MONDAY MESSENGER
August 19, 2019
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UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
THIS WEEK:
LOOKING AHEAD:
  • Wednesday, 9/4 • First Day of 2020-21 School Year
  • Thursday, 9/5–Friday, 9/6 • High School Retreat
  • Wednesday, 9/11 • 6th-Grade Retreat
  • Thursday, 9/26, 6:30 PM • 12th-Grade Parent Night
  • Friday, 9/27, 7:00 PM • Middle School Social
  • Tuesday, 10/1, 7:45 AM • Picture Retakes
  • Thursday, 10/3, 6:30 PM • Curriculum Night
PTSA NEWS
JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL PTSA TODAY!

Thank you to all of you who stopped to say hello to ISPTSA members at Back-to-Business Day last week. A special thanks goes to those of you who took the time to join the ISPTSA. It only takes a moment!

You can join the ISPTSA by clicking here and joining online, or by printing out this form to fill out and turn in to the ISPTSA at Mini Back-to-Business Day or in the school office.

Our goal is full membership, so that every student at IS is supported by a PTSA member. Please help us reach that goal by joining today!
SCHOOL NEWS
MINI BACK-TO-BUSINESS DAY
Sponsored by ISPTSA
THIS Wednesday, August 21, 3:00–6:00 PM

Please check this school webpage for updated information.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR—IMPORTANT DRAMA DATES
 

Fall Play
Auditions: Monday, September 9, 4:00–7:00 PM
Show: Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26
 
Spring Musical
Auditions: Wednesday, January 8, 2:00–6:00 PM
Call-backs: Friday, January 10, 4:00–8:00 PM
Show: Friday, March 6; Saturday, March 7; Friday, March 13; and Saturday, March 14
 
Please contact Karen Gath at GathK@BSD405.org with questions.
HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT PAPERWORK AND INFO!

Click here for everything you need to know about this year's High School Retreat (9/5–9/6/19). If you haven't turned in your forms, DO IT NOW!
TRYING TO PLAN YOUR NEXT TEN MONTHS?

Here's a link to the school's 2019-2020 Even/Odd Calendar , which details the entire school year, including the Even/Odd schedule, school holidays & breaks, no-student days, retreats, testing days/weeks, and Focus Week. Check it out, it's useful.
STUDENT SPORTS & OPPORTUNITIES
TITAN ROBOTICS CLUB INTEREST MEETINGS COMING SOON —UPDATED INFO

Interested in gaining hands-on experience learning and applying STEM fields in real life? Titan Robotics Club has been promoting STEM education in today’s youth for over 17 years. Our 3 programs task students with addressing a challenge by applying the concepts they have learned in the classroom into creating a robot!

Titan Robotics Club has been very successful in its mission. We have gone to international-level and regional-level competitions. Our alumni have gone to Stanford, UW CSE Direct Entry, University of Pennsylvania, Cal-Poly SLO, and more. Our mentors are from companies such as Honeywell, Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, and Genie, and have over 10 years of experience in their respective fields, as well as mentoring robotics.

This is a great chance for your child to become involved in a team sport for the mind! Go to titanrobotics.com to register for one of our 3 teams! 

First Lego League [FLL] 
Parent & Student Interest Meeting: Monday, August 26, 7:30–8:30 PM, Titan Robotics Warehouse in Redmond, 17595 NE 70th St, Suite 150
Redmond, WA 98052

Open to 4th–8th graders. Students work with trained high school and adult mentors to build and program lego robots and design a solution to a real-world issue and create presentations to address this issue.
Meetings tentatively set for Mondays 4:00–6:00 PM, Wednesdays 2:30–5:00 PM, and some Saturdays later in season. Season runs from September-December. Registration opens after interest meeting—space is limited so please apply early.

First Technical Challenge [FTC] Click Here to Register
Parent & Student Interest Meeting: Monday, August 21, 7:00–8:30 PM, Titan Robotics Warehouse in Redmond, 17595 NE 70th St, Suite 150
Redmond, WA 98052
Open to all high schoolers. Up to 15 students work together with mentors to design, build, and program an 18 by 18 inch robot. Students are also tasked with documenting their engineering process. There is limited space on the team, so please register early.

First Robotics Competition [FRC] Click Here to Register
Student Interest Meeting: Lunchtime, Tuesday, September 17 , Room 209
Parent Interest Meeting: Tuesday, September 17, 7:00–8:00 PM , Room 209
Open to all high schoolers. After training in the fall, students attend Kickoff in January where they will learn this year’s competition. After Kickoff, students work alongside mentors to design, fabricate, build, and program their robot in 6 weeks. In addition to gaining important practical skills such as programming and marketing, students are eligible for over $80 million in scholarship money. 
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
Sharon Chen & Joanie Chang
Advocacy
OPEN
Monday Messenger
Julie Molinari
Website
OPEN
IS Staff Liaison
Traci Sullivan
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.

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