MONDAY MESSENGER
February 10, 2020
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UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
THIS WEEK:
  • Tuesday, 2/11 • School Bond Vote BALLOTS DUE! (more info below)
  • Thursday, 2/13, 5:00–6:00 PM • IS Maker Event (more info below)
  • Thursday, 2/13, 6:00 PM • PTSA General Membership Meeting (more info below)

NEXT WEEK:
  • Monday, 2/17–Friday, 2/21 • NO SCHOOL—Mid-Winter Break

LOOKING AHEAD:
  • Thursday, 2/27, 12:55 AM • Staff Appreciation Luncheon hosted by 6th-Grade Families (please note new time)
  • Thursday, 2/27, 6:00 PM • 7th-Grade Parent Night
  • Friday, 2/28, 6:00 PM • Bite of IS (more info below)
  • Monday, 3/9, 8:30 AM • 7th-Grade Parent Social/Coffee After Drop-Off
  • Friday, 3/6 & Saturday 3/7 • Spring Musical (more info below)
  • Friday, 3/13 & Saturday 3/14 • Spring Musical (more info below)
  • Tuesday, 3/17, 7:00 PM • Middle School Band Concert
  • Thursday, 3/19, 7:00 PM • High School Band Concert
  • Friday, 3/20 • School in Session—Snow Makeup Day (Previous a Non-School Day)
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
LOOK AT ALL THESE FUN WAYS TO HELP OUT!

IS and the ISPTSA are currently seeking the following volunteers:

  • Bite of IS Food, Craft & Entertainment Volunteers, February 28
  • ISPTSA Nominating Committee, March–Mid-April
  • On-call Volunteers, current school year

PTSA NEWS
TOMORROW , TUESDAY FEBRUARY 11, IS THE LAST DAY TO VOTE ON THE SCHOOL BOND!

Have questions about the bond? Go to www.bsd405.org/2020bond  or  https://bellevuequalityschools.org/about/ .

The 2020 school bond has received endorsements from ISPTSA Board , Bellevue PTSA Council , and the Bellevue City Council , among others. 
ISPTSA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING THIS THURSDAY

Thursday, February 13, 6:00 PM, in the Commons

Please join us for our general membership meeting this Thursday. The agenda includes:
  • Introduction of our new counselor, Kerince Bowen
  • IS Update by Principal Tara Gray
  • PTSA Update by ISPTSA President Azfar Moazzam, including updates on requests from the last General Assembly Meeting
  • Committee Reports, including details on the Spring Social: Around the World—Celebrating Our International Community
RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU CAN HELP THE ISPTSA NOMINATING COMMITTEE!

It only takes a few hours a week, and we could really use your help!

The ISPTSA needs just 3 people to be on its Nominating Committee. Not sure how a nominating committee works? You can find the details  here . It is very likely the most influential committee and has a huge impact on future years at International. 

If you have any interest or additional questions, please contact VPOutreach@isptsa.org .
REGISTRATION FOR OUR SPRING SOCIAL FUNDRAISER OPENS THIS WEDNESDAY !

Look for the announcement in your inbox.

NEW THIS YEAR— Attendees will be assigned to tables for dinner.  Seating requests are welcome and encouraged!  Organize a table with friends, OR request to sit with parents from the same grade to make new friends.

We need your help to procure or donate items to auction off at the event. Procuring items is easy, fun, and for a great cause—our students!  Donate or procure for the auction by March 14.  You can now  submit your donated item online . If you prefer a printed copy of the form, it is available to download  here .  


Interested in becoming a Sponsor for the Event?  Please contact  SpringSocial@isptsa.org  for sponsorship details or with any questions about the event.
SCHOOL NEWS
ATTENTION: CLASS OF 2021
 
  • Juniorsclick here to sign up for a Junior Appointment with high school counselor Kerince Bowen to discuss your college list. Meetings are up to 45-minutes long and for both student and parents.

  • Save the date! Spring Junior Parent Night will be Thursday, April 23, from 6:00–7:00 PM
THE TITAN PLAYERS PRESENT:
MAMMA MIA!

Friday, March 6, 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 7, 2:00 & 7:00 PM
Friday, March 13, 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2:00 & 7:00 PM

Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults.
Click here for the advance ticket order form. Just fill it out and turn it into the school office with payment.
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP FOR STUDENTS

Dear parents and caregivers,
 
Every year your student participates in lessons about digital citizenship. We use a variety of standards and curriculum to create lessons and units.
 
Common Sense Education is one resource we use to helps kids learn the habits and skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly in school, at home, and beyond.
 
WHAT IS DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP?
Kids today may seem like experts at using technology, but the digital world requires all kinds of skills and habits that kids don’t just pick up as they go. Digital citizenship helps them learn those skills. The lessons help students reflect on their tech use and make thoughtful choices about how and when they use it. Kids also learn about how to stand up to cyberbullying, use social media carefully, and look critically at the news. 
 
WHAT FAMILIES CAN DO?
Common Sense Education provides resources to help you support your student's learning. You can visit the Common Sense website at  www.commonsensemedia.org  for more information. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Working together we can prepare today’s kids to think critically and use tech in positive, creative, and powerful ways.
 
These are a few resources from the Common Sense Education website:  https://www.commonsense.org/education/toolkit/audience/family-engagement-social-media-devices
 

Family Tips for Social Media   (Multilingual: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese)
 
Thank you,
IS MAKER EVENT

Thursday, February 13, 5:00–6:00 PM at International
(Parents Must remain on campus!)

A special Coding Activity for IS Students will take place during the PTSA Meeting from 6:00–6:45 PM.

PLEASE RSVP TO HELP MAKE SURE WE HAVE ENOUGH MATERIALS! 

Sponsored by: Makerspace Technology Team, Computer Club, KCLS, Samlabs, and Titan Robotics Club
This year's materials funded through: BSF, ISPTSA, and WEA

Please contact Tara Jones with questions.
BITE OF INTERNATIONAL 2020

Join the International School community at our annual Bite of IS fundraiser on Friday, February 28, 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.

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.  Sign up for a food/craft booth by filling out this form. Sign up for a performance by filling out this form. Each booth host will receive one ticket for the event. 

For more info, contact Arty Christianto or parent coordinator Josephine Anderson.
FOCUS WEEK DONATION WINDOW NOW OPEN!


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 until 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.
STUDENT NEWS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
ACT/SAT TEST PREP COURSE AT SAMMAMISH HIGH SCHOOL

Classes for this Spring will start the week of March 3, 2020.  

Course Days & Times:
  • ​Tuesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM: Math Skills, Instructor: Lorinda Flikkema
  • Thursdays, 6:30–7:30 PM: Verbal Skills, Instructor: Stephanie Ritchie
  • Thursdays, 7:45–9:00 PM: Science Skills, Instructor: C. Richard Nitzsche

Cost:
$50 for one section, $90 for two sections, $120 for three sections, $30 with a counselor-approved scholarship (more info on website ).

For more info, to register, and to see FAQs, please click here .  
STUDENT SPORTS & OPPORTUNITIES
ROCKETRY FOR ROOKIES

Midwinter Break Camp February 17–22

Run by current Interlake High School students, Rocketry4Rookies is a fun, immersive experience for incoming 6th–8th graders . As a low-cost alternative to most other camps, we will teach you lessons in basic physics and rocketry, with a bottle-rocket launch and a REAL rocket launch on the last day of the camp, which you will build yourself based on what you have learned. 

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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