March 2017 PTSA Newsletter
2.6.45 serving Issaquah High School
Presidents' Letter 

Dear Members:

There are three great opportunities to get involved in PTSA coming up in the weeks ahead.
  1. 1. All-members Social at Capri Wine Cellars on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 pm: Few things are more enriching in life than strengthening the bonds of community.  Please join participants of the New Family Ambassador’s Program and other members of the IH PTSA for a welcome break from the weekly routine and a wonderful opportunity to meet other IHS families.
  2. Election of New Officers at the General Membership Meeting on April 7, 2017: Serving as an elected officer of the IH PTSA is a terrific opportunity for personal growth, meaningful involvement at IHS, working with inspiring volunteers, staff members, and students, and making lifelong friendships.  We are currently seeking nominations for all elected positions (President, Treasurer, Secretary, VP Communications, Events, Programs, and Hospitality).   No previous experience is necessary; we will provide all the training and support you will need to succeed!  If you would like to learn more, please contact Anne Watanabe at:  Deadline for submitting nominations is March 19, 2017.
  3. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY: 104th ANNUAL WSPTA CONVENTION on April 28-30, 2017 at SeaTac Hilton: Anyone interested in deepening their understanding PTSA is encouraged to attend the Convention for 1, 2, or 3 days. IH PTSA will pay your registration fee. Please contact Bertina ( for more information.
All the best,
Diane Burdette and Bertina Loeffler Sedlack

Next PTSA meeting: Friday, April 7
Social begins 9:00am
Meeting called to order: 9:30am

Future meetings and events can be found on our calendar, and organizational contact info can be found on our org chart.
PTSA organizational chart  
PTSA calendar

Award of Excellence - Isobel G. (Film)  9th Grade
Award of Excellence - Katherine B. (Visual Arts) 11th Grade
Award of Merit – Abigail H. (Music Composition) 11th Grade
The "Welcome to Issaquah High School" (a.k.a. 8th Grade Curriculum Night) was a great success!   

photo left: Two club members of Nick Schiermeyer's Issaquah Radio showing off their new equipment purchased by IHPTSA. They make bumpers, sound segments between songs or shows, and other promotional pieces, plus interviews. The sky's the limit!   
photo right: THANK YOU to Diane Burdette, Onti Rosen, Ginger Wilfong, and Anne Watanabe for passing out the always-popular purple and gold beads, answering parents' questions, and promoting our plentiful programs at the Welcome Night!  


Thank you to our donors for generously supplying food for our students-in-need over the February Break. Our district is filled with families who have a tough time making ends meet sometimes, and it's our community that does a great job filling those gaps.

is coming
!  Donation drop-off will be April 5th, 2017 at three locations:
1. Our Savior Lutheran Church Front St., Issaquah
2. Valley Church, Rte 900 Renton;
3. Highland Gardens Apts., Klahanie.  
for more details on how to donate. Register here to become a recipient of this organization. 
Inscribirse aquí ahora para recibir.
Want less traffic and a green commute to school? Sign up for Issaquah Salmon Friendly Trips SchoolPool by filling out the online enrollment form! A few days after filling out the form, log into your account to see if there is a ride match to SchoolPool trips aren’t just from home to school and back! With SchoolPool, parents can arrange carpools, walking or biking groups to school-related activities, such as sports practices and events, school music events, clubs, and tutorials. Just type in where you live, where you want to go, and the time of the event. The system will match you with other parents taking the same trip!
The more people that sign up, the more likely you will find convenient carpools, biking and walking groups, so spread the word!  Email questions to
Korina Sullivan
Senior exit interview Snacks 

Liz Rudolf
Senior exit interview volunteers 

Amy Chaplin, Wendy Redding, Donna McLeod, Sally Feldman
Promoting Sr Celebration outside Sr Interviews

Lida Buckner and Heidi Fuhs
Staff breakfast 

Birgit Aarestad and Michele Sevart
SAT prep test course 

Valerie Yanni and Tami Curtis
Outstanding Newsletter and eBlast Submission

Diane Burdette, Onti Rosen, Sara Carmichael , Ginger Wilfong, Anne Watanabe
8th Grade Curriculum Night 

Diane Burdette, Victoria Evans
Lunch Room Anxiety Task Force

Diane Burdette, Onti Rosen, Valerie Yanni, Patti Miller
Parent Survey follow up 

Golden Acorn Team
Marni Kilzi, Rebecca Fay, Marla Baldinelli, Sara Carmichael

Ginger Wilfong and Stacy Heller
Fabulous General Membership meeting snacks!

ACT College Test Prep Class
Starts April 22, 2017
Limited spots available. Weekend classes.

IH PTSA, in partnership with the locally-owned, is offering an affordable review class at IHS to help your student obtain optimal test results. Perfect for juniors taking the June 10, 2017 ACT exam and for sophomores who are beginning to study for their college board tests.
ACT Course - April 22, 29 May 6, 13, 20, 27 - 9:30am to 12:15pm Issaquah High School. Registration Deadline: April 19th 2017
$349 for 16.5 hours classroom instruction by WA-state certified teachers who have over 10 years’ experience teaching test prep classes.  Students will learn testing techniques, time management during test and will be reviewing plenty of example questions.  
ACT prep classes include:
2 math sessions
1 science session 
3 language sessions
All course materials included 
Click here to register or to learn more information about the ACT test prep class.

Is there a special teacher or staff member at IHS your teen would like to recognize? Nominations are now open and accepted until April 16. Email Marni Kilzi with any questions:
Submit your nominations here.
All-members Social at Capri Wine Cellars on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 pm.

Few things are more enriching in life than strengthening the bonds of community.  Please join participants of the New Family Ambassador’s Program and other members of the IH PTSA for a welcome break from the weekly routine and a wonderful opportunity to meet other IHS families.
Attention Seniors!

Time to start submitting those final hours for Community Service Honor Cords for graduation.  As a reminder, these are the white cords that show you performed more than 100 hours of community service during your time at Issaquah High.  Final deadline is May 2nd, 2017.  All of the reporting is online so please find further details here
Golden Acorn

The following IHPTSA members were honored at the General Membership Meeting on March 10th for their outstanding service. They will be further honored at a district-wide reception on April 4th.
From left to right
Golden Acorn Awardees –
Sara Carmichael
Margaret Chalfant
Barbara Howe (not pictured)
Bertina Loeffler-Sedlack
Outstanding Advocate – Heidi Fuhs  Congratulations!

 3rd Annual
Issaquah HS Parent & Community

Blood Drive!

 Friday, March 31
Issaquah High School Blood Drive
10:30 am-4:30 pm
(closed 12:30pm-1:30pm)

Each year Issaquah High School students make it their mission to help save lives in our community. This spring we are asking parents & community members to join us increase the # of lives we save each year.
In 2016 Issaquah HS students helped save up to 696 local lives.
Your donations will help us exceed 700 lives saved this year.
Schedule your appointment to donate! All Blood Types are Needed.
To schedule your appointment click here or call 1-800-398-7888
Bloodmobile parked in front of the high schools main entrance
(Parent drop off area, next to visitor parking) 
*Don’t forget to eat, drink fluids and bring your ID*
What Preschoolers had to say about donating blood

A self-defense and sexual assault awareness workshop will be held in the Black Box Theatre on Thursday, April 6, from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.  This event is available to all IHS students but geared toward girls and those who identify as female or gender neutral.  Organized through the WAVE Foundation (Women Against Violence Everywhere) and sponsored by IH PTSA.  Please pick up a class participation form in the office.


En español...
¿Qué estrategias usan las Latinas para sobrevivir el abuso? 

Are you a graduating Senior? Do you a plan to continue your education after high school? Do you have a GPA of 2.0 or higher?  Would you like $1,000 to spend toward your college expenses? Then apply today for one of the 5 PTSA Scholarships! APPLICATION

Applications are due no later than 3:00pm on April 17 in the school office. If you have any questions please contact Randi Wright at


What is it?  It is the safe, sober and fun way to celebrate with the IHS Class of 2017!  This all-inclusive party moves through multiple local venues complete with food and TONS of entertainment!  The fun begins at 11PM on June 12, 2017 – Graduation night when our graduates hop on buses and are driven to the first of their “secret” locations for a night of festivities – they won’t want to miss out on their last night together as the Class of 2017!

When?  11PM – 5AM, the night of Graduation, June 12, 2017.

Cost?  The current cost is $180 (prices to increase to $195 starting March 29th) for this all-inclusive night, which includes: transportation to multiple fun-filled, activity-packed SECRET venues, entertainment, activities, games, prizes, dinner, breakfast and FUN, FUN, FUN all night long!

How do I sign up?  Space is limited; reserve your spot here.

Full and partial scholarships are available. If you or someone you know is unable to afford this event, please contact our Senior Event Chair, Sally Feldman, at All information will be kept confidential.

Plans are starting to roll for the Senior Farewell event being held Friday, June 9th in the Gym. We are looking for volunteers to assist with set up, clean up, audio/visual experience, and putting together a slide presentation. Junior parents are welcome to join as it is traditional for the Junior parents to help with serving the dessert following the event in the commons. It gives them a peek at what to expect for the next year.  Please go to the PTSA Volunteer Page to sign up!

Your voices have been heard!

On the IHPTSA Parent Survey, many parents expressed interest in Tutoring Help. Take a moment to check out the tutoring at the bottom of the IHS homepage.
March 23 - New Family Ambassadors social
March 28 – Parent Ed – Hidden in Plain Sight
March 30 – Suicide Prevention Forum
March 31 - IHS Blood Drive
April 5 – Lunch for the Break donation drop off
April 6 – Lunch for the Break family pick up
April 6 - Self Defense Workshop - Find Your Power
April 7 - IHPTSA General membership meeting – Election of Officers

April 13 – Suicide Prevention Forum
April 16 - Outstanding Educator nominations due

April 17 – IHPTSA Senior Scholarship applications due
April 22 – First ACT College Test Prep Class – REGISTER NOW
April 25 – Parent Ed – The Gift of Failure
April 28-30 – WA State PTA Convention
April 29 – Parent Ed - State of Mind Conference
May 2 – Due Date to turn in Community Service Hours online
May 11 - Issaquah Schools Foundation Nourish Every Mind luncheon
May 17 - Issaquah Schools Foundation Nourish Every Mind breakfast


Senate Advances Bill to
Extend Levy Cliff to 2019

As its last bill of the March 8 cutoff, the Senate Wednesday night passed an amended bill on the “levy cliff” (ESB 5023), with all members voting in favor; with the exception of Republican Senator Michael Baumgartner of West Spokane. The Senate ran their version of the bill so they could change the title to be about excess levies and not the levy cliff. The bill passed the House, and Gov. Inslee has signed. 

Issaquah parents are encouraged to write House and Senate members to express their thanks that a levy extension bill is in play. But messages also should stress that with prohibitions on the use of local levies for activities deemed basic education, the state will have to step up in a really big way. Otherwise, areas that are underfunded now and where local funds are supplementing the most basic of activities – like transportation, nurses, and special education – will fall short in the final education funding solution.

For details, please go to

March 28th Hidden in Plain Sight, 6:30-8:30pm at Liberty High School Commons.   Come to a “Hidden in Plain Sight” exhibit of a youth bedroom, and learn what signs of substance use to look for, and what to do if you find something.  Includes expert Q&A forum, and a brief professional talk on communicating with youth about at-risk behavior.  This is a PARENT ONLY event.
April 25th The Gift of Failure: Fostering Intrinsic Motivation and Resilience in Kids by national keynote and author, Jessica Lahey, motivational talk and book signing at 10am or 7pm!  In today’s culture, do we coddle our kids enough?  Too much?  Jessica Lahey summarizes the current research on autonomy-supportive parenting and teaching, competence, rewards, praise, and failure, and gives us advice on how to allow students to succeed over the long term.  Join our community book read of Gift of Failure to prepare for a cultural change!  For parents of K-12.
New - WATCH ONLINE!  Did you miss Amy Lang’s talk on Birds+Bees+Kids?  That event, plus 28 additional high caliber online parent ed talks from NextGenEd,  are now available on! With a click, enjoy parent ed on a variety of current topics from the convenience of your home, anytime.  Audio downloads are included to listen on-the-go.  ParentWiser is thrilled to offer these FREE with your PTSA membership to any Issaquah district school.  Enjoy!
We value your input for ParentWiser!  Please take a moment before March 22nd to help select parent ed speakers or topics for next year that are relevant to your parenting needs. Thank you!
Register for events and more info at
ParentWiser events are FREE for Issaquah school district PTSA members, donations requested for non-members at registration or at the door; sponsored by Issaquah PTSA Council, Issaquah Schools Foundation and Swedish Medical of Issaquah.

One More Opportunity to Attend a State of Mind Conference
State of Mind Conferences feature keynote speakers and breakout sessions focused on mental health and substance abuse challenges facing our youth.
Conference dates and locations:
·       Saturday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Issaquah High School, 700 2nd Ave. SE, Issaquah
Students and adults are welcome to attend one or both conferences. All events are free, but registration is requested. To register or for more information, visit

Understanding and Preventing Youth Suicide
Registration for Suicide Prevention Forums is open. Click here to register for the forum at the Issaquah Police Station Eagle Room on March 30, 7-9pm and click here to register for the forum on April 13, 7-9pm at the Beaver Lake Lodge in Sammamish. Sponsored by the Healthy Youth Initiative:

SAVE THE DATE - The Issaquah Schools Foundation's Nourish Every Mind events let you walk in students' shoes without leaving your table. Nourish Every Mind is the Foundation's signature fundraising event, held annually since 1999. While attendees enjoy a catered breakfast or lunch, Issaquah School District students and teachers share stories about the Foundation's impact in their schools. This year's events commemorate the Foundation's 30th anniversary. C
ontact IHPTSA table captain Bertina Loeffler Sedlack at to secure your seat.
Nourish Every Mind Luncheon                          Nourish Every Mind Breakfast
May 11, 2017                                                     May 17, 2017
Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue                          Eastridge Church, Issaquah

WSPTA Member benefits from the following businesses are available to all IH PTSA members.
Avis Car Rental    Budget Car Rental    FedEx Office         Great Wolf Lodge   Hertz Car Rental
Key Arena / McGaw Hall 
LeMay-America’s Car Museum   Silverwood Theme Park

Tacoma Dome     Ticket Monster Perks    Xfinity Arena at Everett
For a full list of membership privileges and benefit codes needed to access them, go the WSPTA website:
Results of Issaquah PTSA Council Community Values Survey are in! Click here to view 

Check out this article from Our Children Magazine on getting your child ready for the SAT/ACT with free practice tools:

Influence the Choice Drug Prevention Alliance for Youth is seeking judges for their annual video contest. The judging is on April 3 and this program is sponsored by Issaquah Schools Foundation. Click here for flyer: contest.pdf
About Children with Special Needs
According to Food Research and Education one out of thirteen children suffers from severe allergies. Special needs takes a variety of forms and can range from developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, health conditions, or even giftedness. The resources below empower and educate parents and caregivers on steps they can take to improve outcomes for their child. For more information, please visit the National PTA website at

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