FY 23

December 2022

  • Next Staff Meeting: Dec.16th @ 1PM
  • Holidays honored (days off): Holiday break – Monday, December 26 to Monday, January 2
  • Hiring: There are three open positions in the organization. View open position postings here:
  • Staff Birthdays: Cora – Dec. 10, Khalia – Dec. 12, Linda – Dec. 20
  • Remind employees to use their FSA funds

    • If you have enrolled in Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), please note that these funds do not roll over into the new year. Employees with FSAs should use the funds by the end of the year.


  • Use all FSA funds by December 31, 2022. These funds will not roll over into 2023.

  • Submit claims incurred in 2022 by March 31, 2023.

  • For additional information regarding submitting FSA claims, please see our Help Center article.


  • Their FSA card will become inaccessible at termination.

  • Submit all claims incurred in 2022 while employed within 90 days from their last day of work.

    • Executive Director Search Update:  The second round of interviews were completed before Thanksgiving. The board is scheduling time to debrief the interviews with the staff participants on Dec 5.
    • Equity Work Meetings with Lisa: December will be our last working session with Lisa where we will complete the Belonging session. Please be sure to meet with your group to complete the Inclusion Matrix you started at the last staff meeting!
    • Staff Gathering: We are looking to schedule a Staff Gathering in late January. It will be an opportunity for us to come together, do some reflection on our work and/or visit schools, and have some fun! A survey will be going out soon to get input on the agenda. As per the feedback provided, staff members are encouraged to participate in planning the agenda.


  • Check back for upcoming PD Events on our website here.


  • Aspiring School Leaders Session 3: Session on December 8th in person where participants will share their problems of practice leading other educators: the goal for this session is to socialize common dilemmas that may affect new administrators when giving effective feedback to teachers in their role as supervisors.
  • Mireia has been coaching teachers across schools in the network: this Fall semester I am working with a Math teacher and an earth Science Teacher at IHS @ Lafayette, with a Math teacher and a special education teacher PAIHS _Elmhurst, an ELA teacher at Flushing IHS and a team of 11th grade teachers at Bronx International.

Stone Foundation: Internationals was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Stone Foundation. This grant is for General Operations, supporting our work nationally.


End of Year Fundraising Campaign 11/29 – 12/31: We kicked off on Nov. 29 for Giving Tuesday. We are raising $15,000. Please forward, like and share the newsletters and social posts. TY! We have donation links on FB, Instagram, and the website!

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  • 300+ responses on Fall PD Feedback

Nearly 300 Fall PD participants completed the event’s feedback survey!  Roughly 13% of those responses were from participants from new Internationals academies in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), established Internationals schools in the DMV & Buffalo regions as well as non-network participants from Texas, California, New York State and New York City. This 75% response rate is an astonishing feat, one that was accomplished through some excellent Internationals teamwork and support from facilitators! For a closer look at the data , click here , and head over to the “FPD” tab.

  • Enrollment and Counting 

Based on enrollment data provided by 27 schools & academies across the Network, the over 8000 enrolled students started their journeys in  125 different countries and over 14 regions around the globe. Though 88% of the student community hails from 15 countries, Internationals is also home to students from Guinea, Peru, Uzbekistan, Haiti,  Egypt, Togo, Ivory Coast, The Philippines, Chile, Vietnam, Sudan, Paraguay, India, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Cameroon, Tunisia, Panama and many more.  

  • 2023 Flexible Spending Accounts –  It’s time to renew your Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). You must take action if you would like to continue your FSA in the New Year. FSAs do not automatically roll over. Open enrollment begins December 1st. Please be on the lookout for an email from Justworks on the 1st to set up your FSA. Unless you experience a Qualifying Life Event (like having a baby or getting married), you will not be able to change your FSA contribution until next year’s open enrollment period.