Volunteer Opportunities

 

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Thank you to all who have volunteered -- we appreciate you taking the time to invest in our kids and our community!

 

Opportunity

Date/Time

Signup / Questions

*Focus Week Volunteer

Friday 5/24

9:00AM - 2:45PM

Kimiko Nishiwaki 

nishiwakik@bsd405.org

 *5th-Grade BBQ

 Thursday 5/30

noon - 1:30PM

SignupGenius 

 Senior/Staff Luncheon

(Senior Parents Needed)

Wednesday 6/5 

SignupGenius

 Senior/Staff Luncheon

(Junior Parents Needed)

Wednesday 6/5

SignupGenius

*Middle School College/Career 

Field Trip Chaperones

Wednesday 6/12 

click here for details;

email Arty Christianto

*Senior Board Day

Wednesday 6/12

See below

 *2019 Grad Night

Celebration Chaperones

6/17-6/18 

click here for details;

email Laurie Beck

 *Session Leaders for

High School Retreat

Thursday 9/5 

 See below

*Chaperones for

High School Retreat

Thursday-Friday

9/5-6

See below

ISPTSA Board Positions

next school year

2019-2020

See below

Host a French Intern

next school year

2019-2020

See below

*On-call Volunteers

current school year 

Volunteer page

*Remember that you need to have completed background check with the Bellevue School District in order to help in the classrooms, with special events or teacher needs, school events, and field trips. Renewal will be needed every three years and your approved volunteer status will now be linked to Synergy/ParentVUE. Find out more about the new BSD volunteer verification system here.

 

 
Save the Date: Middle School College/Career Field Trip Wednesday June 12 -- Chaperones Needed
 
Parents/Guardians: Please save the date for our Middle School College/Career Field Trip on Wednesday, June 12! Our middle school students will have the option of going to one of six planned field trips and learn about different careers/colleges, depending on the trip they choose.
 
We will need a LOT of chaperones/parent volunteers in order to make this happen. So, please save the date for Wednesday June 12, and email Arty Christianto if you are interested in chaperoning. We need you!
 
More information will be sent later to both parents/guardians and students.
 

 
Seeking Judges for Senior Board Day
 
Hi IS Families.
 
We are currently in the process of recruiting judges for International School's SENIOR PROJECT BOARD DAY, Wednesday, June 12, and we’d love to have you join the 150+ community members (most are not IS parents) who participate on a three-judge panel to evaluate this graduation requirement of our awesome IS Seniors. You are eligible if you are not the parent of a Senior and if you do not know any of the seniors. We need all kinds of backgrounds and we match your background/interests to projects for an authentic evaluation process for our students. Read on for more.
 
Some background: The International School in Bellevue requires seniors to complete a Senior Project involving research, internships, independent study, and a culminating event. One of its truly distinguishing characteristics is Senior Project Board Day, when each of our seniors presents their portfolio and a speech to a panel of three neutral, expert adult judges. Each judge has a level of experience or expertise in at least one area of a student’s project, and together the panel critically reviews the work. Check out our website for more info.
 
Everyone who participates finds it to be very rewarding, and many, many of the 150+ judges we need each year look forward to returning year after year. Not only is time helping launch young people inspiring, but joining fellow community members in support of these seniors is as well. We hope you will consider joining us this year! Read on for more details.
 
Format and time commitment: On Wednesday, June 12, you will spend either 2-½ or 4-½ hours with us in Bellevue, depending on whether you volunteer for one or two sessions. The time window for Session A is approximately 12:00–2:45 PM, including lunch, and the time window for Session B is 2:00–4:30 PM. Your time will include lunch or a snack, judge training, 40 minutes of time to review student portfolios with the other judges, a 10-minute speech by your student, Q & A, and finally, 25 minutes for the judge panel to complete scoring and evaluations after the student departs.
 
Interested?  NEXT STEPS: 
  1. Mark Wednesday, June 12, 12:00–2:45PM and/or 2:00– 4:3PM0 on your calendar.
  2. Click HERE to review the project list and indicate your interest/suitability. (Don’t forget to “SUBMIT” at the end of the survey.)
  3. Feel free to email with any further questions.
  4. Add isseniorprojects@bsd405.org to your contacts, so we don't go in your trash folder.
  5. Look for an email from us in late May with your assignment(s). We'll send info regarding the student(s), project(s), and session(s) you are assigned to, along with background material for your assigned project(s) and logistics for the day.
 
Thank you so much for your consideration and for honoring the efforts of our dedicated students! Email or phone us with any questions.
 
With Gratitude,
 
Sally Fouché
International School Senior Project Board Coordinator
425.444.6030
 

 
Volunteer to Chaperone Class of 2019 Grad Night Celebration
 
There will be a meeting on Wednesday, May 1, at 7:00 PM in Room 101 for adults interested in chaperoning the Class of 2019 Grad Night Celebration. Any interested parent is encouraged to attend—even parents of underclassmen!
 
The Grad Night Celebration takes place from 10:00 PM on Monday, June 17, until 7:00 AM on Tuesday, June 18.  
 
Please email Laurie Beck with questions about volunteering.

 


 

 
Seeking Session Leaders: 2019 High School Retreat!
 
September 5, 2019
 
This fall we are exploring forms of Asian cultural expression and examining challenges facing Asian societies.
 
Do you have ideas, expertise, and a willingness to work with our high school students for one day? Do you know of exceptional experts who might be willing to lead a session? 
 
Session leaders will lead a session with a classroom teacher who will assist in organizing and managing students and materials, as well as provide any other support that the session leader might need. Note: the retreat is two days, but sessions are only offered on the first day.
 
We welcome community support for this unique experience. Past sessions have covered topics such as the tea ceremony, Sumi painting, calligraphy, tai chi, yoga, Indonesian percussion, Shanghai is Sinking, The River Ganges—what ideas do you have?
 
Contact Lee Holt or Tamara Truax
 


 
High School Retreat Chaperone Volunteers Needed
 
September 5-6, 2019
 
The trip is only possible with your support! We need 12 males and 12 females. Chaperones attend free of charge. Please let Tamara Truax truaxt@bsd405.org or Lee Holt holti@bsd405.org know if you are available.
 
The International School offers an annual retreat for our high school students in order to build community and realize its mission of providing students with a globally focused education. The academic content of the retreat follows a four-year cycle of geographic and cultural regions including Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.
 
The 2019 retreat’s objectives are for students to explore a few forms of Asian cultural expression; to understand some of the challenges facing Latin American societies and the power we and the world community have to address them; and to appreciate the value of the IS community and its contribution to our overall success for the coming school year.
 
The students will come to school the morning of Thursday, September 5, and will be bused to Warm Beach Conference Center in Stanwood, WA. They will spend the night there and return by bus the following day, Friday, September 6, by 3:15 PM.
 
The cost is $100. After focus week, the fee for camp will be added to your student's account online, so you may pay online or in the school office.
 
Please see the following links:
2019 HS Retreat Flyer (Information about the retreat)
2019 HS Retreat Forms  (Permission slips)
 
THE DUE DATE FOR FORMS IS EARLY THIS YEAR—FRIDAY, JUNE 7.  
 
  

 
ISPTSA Board Positions
 
We are in the process of recruiting board members for the next school year. Nominations are open for board positions now, and will remain open till May 10. Serving on the PTSA board is a great way to apply our energy and passion to making our school the best school in the region. It is a fantastic opportunity to lead and represent our community, stay connected with the happenings at our children’s school, and contribute toward making IS an awesome place to be. You can nominate yourself or others that you believe will make a significant contribution to the PTSA.
 
Please consider joining us! Click on this document to see descriptions of duties, this webpage to see current board members, and email nominations@isptsa.org if you're interested or have questions on any position.
 
Nominating Committee
Ching Guo, Zena Heywood, and Azfar Moazzam 
 

 


 

 
Get the Most Out of Your IS Experience:
 
Host a French Intern!
 
Our students have benefited tremendously from the dedication of this year’s French intern, Elodie Perez. While we will be sad to see her go, we have hired an absolutely charming French intern for the 2019-2020 school year, Pauline Oliveira-Machado. Pauline will surely uphold the standard of professionalism and congeniality that we have come to expect from our interns.  She plans to eventually pursue a teaching degree in France and is extremely excited to be a part of our fabulous IS community. She is particularly interested in teaching the traditional songs, dance and cuisine of France and will given every opportunity to do so next year.
 
As part of the IS community yourself, you have the unique opportunity to host Pauline for a semester or a quarter. By opening your home you will create an unforgettable experience for Pauline allowing her to see the best that US culture has to offer. The Intern program also allows you to support IS by helping to maintain a rich, engaging foreign language program. By volunteering your home, you are making it possible for the whole student body to benefit from having a foreign language intern. Finally, hosting an intern allows you to learn about yourself and your culture and see the US through the eyes of an international visitor, creating an invaluable educational experience for yourself and your family. 
 
To seize this opportunity, or for more information, please contact Traci Sullivan at sullivant@bsd405.orgThis is a great experience- PROFITEZ-EN!

 

 
On-call Volunteers 
 
ISPTSA is routinely asked, sometimes last minute, by our school for volunteers to help out at events. To facilitate our response, we have created a new volunteer category called on-call volunteer. This is not a fixed commitment; we will reach out to you when we have an urgent need to fill, and you can respond if you can help. Having your name on this list does not obligate you to volunteer at any time.
 
Please consider adding your name to our on-call volunteer list! You can reach our sign-up here. We ask that you sign in for security reasons, and the "on-call volunteer" choice is the second one from the bottom of the page.
 
Questions? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Sidoine, volunteer@isptsa.org