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March 9, 2020
Lake Washington PTSA Council is working in partnership with Lake Washington School District to respond appropriately to King County Public Health recommendations regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Over the next month multiple Lake Washington PTSA Council events will be rescheduled, canceled or held virtually. Lake Washington PTSA Council is investigating virtual meeting options and will share findings. Washington State PTA has also provided guidance on virtual meetings. Please reach out to your Area Vice President or any member of the Board with questions.

See a list of impacted LWPTSA Council events.

For more information about Lake Washington School District and Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit their website. For guidance and information on COVID-19 from King County Public Health please visit

March Membership Meeting

Our March 5th membership meeting was canceled and an information-sharing session was held 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 April meeting. Next meeting: Thursday, April 2, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

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

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

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 - Online

LWPTSA Council Special Education Group is investigating options to hold the March 17 meeting and presentation online. Please watch our website, Facebook page and next week's newsletter for details.
  • Presenter: Lei Wiley-Mydske, founder of Ed Wiley Autism Acceptance Library
  • Topic: "What I Wish Authors Knew and Readers Gained - Disability Representation in Children's and Young Adult Literature"
When: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 7PM
Where:  Online
Download a flyer
For questions or additional information please contact Laurel Spaeth, Special Education Chair.

March Brown Bag - Canceled

Out of an abundance of caution we have canceled our March 19 Brown Bag event on Cultural Inclusion and Diversity. We look forward to seeing you at our April 16 Brown Bag. See the 2019-2020 Brown Bag schedule.

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 - Postponed

In light of the recent King County Public Health recommendations on large gatherings, we have decided to POSTPONE our Safety & Emergency Prep Night that was originally scheduled for March 25. We will reschedule and share details via our website, social media and in future newsletter issues.

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

LWSF Luncheon - Virtual

Out of concern for the safety and well-being of our community, the Lake Washington Schools Foundation is taking the luncheon to a virtual format. Stay tuned for updates at and check your email for details on how you can still “Be the Bridge” of support for students.

LWSF Spring 2020 Benefit Luncheon

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 Webinars

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.
  • CANCELADO March 9 - Comprender el choque cultural y procesarlo
  • CANCELADO 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.

March is National Reading Month

 A lifelong love of reading begins at home with your family. As Emilie Buchwald once said, "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." Use these four ideas to bring your family reading experiences to life next month. Read the article from National PTA's Our Children magazine.

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 12, ONLINE: Sustainability Committee Meeting
  • Mar 17, ONLINE: Special Education Group Meeting
  • Mar 19 CANCELED: Brown Bag on Cultural Inclusion, LWSD Resource Center
  • Mar 21, 10AM: Cultural Competency in Early Years, LWSD Resource Center
  • Mar 25 POSTPONED: 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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