MONDAY MESSENGER
October 28, 2019
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UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
THIS WEEK:
  • Monday, 10/28–Friday, 11/1 • Spirit Week (more info below)
  • Friday, 11/1 • AP Exam Payments Due (more info below)
  • Saturday, 11/2, 8:00 PM • Homecoming Dance (more info below)

NEXT WEEK:
  • Wednesday, 11/6 • End of First Quarter
  • Wednesday, 11/6, 9:40 AM • Veterans Day Assembly
  • Thursday, 11/7, 7:30 PM9th/10th-Grade Parent Night

LOOKING AHEAD:
  • Monday, 11/11 • NO SCHOOL—Veterans Day
  • Wednesday, 11/13, 11:40 AM • Staff Appreciation Lunch Hosted by 8th-Grade Families
  • 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
  • Wednesday, 12/4, 7:00 PM • Orchestra Concert
  • Friday, 12/6, 7:00 PM • Middle School Social
  • Saturday, 12/14, 8:00 PM • Tolo (High School)
  • Monday, 12/23–Friday, 1/3 • Winter Break
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP OUT

IS and the ISPTSA are currently seeking the following volunteers:

  • Computer Club Advisor, current school year
  • 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

PTSA NEWS
RAISE THE TORCH TO REACH OUR GOAL BY THURSDAY!
 
Don’t be spooked!  We are wrapping up our campaign for our Fall Fundraiser on Halloween!   If you’ve been waiting to donate, now is the time!  Join the over 125 families who have already contributed.  Please make your donation by this Thursday, October 31, to help us reach our goal!  

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.

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 .
COMPUTER CLUB ADVISOR NEEDED NOW!

The PTSA is sponsoring a computer club at IS for the third year. There are 40 students interested in being a part of the computer club, however, we need an advisor or two to volunteer their help in order to keep it going. The time commitment is once per week for an evening meeting.
If you are interested, please contact  vpoutreach@isptsa.org.
THANK YOU TO 11TH-GRADE FAMILIES WHO SUPPORTED STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEON

Thanks to the many 11th-grade parent and guardian volunteers for hosting the Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, O ctober 23.  The staff lounge was beautifully decorated with a Fall Harvest theme, and it was a delicious fall meal to share with the teachers and staff. 
If you have ideas for 11th-grade parent and guardian social events, please contact your 2021 representatives: Vincent and Meribeth at  parent-rep2021@isptsa.org.
SCHOOL NEWS
MAKERSPACE DONATIONS NEEDED

The library’s Makerspace is requesting donations of supplies to support projects. Donations can be placed in the large yellow box marked “Makerspace Donations” located by the top of the gym stairs in the Commons.
Thank you in advance for donations!
 
  • Safety equipment (aprons, protective eye glasses, gloves, etc.)
  • Craft supplies (glue, paper, tape, sewing materials, etc.)
  • Storage Containers (2- or 3-drawer storage bin organizers, shoe boxes with lids, paint trays, etc.)
  • Tools
  • Electronics (batteries, unwanted but working electronics, switches, LEDs, etc.)
  • Legos, k’nex, wooden cubes, blocks, etc.
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Large wood cutting board
  • Small toaster oven

Please contact Tara Jones with questions: jonesta@bsd405.org.
SPIRIT WEEK IS THIS 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.  
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  .
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
DISCUSSION OF BDS'S NEW SIGNS OF SUICIDE PROGRAM

Two sessions are offered, both sessions are in the Rainier Room at WISC

Thursday, November 7, 11:30 AM–1:00 PM (lite lunch provided)

Thursday, November 14, 7:00–8:00 PM

Deborah Kraft, the Director of K-12 Counseling for the Bellevue School District, will be leading a discussion on the Bellevue School District’s new Signs of Suicide (SOS) program. The presenters will explain the use of universal screeners and how they are used in BSD schools in Grade 10. This suicide prevention program is being implemented in all of Bellevue’s public secondary schools. Deborah will be joined by a panel that includes program staff and Middle and High School counselors. They will be discussing how the program works, how staff are trained to implement it, and how it fits into the existing mental health unit.
The discussion will be followed by a question and answer period.
HIGH SCHOOLERS CONSIDERING ARTS COLLEGES

Bring your portfolio to share with 20+ schools at National Portfolio Day, hosted by Cornish College. 

To learn more click here.
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 .
STUDENT SPORTS & OPPORTUNITIES
HIGH SCHOOL ULTIMATE FRISBEE

Boys Team in Playoffs!
The boys team finished the season 5-6 and qualified for league playoffs! With a semifinal loss to Seattle Waldorf (13-9) and victory against Raisbeck Aviation (11-8), they placed third overall in the league with an opportunity for entry into the state championship bracket.  

Girls Ultimate Frisbee!
We're getting ready for the upcoming Winter (co-ed) and Spring (girls) seasons. Practices start in late November for the co-ed season. Weekend games begin in the early December, take a break over the holidays, and resume in January. The co-ed season ends mid-February.  
Girls Spring season starts in March! If you enjoy Ultimate Frisbee in PE, you'll love the girls league. Contact us at  info@bellevueultimate.org  if interested. It will be great fun!  
WESTERN AEROSPACE SCHOLARS

Over 200 high school juniors from over 70 different public, private, and home-school organizations across Washington, Oregon, and Montana, are taking part in the fourteenth year of the Western Aerospace Scholars (WAS) program. The students in your district, along with the many others, have a challenging but fun road ahead of them. Over the next couple of months, they will complete online academic coursework and talk to STEM industry experts. While each student completes their course work independently, they will be immersed in a community of fellow space “nerds” both near and far from them.
 
Our program is a free, online, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education program for high school juniors affiliated with NASA Johnson Space Center’s National High School Aerospace Scholars program and has partner programs in Texas, Virginia, and Idaho. Our primary goal is to excite and prepare students to pursue career pathways in STEM fields using a distance learning curriculum developed in partnership with NASA and the University of Washington.
 
The application deadline for Western Aerospace Scholars is Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Do you have a student who may be interested?

We also have a sophomore program!
The sophomore-level course serves as an introduction to the junior-level course. It is a FREE online course that takes place in the spring of sophomore year and contains some of the same lessons of the junior program.
Interested sophomores can complete the interest form here.

If you have questions about Western Aerospace Scholars, please visit our website.
BELLEVUE HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL INFORMATION MEETING
 
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Bellevue High School Library 
Who: Students (and their parents) interested in playing baseball this spring for BHS
 
This meeting is run by the Bellevue Baseball Booster Club and is intended to provide an introduction to the upcoming baseball season. Come meet coach Tate and other players and parents.
 
We will share information about pre-season training, a rough calendar of events, and answer questions.
 
Please share with any other families you think would be interested.
 
Questions - please contact Bellevue High Baseball booster club at  carlhel@hotmail.com.
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.

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