PTA President Notes

August 16, 2015

Hey Presidents... 

Happy Sunday! 

Here's the link for the School Board meeting tomorrow. If you've never seen the whole packet, open it up...

And don't forget about the Region 6 Fall Conference coming up this Thursday, August 20th!

Below are a few things I'd like you to consider as soon as possible. If you need to reference anything from previous weeks, you should show a link in the top left of this email that says "past issues" or something like that...

Please take the time to update your front pages early this week. A lot of them are still end of the year, happy summer messages. 

By the end of this week or beginning of next week, please task someone to test every single link in your site. Pay a teenager if you have to. Make a list of broken links or outdated information and give it to the webmaster. As with any proofing, this will be most effective if the webmaster is not the one looking at the content.
Teacher Bargaining and Support

As you probably know, we are in the middle (or rather towards the end of) a contract negotiation. As PTA leaders, you need to know the following:
  • Teachers did take a strike vote towards the end of the school year last year, and there was only one No vote.
  • the T in PTA is for teachers, so of course we support them.
  • The official stance of PTA is that strikes are bad for kids, so we do not support that mechanism. You do not need to be loud about opposition, however.
Here's the deal. Numbers are numbers, but they also take on different meaning depending on how you look at them. It is my understanding that our teachers are paid middle-of-the-pack salaries (intentionally), but it is by ranking rather than averaging. That is to say that if the top 5 districts all decided to increase wages to lure good teachers, Shoreline wouldn't have to because the ranking wouldn't change.

The Union is looking at what they consider to be a too-healthy fund balance, and they maintain that it is time to stop saving and let some money flow to the teachers.  We have a School Board which has done an excellent job of pulling us through some really scary financial times and is understandably wanting to ensure that things are kept sustainable...

Here is the March Cash Flow sheet for the District. If you look at the second to last column, you see the actual + projected numbers. The last column is what they budgeted for. At the bottom of the column, you'll see the difference in what the District believes they have to play with and what the teachers union sees the District sitting on. Total fund balance is close to $16M, but when you take out set-asides, the unreserved balance is closer to $6.5M. Note that the minimum fund balance (what PTA would call mandatory carryover) is already accounted for.

Those numbers have changed, of course, because that is from March (the last one they have posted).

The other thing to puzzle over is what the State is going to do. On a bigger level, there is rumbling that legislators are seeing healthy fund balances in several school districts and either believing that we don't have a funding problem, or that we need to be looking at a levy swap.

If you want to weigh in on any of this, one way or another, you can show up to the Board meeting tomorrow and practice your speaking skills at the public comment, or send an email to the School Board. You can reach all of them at once:
That Supreme Court

I was personally hoping for the "take all the tax breaks off the books and make the legislators figure out which ones to reenact" choice but that's not the way they went. And of course, right off the bat, we heard some legislators disagreeing that the Court has this authority. But here's where we are. And below are some articles that you can pass off to your leg/advocacy folks or post yourselves.
In an unprecedented manner the Washington State Supreme Court has decided to fine the legislature for failure to live up to its constitutional "paramount duty" to education.  It has decided that they must pay $100,000 a day in sanctions starting immediately. #McLeary2015

Back to School Event Needs Help!!
Saturday, August 29, 1:30-4 pm (and more...)

Here's the volunteer page. Kids can help stuff backpacks and that kind of thing, but cannot volunteer on the day of the event. Please promote this volunteer opportunity to your boards and your membership. It is a really great community thing, and although you will be tired at the end, it's a feel-good day.

Also, please put out the following message on your various communication platforms to remind families of the upcoming registration deadline for the Back to School event:

URGENT - Reminder of Back to School Registration Deadline
The deadline to register your family for Back to School assistance through the Shoreline Back to School Event is Friday, August 21st at 5pm.
You can register online by going to:
You can also call the Registration line 206-393-4916 and leave a message.  A volunteer will return your call within 48 hours.
A letter with your assigned check-in time and map to the event will be mailed to you.

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.



8/25, 6-8:30 Principals & Presidents Potluck

8/29, Back to School Event

Partner with Pemco
Did you know? Region 6 is a Pemco partner. They will do things like this: 
Local Unit Sponsorship: We’ll provide matching dollars of up to $100 towards an existing program, event, or speaker presentation your local unit is conducting. 

This includes: Safety and Parent Education Programs, Community Service or School Support Events, and Guest Speakers at meetings.

They keep it low-key, but will help each local unit one time this year. See the flyer for details, other options, and contact information.

Mark Your Calendars

Monday 8/17 School Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m. 
Thursday, 8/20 Region 6 Conference, 4:45-9 pm, Cavalry Christian, Seattle
Monday  8/24 
School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. 
Tuesday 8/25, 6-8:30 pm: Principals & Presidents Potluck, Spartan Room
Saturday 8/29 Back to School Event

Monday 9/7: Labor Day
Wednesday 9/9: First Day of School
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, Arden Room

Training Opportunities
THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 4:45-9 pm

We are all set with Calvary Christian for the conference, and the link to register is live at

Here's how the evening goes:

4:45 to 5:15 pm: Registration, networking and light meal 

5:15 to 5:55 pm: Brief Region 6 meeting and WSPTA updates on Bylaws/Standards of Affiliation/PT-Avenue   

6:00 to 8:50 pm: PTA and the Law  - Do not register for break outs if you are taking PTA & the Law 

6:00 to 7:15 pm: 
  • Breakout 1A: Membership Roundtable
  • Breakout 1B: Advocacy and Candidate Forum roundtable 
  • Breakout 1C: Standing Rules - Every PTA needs these. Do you need to update or create some for your PTA? Please bring a copy of your PTA's standing rules if you like.
7:30 to 8:45 pm:
  • Breakout 2A: Region 6 Sampler Platter - Have a question? We'll have experts there to help you! 
  • Breakout 2B: Money Matters 
  • Breakout 2C: Roles and Responsibilities of the Board 
9:00 pm: Door Prizes and Adjourn
Other training opportunities (you can attend in any Region, if there is a location and date that is more convenient for you):

Region 3: 
 8/19 | TBD | TBD | TBD | Kimberli Swenson, Region Director 

Region 6:  8/20 | Seattle | 4:45pm – 9:00pm | Register Janice Kutzera, Region Director 

Region 10: 8/20 | Tacoma | 5:25pm – 9:00pm | Register Marisa Peloquin, Region Director

Region 1:  8/22 | Silverdale | 9:00am – 6:00pm | Register Monika Scotti, Region Director 

Region 2:  8/25 | Sammamish | 5:30pm – 9:00pm | Register Jane Dulski, Region Director

Region 4:  8/26 | Lacey | 4:00pm – 9:00pm | Register Espie Badillo – di lorio, Region Director 

Region 7:  8/27 | Everett | 5:00pm – 9:00pm | Register Mary Levesque, Region Director

Region 5:  8/29 | Puyallup | 8:00am – 4:30pm | Register Kristi Shafer, Region Director 

Region 9:  9/12 | Auburn | 8:00am - 5:00pm  | TBD | Tania Skinner, Region Director 

Region 15: 9/19 | TBD | TBD | Karen Albers, Acting Region Director  

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

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


Other Events

Engaging Hispanic Families Webinars
Join National PTA's Multicultural Membership Development Manager Armen Alvarez and Univision Communications' Partnership Engagement Manger Adriana Flores-Ragade to learn more about Clave al Éxito and how to leverage the tool to engage Spanish-speaking families in your school and community.
The webinar will build on the Hispanic Family Engagement Symposium that took place during the 2015 National PTA Convention in June.
Register for one of the four webinar opportunities:
It is a National PTA top priority to ensure that all families in all communities are welcomed, supported, and engaged in their children's education, which is proven to make a difference for student success. Univision is a key ally in National PTA's efforts to better serve and reach Hispanic families.
Download the Spanish version of the invite to share with your leaders and members.

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:


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