Community Serve Day is a collaborative effort between local churches, school districts, PTSA’s, non-profits, and businesses that mobilize as one for our community. For one day we come together to help schools get ready for the new school year, preparing classrooms and school grounds to become a premier learning environment for our kids. Projects include helping teachers set up classrooms, as well as improving the campuses through painting, repairs, beautification, and more. Community Serve Day 2019 will take place on Sunday, August 25th, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Community members and families are encouraged to volunteer to help in this effort and all ages are welcome! Sign up at communityserveday.org starting in early April. Once registered, volunteers will receive information and instructions regarding their selected site projects via email.
Three new schools will be participating in this year's event: Sunrise Elementary, Wellington Elementary and Inglemoor High School. The graphic below lists all of the participating schools and site leaders.
Community Serve Day 2019 Participating Northshore Schools
Note: site leaders are still needed for schools that do not have one listed. The Site Leader's role is to plan and coordinate with the principal and NSD Facilities, plan/place volunteers on various projects, and serve as the contact for questions specific to one's school. If you have suggestions for someone who may be a great site leader, contact Tim King (Northshore Community Church).
PTAs/PTSAs are encouraged to support Community Serve Day in a number of different ways:
PTA/PTSA timeline for this year's event:
For more information about Community Serve Day and to sign up to volunteer, visit: communityserveday.org.
Questions? Project contacts:
Many thanks to all who joined us for Northshore Council PTSA's March 18, 2019 General Membership Meeting. It was a full meeting with a wealth of information and inspiration!
The meeting began with a report from Sue Freeman about the Northshore Community Kitchen. After 7 years of serving meals-to-go to Northshore School District families in need, the Kitchen was packing its final meals on March 19, 2019. Sue shared some inspiring statistics about the work the Kitchen has done, including the fact that they served 14,023 meals to 67 families in NSD over the years. A big thank you to Sue for her many years of organizing and managing operations of the Northshore Community Kitchen. We are so grateful for her dedication and service.
Many thanks to volunteer Sue Freeman for her many years of dedication and service managing the Northshore Community Kitchen! Pictured (from Left): Northshore Council co-President Grace Jurado, Sue Freeman, Northshore School District Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid, Northshore Council co-President Carrie McKenzie.
NSD Superintendent Dr. Reid shared updates regarding school schedule adjustments to make up for winter weather closures. She also answered questions on a variety of topics, including next year's school calendar, the change to a 7-period day in high school and its impact on bell times and scheduling, the need for mental health specialists at all high schools, Camp Cedar Springs, summer school registration, and more! We are grateful to Dr. Reid for taking time to join us and answer questions!
General business items included approval of the minutes, review of financial reports, and formation of a Mid-Year Financial Review Committee and Budget Committee. Then we held Council elections for the 2019-2020 Executive Board. The following individuals were elected to office for next year and will begin their term on July 1, 2019:
Congratulations to our incoming officers!!!
Membership voted to approve some changes to Northshore Council PTSA Standing Rules, removing the VP West and VP East officer positions and adding two new roles, Vice-President Local PTA Support: Secondary and Vice-President Local PTA Support: Elementary, as well as detailing experience requirements for individuals entering into those roles. A vote was also taken to name Council's delegates to this year's WSPTA Convention, including Grace Jurado, Carrie McKenzie, Stacey Meyer, and Tricia Woods.
Nominations are being accepted for Council's Awards program now! Please submit your nominations for Outstanding Educator, Outstanding Advocate, Outstanding Service, Honorary Life Membership, Outstanding Student Advocate, and Golden Acorn by Monday, April 22, 2019.
NSD School Board representative Jackie McGourty shared updates on work they are doing, including the possible purchase of a new building for high school programs. Then NSD Partnerships Coordinator Natalie Campbell shared information on upcoming district-sponsored events, including Project VOICE and the CP and Dorothy Johnson Award, as well as the refresh of the Art Docent program.
Tim King from Northshore Community Church invited PTAs for their support and participation in this year's Community Serve Day, on Sunday, August 25, 2019. This year, 26 Northshore schools are participating! Find more information and sign-up to volunteer at http://www.communityserveday.org/.
The meeting ended with a PTA Spotlight focused on Membership! Sorenson PTA President Amber Rosenquist shared their approach to membership, offering some great examples of what they do to grow membership each year. Then Canyon Park Middle School PTSA co-President Jane Chiodo gave an overview of how they are able to grow membership at the secondary level. Many thanks to both Amber and Jane for presenting at the meeting!
Our final General Membership Meeting of the year is
Monday, May 6, 2019 at Woodinville High School.
There will be a meet-and-greet beginning at 6:30pm with the meeting beginning at 7pm. We will have more great sharing of information, presentation of our Golden Acorn Award, as well as WSPTA Approved Training classes.
We hope you join us!
Mark your calendars for our next Northshore Council PTSA General Membership Meeting on Monday, March 18th at the NSD Admin Building. We'll be hosting a meet and greet starting at 6:30pm and the meeting will begin at 7pm. Each PTA may send up to 4 voting representatives-- but we encourage ALL who are interested to attend.
In addition to all of the normal updates and information sharing, we'll also be electing our 2019-20 Executive Board! We hope you join us!
Questions? Contact Grace Jurado.
Questions? Contact Melissa Kline.
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.
❗❗❗EVENT CANCELLED! Due to adverse weather and school district closure, this event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule soon and will share information as details become available! Thanks so much for your understanding.
Technology and social media are capturing the time and attention of our children. Families need to keep pace with the cyber world in order to keep our kids safe!
Parents/guardians and community members are invited to attend a FREE presentation by Stefanie Thomas, "Child Internet Safety," on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 6:30-7:30pm at the Woodmoor Elementary Library. Ms. Thomas worked 6 years on the Internet Task Force for the Seattle Police Department working both internet crime against children and the commercial sexual exploitation of children as a victim advocate. She uses this experience to education parents about internet safety.
Topics of discussion include:
FREE childcare provided by YMCA by reservation. Please RSVP for childcare to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is co-sponsored by Woodmoor PTSA and Northshore Council PTSA.
Please join us for our first Northshore Council PTSA General Membership Meeting of 2019 on Monday, January 7th at the NSD Admin Building (3330 Monte Villa Pkwy, Bothell, WA 98021). There will be a meet and greet at 6:30 and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Each PTA may send up to 4 voting representatives-- but we encourage ALL who are interested to attend.
Learn how you can better protect YOUR PTA from fraud! To start the year off, we are excited to welcome Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown and WSPTA Finance Officer Janice Kutzera as guest speakers. Non-profit organizations are increasingly becoming targets for fraud, and there are even PTAs that have fallen prey to email and "phishing" schemes. Charla has a wealth of experience in the world of non-profits and technology and she will be sharing information about what you *need to know* about cybersecurity. Janice will be speaking to financial best practices and money handling. In addition to a presentation there will be a Q&A so that you can get your questions answered!
We hope you join us for what is sure to be an informative meeting!
Charla Griffy-Brown is a Professor in Information Systems and Technology Management at the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business. In addition, she is an accomplished corporate board member and speaker. As a scholar she is now distinguished as Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Technology in Society. She was recognized as one of Pepperdine University’s outstanding faculty with the Howard A. White Teaching Award in 2011 and in 2017 received recognition as a Waves of Innovation grant winner. Dr. Griffy-Brown graduated from Harvard University, is a former Fulbright Scholar, and holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. Charla has served as PTA president at Timbercrest Middle School and Co-President of Hollywood Hill Elementary. She currently serves on the Northshore Schools Foundation Board.
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.