March 24, 2020 | Issue #15
PTSA
COVID-19 Info and Resources
The COVID-19 pandemic calls on our community to think creatively about how to meet basic needs and maintain social connections while also blunting the spread of disease.

Official Information

Local & State Resources for LWSD Families

Additional Resources
Help Support Families in Need
Friends, we are so fortunate to live in the Lake Washington School District and that the district can provide free breakfasts and lunches during the current school closure (see lwsd.org for more information).  

If you would like to help provide additional food for these students, especially for dinners and for weekends, please consider a financial donation to Pantry Packs or to Kirkland Nourishing Networks, both of which ensure kids get nutritious meals when school is not in session. At the moment, financial donations are the most beneficial to the organizations because Pantry Packs buys food in bulk and Kirkland Nourishing Networks is distributing grocery gift cards to counselors in this current emergency.
 
Pantry Packs  donations may be made at the "Donate Now" button or the "Amazon Wishlist" button at  https://www.lwsf.org/pantrypacks.html . If you know of a child or children in our district who could use these services, please follow the link to "List of School Coordinators" near the bottom of the page. School Coordinators can help put you in touch with services at the various schools. 
 
Kirkland Nourishing Network  donations may be made through the link on their website  https://kirklandnourishingnetwork.org/ .
 
The LWHS PTSA is proud to recommend these organizations as we all work together to provide for the students we all serve. 
 
College Application Workshop
Presentations postponed until further notice

All previously-scheduled presentations have been cancelled in compliance with Lake Washington School District guidelines. We'll publish an update if we are able to reschedule any of the presentations for a later date.

Questions? Contact Judy Shedd , LWHS PTSA College Application Workshop Chair
Sustainability at LWHS: Celebrating Earth Day
RETHINK Yard Care and Our FoodPrint

Earth Day is April 22 and the PTSA, Green Team and other student groups had plans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary in a big way. Since schools are closed and life has slowed down, this is an opportunity to share tips and information with LWHS families with the focus on how we can  RETHINK  our impact on the world around us. With help from King County Solid Waste Division (SWD) and Earthday.org, there are many ways that we can Take Action.
 
NATURAL YARD CARE:
The Spring season is here and many of us are thinking about reviving our lawns, flower beds and vegetable gardens. King County SWD provides 5 steps to natural yard care that save money and time, and protect our families’ health and the environment. Earth Day’s Take Action is to plant a pollinator garden to help sustain the planet’s ecosystem.

OUR FOODPRINT:
Visits to the grocery store may be limited at this time so here are tips on buying, storing and using food wisely. King County SWD shares ways to best store food in the fridge (Smart Prep); defines what “Best if Used-By” means (Smart Storage); and provides recipes for using up leftovers (Smart Saving). To find out your FoodPrint, check out Earth Day’s FoodPrints campaign and have your family take this quiz .

STAY WELL and TAKE A MOMENT TO RETHINK
For Questions & Comments, Contact Pam Hay , LWHS PTSA Sustainability Chair
LWHS Reflections: State Ribbon Winner
Congratulations to  Samuel Miller  for winning the WA PTSA Reflections Award of Excellence (second place) in Film Production for his work titled, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.” The LWHS Reflections program has not received a Film entry in at least the last 5 years so it’s very exciting that Samuel, a Senior, showed his talent and won a ribbon in this category.

Pam Hay, LWHS PTSA Reflections Chair
LWPTSA Scholarships Extended
Due to the King County school closures, LWPTSA Council has extended its scholarship submission deadline to May 1, 2020, and is now accepting applications via email. Please see the revised applications and instructions below.

The Lake Washington PTSA Council is pleased offer 13 student scholarships of $1,250 each and two $500 staff scholarships. The Scholarship Program is funded by money raised at the Council’s annual Scholarship Basket Auction, by annual donations from the 44 PTSAs in the LWSD and LWEA, and by donations from the greater community.


For more information, contact Scholarships Co-Chairs Andrea Stoppani and Reva Racmachandran at  scholarships@lwptsa.net .
LWHS PTSA Seeking Board Members for 2020-2021
Connect and Be a Part of the LWHS Community

Want to put your skills to good use? Want to make a difference? Want greater insight
into your student’s school? The LWHS PTSA Nominating Committee is looking for people
to serve on the 2020-2021 PTSA Board.

We are especially looking to fill the following Board positions:
  • Executive Vice President
  • VP Student Programs
  • VP Student Support
  • VP Ways and Means

There are other opportunities to get involved, so don't hesitate to contact us if you're interested. All positions can be shared by more than one person.  Click here  for complete job descriptions.

If interested and/or would like more information, contact the Nominating Committee at  nomcom@lwhsptsa.org

Denise Ferguson, Barbie Collins Young, Dan Olson 
LWHS PTSA Nominating Committee
School
Seniors
Community
Lake Washington Schools Foundation Annual Spring Luncheon Moves to Virtual Format
Recently in response to the coronavirus, we announced the necessary step to make the  LWSF Be the Bridge Luncheon  a virtual event! Today, we have more details to share. 

While we can’t come together in one room, we can still come together to  Be the Bridge  of support our students need. Now especially!

Please  join us, starting March 26th, for our  Be the Bridge Virtual Event . The virtual event will run for one week, ending on April 2.

Throughout the event week, we will share on our website, via email, and on social media inspirational stories surrounding the important work of the Foundation. You will also hear from our keynote speaker, Susie Kroll, Law Enforcement Mental Health Professional.
This is a critical effort to raise the  $250,000 needed  to continue to provide and grow our programs and grants for students, families and staff throughout the Lake Washington School District.

Now more than ever, we are counting on your support. To make a donation, visit  www.lwsf.org/bethebridge . Together, we can be the bridge of support for all students.

Stay safe and healthy, 
Helen Sernett
Executive Director
Lake Washington Schools Foundation
Office of the Education Ombuds Survey and Webinar
OEO seeks your input on how OEO can best use its resources to support racial equity, inclusion, and positive outcomes for K-12 students. The survey is available in 10 languages, and takes about 1-2 minutes to complete. The survey is open through April 30, 2020.

Survey links:  English Spanish Arabic Chinese Simplified Chinese Traditional Korean Russian Somali Tagalog Vietnamese .

Or, join the upcoming interactive webinar on April 7 at 11:00 am to share your ideas with OEO Director Carrie Basas.  RSVP for the webinar here .
Shine Light on Depression
Depression and suicide are hiding in plain sight, affecting more and more young people.  National PTA  is part of a five-organization collaboration working to create real and hopeful conversations around mental health.  Shine Light on Depression  is a unique collaboration of organizations committed to raising awareness of depression and preventing suicide among young people.
2020 Census
Did you know children under the age of five are historically the most underreported group on the census? Reporting children on the census is critical in determining the resources they receive including public school funding. Join us and complete the  #2020Census .

Events
May 1: LWPTSA Scholarship Applications Due
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