Dec 192017

Hello to my fellow PTSA Council Members!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your support!

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

Oct 262017

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


Mailing Address

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

Sep 202017

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

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

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

*Updated 26 October 2017


May 252017


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

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

The next meeting of the committee is May 31st.

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

May 122016

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!


Apr 272016

Hellooooooo Everyone! And a Good Morning it is!

We did it! YOU did it!
Thank you ALL for your outstanding work – posting information each week in your newsletters, Enews and Newsletters, Honking & Waving, Dropping Lit drop pieces on Doorsteps, inviting School Board Members and ISD staff to your PTA and community meetings to speak about bond facts, answering questions, and talking about what this bond would do for our community, getting the word out …it all came together last night at8:19pm when the 2016 Bond was APPROVED! WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!
Thank you ALL so much for all you have done during the campaign – this is truly a community effort – and you can thank yourselves for getting this bond passed!  It happened because of ALL of our work together. And we did it!
I have attached the graphic of that screen shot from the King County Elections page last night that they posted (at the very bottom of this email). The Election Results will be tallied each day as more ballots come in from the past several days and then the final results will be verified. To keep an eye on the results each day visit the King County Elections webpage here:
I have attached a THANK YOU JPG image that you can post on your Facebook, Enews, Newsletter!
Thank you Thank you Thank you for all of your support – your efforts are truly appreciated by our entire VIS Board & Steering Committee!
-Dawn Peschek & Alicia Veevaert
VIS Campaign Co-Chairs

April 26 Special Election

Updated after 8:15 pm election night and most weekdays by4:30 pm until certification on May 6.

Issaquah School District No. 411 Proposition No. 1

70.32% – 13109 votes
29.68% – 5533 votes

Apr 252016

VIS Representatives,

Thank you everyone for your support of the bond and Honk and Wave.

Tomorrow we have the last push of reminding voters to vote!

Thank you for all who have rallied the troops to get out and participate in Honk and Wave

Please save the signs that don’t have the date to vote on them!

We will reuse them in our next campaign!

We will be collecting them at our next our PTSA Council meeting which is May 12th from 9:15-12:30pm at Pickering Barn in Issaquah.

If you can’t drop them off, then please give them to your PTA President who can bring them to the PTSA Council meeting.

Let me know if you have any questions or I can be of help!

Thank you again!


Jody Mull

Honk and Wave Chair

Apr 242016

Hi PTA Presidents, VIS Reps, Communication Directors and VIS Supporters,

This is it! 2 days! This is the final push to get ballots in and Yes Votes by Tuesday! Yay! Thank you all so much for your help getting this info out! 🙂
*******Reminder****** You are ALL Invited to a VIS Election Night Party this Tuesday, April 26th 7-9pm
Hosts: Volunteers for Issaquah Schools
Where: email Alicia for address.
When: 7-9pm (arrive anytime after 6:30, ballot results posted at 8:15pm)
Please join us! Any questions email Alicia at
Please see below for final Ballot Return messaging info and a JPG image of a graphic to share or post asap.
Please post on Facebook and send out on your Enews Monday or Tuesday morning!
Please communicate to your parents, neighbors and community members  how important it is to get their ballots returned by THIS TUESDAY and to VOTE YES for this bond measure.  Issaquah has passed its bonds and levies for the past several years, so some people may feel like their 1 vote won’t matter… please tell them the bond needs a supermajority (60% + 1) approval to pass – SO EVERY YES VOTE matters and makes a difference!
Final Honk & Wave is tomorrowMonday April 25th AM&PM. This is our final community wide effort to remind EVERYONE to VOTE YES and get their ballots in. Please bring your friends and kids for this last community effort to remind people to vote!  Here is the sign up genius link:
All LIT Drop pieces should be out by today – Sunday April 24th. Please recycle any extras. Thank you all so much for your help getting this info out to our community!
Missing your ballot? Click on the link below for a replacement!  If you have a printer you can mark and print your replacement ballot easily online!