MONDAY MESSENGER
January 13, 2020
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UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
THIS WEEK:
  • Thursday, 1/16, 8:00 AM • BSD Middle School Jazz Festival

NEXT WEEK:
  • Monday, 1/20 • NO SCHOOL—Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Tuesday, 1/21–Friday, 1/24 • Finals Week
  • Wednesday, 1/22 • World Competency Language Testing
  • Friday, 1/24 • End of 1st Semester

LOOKING AHEAD:
  • Monday, 1/27 • NO SCHOOL—BSD Professional Day
  • Wednesday, 1/29, 11:40 AM • Staff Appreciation Chinese New Year Luncheon
  • Monday, 2/3–Friday, 2/7 • Book Fair (more info below)
  • Thursday, 2/6, 6:00 PM • PTSA General Membership Meeting
  • Friday, 2/7, 6:00 PM • Middle School Movie Night
  • Monday, 2/17–Friday, 2/21 • NO SCHOOL—Mid-Winter Break
  • Wednesday, 2/26, 11:40 AM • Staff Appreciation Luncheon hosted by 6th-Grade Families
  • Thursday, 2/27, 6:00 PM • 7th-Grade Parent Night
  • Friday 2/28, 6:00 PM • Bite of IS (more info below—note new date)
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP OUT

IS and the ISPTSA are currently seeking the following volunteers:

  • Scholastic Book Fair Volunteers, February 4-7
  • Bite of IS Food, Craft & Entertainment Volunteers, February 28
  • Two 7th-Grade Parent Representatives, current school year
  • On-call Volunteers, current school year

PTSA NEWS
JUST THINK HOW GREAT YOU'LL FEEL WHEN YOU FINALLY JOIN/RENEW ISPTSA!

We only need 100 more members! PTSA creates community at IS. As 5th-grade parents consider IS as a choice school, we like to be able to tell them that EVERY student is supported by a PTSA member. Please help us make this happen.  Don’t see your name on this list?   Then you need to renew or sign up here
THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION STARTS TODAY!

For the next 60 days, you can help get legislation passed that will improve the lives of all the children in our state. Legislators know that parents vote, that we are informed, and that we will insist that children in Washington are a top priority. Legislators respect PTSA.  

Parents, please do one of the following: 

1.   Get Action Alerts  (so easy!)
During this Legislative Sessions, these action alerts are quick, easy ways to communicate with our legislators on active topics.  Click here to sign up for action alerts.

2.  Attend Focus Day in Olympia on January 20 

3.   Email your Legislator Today!
Pick a topic from PTSA's platform (or any issue you care about). Send a brief, polite email to Olympia. In the subject line, be direct, e.g. "Please support Bill number __ " or "Please support __topic." Provide a brief personal reason why this issue is important to you and what you hope they will do in response.  Keep focused on one issue per email. Ask for a response. 


 


More questions? Email ISPTSA Advocacy Chair Krista Hammer, advocacy@isptsa.org.
ARE YOU READY?

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming February 4–7.  This is an awesome event for Middle Schoolers at IS. Our last Book Fair was in November 2018, and students are waiting impatiently for this Grand Event!

Learn about the e-wallet set-up for your student, volunteer opportunities, and the exciting books that will be available to buy at our IS Scholastic Book Fair Home Page .
CALLING ALL STUDENT ADVOCATES!

The Washington State PTA is hosting Focus Day on Monday, January 20 in Olympia.   ​That's the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday. Students will hear speakers and also attend, along with other students from Bellevue, a session with a state legislator to provide input. Parents are encouraged to accompany their student. Registration and more information can be found on the Washington State PTA website . Volunteer hours will be available from PTSA (6 hours plus time spent preparing a personal statement for the legislator meeting session). 

For more information and to register, click here .

If you have questions, please contact our ISPTSA Advocacy Chair, Krista Hammer, advocacy@isptsa.org.
INTERESTED IN STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS?

If you would like to be involved with any health and wellness issues facing our students (mental health, nutrition, and more), please feel free to attend the Bellevue PTSA Council's Health and Wellness Committee meeting today, January 13, from 9:30–11:30 AM in the Council Office, ESC West, Lower Level, 12011 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA 98005.

There will be more meetings, so please keep an eye on the council's calendar .
SCHOOL NEWS
BITE OF INTERNATIONAL 2020
NEW DATE–FEBRUARY 28

Join the International School community at our annual Bite of IS fundraiser on Friday, February 28, from 6:00–8:00 PM in the IS Gym!

URGENT ATTENTION: DATE CHANGE—
Due to a school event conflict, we have changed the date of the 2020 Bite of IS to February 28, 2020.

This year, all proceeds will benefit  Water First International , a non-profit organization helping people in poor countries implement water, sanitation, and hygiene-education projects.

Ticket: $10 per person  (suggested donation)
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the front office or at the door on the day of the event.

For more info, contact Arty Christianto or parent coordinator Josephine Anderson.
Volunteers Needed for Bite of IS

We are seeking Food, Crafts, and Entertainment Volunteers for our annual Bite of IS on Friday, February 28! This event can't happen without strong community support.  We need volunteers to bring food, crafts, and/or entertainment reflecting a country, region, or heritage. 


 
Each booth host will receive one ticket for the event. 
FOCUS WEEK DONATION WINDOW NOW OPEN!


Students are not  required to pay to attend Focus Week, but we depend on parent support for the success of our activity offerings! We are working hard to reduce the cost of Focus Week by using parent drivers, public transportation, and reduced food expenditures. Focus Week expenses will be an estimated $200 per participant. Please consider donating to cover the cost of providing these enrichment opportunities. Any and all amounts are appreciated in order to make focus week successful!

Our donation drive for Focus week will run from December 16–February 28, and families can donate at  TouchBase Lite  or in person in the main office.

The exception to Fee-Free Focus Weeks is for overnight trips. Students selecting to take part in Focus Week activities that have overnight excursions will be charged for these activities. This year, overnight trips include Sixth Grade Camp (and its 11th and 12th grade counselors), the French Exchange, the Taiwan Trip, and the Mount Rainier Trip. If students take overnight trips, they will be charged a fee for the week. Scholarships are available.
ATTENTION: CLASS OF 2021

Class of 2021, click here  to sign up fo r a Junior Appointment to discuss your college list with our high school counselor. Meetings are up to 45 minutes long and for both student and parents.
IS 2020-21 LOTTERY APPLICATION IS OPEN

Applications for next year’s 6th-grade class are open this month.  All 5th-grade siblings need to fill out the online application by January 31, 2020 at 4:30 PM.  If a sibling does not apply, they will not be able to attend International School for 6th grade next year.

WORLD LANGUAGE CREDIT TEST

International Students can test at Sammamish High School on Wednesday, January 29!
 
High school students can earn up to 4 credits for a Language that they already know! This test is for World Language credit, so it is about language learning and is focused on basic reading, writing, speaking and listening.
 
NEW - Online Self-Assessment   to determine:
  • If the WLCC test is appropriate
  • Which test students should choose
  • A prediction (only a prediction) of how many credits students might receive
 
World Language Credit Program provides opportunities for bilingual students to:
  • Honor and validate their first languages and the languages of their families,
  • Receive high school credits for their knowledge of these languages (students who earn 4 credits automatically earn the Seal of Bi-Literacy),
  • Access core subject credits required for graduation (a significant opportunity for ELL students who enter the U.S. high school system mid-year or with limited core subject credits),
  • Prepare for future career opportunities in private industry and to meet government needs for skilled bilingual speakers,
  • Take advanced courses in their heritage languages at their schools, in college, or at ethnic community centers.
 
The ACTFL-aligned proficiency assessments are provided by commercial testing companies that give nationally-normed results. To meet the needs of all the languages in our community, we use six different testing companies. This causes wide variations in cost.
           
  • The testing is free for students who qualify for Fee Waivers
  • $25: STAMP4S
  • $30: STAMP4S Handwritten
  • $50: WorldSpeak
  • $132: ATLA
  • $180: WAFLT Custom Test (For languages not tested by the others testing companies)
 
For further information, click here or email:  wl_credits@bsd405.org

THERE'S SNOW IN THE FORECAST!

Are you prepared? Learn more about the district's emergency closure procedures  here!
STUDENT NEWS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
2020 BSD COLLEGE CONFERENCE

February 6, 2020, 5:45–8:30 PM
Bellevue High School, 10416 SE Wolverine Way, 98004

The College Conference is a great opportunity for high school families to listen to professionals discuss the ins and outs of preparing for college. Our presenters come from colleges and businesses from across the country and are available to answer your questions. We are pleased to offer a wide range of sessions that are sure to fit your needs.

STUDENT SPORTS & OPPORTUNITIES
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: VOLUNTEER FOR PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER'S CAMPS FOR CURIOUS MINDS

Are you a high school student? Do you enjoy inspiring a passion for science?
BECOME A SCIENCE EDUCATOR IN TRAINING (SET ) and join us for a summer of science fun!

Volunteer for Pacific Science Center’s Camps for Curious Minds at one of our many Puget Sound locations for up to ten weeks this summer.
As a SET, you will:
  • Volunteer for summer day camps or extended care
  • Assist camp teachers with lessons
  • Lead camp games and activities
  • Be a scientific role model for campers

Benefits:
  • Earn volunteer hours for high school graduation
  • Gain leadership and classroom management skills
  • Receive passes to Pacific Science Center

Applications due February 29, 2020. Click here to learn more and apply online.
Questions? Contact Dakota Spear at (206) 443-2902 or dspear@pacsci.org .
HS STUDENTS: APPLY FOR PAID PUBLIC-SERVICE INTERNSHIP

Teens In Public Service (TIPS) hires high school students ages 15–19 and provides them with paid summer internships working at nonprofit organizations in the Greater Seattle area. Teens interested in giving back to their community through a summer internship working for a nonprofit organization can now apply for the 2020 TIPS Summer Internship Program.

TIPS interns work with a variety of organizations in the Puget Sound area to support community-based initiatives and participate in leadership trainings, service activities, and public speaking events. Students receive applicable work skills, a paycheck, and a venue to put their values into action, working for an organization that allows them to address the needs of their community.
 
The deadline to apply is Friday, February 28, 2020.  All applications must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation (due March 4, 2020). Full information about our program and application can be found here.
UW ENGINEERING DISCOVERY DAYS

Each year, the University of Washington's College of Engineering hosts Engineering Discovery Days. Students can explore cutting-edge research, learn more about engineering innovation, and participate in over 100 interactive exhibits that demonstrate basic science and engineering concepts. Discovery Days is geared toward students in grades 4 through 8 and takes place on the University of Washington's Seattle campus on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24, 2020. Registration is required and will open at 9:00 a.m. on Jan. 7, 2020. Space is limited - registration will close when capacity is reached.
MASTHEAD / DIRECTORY / LINKS
President
Azfar Moazzam 
Secretary
Zena Heywood
Treasurer 1
Tony Wang
Treasurer 2
Nancy Chung
VP of Communications
Li Wu
VPs of Community
Qiong Chen & Rachel An
VP of Fundraising
Dori Kelleran
VPs of Outreach
Meribeth Nordloef-Pedersen
& Beverly Ni
Membership
OPEN
Advocacy
Krista Hammer
Monday Messenger
Julie Molinari
Website
Li Zhang
IS Staff Liaison
Marrene Franich & Wesley Hung
PTSA
Website: www.isptsa.org
Newsletter Submissions: news@isptsa.org
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CONFUSED ABOUT SOMETHING?
The ISPTSA is always here to help answer your IS questions.

Email us here , and we'll help you find the answers you need.
SCHOOL DIRECTORY & LINKS
Attendance 425-456-6545
Main Office 425-456-6500 
MS Counseling 425-456-6546
HS Counseling 425-456-6542 
Registrar 425-456-6535 

SUPPORT YOUR PTSA
Donate Anytime

Write your check to the International School PTSA and send it to:
ISPTSA
445 128th Ave. SE
Bellevue, WA 98005
Or, even easier, donate
via PayPal .
ISPTSA TUMBLER
Support your school community and the environment by buying an ISPTSA Tumbler

 These great-looking 14-oz dual-wall insulated stainless-steel tumblers have a swivel lid with drink-thru opening and a plastic-ring seal to stave off spills. With the ISPTSA logo, it will keep your drink hot or cold while you look cool handling the morning commute or afternoon pickup, and your purchase will benefit the International School PTSA!

Visit the International School PTSA Store . Proceeds benefit the International School PTSA.

MONDAY MESSENGER
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