UPDATE!!! EVENT CANCELLED!!!
via Washington State PTA's Facebook page:
Everyone's health and safety is important to us. We have been watching the weather, and we believe that conditions necessitate cancelling Monday's event in Olympia. Advocacy Week will continue, however, and we encourage you to participate in the action alerts that are sent each day.
Join Washington State PTA for Focus Day on Monday, February 11th and meet with our legislators in Olympia! Let's join together to show lawmakers that parents and students support excellence in education!
This year we will begin at The United Churches of Olympia located at 110 Eleventh Ave SE (the corner of Capitol Way and 11th, across the street from the Capitol grounds).
Wear BLUE to show PTA unity!
The Focus Day program will begin at 9:00 am with a presentation designed to help you better understand WSPTA priorities, the legislative process, and tips for talking to legislators. The program should end around 10:30 am.
Register for Focus Day here: www.eventbrite.com/e/wspta-focus-day-2019-tickets-55040539736
Bus with Us to Focus Day!
Don't want to drive??? Once again, Northshore Council PTSA will be offering a "bus" for members who wish to attend Focus Day in Olympia on Monday, February 11th. We'll be leaving from the NSD Admin building at 7:30am with a planned return time of 3:30pm.
Email FocusDay@northshorecouncilptsa.org to save your seat on the bus!
There is a wealth of information about Focus Day available via Washington State PTA. Resources include:
Join us as we meet with our Northshore legislators in Olympia to show that parents and students support excellence in education! Once again, Northshore Council PTSA will be offering a "bus" for members who wish to attend Focus Day in Olympia on Monday, February 11th. We'll be leaving from the NSD Admin building at 7:30am with a planned return time later that day of 3:30pm.
Email FocusDay@northshorecouncilptsa.org to save your seat on the bus!
Are you interested in making your voice heard???
During the Washington State Legislative Sessions, Washington State PTA will send action alerts and informational broadcasts to WSPTA members who have subscribed to WSPTA's Action Network Group. These action alerts are quick, easy ways to communicate with our legislators on topics they are actively working on that relate to WSPTA's legislative platform.
You can sign up here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/subscribe-to-wsptas-action-network-group.
At our November 5, 2018 General Membership Meeting, we heard an informative and inspiring call to action from speaker JMarie Johnson-Cola regarding Family & Community Engagement (FACE). Each child must be supported by, not only parents and teachers, but extended families, school districts, neighbors and community members to help them realize their full potential.
Handouts included an example of a Family Engagement Action Plan Template as well as a quote from the Carnegie Corporation of New York regarding what it takes to meet the challenge of FACE:
In her talk, JMarie mentioned a number of resources to help inform Family and Community Engagement best practices. Here are a few of the ones she mentioned:
Books & Articles:
Course Modules for FACE:
On November 7, 2018, Northshore Council PTSA and Northshore School District, in partnership with the American Lung Association, hosted a community presentation: "Tobacco use is changing, are you keeping up?" The presentation offering information about the changing face of tobacco products, how they are affecting youth and what you need to know to educate and protect our children from what the FDA has called an epidemic among teens.
The event was live streamed and the recording is now available for viewing:
Parents, students, school staff and community members are invited to attend an educational presentation titled, "Tobacco use is changing, are you keeping up?" on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Northshore Performing Arts Center (18125 92nd Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011) from 6:15-7:30 p.m.
Come learn about the changing face of tobacco products, how they are affecting youth and what you need to know to educate and protect our children from what the FDA has called an epidemic among teens. Speaker Lora Mednick, Health Promotions Coordinator at the American Lung Association in Washington, supports tobacco prevention and tobacco cessation programs and resource-sharing for youth and adults. She will be sharing information and answering questions regarding vaping, electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDS), and more.
This event is co-sponsored by Northshore Council PTSA, Northshore School District, and the American Lung Association. Questions? Contact Rebecca Cavanaugh, firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Washington State PTA's 40th annual Legislative Assembly, October 20-21 at Green River College in Auburn, WA, PTA delegates from around the state gathered together for presentations, education, debate and decision-making surrounding advocacy and building the new WSPTA legislative platform. Many thanks to all of the delegates from Northshore PTAs/PTSAs who participated in the process, as well as Northshore Council delegates Carrie McKenzie, Robin McKenzie, and Marcilla Proudfit.
Delegates approved three new legislative principles, four new resolutions as well as one amended resolution. In addition, a new two-year legislative platform was approved and the top five issues decided:
Top Five Issues:
Also Supported Issues include:
Be on the lookout for more details and supporting handouts on these issues in the coming weeks. For more information on these issues and to find out how you can get involved and support WSPTA advocacy efforts, visit the WSPTA Advocacy page.
During the Washington State Legislative Sessions, WSPTA will send action alerts and informational broadcasts to WSPTA members who have subscribed to WSPTA's Action Network Group. These action alerts are quick, easy ways to communicate with our legislators on topics they are actively working on that relate to WSPTA's legislative platform. You can sign up here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/subscribe-to-wsptas-action-network-group.
If you are interested in learning more about how you and/or your PTA can use these platform issues to advocate at a local level, you can also reach out to Northshore Council's Advocacy VPs, Nancy Chamberlain and Charla Griffy Brown.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying can happen anywhere-- wherever kids gather in the community-- and cyber-bullying occurs on cell phones and online. Bullying Prevention Month works to encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyber-bullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.
Washington State PTA's Legislative Principles regarding Safe and Nurturing Environments for Children and Youth explicitly support anti-bullying and anti-harassment. Additionally, a number of resolutions specifically address bullying, including:
On Monday, October 1, 2018, Northshore Council PTSA sponsored a Candidates Forum featuring candidates vying for state legislative positions in the 1st, 45th and 46th districts.
Candidates introduced themselves and then the forum began with questions that were solicited from the community and pre-selected in advance. All candidates were asked the same question, but the order was evenly rotated so that candidates took turns being the first to answer a question. Each candidate was allowed one minute to respond. Then there was a "lightning round" wherein each candidate was allowed 20 seconds to respond to each question. The evening ended with questions from the forum audience.
Many thanks to the 14 candidates who participated in the forum, including Derek Stanford, Debra Blodgett, Shelley Kloba, Manka Dhingra, Dale Fonk, Michael Curtis, Roger Goodman, Amber Krabach, Larry Springer, Beth Daranciang, David Frockt, Gerry Pollet, and Javier Valdez, as well as to the community members who made time to attend the event.
For those who were unable to attend in person, we are excited to be able to offer a recording of the event:
If the above plug-in does not work, access the recording via YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F0_0vwm9L8
Gratitude to forum organizers Nancy Chamberlain and Charla Griffy Brown, as well as to all of the volunteers who helped make this a successful event: