Money Matters Training November 3rd. PTA and the Law November 16th.
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Council Notes

November 2016
Please share this information with your entire board!
In This Issue:
Calendar of Events
Highline Council PTSA and Region 9 Contact Information
Standards of Affiliation
Money Matters and PTA and the Law
Highline Schools Bond
Legislative Assembly Report
December General Membership Meeting
From Your President
Reflections: What Is Your Story?
Highline Council PTSA General Membership Meetings
Reach Out to Council Representatives

Your Highline Council PTSA
2016-2017 Board:

President: Mindi Welton-Mitchell,
Vice-President: Kitty Richmire,
Secretary: Maria Santiago,
Treasurer: Scott Ryan,

Committee Chairs
Membership Chair: Katie Ethridge,
Reflections Chair: Erin Baker,
Scholarships Chair: Erin Baker,
Softball Chair: Kitty Richmire,


Highline Council PTSA website:


Your Washington State PTA

Region 9 Director:

Tania Skinner


Calendar of Events

(more information follows below)

Money Matters Training
       Thursday, November 3rd, 7PM at ERAC Boardroom
       RSVP to Mindi at to reserve your spot!

Veteran's Day, No School
       Friday, November 11th

PTA and the Law
       Wednesday, November 16th, registration 5:30, training 6-9pm
       Kohlwes Education Center, Renton SD Admin BLDG,  
       300 SW 7th Street,  Renton, WA 98057
       Register Here Now!

General Membership Meeting:
       Thursday, December 1st, 6PM at ERAC Boardroom

Reflections Deadline:
       Monday, December 12th, 5PM


Standards of Affiliation Contracts Due

Your PTSA's Standards of Affiliation Contract is due October 31st and is required to be in good standing with the Washington State PTA. For more information on what is required with your Standards of Affiliation and how to fill out the contract, click here. So far, the following PTSA's have submitted their SOA's to state:

Cedarhurst Elementary PTSA
Des Moines Elementary PTSA
Gregory Heights Elementary PTSA
Highline Council PTSA
Highline Special Needs PTA
Hilltop PTSA
Midway Elementary PTSA
Parkside Elementary PTSA
White Center Heights PTSA

If your PTSA's name is not on the list, it was not received as of Saturday, October 29th. Please submit your SOA as soon as possible. Remember, it must be signed by two officers.

Money Matters Training November 3rd 
PTA and the Law November 16th

Your Executive Committee--all elected PTA officers--are required to have yearly training. One member of your executive committee must take PTA and the Law each year. If you have not received training yet, there are still opportunities ahead.

Money Matters will be held on Thursday, November 3rd at 7pm in the ERAC Boardroom. Please RSVP to Mindi if you plan on attending at Other regions are also holding trainings. To find a training near you or to register for PTA and the Law, click on the Events page for the Washington State PTA.

PTA and the Law is being offered on Wednesday, November 16th from 5:30-9PM at Kohlwes Education Center, Renton SD Admin BLDG,  300 SW 7th Street,  Renton, WA 98057. To register, click here. 

Highline Schools Bond

We are near the home stretch in this election season. Proposition One, a bond for Highline Schools, is on the ballot. Highline Schools has provided information about the bond here. You may share this information with your membership as this is general information about the bond.

So far, the following PTSA's have voted to endorse the bond:
Raisbeck Aviation PTSA
Gregory Heights PTSA
Marvista PTSA
North Hill PTSA
Southern Heights PTSA
Highline Special Needs PTSA Board
Highline Council PTSA Board

Be sure to vote by November 8th!

Legislative Assembly Report

Legislative Assembly was held October 21st-22nd in Olympia. Here is the report from LEADERSHIP NEWS shared by Kathryn Hobbs from the Washington State PTA:

Thank you to all for your active participation in this important grassroots process!
Our short-term platform for the next two years will be:
Top Five
1. Social Emotional Learning*
2. Amply Fund Basic Education*
3. Closing the Opportunity Gap*
4. Standards for Para-educators* 
5. Breakfast after the Bell*
Issues Also Supported (listed alphabetically)
Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Children*
Engaging Families in Student Success
Post-Secondary Higher Education*
Removing Barriers to implementing ECEAP (Early Childhood 
Education and Assistance Program)
Restorative Justice and School Safety
*2015-16 legislative issues 
WSPTA was also proud to award the 2016 Outstanding Advocate Award to long-time PTA advocate, Agda Burchard. Agda spoke about her experience being a PTA advocate, and how it spurred her to expand her advocacy efforts both as a volunteer and a professional. 
Follow the conversation on Facebook#WSPTALegAssembly, or the Grassroots Blog.

General Membership Meeting
Thursday, December 1st, 6p.m. at ERAC Boardroom

Our final General Membership Meeting of 2016 is scheduled for Thursday, December 1st, 6:00 p.m. in the ERAC Boardroom at the Highline School District Headquarters, 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW in Burien. We will have a report on Softball, so please send your chairs for your Softball Committees. We will also have a Family and Community Engagement Roundtable to share ideas and work together to increase our partnerships.

It is MANDATORY to send a representative from your PTSA board to this meeting. Usually this is defined in your standing rules as your President or other designated board member. Please plan on attending.

From Your President

I don't know about you, but I will be glad to rest on November 9th. What an election season! And what a year so far--so many of our PTSA's have had almost 100% board turnover, and as you are learning the ropes, you might feel overwhelmed. Please reach out to us. We are here to help you! That is what your dues are for--for us to provide resources and be a support for you and your PTSA.

If your PTSA has an event you want to get the word out on, please send it to us! We'd be happy to share. Also, be sure to join our Facebook Group to ask your questions and share your ideas between PTSA's!  Also, like our Facebook page
Mindi Welton-Mitchell
President, Highline Council PTSA 9.5

Reflections: What Is Your Story?

This year's theme for the Reflections Arts Program is "What Is Your Story?"

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and WSPTA cultural arts competition. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.
Young artists get involved in Reflections through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are:
  • Literature -- works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.
  • Music Composition -- original musical composition, with or without words.
  • Photography -- color or black and white, including techniques: photogram, retouched, montage, sandwich and multiple exposure.
  • Visual Arts -- drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling.
  • Film/Video -- original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
  • Choreography/Dance -- originally choreographed dance composition.
Participation in Reflections is organized by student age and grade levels. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The grade divisions are:
  • Primary -- Preschool - Grade 2
  • Intermediate -- Grades 3 - 5
  • Middle/Junior -- Grades 6 - 8
  • Senior -- Grades 9 - 12
Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. The Reflections Program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the local, council, state, and national levels. Entries are first judged at the local level and selected works are chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level. If a PTA is a member of a council, they will send the chosen entries to the council program according to the guidelines established by their council. If a PTA is not a member of a council, they will submit their entries directly to Washington State PTA. 

Once entries reach the state level, the state PTA may select up to four entries in each of the six arts areas (a total of 24) to submit to the National PTA. National first, second, and third place, and honorable mention entries are recognized at the National PTA Annual Convention. 

All PTAs/PTSAs in good standing may sponsor the Reflections Program. Students may only submit entries through a PTA/PTSA. Parent groups not affiliated with the National PTA are not eligible to sponsor this program. 

Special Artist Division 
The National PTA special artist division is an option for students with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Generally, rules and guidelines within the special artists division are intended to ensure accessibility to the National PTA Reflections® program and are modeled after the guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

Who qualifies as a disabled individual under the law?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines an individual with a disability as a person who:
(1) Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of that person; 
(2) Has a record of such an impairment; or
(3) Is regarded as having such impairment. 

Students who identify as having a disability have two ways to enter the National PTA Reflections® program. 

Option 1. Enter in special artist division: Qualifying students entering this non-graded division create their own artwork, but may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult. At the national level, one special artist from across all arts categories will be selected to receive an Outstanding Interpretation award. Up to five additional special artists may be selected to receive national Awards of Excellence. 

Option 2. Enter in traditional grade divisions: Qualifying students follow all arts category rules, and may not receive assistance other than that which is allowed for all children, but do receive accommodation to submit Reflections entries in the grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities. They are recognized and awarded prizes as part of the general student population without regard to special needs or challenges.

Please read the rules carefully for size specifications, and materials to be used. Last year, a lot of artwork was not able to move forward because of this.

Each local unit should submit to Council up to 8 entries or 10 percent of your total entries.

The deadline to have entries into Council will be December 12th, 2016 . Entries can be dropped off at the ERAC mailroom. Council must have items by this date in order for the Reflections Committee to have time to judge and submit to State by their deadline.

Erin Baker is our Reflections Chair. You can find out more information here on the National PTA Website, or you can contact Erin Baker at for more information. You must register your PTA on the National website in order to participate in the Reflections program. 
Highline Council PTSA
General Membership Meetings

Attendance at our Highline Council PTSA General Membership Meetings is mandatory. This means you must send at least one representative of your board to every meeting. This way, your PTSA will not miss out on important information such as Standards of Affiliation and other requirements to keep your PTSA in good standing. Each meeting will have a theme and you can determine who will be best to attend. 

Our Meeting Schedule is as follows (subject to change):

Thursday, December 1st, 6PM at ERAC Boardroom. Family and Community Engagement Roundtable and Softball. Family and Community Engagement Chairs should attend along with Softball Chairs.

Tuesday, January 24th, 6PM at ERAC Boardroom: Nominating Committee Best Practices. Your Nomination Committee Chairs should attend.
7PM Membership Boot Camp Training

January/February TBD: Reflections Ceremony for our Reflections winners!

Monday, February 27th, 6PM at ERAC Boardroom, topic TBD

Monday, March 27th, 6PM at ERAC Boardroom, topic TBD

Monday, April 24th, 6PM at ERAC Boardroom. State Convention preparation and Board Transitions. Your Representatives and Volunteers for State Convention should attend. State Convention is at the Hilton in SeaTac April 28-30. We hope to have 100% participation from Highline, meaning each PTA is sending at least one representative, and we hope to have as many volunteers as possible! We will also discuss Best Practices for Smooth Board Transitions.

May TBD: Awards and Scholarship Celebration Night

Reach Out To Your Council Representative For Support and Help!

Kitty Richmire,
   Parkside, Des Moines, Madrona, Midway, North Hill, Pacific, Mt. Rainier

Mindi Welton-Mitchell,
  Gregory Heights, Marvista, Seahurst, Hilltop, Sylvester, Highline H.S., Big Picture, Choice

Katie Ethridge,
  Tyee, Chinook, Bow Lake, McMicken Heights , Valley View

Scott Ryan,
  Shorewood, Cascade, White Center Heights, Mount View, Evergreen Campus

Maria Santiago,
  Cedarhurst, Southern Heights, Beverly Park, Hazel Valley, Aviation, Highline Special Needs
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