Dec 192017

Hello to my fellow PTSA Council Members!

I wanted to give you a follow up on what is going on with the ISD Levy and VIS since we aren’t meeting this month.

After the Levy Committee completed their review and recommendation to the Superintendent back in the Spring 2017, the Washington State Legislature passed HB 2242 – funding basic education. This resulted in some funding uncertainty, but ultimately a positive outlook for what our state and local dollars can provide our students and Issaquah School District committee.

The Issaquah School District and School Board has put together a final ballot measure to go before the voters on Feb. 13th, 2018:

  • Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Renewal Levy (2 years)
  • Technology and Critical Repairs Capital Renewal Levy (4 years)
  • School Bus Renewal Levy (1 year)

The primary changes from what the committee reviewed last spring, is to reduce the EP&O Levy renewal from 4 years at full $1.50/$1,000 authority to 2 years at $1.13/$1,000 (in 2019) and $1.33/$1,000 (in 2020). At which time ISD will reassess what levy dollars will be needed to continue funding programs and will run another replacement EP&O levy.

Click here to see what these 3 renewal levies fund and why it is so important for all 3 levies to be approved:

The Issaquah PTSA Council has traditionally always been a strong supporter of our ISD bonds and levies, since we see each day how bonds and levies directly benefit all of our schools, teachers and students. As Issaquah PTSA Council Board members, VIS would appreciate if you would:

  • Personally endorse the (3) replacement levies here on the VIS website  (Endorse Here)
  • Make a motion to endorse the (3) renewal levies as a PTSA Council Board at our next meeting
  • Help share this information and encourage others to Vote Yes!
  • Request a speaker to present Levy information to a community group to which you belong
  • Donate to the “Yes for Issaquah Schools Feb 2018” campaign here:
  • “Like” us on VIS Facebook
  • Volunteer at a Local Honk & Wave event – Sign Up Here:

You can endorse, donate, like, volunteer, or request info at

SAVE THE DATE!  You’re invited to a Community Information Night Event on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:00-8:30pm at the Issaquah Swedish Hospital Conference Rooms. Please invite and share this with anyone who may have questions about the Levy and would like to learn more information about these 3 ballot measures.  The Superintendent, School Board members and VIS will be on hand to answer questions all evening!

**One more thing to note, VIS has prepared a district approved “PDC Guidelines for PTAs” which we have sent out to all of our PTA Presidents to help with questions of what you can email out, have on websites, etc. It is linked on the Council website under VIS and also on the VIS website here:

If you or others you know have questions about any of the replacement levy measures, please contact us at VIS  or ISD at

Visit the ISD website with levy information and tax impact facts:

Thank you for your support!

Dawn Peschek
Issaquah PTSA Council VIS Chair
Volunteers for Issaquah Schools (VIS) Campaign Co-Chair

Nov 292017

The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank will be introducing an additional client service time starting on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 to help meet the growing needs in our community. IFCB currently offers Monday Night Food and Clothing Bank hours from 5 – 7 pm and we will be introducing additional Wednesday night shopping hours as well.

Client surveys indicate that families would like us to expand our service hours and Wednesday nights appear to be the perfect time to do that. We’re looking for volunteers to work Wednesday nights (4:30 pm to 7:15 pm.) in both the food and clothing bank, and we’re putting this ask out to our entire team. We need your help to make this happen.

If you’re interested in volunteering on Wednesday nights, please sign up online using the volunteer dashboard. HERE is the link to log in and sign-up. Please sign-up today. We’re hoping to fill the first three Wednesday shifts before we post more.

Questions can be directed to:

Megan Edwin
Volunteer Coordinator
Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank
425-392-4123, ext. 10

Nov 152017


November 18, 2017 | Begins at 9 am

(1,500 turkeys between Issaquah & West Seattle. While supplies last.)  Eastridge Church at 24205 SE Issaquah Fall City Rd in Issaquah or 4500 39th Avenue SW in Seattle

No proof of need required. While supplies last.

  • Free turkey and bag of groceries
  • Free adult and children’s coats
  • Free haircuts (Issaquah only)
  • Free Bibles



We need YOU to make this a success!

Seeking hair stylists:

Are you a hair stylist and want to donate your time to this event? We’d be delighted to hear from you. Email us for more info and to get involved.

Event day:

The turkey giveaway takes lots of volunteers to happen. We would love for you to join the event day volunteer team!

Volunteer at the Issaquah Giveaway

Volunteer at the West Seattle Giveaway

Donate coats and gloves:

Our goal is to give away 1,000 coats and gloves at the Issaquah campus. Between October 23 and November 17 drop off new or gently used men’s, women’s and children’s coats at the Issaquah campus.


Oct 262017

VIS information can be found on their website which includes campaign information, donation opportunities, and contact information.


Mailing Address

Volunteers for Issaquah Schools
P.O. Box 1401
Issaquah, WA 98027

Oct 112017

The holidays are rapidly approaching and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank has updated their Holiday Gift Barn program information for this season.

For information about donations, volunteering, or for being a recipient:


Sep 202017

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 • 6:30pm
LHS Performing Arts Center

High school students grades 9-12 are invited to attend
(Parents can come too!)
(because of mature content, younger children will not be admitted)

Sponsored by One Love • Hosted by the Liberty High PTSA
Download the FLYER here

Click here to register for this FREE event (Evite)

One Love is working to end relationship violence by educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships and mobilizing them in a movement for change. Below is a bit of information about One Love – this short video also provides a helpful overview. One Love was created to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, a UVA senior who was killed by her ex-boyfriend just weeks before graduation. After her death, Yeardley’s family and friends were shocked to learn that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be in an abusive relationship in his or her lifetime and that young women ages 16-24 are at 3x greater risk. 

Today One Love works to give others the information that Yeardley and her friends and family didn’t have about what unhealthy and potentially dangerous relationship behaviors look like, empowering them to help themselves and their friends. To do this, One Love partners with high schools, colleges, and community groups, to provide digital campaigns and the film-based Escalation Workshop as a catalyst for this conversation.

Check out these One Love Couplets….Couplets are brief animated messages that define the difference between a good relationship and an unhealthy one. If you see 3 or more of these warning signs in your relationship, it’s a problem. Don’t be ashamed to tell someone when #thatsnotlove

Click here to view

Sep 202017

Wondering what VIS and the Fall 2017 Levy Campaign is about?

Here is a helpful FAQ* to get you started: PNG | PDF.

If you have more questions, contact Dawn Peschek or Alicia Veevaert at •

*Updated 26 October 2017