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Weekly Waves

News to Use Right Now
May 31, 2021

Membership Meeting On Thursday 

Our last membership meeting of the year will be held this Thursday, June 3 at 9:45AM. 

We will open the floor for nominations and hold elections for the positions of Secretary and Area VP Timberline for the 2021-2022 term. If you are interested in or have questions about these roles, please contact Council President Brandi Comstock.

Here are the documents for the meeting: Got a question? Please email Council President Brandi Comstock at

Training Opportunities

WSPTA approved trainingEvery elected PTA officer needs to attend one WSPTA-approved training class each year. Any training completed at or after the annual WSPTA convention counts for the following school year. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class

Did you know that one in five teens and young adults live with a mental health condition? Did you know that 20% of LWSD 12th graders reported having considered suicide on the 2018 Healthy Youth Survey?

We are sponsoring a free Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid class and have space for 4 more participants. Learn more about this class.
  • When: Friday, June 4 from 9am to 2:30pm
Want to participate? Email Danit Erlich, VP of FACE.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Social

DEI logoOur first year is "in the books" and the story has been an inspirational one. It has been encouraging to see DEI work touch so many aspects of our programming this year. In addition, many of our local PTAs have embraced diversity, equity and inclusion in meaningful and impactful ways too.

In celebration of the year's milestones and achievements, all are invited to join Sequoya, Sabeet and Yumna for an in-person, socially distanced, outdoor gathering at Marymoor Park. Bring a chair or blanket and join us!
  • When: June 6, from 2PM to 3:30PM
  • Where: Marymoor Park, at the field next to the community garden (close to the dog park). Please don't park in the community garden parking area. Park address: 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy Redmond, WA 98052
Please email with any questions.

Contribute to Council!

Photo by Linda Eller-Shein from PexelsWe have a number of Council Chair Positions we are seeking to fill for the 2021-2022 year. Here is a list of all Council Committee Chairs and key roles. Positions can be shared and are a great way to learn about Council and stay in the know! 
  • Scholarship Auction
  • Awards
  • Communications* (plus 3 committee members: Social Media Manager, Newsletter Editor, and Webmaster)
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion*
  • Emergency Prep
  • Founders' Day
  • Membership*
  • Parent Education
  • Reflections
  • Scholarships
  • Special Education
  • Sustainability
    * = Standing Board Chair
If you have any questions, please email Council President Brandi Comstock at

Effective PTAs Survey

LWPTSA Council received a Transformative Family Engagement and Whole Child Learning Grant from National PTA in the spring of 2019. For the past two years the grant committee has worked to help local PTAs become more effective and engaged. To help us evaluate and understand PTA effectiveness, we have created a survey. There are two ways PTAs can use the survey:
  1. Share a Council version: if you are short on time, please share this link to participate in the survey. We will share the results with local PTAs.
  2. Make and Share a Custom version: use this Microsoft Forms template to create a custom version to share with your school community. Then share the results with

PTAs with at least 25 responses by May 31 will be entered into a drawing for a $250 prize! Council has five prizes to award.

Please send questions to Grant Co-Chairs at

PTA News

WSPTA Standards of Affiliation Checklist

checklistThe end of the year is a great time to review your PTA's Standards of Affiliation (SOA) Checklist Agreement. Your board of directors should review what your PTA has accomplished and what still needs to be done, report it to your membership and record it in your meeting minutes.
As your PTA elects new officers and begins planning for 2021-2022, be sure to include the SOA as a part of the transition process! Every elected board member is responsible for helping to ensure that their PTA is in compliance with all IRS, state, insurance and PTA requirements—and it can be overwhelming. The SOA is a great tool that can be used to help orient and educate board members about what they need to do and when to do it.

How to Report PTA Officers

Has your PTA elected officers for the 2021-2022 year? If so, there’s no better time than now to input their information in memberplanet. You’ll find complete instructions here, under “How to Report Officers for Upcoming Terms.” Here are the basic steps:
  1. From your PTA’s memberplanet homepage, click COMMITTEES
  3. Find the link shown below labeled “Assign positions for upcoming terms.” Click it and the rest is self-explanatory.
  4. Please also email officer information to LWPTSA Council at

National PTA News & Updates

Schools of Excellence Program

National PTA School of Excellence recognition program opens the lines of communication and critical thinking within school communities to make data-driven decisions that yield positive, long-term results. Enrollment for the School of Excellence program is open now!
LWSD & Partner News

Lake Washington Schools Foundation News

LWSF logo

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

  • June 2 - Understanding Queer Kids Today

Balance in Mind Safety Forum
What You Need To Know: Teens, Mental Health, & Safety
Topics include firearm safety and legal requirements, injury prevention, medication and substance safety, and more.

Find Your Fit – College Bootcamp for the Class of 2022!
Please join independent college counselor Mary Pat O’Neil of Find Your Fit who will be hosting a College Bootcamp this summer! Choose one, two, or all three sessions to attend – each covering a different topic of the college application process.

  • Session 1 – July 19 at 7pm – Creating a Balanced College List
  • Session 2 – July 20 at 7pm – Completing Your College Applications
  • Session 3 – July 22 at 7pm – How to Write a College Essay

To register for this free webinar series, visit

LWSD Pathway Forward: 2021-22

Last week Lake Washington School District announced they will offer full in-person learning, five days per week in the 2021-22 school year. The default learning model for all students will be in-person. Families interested in an online learning option are asked to fill out an Online Learning Interest Survey by Thursday, June 3. Note: this is an interest survey and not a final selection. Learn more about Lake Washington School District's plans for in-person services at
Community News

Free Youth ORCA Cards

Free Summer Youth ORCA Passes are available to 8th through 12th grade LWSD students who qualify for the Free or Reduced-Price Lunch program.

Learn more at:

Fill out the form today and the ORCA cards will be mailed in early June. If you have further questions, please call or email the Summer Youth Pass Coordinator at (206) 263-8751 or
Upcoming Dates & Reminders

June Board To-Do List

  • Elect 2021-2022 officers at a membership meeting. Officers must be elected by June 30, but sooner allows time for transitions and training.
  • Report newly elected board officers to and to WSPTA via the memberplanet database.
  • Plan transition meetings for incoming and outgoing board members.
  • Work with incoming board members to identify candidates for appointed board and chair positions.
  • Approve a budget for 2021-2022. PTAs cannot spend any money after June 30, 2021 unless a budget for 2021-2022 has been approved.
  • Close PTA books on June 30 and turn the books over to the financial review committee.
  • Print a copy of your membership roster and file it with your permanent records.
  • Was your PTA incorporated in June?  If so, then your annual Corporation Renewal is due on June 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.

To-Do List for Incoming Boards

  • Schedule a summer board retreat and next year’s membership meetings.
  • Meet with the school staff to discuss policies, calendars, and back-to-school volunteer needs.
  • Begin work on “first-day packet” or “summer mailer” documents. These might be electronic or hard-copy.
  • Communicate expectations with board members and chairs that need to get started in August.
  • Ask the principal if you may speak at an August staff meeting. Inform teachers of grant options, classroom support, and PTA programs.


  • June 2, 10AM: Treasurer Basics Training [Zoom link]
  • June 3, 9:45AM: Membership Meeting [GoToMeeting link]
  • June 6, 2PM: DEI Committee Social, Marymoor Park
  • June 7, 10AM: Presidents: Plan to Succeed Training [Zoom link]
  • June 9, 6:30PM: Board Retreats Training [Zoom link]
  • June 10, 9:45AM: Council Board Meeting 
  • June 10, 10AM: Sustainability Committee Meeting
  • June 11, 10AM: I'm in Charge, Now What? Training [Zoom link]
LWPTSA Council Meeting Dates | Full LWPTSA Calendar | LWSD Calendar

Corporate Renewals Due

Due in May, TODAY: Alcott, Clara Barton, Ella Baker, McAuliffe, Rose Hill El, Inglewood MS, Eastlake HS
Due in June: Carson, Einstein, Franklin, Lake Washington HS, Rosa Parks, Redmond HS, Timberline MS
Due in July: AG Bell, Tesla STEM
Due in August: Frost, Samantha Smith

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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