January 10, 2018

Welcome to another What’s Up Wednesday! We’ve got a couple of new things going on and some review as well. So without further ado, let’s get to it.


Levy Vote – Ballots due Tuesday, February 13th

At their November 6, 2017 meeting, the Shoreline School District Board of Directors unanimously approved resolutions to place two four-year replacement levies on the February 13, 2018 special election ballot. These levies would replace existing levies that will expire at the end of 2018.

There will be two propositions for Shoreline School District voters to consider:

Proposition 1: Replacement of Expiring Levy for Educational Programs and Operations

This replacement levy helps fund education programs not fully supported by state and federal funding, including:

  • Special education programs, highly capable programs and remedial programs
  • Nurses, family advocates, librarians and counselors
  • Building maintenance, utilities and transportation
  • Extra-curricular student activities, including music, drama and athletics
  • Professional development for teachers and other staff

This accounts for roughly 20 percent of Shoreline School District’s operating budget.


Proposition 2: Replacement of Expiring Capital Levy for Technology Improvement and Support

This replacement levy funds instructional technology and internet access for students and staff across the district. These funds help pay for:

  • Student and staff computers and technology access
  • Software, online subscriptions, resources and classroom curriculum
  • Annual maintenance and licensing
  • Equipment upgrades and replacement
  • Staffing, professional development and training
  • Network servers and wireless infrastructure


The Echo Lake PTA endorses both levies, and strongly encourages everyone to vote yes on Propositions 1 and 2.


For more information on the Levies, please visit www.shorelineschools.org/levy

For yard signs, buttons, and other materials you can use to show your support ahead of the election, please contact Terry at this email, or Terry.Hynes@gmail.com.


Musical Tickets are on Sale!

Echo Lake PTA and Dandylyon Drama invite you to the performance of Lasso the Moon, American legends, tall tales and fish stories. Performances will be held in the Shorewood High School Theater on Friday, January 19th at 7pm and Saturday, January 20th at 2pm. Order forms came home in kid mail before the break, extra order forms can be found in the PTA file in the office. The kids are excited, and so are we. It’s going to be a great show, and we are looking forward to seeing you there!


Movie Night – Friday January 26th

Doors open at 6pm, movie starts at 6:30. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Movie to be announced.  Please remember that this is not a drop off event, a responsible adult must remain at the school for the duration.


Science Night –Moving to February 8th!

Science Night is fast approaching! Even faster now that we have changed the date! Our science night has gone from the only one in the district, to one of many. While we are excited to see so many science and STEM events, it has made scheduling presenters a bit more challenging. Mark your calendars, it’s going to be an evening you won’t want to miss. We are always looking for volunteers to help out on the night of the event, if you are interested in bringing Science Night to life, please contact April Thompson at echolake.pta.volunteer@gmail.com. or Tyan Hynes at tyanlee@gmail.com.


Looking for Volunteers for the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is an important part of the PTA, made up of at least 3 volunteers from the membership who are not part of the current slate of elected officials, and have not served on the committee from the past year. The committee is responsible for finding people willing and able to fill the elected offices of the PTA when the previous official’s terms are completed. This year we will need to elect a new Secretary and Vice President. If you are interested in helping expand the circle of leadership of the PTA, please reply and let us know.


Upcoming Important Dates

January 15th: No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 19th and 20th: Musical Performance

January 29th: No School, Staff Work Day

February 6th: PTA Meeting

February 8th: Science Night

February 13th: Ballots due – Vote YES on Prop 1 and 2!




MEMBERSHIP The drive may be over, but we are always happy to have new members! Don’t forget that the PTA isn’t just for parents, but for anyone who wants to support the school community. If you know someone who would like to help out, sent them our direction. Membership forms can be found outside the office, on the PTA bulletin board.

Fred Meyer Community Rewards: For most of us Fred Meyer is our neighborhood grocery store.  They provide support to our school and PTA through its Community Rewards Program.  It works by registering your Fred Meyer Rewards card—you know that store card you use to earn points when you shop.  You still get to earn your points.  But also your shopping is benefitting our school.  Signing up is easy.  Go to: https://www.fredmeyer.com/topic/community-rewards-4 , click on "Re-enroll or link your rewards card" and follow the steps.  Search for Echo Lake Elementary PTA to have your purchases benefit the school. You can also use our ID - 88019 to search.  You can also ask friends and family to link their Fred Meyer or Kroger cards to Echo Lake PTA.

Benefit Mobile:  Echo Lake Elementary PTA has partnered with Benefit as a modern fundraising solution. It is free to members and to Echo Lake Elementary PTA. Benefit is a free iPhone or Android phone app that can be used to pay for your everyday purchases such as groceries, clothes, home goods, and more. You can pay on site at the store or online. A portion of your purchase goes directly back to Echo Lake PTA. Retailers include Home Depot, Amazon, Target, Starbucks, and many more! Download the app and add Echo Lake Elementary PTA as your beneficiary to start giving. Find more information in the app or at www.benefit-mobile.com. Feel free to forward this email to family and friends. The more people who participate, the more funds we will raise. Examples of some of the percentages: Amazon 3%; Target 2.5%; Starbucks 6%; Groupon 5%; Red Robin 6%; AMC Theaters 6%; Home Depot 3%.

OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT ECHO LAKE PTA! Our PTA is dedicated to creating a vibrant community where our students feel supported and encouraged. From Science Night to Movie Nights, Ice Cream Socials to financial support of field trips and classroom enrichment activities, it’s all about the kids and our school community. Find out more about our fundraising activities and how you can help by going to: http://echolake.ourschoolpages.com/Page/Pta/Fundraising


Please feel free to contact me at echolake.pta.president@gmail.com or just wave Kaija or me down if you see us on campus or somewhere in the community.


Terry Hynes, Echo Lake PTA President
Kaija Dalan, Echo Lake PTA Vice-President
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