LEGISLATIVE CHAIR REPORT - Fall 2018

submitted by: Jenn Snyder and Mary White Child Advocacy Co-Chairs

 

2018 Legislative Assembly

On October 20th and 21st, over 200 PTA representatives from across 11 regions in the State of Washington will gather for the 2018 WSPTA Legislative Assembly in Tacoma. Jenn Snyder representing Skyview Middle School’s PTSA will attend as a voting delegate.  Your voice matters, so please take a few moments to complete the survey and let us know what is important to you and your family! The proposed issues cover a wide spectrum of legislative policies from school meals and closing to the gaps to pre-school, recess, SEL, teacher shortages, gun safety and more.

Region 6 Survey Link

For the complete list of 2018 WSPTA Guide to Proposed Legislative Principles, Issues and Resolutions please see the Voter's Guide.

 

Upcoming Events of Interest

1) 2018 Candidates Forum - Hosted by Northshore Council PTSA

Northshore Council PTSA invites the community to join us for a Candidates Forum on Monday, October 1, at the Northshore School District Administration Building (3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell, WA 98021). 

Meet and hear from candidates vying for state legislative positions in the 1st, 45th, and 46th Districts. The evening will begin with a meet and greet with candidates at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Candidates Forum at 7:00 p.m.

Do you have questions for the candidates? Ask them via the following link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5VMHBSY

 

2) Coffee with the Superintendent

Families and other community members are invited to join Dr. Michelle Reid for an open chat on Wednesday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at McMenamins Anderson School, Thorndike Room. Please come with questions, comments, concerns or discussion topics. 

 

3) Conversations with the Board

Conversations with the Board takes place on Monday, October 15, 7-8:30 p.m., in the Inglemoor High School library. This evening forum is open to everyone and designed to allow for two-way conversation in an informal setting.

Attendees are invited to share their ideas about opportunities for Northshore and priorities for the district over the next 3-5 years.

 

4) Family Meet and Greet with the Superintendent

Throughout the school year, Dr. Michelle Reed will spend a morning at each one of our schools. She invites parents and guardians of each school to join her at 8:30 a.m. for a meet and greet prior to her visiting with students and classrooms.

    • Sept. 27: Cottage Lake library
    • September 28: Moorlands library

Stay tuned for the October Meet and Greet dates and locations.

 

Opportunities to Serve

Equity & Diversity Committee Applications

The Northshore School District invites all students, parents, staff and community members to consider serving on Equity & Diversity Committee. Applications accepted until Friday, September 28, 2018.

Our guiding principle is the belief in creating safe, caring, mutually respectful environments where all students, staff and parents are honored and valued for their diverse cultural backgrounds, identities, abilities and strengths.

We honor the diversity represented across our community and throughout our schools in regards to race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, gender, mental health status, and disability/ability, age, sexual orientation, religion, and gender expression. Therefore, we have a responsibility to commit time, energy and resources to develop an equitable and inclusive environment for all.

The Equity & Diversity Committee serves as an advisory to the School Board, Superintendent, and advocate for our community at large. The committee’s aim is to provide these stakeholders with support, guidance and information to fuel equitable practices in our district overall.

There are 10 membership spots open. Northshore students, parents, staff and community members are encouraged to apply.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION  ONLINE  /  DOWNLOAD APPLICATION


Local Advocacy Representatives

Skyview Middle School: Jennifer Snyder & Mary White

Northshore Council: Nancy ChamberlainCharla Griffy Brown

Region 6: Heidi Bennett

Washington State PTA: Nancy Chamberlain

Let your state legislators know how important funding our children’s education is to you via emails and/or phone calls!  Click HERE to go to the Washington State Legislative page for contacts.


Helpful Links

Please see the following helpful advocacy links to read legislative news and keep up on WSPTA’s advocacy through their Grassroots Connection blog.

Washington State PTA Advocacy Site 
National PTA Advocacy Site 
National PTA Advocacy Toolkit


Voter Registration

Are you registered for the next election? Register to vote with the Washington Secretary of State here.