PTSA e-news.

January 22nd, 2019


January PTSA General Membership Meeting.

Jan 23th 10:30 am at IMS Commons.

Come and connect with IMS parents and get updates of all that's happening in our school. Mary Stevens will be our guest speaker, she will be talking about Positive Behavior Social Emotional Support - PBSES

Questions? Contact Carla Geraci at


Jan 24, 7:00 p.m.

IMS Library

If you’d like to volunteer for IMS’s Walkabout Program, please come join us for the second and last training of this school year.  It will be hosted by Principal Seth Adams on Thursday, Jan 24, from 7:00-8:30 pm in the IMS Library (above the main office).  The training is mandatory if you’d like to volunteer, but once you’re trained, you can sign up for as many or few Walkabouts as you’d like. Walkabout is a PTSA-sponsored, school-supported, parent-staffed program that provides a positive and friendly adult presence on campus during high-traffic times (before school and during lunches).  The added adult presence discourages inappropriate behavior, allowing students to feel safe, and the program also gives parents the opportunity to be part of the school and their child’s day.  Plus, you can grab a friend (and a coffee, hot chocolate, or tea) and log in some additional steps.  It’s fun!

Parent Ed/Maker Night

Jan 24, 2019 6:30 – 8:00pm

Gibson Ek Commons

Join Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger in an evening of exploration of creativity and education.  Why is creative thinking necessary?  How can we use it for success in school and industry? And how does it fit into STEM? We will start with a 20-minute TedTalk by Sir Kenneth Robinson about creativity and education.  We will then discuss the importance of creative thinking, and how to apply it to diverse fields, including STEM.  Finally, we will put our knowledge to the test with an open-ended exercise.

Contact for more information

Register here

Teen Vaping. The epidemic sweeping the nation?

Feb 4, 2019 7:00 PM

Issaquah HS Theater

Smoking is out, but is vaping any different?  Find out why the FDA and American Medical Association is calling vaping / juuling an “urgent public health epidemic”; explore the impact vaping has on our young people and how parents can help.

Jerry Blackburn, M.ED., CDP is the Program Manager for Substance Abuse and Prevention Services with Friends of Youth, Issaquah

For PARENTS of grades 5-12

Register here

IMS Annual Career Day

Friday, Feb 8

We are looking for parents, guardians and community members to give a short presentation about their current or past career and pathway.  Please share this with family and friends who have interesting or unusual careers or have a unique story of how they ended up there. We need a wide variety of professionals to make this a well-rounded event for students to learn about something they might like to pursue in the future. Everyone is welcome to come and share! 

If you are interested, please contact Rache Barranco at for more information and to get signed up.

Issaquah Middle School PTSA Awards

Golden Acorn and Outstanding Educator

The Golden Acorn Award honors people who have given exemplary volunteer service to children and youth in our school community. Issaquah Middle School PTSA is a strong and successful partner with IMS due to the wonderful volunteers who step up time and time again to get things done on behalf of students. Please consider nominating anyone you feel should be recognized by the Issaquah Middle School PTSA for their volunteerism within IMS and the community.

2018 recipients: Blyth Claeys, Sandra Puliezi and Wendy Shah

Nominations for the Golden Acorn Award will be accepted until March 8, 2019

Outstanding Educator:  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.

2018 recipients: Joel Sayson, Cristina Spadafino, Liz Villa

Nominations for Outstanding Educator Award will be accepted until April 5, 2019.

There are multiple ways to submit a nomination:

1. Complete the Golden Acorn or Outstanding Educator online form.

2. Download the nomination form from the PTSA website.

3. Pick up a nomination form from the IMS Office.

Please email completed forms to or drop them off in the PTSA box in the IMS office.

We NEED YOU!  Looking for 2019-20 Board Members:

Want to be more involved at IMS?  Know someone who would be great on the IMS PTSA Board?  Nominating Committee would love to talk with you!  Email us! Individuals can serve in each position up to 2 consecutive years.  All positions can be co-chaired.

We need to following positions filled:
- VP Programs

- VP Communications

- Co-VP Ways and Means

If you are interested, please can you email the Nominating committee as soon as possible at

News from the Issaquah Schools Foundation

Go All in for Kids!
Enjoy a great meal for a great cause! The Issaquah Schools Foundation invites you to Dining for Kids to raise funds for our Feeding Student Success program. Join us anytime on Wednesday, February 6th at Tanoor on the Sammamish Plateau near Metropolitan Market.  All of our Dining for Kids restaurant partners donate a portion of the day's proceeds back to the Feeding Student Success Program, which provides food aid to Issaquah School District Students. 


We are looking for the next Issaquah School Foundation Ambassador.

We are looking for someone to take over IMS Ambassador for Issaquah School Foundation position for school next year. This person would shadow the current ambassador for the next 6 months to learn the role and then take over next year! Please contact Madeline Erhardt / 425-786-7177 

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