9/17 Meeting Recap
Many thanks to all who made time to attend Northshore Council PTSA's first general meeting of 2018-19 on September 17th. We had 43 attendees signed in at the meeting last week, representing 10 elementary schools, 4 middle schools and 3 high schools, including:
Elementary: Canyon Creek, Kenmore, Cottage Lake, Crystal Springs, Kokanee, Woodin, Bear Creek, Sorenson, Woodmoor, Fernwood.
Middle: Kenmore, Canyon Park, Skyview, Timbercrest
HS: Inglemoor, Bothell, North Creek.
It was an eventful meeting! Nominations were taken from the floor and four new Council officers were elected:
Thanks to each of them for stepping up to help lead Northshore Council PTSA!
In addition to elections, members voted on a revised mission statement, approved goals and updated Standing Rules for 2018-19 (link coming soon!), and approved an updated budget. And Carrie McKenzie announced the new Educational Speaker and Event Grant program offered by Council.
We also heard from district leaders, including NSD Superintendent Michelle Reid, School Board Director Amy Cast, and NSD Partnerships and Volunteer Coordinator Natalie Campbell, each of whom shared information, updates and answered questions about recent projects and current initiatives.
Northshore YMCA Assistant Teen Program Director, Andrea Stanley, shared information about their new Northshore Middle School youth program and openings on their Teen Leadership Board. The Teen Leadership Board is a free program for area teens, though spots are very limited (online application). For additional details about these and other YMCA programs, contact Andrea by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council meetings are a great way to network with other PTA leaders and learn about what is happening in the district and PTA. We hope you'll join us at our next general membership meeting on Monday, November 5th!
New Grant Program for Local PTAs!
Northshore Council PTSA is excited to announce a new grant program for our local PTAs!
Local PTAs/PTSAs interested in partnering with Northshore Council PTSA to host speakers or events may now apply for a Northshore Council PTSA Educational Speaker and Events Grant. 2018-19 grants are funded through our Council Programs budget and are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications will be reviewed by the Northshore Council PTSA on a bi-monthly basis until the Council Programs budget is used in its entirety.
To apply, complete the application and return to Northshore Council PTSA by the submission deadline. Check out the Speaker & Events Grant page for a list of all submission and review dates. The first grant submission deadline is Monday, October 8th.
Download the application:
NORTHSHORE COUNCIL PTSA GRANT REQUEST FOR EDUCATIONAL SPEAKERS AND EVENTS
Questions? Please email email@example.com.
Legislative Assembly - 10/20-21
The 40th annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly will take place October 20-21, 2018 at Green River College, Auburn, WA. PTA delegates from across the state will come together to set a new platform of legislative priorities for the 2018-2020 legislative session in support of our vision of "Making every child's potential a reality." Delegates will have the opportunity to debate, amend, and vote on long-term resolutions and principles that were brought forth by the members through the grassroots submission process late last spring. In addition, the assembly will vote on new short-term platform issues that WSPTA will focus on in the upcoming legislative session.
The Guide to Proposed Legislative Principles, Legislative Issues and Resolutions, also known as the WSPTA Legislative Assembly Voter Guide, contains information needed to familiarize yourself with these proposals.
If you are interested in attending Legislative Assembly as a delegate for your local PTA, contact your local PTA president.
Registration for Legislative Assembly is now open! Get all the details: https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/legislative-assembly/.
We want to hear from YOU!
Your voice matters! Please take a few moments to share what’s important to you and your family by taking our online survey to help your PTA delegates vote on the TOP 5 issues that are most important to your school. The issues supporting the “Health, Education & Welfare” of our students cover a wide spectrum of legislative policies from school meals and closing to the gaps to preschool, recess, SEL, teacher shortages, gun safety and more. Take the survey to find out what’s on the proposed agenda and share your priorities with your PTA.
Take the survey: www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=f9b7c938-406a-4c06-ba71-ca3815a50562
Survey closes at midnight, Friday, 10/5/2018.
2018 Candidates Forum - 10/1
Northshore Council PTSA invites the community to join us for a Candidates Forum on Monday, October 1st, at the Northshore School District Administration Building (3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell, WA 98021).
Meet and hear from candidates vying for state legislative positions in the 1st, 45th, and 46th Districts. The evening will begin with a meet and greet with candidates at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Candidates Forum at 7:00 p.m.
Do you have questions for the candidates? Ask them here:
Questions? Email: Nancy Chamberlain & Charla Griffy Brown
A hallway display at school, acknowledging all your PTA members, can be a wonderful way to celebrate your PTAs growth!
2018-19 Standards of Affiliation
Each PTA is a legal corporation and your officers have fiduciary responsibilities to keep your organization on track. Some requirements come from the IRS, others are Washington State law, your PTA insurance company has requirements and WSPTA also has standards. Keeping on top of it all can be a challenge!
Washington State PTA (WSPTA) offers the Standards of Affiliation (SOA) as a guideline for keeping all the important requirements for your PTA up to date. Taxes to insurance to best practices-- all can be tracked with the help of the Washington State PTA SOA checklist-- and the 2018-19 SOA is now available!
Tracking your PTA’s compliance with the SOA checklist is a great way to stay on top of things this year. Sharing the progress you’ve made with your members also lets others know about how your PTA operates and shows the work that goes on, often behind the scenes, to keep your PTA legal, safe and operating within the very best practices of our state.
If parts of of SOA don’t make sense or you need further help and clarification, WSPTA has also created a Best Practices and Tip Sheet with details on each of the 13 requirements. And, of course, Northshore Council is here to help you as well! Contact us with any questions or concerns you may have!
If you have looked at Council's 2018-19 calendar, you may have noticed that we have included information about awareness months throughout the year. We hope that these may be helpful for you as you think about advocacy, meeting or parent education topics and more!
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) working to raise awareness of the importance in being prepared, now and throughout the year, for the types of natural and man-made disasters that could affect where we live, work, go to school, worship and visit. In Washington state, the likelihood of a hurricane is pretty low, but an earthquake that could have just as devastating effects without any warning. Plus, we have our own issues with wildfires, storms and snow, too. Visit our Emergency Preparedness pages for more information on steps to get better prepared and two weeks ready!
The Department of Homeland Security's website also offers a wealth of resources for NPM to help promote preparedness: https://www.ready.gov/september.
Washington State PTA also has a resolution that ties in with NPM: