Each year, Washington State PTA recognizes the work of individuals, PTAs and Councils across the state via a variety of awards, including Leadership Academy and the Awards of Excellence Program. Some of our amazing Northshore PTAs submitted applications and were recognized for their efforts at the 2021 WSPTA Annual Convention in May.
Awards work to celebrate the efforts of local PTAs and Councils in a variety of different areas. The criteria reflect a strong knowledge and application of best practices and the submission process can be rigorous. These awards are truly reflective of the dedication and strength of these PTAs and the powerful contributions they make in their communities.
This year's recipients included:
*Recognizes and acknowledges leadership skills attained by PTA leaders throughout all levels of the association.
Special shout out to Skyview Middle School PTSA who was recognized as WSPTA's Outstanding Secondary PTA of the Year for 2020-2021!
WSPTA selects one elementary PTA and one secondary PTA for an Outstanding PTA of the Year Award. Eligibility for consideration of the designation of Outstanding PTA of the Year is based on all PTAs that earn a Standards of Excellence award. In addition to receiving this tremendous honor, each PTA also receives a $1,000 grant.
Congratulations to our award-winning Northshore PTAs!
PTA is a membership-driven association. Sustaining and growing membership builds PTA's power as advocates and change makers not only in your own school community, but also at district, state, and national levels. WSPTA recognizes PTAs for their work growing membership as well as for achievements in membership.
Congratulations to our Northshore PTA/PTSAs that have earned
WSPTA Membership Awards in 2020-2021!!
Membership Achievement Awards:
100% Staff Membership Award
The 100% Staff Membership Award is presented to local PTAs that enroll at least as many school staff members as there are full-time certificated employees at the school. This award recognizes the value of teachers and school staff as stakeholders advocating for all children through PTA.
Membership Growth Awards:
To highlight the importance of membership growth, Washington State PTA recognizes local PTAs for enrolling more members than they did in the previous year. As PTAs achieve incremental increases in membership growth, they are recognized for each milestone they reach.
Many thanks to all of our amazing Northshore PTAs/PTSAs for continually striving for membership growth, helping us to have an even more powerful voice for our children!
We are living through a difficult moment in history and it is natural to feel anxious. For most, the uncertainty surrounding a worldwide pandemic is the hardest to handle, and it's easy for anxiety to build and run rampant much like a virus.
Many adults have been providing emotional support to others for a while now, and this level of support can deplete our resources quickly. It’s important to realize that some of the anxiety that kids are experiencing may be inadvertently passed on by the worried adults in their life. Dealing with our own anxiety can be the most powerful way to make sure our kids feel secure.
It’s critical to understand and monitor our own mental health temperature, especially if we want to help those around us. We can't share with others a resource that we lack ourselves. If we don't prioritize taking care of ourselves, and continue to ignore the fatigue, headaches, insomnia, irritability, or worrisome thoughts... eventually our bodies find new ways to tell us to stop.
What can we do?
Begin with self-care and establish a routine around it. Routines that involve mindfulness, exercise, regular meals, and healthy amounts of sleep are crucial to regulating our moods and our worries. Additionally, activities such as spending time in nature, reading for pleasure, talking with people we care about, listening to music that makes us happy, or even scheduling time to do nothing, can help to support ourselves daily. By focusing on just one small thing that we can do right now, it can often provide the peace of mind that we seek in these uncertain and unstructured times. We can't control the future, but we can take charge of the present.
Additional Self-Care & Coping Tools Resources:
Ideas and Tips for Planning Your 2021-2022 Membership Campaign
Remember: MEMBERSHIP is everyone’s job! Communicate your membership campaign plan to your board so they can work with you as some of these ideas you may need other volunteers support or help.
If you have noticed these behaviors in your child, especially if they are a change from your child's baseline behaviors, they could be suffering from anxiety.
What does anxiety look like in children?
Anxiety can feel overwhelming to your child and to you. Children with anxiety manifest their fears in many different ways. Some act out becoming angry, aggressive, and defiant. Some withdraw, becoming disinterested in activities and family outings that used to give them pleasure. Parents often describe an anxious child as "not themselves", "overly worried" or "overly angry at the smallest thing". If this sounds like your child, know that anxiety is very common among adolescents and children and it is highly treatable.
What can you do to help your child with anxiety?
National PTA has announced the results of the 2020-2021 PTA Reflections!
Click here to see a full list of results from National PTA.
Council would like to extend a special congratulations to the following two (2) students from Northshore who both received an Award of Excellence from National PTA for their Reflections submissions:
You can check out their submissions and all the other amazing Northshore Artists on our Virtual Showcase website through June 18th, 2021.
Join Northshore Council PTSA as we welcome NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) Eastside for a mental health presentation.
Returning to Populated Places: How to Calm Your Anxieties
Date: Tuesday, May 18th, 2021
Location: Online via Zoom
After over a year of staying at home, it is normal to feel anxious seeing large, or even small, groups of people. This presentation, which will be given by NAMI Eastside's Executive Director, Barbie Collins Young, is designed to give attendees tips to calm these feelings.
This event is FREE and open to the community. Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Click here to download a flyer to share this event with your community!
Thank you to Northshore Council's Mental Health Committee for organizing this event. For questions or to learn more about the committee, contact Melissa Kline.
To learn more about NAMI Eastside, visit https://nami-eastside.org/
May 3-7 is Staff Appreciation Week!
As a Council, we wanted to put together something that showed just how much we and families all across the district appreciate ALL Northshore District Staff. The video below is filled with lovely messages from PTA Leaders, Volunteers, and Families.
Video can also be viewed at this external link: https://tinyurl.com/x6k8cr79