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February 17, 2020

College and Career Readiness Brown Bag

All are invited to our February Brown Bag on College and Career Readiness. Bring your lunch and learn!

Topic: College & Career Readiness
When: Thursday, February 20 at 12PM
Where: LWSD Resource Center Board Room

Find the 2019-2020 Brown Bag schedule on our website.

WSPTA Region 2 Winter Conference

We are excited to be hosting a Region 2 Winter Conference at the LWSD Resource Center on Tuesday, February 25. You are invited to join us! Attend training classes, network with PTA leaders from across the region, provide feedback to WSPTA and enhance your leadership skills. Please register for this free event online.
When: Tuesday, February 25 (Sessions at 9AM, 10:30AM or 12:30PM)
Where: LWSD Resource Center, Redmond, WA
Registrationregister online (lunch included with registration!)

Washington State PTA Listening Tour

Meet Andrew Estep, WSPTA Executive Director and participate in the Listening Tour during the conference. A message from Andrew Estep: Your voice is important in helping us shape the future of Washington State PTA and the work we do for all children. Tell us how things are going for you and your PTA. The WSPTA Listening Tour is part of the 2020-2023 strategic planning process. A panel of state board directors and other volunteer leaders will be there to hear your concerns and the challenges that you face. Your honest and heartfelt answers will be integrated into the state’s plans for the next three years.

Please join us for one or both sessions during our Region 2 Winter Conference.
When: Tuesday, February 25 at  9AM OR 10:30AM 
Registrationregister online

Got questions? Email

Founders' Day Luncheon

Founders' Day Luncheon will be held Friday, February 28, 2020 at Sahalee Country Club. This Founders' Day is also LWPTSA Council's 40th charter anniversary celebration. Our guest speaker is Sharon Lacey, motivational speaker, former teacher and author of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Dementia: A Stand Up Comedian's Race Against Time."

11:00AM-11:30AM - Check-in and Socializing
11:30AM-1:00PM - Luncheon and Program

RSVPs were due February 6, 2020. Note: Sahalee Country Club’s dress code prohibits denim. Send questions to Luncheon Co-Chairs Elena Sellers and Andrea Stoppani at

Membership Awards

Membership achievement award applications (100% membership and 100% staff membership) are due March 1st. It’s not too late to qualify for these awards. Get more information on the Washington PTA website.

Send your membership questions to LWPTSA Membership Chair Felice Nightengale at

LWPTSA Council Board Nominations

If you or someone you know has a passion for kids and the programs that help them succeed, please consider submitting a nomination for the 2020-21 Lake Washington PTSA Council Board of Directors. If you would like to be a part of this team or know of someone who might want to join us, please send an email to our Nominating Committee (
- LWPTSA Council 2019-2020 Nominating Committee: Diane Devlyne-Thompson, Tracey Gauthier, Cris Wegmann

Nominating Committee Training & Help

LWPTSA has scheduled two nominating committee training sessions, open to any PTA board member or nominating committee member:  Training sessions in other councils: Presidents, Nom Comm members and interested board members are encouraged to download the handbook from the WSPTA website.  If you've forgotten the credentials, please contact your AVP.

Please email Brandi Comstock at with questions.

Special Education Resource Fair

Come learn about and talk to vendors offering after school, summer, and other recreational activities and other services to students on IEPs, 504s and IHPs, and their families. Children welcome. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations, those who need an interpreter or who have questions about access may email us at in advance of the event.

When: Tuesday, February 25 at 7PM
Where: LWSD Resource Center
Details: Download the flyer

LWPTSA Parent Education Events

LWPTSA Council's Parent Education team has multiple events planned this spring! Please send questions to Irene Neumann, Parent Education Chair at
  • February 27, 7-8PM
    A Family Discussion: Healthy Family Habits with Technology and Social Media
    Presenter: John Holifield
    Location: Ben Rush Elementary
    Download a flyer
  • March 21, 10AM–Noon  
    Inclusion in the Early Years (K-5)
    Presenter: Rosetta Lee
    Location: Lake Washington Resource Center
  • March 31, Noon–2PM
    Navigating the Post Graduation Path
    Presenters: LWSD College and Career Specialists
    Location: Marymoor Community Center
See more Parent Education events

Kirkland Safer Routes to Schools Meeting

 The City of Kirkland will provide and update on the Safer Routes to Schools Action Plan on March 5th directly following the LWPTSA Council membership meeting (about 11:30 am) at the Lake Washington Resource Center. The City of Kirkland is interested in input on plans from Kirkland PTSAs, but all interested PTSAs are welcome to come and learn.
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. How will your school be impacted? Come make sure your voice is heard!
Questions? Contact Melissa Stone, Kirkland AVP

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

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

Lake Washington Schools Foundation News


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 

Lake Washington Schools Foundation and Evergreen Hospital are providing training to help adults identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in children. 
Details: February 29, 9am - 6pm at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland - $75 per person 

Shareable Events

WSPTA Essay Contest

This statewide essay contest explores the important and varied influencers in the lives and education of children – from the children’s perspective. The essay contest is a platform for students to share their appreciation. The contest is open to all students in grades K-12. The application deadline is March 1 each year. Find guidelines, application forms and more on the WSPTA website.

WSPTA Standards of Excellence

Does your PTA: Have regular meetings, communicate to your members regularly, have goals and objectives, and programs to meet those goals? Do you have an active membership campaign and does your PTA recognize volunteers and present awards? Does your PTA follow the Standards of Affiliation? Does your PTA attend council meetings or share information from WSPTA and NPTA? If you answered, ‘yes’, (and we know that most of our PTAs do all of these things, and more!) your PTA is an excellent candidate to apply for the WSPTA Standards of Excellence Award! Entry deadline: 3/1/2020. If you have any questions, or need assistance in filling out the forms, please email Brandi Comstock at  Details and applications for additional WSPTA awards are located on the WSPTA website.

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

February Board To-Do List

  • Apply for WSPTA Awards of Excellence awards and Membership Achievement awards. Applications are due March 1.
  • Make sure your nominating committee is in place and trained.
  • Launch the WSPTA Essay Contest for students. Submissions are due March 1.
  • Attend a winter training or conference in your region or neighboring region.
  • Was your PTA incorporated in February?  If so, then your annual Corporation Renewal is due on 2/28. The annual corporation report is due regardless of your PTA’s annual income and is separate from the Charitable Organization Registration/ Renewal.


  • Feb 20, 10AM: Sustainability Committee Meeting, LWSD Resource Center
  • Feb 20, 12PM: Brown Bag, LWSD Resource Center -College and Career Readiness 
  • Feb 25, 9AM: WSPTA Region 2 Conference, LWSD Resource Center
  • Feb 25, 7PM: Special Education Fair, LWSD Resource Center
  • Feb 27, 7PM: Social Media Parent Ed Talk, Ben Rush Elementary School
  • Feb 28, 11AM: Founders' Day Luncheon, Sahalee Country Club
  • Mar 1: WSPTA Award Submissions due
  • Mar 5, 9:45AM: Council Membership Meeting, LWSD Resource Center
LWPTSA Council Meeting Dates  | Full LWPTSA Calendar

Corporate Renewals

Due in February: Audubon, Redmond El, Thoreau, Kamiakin MS
Due in March: Dickinson, Finn Hill MS, Juanita El, Keller
See full list of LWPTSA incorporation dates
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