BELLEVUE DOWNTOWN ICE RINK
Looking for a family activity to do this holiday season? The region’s largest covered open-air ice (real frozen water) skating experience is now available for online admission/reservations. Admission: $15, 8 & under $10 (includes skate rental) Notify the rink attendant you attend IMS and $3 of the admission fee goes to the IM PTSA! The rink will be open November 19, 2021 - January 9, 2022 . Tickets go on sale November 1 at https://www.bellevueicerink.com ... read full article
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PANTHER DAYS - AUGUST 17 & 18Tracy Cooke8/14/20218/20/2021
PANTHER DAYS - AUGUST 17 & 18
Join us August 17 or 18 9 AM - 2 PM for Panther Days!  This is a great time for your IMS Panther to tour the school and pick up their PE clothes.  We'll also have a great photo op for you to take a pic of your IMS Panther (if they let you - ugh, parents)!  ... read full article
DINING 4 DOLLARS IS BACK!Kim Clarke10/11/202110/21/2021
DINING 4 DOLLARS IS BACK!
    Tutta Bella is the spotlight restaurant for October's  Dining 4 Dollars Fundraiser.  It is easy -- order delivery, takeout, or curbside from tuttabella.com (any location) on any of the participating dates ( Sunday, Oct. 17 - Thursday, Oct. 21 ). Enter code  EasyAsPieIMS.  (No school on Monday!) 20% of sales will be donated to Issaquah Middle School PTSA! To order, go to: tuttabella.com     ... read full article
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CROSS COUNTRY MEETSKim Clarke9/12/20219/29/2021
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CROSS COUNTRY MEETS
Volunteers are need for Cross Country meets this fall to help keep our athletes safe!  Meets Thu, Sept 30 @ IMS Upper Field Thu, Oct 7 @ IMS Upper Field   All League XC Finals Thu, Oct 26 @ Lake Sammamish State Park. This is the BIG meet of the season with 500 athletes racing through the park. We’ll need an ‘army’ of volunteers to make it happen! Please click here to sign up. Thank you for helping to make these meets possible for the kids!           ... read full article
STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCH - AUGUST 307/19/20218/30/2021
STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCH - AUGUST 30
Please Help Show Support for our IMS Teachers and Staff  Let's start the 2021-22 year off right welcoming back our dedicated, hardworking, and amazing IMS Staff! Your generous donation will help us facilitate the "2021-2022 Fall Staff Appreciation Luncheon." Please  CLICK TO DONATE today! ... read full article
8th Grade Transition Q&A EventCatharine Holtan3/2/20214/8/2021
8th Grade Transition Q&A Event
8th to 9th Grade Transition Zoom Meeting - Video Recap Thanks to everyone for attending the IH PTSA, IM PTSA, and PCMS PTSA Transitional Zoom Q&A session on March 8th! Here's  the replay video  for those unable to attend. Also, further questions, contact  Kim and Nicole at IH PTSA ,  Wendy and Karissa at IM PTSA , or  Lisa and Tracy at PCMS PTSA . We're here to help!  ... read full article
PTSA Angel Program Distribution EventCatharine Holtan11/10/20206/2/2021
PTSA Angel Program Distribution Event
Our PTSA Angel Program is planning its last distribution of the 2020-2021 school year for students on Wednesday, June 2nd from 4-6PM in front of IMS . The focus will be summer essentials! If your child is in need, please RSVP here for planning purposes only .  Questions? Email us here . ... read full article
Dining for DollarsCatharine Holtan9/28/20205/26/2021
Dining for Dollars
Mark your calendars: The next Dining for Dollars event will be  Wednesday, May 26th from 12-4PM at Yum-e Yogurt  along Front Street in Issaquah. They will be donating 10% of sale proceeds to the IMPTSA during that time. Please show this flyer so we can receive the donation ! Questions? Contact Kelly Finkbeiner . ... read full article
ReflectionsCatharine Holtan6/20/20202/8/2021
Reflections
Reflections Art Contest Finalists A big thank you to all the talented IMS students who submitted your works of art to this year’s Reflections Art Program. Ten students represented IMS at the district level: Sooahn Y., Sophia B., Yeonu K., Sally D., Jumi L., Grace S., Keira P., Jiya J., Peter C., and Yujin C.  We commend you all on a job well done! Sooahn Y. received an Honorable Mention in the Literature category. CONGRATULATIONS to Sally D. who is a State Reflections Finalist for her Literature entry. Way to go Sally! Good luck at State! ... read full article
IMS Annual Career Day - January 26thCatharine Holtan12/9/20191/26/2021
IMS Annual Career Day - January 26th
IMS Career Fair is happening this year - virtually! The school is seeking out volunteers to provide a short (no more than 10 minutes) video presentation of his/her career/job/profession. We are looking for a variety of industries, education levels, and types of careers, so if you or someone you know has a job that you want to share with our middle schoolers, we would love to hear from you!  All videos will be recorded and uploaded to Flipgrid. If you're interested in participating,  check out the Flipgrid page for more information and a quick tutorial about how to record and use ... read full article
New Family & Ambassadors ProgramTim Morris11/4/201910/5/2020
New Family & Ambassadors Program
Recently Relocated? New to the Area? New to Issaquah School District? We have a program designed just for you! The New Family & Ambassadors Program is intended to assist new families make a smoother transition as we welcome you to the community.   Meet new & established families, attend social events throughout the year (safely and with social distancing or virtual meetings if scheduled), and learn more about Issaquah resources. Please sign up for the New Family Program to get started.   Returning families, we need you as a New Family Ambassador!  Please consider volunteering for this important role. YOU ... read full article
Logowear is Back for the Holidays!Catharine Holtan8/19/201912/1/2020
Logowear is Back for the Holidays!
Please  click here  to order IMS logowear sweatshirts, t-shirts and more! Orders will be taken through Tuesday, December 1st - perfect timing for holiday shopping! Items will be delivered to your home by the holidays. Contact  Julia Thacker   with any questions! ... read full article
WalkAbout Training6/14/20191/23/2020
WalkAbout Training
If you missed the first WalkAbout Training session in the fall, the second (and final)  WalkAbout  Training   session for the 2019-20 school year will take place on Jan. 23rd from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm  at IMS. This  training  session is mandatory if you’ve never been trained before. Questions? Contact  the WalkAbout Chairs. Remember that only volunteers who (1) have been approved as volunteers by the Issaquah School District; AND (2) have completed WalkAbout  Training  this year or in a prior year may volunteer. ... read full article
Volunteer Dashboard - Old (Use when Covid is over)1/28/20184/5/2020
Volunteer Dashboard - Old (Use when Covid is over)
The Career Fair has been rescheduled to May 1st and we would love your help in fueling up our presenters. IMPORTANT:  don’t forget to update your annual Volunteer Application before your shift. Event or Program Signup Career Fair Hospitality Click Here See all Volunteer Opportunities Click Here   ... read full article
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR VISION AND HEARING SCREENINGKim Clarke10/17/202111/9/2021
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR VISION AND HEARING SCREENING
Vision and hearing screening for all students will take place at IMS all day on November 8th & 9th . We need MANY more volunteers to be able to conduct these tests. No prior knowledge needed! Sign up for as many shifts as you'd like. If you would like to volunteer but the shift times in the sign-up don't work for you, please email membership@issaquahmiddleptsa.org  to arrange a time that works for your schedule. Click here to sign up. Thank you for volunteering! ... read full article
REFLECTIONS: FANTASTIC TIME TO START!Kim Clarke9/17/202110/22/2021
REFLECTIONS: FANTASTIC TIME TO START!
2021-2022 Theme:  I Will Change The World By...  All entries due OCTOBER 22, 2021. Reflections Entry Form For more info, check out the Reflections program page or contact IMPTSA Reflections ... read full article
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PICTURE DAYKim Clarke8/31/20219/3/2021
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PICTURE DAY
Our school needs help making picture day run smoothly! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are limited to 4 volunteers at a time. We've dived the day into two shifts this Friday, September 3. If you want to volunteer but the specific times don't work for you, please email membership@issaquahmiddleptsa.org and one of our membership/volunteer co-chairs will work with you directly. Please click  here to sign up to volunteer. Thank you! ALL PICTURE DAY VOLUNTEERS MUST BE REGISTERED BY END OF DAY AUGUST 31! ... read full article
MARK YOUR CALENDARSKim Clarke8/24/20219/11/2021
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
We hope you'll join us for the first Issaquah Middle PTSA meeting of the year! September 15 @  6:00 pm via Zoom Join us to learn more about the IMPTSA, meet new people, connect with old friends, and gain a chance to win one of several giveaways, including: Free IMPTSA Membership "Card My Yard" 50%-off Coupon Free Salmon Days Parking and more fun IMPTSA stuff! Hope to see you there! ... read full article
Corporate MatchingCatharine Holtan2/23/20213/9/2021
Corporate Matching
Double your Impact! Hundreds of local companies offer matching for not only donations to the IMPTSA, but also for volunteer hours! There are MANY companies that match, so please see if your company does. Claiming your match takes seconds. We’ve made it as easy for you with links on our  corporate matching site . ... read full article
New Family Q&A SessionCatharine Holtan11/9/202011/17/2020
New Family Q&A Session
New to the Issaquah School District? Please join Academic Advisors and Teachers for a Question and Answer Session just for New Families! November 17th at 6:15PM . Sponsored by the IMPTSA New Family & Ambassador Program. To RSVP, please  click here . ... read full article
Did You Know? (use when want to do PEACHJAR)Catharine Holtan11/3/202011/23/2020
Did You Know? (use when want to do PEACHJAR)
  What is Peachjar and how do I access it?    Glanced at an email from IMS with colorful flyers and announcements and can't find it in your inbox? It's probably an email provided by Peachjar, an outside service that the ISD uses to distribute relevant information to parents. If you click here , or on the Peachjar logo located in our left-hand navigation, you can see all the recent digital flyers that have gone out to the IMS community, all in one convenient location! ... read full article
Amazon SmileCatharine Holtan9/1/202012/20/2020
Amazon Smile
Support us as you shop for the Holidays with Amazon! Amazon donates to us when you go to  smile.amazon.com and choose Issaquah Middle PTSA as your charity. Same products, same prices at no additional cost to you! ... read full article
Become a PTSA Member Today!Catharine Holtan11/4/20192/28/2021
Become a PTSA Member Today!
Thank you to all of the families who have joined the IMPTSA this year! Despite working remotely, we are working on programs and events on behalf of the membership. We appreciate your support. Haven’t joined yet? It’s not too late!  Click  HERE   or forward that link to someone you know who might want to join. By joining the PTSA, you help support the  Angel Program , School Grants , New Family & Ambassadors , Reflections Art Program , PTSA ParentWiser , Staff Appreciation and MORE! You also have access to the online directory and  state / national  discounts. PTSA MEMBERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE! ... read full article
Buy Your Salmon Days Parking Ticket Now!Catharine Holtan9/23/201910/5/2019
Buy Your Salmon Days Parking Ticket Now!
  The Issaquah Salmon Days Festival is almost here! Don’t get stuck without a parking spot for this popular event – secure your space now. The Issaquah Middle PTSA is selling  pre-paid tickets  at $10.00 each for a  reserved parking space  in the Issaquah High and Issaquah Middle School parking lots (Saturday & Sunday, October 5th & 6th from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm).  Click  HERE  to buy your parking space now! Questions? Contact us here . ... read full article
Angel Program4/12/201911/9/2020
Angel Program
The Angel Program provides funds for IMS students to ensure their basic needs are met. It is a confidential, behind-the-scenes PTSA program made possible by monetary and supply donations from IMS families. If you would like to be contacted during the school year when supplies such as furniture, bedding, and toiletries are needed, please  sign-up  to be added to the Angel Student Assistance program list on the volunteer interest page. If you are in need of help this year, please  click here for more information. The Angel Program would love to support your child. If you have any questions about this program, please ... read full article
Order Winter Spirit Wear Now through Dec 1Tracy Cooke11/14/202112/1/2021
Order Winter Spirit Wear Now through Dec 1
Want to support your school and finish some holiday shopping? Look no further than IMS Spirit Wear! Choose from lots of cozy options to stay warm and look good over the school break, plus you get to show off your Panther pride! All orders due by December 1 , and will be distributed from IMS before winter break.  ORDER NOW ... read full article
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CROSS COUNTRY MEETSKim Clarke10/6/202110/26/2021
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CROSS COUNTRY MEETS
Volunteers are needed this fall to help keep our athletes safe!  All League XC Finals Thursday, October 26 @ Lake Sammamish State Park. This is the BIG meet of the season with 500 athletes racing through the park. We’ll need an ‘army’ of volunteers to make it happen! Please click here to sign up. Thank you for helping to make these meets possible for the kids! ... read full article
SALMON DAYS VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDKim Clarke9/12/202110/3/2021
SALMON DAYS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Want to get involved? Here is your chance! IMPTSA is looking for volunteers to cover 2 hour shifts during our Salmon Days parking lot fund raiser Saturday, Oct 2 and Sunday, Oct 3 . Volunteers must be fully vaccinated and parents need to accompany middle schoolers. To volunteer, please sign up here . Thank you! ... read full article
BE AN IMS FAMILY AMBASSADOR!Kim Clarke8/23/20219/6/2021
BE AN IMS FAMILY AMBASSADOR!
Returning families, we need you as a New Family Ambassador! Please consider volunteering for this important role. YOU can make a difference to families who are new to the area, Issaquah School District and IMS. As an Ambassador, you will serve as a contact person to answer questions and help our new families feel welcome at IMS. You don't have to know all the answers, but merely be a welcoming resource for them. If you speak Mandarin  Español Hindi  or another language, we would love to have your help. Please sign up to be an Ambassador today . Thank you ... read full article
Welcome Incoming IMS Families!Catharine Holtan5/10/20216/6/2021
Welcome Incoming IMS Families!
The IMPTSA is excited to welcome you to Issaquah Middle School this fall. You may sign up for our PTSA E-News by creating a  login and password (no payment required) and opting in at the bottom of the page. You may also join the PTSA in August for the upcoming school year. Questions? Contact us . ... read full article
Volunteer DashboardCatharine Holtan9/14/202012/15/2020
Volunteer Dashboard
Have a creative idea? We need you! Have a bright idea to help keep our Panther families connected during this time of remote learning? IMPTSA needs YOUR help to facilitate possible virtual events.  We’d love to hear from you and hope you will get involved. Interested? Contact our IMPTSA Presidents Wendy and Erin . ... read full article
IMPTSA SALMON DAYS PARKING AT IMS & IHSKim Clarke9/12/202110/3/2021
IMPTSA SALMON DAYS PARKING AT IMS & IHS
Planning on attending Salmon Days? October 2nd and 3rd, IM PTSA is offering parking for $10 at the conveniently located IMS and IHS parking lots. The lots are staffed by IMS parent and student volunteers during festival hours. ... read full article
IMPTSA Family HikeCatharine Holtan5/10/20215/11/2021
IMPTSA Family Hike
Please join IMS Families on a hike on Wednesday, May 12th at 4:30PM. Please signup  here . Questions? Email us  here . ... read full article
Staff Appreciation Week - Thank you!Catharine Holtan5/3/20215/17/2021
Staff Appreciation Week - Thank you!
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make Staff Appreciation Week a success! Through volunteer efforts and your generous donations, the IMPTSA was able to provide daily surprises, treats and small tokens of gratitude through out the week. Thank you! ... read full article
Outstanding Educator Award NominationsCatharine Holtan3/30/20214/25/2021
Outstanding Educator Award Nominations
Calling for Nominations for the 2021 Outstanding Educator Award! Is there an educator (teacher, assistant, custodian, bus driver, administrator, faculty member) who has gone above and beyond for your IMS student and has had a positive influence in his or her life? The Outstanding Educator Award is your chance to say thank you. It was created to recognize individuals who have provided  outstanding  educational opportunities for youth that are  above and beyond  the normal scope of their job. Please talk with your students about the Outstanding Educator Award and personally nominate or encourage them to nominate someone. 2019 recipients: Rita ... read full article
Cocoa with Carrie!Catharine Holtan3/9/20214/30/2021
Cocoa with Carrie!
Online Chat with Principal Reckling is Back This Friday! The live chat Q&A chat with the Principal will be  Friday,   April 30th at 11:30AM.  Please use the following link to  submit questions . The event link will be available on the school website. If you can't attend, the event will be recorded for viewing later. ... read full article
WSPTA Essay ContestCatharine Holtan2/9/20213/1/2021
WSPTA Essay Contest
Students: Who Inspires You? This statewide essay contest explores the important and varied influencers in the lives and education of children – from the children’s perspective. Every day children are exposed to a variety of people and each one has an opportunity to influence the path a child decides to take. Whether it is someone that sparks an interest in a new topic, helps them work through a problem, shapes the kind of person they want to become by modeling behavior, simply listens to them, or any number of other actions, this is the platform for students to share their ... read full article
After School ClubsCatharine Holtan1/4/20211/17/2021
After School Clubs
After School Clubs are Coming Back!   Hey IMS Students! It's a new year. The IMS ASB is interested in helping YOU create your very own club at IMS. Interested in meeting with friends and creating a club? Please  email Mr. Cottom to get started! ... read full article
Parent/Caregiver GroupsCatharine Holtan11/3/202011/17/2020
Parent/Caregiver Groups
Issaquah Middle has parent/caregiver discussion groups! These groups are a great way to connect with other parents of middle schoolers!  *Please note: the parent groups are not run nor endorsed by the IMPTSA* Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp IMS Latinos WeChat Libby8241 (Message Libby 8241 to join) Interested in starting a group on another platform?  Contact us  and we can help. ... read full article
Online Academic Resources for Middle School StudentsTim Morris3/18/20204/1/2020
Online Academic Resources for Middle School Students
If you're looking for some constructive activities to support your student (or at least occupy them) during the school closure, here is a list of websites on diverse topics to appeal to your student's sense of curiosity, suggest creative activities, and support their continued learning across disciplines. If you or your student has a favorite website that you’d like to share with others in the IMS community, please email it  here  so we can include it in the updated list. Stay well and be good to each other! Online Academic Resources for Middle School Students ART ACTIVITIES Imagineering in a ... read full article
New Family Ambassador ProgramCatharine Holtan9/9/20199/23/2019
New Family Ambassador Program
Transitioning to a new school and community can be overwhelming for parents and students alike. The Issaquah Middle PTSA would love to ease your transition by matching you with an experienced IMS parent to answer your questions. To be paired with a New Family Ambassador or if you have any questions, please  contact us . Returning families, we need you as a New Family Ambassador!  You can make a difference to families who are new to the Issaquah School District and IMS. Please consider volunteering for this important role! As an Ambassador, you will serve as a contact person to ... read full article
MONSTER MASH 5K ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30Kim Clarke9/25/202110/30/2021
MONSTER MASH 5K ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30
Help us raise a monstrous amount of support for local students by joining us – in-person or virtually – on Saturday, October 30th , for the  Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Monster Mash 5K !   Hosted at Lake Sammamish State Park Boat Launch, this professionally chip-timed 5K route along East Lake Sammamish Trail is paved, fast, and flat. Phased start-times, masking requirements, and a virtual race option aim to create a space and place for all to participate.   Costumes and festive holiday wear are encouraged, and those who choose to dress to impress will be entered into a raffle for gift cards ... read full article
COCOA WITH CARRIE - AUGUST 28 VIDEOKim Clarke8/31/20219/14/2021
COCOA WITH CARRIE - AUGUST 28 VIDEO
Hello IMS Community On Friday, we held our first  Cocoa with Carrie  of the new school year.  We answered questions relative to the start of school, classes, COVID mitigation plans, etc.  If you missed it live, it is now available to watch on the IMS YouTube Channel .     ... read full article
ParentWiser EventsCatharine Holtan7/12/20204/30/2021
ParentWiser Events
ParentWiser Survey - Your Input Needed! Each spring, Parent Wiser  gathers information to help us understand what aspects of parenting feel most challenging to you. Based on your answers, we’ll create a targeted speaker series of parenting experts to help shine light on and share resources on the leading topics. Please take a few moments and  take the survey   by this Friday, April 30th. If you'd like to revisit any Parent Wiser  events, recordings and resources are available  HERE . Free for PTSA members! ... read full article
BELLEVUE DOWNTOWN ICE RINKKim Clarke10/28/20211/9/2022
BELLEVUE DOWNTOWN ICE RINK
Looking for a family activity to do this holiday season? The region’s largest covered open-air ice (real frozen water) skating experience is now available for online admission/reservations. Admission: $15, 8 & under $10 (includes skate rental) Notify the rink attendant you attend IMS and $3 of the admission fee goes to the IM PTSA! The rink will be open November 19, 2021 - January 9, 2022 . Tickets go on sale November 1 at https://www.bellevueicerink.com ... read full article
Did You Know?Catharine Holtan1/4/20215/24/2021
Did You Know?
The PTSA New Family Ambassador Program   Whether you just moved to the Issaquah area or transferred into the Issaquah School District, the PTSA New Family Ambassador Program wants to connect with you and smooth your family's transition. We host virtual and in person events and can match you with an established family (an Ambassador). Please  contact us  to get connected. ... read full article
Volunteer at IMS!Catharine Holtan11/3/20205/2/2021
Volunteer at IMS!
Even with COVID-19, volunteers are appreciated and wanted at IMS! With COVID-19, there will be no volunteers physically at the school at this time. However, our hope is that we can get back to volunteering soon - or may have virtual volunteer opportunities! We have a complete list of volunteer opportunities. Click  here  to see the list. Once you add your name to any of the events or programs, you will be contacted by the chairperson/s to sign up for specific time slots or to provide certain items. You can remove yourself from any list at any time by going to,  ... read full article
Volunteer at IMS! - Old (use when Covid is over)4/12/201910/5/2020
Volunteer at IMS! - Old (use when Covid is over)
Even with COVID-19, volunteers are appreciated and wanted at IMS! With COVID-19, there will be no volunteers physically at the school at this time. However, our hope is that we can get back to volunteering soon - or may have virtual volunteer opportunities! All volunteers in Issaquah Schools are required to complete the ANNUAL Volunteer Application for 2020-21 school year.  Click here  for instructions and allow one week to process prior to any volunteer time ( note: at this time, the District is NOT processing any volunteer requests. Please check the school and PTSA Enews for updates as we have ... read full article
Issaquah Schools Foundation NewsCatharine Holtan5/10/20215/24/2021
Issaquah Schools Foundation News
New Academic Grants for Students Available   To improve accessibility to academic support services, the Issaquah Schools Foundation is offering grants for students who need help to pay for tutoring and other academic assistance programs.  This academic grant program for students is available to all Issaquah School District students K-12 and grants will be awarded up to  $500 per student . Applications are currently open with a  June 4, 2021  deadline. Grants will be awarded in mid-June. Details and application can be found here . ... read full article
Vote for Issaquah Schools!Catharine Holtan1/28/20202/11/2020
Vote for Issaquah Schools!
ISD Renewal Levy will be on the February 11th, 2020 Ballot The Issaquah School District will be asking voters to approve the renewal of the EP&O levy in February which to allow the district to continue to support the programs and services funded by the previous  2 year levy, which is expiring in 2020. Like a subscription, local school levies must be renewed, or the funding will be lost. Have you mailed your ballot? Ballots are due by next Tuesday! The renewal/replacement levy continues support for mental health counselors, safety & security, career & technical programs, special education, highly capable program, expanded high ... read full article