MONDAY MESSENGER
April 20, 2020
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DISTRICT NEWS
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

The Bellevue School District is committed to keeping our learning community informed. The health and well-being of our students, staff, and community are a top concern. All updates from the Bellevue School District on COVID-19 can be found here: https://bsd405.org/corona-virus-covid-19/
PTSA NEWS
2020 SPRING SOCIAL FUNDRAISER HAS BEEN CANCELED

It is with great disappointment that we are announcing the cancellation of the Spring Social Fundraiser. Despite our efforts to reschedule this event for May or pivot to an online auction, it is no longer feasible to move forward in either format given the situation surrounding the COVID-19 health crisis and school closure. If at all possible, items donated to the auction will be held for fundraising for the next school year. If you donated an item to the auction and prefer to have it returned to you, please contact  SpringSocial@isptsa.org

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for all the generous support given to this fundraiser in the form of donated items, cash donations, volunteer time, and registrations. We had an extremely enthusiastic response to our event overall and know it would have been a success both as a fundraiser and a celebration of our International community. If your circumstances allow, please consider a donation to the ISPTSA to help raise funds that benefit students through grants to support and enrich our classrooms, student activities, and community. 

If you registered for this event, you should have received a separate email from Dori Kelleran on 4/16/20 with further details about your registration. Please look in your spam folder or contact  SpringSocial@isptsa.org if you cannot find this email.

Thank you again to the entire IS community for your support! We regret to have to cancel this event, but we look forward to returning to IS in the future and reconnecting as a community. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves and your families.

With gratitude, 
Your ISPTSA Spring Social Committee
Dori Kelleran, Chair
Sylvia Abrahamsson
Emilie Castle
Joannie Chang
Qiong Chen
Renuka Getchell
June Han
Fenghua Shen
Li Wu

Questions? Please contact Dori Kelleran at  VPFundraising@isptsa.org .
APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2020 BELLEVUE PTSA COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIPS!

Each year, Bellevue PTSA Council offers twelve $1,000 scholarships to seniors representing each high school in BSD.
  • The Alice Hurd Memorial Scholarship recognizes outstanding community service and rewards a $1,000 scholarship to one student from each high school.
  • The Dr. Michael Riley Memorial Scholarship, funded by Bellevue PTSA Council, rewards academic excellence to one graduating senior from each high school. 

Applicants will be evaluated by the Bellevue PTSA Council Scholarship Committee consisting of representatives from each high school. Click here for more details.
SCHOLARSHIP JUDGES NEEDED

The Bellevue PTSA Council needs judges from each high school for their 2020 Scholarship Program. Judges will evaluate applications from other high schools. If interested, please email  sam_mel@yahoo.com with the subject: 2020 Scholarship Program Judge. THANK YOU!
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL COMMUNITY—FACEBOOK INVITATION

Stay connected! It's more important than ever to stay connected with fellow International School parents. Don't feel left in the dark! Family and community engagement is online. Share information and learning opportunities, ask questions, receive communication, and stay connected with your IS family! Join International School Community—Bellevue, WA on  Facebook . It is a private group.
SCHOOL NEWS
CLASS OF 2020:

Join us for a Virtual Senior Class Meeting and get answers to your questions and concerns regarding the remainder of the school year. Begin planning your important senior events, including graduation.
Translation through Microsoft Translator will be available.
Visit our  Graduating Seniors Resources page  to find answers to frequently asked questions and to view the April 9 Graduating Seniors Virtual Town Hall.

CLASS OF 2021:

Spring Junior Parent Night will now be a virtual meeting at 3:00 PM on Thursday, April 30

Topics include: senior portraits, senior project, college applications, and parent grad committee.
GET HELP WITH MICROSOFT TEAMS

  • Microsoft has a video tutorial on attending a live event and more on their website.
  • Translations are available using Microsoft Translator—change your language in Teams in the settings. Change settings in Teams
  • Supported operating systems:
  • Windows 7 and later (32-bit and 64-bit), macOS X 10.10 and later
  • Supported mobile operating systems: Android 4.4 and later, iOS 10 and later
  • Supported web browsers: Chrome (last 3 versions, Edge RS2 and later, Firefox (last 3 versions), Internet Explorer 11, Safari
RESOURCES
IS STUDENT CREATES WEBSITE TO INFORM AND HELP DURING COVID-19

I’m Lokesh Vuchhuru and I’m a Junior at IS. I’ve created a website that talks about the current COVID-19 situation and what we can do to help. The website contains information on the history and virology of the COVID-19 virus (from sources like the CDC and WHO), a page dedicated to good news during this time, and also a donation page. The donations go straight to the CDC relief fund dedicated to helping healthcare workers on the front line. I hope this website might help some people out. Thank you!
 
FREE/LOW-FEE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS

Coronavirus Online Therapy was created to match essential workers (listed below) with licensed therapists. The therapists are offering a minimum of 4 teletherapy sessions either free or low-fee (up to $50/session). Since many of our students, families, and loved ones work in these fields, please share this information.
 
Essential workers served by Coronavirus Online Therapy: 
  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Hospital & urgent care staff (medical & administrative)
  • Birth doulas
  • Providers of home health services
  • Hospital clergy, whether paid or not
  • Staff members of shelters (homeless, DV, etc.)
  • Truck drivers
  • Employees of grocery stores
  • USPS, UPS, FedEx, and other parcel delivery employees
  • Garbage collection employees
  • News & media employees
  • Employees of grocery stores
  • Gas station attendants
  • Mass transit & airline employees
  • EMTs
  • Firefighters
  • Paramedics
  • Law enforcement
  • Military
  • Social workers and therapists in residential treatment centers or hospitals
  • Workers in child welfare agencies
  • Pharmacy employees
  • Utilities and telecommunications workers
"ON CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN? LOOK FOR MEANING, NOT HAPPINESS"

PLEASE DONATE TODAY TO HELP BELLEVUE STUDENTS

The developments around COVID-19 have put our most vulnerable students and families at risk. The Bellevue Schools Foundation has been asked to release $50,000 for emergency food for 3,500 students who normally rely on their school for nutritious meals. Additionally, the Foundation is paying for counselors that are providing virtual and phone counseling to secondary students facing anxiety and depression.

Please donate in any amount today at  http://www.bellevueschoolsfoundation.org/donate/
Thank you in advance for your support!
PTSA NEWS
ADVOCACY NEWS

Dear Parents and Students, 
Do you have an issue or concern that affects youth at a state-wide level? PTSA generates our legislative platform at the grassroots level. Any PTA member is encouraged to submit an issue to PTA.

The current legislative issue platform will be replaced at the 2020 Legislative Assembly. Members will adopt a new Top 5 platform including the additional issues that will comprise the “also supported” list. Even if you don't want to make a submission this year, I think you might find the video (Part 1) informative, because all PTA members can make a difference in their schools, communities and state.  

Please also check  https://www.wastatepta.org/focus-areas/advocacy  under  How to Submit a Legislative Issue Proposal  for deadlines and issue submitter requirements.  

Thanks, 
ISPTSA Advocacy Chair 
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.

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