PTSA SocialLisa Peppin9/7/20219/9/2021
PTSA Social
    New and returning parents of Gibson Ek students (but especially the new ones!) - we would love to see you at the PTSA Social where you'll have an opportunity to meet some of the staff and of course some other parents! It is not too late to RSVP!   The event is for parents and will be at the Plateau Club on September 9th at 5:00 PM Please RSVP to president@gibsonekptsa.org ... read full article
Incoming Freshmen - The Garage Invites You!Lisa Peppin8/26/20218/28/2021
Incoming Freshmen - The Garage Invites You!
(The following is not a PTSA Event. It is sponsored externally, but the PTSA would like incoming students to be aware of it.) The Garage (also known as the Issaquah Teen Cafe) is hosting an unofficial event for Gibson Ek incoming Freshmen on Friday, August 27th. The Garage will be open *only* to Gibson Ek Freshmen from 5-6 PM, and to all Gibson Ek students and parents from 6-7 PM. For more information about this event, see their Facebook page . Click here for more information about The Garage .   ... read full article
Calling all numbers people!Lisa Peppin4/22/20225/6/2022
Calling all numbers people!
  We're looking for YOU! We have a grand opportunity for the right person. Join an excellent team next year as our PTSA Treasurer! Good with details? Good with numbers? Like to work with fun people? Then you're just right for the job. The sooner you sign up, the better your training! (Our current treasurer has a graduating 401, so getting oriented now will be helpful.) We're a small school, so this isn't a back-breaking job. But it's an important one. Please contact president@gibsonekptsa.org You can also meet and talk to all the current and incoming Board Members at our ... read full article
Staff Appreciation Lunch Sign Up! Lisa Peppin10/30/202111/8/2021
Staff Appreciation Lunch Sign Up!
The first Wednesday of each month , Gibson Ek PTSA hosts a staff appreciation lunch for our amazing educators. Thank you for making these lunch gatherings so nice and special for our GEHS staff. It’s time to sign up for the November  lunch - 11/3 .  https://www.signupgenius.com/ go/10c0d4cabae22a7fd0-2021 Please send in your delicious items by  noon on Wednesday, November 1st.  Label Vegan and Vegetarian items. Also please label your dishes with your kiddo's name and advisor for easy return. We are also collecting $10 physical (not electronic) gift cards for Starbucks for the holiday gift; 24 staff total. Please drop ... read full article
PTSA General Membership Meeting - IN PERSON!Lisa Peppin4/22/20225/11/2022
PTSA General Membership Meeting - IN PERSON!
      May 10th, 6:30 PM at Gibson Ek High School Come join us for our final PTSA General Membership Meeting of this school year. Vote on new Board Members, the interim budget for next year, and other fun stuff. Also, just meet and talk with other PTSA members in person. And go *inside* the school -- for some of us it will be the first or second time all school year, so that's exciting, right? Also, maybe you want to help out with an end-of-school-year task or two? Or take on a role for next year? We'll be ... read full article
101 Parent Support Group SocialLisa Peppin3/25/20224/5/2022
101 Parent Support Group Social
  101 Parents -  Let's get together IRL (in real life)! Come to our 101 Parent Group Social on April 4th at 6:30 PM at  Formula Brewing  in Issaquah. Have dinner before or grab something there (pizza, wings, salad). This will be a casual chance to get to know each other, though don't be surprised if we talk a little shop because we definitely want to be more prepared for our incoming 101 Parents (are they 001s?)   See you on April 4th! (Please RSVP to this evite if possible, but it's okay to show up even if you don't.) ... read full article
Board and General Membership Meetings TonightLisa Peppin2/8/20222/9/2022
Board and General Membership Meetings Tonight
  PTSA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (GMM) - Tuesday 2/8/22 @ 6:30pm Join the Gibson Ek PTSA tomorrow night on zoom at 6:30 P.M. for the February GMM. Hear some updates from GEHS staff and learn more about the important work that PTSA continues to do for our students, staff, and community. All are welcome!   The Board Meeting directly proceeds the GMM at 6:00 P.M.   Join Zoom Meeting (click here) Meeting ID: 867 3278 4724 Passcode: 11111 ... read full article
Board and General Membership Meetings Lisa Peppin1/5/20221/12/2022
Board and General Membership Meetings
  Our next Executive Board Meeting and General Membership Meeting will be held on January 11, 2022, from 6-6:30 and 6:30 to 7:30 PM, respectively. The meeting will be held on Zoom. The link will be posted here and on Facebook.  ... read full article
Make everyone's holiday season brightLisa Peppin11/16/202111/30/2021
Make everyone's holiday season bright
  The holidays are around the corner, and the PTSA has gotten a special ask from the school: Gibson Ek High School would like to help our students and families who need extra support for the winter months. We hope to support our families with food, clothing, small gifts of joy, books, or basic needs gift cards so they can enjoy the winter/holiday season. Please donate if you can and thanks so much. - Julia If you would like to contribute to this cause, please click here to donate to our "Angel Fund." All funds will go directly to helping ... read full article
PTSA General Membership MeetingLisa Peppin10/30/202111/10/2021
PTSA General Membership Meeting
The next General Membership Meeting (GMM) will be held over Zoom  on 11/9, 6:30 - 7:30pm . In addition to PTSA plans and updates, we are thrilled to have 2 great guest speakers: Shawn Mulanix, Gibson Ek Counselor, will be reviewing important dates for College submissions and answer any questions you may have about this exciting (and stressful) process. Here is the link to the GEHS college planning page of the counseling website:  https:// gibsonekcounseling.blogspot. com/p/college-planning.html Alex Sirotzki, Washington Poison Center, will provide an overview of the WA Poison Center and high-level concerns they have for our students.  If you ... read full article
General Membership Meeting AnnouncedLisa Peppin9/28/202110/12/2021
General Membership Meeting Announced
Hello everyone! Please plan on joining us for our General Membership Meeting on October 5th at 6:30 PM. We will vote on this year's budget, vote on the new officer(s), discuss new committee chairs, review and vote on new standing rules, and more! We have an action-packed meeting planned, so if you want to know what's happening, plan on being there!  Only paid members will be allowed to vote, though all can attend. Join now if you want a vote!  This meeting will all be conducted via Zoom ( https:// zoom .us/ meeting / 82583332218 ).    ... read full article
101 Parent Group MeetingLisa Peppin2/19/20223/3/2022
101 Parent Group Meeting
101 Parents Support Group, March 2nd at 6:30   101 Parents, join us for some ‘been there done that’ insights from parents who once also wondered: "Is my kid really going to thrive?" "Should I be expecting more?" "Am I pushing too much?" "What about math!?!? Language?!" We might be joined by an older student or an advisor too. Connect with other 101 parents and get some questions answered and your anxiety quelled. Questions: lisa.peppin@gmail.com   Zoom link:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 86754015532 ... read full article
Teacher Appreciation!Lisa Peppin2/15/20223/2/2022
Teacher Appreciation!
Our next Teacher Appreciation Lunch is coming up "International Flavors." Wednesday, March 2nd (details in signup genius)   Sign up here: SignupGenius ... read full article
Applications open for Fall 2022Lisa Peppin1/5/20221/19/2022
Applications open for Fall 2022
Are you loving Gibson Ek?! If so, tell your friends -- especially 8th graders or parents of current 8th graders. Because it's TIME to apply! Share widely - From the Gibson Ek website :  Gibson Ek is an innovative choice public high school open to students living in the Issaquah School District interested in a student-driven, project-based educational model. Any ISD eighth-grader may apply until Feb. 28, 2022. Learn more on our Enrollment page ,  including dates for Information Nights and our Open House. COMPLETE OUR ONLINE APPLICATION HERE,   open Jan. 5 to Feb. 28. What is Gibson Ek ... read full article
Spirit WearLisa Peppin11/1/202111/20/2021
Spirit Wear
GibsonEk PTSA Fundraiser - Spirit Wear!   The GibsonEk Spirit Wear store is live!    We are excited to offer Gibson Ek hoodies, crewnecks, and t-shirts to our school community and staff. A portion from each sale will go directly to GibsonEk PTSA.   Show your school spirit and support PTSA.    https://www.bonfire.com/ gibsonek   ... read full article
Future meeting dates!Lisa Peppin10/30/202111/13/2021
Future meeting dates!
Plan ahead! Here are the meeting dates for the rest of our General Membership Meetings for the school year. They will be on Zoom until otherwise noted -- you can always look on this page for the link or location as the time approaches.  Tuesday, January 11th, 6:30 P.M. Tuesday, March 8th, 6:30 P.M. Tuesday, May 10th, 6:30 PM Questions or comments? Email President@gibsonekptsa.org ... read full article
Parent Wiser SurveyLisa Peppin5/10/20225/24/2022
Parent Wiser Survey
Each spring, Parent Wiser  gathers information to help us understand what aspects of parenting feel most challenging to you.  Based on your answers, we’ll create a targeted speaker series of parenting experts to help shine light on and share resources on the leading topics.  Please take a few moments and  complete the survey .       Warmly,   The Parent Wiser  Team ... read full article
101 Parent Group update/save the dateLisa Peppin3/10/20223/26/2022
101 Parent Group update/save the date
Our 101 Parent Group had a great meeting last week, with 3 upper-class students and parents of upper-class students (or graduates). We learned so much from them! If you didn't get a chance to join us, you can watch the recording of the Zoom call here:  Topic: 101 Parents Group Start Time: Mar 2, 2022 06:20 PM Meeting Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/W9nllMxtWP3cxGtLUnLUjAdFrBioqLUtxowR2hxrEyoDo6Y_lK5Yqrt3znrEh0lX.1WYCXj8KW5o9aqAL Access Passcode: GibsonEk101!   Also - 101 Parents, save the date! We're getting together for a social event on April 4th at 6:30 PM . We will be sending out an Evite so we can track numbers. We're currently planning ... read full article
Volunteers needed for Vaccination ClinicsLisa Peppin3/5/20223/19/2022
Volunteers needed for Vaccination Clinics
The Issaquah School District is once again partnering with Costco to offer Covid vaccines to students.  As such, they are planning clinics on the dates/times below and we would love your support in helping with these clinics.  Dave Montalvo, Director of Safety and Security for the district is the lead for this vaccine clinic so you will report to him when volunteering. 4 Hour clinics/volunteer slots March 5, 2022  –  8:00 am – 12:00 pm  (First doses for 5 – 11 year olds and Boosters for 12+) Volunteers are asked to arrive at 7: 30 for briefing and assignments. 2 ... read full article
General Membership MeetingLisa Peppin2/23/20223/9/2022
General Membership Meeting
  Join us for our next General Membership Meeting on March 8th at 6:30 PM .  We will be hearing from a student about a project our PTSA will help fund, we'll talk about upcoming elections for next year's board, and get an update on other happenings. Please join us.    This meeting will be via Zoom ( https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89038269262?pwd=V2xHbm0zOHNmUHFRQ2RoZEZVbWdxZz09 ), but exciting news -- Our May General Membership Meeting is going to be IRL! We'll meet at the school on May 10th, so save the date! ... read full article
Parent Education EventLisa Peppin2/15/20222/17/2022
Parent Education Event
  February 16th, 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM   Screenwise: An Updated Perspective on Tech Use Do you worry that your students are detached, distracted by, or addicted to their digital devices? Devorah Heitner, PhD is the media expert to turn to for empowering advice on raising resilient and kind kids in our digital age. She advocates for mentoring, not (just) monitoring and better communication across the generations. Dr. Heitner will share strategies around educational vs recreational screen use, how parents can mentor kids on social media, texting and gaming, and give direction on how to keep up with the ... read full article
101 Parent Support GroupLisa Peppin1/20/20222/1/2022
101 Parent Support Group
    Hello, 101 Parents! Have you figured all of this project-based learning out yet? Still feeling in the dark? Are there things you think you should know but aren’t sure how to ask? Would you like to meet other 101 parents to share your experience and find new ways to support your child in an innovative model?   Let's get together on January 27th from 6:30 to 7:30 (via  Zoom ) and figure out what we'd like to know, if we'd like to meet regularly, and just generally get to know each other. Then I'll gather info and find ... read full article
Local Levy Development CommitteeLisa Peppin1/7/20221/28/2022
Local Levy Development Committee
Issaquah School District 2022 Levy Development Committee is meeting now... Do you know what Levies fund in our district? See link below - Page 12. The current Levy will expire on December 31, 2022. A renewal/replacement levy will need to be approved by voters next year to continue to fund the programs and activities that are now in our schools. Click here for a list of what is funded by our local Issaquah School District levies:  https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/docs/default-source/election/2022/dec.-2-ldc-meeting-slidedeck.pdf?sfvrsn=2440a817_4 The Levy Development Committee will consider the proposed content, total cost, and tax impact of three ballot measures: an Educational Programs and Operations ... read full article
Parent Wiser EventLisa Peppin1/7/20221/21/2022
Parent Wiser Event
ParentWiser is hosting Katie Hurley LCSW on January 20th at 7 pm to present,  Confronting Stress, Anxiety and Depression.   Check out the ParentWiser page for more info. ... read full article
Amazon Smile - make your PTSA Smile!Lisa Peppin10/30/202111/27/2021
Amazon Smile - make your PTSA Smile!
Support GibsonEk PTSA while shopping! Customers who shop at  smile.amazon.com  will find the same Amazon they know and love, with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the eligible purchase price to GibsonEk PTSA.   How to use AmazonSmile on a web browser: Visit  smile.amazon.com Sign in with the same account you use for  Amazon.com Select:  Gibson Ek PTSA Start shopping! Remember to checkout at smile.amazon.com  to generate donations. ... read full article
Great events to know about! Lisa Peppin10/18/202110/31/2021
Great events to know about!
Issaquah PTSA Council ISD School Board Candidate Forum Thursday October 21, 2021 @ 7:00 PM School Board Candidates Forum YouTube Link Meet the Candidates Building Community through Advocacy & Engagement Link to Live YouTube event     Issaquah Schools Foundation Monster Mash 5K on October 30th. Register here ISF Monster Mash 5k on Saturday, October 30th at the Lake Sammamish Boat Launch. The race starts at 9am. There is ample parking with a Discover pass - don't forget that! If you're not running that morning but are open to helping out, ISF needs volunteers at the race for the water ... read full article
Membership DriveLisa Peppin9/20/202110/29/2021
Membership Drive
PTSA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 9/20 -10/29 PIZZA PARTY PRIZE!! Please join Gibson Ek PTSA to make sure every student has a voice! Click here to join. Individual, family, student, and staff memberships available. The advisory with the greatest participation wins a PIZZA party! Thank you for supporting PTSA. ... read full article
ISF Cultural Bridges Guide now availableLisa Peppin9/19/202110/3/2021
ISF Cultural Bridges Guide now available
The Issaquah Schools Foundation Cultural Bridges Family Guide 2021-2022 is now available in an electronic copy, as well as a paper copy. For an electronic copy, please visit:  https://isfdn.org/cultural-bridges-magazine/.  To request a paper copy, please contact your school front office or visit your local library or community center or contact us:  alicia@isfdn.org . The Family Guide contains lots of useful school-related information from Kindergarten to High School and is for all families in the Issaquah School District. It provides a brief overview to learn about the schools in the District, as well as what to expect when attending public school. ... read full article
ISD PTSA Special Education Webinar available to streamLisa Peppin9/19/202110/3/2021
ISD PTSA Special Education Webinar available to stream
ISD PTSA Special Education August 2021 Webinar is now available at  https://www.issaquahptsa.org/programs/special-education . It has great information about IEP meetings and recovery services. August 2021 Webinar (recorded on 8/26/2021) focuses on these questions –   * Can you tell me about the new role of Assistant Superintendent of Special Services and other administration changes in your department for this school year? * Are the special services classrooms and other special services staff positions fully staffed? If not, how is ISD going to make sure all IEP goals can be worked on in terms of staffing, and all related services are ... read full article
Join the PTSALisa Peppin9/7/20219/20/2021
Join the PTSA
Join the PTSA!   Hello new and returning families. This year looks to be a closer return to normal than the last 18 months offered.  We are all excited at the chance for in-person learning to resume.  Congratulations everyone.   At the beginning of each year, as all PTSA's do, we are seeking financial support so that we can again support the students and the staff so that they can continue to thrive.   Last year, supporting remotely was a challenge and most of our expenditures went to supplying student and teacher requested home study kits.  We also supplied teacher appreciation gifts (3 times) ... read full article
Your newly elected PTSA BoardLisa Peppin8/7/20219/10/2021
Your newly elected PTSA Board
Congratulations  to our freshly elected executive committee for 2021-2022! Their official term of office is July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.   President : Mikel Morrow * Vice Presiden t: Randi Hirsh Secretary : Christina Mautz * Co-Treasurers : Laura Laudolff *  & Jim Laudolff * * returning for second year ... read full article
Reflections Theme AnnouncedLisa Peppin7/15/20219/15/2021
Reflections Theme Announced
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The Votes are Tallied! Thank you!Lisa Peppin5/10/20225/24/2022
The Votes are Tallied! Thank you!
The final votes on the three levies have been certified and they all passed!  EP&O  54.59% YES Capital Tech Levy 51.67% YES Transportation (Bus) Levy 62.28% YES   Thank each and every one of you for sharing the information with your school communities, mailing out the informational postcards, joining us for honk and waves, donating to the campaign, and sharing posts and information online. And thank you for voting!  Your efforts made a difference and will help support programs for the next 4 years in our district.  ... read full article
Welcome to Gibson Ek PTSA -- Please join!Lisa Peppin8/5/20218/6/2021
Welcome to Gibson Ek PTSA -- Please join!
Hello new and returning families and friends! We're looking forward to a new year at Gibson Ek. Please support our staff and students by joining the PTSA. Your membership will support a variety of programs and services for our school. We also encourage you to sign up for volunteer opportunities at our school. Click  here to join! ... read full article