News, events and announcements for PTA Leaders in the Seattle School District 

Dear PTA Presidents and Education Leaders,

As summer begins, I want to say thank you once again to all our PTA leaders, community partners and everyone who has given of their time and resources this past year on behalf of Seattle Public Schools. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve at the Seattle Council PTSA President the past 16 months. I am proud of the ways we have worked together to improve the lives of our teachers, students and families this past year. Here are some of our accomplishments & highlights from the 2015-16 school year.

Best wishes for a wonderful and restful summer and we look forward to continuing our work with you.

Gratefully,
Cassandra Johnston, SCPTSA President  
PTA News
Last Chance to complete End-of-Year Process --  Friday, June 30 
The deadline for completing the End-of-Year Process and rolling over your membership account into PT Avenue is June 30.  The End-of-Year Process must be completed by June 30, or WSPTA will charge your PTA a $25 service fee to complete it on your behalf.

Save the Date: Principals Breakfast -- Thursday, August 4
Please save the date for our annual SCPTSA Principals Breakfast. PTA leaders from each school are invited to attend the leadership breakfast to meet with SPS senior staff and principals and kick off the new school year. The event will be held August 4 at 7:00 a.m. at Garfield High School. We will provide more information in the coming weeks.

Contact Info Needed for New Officers and Chairs
Make sure we can connect with your PTA leaders over the summer about important upcoming events and news for the new school year. Please email the names of your new officers and chair members, along with their position and email address, via the link below. We will make sure they receive any important updates and email communications throughout the year.
SPS News
SPS is offering ALL families FREE access to a full day of kindergarten (6-hours) beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. Additionally, the district is promoting family engagement by by scheduling one-on-one teacher visits with every kindergarten family through the state's WaKIDS program. The first day of school for every kindergartner in Seattle Public Schools will be Monday, September 12 to allow teachers time to schedule 30-40 minutes with each family. All other students start on Wednesday, September 7.

Want to See Changes to the SPS Website? Give Feedback Via Online Survey 
This year, Seattle Public Schools is developing a new look for its district and school websites. They want to hear about the experiences parents and staff  have had using the websites. Please encourage your school community to take the online survey before June 30 to provide your feedback. The link below will take you to a page that offers the survey in several different languages.

The 24-Credit Task Force Releases Report Based on Parent Feedback
The District's 24-Credit Task Force has released its final report to Superintendent Larry Nyland. It includes a number of recommendations on how district high schools might support students under a new state requirement that students must earn 24 credits to graduate.
The recommendations were informed in part by feedback from the more than 1,500 families who responded to a survey about high school scheduling, career planning, and related issues. Student focus groups also weighed in. 
Community News

Summer Meals for Students -- June-August
As students transition to summer, food assistance is still needed. The City of Seattle and United Way King County together with various community partners offer free summer meal resources for children and teens. See the link to the program flyer, below, to post or share with parents in your community. For a list of dates and locations, call 1-888-4FOOD - WA (1-888-436-6392) or visit www.foodinvasion.org.

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