Dec 122016
 

December Agenda
11/10/16 Draft Minutes
November Treasurer Report
Making Gifts to the Issaquah School District


REMINDERS

Outreach Donation Ask for Council meeting:   New or gently used books to be distributed with the Lunch for the Break boxes. Thank you!

 

PRESIDENT

Running a Successful After School Enrichment Program Training Handout

 

TREASURER

Once you receive your new Certificate of Insurance, please a copy to Laila.
REMINDER: Without a current insurance certificate on file with ISD, you are unable to hold PTA activities in ISD buildings.

 

ADVOCACY

Register here for FOCUS DAY: http://www.wastatepta.org/meetings/focus_day/index.html

Download and print POSTCARDS!  

Find your district: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

Plan ahead to attend FOCUS DAY on January 16th, 9:00am-1:00pm in Olympia! This WSPTA event is an impactful day for advocates of education. You will be able to rally on the steps of the state capitol with other advocates, and will have a chance to greet your legislators face to face! Since January 16th is a “no school” day, it is also an opportunity to involve your children in speaking up for education. Our legislators love to hear from kids!

The Lake Washington school district will be chartering a bus to Focus Day, which will be open to all of Region 2. Information on registering to ride the bus will be emailed to Presidents and Advocacy Reps. when available, along with detailed information about what to expect on Focus Day.

ART IN THE SCHOOLS
  • November updates
    • 90 attendees to the October Art Docent Conference
      • Wonderfully successful
      • Lots of positive feedback from docents about feeling more confident about teaching in the classroom after attending the event
      • Art lessons taught at the conference are showing up on the walls of the schools
    • 35 signups for monthly classes this fall
      • Need to do more marketing to get the word out
      • How to solve the sign up and don’t show up problem?
    • NEW One Drive link (latest version) Please update any links you may have to our One Drive with the Art Docent Lessons.  Microsoft changed it again.
  • Upcoming events & Works in progress
    • Trainings funded by Schools Foundation Fine Arts Fund
    • Issaquah Schools Foundation Grant   
    • Art Docent Curriculum development project
      • Angie Warren, from Issaquah Valley Elementary is our project manager
        • She is finalizing the staff to write, edit, compile and reformat the lessons we are using
      • Liz St.Andre is our tech lead – she will be insuring that our lessons are formatted and saved in a way that will work with our Schools Foundation web site.  She and I met with Schools Foundation staff to make sure we are all on the same page.
      • Volunteers have met three times to sort through and assign lessons to their respective subjects & grades.  Those will be processed as we move forward.
      • Lessons that have been taught at our Docent Conference’s and/or paid for by Schools Foundation grants have been tagged. Most of those will find a home in our curriculum.
      • We will be asking for more lessons to fill holes we will have in the New Year.
BEST PRACTICES

Best Practices Checklist

December 2016 Top Checklist Items

  • Start promoting the WSPTA’s Men Making A Difference” student essay contest. This is a great opportunity for students to write essays about an important male role model. 2016-17 Essay Entry must be postmarked by 3/1/17. For SoE app: Print example of how you promoted the contest to your members(e.g., eNews/FB/website/etc.).  A great activity for students to do during Winter Break!
  • Continue asking for volunteers to serve on your PTSA/ PTA’s Nominating Committee.  If slated, consider electing your Nominating Committee during your December GM Meeting.
  • Share an article or information from Council, Region 2, WSTPA and/or National PTA with members (at GM meeting, in eNews, on Facebook, etc.). Print examples for each using two different communication methods you regularly use to communicate with members. For Facebook, you will need to provide multiple posts from varying months to demonstrate regular communications. Information shared can be from a Council or Region training or meeting, WSPTA or National PTA websites.

Here are a few quick links to articles to copy and paste: 

Why Bad Moms Need PTA

Why I Volunteer

Tips To Keep Kids Safe Online

Webinar-  Safe Drinking Water in Schools

On the Radar for January 2017:

o   Hold a mid-year retreat or meeting with your Board to discuss and evaluate your PTA’s achievements thus far and review what you need to do for the balance of the year to meet the goals and needs of your PTA. What is your PTA’s process to evaluate current year’s goals, programs and activities? (Surveys, suggestion box, post event evaluations, GM open forum, etc.).

o   Promote Focus Day (scheduled for Monday, Jan. 16, 2017) and encourage Board/members to attend. For SoE app: Print copy of all attendees’ registrations – up to 3 people for maximum SoE app points). For SoE Platinum Level: Print example of how you shared Focus Day info with members (e.g., minutes, newsletter, website, etc.)  Register Here for 2017 Focus Day

o   Consider electing your Nominating Committee at your January GM Meeting. Review Article 5, Section 5 of the WSPTA 2016-17 Uniform Bylaws regarding election procedures. For SoE app: Make copy of GM minutes showing election of Nominating Committee.

FACE/Family And Community Engagement

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HEALTHY YOUTH NETWORK

No Report.

ISSAQUAH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION

 

MEMBERSHIP

Washington State PTA Membership Leadership Guide

 

OUTREACH

No Report. 

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

PARENTWISER (formerly Parent Education)

A lot of new, fantastic parent ed events are coming to Issaquah schools!

In January,

Many of your PTSA websites are still posting OLD past events/info.  PLEASE update monthly with our proposed communications below.  If you can’t keep up, just send parents  to http://ParentWiser.org.  Contact parentwiser@issaquahptsa.org  if you need another logo/button.

(Our surveys show that attending parents are aware of our events mostly through PTSA, Facebook.  We have to PUSH the information in multiple channels, multiple times. How will you reach your non-PTSA parents? We ask for registrations, but we always have room for walk-ins!  Please advertise widely throughout your school communities, especially:

Send in school ENews

Send in PTA/PTSA ENews/Website/Email to membership

Post dates on school and/or PTSA calendars (even though it may be held at a different school location!)

Post on school and/or PTSA Facebook/Twitter

Post flyers (attached!) on school/PTSA bulletin boards

If your school is hosting an event, add it to your reader board out front!

For printing & services  use Fedex WA State PTA discount code:  052 088 2103 . 

Announce these events with a flyer at PTSA Board & General Membership Meetings!

 

For ENews (cut/paste for your school population below):

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ParentWiser presents…

Jan 12th  Birds & Bees Talks for the 21st Century: Raising Kids in the Age of Technology, by Amy Lang at 7-8:30pm at Cascade Ridge Elementary on how and when talk about the birds and the bees and simple tips for handling all the yucky stuff tech can bring into kids’ lives.   For parents of grades K-5.   FLYER DOC | FLYER PDF

Jan 17th Teen Kindness Advocate, Houston Kraft speaks to parents 6:30-7:30pm at Issaquah Middle School on what young people today NEED to be successful and kind.  For parents of grades 6-12.  FLYER DOC | FLYER PDF

Register for these and future events at http://ParentWiser.org.  Walk-in are also welcome!


We will also be attending your January or February General Membership Meetings to help build awareness for our February and April keynote authors/speakers:

  1. John O’Sullivan on 2/28th on “Changing the Game
  2. Jessica Lahey on 4/25th on “Gift of Failure – How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

Please contact parentwiser@issaquahptsa.org if you are interested in joining our parent ed committee to provide ideas for topics, speakers, venues, or can volunteer for Social Media Manager of Facebook/Twitter pages.  Also contact us if your PTSA is looking for recommended local/lower cost speakers/topics to attract parents to your PTSA General Membership Meetings.

Thank you!

Heidi Fuhs & Debbie Steinberg Kuntz

ParentWiser

Issaquah PTSA Council

parentwiser@issaquahptsa.org

http://ParentWiser.org

 

REFLECTIONS

We received a total of 264 entries from 23 schools. Gibson Ek did not send in any entries.

We are currently judging the entries. We are able to send a total of 53 to State plus the one Special Artist entry we received.

The Reflections Chairs from each school were given invitations to the Reception, when they dropped off their submissions on November 21st.

The District Reception is on TUESDAY January 10th 2017 at IHS from 6.30-8.00pm.

The finalists moving on to State will only be notified on January 10th.

STAR/SPECIAL EDUCATION
No Report.
VICE PRESIDENTS

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VOLUNTEERS FOR ISSAQUAH SCHOOLS (VIS)

 The Issaquah School District Capital Projects department has been working to complete construction projects on our schools that have been financed through the passage of our bonds. The most recent bond was passed in April 2016 (thank you to our community!!!!) They have been working on managing land acquisition, planning and design, construction, renovation of schools and district facilities.

Please click on this link to look at the projects that have been completed from the passage of the 2012 bond and the projects in the works from the 2016 bond here: http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/departments/CapProjects

Click here to see the latest news and construction timeline on the Pine Lake Middle School Rebuild:  http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/departments/CapProjects/Projects/pine-lake-middle-school-rebuild

Please visit the Volunteers for Issaquah Schools webpage here for information:  www.visvote.org
and don’t forget to “Like” Volunteers for Issaquah Schools Facebook page for periodic updates on your newsfeed.
WEBMASTER/DIRECTORY

Directories will be distributed at this meeting.


Other

Highlights from the ParentWiser Run, Hide, Fight presentation.
       – Kimberly Nocco

The following suggestions are mostly for adults and are relevant in many settings: office, theater, public gathering. The message that has been given to most younger students in the district is simply “Listen to your teacher/an adult in charge.”

If possible, RUN. Make sure your hands are EMPTY and held where police can see them. As a demonstration, one officer held a black phone while swinging her arms running – it really looked like it could be a firearm. If you take your phone or car keys, put them in your pocket or bra (seriously, he said that) and DON’T reach for them unexpectedly, you’ll get yourself shot.

If you can’t run, HIDE. Take cover – the spots recommended were behind large electrical boxes (contain copper, can stop bullets), behind a large concrete pillar, behind the FRONT end of a car near the tire (bullets go through the trunk area). If indoors, lock/barricade the door, turn off phones/vibration (your family will call you and give away your hiding spot! And this goes the other way, don’t keep calling loved ones if they might be hiding).

Finally, if no other option, FIGHT. Work together. Be committed to incapacitate the attacker. Look for resources, even if unconventional – fire extinguishers, hot coffee, belt, chair…

Always FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS of first responders/SWAT, even if they seem unusual. They have a tactical reason for every request and don’t have time to be polite. As an example, the officer pushed a victim towards the center of the room to prevent injury from stray bullets bouncing off walls. The first responders are there to neutralize the threat, not help you, stay out of their way. When they arrive on the scene, they have a lot of information to take in quickly and decide who is the threat – don’t give them any reason to suspect you.

Attached is one of the best summaries of Run, Hide, Fight that I’ve seen. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/activeshooter/

And this is the official video shown in the presentation: https://youtu.be/5VcSwejU2D0

 

Nov 072016
 
REMINDERS

Outreach Donation Ask for Council meeting:   Progresso type Soups (not condensed) and dried fruits. Thank you!

District Bell Times Information & CDC Infographic

TREASURER
  • Don’t forget to file your 990/990EZ/990N by 11/15/16 or file for an extension.
  • Don’t forget to renew your AIM insurance in November.
  • Once you receive your new Certificate of Insurance, please email me a copy so I can provide it to Cindy Schwinden (ISD Facilities Use Scheduler).  Without a current insurance certificate on file with ISD, you are unable to hold PTA activities in ISD buildings.
ADVOCACY

2016 Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly Report

Three members of your Council Board attended Legislative Assembly in October. We educated ourselves on all of the proposed issues and resolutions, and voted to support those we thought would be most important and relevant to our students.

Please go to WSPTA Grassroots Connection Blogspot for more detailed information and a Post Legislative Assembly Summary: http://wsptagrassroots.blogspot.com/ . You can also visit this page to sign up for Grassroots Updates, and to find links to other Advocacy Resources.

2016-2018 Legislative Platform (Top Five)

  1. Social Emotional Learning*
  2. Amply Fund Basic Education*
  3. Closing the Opportunity Gap*
  4. Standards for Paraeducators*
  5. Breakfast after the Bell*


Issues Also Supported (listed alphabetically)

  • Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Children*
  • Engaging Families in Student Success
  • Post-Secondary Higher Education*
  • Removing Barriers to Implementing ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program)
  • Restorative Justice and School Safety

*2015-16 legislative issues

New Long Term Resolutions

Child Sex Trafficking
Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, and Dyspraxia (sensory disorders) and their Educational Impact
Mitigating Environmental Hazards and Contaminants in Schools

 

Expanded Learning Parent/Guardian Survey

Link to survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2682246/ELOC-Parent-Guardian-Survey?platform=hootsuite

This survey is being conducted by the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council (ELOC). The ELOC was created in 2014 to advise the Governor, Legislature, and Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding expanded learning opportunities for students. Your input as a parent or guardian will be used to help guide the ELOC’s recommendations about:

  • Before, after, and summer school programs
  • Potential changes to the school year calendar
  • Enhanced learning opportunities for students
You can complete the survey in just a few minutes. This could impact the implementation of learning schedules and programs for our students!
ART IN THE SCHOOLS
BEST PRACTICES

Best Practices Checklist

 

FACE/Family And Community Engagement

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HEALTHY YOUTH NETWORK

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ISSAQUAH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION

Issaquah Schools Foundation Agenda Notes

 

MEMBERSHIP

Membership Notes

Washington State PTA Membership Leadership Guide

 

OUTREACH

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

PARENTWISER (formerly Parent Education)
  1. ParentWiser held it’s first quarterly committee meeting on 10/19th  inviting all Parent Ed Reps from each school to provide input, feedback, and lend skills to improve our offerings and events.  We are lacking involvement from ALL schools!  We rely on your parent ed reps voice to help deliver what your school communities want. Currently we seek a Social Media volunteer to create/manage a Facebook account. Questions & comments to parentwiser@issaquahptsa.org.
  2. ParentWiser would like to speak 2-3 minutes at your Fall/Winter General Membership Meeting to create awareness for several events around our main keynote speaker, Jessica Lahey, author of Gift of Failure.  Please send us your GMM date for Nov/Dec/Jan for 2-3 mins on your agenda.
  3. The November events are below: these went out last Friday to Parent Ed Reps and Communications Chairs.  Please make sure your school advertises these district-wide events!

ParentWiser presents…

Nov 21st  Run, Hide, Fight  at 7pm at Issaquah High School, Black Box Theater by School Resource Officer and Active Shooter Trainer, Diego Zanella of Issaquah Police Dept.   FLYER.
Increasingly we’re hearing about shooters in schools, offices, churches and around town. Whether present in a public space, or waiting to hear from loved ones at a scene, do you know what to do?  For parents of K-12.

Nov 29th SCREENAGERS – Growing Up in the Digital Age at 7-9pm at Liberty High School, Theater. FLYER.
Another chance to see this film documentary, with expert panel Q&A, exploring struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. With insights from psychologists, brain scientists, and families, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and how parents can best navigate the digital world and find balance.  Watch the trailer at:  http://www.screenagersmovie.com    For parents & students of K-12.

Register for these events at http://ParentWiser.org These ParentWiser events are FREE for Issaquah school district PTSA members, $5 donation requested for non-members at the door; sponsored by Issaquah PTSA Council, Issaquah Schools Foundation and Swedish Medical of Issaquah.

Parentwiser Logo.

Check out http://parentwiser.org for a current listing of parent education events, registrations, and resources across the Issaquah school district.

 

REFLECTIONS

District Turn In: Monday, November 21, 10-Noon in the Issaquah Library Meeting Room (Sunset/Front St). Contact Yvette at reflections@issaquahptsa.org or Leah redleah@mindspring.com 425-281-6464 if you have any difficulty.

STAR/SPECIAL EDUCATION

We will be sending out a survey soon to families with students receiving Special Services in order to get feedback on where to focus our advocacy and support efforts moving forward. We will send the link and newsletter blurb out for you to include in PTSA communications.

The first Special Education Parent Night hosted by ISD Special Services Administrators is November 17th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sunny Hills Elementary in the library. The topic is “Special Ed 101.”

VICE PRESIDENTS

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VOLUNTEERS FOR ISSAQUAH SCHOOLS (VIS)

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WEBMASTER/DIRECTORY

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Other

Synopsis of Issaquah School District Presentation by Pam Ridenour – Director of  Counseling Services

Oct 082016
 
REMINDERS

Outreach Donation Ask for Council meeting:  As a follow up to Diaper Need Awareness Week Sept. 26 through October 2, please consider a donation of diapers or baby food or baby formula. Thank you!

Delegate forms must be submitted to the council secretary no later than this October meeting!

TREASURER
  1. Make sure your Council Fees (Dues, SurveyMonkey Fee, Parent Ed Fee, and ACT Donation) are sent to me by October 31, 2016.  An invoice was sent out to all treasurers about this last week so they should know what needs to be done.
  2. 990/990EZ/990N tax returns are due to the IRS by 11/15/16 (for the period of 7/1/15-6/30/16).  Please check with your treasurer to make sure this gets done.  You can file an automatic 5 month extension if necessary.  The state PTA website has great information on 990s if you need help.
ADVOCACY

Link to the WSPTA Legislative Advocacy page: http://www.wastatepta.org/advocacy/index.html. This is a great place to look for legislative events, updates, the monthly Advocacy To-Do List and other information.

Attend Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly on October 21-22at the Olympia Red Lion!

At Leg. Assembly you will get to network with people from around our state who are dedicated to Advocacy. You will vote on long term resolutions which will outline the WSPTA stand on statewide issues. You will also vote on the short term “Top 5” priorities, which will form the WSPTA legislative platform for the next two years.

Click here http://www.wastatepta.org/advocacy/2016_Leg_Assembly.html to view the Legislative Assembly page. Here you can register to attend, view the class tracks and agenda, read the issues packet, and reserve accommodations.

Important Legislative Assembly Dates:

October 12th – Last day to reserve a room at the Olympia Red Lion at the group discounted rate.

October 17th – Last day for presidents to submit delegates for Leg. Assembly. Email names to tvasbinder@wastatepta.org. Please email from the ‘president’s email address’ that WSPTA has on file for you, and include your local PTA/PTSA number.

October 20th – Last day to register for Leg. Assembly and choose your classes.

Remember that any classes you attend at Leg. Assembly count as your training requirement for the year! Woo-hoo!!

(Please note: Your PTA/PTSA budget should have money allotted for at least one person to attend Leg. Assembly each year. If you need more information on how to do this, I can help you! Please email me at advocacy@issaquahptsa.org)

Register to Vote

Get ready to vote in the November 8th election! If you are not registered, you can still register in person through October 31st. The King Co. elections office is conveniently located at: 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057 / Phone: 206-296-8683 / Office Hours: 8am-4:30pm

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidate Forums

Candidates Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal will hold several public forums around the state to explain their stands on education issues. The next forum in our vicinity will be at Highline College in Des Moines on October 15th. You can view the full schedule and register to attend any of the forums on the League of Education Voters website. You can also go here to listen to interviews with both candidates. LEV website: http://educationvoters.org/2016/03/17/state-superintendent-of-public-instruction-candidate-forums/

Don’t forget to vote for the candidate of your choosing!
October Advocacy Chair To-Do List:

  • Attend Legislative Assembly!
  • Remind members to mail their ballots for the general election by the first Tuesday in November.
  • Continue to learn about local and state issues.
  • Report Legislative Assembly results back to members, both at meetings and in a newsletter article (points for Standards of Excellence for posting state PTA news!).
  • Hold a candidate forum.

 

Please always feel free to email me with questions, comments or requests. If there is an Advocacy/Legislative topic that you would like to hear more about, please let me know!

Thank you,

Korista Smith-Barney

advocacy@issaquahptsa.org

ART IN THE SCHOOLS

ART DOCENT CONFERENCE 2016

Annual Art Docent Conference October 22, 2016 at Grand Ridge Elementary from 9:00 – 3:30 pm.

This conference is the opportunity for elementary school adult volunteer art docents to explore new mediums, learn new techniques, try out new lesson plans and connect with fellow docents and area teaching artists.  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0A49AEA72BA13-artdocent2

Class List

***Children are not allowed on premise during the art docent conference.  Please make plans accordingly.***

 

Upcoming Art Docent training opportunities @ ARTEAST

 

BEST PRACTICES

Best Practices Checklist

FACE/Family And Community Engagement

What Every Parent Wants to Know about the American School System Translated Flyers:

HEALTHY YOUTH NETWORK

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ISSAQUAH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
  • Next Dining for Kids is at Agave in the Issaquah Highlands on November 2nd. Please spread the word about this all day event.
  • All In For Kids signs should be up by October 17th. Instructions as to where to put (and where not to put) signs will be attached. Signs come down by November 18th.
  • All In For Kids Social Media Drive (Click for Kids) starts October 20th.
  • A Grant Writing Workshop is scheduled for November 3rd at 5:30pm at Issaquah Valley Elementary
  • Grant Applications Open on November 4th; see Foundation website for timeline
  • All school Click for Kids/Honk and Wave efforts are scheduled for November 4th.
  • All In For Kids Calling Nights (where district students from high school groups call the community) are on November 10th and 15th.
  • May 11, 2017 is the annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon at Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue
  • May 17, 2017 is the annual Nourish Every Mind Breakfast at Eastridge Church, Issaquah
  • Contact Valerie Korock at valerie@isfdn.org if you know anyone who would like to (or if you would like to) volunteer as an online Future Map Career Coach. Go to www.isfdn.org/FutureMap/.
  • Contact VOICE@isfdn.org to volunteer as a VOICE Mentor. Students in high school can volunteer as VOICE Mentors, too.
  • Go to www.issaquahschoolsfoundation.org and click on Volunteer to sign up to learn more about all the Foundation’s many volunteer opportunities.
MEMBERSHIP

Membership Awards posted by Washington State PTA: http://bit.ly/2dTdu0M

 

OUTREACH

Current information: http://www.issaquahptsa.org/programs/outreach This page is kept current as needs or programs change.

PARENTWISER (formerly Parent Education)

Parent Ed is now Parentwiser! Check out http://parentwiser.org for a current listing of parent education events, registrations, and resources across the Issaquah school district.

Contact:  parentwiser@issaquahptsa.org

Please note these dates in your school calendars, put into ENews, PTSA/School Facebook, etc.

  • Oct 17, 2016SCREENAGERS – Growing Up in the the Digital Age.  Film documentary and panel Q&A.  7:00pm at Issaquah High Theater.  For parents AND students K-12.
  • Feb, 2017 – speaker John O’Sullivan, author of “Changing the Game”, about how parent’s can best support kids today in the competitive world of sports. Date/time/place TBD.  For parents of K-12.
  • Apr 25, 2017 – speaker Jessica Lahey, author of “Gift of Failure” – How the best parents learn to let go so their children can succeed.   7:00pm at Issaquah High Theater.  This keynote will be preceded by a community book read about a month in advance.  Details coming soon.   For parents of K-12.

Other speakers, topics and dates coming soon.

REFLECTIONS

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STAR/SPECIAL EDUCATION
We are rebuilding the Special Education Committee this year. We have a new chairperson and we are looking to connect with Special Education chairs at each school/PTSA to learn what is working and not working and gather consensus on what the committee can best do and provide.
Please check out our new website on the Issaquah Council PTSA page: www.issaquahstar.org
www.facebook.com/groups/IssaquahSTAR
FLYER LINK.
VICE PRESIDENTS

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VOLUNTEERS FOR ISSAQUAH SCHOOLS (VIS)
Here is information for our wonderful Issaquah PTA/PTSAs to put on their websites or link to the VIS website. It is very important that we continuously educate our parents and school communities about what Volunteers for Issaquah Schools (VIS) does to promote bonds and levies for the Issaquah School District.
Volunteers for Issaquah Schools (VIS) has gotten several requests for information and a VIS logo for PTAs to put on their Our School Pages PTA Websites to link the VIS site. We have attached a JPG image to these agenda notes for PTA communications directors to put either on the main menu or their advocacy page.
What is VIS flyer PDF file to link on your website and the link to bus image: 
If you do not have a link to VIS, would you please add one somewhere on your website? 
Link to VIS Webpage: http://www.visvote.org/
ISD link to the Capital Projects website: http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/departments/CapProjects
Please LIKE VIS on FACEBOOK for up to date news and information
WEBMASTER/DIRECTORY

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Other

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Sep 292016
 

Help Washington State PTA Speak Up for Kids! Please take the 2016 Legislative Issues Survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R8Z2HWG

Our vision is to make every child’s potential a reality. PTA works in classrooms and communities across the state, but we also advocate in Olympia for the well-being and education of all children. Every fall, the association selects its legislative priorities, and hearing from you is a valuable step in the process. Your responses will assist voting delegates who attend Legislative Assembly in Olympia October 21-22, 2016 in setting the 2016-17 legislative platform.

The survey closes on October 6th at 12:15 p.m. 
Sep 232016
 
Parent Night Sessions
The Issaquah School District and Issaquah Schools Foundation invite parents to attend Parent Night Sessions Presented by Brandyn Roark Caires and Kire Dassel from Brooks Powers Group – see below for information on speakers.
Session 1: Positive Parenting: 
October 19, 2016: Issaquah High School 7-8:30 PM 

This training focuses on how to reframe and shift our thinking about kids and parenting by using key strategies and skills based in positive reinforcement and how to set firm, consistent, and kind limits; while understanding the stages of the developing brain.

Session 2: Parenting the Developing Mind 
November 7, 2016: Issaquah High School 7-8:30 PM 
This training is a culmination of brain science and research for parents about how and when children’s minds/brains develop and how they can “follow, shape, and guide” the needs of their child’s developing mind from kindergarten to adolescents. We discuss key components in knowing what we can expect from our children at various stages in their development. In addition, you will learn how to identify when or if your child needs additional support to manage life’s hurdles.
Session 3: Helping or Hindering 
March 2, 2017: Issaquah High School 7-8:30 PM 
This training focuses on understanding our own caretaking and parenting styles (permissive, authoritative, authoritarian, etc.) and how they affect a child’s developing mind and their behaviors. We will introduce and explore several ways of problem solving with children, by using different parenting techniques, styles, and approaches.

Speakers:

Brandyn Roark Caires, MS, LCPCI, is a Clinical Mental and Behavioral Health Therapist with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Brandyn has diverse experience working within residential programs, hospital settings, education and schools, and in homes with parents.
Brandyn’s early career began with working with children from the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit in the Therapy Pool, at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She later transitioned to working in rural community mental health and residential treatment facilities in North Idaho. Additionally, Brandyn has worked as a CPS provider, co-facilitated Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment Programs, and developed Aquatic Therapy programs for children with PTSD and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Brandyn currently travels to work as a Mental and Behavioral Health consultant for Brooks Powers Group in Seattle. Where she supports several school districts in training educators, support staff, and administration in how to effectively use evidence-based interventions to support students who struggle with social and emotional challenges.
She resides in Bozeman, Montana where she practices as a school-based Mental Health Therapist and also runs her own private practice/consulting business, Mind Matters, PLLC. in Montana.

Kire Dassel, M.Ed, is a Certified Special Education Teacher – Preschool through 12th grade – and has her Masters in Education with a focus on Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities. She brings over 13 years of experience directly supporting and teaching children and training their care teams to develop effective educational programs. She has worked directly in schools, in homes, and in treatment facilities. Kire supports teams to collaborate and create sustainable plans to help children meet their educational goals.
Kire began her career teaching primary grades at Birralee International School in Trondheim, Norway. Kire then returned to the Seattle area and upon completion of her Masters, she helped to coordinate the educational support and programming of students re-entering schools after a stay in Seattle’s Children’s Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. Kire is currently the Assistant Director of School Services for Brooks Powers Group in Seattle, Washington.
Kire trains and supports school personnel and other care providers to develop and implement specific positive behavior support programs across settings. She also provides guidance and training to teams to build evidence-based school programs and systems for children. Kire’s cliental includes young children, adolescents, and young adults with a wide range of disabilities and presentations including various learning disabilities, cognitive impairments, emotional and behavioral disorders, communication disorders, and psychiatric issues.
Sep 082016
 
REMINDERS

Outreach Donation Ask for Council meeting:  In support of Month of Concern Campaign, we’re collecting donations from the Items Most Needed List.  Thank you!    http://eastsideforum.org/fooddrive/images/emoclist.pdf

Delegate forms need to be submitted to the council secretary no later than the October meeting.

TREASURER
  1. Make sure your Council Fees (Dues, SurveyMonkey Fee, Parent Ed Fee, and ACT Donation) are sent to me by October 31, 2016.  An invoice was sent out to all treasurers about this last week so they should know what needs to be done.
  2. 990/990EZ/990N tax returns are due to the IRS by 11/15/16 (for the period of 7/1/15-6/30/16).  Please check with your treasurer to make sure this gets done.  You can file an automatic 5 month extension if necessary.  The state PTA website has great information on 990s if you need help.
ADVOCACY

Please register to vote! The deadline to register to vote online or by mail is October 10th.

Register here: http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/olvr.html

Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly will be on October 21st-22nd at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia. This is your chance to vote for WSPTA’s “Top 5” two year legislative platform, and learn more about your local government and how to be an effective advocate for education. Bonus: Classes count as WSPTA approved training!

Click here for the agenda, class list, issue packet and other detailed information (registration link will work soon): http://www.wastatepta.org/advocacy/2016_Leg_Assembly.html

Don’t forget to submit the names your delegates for Leg. Assembly to WSPTA before the October 17th deadline. You will receive an email from WSPTA telling you the number of delegates your PTA can send. A delegate should be someone who is a PTA member, is knowledgeable about the current issues for consideration, and is prepared to vote on them. Their votes should reflect the opinions of your membership since they will be voting on their behalf.

During this election season, please remember that your PTA cannot endorse any political candidate. You can allow a candidate to speak at a PTA meeting ONLY IF you allow the opposing candidate equal time.

Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates Chris Reykdal and Erin Jones will be holding several public forums before election day. Click here to view the schedule and register to attend: http://educationvoters.org/2016/03/17/state-superintendent-of-public-instruction-candidate-forums/

If you are unable to attend in person, TVW will be providing coverage. Check their website for details as dates approach: http://www.tvw.org/elections-2016/

ART IN THE SCHOOLS

Save the Date:  3rd Annual Art Docent Conference October 22nd at Grand Ridge Elementary from9:00 – 3:30.

Monthly Classes to support Art Docents at Art East. This year our classes will be funded by the Foundation Fine Arts Fund.  We are also able to increase our monthly trainings to 10 this year.

October 28th– Clay 101

November (TBD)- Glazing 101

December (TBD)- Fused Glass

Watch for more info and sign up genius soon!

Our Curriculum Review Committee met this summer. We are receiving about $20,000 from ISF to revamp our curriculum to align with the elements and principles of art.  This will allow us to standardize, format. and develop at least 165 lessons to be used by all the elementary schools.  All of the kilns in the schools will also be cleaned and serviced.

Be an Art Docent or assistant at Echo Glen Children’s Center – Echo Glen is a Washington State Juvenile Detention facility and a school operated by the Issaquah School District with boys and girls as young as 10 and up to about 18 years old; majority are 13 to 17. You would share art with a class of no more than 11 youth once a month from 12:21 to 1:32PM –day of month TBD by you and your teacher. Use your own favorite lessons and projects or choose from ones that current docents have used over the last 10 years. We have an amazing art room full of lots of supplies for you. More info here: http://www.smilepower.org/EG_Art_Docent.html. Interested? Contact susan@smilepower.org

BEST PRACTICES

Best Practices Checklist  has been updated for 2016-2017.

FACE/Family And Community Engagement

Introduction to the American School System – English Flyer.

HEALTHY YOUTH NETWORK

Walking Into Darkness: Understanding the Suicidal Youth. FLYER.

ISF

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MEMBERSHIP

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OUTREACH

Current information: http://www.issaquahptsa.org/programs/outreach This page is kept current as needs or programs change.

PARENTWISER (formerly Parent Education)

Parent Ed is becoming Parentwiser!  We will be launching our new website soon.  Meantime, we have some exciting speakers planned, and more on the way.  Please note these dates in your school calendars, put into ENews, PTSA/School Facebook, etc.

  • Oct 17, 2016SCREENAGERS – Growing Up in the the Digital Age.  Film documentary and panel Q&A.  7:00pm at Issaquah High Theater.  For parents AND students K-12.
  • Feb, 2017 – speaker John O’Sullivan, author of “Changing the Game”, about how parent’s can best support kids today in the competitive world of sports. Date/time/place TBD.  For parents of K-12.
  • Apr 25, 2017 – speaker Jessica Lahey, author of “Gift of Failure” – How the best parents learn to let go so their children can succeed.   7:00pm at Issaquah High Theater.  This keynote will be preceded by a community book read about a month in advance.  Details coming soon.   For parents of K-12.

Other speakers, topics and dates coming soon.

 

REFLECTIONS

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STAR/SPECIAL EDUCATION
We are rebuilding the Special Education Committee this year. We have a new chairperson and we are looking to connect with Special Education chairs at each school/PTSA to learn what is working and not working and gather consensus on what the committee can best do and provide.
Please check out our new website on the Issaquah Council PTSA page. Our new vanity URL is www.issaquahstar.org. We have just launched a Facebook group so parents and guardians of children who receive Special Services can connect and learn from one another and get support (www.facebook.com/groups/IssaquahSTAR).  Please share this flyer at your schools: FLYER LINK.
We’re looking for volunteers who would like to help plan and execute ideas and programs. Please encourage anyone to connect with Carrie at special-ed@issaquahptsa.org.
VICE PRESIDENTS

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VOLUNTEERS FOR ISSAQUAH SCHOOLS (VIS)
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WEBMASTER/DIRECTORY
  • Directory: Please get your PTA/PTSA directory information in BY OCTOBER 1st.
  • Surveys can be created any time.
  • Calendar: updated as dates are sent. Please include date, time, location, and a contact name with email or phone. Meetings, events, trainings, etc.

Other

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Jun 062016
 
REMINDERS

Donation Ask (Outreach): Tools 4 Schools at your school!

 

ADVOCACY

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ART IN THE SCHOOLS

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BEST PRACTICES

Transition Checklist

HEALTHY YOUTH NETWORK

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ISF

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MEMBERSHIP

We are at 14,683 members  80% coverage of our student population!

How to enter your officers for next year: http://bit.ly/1rXGnuu

Becky (left) presented a photo book of Issaquah that we all signed as we said farewell to Caroline (left) and wish her an amazing new adventure!

Becky (right) presented a photo book of Issaquah that we all signed as we said farewell to Caroline (left) and wish her an amazing new adventure!

 

OUTREACH / F.A.C.E.

Current information: http://www.issaquahptsa.org/programs/outreach

Highlights:

How You Can Help:

  1. Tools 4 School supplies drive is May 15-June 13 !  Visit http://isfdn.org/programs/tools-4-school/ for more information.
  1. Eastside Baby Corner’s 7th annual Pants Party Poster Contest, May 16th to July 15th.  More information here, or by calling 425-372-7534.
  1. Pickering Garden – Volunteers take part in growing fresh produce for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank
    • March & April: Tuesdays: 10-1pm, and 1st & 3rd Wednesdays: 3pm-6pm;
    • May – Sept: Tuesdays, 10-1pm; 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 3-7pm; 2ndand 4th Saturdays 10-1pm.
    • Children ages 9 and older are welcome without adult, but must have hold-harmless agreement. Children ages 8 and younger are welcome with adult.
    • Questions & registering groups: Check with the Resource Conservation Office for details at 425-837-3400 or sustainability@issaquahwa.gov.
    • Tools & gloves provided. Bring water and snacks, and dress for the weather.
  1. The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank (IFCB) needs approximately 50 Gleaners (2-3 per team)…

Current Programs

  1. Registration for Tools 4 School is now open. Register online http://isfdn.org/programs/tools-4-school/
  1. The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank Summer Lunch program. Registration will start in early June at www.issaquahfoodbank.org  Summer Lunch Flier
  1. King County Library Summer Reading Program, June 1 – Aug 31. Register online at www.kcls.org/kids/summer or www.kcls.org/browse_program/teen-summer-reading
  1. OSLC Safe Parking information.
  1. Child Care resources: http://childcare.org/family-services/
  1. Homeless Youth Services: Friends of Youth
    • Ages 15-22 in need of housing, referrals, food, case management, or shelter can go to 16225 NE 87th St, Ste A-1 Redmond, WA 98052. Drop-In Center call for hours at 425.298.4846
    • Short Term Shelter, guys & girls ages 11-17 – call 24-hours 206.236.437
    • Overnight Shelter with food, showers, laundry, ages 18-24, open 7 days/week Line up: 8:30-8:45pm 16225 NE 87th St., Ste, A-1 Redmond. Bus Routes Metro 542 and 545
    • For the nearest SAFE PLACE location, text the word SAFE and your current location to 69866 or call 800-422-TEEN
PARENT ED

Thank you all for contributing to a successful and resourceful parent ed experience across Issaquah School District this past year.  We increased parent ed attendance at most schools, and offered more frequent speakers and topics than previously.  Parents are showing interest in attending other schools to hear a worthwhile topic or speaker; in 2015-16 these were mostly around social lives (digital media, dating, playground behavior), and anxiety/mindfulness.

Thanks to your input and contributions, in 2016-17 Issaquah PTSA Council Parent Ed is moving in a new direction to support even more access to parenting information.  After meetings and input from Parent Ed Reps and PTA Presidents, we pleased to announce the new parent ed program for 2016-17:

  • New name:  Issaquah PTSA Council parent ed is becoming Parentwiser, and will link to a separate webpage parentwiser.org next fall.
  • Speakers, film documentaries, webinars for the 2016-17 school year will target the following topics:
  1. Achievement
  2. Technology (use and abuse)
  3. Parenting in competitive activities/sports
  • Calendar of events – by popular demand, we will be hosting 3 showings of Screenagersfor parents and teens this fall; watch for details and updates in September!
  1. Sep 29th at Liberty High
  2. Oct 11th at Issaquah High
  3. Oct 19th at Skyline High

Other speakers and dates are in progress, to be confirmed soon.

  • The Parentwiser committee seeks volunteers, please let us know if any of these openingsfit your talents/interests:

o   Content/Relationship Booking – Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz, Lauren Hutchinson

o   Treasurer/Statistics – OPEN

o   Marketing communications/advertising – OPEN

o   Facebook/Twitter management – Arissa Peterson

o   Email/database communications – Tara Moe

o   Facilities Coordinator – OPEN

o   Issaquah PTSA Council and ISF partner – Heidi Fuhs

o   Members at large (content contributors) – Dea Barnett, Carla Geraci, Margarita

  • Please keep a parent ed rep on your PTSA!  You will be key for advertising Parentwiserevents to your school population.  (And, while each school is contributing a recommended $250 in council fees for large scale speakers, film documentaries and webinars, you may still hire local speakers to increase attendance at membership meetings.  You can keep these in-school, or advertise through Parentwiser for district-wide attendance.  You can charge non-PTA members to attend (eg $5-10).  You may want to retain a small budget and a parent ed rep for these purposes.)
  • Send us your PTA/PTSA Communications contact  – We are collecting names for each school parent ed rep and communication chair for 2016-17 to get Parentwiser dates in ENews quickly. Please let us know your contacts for next year!

Thanks again for supporting parent education and striving to keep Issaquah parents informed.

Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz
Heidi Fuhs
Parentwiser™
parent-ed@issaquahptsa.org

 

REFLECTIONS

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SPECIAL NEEDS

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VICE PRESIDENTS

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VOLUNTEERS FOR ISSAQUAH SCHOOLS (VIS)
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WEBMASTER/DIRECTORY
  • Next year’s directory: the sooner I get information from everyone, the sooner it can be completed, printed, and distributed.
  • Surveys can be created any time.
  • Calendar: updated as dates are sent. Please include date, time, location, and a contact name with email or phone. Meetings, events, trainings, etc.

WSPTA Convention

Caroline Brown and Dawn Peschek will share a recap of the Washington State PTA Convention held May 20-22, 2016 in Yakima, WA. This will include Guest Speakers, Elections and State Award Winners.

 

May 082016
 
REMINDERS

Donation Ask (Outreach):

2015-16 WSPTA Deadline Dates can be found HERE in one handy document!

Donation Request for Echo Glen Staff Appreciation Luncheon:
The Echo Glen Staff Appreciation Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, the day after the Memorial Day holiday.  Instead of trying to collect food donations over the holiday, I will instead collect small monetary donations at the meeting to purchase food and drinks.  If you or your PTSA unit would like to donate, please bring it with you on Thursday.  Thank you. ~Becky Gordon
ADVOCACY

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ART IN THE SCHOOLS
  • Briarwood Elementary school visit 5/4/2016
    • Coordinator: Erin Thacker
    • Lots of Picasso and ceramics today
  • Endeavor elementary 5/9/2016 visit
    • Coordinator: Kathy Mileski
    • Well attended art walk last week
    • Lots of great art on the walls
  • Challenger, Cougar Ridge, Creekside & Discovery coming up
  • Trainings Winter/Spring
    • Went really well this year. 
    • Ave. attendance 15 out of 20 spaces
    • Classes full (20/20) until after spring break
      • Perhaps load more classes in earlier in the year
      • No trainings after break?
  • Coordinator tips:
    • Check the Facebook page for more photos and information  www.facebook.com/IssaquahPTSAArtDocents/
    • Now is the time to get your last orders in for the year.  Check your budgets, if you have left over order for next year now.  Your PTA treasurer will close the books at the end of the school year and you start fresh next year.  Budgets don’t roll over from year to year. 
    • Getting information about Green Schools compliance from district
    • New lessons from Newcastle added to One Drive  http://1drv.ms/1Cf5X0R

(See images of the artwork here.)

HEALTHY YOUTH NETWORK

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ISF

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MEMBERSHIP

How to enter your officers for next year: http://bit.ly/1rXGnuu

OUTREACH / F.A.C.E.

Current information: http://www.issaquahptsa.org/programs/outreach

Highlights:

  1. Tools 4 School supplies drive is coming  May 15 to your school !
  1. Stamp Out Hunger coming this Saturday, May 14 !  .
  1. Pickering Garden – Volunteers take part in growing fresh produce for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.
  1. The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank (IFCB) needs approximately 50 Gleaners
  1. City of Issaquah will be hosting a viewing of the winning video for the “No Waste” contest, along with a presentation of The Clean Bin Project. Event will be held May 24
  1. For Issaquah residents who are 55 and older – survey 

Current Programs

  1. ENGLISH FOR WORK – AN ESL PROGRAM through Hopelink.
  1. Registration for Tools 4 School is now open.
  1. Issaquah Jobs Fair – for teenagers through adults. May 17, 2016
  1. OSLC Safe Parking
  1. Child Care resources
  1. Homeless Youth Services: Friends of Youth
  1. Study Zone at our libraries
  1. Life After High School Programs offered through KCLS
  2. Find out if you qualify for a computers and/or free internet access
  3. Issaquah School District students with financial hardship may be eligible for a free computer.
PARENT ED

1)    Positive Behavior and Social Emotional Support (PBSES) Information Night

Tues, May 3rd 2016

6:30-8:00pm
at Issaquah Middle School
(for parents of Clark, Cougar Ridge, IVE and IMS)

Wed, May 4th 2016

6:00-7:30pm
at Beaver Lake Middle School
(for parents of Endeavour, Cascade Ridge, Challenger and BLMS)

Student Support Coaches, staff in our Issaquah School District, are hosting parent information nights about what PBSES is and what your child’s school is doing to support the behavioral and social/emotional needs of students.  Student Support Coaches will also provide information on Growth vs Fixed Mindset and how what we say can empower our students to build resiliency.  Parents will also learn how to support their students at home with evidence-based strategies used at each school.  Q&A sessions will follow each presentation.

 

2)    Screenagers (film documentary), privately sponsored*

Was shown on Thursday, May 5th 2016 in the Issaquah High School Theater
(for parents & teens)

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.  Watch the trailer at: http://www.screenagersmovie.com/ 

*This showing was privately sponsored by: Reisha Holton, One on One College Essays; Dr. Maria Elena Lara, Ph.D,Clinical Psychologist; Kara Neary, Educated Choices College and Career Counseling; Kirsten O’Malley, Pacific Learning Academy; Dr. Bizzy Riley, Naturopathic Physician.  In partnership with IHS PTSA

 

3)    Parenting with Love and Logic, speaker Tori Berntsen, hosted by Newcastle Elementary

Tues, May 10th 2016
10:00AM-11:30AM  (Presentation starts at 10:30AM)
YMCA on Coal Creek Pkwy
(for parents of grades K-5)

Love and Logic is an approach to raising kids that provides loving support from parents while at the same time expecting kids to be respectful and responsible.  Build and refine the skills necessary to parent children of all ages.  These sessions will provide you the opportunity to learn with other parents and problem solve with a trained professional in a fun and welcoming environment.

 

4)    Skills for Emotional Competence, speaker Dr. Janice Driver, sponsored by Grand Ridge PTSA

Thurs, May 12th 2016
7:00-8:30pm
Grand Ridge Elementary, Library
(for parents of grades K-5)

Emotional struggles children endure during elementary school can be confusing.  Every child is different.  With guidance and support from Dr. Janice Driver, you will learn simple emotional coaching skills to help your child gain emotional intelligence.

 

5)    Paper Tigers (film documentary & panel discussion), co-sponsored by Issaquah Schools Foundation & Issaquah PTSA Council

Mon, May 16th 2016
6:30-9:00pm
Issaquah High School, Black Box Theater
(for parents of grades K-12)

“Exposure to chronic and adverse stress (and the altered brain function that results) leaves a child in a fruitless search for comfort and escape from a brain and body that is permanently stuck in flight or fight. That comfort comes in the form of drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, sex, food and more.”  This documentary takes a look at how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affect teenage behavior, and how parents, school staff and community members can use positive behavior and social emotional support (PBSES) to reinforce societal norms and expectations. Watch the trailer at:http://www.papertigersmovie.com/ .  Before and after the film, Issaquah School District personnel will discuss real statistics in Issaquah schools, how common experiences and even divorce of parents affect our kids behavior, and our own community efforts to positively influence classroom learning for all students.

 

6)    Guiding Your Teen on the Bumpy Road to Independence, speaker Kathy Slattengren, M.Ed., sponsored by Skyline HS PTSA

Tues, May 17th 2016
7:00-8:30pm
Skyline HS Library
(for parents of grades 6-12)

How do you balance trying to keep teens safe while also allowing them increasing freedom? How do you let your teens learn from their mistakes?  Please join us for an engaging discussion on helping your teens grow into adults who can thrive on their own.

 

7)    School Start and End Times – Information Nights, by Isssaquah School District Administration

Wed, May 18th 6:30-8:30pm at Briarwood Elementary
Mon, May 23rd 6:30-8:30pm at Beaver Lake Middle School
Wed, June 1st 6:30-8:30pm at Issaquah High School
6:30-8:30pm for all dates/locations
(for ALL parents/community members across Issaquah School District

Following up on the feedback and input received from our parents, staff, students, and community, the Issaquah School District is continuing to consider new school start and end times for the 2017-2018 school year.  Superintendent Ron Thiele has committed to a decision on new start and end times by December of 2016.  To begin this next phase of the process, the community is invited to attend informational meetings to learn and dialogue with district staff about the issues around changing our start and end times, including sleep science studies, transportations, before/after school care, and potential effect on athletics and activities.

 

8)    Cybercrime:  Keeping Your Child Safe Online, speaker Officer Diego Zanella, sponsored by IMS PTSA

Mon, May 23rd 2016
7:00-8:00pm
Issaquah Middle School, Commons
(for parents of grades 6-12)

Join us for a discussion with our school Resource Officer Diego Zanella in the Issaquah Middle School Commons on May 23rd at 7pm. We’ll discuss how to avoid potential dangers as our kids navigate social media and the online world.  Kids don’t mean to run into trouble online, but their developing brains are curious and want to explore.  A large portion of middle schoolers already have internet-enabled devices and potential dangers include cyberstalking, cyberbullying, sexting, access to pornography, harassment, and assaults.  Learn how to keep your child safe and your family’s information private.  This is an adults-only event. Childcare will be provided in the IMS library.

REFLECTIONS

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SPECIAL NEEDS

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VICE PRESIDENTS

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VOLUNTEERS FOR ISSAQUAH SCHOOLS (VIS)
The Bond Passed!
Reminder: Please bring any signs left over from Honk & Waves (save only the ones without the April 26 date) to the council meeting and the stakes too please. We will use these again for future campaigns. Thank you!
WEBMASTER/DIRECTORY
  • Consider and end of the year survey.
  • Send in your calendar items, such as GMMs and events, for inclusion on the Council calendar.

(other)

 

Apr 182016
 

REMINDERS

Donation Ask (Outreach):.

2015-16 WSPTA Deadline Dates can be found HERE in one handy document!

Council Nominating Slate: 2016-2017 Nominating Committee Report

 

PTSA Council Luncheon:   May 12th, Pickering Barn

9:30 AM – 11 AM – General Meeting (Current Presidents)
11 AM – 12:30 PM – Luncheon (Current Presidents, Incoming Presidents, Principals & Guests)

Current Presidents – Please note in your evite RSVP if you are able to bring a *store bought* salad that serves 8-10 people. Pasta, quinoa & chicken salads are great options! Pickering Barn policy requires that all food served be prepared in a commercial kitchen.

The Ice Breaker question to ask your Principal this year is: “What was the first concert you attended, and what is the most recent one that you attended (that was not a school concert)?” You will be introducing yourself, new president(s) and principal.


TREASURER

2016-2017 Budgeting Information:

Although Council has not officially approved our 2016-2017 budget (this will occur at our May meeting), here are the proposed budget changes that will affect the local PTSAs.   I wanted to make sure you were aware of these changes as you are working on your budgeting for next school year.  Here are the items to make sure are in your budgets:

  • Council Dues – Elementary $310, Middle $285, and High $260 ($50 increase).  We haven’t raised Council Dues in many years and this increase is necessary to keep up with the rising cost of things such as space rental, supplies, etc.
  • Survey Monkey – $11 – No change
  • Council Parent Ed Fee – $250 minimum (increase from $100) As we have discussed at the last few Council meetings, we are changing our approach to Parent Ed beginning next year.  We are aiming to provide higher caliber speakers next year as well as offering webinar options.  When our Council Parent Ed chair surveyed the presidents a few weeks ago, most were very supportive of this change and were all willing to donate more than $250.  Please discuss with your president/Board to determine how much your school is willing to give.  $250 is the minimum we are asking for but if you are willing to donate more, it would be greatly helpful in getting this new program going.
  • Art Docent Training – Free!  ISF will now be funding Art Docent Training so elementaries will no longer need to budget $75.00 for Art Docent Training!
  • New Gibson Ek High School Donation – Gibson Ek High School will be chartering their own PTSA later this spring.  It is customary that when a new PTSA is established, that all other PTSAs include a donation to the new PTSA in their budget.  The suggested donation amount is $250 for elementaries, $500 for middle schools, and $1000 for high schools.  This is just a suggested donation amount so any amount your PTSA feels comfortable donating will be appreciated.
  • ACT Program/Echo Glen – Please remember that donations are suggested the ACT Program and Echo Glen school, neither of which have their own PTSA.

 

Other Organization Support:

Volunteers for Issaquah Schools – Even though we won’t be running a bond/levy campaign next year (hopefully), it is always suggested that donations we made every year to VIS to help them build up a balance to run the next bond/levy campaign.

Issaquah Schools Foundation – Again, remember a donation to ISF in your budgeting process.  Many schools give a donation to the All in for Kids campaign in the fall, and another donation at the luncheon/breakfast in the spring.

Postage – Several questions have come up on the various amounts of postage that local PTSAs are asked to help with.  The first is the “3 Things Postcard”.  This is the postcard that comes out at the beginning of the year from ISF/VIS/PTSA.  The share your PTSA is responsible for depends on how many students you have.  The amount is pretty similar from year to year so please refer to how much you paid this year for budgeting for next year. You will receive an invoice from ISF in August/September for your portion of the mailing.  The second one is the VIS mailing.  This only occurs during a bond or levy campaign year.  This year, the amount ranged from $100-$400 depending on the size of your school. This only needs to be in your budget in a bond/levy year but many PTAs just leave it in so it doesn’t get forgotten.


ADVOCACY

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ART IN THE SCHOOLS

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BEST PRACTICES MOMENT

PTA Monthly Checklist –  Full Year


HEALTHY YOUTH / INFLUENCE THE CHOICE

HYI / ITC Upcoming Events

Schedule for Incredible Intensity of Being Human

State of Mind Mini-Conferences:
Saturday, April 23, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., Skyline High School

Adult and student members of HYI are invited to attend one, two or all three State of Mind mini-conferences focused on topics related to youth mental health.  Each school mini-conference will have a different focus, including how to cope with stress, how to help friends who are struggling with depression, or how to detach from technology. Each mini-conference will also offer a core of basic classes in topics such as the impacts of drugs on the developing brain, healthy relationships, body image, and living with mental illness. Registrations for these conferences, as well as programs with a list of speakers and topics, will be available by February 15th.

Annual Issaquah Spring Clean Event
Saturday April 23

This annual event sees youth leaders and adults getting together to focus on clean-up of Rainier Trail (beside the Issaquah Community Center and the old skate park).  Over the years, ITC has seen a major difference in the amount of debris including drug paraphernalia i.e. syringes and beer bottles, cigarette butts, etc.  YODA leaders (Youth Opposing Drug Abuse – the youth coalition of the Alliance) will be taking a lead this year in organizing the day of work.  Come out – everything is provided for you including gloves, tongs to pick up garbage, and garbage bags along with (as always) lots of goodies.   Good day to get some good exercise, meet some great people and do some great work for the community!  Email Katie Moeller for more information at Katie.hirshberg.moeller@gmail.com.

Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human — Kick Off Event
Friday, April 29, 6:00 p.m., Issaquah Senior Center

The Issaquah Schools Foundation and ArtEast are partnering on a project that will bring an art exhibit focused on the themes of mental illness and mental health to Issaquah schools and community.  The exhibit itself will run from April 18 through June 30th and feature juried art located at three different art galleries in the greater Issaquah area. In addition, the exhibit will serve as a platform for panel discussions, tours, and school/community art, poetry and music activities focused on the theme of mental wellness.  Everyone is invited to attend this kick-off event, which will be followed by a reception located at the ArtEast gallery on Front Street in downtown Issaquah.  Put this on your calendars! More information to follow.     


ISSAQUAH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION (ISF)

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    Nourish Every Mind Events and Activities in full Swing!

    1. Nourish Every Mind Online Auction is Open until next Tuesday, April 26th at 8pm

    AMBASSADOR TIP  Look on the auction website site to see what your school is offering – mention it.  Your principal will love you!

      1. So many cools things:  vacations at in Sonoma, Whistler/Blackcomb, Lopez Island, Long Beach, Dining certificates, theaters shows, Seahawks & Mariners tickets, Massages, Art Galleries, PARTIES (Wine Tasting, Casino Party, Tamale Making, Italian Chef Dinner)…the list goes on… 
      2. A great way for those community members not able to attend the Luncheon or Breakfast to still be able to support our students
      3. 100% of the auction proceeds will benefit all students in the Issaquah School District.
      4. Finding the Auction is easy: go to the Issaquah Schools Foundation home page for the link.
    1. Nourish Every Mind Luncheon – Next Thursday, April 28 – seats still available
    2. Nourish Every Mind Breakfast – Wednesday, May 4 – seats still available

    2016 Kateri Brow Grants have been awarded!

    • These special grants are between $1,000 to $10,000.
    • Awarded for programs that reflect vision and innovation in education and respond to a compelling need.
    • Schools receiving grants:  Apollo, Echo Glen, WEB for all Middle Schools, Liberty, Maple Hills, PCMS and Sunny Hills.   

    AMBASSADOR TIP  If your school was listed above, please refer to the Schools Foundation Website, under Grants, Kateri Brow for details. 

     The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human

    • Nationally acclaimed exhibit
    • Partnership between the Issaquah Schools Foundation and artEast
    • Goal being to stimulate conversation and destigmatize mental illness through artistic displays
    • Two Openings for the public, both in the evening
      • Soft Opening at April 22 at Blakely Hall in the Highlands, 6-9pm
      • Grand Opening at April  29 at Issaquah Senior Center, 6-9pm
    • You can find program and information on the many events by visiting the Schools Foundation Website, under Programs.

    Great Community = Great School!  Look how many Issaquah businesses support the Schools Foundation! 

    • Amazon gives 8% back to the Foundation! Easy – just log in to Amazon through the Schools Foundation website to start making your dollars work for our students. Realtor
    • Christine Kipp donates 15% of her earned fees back to the Foundation.  Easy – Just tell Christine you would like to designate support to the Schools Foundation. 
    • Hot Yoga Experience is proud to give 100% of retail profits to the Issaquah Schools Foundation. Relax knowing you are giving back!
    • Huntington Learning Center of Issaquah is happy to donate $5 for every Academic Evaluation to the Issaquah Schools Foundation.
    • Realtor Jason Maybell is proud to donate 5% of his commission on any Issaquah purchase or sale, directly to the Issaquah Schools Foundation.
    • Optica Vision Care is proud to contribute a percentage of all eyewear sales to the Issaquah Schools Foundation. Annual minimum contribution of $1,000, but with your support a much greater amount will be donated.
    • Value Village gives a portion of the proceeds to the School Foundation to benefit kids.  Just mention Issaquah Schools Foundation when donating clothing or any household items.

     April Dining for Kids

    • Wednesday, May 4th “ALL DAY” at Gas Lamp Bar & Grill
    • Owned by a family in the Issaquah School District, great food, fun patio, fun atmosphere. 
    • Last month $1,500 was raised in one day!

    Recap of the important DATES:

    4/26  Nourish Every Mind Online Auction CLOSES at 8pm

    4/28  Nourish Every Mind Luncheon

    4/29  Grand Opening for The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human (see above)

    5/4   Nourish Every Mind Breakfast

    5/4   Dining for Kids – Gas Lamp Bar & Grill


MEMBERSHIP

Current membership 14,632
% of children in district represented by a PTSA member ~ 80%
We have passed our goal of 2.5% growth by 2 members HOOOORAY

OUTREACH / F.A.C.E.

Outreach/FACE has it’s own tab on the Council website. 
For recent updates: http://www.issaquahptsa.org/programs/outreach

PARENT EDUCATION

1)    We’re excited to update you on some important developments in our Council sponsored parent ed.  Over the past few months, we’ve been taking a close look at parent ed events in our district and proposed some changes to make it even more convenient and relevant moving forward.  Please see the attached vision, which we proposed at the February PTSA Council meeting, for more information. We’ve been getting very positive responses from parents like you, PTSA Council, the Issaquah Schools Foundation, the Issaquah School District administration, and even external partners like Swedish Hospital.

Our goal is to create a sustainable model of parent education that gives parents in our school district the latest tools, strategies and information to be the best parents they can be, conveniently and affordably, and as a tangible benefit of PTSA membership. When parents have the information to parent well, their children’s brains can develop optimally, allowing them to live up to their true potential.

You are an important part of this vision. We’d like to get together with you this month and brainstorm speakers for our district for next year. To realize a speaker series, we need to book them this spring.  What speakers do you love? Who should be included in our annual lecture series, either in-person or via webinar?  What do you want to learn about as a parent? Ask around your school community, and let us know, we want to hear from you!

Presidents and/or Parent Ed Reps, please join us for a topic brainstorm in the lobby of Swedish Hospital, near the Starbucks, on Wednesday, April 20 at 10:30am.

We look forward to seeing you there!  If you can’t attend, please send us your comments via email by April 20th.

And below are the parent ed events remaining in April and May planned in our district.    Look to each for the age-targets and if applicable to your school population, and please post the details to your school ENews, PTSA websites, calendars and Facebook/Twitter.  See flyers attached to post to your bulletin boards, etc.  (Additional flyers for some events not attached here will be coming soon).

And please send a message to parent-ed@issaquahptsa.org if your school is planning something that got missed below!  We would love to add you to the list to give all Issaquah parents the opportunity to attend.

2)    Strategies in Mindfulness, speaker Sivie Suckerman MA LMHC, sponsored by Beaver Lake MS PTSA

Thurs, April 21st 2016

7:00-8:30pm

Beaver Lake Middle School Library

(for parents and students of grades 6-12)

FLYER – Strategies in Mindfulness

 

Sivie Suckerman, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Mindful Schools Instructor, presents techniques and strategies for mindfulness at home and in the classroom. Mindfulness has been described as bringing moment-to-moment awareness to thoughts and feelings and the surrounding environment.  Such practices have been used by schools and companies to strengthen focus, decrease anxiety and encourage creativity.  This event is free to ISD parents and their families.

3)    State of Mind Mini-Conferences: Finding a Balance in Your Life sponsored by Healthy Youth Initiative of ISF

(for parents & teenagers)

Sat, Apr 23rd 2016

12-4pm

Skyline High School

 FLYER: State of Mind

Focus: Reliance on Technology; Managing Expectations from Parents, Self, Peers; Finding Your Own Definition of Success.

Professional, technical, and practical information will be exchanged on Substance Abuse, Self Confidence, and Self-Care / Stress Management.  Attendance is FREE, but advance registration is requested at  http://www.healthyyouthinitiative.org/state-of-mind-2016.html.

4)    Social Lives of Elementary Girls, speaker Sheri Gazitt, Teen Wise founder; co-sponsored by GR PTSA & Issaquah PTSA Council

Tues, Apr 26th 2016

7:00-8:30pm

Grand Ridge Elementary Library

(for parents of K-5)

FLYER: Social Lives of Elementary Girls

Back by popular demand!  A workshop about the social lives of our elementary girls.  Understanding girl friendships issues and learn how to help your daughter navigate the important world of friendships in a positive and fulfilling way.

5)    Social Media Platforms for Parents, speaker Tracy Warren of The Social Playground, co-sponsored by MMS PTSA & Issaquah PTSA Council

Thurs, April 28th 2016

7:00-8:30pm

Maywood Middle School Library

(for parents of teens, grades 6-12)

FLYER: Social Media Platforms

As a parent, social media can be scary.  Knowing the basics about these platforms can give you confidence AND peace of mind.  And, just when we all think we have a handle on it – a new site enters the game.  In this session we will discuss the popular platforms YOUR children are using, how they are being used, and potential dangers and most importantly, how to protect your kids!

6)    Screenagers (film documentary), privately sponsored*

Thurs, May 5th 2016

7:00-9:30pm

Issaquah High School Theater

(for parents & teens)

FLYER: Screenagers at IHS

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.  Watch the trailer at: http://www.screenagersmovie.com/

*This showing is privately sponsored by:

Reisha Holton, One on One College Essays

Dr. Maria Elena Lara, Ph.D,Clinical Psychologist

Kara Neary, Educated Choices College and Career Counseling

Kirsten O’Malley, Pacific Learning Academy

Dr. Bizzy Riley, Naturopathic Physician

 In partnership with IHS PTSA

7)    Paper Tigers (film documentary & panel discussion), co-sponsored by Issaquah Schools Foundation & Issaquah PTSA Council

Mon, May 16th 2016

6:30-9:00pm

Issaquah High School, Black Box Theater

(for parents of grades K-12)

“Exposure to chronic and adverse stress (and the altered brain function that results) leaves a child in a fruitless search for comfort and escape from a brain and body that is permanently stuck in flight or fight. That comfort comes in the form of drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, sex, food and more.”  This documentary takes a look at how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affect teenage behavior, and how parents, school staff and community members can use positive behavior and social emotional support (PBSES) to reinforce societal norms and expectations. Watch the trailer at:http://www.papertigersmovie.com/ .  Before and after the film, Issaquah School District personnel will discuss real statistics in Issaquah schools, how common experiences and even divorce of parents affect our kids behavior, and our own community efforts to positively influence classroom learning for all students.

8)    Guiding Your Teen on the Bumpy Road to Independence, speaker Kathy Slattengren, M.Ed., sponsored by Skyline HS PTSA

Tues, May 17th 2016

7:00-8:30pm

Skyline HS Library

(for parents of grades 6-12)

FLYER: Guiding Teens

How do you balance trying to keep teens safe while also allowing them increasing freedom? How do you let your teens learn from their mistakes?  Please join us for an engaging discussion on helping your teens grow into adults who can thrive on their own.

9)    Cybercrime:  Keeping Your Child Safe Online, speaker Officer Diego Zanella, sponsored by IMS PTSA

Mon, May 23rd 2016

7:00-8:00pm

Issaquah Middle School, Commons

(for parents of grades 6-12)

Join us for a discussion with our school Resource Officer Diego Zanella in the Issaquah Middle School Commons on May 23rd at 7pm. We’ll discuss how to avoid potential dangers as our kids navigate social media and the online world.  Kids don’t mean to run into trouble online, but their developing brains are curious and want to explore.  A large portion of middle schoolers already have internet-enabled devices and potential dangers include cyberstalking, cyberbullying, sexting, access to pornography, harassment, and assaults.  Learn how to keep your child safe and your family’s information private.  This is an adults-only event. Childcare will be provided in the IMS library.


REFLECTIONS

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SPECIAL NEEDS

 Special Ed 101 Presentation

Tuesday, April 26, at 7 pm
Clark Elementary School Library.  

Speakers:  Issaquah School District Special Services Executive Director, Melissa Madsen, Elementary Special Education Director, Tara Slinn, and Secondary Special Education Director, Susan Wolever.  

This presentation is appropriate for all parents and guardians whose children receive Special education services, are new to the special education system, or suspect their child may be in need of services.  

This presentation is hosted by the Issaquah PTSA Council Special Needs committee.  special-needs@issaquahptsa.org


VOLUNTEERS FOR ISSAQUAH SCHOOLS (VIS)

VIS has it’s own tab on the Council website. This includes links to sign ups and information sent out to liaisons and presidents.
For recent updates: http://www.issaquahptsa.org/category/vis-information-for-presidents
Contacts:
If at any time you have questions, please contact Dawn or Alicia or check the website:
Dawn Peschek dawn@visvote.org  or Alicia Veevaert  alicia@visvote.org
Website: http://www.visvote.org/

WEBSITE & DIRECTORY

Events – Send your event information to Cindy for inclusion on the Council calendar!

Surveys – It’s important to survey your membership periodically. It’s also a component of awards and Best Practices.  When you are ready to do your survey, let Cindy know.



TRAININGS

 

May 20th-22nd WSPTA Convention
June 9th  Training 11:30 – 12:30
August 23rd  Back to School Conference

 

Mar 072016
 

REMINDERS

Donation Ask (Outreach): Cereal.

2015-16 WSPTA Deadline Dates can be found HERE in one handy document!

Awards Reception Invitation is HERE.  Evite.


TREASURER

Treasurer Notes for 2015-2016 Budgeting:

As you begin your budgeting for next year, I wanted to alert you to some potential changes.  Once Council has our budget finalized, we will be able to provide more specific information.  Stay tuned!

  1. ISF will now be funding Art Docent Training so elementaries will no longer need to budget $75.00 for the training (yeah)!
  2. Council Dues which are currently $260 for Elementary, $230 for Middle, and $210 for High Schools will be raised approximately $50/year.  We haven’t raised Council dues in many years and we need to do so in order to keep up with rising costs.
  3. The Parent Ed Fee which is currently $100/year, will be going up by an amount yet to be determined.  We will discuss this is more detail on Thursday.
  4. Survey Monkey Fee will still be $11.00.
  5. With the opening of the new Choice High School, Gibson Ek, in the fall, each PTA will be asked to make a donation to help them start up their PTA.  This is not required however is suggested.
  6. Remember to consider the ACT Program and Echo Glen for donations when establishing your budgets.

ADVOCACY

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ART IN THE SCHOOLS

  • Sunset Elementary school visit 2/4/2016
    • Coordinator: Becky Foster
    • Lots of busy docents getting ready for Art Walk right before break
  • Maple Hills visit
    • Clay lesson integrated into history: kids made replica cities to ‘rebuild’ Europe after WWI
    • Lots of great art on the walls
    • Auction coming up and there are some fabulous projects for that as well
  • Looking for host of 2016 Art Docent Conference
  • This month is a good time to check in with teachers, if you haven’t already, to find out how they are feeling about their docents and projects.  You still have time to make changes at this point. 

BEST PRACTICES MOMENT

PTA Monthly Checklist –  Full Year


HEALTHY YOUTH / INFLUENCE THE CHOICE

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State of Mind Mini-Conferences:
Saturday, March 19, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., Issaquah High School
Saturday, April 2, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., Liberty High School
Saturday, April 23, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., Skyline High School

Adult and student members of HYI are invited to attend one, two or all three State of Mind mini-conferences focused on topics related to youth mental health.  Each school mini-conference will have a different focus, including how to cope with stress, how to help friends who are struggling with depression, or how to detach from technology. Each mini-conference will also offer a core of basic classes in topics such as the impacts of drugs on the developing brain, healthy relationships, body image, and living with mental illness. Registrations for these conferences, as well as programs with a list of speakers and topics, will be available by February 15th.

Annual Issaquah Spring Clean Event
Saturday April 23, Time to be finalized

This annual event sees youth leaders and adults getting together to focus on clean-up of Rainier Trail (beside the Issaquah Community Center and the old skate park).  Over the years, ITC has seen a major difference in the amount of debris including drug paraphernalia i.e. syringes and beer bottles, cigarette butts, etc.  YODA leaders (Youth Opposing Drug Abuse – the youth coalition of the Alliance) will be taking a lead this year in organizing the day of work.  Come out – everything is provided for you including gloves, tongs to pick up garbage, and garbage bags along with (as always) lots of goodies.   Good day to get some good exercise, meet some great people and do some great work for the community!  Email Katie Moeller for more information at Katie.hirshberg.moeller@gmail.com.

Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human — Kick Off Event
Friday, April 29, 6:00 p.m., Issaquah Senior Center

The Issaquah Schools Foundation and ArtEast are partnering on a project that will bring an art exhibit focused on the themes of mental illness and mental health to Issaquah schools and community.  The exhibit itself will run from April 18 through June 30th and feature juried art located at three different art galleries in the greater Issaquah area. In addition, the exhibit will serve as a platform for panel discussions, tours, and school/community art, poetry and music activities focused on the theme of mental wellness.  Everyone is invited to attend this kick-off event, which will be followed by a reception located at the ArtEast gallery on Front Street in downtown Issaquah.  Put this on your calendars! More information to follow.     

2016 Influence the Choice Video Contest Event is underway!

Entering its’ 4th year, the Alliance’s Video contest is in its final preparation for take off!  High School student videographers from across the Issaquah School District boundaries (including public and private schools) are eligible to enter a 2-minute PSA for cash prizes that will be judged by an esteemed panel of judges and presented at an Awards Ceremony.  This year’s contest categories will be changing but the intent is the same: showcasing the importance of young people’s voices through this art medium to encourage the prevention of substance abuse and promote good mental health.  The timeline for the contest schedule is being finalized and will be shared widely.  In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact Matt Compston, ITC Video Contest Coordinator at  compston75@gmail.com


ISSAQUAH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION (ISF)

  • Dining for Kids – 1st Wednesday of every month, next night is on Wed, March 2nd at Big Fish in the Issaquah Highlands.
  • Save your seat:  Annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon and Breakfast  (Table Sign-up sheet and NEM FAQ attached for your to have available at your meeting)
      • Luncheon on Thursday, April 28
        • Reception will again feature program displays, Bundt cakes and the Wall of Wine & Whiskey
      • Breakfast on Wednesday, May 4 – ideal for those who work. wonderful networking opportune. 
      • Online Auction:  live April 17-26th – 2 weeks,
        • Procuring items now for Online Auction and Wines & Whiskeys
    • For those that have not attended before:  The events showcase students and staff who have benefitted from Foundation investments, inspirational videos, entertainment and information on the impact private donations have on our public schools.
    • The generous donations to be directed to programs that elevate and enrich education for every student at every school. 
    • A few of the programs supported:  VOICE Mentor Program, Healthy Youth Initiative, Financial Literacy Classes, Academic Enrichment Grants, Free After-School Homework Labs, and Computer Science and Web Design Classes. 
  • Schools Foundation $1,000 Impact Scholarship – now accepting applications.
    • Impact Scholarships are available to juniors and seniors in the Issaquah School District to help continue their educational journeys.
    • This scholarship will be awarded to students who submit essays that describe how Foundation-funded programs have enriched their education.
    • Scholarship will be awarded in two categories. The winner of each category will receive a $1,000 scholarship for use at a post-secondary institute of learning.
    • Written category entries will be judged on answers to required essay questions.
    • Presentation category entries will be judged on a 5-minute oral presentation of the written essays and will have the opportunity to tell their story at the annual Luncheon on Thursday, April 28th or Breakfast on Wednesday, May 4th.
    • Deadline Monday, February 29th
    • More information can be found of the Schools Foundation Website, under the Students tab.
  • ESL Classes at Issaquah Valley Elementary
    • ESL:  English as a Second Language
    • ESL classes will be held at Issaquah Valley Elementary (IVE)
      • February 8 -June 8 on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesday, 6:00pm-8:30 pm

DATES Recap

3/2 Dining For Kids – Big Fish in Issaquah Highlands

4/17-26  Nourish Every Mind Online Auction

4/28 Nourish Every Mind Luncheon

5/4 Nourish Every Mind Breakfast

This Month’s Program Highlight: Healthy Youth Initiative

  • Its mission is to build the community’s capacity to empower youth and families, to reduce negative social and emotional (risky) behaviors, and to network the community in support of healthy youth and strong families.  
  • Issues confronting our youth today that Healthy Youth tackles:

Substance abuse prevention

Homelessness

Bullying prevention

Strengthening emotional resiliency

Reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences

It also ensures basic student needs are met, including breakfast, school supplies, dental care, vision care and warm clothing.

  • This last mid-winter break – the partnership between the Basic Student Needs Committee and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank provided boxes of food to 338 students at 6 schools over mid-winter break

Provides opportunities to learn – open to all students and families, the State of Mind Mini-Conference

  • Guest welcome to attend 1,2 or all 3 State of Mind mini-conferences focused on topics related to youth mental health. 
  • Each school’s mini-conference will have a different focus, including how to cope with stress, how to help friends who are struggling with depression, or how to detach from technology.
  • Each mini-conference will also offer a core of basic classes in topics such as the impacts of drugs on the developing brain, healthy relationships, body image, and living with mental illness.
  • If you would like more information on the event or to register – go to the Healthy Youth Initiative Website
    • Sat, March 19, 12n- 4pm, Issaquah High School
    • Sat, April 2, 12n- 4pm,, Liberty High School
    • Sat, April 23, 12n- 4pm,, Skyline High School

MEMBERSHIP

  • Congratulations to all our PTSA’s  I have just crunched the numbers and we are 275 members beyond where we finished last year ….GO TEAM ISSAQUAH.
  • Current total 14,550 to reach our goal of 14,636 we need 86 more members !!!! so close (99.4 %) to our stated goal…..
  • We also have 80% of our students with a PTSA members voice shouting for them and standing up for them.Smile
We have 8 more months of membership and the lazy crazy summer months are a good time to use your membership benefits so hunt around and find those 86 people who want to be a voice for a child and have great benefits as well.

OUTREACH / F.A.C.E.


HOW YOU CAN HELP:

This month’s Outreach Ask for Council meeting: Benefiting the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank: all kinds of cereal.  They are out of cereal !

Lunch For The Break. For the upcoming April break, there are now nine schools, with the addition of Maywood Middle, being sponsored: Apollo, Briarwood, Clark, Grand Ridge, Issaquah Valley, Maple Hills, and Sunset Elementary Schools; Issaquah Middle School and Maywood Middle. The shopping list for donated foods can be downloaded from the website.  Donation Drop-Off will be April 6, 2pm-7pm at 3 locations.   Details at www.LunchForTheBreak.com 

YWCA Family Village Issaquah is looking for adult or high school volunteers to help with tutoring and programs at their after-school program which started Sept 1.  Hours would be 2:30-5pm (perhaps 6pm).  For more information and signing up, please contact Sondi Lind, 425.270.6800

YWCA Family Village Issaquah is looking for donations of non-perishable snacks for their after-school program.    Items can include granola bars, packaged fruits or any other healthy packaged snacks.  Items can be brought to PTSA Council meetings, or directly to YWCA Village at 930 NE High St., Suite 101, Issaquah, 98029.

Pickering Garden – Volunteers take part in growing fresh produce for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. In the process, they learn techniques for growing food organically and utilizing natural resources wisely. Join us to help plant, harvest, weed and have fun — all while serving a good cause! All the food that is grown in the garden is donated to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. The City of Issaquah owns the Pickering Demonstration Garden and offers volunteer drop-in hours.  Starting in March: Tuesdays: 10-1pm, and 1st & 3rd Wednesdays: 3pm-5pm; Starting in May: 1st & 3rd Saturdays. We’re always looking for volunteers to lend a hand! To view a schedule of drop-in hours, go to www.issaquahwa.gov/eatlocal. To schedule a group work party, email us. 

CURRENT PROGRAMS:

ENGLISH FOR WORK – AN ESL PROGRAM through Hopelink.  Learn English. Prepare for Work. Free classes starting each quarter  http://adulteducation.hope-link.org/what-we-do/esl/

Lunch for the Break April 2016 is coming soon! We will provide each school age child in a family with a box of food during Spring Break.  Now serving nine schools that include Apollo, Briarwood, Clark, Grand Ridge, Maple Hills and Sunset elementary schools, and Maywood and Issaquah Middle Schools.  All school age children in the family are eligible, but you must have at least one child in a school on the list.  Box pick ups are on April 7 from 2-7pm and you may choose one of three pick up locations.  www.LunchForTheBreak.com

Dental Clinic April 11.  Register with Rebecca at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.  Adults and high school aged children eligible.

King County Library Events:

    • Explore coding in an open, collaborative environment for youth. Drop in for self-directed online learning. Bring your charged laptop or tablet. For more information, visit coderdojo.com. Date: 3/12/2016 3:00PM – 4:30PM Ages 7 to 17, ages 12 and younger with adult.  Sammamish Library, Meeting Room No registration required. Space may be limited. Contact: Alison Eckes or Sara Jensen Contact Number: 425.392.3130
    • Explore coding in an open, collaborative environment for youth. Drop in for self-directed online learning. Bring your charged laptop or tablet. For more information, visit coderdojo.com. Date: 3/13/2016 3:00PM – 4:30PM Ages 7 to 17, ages 12 and younger with adult.  Sammamish Library, Meeting Room No registration required. Space may be limited. Contact: Alison Eckes or Sara Jensen Contact Number: 425.392.3130
    • ALL MARCH 2016.  Check calendar for details. Teens: What books would make your Final Four? Pick up your bracket entry form and make your predictions by March 13 for a chance to win an Amazon, iTunes or Starbucks gift card! Vote for your favorites each week in March for additional chances to win!  Sammamish Library.  Limit one vote per person, per round. Prize drawing winners will be drawn April 6. Sponsored by Friends of Sammamish Library. Contact: Alison Eckes Contact Number: 425.392.3130

OSLC Safe Parking can provide a safe place for Eastside families and single women who are homeless with no place to stay except their cars. No single men, please. Safe Parking times are 9 PM—9 AM. No campers or trailers. This is intended to be a transitional program for families to become stabilized and get into more permanent housing. Intake procedures are required and include criminal records check. Our Savior Lutheran Church 745 Front Street South, Issaquah, WA 98027  Leave Message @ 425-200-0669

Child Care resources:  http://childcare.org/family-services/

Homeless Youth Services:  Friends of Youth

    • Ages 15-22 in need of housing, referrals, food, case management, or shelter can go to 16225 NE 87th St, Ste A-1  Redmond, WA  98052.  Drop-In Center   call for hours at 425.298.4846
    • Short Term Shelter, guys & girls ages 11-17 – call 24-hours 206.236.437
    • Overnight Shelter with food, showers, laundry, ages 18-24, open 7 days/week Line up: 8:30-8:45pm    16225 NE 87th St., Ste, A-1 Redmond.  Bus Routes Metro 542 and 545
    • For the nearest SAFE PLACE location, text the word SAFE and your current location to 69866

Study Zone at our libraries !  Issaquah, Newcastle, Renton Highlands, and Sammamish libraries offer drop-in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors during the week !  Check out the KCLS website for days/times at your library, and all other locations. LINK

Life After High School Programs offered through KCLS   SAT/ACT Math Preparation Tips, The World as Your Classroom, Secrets of College Admissions, Gap Year Study Abroad, College Success for Students with Disabilities, Get a job! The Intelligent Job Search, Your College Planning Checklist    http://www.kcls.org/teens/lifeafterhighschool/

Find out if you qualify for a computers and/or free internet access: http://washingtonaccessfund.org/free-and-low-cost-computers/

Issaquah School District students with financial hardship may be eligible for a free computer.     


PARENT EDUCATION

In preparing for our Issaquah PTSA Council meeting this week, please think about our Parent Ed proposal from last month and come prepared with how much your PTA unit is willing/able to budget for a more proactive, high profile, and/or technological delivery of district-wide Parent Ed events going forward.  During the meeting we will request your preferred budget increase for Council Parent Ed to either:

1)      We prefer to keep most Parent Ed local to our school only, increase only up to about $250-350/school for Council funded Parent Ed,

or

2)      We believe in pooling and distributing district efforts, collect up to $XXXX/school  (or $X/FTE) and give us the best national speakers & webinars available. (XXXX=how much your school PTSA is willing to spend on district Parent Ed efforts).

Heidi pass around a sheet toward the beginning of the meeting reflecting the 2 choices above, to collect a surveyed response of budget priority by end of meeting.   We will use the results of that to help determine the budgeted Council Fees for 2016-17.

 

UPCOMING PARENT ED EVENTS:

 

1)    Anxiety – Yours, Mine and Ours, by Laura Kastner PhD  FLYER

Tues, Mar 8th, 2016

7:00-8:30pm

Issaquah High School, Theater

(for parents of middle/high school teens)

This lecture will discuss research on teen stress by author of Wise Minded Parenting(among other publications), Laura Kastner PhD.  Some stress is good! Challenges energize, focus and motivate us.  Stress management and resilience are key personal strengths that can determine success or failure.  Learn how to help, rather than hinder, your teens’ stress management.

 

2)    What do our kids need to know about money and finances?  by Ron Lieber FLYER

Tues, Mar 15th, 2016

7:00-8:30pm

Mercer Island High School

(for parents of kids K-12, $10 at the door)

Ron Lieber, author of NY Times bestseller “The Opposite of Spoiled –  Raising Kids Who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money”, gives parents practical advice on how to have honest conversations with children of all ages about money.  Learn how talking about money can teach life lessons and import strong values by teaching modesty, patience, generosity and perspective.

 

3)    State of Mind Mini-Conferences: Finding a Balance in Your Life sponsored by Healthy Youth Initiative of ISF  FLYER

(for parents & teenagers)

Sat, Mar 19, 12-4pm, Issaquah High School

Focus: Mental Health Crash Course, Identification, Levels, Recognition; Body Image, Eating Disorders

Sat, Apr 2, 12-4pm, Liberty High School

Focus: Healthy Relationships, Helping Loved Ones with Mental Illnesses

Sat, Apr 23, 12-4pm, Skyline High School

Focus: Reliance on Technology; Managing Expectations from Parents, Self, Peers; Finding Your Own Definition of Success

Professional, technical, and practical information will be exchanged in all workshops, but each school mini-conference will have a different focus; common topics at all schools are Substance Abuse, Self Confidence, and Self-Care / Stress Management.   Attendees will attend 3 one-hour workshops of their choosing.  Attendance is FREE, but advance registration is requested at  http://www.healthyyouthinitiative.org/state-of-mind-2016.html.

4)    The Gift of Anxiety: Turn your child’s worry into growth, speaker Chris McCurry, sponsored by ParentMap

Tues, Mar 29th 2016
7:00-9:00pm
Village Theater, Issaquah (303 Front St N, Issaquah 98027)
(for adults, parents of K-12)

Author and psychologist, Chris McCurry, Ph.D., dives into the early origins of child anxiety and provides insight and strategies for clearer communication, mutual respect and problem solving techniques.

Presale tickets $25, Tickets at the door $30.

https://www.parentmap.com/article/mccurry


REFLECTIONS

 WSPTA Reflections Winners list can be viewed here: LINK

Outstanding Interpretation winners have been forwarded to the National PTA competition and all Outstanding Interpretation, Award of Excellence, and Award of Merit winners will be honored at a ceremony in Bellevue on April 30th. More details to follow.

Congratulations to all the Washington State Reflections Award recipients and especially to Joseph So from Grand Ridge Elementary, who received First Place in State for Visual Arts, Intermediate and goes on to the National competition!

 
Dance Choreography
Maywood Middle School
Award of Merit – Caitlin Thornhill – Fly! 
(A Contemporary Piece)
Film Production
Pacific Cascade Middle School
Award of Excellence – Rishit Khare – Operation Snowglobe
Music Composition
Skyline High School
Award of Excellence – Kaley Romero – Journey
Literature
Skyline High School
Award of Merit – Julia Hong – Childhood Voice
Photography
Issaquah High School
Award of Merit – Darynn Lung – Sonic Escape
Endeavor Elementary
Award of Excellence – Albert Weng – Growing Imagination 
Visual Arts
Grand Ridge Elementary
Outstanding Interpretation – Joseph So – Grand Ridge in Nebula Space
Beaver Lake Middle School
Award of Excellence – Ishan Parikh – Mystical Midnight Toys
 
Beaver Lake Middle School
Award of Merit – Shreya Masina – Bubble Travels
Endeavor Elementary
Award of Excellence – Anuj Chandel – Bloom Your Bubbles
 
Once again, thank you to all the Reflections chairs who put so much time and effort into making this program what it is. Without volunteers like you, this program would not be able to run.

SPECIAL NEEDS

Please spread the word about the 2016 Walk and Wag.  This event is for everyone and the playground project it is funding is a playground for all children of all abilities.  A great resource for our community.  The following link is provided for your communications.

FLYER

On Saturday March 19  Friends of Sammamish State Park are holding a Walk ’n Wag 5k and all-access 3k to raise funds to build an all-access playground just feet from the swimming beach and the new bathhouse.  The event begins at 10 am and takes place on the Washington State Parks 103rd Birthday — A free day at the park.  Register for the walk, bring your dog, enjoy this beautiful State Park in our own backyard, and support a project that will benefit all children in the community.  To register follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walk-n-wag-tickets-21098142111?aff=es2

 


VOLUNTEERS FOR ISSAQUAH SCHOOLS (VIS)

VIS has it’s own tab on the Council website. This includes links to sign ups and information sent out to liaisons and presidents.
VIS PTA Postcards will be ready for pickup by PTA Presidents/VIS Reps. Anne Moore will have complete instructions and information to put on labels and mail on specified dates. Elementary Schools mailWednesday, March 30; Middle Schools mail Thursday, March 31st and High Schools mail Monday, August 4th.
Letter to PTA Presidents/Treasurers/Budget Committee:  VIS will be handing out a letter to PTA presidents (also mailed to Treasurers) which explains why to please keep VIS as a line item on your budget, and to donate each year, even on off campaign years. This information can be shared with your board and budget committee as you prepare your budgets for next year. Thank you for your financial support each year!
Preschool Flyers will be ready for those volunteers who signed up to help distribute to local preschools/daycares. Lisa Callan will be on hand to answer questions.
VIS has been emailing out Message Points and Information each Monday to PTA Presidents and VIS Reps. Thank you so much for your help getting this info out to our community via your newsletters, Enews, Facebook pages, etc. You are really making a difference and your help is very much appreciated!!
**New VIS Vote Yes! Flyers available this week at the Council Meeting. Paper copies and electronic PDF file to share with your school community!
 
Volunteer Ops: Please share with your school communities:
Honk & Waves dates are Thursday, March 7th  6:30-8:30am & 5-7pm  and   Monday, April 25th 6:30-8:30am & 5-7pm
Honk & Wave Signs will be ready for pickup at the 3/10 Council Meeting. PTA Presidents, please take them back to your school for your Honk&Wave volunteers for use in your area.
Lit Drop Dates are anytime during April 2-9 AND April 17-24 (no distributing during Spring Break). Grab your friends for a walk or take your kids and utilize their energy to drop Bond information Lit pieces on doorsteps in your neighborhood (don’t need to ring the bell or campaign, just leave the messaging). A great way to get some exercise and for your students to get their community service hours!
Honk & Wave AND Lit Drop Sign Up Genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084eabae2aa0f94-2016
IEA Teacher Postcard Stamping Party is next Monday, March 14th @ the Issaquah Library Meeting room in downtown Issaquah. Drop in anytime during the day from 11-5 to help put stamps on our 13,000 postcards which are hand-signed by all teachers in the district to mail out to each of their students showing their support of the bond! Woo Hoo! Great time to catch up with friends and help get ‘r done. Students can earn community service hours for this event too.
Postcard Stamping Party Sign Up Genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040945aead2eab9-postcard
 
**Something NEW & FUN*** Please take a photo of you, your family, your kids, etc. promoting a YES! Vote for the Bond now until April 26th! How about a photo at your favorite sports event, kid event, community event, with a Vote Yes! Wristband, Sign, Window cling in the picture! Or make your own sign to say Please Vote Yes for Issaquah School! If you are going somewhere on Spring Break, be sure to take some photos where you are to post too! Please post on your Facebook site, PTA Facebook site, and/or you can send the photo to Dawn or Alicia (dawn@visvote.org or alicia@visvote.org) and to post them on the VIS Facebook page too! Great way to show our community pride and support of the ISD Bond!  Thank you for your support and let’s have some fun with this!
Contacts:
If at any time you have questions, please contact Dawn or Alicia or check the website:
Dawn Peschek dawn@visvote.org  or Alicia Veevaert  alicia@visvote.org
Website: http://www.visvote.org/

WEBSITE & DIRECTORY

Events – Send your event information to Cindy for inclusion on the Council calendar!

Surveys – It’s important to survey your membership periodically. It’s also a component of awards and Best Practices.  When you are ready to do your survey, let Cindy know.



TRAININGS