School Events

In addition to the programs that are wholly developed and operated by the PTSA, the PTSA also provides extensive assistance to Issaquah Middle School by supplying volunteers for numerous school events. Brief descriptions of each of the school events staffed by PTSA volunteers appear below.

 

5th Grade Parent Night - Each spring, all parents of fifth-graders who will be attending IMS in the fall will attend 5th Grade Parent Night to learn about the transition to middle school. IM PTSA plans a refreshment table to welcome our next round of students and parents.

8th Grade Celebration - PTSA volunteers supervise an 8th-grade party at the UW HUB near the end of the school year.  Volunteers carpool or drive themselves to the venue.  Parking is about $15-20.  This event is a wonderful way to be a witness to a sweet celebration of your student's middle school years.  Super easy and fun!

ASB Activities - The Associated Student Body (ASB) hosts all-school parties during a few times a year at which PTSA volunteers serve as chaperones. These parties are held during the latter half of the school day.  

ASB Fundraising - Every year, ASB hosts a school-wide fundraiser to fund extra-curricular activities such as school sports, clubs, music trips, drama, parties, and more.  IMPTSA volunteers handle order forms, payment, and prize distribution to make the fundraiser successful. 

Career Fair - IMS holds a Career Fair each year to help students learn about potential future career paths. The school invites parents, guardians, and community members to give a short presentation about their current or past career and pathway.  The school needs a wide variety of careers represented in order to make this a well-rounded event for students. Everyone is welcome to come and share! 

Curriculum Night - The IM PTSA provides cookies, treats, and bottled water during Curriculum Night in September for attending parents and guardians. 

Holiday Gift BarnThe Holiday Gift Barn is a program for Issaquah School District children ages birth to 18. The Issaquah Food Bank transforms the Pickering Barn into a department store so that eligible community members can go holiday shopping. IMS participates in this program through Homeroom classes collecting appropriate items to donate to the gift barn. The PTSA provides refreshments for nights assigned to collect gifts.

Music Events - The IM PTSA helps to make our Music Concert Series at IMS a success by providing food and drinks for concerts, as well as volunteers to help set up and clean up. 

Packet Stuffing - Every IMS student receives a packet of important documents on the first day of school.  PTSA volunteers come together for a two-hour commitment in late August to assemble these approximately 1,000 packets.  7th and 8th-grade students may participate to earn volunteer hours, but they need to be accompanied by a parent who can also help.

Panther Days - Approximately two weeks before school starts, Issaquah Middle School opens its doors for two days when families can come to the school to take care of paperwork, bookkeeping, and other administrative tasks. Dubbed "Panther Days," this large event relies on many parent volunteers to be successful. No experience is necessary; this is a great way to meet new parents, catch up with friends and get school off to a positive start!  Parent volunteers can sign up for morning and/or afternoon shifts. Parents who speak languages other than English are always appreciated.  This is a great way for high school students to earn volunteer hours as well.

Picture Day - PTSA volunteers help the school organize and operate the School Picture Day the first week of school.  As a bonus, volunteers get a free packet of pictures for their child! Morning and afternoon shifts.

Vision & Hearing Screening - All 7th graders get their vision and hearing checked each October/November, and the PTSA provides a volunteer crew of ~20 parents to help. Typically a three-hour morning commitment for which no training is needed. This is a short and sweet way to help the school and students. We especially appreciate parent volunteers who speak languages outside of English to help all of our students through the process.

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