Community Serve Day 2019 - 8/25
Community Serve Day is a collaborative effort between local churches, school districts, PTSA’s, non-profits, and businesses that mobilize as one for our community. For one day we come together to help schools get ready for the new school year, preparing classrooms and school grounds to become a premier learning environment for our kids. Projects include helping teachers set up classrooms, as well as improving the campuses through painting, repairs, beautification, and more. Community Serve Day 2019 will take place on Sunday, August 25th, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Community members and families are encouraged to volunteer to help in this effort and all ages are welcome! Sign up at communityserveday.org starting in early April. Once registered, volunteers will receive information and instructions regarding their selected site projects via email.
Three new schools will be participating in this year's event: Sunrise Elementary, Wellington Elementary and Inglemoor High School. The graphic below lists all of the participating schools and site leaders.
Community Serve Day 2019 Participating Northshore Schools
Note: site leaders are still needed for schools that do not have one listed. The Site Leader's role is to plan and coordinate with the principal and NSD Facilities, plan/place volunteers on various projects, and serve as the contact for questions specific to one's school. If you have suggestions for someone who may be a great site leader, contact Tim King (Northshore Community Church).
PTAs/PTSAs are encouraged to support Community Serve Day in a number of different ways:
PTA/PTSA timeline for this year's event:
For more information about Community Serve Day and to sign up to volunteer, visit: communityserveday.org.
Questions? Project contacts:
Northshore Community Kitchen Farewell
On March 19, 2019, the Northshore Community Kitchen closed its doors after nearly seven years of serving its local community. The Northshore Community Kitchen, a partnership between Northshore Council PTSA and the Northshore YMCA, served as a wonderful resource for in-need families in our community since April 2012. Over the years, the program prepared packs and distributed around 45-50 ready-to-eat meals-to-go every Wednesday, year-round. Thanks to continuing support from some local businesses, PTAs, individual community members, and a terrific group of volunteers, they served a total of 14,023 meals! In addition, the Kitchen also supplied the Kenmore Library "Study Zone" program and Skyview Middle School's "Kitchen Table" homework club with snacks each week.
Northshore Community Kitchen worked to raise awareness about the food insecurity issues facing many of our neighbors and also took positive steps to do something about it.
Thank you to everyone who made the program such a success:
Great gratitude as well to volunteer Sue Freeman, who organized and managed Northshore Community Kitchen operations on behalf of Northshore Council PTSA, dedicating years of service and care toward the program, its volunteers and those it served.
At Northshore Council PTSA's March 18, 2019 General Membership Meeting, vollunteer Sue Freeman was recognized for her many years of dedication and service managing the Northshore Community Kitchen! Pictured (from Left): Northshore Council co-President Grace Jurado, Sue Freeman, Northshore School District Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid, Northshore Council co-President Carrie McKenzie.
And a special thanks from Sue Freeman, "Most importantly, thank you to all the families who allowed us into their lives and trusted us to cook for them."
One challenge that all PTAs share is in growing our membership each year. Here in Northshore, we have four PTAs that have shown consistent growth in each of the last six years: Canyon Park PTSA, Lockwood PTA, Skyview PTSA and Sorenson PTA! Our Council Membership Chairs asked each of these successful PTAs what has worked for them that has helped drive their ongoing membership growth. Read their responses below and be sure to check out the examples they shared too!
Canyon Park Middle School PTSA
Co-President Jane Chiodo shared a bit about Canyon Park PTSA's approach to membership at the March 18th Northshore Council General Membership Meeting noting that the secondary level is very different from elementary. One primary difference is that there are no paper flyers as there is no means to distribute them (no more 'kidmail' in secondary!). So taking advantage of all avenues for communicating information and working to get the word out about PTSA is key!
The Sorenson Early Childhood Center has ~256 students and 58 staff members. Their PTA currently has 118 members! President Amber Rosenquist shared Sorenson PTA's membership approach and some examples at the March 18th Northshore Council General Membership Meeting. Here is some of what Sorenson PTA does to promote membership:
Lockwood PTA membership co-Chairs Liz Nord and Amanda Sics noted that they work to campaign for membership throughout the year! Here is what they shared with us about their approach:
We have sent out 3 different membership forms this year:
We of course noticed things that needed to be corrected with each form (for instance on the original form, we forgot to say who to write the check out to), and fixed it on the new one.
Things we do to continue to get memberships throughout the year:
Skyview Middle School PTSA
Skyview PTSA's President, Melissa Kline, shared a great list of key approaches that they use to promote membership at the secondary level:
Many thanks to each of these PTAs for taking the time to share their
membership approach and some great tips!
March 18th Meeting Recap
Many thanks to all who joined us for Northshore Council PTSA's March 18, 2019 General Membership Meeting. It was a full meeting with a wealth of information and inspiration!
The meeting began with a report from Sue Freeman about the Northshore Community Kitchen. After 7 years of serving meals-to-go to Northshore School District families in need, the Kitchen was packing its final meals on March 19, 2019. Sue shared some inspiring statistics about the work the Kitchen has done, including the fact that they served 14,023 meals to 67 families in NSD over the years. A big thank you to Sue for her many years of organizing and managing operations of the Northshore Community Kitchen. We are so grateful for her dedication and service.
Many thanks to volunteer Sue Freeman for her many years of dedication and service managing the Northshore Community Kitchen! Pictured (from Left): Northshore Council co-President Grace Jurado, Sue Freeman, Northshore School District Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid, Northshore Council co-President Carrie McKenzie.
NSD Superintendent Dr. Reid shared updates regarding school schedule adjustments to make up for winter weather closures. She also answered questions on a variety of topics, including next year's school calendar, the change to a 7-period day in high school and its impact on bell times and scheduling, the need for mental health specialists at all high schools, Camp Cedar Springs, summer school registration, and more! We are grateful to Dr. Reid for taking time to join us and answer questions!
General business items included approval of the minutes, review of financial reports, and formation of a Mid-Year Financial Review Committee and Budget Committee. Then we held Council elections for the 2019-2020 Executive Board. The following individuals were elected to office for next year and will begin their term on July 1, 2019:
Congratulations to our incoming officers!!!
Membership voted to approve some changes to Northshore Council PTSA Standing Rules, removing the VP West and VP East officer positions and adding two new roles, Vice-President Local PTA Support: Secondary and Vice-President Local PTA Support: Elementary, as well as detailing experience requirements for individuals entering into those roles. A vote was also taken to name Council's delegates to this year's WSPTA Convention, including Grace Jurado, Carrie McKenzie, Stacey Meyer, and Tricia Woods.
Nominations are being accepted for Council's Awards program now! Please submit your nominations for Outstanding Educator, Outstanding Advocate, Outstanding Service, Honorary Life Membership, Outstanding Student Advocate, and Golden Acorn by Monday, April 22, 2019.
NSD School Board representative Jackie McGourty shared updates on work they are doing, including the possible purchase of a new building for high school programs. Then NSD Partnerships Coordinator Natalie Campbell shared information on upcoming district-sponsored events, including Project VOICE and the CP and Dorothy Johnson Award, as well as the refresh of the Art Docent program.
Tim King from Northshore Community Church invited PTAs for their support and participation in this year's Community Serve Day, on Sunday, August 25, 2019. This year, 26 Northshore schools are participating! Find more information and sign-up to volunteer at http://www.communityserveday.org/.
The meeting ended with a PTA Spotlight focused on Membership! Sorenson PTA President Amber Rosenquist shared their approach to membership, offering some great examples of what they do to grow membership each year. Then Canyon Park Middle School PTSA co-President Jane Chiodo gave an overview of how they are able to grow membership at the secondary level. Many thanks to both Amber and Jane for presenting at the meeting!
Our final General Membership Meeting of the year is
Monday, May 6, 2019 at Woodinville High School.
There will be a meet-and-greet beginning at 6:30pm with the meeting beginning at 7pm. We will have more great sharing of information, presentation of our Golden Acorn Award, as well as WSPTA Approved Training classes.
We hope you join us!
Each year, Northshore Council PTSA seeks to recognize individuals who make a difference in our Northshore community through its Council Recognition Awards program. Please take a few minutes and nominate someone you feel has made a positive impact!
The awards are presented at Council's Spring Recognition Event which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
** The Golden Acorn award will be presented at the May 6, 2019 Membership Meeting.
To nominate: please submit the ONLINE FORM or email Cindy Jensen with the following information by Monday, April 22, 2019.
Note: It is okay if you are unsure what award to nominate someone for. The committee will evaluate all submissions. Also, feel free to ask others to nominate your candidate!
Learn more about the Council Awards Program and past recipients!
2019 Nominating Committee Report
Below please find the report from the Northshore Council PTSA Nominating Committee, listing the nominees for each of the officer positions for the 2019-2020 Executive Committee.
The election for these positions will take place at the next Northshore Council PTSA General Membership Meeting on Monday, March 18th, at 7:00 p.m. at the NSD Administration Building. Nominations will be taken from the floor at that time.
March 2, 2019
The Northshore Council PTSA Nominating Committee hereby places the following names into nomination for the 2019/2020 Northshore Council PTSA Executive Committee:
The Nominating Committee has confirmed that all nominees meet the eligibility requirements as stated in the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws and the Northshore Council PTSA Standing Rules.
Sue Freeman (Chair.)