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:
Imagine you woke up this morning and had trouble seeing. Over the next few months your vision kept fading away…
Students, families and community members are invited to come hear the inspiring true story of Clark Roberts, who lost his sight at 24 but gained a new outlook on life. Join us on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 7:00pm at Bothell High School Commons for this amazing, unique evening. This event is FREE! Refreshments will be provided. And of course…come meet his service dog!
This event is co-sponsored by Bothell High School PTSA and Northshore Council PTSA.
Clark Roberts is the founder of Ultimate Vision, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire others to see in new ways, educating and motivating all ages to celebrate their differences, reach beyond their limitations, learn to overcome challenges or adversity to live a life that is full and rewarding, inspiring others to do the same.
Download the flyer:
Congratulations to the 30 PTAs that participated in this year's Reflections program and the 270 artists who made it to Council-level judging!!! It was fun celebrating you all at our open house on January 12, 2019 at Eastside Church.
Judging Results: There are 47 State Qualifiers (SQ) who will continue on to Washington State PTA for further judging. There are also 44 pieces that received the honorable Judges Choice Award (JC). Congrats to all the students who made it to the Council Level for judging. Click here for the full results. Note: once the program is printed, it prints in order.
The Votes Are In... Here are the People's Choice Pieces you all selected!
Click Here to view the People's Choice Winner!
Click here for the full results of our 270 artists!
Note: once the program is printed, it prints in order.
Visit our Relfections page to learn more about the program and find relevant resources!
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!
When: Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 6:30PM
Where: Leota Middle School - 19301 168th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA
The Leota Middle School PTSA and Northshore Council PTSA are thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary that addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction.
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.
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.
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Middle School Gym Night is a FREE event just for Northshore School District middle school students! Middle schoolers can drop-in to shoot some hoops or play other fun games, hang with friends and enjoy a slice of pizza. Starting on January 7, 2019, the program will be offered on Monday nights from 5:00 - 6:15pm, during the school year (except holidays/breaks), at the Frank Love Elementary gym.
Canyon Park Middle School PTSA is partnering with local businessman Pete Anthony ("Uncle Peteza") to bring this exclusively-for-middle-schoolers program back.
If the program sounds familiar, it is! Back in the day, it was known as "Junior High Gym Night." This award winning program ran successfully for 20 years and served, on average, about 20-25 kids each Monday night that it was offered. Volunteers became mentors to the kids. Many of those kids would return when they were older to visit and check in. It gave them a place to hang out, have fun, a chance to be responsible and have a guaranteed meal. Pete worked out the logistics of the program. He had a detailed list of the rules that would be in place. The program used to be run in conjunction with Bothell Parks and Recreation, with help from Bothell Fire & EMS, but budget cuts and loss of employees forced them to cancel the program. Pete believes strongly in this program and CPMS PTSA is so happy to help him bring it back. Middle School Gym Night will work the same as it has in the past.
Please consider advertising this program to your families and students. Organizers are not sure what to expect as the program gets up and running again. Mostly, it seemed that the program (in its past incarnation) was frequented by kids that were within walking distance of Frank Love, but it was always advertised to all kids. So, we'll see what happens!
If any families are interested in volunteering to help out at Middle School Gym Night, please visit the sign-up on the Canyon Park Middle School PTSA website: https://cpptsa.org/ways-to-help/volunteer-sign-ups/?sheet_id=146.
Questions? Contact Canyon Park Middle School PTSA Presidents, Jane Chiodo and Kerri Booth.
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:
Thank you to all who made time to attend Northshore Council PTSA's general meeting on November 5, 2018. It was an informative and inspiring meeting!
We are pleased to announce our 2019 Nominating Committee!
Northshore Council has awarded Educational Speaker and Event Grants to five local PTAs so far. Congratulations to Leota, Woodmoor, Canyon Park, Skyview and Bothell High. The next deadline for receiving grant applications is November 26, 2018. Please visit the Speaker and Event Grants page for details and to download the application.
Sue Freeman shared an update on the Northshore Community Kitchen project. This program will be evolving over the next year as facilities go offline at Carol Edwards Center and new partnerships are forged in the community. They will continue preparing meals for families in our community through March.
Jane Chiodo delivered an update on Threads and Treads, a district-wide clothing bank for Northshore families that is operated out of Canyon Park Middle School. There are currently about 200 families using this service. Threads and Treads is looking for a new program leader. Visit their website for additional information and volunteer opportunities.
We heard reports from district leaders, including School Board Director Amy Cast, NSD Partnerships and Volunteer Coordinator Natalie Campbell, and Northshore Schools Foundation Executive Director Carmin Dalziel. Each shared information, updates and answered questions about recent projects and current initiatives.
Sam Ames and Aileen Hammar presented an update on the work of the NSD Dyslexia Committee. The committee is charged to develop a model for proactively identifying, instructing, and assessing all students learning to read, which will reduce the number of students needing additional supports and structures not inclusive of general education. They shared an informative TED Talk presentation, "What is Dyslexia", that offered background about the learning disorder. They followed that up with a PowerPoint presentation that was shared with the School Board at its October 8th meeting. For more information about NSD's Dyslexia Committee, visit their page on the district website.
Finally, 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. For more information about FACE and PTA, check out WSPTA's website.
Council meetings are a great way to network with other PTA leaders and learn about what is happening in the district, the state and the PTA. We hope you'll join us at our next general membership meeting on:
Monday, January 7, 2019
NSD Administration Bldg.
Meet & Greet: 6:30 pm
Call to Order: 7:00 pm