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May 25, 2020

Parenting Strategies for Success During COVID-19

May 26th, 4 - 5:30 pm

Lauren Hutchinson, LMFTJoin a conversation about parenting through the pandemic. Hear about what to prioritize during this time of disruption and uncertainty to help all members of your family thrive. Topics include: motivating your child get to the finish line in June, how to encourage important resilience skills, how to plan for a summer of learning beyond school, and how to tame and make peace with pandemic screentime. 

Please send questions in advance to, additional questions may be accepted as time allows during the Q&A portion of the talk.

Speaker Information: Lauren Hutchinson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, parent educator, and counselor at a Seattle-area independent school for gifted learners. 

GoToMeeting Connection Details

LGBTQ Panel - May 26 at NOON

This Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) panel will provide insights into LGBTQ topics. Do you have a child or teen who is questioning their sexuality or gender identity? Do you want to better understand the LGBTQ community and how to support it? Panel participants will share some of their experiences and thoughts. 

This is a special invitation for LWSD community to listen to a panel hosted by LW Tech. Parents, caregivers and teens are welcome! Please email to sign up. If you have questions to ask the panel ahead of time or any other questions, contact Parent Education Chair Irene Neumann at

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!
High School PTA Roundtable - Wed, May 27 at 3pm (GoToMeeting link)
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

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:

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.  The Pantry Packs team misses seeing volunteers at events and is looking for new ways to hold events as restrictions ease.

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 will open on 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 day in May 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

May Board To-Do List

  • Work with the treasurer to set mid June deadlines for reimbursements.
  • Plan transition meetings for outgoing and incoming board members.
  • Hold the last membership meeting to complete unfinished business.
  • Approve the budget and approve any changes to the standing rules. Consider updating your budget to allow for 2020-2021 membership pre-sales.
  • Report newly elected officers for 2020-2021 to LWPTSA Council by emailing and to WSPTA by emailing
  • Charitable Solicitations Renewal is due May 31.
  • Was your PTA Incorporated in May? If so, then your annual Corporation Renewal is due on 5/31. The annual corporation report is due regardless of your PTA’s annual income and is separate from the Charitable Organization Registration/ Renewal.


All in-person meetings are cancelled through June 2020. Events below will be held via online platforms.
  • May 26, 12PM: LGBTQ Panel, contact
  • May 26, 4PM: Parenting Strategies for Success
  • May 27, 3PM: High School PTA Roundtable
  • May 27, 7PM: Treasurer's Basics training
  • May 29, 10AM: Presidents: Plan to Succeed training
  • May 29, 1PM: The Effective Vice-President training
  • 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 5, 10AM: Secretary training
  • June 5, 1PM: Treasurer's Basics training
LWPTSA Council Meeting Dates  | Full LWPTSA Calendar

Corporate Renewals

Due in May: Alcott, Clara Barton, Ella Baker, McAuliffe, Rose Hill El, Inglewood MS, Eastlake HS
Due in June: Carson, Einstein, Franklin, LW High School, Rosa Parks, Redmond HS, Timberline

See full list of LWPTSA incorporation dates
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