We invite you to join us on Thursday, January 16, 2020, for a special FREE screening of the documentary “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” at the North Creek High School Theater at 7:00 p.m. The event will feature a viewing of the film (presented in English with Spanish subtitles), followed by a moderated discussion. The film is 55 minutes long and appropriate for ages 10 and up.
"Angst" producers, Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick, have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope. The film also includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all-time. In addition, the documentary provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources and tools available to address the condition.
Tickets are not required, but they help us plan and guarantee entry. Reserve your ticket at:
This event is co-sponsored by North Creek High School PTSA, Skyview Middle School PTSA and Northshore Council PTSA.
Please consider sharing this event with your PTA/PTSA community!
Inspired by Community Serve Day, an annual event held in August, the Frank Love PTA decided to take it to a new level in their community. Born was the idea of Love 4 Frank which would work to bring the community together to beautify Frank Love Elementary four times a year.
The first event was held in November. Over 25 adults and kids came out and worked together to accomplish tasks across campus. They fixed the drainage of a leaky faucet, repainted the faucet, prepared a flower bed for the students to plant 700 tulips bulbs in the next few weeks, and they raked and removed 10 huge garden bags of dead leaves from the exterior walk way/parking lot.
The coolest project though was the “cupping project.” PTA members worked together to install 42 feet of of fence cups along the entrance to their lovely school to spell out the school name. The project cost $500 but the end result was an eye-catching and colorful welcome when you drive up to the school. Frank Love PTA also hopes the project helped make a better connection with their immediate neighbors and the sign shows pride!
If you have questions, reach out to the fabulous Frank Love PTA co-Presidents, Holly Batstone and Kelli Galloway.
We are grateful to all who were able to attend our General Membership Meeting on Monday, November 18, 2019.
News of interest from the November 18th PTSA General Meeting included Dr. Reid’s report that the innovation lab high school located in Canyon Park will open next fall. Peter Schurke is the planning principal and registration will likely coincide with that for Northshore’s other high schools. Also, EAP Placement sites should be announced the week of November 25th. Northshore Schools Foundation is partnering with NSD for Hour of Code again this year, December 9 – 16, with activities for families and awards for participation. NSD Partnerships Coordinator Natalie Campbell reported that the district is partnering with local PTAs to bring the Northwest Art Project, a tour which includes eight original works of Northwest artists and supporting curriculum, to twice as many schools as last year.
Reflections Entries are due by November 26. Cindy Jensen will be collecting pieces at the Starbucks by Kenmore Lanes November 25 and 26th from 7 – 8:30pm.
Council's co-VP of Advocacy, Nancy Chamberlain, gave a brief summary on Washington State PTA's Legislative Assembly (October 26-27, 2019), noting that delegates adopted Family and Community Engagement as a new principal as well as four new Resolutions including: the Vital Impact of Membership on PTAs Sustainability, Mission-Focused Fundraising, Equitable Education Opportunities to Close Gaps Across the Achievement Spectrum, and Gun Violence Prevention and Safety. She urges all members to sign up for Advocacy Action Alerts and to mark calendars for Focus Day in Olympia on January 20, 2020. Kids are welcome! Sign up for free Focus Day transportation to Olympia with Council.
During the Emergency Preparedness Presentation, Council's E-Prep co-Chair, Robin McKenzie, urged families to make sure their contact information is correct in ParentVue, develop an emergency plan at home, and sign-up for King County/Snohomish County Alerts. He suggested PTAs engage with their school on the Reunification Process plan. He noted that the District will be doing a Reunification Exercise in March.
The Council also approved new goals, elected a Nominating Committee (many thanks to Jane Chiodo, Carmin Dalziel, and Tricia Woods for serving on the committee!), celebrated our 6840 members and discussed ways to boost membership. We are also thrilled to report that Tricia Woods has decided to continue on as our Treasurer. (Note: we are still seeking interested candidates to serve in other key roles, including VP of Events and Membership Chair. Contact Grace Jurado if you would like to learn more!)
After the meeting adjourned, members could choose between four training class options 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
Many thanks to Stacey Meyer, Nancy Chamberlain, Grace Jurado and Robin McKenzie for leading the classes and sharing their knowledge and experience with attendees.
The next General Membership meeting will be January 23, 2020 at the NSD Administration Building. Meet and Greet at 6:30 pm. Call to order at 7pm. We hope you will join us!
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/
This list was originally presented at our November 18, 2019 membership meeting by Northshore Council PTSA Membership Chair, Amber Rosenquist.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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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!