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Council Notes

June 2016
In this issue:
Calendar of Events
New Website and Facebook Page
Get Ready for Next Year
2016-2017 Highline Council PTSA Board
Scholarship Winners
Highline Council Awards
WA State PTA Convention

Calendar of Events

Last Day of School: June 16th
First Day of School: September 1st
First Day of Kindergarten: September 7th
WA State PTA Legislative Assembly: October 22nd-23rd, Olympia


We unveiled our new Website last month at, but be sure to check back as we keep updating resources to help support your local PTA! We also hope to add more leaders to our board, so if you are interested in being our Legislative Chair or another position, please contact us at to learn more.

Please like our new Facebook page!

Your Highline Council PTSA
2015-2016 Board:

Maria Santiago, President
Katie Ethridge, Vice-President
Mindi Welton-Mitchell, Secretary
Scott Ryan, Treasurer
Erin Baker, Reflections Chair
JC Mitchell, Legislative Chair

Your Washington State PTA
Region 9 Director:

Tania Skinner

NEW! Highline Countil PTSA website:
NEW! email:

Get Ready for Next Year!

As you hold elections this spring, remember to enter your newly elected officers on PT Avenue.
In addition
, please send us your list of officers and email addresses at so we can begin a list for next year's board members. We hope to start off the year strong in Highline!

The PTA year closes on June 30th. June is a good time to schedule a transition meeting for your board, with your 2015-2016 board members and your 2016-2017 board. Share information, pass on your committee notebooks, and prepare for the next year! You should also schedule your yearly financial review for July or August, depending on how long it takes for your bank statements to arrive. Remember, you need three non-signers on your bank account to conduct the financial review. The Treasurer should not be present, but be available by phone to answer any questions. The Financial Review checklist is available under Leadership Resources on the Washington State PTA Website.

In addition, check out this fantastic document from our friends at the Lake Washington PTSA Council 2.8 who have put together a monthly list of board duties! Check to see if you are on track with your PTA!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your PTA, your school, or anything having to do with Highline or PTA, please do not hestiate to contact any of us. Our names and contact information for this year's board are at the beginning of this newsletter, along with Tania Skinner, our Region 9 Chair.

Thanks to Aimee Lloyd, there is a Facebook Group for Highline PTSA Boards! Click here to request to join. This is a great place for you to connect with other Highline PTSA's and to ask your questions!


Yes, that's right--we are looking to schedule a Pizza Night with our Superintendent for all Highline PTSA Board Members and our School Principals. If you need to bring your kiddos, that's fine, and we'll order the pizza! We will send out more details when we have the date scheduled.

Your 2016-2017 Highline Council PTSA Board

President: Mindi Welton-Mitchell,
*Vice-President: Nicole Losacco,
Secretary: Maria Santiago,
Treasurer: Scott Ryan,

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

*Nicole Losacco has volunteered to be our vice-president and was appointed by our incoming President. An election will be held at our first General Membership meeting of the fall.



Congratulations to Karina Marroquin, Quynh Trinh, Trang Khuc and Jaclyn Hill, our 2016 Scholarship Winners! Also pictured are Cathy Thompson, representing Highline Schools; Sharon Pfeiffer, our new Area C Representative with Washington State PTA; Scott Ryan, Highline Council PTSA Treasurer; Maria Santiago, President; and Tania Skinner, Region 9 Chair, Washington State PTA.

Highline Council PTSA AWARDS 

Congratulations to our 2016 Award Winners!

Advocacy for Youth Award: Paige Hacke

Community Service Award: Emily Green

Outstanding Service Award: Sharon Pfeiffer

Outstanding Educator Award: Brent Peterson

Employee Recognition Award: Yazmin Gil and Mike Gerber

​Golden Acorn: Mindi Welton-Mitchell

Washington State PTA Convention

Convention is over! What a terrific weekend in Yakima! Highline was represented by delegates and visitors from Gregory Heights PTSA, Highline Council PTSA, Highline Special Needs PTA, Hilltop Elementary PTA, and Parkside Elementary PTSA. 

Next year, the Washington State PTA Convention will take place April 28-30 at the Hilton in SeaTac! MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Wouldn't it be fantastic to have 100% participation from Highline? If your PTA did not budget for Council next year, have your board consider amending (with a vote from your membership, of course) to add a line item for State Convention (this past year registration was $50 per day or $140 for the three-day weekend). 

YOU CAN ALSO VOLUNTEER! You can register for free as a volunteer, in exchange for a three-hour volunteer block. Anyone can volunteer, so if your PTA's budget is tight, this is the perfect way to have representation at the State Convention! Put the dates in your calendar and plan on attending next year!
Congratulations to Duncan Taylor from Parkside, now the Washington State PTA Legislative Director! And congratulations to the Highline Special Needs PTA for achieving the Gold level of the FACE Award of Excellence for their Special Needs Resource Fair! Your own Highline Council PTSA took home bronze for this newsletter! Congratulations all! Highline is well represented at State!
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