MONDAY MESSENGER
December 16, 2019
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UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
LOOKING AHEAD:
  • Monday, 12/23–Friday, 1/3 • Winter Break
  • Wednesday, 1/8, 2:00 PM • Auditions for Spring Musical
  • Friday, 1/10, 4:00 PM • Call-backs for Spring Musical
  • Thursday, 1/16, 8:00 AM • BSD Middle School Jazz Festival
  • 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
PLEASE NOTE:
THE MONDAY MESSENGER WILL PAUSE FOR THE BREAK AND RETURN ON JANUARY 6, 2020.

ENJOY YOUR WINTER BREAK!
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
TAX PLANNING?   

Make Your Donation to ISPTSA Today! December is here and it’s the perfect time to make a donation to ISPTSA! Your generous tax deductible gift to the PTSA goes back to enrich the learning environment at IS, strengthen the community, and advance our school’s legacy of academic excellence. Every student at IS benefits, including yours. As you wrap up the calendar year, please consider a donation to your ISPTSA.  
Click  here to donate now!
WRAP UP YOUR DONATION WITH THE GIFT OF CORPORATE MATCHING!

Please remember to complete your donation by requesting a Corporate Match through your employer. 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 by doubling or even tripling your donation. Eligible matching items include:
  • Fall Fundraiser Donations
  • Membership Dues
  • Volunteer Hours

For more information, check out our  Corporate Matching page on our website.
Wrap up your generous donation through a Matching Gift today! Thank you for taking the extra step for IS!

Questions? Please contact  vpfundraising@isptsa.org .
HOLIDAY STAFF LUNCHEON A LAST-MINUTE SUCCESS!

On December 11, 10th-grade families hosted a Holiday Luncheon for our International teachers and staff. Thank you to all the 10th-grade families who contributed and helped make the event a success!
 
An EXTRA BIG thank you goes to our new 10th-Grade parent liasons, Azure Zhang & Melissa Richardson, for taking up this task and put everything together within a very short time frame! Thank you Azure & Melissa!
SCHOOL NEWS
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 on 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

International School Spring Musical Auditions are right around the corner. Come to the Auditions on 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! Call backs 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 .
AMC 10/12 PART A

Why: To fulfill the Mu Alpha Theta requirements or outscore Timmy
When: January 30 during 5th period (students will be excused from 5th period classes)
Cost: $10 paid to office before 3:30 PM on December 12

For more info, contact lordenr@bsd405.org or s-zhuju@bsd405.org.
MAKERSPACE DONATIONS —STILL 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” 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, beads, fuse beads supplies, 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
 
Thank you for everyone who has donated so far! Please contact  Tara Jones  with questions.
HELLO SENIOR FAMILIES!

The IS Class of 2020 Graduation Committee is hard at work making arrangements and securing venues for our Seniors’ graduation festivities in the Spring.  If you have not done so already, please send in your Fall Commitment of $150 as soon as possible. The Graduation Committee is counting on 100% participation from our Senior families! There is a Class of 2020 box in the IS Office for your checks. Thank you and Happy Holidays!!!
STUDENT NEWS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
WE NEED YOUR CLEATS!

Soccer is beloved by people around the world. Unfortunately, many kids around the world cannot afford soccer gear such as cleats. You can help! When you donate your used cleats to  Kleats for Kids , you are giving the gift of soccer to kids who love the sport but cannot afford to buy cleats.  Kleats for Kids  is a club at Bellevue High School that collects used cleats and donates them to children in Peru. This year, we are expanding our reach to all other high schools in the district, including International School. We will have a box near the Front Office with a "Kleats 4 Kids" sign attached to it and will be collecting every two or three weeks.
 
We are working with the Peru consulate to help the kids in need. Last year, we collected about 100 cleats with your help! We will be delivering our first batch of cleats in February, and we hope that we can collect even more soccer gear this year.

Please put your used cleats and soccer gear to a good use. Rather than throwing it into a trash can, throw it into our bin! Thank you!
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL  FUN  DRAISING OPPORTUNITY!

Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink at Bellevue Downtown Park

November 29, 2019–January 20, 2020

When you skate at  Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink and mention you are with International School at the admission counter, a $3 donation will be made to our PTSA for each paid rink admission during the dates listed above!

Visit  bellevueicerink.com for skating hours, pricing, promotions, and special events.
STUDENT SPORTS & OPPORTUNITIES
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! 

Early bird discounts available through December 31, 2019. 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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