March 9, 2021
In this newsletter: Nominate a volunteer for the Golden Acorn Award (deadline Sunday). Mark your calendars: PTSA Dining for Dollars at Panera Bread and March General Membership Meeting. Volunteer for Staff Appreciation Week. Get involved with next year's PTSA. Visit our PTSA website for updates.

Important Upcoming Events

3/10  IHS Course Selections Due in Skyward for 8th Graders by 7PM (contact IHS office with questions)
3/11  Supporting your Student During Covid Webinar 7PM
3/14  Golden Acorn Award Nomination Deadline
3/17  End of Trimester
3/19  Grading day - Early Dismissal
3/24  General Membership Meeting 6:30PM via Zoom
3/25  Dining for Dollars at Panera Bread 4-8PM
3/30  Cocoa with Carrie 10AM
4/5-4/9  Spring Break
4/16-26  Issaquah Schools Foundation: Nourish Every Mind Online Auction

School Calendar: here
Peachjar School Flyers: here

Dining for Dollars is headed to Panera Bread, Thursday, March 25

March General Membership Meeting
Our next Issaquah Middle PTSA General Membership Meeting will feature the announcement of our 2021 Golden Acorn Award recipients. Please join us for our regular meeting and help us celebrate this year’s outstanding IMS volunteers. Everyone is welcome. Wednesday, March 24th at 6:30PM.

Nominations of Outstanding IMS Volunteers Due Sunday
Each year the Issaquah Middle PTSA presents the Golden Acorn Award to honor outstanding volunteer service to IMS students. Award recipients will be celebrated at the March 24th IMPTSA meeting and then recognized at a district-wide reception in April.

Please consider nominating a special volunteer today! Nominees are scored using a weighted rubric considering volunteer service to their PTSA, the Issaquah Council, the District, and Community. Use this link: Golden Acorn Survey  Nominations are due Sunday, March 14th!

Past recipients:
2019/20- Carla Geraci, Karissa Mobilia, Angie Warren

2018/19- Dave DeVore, Wendy Marucheck, Tim Morris
2017/18- Blyth Claeys, Sandra Puliezi, Wendy Shah, and honorary life membership for Kristin Allen-Bentsen

Supporting your Middle School student during COVID-19
Thursday, March 11 7:00-8:15 pm
Register: Here

Please join the Swedish School Based Health Middle School team for a community conversation that discusses specific strategies to help support your student during COVID and this remote learning time and the importance of self-care for parents. 
You will receive a Zoom link closer to the date of the presentation.
Please e-mail the event coordinator with any questions:

Input Needed for Holiday Lessons
The IMS Equity Team would like to create informational lessons about cultural holidays that are important to our IMS community. They are looking for input on which holidays are important for various heritages or faiths and guidance to create a lesson for each. If you are interested in helping with this effort please contact Christie Santodomingo at If you don't have time to help create the lesson, they are still interested in knowing which holidays to include.

Help Show Support for IMS Teachers and Staff! 

The IMPTSA continues to show our appreciation for the wonderful staff of IMS in new ways. We are currently seeking volunteers to assist those efforts by working on a creative replacement for our annual PTSA sponsored Staff Appreciation Week (May 3-7). If you'd like to help, please contact us at:

Make a difference!  Join the 2021-22 IMPTSA Board of Directors! 
Our Board of Directors is looking for new members for the 2021-22 school year! Are you interested in learning more about the school and how the PTSA supports your student? Be involved in the process! No prior experience is necessary — just a desire to build a stronger school community! To learn more about available positions, please contact the IM PTSA Nominating Committee at:

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Now Available: ParentWiser Recording on Powerful Studying Techniques

Did you miss the March 3rd ParentWiser event on Powerful Studying Techniques? Guest speaker, Gretchen Wegner, led an interactive and engaging presentation for both parents and students to learn these useful tools. Recordings and resources are now available. Check them out HERE.

Cocoa with Carrie: Tuesday, March 30 @ 10 am
Please join Principal Carrie Reckling for an online chat. Questions can be submitted hereCarrie will discuss and provide updates on:

  • What is hybrid school and what will that look like at IMS
  • The vaccination clinic at IMS
  • The new middle school
  • Student clubs
  • Sports conditioning (Fitness with Friends)
  • and other topics submitted by parents
The Zoom link will be posted on the IMPTSA website closer to the event.

From ISF: Nourish Every Mind is coming this spring!
Save the Date: The Issaquah Schools Foundation, Nourish Every Mind Online Auction (April 16-26, 2021) and Annual Celebration (April 29th @ 7PM) is coming this Spring! For more info click HERE.

What is PBSES?

Positive Behavior Social Emotional Support is a district initiative supporting students in elementary through middle school. The program promotes: respect, positive relationships, and predictable, proactive learning environments so that students can lead socially and emotionally safe and healthy lives.

Find out more HERE. At IMS, we are very lucky to have Mari Stevens as our PBSES coach. She regularly sends resources and announcements in the weekly school e-news.

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