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March 2, 2020

WSPTA Deadlines Extended to TODAY

Deadlines for all WSPTA awards and programs including membership achievement awards, Awards of Excellence, Student Essay Contest and more have been extended until today, March 2.

March 5 Membership Meeting

The March membership meeting will be held this Thursday morning, March 5 at the LWSD Resource Center. We encourage you to review meeting documents prior to coming to the meeting. To save resources we provide one copy per table available for reference, or you are welcome to print and bring your own.  When: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 9:45AM
Where: LWSD Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St, Redmond, WA 98052

See the 2019-2020 meeting schedule. Send questions to Mindy Lincicome, LWPTSA Council president.

Kirkland Safer Routes to Schools - March 5

The City of Kirkland will provide an update on the Safer Routes to Schools Action Plan on March 5th immediately after the LWPTSA Council membership meeting at the Lake Washington Resource Center. The meeting will focus on results from the Safe and Active Transportation Survey, prioritizing projects in neighborhoods and around schools, and ID'ing what incentives to try out to encourage kids to walk/bike to school. The City of Kirkland is interested in input on plans from Kirkland PTSAs, but all interested PTSAs are welcome to come and learn. 
Questions? Contact Melissa Stone, Kirkland AVP

Congratulations Council Award Winners

LWPTSA Council Award Winners 2020
The Lake Washington PTSA (LWPTSA) Council held its annual Founders’ Day Luncheon at the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish on February 28 to celebrate its 40th charter year and the 123rd anniversary of National PTA. Each year at the luncheon, the LWPTSA Council recognizes individuals and organizations for their outstanding work on behalf of children and youth. Seven individuals and one organization were honored this year.

  • Community Outreach Award: AWARE
  • Outstanding Educator Award: Jon Brewer
  • Outstanding Educator Award: Kevin Hakes Miller
  • Certificate of Special Service: Stephanie Lecovin
  • Community Service Award: Meredith Cain
  • Golden Acorn: Andrea Stoppani
  • Golden Acorn: Colette Ulloa
  • Outstanding Service Award: Brandi Comstock
Read more about these amazing people and organization and why they were honored.

LWPTSA Council Board Nominations

The Nominating Committee is winding down but is still accepting nominations for the 2020-21 Lake Washington PTSA Council Board of Directors. Please send nominations, recommendations or questions to our Nominating Committee (
LWPTSA Council 2019-2020 Nominating Committee: Diane Devlyne-Thompson, Tracey Gauthier, Cris Wegmann

LWSD Art Docent Workshop - March 6

The LWSD Teaching & Learning Department is offering an Art Docent Workshop on Friday, March 6. Come experience two LWSD Art Docent Program value projects, while gaining practical instructional tips.
  • Topic: Creating value with paint and pen
  • Special Guests: Junior League of Seattle will share about opportunities for LWSD elementary schools to participate in the 2020-21 Northwest Art Project traveling art exhibit (formerly BAM Art of Discovery)
  • Date: Friday, March 6
  • Time:  10:00 – 11:30 or 12:30 – 2:00 (sessions are identical)
  • Location: LWSD Resource Center, Board Room
  • RSVP: Select one session to attend by completing this Doodle poll
Questions?  Please contact Karen Ollerenshaw, LWSD K-12 Arts Specialist

Nominate for Washington Principal of the Year

Do you know an incredible principal or assistant principal? Nominate them by March 13 for Principal of the Year! Visit the Association of Washington School Principals’ website for nomination forms:

Special Education Group Meeting - March 17

LWPTSA Council Special Education Group invites you to join us at our March 17, 2020 meeting.
  • 6:30 - 7:00 pm - Networking with Special Services
  • 7:00 - 8:30 pm - Lei Wiley-Mydske, founder of Ed Wiley Autism Acceptance Library will present on "What I Wish Authors Knew and Readers Gained - Disability Representation in Children's and Young Adult Literature"
Where:  LWSD Resource Center
Download a flyer
For questions or additional information please contact Laurel Spaeth, Special Education Chair.

Cultural Inclusion and Diversity Brown Bag

You bring the lunch. We’ll provide the speakers. Please join us at our March Brown Bag event on Cultural Inclusion and Diversity. All members of our Lake Washington community are welcome!

When: Thursday, March 19 at NOON
Where: LWSD Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St., Redmond, WA

Questions: Brandi Comstock, LWPTSA Council EVP

Cultural Competency in the Early Years (K-5)

multicolored handprintsFolk wisdom tells us that young children don't notice differences or have any biases, yet research is telling us otherwise. What are the age-appropriate ways to develop intentionally inclusive and identity conscious children?
  • Presenter: Rosetta Lee
  • When: Saturday, March 21, 10 AM–Noon  
  • Where: Lake Washington Resource Center
  • Download a flyer
LWPTSA Council's Parent Education team has multiple events planned this spring! Download a flyer.

Please send questions to Irene Neumann, Parent Education Chair at 

Safety & E-Prep Night

Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30 - 8:00PM at Redmond High School
Save the date for a fun and educational event for all LWSD families to learn how to be prepared for emergencies and to learn about safety.

For questions please contact LWPTSA Council Emergency Prep Co-Chairs: Jason Moore and Stephanie Wagner at

Lake Washington Schools Foundation Luncheon

LWSF Spring 2020 Benefit Luncheon

LWSF is honored to welcome Susie Kroll as keynote speaker for our Be the Bridge spring luncheon.  Ms. Kroll is the founding Mental Health Professional for King County Sheriff’s offices and police departments across King County. Alison Grande, LWSD alum, parent and KIRO 7 News Reporter, will be our Emcee for the event. Register at 

Adulting 101 for High Schoolers

Adulting 101 When: Saturday, March 28, 11-4 PM
Where: LWSD Resource Center
Details: Download the flyer
All high school students welcome! Come learn about:
  • Finance 101
  • Writing a resume
  • Interview workshop
  • Life skills management
Register online

Questions? Email Danit Erlich, LWPTSA Family and Community Engagement VP

Shareable Events

Parent Education in Spanish

Padres Unidos Por La Educación with support from Redmond High School PTSA, Lake Washington PTSA Council and Lake Washington Schools Foundation is presenting a series of parent education talks in Spanish during the month of March.
  • March 9 - Comprender el choque cultural y procesarlo
  • March 16 - Construya una comunicación positiva y enfática con su familia
  • March 23 - Fortalecer los límites, la conexión y los valores en el hogar
  • March 30 - Aumente la autoestima y la autonomía de sus hijos
All talks will start at 6PM at Redmond High School, 17272 NE 104th St, Redmond, 98052. Please share this flyer with dates and details in Spanish.

LWPTSA Scholarships Available

The Lake Washington PTSA Council is pleased to roll out its 2020 Scholarship Program! Each year in the spring, Council offers several student scholarships and two $500 staff scholarships. This year’s Student Scholarship Program will include 13 scholarships of $1,250 each.

Applications for both staff and student scholarships are due by NOON on April 2, 2020. The Scholarship Program is funded by money raised at the Council’s annual Scholarship Basket Auction, by annual donations from the 44 PTSAs in the LWSD and LWEA, and by donations from the greater community.

For more information, contact Scholarships Co-Chairs Andrea Stoppani and Reva Racmachandran at

The 2020 Census: What Does it Mean for Families?

2020 Census Join us and complete the #2020Census. Why? Because there's importance in being counted. Every household has the option to complete the questionnaire online, through the mail or by phone.

2020 Washington State PTA Convention

Save the date for the 2020 WSPTA Convention and training event at the Lynnwood Convention Center, May 15-17, 2020. Watch the WSPTA website for further details.

2020 National PTA Convention & Expo

Join over 1,500 PTA leaders, educators and parents in Louisville, Kentucky for the 2020 National PTA Convention & Expo, June 18-21. Get ready to ignite your PTA’s outreach and expand your impact in your school community with what you’ll learn. 

Save the dates: June 18-21. Save with early bird pricing if registered by March 19, 2020!

Details and registration on PTA website

March Board To-Do List

  • Survey membership to identify priorities for the coming year and inform budget planning.
  • Consider providing volunteer recognition with a Golden Acorn or other WSPTA individual award
  • Treasurer should recruit a budget committee to draft next year’s budget. Committee should be approved by the board.
  • Make plans to attend WSPTA Convention in May in Lynnwood.
  • Was your PTA incorporated in March?  If so, then your annual Corporation Renewal is due on 3/31. The annual corporation report is due regardless of your PTA’s annual income and is separate from the Charitable Organization Registration/ Renewal.


  • Mar 5, 9:45AM: Council Membership Meeting, LWSD Resource Center
  • Mar 12, 10AM: Sustainability Committee Meeting, LWSD Resource Center
  • Mar 17, 7PM: Special Education Group Meeting, LWSD Resource Center
  • Mar 19, NOON: Brown Bag on Cultural Inclusion, LWSD Resource Center
  • Mar 21, 10AM: Cultural Competency in Early Years, LWSD Resource Center
  • Mar 25,  5:30PM: E-Prep and Safety Fair, Redmond High School
  • Mar 28, 11AM: Adulting 101 for high schoolers, LWSD Resource Center
LWPTSA Council Meeting Dates  | Full LWPTSA Calendar

Corporate Renewals

Due in March: Dickinson, Finn Hill MS, Juanita El, Keller
Due in April: Evergreen MS, ICS, Redmond MS, Rockwell

See full list of LWPTSA incorporation dates
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