PTA President Notes

January 24, 2016

Hey Presidents... 

Here is the link to tomorrow night's School Board meeting. Crack it open. There's lots of budget information in it!

Below are the documents for tomorrow night's Council meeting. Some will be provided, but please print and bring them along if you can.

Note some new events in the event calendar: 2 FACE programs, and a save the date for a documentary screening (publicity to come).

PTA Council meeting on 1/25 - invite your boards! Come meet:
City of Shoreline Neighborhoods Coordinator – Constance Perenyi
CHS Mental Health Clinical Director – Rhoda Schlatter
CHS Prevention/Intervention Program Manager – Paula Thomas
CHS Family Support Program Director – Tanya Laskelle
CHS Youth Drug Court Coordinator – Heather Banks
Hopelink – Kevin Osborn
NUHSA – participant to be decided
Power of One – Karen Kessinger
Shoreline Community Care – Bill Bear
Shoreline-LFP Arts Council – Lorie Hoffman
Shoreline Public Schools Foundation – Cindy Pridemore
Shoreline School District Truancy Officer – Alison Wycoff

November financial report
December financial report
November Minutes


I am sharing this information because I think it's useful to see trends. Shoreline, as a whole, is down in membership this year, as is the State in general. These numbers are crucial to our advocacy voice! Try a spring membership campaign and see if we can raise these up... HIGH FIVES to Kellogg for coming in strong this year!!
PTA/PTSA PTA # 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 Diff
Briarcrest PTA 6.12.10 250 246 243 109 -134
Brookside PTA 6.12.15 318 351 265 280 15
Cascade K-8 PTSA 6.12.53 95 95 97 64 -33
Echo Lake PTA 6.12.20 116 172 154 155 1
Einstein Middle PTSA 6.12.75 305 293 300 197 -103
Highland Terrace PTA 6.12.25 301 353 345 310 -35
Kellogg Middle PTSA 6.12.85 309 310 156 292 136
Lake Forest Park PTA 6.12.40 336 327 337 343 6
Melvin G. Syre PTA 6.12.70 419 358 388 425 37
Meridian Park  PTA 6.12.45 203 131 175 205 30
Parkwood PTA 6.12.55 133 162 182 177 -5
Ridgecrest PTA 6.12.60 196 274 275 170 -105
Shorecrest High PTSA 6.12.95 316 360 380 330 -50
Shoreline Children's Center PTA 6.12.5 57 50 43 55 12
Shoreline Special Needs PTSA 6.12.215 0 93 84 52 -32
Shorewood High PTSA 6.12.105 480 437 488 338 -150

Membership Contest
In honor of leaping forward, the goal is to stretch ourselves a bit and go for 29 members between January 1 and February 29
1 - Increase over last year's members by 29
2 - Add 29 members between January 1 - February 9
3 - Increase your membership over last year by 29%
To learn more about the contest and BONUS entry opportunities, download the flierFAQ, and entry form.
The Incentive?
$150 Gift Certificate to the PTA Store
One Night at the Great Wolf Lodge
Three Day WSPTA Convention Registration
Questions? Contact Teri Davis, WSPTA Membership Director:

If you missed them, here are the links to the 2 stories that Shoreline Area News ran about Reflections.

Many volunteers helped to put on the Reflections arts competition

Shoreline PTA Council Reflections award winners going to state competition

Thanks again to everyone who was involved with this program on any level. It is a fantastic celebration of the arts, even for those kids who might never move on to the next level.

And thank you to Adrian for pulling things together again this year, and for writing these articles for the community to consume.

Focus Day
2/3 | Columbia Room, Capitol | 8am -3pm | Registration

Amplify Your Voice With a Postcard to Your Legislator
Now that the Legislative session has begun, you will hear a lot about advocacy from WSPTA. You may think advocacy is for someone else, but anyone can be an advocate. Advocacy means to Stand Up, Speak Up, Show Up for all children. Consider broadening your advocacy this year to influence decisions made by sending a postcard to your legislator. Postcards are also available via the FedEx DocStore. Postcards are available for pick up in store or with free delivery (in most areas).
Note: Postcards are only available in packs of 20.
Not Able to Attend Focus Day? Members can complete the personal message portion and send with members that are attending.
Need advocacy inspiration? Check out the WSPTA advocacy video or visit the Advocacy page on the WSPTA website.
Note: Children's activities are not being planned this year.

Here's the bus info. PLEASE share widely this week! If we don't have enough riders by Friday, the bus will be released!!!

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.

New Awards! Local_PTA_Awards_of_Excellence_1516.jpg
WSPTA is excited to announce two new awards for which your local PTA or council may apply!
What does advocacy mean at your local PTA or council?  Do you have a fantastic advocacy related program, project, activity or event?  Help us increase awareness of and participation in advocacy issues at the school, local community, council, region, state, and national level.
What does family and community engagement mean at your local PTA or council?  What creative ways do you reach out to students, families, staff, and underserved populations in order to increase family and community engagement and positively impact your community?
Let us recognize your efforts....and share your ideas with other local PTAs and councils around the state!
Standards of Excellence Award applications and instructions can be found:
DEADLINE is March 1, 2016!
Questions? Contact Michelle Nims, WSPTA Program Director:  
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 1/25, 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 
Region 11 Director: Amanda Shipman
*2/18 | Yakima | 5pm - 9pm | Registration *NEW*
*Includes PTA & the Law
Region 1 Director: Monika Scotti
1/28 | Silverdale | 5:30pm - 9pm | Registration 
Region 4 Director: Esperanza Badillo-Di lorio 
2/25 | 5:30pm - 9pm | McCleary | Registration  
Region 6 Director: Janice Kutzera
2/8 | Bothell | 6pm - 9pm | Registration *NEW*
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 


Other Events
February Family Engagement Café

Our Cafés are gatherings of parents, educators, community professionals and others serving kids and families who meet to network, learn, discuss best practices of school, family and community partnerships and listen to great speakers over coffee and pastries! 

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Peter Scott, Assistant Superintendent, Everett Public Schools
Friday, February 5, 9:30 am - 11 am
Everett Public Schools Community Resource Center
3900 Broadway, Everett WA
This is a free event. 
Please RSVP:

ELL Family Engagement Boot Camp

The ELL Family Engagement Boot Camp is a professional  development seminar for pre-school and K-12th educators, counselors, school staff, Family Engagement Coordinators, community partners and other professionals working with immigrant and refugee students and families.

When:  Friday, February 26th  9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location: Shoreline Center, Shoreline - Highlander Room
Cost: $ 115  Breakfast and lunch included  
Instructors -  Adie Simmons and WAFCET staff

What you will learn: Equity and cultural competence, how to form relationships with immigrant and refugee families, how families view the American school system, how to work effectively with interpreters and translators, the culturally-relevant ways to partner with families, and more.


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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