MONDAY MESSENGER
June 1, 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/
BSD NEEDS 5,000 MASKS!

Thank you for lending your talents to help protect Bellevue School District students, teachers, staff, and extended community.  
 
The BSD community comes in all shapes and sizes, and so too will the masks we need. Whatever mask version you are making is welcomed and appreciated. That means we will gladly accept ties, elastic, pockets, etc. 
 
Requirements: 
  • 2 Layers of pre-washed cotton fabric, or 3 Layers of mixed fabric (i.e.-cotton + silk, cotton + linen, etc.)
  • NO RAW EDGES
  • School appropriate designs only
Optional:
  • Filter pocket (filters will not be provided by school)
  • Slot for removable nose wire (for expert sewers only)
  • >38" Ties or Elastic ear bands
 
No, Thank You: 
  • Sew-free masks—they are a wonderful DIY option for home, not school
  • Anything with religious symbols or images/wording about drugs/alcohol, etc.—if you're unsure, then probably not
 
Drop Off: 
  1. Make masks & find a Ziploc bag
  2. Fill the Ziploc bag with the following: 3+ masks, BSD Mask Donation Form (filled out)
  3. Drop off bags at ESC building: 12111 NE 1st St., Bellevue, WA 98006, in the parking garage beneath the building
  4. Feel the love from our community!
 
Check out the following links for inspiration!
MONDAY MESSENGER NEWS
THIS CUTE DOG THINKS YOU WOULD BE THE PERFECT MONDAY MESSENGER EDITOR NEXT YEAR!

That's right. This adorable dog knows how much you want to:
  1. Help out the IS community in an easy but huge way!
  2. Be the first to know about what's going on at IS, in the district, in the larger school community, and in the state school community!
  3. Volunteer at home and on your schedule (even in your pajamas, if you feel like it)!

Basic computer skills, attention to detail, and the desire to know what's going on at International are all you'll need to volunteer as the Monday Messenger Editor for 2020–21. If you are interested, please email the current editor, Julie Molinari . She will be happy to work with you into the new school year as you learn the ropes (it's really not hard, if she can do it, anyone can!).
PTSA NEWS
ISPTSA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING—JUNE 11, 7:00 PM

Please join us for our Virtual General Membership meeting, Thursday, June 11, at 7:00 PM. Agenda:

  • Accept Minutes from February 6 Meeting (2/6 presentation PDF)
  • Present Golden Acorn Award
  • Review Standing Rules Change
  • Budget—Treasurers' Report on This Year’s Budget (2019–20)
  • Preliminary Budget for Next Year (2020–21)
  • Election of 2020–21 ISPTSA board

Details about the platform for the virtual meeting will be provided closer to the date. We will need a quorum of PTSA members to make sure the voting counts. Please mark your calendars and contact  president@isptsa.org with questions.
IT'S TIME TO THANK OUR CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS AND TAKE THE BATON FROM THEM!

Thank you to our ISPTSA 2019–21 Board Members for giving us their time and energy this year!

President: Azfar Moazzam  
Secretary: Zena Heywood
Treasurer 1: Tony Wang
Treasurer 2: Nancy Chung
VPs of Outreach: Meribeth Nordloef-Pedersen & Beverly Ni
VP of Fundraising: Dori Kelleran
VPs of Community: Qiong Chen & Rachel An
VP of Communications: Li Wu
Advocacy: Krista Hammer
NOMINATIONS FOR ISPTSA BOARD MEMBERS TO BE TAKEN AT GENERAL ELECTION MEETING, JUNE 11

Over the last month or so, we have been asking for nominations for next year's ISPTSA board members. We have had a few people step up, however a large majority of our positions are still open due to many of our members fulfilling their two-year commitment. With all that is going on in our world today, thinking of the ISPTSA may not be at the top of your thinking, but we plan to continue on next year. 

We currently have three positions filled and six open. Normally, we don’t have many problems filling positions, as our PTSA does a lot for the school and its teachers, staff, and students, all of whom recognize our importance. In light of the circumstances, we will take nominations for open positions and co-positions from the floor at our General Election Meeting on Thursday, June 11. 
 
*President: OPEN
President Elect: OPEN
*Secretary: OPEN
*Treasurer 1: Tony Wang
Treasurer 2: Zena Heywood
VP of Outreach: Bev Ni
VP of Fundraising: OPEN
VP of Community: OPEN
VP Communication: OPEN  
* indicates required positions

For more information about each position, please click here .
Please contact  nominations@isptsa.org with any questions.
 
Thank you,
ISPTSA 2020 Nomination Committee
Meribeth Nordloef-Pedersen, Yuting Zhu, Jill Follett
PTSA REIMBURSEMENT REQUESTS

Please submit all requests for reimbursement from PTSA  immediately Our treasurer closes the books on June 30. Please email our treasurer now  if you plan to submit a request, so that he knows to expect it and also to make sure he has time to process your check well before his June 30 deadline.  

The office is closed. Submit receipts and reimbursement forms electronically to:  treasurer1@isptsa.org.
ISPTSA 2019-2020 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATING SENIORS

APPLICATIONS DUE TONIGHT BY MIDNIGHT!

The ISPTSA Scholarship is an inaugural scholarship offered to help celebrate and honor our graduating seniors. We thank all PTSA members who contributed to support this scholarship and our school. 

Eligibility: Each candidate must be currently enrolled in International School as a graduating Senior with an accumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher who plans to enroll in a college, university, or vocational school in fall 2020.    

Award Levels:  Four $500 scholarships will be awarded. Checks will be mailed directly to the recipients’ schools of enrollment in fall 2020.   

Application Due Date: June 1, 2020 by midnight. Only one application per person accepted. A scholarship application not received by the due date will be disqualified.
 
ISPTSA Scholarship Application Packet should include the following in PDF format:
  1. Completed application form
  2. One letter of recommendation
  3. Essay

To submit your application, please email complete packet to  isptsa-scholarship@isptsa.org .

Essay Questions (limit to two typed pages in total):
  1. Describe your activities and interests at International School. How have you contributed to the IS community?
  2. Describe your activities and involvement in the community such as volunteer work and part-time jobs.
  3. What plans do you have for your future?  

ISPTSA will base award decisions on the following criteria through written essay:
  1. Strong impact on the International School community and/or broader community 
  2. Clear articulation of future educational and/or career goals
  3. Demonstration of outstanding academic achievement throughout high school years 

Please contact the ISPTSA scholarship committee at  isptsa-scholarship@isptsa.org with any questions.
PTSA ADVOCACY ACTION ALERT FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 1

Washington was the first state in the country to face widespread school closures because of COVID-19, and OSPI acted fast by submitting many critical waiver requests to USDA to help ensure no child would go hungry. With so many families facing new financial challenges, school meals have kept many from food insecurity. Though USDA has extended several waivers through this summer, it has not yet granted an extension of Washington’s area eligibility waiver to allow nonprofits and school districts to continue providing meals to all students. Time is running out! Without this waiver, it is especially difficult for schools and communities to plan for Summer Meals and ensure kids don’t go hungry this summer. 

SCHOOL NEWS
YEARBOOK SALES EXTENDED THROUGH THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 5!
 
Directions to order: 
  1. Visit https://touchbase.bsd405.org/ and sign into your student’s account. User Name is Student ID #; Password is student’s last name starting with a capital letter.
  2. Choose International School and Yearbook then proceed with payment.  

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
NEWPORT JUNIOR KNIGHTS 2020 FOOTBALL SEASON

We’ve missed our Newport Junior Knight Football & Cheer family. We want to share our plan for the 2020 football season and hope it finds you happy and healthy. Optimistically, we are opening registration in anticipation of the fall football season but will not be requiring the registration fee at this time. Just sign up and let us know you are interested so we can plan for teams and coaches. We know there are still a lot of questions about the current situation, so be on the lookout for more information on this year’s updates around safety for our players. Register through the Boys and Girls Club . We have confirmed with the registration site that there is no payment collected at this time. More information can be found on the Newport Junior Knights facebook page .
SEATTLE UNIVERSITY VIRTUAL SUMMER SCHOLAR INSTITUTES

Looking for something for your high school students to do this summer that is engaging and intellectually stimulating? This July, Seattle University is hosting our  2020 Virtual Summer Scholar Institutes  for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Seattle Business Institute (SBI)  is focused on social entrepreneurship and innovation.  Seattle University AI4ALL  is focused on artificial intelligence and criminal justice. Both programs earn students college credits! Both are project-based and provide opportunities for self-paced learning and real-time interactions with faculty and our undergraduate program counselors.  Applications are open until May 30. 

Please click here for more information. Questions? E-mail  summer@seattleu.edu  or Eva Sedgwick, University Director of Summer Programs, at  gsedgwick@seattleu.edu .
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
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • Please submit articles by FRIDAY at 12:00 PM (noon) to news@isptsa.org.
  • We encourage submissions that align with our mission.
  • Submissions are subject to review by the ISPTSA and may be accepted, rejected, or edited.
  • Please use a separate email for each article submitted.
  • Documents in plain text are preferred, however, you are welcome to include an image or icon as a separate attachment—please do not include them in the body of your email or document.
  • If you need to link to a registration form or document, send us either the address of the link or a pdf copy of the document.
  • If you would like your article to repeat in successive Monday Messenger editions, please resubmit it for each edition in which you would like it to appear. If you do not resubmit it, it will not be republished.
  • Note: you will receive an automatic confirmation email response once you submit material to the Monday Messenger.