Parent Teacher Association
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the International School of Amsterdam is an association of parents, teachers and staff whose aim is to create a deeper sense of community, connection and involvement for ISA students, families and staff.
The PTA committee is composed of elected and appointed members of the community, selected at the Annual General Meeting held in May each year. For those families who arrive later in the year, there are still many opportunities for your involvement and ways your talent and enthusiasm can be used!
The PTA School Store – Bear Necessities – is located in the main foyer and is run entirely by parent volunteers.
Bear Necessities stocks many of the school supplies ISA students need for the academic year, plus a wide range of ISA items like t-shirts, PE shorts, music and gym bags, mugs, shopping bags, pens etc. The store also sells maps of Amsterdam and surrounding areas and a variety of books and dictionaries to help you settle in the Netherlands.
The profits generated by the store go to the PTA and are used to cover costs of various PTA-sponsored events and as matching donations for SHARE charities.
Education through international understanding is the guiding mission of the International School of Amsterdam. For years, SHARE has served as a catalyst for sparking positive change and action within, and beyond, the ISA international community.
In 1998, ISA launched SHARE, a collaborative working group of parent volunteers and members of the ISA faculty who coordinate the school’s many charitable initiatives. SHARE support’s ISA’s vision and beliefs by creating communities of lifelong learners who value compassion in their communities. Their aim is to support student initiatives by encouraging students and student groups, nurturing their ideas and by supporting student initiatives financially.
Making a difference
SHARE supports student projects by meeting, connecting and liaising with various students and student groups. The SHARE team works closely with both the CAS Coordinator (DP, grades 11-12) and the Service as Action Coordinator (MYP, grades 6-10) to help ensure that students meet their Service requirements. In addition, we work closely with the Communications Team to raise awareness regarding events and the charities that these groups support.
SHARE organises a number of fundraising and advocacy events throughout the school year and, with the earnings, has been able to generously contribute to student-initiated projects, both large and small. They support the celebrations of student service in the school and through local and global communities.
This continued commitment has allowed ISA students and the wider community to become involved in creating positive social change and to experience a personal impact from serving others.
PTA Executive Committee
Alison Cowan, President
Kaori Curran, Secretary
Pakhi Rusia, Treasurer
Shannon Jackson, Communications Liaison
Yuan Sun, National Representatives Coordinator
Ewa Walendziewska, Events Coordinator
School Store Opening Hours
Monday – Thursday 8:15 – 8:45
Friday 9:15 – 9:45
Monday – Friday 15:15 – 15:45