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Council Notes

October 2016
Please share this information with your entire 2016-2017 PTSA Board!
In This Issue:
Calendar of Events
Highline Council PTSA and Region 9 Contact Information
General Membership Meeting October 17th
State Superintendent Candidate's Forum October 15th
Highline Schools Bond
Legislative Assembly
Money Matters Training
From Your President
Membership Benefits
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)

School Board Meeting:
       Wednesday, October 5th, 6PM at ERAC Boardroom
No School:
       Friday, October 14th
WA State PTA Candidates Forum for State Superintendent:
       Saturday, October 15th, Highline College, 7:30PM
       Click here for more information.
General Membership Meeting:
       Monday, October 17th, 6PM at Tyee Cafeteria
School Board Meeting:
       Wednesday, October 19th, 6PM at Sylvester Middle School
Legislative Assembly: 
       Friday-Saturday October 21st-22nd in Olympia
Money Matters Training
       Thursday, November 3rd, 7PM at ERAC Boardroom
       RSVP to Mindi at to reserve your spot!
General Membership Meeting:
       Thursday, December 1st, 6PM at ERAC Boardroom
Reflections Deadline:
       Monday, December 12th, 5PM


General Membership Meeting
Monday, October 17th, 6PM at Tyee Cafeteria

Our next General Membership Meeting of the year is scheduled for Monday, October 17th, 6:00 p.m. at the Tyee Cafeteria. Our topics for this meeting will include Legislative Assembly and Standards of Affiliation. 

It is MANDATORY to send a representative from your PTSA board to your meeting. Usually this is defined in your standing rules as your President or other deisgnated board member. We had only 7 of our 20 PTSA's represented at our last meeting. Please plan on attending.

State Superintendent Candidate's Forum.

Washington State PTA will hold a candidate's forum on Saturday, October 15th, 7:30 p.m. at Highline College. For more information click here. This is your opportunity to hear where our two candidates for the State Superintendent stand on key education issues.

Highline Schools Bond

Highline Schools has proposed a bond measure, Proposition One, that will be on the November 8th ballot. Highline Schools has provided information about the bond here. You may share this information to your membership as this is general information about the bond.

Your PTSA can vote to endorse the bond. Rules must be followed, and the Washington State PTA has put together guidelines for PTSA's Taking Positions. 

Several of our Highline PTSA's are taking positions on the bond. To find out which PTSA's are and to ask questions, please visit our Facebook group. You will need to be approved for membership.

Legislative Assembly: October 21-22, Olympia

Registration is now open for Legislative Assembly, taking place at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia. Click here to download the agenda, register, and book your hotel room. Note that the cost for this year's Legislative Assembly is more than it was last year.

Your president should have received an email from Tatia Vasbinder at Washington State PTA to send the names of your PTSA's voting delegates. The deadline is October 17th. You must reply to the email that Tatia sent you. If you did not receive the email, contact Tatia at

Money Matters Training to be held November 3rd.

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 at the ERAC Boardroom. Please RSVP to Mindi if you plan on attending at Other regions are still holding their Fall Conferences and you may attend. To find a training near you or to register for PTA and the Law, click on the Events page for the Washington State PTA.

From Your President

Your Highline Council PTSA Board voted at its August 3rd Board Meeting to endorse Proposition One, a bond for Highline Schools. This bond will rebuild Highline High School, rebuild Des Moines Elementary School at a new site, and build a new middle school. It will also provide for much needed security improvements at all schools including security cameras and electronic door locks. I encourage you to read the district information on the bond and to consider bringing a proposal to your PTSA on taking a position on the bond.

I also encourage you to attend our next General Membership Meeting on October 17th. Bring your legal documents binder and be prepared to fill out your Standards of Affiliation agreement. They are due October 31st to the Washington State PTA, but if you complete it on October 17th, we will have a scanner available to scan and email your completed documents. We hope for 100% compliance by our Highline PTSA's. Remember, your Council dues pay for the resources we provide, but you cannot take advantage of those resources if your PTSA is not represented at our meetings.

If your PTSA has an amazing program you want to share, or 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

Membership Benefits

Right now, Washington State PTA offers a number of benefits to its members, including the following businesses:
Barnes and Noble
Fed Ex
Great Wolf Lodge
Key Arena
LeMay Museum
Seattle Storm
Value Village
Washington State Fair
XFinity Arena

... and many more! You can find more in the Leadership Resources on the Washington State PTA website! If you need the username and password for Leadership Resources, contact Mindi Welton-Mitchell, president of Highline Council PTSA.


Wild Waves - Fright Fest
9/30 - 10/30
Fright Fest at Wild Waves Theme Park returns for another year of haunting thrills and chills. WSPTA members receive a discount ticket price! Learn more  here or purchase tickets  here.
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Now - 11/30
Baskin-Robbins is excited to launch the Polar Pizza, a cookie or brownie crust spread with ice cream and toppings served in a perfect portable pizza box. Serves eight and no utensils or plates are required -  the perfect treat for PTA events. WSPTA members receive a $2.00 discount with coupon

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):

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

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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