MONDAY MESSENGER
September 30, 2019
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UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
THIS 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

NEXT WEEK:
  • Thursday, 10/10, 6:00 PM • PTSA General Meeting & Dinner (more info below)
  • Friday, 10/11 • NO SCHOOL—BSD Professional Day

LOOKING AHEAD:
  • 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)
  • Thursday, 11/7, 6:00 PM • 6th-Grade Parent Night
  • Thursday, 11/7, 7:30 PM • 9th/10th-Grade Parent Night
  • Monday, 11/11 • NO SCHOOL—Veterans Day
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
PLEASE HELP YOUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY!

IS and the ISPTSA are currently seeking the following volunteers:

  • ISPTSA Family Dinner & General Meeting, Thursday, October 10
  • On-call Volunteers, current school year

Click  here to learn more and sign up.
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL CURRENT AND FUTURE VOLUNTEERS—PLEASE READ!

New in 2019–20—Current and prospective BSD volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation at their school site. There will be three orientations in the month of October. These are intended for all current and future volunteers

The first orientation is Tuesday, October 8, 10:15–10:45 AM. If you are planning to attend this orientation, please R.S.V.P. by emailing Traci Sullivan at  sullivant@bsd405.org
PTSA NEWS
RAISE THE TORCH FOR THE PTSA GRANTS PROGRAM!
 
Did you know the ISPTSA is now accepting proposals for grants from IS Teachers, Staff, Students, and Parents to fund programs, supplies and activities which enhance and enrich student learning? Last year alone, the Grants Program funded $12,000 in proposals meeting this criteria. Each semester the ISPTSA makes this program available to support ideas not otherwise funded. With the grant proposal submission process currently underway for this semester,  you can  RAISE THE TORCH to encourage learning and engagement at IS with a donation to the Fall Fundraiser today.

The ISPTSA Grants program is another example of how your donation to the ISPTSA comes to life through meaningful student experiences at IS! All donations to the Fall Fundraiser you give today are tax-deductible and 100% goes back to the IS community. 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.     


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!
RENEW ONLINE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE... RIGHT NOW!

PTSA, like any professional membership, has an annual membership that needs to be renewed each yea. Thank you to the over 360 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.   The roster has been updated to list people uniquely.

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, October 3rd, 5:30 PM—Curriculum Night
  • Thursday, October 10, 6:00 PM—ISPTSA General Meeting & Dinner

Questions? Contact  membership@isptsa.org.
2019 BELLEVUE SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD CANDIDATES FORUM

Monday, October 7, 12:00–2:00 PM
Wilburten Instructional Services Center, Rainier Room, 12241 Main Street, Bellevue

The Bellevue PTSA Council invites you to the 2019 BSD Board Candidates Forum . The parents, teachers, students, school staffs, and Bellevue residents are all welcome. Hear about each candidate's vision for BSD and issues critical to education. Carolyn Watson , Francine Wiest , and Jane Aras are confirmed speakers.

Please register here and submit questions on issues you are interested in. The PTSA Council will sort all submitted questions and present them to the candidates during the forum.
MESSAGE FROM ISPTSA ADVOCACY CHAIR

Hi IS Families and Teachers,  

I am the new advocacy chair for ISPTSA. My son Carson Hammer is a junior. My other son Davis graduated from Sammamish in 2017. I have degrees in political science and love advocating for kids. My parents were public school teachers, so I also have a passion for education.    

I will do my best to keep you informed about any pending legislation relating to the health, safety, and education of our children. You may already know that the Washington State PTA is the oldest and the largest nonprofit grassroots children's advocacy association in our state!

Don't forget to sign up for action alerts on the advocacy page at  https://www.wastatepta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/   

Looking forward to working with you! Email me anytime. 
Krista Hammer 
ISPTSA FAMILY DINNER AND GENERAL MEETING

Thursday, October 10, 6:00–7:30 PM

Please join us for our first General Membership meeting of the school year!
It’s a great opportunity for you to connect with your IS community and learn new information about the school.

6:00–6:30 PM: Free Taco Bar Dinner s ponsored by ISPTSA will be provided
6:30–7:30 PM: PTSA General Meeting, Agenda as follows:

– Review and approve Minutes from June 13 General Meeting
– Review and Approve Standing Rules for 2019-2020
Approve 2019-20 Budget and Financial Report
President's Report to the General Membership
  • Introduction of 2019-20 ISPTSA Board
  • Discussion of PTSA focus for 2019-20 year
Principal Tara Gray to address the General Membership
Committee reports:
  • Fundraising
  • Outreach
  • Communications
  • Community
  • Grants
Introduction of French Intern to the General Membership
Any other business


If you can volunteer at this event, we could use your help! Please sign up here.
EDUCATION CONNECTIONS

The Community Engagement Committee (a joint venture of BSF, PTSA, and BSD) is excited to announce our first  Education Connection  of the 2019-2020 school year.

Hear our resident expert, Melissa deVita,   Deputy Superintendent for Finance and Operations of the Bellevue School District, discuss state funding, the impact on the Bellevue School District, and your property taxes.

Two sessions are available for this special program, b oth will take place at the Wilburten Instructional Services Center, Rainier Room, 12241 Main Street, Bellevue.

Thursday, October 10, 11:30 AM–1:00 PM 
A light lunch is offered at this session from 11:30 AM–12:00 PM. The program is from 12:00–1:00 PM. Click here to register for this session.

Monday, October 14, 7:00–8:00 PM
REFLECTIONS SUBMISSIONS DUE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
 
The 2019-2020 theme is  Look Within . Submit original works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: dance choreography, film, literature, music, photography, and visual arts. Only one art submission per category. All International School submissions are  due by Friday, November 15

Students can stop by the Commons Area on Tuesday, October 1, during lunch to pick up registration forms and rules for their artistic endeavors. All forms and rules will be available at the Reflections bulletin board. 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
SCHOOL NEWS
ATTENTION: MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS

If your middle school st udent would like to be paired up with a high school math tutor , please have them fill out this form and turn it in to Regen Lorden. Please email her at lordenr@bsd405.org with questions.
POINSETTIA & WREATH SALES

It’s that time of year again! The leaves are falling, and the holidays are around the corner. It’s time for our ANNUAL SENIOR CLASS POINSETTIA & WREATH FUNDRAISER!

Poinsettias from Squak Mountain Nursery in Issaquah come in red, white, or shades of pink for $20 each.  POINSETTIA ORDER FORM

Wreaths, also from Squak Mountain, are 24 inches in diameter with ornamental pine cones and sell for $25 each. Add an optional holiday bow for $2.  WREATH ORDER FORM

These beautiful plants are the perfect holiday gift for friends, neighbors, and co-workers! They also serve as festive holiday decor for your office or home in bunches, or as a table centerpiece to last throughout the holiday season!

You can also order a poinsettia for a teacher or staff member as a holiday gift! What better way to show your appreciation for all that they do for our IS students? You may buy one for a designated teacher/staff member, or order for the staff pool and we’ll make sure that all the teachers receive one of these beautiful plants. We need your participation! 

All proceeds go to the IS Senior Class to help with costs of Graduation Festivities!

Deadline for orders: Monday, November 4 (the sooner the better for teacher orders to ensure all staff receive a gift!)

Pickup: Monday, November 25, 3:00–5:00 PM (no need to pick up teacher/staff gifts; we will deliver for you!)

The Class of 2020 thanks you for your support!!!

NOTE: All Senior families are asked to participate in this fundraiser, either by contributing $150 or purchasing/selling 10 plants. Please email Christina Terterov at  cterterov@yahoo.com  or Susan Ryder at  jacksusanryder@live.com with questions.
CLASS OF 2020: COLLEGE APPLICATION WORKSHOP!

Saturday, October 5, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM

Students can drop in when it works for their schedule. This is a FANTASTIC time to do dedicated work on applications and get support from Melinda and Jill.
AP EXAM REGISTRATION IS IN PROCESS!

This year, students are registering online with College Board for exams during their AP courses. 

Does your student want to take an AP exam for a subject not taught at IS? Notify Jill ASAP at  follettj@bsd405.org .  

Fees are available to pay online through   Touchbase , and exams will be ordered based on payments collected through 11/1. Late orders incur a $40 late fee per exam from College Board. This is three months earlier than in the past, due the College Board’s new exam registration deadline.  

Contact Melinda Breeze at  breezem@bsd405.org  for information about scholarships by October 15.    

For more information, visit:  AP 2019-20 .
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CAN EARN CREDIT FOR TAKING THE MICROSOFT EXAMS!

Interest meetings:
Tuesday, October 1, during lunch or tutorial, in the library
 
Students should email Tara Jones at jonesta@bsd405.org with questions or for more information if they can't attend. Click here to see the  flyer .
IS TECH TEAM INTEREST MEETINGS

Monday, September 30,  during lunch or tutorial, in the library
 
To join the Tech Team, students need to get a  permission form signed  by their teachers, counselor, and parents/guardians. Students need to see their teachers during tutorial (NOT during class) to get this form signed. The permission form can be accessed here.
 
Once the form is submitted to  Tara Jones’ mailbox in the office , students will be added to the Microsoft Teams and OneNote.
 
Students should email Tara Jones with questions or for more information if they can't attend:  jonesta@bsd405.org.
CLUBS ARE STARTING!

Students can find out more information from the daily announcements and posters around the school, and parents can check out  Titan Times .

Some clubs already had their interest meetings last week; here's a sample of what's happening this week:

  • Interest meetings for the Innovation Tech Team take place Monday, September 30, during lunch OR tutorial, in the library.
  • Interest meetings for Taking Microsoft Exams for College Credit take place Tuesday October 1, during lunch or tutorial, in the library.
  • An interest meeting for Archery takes place Tuesday, October 1, in the main gym after school—high school and middle school students are welcome.
  • The UNICEF interest meeting takes place on Wednesday, October 2, in room 208 during lunch—there will be food!
  • The Girls Who Code interest meeting takes place Friday, October 4, in Room 101 during lunch.
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.
DO YOU HAVE TRANSPORTATION QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS?

Please feel free to call Casey at the district office: 425-456-4512 .
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!
STUDENT NEWS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
BELLEVUE GIFTED ALLIANCE FALL EVENT

Monday, October 7, 2019, 6:30–8:00 PM
Wilburten Instructional Services Center, Rainier Room
12241 Main Street, Bellevue

Dr. Duran will be speaking at BGA's Fall Event:An Update on our Advanced Learning Vision. We will also address: The Dos and Don'ts of How to Help Your Child Succeed in the Bellevue School District.
STUDENT SPORTS & OPPORTUNITIES
JAVA CLASSES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Seattle Advocates for Education, a youth-led nonprofit by high schoolers, is providing java classes for middle school students at a small fee for beginners and intermediate-level students. We have qualified high-school instructors with years of experience and are excited to work with students!

If you’re child is interested in programming and wants a head-start before high school, check our programs at  seattleadvocatesfe.org .
BELLEVUE BOYS SOCCER INFORMATION MEETING

Wednesday, October 2, 2:30 PM, BHS Library
 
Interested returning and new players, please join coaches Steve, Seth, and Tao for a meeting this Wednesday. Players only, please—t here will be an information meeting for families at a later date. 

If you (or your student) were not in the program last year and want to receive information about tryouts and the upcoming 2020 spring season, please contact  bhsboyssoccerbooster@outlook.com , or Margot Schwartz ( schwartztobin@gmail.com ) with the names, email addresses, and student's graduation year. 
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.