February 23, 2021 | Issue #13
PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting - March 17
Mark you calendar for our next PTSA Membership Meeting, Wednesday, March 17 beginning at 7:00 pm. We are pleased to have two guest speakers joining us who have important roles at our school. Officer Rob King from the Kirkland Police Department is our School Resource Officer and Joe Joss is our new Dean of Students. Both will tell us a little bit about their roles and are happy to answer your questions!

Look for the meeting log in information in future publications and on our website calendar closer to the date.

LWHS PTSA President
Eyes Up LW! Pledge to Join the Movement
March 5 (sundown) to March 6 (sundown)
Use the Tech Tips & Tools information on our Eyes UP LW! page to learn ways you can reduce your tech use and elevate personal connections over a 24 hour respite! Fill out the survey here and take the 24 hour pledge!

Look UP and try some of these activities:
  • Downtown Kirkland Teen Scavenger Hunt. No cost to participate, and prizes too! Registration required. See more info below in the Community section.
  • City of Redmond Public Art Walk
  • Take a Hike with Washington Trails Association
  • LWHS Day of Service - help out a friend or neighbor in your community!
  • Whatever lights up your life! Baking, Exercise, Reading, Playing Music. Try something new!

Parents please share this information with your students and encourage them to participate.
Eyes Up LW! Tech Tip Tuesday: Is Your Phone Interfering with Your Sleep?

Researchers consistently point to sleep as crucial to the mental and physical health of people, including teenagers. And the same research shows that sleeping with your cell phone or other electronic gadgets beside you interferes with your sleep in multiple ways. Click here to find out more about the impacts and some tips to help you and your teens avoid nighttime phone use and get better quality sleep.
Chapter Book Club - First Meeting This Friday!
Parenting in the Screen Age: A Guide to Calm Conversations
Drop in and join us for collaborative conversations around the new book by local physician, Delaney Ruston, MD of the Screenagers Documentary Series. We will be discussing one chapter each meeting. Purchase the book here or just join us to listen or add your thoughts! All are welcome. The link to join will be on our website calendar closer to the date.
Friday, February 26, 5:00-6:00 pm       
Chapter 1: Social Media

Friday, March 12, 5:00-6:00 pm
Chapter 7: Challenging Conversations

Additional dates and chapters TBD. Sign up here to receive future communications and Zoom links for the meetings.
Order Class of 2021 Signs or Donate to Support the Cause!
Let’s celebrate our seniors and their accomplishments! The LWHS PTSA is excited to offer LW Class of 2021 Signs for display in your yards or windows. These signs are 18x24 in size, include an H-stake for yard display, and can include your student's name - all for only $10.00 per sign! The custom design was created by an LWHS senior and converted to a digital format by LWHS senior parents. Thank you to Riley Rabuchin, Carmen Andonian and others for their work on the signs!
All families are invited to make a donation which will be used to purchase signs for families in need or to support other recognition events being planned for our seniors during this most unusual year.
To purchase a sign or donate, please visit the LWHS PTSA website. If you would like a sign and are in need of financial assistance, please reach out to your student's counselor and one will be provided to you at no cost.
Please place your order by Friday, March 12. Exact distribution details will follow as we find ways to comply with social distancing guidelines. We will communicate more information to all purchasers once signs are available.
An additional order window will open in April, but the price will go up. Order now and don’t miss out!
For questions, please contact Tracy Gonzalez at tracyce@outlook.com.
Last Chance to Take the SAT/ACT Practice Tests
There is one final opportunity for students to take SAT and ACT practice tests, sponsored by LWHS PTSA in partnership with Princeton Review. This year, due to COVID, the practice tests are being conducted online. Click here for information about the tests and preparation guidelines.

The online practice tests will occur: 
  • SAT: Saturday, March 20, with Strategy Session March 30
  • ACT: Saturday, March 27, with Strategy Session April 13

Don’t let your student miss this opportunity. Sign up for free! Registration must be completed before March 16.

LWHS PTSA Staff Appreciation Committee Shows LWHS Staff Some Love!
The Staff Appreciation Team provided Valentine Treat Bags for the on campus staff. We also hosted a fun Guessing Jar for all staff to participate in. Our big winner was Bookkeeper/Cashier Ms. Kendria Zard with a guess of 1620. Actual number of candies in the jar was 1601. We would also like to thank Tipsy Cow for donating a $50 gift card for the winning prize.  

A special thank you to Mr. Grundl and the Student Leadership Team for making the "Lovely" posters for our wonderful staff. They really appreciated all the love.  

LWHS PTSA Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs
From the Counseling Center
AP Exam Late Registration
Students may register and pay to take their AP Exam if they have not already done so. If students or parents cannot remember if they have already paid for their AP Exam, they should log into the payment portal to view their payment history. Check out the details on the LWHS Counseling page. Absolutely no AP Exam registrations/payments will be accepted after 4:00 pm on February 26, 2021.
Schedule Requests for 2021-2022
On February 24 from 8:00 am-12:00 noon students will have another opportunity to register for next year’s classes. This will be their last opportunity to put in their requests for next year. Please visit the LWHS Counseling website for thorough information on how to complete the credit check, how to select classes, and how to register in Skyward.

LWHS Counselor
Support Groups for Students and Family Members
Provided by LWSD-Based EvergreenHealth Social Workers
EvergreenHealth continues to offer a variety of support groups for Lake Washington School District High Schoolers and their families. Group topics include parent support, general student support during COVID and virtual schooling, a craft/art group and all-around support. Click here for more information.

Questions? Contact Lindsay McMeins, LICSW, LWHS-Based EvergreenHealth Social Worker
Summer Opportunities, Internships, and More!
Now is the time for students to apply for workshops, summer opportunities, and internships. The College and Career Center can provide resources to students and their parents to meet all interests and needs. Explore career options, college planning, scholarships, college visits, volunteer/community service, employment options, and more! Go to the LWHS College & Career Center website for more information.

LWHS College & Career Specialist
From LWHS Athletic Director - Register for ALL Sports Now!
Now that we have confirmed the start of our sports seasons, I wish to invite every student to register for the sports of choice immediately via FinalForms. I urge all students to register as soon as possible and not wait until the last minute. 
As is our usual practice, all student-athletes must purchase an ASB membership, priced at $50. Our participation fee will be $100 each season, with an individual maximum of $200 and a family maximum of $362.50 for this school year. Payment is made online via InTouch. While we are going to do everything possible to help all interested students participate in the program of their choice, there will be some limitations due to facility constraints. PLEASE help us plan for, and find solutions to, these issues by having your student register for his or her intended sports as soon as possible. 
This year, more than ever before, I believe it is critical that every student find some activity of interest, to remain engaged in their high school experience. Please consider joining a sport this season. You’ll be glad you did.

LWHS Athletic Director
Scoreboard Fundraiser
Wouldn’t it be AWESOME if the return to LWHS campus, sports and Kang events included a new digital scoreboard? Our current scoreboard is showing its age and is tough to find replacement parts and bulbs for anymore. We're just $20k away from making this dream come true. Perhaps you know someone or a business that would like to contribute? There are also advertising opportunities available. Every little bit will help!

Donate and find out more at lwhsboosters.org  or email president@lwhsboosters.org.
LWPTSA Council Scholarships Available
The Lake Washington PTSA Council is pleased to roll out its 2021 Scholarship Program! Council offers several $1250 student scholarships and two $500 staff scholarships every spring.

Applications for both staff and student scholarships are due by NOON on March 25, 2021.

Send questions to Reva Ramachandran and Andrea Stoppani at scholarships@lwptsa.net
WSPTA Scholarships
Washington State PTA offers four $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Washington state public high schools with an active PTA, who will be starting college (either two-year or four-year) in the fall. Additional requirements and information can be found here. The online form is located on the website. LWHS students should reference Lake Washington High School PTSA 2.8.95. Applications are due by March 1, 2021.
Drug Awareness Community Forum: What You Need to Know about Teens, Marijuana, Vaping & Street Drugs
Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 pm
Get the facts about vaping and legal marijuana including its various forms (oils, edibles, dab) and risks for teens. Learn about common street drugs and OTC synthetics (Bath Salts, ACID, Molly, Ecstasy), some even sold at your local convenience store. Find out about current trends and common ways teens are accessing drugs. Hear from public health experts, substance use counselors and local law enforcement. And, learn what a local LWHS parent wants you to know about teen drug use and its contribution to their tragic loss. Your teen is welcome to join you for this important educational event. Get informed!

Kirkland Teen Scavenger Hunt
Free! March 5-7, 2021
Register your teen by March 4
Get out and have some fun in downtown Kirkland! The City of Kirkland Parks Department has planned a scavenger hunt just for teens (families can join in the fun too)! All clues can be found within walking distance of the downtown bus transfer station. The hunt can be completed in one day or anytime between March 5-7. Anyone who submits a correct answer has a chance to win a gift certificate to one of several Kirkland eateries – YUM! Click here for more details. Registration is required and closes on March 4. Register at Catalog - City of Kirkland (Course #10993).
Lake Washington Schools District News
LWSD Developing Online School for 2021-22 School Year
Lake Washington School District is currently developing an online school that will open in the fall of 2021. This new learning environment will provide students with a rich learning experience to support their growth and success. The online option is separate from the remote learning our students are currently experiencing and our return-to-school efforts and plans.
This online school will initially target incoming 9th grade students for the 2021-22 school year, with expanded grade options to be added over time. Family information sessions that will detail enrollment procedures and the structure of the online school will be scheduled for February and March.
More information will be coming soon on the Lake Washington School District website.

World Language Proficiency Testing
To continue to recognize the talents of our bilingual and biliterate LWSD students, World Language Proficiency Testing for high school credit is being offered for current LWSD 9th-12th grade students in February at Redmond High School, and March at Lake Washington High School. You can register here,
Testing will be conducted following strict safety and social distancing protocols. After registering, we will contact you via the preferred email indicated in the registration to coordinate your specific test date and time at your preferred location. Please note that we are operating at limited capacity this year and will prioritize 11th and 12th graders who need World Language credit to graduate. We will test 9th and 10th graders if additional spots are available. 
Questions? Contact the LWSD World Language Specialist and Test Administrator, Theresa Vásquez at tvasquez@lwsd.org.
Lake Washington Schools Foundation News
'Angst' Documentary Viewing
In partnership with Overlake Medical Center & Clinics and Eastlake High School, we will be hosting an anxiety-awareness documentary, “Angst” on February 25 and 26. Free to attend, prior registration required at www.lwsf.org/angst.

Balance in Mind Events for Parent & Teens
  • Parent Chats - Register today for the winter session. Chats are held on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm.
  • Spanish Youth Mental Health Workshops - Sistema Escolar, Youth Eastside Services, and Balance in Mind are presenting a series of workshops on youth mental wellness by Spanish speaking experts for Spanish speaking parents. Register at www.lwsf.org/youthmentalwellness.
  • Marzo 2, 7:30 pm: ¿Que Tipo De Madre/Padre Eres?
  • Balance in Mind’s Instagram @balance.in.mind is a destination for teens to gain inspiration, learn self-care tips, and more! 
February 26 and March 12: LWHS PTSA Chapter Book Club, 5:00 pm
March 5 and 6: Eyes UP LW! Pledge Event
March 9: Drug Awareness Community Forum, 7:00 pm
March 12: LEAP Day (No School)
March 16: LWPTSA Special Education Group Meeting, 6:30 pm
March 17: LWHS PTSA General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm
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