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June 1, 2020

June Membership Meeting

Please join us for our monthly membership meeting on Thursday, June 4 at 9:45AM.  We will be holding this meeting online, using a GoToMeeting link. You may access the meeting using your computer or phone. Here are the documents for our meeting; please review them and have them accessible during the meeting. Meeting connection information: If you have any questions or problems, contact Mindy Lincicome (

Lake Washington PTSA Council Scholarships

Lake Washington PTSA Council is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2020 Academic Scholarships. With the support of our local PTSA’s, our annual basket auction, and partners like the Lake Washington Education Association, we are able to award two $500 staff scholarships and thirteen $1250 student scholarships. We had a tremendous pool of very talented and accomplished applicants this year and are honored to be a small part of this tremendous milestone in the lives of these exceptional students.

Our winners this year are:
Staff Scholarships ($500) 
  • Crystal Visperas, Eastlake High School
  • Victoria Vacknitz, Benjamin Rush Elementary
Student Scholarships ($1250) 
  • At Large: Grace Zackula, Juanita High School
  • Perseverance: Thomas Sefair-Lopez, Eastlake High School
  • Turn Around: Santiago Quiroga Medina, Redmond High School
  • Lake Washington Education Association/Teeley: Julia Raffel, Eastlake High School
  • Dr. L.E. Scarr/Vocational/2-Year:  Eric Michael McNeill Hiller, Emerson High School
  • Eastlake Learning Community Merit:
    Kaley Birchfield, Eastlake High School
    Daniel Gaughran, Eastlake High School
  • Juanita Learning Community Merit:
    Allison Lofquist, Juanita High School
    Annalisa Mueller-Eberstein, International Community School
  • Lake Washington HS Learning Community Merit:
    Jennifer Estes, Lake Washington High School
    Megan Wong, Cambridge Program
  • Redmond Learning Community Merit:
    Arpit Ranasaria, Redmond High School
    Tina Tianyi Wen, Tesla STEM High School

Training and Roundtables

We have planned many opportunities to learn about a new topic, brush up on information, or discuss current PTA circumstances with other PTA leaders in our area.  Please share this info with your PTA leadership and join us!

Council Roundtables -- bring your questions & ideas, or just come learn from others!
Middle School PTA Roundtable - Tues, June 2 at 2pm (GoToMeeting link)
Elementary PTA Roundtable - Wed, June 3 at 3pm (GoToMeeting link)

Training Classes -- role-specific training for next year's officers  Questions about any of these gatherings?  Contact Mindy Lincicome, LWPTSA Council President

Cultural Competency in the Early Years (K-5)

With Rosetta Lee on Monday, June 8, 6PM
Folk wisdom tells us that young children don't have any biases, yet research is telling us otherwise. What are age appropriate ways to develop intentionally inclusive and identity-conscious children? Come find out from local expert and teacher Rosetta Lee. Download a shareable flyer

Meeting Details: For more information or questions, contact Irene Neumann, LWPTSA Council Parent Ed chair.

Membership – Looking Back, Looking Ahead

This is an important part of your membership year. Now is when we lay the groundwork for a successful fall. Two tools for a successful new year are your standing rules and the Washington State PTA membership checklist. With these tools you can take three steps toward a successful fall membership campaign.
  1. Create a draft membership form for next fall.
  2. Review your rules, have there been any changes? If memberships and prices are listed there make sure your draft membership form agrees.
  3. Open the membership checklist and go over your draft membership form, what changes can you make to earn more points.  NOTE: donated memberships require a restricted line item in your budget, if you’re not doing that now, bring it up with your PTA President.
Mark your calendars and plan to join us online for a Membership Workshop -- Tuesday, June 16 at 7pm.  We'll talk about Memberplanet, fall membership campaigns, and other questions and ideas you have! (GoToMeeting link)

Questions? Contact Council Membership Chair Felice at

Council Committee Openings

Council chairs and committees make things happen. We have many council committees seeking members and would love to have you on our team!
  • Reflections
  • Scholarships
  • Basket Auction
  • Founders' Day
  • Parent Education
  • Awards
  • Emergency Prep
  • Special Education
Questions about any of these committees?  Contact Diane Devlyne-Thompson at

LWSD Resources During School Closures

Lake Washington School District buildings may be closed, but LWSD staff members have been working around the clock since then to support the families in our school community. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the LWSD Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.
  • MealsGrab and Go student meals for students are available at six middle school sites across the district. Delivered meals are also available at 30+ sites across the district. On Fridays, the district meal delivery will include extra weekend meals. Pantry Packs will distribute weekend packs on Fridays at the middle school meal sites. Check the Pantry Packs website for the latest information in case of changes.
  • Childcare: The YMCA and Bellevue Boys & Girls Clubs are providing care for families in our district that need care. More details and instructions.
  • Remote Learning: Updates regarding instruction, grading, materials distribution and Class of 2020 FAQ.
  • Technology Support: Families in need of laptops can contact Family Technology Access: or 425-936-1322, 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
  • Community Resources: Find resources including health, wellness, food, finances, technology, Internet, legal and more.
Have a closure-related question? Please check the Frequently Asked Questions or submit a question.

Lake Washington Schools Foundation

Thank You For Supporting LWSF During #GIVINGTUESDAYNOW AND GIVEBIG! A big thank you to our generous community for helping us raise over $7,000! 

Balance in Mind 
Balance in Mind is supporting parents and teens with weekly chats. Check one out this week:
  • Teen Chat on Tuesday June 2 at 4PM: Livestream on Instagram with a YES counselor and a teen host. Follow @bimteens   
  • Parent Chat on Wednesday June 3 at 7:30PM: This week's topic is "Is it Stress, Distress or Anxiety?". Register at 
  • NEW workshop: Cultivating Kindness in Hard Times on June 8
    How to help elementary and middle schoolers develop empathy and kindness with Camp Kindess Counts. Register at
  • Download a shareable flyer

Find Your Fit

LWSF is sponsoring a College Bootcamp with college counselor Mary Pat O’Neil  for the class of 2021. Learn about college lists, college applications, essays and more. Register for any or all of the sessions.
  • June 1, 4PM: Creating a Balance College List
  • June 5, 4PM: Completing Your College Application
  • June 10, 3PM: The College Essay
Learn more and register at

Pantry Packs Weekend Food Program

Food-insecurity is climbing in LWSD. Each Friday Pantry Packs are given to students in need at six middle school district meal sites, and the numbers are increasing. On May 22, school staff volunteers handed out 1,400 packs. By comparison, 940 students received packs prior to LWSD closures. Pantry Packs appreciates the support of the community to help put shelf-stable food in the hands of LWSD children. 

WSPTA Standards of Affiliation Checklist

The end of the year is a great time to review your PTA's 2019-2020 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 2020-21, 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.
Read the full article on the WSPTA blog.

Chat with State Superintendent Reykdal

WSPTA is pleased to announce that State Superintendent Chris Reykdal will join WSPTA leaders for an update on our K-12 schools and to answer your questions. This third “Chat with the Chief” is Tuesday, June 9 from 10:00-11:00 am. You must register in advance.
Would you like to ask a question? Send questions by June 4 to and put Reykdal Question in the subject line. Please invite your local leadership team to join us for this opportunity. 

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 opens June 1.

Career Connect Washington

Are you looking to get your middle and/or high school students connected to something hopeful, inspiring and future-focused while they learn from home? Every school day through June 12 at 3:30PM  students can engage in 30-45 minute live sessions hosted via Zoom and live streamed on YouTube. Students will hear about Washington-based jobs that might align with their interests and goals, and engage in employer-created challenges. Information and recordings of previous discussions will be posted at

June Board To-Do List

  • Plan transition meetings for outgoing and incoming board members.
  • Close PTA books on June 30 and turn the books over to the financial review committee.
  • Print a hard copy of your membership roster and file it with your permanent records.
  • Approve the budget for 2020-2021.
  • Report new officers to LWPTSA Council at and to WSPTA: at
  • Was your PTA Incorporated in June? If so, then your annual Corporation Renewal is due on 6/30/20. The annual corporation report is due regardless of your PTA’s annual income and is separate from the Charitable Organization Registration/ Renewal.
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.
  • 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.


All in-person meetings are cancelled through June 2020. Events below will be held via online platforms.
  • June 1, 7PM: Secretary training
  • June 2, 2PM: Middle School PTA Roundtable
  • June 2, 7PM: Presidents: Plan to Succeed training
  • June 3, 3PM: Elementary PTA Roundtable
  • June 3, 7PM: The Effective Vice-President training
  • June 4, 9:45AM: Council Membership Meeting
  • June 5, 10AM: Secretary training
  • June 5, 1PM: Treasurer's Basics training
  • June 8, 6PM: ParentEd - Rosetta Lee, "Cultural Competency"
  • June 16, 7PM: Membership workshop
LWPTSA Council Meeting Dates  | Full LWPTSA Calendar

Corporate Renewals

Due in June: Carson, Einstein, Franklin, LW High School, Rosa Parks, Redmond HS, Timberline
Due in July: AG Bell, Tesla STEM
Due in August: Frost, Samantha Smith

See full list of LWPTSA incorporation dates
Lake Washington PTSA Council 2.8 serves the Lake Washington School District #414.

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