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    Parent and Teacher Association


    Welcome to the John Stanford International School (JSIS) PTA page.

    Who we are:

    Greg Gilkeson, Co-President

    Kelsey Camp, Co-President

    Donna Rueth, Secretary

    Patrick Enjuto, Treasurer

    Alicia Mariscal, Asst. Treasurer

    What we do:

    Your PTA Board, together our membership support, works hard on to bring you the events and initiatives listed below.  We encourage your involvement and hope you can attend our Membership Meetings in October, January, and May (see details below).  We appreciate your feedback and we really appreciate your involvement through volunteering.

    PTA Top 12:

    1. After School Activities  (ASA)

    2. PTA Monster Mash

    3. PTA Fiesta Latina

    4. PTA Japan Night

    5. PTA Move-A-Thon

    6. PTA Winter Ice Skating Event

    7. PTA Ice Cream Social

    8. PTA Welcome Day Donuts

    9. PTA ART @ School

      • International Dance Lessons

      • Cultural Events

      • Visual and Ceramic Art Lessons

    10. PTA Classroom Project Funding

    11. PTA Classroom Materials Funding

    12. PTA Intern and IA Funding

    Major Events:

    PTA Welcome Day DonutsMonday, September 11, 2017

    PTA Fall Ice Cream Social   Friday, September 15, 2017

    PTA Move -a- Thon  Sunday, October 8, 2017

    PTA Monster Mash, Saturday, October 28, 2017

    PTA November Fall Celebration – TBD

    PTA Winter Ice Skating Social – Saturday, December 16, 2017

    PTA Japan Night – Friday, March 2, 2018

    PTA Fiesta Latina – Friday, May 4, 2018

    PTA Spring Ice Cream Social – Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Your PTA - with the support of your membership - makes these happen.  

    • Did you know that in addition to these activities your PTA provides direct support to your students by providing funding to teachers and staff for additional materials needed throughout the school year?

    • Did you know that the PTA annual funding drive directly funds the Interns and IA’s that teach your child?

    • ART HAPPENS……But did you know that it does so only because your PTA makes it happen?  The PTA funds and drives the PTA Art @ School programs listed above.

    • Did you know that you are already qualified to join PTA?  That’s right; if you have a student at JSIS you’re in!  Please join us and let your membership support your student, their teachers and staff, and public education initiatives at the local, state and national levels.

    To join, please click here or print the form and return it to the front office with a check made payable to “JSIS PTA.” Membership is $20 per person and is tax deductible. Your JSIS PTA wants everyone to feel included so please contact us if you would like to request a scholarship.

    Thank you, Gracias, ありがとうございます,

    Greg Gilkeson (

    Kelsey Camp

    JSIS PTA Co-Presidents

    JSIS PTA Mission:

    The JSIS PTA's mission is to support the staff and families of the school community to ensure the success of JSIS's vision. We strive to create a culturally diverse community of life-long learners who demonstrate advanced skills in communication, international language and technology.

    PTA General Meetings (Childcare provided!!)

    Below is the schedule for our PTA Membership Meetings. Be sure to come to as many as you can, as they are all delivering important messages.

    • PTA Membership Meeting - May 23, 2018  JSIS Library   6:30-8:00  (Childcare Provided)

    You are also welcome to attend PTA Board Meetings.  These are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month during the school year and are open meetings held in the JSIS Library.  The schedule for PTA Board meetings is:

    • September 12, 2017 6:30-8pm  (  No childcare at Board Meetings)

    • October 10, 2017 6:30-8pm  (  No childcare at Board Meetings)

    • November  14, 2017 6:30-8pm  (  No childcare at Board Meetings)

    • December 12, 2017 6:30-8pm  (  No childcare at Board Meetings)

    • January 9, 2018 6:30-8pm  (  No childcare at Board Meetings)

    • February 13, 2018 6:30-8pm  (  No childcare at Board Meetings)

    • March 13, 2018 6:30-8pm  (  No childcare at Board Meetings)

    • (3rd Tuesday of the month due to Spring Break) - April 17, 2018 6:30-8pm  (  No childcare at Board Meetings)

    • May 8, 2018 6:30-8pm  (  No childcare at Board Meetings)

    • June 12, 2018 6:30-8pm  (  No childcare at Board Meetings)

    Please join us!

    Meeting Minutes
    In order to keep members of our community informed, as well as protect their privacy, PTA minutes are provided, by request, to PTA members and members of JSIS. Please contact the PTA President or the PTA Secretary for a copy. Minutes may also be viewed in person on the Bulletin Board to the right of the PTA Office at JSIS.

    What We Ask of the JSIS Families:

    1. Membership:

    Becoming a member of JSIS PTA is a great way to lead by example and show our students that their education is our priority. The membership fee supports programs and services offered by JSIS PTA as well as work done on the local, state and national level for public schools. We are requiring PTA membership for students to participate in our before/after school programs.

    This year's membership fees are:

    $30 ($19.50 for the JSIS PTA plus $9.50 for membership in the Washington State PTA plus a $1.00 processing fee)

    For additional questions please refer to the Membership FAQs. So let's put the P and the T back in PTA and go for record membership of Parents and Teachers at JSIS. If you do not receive a membership envelope, please contact the PTA Membership Chair.

    2. Volunteer:

    Think about what kind of volunteer you would like to be and contact Julie Wittman or visit our Volunteering at JSIS page to see how we can best utilize your talents. There's a broad variety of volunteer needs – ranging from event chairs to day-of help. We hope you will spend at least 5 hours of your time this school year volunteering for PTA events. We need each parent's time to ensure the success of our school!

    3. Ideas:

    Provide input on how the PTA can better support the school community.

    How We Use PTA Funds:

    The JSIS PTA devotes over 60% of budget to programs that have a direct benefit to every students educational experience in the classroom. Please review the overall PTA Budget, PTA's fundraising income chart and the PTA program expense chart to learn more about the financial aspects and programs supported by JSIS PTA.

    Please see our PTA Membership FAQs.

    What We Do:

    1. We raise funds to support the JSIS staff and students. In the past, PTA funds have contributed to the Playground Renovation Project, provided Visual Arts lessons to every classroom, and helped teachers buy classroom supplies.

    2. We organize activities and events to build our community. From “first day doughnuts” to the end-of-the-year ice cream social, we find ways to bring us together as a cohesive school community.

    3. We ensure that communication lines are open. We manage the weekly email communications, run the JSIS website, and organize four annual PTA general meetings to keep parents in the loop about school & education issues.

    4. We help advocate for issues affecting our staff, students, and families. It takes a school community working towards common goals to ensure the success of the mission of JSIS.


    Documents & Links

    PTSA Handbook
    A comprehensive guide to PTA committees, events, and volunteer opportunities.

    PTA New Activity Request Form
    Propose a new funded activity.

    PTA Reimbursement Request Form
    For purchases made for PTA-sponsored events.

    Immersion Trip Scholarship Application
    Scholarship assistance to those families interested in going on one of our immersion trips to Mexico or Japan

    Legislative News
    Check out the WA State PTA page for advocacy, events, legislative news and more!

    ASA Notice
    A letter from the JSIS PTA Board.

    Board Decision Matrix

    Members of the Board

    Membership FAQ

    ♦ Standing Rules

    ♦ Washington State Food Worker Card



     Board Meeting Agenda

    December 2017