PTA President Notes

September 13, 2015

Hey Presidents... 

Happy Sunday! 

Hopefully your first days back went smoothly and there were no big surprises!

Here is the board packet link to tomorrow's School Board meeting. Even if you do not plan to go, please open it up and skim the contents. There is a lot of information about the ELL program, salary schedules, and enrollment (including capacities at the elementary schools). Read up!!

Don't forget about the Superintendent Coffee THIS Thursday 9/17 from 9:30-11! We will meet the new Public Information Officer (the new Craig) and talk about what you all want to hear about this year. Presidents or their delegates only, please.

Breaking news and important to note: Council meetings will be held in the Alumni Room this year. 

New Date!!
Please mark your calendars for Friday, November 13 as the date that your entries need to be in Council hands. Tell your Reflections Chairs!!!

Questions? Contact our Council Reflections Chair, Adrian Bourne:

Legislative Assembly
Legislative Assembly is on Saturday, October 24 in Olympia. Only one day this year!

This is an "off" year, meaning that we are in the second year of our 2-year platform. That means that for people who find the idea of Leg Assembly to be overwhelming, or have low expectations overall, this is a good year to try it out. Because there will be fewer issues considered, there will likely be more educational opportunities for both Leg Chairs and delegates.

If you do not have a Leg Chair identified, please try to find one. Let us know if you need help. If you really have nobody, please consider attending yourself.

Rooms look to be about $100, if someone wants to stay over.

PT Avenue
You should have all gotten your welcome credentials this week. If you don't think you did, please check your spam folders!

This program seems to be pretty self-explanatory, but if your membership chairs are having any trouble, we have help! Cindy Jensen,, is our Region 6 PT Avenue expert and is happy to answer any questions you have!

PTAs with the Full Version: Do not mark members paid until after you receive the "go live" email Tuesday evening. 

Another reminder that although you will be invoiced monthly for memberships, the October 25, January 25, May 25 dates still hold their traditional importance related to registration awards, voting delegate qualification, and good standing. 

Shoreline Area News

SummerSet Arts Festival was a 2015 recipient
Do you need help presenting an arts event that serves your community?
The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is here to help. Consider applying for a Community Award. We promote experiences in the arts to enhance the quality of life in our community. Non-profit organizations or community groups that provide arts / cultural programming for the general public are welcome to apply.
We fund special projects, artists’ residencies, and performances that extend the group’s usual scope. Awards range from about $250-$1000. Projects take place from January to November.
Deadline to apply is 5pm, Thursday, November 5, 2015.
For full details as well as the application form, see website  
2015 Award Recipients
  • Choir of The Sound, Spring Pops Concert, “Western Roundup” $700
  • Third Place Commons, Quichua Mashis at the Farmers Market $500
  • Friendship Adventures, Friendship Arts $500
  • Richmond Beach Community Association, Strawberry Festival $1,000 
  • Shoreline Concert Band, Spring Concert with Special Guest Soloist $700
  • Shoreline Historical Museum, SummerSet Arts Festival $600
The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.
Council Needs
Reflections Co-Chair/Volunteer Coordinator. Adrian did a fantastic job with the poster and program, and his heart is definitely with Reflections. But he needs help with organization, deadlines and volunteer recruitment (for the reception, for instance). This is relatively short-term, but the impact will be huge.
Membership Chair. We didn't have one last year, but it would be a nice thing to fill. 

How can Council help you? Give us your ideas, your feedback, your needs, concerns, and triumphs.


Super Coffee, 9/17

Council Meeting, 9/28

Important to know:
FedEx discount code: 0520882103!


Mark Your Calendars

Monday 9/14 
School Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. 
Thursday 9/17, 9:30-11 Superintendent Coffee
Monday 9/28 School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. 
Monday 9/28, 7 pm: PTA Council Meeting, Alumni Room

October 1: Deadline for National PTA School of Excellence Enrollment
Training Opportunities
Other training opportunities (you can attend in any Region, if there is a location and date that is more convenient for you):
Confirmed Region Conferences
Region 3:  9/19 | Vancouver | 9:00am - 3:00pm | Register | Kimberli Swenson, Region Director

Region 11*: 9/24 | Wenatchee | 5:00pm - 9:00pm | Register Amanda Shipman, Region Director 

Region 11: 10/3 | Yakima | 9:00am - 2:00pm | Register Amanda Shipman, Region Director  

Region 15*: 9/19 | Spokane Valley | 8:30am - 4:00pm | Register | Karen Albers, Acting Region Director 
*Training also includes PTA & the Law.
PTA & the Law Training
Region 2: 9/17 | Duvall | 5:30pm - 8:30pm | Register Jane Dulski, Region Director
Region Conferences TBD
Region 8 Lily Salas, Region Director 
Region 12 Connie Andrews, Region Director 
PTA & the Law Training
(Region 6 will likely hold 3 more)
Region 1: Monika Scotti, Region Director
10/15 | Bremerton | 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Region 3: Kimberli Swenson, Region Director
10/8 | Vancouver | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Region 5: Kristi Shafer, Region Director
10/15 | Bethel area | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Region 7: Mary Levesque, Region Director
10/8 | Lynnwood | 5:00pm - 9:00pm   
Region 2:  Jane Dulski , Region Director
9/17 | Duvall | 5:30pm - 8:30pm | Register 
10/1 | Bellevue | 6:00pm - 9:00pm | TBD 
10/10 | Redmond | 9:00am - 12:00pm | TBD     
10/29 | Issaquah | 9:30am - 12:30pm | TBD
11/5 | Mercer Island | 9:30pm - 12:30pm | TBD
Region 12: Connie Andrews, Region Director
10/20 | Moses Lake/Othello | TBD
11/5 | Walla Walla | TBD

Other Events


WAFCET and Everett Public Schools are proud to announce the:

United for Student Success
Family and Community Engagement Conference.

Saturday, October 10th, 2015   9 am to 3 pm
Evergreen Middle School  7621 Beverly Lane,  Everett, WA 98203


We welcome keynote speaker: Anne T. Henderson
Anne T. Henderson is a senior consultant with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and a founder of the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE).  S
he has tracked and written about  family engagement research for over 25 years. She is the co-author of the best-sellers: Beyond the Bake Sale and A New Wave of Evidence, and has written extensively about the connection between family engagement and diverse student achievement. 

Conference registration begins: May 2015.  Questions: 

CALL FOR PRESENTERS is now open please click on the link to submit your proposal:


Exploring Your Atypical Learner (Parent Map)

Resource Fair & Master the Power of ADHD Lecture with Dr. Ned Hallowell

University of Washinton Husky Union Building (Seattle)

Atypical Learners Resource Fair

Wednesday, October 14, 5-7 p.m.

Come learn from experts who focus on the many categories of atypical learners: ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, processing disorders, developmental delays, autism, Asperger’s and other spectrum learning differences.                                                    

FREE to attend, Please RSVP.




Master the Power of ADHD Lecture with 
Dr. Ned Hallowell  
   (Parent Map)

Wednesday, October 14, 7-9 p.m.     

New York Times bestselling author Dr. Ned Hallowell will explore  the brain science behind ADHD/ADD and share his strength-based approach to identify, develop, and celebrate the  talents embedded in ADHD, dyslexia, and other syndromes. 

 $25 presale  
 $30 at the door  


The Spiritual Child: New Science On Parenting To Thrive (Parent Map)

Lecture with Lisa Miller, Ph.D.

Lisa Miller, Ph.D., researcher and clinical psychologist, presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. Gain practical advice and concrete ways to develop and encourage your child’s well-being.

Based on her New York Times bestselling book, The Spiritual ChildMiller presents the clear, scientific link between spirituality and health and shows that children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality:

  • Are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances
  • Are 60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers
  • Are 80% less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex
  • Have significantly more positive markers for thriving including an increased sense of meaning and purpose, and high levels of academic success.

Combining cutting-edge research with broad anecdotal evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist to illustrate just how invaluable spirituality is to a child's mental and physical health, Miller translates these findings into practical advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop and encourage their children's-as well as their own-well-being. In this provocative, conversation-starting book, Miller presents us with a pioneering new way to think about parenting our modern youth.

For more about Lisa Miller, Ph.D., please click here.


Monday, October 19, 7–9 p.m., Temple De Hirsch Sinai (Seattle)
$25 presale lecture ticket
$40 presale lecture ticket + book
$30 at the door lecture ticket




Mental Health First Aid training



A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. You can help then. 
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to a young person showing signs of a mental health challenge or illness. 
Two free trainings, sponsored by the City of Shoreline are available to people who live or work in Shoreline. 
Saturday, November 7th 2015 9:00am-5:30pm
Monday, December 7th, 2015 9:00am-5:30pm 
Pre-registration Required. Contact Tanya Laskelle 206-631-8836 at the Center for Human Services.


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