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Family Connection

Fall Around the World FestiVal 

This event, held each fall at ISM, is an International Showcase of Family, Culture, and Tradition displaying our appreciation for the diversity of ISM families, and celebrated through the sharing of unique foods, artifacts, special customs or games, country-specific attire, and more.

We invite you to join the celebration either by:

  1. HOSTING A TABLE as a family or multi-family team and highlighting your cultural history or love of a specific country, by preparing a pot-luck dish (served as sample sizes) offered at your own self-decorated country-themed table. All time to participate as a host and prepare food counts as volunteer hours. To learn more about table hosting or to signup, please visit our hosting guidelines page.
  2. Participate as A TRAVELER, join in the global experience and fun by “traveling the world” via your special ISM passport (to be supplied). Tantalize your taste buds with the offerings at each ‘host table/country’ and learn a bit about the culture surrounding these delicious foods from around the globe. Let's make this an eco-friendly event- remember to bring your own plates and utensils! Also bring your own non-alcoholic beverage.

Check out the video from the 2012 festival.

We are also organizing some fun extras:

  • All participants are encouraged to bring written copies of their recipe to share with the ISM Community
  • During the event, we will have student-led cultural activities (i.e dance demonstrations, origami folding, etc).
  • Students: get your ISM Fall Around the World passport stamped and be eligible to enter your name in the FALL AROUND THE WORLD raffle (to be supplied).

Still have questions? Please email

...Building Community...
...Building Community...

Vision Statement: All families will participate in activities that enrich the educational experience at the International School of Monterey 

Mission Statement: The Family Connection will build a community of families by:
Working with school staff to develop motivational and fun events that complement the ISM curriculum
Encouraging and coordinating family talent and effort

2018-2019 Family Connection Grade Representatives        

  Denise Wood
  Li-Te Wang
  Deanna Frybarger
  Leah Thomson
  Shelley Cabanillas
  Elaura Hastings
  Shannon Karm
Amy Mayhew
Stephanie Cota
Holly Bishop


Monthly Meetings

Family Connection meets 6:00-7:00pm once per month. All meetings and events are posted on the ISM Comprehensive Calendar.


Meeting Notes

2018-2019 Meeting Notes


Meeting Notes Archive



August 20, 2015

January 8, 2015

October 16, 2014

August 28, 2014



February 27, 2014

January 23, 2014

November 21, 2013 

September 26, 2013 

September 12, 2013 

August 29, 2013 

August 15, 2013



February 28, 2013 

November 6, 2012 - 1st Spring Jubilee Meeting

(all Mtg Minutes Nov-April on GoogleDocs)

October 25, 2012  

September 20, 2012 

August 30, 2012 

August 9, 2012



May 31, 2012 

April 26, 2012 

March 15, 2012 No Minutes 

February 16, 2012 

January 12, 2012 

November 17, 2011 

October 27, 2011 

September 29, 2011

August 25, 2011 - Family Association Townhall


Family Association Archive (2006-2011)