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Northshore Council PTSA 6.10 - Council eNews
2018-2019 ♦ Issue 5 ♦ October 22, 2018
In This Issue
Council Calendar
11/1 - Presidents & Principals Luncheon, 11:30am-1pm – Evergreen Church
11/5 - Council General Membership Meeting, 7pm Woodinville Fire Station 31
11/6 - Election Day!
11/9 - Coffee with Council, 1-2:30pm - The Hangar, Kenmore
11/13 - School Board Meeting, 4pm – NSD Admin Building

11/15 - Resolutions Submission Deadline for WSPTA Convention
11/28-29 - Reflections Submissions to Council Due

View entire Council calendar
WSPTA's New Top 5 Platform!
The 40th Annual Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly was October 20-21, 2018, in Auburn, WA. PTA delegates from across the state came together to set a new platform of legislative priorities for the 2018-2020 legislative session. Delegates approved three new legislative principles, four new resolutions as well as one amended resolution. In addition, a new two-year legislative platform was approved and the top five issues decided.

Top Five Issues:
  1. Social Emotional Learning
  2. School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds**
  3. Prevent Gun Violence
  4. Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage**
  5. Strategic K-12 Investments to Close Gaps

Also Supported Issues include:
  • Best Practices for School Meals - Lunch
  • Best Practices for School Recess
  • Engaging Families in Student Success
  • Fund Paraeducator Training
  • Increase Access to High-Quality Preschool
  • Raise the Age of Tobacco and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems to 21**
  • Safe School Plans and Emergency Preparedness**
**Submitted by Northshore PTA members!
Meet Your Council co-VPs of Advocacy
Since Legislative Assembly just ended, it seems like a great time to introduce our Council co-VPs of Advocacy. Nancy and Charla are both amazing advocates with a wealth of experience and they want to support you! If you have questions or are interested in learning more about how you or your PTA can speak up for change at your school or how to use our WSPTA legislative platform to advocate at a local or district level, reach out to them!
co-VP Advocacy
Nancy Chamberlain
Nancy Chamberlain
Nancy was a new PTA member when her PTA President gave an update on how WSPTA was advocating for simple majority for school levies, which would put millions more dollars into public schools.  “I realized then that PTA has a powerful role speaking for all kids,” she says. She has over 20 years’ experience volunteering and has served in a variety of leadership roles with Northshore PTAs. She also currently serves on WSPTA's Board as Advocacy Director.
co-VP Advocacy
Charla Griffy-Brown
Charla Griffy Brown
Charla is a Professor in Information Systems and Technology Management at the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business. In addition, she is an accomplished corporate board member and speaker. Charla has served as PTA president at Timbercrest Middle School and Co-President of Hollywood Hill Elementary. In addition to serving on Council this year, she also currently serves on the Northshore Schools Foundation Board.
Presidents & Principals Luncheon - 11/1
Northshore Council's annual Presidents & Principals Luncheon is Thursday, November 1st from 11:30am-1pm at Evergreen Church (Bothell). Invitations were emailed to presidents on 10/12/2018. Presidents should personally invite their school principal to attend (if the principal is unable, then ask the assistant principal). Be sure to RSVP-- if the president is unable to attend, please plan to send another delegate from your PTA/PTSA (we wouldn't want your principal to have to sit alone!). Contact Stacey Meyer if you have questions.
Council General Membership Meeting - 11/5
NEW LOCATION!!!! The next Northshore Council General Membership Meeting will be on Monday, November 5, 2018. Note that the meeting place has changed! We will be meeting at Woodinville Fire Station 31 (17718 Woodinville Snohomish Rd, Woodinville, WA 98072). The meeting will begin at 7pm. Come a little early to meet with Council and local PTA leaders and enjoy a snack! Questions? Contact Carrie McKenzie.
PTA Praise
One topic allNorth Creek High School banner hanging at the school entrance. PTA’s discuss is how to communicate with families.  We often talk about over communicating and using multiple methods. North Creek High School PTSA recently posted on Facebook, sharing a photo of the huge colorful banner outside their school to let families know about their meeting. So their eye-catching banner (with great branding!) not only offered a friendly meeting reminder to those coming into the school, but also served as a great online reminder, too! Great work NCHS PTSA!
Council Kudos!
  • GRATITUDE to Marcilla Proudfit, VP West, for representing Council at the October 8th School Board Meeting, speaking to dyslexia awareness as well as recent and upcoming Council events.
  • BIG HOORAYS to ALL of our awesome Northshore PTA/PTSA delegates who attended Legislative Assembly, including Council delegates Carrie McKenzie, Robin McKenzie and Marcilla Proudfit. We are so grateful for your work on updates and additions to our legislative platform and for advocating for all children!
Training Opportunities
Upcoming opportunities to meet your annual training requirements:
 
In-person:
10/24 - Region 7 PTA & the Law (Lynnwood,WA)
Online:
10/27 - PTA & the Law (Webinar)
11/8 - Managing Your Non-Profit PTA (Webinar)
11/13 - PTA & the Law (Webinar)
For more information regarding training and requirements, visit our website.
PTA News

Reflections Theme Search

Natioinal PTA is looking for a great theme for Reflections 2020-2021! Encourage students at your school to enter their ideas-- the deadline is November 1, 2018. For more information (including Spanish translations), visit the Reflections page on WSPTA's website and click on "Theme Search."

This is a VERY simple process to enter - you can email the entries! A great way to promote your Reflections program is to run a quick school-wide promo of the theme search this month - ANY student can participate!

Resolution Submissions Due - 11/15

It doesn't just happen at Legislative Assembly! Resolution proposals submitted in November (due by 11/15!) are considered for adoption or amendment at Convention in the spring. Resolutions guide our advocacy work from the local to the state level. They may be amended and updated, or retired, are long-term and usually broader in scope than legislative issues. Any PTA member is encouraged to submit a resolution that addresses concerns that affect children on a state-wide level. Learn more...

Game Development Competition

Game ON! WSPTA's annual Game Development Competition is open to students in grades 9-12 (or 7 and 8 grade students as part of a larger group of 9th graders or older) and offers a great opportunity to share their knowledge of computer science based on this year's theme: Time. Intent to submit (the notification to PTA that you plan on competing) is due January 15, and games are due March 1, 2019. Learn more...
Community News/Resources

October is Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month. Northshore Council has gathered a collection of resources on our website to help build awareness about bullying. Learn more...

Election Day - 11/6!

Ballots are arriving in homes now! Be sure to complete your ballot and turn it in by November 6th so that your vote counts! Drop it in a local dropbox or return your ballot by mail (no stamp required-- but it must be postmarked on or before 11/6). For your convenience, the official voters pamphlet is also available online-- there are multiple languages available as well as an audio format.  
Save the Date

Coffee with Council - 11/9

Local PTA leaders are invited join us for our next Coffee with Council event on Friday, November 9, 2018, starting at 1:00pm at The Hangar in Kenmore (6728 Northeast 181st St, Kenmore, WA 98028).  Feel free to stop by with questions or just to connect with us. We'd love to see you!
Council Information/Useful Links
co-Presidents: Grace Jurado & Carrie McKenzie
First Vice-President: Cindy Jenson
Treasurer: Tricia Woods
Secretary: Rachel Northquist
Advocacy VPs: Nancy Chamberlain &
          Charla Griffy Brown

E-prep & Safety: Robin McKenzie
Special Ed Rep: Michele Holowachuk
VP of Events: Stacey Meyer
VP of Communication: Robin Zaback
VP East:  Melissa Kline
VP West: Marcilla Proudfit
Membership:  Sherry Rudolph &
       Mary Khouzam

Family Engagement: open
Social Services: open
Council Website
Council Meeting Minutes
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Northshore School District
Washington State PTA
National PTA
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