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Northshore Council PTSA 6.10 - Council eNews
2019-2020 ♦ Issue 17 ♦ April 6, 2020
BREAKING NEWS: Governor Inslee announced this afternoon that he would be extending school closure through the end of the school year.
In This Issue
Council Calendar
4/6-10 - Spring Break
4/7 - Weekly Northshore PTAs Online Roundtable | 12pm | Online
4/9 - Navigating in Uncertain Times Workshop for Teens | 4pm | Online
4/9 - Navigating in Uncertain Times Workshop for Parents | 7pm | Online
4/13 - Council Board Meeting | 7pm | Online
4/14 - Weekly Northshore PTAs Online Roundtable | 12pm | Online
4/16 - NSD/PTA Communications Luncheon | Time TBD | NSD Administration Building CANCELLED
4/16 - Navigating in Uncertain Times Workshop for Teens | 4pm | Online
4/16 - Navigating in Uncertain Times Workshop for Parents | 7pm | Online
4/20 - Conversations with the Board | 7pm | Skyview Middle School POSTPONED
4/20 - *special meeting* General Membership Meeting (Election) | 7pm | Online

View entire Council calendar
Self Declare for 2020-21 Board Positions
Northshore Council PTSA will be holding its 2020-2021 elections online. Since “nominations from the floor” can’t work as they normally would at an in-person meeting, Northshore Council PTSA is opening up the floor virtually by using an online submission form.  If you are interested in joining the 2020-2021 Northshore Council PTSA Executive Board, now is the time to self declare!

Individuals who would like to nominate themselves for an elected position on Northshore Council PTSA can do so at:

Deadline for submission is Friday, April 10th. At the close of the self-nomination period, if there is any contested position we will send out an electronic voting method. If no position is contested, we will hold election by voice vote in our next General Meeting, on Monday, April 20th at 7pm. Find more information on our website.
Help Council Recognize Amazing People!
Every year, Northshore Council PTSA asks for nominations of community members deserving recognition for their efforts and accomplishments in promoting the well-being and education of children in our community! Please take a moment to visit our award nomination form for info on the specific awards and be sure to throw in a name or two (multiple forms can be submitted for multiple people!). In these not-so-fantastic times, it'll be good to share out a little happy!
Submit an Award Nomination!
Nominations close May 1, 2020.
Learn more about recognition awards and see a list of past recipients on our website.
Navigating in Uncertain Times Online Workshops
All Northshore parents and teens are invited to join FREE weekly Zoom calls facilitated by Cher Anderton (MSW, LSWAIC) on Thursdays (April 9, 16, 23, and 30). The calls will be one hour and held separately for students (4pm) and parents/caregivers (7pm). Join for one or all of the meetings! The events require pre-registration. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Find all the details, including registration links and shareable graphics, on our website.

This series is brought to Northshore by the Inglemoor High School Counselors, Inglemoor PTSA and Northshore Council PTSA.
Navigating in Uncertain Times: Online workshops for parents and teens event graphic. Facilitated by Cher Anderton, MSW, LSWAIC; Thursdays: 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, and 4/30. Teen workshop 4-5pm; Parent workshop 7-8 pm. Strategies to navigate current events and support one another. Brought to NSD by the Inglemoor High School Counseling Department, and co-sponsored by Inglemoor PTSA and Northshore Council PTSA.
Please consider sharing this event series with your community.
March 30th General Meeting Recap
Northshore Council PTSA held a special membership meeting online on Monday, March 30th. Members approved Council's 2020-21 budget and updated the standing rules to include provision for electronic voting. Read the full recap on our website!
Tip of the Week
Getting PTA Business Done

There are two key items of business that PTAs need to accomplish at membership meetings by the end of the fiscal year:
  •     Approve a budget for the next fiscal year
  •     Hold officer elections
The good news is PTAs CAN conduct meetings virtually – via conference call or video conferencing. WSPTA offers some great information about "Taking Care of Business through Virtual Meetings." In addition, Northshore Council has resources available to help your PTA prepare for a virtual election, including a policy template that your PTA can easily edit and adapt to your needs.

Try to take the time to learn about best practice, meet with your board of directors, decide on the best way forward for your PTA, document that in your minutes and then do what you are able to do in these unprecedented times. Stay safe, stay healthy, and do your best. Remember that Council is also here to help you!
PTA Proud
It is so inspiring to see the many ways our Northshore PTAs are working to support thier school communities! Some recent examples include:
  • Frank Love PTA continues to run its food pantry and serve as a resource for many of their families who have been experiencing hardships related to the closure of schools and non-essential jobs.
  • Skyview Middle School PTSA surveyed its families to see how and where the PTSA could focus its efforts and support those most in need. Respondents who expressed need and shared contact information were contacted and connected with community resources. The PTSA helped create a bridge between those who needed assistance and the community resources that could help.
  • North Creek High School PTSA has partnered with North Creek High School to form a NCHS Family Tech Support Network. The idea is to build a corps of Tech Support volunteers to help NCHS students and parents resolve their tech issues. It is an innovative approach to support families and help resolve tech issues more quickly while also strengthening their community.
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!
  • MANY THANKS to everyone who was able to join us for our online meetings last week, including our March 30th General Meeting and our Weekly Roundtable discussion. We so appreciate you joining us!
  • GRATITUDE to Jane Chiodo, Tricia Woods and Robin Zaback for their work developing and drafting Northshore Council PTSA's Electronic Voting Policy.
PTA News

WSPTA Advocacy Platform Submissions Now Being Accepted

As a grassroots association Washington State PTA relies on its members to provide the priorities that we will advocate for at the state-level and within our communities. Any PTA member is encouraged to submit an issue, resolution, or principle that addresses concerns that affect children on a state-wide level. Find links to submission information and more on our website.
Training Opportunities

WSPTA Convention is Going Virtual!

On Tuesday, March 24, WSPTA sent a special bulletin to PTA leaders informing everyone of the decision to move the convention (originally scheduled from May 15-17) from an in-person, social gathering to a virtual landscape. Details are being worked out and when more information is available, it will be posted on the WSPTA website.
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

NSD Spring Break Update

A few hepful links from Northshore School District:
Read the full spring break update (posted April 3rd) on the NSD website.

Children's Book Drive

The Northshore Schools Foundation is hosting a children’s book drive to help those who may have children’s books stored safely in their home, gathering dust and get them to students who need them. Find all the details on their website.

Northshore Speaks - 4/29

Northshore School District is hosting Northshore Speaks for students and staff to share their own spoken word poetry on Wednesday, April 29 from 6-7:30pm on Northshore's Virtual Stage. In addition to the event, and in honor of National Poetry Month, spoken word entries will be highlighted on the District’s Facebook and Instagram pages during the month of April. Learn more about the event and reserve your virtual tickets on the district website.
Save the Date

Weekly Online Roundtable - Tuesdays at Noon

Join us every Tuesday at noon (through June 16th) 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

Find phone dial-in info for this meeting on our website.
If you have questions or suggested topics you would like to see addressed in the discussion, email Grace Jurado.
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
Council Website
Council Meeting Minutes
Council Facebook page (like us!)
Northshore School District
Washington State PTA
National PTA
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Northshore Council PTSA, 6.10 - Washington State PTA 2018-2019 Award Winner: Gold for Outstanding E-blast; Gold for Outstanding Communication Strategy; Gold for Outstanding Website; Silver for Advocacy Award of Excellence
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