The presentation outlines simple steps that all adults—whether they own guns or not—can take to keep our children and communities safer.
Northshore parent and PTA member, Jaclyn Condra, will be presenting the 'Be SMART' educational program. The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries. The presentation outlines simple steps that all adults—whether they own guns or not—can take to keep our children and communities safer.
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Questions? Please email Council President, Rachel Fitzgerald.
Originally published 09/06/23
On Monday, May 15th, Council held their last general membership meeting of the 2022-2023 school year. Council members were joined by local leaders, community members, and parents from across the district.
Continue reading below for a recap of the meeting.
Parent Education Presentation
The evening started with a presentation from Lake Washington Institute of Technology and Cascadia College titled “Community & Technical College: Preparing Students for Their Future”. This parent education event was organized by Brenae Brix, Council’s VP of Secondary Support, and included a Q&A session. For anyone wanting more information or to bring this presentation to their school community, email Brenae at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the presentation, Council business was accomplished. We approved the March 20,2023 General Membership Meeting Minutes, presented the April 2023 Treasurer’s Report, reported that our Annual Corporate Renewal was completed, and updated our membership that we had sent in a donation to the Washington State PTA College Scholarship Fund in accordance with our budget. We also held an election for Council’s 2023-2024 Office of VP of Events. We are excited to announce that Melissa Bennett was elected to this role! We are still looking to elect a Secretary as no nominations were submitted. To find out more about this position and other volunteer opportunities for next year’s Council, visit: http://www.northshorecouncilptsa.org/council-blog/council-volunteer-opportunities-for-2023-2024.
Council Co-President, Rachel Fitzgerald, then gave the following updates and reminders to the membership:
The next part of our meeting was our Council Committee Reports.
Spring Recognition Celebration: Updates from Mary Khouzam. This event will be held on June 6th from 10:30-12:30 at Brightwater Community Center. Updates included reminding local PTAs to contact their President in order to RSVP and to submit their award recipients for recognition at the Council level. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSekeNRBGfw7qzuQNA1alhcZq4DZkQirh3Ht8vJSgpWIkFVSQw/viewform
Special Education Chairs: Laura Staneff reported on their recent meeting with Assistant Superintendent Obadiah Dunham discussing supports for neurodiverse students and gave an update on where they were at in the process of forming of a new Special Education PTSA in NSD.
Membership: Kim Ortiz announced that Membership across Northshore PTAs is at 101% of last year with a total of 5521 members! There were special shoutouts to Shelton View PTA, Bothell High School PTSA, and Frank Love PTA for having the highest percent increase of members. We also gave a reminder to local PTAs to utilize the end of the year database checklist provided by WSPTA: https://www.wastatepta.org/pta-leaders/leader-resources/leadership-guides/
Advocacy: Jennifer Drury reported on her recent meeting with fellow Council board member Melissa Kline and School Board Directors Amy Cast and Sandy Hayes where they discussed overcrowding and communication between city and county councils and the school district. There were updates about the upcoming school board elections including working with the incoming Co-VPs of Advocacy on hosting a candidate forum. Jen also let us know that Washington State PTAs Legislative Session Scorecard is available to see what passed and what didn’t and that a draft of the conclusions of the Student Wellness and Safety Task Force from Northshore Schools is available to view.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Chair: Cherry Holmes gave a recap of our parent ed event “Northshore Panel Discussion: Beyond Black and White” in partnership with RARE. Feedback from attendees was that they really appreciated the event.
We ended the meeting with some timely calendar reminders.
We want to thank all the volunteers, district employees, and community members who attended this meeting and all the previous meetings held this year. We hope you will continue to join us for our General Membership Meetings in the 2023-2024 school year.
Join us at our May General Membership Meeting for a special parent education presentation.
We will begin our meeting with a special 30-minute parent education presentation: Community & Technical College: Preparing Students for Their Future. Come learn about high-quality, affordable educational opportunities that can launch your student into a meaningful job and career path. The presenters will be Lake Washington Institute of Technology and Cascadia College. This presentation is appropriate for parents of all (freshman-senior) high school students.
Immediately following the presentation, we will conduct our regular PTA business including holding an election for VP of Events.
Questions? Please email Brenae Brix, VP Secondary Support at email@example.com.
Free and Open to All Community Members.
Questions? Contact Council's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Chair, Cherry Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northshore Council will be holding a virtual election for its open board position of VP of Events at the General Membership Meeting on Monday, May 15, 2023.
The slated candidate is as follows:
VP of Events: Melissa Quinonez Bennett
Please be advised that no nominations were received for the position of Secretary. Council will continue to seek volunteers for the Secretary role with the goal of holding an election for it at a future General Membership Meeting.
Virtual nominations for these positions closed on Thursday, April 27, 2023.
Since the position of VP of Events was not contested, the election will be held by voice vote at the next General Meeting on Monday, May 15, 2023, at 7 PM.
Questions? Email Co-Presidents at email@example.com.
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. Each PTA may send up to 4 voting representatives - but we encourage ALL who are interested to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!
*A meeting passcode is required to join. It will be sent to local leaders via email prior to the meeting. You can also request the passcode by emailing Council PTSA Communications VP, Jenn Snyder.
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A 2-Part Parent Education Series - Thursdays March 2nd & March 9th
Navigating Teen Mental Health: Cher Anderton
Thursdays 7:00PM - 8:30PM
March 2 - Teen Behaviors and Knowing the Red Flags
March 9 - Supporting Teens Through Transitions & Changes
Each session will have a one-hour presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.
The Zoom link for both sessions:
Recordings will be made available after each session.
This is intended for middle school and high school parents. Attendance is capped at 300.
In partnership with Northshore Council PTSA, Woodinville High School PTSA, Canyon Park Middle School PTSA, Timbercrest Middle School PTSA & Kenmore Middle School PTSA.
Great News! Council has added an additional grant cycle! Do you have an idea for a community event or an educational speaker to bring to your school community this spring? Partner with Council and apply for a grant to help offset the cost.
The Northshore Council PTSA’s Educational Speakers and Community Events Grant Program is designed to help support local PTAs in hosting relevant and timely speakers for our district families and to encourage them to create engaging events for our community.
ALL local PTAs, within the Northshore School District and in good standing, may apply for a grant through a simple application process. The deadline for this last round of grants is Friday, March 24, 2023!
Not sure what to apply for? Check out some of the programs supported through this grant program on our past recipients page.
2023 Virtual College and Career Fair
Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Register & More Information Here
Northshore School District is proud to host the 2023 Virtual College & Career Fair on Thursday, February 9 from 6:30-8:30 PM. This event will be filled with valuable information to help families plan and navigate post high school options, and is intended for all Northshore High School students and families, but is open to all.
Participants can attend 3 live sessions on February 9th. There will be an opportunity for Questions & Answers.
Over 15 virtual sessions will be offered, and topics include:
Questions Regarding Registration? Email Lisa Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is proudly sponsored in partnership with Northshore Council PTSA's Secondary Support and Northshore Schools Foundation.
Northshore Council PTSA is proud to announce the recipients of our second round of Educational Speakers & Community Events Grants for 2022-2023!
Local PTAs/PTSAs interested in partnering with Northshore Council PTSA to host speakers or community events are invited to apply for a Northshore Council PTSA Educational Speakers and Community Events Grant. 2022-2023 grants are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis and applications are reviewed by the Northshore Council PTSA. The submission deadline for the third and last round of Educational Speakers & Community Events Grants is Friday, January 27, 2023.
For more information about the grants program, visit our Educational Speakers and Community Events Grant Program page or contact email email@example.com.