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A weekly newsletter from Lake Washington PTSA Council 2.8.
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Weekly Waves

News to Use Right Now
April 12, 2021
As you return from Spring Break and prepare for school schedule changes, we invite you to join us at a Council event this week. Got a question? Please contact any member of our board.

April Membership Meeting Recap

Congratulations to Ella Baker PTSA for earning a You Rock award for their Partner School Program at our April membership meeting.

Here are the draft minutes and documents shared at the meeting: Got a question? Please email Council President Brandi Comstock at president@lwptsa.net. See the meeting schedule on our website.
The following officers were elected at the April 1, 2021 membership meeting to serve for the 2021-2022 PTA year.  Thank you for your willingness to serve, and thank you to our Nominating Committee (Meredith Cain, Kristin Dorwin and Chitra Ramalingam) for the time and care you invested in recruiting these wonderful leaders!Thank You
  • Co-Presidents – Brandi Welke (Comstock) and Yumna Amien (Green)
  • Executive Vice President – Melinda Lincicome
  • Secretary – OPEN
  • Treasurer – Michelle Rocamora
  • Vice President of Advocacy – Michelle Obenaus
  • Co-Vice Presidents of FACE – Hae Sue Park and Swarnima Aswinkumar
  • Co-Vice Presidents of Programs – Anuraga Gowtham and Cristiane Wegmann
  • Area VP Evergreen – Deborah Robertson
  • Area VP Finn Hill – Kristen Dorwin
  • Area VP Inglewood – Manda Mangrai
  • Co-Area VPs Kamiakin – Muusa Liinpaa and Dorthea (Thea) Warner
  • Area VP Kirkland – Meredith Cain
  • Area VP Redmond – Danit Erlich
  • Area VP Rose Hill – OPEN
  • Area VP Timberline – Stacy Hatch*
*A funny thing happened on the way to elections! No one realized Stacy Hatch was currently serving her second consecutive term as AVP Timberline. Since she is no longer eligible for this role, her election is invalid and the role of Area VP Timberline is still open. We will open the floor for nominations and hold elections for the positions of Secretary, Area VP Rose Hill, and Area VP Timberline for the 2021-2022 term at the May Membership meeting, which will be held virtually on May 6, 2021 at 9:45am. If you are interested or have questions about these roles, please contact Council President Brandi Comstock.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting - April 14

All PTA leaders are welcome to join our DEI committee meeting at 5PM on Wednesday, April 14 via Teams. The monthly committee meeting is a great opportunity to connect with other PTA leaders for helpful ideas and resource sharing. Another resource is our DEI Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/deilwptsa 
  • When: Wednesday, April 14 at 5PM
  • Where: Online via Teams
  • Questions: Email Sabeet Sidhu and Sequoya Lange, Council DEI Co-chairs

Wednesday Wellness - April 14

Jen Allen, personal trainer

LWPTSA Council is hosting a Wednesday Wellness series this spring for Lake Washington School District families! All are invited to join for a free virtual fitness class on Wednesdays at 6PM. Participants will be entered into a drawing for three $15 gift cards. 

Please send questions to Danit Erlich, Council's VP of Family and Community Engagement (FACE)

Student Earth Day Videos Due April 15

Earth Day is April 22April 22nd is Earth Day! It’s a reminder for us to come together and celebrate something we all have in common - our wonderful world as our home, our playground, our teacher. Lake Washington PTSA Council's Sustainability Committee is creating an Earth Day Video and is looking for 10-second videos from any and all LWSD students.  Learn more about Our Sustainability Committee. Got questions about this project? Email Sustainability Chair Stephanie Lecovin and earthday@lwptsa.net.

Helping Families Navigate School Transitions

Lunch and Learn Swarnima Aswinkumar and Irene Neumann (Council's NPTA Transformative Family Engagement Grant Committee co-chairs) will be sharing what to expect as students transition from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school - and how we can best prepare to support them on the journey. Got questions?  Email Yumna Green, Council EVP.

LWPTSA Council Budget Input Wanted

We are seeking input on our 2021-22 Council budget. We’d specifically like to hear which areas PTA members feel are critical for Council to fund and invest in, in support of our PTA community and members. If you’d like to learn more about this year's Council budget, please visit 2020-21 Budget. All feedback and comments are due to Council Treasurer Anmol Bhate by April 16, 2021.
 
Preparing a 2021-22 Budget for membership approval prior to June 30 is a key item of business for all PTAs. A PTA cannot spend any money after June 30 without a membership-approved budget! Check out the slides from our April 2021 membership meeting for tips and specific line items that should be part of your proposed budget. It is recommended that current and incoming officers serve as part of the committee to facilitate a good transition for your PTA. If you have any questions about the Budget process, please contact Council Treasurer Anmol Bhate.

Grants Available for Local PTAs

LWPTSA Council still has several $500 parent education grants available to local PTAs. Download the application and apply today! A parent education talk is a wonderful way to engage with and provide direct value to your parent community.

Got a question or need some parent education ideas? Contact Hae Sue Park and Irene Neumann, Council's Parent Ed Chairs.

Gratitude as the Ultimate Mood Enhancer

Staci Danford Self-Care Series #4 on Friday, April 16
Speaker Staci Danford will share ways to use scientific gratitude to change the way your brain works. Brain research shows that wiring your brain for gratitude raises happiness levels and increases in your ability to handle adverse life situations. Staci is an amazing speaker. You don't want to miss this session. It will not be recorded so join us live! Learn more about Staci Danford at www.thegratefulbrain.com. For questions, please email Hae Sue Park and Irene Neumann, Parent Ed Chairs

Special Education Group Meeting

LWPTSA Council Special Education Group's next virtual monthly meeting will be held April 20, 2021 at 7PM. Yordanos Gebreamlak, Senior Education Ombuds of the Governor’s Office of Education Ombuds will present on the intersection of disability and race. She will discuss how the lens of disability justice can guide caregiver and student involvement, advocacy, and equity work. 
  • Topic: Equity Means Disability Justice – at the Intersection of Disability and Race
  • When: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:00PM
  • Where: Join via https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/961179397 or by phone at (571) 317-3112 with Access code 961-179-397 
Please send questions to the Special Education Group Chairs at specialeducation@lwptsa.net

Creating Healthier Indoor Environments

Creating Healthier Indoor EnvironmentsLake Washington PTSA Council's Sustainability Committee invites all to join and listen to a panel of experts from:
  • Washington State Department of Health
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Lake Washington School District
Panelists will discuss how environment affects learning, behavior, and health. Learn ways to create safer, healthier and more inclusive environments at school and at home. For further information, contact sustainability@lwptsa.net

Active Intruder Drills Explained - Safety Webinar

safety warning triangleCouncil's Emergency Preparedness Committee is hosting a safety webinar about Active Intruder Drills (aka ALICE drills) conducted in our schools. Join two Certified ALICE Instructors and experts in Criminal Justice, Dr. Brooke Gialopsos and Dr. Cheryl Jonson, as they explain what ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) is and is NOT. You'll come away understanding why this multi-option training is important and useful in schools and how to talk to kids about these drills. We will uncover the universal skills being taught through ALICE drills and how to manage our own fears of active threat situations. Parents, staff and older children are welcome to attend this webinar on Teams. Please send questions to E-Prep Committee Co-Chairs at emergency.prep@lwptsa.net.
 

Training Opportunities

Every elected PTA officer needs to attend one WSPTA-approved training class each year. And every board needs to have one elected officer attend PTA and the Law each year. 
PTA News

WSPTA Convention 2021power of connection

Registration is open now for the 108th WSPTA Convention, taking place virtually from May 18-23, 2021. 
  • Keynote speakers include: Caylin Moore, Leslie Boggs and Brooke Brown.
  • Registration is $70 for adults and $35 for students.
  • Check the schedule of events to find training and sessions of interest. Don't forget attendance counts for NEXT year's WSPTA training requirements.
  • Voting and business will be conducted at the May 22 annual meeting. Delegates will vote on four proposed amendments to the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws and electing officers for the WSPTA Board of Directors for the 2021-2023 term.
  • PTA presidents - instructions were sent on Friday, April 2 regarding submitting your voting delegates for Convention. Your voting delegates are selected according to your PTA's Standing Rules. The deadline for PTA presidents to submit voting delegates is 6:59am on Monday, May 3.
Find more details on the WSPTA website.

WSPTA Advocacy Submission Process Open

focus on advocacyAny PTA member is encouraged to submit an issue, resolution, or legislative principle that addresses concerns that affect children on a state-wide level. As a grassroots association, we rely on our members to provide the priorities that we will advocate for at the state level and within our communities. Learn more about WSPTA's legislative priorities here. The submission process is now open. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2021.

10 Minutes to PTA the Transformative Way

10 minutes to PTA the Transformative Way is a new web series offering advice, discussion prompts and recommended resources for PTA leaders and members on the “4 I’s” of transformative family engagement – being inclusive, individualized, integrated, and impactful. This first season is focused on inclusion – each week will have an interview with an expert or PTA leader and this season will cover important issues like allyship, micro-aggressions, language inclusivity, and much more. The first video – Let’s Talk About Bias with PTA Leader Penny Christian – is now live! Learn more about National PTA's Center for Family Engagement.

National PTA News & Updates

LWSD & Partner News

Lake Washington Schools Foundation News

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Register for "Be the Bridge" Benefit on April 29 at 7PM
This year’s virtual event will celebrate LWSF’s fifteen years of service and will feature special celebrity guests including stand-up comedian and actor Justin Rupple and KOMO4 meteorologist Shannon O’Donnell. Please consider stepping up to be a Table Captain or partner with a friend to host a virtual table! You can learn more by emailing tena@lwsf.org. To register, visit www.lwsf.org/bethebridge.

Watch “Unity & Healing” with Erin Jones through April 16
This event was made possible through partnerships between Peter Kirk PTSA, Lake Washington PTSA Council, and the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. If you were unable to attend, you can view the recording now through April 16 at youtube.com/watch?v=CHIMFisf4ys.

Balance in Mind Parent Chats
Register today for the spring session. Chats are held on Wednesdays at 7PM.

  • April 21 - Reimagining Success for Kids’ Mental Health
  • May 5 - Social Media and Mental Health
  • May 19 - Sexting: What Parents Need To Know
Kids Coming Together Events
Kids Coming Together provides opportunities for kids grades 3-8 to make new friends and connect with their community through service events led by high school students. Learn more and to register, visit www.kidscomingtogether.org.
  • April 13 - Blankets & Cards
  • April 20 - Sammamish Animal Sanctuary
  • April 26 - Invasive Species Removal & Cleanup

LWSD Pathway Forward Update

Learn more about Lake Washington School District's plans for return to in-person services at lwsd.org/pathway-forward.
Upcoming Dates & Reminders

April Board To-Do List

  • File your Department of Revenue Sales Tax Form by April 15.
  • The budget committee should present the budget to the board. The board votes to recommend the budget to the membership at the next membership meeting.
  • Make sure your nominating committee is in place and able to complete their search for next year's board. Proposed slate of officers must be publicly posted 15 days prior to the election.
  • Elect new officers and approve the proposed budget at a membership meeting. Officers must be elected by June 30, but sooner allows time for transitions and training.
  • Complete WSPTA Standards of Affiliation (SOA) training requirement prior to WSPTA Convention in May.
  • Encourage officers to attend WSPTA Convention held virtually from May 18-23, 2021. PTA presidents must submit voting delegates by 6:59am on May 3. Training at convention counts as training for the following year.
  • Consider opportunities for volunteer recognition such as the Golden Acorn or other WSPTA individual award(s).
  • Begin planning for Staff Appreciation Week, May 3-7, 2021.
  • Was your PTA incorporated in April?  If so, then your annual Corporation Renewal is due on April 30. The annual corporation report is due regardless of your PTA’s annual income and is separate from the Charitable Organization Registration/ Renewal, which is due May 31.

Dates

  • Apr 14, 5PM: DEI Committee Meeting [via Teams]
  • Apr 14, 6PM: Wellness Wednesday [register]
  • Apr 15: Earth Day Videos Due Date
  • Apr 15, 10AM: Sustainability Committee Meeting
  • Apr 15, NOON: Lunch and Learn [register]
  • Apr 16, 5PM: Gratitude Self-Care Session [via GoToMeeting]
  • Apr 20, 10AM: Emergency Prep Committee Meeting
  • Apr 20, 7PM: Special Education Group Meeting
  • Apr 21, 7PM: Creating Healthier Indoor Environments Panel [register]
  • Apr 22, 9:45AM: Council Board Meeting
  • Apr 27, 7PM: Safety Webinar - Active Intruder Drills Explained [register]
LWPTSA Council Meeting Dates | Full LWPTSA Calendar | LWSD Calendar

Corporate Renewals Due

Due in April: Evergreen MS, ICS, Redmond MS, Rockwell
Due in May: Alcott, Clara Barton, Ella Baker, McAuliffe, Rose Hill El, Inglewood MS, Eastlake HS

See full list of LWPTSA incorporation dates

About Us

The Lake Washington PTSA Council 2.8 (LWPTSA) serves local PTAs in the Lake Washington School District. 

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Weekly Waves is edited by: LWPTSA Council Communications Chair Sarah Rock.
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