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If you have already ordered a yearbook for your student we will be handing them out to in-person students the week of June 14 at school. Remote families, please plan to drive by to pick up your yearbook on: Wed. June 16 between 12:00-3:40. 



 Please nominate an Outstanding Educator today!

This award is offered by the Washington State PTA Scholarship Foundation to recognize individuals who make exceptional contributions to the education of students. 

An Outstanding Educator could be a teacher, specialist, paraeducator, custodian, bus driver, staff member, or community member - any person who uses an innovative and diverse approach to directly influence the success of students. A donation is made in each Outstanding Educator's name to the WA State PTA Scholarship Foundation.  

Nominate an educator who has made an impact on your student!

The deadline for submissions is May 28th. 


Buy Brown Bear Car Wash tickets to support the Maple Hills PTA. Each ticket is good for a "Beary Clean" wash at local Brown Bear locations.















 General Membership Meeting

Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m.

via Zoom (see link below)


Documents for Meeting:

 Meeting Agenda

May Meeting Minutes

2020-2021 Budget Proposed

Standing Rules Proposed

Mission, Goals, & Membership Proposed


Maple Hills PTA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Membership: Where Did the Money Go?


What does PTA spend your money on? We use it on students, of course! 


When we have 1 adult per student membership ration, we have a greater impact when policies are being created at the state and national level. By signing up, your $15 single membership or $20 family membership also brings great discounts! Please know that just because you are a PTA member does not mean that you are required to volunteer! Don't forget to sign-up today if you haven't already.




Spirit Wear!


Our online store is now open to purchase all new items. All items will be shipped directly to your home for FREE! The store closes on September 29.








Update on Remote Learning Student Schedules

Dear ISD Families:

Over the past few months and in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, district leadership and our instructional, scheduling and safety work groups have been working to develop a robust and engaging online education experience for students. To that end, we can assure you that teaching and learning will look different this September than it did during last spring’s emergency remote learning. In collaboration with the Issaquah Education Association (IEA), we are excited to share with you what all students and families can expect this school year during remote learning.

  • Teachers will teach and connect with their scheduled classes daily
  • Teachers will deliver live instruction of essential learnings
  • Teachers will deliver asynchronous activities for students to apply their learning, which could include activities pre-recorded by the teacher or outside learning resources
  • Students will be expected to attend class and teachers will take attendance
  • Students will be provided weekly Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons
  • Students will follow a consistent school day schedule five days per week and it will include specialists (elementary) and electives (middle and high)
  • Teachers will use designated learning management systems (LMS) including Clever, Seesaw and Microsoft Teams (elementary) or Canvas (middle and high)
  • Technology will be provided to meet the needs of students and staff
  • Teachers will have daily built-in opportunities to reach out to individual students/families to support student learning
  • Teachers will be provided ongoing professional development to support the delivery of remote education

The first step to ensuring that we better serve students is crafting schedules that support the commitments above. Together with IEA and based on input from work groups and community, we have created daily schedules for elementary, middle and high school.


The sample schedules below illustrate the start/stop times of the school day, in addition to the variety of learning opportunities throughout the week. Specific aspects of your child’s individual daily schedule may look different. Teachers will share their class schedules with families prior to the first day of school. 

A few highlights of the elementary schedule include:

  • Live whole class experiences/meetings to start and end each day
  • Daily social emotional learning and community building activities
  • Regular PE, Music and Library specialist time
  • Opportunities for students to meet with other support teachers/staff (ex. SAGE, ELL, Title, Counselor, Special Education Teacher, etc.)
  • Recommended activities to promote physical, social and emotional well-being


Elementary Learning & Instruction Virtual Education (L.I.V.E.) Student Schedule

  • Whole class meets with Teacher/Specialist
  • Students engage in offline independent work time. Small groups of students may meet with teacher or support staff.
  • Recommended recess/break activities provided each week


Middle and High School

Aside from the robust opportunities the middle and high school schedules provide all students, additional benefits include:

  • A balance between screen time and independent off-line work each class period
  • Weekly Social and Emotional Learning lessons
  • Intentional scheduling to meet the required high school credit accrual
  • Alignment (as much as possible) to the typical school schedule

Please note: Gibson Ek High School will continue to follow an innovative and flexible schedule that focuses on personalized, real world, and project-based learning.

Middle School L.I.V.E. (Learning & Instruction in Virtual Education)


Issaquah High and Skyline High School L.I.V.E. (Learning & Instruction in Virtual Education)

  • GEHS will continue to follow an innovative and flexible schedule that focuses on personalized, real world, and project based learning.


Liberty High School L.I.V.E. (Learning & Instruction in Virtual Education)

While I recognize there are still many questions to be answered and details to share, I felt it was important to share these schedules and commitments with you as soon as possible. I will continue to keep you informed as plans and details develop. Thank you.

Superintendent Ron Thiele




ISD School Board Approves Full Remote Start for 2020-21


Dear ISD Community,

Issaquah Schools will start the 2020-21 school year in a fully remote learning environment. At its meeting last night, the Issaquah School Board voted to accept the recommendation I made earlier this week that we begin the year remotely. This decision was not easy for me, and it was not easy for the Board, but, in light of the current high rates of COVID-19 infection in our county, it is the correct decision for the Issaquah School District.

We understand the hardship this places on many of our families and on the many students who struggle to learn outside of in-person classroom instruction. Please know that we are committed to ensuring that all of our students have the best chance to succeed as we start the school year in these less-than-ideal circumstances. That is especially true of our youngest learners, students receiving Special Education, English language learners and students from low-income families.

In the coming days and weeks, District staff will continue the work of planning out how we will operate in this remote learning environment. As I’ve mentioned in other recent messages, our Reopening and Reimagining Schools Committee has already been hard at work developing these complex plans, and we are committed to providing a more robust and effective online learning system than we were able to provide under the emergency circumstances of the closure that ended the past school year.

Many details are still unclear, but please know that we are committed to providing you with the information your family will need to be successful as soon as we are able.

Thank you for your patience as we work through the many complicated questions we now face as a school system, and thank you for your partnership as we work together to protect the health of our community and to ensure success for ISD students in the coming school year.


Superintendent Ron Thiele













Photos taken during the 5th Grade Celebration can be found here: 


5th Grade Photos








Please take our end of year survey: 

End of Year PTA Survey 



















General Membership Meeting

We will have our next General Membership meeting on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.  We will be hosting on Zoom.  This is a very important meeting where we will vote on next years PTA Board and a budget.  



Topic: Maple Hills PTA Membership Meeting
Time: May 21, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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Maple Hills PTA offers online school supply ordering.  This is a great option for busy families.  Orders are delivered directly to your home.  The lists are built from the same supply list provide by Maple Hills Elementary.  The grade level pricing sheet can be found here.


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The 2020-2021 Nominating Committee places the following names in nomination for next year's Maple Hills PTA Board of Directors:

President: Korista Smith-Barney

VP: Jenny Kuspert

Secretary: Shannon Ratstetter

Treasurer: Jennifer Rinker

Director of Membership: OPEN

Director of One-Time Events (Family Events): Katie Knutzen and Lynne Gladney

Director of Ongoing Events: Erin Bombacie 

Director of Volunteers: Wendy Bateman

Director of Ways and Means (Fundraising): OPEN


 We are rescheduling our General Membership Meeting until Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.






Teacher Appreciation 


Jenny Kuspert is working on a special way to show our School family how much we appreciate them.  This year we are asking for handwritten notes or hand drawn pictures from families.  Jenny will organize and forward to Staff members.  You can include a gift card but must fit inside a regular envelope. Please mail by Friday, May 8! Please email for the address to mail your card.

Maple Hills Staff





Washington State PTA Recognizes Maple Hills PTA with Bronze Membership Growth Award


Maple Hills PTA has recently been recognized by Washington State PTA as a Bronze Membership Growth Award recipient! PTAs are presented with this award for enrolling at least one more member than the previous year’s total membership. That means our PTA is growing! Thank you to everyone who has become a member so far this year: YOU are the reason our PTA achieved this award! If you haven’t yet signed up for a 2019-2020 PTA membership, please consider joining today! By doing so, you are demonstrating your support for our PTA and all if does for Maple Hills Elementary.  




The last day to order yearbooks
is April 1!  Please order now!!
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The district has provided the following link to view digital resources for students: 





The Maple Hills PTA is sponsoring the Science Fair and Innovative Engineering Project event again this year.  If you would like to participate by submitting a project, please complete our Project Entry Form.  Projects can be individual or a 2 person team project.  Deadline to submit your entry form is Wednesday, February 12.


Family Engineering Night is Friday, March 6.

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Maple Hills Elementary


Maple Hills PTA is proud to present Family Engineering Night at Maple Hills Elementary.


Come and join the fun while building, experimenting and learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math!


The Museum of Flight will be bringing their Flying Contraptions and Whirligig Wind Tables and your very own Maple Hills teachers will be providing building and learning opportunities.


There will be a special appearance from the Pacific Northwest Droid Builders group and the Liberty robotics team, the Iron Patriots. 


We hope you will join us at our Family Engineering Night to see all of our students wonderful projects as well!! 

Please email Jason Ament at with questions.  











Box Tops is going paperless! 

Please see the information below on how to continue earning money for Maple Hills!