing Achievement. This interactive workshop helps parents focus on your child's needs while growing up, establish a healthier home environment, and increase your child's resilience, creativity, and well-being. May 6th 7-8:30pm at Skyline HS, or May 7th 10-11:30am at Kidstage Village Theatre in Issaquah.  For parents of K-12; free for PTSA members in Issaquah School District, $10 donation for ... read full article
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Presidents' Welcome LetterLalitha Sanders8/5/20189/14/2018
Presidents' Welcome Letter
Welcome to the Sunny Hills PTA. We look forward to another year of quality programs and events designed to enrich our children’s learning and provide fun & engaging opportunities for families to connect. Our mission is to support and advocate for our children by partnering with staff, families, and the wider community to create a safe and healthy learning environment where students can excel and feel confident in themselves. This year’s theme is " Join the Mustang Herd" . In partnership with our amazing teachers and staff, the PTA offers many ways for families to get involved. From simply becoming a ... read full article
Science Fair STEM Family NightLalitha Sanders3/16/20193/21/2019
Science Fair STEM Family Night
Fair Project Drop offs: Wednesday, March 20th between 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Science Fair Family Night : Thursday, March 21st 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Explore the over 100 projects Sunny Hills student scientists have been working on! Then continue being curious with interactive displays from our very own Sunny Hills STEM teacher family activities and exhibits from UW Earth & Space, Digipen, FISH, Oxbow Farms, Plateau Water, High school Rocketry, Robotics and more! ... read full article
Eager Reader - RECAPLalitha Sanders2/24/20193/1/2019
Eager Reader - RECAP
Eager Reader is now complete. Thank you, parents and teachers, for encouraging your students to participate in this year's program. Students broke records this year with 612,857 minutes read and 2,090 prizes earned.  Way to go, Mustangs!  The final prize distribution and raffle draw will be done on 2/28. The final book distribution will be done on 3/1. Please email  Kavitha Peters  or  Fanny Dos Reis  with questions. ... read full article
Kindness Week!!Lalitha Sanders3/18/20193/29/2019
Kindness Week!!
We will be launching Kindness week March 25 th – 29 th ! We are putting our own spin on the nationally recognized Great Kindness Challenge . Kindness week fosters a culture of kindness, and provides opportunities for kids to show kindness to others. Each day will have a different theme and activity schedule in the lunchroom! Click  here to know more ... read full article
Thanksgiving Food Drive and Holiday Gift Drive – RECAP!Lalitha Sanders12/8/201812/14/2018
Thanksgiving Food Drive and Holiday Gift Drive – RECAP!
On behalf of the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, thank you for your donations to both the Food Drive and the Gift Drive!  The generosity of the Sunny Hills’ community never fails to amaze us.  The IFCB was incredibly appreciative of our school's willingness to give, as we delivered an abundance of food, gifts, money and gift cards for both drives.  We have truly captured the spirit of giving this season, and our donations will undoubtedly help make the holidays brighter for many families in our community.  Way to go, Sunny Hills’ families! ... read full article
ISD Parent EventLalitha Sanders9/29/201810/3/2018
ISD Parent Event
On Wednesday, October 3 rd , ISD is hosting a parent event called What Every Parent Wants to Know about the Issaquah School District .  The event is at 6:30 PM at Issaquah Valley Elementary.  This is event is for our families from diverse cultures and languages to learn about elementary, middle and high school in the Issaquah School District.  Interpretation will be available in Mandarin, Spanish and Korean.  To learn more, please click here . ... read full article
Meet the TeacherLalitha Sanders8/10/20189/4/2018
Meet the Teacher
Meet the Teacher,  Tuesday, September, 4th, 9:30-10:30am.  Afterwards, join Mrs. Lederman, Dr. McMillan & our PTA President @ 10:15am in the MPR. Join the PTA on the playground for Back to School Donuts and learn how to support your child's elementary school. New to SH?  Look for our New Family Meet & Greet Table. ... read full article
2018-2019 School SuppliesLalitha Sanders6/1/20188/28/2018
2018-2019 School Supplies
The PTA is pleased to be working with School Tool Box again to provide you with an easy way to get your school supplies for next year.  This is not a fundraiser, just a courtesy to help expedite the school supply process!  Just visit the SCHOOL TOOLBOX WEBSITE , and either log in, or click “Find Boxes Now” and enter ‘Sunny Hills’.  School supply kits for Kindergarten through 5 th grade are already populated with the required class supply lists for next year.  You can buy a box as is, or customize it to meet your specific needs.  All orders ... read full article
Eager Reader– RECAP!Lalitha Sanders3/5/20193/11/2019
Eager Reader– RECAP!
Eager Reader is now complete. Thank you, parents and teachers, for encouraging your students to participate in this year's program. Students broke records this year with 612,857 minutes read and 2,107 prizes earned.  Way to go, Mustangs!  Special congratulations to the following students whose names were drawn in the Eager Reader raffle: Kindle Winner: Leyla Angelidis - 4th Grade (Hall) Kindergarten $25 Amazon gift card: Sofia Ignatova (Sanelli) 1st grade $25 Amazon gift card: Glenmore Heilman (Hirt) 2nd grade $25 Amazon gift card: Avery Nevils (Lewis) 3rd grade $25 Amazon gift card: Sophia Romero (Vargas) 4th grade $25 Amazon gift ... read full article
Sunny Hills PTA 2019-2020: OPEN BOARD POSITIONSLalitha Sanders2/24/20193/15/2019
Sunny Hills PTA 2019-2020: OPEN BOARD POSITIONS
The 2019-2020 Nominating Committee announces the following slate of officers for election at this month’s GMM. President - Emily Loney and Stephanie Shipley Vice-President - Lisa Deily Treasurer - Amanda Rench Secretary - open Click  here  for position descriptions. Please contact  Kavitha Peters ,  Lalitha Sanders  or  Shariah Lennon  on the Nominating Committee for more information ... read full article
Eager ReaderLalitha Sanders1/6/20191/20/2019
Eager Reader
Our PTA-sponsored Eager Reader Program starts January 9 th !  Eager Reader is an optional 5-week reading program designed to encourage all students to read more outside of school by offering fun incentives and prizes along the way. Several classes are still in need of a parent volunteer to review weekly tallies and prepare prizes for distribution. If you would like to help with this important program, sign up here , or click  here  for more info. ... read full article
Scholastic Book FairLalitha Sanders9/24/201810/19/2018
Scholastic Book Fair
Our Scholastic “Enchanted Forest” Book Fair will run from 10/15-10/19 in the Sunny Hills’ library!  The Book Fair will be open mornings from 8:30-9:15 AM and afternoons from 3:40-4:15 PM.  For Wednesday's early release, we will be open in the afternoon from 1:30-2 PM.  Also, don’t miss our "Family Night" event on Tuesday from 6-8 PM, or our "Parent Shopping" event (before the General Membership Meeting) from 6-6:45 PM.  We are still in need of a few more volunteers, so please click  here  to volunteer, or  here   for more information. ... read full article
Vision and Hearing Screening Volunteers neededLalitha Sanders9/15/201810/10/2018
Vision and Hearing Screening Volunteers needed
News from the Nurse!  As required by state law, students at Sunny Hills will have their vision and hearing screened on Thursday, October 11 th for Kindergarten through 3 rd grade and 5 th grade students.   If your child wears glasses, please be sure they have their glasses at school for the screening on October 11 th .  Please sign up to volunteer here , or contact Biwei Dong or Jennifer Ling with any questions. ... read full article
ParentWiser Presents ...Lalitha Sanders4/16/20195/7/2019
ParentWiser Presents ...
ParentWiser and Influence the Choice partner to bring TEEN VAPING presented by local substance use expert Jerry Blackburn, April 25th 7pm at Issaquah High School.  For PARENTS ONLY of grades 5-12. Free attendance. Register at http://ParentWiser.org.   Reduce Academic Stress w/o Sacrificing Achievement. This interactive workshop helps parents focus on your child's needs while growing up, establish a healthier home environment, and increase your child's resilience, creativity, and well-being. May 6th 7-8:30pm at Skyline HS, or May 7th 10-11:30am at Kidstage Village Theatre in Issaquah.  For parents of K-12; free for PTSA members in Issaquah School District, $10 donation for ... read full article
Science Fair- Thank you!!!Lalitha Sanders3/23/20193/25/2019
Science Fair- Thank you!!!
Thank you to the Sunny Hills families for supporting the Science Fair and making it a huge success. We had nearly 120 science projects made by our budding scientists. All the projects were very creative and applied the scientific principles well. Congratulations to all of our budding scientists s for a job well done!  The Science Fair Family Night came together because our MANY VALUABLE Volunteers!! A big THANK YOU to Chichi Natarajan, Dharani Devarapalli, Fanny Dos Reis, Jennifer Tam, Joanna Figueiredo, Ke Xu, Lisa Deily, Patricia Brown, Rajesh Kulkarni, Shilpa Schuettenhelm, Thearany Eng, Yukari Yamano, the Ngatchou family, the ... read full article
ReflectionsLalitha Sanders3/18/20193/22/2019
Reflections
Congratulations to Arshia Fateh, who placed at the Washington State PTA Reflections competition! Arshia received an Award of Merit in the Musical Composition category. We are so proud of all of our Sunny Hills artists. Way to go, Arshia! ... read full article
General Membership Meeting – RECAPLalitha Sanders3/18/20193/22/2019
General Membership Meeting – RECAP
Officer elections for the 2019-2020 Executive Board were held, with the following unanimously voted into office. Co-Presidents: Emily Loney & Stephanie Shipley, Vice-President: Lisa Deily, Treasurer: Amanda Rench, Secretary: Heidi Kirchoff. Congratulations to our Sunny Hills PTA Recognition Award winners: Lisa Deily (Golden Acorn), Karin Danner (Outstanding Educator), Joana Figueiredo (Golden Acorn), Jaime Crothers (Outstanding Educator), Kendra Villasana (Golden Acorn), Biwei Dong (Outstanding Advocate).  THANK YOU to these amazing women for their exemplary and outstanding service to our children and community! ... read full article
Sunny Hills PTA 2019-2020: OPEN BOARD POSITIONSLalitha Sanders3/18/20194/1/2019
Sunny Hills PTA 2019-2020: OPEN BOARD POSITIONS
Join the 2019-2020 PTA Board of Directors! Board training and planning for the new year starts in the spring. All positions are one year and may be co-chaired.  Click  here  for descriptions or contact  Emily Loney  or  Stephanie Shipley  for more information.  Membership Director Communications Director Curriculum Support Director Fundraising Director Advocacy Director ... read full article
General Membership MeetingLalitha Sanders3/5/20193/14/2019
General Membership Meeting
Please join us Thursday, March 14 th for this important General Membership Meeting. All members are encouraged to attend officer elections and celebrate the hard work of this year’s Recognition Award recipients. Light refreshments will be served in the MPR at 6:30 PM prior to the start of the meeting. ... read full article
ParentWiserLalitha Sanders3/5/20193/28/2019
ParentWiser
Parent Wiser , in partnership with the Issaquah Schools Foundation, presents the LIKE film documentary & discussion across the district on March 25 th , 27 th or 28 th .  It features candid interviews with kids, teens, adults, and experts about the phenomenon of social media. Is it healthy? Is it harmful? Is it helpful? Let's discuss. For parents AND students grades 5-12.  Register and get more information here ... read full article
Fundraising: eScrip and Bartell'sLalitha Sanders2/24/20193/13/2019
Fundraising: eScrip and Bartell's
eScrip in Silent Fundraising Another Silent Fundraising Program to help Sunny Hills PTA earn money for amazing educational programs for your children is eScrip. All you do is sign up for a free account here , select Sunny Hills Elementary School, and register one or all your credit, debit, grocery loyalty cards and/or your phone number. That's it! Then, you can dine out  as you normally do, shop locally , shop on-line at your favorite stores, or book travel using your registered cards or phone number. Be sure to bookmark the eScrip link , add it to your favorites, and ... read full article
Yearbook Orders and Love LinesLalitha Sanders1/25/20192/15/2019
Yearbook Orders and Love Lines
Don't miss out and forget to purchase a yearbook for your child!  We will continue to sell "Love Lines" space for our 5th grade class which is available for $5, more information to come to 5th graders in kid mail this week!  You can secure a yearbook and "Love Lines" space via  LIFETOUCH , enter our school code  12225119,  and place your order! ... read full article
New to Sunny Hills? Come to the New Family Breakfast on 2/1!Lalitha Sanders1/25/20192/1/2019
New to Sunny Hills? Come to the New Family Breakfast on 2/1!
If you joined Sunny Hills since the start of the school year, we would like to invite you to a Meet & Greet especially for our new families! Please join us with your children on Friday, February 1 st from 8:30-9:10 AM for coffee and donuts. Sunny Hills’ Administers and PTA will be there to answer your questions and share information about upcoming events. Click here to register for this event. ... read full article
Power Packs – FOOD FOR THE WEEKEND!Lalitha Sanders1/25/20192/8/2019
Power Packs – FOOD FOR THE WEEKEND!
Sunny Hills is partnering with the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank to provide Power Packs – a free program that provides students non-perishable breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack foods for the weekend throughout the school year.  Students who sign up will receive a pack of food each Friday morning from our School Counselor, Celina Schulenberg.  Register to receive a power pack here , or you can reach out directly to Ms. Schulenberg with questions or to sign-up via email or phone: (425) 837-7438 ... read full article
Lunch for the Break – MID-WINTER BREAK FOODLalitha Sanders1/25/20192/8/2019
Lunch for the Break – MID-WINTER BREAK FOOD
Please sign up to donate food for kids in the Issaquah School District who will need it during our upcoming mid-winter break.  We still need 240 more boxes for mid-winter “Lunch for the Break!” Your box donation will help bridge the gap during school break when kids aren't getting help from the free and reduced lunch program. This time of year is especially difficult for families since it's so soon after the holidays and resources are limited.  Thank you for clicking here to help alleviate hunger in the Issaquah School district. ... read full article
After School MovieLalitha Sanders1/6/20191/23/2019
After School Movie
Mark your calendars! Monday, 1/7, registration will open for then next After School Movie! The movie will be shown Wednesday, January 23 rd . Pre-registered students can stay after school for a fun movie and treat with your $10 donation. Students voted on Friday and while it was a close vote, the PTA will proudly present Small Foot ! Pre-registration is required and will only be open January 7 th -18 th . Volunteer here ! Volunteers will receive free entrance and snacks for their children. ... read full article
WSPTA Focus Day – SHOW UP TO SPEAK UPLalitha Sanders1/6/20191/20/2019
WSPTA Focus Day – SHOW UP TO SPEAK UP
PTA members adopted a new set of legislative priorities focusing on all aspects of the health, safety, well-being and education of children – and 1.1 million students need YOU to be their voice on  Focus Day on February 11 th .  Join us in Olympia for a day full of advocacy. This is a great opportunity to come with your students, tour the capital, and meet your legislators. To learn more about the day, check out the blog post “ Show Up to Speak Up .” ... read full article
Dining for Dollars – ZEEKS PIZZALalitha Sanders1/6/20191/15/2019
Dining for Dollars – ZEEKS PIZZA
Here’s your chance to escape cooking AND to support your Sunny Hills’ PTA at the same time!  On Tuesday, January 15 th , Zeeks Pizza in the Issaquah Highlands will donate 20% of all sales to Sunny Hills PTA.  This offer is good ALL DAY and applies not only to dine-in eating, but also to deliveries and pick-up orders.  There is no flyer required, but you must mention the Sunny Hills fundraising event. It couldn’t be any easier to support Sunny Hills! ... read full article
Smile AmazonLalitha Sanders12/8/201812/31/2018
Smile Amazon
Did you know that Smile Amazon is the same Amazon you know?  But when you use Smile Amazon to make your Amazon purchases, you help Sunny Hills PTA to earn 0.5%-8.5% on all your orders at NO extra cost to you. Please log in here using your Amazon account and choose Sunny Hills Elementary as your “charitable organization”. Be sure to bookmark this link or add it to your favorites and use every time you plan to shop with Amazon. For more information visit our  website . For any questions, please contact Julia Ignatova ... read full article
Karate WestLalitha Sanders12/8/20181/4/2019
Karate West
On January 4, 2019, drop off your kids, ages 6 to 12, from 6 to 9 PM and enjoy an evening to yourself. This is a PTA-endorsed Parents’ Night Out at Karate West. Your child will have a pizza dinner and a fun-filled evening of games with an experienced staff. The cost is $35, and all proceeds support the Sunny Hills PTA.  Register early since space is limited.  Register  here .    ... read full article
PTA Awards NominationsLalitha Sanders12/8/20181/16/2019
PTA Awards Nominations
Every year, the PTA recognizes the outstanding work done by our fantastic volunteers and educators -- and we are looking for your recommendations!  Between January 2 nd and January 16 th , please click on the links below to nominate individuals in the following categories:  Golden Acorn Award  (promoting the health, welfare, safety, and education of all children and youth in the home, school, community, and place of worship),  Outstanding Advocate Award  (providing active support for our children, community and causes), and  Outstanding Educator Award  (going beyond the normal expectations of his/her job to make outstanding contributions to enhance the ... read full article
Parents Night Out - Karate WestLalitha Sanders11/27/201812/7/2018
Parents Night Out - Karate West
Drop off your kids (ages 6 to 12) on December 7 th from 6 to 9 PM and enjoy a night to yourself. This is a PTA-endorsed Parents’ Night Out at Karate West. Your child will have a pizza dinner and a fun-filled evening of games with an experienced staff. The cost is $35, and all proceeds support the Sunny Hills PTA.  Space is limited.  Register  here .      ... read full article
New from Nordstrom!Lalitha Sanders11/6/201811/20/2018
New from Nordstrom!
Don’t miss new Fall 2018 arrivals from your favorite designers at Nordstrom! Free shipping, pick up in store, a new "Nordy Club" Reward Program, the Nordstrom app, and more. Shop with Sunny Hills by using our silent fundraising link for Nordstrom and help Sunny Hills PTA to earn money! It costs you nothing, but Sunny Hills PTA earns money!  For more information visit our  Sunny Hills website .  For any questions, please contact  Julia Ignatova . ... read full article
Yearbook Cover ContestLalitha Sanders10/26/201811/30/2018
Yearbook Cover Contest
The Yearbook cover contest is happening now!  We're asking students to submit a picture that we will use as the cover for our Sunny Hills Yearbook. It's easy to participate – simply draw your favorite picture of Sunny Hills and drop it off in the Yearbook Cover Contest box in the main office by November 30 th  to have your drawing considered. The top entry will have their drawing featured on the cover of this year's yearbook!  First place winners in each grade level will have their drawing featured inside the yearbook in a special section! ... read full article
PTA Membership debunked!Lalitha Sanders10/26/201811/2/2018
PTA Membership debunked!
Are you holding back from becoming a member because you think that you must also become a volunteer? This is not true! Becoming a PTA member means you are showing your support for Sunny Hills and that’s all! We understand that every family is different, many households have both parents working, others have little ones at home and just wish they could fit a shower into their schedule. We can all show our support in different ways. You are not obligated to volunteer!  As a member, you support our commitment to provide the very best education possible for our students. ... read full article
Washington State PTA MeetingLalitha Sanders10/26/201811/2/2018
Washington State PTA Meeting
Washington State PTA legislative assembly meeting took place Oct 20 th and 21 st at Green River College in Auburn. Advocacy director Biwei Dong attended the meeting.  WSPTA advocates for every child, so that every child has a voice. During the meeting attendants debated, amended and voted on long-term resolutions that were brought last spring and voted on new short-term platform issues that WSPTA will focus on in the upcoming legislative session. 2018-2020 WSPTA top 5 issues: Social emotional learning School construction and simple majority for bonds Prevent gun violence Strategies to address the teacher shortage Strategic K-12 investments to ... read full article
Science Fair & STEM NightLalitha Sanders9/30/201810/25/2018
Science Fair & STEM Night
We are still looking for a co-chair for our annual Science Fair and STEM night in March.  The goal of the Science Fair is to encourage students to explore science in a fun, relaxing environment and to share what they learn with their peers, teachers and parents.  Please contact Jennifer Tam with questions.  Thank you! ... read full article
Lost and FoundLalitha Sanders9/30/201810/11/2018
Lost and Found
We need one more volunteer who can help us to organize the Sunny Hills’ Lost and Found 1-2 times a month and who is available to help us with Lost and Found cleanup every other month between 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM. For more information, or to sign up, please contact Julia Ignatova . ... read full article
General Membership MeetingLalitha Sanders9/29/201810/18/2018
General Membership Meeting
Please join us at our first General Membership Meeting of the year on Thursday, October 18 th .  Everyone is invited to attend. PTA meetings are a great way to connect with other families, learn about upcoming PTA programs and events and hear from our Principal, Mrs. Lederman. Join us for refreshments in the MPR at 6:30 PM, prior to the start of the meeting at 7 PM. ... read full article
Spooky SpaghettiLalitha Sanders9/29/201810/25/2018
Spooky Spaghetti
Mark your calendars for our first PTA “family fun night” of the year: SPOOKY SPAGHETTI  is on Thursday, October 25 th from 6-8 PM! Bring the family, dress in your costumes, and enjoy dinner and a ghoulish good time! We will have a DJ, games and a bake sale! Please click here  for more information ... read full article
Gardening VolunteersLalitha Sanders9/3/20189/28/2018
Gardening Volunteers
Calling all gardeners or volunteers who just love to be outside helping children! We are looking for volunteers to assist classes with planting and maintaining flower and/or vegetable gardens with some of our K-5 classes. For more information, please contact Kathy Dunn . ... read full article
Emergency KitsLalitha Sanders9/3/20189/13/2018
Emergency Kits
Thank you to all the families who are turning in the Emergency Food Kits during Meet the Teacher today. The content in this kit will be provided to your child in times of emergency. We urge everyone to consider this a priority! If you are not turning in the kit today, please bring it to Curriculum Night on September 13 th .  For any questions, please contact Sharada Hosur or Silvia Panaro . ... read full article