Please join us in celebrating our student artists with the launch of the Northshore Council PTSA's 2022-2023 Reflections Virtual Art Showcase. It includes all of our Council Qualifiers.
This is a multi-media Showcase event! Guests are able to view the dance and film pieces, listen to the music compositions, read the literature pieces, and view the photography and visual arts pieces.
We hope that you will be able to celebrate with your student and share this showcase with friends and family!
All 216 Northshore PTSA Council Qualifier student artworks are on display.
Click here to view Council's Judging Results.
Bonus Grant Cycle: Apply Today
Great News! Council has added an additional grant cycle! Do you have an idea for a community event or an educational speaker to bring to your school community this spring? Partner with Council and apply for a grant to help offset the cost.
The Northshore Council PTSA’s Educational Speakers and Community Events Grant Program is designed to help support local PTAs in hosting relevant and timely speakers for our district families and to encourage them to create engaging events for our community.
ALL local PTAs, within the Northshore School District and in good standing, may apply for a grant through a simple application process. The deadline for this last round of grants is Friday, March 24, 2023!
Not sure what to apply for? Check out some of the programs supported through this grant program on our past recipients page.
Learn more about Northshore PTSA's Educational Speakers & Community Events Grant Program.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us in celebrating our student artist with the launch of the Northshore Council Reflections Online Showcase on Monday, February 27. It will include all of our Council Qualifiers and will be found on our website under the Reflections tab.
The 2023-2024 Reflections theme is "I Am Hopeful Because..." Please spread the word so student artists can start working on their new pieces!
Questions? Contact Council's Reflections Chair, Jasmine Lee Fry.
For more information about the Reflections program, please visit our Reflections Program page.
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 prior to the meeting. You can also request the passcode by emailing Council PTSA Communications VP, Jenn Snyder.
Anxiety - What is it?
It can save your life, or paralyze you. It can push you to prepare for a test, or it can spiral around in your mind preventing you from doing your daily activities.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to different situations in our lives. It is our warning system that alerts us to danger to prepare us to react and get to safety. Anxiety can even be helpful to motivate us to prepare for work, a speech, a move, or even a party!
When the fear and distress of anxiety gets in the way of our daily lives, it may be an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety is the most common mental health concern in the United States. Nearly 20% of all adults have an anxiety disorder, while 7% of kids will experience anxiety each year, and that number is rising. Anxiety can be caused by genetics, the environment (traumatic events or illness), or a combination. Treatments, including medication, therapy, and relaxation techniques, can be quite effective. When youth, especially, get appropriate treatment, it can make an enormous difference in the trajectory of their lives.
There are several types of anxiety, according to NAMI and Mental Health America:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder - GAD produces chronic, exaggerated worrying about everyday life which can consume hours each day, making it hard to concentrate or finish daily tasks. A person with GAD may become exhausted by worry and experience headaches, tension, or nausea.
Social Anxiety Disorder - More than shyness, this disorder causes intense fear about social interaction, often driven by irrational worries about humiliation (e.g. saying something stupid or not knowing what to say). Someone with social anxiety disorder may not take part in conversations, contribute to class discussions, or offer their ideas, and may become isolated. Panic attacks are a common reaction to anticipated or forced social interaction.
Panic Disorder - This disorder is characterized by panic attacks and sudden feelings of terror sometimes striking repeatedly and without warning. Often mistaken for a heart attack, a panic attack causes powerful physical symptoms including chest pain, heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath and stomach upset. Many people will go to desperate measures to avoid an attack, including social isolation.
Phobias - We all tend to avoid certain things or situations that make us uncomfortable or even fearful. But for someone with a phobia, certain places, events, or objects create powerful reactions of strong, irrational fear. Most people with specific phobias have several things that can trigger those reactions; to avoid panic, they will work hard to avoid their triggers. Depending on the type and number of triggers, attempts to control fear can take over a person’s life.
OCD - Repeated, intrusive, and unwanted thoughts or rituals that seem impossible to control.
PTSD - Persistent symptoms that occur after experiencing a traumatic event such as war, rape, child abuse, natural disasters, or being taken hostage. Nightmares, flashbacks, numbing of emotions, depression, and feeling angry, irritable, distracted, and being easily startled are common.
If you or your child are struggling with anxiety, there is help! Talk to your doctor or health care professional.
As always, take care of yourself first so that you can care for your kiddos.
This article was brought to you by Northshore Council PTSA's Mental Health Committee.
For past articles and more resources, please visit our Mental Health Awareness page.
E-Prep Chair Meeting - February 28
For more information about E-Prep or to request meeting access, please contact Council's Emergency Preparedness & Safety (E-Prep) Chair, Robin McKenzie.
More information is available on our E-Prep Program page.
Seeking Leaders for 2023-2024!
Northshore Council is Looking for Awesome Leaders!