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Weekly Waves

News to Use Right Now
April 20, 2020

Budgets & Virtual Business

There are two important business items all PTAs need to accomplish before June 30, 2020:
  1. Electing officers for 2020-21 
  2. Membership approval of a 2020-21 Budget. A PTA cannot spend any money after June 30 without an approved budget! Check out the slides from our April 2 membership meeting for guidelines and specific line items that should be part of your proposed budget.
But the good news is it can be done! LWPTSA Council elected officers at the April membership meeting and approved Standing Rule changes. Washington State PTA has provided guidance on conducting business in virtual meetings.

If you have any questions about the Budget process, please contact LWPTSA Council Treasurer Yumna Green. Please reach out to your Area Vice President or any member of the Board with questions about conducting virtual business.

 

PTA Roundtables - Round 2

We want to give PTA leaders a place to connect with each other during these challenging and unique times. Please join us in a virtual discussion group. Join based on your area, school level, or just pick the one that works for your schedule. Please RSVP to let us know you're coming and get connection details: Sign-Up for PTA Roundtables here!
  • Tuesday, April 21 at 2pm - Middle School PTAs
  • Wednesday, April 22 at 1pm -- Elementary PTAs (Juanita/Lake WA LC)
  • Wednesday, April 22 at 3pm -- Elementary PTAs (Redmond/Eastlake LC)
  • Tuesday, April 28 at 4pm - High School PTAs
All local PTA leaders are welcome to join our council Facebook groups:

Special Education Group Meeting - Online

LWPTSA Council Special Education Group is holding their April 2020 meeting online. Persons needing accommodations or translations or who have questions about access may email us at specialeducation@lwptsa.net in advance of the meeting.
  • Topic: Building Community - Sharing Experiences
  • Our previously scheduled speaker needs to postpone her presentation, so we're going to use this time to gather as a community of parents with students receiving Special Education services to talk about how we're navigating these unique times.  Please join us to share your questions, successes and challenges.
When: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 7PM
Where:  Online via GoToMeeting on computer, tablet, or smartphone https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/262087173 
You can also dial in using your phone: United States: +1 (872) 240-3212 Access Code: 262-087-173
New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/262087173


For questions or additional information please contact Laurel Spaeth, Special Education Chair.

Celebrate Earth Day At Home

Resources for Climate Action
One major lesson learned from this delicate time is that every action we take - or do not take - has an impact on our surroundings. No issue illustrates this lesson better than the issue of climate change. With industries shut down and people around the planet staying home, pollution is decreasing significantly in cities around the world.

This Wednesday, April 22nd, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The theme of Earth Day 2020 is climate action. Throughout this week of homeschooling, why not find inspiration around this pivotal environmental issue and encourage your kids to take action to create a healthier planet?

Students like 17-year-old changemaker Greta Thunberg have inspired millions of people around the globe to alter their routines and habits in order to positively affect our climate. Perhaps with a bit of encouragement, your child can inspire family and friends to do the same! Together, we can move the dial.

Climate Change Education Material: Consider switching to an internet browser Ecosia that plants trees when you search the web (your middle or high schooler likely knows about this already!)

LWPTSA Council’s Sustainability Committee would love to hear from you. Reach out if you have questions or to share the sustainable changes your family is already making. Email Sustainability Committee Chair Stephanie Lecovin at sustainability@lwptsa.net

LWSD Resources During School Closures

Lake Washington School District is working to provide services during the school closures. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the LWSD Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

Meals: Grab and Go student meals for students are available at six middle school sites across the district. Delivered meals are also available at 24 sites across the district. Pantry Packs will distribute weekend packs on Fridays at the middle school meal sites. Please 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. They have multiple locations to choose from. First responders and health care providers of direct services can use this program for free. More details and instructions.

Education: Find supplemental educational resources with supports for at-home learning. Please read the March 27 update for details about LWSD's plans for Curriculum-Based Remote Learning.

Community Resources: Find resources including health, wellness, food, finances, technology, Internet, legal and more.

Have a coronavirus or closure related question? Please check the Frequently Asked Questions or submit a question.

LWPTSA Scholarships Extended

Due to the King County school closures, LWPTSA Council has extended our scholarship submission deadline to May 1, 2020, and is now accepting applications via email. Please see the revised applications and instructions below.

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

For more information, contact Scholarships Co-Chairs Andrea Stoppani and Reva Racmachandran at scholarships@lwptsa.net.

Lake Washington Schools Foundation

Be the Virtual Bridge Event – Over $200,000 Raised!
Thank you to our donors and sponsors for helping us raise over $200,000 during our 2020 Be the Virtual Bridge Fundraiser. As LWSF continues to serve students and families in our community during COVID-19, these crucial funds ensure that we can continue our important work both now and in the future.  
It isn’t too late to watch our event videos, learn about the important work that we do in the LWSD community or make a donation at https://www.lwsf.org/bethebridge.html 

 Reach For Success Grant Applications 
It is that time of year again to be thinking about what program or initiative you would like LWSF to help bring to your school to enhance or expand on the LWSD curriculum.  We look forward to hearing about the programs that you want to bring to your school! 
The 2020-2021 Grant Applications are available now at https://www.lwsf.org/rfs.html 
Applications Deadline has been extended to April 30th! 

Upcoming Balance in Mind events! 
Balance in Mind is supporting parents and teens with weekly chats. Check one out this week: Pantry Packs Weekend Food Program continues to serve students during COVID-19 
LWSF and Pantry Packs volunteers have been working hard to keep the program providing weekend food to food-insecure students running. Keep up to date on how and where to receive Pantry Packs and how to support the program CLICK HERE. Updates on Pantry Packs during COVID-19  CLICK HERE

Office of the Education Ombuds Survey & Webinar

OEO seeks your input on how OEO can best use its resources to support racial equity, inclusion, and positive outcomes for K-12 students. The survey is available in 10 languages, and takes about 1-2 minutes to complete. Survey links: English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Russian, Somali, Tagalog, Vietnamese. The survey is open through April 30, 2020.
 
Or, join the upcoming interactive webinar on May 5 at 11 am to share your ideas with OEO Director Carrie Basas. RSVP for the webinar here.

2020 Washington State PTA Convention

Save the date for the 2020 WSPTA Convention and training event that will be held virtually, May 11-21, 2020. For additional details and registration, please visit Washington State PTA.

April Board To-Do List

  • Have the budget committee present the budget to the board at the April board meeting.
  • Elect new officers and approve the proposed budget at a membership meeting. Officers must be elected by June 30, but sooner allows time for transitions and training.
  • Report newly elected officers to WSPTA.
  • Complete WSPTA Standards of Affiliation (SOA) training requirement prior to WSPTA Convention in May.
  • Encourage officers to attend WSPTA Convention. Training at convention counts as training for the following year.
  • Consider opportunities for volunteer recognition such as the Golden Acorn or other WSPTA individual award(s).
  • Begin planning for Staff Appreciation Week, May 4-8, 2020
  • Was your PTA incorporated in April?  If so, then your annual Corporation Renewal is due on 4/30. The annual corporation report is due regardless of your PTA’s annual income and is separate from the Charitable Organization Registration/ Renewal.

Dates

All in-person meetings are cancelled through June 2020. Events below will be held via online platforms. LWPTSA Council Meeting Dates  | Full LWPTSA Calendar

Corporate Renewals

Due in April: Evergreen MS, ICS, Redmond MS, Rockwell
Due in May: Alcott, Clara Barton, Ella Baker, McAuliffe, Rose Hill El, Inglewood MS, Eastlake HS

See full list of LWPTSA incorporation dates
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