LATE because of power outage!! So Sorry!!

PTA President Notes

March 13, 2016

Hey Presidents... 

School Board meeting TONIGHT!! Here's the agenda packet. (It's short!)

Superintendent coffee on Thursday! Agenda still to come...

To do list for Presidents:
  • Nominate a person or organization for the PTA Council awards. Deadline is the day after the March Council meeting. There are no forms; simply email Jenny or Lori with the name of your nominee, the award, and why they should win!
  • Nominate at least one person from your PTA for a Council position. It can be big or small, but we need people to talk to! Retrieve the separate Nomination email and suggest someone who might be a good fit. Feel free to put caveats on your nomination (needs a co, would do it if___, etc)
Jenny Farnam: 
Lori Woodfield: 

The first LGBTQ family potluck for the District will be April 7 at the Shoreline Center. All families are welcome and encouraged to attend (including allies!). If you would like to help plan, or know someone who would like to get involved, please email Scott Schiebler at See flyer below.

Please remind your members to attend a meeting about the proposed District calendar changes or to watch the video online and fill out the survey. There are 2 meetings left! Remind them also that, as this opens up conversation about the calendar, they can also comment on the start date (I sent out materials about how the late start to the school year affects secondary kids), breaks, or whatever else is on their minds.


You have hopefully heard that membership across the State is down. In Region 6, we are down 1686 members from last year. Shoreline accounts for a whopping 389 of those.

Please talk to your membership chairs about running a Spring membership drive. Council is supporting this effort by running an article in the Shoreline Area News, which should be running in the next couple of days. Feel free to hook into the "Size Matters" theme in your own schools/communities.

Size Matters

It's true, when it comes to the food on your plate, the voice from your throat, the household you live in, and the bank account you deal with.

These are all things your local school PTA cares about.

When you hear a plea for PTA membership, what you probably hear is an ask for you to come to meetings, to volunteer time you may or may not have, or for money you may or may not have. And while PTAs cannot exist without folks who are willing to go to meetings and volunteer their time, that is not really what being a PTA member means.

To you, it can mean being connected to other parents or community volunteers at the school. It means getting a newsletter, being offered opportunities to volunteer or contribute, and being offered an opportunity to voice concerns or ideas for your school community. 

It also means some pretty nice discounts for some services or events that are actually useful.

To our kids, it means that you care about what is being offered to them at school. It is the PTA who generally offers enrichment programs, but it is also the PTA who calls attention to needing more playground supervision, organizes Watch D.O.G. programs, and funds classroom grants for teachers.

To everyone else's kids, your membership is part of a number. And the bigger the number, the better. Size matters.

The Washington State PTA is the largest volunteer organization in the State focused on the health and wellbeing of our kids. It advocates for legislation that supports all aspects of our kids' lives. The bigger our membership number, the louder our voice.

This year, membership numbers are down. And legislators are noticing. Overall, Region 6 (Seattle, Shoreline, Northshore and Vashon) is down 1,686 members from last year. Shoreline alone accounts for 389 of those. At a time when Education Funding needs attention, when we may need to be building a significant number of classrooms, when kids are coming to school hungry and could use a good breakfast to be able to learn, our smaller number makes it look as though we as a community aren't really that interested in the future of our kids.

Members don't have to have kids in school. Members can be grandparents, sisters, brothers, neighbors, or community members. Members don't have to agree with everything on the PTA platform. They don't have to show up to anything or take on a job (but it's great if they do!). PTA members just have to care about what's happening in their local school and to kids in Washington State.

Size Matters. Please consider joining your local school PTA today.

Reflections Winners!!
Congratulations to this year's Reflections winners!!
Washington State PTA is proud to announce the winners of the 2015-2016 Reflections contest, Let Your Imagination Fly. Award recipients were selected from more than 1,100 entries submitted by PTAs all over Washington State. Outstanding Interpretation winners have been forwarded to the National PTA competition and all Outstanding Interpretation, Award of Excellence, and Award of Merit winners will be honored at a ceremony in April. 

Outstanding Interpretation: Abbie Krawczyk, Ridgecrest (grades 3-5) - "Let Your Imagination Fly"
Award of Merit: Josephine Cunningham, Lake Forest Park (grades PreK-2) - "Beauty"

Music Composition:
Award of Excellence: Benyamin Boujari, Shorewood (grades 9-12) - "Mirage"

Outstanding Interpretation: Katie Wilcox, Ridgecrest (grades 6-8) - "Born of Words"

Visual Arts:
Award of Excellence: Emily diGianni, Shorecrest (grades 9-12) - "Turtle Bug"
Award of Merit: Kayla Telford, Shorecrest (grades 9-12) - "Tuesday After Tea"
Award of Merit: Fred Liu, Einstein (grades 6-8) - "A Tour of Imagination"
Award of Merit: Emily Wang, Meridian Park (grades 3-5) - "A Secret World Under the Sea"

More To-Dos
  • If you haven't already, elect your nominating committee. Hopefully you are already talking to folks about plans for next year. Advertise your spots to make it as easy as possible for your committee.
  • Talk about going to convention. If there is interest, we can try a Shoreline vanpool so that it's at least an entertaining road trip. Sounds like there will be a power point available soon to promote this Yakima event.
  • Congratulations to everyone for getting your Standards of Affiliation documents in! While you're thinking about it, make sure this is in the notes for next year's Board. Put a September XX deadline on it.
  • Best practices indicates a mid-year financial review. If you did one, make sure it's presented to the Board and that is reflected in the meeting minutes.
  • Charitable Solicitations is due May 31, but you can turn it in early. Why not get that off your plate?
  • Finish up your awards process. Make sure your chairs have everything they need and know how to order awards.
  • Check in with your officers to make sure everyone's done some training this year. If you are tracking it yourself, as President, or have someone else doing that piece, make sure your officers are emailing registrations or "proof" in case you are audited later. Remember that National PTA web trainings are an option (print off the certificate at the end).
  • Look at training options for the Spring Dessert and let us know what your incoming officers would like to see! Find the presentation list here.

Important Council Dates

Thursday, 3/17: Superintendent Coffee, Sherrick Room 
Monday 3/28, 7 pm: PTA Council Meeting, Alumni Room (electing Nominating Committee)

Thursday 4/7: PTA Appreciation Luncheon (no Super coffee in April)
Monday 4/25, 7 pm: PTA Council Meeting, Alumni Room (Officer elections)
Wednesday 27, 6-8:30 pm: Recognition Dinner, Shoreline Room
Tuesday 5/17, 6-8 pm: Spring Dessert Training
Thursday 5/19: Superintendent Coffee, Sherrick Room 
Region Director Positions

Region Director nominations are being accepted for regions 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, and 15. Region Directors will be appointed to the WSPTA State Board of Directors for a one-year term for fiscal year 2016-17. S end completed form to byFriday, April 15Download the application here. Applicants are encouraged to self-nominate.
Issue Submittals - Help Decide WSPTA's Positions

Deadline May 1
Help decide WSPTA's positions and principles! These give long-term guidance to our advocacy and will be voted on by members atLegislative Assembly in October. Visit the Legislative Principles page for forms and information. 
Questions? Contact Duncan Taylor, Legislative Director.

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


Monday, 7 pm: School Board Meeting
Thursday, 9:30 Superintendent Coffee, Sherrick Room 


Important to know:
FedEx discount code: 0520882103!


Mark Your Calendars

Monday, 3/14, 7 pm: School Board Meeting
Thursday, 3/17: Superintendent Coffee, Sherrick Room 
Monday 3/28, 7 pm: PTA Council Meeting, Alumni Room
Monday, 3/28, 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)


Other Events

Webinar: Engaging Your Parent Community in School Health and Wellness 
Tuesday, March 15
Parents are largely an untapped resource in the movement towards healthier schools. This webinar will feature success stories, effective strategies and practical pointers for engaging parents as powerful partners in your school wellness efforts. For school health teams and community members, or join this webinar to become a parent wellness champion. Register for the webinar.
Source: Action For Healthy Kids

LGBT Family Welcome Dinner
April 7

Shoreline Center
Details TBA

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