October 5, 2017

It’s another What’s Up Wednesday, I mean Thursday! Time sure can get away from you if you let it. We don’t have too much in the way of new info this week, so here’s what’s up.

Teacher Conferences and Early Release

Parent - Teacher conferences are next week, and we have early release Monday through Thursday, and no school on Friday. 

Membership Drive!

If you’re already a member, thank you! Your membership helps us do the work that we do. If you know someone who is interested in joining the PTA, perhaps a grandparent or relative who wants to know what’s up, or is looking for volunteer opportunities, now is a great time to sign up. Membership forms are available on the PTA board outside the office. The classroom with the highest percentage of members will get an extra recess with Principal Lohman which is always a treat for the kids. The drive ends this week, but we are happy to have new members at any time. 

Read-A-Thon!

The Read-A-Thon is well underway! This is one of the two big fund raisers that the PTA has each year. Together with the Walk-A-Thon in the fall the PTA raises money to support school programs and events such as movie nights, teacher and classroom grants, enrichment programs, field trips, and other opportunities our kids might not have without the support of the community. Please take a few minutes to go over the information packets with your readers, as there are some fantastic prizes available, and everyone who turns in their packet will receive a raffle ticket and be entered into the prize drawing regardless of how many minutes they read or how much money they raised. There are opportunities to earn extra tickets for those who complete tasks and earn achievements, so go for it, and read! 

Musical and Junior Musical Club

This year’s musical will be Lasso the Moon, Tall Tales from the American Frontier. You’ve probably already seen the flyers in your student’s envelopes. This year we are adding an option for our K-3 students to participate through the Junior Musical Club. This is a great opportunity for parents and younger students to see what the musical is all about, and be a part of the performance on a smaller scale. Performances will be on Friday, January 19th and Saturday, January 20th, so save those dates.

~For Kinder-3rd graders!

Parent Meeting: Wednesday October 18, 2017 (**This meeting is not mandatory but is a great way for K-3 parents to have your questions answered and get a sense of the bigger musical picture.) Afterschool Rehearsals will be Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00pm This requires a commitment of 1 day a week after school rehearsal in Echo Lake’s Gym and performing at BOTH performances. Tuition is $35 per student, with need based scholarships available. We will need a volunteer, 1 parent to be a liaison between the school and Dandylyon Drama. If interested please let us know at the parent meeting.

~For 4th - 6th grade!

Everyone who signs up will get a role.  The mandatory Parent information meeting is Wednesday Oct. 18th at 7pm in the Library. Auditions start October 30th in the gym. Tuition is $60 per student, with need based scholarships available.  Performance is January 19th & 20th 2018. 

questions please email Shauna Eckhardt seckhardt24@hotmail.com

 

School Board Candidates Forum

Shoreline PTA Council is hosting a forum for the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park communities to meet the candidates who are running for the Shoreline School Board in the November 2017 election. This is a great opportunity to learn about state and local education issues. Join us on October 12 at 7pm in the Mt. Rainier room at the Shoreline Center, at 18560 1st Ave NE Shoreline. The event will be moderated by Washington State PTSA Region 6 Director Sherry Rudolph. The schedule will be posted on the Shoreline PTA council Website: www.shorelinepta.org 

 

PTA Legislative Assembly Survey

Every fall the WA State PTA (WSPTA) votes on the WA State PTA Legislative Short-term platform and Resolutions. This year the existing platform is expanded and there are 4 new resolutions and 7 short-term issues up for a vote.

We need to hear from YOU, our PTA Members on each of these issues so our delegates can represent our PTA’s voice. Here’s the links you need – but HURRY the survey closes on MIDNIGHT, Monday, 10/9.  

-          Survey Link: Shoreline PTA Council Survey

More info on the issues and the current WA State PTA platform can be found in the 2017 WSPTA Legislative Assembly Voter’s Guide: WSPTA Legislative Assembly Guide and the  WSPTA Legislative Platform (including current Resolutions): Board Positions and Resolutions

 

The WSPTA current short-term platform includes the following issues and your voice will help decide which issues to add. These positions help us advocate at both the state and district levels. So please take the survey ASAP.

 

-          2016-2018 WSPTA TOP 5 SHORT-TERM ISSUES:  1. Social Emotional Learning, 2. Amply Fund Basic Education,  3. Closing the Opportunity Gap, 4. Standards for Para-Educators and 5. Breakfast After the Bell

-          Also Supported Issues (Alphabetical order): Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Children, Engaging Families in Student Success, Post-Secondary/Higher Education Access and Affordability, Removing Barriers to Implementing ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) and Restorative Justice and School Safety (school discipline )

 

Next year, and all even years, a new Short-term platform will determined.  If there’s an issue important to you or our PTA, please contact me or Suzanne Gugger (suzanneeg@comcast.net ) the Shoreline Council PTA Legislative chair. New platform submissions are due May 1, 2018.

Take the Shoreline PTA Council Survey ASAP before it closes on 10/9.

 

PTA IS STILL LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS!

Interested in helping out, but now sure how or when? Contact April Thompson at echolake.pta.volunteer@gmail.com. She’d love to talk to you about all the ways you can help our community excel.

 

SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL/EVERYTHING ELSE

MEMBERSHIP The drive continues, we are excited to see all of the membership forms coming back in and look forward to a great year! 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.  Last quarter we earned $217 for our school- and that's with only 43 households participating!  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.  And again, welcome! We are all glad you’re here J

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