August 30, 2019

A Message from Principal Baynes

Student Emergency Kits

Emergency Kits are created by families each year. You may reuse your kit from last year. For each child in your family attending Sunny Hills, provide a quart size plastic zip lock bag with one or two small snacks, a drink if you think your child would like one and possibly a sweet treat. Pictures below are included. In addition to the food, we ask that you print off, complete and include our Parent Reunification sheet for each parent. You can access that form here. To understand our process, click here and here. Some families also keep a completed form in their car as a back-up. Having this form completed with your id will expedite our process should an emergency occur.

The Reunification Location for Sunny Hills will be PLMS. We worked with First Responders to develop this plan. Our local police have asked that should an emergency occur, families wait in the QFC parking lot for law enforcement to give them directions on picking up their child or children. The Sunny Hills parking lot will be open to First Responders and ISD administrators only.

You may bring your Emergency Kit to Meet the Teacher or to Curriculum Night. You will see a bright orange Home Depot bucket and a sheet of labels. Place your Emergency Kit in the bucket. Move the label with your child's name on it from its original sheet to the sheet marked "I've turned in my kit". That will help us track who has completed this task and who has not.

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Upcoming Dates

  • September 3 - Meet the Teacher and Back-to-School Doughnuts, 9:30-10:15. a.m.
  • September 4 - First Day of School for Grades 1st - 5th, 9:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • September 4 - 6 - Kindergarten Family Connection Meetings
  • September 9 - First Day of School for Kindergartners, 9:15 a.m.-3:40 p.m.
  • September 12 - Curriculum Night


Please save the date for our upcoming Curriculum Night.

5:00 - 5:30 Principal session

5:40 - 6:10 3rd - 5th grade

6:20 - 6:50 K - 2nd grade

7:00 - 7:30 Principal session

While our Family Tour and Meet the Teacher days are open to families, Curriculum Night is an opportunity to connect directly with parents to talk about the upcoming year of learning. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide supervision for students during this event and we ask that you make other arrangements for your children. We look forward to seeing you!

Who is your child's teacher?

Classroom assignments go live today after 5:00 pm Please log into Family Access to find out which fabulous teacher your child will be assigned to this year.


2019-2020 bus route information (stops, times, and route numbers) are now available via E-link.

***ISD families will not be receiving postcards with student bus information this year. You must login to E-link to find your student's bus information.***

Start on the ISD Bus Info page for complete instructions:


If you'd like to volunteer this year, we strongly encourage you to go through the online Volunteer Application System as soon as possible.

All volunteers must go through this process. If you volunteered last year, you will still need to visit this site and update your application for this year. Please know that verifying applications can take a long time at the beginning of the school year.

Please know how much we value your time. Our volunteers help make Sunny Hills such a great school! Thank you.


If your family requires financial assistance with school meals and you would like to apply for free or reduced-price lunches please click the following link to fill out an online application:

If you prefer a paper application, you may print one from the district website at Click on Family Resources/Free & Reduced Lunch Program. An email with this information will also be sent to the email address that is on file with the district. If you have trouble filling out the on-line application, you may pick up a paper copy at your student’s school office or call the Food Service office for assistance at 425-837-5064.

If your student qualified for free or reduced lunch at the end of the last school year they remain approved until the first of October. However, you must submit a new application if you wish to continue receiving benefits for the remainder of the year. If you are awaiting approval, please send money or a lunch for your student until your qualification has been determined. Once your application has been processed, a letter with the results will be sent to your primary address on file.


The Highly Capable Program Referral Window is Open September 1st through September 15th

Referrals of students to determine possible eligibility for the Highly Capable Program will be accepted online beginning September 1 through September 15.

*Please note, all kindergarten students will be screened this fall to determine eligibility for further testing for possible selection into the Highly Capable program.

The District’s referral procedure may include screening procedures as allowed by state statute. Please go to the Highly Capable website for further information and to access the online referral questionnaire and referral form. Individuals making a referral must use the District provided online referral form. The following exceptions will apply:

  1. Referrals will not be accepted for students who were tested for the Highly Capable Program in the previous school year.
  2. Referrals for second grade students will not be accepted as testing for these students will occur mid-year.
  3. Referrals for students new to the district who enroll after September 15 will be accepted for ten (10) school days from the enrollment date.
  4. Students new to the district enrolling after the Highly Capable fall testing window who meet the screening criteria will be assessed prior to the beginning of the next school year.

Students may be referred by individuals including teachers, other staff, parents, and members of the community.


Preliminary Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) scores from spring 2019 are now available and can be located on the Family Access page of the ISD website. Parents should click on the Viewing Score Reports in Family Access link on the right side of the page to find their child’s SBA information. Information on interpreting the report can be found on the ISD SBA webpage.


City of Sammamish officials joined with the Issaquah School District’s Board of Directors and administrators for a ceremonial groundbreaking on the land upon which the District’s newest elementary school will be constructed. The school will be located on the Issaquah Pine Lake Road on a portion of a 13-acre site known locally as the Volpe property. The school will be built to house up to 650 students with 24-26 classrooms. Keep up to date on our progress on this and all of our 2016 school bond construction projects on our website.



While you are out gathering supplies for the upcoming school year, please also help a child in need. You can help by donating a school supply kit, backpack, or both here:

Support the Issaquah Schools Foundation

Step up to support your community by engaging with the Issaquah Schools Foundation! When enrolling your child through the back to school enrollment verification process this summer, please consider a donation to the Foundation. Your support fuels vital programs including after school homework help, artistic support, STEM/Robotics clubs, snack/lunch support, teacher grants, and more. Learn more at

What is the Issaquah Schools Foundation?

The Issaquah Schools Foundation (ISF) was founded in 1987 to provide materials and program support to the Issaquah schools.

It is an independent, non-profit, 501 C (3) organization dedicated to providing for unmet program needs in the Issaquah School District and helping young people successfully learn, stay in school, maximize their potential and prepare for life. To accomplish this goal, ISF raises dollars from public and corporate supporters and awards those dollars to worthy student and school programs.

The Foundation channels resources directly to neighborhood schools, and ideas for changes in education and funds necessary to make it happen come directly from you - the community.

If you are interested in getting involved with ISF please contact: or call 425-391-8557.

Check our Peachjar community bulletin boards!

Sunny Hills Elementary partners with Peachjar, an online bulletin board system, to help families see all the opportunities happening with community partners in the greater ISD community.