Our final Council Membership Meeting of the year took place on May 6, 2019 at Woodinville High School! It was a lively meeting full of great energy and information. After co-Presidents Carrie McKenzie and Grace Jurado called the meeting to order, we welcomed incoming Washington State PTA President, Janice Kutzera, who, with humor and grace, led the ceremonial installation of our incoming 2019-20 Northshore Council Officers.
Northshore Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid took some time to address 'suburban legends, ' including questions about implementation of the new 7-period day in the high schools (starting Fall 2019) and study hall, start times, NSD's commitment to mental health supports in our schools, 5th grade camp, the district budget outlook and more. Fun fact: Dr. Reid was this year's recipient of Washington State PTA's Outstanding Educator Award, which was presented to her at the WSPTA Convention in April!
Council business included Treasurer Tricia Woods's review of recent budget reports as well as a vote to approve the proposed 2019-20 Council budget. Financial Review Committee member Nancy Chamberlain reported the results of the completed mid-year financial review. Then our VP of Communications Robin Zaback, encouraged local leaders to take our Council Survey-- please let us know how we are doing by taking the survey before Friday, May 17th! She also reported on the upcoming membership database change to memberplanet, encouraging PTAs to be sure to enter their incoming officers into PT Avenue in order to help facilitate the transition. If you want to share your feedback regarding National PTA's proposed dues increase, be sure to respond to WSPTA's survey before May 15th.
School Board Director Jackie McGourty shared some updates regarding the recently completed NSD audit, end-of-year district events, as well as a few legislative updates. This led into a brief legislative update from a PTA perspective from Council's co-VP of Advocacy, Nancy Chamberlain.
The Art Docent program is celebrating 50 years in Northshore and NSD Partnerships Coordinator Natalie Campbell shared some of the exciting updates they are making to the program. You can learn more about the changes on the Art Docent Program 50th Anniversary Update page on the NSD website. New materials are password protected, but interested leaders and art docents can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access. Natalie also shared some exciting upcoming district events including:
Northshore Schools Foundation Director Carmen Dalziel encouraged us to spread the word about their upcoming Family Fun Day on June 8th-- a free, family friendly event with activities, music and more! She was also excited to announce that they are also currently reviewing grants submitted in their Spring Classroom Grant cycle-- be on the lookout for announcements of grant recipients soon!
To cap off the final meeting of the year, Council First VP Cindy Jensen and co-President Carrie McKenzie presented this year's Golden Acorn awards to Robin Zaback and Robin McKenzie. Both of this year’s awardees raised the bar for their positions. Their engagement and impact can be seen and felt across the entire district and beyond, and still they are extremely active in their local units. They are an inspiration to all of us! Congratulations to Robin and Robin!!! ;)
After the meeting adjourned, local leaders broke up into groups to attend spring training classes, including:
Many thanks to all who attended our final Council meeting of 2018-19. And thank you to our instructors as well as to the local leaders who took the time to join us for Spring training!
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting in the Fall!
Our 2019 Spring Recognition Breakfast is scheduled for
THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019!!!
Join us in Haynes Hall at McMenamins Anderson School (in Bothell) this June. The event will run from 9:30am - 11:30am. This is a district wide event that gives local PTAs the opportunity to treat their award winners to a lovely meal and a morning out among their peers.
McMenamin's Anderson School
18607 Bothell Way NE
Local PTAs typically will invite their principal, executive team and their local award winners (e.g., Golden Acorn, Outstanding Educator, Outstanding Advocate, etc.). 'Official' invites will be available soon, but in order to allow their honored guests time to plan for the event, local PTAs are encouraged to begin making their invitations to administrators and board members now and to award winners as soon as they have been announced.
Traditionally, each Local PTA is responsible for the cost of its attendees. The cost this year is $20/person.
Please write a check for your whole group to Northshore Council PTSA.
Mail Checks To:
Spring Recognition Breakfast
PO. Box 1001, Bothell, WA 98048.
More information or questions? Visit our Spring Recognition Breakfast page or contact Stacey Meyer at email@example.com or at 425-293-4666.
***NEW*** Check out the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about this year's event!
Congratulations to our award-winning Northshore PTAs!!!
Each year, Northshore Council PTSA seeks to recognize individuals who make a difference in our Northshore community through its Council Recognition Awards program. Please take a few minutes and nominate someone you feel has made a positive impact!
The awards are presented at Council's Spring Recognition Event which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
** The Golden Acorn award will be presented at the May 6, 2019 Membership Meeting.
To nominate: please submit the ONLINE FORM or email Cindy Jensen with the following information by Monday, April 22, 2019.
Note: It is okay if you are unsure what award to nominate someone for. The committee will evaluate all submissions. Also, feel free to ask others to nominate your candidate!
As of January 1, 2019, the following Northshore PTAs/PTSAs have earned 2018-19 WSPTA Membership Awards:
Congratulations to our award-winning Northshore PTAs!
Northshore Council PTAs/PTSAs have 7,546 members so far this year. We need your help to meet our Council goal of 8,600! There is still time to make that happen and to earn an award for your PTA as well! Think about what you can do to promote membership this winter and remind your community about the value and importance of joining PTA! Questions? Need ideas? Contact our Council Membership Chiars, Sherry Rudolph and Mary Khouzam.
Congratulations to the 10 Northshore PTAs that have won WSPTA Membership growth awards so far this year!
PLATINUM award winners have increased membership 20% over last year:
⭐ Bear Creek Elementary PTA
⭐ Moorlands PTA
⭐ Shelton View PTA
GOLD award winners have increased membership 10% over last year:
⭐ Canyon Park Middle PTSA
⭐ Sorenson PTA
BRONZE award winners have increased membership by at least 1 more member over last year:
⭐ Canyon Creek PTA
⭐ East Ridge PTA
⭐ Fernwood PTSA
⭐ Lockwood PTA
⭐ Timbercrest Middle PTSA
Keep up the amazing work!!! Remember that membership is year-round and these awards are ongoing. If your PTA has earned an award-- keep the momentum going and work toward the next level. And if your PTA isn't there yet-- keep at it and continue building awareness because every member counts!
If you have membership questions, are looking for ideas or need support, please contact our Council Membership Chairs, Sherry Rudolph and Mary Khouzam. They are here to help!
Awards season is nearly upon us!
Has your PTA considered applying for one or more of the Washington State PTA Awards of Excellence??? You are all doing GREAT work for your students, so you should participate!!! There are some great benefits to applying for these awards:
Available awards include:
Find more information about awards at the WSPTA website: https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/awards/excellence/
Deadline is March 1st 2019.
Please reach out to your Council VP if you want help or guidance in applying:
We encourage you to consider applying for one or more of these awards!