For local PTA & PTSA leaders
September 28, 2017 | SCPTSA.org
Make sure you've updated ALL your current officers in  PTAvenue and marked them for 2017-18 . Don't forget those Legislative and Reflections chairs! Legislative Chairs or officers acting as liaisons on legislative and advocacy issues, please also email  legchair@scptsa.org  to ensure you are receiving timely communications specific to critical district, city, and state education issues.
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Council General Meeting
Monday, October 2
Our first General Meeting of the year this Monday, will focus on engaging our families in more diverse and inclusive ways. We'll discuss PTA tools to welcome new and returning members to our communities. Learn more about Seattle Council PTSA's partnership with Seattle Public Schools around equity, EOG (Eliminating the Opportunity Gap), family engagement and welcoming environments. We will be joined by partners from the District — James Bush (Director of School & Community Partnerships) and Keisha Scarlett (Executive Director of Organizational Development & Equity) — who are working with our schools to support and expand their capacities for engagement. 

Please join us to help align what is happening at your PTA/PTSA to exciting collaborative work. Family engagement is the number one indicator of student success and it's in the founding DNA of PTA. We look forward to seeing you or a representative. 
Keep up the Membership momentum!
Contratulations to Madison Middle PTSA, Green Lake PTA, Leschi PTA, Partners at Lowell PTA and Cleveland HS Eagles PTSA who have already surpassed last year's membership numbers. Hooray! Denny Middle PTSA and Sanislo PTA are super close!
Set your membership goals, and remind your prospective members that more voices = more advocacy power!

Council PTSA Membership Chair Iris Okimoto-Neilsen and Region 6 Membership Specialist Cindy Jensen are here to help if you have any membership questions.
Council PTSA and local units have reported receiving fraudulent, and often very convincing, emails requesting payments or other funds. These requests may use the name of actual local unit officers to look legitimate. Take the time now to set financial communication protocols with your board to avoid falling prey to these scams. If you do receive suspicious emails, forward them on to WA State PTA Region 6 Director Sherry Rudolf .
Kick off your Reflections program now!
Now that you've got the beginning of the school year behind you, it's a great time to get to work on your Reflections arts competition! With eight different categories to participate in, you can reach the inner artist in every student. Entries advanced to the city level will be displayed December through early January at the Seattle Center Armory.

We've got all the tools you need to make your program a success, including a grant program (and ideas on how to spend it!).
Seattle School Board Candidate Forum
Wednesday, October 4
All Seattle voters are eligible to vote for Seattle School Board positions 4, 5, and 7 to be decided in this November's election.

SCPTSA joins with the League of Women Voters of Seattle–King County and Seattle King County NAACP to sponsor this free and public event bringing together candidates for those seats. Share this event with your communities so your families can hear for themselves from the candidates.
Legislative Assembly
Friday, October 20 – Saturday, October 21
Hotel Murano, Tacoma
Advocacy is one of the founding tenets of the PTA, and it's the focus of the annual Legislative Assembly in Tacoma. Learn how to advocate for every child, network with PTA leaders from around the state, and vote on National PTA's platform for the coming year. Register today!

Read up on the proposed resolutions and issues beforehand, and survey your members about the direction they'd like to see PTA head.

September 30   Annual Corporation Renewal (if your PTA incorporated this month) 

October 9 Indigenous People's Day
October 13  State-In-Service Day (no school) 
October 19   Ballot Drop Boxes OPEN  
October 20-21 Legislative Assembly 
October 24  Oral Argument  McCleary, et al. v. State of Washington  and RALLY
Advocates activate! Save the date and share!
Seattle Public Schools is projecting a deficit of $92 per student in the 2020-21 school year under  House Bill 2242 , which was signed by the governor on June 30, 2017.  On October 24th , join Seattle Council PTSA and other organizations that advocate for amply funding basic education in accordance with our constitutional obligation to all children at 8:30 am on the stairs of the Temple of Justice in Olympia, so we might rally in solidarity prior to the McCleary Oral Arguments. More details to come.

On a related note, please keep an eye out for upcoming budget information sessions that will be hosted by Seattle Public Schools. SCPTSA legislative & advocacy chairs Liza Rankin and Hillary Shaw strongly recommend attending and bringing friends if you are able. The complexity of funding formulas will be broken down in such a way that make sense in "real world" terms, and can be applied to your district, city, and state advocacy efforts.