Announcing Round 3 Grant Recipients
Northshore Council PTSA is proud to announce the recipients of our third round of Educational Speakers & Community Events Grants for 2021-2022!
Local PTAs/PTSAs interested in partnering with Northshore Council PTSA to host speakers or events were able to apply for a Northshore Council PTSA Educational Speakers and Community Events Grant. 2021-2022 grants were offered on a first-come, first-serve basis and applications were reviewed by the Northshore Council PTSA. Submissions are no longer being accepted for the 2021-2022 school year, but this program will return in the Fall of 2022.
For more information about the grants program, visit our Educational Speakers and Community Events Grant Program page.
Anyone who would like to nominate themselves for an elected position on
Northshore Council PTSA for 2022-2023 can do so at:
Deadline for submission is Friday, March 11th, 2022
At the close of the self-nomination period, if there is any contested position we will send out an electronic voting method to Northshore PTA/PTSA presidents and vice-presidents. If no position is contested, we will hold the election by voice vote during our next General Meeting, on Monday, March 21st, 2022. Click here for meeting information.
Slate of Candidates:
In the 2022 Nominating Committee Report, the following slate of candidates were put forward for 2022-2023:
Anyone self declaring for a 2022-2023 Northshore Council Elected Board Position must meet the following qualification requirements.
Per the 2021-2022 Council Standing Rules:
Candidates for the office of President and First Vice President shall also:
Candidates for the offices of VP of Elementary Support and VP of Secondary Support shall also:
Below is a brief job descriptions of Council positions. For a more detailed job description, click here.
President: The President has many important jobs including serving as the official contact, communicator and representative of Council. They oversee and coordinate the work of the executive board, preside over meetings, are ex-officio members of all committees (except Nominating Committee) and are designated as an authorized signer for checks, contracts and authorizations for payment. But, most importantly, they work to connect PTAs which in turn helps them support families, schools and the community to work towards overall student success.
1st VP: Must be familiar with the Council president’s duties and responsibilities. Act as an aide to the president and perform the duties of the president in his or her absence. Is in charge of advertising and organizing the Council Grant Program and yearly Awards.
Treasurer: Is the authorized custodian of the funds of the association and receives and disburses all monies in accordance with the budget as approved by the membership.
Secretary: Keeps an accurate record of meetings, which become part of the permanent history of the PTA. Also responsible for taking attendance and monitoring quorum at meetings.
VP of Events: Plans and coordinates Councils yearly events including Presidents and Principals Brunch, Reflections Celebration and Spring Recognition Event.
VP of Communications: Works to facilitate Northshore Council PTSA communications in order to inform, engage, educate and inspire local PTAs and beyond.
VP of Advocacy: Help to educate local PTA's and disseminate information about current WSPTA and National PTA legislative priorities.
VP of Elementary Support: Act as a conduit of information for local elementary PTAs. Helps to answer questions local PTA's may have and works to recognize and celebrate local PTA's.
VP of Secondary Support: Act as a conduit of information for local secondary (high school and middle school) PTAs. Helps to answer questions local PTA's may have and works to recognize and celebrate local PTA's.
Questions about Self Declaring or Virtual Elections? Contact Council President, Jane Chiodo.
2022 Nominating Committee Report
Below, please find the report from the Northshore Council PTSA Nominating Committee which lists the nominees for each of the officer positions for the 2022-2023 Executive Committee.
The election will take place during the Northshore Council PTSA Membership Meeting on Monday, March 21, 2022. WSPTA Bylaws permit the nomination of candidates from the floor* at the meeting before the vote takes place.
*Since meetings are currently held virtually, "nominations from the floor" will be done using an online submission form prior to the meeting. See our post on Self Declaring for 2022-2023 Elected Board Positions for more information.
General Meeting - March 21st, 2022
Please join us for our fourth general membership meeting of the year on Monday, March 21, 2022 via Zoom!
In addition to our regular business items, we’ll be pre-approving our budget for the 2022-2023 year.
Additionally, during this meeting we will be holding elections for our 2022-2023 Council Officers. To learn more about this, visit our other blogs:
*UPDATE* Guest Speaker: We are excited to have Melissa Riley, NSD Assistant Director of Equity Pedagogy, joining us to give an update on the progress that has been made on an Ethnic Studies framework for our district. We'll learn what it is, who is involved, what has been done and what still needs to be done to get this off the ground. Melissa will also be joined by a few NSD students who have been actively involved in this work. To learn more about the Ethnic Studies Work Team, you can visit this link.
Council meetings will build your PTA knowledge, give you the opportunity to network with other PTA, school district and community leaders, and they can be a lot of fun, too. Each PTA may send up to 4 voting representatives - but we encourage ALL who are interested to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!
*A meeting passcode is required to join. It will be sent to local leaders via email. You can also request the passcode by emailing Council PTSA Communications VP, Rachel Fitzgerald.
Now's a great time to check in regarding your membership goal for the year!
Many PTAs focus their Membership Campaign efforts at the start of the school year. However, Council recommends keeping your campaign going all year long - it's never to late to Join PTA!
Washington State PTA is even running a final membership contest of the year as incentive. WSPTA's “Keep those Members Coming” contest just requires your PTA to add seven new members between February 1st and March 14th to qualify.
We are also just 3 weeks away from the deadline for 100% Staff and 100% Membership awards. If your PTA has qualified for either of these awards, please make sure to fill out the application form and return it by the deadline of March 15th. See below for more information about these and WSPTA's Membership Growth Awards.
Washington State PTA gives out two types of PTA Membership Awards:
Membership Growth Awards Levels
Bronze: Recognizes local PTAs, in good standing, for enrolling at least one more member than their previous year’s total membership.
Silver: Recognizes local PTAs, in good standing, for enrolling PTA members equaling at least 105% of their previous year’s total membership.
Gold: Recognizes local PTAs, in good standing, for enrolling PTA members equaling at least 110% of their previous year’s total membership.
Platinum: Recognizes local PTAs, in good standing, for enrolling PTA members equaling at least 120% of their previous year’s total membership.
Membership Achievement Awards
100% Staff Membership Award: Recognizes local PTAs that have at least as many school staff members enrolled in their PTA as there are full-time, certificated staff members employed at the school associated with that PTA. Check out our previous blog for to learn about achieving 100% Staff Membership – it’s easier than you think! Many of our local PTAs earned this award last year - view the recipient list here!
100% PTA Membership Award: Presented to local PTAs that enroll at least as many members as there are full-time enrolled students at the school associated with that PTA. Our very own Sunrise Elementary PTA earned this award in 2019-2020!
Membership Achievement Awards require a local PTA to complete a simple form (available from WSPTA here), get it signed by the principal of the school associated with that PTA, and submit it to WSPTA by March 15th. Submissions can be done by mail or scanned and sent via email. Once forms are received and approved, your PTA will receive a digital awards kit to help celebrate your achievement and be recognized at the WSPTA Convention in May.
Questions about these different awards or need help with your membership campaign? Contact Council's Co-Chairs of Membership, Hanisha Bakshani & Melissa Kline!
Announcing Council's Special Ed Rep
Meet Council's Special Education Representative, Laura Staneff!
Laura Staneff was appointed at the February 7th Council Board Meeting to fill the role of Special Education Representative for Northshore Council PTSA. Laura and her family have lived in Kenmore since January 2019; they had previously lived within Lake Washington School District, having moved to Washington from Massachusetts in 2017.
In her new role at Council, Laura hopes to help to build a culture of collaboration for Special Education within NSD. She wants to improve communication within our current decentralized model for Special Education PTSA Representation, providing new opportunities for Representatives to consult with each other and to support the wider Special Education membership. She is also working on Parent Education opportunities, including the upcoming spring webinar series, Special Education: Student & Family Support, presented by PAVE (Partnerships in Action/Voices For Empowerment).
If you are the Special Education Chair for your local PTA/PTSA, or are on your local PTA's board and looking for more information on how to bring this position to your PTA, please reach out to Laura by emailing email@example.com.
Northshore Council PTSA is offering a FREE Parent Education Webinar Series in partnership with PAVE (Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment).
Special Education: Student & Family Support
Date: Tuesday, March 22nd
Focus Topic: Student Rights - IEP, Section 504, and more!
This webinar series will be presented by Jerri Clark, Parent Resources Coordinator of Partnerships in Action/Voices of Empowerment (PAVE). Each webinar in the series will have a different focus topic and a separate registration link.
The first webinar in the series will take place on March 22nd and be focusing on Student Rights: IEP, Section 504, and more! Check out the flyer below for more information.
Future webinars will include:
**Deadline to register is 6pm on Monday, March 21st.
Questions? Email Council's Special Education Representative, Laura Staneff.
For more information about PAVE, visit their website at https://wapave.org.
We look forward to seeing you at this and future Special Education: Student & Family Support events!
Attend this FREE parent education event from PathLight Counseling in partnership with your Northshore Council PTSA.
Journey to College: A Timeline for Students & Parents
Date: Wednesday, March 16th
This event will provide grade specific timelines to help students prepare for the college admissions process. A short Q&A session focused on the timeline will follow the presentation.
*Deadline to register is 4pm on Wednesday, March 16th.
Council hopes to offer a series of informational college prep sessions, each focusing on a different topic. Please keep your eye out for future communications with more details and dates. Future sessions will be posted to our Parent Education Opportunities page and shared on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).
Questions? Email Council's VP of Secondary Support, Brenae Brix.
We look forward to seeing you at this and future Journey to College events!
Northshore Council PTSA is offering a FREE parent education event on Digital Safety presented by Jo Langford.
Join us as Jo Langford discusses the "3 Big Bads: Sexting, Cyberbullying, and Porn."
Date: Monday, March 14th
This presentation will include:
To learn more about Jo Langford, visit his website.
*Deadline to register is 4pm on Monday, March 14th.
This event is brought to you by Council's Mental Health Committee through a grant from Council's Educational Speakers & Community Events Grants program.
Questions? Email Council's Mental Health Committee!
You are invited to join Council's next Emergency Preparedness (E-Prep) Chair meeting!
Anyone in PTA/PTSA is welcome to attend our meetings, and we encourage all local PTA/PTSA E-Prep chairs to attend as well as PTA/PTSA Presidents and/or Vice Presidents or delegates.
In this meeting we share and obtain updates from the NSD Safety team and discuss opportunities where the PTA can provide support to our schools in the areas of emergency preparedness, safety, and security.
Date: Tuesday, March 8th
Time: 11:00 AM to Noon, Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Zoom Link & Passcode: Available upon request
If you would like the zoom link and passcode in order to attend this meeting, or have questions concerning Emergency Preparedness, please email Council's E-Prep Co-Chairs, Tracy Jokisch & Robin McKenzie. We look forward to seeing you!
Please note, the original posting for this event listed the date as March 1st. This has now been changed to March 8th.