How do I join the JSIS PTSA?
Every family receives a WA State PTSA membership envelope at the beginning of the school year in their first-day packet. Fill out your information on the envelope and return it to school with a check made payable to JSIS PTSA. If you would like to donate toward someone else's membership fee, add the amount you wish to donate into your own check. Alternatively, click here to join online.
What if I can't afford the PTSA membership cost?
If you are unable to afford the membership fee, please place a note inside the PTSA envelope stating "scholarship requested for PTSA membership" with your signature. If you would like to donate toward someone else's membership fee, feel free to add the amount you wish to donate into your own check. Any amount is appreciated.
Can I sign up for JSIS PTSA online?
I wish we had registration electronically but it is an envelope we purchase from WA State PTSA who has not gone to direct online registration. I have posted extra PTSA membership envelopes on the third floor bulletin board outside the office under “advocacy” when you enter the building from the parking lot.
What is my time commitment if I join JSIS PTSA?
All you need to do is fill out the envelope and turn it in with your check for $35 per family made out to JSIS PTSA. Be sure to sign the note requesting scholarship for membership fee if needed. There is no further obligation to PTSA. You can, but are not required to, attend meetings and vote on business. You can do as little or as much as your time and energy allow. There is no time required beyond filling out and turning in the envelope. That being said, there is a new 5 hour pledge for the entire JSIS community regardless of whether or not you are a PTSA member. We encourage everyone to take the 5 hour pledge!
Why am I required to be a member of JSIS PTSA for my child to participate in AfterSchool Activities (ASA)?
Membership of one parent or guardian is a new requirement to participate in the fall ASA program because PTSA is the agent for two reasons:
1. The PTSA does not collect any enrollment fees to cover our administration costs of the program. All fees go to the outside vendors with the exception of scholarship money collected to support students who would otherwise not be able to participate due to financial reasons. However, if you cannot afford the PTSA membership fee please ask for a scholarship.
2. PTSA members' children are covered by the PTSA liability policy and the risk of a liability situation arising during an 8 week ASA session with outside vendors is greater than a one-time PTSA event. For the safety of our students, we want to ensure that every child is covered under our insurance policy.
What is the advantage of JSIS PTSA family membership?
The advantage of family membership is that if you and your partner have different opinions about issues that come to a vote by the PTSA, you each have a vote. If only 1 of you is a member, then only that person can vote. Only members get to vote on officers or run for office. JSIS PTSA is made stronger by more members. Although some of the money goes to state and national PTSA, a portion of it stays at JSIS for us to use for events that enhance our children's education as well as our school's sense of community.