MONDAY MESSENGER
November 4, 2019
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UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
THIS WEEK:
  • Monday, 11/4 (TODAY) • LAST DAY TO ORDER WREATHS & POINSETTIAS!
  • 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

NEXT WEEK:
  • 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

LOOKING A HEAD:
  • 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
  • Thursday, 12/5, 7:00 PM • Middle School Band Concert
  • Friday, 12/6, 7:00 PM • Middle School Social
  • Tuesday, 12/10, 7:00 PM • Middle School Choir Concert
  • Wednesday, 12/11, 11:40 AM • Staff Appreciation Lunch Hosted by 7th-Grade Families
  • Thursday, 12/12, 7:00 PM • High School Choir Concert
  • 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
  • Two 7th-Grade Parent Representatives, current school year
  • On-call Volunteers, current school year

PTSA NEWS
PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE AND RETURN YOUR BALLOTS BY TOMORROW , TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5!
MEMBERSHIP CREATES COMMUNITY—JOIN US AND ENJOY THE BENEFITS!
 
Thank you to the almost 465 parents and teachers that have joined ISPTSA. Our goal is 586 members for 100% full school membership, and we are almost 80% there, so become a community supporter.  Please Join Us!

Students can join too—everybody counts toward full school membership. Did you know we have more than 10 students as members? Students can attend the PTSA legislative assembly, be on the ISPTSA grants committee, and vote on our budget at general membership meetings.

We have nearly 100% teacher/staff participation—thank your students' teachers for supporting ISPTSA!

If you'd like to see who is supporting our Community to Success at IS, check out our listing as of October 25 .

Contact Meribeth Nordloef-Pedersen at  VPOutreach@isptsa.org  with questions.
JOIN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FACEBOOK GROUPS

Connect with fellow International School families! Check out event reminders; receive school and district information; and share your questions or concerns with other IS families. Join our community online!


*Individual Facebook group is parent-organized and not a school or PTSA-sponsored page.
ADVOCACY NEWS

Thank you to International School juniors  Jasna Chong  and  Kavya Selvakumar  who attended our Washington State PTSA Legislative Assembly as delegates from our PTSA! The students voted for issues and resolutions that will guide advocacy during the upcoming legislative session in Olympia. 

At one session during the weekend, legislators led students in an interactive round table about how to speak up, whether in class, at school board meetings, or in Olympia. 

These two young women represented our school and our PTSA with intelligence, poise, and enthusiasm! 

Keep your eyes on this column next week for more information on specific topics. 

IS students Jasna Chong and Kavya Selvakumar with Senators Claire Wilson (30th district) and Lisa Wellman (41st district), and Representative Shelley Kloba (1st district).  
PTSA COMPUTER CLUB

Computer Club is an IS club that is sponsored by PTSA, not ASB. The club meets weekly throughout most of the year to create games from scratch. We submit these games in a PTA Washington game development competition for high school students. We consist of coders, artists, musicians, leaders, and just general game enthusiasts. It’s a really fun club where students get to explore fields they may not get to explore elsewhere and get hands-on experience properly executing long-term projects. It’s also just a really fun club to be in!

We plan to meeting on alternating Wednesdays & Fridays from 6:00–8:00 PM. When school sports end in late November, we would like to switch to Wednesdays from 2:00–4:00 PM though for the rest of the year.
 
We need an advisor or this club cannot exist. 

Please email  vpoutreach@isptsa.org  if you are interested. 
SCHOOL NEWS
A NOTE ON AM/PM DROP-OFF/PICK-UP AND PARKING

Dear IS Families,
 
Thank you for ensuring the safety of all our students and staff during our busy morning drop-off time. Please help us maintain a safe arrival period for all by helping us with the following:
  • Keep the Metro & Safe Lane clear from car traffic so that we can keep our students safe as they cross to cars and so we may continue to honor our agreement with Metro Transit which allows us to maintain service to IS.  
  • During morning drop-off, help us maintain an efficient system by pulling all the way forward to the mid-building double doors students can use to enter the school. Pulling all the way forward before unloading can improve drop-off efficiency by allowing more cars to unload at the same time. (This also can ensure greater driver happiness!)
  • Refrain from parking in the striped Metro & Safe Lane.
  • Refrain from pulling into the striped Metro & Safe Lane to drop-off or pick-up.
  • Refrain from parking in the striped Metro & Safe Lane. Waiting for a student to come out of school at the end of the day? Please pull into a parking space or continue circling in the parking lot until your student emerges from the building.  
 
Families have found that leaving just 10 minutes earlier in the morning can have a significant impact on how long they wait in line to drop-off. Students can also help with traffic flow by ensuring they have all the items they are bringing to school ready to go upon approach to the drop-off zone by the double-doors at the mid-way point of the building. 
 
The School Safety Team has ordered and will be placing additional sandwich board to help us all follow these guidelines for drop-off and pick-up. The district Facilities Department will be supporting us with additional painting to help direct drivers. Watch for these updates to our system over the course of this month. 
 
Thank you for your partnership!
The IS Safety Team 
LOST AND FOUND

Please take a close look at these two photos. Does any of this stuff look familiar to you? Did your student leave it at school?
If you recognize something, and you want it back, please have your student claim it by this Friday, November 8!
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.
POINSETTIA & WREATH SALES

TODAY IS THE
LAST DAY TO ORDER!

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<==THAT'S TODAY!!!!

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
SCREENAGERS: NEXT CHAPTER SCREENING &
DISCOUNT CODE

ParentMap is thrilled to announce that an Eastside Screening of SCREENAGERS: Next Chapter has been scheduled.
 
November 19, 7:00 PM, Eastside Preparatory School
screening plus panel after for Q & A
 
Click here  to watch the trailer and purchase tickets. Use the code EASTSIDE for $5.00 off. This is an event for both adults and kids.
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.
STUDENT SPORTS & OPPORTUNITIES
NEWPORT LACROSSE SPRING
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Grades 2–12 Boys and Girls
Now registering for the Spring 2019 season. First-time players registering with Newport Lacrosse will get a $100 discount on registration.

Free Lacrosse Clinics
Non-Contact. We have gear to loan.
Who: Boys & Girls K - 8th grade
Where: Tillicum Middle School
When: Sundays, October 20 & 27, November 3 & 10—10:30 AM–12:00 PM

If you have questions, please contact: John Chesney at newporthslax@gmail.com. More info and registration at www.newportlacrosse.com.
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
 
Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 PM
Bellevue High School Library 
 
This meeting is run by the Bellevue Baseball Booster Club and is intended to provide an introduction to the upcoming baseball season to students and parents. 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.
 
Please contact Bellevue High Baseball booster club at  carlhel@hotmail.com.
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
SHOP FOR THE BELLEVUE SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
Enter Amazon.com through this link and Amazon will donate 8% of every purchase you make to support Bellevue students, including those at IS! Share the link and spread the word to family and friends anywhere.
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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