PTA President Notes

January 17, 2016

Hey Presidents... 

A light week. Thanks to everyone who came to the Superintendent coffee and  School Board reception this week!!

PTA Council meeting on 1/25 - invite your boards! Confirmed so far:
Center for Human Services
Shoreline Public Schools Foundation
City of Shoreline Neighborhoods Coordinator
The Power of One
Shoreline Community Care
Shoreline-LFP Arts Council
Shoreline School District Truancy Officer
Come build bridges and find ways to partner. How can they help you? How can you support them?

PTA & The Law
MON, FEB 8, 2016 AT 6:00 PM
Region 6 PTA & the Law / Bothell
Eastside Foursquare Church, Bothell, WA

Please feel free to bring your dinner and eat before or during class.

Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Doors open at 5:30 pm and the class begins at 6:00 pm

PTA & the Law is a vital training for your entire board and school principal. PTA & the Law deals with state & federal rules and regulations for running a charitable, tax-exempt nonprofit corporation in Washington State and will explain how these rules can and do affect your PTA.

This is one of the most important classes you will take every year.

• Learn what it means to be a non-profit organization registered with the State of Washington. How do you maintain non-profit status? What laws must your PTA obey?

• If you write a newsletter, run a raffle, work on an event with student helpers, serve alcohol at an event, enter into any contracts, file taxes with the IRS, or hold meetings YOU NEED TO ATTEND THIS CLASS!

• Laws and regulations change every year, so whether you went last year or haven’t been in a few years or have never been to this class, this presentation is for any officer or committee chair.

• PTA and the Law attendance by one elected officer per local PTA or council is required by the WSPTA. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet this requirement!

Each PTA/council will receive two PTA & the Law Handbooks only.

Monday, February 8, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST) Add to Calendar
Eastside Foursquare Church - 14520 100th Avenue NE Bothell, WA 98011 - View Map
Still working on a class series in Shoreline for March. Stay tuned!!

Council Needs Your Help 
A Reminder: at our meeting in January, we need to elect a nominating committee and find a mid-year financial review committee. Please seriously consider helping us out by raising your hand for one of these jobs. Email me if you are game; I will also ask for people to commit on the 25th.

Focus Day
2/3 | Columbia Room, Capitol | 8am -3pm | Registration
Get ready to Stand Up, Speak Up and Show Up to show your support of our legislative platform with a focus on our Top Five. Bring banners and signs for the noon rally on the Capitol steps. Hear what state legislative leaders have to say about our issues and how they plan to deliver on their promises.
Note: Children's activities are not being planned this year.

We will be sharing a bus with Northshore Council. More details to come about that. Please be prepared to offer this option to your membership!
Legislative Advocacy

You have all been added to the Region 6 advocacy email. If you have someone (typically a Leg chair) who is receiving the information, you do not need to stay subscribed to that (unless you are interested). If you do not, please do your best to find someone or get the information to your newsletter/website folks to disseminate.

I will only post hyperlocal advocacy information from here forward, or items that need some serious weight behind them (action alerts, for example).

Award Highlight of the Week:  Standards of Excellence 
The Standards of Excellence is a tool to encourage the use of the best practices of PTA management. If your PTA has 
Awards of Excellence
not participated in awards, the Standards of Excellence is a great place to start.  Participating in the Standards of Excellence could be used as a reporting tool to your PTA members.
NEW this year....Platinum level!  This new level replaces the old Honor PTA award!  No duplication...less work...easier to apply!
Standards of Excellence Award application instructions and judging form can be found:
DEADLINE is March 1, 2016!
Questions? Contact Michelle Nims, WSPTA Program  
How can Council help you? Give us your ideas, your feedback, your needs, concerns, and triumphs.



PTA Council,
Alumni Room

Important to know:
FedEx discount code: 0520882103!


Mark Your Calendars

Monday 1/18: Martin Luther King Jr Day
Wednesday 1/20: Reflections artwork due to State
Monday 1/25, 7 pm: PTA Council Meeting, Alumni Room
Monday 1/25, 7 pm: School Board Meeting

Training Opportunities
Other training opportunities (you can attend in any Region, if there is a location and date that is more convenient for you):
Region 2 Director: Jane Dulski
2/23 | Bellevue | TBD | TBD
Region 5 Director: Kristi Shafer
1/25 | Puyallup | 6pm - 8:30pm | Registration *NEW*
Region 1 Director: Monika Scotti
1/28 | TBD | 5:30pm - 9pm | Registration 
Region 4 Director: Esperanza Badillo-Di lorio 
2/25 | 5:30pm - 9pm | McCleary | Registration  *NEW*

Region 6 Director: Janice Kutzera
2/8/6-9 pm / Registration
Region 7 Director:  Mary Levesque
1/30 | Arlington | 9:30am - 1:30pm | Registration
Region 9 Director: Tania Skinner
2/11 | Kent | 6pm - 9:30pm | Registration *NEW*
Region 10 Director:  Patti DeRusha 
1/14 | Lakewood | 9:30am - 1pm | Registration


Other Events

League of Education Voters Activist Training, January 23
What’s in store for League of Education Voters’ 6th annual activist training? A lot! Parents and community advocates from all over Washington will come together on January 23rd for an all-day event that will challenge your assumptions on the relationship between education funding and funding equity. We’ll deep-dive on issues like charter schools, special education, parent empowerment, the McCleary case, and others in an effort to prepare us all for the 2016 legislative session. Whether you’ve attended every year, or this is your first time joining us, we can’t wait to bring you this session’s list of hot topics. In particular, we’ve chosen to highlight two of the most contentious issues in the legislature right now: Funding and Equity. Or is it Equity and Funding? You tell us.

Join us – Access, Equity, and Excellence – Is Funding an Equity Issue?

  • Do charter schools really divert funds from students? Or are those funds going directly to the students who need it most?
  • Where has all the money gone? The legislature approved it, the dollars are flowing, but is it going to the right classrooms?
  • Are policymakers asking the community how to spend additional education dollars?
  • How can you get involved and start to make a difference in your own district?
We’ll answer these questions and more. Register now! 
Screening of The Mask You Live In
Sunday, March 6, 5 pm
Shoreline Auditorium

Explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it.
Details to come. We'll need your help advertising this event!


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