Sep 142017


Issaquah School District:

Community Meeting Review, Documents, and Tools. Information from the community meeting at Grand Ridge Elementary on Thursday, August 24 regarding a future school site in the Issaquah Highlands. Recently updated information is included here.

Issaquah City Council:

Updates: Compact Schools Code and Zoning Changes. Two separate issues related to potential future school sites in Issaquah are expected to be on the City Council’s upcoming agendas. Click the link to read more.

Sep 142017

This year’s Standards of Affiliation form can be found on our website under the Meeting Documents for the September 2017 GMM. A link to the WSPTA’s information regarding SoA is also there.

SoA Form
WSPTA Information Page

Sep 092017

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Resources are available in the top 8 languages:

OSPI has translated five of our Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) flyers into the Top 8 languages spoken by Washington’s students. Those flyers address some of the biggest pieces of ESSA, including Title I: Federal Programs, Title II: Teacher & Principal Quality, Title III: English Learners, as well as Equity and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. These flyers were created to help readers understand the new federal education law—without first taking a course in legalese. They have been translated into Arabic, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. English-language flyers are available on the ESSA resource page.

Aug 072017

PTSA leaders from across Region 2 are invited to join us for training and networking to start your PTSA year off on the best note!  Come meet other PTSA leaders from across the Eastside and fulfill your training requirement in one evening.


August 22, 2017
Eastlake High School in Sammamish, WA.
Check-in – 5:00 pm
Evening Begins – 5:30 pm

PTA & The Law will be offered from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm — this is a class that is required for at least one elected member of every PTSA Board.

A variety of classes will be offered in two sessions if you are not attending PTA & the Law so select the training that is most useful to you and your Board. (Class availability subject to change due to teacher and facility availability)

Class Session 1 (6:00 pm – 7:15 pm):

  • Ready, Set, Go!
  • Treasurer Basics
  • Foundations of Outreach
  • Intro to Membership
  • Advocacy and Legsilative Basics

Class Session 2 (7:30 pm – 8:45 pm)

  • Branding & Marketing your PTA for Membership Success
  • Managing your Non-Profit PTA
  • Face, Advocacy, and Membership
  • Effective Meetings
  • Programs to Engage your Community

Have questions about Region 2 Back to School Fall Conference Training? Contact Region 2

Jul 312017

Advocacy and Public Policy Briefing

Prepared by Susan D. Baird-Joshi, Region 2 Legislative Chair, Washington State PTA * July 29, 2017

1. Ballots Due August 1, 2017

Mail your Washington State ballots or drop them off by Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 8 p.m. Issues in this summer ballot

include taxes and preliminary votes for elected officials:

• King County Proposition 1 Sales Tax for Cultural Access Program

• Elected positions with more than two candidates (school district boards, city councils, port commissioners, and

county executive)

The ballot mailer includes a list of drop-off locations in King County. For more election information, visit the King

County Elections home page, For news and reminders, visit the KC Elections

Facebook page, .

WA State PTA has not taken a position on Prop. 1. PTAs cannot endorse candidates.

2. Washington State Legislative Session Includes Benefits for Children and Families

Extending into multiple special sessions during the summer, the Washington State Legislature and Governor approved a

budget that includes funding provisions to address the McCleary decision, requiring the state to “amply fund” K-12 basic

education. The bill included $7.3 billion in new funding for K-12 education to satisfy McCleary.

Other actions that could benefit children and families include the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Program,

increased funding for the State Need Grant and a new Department of Children, Youth and Families.

The House proposed a Capital Budget with construction projects throughout the state totaling $4.17 billion, including new

schools. However, the Legislature adjourned before passing the legislation. The Senate Republicans wanted a long-term

solution to the State Supreme Court’s decision affecting property owners’ water rights and abilities to drill wells, known

as the Hirst decision. For more information, see the Governor’s session round-up.

3. Affordable Care Act Proposed Changes Would Have Impacted Washington’s Children

On June 28 Washington State’s Governor Jay Inslee and Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler sent a joint letter to

Washington State’s Congressional delegation—two senators and 10 representatives—urging them to vote no on the

Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The act did not pass. More children would have lost coverage due to

their parents’ loss of coverage. The governor’s web site has the letter and facts about health insurance in Washington.

Region 2 covers eastern King County and consists of the Bellevue, Issaquah, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Riverview, and Snoqualmie Valley school districts.

May 252017


The purpose of the ISD Levy Development Committee is to advise the Superintendent as he prepares a recommendation for the school board to approve levy issues for the 2018 ballot. The Committee is made up of 44 representatives from each of our Schools, Principals, Senior/Retired Community, PTSA Council, Certificated Staff Rep, Classified Staff Rep, and Community Members at Large. There are 3 proposed levies – Transportation, Capital Levy (Technology & Critical Repairs) and the M&O (Maintenance and Operations Levy).

Click here for Transportation Levy and May 3rd meeting details.
Click here to read the Capital Levy Priority 1 and Priority 2 proposals and May 17th meeting details.

The next meeting of the committee is May 31st.

*The May Agenda Notes have been updated to include this information for future reference.

May 222017

The Council Election took place at the General Membership Meeting on April 20, 2017.
A second election was held at the General Membership Meeting on May 18, 2017 for the still vacant VP Elementary Central position.

President: Becky Gordon and Leslie Kahler

VP High Schools: Ina Ghangurde

VP Middle Schools: Laila Collins

VP Elementary North: Care Maree Harper

VP Elementary Central: Wendy Shah

VP Elementary South: Korista Smith-Barney

Treasurer: Erin Eaton

Secretary: Erin Thacker


May 162017

May Agenda
April Draft Minutes
April Treasurer Report
Draft Budget 2017-2018



Issaquah PTSA Council Transition Luncheon
Thursday, May 18th at Pickering Barn
9:30 – General Meeting (Current & Incoming Presidents)
11:30 – Luncheon (PTSA Council, Principals & District Guests)
We look forward to seeing you all at the Issaquah PTSA Council Transition Luncheon, celebrating another successful school year! 
Current* & Incoming Presidents arrive at 9:30 for the General Meeting. Principals & Issaquah District Guests join us for the 11:30 Luncheon.
*Current Presidents, please bring a *store-bought* salad to serve 10+ guests. (Pickering Barn policy requires that all food served be prepared in a commercial kitchen, refrigeration is available.) 






5th Leg. District
Sen. Mark Mullet –
Rep. Paul Graves –
Rep. Jay Rodne –
41st Leg. District
Sen. Lisa Wellman –
Rep. Judy Clibborn –
Rep. Tana Senn –
Thank you again for your dedication! 😊




Best Practices Checklist

Council Transition Checklist

FACE/Family And Community Engagement



     JUNE 1, ISSAQUAH HOLIDAY INN, 7:00 TO 9:00 A.M.
     JUNE 6, SAMMAMISH X3 TEEN CENTER, 7:00 TO 9:00 A.M.






Washington State PTA Membership Leadership Guide



Outreach Notes – This page is kept current as needs or programs change.

Tools 4 School Class Packs link is now available through July 15th. Flyer. Donate.

FREE SAT practice exam at the Issaquah Library on May 20th. FLYER.

PARENTWISER (formerly Parent Education)

1. Thank you to those able to help during Jessica Lahey’s talks on April 25th!  Thanks to the many Presidents who stepped in, we ended up with sufficient volunteers making both day and evening events flow easily.   Thank you!!!
2. New Topics – Based on results from our March district-wide survey, we are currently planning speakers for next year.  The topics that emerged are:
1) Managing screen time
2) Managing academic/friendship stress
3) Parenting tweens & teens (grades 6-12)
4) Managing behavior challenges (in grades K-8)
5) Sibling Rivalry
Targeting these areas, we are considering a similar model to current year with 1 film documentary/panel discussion, and 3 additional speakers, including 1 national keynote speaker. Speakers and dates will be available in September.
3. Quarterly ParentWiser Committee Meeting will be via email this spring; please send any parent ed suggestions/comments for continual improvement to  Please keep a parent ed rep on your PTA/PTSA roster as the local voice for parent ed at your school, and encourage them to participate in ParentWiser events as volunteers and idea generators.  They can also contact us for local speaker suggestions to draw attendance to your General Membership Meetings.
4. Back-to-School PTSA Check-In.  When creating your online membership/registration for back-to-school check-in, please add the following question/field, and then send your list of emails accumulated to :
“Add me to the monthly ParentWiser email distribution to learn about district-wide parent ed events                  (enter email here)               “
5.  ENEWS announcement for May/June.  (This was also sent directly to all parent ed reps and communication chairs.)
(For ENEWS):
ParentWiser invites you to…
1.  Join us May 22 at 7pm for a Debrief Discussion on “The Gift of Failure” by Jessica Lahey to discuss key takeaways and implementing a cultural change in raising independent, resilient kids.
2.  Bookmark for the new speaker series coming 2017-18!
3.  Access online Parent Ed conferences over the summer.
…because parenting continues even when school ends.
Thank you !
Heidi Fuhs & Debbie Steinberg Kuntz


ParentWiser Logo.









The purpose of the ISD Levy Development Committee is to advise the Superintendent as he prepares a recommendation for the school board to approve levy issues for the 2018 ballot. The Committee is made up of 44 representatives from each of our Schools, Principals, Senior/Retired Community, PTSA Council, Certificated Staff Rep, Classified Staff Rep, and Community Members at Large. There are 3 proposed levies – Transportation, Capital Levy (Technology & Critical Repairs) and the M&O (Maintenance and Operations Levy).

Click here for Transportation Levy and May 3rd meeting details.
Click here to read the Capital Levy Priority 1 and Priority 2 proposals and May 17th meeting details.

The next meeting of the committee is May 31st.


There is still time to do a member survey.


Next month’s training following the GMM will be”Managing Your Nonprofit PTA: The Financial Responsibilities of Board Members” and is applicable to all board members counting for your 2017-2018 training requirement. 

Apr 202017

In May 2017, parents are invited to learn more about PBSES (Positive Behavior and Social Emotional Support) and how you can use PBSES strategies at home.  During this workshop, we will discuss a progressive discipline approach to conflicts at home. This workshop will focus on child brain development, creating clear and consistent limits, and strategies that you can use with your child or children.

There are three opportunities to attend this workshop:

  • May 17, 2017 – Sunny Hills Elementary School
  • May 18, 2017 – Issaquah Middle School
  • May 22nd  – Maywood Middle School 

The Student Support Coaches for the elementary and middle schools will host the sessions and they will start at 6:30 and conclude at 8pm.