Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get access to the PTSA website and create a log-in id?

You can access the PTSA website by visiting www.icsptsa.org
You can create an ID to access secure areas of the website by clicking on the 'Create an account' link on the right side of the home page. Once you request an account to be created, you will receive an automated email message asking you to confirm that you indeed requested an account to be created. You must click on the link in that email to confirm this. If you do not, we will not receive your request. If you do not receive that automated email message within 1 hour of making your request, please check your SPAM or Junk folders. Once we've received your request, please allow 24 hours for your account to be verified and approved. Once your account is approved, you will receive an automated email message indicating so. If you have not received an email within 24 hours, please check your SPAM or Junk folders. The system generated email messages sometimes end up in those boxes.

Can I setup my icsptsa.org email account on my mobile device (i.e. iPhone, Android) or other email client?

Although we cannot provide support with setting up your mobile device to send and receive emails with your icsptsa.org email account, these instructions have all of the information you will need to configure your email client.

How do I sign up for volunteer jobs?

At the beginning of the school year, you can add your name to the interest list for opportunities to fulfill your volunteer hour requirement at www.icsptsa.org under the Volunteering tab.  It is suggested that you only add your name to three committees that are of interest to you.  Some committees only require a few people or have already been determined by the start of the school year.  A list of Committees and their descriptions can be found under this Volunteering tab as well.  Please remember that as an ICS family, you have committed to 30 hours of volunteer time per year. All families, especially ones new to ICS should be sure to please review the requirements page  which will provide you with some background information and answer many common questions about volunteering.

Online volunteer interest lists usually close at the end of September, approximately one month after school starts.  After that time, you will need to contact the committee chairs directly to see if they still need volunteers.  You can find their information online at the Committee Chairs page on the website or in the school directory, which is distributed at the October parent meeting.

Note: Chaperoning for school events is not included in the online sign up list since chaperones will be requested via the weekly newsletter as each event occurs throughout the year. Other volunteer opportunities will also be advertised in the weekly newsletter throughout the year.  The newsletter is sent out mid-day Sunday, so check your email inbox to find out about these new opportunities.

How do I submit my volunteer hours?

In order to record your volunteer hours, first log into the PTSA website using the log in form on the right side of the homepage, and then click on Input Volunteer Hours under the Volunteering menu item on the left side of the screen. Complete all of the required information and click on the 'Submit' button. If you’ve already entered volunteer hours in the past, your last entry will be pre-populated on the screen. Simply edit the ‘Category’, ‘Hours’, and ‘Comments’ (if necessary) and click on the ‘Submit’ button. If you do not click on the 'Submit' button, your hours will not be recorded.

Note: Please don't forget to create an account on the website. Once you've registered and 'confirmed' your registration, please allow 24 hours for your account to be approved. You will need an active account to enable you to post your volunteer hours.

How do I view or print the volunteer hours that I have already recorded on the website?

Follow the instructions on how to Check and Print Volunteer Hours.

How do I request a matching gift?


Requesting a matching gift or volunteer grant must be initiated by you, the donor/volunteer. You can do this by filling out and submitting through an electronic submission process or a paper match form provided by your employer.

When submitting your donation for a matching gift, please be sure to make the submission to International Community School PTSA 2 8 89 and not to ICS (the school). ICS PTSA and ICS are two separate organizations.

Below are some details on the matching funds submission process. Please contact the Matching Funds team for more information.
  • AT&T’s Matching Gift Submission Process
    Employees can learn more about the Cause Card program and request at
    https://att.yourcause.com.

  • Bank of America’s Matching Gift Submission Process
    Employees submit matching gift and volunteer hour requests electronically by logging in at https://www.cybergrants.com/boa/branch.html

    Submission Deadline: Employees can submit their gifts until March 15th of the year following their donation.

  • Boeing's Matching Gift Submission Process
    Donors/Volunteers (employees and retirees) should submit their matching gift requests and volunteer grants electronically through Boeing's corporate giving site.

    Submission Deadline: Donors have until January 31st of the year following the date of the donation to submit matching gift requests.

  • eBay Inc's Matching Gift Submission Process
    Employees/donors/volunteers should register their matching gift requests and log their hours electronically at http://ebayinc.yourcause.com.

    Submission Deadline: Employees are requested to submit match requests in a timely manner since there is a companywide annual limit that could be reached.

  • Expedia's Matching Gift Submission Process (including hotels.com and hotwire.com)
    Employees/donors/volunteers can submit match and volunteer grant requests electronically by going to https://expediacares.benevity.org to access the Expedia Cares program.

    Submission Deadline:
    Employees can submit matching gift requests for donations made at any point during the last 12 months. If you have questions or need assistance, please email ExpediaCares@expedia.com for additional details.

  • General Electric's Matching Gift Submission Process
    Employees and retirees should register their matching gift requests electronically at http://matchinggifts.gecompany.com/gefoundation.jsp.

    Submission Deadline: Matching gifts must be registered by the donor by April 15th of the year following the donation date.

  • Google's Matching Gift Submission Process
    Employees should sign in and register their matching gift and volunteer hours requests electronically at https://login.corp.google.com/vendors/giftmatch.

    Submission Deadline: Matching gift requests must be submitted by January 31st of the year following the date of the donation.

  • IBM's Matching Gift Submission Process
    Employees and retirees can submit their matching gift requests and log hours electronically through the On Demand Community. IBM employees must register for On Demand Community via the company intranet. If you have already registered or if you're a retiree, you may access the site via https://www-01.ibm.com/ibm/ondemandcommunity/home/index.jsp. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the IBM matching grants department at (800) 777-4768.

  • Microsoft's Matching Gift Submission Process
    Employees/donors/volunteers can submit their matching gift requests and log their hours electronically at https://microsoft.benevity.org.

    Submission Deadline: Donors can submit match requests for donations made at any point in the last 12 months.

  • Nokia's Matching Gift Submission Process
    Employees / donors to register their matching gift requests is electronically through the company intranet by searching for "matching gifts". Alternatively, you can use the paper matching gift form provided to us at https://doublethedonation.com/forms/nokia.pdf.

    Submission Deadline: Employee can submit match requests for donations made at any point in the last three months.

  • Salesforce.com's Matching Gift Submission Process
    While connected to the company intranet, current employees can log in to Volunteerforce1 at https://foundation.my.salesforce.com/apex/Volunteerforce1 for the full Employee-Inspired Giving policy and to request matching gifts. Alternatively, employees/donors can search the company intranet for "matching gifts" to locate the submission form. If you have questions or need assistance, email matching@salesforce.com.

  • T-Mobile's Matching Gift Submission Process
    Employees can submit their matching gift requests and log their volunteer hours electronically at https://un-carrier.benevity.org.

  • VMware's Matching Gift Submission Process
    Employees can submit their match requests electronically by logging in at https://vmware.brightfunds.org.

    Submission Deadline: Employees can submit match requests for donations made at any point during the last six months.

How do I know what clubs/activities are offered and when they meet?

PTSA Sponsored Clubs

Information regarding PTSA clubs and activities can be found on the PTSA website on the Activities & Clubs page and include the following: Choir, Chess, Math, Robotics, and Intramural Sports.

School Sponsored Clubs

Information regarding school-sponsored clubs and activities can be found on the ICS school website and include the following: ASB, Drama, FBLA, Key Club, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, National Art Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, and National Honor Society. 

Sports Offered at the Students' Home Schools

Even though ICS does not offer sports programs, students may participate in the sports programs offered through their home schools for Junior High and High School.

How do I stay informed about what is going on at school?

We are committed to keeping you informed about ICS news, events, and ways to be involved and volunteer with the PTSA. Please check our website, subscribe to and read the weekly newsletter, and attend the monthly parent meetings. Information regarding our communication avenues can be found here.

How do I submit an article to the newsletter?

The ICS Newsletter is an email-based news bulletin that we use to send out news and announcements for ICS. We send out one issue each week mid-day on Sundays.  Interim communications can and will be sent out as needed.

To submit an article, please send email to communications@icsptsa.org  with the title and actual wording of your article. In order to be included, articles must be received by midnight Thursday to be included in the Sunday newsletter. Only activities and events relating to ICS, ICS students, or sponsored by ICS PTSA will be approved.  For full details, see the Newsletter submission instructions.

How do I find out who the chair is for a specific committee? 

PTSA Committee Chairs can be found in the front of the student directory and on the Committee Chairs page on the PTSA website.

An alphabetical listing of Committee Chairs is also available online

How do I sign-up for Parent Access? 

What is Parent Access?

LWSD Parent Access is a tool to help parents stay informed and engaged with their students' education. Once you are registered and have a username and password you will have access to your student's information, emergency contact information, immunization records, attendance records, teacher email, teacher websites, school websites, grades and assignments, lunch balances, payment access for lunches, volunteer application form, and more. 

If you have questions about Parent Access, please refer to the Parent Access FAQ's.

Registration Instructions

  1. As a parent or guardian, you may activate your account by accurately entering your first and last name along with the email address that the school already has on file. If you do not have an email address on file with the school, please go to the school office and supply an email address. They will need to confirm your identity for your security and protection.
  2. When you are finished entering your name and email address, click on the submit button. If you are successful, the information in red will give you further directions on the registration process.
  3. Within the next 12 hours you will need to access your email at the address you entered in the registration process.
  4. You should receive an email from the LWSD parent questions account. Open the email and follow the detailed information to complete the registration process.
  5. While you are connected to the internet click on and open the link in the email message.
  6. Popup blockers must be turned off to use Parent Access.

If you have any problems registering for Parent Access, send an email to ParentQuestions@lwsd.org

How do I get on Standard Score? 

To check your student’s grade on StandardScore:

  1. Access the ICS school website
  2. Click on the “For Parents” tab
  3. Click on “Parent Access Log In” on the right
  4. In the logon window type in your username & password
  5. In the next window, click on “StandardScore Progress Reports”
  6. In the next window, click on the button “<STUDENT NAME> at INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL”
  7. Choose the Class/Teacher that you want to see the grades for.
  8. “Select a report”, choose “Detail”
  9. View your student’s term grade, category grades, individual assignment grades and teacher comments.

How do I get on Haiku? 

Haiku is a Learning Management System (LMS) chosen by the Lake Washington School District as a digital learning environment for classroom communication and collaboration. Parents may review student class announcements, assignments, and calendars for those classes with Haiku sites.

In general, follow these steps to log in to Haiku:

·         To log in to Haiku, open an Internet browser and go to this URL: https://lms.lwsd.org

·         Enter your LWSD Parent Access user name in the textbox provided.

·         Enter your LWSD Parent Access password in the textbox provided.

If you do not have a Parent Access account, go to the Parent Access page and follow the instructions to obtain a LWSD user name and password.

·         Select the [Enter] button to log in.

If you have difficulty with the login process for the LWSD Haiku site or need other help with Haiku, please visit Troubleshooting Haiku for LWSD parents.

How do I get an Orca card?

In order to apply for an Orca card, you must fill out the district’s eligibility form that can be obtained from the ICS office. If your student lives within a mile of the school, or if he/she has a shuttle bus available, then he/she is not eligible for an Orca Card.  Parents can always buy their own Orca card.

Please bring completed eligibility forms to the office. Your form will be sent to the LWSD’s Transportation Departmentm, whcih will tell ICS if it has been approved. If it is, ICS will issue your student an Orca Card.

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