IHS Homecoming Week Information

Homecoming Fundraiser

Stuff the Bus

Benefitting Eastside Baby Corner 
One of our Homecoming traditions involves coming together as a community for a good cause.  This year we will be attempting to fill a school bus full of supplies for Eastside Baby Corner. EBC serves a broad area across King County that extends to the Cascade foothills and from south of Renton into south Snohomish County. EBC serves as a diaper bank, a clothing bank, and a food source for more than 800 kids each week.  The IHS community is known for being a generous and caring community.  We know that we can work together to meet our goal of filling an entire school bus with items to support families in our community.
 
Eastside Baby Corner is currently accepting the following items:
  • Boys and girls' rain coats (sizes 5 - 14)
  • Small boy underwear (sizes 3T & 4T)
  • Markers
  • Blunt scissors
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil boxes/pouches - generic colors 
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Clothing for boys (sizes 6 - 14)
  • Boy infant clothing (0 - 9 months)
  • Blankets / Bedding, twin, full or queen size
  • Shoes Medium socks for boys
  • Girls' Underwear
  • Disposable diapers, sizes Newborn, 4, 5, 6 & Pull-ups
  • Similac Formula
  • Socks, medium
  • Q-tips
  • Bicycles (and helmets!)
  • Baby Care books
  • High chairs, bassinets, portacribs
  • Strollers
  • Toddler Beds
  • Clothing for children, newborn to size 14
  • Maternity clothes
  • Small toys and books
  • Bouncy seats
  • Play Gyms
  • Infant swings
  • Pack 'n' plays
  • Strollers
  • High chairs
  • Changing tables
  • Boppy pillows
  • Smaller Outdoor toys
  • New Car seats manufactured in the last five years from today’s date
 
Eastside Baby Corner does not accept:
  • Used car seats
  • Large toys
  • Furniture, other than cribs, toddler beds, changing tables and toddler tables and chairs
  • Drop-side cribs
  • Cribs manufactured prior to 8 years from today's date
 
  • Large outdoor basketball hoops
  • Art desks
  • Tool benches
  • Stuffed animals longer than 12 inches
  • Large easels
  • Train tables
  • Walkers with wheels
  • Electric breast pumps
  • Used Nipples and Pacifiers
  • Outdoor toys (September through April)
  • Adult clothing or children's clothing larger than size 14
  • Ski boots, skis, snow boards
 

Homecoming Dance
Chaperones Needed
Issaquah High School needs help with chaperoning our Homecoming dance on Saturday, September 23rd.  Chaperones would be asked to volunteer from 8-11 pm.  Chaperoning involves supervising kids in various parts of the school to make sure that everyone is safe and having a good time.  If you are willing and able to help please sign up using this google form.  Thanks so much for your interest and consideration.
All volunteers must complete the Volunteer Background check no later than September 20th, so if you sign up to help with one of these events please complete the process by clicking on the following link: https://issaquahvolunteers.hrmplus.net/
FAQs
We often get questions from students and parents about the dances we have at IHS. Below are the dates of our dances this school year and our attempt to answers some FAQs for parents and students.

Homecoming – September 23rd 8:30pm-11:00pm @ Issaquah High
Winter Formal- December 9th 9:00pm-11:00pm @ Issaquah High
Tolo-  March 31st 8:30-11:00pm @ Issaquah High
Prom- June 2nd @ EMP in Seattle

Why does ASB host dances?
ASB’s mission is foster a sense community and build relationships amongst the members of the IHS community. Dances help us excite and promote unity amongst the student body.  We believe that common experiences bring people together and dances are a great way to unite the student body. The dances ASB hosts are the most well-attended ASB events outside of assemblies. Dances are 100% optional and are student suggested, planned and organized. The revenue from dances goes to benefit all student interests like clubs and other school activities.
 
What aspects of the dance does the school promote?
Issaquah High School promotes attendance at the dance itself and gives a general attire recommendation.  Some students choose to make the dance more of an all day event with a day-long schedule with time set aside for pictures, dinner, and the dance. While other students just casually meet up at the start of the dance and leave from the dance to go back home. We are aware that some students make a choice to continue to hang out with their friends after the dance has ended. Students are NOT encouraged by the school to participate in these additional activities and they are not connected with or promoted by the school.   
What should parents know about social hosting?
Social Hosting
We know underage drinking parties take place in communities throughout our state. It might begin innocently with a few friends getting together for Friday night movies and someone brings alcohol. It might be young college students home on break meeting friends, and an older sibling buys alcohol for them. Or it might be a party hosted by parents who have decided that it is safer to take away the keys and let young people party in their home.  
 
In any case, what is not being considered is the wide range of harmful and sometimes devastating consequences that underage drinking can have. Because we know that the large majority of underage drinkers get their alcohol from social sources (parents, siblings, friends, at parties, etc.), some states and local communities including Washington have taken steps to hold liable those persons who provide or serve alcohol to minors or allow drinking on their property.    
What does Washington law say?
RCW 66.44.270 states, “It is unlawful for any person to sell, give, or otherwise supply liquor to any person under the age of twenty-one years or permit any person under that age to consume liquor on his or her premises or on any premises under his or her control.” The penalties include a fine of up to $5,000 and one year in jail. In addition to having this statutory obligation, a social host owes a “duty of reasonable care” to a minor to whom the host furnishes alcohol. This means the host may be held liable if the minor is injured in any way.  
 
What parents should know?
When you host a party and allow underage drinking, you cannot predict the behavior of the teens who are drinking. Even if you take away the keys, alcohol poisoning, fighting, risky sexual behavior, sexual assaults, and other harmful situations may occur. There are countless stories of tragedies that have taken place when young people were allowed to drink in what the adults felt was a “safe” environment.
 
In addition, you are sending the message to young people that underage drinking and breaking the law are okay. If it is okay to drink at their friend’s house with adults present, then why wouldn’t it be okay to drink elsewhere? And if it is okay to break this law because it is unreasonable, then what other laws can be broken?    
What you can do?
The best thing you can do for your son or daughter is to draw the line on underage drinking.
  • Do not allow underage drinking parties in your home. Do not supply alcohol to anyone under 21.
  • Talk to your adult children about not providing alcohol to their underage siblings and friends.
  • Be at home when your teen has a party.
  • Drop into the party occasionally to make sure alcohol is not brought in by others.
  • If you are going to be away overnight, have a relative or neighbor check on your teen, or have the teen spend the night at a friend or relative’s home with adult supervision present.
  • Talk to other parents to make sure they are not providing alcohol to your child.
  • Provide alcohol-free activities in your home and make your child’s friends feel welcome.
  • Report underage drinking violations to local law enforcement.  
 
What do tickets generally cost?
If you have an ASB card most dances cost $15-20 depending on the dance.  Tickets are more $5 more expensive you don’t have an ASB Card and there is an additional fee for purchasing tickets at the door.  Prom is more expensive and the cost of tickets depends on how much money the class has raised through fundraisers over the course of their high school careers. Prom tickets typically range anywhere from $30-$40.    
What are the dress recommendations for the dances?
ASB gives a general attire recommendation for the dances but there isn’t a set dress code. Homecoming is semi formal while Winter Ball, and Prom are considered formal dresses and TOLO is considered a casual/costume dance.  That being said, no student has ever been turned away from a dance for not following these dress recommendations- a few years ago some students came to Homecoming in footie pajamas and were welcomed into the dance with open arms. Students are still expected to follow the school dress code regarding inappropriate attire (beer or drug references, curse words, etc.).    
What if I don't have a date?
Go with a group of friends! You could even go by yourself and meet up with people at the dance. We actually have a lot of students who go without dates and have a great time.    
What if I want to bring a date that doesn’t attend the school?
Each student is permitted to purchase one guest ticket.  Guests must be in at least 9th grade and younger than 21. Any student who wants to bring a guest must submit a guest form (found here) and submit it to Ms. Couty no later than the Wednesday before the dance.  All guests must present valid photo id at the dance.    
What are considered dance essentials?
A ticket and a photo id.    
What items do many students recommend acquiring for the dance?
Many students recommend getting an outfit that meets the dress recommendations and a boutonniere/corsage. These items are not required or expected at the dance but many students choose to purchase these items.

What are some ways to save money when attending a dance?
  • Buy your ticket ahead of time (they usually are $5 more expensive at the door)
  • Drive yourself or have your parents drive you.
  • Avoid over-priced restaurants, dinner will be fun no matter where you go
  • Do your own hair, makeup, and nails or rock a natural look
  • Borrow or rent a dress
  • Wear comfortable flats that you already own or borrow shoes from a friend
  • Parents or friends take photos before the event to save photo costs
 
Is there any financial assistance or program available to help offset the cost of the dance? The Angel Closet is a great resource that helps students in need help keep the cost of attending a dance low.  Simply complete a Scholarship Eligibility Application form (found in the Attendance or Counseling Office) and contact the school attendance secretary, Lisa Hollingsworth or call at 425-837-6012.      
What's happening outside of school?
Check out Issaquah High School's Community Fliers electronic bulletin board.
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