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6:30p IS 7th Grade Parent Night
IS 7th Grade Parent Night

Date:
Tuesday, February 7
Time:
6:30p - 7:30p
Where:
IS Library
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7th Grade Staff Appreciation Luncheon
7th Grade Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Date:
Wednesday, February 8

The 7th grade will be hosting a Staff Appreciation Luncheon. For more information on how you can help look for an email from your grade level Parent Representative.
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6:00p Bite of IS
Bite of IS

Date:
Wednesday, February 15
Time:
6:00p - 8:00p
Where:
IS Gym
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ISPTSA MEMBERSHIP
 
All ISPTSA members are Washington State PTA and National PTA members. Please click the link to the websites WSPTA member discounts and National PTA member offers for special member discounts, such as: 15% off concert and event tickets at the Seattle Symphony;  25% Off Rentals at Avis Car Rentals; 30% off at Great Wolf Lodge; Special Rates for Printing at FedEx Office; and much more.
 
We are inviting every IS family to join ISPTSA to help us reach the 100% membership goal and help you with some amazing discounts. Please Sign in to Renew OR Click here to Join today.
 
Questions? Please contact Honglian Gao.
 

 
AUCTION UPDATE
 
The online auction is open. There are lots of great items to bid on with more being added every day. All funds raised from this auction go to support our students and teachers – so bid generously! Here are just a few of the amazing items:
 
 
 
Teachers and parents are excited about the live auction night on Saturday, February 4. There will be performances, great food, a fantastic evening program, and more great items to bid on. It’s not too late to buy tickets.
 
We have been offered discounted room rates for anyone wanting to stay the evening ($149/night). Rates rise on January 28.
 
Have questions? Check out our FAQ or email VPFundraising@isptsa.org.
 

ISPTSA 2023-2024 BOARD NOMINATIONS
 
Join the Board!
 
The Nominations Committee was confirmed at our General membership meeting last Thursday. The committee members are Qiong Chen, Honglian Gao, and Jennifer Li. Nominations for the 2023-2024 International School PTSA Board can be sent to nominations@istpsa.org. The following positions are open for nominations: President, VP of Community, VP of Outreach, VP of Communications, VP of Fundraising, Secretary, Treasurer 1, and Treasurer 2. Position descriptions can be accessed here. You can self-nominate! Questions? Contact the Nominations Committee.
 

 
LUNAR NEW YEAR STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEON
 
Thank you to our Chinese families for hosting the 22nd International School Lunar New Year Staff Appreciation Luncheon on January 25. This tradition started in 2001 before our current students were born. It was 100% attended and a delightful community-building event. Thank you to the families who contributed to the party and thank you to the teachers and staff who make this school a great place for our children!
 
Questions? Contact VPCommunity@isptsa.org.
 

CONGRATULATIONS CIEL HA!
 
Congratulations to our 7th-grade student Ciel Ha! Her Visual Artwork titled "Art on Ice" has been selected by the Reflections Bellevue Council to advance to the state level. The digital showcase video will be available after February 6.
 
We also wish to thank every student from International School who participated in this year's Reflections program. Your art shows your voice and passion! In February, each participant will receive a certificate and award from the International Reflections program.
 
Questions? Contact Reflections@isptsa.org.
 

STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEON HOSTED BY THE 7TH-GRADE CLASS
 
Wednesday, February 8th
Click here to sign up to help or contribute
 
The 7th-grade class will host the staff appreciation lunch on Wednesday, February 8th. Please join us in bringing food. Help with setup and cleanup is also much appreciated. If nothing fits your schedule, please donate and we will do the shopping for you. For donations use PayPal or Zelle and mention 7th grade parent.
 
If you have any questions, please contact us at parent-rep2028@isptsa.org.
 

SPRING MUSICAL TICKETS
 
 
Performances:
  • Friday, March 3 at 7 pm
  • Saturday, March 4 at 2 pm** and 7 pm  
  • Friday, March 10 at 7 pm
  • Saturday, March 11 at 2 pm** and 7 pm
 
Tickets are $12, or $10 for students with ASB
**Special pricing for matinees - all tickets $10
 
This year’s spring musical is NEWSIES. Ticket sales are OPEN NOW (online presale closes the Tuesday before each show weekend). Find tickets on Touchbase under "My School" and "ASB Activities/Clubs." There will be assigned seating and any remaining tickets will be available to purchase at the door. These purchases are associated with a student account, so any extended family or friends tickets should be bought at the same time. For questions, please email Renuka Getchell, Drama Co-Parent.
 

“THE BITE OF IS” IS BACK
 
Wednesday, February 15 at 6 PM
International School Gym
 
The Bite of IS is an annual multicultural potluck event where students, family members, and staff contribute and serve a culturally significant dish to attendees from their booths. Students and their guests can also perform a solo or group act (e. g. dance, song, etc.) tied to their ethnic background. This year's proceeds will benefit World Central Kitchen, an organization currently supporting the people of Ukraine through food and water insecurity.
 
Bite of IS will be on Wednesday, February 15 at 6 PM. Ticket information will be sent in January 2023. Please help us make this event successful by hosting a booth or performing!
 
The Bite is a great chance to embrace the diversity within our community and to support World Central Kitchen too! Questions? Email Magdalena White.
 

SAT PROCTORS AND SUPPORT STAFF NEEDED

International School will be administering the school day SAT to 11th graders Wednesday, March 22. We are looking for parents who can proctor the test and parents who are able to provide school support. Parents of 11th graders CANNOT proctor the test or provide support.

Proctoring involves:

  • Arriving at 7:45 AM and staying through the end of the test which is likely to end around 1 PM.
  • Participating in a short proctor training via the College Board website
  • Distributing testing materials on test day
  • Reading the directions out loud to the students
  • Monitoring the testing room
  • Recording testing irregularities
  • Collecting testing materials

School support involves:

  • Providing proctors breaks
  • Directing student traffic during passing periods
  • Reminding students to remain silent during passing periods

Read more about College Board proctoring agreements here:

If you are interested in supporting our students with the school-day SAT, please contact
Traci Sullivan.


CAREER DAY – CALL FOR SPEAKERS
 
This year, we are planning a Career Day for students during Focus Week on Wednesday, May 24 to inspire, learn, and be exposed to different careers along with learning different life skills. Would you or do you know someone who would like to come to speak to our students about:
  • Careers and passions?
  • Finance/money/budgeting/credit?
  • Resume/presenting yourself on paper and social media?
  • Interviewing/oral presentations?
  • Motivation/inspiration?
 

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