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Northshore Council PTSA 6.10 - Council eNews
2018-2019 ♦ Issue 10 ♦ December 31, 2018
In This Issue
Council Calendar
1/5 - Region 6 Winter Conference - Dearborn Park International Elementary School, Seattle
1/7 - Council General Membership Meeting, 7pm - NSD Admin
1/12 - Setup for Reflections, 12 - 5pm - Eastside Foursquare Church, Bothell
1/12 - Reflections Celebration, 6:30 - 8:30pm - Eastside Foursquare Church, Bothell
1/16 - Digital Safety 101, 7pm - Canyon Park Middle School Little Theater
1/22 - PTA & the Law, 6 - 9pm - location TBD
1/30 - Screenagers, 6:30 - 8:30pm - Leota Middle School

View entire Council calendar
General Membership Meeting - 1/7
Please join us for our first Northshore Council PTSA General Membership Meeting of 2019 on Monday, January 7th at the NSD Admin Building (3330 Monte Villa Pkwy, Bothell, WA 98021). There will be a meet and greet at 6:30 and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Each PTA may send up to 4 voting representatives-- but we encourage ALL who are interested to attend.

To start the year off, we are excited to welcome Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown as guest speaker. Non-profit organizations are increasingly becoming targets for fraud, and there are PTAs that have fallen prey to email and "phishing" schemes. Charla has a wealth of experience in the world of non-profits and technology and she will be sharing information about what you *need to know* about cybersecurity, financial best practices, and money handling so you can better protect YOUR PTA from fraud. In addition to a presentation there will be a Q&A so that you can get your questions answered!

We hope you join us for what is sure to be an informative meeting!
Reflections Celebration - 1/12
We hope you will join us for the Northshore Council Reflections celebration on Saturday, January 12th at Eastside Foursquare Church (14520 100th Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011). This year we had 270 artists throughout the district who participated! The event will begin with a dedicated time for our Special Artist submitters from 6:30pm - 7pm, followed by viewing time for the general public from 7pm - 8:30pm.
Set up will take place all day on Saturday, 1/12, and we will need lots of helping hands. If you know anyone who needs service hours or can volunteer, please share this sign-up with them:

Questions? Contact Stacey Meyer
Digital Safety 101 - 1/16
Digital Safety 101 On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, author and speaker Jo Langford will be giving a parent talk, "Digital Safety 101," at Canyon Park Middle School's Little Theater at 7:00 p.m. Digital safety is a timely and important issue. The talk is tailored to parents to build their Internet "savvy" to help our kids balance their online lives with boundaries, etiquette and good judgment.

Please consider sharing this free parent education event with your members and school community! This parent education event is being sponsored by Canyon Park MS PTSA, Skyview MS PTSA and Northshore Council. Learn more...
Screenagers - 1/30
ScreenagersLeota Middle School PTSA and Northshore Council PTSA are thrilled to present Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age. This FREE screening event for parents and community members will take place on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Leota Middle School, from 6:30 - 8:30pm. Screenagers is a documentary film about the biggest parenting issue of our time, depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Reserve your seat here:
Are You Ready to Step Up?
Consider Serving on Council!
Build your leadership skills and support our local PTAs by serving on the 2019-20 Northshore Council PTSA Executive Committee! If you are looking to become more involved, the Nominating Committee would love to hear from you! Positions open for nominations include:
  • President
  • Secretary
  • VP Advocacy
  • VP Communications
  • VP West
  • First VP
  • Treasurer
  • VP Events
  • VP East
For more information about any of these roles, the nominating process, or if you would like to make a nomination, please contact one of our Nominating Committee members: Nancy Chamberlain, Sue Freeman, and Stacey Meyer.

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you! Learn more...
PTA Praise
Hollywood Hill PTA has facilitated the development of a Sensory/Comfort Tote that lives between the gym and music room, and is accessible to anyone during school assemblies and evening events. The box has headphones, ear plugs, a teddy bear, bumpy seat pad, activity books and crayons, and other options for kids of all ages. Directions are simply to use as needed to ease discomfort of any child. Return items, wiped down, to the box when done.

It is such wonderful idea that works to help create an inclusive and welcoming environment at events at your school! Great job Hollywood Hill PTA!
Council Kudos!
  • THANK YOU to Melissa Kline for organizing and facilitating a networking event for Northshore middle school PTA leaders in November.
  • MANY THANKS to Stacey Meyer for graciously hosting a wonderful holiday gathering for Council board members.
Training Opportunities
Upcoming opportunities to meet your annual training requirements:
1/5 - Region 6 Winter Conference - Seattle, WA
1/22 - PTA & the Law (location TBD)
1/9 - Effective Budgets (webinar)
1/19 - PTA & the Law (webinar)
For more information regarding training and requirements, visit our website.
PTA News

Region 6 Winter Conference

PTA leaders are invited to attend the Washington State PTA Region 6 Winter Conference on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Dearborn Park International Elementary School (2820 South Orcas Street, Seattle, WA 98108). The event is 9:00am - 3:30pm and includes classes (including PTA & the Law), roundtable discussions, and more!

Class offerings include:
  • Treasurer’s Basics
  • Advocacy at the Local PTA
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Board
  • Effective Budgets
  • Nominating Committee
  • PTA and the Law
Learn more and register online:

This is an approved WSPTA training event and classes taken do count toward the 2018-19 training requirement for elected officers.

WSPTA Responds to the Federal School Safety Commission Report

After the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Trump Administration established the Federal Commission on School Safety in order to both research and recommend solutions to advance the safety of our schools. The Commission released its final report in December. WSPTA supports many of the ideas but has concerns about several of the recommendations, including the rollback of guidance on school discipline and the need for greater attention and resource provisions for mental health early intervention and prevention services for youth and their families. Read WSPTA's full statement...
Community News/Resources

Northshore 2020 Boundary Adjustments

The district is in the process of determining boundary adjustments that will be needed with the construction of a new elementary school and the expansion of Skyview Middle School and Canyon Creek Elementary, both scheduled to open in fall of 2020. The proposed boundary changes are available on the district website.

The district will be holding a series of Community Open Houses where attendees can learn about the proposed boundaries, speak one-on-one with district staff, and be able to share feedback.
  • January 8, 2019 - Fernwood Elementary - 6-7pm
  • January 9, 2019 - Canyon Creek Elementary - 6-7pm
  • January 22, 2019 - Kokanee Elementary - 6:30-7:30pm

SafeSchools Alert App

Safe Schools Alert, the system Northshore School District uses for reporting and tracking safety issues, has a new app for easily and anonymously reporting tips. The SafeSchools Alert Mobile App is free for Android or Apple smartphones and allows students and adults to submit safety tips 24/7 to alert NSD officials about bullying, harassment, mental health concerns, and threats of violence.

Please remember that this is not monitored 24 hours a day, always call 911 if there is an emergency. Learn more...

Middle School Gym Nights Start in January!

Middle School Gym Night is a FREE event just for Northshore School District middle school students! Middle schoolers can drop-in to shoot some hoops or play other fun games, hang with friends and enjoy a slice of pizza. Starting on Monday, January 7th, the program (co-sponsored by Canyon Park Middle School PTSA and local restaurant owner Pete Anthony) will be offered on Monday nights from 5:00-6:15pm, during the school year (except holidays/breaks), at the Frank Love Elementary gym. Learn more...
Save the Date

Bus with Us to Focus Day - 2/11

Join us as we meet with our Northshore legislators in Olympia to show that parents and students support excellence in education! Once again, Northshore Council PTSA will be offering a "bus" for members who wish to attend Focus Day in Olympia on Monday, February 11th. We'll be leaving from the NSD Admin building at 7:30am with a planned return time later that day of 3:30pm.

Email to save your seat on the bus!
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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