May 28, 2019 - News2Use


The 6th graders survived and thrived at Camp Orkila! Such an amazing experience the kids get to do. Next year PTA has committed $1000 to help support the 5th and 6th graders in their experience so the price doesn’t go up due to two grade levels going.  We are in the home stretch now to summer!! Crazy how fast this year has gone. Lots happening coming up. 


  • No more short Wednesdays
  • Last Parent/PTA meeting June 4th in the library.
  • 6th grade graduation June 14th 1:3
  • 6th grade pool party June 17th
  • Patrol Party at Wild Waves Monday June 10th
  • Field Day June 19th (4th-6th, 10:00-11:15, K-3rd, 1:45-3:00) LOTS of volunteers needed! Contact Mrs. Hoover ( or Mrs. Graika ( or (206) 393-1261
  • Last Day of School Half Day!! June 20th


Open Library Wednesdays this summer. Come check out a book, hear a reader, play with friends, meet people, play and check out games, win prizes.


Thank you to those who made a butterfly for our collaborative art project.  I hope to have it up this week. Fun to see all the different styles etc of art the kids and parents made.


Echo Lake Native Garden News


The sun was shining, flowers were blooming, bees were buzzing, and the hummingbirds zoomed around--the perfect setting for the 2019 Open Garden on May 18th.  Between 11 am and 2 pm, Donna Franklin led 45 people around the garden. Karen Thielke and Cathy Floit assisted. Participants ranged in age from a few months to over 80, and a couple of Green Thumb Club members showed off the results of their hard work to their parents. An all-inclusive list of the plants in bloom would be very long!  Some of them were yellow-eyed grass, honeysuckle, miner's lettuce, starflower, bunchberry, stream violet, field chickweed, red columbine, camas, fringecup, lupine, and thrift. The Open Garden will be an annual event.

If there are any families with a Kindergarten next year who is interested in being a part of a group of PTA and family members who are trying to make the experience for our kiddos next year art North City wonderful please contact Kaija Dalan or come to the Parent/PTA meeting on Tues June 4th. The different elementary schools PTA’s are already trying to plan how to make this new kinderbubble a fun experience for all the kiddos. We are looking to ideas and future volunteers as the school won’t have their own PTA. Thus all the schools going to North City will be involved.


Next year's Reflections theme is "look within." If your child wants to start working on their piece over the summer they can!


Shoreline Arts Festival is a super fun event for the whole family and it FREE. June 29 (10-6) and 30 (10-5) new location, it's now at Shoreline Community College. Volunteers needed (students and adults)

Shoreline PTA Legislative
If you are not following the WSPTA blog, you should!  On the blog page, you can find weekly updates on bill action in the Legislative Session.  You can also find very user-friendly summaries of the bills that are being tracked by the WSPTA.  Navigate here for more information.


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: , 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 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 It won’t work if you are on the regular

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%.

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:

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


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