Northshore Council PTSA is excited to announce a new grant program for our local PTAs!
Local PTAs/PTSAs interested in partnering with Northshore Council PTSA to host speakers or events may now apply for a Northshore Council PTSA Educational Speaker and Events Grant. 2018-19 grants are funded through our Council Programs budget and are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications will be reviewed by the Northshore Council PTSA on a bi-monthly basis until the Council Programs budget is used in its entirety.
To apply, complete the application and return to Northshore Council PTSA by the submission deadline. Check out the Speaker & Events Grant page for a list of all submission and review dates. The first grant submission deadline is Monday, October 8th.
Download the application:
NORTHSHORE COUNCIL PTSA GRANT REQUEST FOR EDUCATIONAL SPEAKERS AND EVENTS
Questions? Please email email@example.com.
The 40th annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly will take place October 20-21, 2018 at Green River College, Auburn, WA. PTA delegates from across the state will come together to set a new platform of legislative priorities for the 2018-2020 legislative session in support of our vision of "Making every child's potential a reality." Delegates will have the opportunity to debate, amend, and vote on long-term resolutions and principles that were brought forth by the members through the grassroots submission process late last spring. In addition, the assembly will vote on new short-term platform issues that WSPTA will focus on in the upcoming legislative session.
The Guide to Proposed Legislative Principles, Legislative Issues and Resolutions, also known as the WSPTA Legislative Assembly Voter Guide, contains information needed to familiarize yourself with these proposals.
If you are interested in attending Legislative Assembly as a delegate for your local PTA, contact your local PTA president.
Registration for Legislative Assembly is now open! Get all the details: https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/legislative-assembly/.
Your voice matters! Please take a few moments to share what’s important to you and your family by taking our online survey to help your PTA delegates vote on the TOP 5 issues that are most important to your school. The issues supporting the “Health, Education & Welfare” of our students cover a wide spectrum of legislative policies from school meals and closing to the gaps to preschool, recess, SEL, teacher shortages, gun safety and more. Take the survey to find out what’s on the proposed agenda and share your priorities with your PTA.
Take the survey: www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=f9b7c938-406a-4c06-ba71-ca3815a50562
Survey closes at midnight, Friday, 10/5/2018.
Northshore Council PTSA invites the community to join us for a Candidates Forum on Monday, October 1st, at the Northshore School District Administration Building (3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell, WA 98021).
Meet and hear from candidates vying for state legislative positions in the 1st, 45th, and 46th Districts. The evening will begin with a meet and greet with candidates at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Candidates Forum at 7:00 p.m.
Do you have questions for the candidates? Ask them here:
Questions? Email: Nancy Chamberlain & Charla Griffy Brown
A hallway display at school, acknowledging all your PTA members, can be a wonderful way to celebrate your PTAs growth!
Each PTA is a legal corporation and your officers have fiduciary responsibilities to keep your organization on track. Some requirements come from the IRS, others are Washington State law, your PTA insurance company has requirements and WSPTA also has standards. Keeping on top of it all can be a challenge!
Washington State PTA (WSPTA) offers the Standards of Affiliation (SOA) as a guideline for keeping all the important requirements for your PTA up to date. Taxes to insurance to best practices-- all can be tracked with the help of the Washington State PTA SOA checklist-- and the 2018-19 SOA is now available!
Tracking your PTA’s compliance with the SOA checklist is a great way to stay on top of things this year. Sharing the progress you’ve made with your members also lets others know about how your PTA operates and shows the work that goes on, often behind the scenes, to keep your PTA legal, safe and operating within the very best practices of our state.
If parts of of SOA don’t make sense or you need further help and clarification, WSPTA has also created a Best Practices and Tip Sheet with details on each of the 13 requirements. And, of course, Northshore Council is here to help you as well! Contact us with any questions or concerns you may have!
If you have looked at Council's 2018-19 calendar, you may have noticed that we have included information about awareness months throughout the year. We hope that these may be helpful for you as you think about advocacy, meeting or parent education topics and more!
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) working to raise awareness of the importance in being prepared, now and throughout the year, for the types of natural and man-made disasters that could affect where we live, work, go to school, worship and visit. In Washington state, the likelihood of a hurricane is pretty low, but an earthquake that could have just as devastating effects without any warning. Plus, we have our own issues with wildfires, storms and snow, too. Visit our Emergency Preparedness pages for more information on steps to get better prepared and two weeks ready!
The Department of Homeland Security's website also offers a wealth of resources for NPM to help promote preparedness: https://www.ready.gov/september.
Washington State PTA also has a resolution that ties in with NPM:
We are here to help make your year a success! As a way to try and connect with you, our local PTA leaders, we have planned a series of Coffee with Council events hosted by our Area VPs. These are casual meet-ups offering the opportunity for local PTA leaders to meet with with Northshore Council PTSA leaders. It is a great time to ask questions, get clarification, review procedures, brainstorm ideas, and talk about anything else of interest or concern to you and your PTA.
We have four (4) Coffee with Council events planned for 2018-19:
Questions? Email Marcilla Proudfit.
Hope to see you there!
* Many thanks to The Cottage for graciously allowing us to use their meeting room for the event!
Each school's PTA/PTSA Emergency-Preparedness Chair or delegate is invited to attend our first Emergency Preparedness (E-Prep) and Safety meeting of this year! We are excited to be joined by Henry Simon, NSD Director of Safety and Security, who will share an overview of his plans for this up-coming school year.
Date: Thursday, September 20th, 2018
Time: 1:00PM to 2:30PM
Location: Northshore School District Administration Building Room AC-204 (3330 Monte Villa Pkwy, Bothell, WA 98021)
1:00 – 1:10 PM Introductions
1:10 – 1:55 PM Henry Simon, NSD Director of Safety & Security Presentation
1:55 – 2:30 PM Round Table open discussion Plans, Activities, and any Issues for the up-coming year
2:30 PM Close meeting
Questions? Email Robin McKenzie.
The first Northshore Council PTSA General Membership meeting is on Monday, September 17th at Woodinville High School. There will be a meet and greet at 6:30 and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. We'll be electing a President, voting on a 2018-19 budget, and more! Each PTA may send up to 4 voting representatives-- but we encourage ALL who are interested to attend.
Immediately after the meeting, beginning at 8:00 p.m., we will also be offering training for PTA officers, board members, committee chairs and interested members. Classes will include:
We hope you join us for a great evening of networking and learning!