PTA President Notes

February 21, 2016

Hey Presidents... 

Tomorrow night is our monthly Council meeting. 7 pm, Alumni Room! We will hear directly from some community members about upcoming events and issues that you will want to take back to your boards.

Thursday morning is the Superintendent coffee. Topics will include updates to the Lockdown/Lockout procedures and updates to the consideration of the professional development model for teachers (and next steps). 9:30 am in the Sherrick Room.

Region 6 Conference

Including PTA & the Law and other classes! 

Registration link is here:

Saturday, March 12, 8:30-1 pm, Shoreline Center
Likely classes include Grassroots Advocacy (with help for people who want to submit issues for the 2-year platform), membership, and grant writing. 

More details to come as they firm up!!

Please publicize to your boards and membership.


These are all due March 1!!!
Advocacy Award of Excellence *NEW*
The purpose of this new award is to promote advocacy at local PTAs, community PTAs, and councils by recognizing programs, projects, and activities/events that increase awareness of and participation in advocacy issues at the school, local community, council, region, state, and national level. What does advocacy mean to your local PTA or council? 
Advocacy Award of Excellence application

Family & Community Engagement (FACE) Award of Excellence *NEW*
The purpose of this award is to promote family and community engagement at local PTAs, community PTAs, and councils by recognizing programs, projects, and activities/events that increase family and community engagement and involvement. What does family and community engagement look like at your local PTA or council? 
Family & Community Engagement Award of Excellence application

Standards of Excellence *New Platinum Level*
Recognizes and encourages the use of the best practices of PTA management. This award is a great place for all local PTAs and councils to start! 
Local & Community PTA application 
Council application
Training Tracking Spreadsheet

Mentor-A-PTA Award
Recognizes local PTAs, councils, and service delivery teams for mentoring other local PTAs, councils, or service delivery teams by providing assistance to their adopted PTA entity. 
Mentor-A-PTA Award application 

Outstanding Communication Strategy
Recognizes local PTA and council use of all forms of communication. Use of multiple forms of communication is important in reaching all of the membership and/or community served. 
Outstanding Communication Strategy application

Outstanding Newsletter & E-blast Award
Recognizes local PTA and council newsletters and e-blasts, as both are important and effective forms of communication. 
Outstanding Newsletter & E-blast application

Outstanding PTA of the Year
Recognizes and honors those local PTAs and councils that, when compared to all others in their unique environment and within their own special circumstances, are the most representative examples that exemplify the purposes and mission of PTA. 
Outstanding PTA of the Year application 

Outstanding Website
Recognizes local PTA and council websites, as they are an important and effective form of communication. 
Outstanding Website - Local & Community PTA application 
Outstanding Website - Council application 

PTAs Taking Significant Action
Recognizes the accomplishments of local PTAs and councils that present programs, projects, and activities showing originality, involvement, potential, usefulness, and results. 
PTAs Taking Significant Action application 


Volunteer Recognition Award
The WSPTA is a volunteer organization. The differences made in the lives of children are because of volunteers who are committed to being a voice for every child. In gratitude for many hours of service and training, the WSPTA Board of Directors created the Leadership Academy Awards Program. The purpose of this program is to recognize and acknowledge leadership skills attained by PTA leaders throughout all levels of the association. PTA leaders are encouraged to join the Leadership Academy program and submit their activity annually to create a record of their leadership in the association. 

The program awards leadership points for leadership positions held in both PTA and other educational committees, classes presented, conference attendance, and other WSPTA nd National PTA events. The award recognizes four leadership levels from bronze to crystal. All levels are recognized with a certificate and a pin. Crystal awardees are recognized on state at the WSPTA annual convention each spring. 

Details about the prorgram levels and instructions are found on the application form. Membership Application and updates are due March 1st. 

Word version | PDF version

This program is free to join. It is a great way to create a record of your leadership development that can be included on your professional resumé, as you gain the skills to become a leader in your community. 

New for 2015-16
Points will only be accepted for up to two years: the current PTA year (2015-16) and the previous PTA year (2014-15).   


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


Mid-Winter Break!!!

Important to know:
FedEx discount code: 0520882103!

 You rock:
2/28 - Echo Lake
3/6 - Kellogg
3/13 - Shorewood
3/20 - Parkwood
3/27 - Briarcrest
4/3 - Special Needs
4/10 - Highland Terrace
4/17 - Lake Forest Park
4/24 - Children's Center
5/1 - Meridian Park
5/8 - Cascade K8

Mark Your Calendars

Monday 2/22, 7 pm: PTA Council Meeting, Alumni Room
Thursday 2/25: Superintendent Coffee, Sherrick Room 
Monday 2/29, 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 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm | Registration
Region 11 Director: Amanda Shipman
*2/24 | Wenatchee | 5pm - 9pm | Registration 

Region 6 DirectorJanice Kutzera 
*3/12 | 8:30a - 12:30p | Shoreline | Registration *NEW*

Region 7 Director: Mary Levesque 

*3/12 | 8:30am - 2:30pm | Everett | Registration *NEW* 

*Includes PTA & the Law

Region 4 Director: Esperanza Badillo-Di lorio 
2/25 | 5:30pm - 9pm | McCleary | Registration  

Other Events

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.


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

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!

LGBT Family Welcome Dinner
April 7

Shoreline Center
Details TBA

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