PTA President Notes

October 25, 2015

Hey Presidents... 

Happy Sunday! We're gonna keep this one short and sweet... please share relevant information with your boards!!!

Council meeting at 7 pm in the Alumni Room. Remember that you can invite whomever you would like to this meeting! Linda Shaw and Anika Anand will be joining us from the Seattle Times Education Lab; they will be asking for input about what you would like to see reported on in Education news. Read some of their work here.

Brookside and Parkwood!! You're our first You Rock presenters! Please come share how awesome you are!

At the same time is the School Board meeting. Find the agenda here. They will be hearing about Summer School 2015 Review,  Capital Projects Update, First Reading: District Instructional Materials Committee (DIMC) Recommendations, and the September Financial and September/October Enrollment Update.
Legislative Assembly
The leg assembly on Saturday was informative and with it being only one day this year was short, sweet and to the point with lots of info coming out.
Two issues were added to the state PTA priority list for the coming year. One dealt with expanding opportunities for foster children. You can see the resolution here Improving Education Outcomes for Foster Children
In the 2015-16 Legislative Biennium the Washington State PTA shall initiate and / or support legislation / policies that:
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The other dealt with increasing training for para educators(who are in invaluable part of the system especially for special needs kids) That can be found here
The para educator resolution was slightly amended to follow the guidelines of the state advisory committee on the issue.
Both resolutions passed overwhelmingly , the para one as slightly amended.
Of course the majority of the discussion focused on fully funding McCleary. Without funding it as needed improvements in capital funding ,other programs, become somewhat of a moot point. With the court sanctions in place everyone seems to be waiting to see what the next move is. In that vein it was agreed that we really need to put the pressure on the legislature to fully fund Mc Cleary. They claim to have added 1.3 billion to the pot but with takeaways it was substantially less and nowhere near what the court requires. 
I have attached a resolution that you might want to bring up to your PTA for approval along with a letter to the legislature to send once you have approved it (remember you are free to back resolutions on issues just not particular candidates). I have also attached a how to guide (from the Seattle council) which comes in handy about what to do once you have approved the resolution. I have included some of the background (abbreviated) on where McCleary stands. Also some of the most important legislators on the issue.
As always if any questions or you need any help with presentation please let me know.
- Jeff

Standards of Affiliation

Don't forget that this is due SATURDAY! Here's the form...

And a reminder that if you do everything on this form and keep all the documentation in one place, you're in great shape to apply for one of the State Group Awards :

I think you can click this picture and get to the webpage, but it is password-protected because it's in the Leadership pages. If you can't get there, log into the Leadership Resources, find WSPTA Awards, and then Group Award Forms.
Call for Classes - Convention 
The WSPTA Leadership Committee is reaching out to our members to seek ideas and topics for the 103rd WSPTA Annual Convention in Yakima, May 20-22. All of you have great ideas, now is your chance to make your ideas come alive. All forms are due October 30, 2015. Thank you in advance for taking the time to give us your input. Please submit completed forms to Dori Tate, WSPTA Leadership Director. Download the Call for Classes form.

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE to request classes that you haven't seen that you would like to take!!

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


School Board Meeting 10/26
Council Meeting 10/26

Important to know:
FedEx discount code: 0520882103!

You Rock
October: Brookside, Parkwood
November: Shoreline Children's Center, Einstein
December: Kellogg, Special Needs
January: Echo Lake, Lake Forest Park
February: Syre, Briarcrest
March: Highland Terrace, Shorewood
April: Cascade K8, Shorecrest
May: Meridian Park, Ridgecrest

Mark Your Calendars


Monday 10/26: No School
Monday 10/26, 7 pm: School Board Meeting
Monday 10/26, 7 pm: PTA Council Meeting, Alumni Room

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
Includes PTA & the Law
Region 8 Director: Lily Salas
*11/12 | Bellingham | 5:00pm - 9:00pm | TBD

PTA & the Law Training
(Region 6 will likely hold 3 more)

Region 2 Director: Jane Dulski
10/29 | Issaquah | 9:30am - 12:30pm | Register 
11/5 | Mercer Island | 9:30pm - 12:30pm | Register 
Region 4 Director: Espie Badillo Dilorio
11/10 | Chehalis area | TBD | TBD
Region 5 Director : Kristi Shafer
1/9 | TBD | TBD | TBD
Region 6 Director: Janice Kutzera
6-9 pm, Eastside FourSquare Church, Bothell
12/1, TBD, Seattle
January: Shoreline

Region 7 Director: Mary Levesque
11/16 | Coupeville | 5:30pm - 9:30pm | TBD
(co-hosted with Region 8)
Region 8 Director: Lily Salas
11/16 | Coupeville | 5:30pm - 9:30pm | TBD
(co-hosted with Region 7)
Region 9 Director: Tania Skinner
11/10 | 5:30pm - 9:30 pm| SeaTac| Register *NEW*
Region 12 Director: Connie Andrews
10/20 | Moses Lake | 5:30pm - 9:00pm | Register 
11/5 | Walla Walla | TBD | TBD

Other Events

Tele-Town Halls on K-12 Education
Leaders from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and educators from Washington school districts are hosting five tele-town halls in October and November to build awareness and understanding of Washington's K-12 learning standards and assessments.
Join any of the conversations live and ask questions:
October 27 | 7:00pm
NW Washington
November 3 | 7:00pm
South Puget Sound
November 5 | 12:00pm
Puget Sound area
November 10 | 12:00pm
Central and Eastern Washington



Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Hello Friend of the Family Support Department at Center for Human Services,
As a leader in your neighborhood, I wanted to share with you an opportunity for adults who live or work in the City of Shoreline.

The City of Shoreline is sponsoring 2 free trainings in Youth Mental Health First Aid. 
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health challenges in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. 
There are two dates to choose from, November 7th or December 7th.
Please help me spread the word about this free training opportunity.  It is a great training for anyone who cares for or works with youth:  parents, teachers, youth group leaders, coaches, aunts, uncles & grandparents! 
To register, contact Tanya at 206-631-8836 or
Tanya Laskelle
Family Support Program Director
Center for Human Services
(206) 631-8836 office
(206) 402-2470 cell |
CHS - "Building a stronger family at a time"  - NOW CARF Accredited!


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