Oct 2
9:30a Principal Coffee in the Library
Principal Coffee in the Library

Tuesday, October 4
9:30a - 10:30a
IS Library

We will hold our first “Principal Coffee” of the year THIS Tuesday from 9:30–10:30 AM in the Library. These informal gatherings are an opportunity to share some information and to check in on how the year is going. All are welcome.
6:30p 9th/10th Grade Parent Night
9th/10th Grade Parent Night

Thursday, October 6
6:30p - 7:30p
7:00p ISPTSA Board Meeting
ISPTSA Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 11
7:00p - 8:30p
IS Library
"Super Wednesday" Testing
"Super Wednesday" Testing

Wednesday, October 12

Bellevue School District will offer an opportunity for juniors and seniors to take the SAT during the school day in the 2022-23 school year. We are pleased to be able to offer the SAT during the school day free of charge to ensure access to the exam for all students.
No School: Professional Development Day
No School: Professional Development Day

Friday, October 14
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Thank you to all the members who joined or renewed their annual ISPTSA memberships this 2022–2023 school year! We are proud to be the only high school in Washington to reach 100% membership for multiple years! Let’s make this a yearly tradition to support every IS student for success! We are inviting everyone in our community to join ISPTSA! Please sign in to renew or click to join today! Questions? Please email Honglian Gao, Membership Chair.

Let’s RAISE THE TORCH for IS as we begin a new school year! We invite ALL families to participate in this campaign because your contribution makes a difference! Choose your support level: Gold $500, Silver $250, Bronze $100, or define your own amount. For those families who can, we ask you to consider becoming a Titan Torch supporter with a donation of $1,000 or more. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% go back to the community. Go, Titans! Click here for more information. Questions? Please contact the VPs of Fundraising, Emilie Castle and Phil Bloch.

With Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 29 beginning only a few hours after the end of the school day, many teachers remained at the school until the event. Emilie Castle and Irene Endow prepared a pasta dinner for teachers and staff, which they appreciated. Thank you! For questions, email Qiong Chen, VP of Community.


ISPTSA Golden Acorn Award Winners
Congratulations to Emilie Castle and Melissa Richardson, our 2021–2022 ISPTSA Golden Acorn recipients!
Emilie Castle generously stepped up to become our ISPTSA president a year and a half ago when the former president had to suddenly step down. Not only has she done an amazing job during her time in the position, but Emilie has also taken on roles that went beyond the scope of president. She managed donation drives such as Smith Brothers, Bloodworks NW, Mod Pizza, and Goodwill; she coordinated the hygiene drive during the earlier days of the pandemic; and she managed ISPTSA grants. Emilie is the former ISPTSA VP of Fundraising and Grants Chair (at the same time). A valuable member of our community, she is the current President of Bellevue PTSA Council and a representative for WSPTA Region 2. As if that is not enough to keep Emilie busy, she is also a King County Master Gardener at the Bellevue Demonstration Garden, does committee work for Bellevue College's Parent's Advisory Committee, holds positions on Newport High School's athletic booster clubs, is a past PTSA president of both Somerset Elementary & Tyee Middle Schools, has chaired numerous successful school & local charity auctions, and recently helped plan Grad Night for Newport High School's Graduating class of 2022. This sounds like way more than any one human could contribute, but we are certain that we've left a few things out. ISPTSA is incredibly grateful that, when asked if she can help, Emilie has a difficult time saying 'no.' Ever-ready with a smile and a helping hand, Emilie Castle is a treasure to our community. 
Melissa Richardson has served as ISPTSA's VP of Community for two years and embodies the meaning of the word "community." She has organized potlucks for the staff, coordinated Teacher Appreciation Week, arranged ISPTSA food contributions to Dejeuner en Blanc, brought families together by planning parent meet-ups, and kept the ISPTSA online community vibrant with her contributions to its Facebook page. In order to foster community when students returned to the building after the lockdown, Melissa managed middle school socials and games during school lunch. ISPTSA's Spiritwear collection has been revived and updated by Melissa, who has managed its fundraising efforts through Winners Sportswear. She was a key advocate for students and our school during the school levy renewals in February. In the broader community, Melissa is active on the Bellevue PTSA Council, for which she has held the position of Vice President. She has also participated in committee work on the Gifted Advisory Committee and Grading Advisory Team for the Bellevue School District. Melissa Richardson is a willing volunteer when others shy away, and she always models a positive, can-do attitude. We are fortunate to have her dedication and commitment to our school.
Questions about the award? Email the Golden Acorn Committee.

ISPTSA reached 100% membership!
What a tremendous community response to our final membership drive!
Each of our 585 enrolled students at IS is now supported by a ISPTSA member!

ISPTSA 2022-2023 Executive Board
Please welcome the following people to our new ISPTSA Executive board. The board comes with a wealth of experience to make next year a great year to support our students at International School. Click here to learn more about each board member and the role they will serve.
  • Meribeth Nordloef-Pedersen, President
  • Judy Cam, Secretary
  • Li Lu, Treasurer 1
  • Vera Ho, Treasurer 2
  • Emilie Castle and Phil Block, Co-VP’s of Fundraising
  • Melissa Richardson and Jessica Smiddy, Co-VP’s of Outreach
  • Qiong Chen and Yuting Zhu, Co-VP's of Community
  • Jennifer Green Li, VP of Communications
If you would like to be a part of this exciting group of people, please contact






Thank you to our amazing Registrar Katherine Parkin and School Secretary Ellen Stone for supplying the ISPTSA with data. The 2021-2022 ISPTSA Directory is available online via DirectorySpot! 

Download the app, available for iPhones and Android devices, and you will always have the directory with you. You can also access the directory from your computer at (option to self-print a copy of the directory using downloadable PDFs). Please see this page for more details. Email for support.

Look for the 2022-2023 ISPTSA Directory after the start of the school year.






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