October 20, 2020 | Issue #5
Donations Still Needed - Thank You for Supporting PTSA!
We're on our way! Thanks to generous contributions so far, we're over half-way to our fundraising goal this year. Your donations provide classroom grants, student activities, and ongoing school support. Our teachers and students are approaching this year with creativity and enthusiasm, and our PTSA has already supported some of their new ideas. There's still time to add your support to our efforts! Watch our video to learn more about PTSA at LWHS and the many things that we support! Donate here.

If you've already donated and your employer matches donations, please remember to report your contribution! If you need any information from our PTSA, contact Mindy Lincicome.

You can support our PTSA without spending any additional money by designating LWHS PTSA as your charity of choice with Fred Meyer Rewards, Amazon Smile and Bing Rewards. For more information about how our PTSA can benefit from your shopping, check out the information on our website.

Mindy Lincicome, VP Ways & Means
Grants Committee Members Needed
Do you have a small amount of time to help make a big impact for our school community? We’re looking for a few PTSA members to join the Grants Committee and help review grant applications from school staff and student clubs. We meet for about an hour in early November and February (and occasional shorter meetings if applications are received at other times) to discuss the applications and prepare recommendations for the PTSA board. If you’d like to find out more about the grants program, see the PTSA website.

If you’re interested in joining this committee, please email Christine Woskett, Grants Committee Chair, at grants@lwhsptsa.org
Additional SAT and ACT Practice Tests Now Available!
Back by popular demand! LWHS PTSA is pleased to offer additional sessions for the SAT and ACT practice tests with Princeton Review. The practice tests will continue to be conducted online, due to COVID restrictions.

The practice tests are created from original SAT/ACT tests from past years. They are a great way for your student to get comfortable with the format and style of the SAT or ACT. Students who take the test will also be invited to a strategy session that provides tips and tricks for better performance in the actual test. 

The online practice tests will occur: 
  • SAT: Saturday, November 7 with Strategy Session November 10
  • ACT: Saturday, November 14 with Strategy Session November 17
Note: If your student has taken an earlier practice test, they can take it again. However, please note that the set of questions will be the same. They will NOT get a new set of questions.

Don’t let your student miss this opportunity! Sign up for free! Registration must be completed before November 3. 
Questions? Email satactpractice@lwhsptsa.org 
LWPTSA Special Education Group Meeting - Tonight!
In honor of Disability History Month, LWPTSA Council Special Education group presents Understanding Legacy: Disability Rights History in the US by Eric Warwick, Defending Democracy Fellow for the Western States Center.

Eric Warwick is a disability rights self-advocate and paraeducator based in Spokane who previously worked on education justice and disability rights issues in the Seattle area. Learn about disability history and its implications for the present-day movement to build towards disability justice.  

  • What: Understanding Legacy: Disability Rights History in the US
  • When: Tonight! Tuesday, October 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Where: Join via GoToMeeting https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/343200021 Or dial in via (646) 749-3122 with Access Code: 343-200-021 

All parents are welcome. For information about joining the Special Education Group mailing list, visit http://lwptsa.net/special-needs-group.

Questions? Contact the Special Education Group Chairs at specialeducation@lwptsa.net.
Reflections Arts Program: Submitting Entries
Entry Deadline: Monday, November 2

What Is Reflections?  
A national arts competition offered through the LWHS PTSA. Students create art based on the current year’s theme which is I Matter Because… The competition is open to all LWHS students. Visit the PTSA website under Student Programs: Reflections for more information on this year’s program.  
If your student is participating, here is how to submit entries online:  
  • Follow each bullet statement under the Submission Requirements in the Rules of the Art category selected, especially dimensions; length, file size, word count 
  • Students will prepare their entry for online submission in the following file formats: Visual Arts (JPG/JPEG/PNG) - consider searching “How to Take a Good Photo of Artwork”; Photography (JPG/JPEG/PNG); Literature (PDF); Dance & Film (MP4 and AVI); Music Composition (MP3 and WAV/Notation - PDF); Entry Forms (fillable PDF)  
  • Student Entry Form needs to be completely filled out. Note: Student and Parent/Guardian signatures are not required. Give it a good Title, do not use the Theme as the title. Don’t forget the Details. Artist Statement: 100 words or less/make it meaningful. 
  • Email file and Entry Form to the Reflections Chair by end of day November 2
Please contact the Reflections Chair if there are any concerns with submitting your entry online!

Questions? Email Pam Hay, LWHS PTSA Reflections Chair
Parents Supporting Parents: Helping Teens Make Safe and Healthy Choices
Did you know that one of the most consistent risk factors for adolescent drinking/drug use is parental approval and that adolescents who report low parental monitoring are more likely to use substances? In conjunction with The National PTA Alcohol and Drug Free Resolution and the Washington State PTA, LWHS PTSA is once again participating in the  Parent Pledge Program to:

  • Build a communication network to reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs among teens in our school and community.
  • Host only Alcohol-Free, Tobacco-Free and Drug-Free parties for teens.
  • Not allow teens to possess or consume alcohol, tobacco or other drugs at their homes; and
  • Discourage their teens from attending unsupervised parties.
By signing this Parent Pledge, you are letting other LWHS PTSA families know that you intend to supervise your child’s social gatherings in your home to ensure that they are alcohol, tobacco and drug free. It also indicates that you may be contacted by other parents about parties and get-togethers. This pledge sends a clear message that as a parent/guardian, and as a community, we believe underage drinking, tobacco and drug use is unacceptable.  Please note that if a family is not listed in the directory, it does not necessarily mean they do not support the pledge.
Please click here to log in to your account and sign the pledge. You will then be designated as a member of the Parent Pledge Program in the PTSA online directory. (You must be a member of LWHS PTSA to access the directory.)
Click here for parent resources and tips about talking with your teen and keeping kids drug and alcohol free.
Join the PTSA Staff Appreciation Team!
Your PTSA Staff Appreciation Team is treating our wonderful LWHS Staff with a Fall Harvest snack bar of apples, pretzels and other snacks with caramel dipping sauce! If you would like to contribute an item please view our Signup Genius.  

If you are not able to help this time but would like to be notified of future events, please send an email to appreciation@lwhsptsa.org.  

From the Counseling Center
Need Help Completing the FAFSA?
Just a reminder that if you would like your student to be considered for financial aid, you need to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible. If you experience difficulty when you fill out the FAFSA, we encourage you to call the financial aid offices at any of our local community colleges or universities. They will be more than happy to help answer your questions. Again, it is important to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible. Colleges enforce deadlines and need your financial information as early as possible in order to give your student the best package.
AP Exam Payments Due by October 30
The payment window for all exams will be October 1 through October 30, 2020. Please pay online at https://payments.lwsd.org. Your printed receipt is your payment confirmation. If you need help with online payments, need other payment options, or have questions regarding financial assistance, please contact LWHS bookkeeper Kendria Zard at kzard@lwsd.org or 425-936-1719. Exam fees are $96 per exam. AP Capstone Exams (Seminar and Research) are $144 per exam. Remember: If students have not signed up for AP Classrooms, we will not be able to order an exam for them.

Student Connections: Live Presentations on Teams
Counselors have been holding live information sessions regarding applying for college and other post-high school preparation topics. Check out the schedule and past presentations on the Counseling website.

LWHS Counseling Center
LWHS Theatre
We are excited to announce our winter play is...It’s a Wonderful Life, the Radio Play!
  • It will be performed digitally through streaming and can be enjoyed all over the world!
  • Student auditions will be open October 26-29 via Flipgrid. Find guidelines and the online sign-up at: https://flipgrid.com/lwhstheatre2021.
  • Questions? Email the Director, Ms. Heetbrink.
  • Want to stay up to date on shows and events? Sign up here and follow us on social media (FBInstaTwitter)
The Bailey family is excited to see you this holiday season!
Register Now for All Sports
Please help us with our planning by registering for all intended sports NOW through Final Forms. Having all our potential student athletes registered allows us to accurately plan for a re-start of our athletic activities. 

In order to be fully registered, students and parents must complete all paperwork in Final Forms and must have a valid pre-participation physical examination (obtained from your primary care provider) on file with the Athletic Office. No participation fees are being collected at this time, but it is critical that every student register now for the sports they intend to play.

Questions? Contact Rick O'Leary, LWHS Athletic Director
Fall Groups Available with School-Based Social Workers
Did you know? Each high school in the Lake Washington School District has a dedicated social worker through Evergreen Health. This fall, the social workers are offering a variety of group sessions for all high school students and families in the district. Each day of the week will feature a different group, including:
  • Healthy Youth Development for Parents
  • Coping with Anxiety and Depression
  • Mid-Week Mindfulness
  • Self care and Coping with COVID-19
  • Parent's Support Group

These groups are focused around psychoeducation, skill building, resources and support. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Questions? Contact Lindsay McMeins, LWHS EvergreenHealth Social Worker
Share Your Work Experience with Students!
Do you have an interesting career that you’d like to share with our students (or perhaps have a friend who might)? We are looking for individuals willing to share their work experience with some of our students, via Microsoft Teams. LWHS staff members Mr. Green and Ms. Henderson are working with the PTSA to organize the Think Big series, which will be held on Fridays 11:45am - 12:15pm. The series is open to all students, and we’d like to present a variety of career paths, including the winding sort and those that don’t require college.
If you’re interested please email Jonathan Heuer at lifeprep@lwhsptsa.org.
Student News You Can Use! Clubs and Happenings
Club Information
If your student missed the mini-club fair in Homeroom on October 2, check out the school website here. You will find descriptions of clubs that are meeting virtually and advisor contact information to learn more.
Kang News
Kang News is a great way for your student (and you!) to know what is going on in the broader school community and has lots of good tips and fun snippets of info. This recorded live broadcast done by students is usually shown in homeroom but you can subscribe to their news cannel and view archived editions here. and even subscribe to their news channel. Episodes can also be viewed on Instagram @KangNewsLive.
Sustainability at LWHS
Recycling Primer: Plastics 
Many of the items that we purchase come in plastic containers. Plastic provides easy containment for transportation, storage, display, convenience, and freshness. Most of the plastic that we bring into our homes can be recycled. (We can also reduce our use of plastics but that’s another article.) To recycle, consumers should follow the guidelines of their city’s curbside recycling program (KirklandRedmond). I recommend keeping a copy in your kitchen for reference. 

Take our quiz to test your plastics recycling knowledge. You'll find the True/False answers at the bottom of the newsletter. 
  1. Clamshells (plastic containers that hold berries, lettuce, etc.) can be recycled 
  2. Plastic caps/lids can be left on plastic containers (e.g., milk jugs, yogurt containers) when placed in the Recycle bin 
  3. Recyclable plastic containers should be cleaned thoroughly before placing in the Recycle bin 
  4. Plastic bags filled with recyclables or empty can go in the Recycle bin 
  5. Plastic CLOROX Bleach bottles can be recycled  

For Questions and Comments, contact Pam Hay, LWHS PTSA Sustainability Chair
Senior Spirit Competition Happening NOW!
Hey parents, let your seniors know about the ASB Senior Spirit Competition happening now! Post a photo of their decorated senior overalls or tshirt on the class of 2021 Instagram account (lwhs.2021) or email to s-iakdeniz@lwsd.org with the #lw2021spirit for a chance to win a $20 Grubhub or Doordash gift card! There will be a total of five winners.

  • This week, entries must be received by 10/21, with winners announced 10/23
  • Next week, entries must be received 10/26-10/28, with winners announced 10/30

Thank you to LWHS PTSA for supporting this event!
Yearbook Deadlines for Seniors
Senior Portrait Submissions
If students want to use their senior portrait for the yearbook, please submit to Jostens by December 1, 2020. Details can be found on the LWHS website under Yearbook.
Senior Recognition Ads
Looking for an additional way to celebrate your senior? Through Jostens, parents have the opportunity to create a senior recognition ad for their student that will go in the Yearbook. It’s a way to celebrate all of their hard work and accomplishments and commemorate a unique year. The deadline for ads is also December 1, 2020. Click here for more information.

Hannah Kreutz
LWHS Yearbook Advisor
College & Career Center Updates
The LWHS College & Career Center has information regarding college and community events, scholarships, career related information, outside programs, and more! Get connected:

Questions? Contact Charolett Henderson, LWHS College & Career Specialist
Emotional Wellbeing for the Latinx Community
Padres Unidos por la Educación RHS will be hosting a series of Emotional Wellbeing workshops directed to the Lantinx community. The workshops will be in Spanish presented by Susana Valencia. RHS, in connection with LWSF and LWPTSA, will be hosting these workshops through Zoom for the next several Mondays from 6:00-7:30 pm. Click here for more information or visit their Facebook page.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 840 4663 9965
 +1 253 215 8782
The Lake Washington Schools Foundation Updates
“All in for Kids” Fall Fundraising Campaign
The Lake Washington Schools Foundation funds youth mental health support, food for food-insecure students, mentoring for young students, and much more. This is our second largest fundraiser of the year and we rely on your donations to fund the important work that we do. Join us in being “All in for Kids” by donating at: www.lwsf.org/allinforkids2020

Balance in Mind Parent Chats
Talk with mental health experts and other parents in a safe and supportive environment. For details and registration go to: www.lwsf.org/youthmentalwellness

  • Parenting a Child with Special Needs: Tomorrow night October 21 at 7:10 pm
  • Supporting Your Child as they Navigate Painful Experiences: November 4 and November 18 at 7:10 pm

Upcoming Find Your Fit events
 “The Counselor Is In” Group Counseling Sessions: Sign up to ask independent college counselor Mary Pat O’Neil any questions you have about the college application process.

  • Session 2: October 23 at 4:00 pm

All Find Your Fit events are FREE to attend but registration is required at www.lwsf.org/findyourfit

LWSF is searching for Ambassadors at every school
Ambassadors are key communication liaisons between your school and the Foundation to help keep school communities informed on upcoming events, activities and more! Email Maya@lwsf.org to learn more and see how you can get involved. 
K-12 Internet Access Program Allows More Students to Learn from Home
OSPI has finalized contracts with three internet service providers (Ziply, Presidio, and Comcast) to provide the service to up to 60,000 students and their families through the end of the 2020–21 school year at no cost to the family. The program is reserved for students who are low-income and did not have internet access before August 2020.
To participate in the K-12 internet access program, potentially eligible families should receive information, including a promo/offer code from a provider, from their local school district. Families may also contact their district to request information. OSPI is compiling a list with a contact person for this program at each district.
October 20: LWPTSA Special Education Understanding Legacy
November 2: Reflections Submissions Due
November 11: Veteran's Day (No School)
November 18: PTSA General Membership Virtual Meeting, 7:00 pm
November 25: Half Day
November 26-27: Thanksgiving Break (No School)
Recycling Plastics Quiz Answers
  1. False, plastic clamshells cannot be recycled so place in Garbage bin 
  2. True, screw or snap on lids before recycling, otherwise lids on their own go into Garbage 
  3. True, clean and dry items thoroughly before placing in the Recycle bin  
  4. False, plastic bags should NOT go in the Recycle bin – full or empty 
  5. True, BUT the plastic CLOROX Bleach bottle should be empty, rinsed and most important, the cap screwed on before placing in the Recycle bin (look for how2recycle.info on the label) 
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