Nov
2015

ISSUE
No.14

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:

ReflectionsReflections Art Contest Entries Due Monday, November 23

The National PTA Reflections Art Contest is underway in schools across the city. Students are creating original artworks, photographs, choreography, music, film and literature, inspired by the theme "Let Your Imagination Fly." Entries will be judged, with opportunities for advancing to city, state and national levels.

If your school is participating in Reflections, this is a reminder that artwork must be dropped off on November 23 to Seattle Council PTSA. 
 See the SCPTSA Reflections  web page for more information and drop-off times and locations. If you cannot make one of the drop-off times, arrangements  can be made for an earlier drop-off by contacting reflections@scptsa.org.

Reflections artwork will be on display on the third floor of the Seattle Armory, December 6-January 3. Come celebrate with the artists at the exhibit's opening ceremony at the Armory on Sunday, December 6 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Community Opportunities
November 16-20 - American Education Week

November 18 - School Board Meeting 

November 23 - Entries due for Reflections Contest

SCPTSA In the News
KCTS 9 


Quick Links




ElectionsHow You Can Fight Weekend Hunger in Our District

Of the 52,000 students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools, approximately 20,000 qualify for free and reduced lunch, and almost 3,000 of those students are homeless. To help support this growing concern, SCPTSA 
partnered with the Seattle Food Committees' Food For Schools group, a collaboration of food banks, meal programs, schools and community members that provide food backpacks for Seattle students facing weekend hunger.

"Our goal is to help spread the word about how our PTA groups, schools and community members can support local food banks and make a difference," said SCPTSA President Cassandra Johnston. "It is easy to get started and an important way students, families and staff can address this basic need for every student."

SCPTSA kicked off their partnership with Food for Schools in September with a Backpack Summit.  At the event, four breakout sessions were held to discuss Food Sourcing and Nutrition, Sustainability and Capacity, Beginning a Program run by Food Banks and Meal Programs, and Beginning a Program run by Schools and PTSAs. To date, several schools have asked how they could participate and many have started the process including Washington Middle School and Emerson, Bryant and Greenwood elementary schools.

If you are interested in knowing more and getting involved, individually, as a PTA, with your employer or community group, please contact Hunger Coordinator Kim Enochs at studenthunger@scptsa.org. For more information about Food for Schools, visit the Seattle Food Committee website.
Campaign November 16-20 is American Education Week
 
The National Education Association's 94th annual American Education Week presents all Americans with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education. 

This year's theme, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," aligns well with our advocacy for full state funding of K-12 public education in support of local public schools, teachers, support staff and all public school students. 

To celebrate this week and make an impact for public education your positive voice is vital! Marcie Maxwell, education advocate and former education advisor to Governor Inslee, recommends the following action items for American Education Week:
    • Subject line: "Paramount Duty, education funding, new revenue, now!" 
    • In the body of your email, mention American Education Week and "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility"
    • Include your name, address, PTA name and the link to our website www.scptsa.org.
  • Send a note of thanks to educators you know.
  • Share the above on social media to grow awareness and engage others..
For more information about American Education Week, visit the National Education Association website.

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