Does someone in your PTA deserve a shout out?
WSPTA has a formal volunteer award recognition program allowing local PTAs to award honors for outstanding educator, advocate, student advocate, and volunteer (Golden Acorn), as well as the honorary life membership award.
Awards are a great way for PTAs to show their community how much they appreciate them and to celebrate the dedication of those who support your PTA's mission and goals!
Local PTAs should appoint an awards committee who will gather nominations, review them, and choose the award recipients. This can be done during a meeting or some PTAs even choose to have the previous year's award recipients chair this committee. Check your Standing Rules as it may say who is on the committee. When the awards committee advertises for nomination submissions, it can be done via social media, newsletters, website, email, or even school flyers. To make it even easier for members to submit nominations, the awards committee can create an online submission form using tools like Google Forms or Survey Monkey.
For recognizing the award recipients, your PTA can hold a volunteer recognition event or take time during a Membership Meeting to celebrate them. WSPTA offers a variety of items your PTA can order online to celebrate your award recipients including certificates, pins, plaques, and even yard signs!
Local PTAs may award the following within their local community:
Join us in honoring this year's finalists by attending the
WSPTA Reflections Student Recognition Celebration
Thursday, April 27
6:30 - 8:00 PM
This year’s WSPTA Reflections Student Recognition Celebration will be a virtual program. Our award-winning students’ artwork will be shown with live hosts guiding attendees through activities and a live chat feature so the audience can congratulate students as their artwork is displayed.
2022-23 Council Reflections Results
Congratulations to all the students who made it to the Council Level for judging!!
CONGRATULATIONS to all our talented Northshore artists who participated in Reflections this year! We had 215 entries from 27 schools. The students demonstrated creativity and passion while keeping with the 2022-23 theme of "Show Your Voice".
There were 57 State Qualifiers who continued on to Washington State PTA for further judging. There were also 12 pieces that received the honorable Judge's Choice Award.
Council's VP of Advocacy, Jennifer Drury is scheduling virtual appointments with our legislators leading up to Focus Week. Please indicate your interest in participating in any or all of these activities by completing this short survey by February 5, 2023.
Focus on Advocacy Week is scheduled for February 6 - 10, 2023. During this week, members can participate in daily calls to actions. Subscribe to WSPTA Action Network.
Focus Day will be Monday, February 20, 2023 (Presidents Day), in Olympia and members are encouraged to meet with their legislators about our 2023-2024 Legislative Priorities. Washington State PTA is planning speakers and tours.
2023 Legislative Panel Preview
Key leaders of the Washington State Legislature provided a preview of priorities for the 2023 Legislative Session. You can watch the 2023 Legislative Panel Preview on WSPTA's YouTube page.
Focus on Advocacy - Q&A "Office Hours" is being offered by WSPTA. This is an open opportunity to have your questions answered by experienced WSPTA Advocates and learn how to best hold effective meetings with legislators. There is no formal program, please just come by and let us help you. Register to receive meeting link.
Would you like to discuss more on how your PTA can participate this year? Please contact Northshore Council's VP of Advocacy, Jennifer Drury.
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Insurance renewal notices from AIM insurance have started to arrive!
Remember to review coverage with your board before paying the premium.
Please note that premium payments are due before the end of November.
WSPTA Recommendations for Insurance include:
Also be sure to add Northshore School District as an additional insured and request the endorsement from AIM when you renew - they do not automatically send that each year. NSD requires an updated copy of the form each year by December. If your PTA does not submit the updated endorsement, you risk cancellation of existing facility reservations and will be unable to make new requests until they have updated insurance paperwork.
Renewing with Additional Insured and Endorsement
There are two ways to request an Additional Insured with endorsement:
(1.) If you have not yet renewed, when applying for insurance online, choose to add the Additional Insured and add:
Northshore School District
3330 Monte Vista Parkway
Bothell, WA 98021
In the description request put: “Please send Endorsement with certificate.”
You will be emailed a copy of your Insurance and the Additional Insured certificates. A copy of both of these then need to be forwarded to Vanessa Greek at the NSD office.
(2.) If you have already renewed but did not submit the request with the AI information at renewal, fill
out the Additional Insured Request Form. Make sure you put on the request that you need
an “Endorsement with certificate”. Then send the form to email@example.com. Once you
have both certificates, send a copy of each to Vanessa Greek at the NSD office.
For questions, contact AIM toll free at 1-800-876-4044.
At the 44th Annual Legislative Assembly members from across the state came together to learn, debate, and vote on the new legislative priorities WSPTA will focus on for the next two years. In addition to the issues the delegates ranked as the top five, an additional eight issues were added to the "also supported" list.
Jennifer Drury, Cherry Holmes, and Kim Ortiz represented Council as voting delegates. In addition to Council delegates, there were PTA leaders from across Northshore schools that attended either in-person or remotely as delegates for their PTAs.
In addition to voting on the legislative priority issues, delegates approved one new resolution "4.16 Equitable and Impactful Family Engagement in Education" and amendments to resolutions 2.23, 18.36, and 18.40 that encompass issues on gun violence, highly capable, and students with disabilities. Learn more about the resolutions.
Thank you all for advocating for our students!
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The Great PTA Sign-Up Day - Oct. 26
The goal is to have 5,000 members from across Washington State sign-up on October 26. This is a great day to invite your local community (local business leaders, community members, school board members, alumni of your school, and of course, your school’s family members) to join your PTA. This contest aims to grow knowledge and build membership by spreading the word about PTA, who we are, what we do, and why we do it as well as the knowledge that anyone can be a member of a PTA.
How to Participate:
Get ready to frame your ASK for The Great PTA Sign-Up Day (from WSPTA website)
Membership in a local PTA helps build community, gives each member a voice and vote in important matters, and counts towards our state membership numbers that we can use to show our strength when we advocate in Olympia on behalf of all children!
Updating Online Join Links:
All of WSPTA's communications will direct people to the Find Your PTA webpage, so please double-check to ensure that your PTA’s online join link is listed and correct. If your link isn’t listed or needs to be updated, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with the correct information or complete this form. This is also a good time to verify that
Council has your updated links on their Northshore PTA/PTSAs webpage. Email VP of Communications, Jenn Snyder to have your links updated with Council.
Visit WSPTA for more information about the Great Sign-Up Day.
Visit Council's Membership page for more tips and links to past articles.
Questions? Contact Council's Membership Chair, Kimberly Ortiz.
WSPTA Legislative Assembly Survey 2022
What issues are important to your school community and students across the state? Take this poll to give us some input before Legislative Assembly. Please share with all your local PTA members.
We will share results with Northshore PTA Presidents and Advocacy/Legislative Chairs.
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2021-2022 Advocacy Recap
As we wrap up another school year, Council would like to take a moment to recap some of the amazing advocacy work that has been done this year.
We also want to thank all of our local PTA Advocacy Chairs, for the work they do at their school and within their community to advocate for all children, and our PTA members, who help strengthen our voice by being a part of the oldest and largest child advocacy organization in the country!
In October, PTA delegates came together for the 43rd Annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly. During this event, PTA delegates were able to learn, listen, debate and vote on additions to our grassroots legislative platform.
Three new resolutions and two amended resolutions were approved during the 2021 Legislative Assembly!
The 60 day 2022 Washington state legislative session ran from January 10th to March 10th. This included the February 2022 Focus Week where PTA Members advocated to elected officials about WA State PTA's Top 5 Legislative Priorities for the current legislative session.
Some key accomplishments from this year's legislative session include:
The end of the legislative session means it’s time to start looking and planning ahead. Here are a few actions you can take before the school year is over:
If you would like to learn more about Council's Advocacy work or how you can get involved, visit our Advocacy page.
Remember to check out our 2021-2022 Reflections Virtual Art Showcase featuring all 267 Northshore artists who qualified for Council!
To learn more about Reflections and how to promote the PTA program at your school, visit our Reflections page.