MONDAY MESSENGER
October 21, 2019
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UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
THIS WEEK:
  • Wednesday, 10/23, 12:00 PM • Mandatory New & Current Volunteer Orientation (more info below)
  • Friday, 10/25, 7:00 PM • Fall Play: Sleepy Hollow (more info below)
  • Saturday, 10/26, 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM • Fall Play: Sleepy Hollow (more info below)

NEXT WEEK:
  • Monday, 10/28–Friday, 11/1 • Spirit Week (more info below)
  • Friday, 11/1 • AP Exam Payments Due
  • Saturday, 11/2, 8:00 PM • Homecoming Dance (more info below)

LOOKING AHEAD:
  • Wednesday, 11/6 • End of First Quarter
  • Wednesday, 11/6, 9:40 AM • Veterans Day Assembly
  • Thursday, 11/7, 7:30 PM • 9th/10th-Grade Parent Night
  • Monday, 11/11 • NO SCHOOL—Veterans Day
  • Thursday, 11/14, 6:00 PM • 6th-Grade Parent Night
  • Thursday, 11/21, 7:00 PM • High School Band Concert
  • Thursday, 11/28–Friday, 11/29 • NO SCHOOL—Thanksgiving
  • Friday, 12/6, 7:00 PM • Middle School Social
  • Saturday, 12/14, 8:00 PM • Tolo (High School)
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP OUT

IS and the ISPTSA are currently seeking the following volunteers:

  • Homecoming Chaperones, Saturday, November 2 (more info below)
  • 6th and 7th Grade Human Geography Curriculum Committee Volunteers, December–June (more info below)
  • Two 7th-Grade Parent Representatives, current school year
  • On-call Volunteers, current school year

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL CURRENT AND FUTURE VOLUNTEERS—PLEASE READ!

New in 2019–20: Current and prospective BSD volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation at their school site. There will be three orientations in the month of October. These are intended for all current and future volunteers

The NEXT orientation is Wednesday, October 23, 12:00–12:45 PM. 
If you are planning to attend this orientation, please R.S.V.P. by emailing Traci Sullivan at  sullivant@bsd405.org
PTSA NEWS
RAISE THE TORCH TO FILL THE GAP!
 
Almost there! We have a little over a week left in our fall campaign and have raised 80% of our $30,000 goal. With just $6,000 left to secure,  help us fill the gap by the end of October with your donation today!  

Your contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference!  All donations to the Fall Fundraiser you give today are tax-deductible and 100% goes back to the IS community. To see a robust list of how your donation is sp ent, please check out  What Your Donation Supports.
 
Join the over 100 families who have already committed to  RAISE THE TORCH with their generous donations. Your participation matters! Your contribution—no matter the amount—makes a difference! All donations to the Fall Fundraiser you give today are tax-deductible and 100% goes back to the IS community. 

Choose a support level that works for you:  Gold $500,  Silver $250,  Bronze $100, or define your own amount. For those families who can, we ask you to consider becoming a  Titan Torch supporter with a donation of $1,000 or more.     


Prefer to write a check? Fill out this donation form and mail it back to the ISPTSA. 
 
Questions?  Please contact  vpfundraising@isptsa.org .  
Thanks for your consideration! 
Go Titans!
DOUBLE OR TRIPLE YOUR DONATION WITH CORPORATE MATCHING!

Does your company have a Matching Gift Program? The International School PTSA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We accept donations from individuals and corporations, and these donations are tax deductible. Local companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, Google, T-Mobile & Expedia will “match” the charitable contributions made by their employees, including:
  • Cash Donations
  • Membership Dues
  • Volunteer Hours

Double your generous donation through a Matching Gift today!  For more information, check out our  Corporate Matching page on our website.
Thank you for taking the extra step for IS! Questions? Please contact  vpfundraising@isptsa.org .






LAST CHANCE TO FILL OUT PARENT AND TEACHER ADVOCACY SURVEY

Dear ISPTSA Members, 

State legislators will be getting to work soon on bills that will impact our children. You can have a voice! Your responses to this survey will be recorded by your advocacy chair (me) so that I can better represent you at our PTA's legislative assembly this month. I am hoping to take an IS student and teacher as well.  
To complete this, you will need a cup of coffee and to keep the Voter's Guide handy.  

Please click here to link to the survey, o r scan the QR code above to open it.  

If you don't have time for every question, no problem! Just skim and answer the ones that you think are important. 

I need responses before October 25!

Thank you,  
Krista Hammer 
SCHOOL NEWS
SPIRIT WEEK 10/28–11/1! WOOT WOOT!

Spirit Week is a series of events leading up to Homecoming where students show their school spirit by dressing up. Each grade level will compete and collect “spirit points” when they participate in the events. We tally the number of students participating and the winners are announced on Friday of Spirit Week. We will have a first place for middle school grades and a first place for high school grades. Typically, the winners receive donuts!

Monday, 10/28—Pajama Day
Wear your favorite pajamas, and if you have them, don't forget your slippers!
Tuesday, 10/29—Tik Tok Tuesday
Wear outfits, scrunchies, Birkenstocks, vans, shaped glasses, and oversized shirts that are related to Tok Tok!
Wednesday, 10/30—Color Day ** Spirit Assembly on this day!
Wear the grade-level assigned colored tops, bottoms, or tops and bottoms!
6th Grade–Red (you could wear your 6th Grade Retreat tee!)
7th Grade–Purple
8th Grade–Yellow
9th Grade–Green
10th Grade–Blue
11th Grade–White
12th Grade–Black
Thursday, 10/31—Costume Day
Come in your fave costume! Please remember that we still need to see your beautiful faces!
Friday, 11/2—Formal Friday
Dress up to be fancy or formal!

Questions? Email Arty Christianto at christiantoa@bsd405.org.
HOMECOMING DANCE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Saturday, November 2, 8:00–10:30 PM, at International School

Theme: Dancing through the Decades
Dress Attire: dress to the theme (Dancing through the Decades)

At International School, Homecoming is the first dance of the year and a big welcome back to the high school students outside of school. This dance is only for high school students.

Buy your tickets in the Front Office early! 

FAQs for Homecoming: 
  • Do I need to have a date or bring a date? No. Some students may have dates, but it is not a requirement. Some students opt to go as a group of friends. It is up to you! 
  • Will there be dinner served? No, we will only have sodas, chips, and candies. Sometimes, students will go to dinner together before coming to the dance. 
  • Where can I purchase tickets? You may purchase tickets in the Front Office or Attendance Office now! Ticket prices are $13 with an ASB card and $15 without an ASB card. You may also buy tickets at the door for $15, regardless of ASB. 
  • Can students bring guests from outside of International School? Yes, students may bring guests from outside of International School, but you must complete and turn in the guest form by Thursday, October 31, at 3:30 PM. Guest forms may be picked up in the Front Office. Please do not procrastinate on this! 
  • Will there be photos at the dance? Unfortunately, we will not have official photographers for Homecoming. We will have photographers for TOLO in December and Prom in June. 
  • Will there be chaperones? Yes, we have staff and parent/guardian chaperones for all our dances to keep our students safe. If you are interested in being a chaperone for a dance, please e-mail Arty Christianto at christiantoa@bsd405.org
Parents and Guardians: We need chaperones for our Homecoming Dance! Please e-mail Arty Christianto at christiantoa@bsd405.org if you are interested in supporting our events.
DO YOU WANT A VOICE IN DECIDING FUTURE CURRICULUM FOR OUR 6TH & 7TH GRADERS?

If the answer is yes, keep reading! The 6th and 7th grade Human Geography curriculum will begin the process of textbook adoption shortly. The committee needs an International School parent to serve on the committee and provide a community/parent perspective. The process will begin in December and end in June. The committee will meet at International School a few times throughout the year to preview and discuss textbooks under consideration. The time commitment is about 15-20 hours total, including time at home reading. 
 
If you are interested in serving our school community in this way, please complete this form , save it, and return it to Janet Towne via email ( townej@bsd405.org ) or by delivering your printed form to the International School Office.  
NUTRITION SERVICES OFFERS NEW PASSPORT TO FLAVORS OF THE WORLD

This school year, Nutrition Services is excited to offer students a series of menus that will feature different flavors from around the world and the United States. We are marketing the concept as  Passport to Flavors of the World. Our hope is to encourage students to try new flavors connected to a fun adventurous theme throughout the school year. 

Our journey will kick off on Thursday, October 24, with our first layover in the Middle East . Students will be introduced to falafel in a fun munchable kit with whole wheat pita bread, hummus, and homemade tzatziki sauce !
 
In November, we will jet back home and showcase flavors from Washington State during Apple Cup week. December travels take us to Vietnam where we plan to introduce a Pho Noodle Soup in our middle and high schools and a Vietnamese sandwich in elementary programs. Additional recipes are being developed to introduce new flavors throughout the rest of the school year.

Click here to see the monthly school lunch menu (IS uses the high school menu).
IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT AP EXAMS

AP exam registration is in process! 

Fees are available to pay online through  Touchbase Payment is due on 11/1, and exams will be ordered based on payment by the deadline. Even if a student registers for a test but does not pay by 11/1, a test will not be ordered for them.  Late orders incur a $40 late fee per exam from College Board. 

Contact Jill Follett  follettj@bsd405.org  for information on a payment plan. 

Contact Melinda Breeze  breezem@bsd405.org  for information about scholarships by October 15.  
Do you want to take an AP exam for a subject not taught at IS? 

Pay online and choose “AP Other” then designate the test, PLUS notify Jill at  follettj@bsd405.org

Please note: some exams, including AP French, are offsite. Transportation is not provided. For more information, visit:  AP 2019-20  .

AMC 8 MATH COMPETITION

What is the AMC 8?
The AMC 8 is a 25-question 40-minute multiple-choice exam in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes toward analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.

Who: 6th, 7th and 8th graders
When: Tuesday, November 12, during 4th period (Students will be excused from class, but MUST work with their teachers to make up the work)
Cost: $10 (Pay money to the office) 
Deadline to register : Friday, October 25, by 3:30 PM

Please email Regen Lorden with questions: lordenr@bsd405.org .
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TITAN PLAYERS PRESENT:

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW

Come out and support the Titan Players!
Not to be missed—make it part of your plans for the weekend before Halloween.

Show times:
Friday, October 25, 7:00 PM
Saturday, Oct ober 26, 2:00 PM
Saturday, Oct ober 26, 7:00 PM

Buy tickets at the door:
$10 students, $12 adults.
POINSETTIA & WREATH SALES

It’s that time of year again! The leaves are falling, and the holidays are around the corner. It’s time for our ANNUAL SENIOR CLASS POINSETTIA & WREATH FUNDRAISER!

Poinsettias from Squak Mountain Nursery in Issaquah come in red, white, or shades of pink for $20 each.  POINSETTIA ORDER FORM

Wreaths, also from Squak Mountain, are 24 inches in diameter with ornamental pine cones and sell for $25 each. Add an optional holiday bow for $2.  WREATH ORDER FORM

These beautiful plants are the perfect holiday gift for friends, neighbors, and co-workers! They also serve as festive holiday decor for your office or home in bunches, or as a table centerpiece to last throughout the holiday season!

You can also order a poinsettia for a teacher or staff member as a holiday gift! What better way to show your appreciation for all that they do for our IS students? You may buy one for a designated teacher/staff member, or order for the staff pool and we’ll make sure that all the teachers receive one of these beautiful plants. We need your participation! 

All proceeds go to the IS Senior Class to help with costs of Graduation Festivities!

Deadline for orders: Monday, November 4 (the sooner the better for teacher orders to ensure all staff receive a gift!)

Pickup: Monday, November 25, 3:00–5:00 PM (no need to pick up teacher/staff gifts; we will deliver for you!)

The Class of 2020 thanks you for your support!!!

NOTE: All Senior families are asked to participate in this fundraiser, either by contributing $150 or purchasing/selling 10 plants. Please email Christina Terterov at  cterterov@yahoo.com  or Susan Ryder at  jacksusanryder@live.com with questions.
STUDENT NEWS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
FENTANYL CRISIS: COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSIONS

With the tragic deaths of three students in our neighboring school districts of Issaquah and Seattle from the deadly opioid fentanyl, the Bellevue School District is hosting two community information sessions to help our community respond.

The information sessions—held with our partners the Bellevue Police Department and Youth Eastside Services—will allow parents, students, and community members to learn what is being done to protect our children and, in turn, what actions we can all take.

Information Session Dates:

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.
The following is just a sample of what participants can expect to learn:
–Bellevue School District:
  • Hear from nurses on what fentanyl is and what safety measures are being taken
  • Learn about what is being taught to students
–Bellevue Police Department:
  • Get the latest information about the drug problem and what police officers are seeing on a daily basis
  • Learn what enforcement measures are being taken to protect our community
–Youth Eastside Services:
  • Learn firsthand what drug and alcohol counseling specialists are doing in our schools
  • Learn what the signs and symptoms of drug abuse look like

For questions or more information please call 425-456-4000 or email  communityrelations@bsd405.org .
BELLEVUE BSF ANNUAL CLICK-A-THON

The Bellevue Schools Foundation’s Annual Click-a-thon event will be held October 22 and 23 . All donations over $100 made on those two days will be matched 1:1. Our goal is to raise $300,000 from parents like YOU.

Public funding is not enough to fund the exceptional programming that makes Bellevue Schools the best in the nation.

Donate  here  or at BellevueSchoolsFoundation.org to fund the following programs in our schools:
  • Training for 40+ additional counselors to address student stress, anxiety and depression;
  • Training for teachers to integrate cutting-edge Computer Science curriculum in every classroom;
  • Libraries in our classrooms with characters and narratives that reflect our District’s global culture;
  • Mentoring programs that provide one-on-one support for students in need;
  • And more!
STUDENT SPORTS & OPPORTUNITIES
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FAMILY STEM NIGHT

The Somerset PTSA is looking for high school student volunteers to help run stations at Family STEM Night on Friday, November 1, 2019! Volunteers will receive some training from PTSA organizers and then help students and their parents complete simple science & engineering projects. Volunteers will receive 3 hours of volunteer credit.

Questions? Contact  SomersetSTEM@gmail.com
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NHS SKI SWAP

The Newport Ski Swap is scheduled for November 9–10. The Ski Swap is a 100% volunteer-run event, and the ongoing success of the Swap depends on volunteers. We need parents and high school volunteers to run the event smoothly. 
 
Please visit the  Newport Ski Swap website   and sign up for whatever time you can give.  No experience is necessary, just a willingness to give some time to help support the Swap. Students will receive hours toward their Community Service graduation requirement.
LITTLE WOLVERINES GIRLS BASKETBALL

Grades: K–4th
Dates: Saturdays—11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/28, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18
Time: 11:00 AM–12:30 PM
Cost: $150

The Bellevue High School Girls Basketball Players and Coaches will lead players in skills, drills and scrimmages in the BHS gym! Join the fun!

Register today! Questions? Contact Coach Nick Crossan.
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
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
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  • If you would like your article to repeat in successive Monday Messenger editions, please resubmit it for each edition in which you would like it to appear. If you do not resubmit it, it will not be republished.
  • Note: you will receive an automatic confirmation email response once you submit material to the Monday Messenger.