April 3, 2019 | Issue #16
Fear Free SAT Practice Test
Have your student register for the Fear Free SAT Practice Test with the Princeton Review. The Fear Free tests are a great way to get comfortable with the format and style of the SAT in a stress free environment. 

The SAT practice test will be Saturday, April 20th in the LWHS library from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Click here to register!

Fear Free ACT/SAT Testing Chair
College Planning, Part II: What to Consider In Your College Search
Today! Wednesday, April 3rd
Sophomores and Juniors are welcome to join us at 12:55 pm in the LWHS Library

With so many options to consider, it's no wonder it's such an overwhelming time for college bound students. Today we will welcome Jennifer Rucier, of College Search Solution, to help students with the criteria to consider in their search. She'll also offer tips and strategies to help your student get the most from schools they choose to visit. It's an information-packed day!

Encourage your student to join us for loads of information along with pizza and chocolate!

Upcoming presentations:
  • April 17th: A+ Schools for B Students
  • April 24th: Making the Most of College Fairs

These PTSA-sponsored presentations are held Wednesdays after school at 12:55 pm, with pizza and snacks provided. Presentations are open to all students at no cost. Registration is not required. We encourage parents to ask their kids what they learned at these student-only presentations. 

Click the button for a complete list of presentation topics.

LWHS PTSA College Application Workshop Chair
Improv and Shakespeare at LWHS
Friday, April 5th at 7:00 pm
LWHS Theater
Join us for a night of crazy, wild fun! The LWHS Improv Team will perform with suggestions from you, the audience! Afterwards, local professionals Nick Terry, Michael Ward, and Gabe Much will be performing The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged . All proceeds go to supporting the LWHS Theatre Club.

Ticket prices:  
  • $5 Students w/ASB, Kids under 10, Seniors over 60, Military
  • $10 General Admission

Online tickets available up to 12 hours before showtime . Tickets at the door are cash or check only.

LWHS Drama
Understanding Teen Anxiety - A Presentation for Parents and Students
Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30 pm
LWHS Commons
The LWHS Counseling team is pleased to host licensed psychologist, Dr. Kristy Ludwig , on April 24th at 6:30 pm in the LWHS commons. Dr. Ludwig will discuss causes of teen anxiety, how it impacts teens both emotionally and physiologically, and how parents can support their teens during these challenging times.

Thank you to our PTSA for funding this event!

LWHS School Counselor
Senior Party: Looking Ahead
Bus sign-ups will start on April 23rd (lunch), 24th (after school), and 25th (lunch). To sign up, a ticket must be purchased and a completed/signed Release Form must be submitted either prior to or on the day of sign-ups. Additional sign-up days will be held in May and June. If students have any life threatening allergies, they must fill out the Allergy Release Form.

Ticket price increases from $180 to $200 on May 1st. Tickets can be purchased anytime online. Tickets include transportation, food, activities, and entertainment all-night long. Tickets are non-refundable. Contact us regarding scholarship information.

Senior Party Date: Monday, June 17th - after Graduation Ceremony
Start Time: 9:00 pm (check-in begins) at LWHS
End Time: 5:30 am on Tuesday, June 18th at LWHS

See information page for details, tickets, and required forms.

Questions? Contact Pam Hay and Mindy Lincicome ,
LWHS Senior Party Co-Chairs
LWSD Levy - How YOU Can Help!
In our role as advocates for our students, one of the best things we can do for LWHS is help get more classroom, gym and Commons space for our growing student population. We are so fortunate that the upcoming levy will support that goal.

But first, we need to get the levy passed! How can you help? Reach out to your friends in the community personally and via social media and ask for them to Vote YES!  for our students. If you have friends with children in the middle schools and elementary schools that feed into LWHS, make sure they are aware how their students will benefit from the building additions which the levy will finance.

Ballots should be arriving right before Spring Break. Encourage everyone you know to vote YES as soon as their ballot arrives. They can then head off on their Spring Break adventures knowing they have done their part. 

Need a quick rundown on why to vote YES?
  1. The levy will help address critical capacity needs. LWSD has increased 26% over the past decade and it is now the third largest district in the state. LWSD needs more classrooms for students now.
  2. District-wide safety enhancements at schools, including exterior cameras at all elementary schools and entrance modifications at high schools.
  3. The levy maintains the current tax rate with no tax increase.
Better schools help build a stronger community, which improves our quality of life, and keeps our neighborhoods desirable.
For more detailed information about what the levy includes, visit the  LWSD levy website  or the  LWCLC website .
LWHS PTSA Board 2019-2020: Seeking a Treasurer to Join the Newly Elected Board
LWHS PTSA plays a vital role in supporting and enriching the LWHS community - its staff, students, and environment. The Treasurer is an important and necessary part of our team. Please consider the role of Treasurer and join the following elected Board members: 
Co-President: Tere Kaulfus and Denise Campbell
VP Communication: Colette Ulloa
VP Ways and Means: Jody Lallas
VP School Support: Anne Buck
VP Student Programs: Brandi Comstock
Secretary: Karen Tipp
Questions or additional information needed? Contact Pam Hay , Nominating Committee Member
Coffee with Christina - Today!
Date: Wednesday, April 3rd
Time: 9:00-10:00 am
Where: LWHS Career Center

Come join us for coffee, snacks and conversation as we get an update from LWHS Principal, Christina Thomas. Lean what's new at LWHS and have a chance to ask questions.

LWHS PTSA President
Charting College and Your Student's Post Graduation Path
Tuesday, April 23rd, Noon - 2:00 pm
Lake Washington Resource Center, Redmond Town Center
Join us on April 23rd to hear from all four LWSD College and Career Specialists (CCSs). Come meet the CCS Team and learn about services that can assist with post high school options and college requirements for your student.

Questions? Contact Irene Neumann
LWHS PTSA Family and Community Engagement Chair
Staff Appreciation Committee
In March, the LWHS staff enjoyed a Mexican taco bar lunch, all thanks to our generous donors: Gwen Alharbi, Anne Allan, Marcela Arboleda, Chris Brandenfels, Anne Buck, Linda Cheyne, Lori Chisholm, Megan Gardner, Colleen Kroeger, Jody Lallas, Sandra Maffeo, Alison McElroy, Jill Miller, Hae Sue Park, Rachel Pemble, Mary Pope, Janis Rabuchin, Kay Rajalingam, Nikki Rinehart, Katherine Royal, Meredith Schwietzer, Alison Thomas, Erika Tipp, and Christine Woskett. And special “thanks” to the Girls Scouts for donating 30 boxes of cookies!

And thank you to our committee members for all their hard work in making this event a success: Laura Bartoletti, Anne Buck, Linda Cheyne, Rachel Merlino, and Rachael Olivieri.

If you would like to be part of our committee and/or donate items, please email appreciation@lwhsptsa.org .

Thank you!
Colette Ulloa and Julie Tribolet
LWHS PTSA Staff Appreciation co-chairs
Have a Shout Out to Share?
Want to share stories of your student's individual or team accomplishments representing LWHS? We're happy to post them on our LWHS PTSA Facebook page ! S ubmit your posting to social@lwhsptsa.org.
April is Autism Awareness Month
Did you know it's been reported that 1 in 59 children is on the autism spectrum? Our LWHS community wants to support all students, appreciating unique abilities, talents, and perspectives. Autism Speaks can be a great source to learn how you and your student can support peers with autism.

Want to do more? Join the All in for Autism Run or Walk on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Click here for more info!

LWHS PTSA Special Needs Liason
Puerto Rico 2020!
Would your student be interested in a trip to Puerto Rico? An 8-day trip under $3000? Exploring caves, bioluminescent bays, snorkeling, canopy tours and more? The LWHS Science Department is going on another science-focused trip in June 2020! There will be an informational meeting in April, date TBD. Click here for more info .

Questions? Email palmersciencetravel@gmail.com.

Ashley Zydel
LWHS Science Department Head
Retirement Surprise
Did your student attend Mark Twain Elementary and have Mrs. Alfrejd for a teacher? She is retiring at the end of this school year and Twain is preparing a special gift for her. If you'd like to participate, click here !
 Coffee with Christina - April 3rd, 9:00 am
Improv and Shakespeare - April 5th, 7:00 pm
LWSD Spring Break: No School - April 8th-12th
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