General Membership Meeting Monday, March 27th, 6:00 p.m.
ERAC Boardroom, 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW
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Council Notes

March 2017
Please share this information with your entire board!
In This Issue:
Calendar of Events
PTA and the Law Webinar
March General Membership Meeting
Reflections Ceremony
Legislative News
Nominating Committee for 2017-2018 Highline Council PTSA Board
Awards and Scholarships
From Your President--Lockbox News
Upcoming General Membership Meetings
Reach Out to Council Representatives

Calendar of Events

(more information follows below)

Reflections Ceremony
        Tuesday, March 7th, 6:30 p.m.
        The Little Theater of Mount Rainier High School

PTA and the Law Webinar
        Thursday, March 9th, 6:30-9 p.m.
        See information below!

No K-6 School: March 10th

4th Annual Resource Fair

         Friday, March 17th, 4-7 p.m.
         Marvista Elementary School
         Hosted by Highline Special Needs PTA and Highline Schools

General Membership Meeting:
       Monday, March 27th, 6:00 p.m. at ERAC Boardroom
       Ideas Roundtable


PTA and the Law Webinar

PTA and the Law will be offered as a webinar on Thursday, March 9th, from 6:30-9 p.m. This is your last chance to get your training taken care of for 2016-2017. One board member from each PTA must take PTA and the Law, and every board member must attend a Washington State PTA training each year.
To register, click here:

General Membership Meeting
Monday, March 27th, 6p.m. at ERAC Boardroom

Due to the weather, we had to cancel our February General Membership Meeting. So please join us for our General Membership Meeting on Monday, March 27th, 6:00 p.m. in the ERAC Boardroom at the Highline School District Headquarters, 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW in Burien. We will be holding an Ideas Roundtable, so come, share your ideas for fundraising and programs, membership and community engagement, or whatever ideas you have had for your PTA and take home a few ideas to share!

There are a number of PTA's that have not attended a single Council meeting this year. This is MANDATORY to attend. Please send one representative from your board to our Council General Membership meeting.


Girl's softball is about to begin.

Do you have coaches? Have you sent out a sign up flyer? Did you create packets containing the parent consent forms and health information?

Have you paid for insurance?

It is $120 per team this year. This includes the premium and a small administration fee.

Please make checks payable to Highline Council PTSA. They can be mailed to PO Box 66539 Burien,WA 98166

You will receive your certificate by email once your payment has been processed.

Our rules with the district do not allow us to use the fields without it.  Please make this a priority.

I am working with the district to have our schedule approved, this may take some time.

I am currently asking for practices to begin Monday March 20th. Practice will be on Mondays and Wednesdays (unless otherwise requested) until games begin.

Games will begin Wednesday April 19th for 5th/6th grade and Thursday April 20th for 3rd/4th grade. Each grade division has 4 teams and will cycle through home and away games until May 24th and 25th.

We are a slow-pitch league and I urge you to follow the rules and guidelines accordingly.

I will send a game schedule as soon as it is finalized! I look forward to a great season.

Thank you for all you are doing on behalf of PTA,

Kitty Richmire, Vice-President & Softball Chair 
(206) 856-8120

Reflections Ceremony

Tuesday, March 7th, 6:30 p.m.
The Little Theater of Mount Rainier High School

All participants in this year's Reflection Program will be mailed an invitation to attend our Reflections Ceremony, and all participants will receive a certificate. Winners will be notified by email and receive an award that evening. Reflections entries (except those that have moved on to State) will be available to be picked up that evening. Reflections Chairs from all participating PTSA's will be invited as well.

Please RSVP to Kitty Richmire at or contact her for more information.

Legislative News

From Washington State PTA Grassroots Blog:

Nominating Committee for 2017-2017
Highline Council PTSA Board

Your Nominating Committee consists of Aimee Lloyd, Scott Ryan, and Jen Watson. 

The Board Positions open for nominations are President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Terms are for one year; board members may be re-elected to a second consecutive term.

We will hold elections at our March 27th General Membership Meeting. Board members must be a member of a PTA for at least 15 days before the election. 

If you are interested, please contact Aimee Lloyd at

Awards and Scholarships

Our Highline Council PTSA Awards are given to volunteers, educators, and employees each year. To nominate someone for an award, please visit our Awards and Scholarship Page to download the Awards Nomination Form and instructions for your PTA. Awards are due Wednesday, April 19th, at 5PM.

Our Senior Scholarship Form and Flyer is also available on our website. Please share with any High School seniors you know in Highline! The scholarship application and supporting materials are due on Wednesday, April 19th, at 5PM.

From Your President

We have heard from some of you about concerns regarding the lockbox policy from Highline Schools for PTA's. Secondary schools have had this policy in place for the past year, but it is new for elementary schools. You should have received a contract that releases liability from the school. PTA's may have a lockbox on the floor in the office, and the lockbox must be emptied on a regular basis (at least once a week). The contract must have two signatures as required by Washington State PTA bylaws.

I spoke personally with Pattie Leverenz, the ASB/General Fund Coordinator in Accounting. She has stated that yes, PTA's can receive funds at school, and they can have them in the lockbox as long as it is cleared out on a regular basis--exactly what the contract states. If you have any questions about the policy, you can email her directly at

We thank you for reaching out to us when you have had questions or concerns, we appreciate it!

Finally, apologies to those of you who braved the strange weather on Monday evening only to find we had canceled our General Membership meeting! We made the decision based on the changing weather pattern and, if you may recall, I-5 being shut down for several hours due to the tanker accident, knowing that many PTA members were stuck in horrible traffic. We apologize for the late notice, but felt it was best given the uncertain road conditions.

Mindi Welton-Mitchell
President, Highline Council PTSA 9.5
Highline Council PTSA
Upcoming General Membership Meetings

Monday, March 27th, 6PM at ERAC Boardroom. Topic: Ideas Roundtable.

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.

Thursday May 11th, 6PM at ERAC Boardroom: 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

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,
Nominating Chair: Aimee Lloyd,
Reflections Chair: Kitty Richmire,
Scholarships Chair: Scott Ryan,
Softball Chair: Kitty Richmire,


Highline Council PTSA website:


Your Washington State PTA

Region 9 Director:

Tania Skinner


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