Parent, Teacher and Student Association
JSIS PTSA Mission:
The JSIS PTSA’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.
PTSA General Meeting Speakers
Below is the schedule for the remaining speaker engagements for our General Meeting dates over the coming winter and spring months. Be sure to come to as many as you can, as they are all delivering important messages. They will always fall on the 4th Wednesdays of the scheduled months, from 7-9pm.
Program Supervisor for Student Mental Health and Wellbeing
Program Director of Compassionate Schools
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Mr. Hertel will help us understand the need for more thoughtful consideration of our children's mental health and psychological wellness in the contemporary school systems. At the cutting edge of program development, Ron has helped WA state procure a multimillion dollar grant to create better programming that will ultimately lead to greater socio-emotional skills training in our Washington schools, and put our state out in front as a beacon to the rest of the nation. Come hear him speak of the vision he and others have to help our children find, not only, standard academic training in our schools, but also standard psychological wellness skills training that will make them more satisfied in their future lives.
Air Resources Specialist
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Mr. Saganić will join us in March to discuss the dirty little questions we have all been wanting to ask about JSIS…about the air, that is. Please come and find out how much local specialists actually can offer to assuage our fears about the air quality of our school given the proximity to the I5 corridor. You may even be relatively relieved to hear the news. As well, Erik will help us understand where there may be ways to become more active in the community, and even have information that will arm you to be a stronger advocate for your children's health when speaking to the SPS Board of Directors or the Washington State OSPI.
Jessica Koppy, MSW,
Seattle Children's Hospital
Children's Wellness Clinic
"Building a Healthy Body Image." Do you find yourself wondering about your child's body image? Where does body image come from, and what can parents do to help their child develop a positive self-concept, regardless of their natural body size? What helps, and what hurts? Social worker Jessica Koppy and clinical dietitian Barb York, both from Seattle Children's Child Wellness Clinic, will tackle this complex topic and field questions from parents.
Please join us!
PTSA Roles for 2014-2015:
President: Joshua Ginzler
Vice President: Julie Wittmann
Secretary: Claire Burnett
Treasurer: Chappell Barber
Assistant Treasurer: Carey Steingraber
Director of Communications: Darla Rhodes
Directors of Community Development: Rebecca Dubin and Sucheta Chodnekar
Director of Sustainability: Janel London
Director of Cultural Affairs: Yayoi Avakyan
BLT Liaison: John Hake
Staff Representatives: Karol Franz and Takako Reckinger
Membership: Ken Shah
What We Ask of the JSIS Families:
Becoming a member of JSIS PTSA 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 PTSA as well as work done on the local, state and national level for public schools. We are requiring PTSA membership for students to participate in our before/after school programs.
This year’s membership fees are:
For additional questions please refer to the Membership FAQs. So let's put the P and the T back in PTSA and go for record membership of Parents and Teachers at JSIS. If you do not receive a membership envelope, please contact the PTSA Membership Chair, Ken Shah, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 PTSA events. We need each parent’s time to ensure the success of our school!
How We Use PTSA Funds:
The JSIS PTSA devotes over 60% of budget to programs that have a direct benefit to every students educational experience in the classroom. Please review the overall PTSA 2012-2013 budget, PTSA’s fundraising income chart and the PTSA program expense chart to learn more about the financial aspects and programs supported by JSIS PTSA.
Please see our PTSA Membership FAQs!
Documents & Links
A comprehensive guide to PTSA committees, events, and volunteer opportunities.
Scholarship assistance to those families interested in going on one of our immersion trips to Mexico or Japan.
1. We raise funds to support the JSIS staff and students. In the past, PTSA 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 PTSA 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.
PLEASE REVIEW THE PTSA HANDBOOK FOR DETAILS ON ALL ACTIVITIES THE JSIS PTSA SPONSERS TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY.