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

Dear PTA Presidents and Education Leaders,

It is my honor and privilege to serve as Seattle Council PTSA President. This is a huge job that I do not take lightly. For over 100 years PTA has been working to "better the lives of ALL children." It has been my life's work as well; at age three, I apparently declared, "Life is not about things, life is about people."

As a district, city, state, country and globe we are living through some very scary, stressful, and concerning times. Our children are facing many challenges; all-time high rates of trauma, marginalization, academic disparities, homelessness and childhood hunger.

With the experience gained by over a century of PTA working to improve the lives of children and grounding our work in our roots as an advocacy and policy organization, we will partner with our PTAs, schools, families, district, and city and community partners to be a bridge for positive change for our children and communities. 

As I step into this leadership role, I see that while there are challenges to overcome both in policy and in our community, I stand encouraged by the many passionate PTA leaders, members and partners working together toward our motto of "Every Child. One Voice." 
I look forward to working with and supporting you all this year! 

Visit our website for the full list of newly elected  SCPTSA  officers for 2016-17, and to find out who will be representing your region.

Gratefully,
Sebrena Burr, SCPTSA President  

P.S. Just a reminder, please RSVP for our annual Principals Breakfast on Thursday, August 4 at West Seattle High School. I hope to see you there!

PTA News

RSVP Required: Principals Breakfast: Thursday, August 4 
PTA leaders from each school are invited to attend the SCPTSA annual 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 West Seattle High School. 

Reflections Art Program: Now is the Time to Get Started!
The theme for this year's Reflections is: "What is Your Story?" Here's what you should be doing this summer to prepare to kick off the program at your school: 
  • Register for the 2016-17 program (July 1, 2016 through January 1, 2017).
  • Request a Local Leader's Guide, state-specific dates, forms and additional information from the Washington State PTA.
  • Take the Reflections Leader Training (on demand).
  • Attend the Reflections 101 Webinar (August 9, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time).
  • Coordinate your kick-off with National Arts in Education Week (Sept. 11-7).
  • Distribute and share the 2016-17 Reflections Poster to advertise this year's theme.

Have You Submitted Contact Info 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 role/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.

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

Encourage Summer Reading with the GreatSchools Grade-by-Grade Book List
Here's a nifty online tool provided by GreatSchools.org to help families search for fun and education book lists by grade level and topic. 

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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