Navigating Special Ed Procedural Safeguards
Join us on Monday, December 9, 2019, in the Northshore Middle School Library starting at 7pm for a special presentation that will help you navigate and understand your student's special education rights. Scott Raub, Special Education Parent & Community Liaison, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), will present and then answer questions about the "Notice of Special Education Procedural Safeguards for Students & Families"—a document provided to families at IEP meetings.
This event is for parents/guardians and interested community members. If there are questions you know you want answered, please submit them ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can be sure they are addressed.
You are encouraged to bring your copy of "Notice of Special Education Procedural Safeguards for Students & Families" (the booklet given at IEP meetings). The booklet is also available for download on the OSPI website and is available in multiple languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Khmer, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukranian, and Vietnamese):
Note: no childcare is available; children who can work/play quietly are welcome.
For questions, accommodations or translator contact email@example.com.
Download the flier below:
This event is brought to you by the Northshore Special Education Representatives and Northshore Council PTSA.
Please consider sharing this event with your PTA's community!
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/277254799866921/
Ideas to Boost Membership
This list was originally presented at our November 18, 2019 membership meeting by Northshore Council PTSA Membership Chair, Amber Rosenquist.
Engage: PTA Advocacy
Legislative Assembly is over, but advocacy is ongoing!
Here are three things you can do to stay engaged in PTA advocacy:
1. Make sure you are signed up for advocacy information and action alerts through the WSPTA Action Network Group.
2. Familiarize yourself with Washington State PTA's updated legislative platform:
3. Mark your calendar now for Focus Day: January 20, 2020, a day of advocacy in Olympia. Join fellow PTA/PTSA advocates in Olympia to meet with legislators, tour the capitol, and demonstrate advocacy in action. Want to ride in style and comfort for free? Let us know that you want to join Northshore Council’s Focus Day Transportation.
RSVP for your ride to Olympia on January 20, 2020!
Questions? Do you want some help on figuring out how to approach an advocacy issue in your PTA's community or beyond? Contact our co-Advocacy VPs, Nancy Chamberlain and Charla Griffy Brown.
Membership Superstars - November 2019
The following Northshore PTAs have already surpassed their total membership from the last school year. Great job!
Keep up the amazing work!!! Remember that membership is year-round and growth goals are ongoing. If your PTA has already met its initial goal-- keep the momentum going and set your next goal. And if your PTA isn't there yet-- keep at it and continue building awareness because every member counts!
If you have questions about membership, whether it's about memberplanet or finding inspiration for your next campaign, Council is here to help! Contact Council Membership Chair Amber Rosenquist with your questions.
Community Meals & Food Stability Resources
We are fortunate to live in a community with many resources available to help families in need of assistance. Below is a resource list for local free meals and food stability options. Hopefully this list will be a help both for people in need as well as those who may be interested in giving back to the community during this holiday season.
Community Meals in North King/South Snohomish Counties:
Food Stability Resources & Food Banks in North King/South Snohomish Counties:
(ID and proof of residence required at all locations)
Northshore Nourishing Networks offers regularly updated printable lists for community meals and food stability resources (food banks) on their website: www.nourishingnetworks.net/networks/northshore/.
Dyslexia – 6:45 – 7:30pm
Local experts and advocates, Sam Ames and Aileen Hammar, will give an overview of dyslexia and provide an update on the work of the NSD Dyslexia Committee.
Best Buddies – 7:35 – 8:30pm
Student Taylor King and staff advisor Jessica Lorenz will share information about the Best Buddies one-to-one program for students with and without disabilities at North Creek High School.
Attend one or both presentations! We look forward to seeing you there!
If you have questions or need special accommodations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the flyer:
Join us for a unique opportunity for all Northshore School District parents/guardians – an evening with the highly sought after local speaker, Dr. Laura Kastner, as she presents a talk on "Purposeful Parenting: Creating Balance & Calm through Student Changes & Pressures." The presentation will be on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Woodinville High School Theater (19819 136th Avenue Northeast, Woodinville, WA 98072).
Dr. Laura is a clinical psychologist and professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. This lecture will discuss positive parenting techniques on how to help our children create balance amongst school and life changes. She believes that students can be resilient and successfully face anxiety, stress, pressures, and challenges with balance and support from their parents. Parents can learn to build skills for their own well-being as well as that of their students!
Please refer to www.laurakastnerphd.com for links on her articles and news interviews and TV appearances (she’s appeared on the Today Show!), books, and lectures.
Download the event flyer below:
Event co-sponsored by Bear Creek PTA, East Ridge PTA and Northshore Council PTSA.
Please consider sharing this event with your PTA's community!
Legislative Assembly 2019 Wrap-up
Washington State PTA held its 41st Annual Legislative Assembly October 26-27th at Bellevue College. The theme was “Superheroes of Advocacy”, and Northshore advocacy heroes made up more than 10% of the total attendees statewide!
A Focus on Mental Health
Additional workshops, panels and classes to help legislative assembly attendees become better superhero advocates included:
New this year was a student track of classes and workshops:
Updates to the WSPTA Legislative Platform
The “work” of legislative assembly is to adopt new public policy positions for WSPTA and its local PTAs, councils and members to advocate on. These include both short-term legislative issues, which are actionable in Olympia, and long-term positions which can be used at any level of decision-making: school, school district, city, county, state and nationally.
Since the WSPTA Legislative Platform runs on a two-year cycle, this year delegates only had one new issue to adopt for the 2020 platform: Equitable Identification of Highly Capable Students. Delegates also amended the top 5 issue Prevent Gun Violence. The new and revised issues can be found on the 2020 WSPTA Legislative Platform (be on the lookout for new and updated one-pagers for each of the issues coming soon).
Delegates also adopted a new permanent legislative principle on Family and Community Engagement, and four new permanent resolutions. Three of the new resolutions are fundamental to how PTAs should address their mission, outlook on membership, and fundraising. The titles of the new resolutions are:
In addition, delegates also amended fifteen existing resolutions with updates to ensure their continued relevance for ongoing advocacy work.
The list of all WSPTA resolutions can be found on the WSPTA Resolutions webpage (updated text for all of the new and updated resolutions will be available soon!).
Stay engaged in PTA advocacy!
Presidents & Principals Luncheon 2019
At its annual Presidents & Principals Luncheon on October 29, 2019, Northshore Council PTSA brought together PTA leaders, school principals, and district administrators from across Northshore.
After enjoying a lunch catered by Lombardi's (Mill Creek), keynote speaker Julia Gonzalez (now a freshman at Inglemoor High School) shared her story about developing the "ME Space" program at Northshore Middle School. "ME" stands for "Mental Emotional" or "Mind Escape" and the space is a dedicated room for students struggling with anxiety or overwhelming emotions to visit during the day when they need a mental health break. The program, started in 2018, continues to serve 25-30 students every week, providing them with a safe space to reset and recharge so that they are are able to re-focus on learning. Julia's presentation and the success of her student-centered program inspired some wonderful discussion around opportunities for school-PTA partnerships and collaboration in supporting Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).
Many thanks to all who were able to attend as well as to event organizers Grace Jurado, Stacey Meyer and Carrie McKenzie. Gratitude to Evergreen Church for sharing their beautiful space with us for the event as well as to Lombardi's Mill Creek for providing a tasty lunch.
A few photos from the event:
General Meeting - November 18th!
Please join us at our next Northshore Council PTSA General Membership meeting on Monday, November 18th at the Northshore School District Administration Building. There will be a meet and greet at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.
We will be electing a Nominating Committee, hear from district and community leaders, and there will be a special presentation from Council E-Prep Chair Robin McKenzie about emergency preparedness.
Beginning at 8:00 p.m., we will also be offering some awesome training opportunities for our Northshore PTAs, including:
✔️ Lining Up Your Leaders: How to Have a Successful Nominating Committee and Election
✔️ How to Use WSPTA Positions for Local Advocacy
✔️ Keep Your A$$ets Out of Trouble: Managing a Non-Profit
✔️ Emergency Preparedness: What Your PTA Needs to Know
The training is open to officers, board members, committee chairs and interested PTA/PTSA members.
We really hope that each Northshore PTA will send at least one representative to the meeting. But ALL are welcome. We'd love to have more PTA voices from across our district in attendance!
We look forward to seeing you there!!!
Questions? Contact Grace Jurado & Stacey Meyer.