Please join us for our first Northshore Council PTSA General Membership Meeting of 2019 on Monday, January 7th at the NSD Admin Building (3330 Monte Villa Pkwy, Bothell, WA 98021). There will be a meet and greet at 6:30 and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Each PTA may send up to 4 voting representatives-- but we encourage ALL who are interested to attend.
To start the year off, we are excited to welcome Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown as guest speaker. Non-profit organizations are increasingly becoming targets for fraud, and there are even PTAs that have fallen prey to email and "phishing" schemes. Charla has a wealth of experience in the world of non-profits and technology and she will be sharing information about what you *need to know* about financial best practices, cybersecurity, and money handling so you can better protect YOUR PTA from fraud. In addition to a presentation there will be a Q&A so that you can get your questions answered!
We hope you join us for what is sure to be an informative meeting!
Charla Griffy-Brown is a Professor in Information Systems and Technology Management at the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business. In addition, she is an accomplished corporate board member and speaker. As a scholar she is now distinguished as Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Technology in Society. She was recognized as one of Pepperdine University’s outstanding faculty with the Howard A. White Teaching Award in 2011 and in 2017 received recognition as a Waves of Innovation grant winner. Dr. Griffy-Brown graduated from Harvard University, is a former Fulbright Scholar, and holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. Charla has served as PTA president at Timbercrest Middle School and Co-President of Hollywood Hill Elementary. She currently serves on the Northshore Schools Foundation Board.
Join us on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, for an important talk by author, educator and international speaker Jo Langford tailored to parents to build their Internet "savvy" to help our kids balance their online lives with boundaries, etiquette and good judgment. The talk will include:
The talk will begin at 7:00pm at the Canyon Park Middle School Little Theater (23723 23rd Ave SE, Bothell, WA 98021).
This parent education event is being co-sponsored by Skyview Middle School PTSA, Canyon Park Middle School PTSA, Northshore Council PTSA and beheroes.net.
Questions? Contact Skyview PTSA President Melissa Kline.
Download the flyer:
Middle School Gym Night is a FREE event just for Northshore School District middle school students! Middle schoolers can drop-in to shoot some hoops or play other fun games, hang with friends and enjoy a slice of pizza. Starting on January 7, 2019, the program will be offered on Monday nights from 5:00 - 6:15pm, during the school year (except holidays/breaks), at the Frank Love Elementary gym.
Canyon Park Middle School PTSA is partnering with local businessman Pete Anthony ("Uncle Peteza") to bring this exclusively-for-middle-schoolers program back.
If the program sounds familiar, it is! Back in the day, it was known as "Junior High Gym Night." This award winning program ran successfully for 20 years and served, on average, about 20-25 kids each Monday night that it was offered. Volunteers became mentors to the kids. Many of those kids would return when they were older to visit and check in. It gave them a place to hang out, have fun, a chance to be responsible and have a guaranteed meal. Pete worked out the logistics of the program. He had a detailed list of the rules that would be in place. The program used to be run in conjunction with Bothell Parks and Recreation, with help from Bothell Fire & EMS, but budget cuts and loss of employees forced them to cancel the program. Pete believes strongly in this program and CPMS PTSA is so happy to help him bring it back. Middle School Gym Night will work the same as it has in the past.
Please consider advertising this program to your families and students. Organizers are not sure what to expect as the program gets up and running again. Mostly, it seemed that the program (in its past incarnation) was frequented by kids that were within walking distance of Frank Love, but it was always advertised to all kids. So, we'll see what happens!
If any families are interested in volunteering to help out at Middle School Gym Night, please visit the sign-up on the Canyon Park Middle School PTSA website: https://cpptsa.org/ways-to-help/volunteer-sign-ups/?sheet_id=146.
Questions? Contact Canyon Park Middle School PTSA Presidents, Jane Chiodo and Kerri Booth.
Are you interested in making your voice heard???
During the Washington State Legislative Sessions, Washington State PTA will send action alerts and informational broadcasts to WSPTA members who have subscribed to WSPTA's Action Network Group. These action alerts are quick, easy ways to communicate with our legislators on topics they are actively working on that relate to WSPTA's legislative platform.
You can sign up here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/subscribe-to-wsptas-action-network-group.
At our November 5, 2018 General Membership Meeting, we heard an informative and inspiring call to action from speaker JMarie Johnson-Cola regarding Family & Community Engagement (FACE). Each child must be supported by, not only parents and teachers, but extended families, school districts, neighbors and community members to help them realize their full potential.
Handouts included an example of a Family Engagement Action Plan Template as well as a quote from the Carnegie Corporation of New York regarding what it takes to meet the challenge of FACE:
In her talk, JMarie mentioned a number of resources to help inform Family and Community Engagement best practices. Here are a few of the ones she mentioned:
Books & Articles:
Course Modules for FACE:
Congratulations to the 10 Northshore PTAs that have won WSPTA Membership growth awards so far this year!
PLATINUM award winners have increased membership 20% over last year:
⭐ Bear Creek Elementary PTA
⭐ Moorlands PTA
⭐ Shelton View PTA
GOLD award winners have increased membership 10% over last year:
⭐ Canyon Park Middle PTSA
⭐ Sorenson PTA
BRONZE award winners have increased membership by at least 1 more member over last year:
⭐ Canyon Creek PTA
⭐ East Ridge PTA
⭐ Fernwood PTSA
⭐ Lockwood PTA
⭐ Timbercrest Middle PTSA
Keep up the amazing work!!! Remember that membership is year-round and these awards are ongoing. If your PTA has earned an award-- keep the momentum going and work toward the next level. And if your PTA isn't there yet-- keep at it and continue building awareness because every member counts!
If you have membership questions, are looking for ideas or need support, please contact our Council Membership Chairs, Sherry Rudolph and Mary Khouzam. They are here to help!
Awards season is nearly upon us!
Has your PTA considered applying for one or more of the Washington State PTA Awards of Excellence??? You are all doing GREAT work for your students, so you should participate!!! There are some great benefits to applying for these awards:
Available awards include:
Find more information about awards at the WSPTA website: https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/awards/excellence/
Deadline is March 1st 2019.
Please reach out to your Council VP if you want help or guidance in applying:
We encourage you to consider applying for one or more of these awards!
Want to become more involved in Council by being on the 2019/20 Executive Committee? Great! The Nominating Committee would love to hear from you. Positions open for nominations include:
All positions, except Treasurer, may be held jointly by two people. Nominees must be at least 18 years of age and a current member of at least one local PTA within Northshore Council PTSA. Nominees for the office of President need to have two years of elected experience on Northshore Council, or have served as President of a local PTA for at least one year and have one year of serving in an elected position on Council or higher.
For more information about any of these roles, the nominating process, or if you would like to make a nomination, please contact one of our Nominating Committee members:
Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you!
On November 7, 2018, Northshore Council PTSA and Northshore School District, in partnership with the American Lung Association, hosted a community presentation: "Tobacco use is changing, are you keeping up?" The presentation offering information about the changing face of tobacco products, how they are affecting youth and what you need to know to educate and protect our children from what the FDA has called an epidemic among teens.
The event was live streamed and the recording is now available for viewing:
Thank you to all who made time to attend Northshore Council PTSA's general meeting on November 5, 2018. It was an informative and inspiring meeting!
We are pleased to announce our 2019 Nominating Committee!
Northshore Council has awarded Educational Speaker and Event Grants to five local PTAs so far. Congratulations to Leota, Woodmoor, Canyon Park, Skyview and Bothell High. The next deadline for receiving grant applications is November 26, 2018. Please visit the Speaker and Event Grants page for details and to download the application.
Sue Freeman shared an update on the Northshore Community Kitchen project. This program will be evolving over the next year as facilities go offline at Carol Edwards Center and new partnerships are forged in the community. They will continue preparing meals for families in our community through March.
Jane Chiodo delivered an update on Threads and Treads, a district-wide clothing bank for Northshore families that is operated out of Canyon Park Middle School. There are currently about 200 families using this service. Threads and Treads is looking for a new program leader. Visit their website for additional information and volunteer opportunities.
We heard reports from district leaders, including School Board Director Amy Cast, NSD Partnerships and Volunteer Coordinator Natalie Campbell, and Northshore Schools Foundation Executive Director Carmin Dalziel. Each shared information, updates and answered questions about recent projects and current initiatives.
Sam Ames and Aileen Hammar presented an update on the work of the NSD Dyslexia Committee. The committee is charged to develop a model for proactively identifying, instructing, and assessing all students learning to read, which will reduce the number of students needing additional supports and structures not inclusive of general education. They shared an informative TED Talk presentation, "What is Dyslexia", that offered background about the learning disorder. They followed that up with a PowerPoint presentation that was shared with the School Board at its October 8th meeting. For more information about NSD's Dyslexia Committee, visit their page on the district website.
Finally, we heard an informative and inspiring call to action from speaker JMarie Johnson-Cola regarding Family & Community Engagement (FACE). Each child must be supported by, not only parents and teachers, but extended families, school districts, neighbors and community members to help them realize their full potential. For more information about FACE and PTA, check out WSPTA's website.
Council meetings are a great way to network with other PTA leaders and learn about what is happening in the district, the state and the PTA. We hope you'll join us at our next general membership meeting on:
Monday, January 7, 2019
NSD Administration Bldg.
Meet & Greet: 6:30 pm
Call to Order: 7:00 pm