February 2016 PTSA Newsletter  
Dear Issaquah High PTSA members,

If you have spent any time on the IHS campus this year you may have noticed the new Issaquah Middle School popping up next door.  Although the Middle School PTSA meetings may be filled with information about the new school, this information isn’t as readily available in our own meetings, unless we are talking about parking!  For those of you who are curious about the new neighbors, the following video was produced and shown on I-Vision earlier this month.  And yes, Mrs. McCormick addresses parking in the video.  A huge thank you to Buddy Bland and his talented students for the video.
We would also like to thank all of the IH PTSA volunteers who choose to spend their time and energy volunteering in our school community.  Whether you chair a committee or provide donations, you are a valuable resource, and we appreciate all you do.  We still have many volunteer opportunities available until the end of the school year.  If you would like to get involved at IHS, but not sure how or where, contact us and we can help you get started.
Don’t forget to check out the IH PTSA website for more information about our committees, scheduled activities, and upcoming events.
Enjoy the last few days of this short month and we hope to see you next month at the IH PTSA Membership Meeting on Friday, March 11 at 9:30 in the conference room located in the IHS office.  Social time begins at 9 am.

Your IHS PTSA co-Presidents:
Bertina Loeffler Sedlack
Becky Gordon
Next PTSA meeting: Friday, March 11
9:30am IHS Conference Room
Social begins 9:00am


Congratulations to our Angel Program co-chair JULIE SIEFKES for being recognized for her volunteer service!  The 2006 honorees are:  

Courage – The Taylor Family “Strong4Sam”
Circle of Service – Norm Bottenberg, Tina Butt, 
Julie Siefkes, Kristina Williams

Youth Spirit – Mitch Flippo, Liem Kaplan, Afeef Sheikh, Angela Shi
Community Spirit – Lee Chumbley, Alan Finkelstein, Cheryl Smith
Environmental Stewardship – Jan Bird, Sid Gupta


Is there an educator (teacher, assistant, custodian, bus driver, administrator, faculty member) who has gone above and beyond for you? Someone who has had a positive influence in your life?  The Outstanding Educator Award is your chance to say thank you!  It was created to recognize individuals who have provided outstanding educational opportunities for youth that are above and beyond the normal scope of their job.  Nominations will be accepted until April 8, 2016. Nomination forms can be found in the IHS office on the information table and at this link: OEA Form.  Email the form to the Awards Chair, Sandi Lum at or return the form to the IHS office (attention “PTSA Awards Chair”). 

9th Grade Registration Night

Calling all 8th grade students and their families! Or, perhaps you know some incoming 9th grader families and want to save them some of the anxiety of helping their 8th grader transition into high school? Please pass along this message and the link to the info page. Much obliged!

We're looking forward to meeting incoming families of future 9th graders next
Monday night! 2/29 at 6:00pm Click here for more details

There is one remaining ACT-only practice exam held on March 12.  SIGN UP HERE 
Saturday, March 12, 8:00am-12:00pm IHS.

ATTENTION SOPHOMORES:  Get a head-start on summer college prep test planning and studying.  On May 21, we will offer a COMBO test with ACT and new SAT questions.  This practice exam will efficiently shed light on which test is best for YOU.

Practice tests are $25.  Please contact if you have questions.  More general information available here.
At the end of the 2015-16 school year, the ISSAQUAH HIGH PTSA will award four $1,000 scholarships to Senior IHS students who have shown strong personal and academic growth over their high school career.  Please submit an application by April 18, 2016, 3:00pm in the PTSA Box in IHS Office or email your application by the same date and time to  The application can be found here or in the IHS College and Career Center.
It's that time of year for high school seniors: applying for college and learning how to pay for college. To help alleviate the pains of paying for college, the Washington State PTA offers three (3) $3,000 scholarships and one (1) $1,000 to graduating seniors from Washington State high schools, with active PTAs within them, who will be starting college (either 2-year or 4-year) in the fall of 2016. Begin the scholarship application here. Deadline is March 1, 2016.
This program recognizes the important and different contribution that men make in children's lives and in their education. For an application and complete rules please follow this link.
In an effort to help promote male engagement around the state of Washington, the objective of this contest is for students of all ages to write an essay about a male role model that has had a profound impact on their life. These essays, from a student's perspective, will serve to inspire positive male engagement. 

When writing their essays, students can consider many questions including (but not limited to):
  • Why is this male role model important in your life?
  • What life lessons, ethics, or skills have they taught you?
  • Why do you look up to him and appreciate having him in your life?
  • How would your life be different without this person?
  • How would other kids benefit from having a similar role model in their life? 

Must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2016.

Are you interested in getting more connected to Issaquah High School’s PTSA or do you know of someone who would like to be involved with an amazing group that serves Issaquah High School?  The Issaquah High PTSA general membership at will be electing officers on April 8th and the nominating committee is looking to fill the positions of co-President, Secretary, Treasurer, VP of Hospitality, VP of Programs, VP of Events, and VP of Communications (VP positions can be co, as well).  Issaquah High School PTSA is a great group that has fun together and helps support the education of our children at Issaquah High.  Please contact Jody Mull or Valerie Yanni or Ginger Wilfong, if you are interested or would like to suggest someone else!


Attention Senior Families: Save the date for the 2016 Baccalaureate Ceremony! 

Friday, June 10 at 7:00 pm at IHS.

At this special time, we will honor our graduates and provide them the opportunity for reflection and the sharing of joy with family, friends and teachers. This is an inspirational event open to all seniors. Students will sing, perform music and read poetry and essays. Additionally, there will be a keynote speaker.
Students who want to perform at Baccalaureate will have an opportunity to sign up and audition in April and May. Stay tuned for dates and times.

Since the 8th century, people have gathered at baccalaureate ceremonies to celebrate achievement, express gratitude and inspire each other. On June 10th, we will honor our seniors and offer them the opportunity to reflect on their high school experience as well as their future.

We hope that you will join the senior class as they begin their transition from high school. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Kari Alexander at:
Issaquah School Bond - A Few Facts: The Issaquah School District covers 100 square miles and five municipalities. We currently have 24 schools, housing 19,700 students. Since 2001, the ISD has increased its total building space from 36.2 square, but its energy consumption has decreased by 2%! 
Issaquah School Bond - Enrollment & School Buildings:  Our District has grown by nearly 5,000 students in the last ten years and is projected to grow an additional 1,500 to 2,000 students in the next five years. The attached chart shows how the ratio of students to school buildings has increased. More facilities are needed to meet the demand for classroom space. 
"Anxiety -- Yours, Mine and Ours"

Some stress is good!  Challenges energize, focus and motivate us, building competencies and sparking new neural circuits.  The flip side is the “flooding” that can occur when demands exceed our ability to meet the challenge.  Heart rates soar, thinking clouds, brains lock and overwhelming anxiety takes over, turning our efficient survival system into an obstacle to learning and mental health. 

Laura Kastner, Ph.D. discusses methods of finding a way out of the cycle to support your teen's success. 
Tuesday, March 8
Issaquah High School Theater
Event Flyer
  District-wide Parent Education Opportunities  

Financial knowledge
What do our kids need to know about money and finances? 
by Ron Lieber

Tues, Mar 15th, 2016
Mercer Island High School
(for parents with kids of all ages, $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. Click here for a downloadable flier.

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
Adults and students 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.
Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human
Friday, April 29, 6:00 p.m., Issaquah Senior Center
The Issaquah Schools Foundation and ArtEast are partnering on the "Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human" project.  This very special months-long event 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 and a complete list of activities will be provided later in the spring.    

What:             18th Annual Nourish Every Mind Benefit and Luncheon;
                        and 3rd Annual Breakfast  

When:             Luncheon -  Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at Issaquah Community Center 
                        12:00pm – 1:00pm
                        Breakfast • Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at Eastridge Church, Issaquah
                         7:30 am – 8:30 am

 Donation:      $150 minimum suggested donation
Why:             To help all students achieve the promise of their potential. The Issaquah Schools Foundation raised more than $1.7 million last year to support students when they struggle, when they excel and all times in between. From leading-edge STEM curriculum to financial literacy, arts programs and after-school tutoring, the funds you donate to the Foundation ensure that kids of all abilities have the support they need to navigate their own unique paths to success. 
  • Washington state ranks 43rd of 50 states in education funding
  • Issaquah is 291st of 295 WA districts in per pupil funding from the state
  • Community investment provides schools and teachers the opportunity to put funding to use where it will help students in effective and innovative ways
The Events:       The Nourish Every Mind    Luncheon will attract more than 1,000 civic and business leaders, parents and educators for an afternoon event that showcases Issaquah Schools Foundation grant recipients, celebrates the partnership between the Issaquah School District and the Foundation and informs guests of the continued and growing need for private support of public education.

The Nourish Every Mind Breakfast is a partner event to accommodate business and community members who leave the area during the workday. The Breakfast features all the highlights of the Luncheon, plus dedicated time (and space) for networking.
Auction:           The auction is available online only from April 17-26th at
Each year, community members bid on an array of items, including gourmet dinners, wine tastings, local services for car, home and more. The auction is open to everyone
Shuttle:             In addition to street parking, we have a shuttle for the Luncheon.  You may park at Our Savior Lutheran Church, located at 745 Front Street South, and there will be a shuttle back to the Community Center.
More Info:        Luncheon/Breakfast—Carolyn Kennedy, Nourish Every Mind Chair, 
IHS Table Captain—Kristen Allen Bentsen, Table Captain Co-Chair -- Sponsorships – Rachel Auffant, Donor Engagement Officer,
Issaquah Schools Foundation • PO Box 835 Issaquah WA 98027 • • 425.391.8557