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Council Notes

September 2016
Please share this information with your entire 2016-2017 PTSA Board!
In This Issue:
Calendar of Events
Region 9 Fall Conference September 10th
Outstanding Advocate Award
General Membership Meeting September 26th
State Superintendent Candidate's Forum September 28th
Membership Benefits
From Your President
Reach Out To Your Council Representative
Do's and Don'ts of Supporting Bond Measures
National PTA School of Excellence
Reflections: What Is Your Story?
Highline Council PTSA General Membership Meetings
Highline Council PTSA and Region 9 Contact Information


Calendar of Events

(more information follows below)

First Day of School: September 1st
No School: Labor Day, September 5th
First Day of Kindergarten: September 7th
Region 9 Fall Conference (Day): September 10th
General Membership Meeting: September 26th, 6PM at ERAC
State Superintendent Candidate's Forum: September 28th, 7PM at Town Hall Seattle
No School: Friday, October 14th
General Membership Meeting: October 17th, 6PM at Tyee Cafeteria
Legislative Assembly, October 21st-22nd in Olympia
General Membership Meeting: December 1st 6PM at ERAC
Reflections Deadline December 12th


Region 9 Fall Conference September 10th

Our Region 9 Fall Conference will be held on Saturday, September 10th, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Auburn Riverside High School, 501 Oravetz Road SE, Auburn, WA 98092. PTA and the Law will be offered. Remember, one of your elected board members must take PTA and the Law every year, and every elected board member must receive training during the year. Click here to register--it is FREE!

Sadly, our August 18th Fall Conference was canceled at the last minute due to unforseen circumstances. Region 9 hopes to hold another evening conference soon for those who cannot make the Saturday conference. Other trainings will also be available throughout Region 9 during the fall (and you can register for trainings by other regions!) Click here and scroll down to view the Washington State PTA calendar and find a training near you!

Outstanding Advocate Award

The Outstanding Advocate Award recognizes and honors an individual for continued and dedicated service to ALL children, and a demonstrated commitment to helping create strong policies relating to the health, welfare, safety, and education of children and youth. 

Nominate a deserving individual today. Nominations open through September 15

Complete the nomination online or download the paper nomination form*. Send paper nomination forms to

*No handwritten submissions, please.

General Membership Meeting
Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. at ERAC

Our first General Membership Meeting of the year is scheduled for Monday, September 26th, 6:00 p.m. at the ERAC Boardroom, 15675 Ambaum Blvd SW in Burien. Our topics for this meeting will include Reflections and Membership Campaigns. Please send your Reflections Chair and your Membership Chair to this meeting.
Town Hall Seattle is hosting a State Superintendent Candidate's Forum, presented by the ARC of King County. Dr. Ilene Schwartz, University of Washington Professor of Early Childhood and Special Education, will be moderating the discussion. Tickets are $10. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Membership Benefits

Did you know your PTSA membership entitles you to discounts at Great Wolf Lodge, Barnes and Noble, Fed Ex, Key Arena events, Seattle Storm Nights, Value Village (you can save up to 30% off September 7th through the 28th!) and much, much more? Check out your Leadership Resources on the Washington State PTA Website, and be sure to attend our General Membership meeting on September 26th at 6:00 p.m. at ERAC to learn more!

Right now, you can share with your membership the Washington State Fair Discount: 
To purchase,
 Click the “Buy Tickets” button 
 Enter access password below

Also, remember that you have a discount at FedEx for copies--and it can be used by any PTA member for any purchase (does not have to be PTA related, the person using it needs to be a PTSA member!) FedEx code: 0520882103 Washington State PTA.

Your Membership Chair,
Katie Ethridge

From Your President

It's here, it's here! Summer is over, and school has begun! Welcome back, students and educators, bus drivers and nurses, office administrators, support staff and volunteers! We appreciate ALL OF YOU!

This is a busy time of year for your PTSA and there is so much to do. Membership campaigns to be run, fundraisers to start, Reflections programs and after-school organizations. You may be feeling overwhelmed with it all! We are here to help. Feel free to reach out to us. Below this message is the list of Council Representatives and the schools under their umbrella.

Be sure to join our Facebook Group to ask your questions and share your ideas between PTSA's! 

To help with some of the requirements of being a PTSA, we are holding themed General Membership meetings throughout the year to help you meet these requirements. This month we are focusing on Membership and Reflections, but in October our theme is Standards of Affiliation. This is a requirement of the Washington State PTA Bylaws that each year the Standards of Affiliation form is filled out and filed by the end of October to show that your PTSA is using Best Practices. Plan on being at our General Membership meetings and your PTSA will remain in good standing and you will receive the help you need and get your required items taken care of!

Mindi Welton-Mitchell
President, Highline Council PTSA 9.5

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

Do's and Don'ts of endorsing bond measures

Washington State PTA has provided a great information sheet for us on what we can and cannot do as PTA's. Hint: Your PTA can vote to support a bond measure! This document outlines the steps your PTA can take to endorse a bond measure, and what you can and can't do. Please read this carefully and contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

National PTA School of Excellence

National PTA School of Excellence
The path to excellence starts with a joint commitment of PTA and school leaders who work together to achieve PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.
Through the School of Excellence program, your PTA and school will gain new ways to engage families in school decision-making, such as improvements to programs, practices and policies related to education, health, safety or the arts. Enroll here.

Deadline to Register October 1

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. 

Erin will be speaking at our September 26th General Membership Meeting at ERAC to answer your questions about 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):

Monday, October 17th, 6PM at Tyee Campus Cafeteria (note change of location!). Standards of Affiliation and Legislative Advocacy. Presidents and Treasurers should attend along with Legislative Chairs. Bring your Legal Documents notebook and get your Standards of Affiliation form filled out and completed at this meeting--we will even have a scanner so we can send them to State that night! We will also prepare for Legislative Assembly in Olympia October 21st-22nd. 

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.

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

Your Highline Council PTSA
2016-2017 Board:

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

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

Your Washington State PTA
Region 9 Director:

Tania Skinner

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