The ISSUE                
Welcome to the ISSUE
The Issue  is a monthly newsletter that focuses on important issues within the Seattle School District and showcases the impact our PTSA programs and members have in their communities. 

In this issue:
HungerHelp End Student Weekend Hunger at Backpack Summit on Sept. 21 

SCPTSA is partnering with the Seattle Food Committee's Food for Schools Program that seeks to bring together food banks, meal programs, school administrators, and concerned parents and community members to address the needs of Seattle children and teens experiencing weekend hunger. 

A Backpack Summit will be held Monday, September 21 at the Mt. Baker Community Center from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. to kick off the program. Please stop by to find out how to start a backpack program at your school or support one in your community!

Community Opportunities
September 21 - Backpack Summit at Mt. Baker Community Center

September 24 - School Board Candidates Forum

October 8  - School Board Candidates Forum

SCPTSA In the News

Quick Links

ForumsMeet the School Board Candidates - Sept. 24 & Oct. 8

Four of the seven Seattle School Board member seats will be up for election this November. The School Board is responsible for establishing District governance policies and has legal and fiduciary authority for the District. Their decisions have direct implications for public education in Seattle. Candidate forums are opportunities for the community to meet the candidates, ask questions and hear them speak on various education issues in Seattle.

Thursday, September 24
Tabor 100, Seattle Alliance of Black School Educators, League of Education Voters and the A. Phillip Randolph Institute will host a candidate forum on Thursday, September 24 from  6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at First A.M.E. Church in Seattle. Register to attend here

Thursday, October 8
The League of Women Voters and Seattle Council PTSA will co-sponsor this forum on Thursday, October 8 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Seattle First Baptist in Seattle. 

BellsSPS Discusses Changing Bell Times - Share Your Input!
SPS is holding a series of community meetings to share information about changing bell times and seek community input before making its recommendation to the School Board. Meetings will be held at community locations in several different regions over the next month. See the SPS website for more details and exact dates, times and locations of the meetings.
BTALearn More about the Upcoming City Education Levies
In February 2016, Seattle voters will be asked to preserve funding for our 53,000 Seattle Public Schools students and their 97 schools. Here are two opportunities to learn more about the Operations Levy and Buildings, Technology, Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy. 

Schedule a Schools First presentation in your community. PTAs play a critical role in renewing our city education levies. Schools First is the independent, non-profit volunteer coalition that every three years rallies our PTSAs, education stakeholders, advocates, parents and families city-wide to unite to get our school levies passed for our students and schools. For more info and to schedule a presentation for your school community contact Kerry Cooley-StroumSchools First board vice president & SCPTSA levy liaison.
Attend an upcoming SPS community meeting. SPS is hosting several community meetings to share information and hear public input for the BTA levies. Meetings will be held at community locations in several different regions beginning next week. See the SPS website for more details and exact dates, times and locations of the meetings. 

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