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January 27, 2020

Founders' Day Luncheon

Reminder: The Founder’s Day registration deadline is FEBRUARY 6th! Please be sure to mail in your check and forms or bring them to the February LWPTSA Council General Membership meeting.

Founders' Day Luncheon will be held Friday, February 28, 2020 at Sahalee Country Club. This Founders' Day is also LWPTSA Council's 40th anniversary celebration. Invitations and RSVP forms are available below or on our website. Send questions to Luncheon Co-Chairs, Elena Sellers and Andrea Stoppani at

You Are Invited!
WSPTA Region 2 Winter Conference

We are excited to be hosting a Region 2 Winter Conference at the LWSD Resource Center on Tuesday, February 25. You are invited to join us! Meet Andrew Estep, WSPTA Executive Director and participate in the Listening Tour, Nominating Committee training, network with PTA leaders from across the region, particpate in classes and trainings to meet your training requirement and enhance your leadership skills. Please register for this free event online.

When: Tuesday, February 25 9AM – 2PM
Where: LWSD Resource Center, Redmond, WA
Registrationregister online

Got questions? Email

WSPTA Listening Tour

Please join us for one or both sessions during our Region 2 Winter Conference.
When: Tuesday, February 25
  9AM - 10:15AM or 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Registrationregister online

A message from Andrew Estep, WSPTA Executive Director: Your voice is important in helping us shape the future of Washington State PTA and the work we do for all children. Tell us how things are going for you and your PTA. The Washington State PTA Listening Tour is part of the 2020-2023 strategic planning process. A panel of state board directors and other volunteer leaders will be there to hear your concerns and the challenges that you face. Our executive director, Andrew Estep, will moderate the session. Your honest and heartfelt answers will be integrated into the state’s plans for the next three years.

Lake Washington Schools Foundation News

Balance in Mind “Get to Know Us” Event - January 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm at LWSD Resource Center. Join the Balance in Mind Team to learn more about the work that LWSF is doing to partner with LWSD to support Youth Mental Wellness in our district! Register online.

Valentine’s Day Teacher Appreciation Campaign - Do you know a teacher who deserves a Valentine? We think you do! Learn more here.

LWSF Spring Luncheon - Save the Date for March 26, 2020 at the Redmond Marriott. Another inspirational and informative Spring Luncheon is in the works.  Stay tuned for more details. Table Captains are an essential piece to the success of the LWSF luncheon. If you or someone in your community is interested in serving as a Table Captain or a Co-Captain, contact

E-Prep Committee Meeting

E-Prep Chairs and other interested parties, please join us at the next Emergency Preparedness Chair Committee Meeting on Tuesday February 4. Learn more about the E-Prep Committee.

When: Tuesday, February 4, 10AM - Noon
Where: LWSD Resource Center, Sammamish Rm

LWPTSA Council Board Nominations

If you or someone you know has a passion for kids and the programs that help them succeed, please consider submitting a nomination for the 2020-21 Lake Washington PTSA Council Board of Directors. If you would like to be a part of this team or know of someone who might want to join us, please send an email to Nominating Committee (
- LWPTSA Council 2019-2020 Nominating Committee: Diane Devlyne-Thompson, Tracey Gauthier, Cris Wegmann

Nominating Committee Training & Help

LWPTSA has scheduled two nominating committee training sessions, open to any PTA board member or nominating committee member: 
  • Monday, February 10, from noon - 2PM at LWSD Resource Center
  • Tuesday, February 25, 12:30PM at LWSD Resource Center, registration required
Training sessions in other councils:
  • Tuesday, February 6, 9:30 – 11:00AM, Bellevue
  • Monday, March 2, 10:00 – 11:30AM, Mercer Island
Presidents, Nom Comm members and interested board members are encouraged to download the handbook from the WSPTA website.  If you've forgotten the credentials, please contact your AVP.

Please email Brandi Comstock at with questions.

Special Education Fair - February 25

Come check out and talk to vendors offering after school, summer, and other recreational activities and other services to students on IEPs, 504s and IHPs, and their families. Children welcome. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations, those who need an interpreter or who have questions about access may email us at in advance of the event.

When: Tuesday, February 25 at 7PM
Where: LWSD Resource Center
Details: Download the flyer

Opioid Awareness & Prevention Panel

If you missed the Opioid Awareness and Prevention Panel in December you can watch a video from the event courtesy of the Lake Washington School District. The panel includes representatives from King County EMS, Kirkland Police Department, Youth Eastside Services more. They cover topics of drugs, alcohol and opioid addiction, the extremely dangerous opioids currently out there and how addiction progresses, what 1st responders are seeing first hand, interventions, and finally what parents can do. Watch the video online.

If you have additional questions after watching the video, please email

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:

  • 8 Merit scholarships
  • 1 LWEA/Bates scholarship
  • 1 Perseverance scholarship
  • 1 Turn Around scholarship
  • 1 L.E. Scarr 2 year, technical or vocational scholarship
  • 1 at-large scholarship

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

Child Internet Safety -  Thursday, Feb 6

Juanita Elementary School PTA invites you to hear internet safety expert Stephanie Thomas. She educates parents and children about cyberbullying, social networking, online gaming, sexting, internet tips and more!

When: Thursday, Feb 6, 7:00 pm
Where: Juanita Elementary School, 9635 NE 132th St, Kirkland 98034
Attention local PTAs: We love to share your events. Please send event announcements and flyers to

Training Opportunities

Every elected PTA officer needs to attend one approved training class each year. Here are upcoming training opportunities -- all are welcome!
  • Tue Feb. 4, 4PM -- PTA & the Law webinar Register online
  • Mon Feb. 10, Noon  -- Nominating Committee training at LWSD Resource Center
  • Tue, Feb. 25, 9AM -- Region 2 Winter Conference at LWSD Resource Center
Need training? LWPTSA Council is always happy to host training for your entire board all at once. Drop us a line!  Find lists of WSPTA-approved training classes we can provide on our website.

Safer Internet Day - February 11

Join National PTA in coming together for a better internet. Learn how your PTA can host a Safer Internet Day Celebration. View NPTA's PTA Connected toolkits and get ready to join the live event on February 11, 2020 via live streaming video.

WSPTA Standards of Excellence

Does your PTA: Have regular meetings, communicate to your members regularly, have goals and objectives, and programs to meet those goals? Do you have an active membership campaign and does your PTA recognize volunteers and present awards? Does your PTA follow the Standards of Affiliation? Does your PTA attend council meetings or share information from WSPTA and NPTA? If you answered, ‘yes’, (and we know that most of our PTAs do all of these things, and more!) your PTA is an excellent candidate to apply for the WSPTA Standards of Excellence Award! Entry deadline: 3/1/2020. If you have any questions, or need assistance in filling out the forms, please email Brandi Comstock at  Details and applications for additional WSPTA awards are located on the WSPTA website.

January Board To-Do List

  • Conduct a mid-year financial review in January. Appoint a committee and set a date to do the review.
  • Review WSPTA Awards of Excellence awards. Applications are due March 1.
  • Appoint a nomination committee if you haven't already done so.
  • Engage in a winter membership campaign. The WSPTA membership growth contest runs from Jan 1 - Feb 14, 2020. No entry form needed!
  • Provide 1099-Misc forms to independent contractors.
  • File annual combined excise tax form by January 31 to remit sales/use tax if applicable.
  • Was your PTA incorporated in January?  If so, then your annual Corporation Renewal is due on 1/31. The annual corporation report is due regardless of your PTA’s annual income and is separate from the Charitable Organization Registration/ Renewal.


  • Feb 4, 10AM: Emergency Prep Committee Meeting, LWSD Resource Center
  • Feb 6, 9:45AM: LWPTSA Membership Meeting, LWSD Resource Center
  • Feb 10, 12PM: Nominating Committee Training, LWSD Resource Center
  • Feb 11: Safer Internet Day sponsored by National PTA
  • Feb 20, 10AM: Sustainability Committee Meeting, LWSD Resource Center
  • Feb 20, 12PM: Brown Bag, LWSD Resource Center -College and Career Readiness 
  • Feb 25, 9AM: WSPTA Region 2 Conference, LWSD Resource Center
  • Feb 25, 7PM: Special Education Fair, LWSD Resource Center
  • Feb 28, 11AM: Founders' Day Luncheon, Sahalee Country Club
LWPTSA Council Meeting Dates  | Full LWPTSA Calendar

Corporate Renewals

Due in January: Peter Kirk, Mann, Rose Hill MS
Due in February: Audubon, Redmond El, Thoreau, Kamiakin MS
See full list of LWPTSA incorporation dates
Lake Washington PTSA Council 2.8 serves the Lake Washington School District #414.
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