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March 2020
"The more things change, the more things stay the same."  While we are all experiencing unprecedented changes these days, the values and purpose of PTAs remain the same. We will still be a resource to our communities; we will still be a point of connection for parents and teachers and students; we can still advocate for the health, well-being and education of every will just look a little different in the weeks and months to come!

For example, we will still communicate with our PTA leadership on a regular basis...but this week, Currents replaces Weekly Waves. And we encourage you to watch for an upcoming communication from WSPTA with specific guidance for carrying on with PTA business in the current circumstances.

Lake Washington PTSA Council is postponing or re-formatting all in-person events through April 24, 2020. See a list of impacted LWPTSA Council events. We are investigating virtual meeting options.

Washington State PTA has provided guidance on virtual meetings and will provide additional guidance this week. Please reach out to your Area Vice President or any member of the Board with questions.

We have compiled information related to the current pandemic, resources for local families and additional supports on our website at

We are thankful for every PTA leader, volunteer, member and parent for their support of every student and school during this difficult time.

Superintendent's Message

Dr. Jane Stavem, LWSD SuperintendentDr. Jane Stavem LWSD Superintendent

We are certainly in the middle of an unprecedented event and as we continue to experience days of being separated from work, family, and friends, we’re all trying to make sense of our temporary new normal. 

The value of public schools has always been to open the doors, bring people together, provide resources, and do the best possible job of meeting the needs of children. Now we find ourselves in circumstances that have us closing doors and separating ourselves from everyone with an uncertain timeline for when we can all be together again.
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Lake Washington School District is working to provide services during the school closures from March 12 to April 24, 2020. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the LWSD Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

MealsGrab and Go student meals for students will be provided at six middle school sites across the district. Pantry Packs will distribute weekend packs on Fridays at the meal sites. Please check the Pantry Packs website for the latest information.

Childcare: The district and partners are looking to continue childcare programs. Learn more about childcare options.

Education: Educational resources with supports for at-home learning are available at the LWSD Remote Learning Resources website. For parent support for PowerSchool Learning, visit this page.

The district is working on obtaining and distributing laptops and wifi hot spots for the students in our district who do not have these options at home. Here is a survey being used to help determine the need for technology equipment in our community: Have a coronavirus related question? Please check the Frequently Asked Questions or submit a question.

March Membership Meeting Recap

Out of an abundance of caution LWPTSA Council canceled our March 5 membership meeting and held an information-sharing session via an online video conferencing tool. Note this was not a business meeting, as we didn't have member participation. The recording of that presentation is available here. All business that would have been conducted during the meeting will be addressed at our next meeting. We are working on online meeting solutions.

Next meeting: Thursday, April 2, 7:00 - 8:30 pm* (online meeting solutions are being evaluated)
See the full 2019-2020 meeting schedule. Any questions? Contact Mindy Lincicome, LWPTSA Council President

LWPTSA Council Board Nominations

The 2020 LWPTSA Council Nominating Committee is pleased to submit the following slate of nominees for the Lake Washington PTSA Council 2020-2021 Board. Elections will take place at the earliest possible meeting with membership given proper notice of date, time and manner of voting.
  • President - Brandi Comstock
  • Executive Vice President - Yumna Amien
  • Secretary - Denise Ferguson
  • Treasurer - Anmol Bhate
  • Vice President of Advocacy - OPEN
  • Vice President of FACE - Danit Erlich
  • Vice President of Programs - Diane Devlyne-Thompson
  • Area VP Evergreen - Deborah Robertson
  • Area VP Finn Hill - Stephanie St. Jean
  • Area VP Inglewood - Felice Nightengale
  • Co-Area VPs Kamiakin - Amy Robl and Sabrina Miller
  • Area VP Kirkland - Melissa Stone
  • Area VP Redmond - Lilach Geppert-Shapira
  • Area VP Rose Hill - Chitra Ramaswamy
  • Area VP Timberline - Stacy Hatch
Respectfully submitted,
LWPTSA Council 2019-2020 Nominating Committee: Diane Devlyne-Thompson, Tracey Gauthier, Cris Wegmann

Congratulations Council Winners

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.

February Membership Growth Awards

Congratulations to our most recently recognized Award Winning PTAs!
  • Clara Barton Elementary PTSA 2.8.27 – Bronze
  • H.D. Thoreau PTA 2.8.60 – Bronze
  • Kamiakin Middle PTA 2.8.75 – Platinum
  • Kirkland Middle PTSA 2.8.77 – Gold
  • Mark Twain PTSA 2.8.65 – Bronze
  • Peter Kirk PTSA 2.8.45 – Bronze
  • Rose Hill Middle PTSA 2.8.85 – Bronze
  • Tesla STEM PTSA 2.8.105 – Silver
Learn more about membership growth awards on the WA State PTA website. Got a membership question? Contact LWPTSA Membership Chair Felice Nightengale at

WA State PTA Reflections Finalists

Reflections 2019-2020 Theme: Look Within17 Reflections entries from LWSD PTAs were selected as finalists in the Washington State Reflections program. See the full list of 2019-2020 Washington State PTA Reflections finalists. Congratulations to all student artist participants!

The following five entries were selected to advance to the National PTA Reflections program:
  • Dance (High School): Alison Prekeges, Unknown Demons, Eastlake High PTSA 2.8.88
  • Dance (Middle School): Dasha Velushchak, Look Within, ICS PTSA 2.8.89
  • Dance (Primary): Kareli Dotson, Lost Girls, Thoreau PTA 2.8.60
  • Music (Intermediate): Maia DeClark, Inside Your Heart, Thoreau PTA 2.8.60
  • Visual Arts (Intermediate): Nancy Chen, Look Within the Hidden World, Rose Hill PTA 2.8.50
Thank you to the Council Reflections Chairs Michelle Simmons and Sangeeta Dutt, all local Reflections chairs and all volunteer judges who made this program possible!

Council Scholarships Extended

LWPTSA Council has extended our scholarship submission deadline to May 1, 2020, and is now accepting applications via email. Please download the revised applications and instructions below. Read the instructions carefully and note that all documentation must be submitted for an application to be considered complete.

The Lake Washington PTSA Council is pleased offer 13 student scholarships of $1,250 each and two $500 staff scholarships. 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

Lake Washington Schools Foundation News

Virtual Luncheon

Lake Washington Schools Foundation is taking their spring fundraiser luncheon to a virtual format. The virtual event begins March 26 and will run for one week, ending on April 2. Funds from the luncheon help the foundation deliver programs to students and provide school grants.
Stay tuned for updates at on how you can still “Be the Bridge” of support for students. Please send questions to

ALERT: There have been reports of fraudulent telephone fundraising related to Lake Washington Schools Foundation. The Lake Washington Schools Foundation is not conducting a telephone fundraising campaign at this time. To support our students, you can donate via our website.

LWSF Reach for Success Grants

Need some help funding a project or program that enhances or expands Lake Washington School District's curriculum? Lake Washington Schools Foundation's Reach for Success Grant program is now accepting applications! Apply today and you could be awarded up to $3,000 for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications are due April 15. Learn about grant requirements and apply on the LWSF website.

LWSF Webinars

Make the most of your time at home with webinars sponsored by Lake Washington Schools Foundation.
  • Find your Fit Part 1:  The Five Possible Parts of a College Application for middle and high school Students + parents. April 1 from 11AM-Noon, with Q&A afterwards. Limited space available, sign up today at
  • Mental Health, breaking the stigma. Race Porter is raising awareness about mental health, one broken heart at a time through his organization called HOMSseattle. April 6 from 7:30PM to 8:30PM. FREE but REGISTRATION is required
  • Find Your Fit Part 2:  How to Create a Balanced College List & Why It’s Important for high school students + parents. April 8 from 11AM-Noon, with Q&A afterwards. Limited space available, sign up today at

Washington State PTA Advocacy

The Legislature adjourned “sine die” on March 12, leaving $2 billion in the Rainy-Day Account and nearly $1 billion in reserves. To support COVID-19 efforts, the Legislature appropriated $200 million, of which $25 million was set aside in a new unemployment account created to support employees who need unemployment benefits during school and business closures and time off to care for self or affected family members. Read the full recap on the WSPTA blog.

Learn more about the WSPTA  top five and also supported legislative issues.

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.

National PTA News

Shine the Light on Depression
Depression and suicide are hiding in plain sight, affecting more and more young people. National PTA is part of a five-organization collaboration working to create real and hopeful conversations around mental health. Shine Light on Depression is a unique collaboration of organizations committed to raising awareness of depression and preventing suicide among young people.

National PTA Convention & Expo - June 18-21
The Early Bird registration has been extended to April 20. National PTA continues to monitor COVID-19 and its impact on the convention. Learn more on

US Census 2020

Responses to the 2020 Census will determine funding levels for important education and healthcare programs that benefit children. Fill it out by April 1. You can respond online, by phone or by mail.

You can complete the census online or by phone in different languages including: SpanishChinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, TagalogFrenchPortuguese, and Japanese. Find additional language guides.

Upcoming PTA Events

  • All in-person events through April 24, 2020 are canceled. We are working to reschedule or plan virtual alternatives.

About LWPTSA Council

The LWPTSA Council 2.8 serves local PTAs in the Lake Washington School District which draws students from Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, Bellevue, Bothell and Woodinville. 

Our Partners

Currents is edited by:
LWPTSA Council Communications Co-Chairs: Sarah Rock & Hae Sue Park
LWPTSA Council President: Melinda Lincicome
Copyright © 2020 LWPTSA Council 2.8, All rights reserved.

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