Eastlake High School PTSA Wolf Tracks Newsletter 2.11.18

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PTSA Co-Presidents:
Deb Knaus
Beth Knapick
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Eastlake PTSA wishes to acknowledge these businesses for not only their financial support, but their continued support of our mission and goals. 

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EHS at a Glance - Mark Your Calendars
February 13 - Don't forget to Mail Your Ballot!
F ebruary 15 & 16-  No School (Midwinter Break)
February 19 - No School (Presidents Day)
LWSD 2017-2018 Calendar -  click here
EHS Tandem Calendar -  click here
Community Service Spotlights
Beck Latham
Mitchell Johnson
Beck Latham
and Mitchell Johnson serve on the Hope Festival leadership team.  Why did they choose to get involved?  In Beck's words, "It
was pretty impactful the first time I attended the Hope Festival, and I knew I had to get more involved. I really liked the mission of Hopefest to provide more than just goods but also hopeful messages and an uplifting spirit. Sometimes I wonder where donations are going in other organizations but here it's nice to meet the individuals we are serving."   Mitchell says, "So many times we talk about helping the homeless, and through this event we actually are able to help and see our efforts appreciated by the many people who are served at Hopefest .  It really makes me feel good to give others at my school an opportunity to serve."  Click here to get involved this year on March 3rd!  
Hopefest Volunteer Opportunity
Please volunteer for Hopefest 2018! Together, we will serve 1,000+ individuals experiencing poverty/homelessness across King County. Guests who attend will be served with clothing, groceries, hygiene and school supplies, toys, haircuts, dental care, and much more-all for free. See you on March 3rd!
Board Positions Available
Are you interested in being "in-the-know" at Eastlake?
Eastlake High School PTSA supports the staff and students with financial and volunteer support. The Nominating Committee is looking to fill slots on the 2018-2019 Executive Board. The Executive Board consists of Co-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, VP Volunteers, VP Ways and Means and Membership. We are specifically looking to fill vacancies for Co-President, Ways and Means, Treasurer and Membership. The commitment includes monthly board meetings where you will hear information presented by one of the EHS principals. Aside from these meetings, the majority of the work can be done from home. If you are interested in being more involved in your student's high school experience by volunteering for the PTSA, please contact one of the members of the Nominating Committee (Jay Pulacode, Tallee Whitehorn, and Michele Heidorn) at nomcom@ehsptsa.org.  Thank you!
Community Emergency Response Team
Spring Training Program Begins March 2018
Wednesday, March 7, 7pm, Eastlake High School
Sammamish CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) has opened registration for certification classes that teach about emergencies, including disaster preparedness, fire safety, and  light search and rescue.
The Sammamish CERT program runs for 8 weeks. Classes are 2 ½ hours each week for a total of 20 hours and run from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on Tuesday evenings at Sammamish Fire Station 82. Teachers can apply for 20 clock hours and students can receive 20 community service hours. Classes missed can be made up for complete credit.
For more information and to register click here.
The Angst Project
Wednesday, March 7, 7pm, Eastlake High School
The Angst project is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores anxiety, its causes, effects, and what we can do about it, with an emphasis on youth and families. Please note this is an adult-only screening and is intended for parents of Eastlake High School, Inglewood Middle School, and Evergreen Middle School. Panel discussion to follow the screening. Go to www.showclix.com/event/angst-in-sammamish to RSVP as soon as possible!
Winter/Spring Membership Drive
Are you new to Eastlake High School? 
Did you mean to join the EHS PTSA but forgot? The good news is that it is never too late to make a difference by joining the PTSA. Each membership continues to make the voice of our PTSA stronger. The stronger we become, the more we can support our students and the Eastlake community.  In addition, Washington State PTA members can save money through member benefit providers.  Member benefits are offered to all WSPTA members. Some of these discounts include Gray Wolf Lodge, Car Rentals, Fed Ex, Sylvan Learning Center, etc. 

To join the Eastlake PTSA, please sign up online at www.ehsptsa.org   or fill out this form  and turn it into the office with your check. If you are unsure whether or not you have joined the PTSA, contact membership@ehsptsa.org
Council News   
Special Needs Group - Community Resource Fair
What The Special Needs Group Resource Fair
When Tuesday, February 20 @ 7 p.m.
Where : LWSD Resource Center in Redmond Town Center
Details : All parents and care givers are invited to come and talk to vendors that provide after school and summer programs to children with special needs and their families. Children welcome.
Planning for College Success
Presented by Anne Holmdahl, Common Sense College Counseling
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6:30-8:00pm  AND Thursday, March 1, 12:00-1:30pm
Lake Washington Resource Center (no registration required!)

We are so pleased to invite Anne back to present on this topic (twice, one evening and one daytime class)! Anne is a former LWSD mom who has helped hundreds of families reduce the stress of college planning and increase opportunities for their students.  In this presentation, she explains what colleges are looking for and how to help your student find success - and stay happy.  She will give an overview of high school course planning, summer options, testing, financial aid and college selection.

More information about Common Sense College Counseling. Sponsored by LWSD and the LWPTSA Council. Contact Irene Neumann, Co-VP F.A.C.E., at FACE@lwptsa.net for more information or questions.
Council Scholarships Available
Deadline to apply is April 18 at 1pm
The Lake Washington PTSA Council is pleased to roll out its 2018 Scholarship Program! Each year in the spring Council offers several student scholarships and two staff scholarships. We are especially happy this year to be able to announce a funding increase to the Program. At their January meeting, the LWPTSA Council's membership voted to increase funding so that students will be awarded $1,250. The program has seen some changes in its 35+ years of existence, but this will be the first increase in dollar amount in decades and we couldn't be happier. This year's Student Scholarship Program will include 14 scholarships:
  • 8 Merit scholarships
  • 2 Education scholarships
  • 1 Perseverance
  • 1 Turn around
  • 1 L.E. Scarr 2 year, technical or vocational
  • 1 At-Large
The Scholarship Program is funded by money raised at the Council's annual Scholarship Basket Auction, by annual donations from the 41 PTSAs in the LWSD, and by donations from the greater community. This year the Scholarship Basket Auction raised over $8,000 and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated and participated and especially to our Chairs, Debbie Ohman and Mindy Lincicome. 
For more information, contact Irene Neumann, Scholarships Chair, scholarships@lwptsa.net.
Region 2 News   
Region 2 PTA Facebook
Click here to "like" the Washington State Region 2 PTA Facebook page -- and keep up-to-date with Region 2 events and news updates!
WSPTA News   
Washington State PTA Dad's Essay
And speaking of great dads....
The Washington State PTA holds a yearly statewide essay contest that explores the important and varied contributions that men make in the lives and education of children -- from the child's perspective. All men involved in a child's life -- fathers, uncles, grandfathers, brothers, step-fathers, mentors, neighbors, pastors, coaches and friends -- impact the children they care about. Research clearly shows that male involvement positively influences academic success at all levels of schooling -- preschool through college.

Click here for contest guidelines, divisions, and to read last year's winning entries, (including the winning entry from Alexander Wright of Samantha Smith Elementary!) Deadline is  March 1, 2018.
EHS Community News   
LWSD has a system called Peachjar to make you aware of events happening in our area. New events are constantly added.  Click here to view flyers as they become available.
*Community news items have been submitted by members of the greater Eastlake High School Community; EHS PTSA does not sponsor, endorse, or recommend any of the organizations, services, or activities described within this section. Inclusion of community news items in Wolf Tracks is made on a case-by-case and space-available basis. 
PTA Membership Benefits
Member benefits and discounts are available to all WSPTA members.  To access them on the WSPTA website, login to the Benefits & Discount Codes page. Check the promotion codes listed for each provider on the left side of the web page and the file list attachments on the top right side of the page for time-sensitive offers. Please do not share promotional codes with non-WSPTA members or on social media.
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Bobbie Conti,
Chair, EHS PTSA Communications