Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter

August 31 , 2016 | Issue 1      
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~ Upcoming Events ~
Today! Freshman orientation
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 9-11am

Today! Back-to-School BBQ
Wednesday evening, Aug. 31, 5:30-7:30pm, front of LW
Drop off Kleenex, hand sanitizer, paper donations

First day of school 
Tuesday, Sept. 6
Freshmen: Pick up schedules 7:30am; school starts 8am
Grades 10-12: Schedule pick up 9:30am; 10am late start
Drop off Kleenex, hand sanitizer, paper donations

9th grade summer reading assignment due
Tuesday, Sept. 6

Laptop distribution; agreement forms due
Wednesday, Sept. 7

First home football game 
Friday, Sept. 9 vs. Inglemoor H.S.

Picture Make Up Day
Monday, Sept. 12 for students who missed August picture days (the photo retake day will be in October)

Curriculum Night 
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6:30-8:30pm
Drop off Kleenex, hand sanitizer, paper donations


Welcome Kang families!

This is the August edition of our bi-monthly Kang Crier newsletter. You'll find upcoming events and deadlines for the start of the school year. Our first full edition will be emailed on Wednesday, September 14. 

Ask your student for a packet of information they will bring home the first day!  In addition to some important paperwork the school needs, you can find PTSA information about membership, donations, and our new Parent Pledge program!  Get a head start on the first-day paperwork by joining PTSA now at

New to LW? Don't forget to subscribe to the Kang Crier using the link in the left sidebar. You will also find a link to update your email address if that has changed.

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From the Principal
Dear Families,
Welcome to our new families and welcome back to our returning families. It has been another busy summer of hiring and adding classrooms in the form of four more portables. We are currently at about 1700 students. We have hired approximately twelve new staff members and several new classified positions. Please plan on joining us on September 21st for our Curriculum Night from 6:30-8:30 pm. This is your opportunity to meet your student's teachers and establish that very important relationship.

Based on feedback last year from students and staff, we have adjusted our schedule slightly. Our intervention period this year will be on Mondays and Thursdays. 

The first day of school is September 6th. The first day, freshman will attend from 8 am - 2:31 pm. They should arrive prior to 8 am to pick up their schedules. Freshman will report directly to the commons to pick up their schedules and then to the gym by 8:10 am for a short assembly and welcome. All other students will start school on September 6th from 10 am -2:31 pm. They should also arrive early to pick up their schedules. 

Wednesday, September 7th is a FULL DAY of school with NO early release. Early release will begin on September 14th. 

It is a requirement that all students and parents sign our discipline and attendance policy. These will be coming home the first few days of school along with a packet of other information. Please ask your student for these documents. In order to get the netbook checked out, all students will have to turn in a signed laptop agreement by Sept. 7, so please plan to sign one of those in advance (see below for link).

Students will not be allowed to change schedules the first few days of school due to enrollment of new students. Students who have gaps in their schedules should come to the counseling office during the period where gaps may occur. Please work with your student's counselor if you have questions.

Please refer to our webpage and the Back to School information posted there for further questions. I look forward to meeting you at an upcoming event soon.

Christina Thomas, Principal
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Tonight! Back-to-School BBQ
Wednesday, August 31, 5:30-7:30pm, front of LW
Stop by LW and enjoy a free BBQ dinner while you catch up with friends and neighbors and meet fellow Kang students and families. Take a tour of the school with student guides who will gladly answer your questions about what LW is really like. All LW students and families are welcome! Co-sponsored by LWHS PTSA and LWHS.

Drop off your Kleenex and other supplies
Drop off your Kleenex, hand sanitizer and printer paper donations!  These contributions go directly to your students.  The printer paper is used in the six student printers that PTSA donated a few years ago -- students have access to these laser printers everyday for printing assignments and schoolwork.
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Please join LWHS PTSA
Supporting students every day
Parents and staff, we really want you as members of the Lake Washington High School PTSA. Yes, there is still a PTSA at the high school level and yes, it still really matters! Your student benefits from a strong PTSA and becoming a member is the simplest way to participate. When you join the high school PTSA not only do you demonstrate support for student enrichment, but you also become part of the largest child advocacy organization in the state. And you also gain access to the online student/parent directory (password protected), and receive discounts to Wild Waves, FedEx Office, Hertz, and much more.

Join online or pick up a membership form in the office.  Thank you for your support!

Attention teachers - have you joined LWHS PTSA?
We value your membership as it demonstrates the strong support between parents and staff at Lake Washington High School. And it's only $10. Please  join LWHS PTSA  today, either online or pick up a membership form in the office. Thank you for supporting our students every day!
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Your community is calling...

LWHS PTSA has a place for you!  Our PTSA is involved in building our Kang community in many ways, and we need parents like you to make it all happen.  With efforts and programs that serve all parts of our community -- teachers, students, and parents -- there are volunteer opportunities of many shapes and sizes.  We are looking for people interested in the following programs and positions -- Communications, Webmaster, Hospitality, Parent Education, Advocacy and Emergency Prep.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Mindy Lincicome

Back to School Help Requested
LWHS also needs help for several Back to School activities, such as tonight's BBQ, packet stuffing tomorrow, schedule hand-out on Sept. 6, laptop rollout on Sept. 7 & 8, and photo make up day on Sept. 12. See the online sign up for times. 
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College Application Workshops resume this fall
The LWHS PTSA returns with its successful program, College Application Workshop, providing students with application essay support after school each Wednesday and Thursday mornings (during tutorial) through the college application season. Trained volunteers assist with editing college application essays and personal statements.  We also answer questions about the college process and steer students in the right direction for any additional support they might need. More information to come, stay tuned!
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Show your support for LW!
Please give to Pass the Pouch
To continue the level of programming provided by LWHS PTSA, we need your help! This year we have set our fundraising goal at $21,000 which is $5000 more than last year. With your generous support, we know we can do it!
Your dollars fund teacher grants, students-in-need funding, Emergency-prep, scholarships, ASB Club grants, SAT/ACT practice testing and much, much more...

Make an online donation today! Learn more or donate by check using the donation form .

Thank you for your support of LW students and staff!
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NEW! Take the Pledge to keep students safe

In conjunction with The National PTA Alcohol and Drug Free Resolution and the Washington State PTA, The LWHS PTSA is introducing the Parent Pledge program to achieve the following goals:
  • To build a communication network to reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs among teens in our school and community.
  • To host only Alcohol-Free, Tobacco-Free and Drug-Free parties for teens.
  • To not allow teens to possess or consume alcohol, tobacco or other drugs at their homes.
  • To 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 parents/guardians, 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. Only PTSA Members will appear in the directory.

Detailed information about how to sign the pledge will be available in first day packets and on our PTSA website Questions? Contact
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Register for "Fear-free" practice SAT & ACT tests

caf_-laptop-people.jpg A new year of Fear Free SAT/ACT Practice Testing is upon us!  Register now for the September 24th and October 8th tests.  These tests are a great resource for choosing the right test for you and a fantastic chance to practice taking the ACT or the SAT.  V iew the program and registration form for more details or simply register online. Please contact Martha Rames if you have any questions.
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Kang Sports

Fall sports start now
All you need to know to participate in LWHS sports is posted online, with access to the new online registration process. A $200 participation fee, current $50 ASB card and any outstanding fines must be paid before participation. Fees and fines can be paid online or at the ASB cashier's window. Each sport also has a specific form which must be submitted.
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LWHS News & Activities

Have you filled out the laptop agreement form?
Students need form to get laptop on September 7 & 8
Don't forget to download and fill out the Laptop Agreement form so your student can get their laptop during the rollout on Wednesday, September 7 and Thursday, September 8. Forms are due September 7. Without this form, the laptop cannot be released to your student. See article below if you can help with the laptop rollout.

All of the First Day Packet forms can be found in the August Back to School Packeton the  LWHS website, or ask your student after the first day of school.  Forms include the Nurse Alert Form, Directory Information Withhold form and more.  Forms must be downloaded, printed and returned to school,or filled in online in some cases.

Additional First Day Packet forms include LWHS PTSA forms for membership, Pass the Pouch donations and volunteer opportunities.
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Volunteers needed for laptop rollout
September 7 & 8
LW still needs a few more volunteers to help hand out laptops on September 7 & 8. There are four shifts to choose from each day. View the times available and sign up to help. Thank you for supporting LW!
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