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Northshore Council PTSA 6.10 - Council eNews
2019-2020 ♦ Issue 16 ♦ March 23, 2020
In This Issue
Council Calendar
3/24 - Weekly Northshore PTAs Online Roundtable | 12pm | Online
3/30 - *special meeting* General Membership Meeting | 12pm | Online
3/31 - Weekly Northshore PTAs Online Roundtable | 12pm | Online
4/7 - Weekly Northshore PTAs Online Roundtable | 12pm | Online
4/14 - Weekly Northshore PTAs Online Roundtable | 12pm | Online


View entire Council calendar
Weekly Online Roundtable - Tuesdays at Noon
Join us every Tuesday at noon (3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21) for continuing online discussion about PTAs and Coronavirus: How to Deal. We want to bring Northshore PTA leaders together to share ideas and innovations, ask questions and voice concerns, and work together to find ways to better serve our school communities (and beyond!) through the COVID-19 crisis. Let's support each other!
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/614808778?pwd=MFhla0wweSt2MExUcFF6YWlnZWgvQT09

Meeting ID: 614 808 778
Password: 029402

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Meeting ID: 614 808 778
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abIsmu6rb
If you have questions or suggested topics you would like to see addressed in the discussion, email Grace Jurado.
Did you miss our previous online roundtables?
Audio recordings for the 3/11 and 3/17 discussions are available on Soundcloud.
*special meeting* General Meeting - 3/30
Please join us for a special general membership meeting on Monday, March 30th at 12:00pm (noon) via Zoom. In addition to regular business reports and updates, we will consider and vote on a proposed 2020-2021 budget as well as changes to our Standing Rules (including allowances for online elections).
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/344951006?pwd=MWhDRTBTMERYT3o1cmg2VE8zbXpNQT09

Meeting ID: 344 951 006
Password: 000920

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+13462487799,,344951006# US (Houston)
+16699009128,,344951006# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
        +1 253 215 8782 US
        +1 301 715 8592 US
Meeting ID: 344 951 006
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abIsmu6rb
Note: We plan to update our website to include the proposed budget and standing rules for your review prior to the meeting.

We hope to see you there!
WSPTA Reflections Finalists
Congratulations again to our 67 Northshore students who qualified for state-level judging in this year's Reflections competition! The results from Washington State PTA are in and we have nine students who placed at the state level:
Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round. We want to offer special congratulations to Anthony Schmidt, whose photography entry, titled "Stuck in the Mud," will be continuing on to the National level! The 2019-2020 national winners will be announced May 1, 2020. For more information about Reflections, including the full list of state winners, visit our website.
Tip of the Week
What can our PTAs do to help?

All PTAs
Please continue to share messages that you receive from the district with your community. For various reasons, some people have trouble receiving emails from the district but they may get them from your PTA, so please help spread district news through your school's community.

Elementary PTAs:
Share the district's childcare survey/signup information with your community-- we have heard that there is still capacity, so we want families who need it to apply for it!

Middle School PTAs:
Share out school emails as you receive them. And consider sharing out the district learning resources for grades 6-8 (they also include a suggested weekly schedule that families may find helpful).

High School PTAs:
Share out information as you receive it regarding Running start, AP testing, IB info, graduation info, etc. A great thing to share out is Dr. Reid's live video information session for Seniors this Wednesday (3/25) at 2:00.
PTA Proud

Breakfast To Go!

Photo of the table set up in front of the Moorlands Elementary main office where people could come and pick up a to-go breakfast bag.During the first full week of NSD school closure (March 9-13), there was no district breakfast service. Moorlands PTA saw this need and took action! The PTA coordinated making to-go breakfast bags for families that usually relied on school to provide breakfast. The bags were set outside the school office from 9am - 6:30pm for pick-up by anyone who needed it. The bags included items like shelf stable milk, applesauce, mini cereals, packets of oatmeal and breakfast bars, which were donated by the community. Huge high-fives to Moorlands PTA for recognizing and working to support this community need! (Photo courtesy of Quinn Wyatt.)

Virtual Spirit Days

Kokanee PTA jumped into the first week of online learning by posting a video on their Facebook page inviting their community to participate in a virtual spirit day and staff appreciation. At their class zoom meetings on Friday, March 13th, students wore their spirit wear and held up signs thanking staff and teachers. Bear Creek PTA and Frank Love PTA both held a virtual spirit week on Facebook to help continue a sense of connection in their community during last week's online learning pause. Each day, they posted a theme and invited families to share their pictures to help raise spirits and build connections. In addition to hosting a virtual spirit week this week on Facebook, Wellington PTA is also hosting virtual events, including Family Movie Night and a PTA Q&A event.

It is exciting to see the creative ways our PTAs are developing to raise spirits and bring families (virtually) together!

Event Adaptation

Inglemoor High School PTSA is working to pivot their cancelled parent education night into something a bit different. In partnership with their school counseling department and their originally scheduled parent education speaker, they are looking at hosting a weekly series of one-hour Zoom sessions specifically to help support parents in dealing with COVID-19. The first 15-20 minutes would be content delivery followed by Q and A from the participants. Beyond that, they are also working to offer something similar for students. The creative thinking and collaboration being employed to help support families during these challenging times is so inspiring!
Is your PTA doing something that makes you #PTAProud? Or have you seen or heard about PTA activities in Northshore that inspire or deserve recognition? We would love to hear about it! Please contact Melissa Kline or Cindy Jensen with your program, story, or event!
Council Kudos!
  • GRATITUDE to Council President Grace Jurado for her work managing and responding to countless media requests and serving as an awesome representative of PTA.
  • MANY THANKS to all the Northshore PTA Leaders who have attended our recent online roundtable discussions, making them a valuable forum for information sharing, ideas and support.
PTA News

WSPTA Recaps 2020 Legislative Session

Get the rundown on the progress made, the wins, and the misses during this year's short Washington state legislative session (which adjourned on March 12) by reading the WSPTA 2020 Legislative Session - Week Nine Recap, Sine Die.

National PTA Wants to hear from YOU!

Help National PTA help you during COVID-19! Please share what you are experiencing and how PTA can best support your efforts as a community leader. Any/all feedback is helpful! Take the 5 minute survey!

COVID-19 Resources from European PTA

European PTA has assembled, Online Resources for Parents and Students During COVID-19 Closures (pdf). There is a wealth of information and links categorized in sections such as "Family Activities to do at Home" and "Special Needs Resources" and "Free Subscriptions and Services." Thanks to European PTA for compiling this resource and making it available to all!
Training Opportunities
Mark your calendars for this spring's premier training event:
Power of Connection - WSPTA Convention, May 15-17, 2020  
WSPTA Annual Convention
May 15 -17, 2020
Lynnwood Convention Center
More information coming soon!
For more information regarding training and requirements, visit our website.
Are there specific training topics that your PTA needs or is interested in exploring??? Let us know!
Community News/Resources

Northshore Nourishing Network Resource List

Northshore Nourishing Network website has been updated with current information about local food banks and free meal information. Some local food banks may not be operating on their regular schedule right now and are instead offering pre-packed bags of groceries. Some community meal providers may not be serving sit-down meals and have switched to providing bagged meals-to-go. Use their list as a starting point and if you are in need, try to call providers ahead of time to check.
Save the Date

Spring Recognition Awards

Every year, Northshore Council PTSA recognizes people that have gone above and beyond in their service to our community. We don't actually have a date for this or know exactly how it is going to work yet. But we want to make sure you know-- we are planning to celebrate! 🎉🎉🎉
Please take a few minutes and nominate someone you feel has made an impact and a difference! Let's recognize their hard work, sacrifice and contributions!!! Note: you may submit more than one nomination!
Make a Nomination!
Nominations are due by May 1st, 2020. Visit our website to learn more about the Northshore Council PTSA Awards program and see past recipients. Questions? Email Jane Chiodo.
Council Information/Useful Links
President: Grace Jurado
First Vice-President: Jane Chiodo
VP Local PTA Support- SecondaryMelissa Kline
VP Local PTA Support - Elementary : Cindy Jensen
Advocacy VPs: Nancy Chamberlain & Charla Griffy Brown
VP of Events: OPEN
VP of Communications: Robin Zaback
Secretary: Jennifer Drury

Treasurer: Tricia Woods
Membership:  OPEN
E-prep & Safety: Robin McKenzie & Tracy Jokisch
Special Ed Rep: Michele Holowachuk
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