March 7, 2018

Welcome to What’s Up Wednesday – Conference Week Edition!


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.


The WORKS is moving, and we need your help!


For more than 20 years, The WORKS clothing store (a Shoreline PTA Councli community resource) has provided free, high quality, gently used and new children’s and teen clothing and hygene products. Every year, The WORKS serves more than 1,000 Shoreline School District students with basic needs to support success in school.


Since 2007, The WORKS has been housed in the three portables on the west side of North City Elementary. We recently learned that the portables will be removed this summer when the North City campus is used as a transitional school site.


The WORKS is actively looking for a new home beginning this summer. With the support of the District, the PTA Council is creating a task force to ensure the long term sustainability of the WORKS.


Can you help? We are just beginning the relocation plans and are actively recruiting community volunteers with a variety of skill sets, such as retail, space planning, legal, marketing, and fundraising. There is an organizational meeting set for Thursday, March 8th at 7pm in the PTA Council Office inside the Shoreline Center. (Richmond Room, 18560 1st Ave NE). Fill out the RSVP form here to learn more.


In the meantime, please do not bring us any gently used clothing/shoe donations to The WORKS as we try to whittle down our supply before our move.  The donations that we are desperate for before the end of June are listed below. We would also love donations of large (preferably clear) storage tubs with secure lids.

Adult toothbrushes
Shampoo (full size) - please no 2 in 1 shampoo/conditioner
Conditioner (full size)
Bars of soap
Boy/Mens Boxer Briefs (4T-2XL) - please no classic boxers
Boy/Mens Briefs (4T-2XL)
Girl/Ladies underwear (4T- 3XL) - please no thongs
Boy/Mens socks  (youth small - Mens XL)
Girl/Ladies socks (youth small - ladies)


Outstanding Educator / Golden Acorn Awards


Do you know an educator who’s just awesome? Think of an individual - a teacher, assistant, custodian, bus driver, administrator or community member - who has gone beyond the normal expectations of their job to make the learning environment fun, beneficial, and challenging. Someone who directly influences the success of a student. This person is a worthy candidate for this award so please consider nominating them for Outstanding Educator.


How about a volunteer? Someone whose efforts make a difference at school, or outside of it. A person who helps our kids have a better day is a person we want to have nominated for the Golden Acorn.


Download the nomination forms here:  Golden Acorn | Outstanding Educator 


Please take a moment and let us know who has made a difference in your kids’ lives.


Nomination forms can be turned in to the PTA box in the office. All nominations must be turned in by the end of school on Friday, March 23rd.



Upcoming Important Dates


Tue – Fri, March 4th – 9th Early Release @ 11:45 – Teacher Conferences

Thurs, March 8th – Movie Night – Doors at 5:30, Movie at 6. We’ll be showing Pixar Shorts.

Thurs, March 8th, Works Task Force Meeting 7pm, Shoreline Center

Tue, April 3 – PTA Meeting, 7pm

Fri, April 6th – No School, Teacher Work Day

Wed, April 11th – Open House and Ice Cream Social

Fri, April 13th, Dance!




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 benefiting our school.  Signing up is easy.  Go to: , 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 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:


Please feel free to contact me at 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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