June 15, 2020
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Planning for Fall: 
The Bellevue School District is continuing to solidify our plans for fall. This planning includes our learning community. One way to participate is to take our survey. 
  • Take the survey! We invite you to take this survey to help us make important decisions in how we plan for our return to school this fall. Click here to take the survey.
  • Listen in on Fall Planning. The Bellevue School District has been organizing a fall planning team including a Steering Committee that will be tasked with providing ongoing feedback to the implementation team and ensuring the plan satisfies the Board’s commitment to our students and community. The committee will be holding its first virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 17, from 2:00–4:00 PM. Join us via Microsoft Teams.
P-EBT, or Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program:  
Because of COVID-19, families qualifying for free or reduced priced meals for their children can apply for assistance buying groceries. Apply for P-EBT by August 31 at  or call 877-501-2233. To be eligible for P-EBT, families must be approved for free or reduced priced school meals by June 30. To complete an application for school meal benefits, go to
Use of School Grounds for Recreation :
As we enter the summer months, we know many students and community members would like to use our recreation facilities. Effective immediately, we will be reopening our tennis and pickleball courts to the public, in line with Department of Health guidelines. Signs are posted at each facility explaining the physical distancing expectations. The courts at International and Tyee will not be open to the general public until Monday, June 22. Our fields, basketball courts, and playgrounds will remain closed until King County enters Phase 2, at which time we will begin allowing groups of 5 or less, following the  Safe Start guidelines .
Congratulations #BSD2020grads!  
We want to celebrate you! Share your graduation photos with us using #BSD2020grads on social media or email photos to  for us to share on our website and social media platforms.

The health and safety of our students, staff, and community continue to be of paramount concern to the Bellevue School District. We anticipate the need to maintain some level of physical distancing over the summer. For this reason, our summer programs will be limited and provided remotely. The primary focus of a ny offerings will be on preparing students for advancements to the next grade level, course offering, or journey after school life.
What is the focus of the Bellevue School District’s Summer Programs this year for High School Students?
Due to the impact on learning by Covid-19, summer learning will have the following focus:
  • To ensure that Class of 2020 Seniors Graduate. Our district has made a commitment to support seniors in meeting the requirements to graduate.
  • To support High School Students with Completion of Semester 2 Courses from Spring 2020. We are creating a process for current BSD students to complete specific high school courses required for graduation for which they received an “I” for “incomplete” for Semester 2. The 2020 Summer High School Course Completion Program will run June 22–July 2, 2020.
  • To support Credit Recovery for High School Students. We are prioritizing the High School Summer Program offerings to allow current BSD students to retake specific courses required for graduation if they have previously received an “F”, “NC” or “W” for that course. The 2020 Summer High School Credit Recovery Program will run July 7–31, 2020.
Click here to go to the High School Summer School page to learn more about these programs.
  • Meals will be available for pick up Monday–Thursday each week. 
  • Breakfast (for the next day) will be provided with each meal. 
  • Meals picked up on Thursday will include an extra lunch for Friday and breakfast for Monday! 
  • Children are not required to be present at the time of meal pick-up. 
  • A child does not have to be enrolled in Bellevue SD to participate. 
  • Adults may purchase a meal: $3.25 breakfast/$4.75 lunch. 

Curbside Pick-Up Locations: 
Lake Hills Elementary
14310 SE 12th Street
11:30–12:30 PM
Sammamish High School
100 140th Ave SE
For more information contact BSD Nutrition Services at 425-456-4507.
JUNE 18, 7:00 PM

Please join us for our Virtual General Membership Meeting to be held this Thursday, June 18, at 7:00 PM .

Agenda as follows:
  • Accept Minutes from February 6 Meeting (2/6 presentation PDF)
  • Present ISPTSA Scholarship winners
  • Present Golden Acorn Award
  • Review Standing Rules Change (note: three highlighted sections are proposed changes)
  • Budget—Treasurers' Report on This Year’s Budget (2019–20)
  • Preliminary Budget for Next Year (2020–21)
  • Election of 2020–21 ISPTSA board
  • Principal's Message

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. Those who have been ISPTSA members for fifteen days prior to the election can self-declare candidacy to the president either by email or from the floor during our meeting. Please mark your calendars and contact with questions.

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 four positions 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 18. Those who have been ISPTSA members for fifteen days prior to the election can self-declare candidacy to the president either by email or from the floor during our meeting. 
*President:  OPEN
President Elect:  OPEN
*Secretary:  Ann Ross-Clarke
*Treasurer 1:  Tony Wang
Treasurer 2:  Zena Heywood
VP Communications:  OPEN   
VP of Community:  Melissa Richardson
VP of Fundraising:  Emilie Castle
VP of Outreach:  Bev Ni

* Indicates required positions— We must have a president in order to have a functioning PTSA next year!

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

Please plan on attending our final General Membership meeting on June 18 to hear of the deserving volunteer who has received the 2019–20 Golden Acorn Award. This individual has been a consistent volunteer over the years in PTSA and at IS, and had broad support for this award.

Congratulations to recipients of the first ISPTSA Scholarship Awards for IS graduating Seniors! Each recipient received $500.
  • Jackie Doud
  • Makenna Ginn
  • Alexandria Wang
  • Timothy Zeng
We thank all the applicants for their submissions. There was definitely not a lack of competition! The Scholarship Committee carefully reviewed and discussed each application based on the following criteria:
  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.
The Scholarship Committee thoroughly enjoyed reading every essay, and we are especially proud of the tremendous achievement and contributions of our applicants. While we celebrate the scholarship award winners, let’s also congratulate the IS Senior Class for their success. Thank you to the IS community for the financial support of this scholarship.

  • Help out the IS community in an easy but huge way!
  • Be the first to know about what's going on at IS!
  • Volunteer at home and on your schedule (even in your pajamas, if you feel like it)!

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!).

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:

Dear Students and Families,
While we are still finalizing our materials collection plan, we want you to have the times/dates for your scheduled times now to allow for your planning. More details coming soon via email and our IS website.
Below is the schedule to help reduce the number of people waiting in the pickup and collection line. We are flexible, so please let us know if these times will not work for you and your family.
Thursday, June 18:
  • 11:30 AM–12:30 PM—Last names beginning with A-C
  • 12:301:30 PM—Last names beginning with D-F
  • 1:302:30 PM—Last names beginning with G-I
  • 2:303:30 PM—Last names beginning with J-L
Friday, June 19:
  • 9:0010:00 AM—Last names beginning with M-O
  • 10:0011:00 AM—Last names beginning with P-R
  • 11:00 AM12:00 PM—Last names beginning with S
  • 12:301:30 PM—Last names beginning with T-U
  • 1:302:30 PM—Last names beginning with V-W
  • 2:303:30 PM—Last names beginning with X-Y
  • 3:304:30 PM—Last names beginning with Z

Preparation for Collection and Pickup 
Please backup your laptop and gather the following items:
  • Textbooks and classroom reading books
  • Library books
  • Laptops and hot spots if you are not participating in summer opportunities
  • Laptop
  • Laptop Bag
  • Charger
  • Stylus 
  • Hot spot (if applicable)
  • Graphing calculators
  • Musical instruments for students not returning to IS in the fall
(email  or  with any questions)
You can see items that have been checked out by accessing the Destiny account. Please note that not all items are tracked via the Destiny system:  Directions to access Destiny
Athletic equipment and uniforms needed to be returned to the school where the sport is played. Please reach out to that school for more information.
Thank you!
The Materials Collection Team
Jess Albrecht, Kerince Bowen, Tara Gray, Tara Jones, and Traci Sullivan

New eBook titles have just been added to our digital collection.

To view these new fiction and non-fiction eBooks, please click here.

Looking for what to read next? To visit our Destiny Discover e-collection  please click here .

Michele Dang
Library specialist
One of the great traditions at International School is our annual  Déjeuner en Blanc (Lunch in White) picnic and field day. The  Dîner en Blanc concept began in Paris in 1988 when Frenchman François Pasquier invited a group of friends to an elegant outdoor dinner at the Bois de Boulogne, asking them to dress in white so they could find each other.  Dîner en Blanc  has grown to become a worldwide event spanning six continents and eighty-five countries in which people, dressed all in white, gather at an iconic urban location and enjoy a meal together. Diners provide their own food, tables, chairs and tablecloths.

At International School, we celebrate by ending classes two hours early so that students can set up and enjoy their picnic with friends and staff on our lower sports field. The upper field is used for games and activities, such as face painting, sidewalk chalk drawing, carnival games, and an impressive, ever-popular water balloon launcher! In the past, students were asked to plan their own picnics with friends and wear as much white clothing as possible. 

Even though we won’t be able to gather in our usual way, on behalf of the French Department, we would like to invite the entire IS community—students, staff, and family members—to join us for virtual picnics , with a of couple changes.

This year, instead of  Déjeuner en Blanc , we’ll be celebrating  Déjeuner en _______ (blank),  because students can choose their own themes, such as another color to wear or something entirely different. Have fun with it and remember to keep it appropriate for school. This is an optional event and no attendance will be taken, but we encourage as much of our community as possible to connect with one another and “join” us in celebrating this tradition at any time during the week. 

*** To be abundantly clear, we would like out picnickers to meet their friends on Teams, meaning that students will not be meeting each other in person . ***

What: You organize a virtual picnic or picnics & create your own theme. 
When: June 15 – 19. You can participate any day or days that you’d like. 
Who: You and your IS friends and/or family members.
Where: On Teams and wherever it is that you’re eating. 
Why: It’s a fun & unifying tradition. And, why not? We miss each other. 
What else: Daily challenges! What?! Keep reading...

Picnickers are invited to participate in the daily challenges which can be found in the IS Padlet, where you will be able to post photos and videos.The winner of each daily challenge will be the one with the most likes. Staff will moderate the posts and take the final tally of votes for each day on Friday, June 19, at 2:00 PM. Winners of all five challenges will be posted in a sixth Padlet shelf. 
Daily Challenges:
Monday, 6/15: Find a picture of a celebration that brings people together. 
Tuesday, 6/16: Sing/lip-sync a French song (video no more than 20 seconds).
Wednesday, 6/17: Share your favorite recipe. 
Thursday, 6/18: Take a picture of what you are eating for your picnic.
Friday, 6/19: Take a picture of your picnic group.

If you have any questions, please contact your French teacher or Monsieur Kheriaty,
IS Déjeuner en Blanc 2019

Wise Camps (a Bellevue nonprofit) is offering virtual summer camps for rising 1st–11th graders the weeks of July 13–17 and 20–24! We offer a wide variety of camp topics such as chemistry, engineering, art, marine science, math, programming, cooking, baking, forensic science, nursing, pre-med biology, viruses, financial literacy, and SAT Prep!

What makes us unique is our camp supply boxes that will be filled with materials and goodies and dropped off or mailed to our campers each week! We will be using Zoom, but it will be in conjunction with the hands-on materials brought to your home!!! We won’t allow a global pandemic stop us from fulfilling our mission of having kids fall in love with math, science, and all of our other topics! We cap our camps at 10 to keep the sizes small! Our goal is to make the camps as parent independent as safely possible!

Register at ! We offer a sibling discount and have a special promotion for all families registered by June 30: $50 credit toward 2021 summer camps and entry into a drawing to win a visit from a “mad scientist!” Some camps are close to selling out so sign up early and email  with any questions!

Compete with students in grades 6–8 to develop and pitch a solution that seeks to solve an arising problem created by COVID-19. Registration is free!

1st Place—$200
2nd Place—$125
3rd Place—$75
Additional prizes on our website!

  • Competition opens Monday, June 8, and is free to enter.
  • Open to middle school students (2019–20 school year).
  • Submission deadline is July 15, 11:59 PM PST.
  • Students can work in teams of 1–4 per submission.

Azfar Moazzam 
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
Krista Hammer
Monday Messenger
Julie Molinari
Li Zhang
IS Staff Liaison
Marrene Franich & Wesley Hung
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The ISPTSA is always here to help answer your IS questions.

Email us here , and we'll help you find the answers you need.
Attendance 425-456-6545
Main Office 425-456-6500 
MS Counseling 425-456-6546
HS Counseling 425-456-6542 
Registrar 425-456-6535 

Donate Anytime

Write your check to the International School PTSA and send it to:
445 128th Ave. SE
Bellevue, WA 98005
Or, even easier, donate
via PayPal .
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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