March 16, 2021
 
In this newsletter: Join us for the March General Membership Meeting. Help with Staff Appreciation Week. Order at Panera Bread with Dining for Dollars. Get involved with next year's PTSA. See Reflections contest state winners. Check out events from Influence the Choice, Cocoa With Carrie and Issaquah Schools Foundation. Visit our PTSA website for updates.
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Important Upcoming Events

3/17  End of Trimester
3/19  Grading day - Early Dismissal
3/24  General Membership Meeting 6:30 pm via Zoom
3/25  Dining for Dollars at Panera Bread 4 to 8 pm
3/30  Cocoa with Carrie 10 am
4/5-30  Influence the Choice Virtual Fun Run
4/5-9  Spring Break
4/9  Influence the Choice Student Video Contest Deadline 
4/16-26  Issaquah Schools Foundation: Nourish Every Mind Online Auction
4/29  Issaquah Schools Foundation: Annual Celebration 7 pm

School Calendar: here
Peachjar School Flyers: here


March General Membership Meeting

Find out about the latest school and PTSA news at the next General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, March 24th from 6:30-7:30PM via Zoom. All are welcome. We will be recognizing our Golden Acorn Award winner(s)! Principal Reckling will be our guest speaker. Please submit any questions for her here by noon on Wednesday, March 24th. ‚ÄčMeeting documents, agenda and Zoom link will be posted closer to the date on our website.

Wondering what you missed? If you were unable to attend our February meeting, you can check out video recordings of Principal Reckling's and PBSES coach, Mari Stevens' remarks.


Dining for Dollars @ Panera Bread

Our March fundraiser Dining for Dollars heads to Panera Bread (by Target) on Thursday, March 25th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Order online and use the promo code: PRFUND and 20% of your order will be donated back to the PTSA! 


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!
Help Show Support for IMS Teachers and Staff! 

The IM PTSA 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 3rd-7th). If you'd like to help, please contact us at president@issaquahmiddleptsa.org.


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 IMPTSA Nominating Committee.



WSPTA Reflections Art Contest Finalists Announced


The Reflections Art Program Award honors imagination, creativity and interpretation of an annual theme. This year, with over 600 submittals representing 180 local PTA units that advanced to the state level, we are thrilled to share that one of our very own IMS students was recognized at the STATE level competition.   

CONGRATULATIONS to IMS 6th grader Sally D. who received the WSPTA Reflections Award of Merit for her Literature entry (Middle School 6-8) entitled “The Result of Friendship”. We’re so proud of you Sally! 

2020-21 WSPTA Reflections Finalists


Cocoa with Carrie: Tuesday, March 30th @ 10AM
Please join Principal Carrie Reckling for an online chat. 
Questions can be submitted: here
Carrie 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.

Supporting Your Child During COVID-19
The Swedish School-Based Mental Health counselors for the ISD Middle Schools were kind enough to hold a presentation on March 11th. If you missed the event, the video can be found HERE.

Our School Based Mental Health Specialist at IMS is Katherine Lincicum. She is a wonderful resource for IMS families!


Influence the Choice Events


In the spirit of their mission to support the physical, emotional and social wellness of our youth, Influence the Choice has announced their first annual Spring Fun Run!  Registration is open now through April 5th. The virtual event happens April 5th-30th with a Finisher event on May 1st. Find out more HERE.

Lights Camera Action!
The Influence the Choice Student Video Contest is now open! The contest gives students the opportunity to positively influence each other by producing a 2-minute public service announcement. There are CASH prizes including a grand prize of $1000 and is open to Middle and High School students. Find out more HERE.


Did You Know Tip?

What IS Influence the Choice?
Influence the Choice (ITC) is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to preventing substance abuse and promoting the mental, physical and social wellness of our youth. They are affiliated with many community partners including the Issaquah PTSA Council (the council that the IMPTSA local unit belongs to). They conduct the Healthy Youth Survey along with other district wide efforts including the TECH (Teens Encouraging Community Health) Group made up of middle and high school students in the ISD. Find out more about this great community resource at influencethechoice.org


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Issaquah, WA  98027

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