November 2015 PTSA eNews

The month of October provides a great example of the many meaningful contributions that the IH PTSA makes to the IHS Community.

A PTSA-sponsored ACT Prep Course began and a Mock ACT test was administered at IHS, both at significant savings to students.  We hosted a New Family Ambassadors’ Coffee, where parents, new to IHS, met their mentor family, and in doing so, established a trusted contact as they integrate their student and their families into our community.  We sent a delegation to Legislative Assembly in Olympia, where they joined other PTSA members from across the state to advocate for education and all children.  We hosted a Parent Ed event which featured our own Officer Diego Zanella.  Officer Diego educated parents about the potential risks and dangers to our kids of misusing mobile phones to send inappropriate images and messages.  Our Angel Closet, open every Thursday afternoon, provided for IHS students in need.  And finally, we provided breakfast to the IHS administration and faculty, as we do every month, prior to their staff meeting.

Every month, the PTSA enriches the lives of IHS students, families, and the entire IHS community.  Nothing would be possible without the support and commitment of our members. Thank you!

Your IHS PTSA co-Presidents, 

Becky Gordon (
Bertina Loeffler Sedlack (
On Tuesday, November 17 the contestants of the Reflections Arts program gathered at the Exhibition Reception for their entries in the 2015 contest. Ten students submitted 16 works in various categories ranging from Visual Arts to Literature, expressing their interpretation of this year's theme: "Let Your Imagination Fly".

Pictured below are Freshman artist Sayaka Kenmochi and her mother Yuri Kenmochi; as well as Reflections Chairpeople, Tiffany Aske and Leah Gibson. 

Senior All-Night Celebration Party

It's not too late to sign up for the Senior All Night Party!
What is it?  It's a safe, sober, and fun way to celebrate graduation with the Class of 2016! This all-inclusive party moves through several local venues, offering food and TONS of entertainment. The fun begins immediately following the graduation ceremony where our graduates hop on buses and are taken away to the first of three "secret" locations for a night of festivities -- their last evening together as the Class of 2016. 
When?  Immediately following the Graduation ceremony on June 13th.
Cost?  The cost is $170 for this all-inclusive night. Your ticket includes transportation to at least three fun-filled, activity-packed, SECRET venues with entertainment, activities, games, prizes, dinner, breakfast and FUN, FUN, FUN all night long!   

Full and partial scholarships are available. All information will be kept confidential. If you or someone you know is unable to afford this event, please contact our Senior Event Chair, Colleen Volk, at
Please have your senior drop forms off at the front desk at school or mail to Colleen Volk.  All information is on the forms. 
On Tuesday, November 17 IHS and the PTSA hosted a Newcomers Night for families who are new to the Issaquah School District. Counselor Emily Tuttle addressed 20 newcomer parents for two hours; describing the variety of academic and social resources at Issaquah High, and answering questions. Thank you to Leslie Guajardo for facilitating this growing program! 

Please take a moment to check out the slide deck from that evening's presentation. It gives a comprehensive overview of important details covered by the IHS Counseling Department.  Topics such as graduation requirements, culminating projects, and outside resources are covered. It is a great resource for new AND established IHS parents. 
Is your student preparing for the December 12, 2015 ACT Exam? This is your last chance to sign up for the PTSA-sponsored ACT practice exam this Saturday, November 21 at IHS.  Experts agree practice exams are a crucial component of students' college test preparation.  Results will be emailed 7-10 business days later.  Discover your strengths/weaknesses in the subject areas and then study accordingly.  Exam is from 8:00am-11:30am.  Please arrive by 7:45 a.m. to check in.  Click here for more info and to register.  For questions, please email


The weather is turning chilly and our Angel Closet personnel are seeking donations of cold weather items that are fashion-forward-for-teens such as coats, jackets, socks, hats, and socks. Donations may be dropped off at the school's front office. 

Also, your Angel Committee is seeking a Marketing Communications assistant who can help with upcoming projects to help promote this charitable outreach PTSA program. If you know of a candidate, please contact Barb Howe
Please take a moment to review the content of the 2016 Bond ballot resolution here: Bond ballot Resolution #1063

Community comments can be given in person at a School Board meeting or via email to: .

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