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Northshore Council PTSA 6.10 - Council eNews
2018-2019 ♦ Issue 4 ♦ October 8, 2018
In This Issue
Council Calendar
10/9 - NSD/PTA Connections Luncheon, 11:30am - NSD Admin Building
10/15 - Council Board Meeting, 7pm – location TBD
10/19 - E-Prep Chair Meeting, 10am - Kenmore Fire Station 51
10/20-21 - WSPTA Legislative Assembly - Auburn, WA
10/22 - School Board Meeting, 7pm – NSD Admin Building
11/1 - President & Principals Luncheon, 11:30am - Evergreen Church

11/5 - General Membership Meeting, 7pm - WHS
11/9 - Coffee with Council, 1pm -
The Hangar, Kenmore

View entire Council calendar
Reflections - It's Not Too Late!
Heroes Around MePTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate by submitting original pieces of work in 6 categories (Dance, Musical Composition, Visual Arts 2D and 3D, Film, Literature and Photography) against this year's theme: "Heroes Around Me." 

Studies have shown there is  the relationship between the arts and health and well-being across one’s lifespan.  Thank you for encouraging art by doing Reflections at your PTA!

Check out our Reflections page to learn more about the program, find resources, and more! Also, don't forget to sign up to receive Northshore Council PTSA's weekly Reflections newsletter-- it includes tips, reminders, and everything you need to know for your PTA/PTSA to run a successful Reflections program.

Turn in dates for local PTAs/PTSAs to submit Reflections entries for judging at Council-level are November 28-29, 2018. Entries can be dropped off at the Kenmore Starbucks (by the bowling alley) from 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Questions about Reflections? Contact our Council Reflections Chair, Cindy Jenson.
Meet Your Council First Vice-President
First Vice-President (and Reflections Chair):
Cindy Jensen
Cindy Jensen
I love PTA and everything it stands for. I love how people come together to make life better for all kids. It all started 16 years ago, running the tutoring program when my daughter was in kindergarten. She is now a junior in college and my youngest is a senior in high school. I thank all of you for stepping up and giving your time and talents to PTA.
Membership: Using PT Avenue
Feeling overwhelmed keeping up with membership? Need a little help with PT Avenue? There is a wealth of resources on the Washington State PTA website available to you and your team. Visit Leadership Guides (Login: Every  Password: Child) and then scroll down to the "Membership Database" section to find training guides, specific information on how to enter members in the database, manage reports and so much more! There are even videos to help you learn how to import data.

Remember that you can ask for help entering data into the database. Make it a team effort. Membership is everyone’s responsibility!

Questions? Council's Membership Chairs are here to support you as well and they are only an email away: Mary Khouzam and Sherry Rudolph.
Watch the Candidates Forum
On Monday, October 1, 2018, Northshore Council PTSA sponsored a Candidates Forum featuring candidates vying for state legislative positions in the 1st, 45th and 46th districts. Most questions were solicited from the community and pre-selected in advance, though there were also a few from forum attendees. Learn more...

For those who were unable to attend in person, we are excited to be able to offer a recording of the event:
2018 Candidates Forum
PTA Praise
Westhill Elementary PTSA Walk-a-Thon 2018
On the evening of Friday October 5th, Westhill Elementary PTSA brought their community together to for their annual Walk-a-Thon. The color run theme was a delight to all and thanks to the generous sponsors student shirts and dinner were provided to everyone free of charge. This annual fundraiser supports numerous Westhill PTSA programs including classroom grants, enrichment activities and curriculum, safety patrol and more. Community building and fundraising side by side are a wonderful representation of being PTSA Proud. Nice job, Westhill!
Council Kudos!
  • MANY THANKS to Nancy Chamberlain and Charla Griffy Brown for organizing the Candidates Forum on October 1.
  • THANK YOU to the many volunteers who helped make the Candidates Forum a success, including Michele Holowachuk and her son for set-up, Susie Krost for greeting, Carrie McKenzie for guidance with logistics, Robin McKenzie and his daughter for filming, Rachel Northquist for greeting, Marcilla Proudfit for timekeeping, and Robin Zaback for communications and helping with questions from audience. - submitted by Nancy Chamberlain and Charla Griffy Brown
  • CHEERS to Marcilla Proudfit for organizing and leading our first Coffee with Council event on October 4.
Training Opportunities
There are still many opportunities to meet your annual training requirements:
10/20-21 - Legislative Assembly (Auburn, WA)
10/24 - Region 7 PTA & the Law (Lynnwood,WA)
10/12 - Roles & Responsibilities of the Board (Webinar)
10/27 - PTA & the Law (Webinar)
For more information regarding training and requirements, visit our website.
PTA News

Legislative Assembly 2018

The 40th Annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly is coming up October 20-21, 2018! PTA delegates from across the state will come together to set a new platform of legislative priorities for the 2018-2020 legislative session. Presidents have until October 12th to submit the names of their PTA/PTSA's delegates-- so if you've been thinking about attending, it is not too late!

If you are serving as a delegate, take some time to
read up on the proposed legislative principles, issues and resolutions. There is also a handy voting delegate guide to help explain how Legislative Assembly works. Find these resources, registration information, and more on WSPTA's Legislative Assembly page.

Grant Opportunities from National PTA

National PTA currently has five active grant programs accepting applications. Included are two PTA Connected grants (oriented around digital safety), two STEM + Families options, and a Take Your Family to School Week Grant. It is super easy to apply for these grants and they can help your PTA develop and build some great family engagement events. Applications for all of these close on October 21, 2018. Learn more...
Community News/Resources

NSD Volunteer Application Updates

The Northshore School District will longer be using the Washington State Patrol (WATCH) criminal history form as part of the volunteer application. Any information that was collected previously on this form, is now part of the volunteer application under Section 1. Volunteer backgrounds will still be processed through the Washington State Patrol WATCH system. For more information about volunteering, please visit the District's website. All PTA/PTSA organizations are asked to check their volunteer information on their website. NSD encourages all organizations to link to their school's website or the District's website for all volunteer forms. As they work toward an electronic application process this information may periodically change on these sites. If you have any questions, please email

War of the Worlds Revisited

The Kenmore Heritage Society will be presenting a multi-media recreation of the classic 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, based on a fictional story by H.G. Wells about an invasion by Martians. All are welcome to attend this FREE event on Saturday, October 13th from 6-8pm at The Hangar (Kenmore). For more information, check out the event flyer.

The Great Shake Out

Drop, cover, and hold on! The Great Shake Out is coming on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:18 am. It is the largest statewide earthquake drill and tsunami siren test. There are many ways to participate in the Shake Out, to get prepared for earthquakes, and to share what you're doing with others so they can do the same. Learn more...

Art Docent 101 Training

Are you a new art docent or a returning docent who wants a refresher on the “nuts & bolts” of being a classroom art docent? NSD's Art Docent Training Team is holding a FREE training on the basics of being an effective and confident art docent on Friday, October 19th from 10:30-11:30am at the NSD Admin Building (3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell). Please RSVP to

At this time there is no evening session planned but pending enough interest, a session could be added the week of October 22nd. Please email if this is of interest. 

Spooky Science Night at BHS

Families are invited to attend a "Spooky Night" at Bothell High School Commons on Saturday, October 27th from 6-9:00pm. The cost is $12 at the door and proceeds will support Bothell High School's Science Olympiad team who are raising funds to attend Nationals in New York this spring. The event will include lots of fun, hands-on activities, including gem mining, slime factory, magic potions, and more! For more information, or if your PTA would like to help spread the word, please check out the e-flier.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, working to raise awareness about the learning disorder that involves difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters and other symbols. In Washington state, nearly 1 in 5 students, or about 20% of the population, is impacted by by language-based learning disorders such as dyslexia. Learn more...
Save the Date

Presidents & Principals Luncheon - 11/1

Attention local PTA/PTSA Presidents! The annual Presidents & Principals luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, November 1st from 11:30am-1pm at Evergreen Church (Bothell). Presidents should personally invite their school principal to attend (if the principal is unable, then ask the vice-principal). And please be sure to RSVP-- if the president is unable to attend, do please send another delegate from your PTA/PTSA.

General Membership Meeting - 11/5

The next Northshore Council General Membership Meeting will be on Monday, November 5, 2018 at Woodinville High School. It will begin with a meet and greet at 6:30pm, followed by the meeting at 7:00pm.

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.  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
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