MONDAY MESSENGER
January 6, 2020
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UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
THIS WEEK:
  • Wednesday, 1/8, 2:00 PM • Auditions for Spring Musical (more info below)
  • Friday, 1/10, 4:00 PM • Callbacks for Spring Musical

NEXT WEEK:
  • Thursday, 1/16, 8:00 AM • BSD Middle School Jazz Festival

LOOKING AHEAD:
  • 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
  • Monday, 1/27 • NO SCHOOL—BSD Professional Day
  • Wednesday, 1/29, 11:40 AM • Staff Appreciation Chinese New Year Luncheon
  • Friday 1/31, 6:00 PM • Bite of IS (more info below)
  • Monday, 2/3–Friday, 2/7 • Book Fair
  • Thursday, 2/6, 6:00 PM • PTSA General Membership Meeting
  • Friday, 2/7, 6:00 PM • Middle School Movie Night
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP OUT

IS and the ISPTSA are currently seeking the following volunteers:

  • Two 7th-Grade Parent Representatives, current school year
  • On-call Volunteers, current school year

PTSA NEWS
LETTER TO ISPTSA FROM MATH TEACHER JULIE REEDER

Thanks to PTSA for funding the fall math grant for hands-on math activities. Part of the grant was for supplies allowing the Advanced Calculus students to build topological surfaces out of cake. Students are working with 3d surfaces which are very difficult to visualize. Working with cake, students build surfaces that filled specific requirements related to gradients, maximums & minimums, and 1st and 2nd order partial derivatives. After building the cakes and labeling the attributes, other students evaluated the surfaces.
I've attached photos of the building, a finalized surface (sorry...the photo doesn't show the intricacies of the surface very clearly), and the students working to evaluate another teams' work.

Julie Reeder
PARENT SUPERHEROES

The Washington State PTA is the  largest volunteer child advocacy association in Washington State!  Thank you to all the IS parents who have joined ISPTSA this year. Together with over 130,000 Washington parents, we act together as superheroes for our kids. We impact legislation enormously, and we need outstanding membership numbers to retain this superpower.  

Did You Know . . . When you join ISPTA, you are also joining your state PTA and National PTA?

Haven't joined ISPTSA yet? It's not too late!  Click here to join now!
FOCUS DAY FOR PARENTS IN OLYMPIA

Monday, January 20, 2020 

Dear IS Parents,  
You are invited to PTSA's annual Focus Day in Olympia this month! I would love to have company January 20 as the legislative session gets underway. Please join me and other parents from our fantastic school district!
Krista Hammer
ISPTSA Advocacy Chair 


STUDENT SELF-ADVOCACY: OLYMPIA, HERE WE COME

Students, get guidance for advocating with state senators and representatives. Bellevue PTSA Council is hosting three seminars for students prior to PTSA's "Focus Day" in Olympia on January 20.  
  
Thursday, January 9, 2020 6:30–8:00 PM at Bellevue High School
Tuesday, January 14, 200 6:30–8:00 PM at Sammamish High School
Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:30–8:00 PM at Newport High School

HELP COORDINATE THE BOND CAMPAIGN FOR OUR SCHOOLS

The Citizen Campaign Committee (also named Bellevue Quality Schools) will run the upcoming campaign for the 2020 Capital Bond for school rebuilds and remodels in Bellevue. The election will be February 11, 2020. Are you interested in joining this team of 18–20 organized and enthusiastic people to help coordinate the campaign?  

Please contact Krista Hammer,  advocacy@isptsa.org.  
SCHOOL NEWS
BITE OF INTERNATIONAL 2020

Join the International School community at our annual Bite of IS fundraiser on Friday, January 31, from 6:00–8:00 PM in the IS Gym!

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, January 31! 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. 
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!

Snow is currently forecasted for next week. Are you prepared? Learn more about the district's emergency closure procedures  here!
FOCUS WEEK SIGN UP!
 

Please discuss options with your student(s) and have them  select four activities , ranked first choice through fourth choice. 

Focus Week is  mandatory  for all students.

 Sign-ups for students' ranked four choices will occur online during Community THIS WEDNESDAY, January 8, 2020.
New this year: Fee-Free Focus Weeks!

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.
MAMMA MIA! SPRING MUSICAL AUDITIONS THIS WEEK!

Come to the Auditions this Wednesday, January 8, from 2:00–5:00 PM in the IPAC . Bring a Monologue that’s under one minute and sing sixteen bars from a song of your choice. Grades 6-12 are welcome to audition! Callbacks will be on Friday, January 10 .
FOCUS WEEK 2020!
Mount Rainier is calling…
Love the outdoors?
Curious about the environment?
Sign-up for this Focus Week starts now!
Open to 7th & 8th Grade. May 18–22.
Price: $370 (Deposit = $70)
The Mount Rainier Institute Program is four days and three nights at the University of Washington’s Pack Forest (cabins) and Mount Rainier National Park. Contact Tamara Truax  truaxt@bsd405.org .
MAKERSPACE DONATIONS —STILL NEEDED—THANK YOU!
 
The library’s Makerspace is requesting donations of supplies to support projects. Donations can be placed in the large yellow box marked “Makerspace Donations” by the top of the gym stairs in the Commons. Thank you in advance for donations!

What is a Makerspace? The Makerspace is a place where students can create, design, innovate, code, and learn about using technology. It is open during lunch and tutorial every day and run by the Student Makerspace Technology Team. Teachers also reserve the library and Makerspace to work on projects with their classes. There are many supplies and resources in the space and we keep adding more!

If you can, please donate:
  • Safety equipment (aprons, protective eye glasses, gloves, etc.)
  • Craft supplies (sewing machine needles, wood glue, glue sticks, Elmer’s glue, paper, packing tape, duct tape, sewing materials, beads, fuse beads supplies, wax paper, clay, playdoh, pipe cleaners, paint brushes, zip lock bags, etc.)
  • Storage Containers (2- or 3-drawer storage bin organizers, paint trays, etc.)
  • Tools
  • Electronics (batteries, unwanted but working electronics, LEDs, etc.)
  • Small toaster oven
  • Recyclables (Styrofoam, foam, clean milk jugs, clean class bottles, paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, CDs, dowel rods, bubble wrap, etc.)
 
Thank you for everyone who has donated so far! Please contact  Tara Jones   with questions.
STUDENT NEWS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
IS TEAMS MAKE MOVES AT FIRST LEGO LEAGUE QUALIFIER

On Saturday, December 14, our schools three FIRST Lego League teams had their qualifier competition where all three teams got in the top 18 with more than 150 points as their top scores. Each team improved their score by more than 40% during the competiton. 

Team 2200, The Flaming Nushas (with Aadhu, Avani, Abigail, Camie, and Cheryl), was recognized with an award for the Best Research Project!

Team 2201, 2 Brite 2 C (with Abhi, Chris, Ivan, Lucas and Mihir), finished in 12th place with 210 points as their high—International's highest score this season.

Team 12320, Boba Tweens (with Alex, Brian, CJ, Jake, Kabir, Kareem, and Shray), wrote the most programs and made huge improvements as a mostly 6th-grade team.

Thank you to all the high school mentors and adult coaches who have volunteered their time to make this year a success! Registration for next year's FIRST Lego League will open in late spring. Please look out for more information in the Monday Messenger. 
IS ATHLETES RECOGNIZED

Congratulations to IS students  Timothy Zeng  and  Hale Behan who have been recognized for their outstanding athletic contributions to their Sammamish High School teams! Timothy (12th grade) was named 2nd  Team All-KingCo Doubles for Tennis, and Hale (10th grade) was named 1st Team All-KingCo for Cross Country. 
Photo by Benjamin Olson, Bellevue Reporter
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PANEL

January 8, 2020, 6:30–8:00 PM
Sammamish High School Performing Arts Center, 100 140 th  Ave SE

High school students who attended BSD's Advanced Learning (previously the gifted) Program share their experiences and perspectives with the high schools they’ve chosen to provide current middle school students with additional insights when choosing a high school.
STUDENT SPORTS & OPPORTUNITIES
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.
BELLEVUE BOYS LACROSSE CLUB REGISTRATION OPEN

Bellevue Boys Lacrosse Club serves boys in grades K-12  who reside and/or attend feeder schools within the Bellevue High School boundary area . The Bellevue Lacrosse program is dedicated to developing players at every age and any skill level. We are committed to providing first-class experiences to players and families in our community.

Visit our website more information about our programs and to register for Spring Season—just click on the orange REGISTER NOW button! 

Registration closes January 20.
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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