May 252017
 

ISD LEVY COMMITTEE UPDATE

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.

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:  http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/results/2016/201604.aspx
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

Approved
70.32% – 13109 votes
Rejected
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 alicia@visvote.org
 
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:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084eabae2aa0f94-2016/
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! 
Apr 242016
 

There will be no phone bank tonight at the KCLS service center. After much discussion and in consideration of our volunteers we decided to record a new robocall targeted for people who have not returned their ballots (as of Friday). We recorded it Friday night (with 4 students) and that robocall will go out this afternoon.

Please save your energy and rest up for our final Honk & Waves tomorrow – Woo Hoo! Thank you for your support!

We will be sending out the final .jpg graphic and messaging tonight or early tomorrow on a separate email for a final push to get the ballots in.

Thank you again for ALL of your help to reach our community and get those YES VOTES!

-Dawn Peschek & Alicia Veevaert
Volunteers for Issaquah Schools

Apr 182016
 

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

Hope you all had a nice Spring Break!
Can you believe it…only 8 days until all ballots are due! WOO HOO!  Almost there! This is the info to get out this week – please return your ballot! Many people in our school communities were on vacation last week so we need to make a huge effort to remind everyone to please VOTE YES and return their ballots asap this week! Thank you!
Please see below for Ballot Return messaging info and a JPG image of a graphic to share or post this week.
 
Final Honk & Wave is next Monday April 25th AM&PM – to remind people to vote by the deadline Tuesday April 26th. There are AM and PM times, please bring your friends and kids for this last community effort to remind people to vote! Contact Jody Mull if you have any questions at jodymull@comcast.net
All LIT Drop pieces need to be dropped on doorsteps by next Sunday 4/24 please! – if you still have some of your Lit drop pieces – now is the time to get out and enjoy the sunshine and get those final pieces dropped off on doorsteps! Thank you all so much for your help! Contact Lida Buckner if you have any questions at lidaj@comcast.net
 
**NEW Volunteer Opportunity!***   Phone Bank:  We need volunteers (parents, community members, middle & high school students) to help make phone calls to remind people to turn in their ballots on Sunday, April 24th at the King County Library Service Center – anytime from 5-8pm. A script will be provided, you can leave a message on their answering machine. Volunteers will need to use their own cell phones to make these calls. Please contact Alicia or Dawn at alicia@visvote.org or dawn@visvote.org if you can help any amount of time.
Please communicate to your parents, neighbors and community members  how important it is to get their ballots returned this week 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 this bond will pass even without their vote. This bond needs a supermajority (60% + 1) approval to pass – so every YES VOTE matters and makes a difference!
 
Returning your ballot by mail or to a ballot drop off location. We need a 60% Yes Vote to pass this bond, so every vote counts! 
By mail – put a first-class stamp on your ballot and mail it back. Your ballot must be postmarked by next Tuesday, April 26th. Please don’t wait until the last minute!
Ballot drop off locations: Return your ballot to a ballot drop off location, no stamp required. Your ballot must be returned to a ballot drop off location by 8pm on April 26th.
1. The Issaquah Police Dept has a drop box right out front 24 hours a day.
2. Sammamish City Hall will have a drop off van on April 23rd 10-5pm; April 25 10-5pm; Election Day April 26 10-8pm
For more information visit the King County Elections website at: http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections.aspx
Apr 112016
 
Happy Spring Break!
Thank you all so much for your great work on our 1st Honk & Wave last Thursday! It was so fun posting some great photos from parents, kids, community members and teachers around our district reminding our community how important the bond is and to please VOTE YES! Thank you Thank you Thank you so much for your support!
1.  As you know, last week was a huge push to “Vote before the Break” – thank you again for your help getting that information out to your communities. We are really feeling positive that people listened and hopefully made an effort to get those ballots off the kitchen counter and into the mail before heading out of town.
2. Spring Break week has started and some of you may be out enjoying some well deserved R&R (woo-hoo!). If you happen to be in town or are planning a Facebook post, enews, or any communication to your school community this week- please remind everyone to Please Vote Yes by April 26th! Ballots can be mailed or dropped off at a Ballot Box (ther is one located at the Issaquah Police Station). We need a 60% YES VOTE to pass this bond, so Every vote counts! Every single vote matters!
3. We have heard that some people around our district are receiving an “amended” postcard from King County letting them know that their taxes aren’t due until May 2nd (because the regular due date of April 30th falling on the weekend). For some reason, unknown to us, King County decided to include a line which states the percentage of their property tax for school levies. Not sure why King County included this information now, since it wasn’t itemized on the original postcards sent in February. We will give you more information next week if we learn more.
4. And now, to end with some fun….please take a photo from wherever you may be this week with your Vote Yes wristband, window cling, or just write Vote Yes! on a sheet of paper, napkin, etc. and email to shellycoug@aol.com . Shelly will post it on the VIS facebook page…and/or post it on your own page, or your PTA’s page. This is a fun way to remind our friends and community that April 26th is coming soon and to please Vote YES!
You have all done such a great job helping promote the bond and we so appreciate your help get this bond passed for our community.
Have a great Spring Break and we will send you an update next Monday 4/18 with information for your school communities!
Thank you again so much and have a great week!
Apr 042016
 

Hello Wonderful Bond Supporters…!!!

Thank you Thank you Thank you for helping to get this info out to your school communities – this is the big week when ballots drop – WOO HOO! FINALLY HERE!
COPY & PASTE BELOW:  Will you please send out an Enews, post on Facebook, etc to get this info out to your PTA community asap this week and let them know that ballots drop this Weds 4/6 and they should receive them Thurs or Friday. Please remind them to PLEASE VOTE YES BEFORE SPRING BREAK! 
 
It’s time to Vote Yes for the Issaquah School Bond!
Ballots drop this Weds 4/6 – they will be in your mailbox this Thurs or Friday!
The Issaquah School District has a long history of outstanding financial management and the best bond rating the the state. This ensures there will be NO increase in your school tax rate with the passage of this bond.
 
•  Our schools are overcrowded. This bond will pay for an additional high school, middle school and two Elementary Schools. Our student population has grown by more than 2,000 kids in the past 4 years and we expect to add 2,000 more in the next 5 years, as well as a significant influx of students into full-day Kindergarten. We have to act now to provide classroom space for all students!
 
•  Land is scarce. Land and construction costs will only increase as our region’s economy expands. Now is the time to secure land and prepare for incoming students.
 
•  We need a 60% YES vote to approve this bond – so every vote counts. Please make sure to mail in your ballot ASAP!
 
The time is NOW to vote for Issaquah Schools! Thank you so much for your support of our outstanding school district!
 
PLEASE REMIND YOUR PEEPS THAT WE NEED HELP WITH HONK AND WAVES THIS THURSDAY 4/7 – MORNING OR EVENING SHIFTS – 
ALSO HELP WITH LITERATURE DROPS IN NEIGHBORHOODS (drop off bond info flyers on doorsteps) FOR YOUR STUDENTS NEEDING COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS, BOY SCOUTS TO HELP EARN A COMMUNITY BADGE ETD. PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN – HERE IS THE SIGN UP GENIUS LINK FOR HONK & WAVE LOCATIONS NEAR YOUR SCHOOLS. Get a photo of your crew for Facebook!
 
Have a great Spring Break and we will catch up with you Monday after break 4/18 for a final push of information – all ballots are due by 4/26!
Thank you!
Mar 282016
 
Here is your weekly info, we are getting down to the wire….FYI – ballots drop in 9 Days!
 
Due Dates to mail PTA Postcards – Elem & MS Weds & Thurs this week, HS next Monday 4/4
Please mail your postcards on your assigned day – if you can’t please contact Anne Moore at annemoore5@comcast.net or Dawn at dawn@visvote.org or Alicia at alicia@visvote.org and we will help you!
NOTE: Bring completed postage stmt form and postcards in the tray to the Issaquah Post Office Bulk Mail Window (blue door, left side of counter)
TIMES OPEN Monday-Friday 10am-1:45 to receive these bulk mail items – must arrive during this time
Elementary Schools Weds March 30th
Middle Schools Thurs March 31st
High Schools Monday April 4th
Count your total number of postcards and write the number on the form provided and bring with you to the post office.
Thank you so much for your help!

 
Bond Info to copy/paste – this is for PTA Enews Only – not school Enews (contains VOTE YES! Info):
NOTE: Everyone can send out the Bond Facts through PTA and the School’s Enews. But if you add “VOTE YES” anywhere – your info MUST be sent through your own PTA database only (not the school.)
 
 
DID YOU KNOW….?
2,000 + 2,000 equals a lot of kids in our schools! With 2,000 students added over the last 4 years, the projected growth of 2,000 more in the next 5 years, and the implementation of full-day kindergarten, we need to build more schools and add classrooms to accommodate our students.
Vote Yes!: Bond passage will ensure that we have classrooms for our rapidly growing student population.
Why now? Land for schools is becoming scarce in our region. Now is the time to secure land and prepare for incoming students.
What will it cost? If the bond is approved, residents can expect to see NO increase in the tax rate. The tax rate will remain at or below the current $4.14 per $1000 of assessed property value.
How can the tax rate remain level? The district has experienced rapid growth in the total assessed value of property due to continued new construction of housing and commercial properties. The district effectively manages your tax dollars and bond sales are structured and timed so that rates remain level.
 Vote Yes! for Issaquah Schools by April 26th    Ballots drop April 6th, so please vote before Spring Break!
 
 
Please remind your PTA Peeps and friends we need help with Honk and Waves and Lit Drops.
Honk & Waves are Thursday April 7th & Monday April 25th
6:30-8:30am and/or 5-7:00pm at locations throughout the district
Honk & Waves:  Bring a friend and dance around waving your signs to promote a YES! Vote! Take pics to share on Facebook of you and your peeps having fun promoting the bond. It is fun to count how many honks you can get.  If you can’t stay for the entire time slot, that is ok, come for as long as you can. Students can earn community service hours too. Click on the link below to sign up and for more information. Thank you so much for your help – your support is sure making a difference district-wide!
 
Lit Drops:  Please take a walk and help drop info on doorsteps at your convenience – any time April 2nd – 9th and April 16-23rd (no lit drops during Spring Break) A great way to get your exercise and help out VIS! Take some of our Lit Drop Postcards and drop them off at doorsteps in your area. Don’t need to ring the doorbell, just leave the information on the doorstep to remind voters to please vote yes! This is a great way to reach people who may not have heard too much information about the bond. Every vote counts and this is great voter outreach!  Boy Scout Troops and Girl Scout Troops can help too. Students can earn their Community Service hours.  VIS coordinator Lida Buckner will arrange to drop off Lit Pieces.  Click on the link below for more information and to sign up. Thank you so much for your help!
 
Honk & Wave / Lit Drop Sign Up Genius Link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084eabae2aa0f94-2016/