The Sunny Hills Elementary Fifth Grade Student Council organized a letter writing campaign to send notes to soldiers overseas as part of Operation Gratitude. The council planned, advertised, and oversaw the letter writing that took place during school recesses on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Students of all ages came out and wrote letters of kindness and good wishes to soldiers and veterans. Through the efforts of the Fifth Grade Student Council and their fellow classmates, Sunny Hills Elementary was able to provide more than 200 letters to Operation Gratitude.
The Beaver Lake Middle School Choir performed for the third time with the Sammamish Symphony on Sunday, December 7, as part of the Sammamish Symphony holiday event. All chorus members were very excited to be part of such a special holiday performance and enjoyed sharing the gift of music. The choir is a combined choir of seventh and eighth grade girls and sixth, seventh, and eighth grade boys led by Tina Worthington.
During lunches on December 8 and 9, Pine Lake Middle School students had the opportunity to try computer coding during the PLMS Hour of Code event. Students from all grades gathered in the computer lab and tried self-guided coding tutorials on the code.org website.
Sixth grader Aparna Krishnan decided to try coding during her lunch because, “My dad told me programming is interesting and he’s usually right about that stuff.” Fellow sixth grader Isabelle Toader shared, “Coding is really fun. You can make games and put your creative side to it. It’s such a fun way to learn.”
On the code.org website, students followed the Anna and Elsa coding tutorial and explored the beauty of ice. Students used visual code blocks to create snowflakes and patterns. These coding basics are the concept that computer programmers use every day and are the foundation to computer science.
The PLMS eNews noted, “The world today is surrounded by technology and no matter what field students choose to study, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works.” Aparna also shared why she sees the value in learning computer science, “High paying jobs involve computer programming. I want to make a lot of money when I grow up. This is a great opportunity to start learning how.”
In honor of the book fair at Creekside Elementary, fifth grade teachers dressed up as their favorite book characters from the Hunger Games on Spirit Day. Fifth grade teachers from right to left include: Nicole Tichauer as Effie Trinket, Kelly Samueloff as Primrose Everdean, Neal Pollock as Caeser Flickerman, Jessica Suarez as Katniss Everdean, Katie Tasa as Stylist Venia, and Carrie Alexander as Stylist Octavia.
At the District’s annual Nurses’ Breakfast and Raffle on Friday, December 5, the Issaquah Schools Foundation helped meet an increasing need by donating $8,500 to the Issaquah School District Nurses’ Fund.
This special fund allows ISD nurses working with students and families to assist students and families struggling to pay for basic necessities, such as utility bills, medical attention and supplies, food, and clothing.
Along with the major donation from the Issaquah Schools Foundation, the nurses and Administration Building staff contributed an additional $2,627 through a basket raffle to bring the total donation to $11,127.
Pictured from right to left: Jan Stromgren, District Nursing Services Specialist, and Barb de Michelle, Issaquah Schools Foundation.
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