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What We Do

The purpose of the Parent Teacher Organization is to promote the goals of YISS by working with the parents, faculty, students, and administration for the benefit of the School and the children. This group of parent volunteers is lead by a board consisting of a president, two co-vice presidents per school, a secretary, treasurer, room parent coordinator, sponsorship chair, and many other event and committee chairs. 

There are room parents for each classroom through grade five, and grade level reps for grades six through twelve.  The PTO board has regular communication with the administrators in order to plan activities, share news, and communicate suggestions.

The role of the PA is to host events and provide services that enhance the School’s programs.  All are detailed below.  

Support Student Charitable Giving

YISS PTO supports our students' efforts of raising money for charities.  Elementary School raises money with their Walk-a-Sockathon, MS raises money for their Immersion Trips, and HS have their GWAM trips and other charity fundraisers.  Every year, a large portion of proceeds earned from our events go towards matching close to 10,000,000 KRW.

PTO Community Events

Newcomers' Coffee

YISS PTO hosts a Newcomers' Coffee to warmly welcome all new families to YISS once in August and again in January.  It's a great opportunity to meet the headmaster, principals, PTO Board and other parents and learn more about YISS and how you can get involved.

Parent Meetings with PTO and Principal

A great opportunity to get to know the school administrators and other parents in a casual setting.  Parents are updated by the principal regarding the ongoing progress of various school initiatives and PTO upcoming events and volunteer opportunities while parents get to share their questions and concerns about the school.

Book Swap

Book Swap kicks off before the Read-A-Thon.  The Book Swap event gives students the opportunity to swap out their old books for new "used" books to enjoy.  This event has two parts - a 2 week collection period in January and a 2 day selection period in February.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Every year PTO provides a luncheon appreciating all YISS teachers and staff members.

Back to School Picnic

A fantastic outdoor picnic to welcome new and returning families back to school.  A great way to kick off a new school year by meeting other families in the YISS community and enjoying delicious food, live music, and a variety of fun activities.   

FunFest

FunFest is one of the biggest PTO fundraisers for the year held at the end of October.  FunFest encompasses contributions from the entire school from the Elementary School classes to the High School clubs.  Volunteers for Fun Fest stretch their creativity by developing fun carnival style games for all to enjoy.  This event attracts well over 1,000 people to our school each year.

International Bazaar

An afternoon event for the entire family! New and used goods sold by YISS families and local vendors, cultural performances, Parade of Nations, children's activities, including bouncy castles, water gun zones, crafts, and games.  The variety of international foods will be sure to satisfy every taste bud! 

Book Fair

Twice a year, Book Fairs promote reading by providing quality books at some of the best prices for English language books in Korea.  10% of the proceeds are donated to the school library to purchase more books and library resources.

Uniform Consignment
Every year the PTO will sell your new, like-new, and used uniforms at school. Clean out your closet and make room for next year without the hassle of doing it yourself.

Enrichment Events and Programs

Elementary School Read-A-Thon

Every year in February we celebrate the love of books with Read-A-Thon.  This is a 3 week event that encourages children to read along with a lot of fun activities, such as Pajama and Pancake day, Mystery Readers, Kick-off Assembly, author visits and lots of prize winning opportunities for the children. 

While Elementary have their Read-A-Thon, Middle School also celebrate the love of books with the goal of developing lifelong readers, empowering writers, and inspiring artists through a variety of activities.  There are many activities to choose from and many prize winning opportunities.

Career Focus

Career Focus provides High School students with the opportunity to hear career presentations, dialogue with presenters, participate in Q&A and listen to panel discussions.  Additionally, students are provided the valuable and insightful opportunity to meet professionals working in their fields of interest.  Volunteer opportunities include: speakers to provide career presentations or professionals to host groups of students at their workplaces.

Music and Art Enrichment

This committee is responsible for organizing musical and art enrichment programs such as the Calendar Art Contest, Community Art Projects, Talent Show and small scale student performances.  They work with the music and art faculty to enhance our students' music and art education.

Library Enrichment

PTO's Library Enrichment works with YISS library and the parent community to recruit library volunteers for specials needs that arise during the course of the year.  YISS PTO also helps the library to run special enrichment programs and events for students throughout the year.

Celebrate Korea Days (CKD)

In order to celebrate our host country's culture and customs, YISS dedicates a few days in the Fall to Korean Culture.  YISS PTO supports the administration with this event by providing avenues for field trips, classroom based activities and cultural performances by professional groups, and funding where needed.

Spelling Bees in ES and MS are planned for 2013-2014


Other Volunteer Opportunities

ES Room Parents and MS/HS Grade Level Parents

Room parents in elementary school serve a vital role in the PTO.  Room Parents are the primary contact between the teacher and parents.  Room Parents work collaboratively with the teacher to assist with class specific duties and also work with the Room Parent Coordinator on various PTO events like Fun Fest.