October 2015 PTSA Newsletter 

Dear Issaquah High School PTSA members,

Here we are in the second month of our school year already! By now, you're probably fully engrossed in the various activities surrounding your family's academic and social activities. This October, your PTSA has many events and programs up and running at Issaquah High School. When people think about the PTSA they tend to think about activities or events at their child’s school -- they think locally.  However, all PTAs are part of the Washington State PTA.  The WA State PTA’s strength is in its numbers, and when you add the IH PTSA’s membership to all of the other PTAs in the state we have a powerful voice to advocate for all students across the state.
Each fall the WA State PTA holds its Legislative Assembly to set its legislative priorities or update its current positions for the year.  This year the PTA will consider adding the following to its list of supported positions:
  1. Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Children
  2. Career Development & Training for Para-educators
Other priorities already on the PTA platform include issues from all communities across the state, from students with disabilities to students learning the English Language, from closing the opportunity gap to increased access to higher education, and playground safety to regulating child restraint and isolation in schools.
If you have a passion for increasing educational opportunities for all students, won’t you consider attending the 2015 Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly in Olympia on October 24th? See details below for carpooling and attendance. 
We’d love for you to join us!


Becky Gordon and Bertina Loeffler Sedlack
IHS PTSA co-Presidents
On Saturday, October 24 the Washington State PTA will hold its annual Legislative Assembly in Olympia.  Would you like to be a part of the delegate team from IHS?  The IH PTSA will cover the cost of registration for up to 14 delegates.  This is a great opportunity for the IH PTSA to influence state-wide PTSA legislative priorities that impact all students in the state of Washington.

If you are interested in attending please contact Randi Wright at before October 20.  

To learn more about PTSA Advocacy, including  “What is Legislative Assembly” go to:


Entry DEADLINE: October 30, 2015 by 2:30pm in the IHS Office

Students can submit up to three Reflections entries. NEW: sizing guidelines for photography and visual arts is 18" x 24". Complete rules and submission requirements for each category can be found here: 

Important dates:

October 30th -- IHS Reflections entries due in office by 2:30pm

November 17th -- IHS Reflections Reception for all participants, 6:30-7:30pm in the Lower Commons of Issaquah High School

November 9th -- 2017-2018 Theme Search ($100 prize if your theme is chosen) Theme Search Entry Form here

Contact Leah Gibson ( or Tiffany Aske (
   On Campus  
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.  There is still time to sign up for the ACT Practice Exam this Saturday, October 17, at Issaquah High School from 8 a.m. to noonClick here to register for this mock test, or for future dates. For more information about these future practice exams offered at IHS this school year follow this link.  Exam fee is $25.  
"What's Really Happening at IHS"
An Evening with Issaquah High School Resource Officer, Diego Zanella
Tuesday, October 27,  at 7:00 pm 
IHS Auditorium

Parents, please join us for a discussion with Officer Zanella:
  • Learn how kids are misusing technology
  • Learn the consequences of partying
  • Learn about kids’ substance use and abuse
  • Get to know our new school resource officer
  • Get your questions answered
Come hear Officer Zanella share what he sees happening with teens today.  We hope this evening continues to build our IHS community and helps parents become better informed so that they can have candid conversations with their kids.
Contact Kristen Allen-Bentsen at or Jana White at

After careful review and consideration of the recommendation of the 2016 Bond Feasibility Committee, Superintendent Thiele has made some changes to its proposal. Attached, please find an overview of the distribution of costs for projects to be proposed in 2016 school bond. 

Messages from Our Community

*Student Volunteer Opportunity

Calling student volunteers who would like to gain experience working with elementary kids as well as earn Volunteer hours! The VOICE mentor program needs you.  For more information contact:  Susan Gierke 425 837 6801 or  email: Remember, service hours spent with elementary school students can be added to your accumulated goal for the Honor Cord at graduation!


*Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee Working/Listening Tour

The one nearest to Issaquah will be in Renton October 19th, from 5:00-7:00pm at the Renton ESD (Educational Service District), 800 Oakesdale AVe. SW, Renton 98057. It is an opportunity for people to make their voices heard regarding their thoughts on local school levies and how the State should fund K-12 education without reliance on local levies. 

*The Special Olympics Washington Tip-A-Cop fundraiser at Red Robin

October 24, 2015 from 11:00am-3:00pm & 4:00-8:00pm.
Police officers will be your servers at Red Robin — and 100 percent of tips that officers receive will benefit Special Olympics Washington.

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