February 4, 2019
Sign up for teacher treats! Let’s encourage our teachers with tasty treats each week of the school year! You can sign up for any week and drop your item off in the staff lounge. You can drop off in the beginning of the week so our staff has plenty of time to enjoy your generosity. Please leave a list of ingredients.


Next month before the PTA meeting on March 5th from 6:30pm-7pm, Mr. Lohman will be discussing the CEE survey results. Come listen to hear about the results, ask questions etc.

March 13 and 20th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. The PTA and Family Advocated are presenting a Financial Literacy Class. Child care, snacks and interpreters will be available. The class is limited to the first 50 people to sign up. More information to come.


Science Night: Next Week! February 6 from 6:30-8:30pm.  This is one of our most popular events. Our amazing team gathers a huge number (the largest assortment at any local science event!) of science presenters to come and share their love for all types of science at this hands on event. It stretches through the entire school.


If you are able to volunteer please contact Brian Shirts at bhshirts@gmail.com or Tyan Hynes at tyanlee@gmail.com. Volunteers are needed both the day of and before the event. Some jobs have commitments of an hour or less. We are low on parent volunteers this year so we could really use some additional help!

Golden Acorn and Outstanding Educator Award Nominations:  We are looking for nominations for both of these special awards. Please start thinking about who you would like to nominate. More info to come.

PTA Needs Your Help! It is that time of the year again when the PTA is looking for next years volunteers to step up (or point us in another's direction) and help continue helping make Echo Lake great. We need help filling the following…


Treasurer: (training next year for the following 2 years) if you have any experience in bookkeeping or accounting this job will be a breeze. If you are willing to step up and jump in, the job it totally doable just a bit harder. Our wonderful Michael had zero experience and figured it out. So some experience is awesome but not necessary. You can put the experience on a resume for future bookkeeping jobs.


Vice President: Get the feel for the PTA with this smaller role. You work in concert with next years lovely President (current VP) Heather Seagars. The following year you get to jump in as President. Heck I figured it out.


Parent Drama Producer:  Next year is our amazing Shauna’s last year at Echo Lake, so if your child has a passion for drama we would love 2 people to take over the role that Shauna did alone. She has it all organized and layed out. Next year you could shadow her and learn the ropes. We want to continue having drama at Echo Lake and we can’t without this role.


Science Night: After next year we will also be losing our two Science Night gurus. Tyan and Beckie’s kids will be moving on to Einstein. The experienced Brian Shirts stepped up as lead but he needs a co-chair to help with the event. This too is organized completely with exactly how to do it and when. One nice thing is that getting the presenters can be done via email during the summer. The list is made, it is just a matter of confirming availability and dates. No recreating the wheel here.


Spirit Wear: We need someone to help figure out new Echo Lake spirit gear next year! Have an idea that you think would be cool? Come help make it happen.  This job is a great one for over the summer and then just a bit in the fall and then it’s done.


Web Master: Organizing and putting info on the PTA website. This is an easy one to do from home. Anyone these days who has basic computer skills can easily learn how to use our website system. You just log in and it's very simple, like filling out forms online.


Other: if you have a passion and want to get involved, while roles might technically be filled, the more the merrier. Or stepping up gives others a chance to try new things and change positions. Or two people make for 1. More fun and 2. Easier job for everyone.


Some of the chairs are:


Fundraising, socials, family services (WORKS/food drive), legislative, reflections, volunteer coordinators, membership, staff appreciation. Any help is amazing and needed.

April 2, 6:30-8:30 Shorecrest Astronomy Night is a large student-led event that Shorecrest’s UW astronomy class hosts every year. The event is used to expand everyone’s knowledge of astronomy through games, star observations, presentations, robots and much much more. This year is our 15th anniversary come check it out!

Mark your Calendars!
2/6 - PTA Science Night
3/4, 3/5, 3/7, 3/8 – 11:45 release for Conferences (3/6 is a partial release at 1:50)

3/3 - CEE Survey Results 6:30-7 in Library, before PTA meeting 7-8:30pm

3/13 & 20th - 6:30-8:30 pm. Financial Literacy Class.

Message from the Family Advocates of Echo Lake:

The holiday and giving season is behind us, but the need still exists and is very real for many families.  If you would like to help out Echo Lake families and students who continue to need assistance please consider these opportunities to give:

** Consider making a donation to our “Angel Fund”.  All Shoreline schools have “Angel Fund“ accounts to help balance overdrawn food accounts for students.  This is a fund that Family Advocates at each school can use to pay off meal balances for families who need it most.  You can donate over the phone by calling Food Services at 206-393-4209, or drop off a check at the Echo Lake Main Office.  Make the check payable to Echo Lake School and include a notation that it is for the “Angel Fund”.

** You may wish to purchase a gift card or two at a local grocery store, gas station, Fred Meyer, VISA card, etc . .  If you would like to donate a gift card (s) please bring the purchased card(s) to the main office at school. Your donation will be given to the Family Advocates to distribute to families as needed throughout the year.

Thank you for considering these opportunities.  If you are a family in need of assistance and/or resources, please call the Family Advocate office at Echo Lake at 206-393-4331.  We are here to assist you.

Family Advocates:

Erica Gonzalez Thelma Treperinas

Erica.jones@shorelineschools.org thelma.treperinas@shorelineschools.org

Shoreline PTA Legislative Calendar

One way to keep track of all PTA-related legislative events happening in Shoreline and Olympia is to add it into your Google calendar:


Reminder that WSPTA Focus Day takes place on Feb 11.



Easiest way to raise money without doing anything!

---->Fred Meyer Community Rewards: For most of us Fred Meyer is our neighborhood grocery store.   Signing up is easy, even I figured it out. 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 - XD675 to search.  You can also ask friends and family to link their Fred Meyer or Kroger cards to Echo Lake PTA.

Amazon Smile: if you missed the video on the Facebook parents page here is how you can sign up and get money donated to Echo Lake for free

Log in to smile.amazon.com and sign in to your account. At the top you can pick your organization you are supporting- click search for Echo Lake Elementary there are two- so be sure you pick the one in Shoreline WA
Then shop away!
Remember you have to be logged in on smile.amazon.com. It won’t work if you are on the regular amazon.com

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%.

Skyward app: want to be in the know with your kid's school stuff? Especially for older kids but at same time I am always curious what mine spends in the lunchroom. But with this app you can view state test scores, attendance, see lunch account balance, see days kids purchase lunch or breakfast etc. I never knew this until a friend told me. So passing it along.

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

Kaija Dalan, Echo Lake PTA President
Heather Segars, Echo Lake PTA Vice-President
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