MONDAY MESSENGER
September 23, 2019
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UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
THIS WEEK:
  • Thursday, 9/26, 6:30 PM • 12th-Grade Parent Night
  • Friday, 9/27, 7:00 PM • Middle School Social

NEXT WEEK:
  • Tuesday, 10/1, 7:45 AM • Picture Retakes
  • Thursday, 10/3, 5:30–6:30 PM, Library • New to IS Tech Info Night (more info below)
  • Thursday, 10/3, 6:30 PM • Curriculum Night

LOOKING AHEAD:
  • Thursday, 10/10, 6:00 PM • PTSA General Meeting & Dinner
  • Friday, 10/11 • NO SCHOOL—BSD Professional Day
  • Wednesday, 10/16 • Super Wednesday Testing
  • Thursday, 10/17, 6:30 PM • 11th-Grade Parent Night
  • Friday, 10/25, 7:00 PM • Fall Play
  • Saturday, 10/26, 7:00 PM • Fall Play
  • Saturday, 11/2, 8:00 PM • Homecoming Dance (High School)
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
PLEASE HELP YOUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY!

IS and the ISPTSA are currently seeking the following volunteers:

  • Grade-Level Representatives for Grades 7 & 9, current school year (more info below)
  • BSF Ambassador, current school year
  • On-call Volunteers, current school year

Click  here to learn more and sign up.
PTSA NEWS
RAISE THE TORCH FOR CURRICULUM ENRICHMENT! 
 
Did you know the ISPTSA has budgeted about $50,000 this school year toward a wide range of grants which enrich the curriculum at IS? 80% of that total is recurring, meaning they are budgeted year after year, so teachers and faculty can depend on the funding as they plan their curriculum. Math, Science, French, Art, PE, Band/Orchestra/Choir, and the Library depend on grants each year, which means each and every student at IS benefits.  

RAISE THE TORCH for Curriculum Enrichment at IS with a donation to the Fall Fundraiser today. To see a more robust list, please check out What Your Donation Supports.
 
We invite all families to participate in this campaign, because your contribution—no matter the amount—makes a difference!  We ALL benefit from the community, academic excellence, and reputation our students were fortunate to join. This is our chance to give back and build on that legacy.  

Choose a support level that works for you:  Gold $500,  Silver $250,  Bronze $100, or define your own amount. For those families who can, we ask you to consider becoming a  Titan Torch supporter with a donation of $1,000 or more. All donations to the Fall Fundraiser you give today are tax-deductible and 100% goes back to the IS community.     


Prefer to write a check? Fill out this donation form and mail it back to the ISPTSA. 
 
Questions?  Please contact  vpfundraising@isptsa.org .  
Thanks for your consideration! 
Go Titans!
DID YOU REMEMBER TO RENEW?

PTSA, like any professional membership, has an annual membership. Thank you to the over 350 parents and guardians who have either become members or renewed their memberships for the 2019-2020 school year! We are now over 60% of the way to our goal of full school membership—587 PTSA members. Check out our roster of supportive members. 

You can become a member or renew your membership online by clicking here , or you can stop by our membership table in the next three weeks. ISPTSA membership will be represented at the following events, where we can take cash, credit, or check for you to join the ISPTSA or renew your membership:
  • Thursday, September 26, 5:30 PM—12th Grade Parent Night
  • Thursday, October 3rd, 5:30 PM—Curriculum Night
  • Thursday, October 10, 6:00 PM—ISPTSA General Meeting & Dinner

Questions? Contact  membership@isptsa.org.
PTSA ADVOCACY NEWS

Parent To-Do: Sign up to receive Action Alerts from the State PTSA 

Do you want your voice be heard for children and youth during the upcoming legislative session? Sign up for action alerts! It's a quick, easy way to communicate with your legislators on active topics.  

Go to the  Focus Areas  tab on the WSPTSA homepage  and select  Advocacy . Click the green box at the top right of the advocacy page to get action alerts.  

Krista Hammer 
2019-2020 ISPTSA Advocacy Chair 
REFLECTIONS SUBMISSIONS DUE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
 
For over 50 years, National PTA’s  Reflections  program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas; develop artistic literacy; increase confidence; and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and life. Each year, hundreds of thousands of students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create and submit original works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: dance choreography, film, literature, music, photography, and visual arts.
 
The 2019-2020 theme is  Look Within . All International submissions are  due by Friday, November 15 . All forms and rules will be available at the Reflections bulletin board in the coming week.
Please send questions to  Reflections@isptsa.org.
PLEASE SUBMIT GRANT PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS TO ISPTSA

The International School PTSA invites grant proposal submissions for the first half of academic year 2019–20. There will be two opportunities to apply for ISPTSA grants: once at the beginning of each semester. The grant proposals are  due by October 4, 2019, at 3:30 PM  and  MUST  be  emailed to grants@isptsa.org  with the required signatures. The next opportunity will be in January 2020.
 
The ISPTSA grants support and supplement programs and activities that enhance and enrich student learning at International School and will be prioritized in alignment with the International School Goals & Key Strategies from the 2018-19 IS School Improvement Plan (excerpt below): 
 
“International School provides opportunities for every student to develop essential knowledge and skills:
  • Read with comprehension, write effectively, and communicate successfully in a variety of ways and settings and with a variety of audiences.
  • Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civics and history, including different cultures and participation in representative government; geography; the arts; and heaIth and fitness. 
  • Think analytically, logically, and creatively, and integrate technology literacy and fluency as well as different experiences and knowledge to form reasoned judgments and solve problems.
  • Understand the importance of work and finance and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect future career and educational opportunities.”
 
International School teachers, staff, students, and parents are eligible to submit grant proposals. The funds for the grants are generously made available by the ISPTSA for encouraging learning and engagement at our school.
 
The details on the grants process and the application forms can be found on the ISPTSA Website's grants page .
 
The ISPTSA Grants Committee will review and recommend proposals to ISPTSA board for final approval at their meeting in October 2019. The grant applicants will be notified of the ISPTA board's decision by end of October 2019.
 
Your grant proposals are a fantastic way to help us highlight and prioritize how the ISPTSA allocated funds are spent. We look forward to your proposals.
 
Thank you
ISPTSA Grants Committee
MAKE YOUR MORNINGS STRESS-FREE (OR AT LEAST A BIT LESS STRESSFUL) BY CARPOOLING!
 
We are looking for families who are interested in forming carpools with other IS families in their home area. Do you have one more space in your car that you could fill? 

If you are interested, contact Beverly ( vpoutreach@isptsa.org ) with “carpooling request” in the subject line. Please provide your name, your student(s) name(s), grade(s), and the area from which you would like to carpool. 

ISPTSA provides this as a service to families, and once we receive requests, we will forward information to interested parties.

We currently have families from Clyde Hill, Enatai, Lake Hills, Medina, Norwood Village, Somerset, Tam O’Shanter, W. Lake Sammamish, Wilburton, and afternoon sports transportation to BHS looking for carpool partners.
HAVE YOU VERIFIED YOUR DATA?

BSD's Online Student Data Verification process for the 2019–20 school year has begun. 

The ISPTSA gets updated data from the district in early October. Please note that if you chose to be exempt from inclusion in directory listings, your data will not be included in the ISPTSA directory, DirectorySpot. 

DISCOUNT ON SAT TEST PREP FOR IS STUDENTS—IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ISPTSA

There's a short registration deadline, so hurry. You don’t want to miss out on this discounted event in partnership with ISPTSA! (We're so excited to get you this HUGE discount!)
 
PrepNorthwest SAT Course: Prepping for the December 7 SAT Test
  • 8 Two-hour Lessons at International School, Wednesdays 2:00–4:00 PM
  • 4 Practice Tests at PrepNorthwest in Bellevue
  • All materials
  • 25 max students
  • $499/student (typically $1299)
 
Registration
  • Complete the form at: www.PrepNorthwest.com/contact.
  • Type: "International December SAT Class–2019" in the "Tell us about your needs" section.
  • PrepNorthwest will confirm your space via email. 
  • Registration deadline is Sunday, September 22, 2019.
 
Payment
  • Payment will be made by check.
  • Payment will be expected at first practice test on Saturday, September 28.
 
Questions
Check out FAQ page or contact either PrepNorthwest at  office@prepnorthwest.com / 425-825-0702, or International School Contact Renuka Getchell at  renukakg@hotmail.com.  
GRADE 7 & 9 PARENTS & GUARDIANS—GRADE-LEVEL REPRESENTATIVES STILL NEEDED!

If you are interested in getting to know other parents from your child(ren)'s grade, this is a perfect volunteer opportunity! Grade-Level Representatives plan grade-level parent/guardian social events, organize parents to support staff appreciation, and act as another channel of information in support of ISPTSA.

A detailed list of the responsibilities for each grade level can be  found here.

Please  sign up here  , or contact   vpcommunity@isptsa.org   to apply!
2019–20 UPDATED BUS INFO

The updated BSD bus information for the 2019–20 school year should be here, but it's not (as of this mailing, BSD is still posting info for the last school year).

Here's a document with this year's bus info that you can use until the BSD site gets updated.
SCHOOL NEWS
NEED HELP PAYING FOR SCHOOL EXPENSES?

Click here  to a pply for assistance and opt into sharing on Option 5 to be eligible for fee waivers. You must re-apply every school year.
DOES YOUR STUDENT INTEND TO TAKE AN AP EXAM FOR A SUBJECT THEY'RE NOT STUDYING AT IS?

If your student intends to take an AP exam for a subject they are not studying at International School, ask them to email Jill Follett, Counseling Secretary, at follettj@bsd405.org  to register for the $94 exam. 
DO YOU HAVE TRANSPORTATION QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS?

Please feel free to call Casey at the district office: 425-456-4512 .
THE TITAN TIMES (DAILY SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS) ARE ONLINE!

Do you have a student who doesn't alway tell you what's going on at school? Well, you're in luck! You can read the IS daily announcements online and get caught up on all the goings-on each day. But you have to check in each day, since they're only up for one day and not archived.

NEW TO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TECH INFO NIGHT

Thursday, October 3, 5:30–6:30 PM in the Library (before Curriculum Night)
 
Please bring your student(s) and their laptop(s) to learn about the technology used at IS.
 
Note : If your student can’t attend, please bring their school laptop, username, and password, so you can interact during the event!
DON'T BE LEFT WITHOUT A YEARBOOK!

Did you know that yearbooks need to be ordered now for delivery in June 2020? That's right. You definitely don't want June to arrive and then realize you never placed your order!
Orders are due by the end of September 2019 , and you will NOT be able to purchase a yearbook past this deadline— especially NOT in June 2020 !


It's your last chance!
ATTENTION: CLASS OF 2020!

Class of 2020, please submit the following by  Monday, September 23 :
  1. Senior portrait
  2. Baby picture
  3. Senior thank you

If you would like to purchase a Grad Ad, please pay online. These are due  Monday, November 18 .

A document with all the details may be found here:  19-20 yearbook dates.
SCHOOL CLUBS!

Are you and your students curious about the clubs at International? Here's link to the school's club webpage . The clubs are run by students, and many are not organized and set up yet—new officers are being elected and decisions are being made—so this page will be updated for this new school year shortly.

If you see a club listed that you believe would be a good fit for your students, remind them to listen to announcements or suggest they go talk to the club advisor during tutorial to find out more.
STUDENT NEWS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
CAMP KINDNESS COUNTS FAMILY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

At Camp Kindness Counts, we empower and inspire kids to be the catalyst for positive change with their curiosity, courage, and kindness. Kids in our programs practice service learning, collaboration, mindfulness, building positive character virtues, and ultimately make a positive difference in themselves and those around them. 

Come join Camp Kindness Counts as we spread kindness and community-building throughout the year! We host a Family Community Service Day the first weekend of every month (alternating Saturday/Sunday). Our events range from family + community building, multicultural events, and community service projects. Check out our upcoming events and sign up here.
STUDENT SPORTS & OPPORTUNITIES
ULTIMATE FRISBEE

The boys Ultimate frisbee team came out on top in their home opener with Eastside Catholic High School last Tuesday, September 17. The final score was 15-1. Our next home game will be played Tuesday, September 24, 4:30 PM, against Seattle Waldorf High School at North Robinswood Sports Field (150th Ave SE and SE 20th St). Our current record is 2-1.

For more information on Bellevue's High School Ultimate Frisbee program, go to  http://bellevueultimate.org .
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OFFERS HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE AND MORE

Parents, are you looking for a safe after-school place for your students? The (non-profit) Bellevue Boys & Girls Club offers a daily after-school homework assistance program at their Lake Hills location— Club 6/7/8   for middle school students and   BE GREAT: Graduate  for high school students. Mentors/tutors are on site each day to work with students and stay in contact with their schools. The positive, supportive atmosphere helps students stay on track and succeed.

Students also have access to  The Club Teen Center . Staffed by professionals, The Club  offers programs in a state-of-the-art technology lab, audio recording studio, art room, teaching kitchen, and a bicycle repair/building lab.  The Club  space also has recreation available: a ping pong table, a pool table, a foosball table, a board games table, video games, and a sport court for basketball, volleyball, and badminton. For teens who want to get involved in leadership,  The Keystone Advisory  provides guidance and opportunities.

All Boys & Girls Club programs are free, and transportation is provided from school. Snacks are available every day, and a Teen Feed dinner is offered every Thursday. 

For more information, please visit the  Boys and Girls Club website  , or call: 425-429-3203.
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.