PTA President Notes

September 7, 2015

Hey Presidents... 

Happy Labor Day! 

I'm going to keep this one short & sweet, since you have other things to worry about (start of school, anyone?) Just a few things...

Don't forget about the Superintendent Coffee on 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.

Coming Up: Legislative Assembly Registration (9/8). Rooms look to be about $100, if someone wants to stay over.
Your Boards

Please make an attempt to fill the following positions in particular, if they are currently vacant. They are really important to have someone identified:
Awards (this one can be filled a little later in the year)

If you need help persuading a candidate, have them contact anyone at Council.

Leadership Resources

Try logging in!! On the Washington State PTA website, the leadership resource "button" is to the left. The user name is "growing" and the password is "together." 

This section of the website will take you to handbooks, group awards, policies, resources, training, leadership academy (everybody should participate!!), programs to go, financial resources, stuff about elections, and logos you can use.
A note: the handbooks have been taken down for updates. Check back for them next week!!

You can consider doing a Kinko's run for your Board so that everyone has their handbooks at your meetings. Remember to use the handy-dandy FedEx discount code: 0520882103!

PT Avenue
We've all been waiting, and your membership folks are probably chomping at the bit. Here's the newest news:
PT Avenue to launch Tuesday, September 8!!!

Local PTA Presidents: You will receive a "go live" email by Tuesday evening with your PT Avenue log in credentials. Now - Tuesday, your PTA can enter members into the Import Process Excel template for import next week.

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

Preparation Checklist for PT Avenue Launch 
PT Avenue Guide - Updated September 2015 
PT Avenue FAQ 
Pre-Planning for PT Avenue Launch 
Import Process (Excel templatevideo)
PT Avenue Trial

A 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. 
Donate gently used children's clothing on Wednesday
(Shoreline Area News)


The Shoreline PTA Council clothing room - The Works - had a wonderful time handing out clothing to families in need at the Back to School event on August 28.
But now their stocks are depleted. They need clothing for children who transfer in during the year, who outgrow or wear out their clothing during the school year.
If you are clearing out your closets of outgrown, gently worn children's clothing, The Works will be at their portable this Wednesday September 9, from 6-8:30pm and would happily accept your donations. 816 NE 190th St, southwest side of the North City Elementary school building.
Donations forms for income tax are available.
For more information, contact Lori Woodfield, 206-601-7895.

Parent Education & Outreach

Some resources:
ReadyWA has materials on Washington State K-12 learning assessments, Common Core, and State Testing. And they are translated into 16 languages.

The Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS) oversees the Natural Leaders program. This is a program that targets (mostly) bilingual parents and engages them to be leaders in the school. They get training, and build relationships with families that are typically underrepresented at school functions. This gives the families a voice and provides important feedback about what is and isn't working for those communities.

Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS) has the most current information on Basic Education funding and the McCleary lawsuit.

King County Library System has two amazing things (well, more than that, but...): free museum passes and free access to online databases. Museum passes include KidsQuest, Bellevue Arts, and Washington State History. Databases include Mango language instruction, Consumer Reports, Test Center and Homework help (real-time assistance), Science Online, Wall Street Journal, Microsoft IT Academy, Lynda, and much much more.
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.


Back to School!!!


Mark Your Calendars

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

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


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




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