Each year, Northshore Council PTSA requests a list of district families that have opted-in to receive communications from the Northshore School District. Council is happy to share this information with the local PTA’s that request it from us for the purposes of PTA/PTSA communications.
Requests for the Directory can be made by completing the Directory Request Form - and must come from the local PTA president only. Along with your directory list, we will send a copy of our 2022 Communications Guidelines for Student Directory regarding the responsible use of this information. The directory will be emailed to the PTA President once it is available. *Please allow for up to 2 weeks to process your request.
Questions? Please contact Council's Secretary, Claudine Miller.
The Special Education Committee has scheduled Sunday, November 20, 2022, for its next Community Support meeting followed by a Special Education PTA/PTSA Representatives meeting.
Sunday, November 20, 2022
Community Support Meeting Topic: Discuss Dyslexia and Literacy in NSD with Aileen Aylward Hammar
2PM - Special Education Community Support Meeting
3PM - Special Education PTA/PTSA Representatives Meeting
For more information and Zoom meeting link, email email@example.com.
Every PTA must file an information return with the IRS. WSPTA sample IRS instructions, login information, and schedules can be found in the password-protected Leadership Guides page of the website under the category Nonprofit Compliance Resources, IRS Information. Tuesday, November 15 is the deadline to file your applicable IRS 990 form.
Which form do we file?
What if we need an extension?
How do we file?
You may use software offered by the exempt organization Modernized e-File providers listed on the IRS website at [irs.gov/2020eoefileproviders]irs.gov/2020eoefileproviders. For more information about your filing requirement, visit www.irs.gov/eoannualfiling.
You must sign into the IRS modernized authentication platform using either the active IRS username or create an account with ID.me, the current IRS credential service provider.
Additional information regarding the annual filing requirements and the Form 990-N submission page can be found here.
Form 990-N filers have three options:
Note: The person filing needs to be an authorized individual of the PTA (any officer of the PTA) and she or he must have the authorization to act on behalf of the PTA.
Source: WSPTA Leadership News 11/3/22
We would like to thank our guest speaker, Shelby Reynolds, for her engaging presentation. Shelby serves as both NSD’s Assistant Director of Instructional Technology & Library Services and Washington State PTA's Family & Community Engagement Director. Shelby presented PTA’s updated National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships sets the bar for how schools and parent organizations work together to support student success. Shelby also gave an overview of the Leader Actions Rubric for school leaders to utilize when assessing their leadership actions toward cultivating a school culture that prioritizes strong family-school partnerships. The rubric is both a reflection tool and a roadmap for school leaders that identifies specific actions leaders can take to create a school culture of partnership with families.
National PTA is hosting a virtual Town Hall event on November 17 at 7pm EST where you can hear more about the latest updates to the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships, and discover the newest resources.
Attendees at the event participated in two engaging activities and had time at the end to share their ideas. Download the Program & Activities Worksheets and do this activity with your board when planning your PTA programs.
We ask if you were invited, even if you could not attend the event, to please take a few minutes and complete our survey. We would like to have your feedback so we can continue to improve this annual event and make sure it's both accessible and meaningful to those who attend.
Let us know your thoughts (answers will be anonymous).
A common question is: "Why join the PTA?"
PTA means different things to different people. One great way of showing the value of becoming a member of PTA is by sharing the reason why you support the PTA. Knowing WHY those leading your PTA serve is a great way to inspire other families to support your PTA by joining or donating.
Check out all the reasons that inspire your Northshore Council Leaders to PTA below!
Interested in making your own "Why I PTA" slides, but need help? Contact Council's Co-VP of Membership, Kim Ortiz.
Northshore Council PTSA is proud to announce the recipient of our first round of Educational Speakers & Community Events Grants for 2022-2023!
Woodin Elementary PTA
Adult English Language Learner (ELL) Series
Registration information coming soon!
Local PTAs/PTSAs interested in partnering with Northshore Council PTSA to host speakers or 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 next round of Educational Speakers & Community Events Grants is November 25, 2022.
For more information about the grants program, visit our Educational Speakers and Community Events Grant Program page.
Kindness has been defined as actions intended to benefit others. It may also be defined as "having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature, and as encompassing gentleness, respect, amiability, and concern" (Johnstone, 2010).
As adults, we know that kindness is more than just being nice. Being nice is simply being pleasant and agreeable according to how other people see you. Being kind is intentional, sincere, and voluntary. Kindness is based on your values and ethics. It is grace and love, and can cause a ripple effect that impacts a whole community, even the world!
Think about it - would you rather be considered “nice” or “kind”?
Benefits of Kindness in School
Kindness, from teachers and other students, is essential to positive growth and learning because it promotes healthy relationships and helps us develop lifelong skills that can lead to future success and fulfillment.
When students feel cared for and respected, they are more likely to engage in learning. If students don’t feel valued, they’re unlikely to pay attention or do their best in class.
Kindness also fosters a sense of community. When everyone treats each other with respect, there’s a strong sense of camaraderie and belonging. This sense of community can lead to students being more engaged in their school and motivated to perform well. In addition, students feel safer and more supported in a close-knit community.
Kindness can help reduce bullying and other forms of aggression. When students see their classmates being treated kindly, they are less likely to engage in bullying themselves. In addition, a culture of kindness at school can make it easier for students to speak up when they witness bullying or other mistreatment.
Finally, kindness is simply the right thing to do. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect, and no one deserves to be the target of aggression or bullying. By fostering a culture of kindness, we can ensure that everyone in our schools feels valued and supported.
How do we help our kids learn kindness?
First of all, we need to be kind to ourselves. Our kids learn the most by watching their parents and caregivers. We need to be good models and demonstrate our own self-kindness and show kindness to those around us.
Second, we need to practice it often. Say kind things to strangers in the grocery store, give compliments often, hold the door for others, volunteer, and give to charities that mean something to you.
Lastly, give positive reinforcement. If you notice your child doing something kind, tell them that you notice those moments and how much it means to you (or those on the receiving end).
Some believe that there is less kindness in today’s world. I don’t believe that! I see kindness everywhere! Look for it and you will find it. Practice it and you will spread kindness and happiness around you.
Kindness creates more Happiness
Kindness Helps Personal Growth
Kindness Can Help People Perform Better at School or Work
Kindness Is Contagious
Kindness Is Good for the Environment
Kindness Can Help Build Trust, Communication
Kindness Makes Us Better People
Kindness Can Help to Build Up Self-Esteem
Kindness Can Help Heal Trauma
Kindness Makes You Even More Grateful
Kindness Manipulates the Brain in a Positive Way
Kindness Fosters Empathy
Kindness Makes You More Resilient
Kindness Helps Us Feel More Connected to Others
Kindness Makes Your Community Stronger
Kindness Can Save Lives
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
You are invited to join
Council's Emergency Preparedness (E-Prep) Chair meeting!
Anyone in PTA/PTSA is welcome to attend our meetings, and we encourage all local PTA/PTSA E-Prep chairs to attend as well as PTA/PTSA Presidents and/or Vice Presidents or delegates.
Date: Tuesday, November 15
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86751448881?
Meeting ID: 867 5144 8881
Passcode: *Available upon request*
For more information about E-Prep or to request meeting access, please contact Council's Emergency Preparedness & Safety (E-Prep) Chair, Robin McKenzie.
More information is available on our E-Prep Program page.
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!