Be sure to save the date and mark your calendars for this year's Northshore Council PTSA General Membership Meetings:
All meetings start with a Meet & Greet beginning at 6:30pm followed by the official Call to Order at 7:00pm.
Each PTA may send up to 4 voting representatives-- but we welcome ALL who are interested to attend. Council meetings will build your PTA knowledge, give you the opportunity to network with other PTA, school district and community leaders, and they can be a lot of fun, too. We look forward to seeing you there!
Some other 2019-2020 calendar planning tools:
Northshore School District Calendar 2019-2020
OSPI Calendar of Common Religous and U.S. Public Holidays, 2019-20
Education-related recognition event dates, 2019-20:
The start of the 2019-20 school year is about a month away and it is time to start thinking about heading back to school! According to Huntington Bank's 13th Annual Backpack Index, the average back-to-school costs adds up to $1,017 for elementary students and over $1,600 for high school students for school supplies, extracurricular fees, and technology (this includes the cost of a laptop and internet access at home, which are often needed for school work). Thankfully, there are resources available for Northshore families who may need some support for preparing for back-to-school.
Northshore School District Back-to-School Fair - August 16, 2019 - 4-6:30pm - Canyon Park Middle School
This is a FREE community event for children of all ages and includes children's ID cards, haircuts, activities, school and community resource information, entertainment and more.
Back2School Event - August 17, 2019 - 10am-3pm - Woodinville, WA
Babies of Homelessness hosts this event which offers free school supplies, kids K-5 essentials, services and activities. Back2School was created to ease the heavy financial burden that back-to-school shopping creates for low income and homeless families. For the past 2 years, through the Back2School event, 170+ volunteers have equipped 783 students for success in school.
Also, many Northshore schools and local PTA/PTSAs host welcome or back-to-school events for their school communities. These events often offer opportunities to meet teachers, connect with classmates, and learn about programs and resources available at each school site. Check the websites for your school and your PTA/PTSA for information about upcoming events.
Northshore School Foundation Backpacks for Kids -
Northshore families can request a backpack filled with school supplies using this link https://bit.ly/2GkFhmp. Backpacks & supplies will be available in your child's school office by August 27th. Students in grades 6-12 can pick up supplies at their offsite location - 22107 23rd Drive SE, Bothell, WA 98021- on August 23rd from 11am to 1pm and from 5-7pm.
Threads & Treads -
Threads & Treads is a free clothing store for families in the Northshore School District located at Located at Canyon Park Middle School. Families can choose 3 outfits for each family member each month. In the weeks leading up to the start of the new school year, there will be some special dates/times for families to shop, including 8/16, 8/21 and 8/28. More information...
Northshore School District School Supply Lists -
School supplies are requested but not required. If purchasing school supplies creates a financial hardship, please contact your school's office manager and supplies will be provided for you.
Free and Reduced-Price Meals at School -
Parents whose income falls within specified guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture should apply for free or reduced-price meals for their students. Families must re-apply every year for the school free and reduced-price meal program. Applications for Northshore School District for the 2019-20 school year are available on their website starting August 5, 2019.
Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens, ages 18 and younger, at a number of locations in the Northshore area throughout the summer while school is out of session:
To find locations in other areas:
Other Food Resources:
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)
The Northshore Council PTSA Emergency Preparedness Team, composed of E-Prep Chairs from schools across the district, meets monthly to discuss and support important school safety and preparedness initiatives. Topics have included NSD Emergency Management, Safety Policies, Emergency Containers, Safe School Emergency Operations Plans, Safe Schools Advocacy in Olympia, Student/Parent Reunification, School Active Threats, Security Cameras, Door Locks, Stop the Bleed Kits and much more.
At the June 3rd, 2019 E-prep meeting, three individuals were recognized for outstanding contributions to Emergency Preparedness this year:
Next year we hope to expand our team to include every school PTSA in the district and create even more collaboration with the School District Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness group.
The Northshore School District has established a consistent emergency Reunification methodology for all schools to ensure efficient and safe release of students to parents in the event of a crisis or emergency situation. It conducted a drill of the process in May 2019 that included district administrators, students, parents, and community members. As a part of the drill, students were bused from Woodinville High School to Pop Keeney Stadium and then were successfully reunited with their parents after a mock crisis/emergency. More drills are being planned for next year.
Here is a list of things parents should know:
If you are interested in learning more about the process and methodology of parent-student reunification, here are a couple of resources:
Northshore School District "Reunification Process" page: The "I Love You Guys" Foundation:
Join us on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, for an important talk by author, educator and international speaker Jo Langford tailored to parents to build their Internet "savvy" to help our kids balance their online lives with boundaries, etiquette and good judgment. The talk will include:
The talk will begin at 7:00pm at the Canyon Park Middle School Little Theater (23723 23rd Ave SE, Bothell, WA 98021).
This parent education event is being co-sponsored by Skyview Middle School PTSA, Canyon Park Middle School PTSA, Northshore Council PTSA and beheroes.net.
Questions? Contact Skyview PTSA President Melissa Kline.
Download the flyer:
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.
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: