General Membership Meeting Thursday, December 1st, 6:00 p.m.
ERAC Boardroom, 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW
Softball and Family and Community Engagement
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Council Notes

December 2016
Please share this information with your entire board!
In This Issue:
Calendar of Events
Highline Council PTSA and Region 9 Contact Information
December General Membership Meeting
Legislative Coffee Chat and Focus Day
Highline School Bond
From Your President
Reflections: What Is Your Story? Deadline December 12th
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)

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

Reflections Deadline:
       Monday, December 12th, 5PM

New PTA's Information Session
       Wednesday, December 14th, 5:30PM at Cascade Middle School Library

Legislative Chair Coffee Chat
       Wednesday, January 4th, 5:30PM-7PM
       Starbucks on 148th and Ambaum
       Please RSVP to JC Mitchell at
       (open to all legislative chairs and/or presidents)

Legislative Focus Day
       Monday, January 16th, Capitol Building, Olympia
       Register here NOW! 
       The event is free; boxed lunch available for purchase
       if you register by January 15th.

General Membership Meeting and Membership Bootcamp Training:
       Tuesday, January 24th, 6:00PM at ERAC Boardroom
       Membership Bootcamp begins 7:00PM--RSVP to


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.


Please join us Thursday, December 1 at 6 PM in the ERAC Boardroom, we will be discussing this program and sharing ideas.

We must have 8 teams for a league this year! 

This can be accomplished with 4 schools, but we would like involvement from many in the district. Each school may have two teams, one for 3rd/4th and a second for 5th/6th. Practices should begin in March, weekly games start in April and run into May, followed by a recognition event late May or early June. 

What does a Softball Chair do? 

Chairs will attend council meetings, be a contact for myself for sharing information (insurance, schedules, etc.), be a contact for coaches and families at their school, coordinate practice times, and plan a recognition event at the end of the season.

I will admit I am new to this position and program! I need help in defining this role from experienced individuals, if you have participated in the past please attend ready to share your knowledge. I imagine there is much more to be added to this list!

Not sure if this program is for your organization? Don't have a chairperson? 

This meeting is a wonderful place to find out and you still have time to hold a vote with your boards and find a chairperson!

I hope to see many of you on Thursday!

Kitty Richmire
Highline Council Vice-President & Softball Chair

(206) 856-8120

Legislative Coffee Chat January 4th
Legislative Focus Day January 16th

Join your Highline Council PTSA Legislative Chair, JC Mitchell, for a coffee chat on Wednesday, January 4th, from 5:30PM-7PM at the Starbucks on Ambaum (across from Walgreens, on the corner of 148th St. SW and Ambaum Blvd SW). Whether you can drop in for five minutes or stay the whole time, come and chat about current legislative issues. Open to all Legislative Chairs and/or presidents. Please RSVP to JC Mitchell at

Legislative Focus Day is coming up on January 16th. Registration is free, but there is a cost if you wish to purchase lunch (you must register by January 5th to do so). Registration is open now!

This is an opportunity to bring your students to Olympia and to meet their legislator! You must make an appointment ahead of time to do so. Information is found on the registration page of the Washington State PTA Website.

Highline Schools Bond

Congratulations Highline School PTA's! The Bond passed with a 66.9% approval rating! A timeline will be presented in January at a School Board meeting about next steps, ground-breaking and construction! Thank you to ALL who worked hard for our current students and all future students in Highline Schools!

From Your President

Several of you have mentioned to us your concerns about school policy regarding mailboxes and locked safes in school offices. We have brought your concerns to Dr. Enfield and we should be receiving a copy soon of the new policy to help clarify your questions, but at this point, YES, you CAN have a mailbox in a school office. As for safes, we hope to clarify those questions for you soon.

Any time you have a question or concern regarding your PTSA, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help!

Please join us for our Family and Community Engagement Roundtable, as well as to learn about our upcoming Softball season this Thursday at 6pm!

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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