Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter

Sept. 14 , 2016 | Issue 2      
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~ Upcoming Events ~
TODAY! Wednesday Early Release Begins
School dismissed at 1:00 pm, but students may leave at 12:35 for lunch at school or off-campus.

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

Fear Free ACT Practice Test
Saturday, Sept. 24, 8:30 am

PTSA General Membership Meeting
with guest Principal Thomas
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7:00 pm
LWHS Library

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Welcome to the LWHS Community 
From Your PTSA!
Welcome - and welcome back - to the "Kangdom," an affectionate term for the community that gathers at LWHS on school days, but extends to sports arenas, club events, student performances and each of our homes outside of school hours! The LWHS PTSA is here to help connect and support parents, teachers, and students as we work together to build the Kangdom into an excellent educational experience for all of our students.

Thank you for receiving and reading the Kang Crier - we hope this is a timely and reliable source of information for everything happening at LW for your family. Please let us know if there's something happening that you think our LWHS PTSA community should know about! Our website is another great resource for staying informed about everything that's happening in the Kangdom...check it out regularly!

Our PTSA Membership Meetings are held every other month on a Wednesday evening at 7pm in the library. The first meeting is Wednesday, September 28 at 7pm. These meetings are a great source of information about what's going on at school, and a time to meet and connect with other parents. Principal Christina Thomas always updates us on what is new at school and is happy to answer questions. Most meetings also include a parent education topic. Everybody is welcome and encouraged to attend - you do not need to be a PTSA member (membership is required only to vote). We also have a daytime opportunity to connect with parents and engage in Q&A with the Principal at regular "Coffee with Christina" events. Check our calendar for dates and times!

High school is an important time for parents to be involved in their student's education, and PTSA can help facilitate that involvement! Be involved by sharing your influence - join the LWHS PTSA and join your influence with that of 400+ other parents. Be involved by sharing your interest - read the Kang Crier and the website to know what's happening in the Kangdom. Be involved by investing in the programs and efforts happening at LW - invest financially, invest your time, invest your talents!
I look forward to seeing you soon!

Mindy Lincicome
LWHS PTSA President
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Please join LWHS PTSA
Supporting students every day
Parents and staff, we would love for you to join the Lake Washington High School PTSA.  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, you also become part of the largest child advocacy organization in the state. In addition, you gain access to the online student/parent directory (password protected) and receive discounts to Wild Waves, FedEx Office, Great Wolf Lodge, and much more. Even if this is the only PTSA activity you participate in all year, it's greatly appreciated! Thank you for your support.

Join online or  fill out the form in the first day packet and drop it off in the PTSA box in the school office. Membership is $15 for an individual or $25 for two adults (a family membership).

Attention teachers - have you joined LWHS PTSA?
THANK YOU so much to the 46 staff members who have already joined the PTSA. We value your membership greatly and it demonstrates the strong support between parents and staff at Lake Washington High School. For those of you who committed to join but haven't yet had the chance, please just click here to join online (or pick up a membership form in the office). We welcome all teachers, staff and administrators. Thank you for supporting our students every day!
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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 $3000 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, college application workshops and much, much more...

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

Thank you for your support of LW students and staff!
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The Kangdom 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 -- Webmaster, Hospitality, Parent Education, Advocacy and Emergency Prep.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Mindy Lincicome
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NEW! LWHS Parent Pledge program

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 can access the online parent directory.

You have the option to sign the pledge when you become a LWHS PTSA member  or you can print out the pledge form and turn it in to the office. Questions? Email
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Register for "Fear-free" practice SAT & ACT tests

caf_-laptop-people.jpg Register now for the Fear Free SAT/ACT Practice Tests.  Tests are set for Sept. 24 and Oct. 8.  Practice taking the SAT or ACT in a real test environment, and find out which test is best for you.  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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For Seniors & Senior Parents

LWHS Class of 2017 Senior Party
Registration & Ticket Information

LWHS seniors are invited to the June 15, 2017 Senior Party - a safe and fun-filled post-graduation night party for the Class of 2017. Graduation is at 8 pm at the Key Arena in Seattle. Graduates who are attending the senior party will board buses and leave directly from Key Arena. To purchase a ticket you can either fill out a registration form and pay with a check, or simply register and pay online. See complete information on the information page online. The Senior Party is sponsored by the LWHS PTSA.

Save with Early Purchase! The earlier you purchase tickets, the less you'll pay. Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket prices:
* $165 from now to 12/31/16
* $180 after 12/31/16 through 4/30/17
* $200 after 5/1/17

*New this year! You can lock in your price with a non-refundable $100 deposit. Balance is due by 3/31/17.

Would you like to volunteer? We'd love your help! To volunteer during the year or the night of the Senior Party, or for scholarship or registration information, please contact Debbie Bensussen, 425-827-4008;  Leisa Sanders, 206-799-9081; or Kristen Becker-Brown, 425-736-1215.

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Graduation set for June 15, 2017

The Class of 2017 will graduate on June 15, 2017 at 8 pm at Key Arena. Check this page on the school website for information & deadlines important to the Class of 2017. Please note that information will be updated throughout the year for Class of 2017 activities.


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LWHS News & Activities

Curriculum Night is Sept. 21
Pre-session parent education sessions are offered
LWHS's annual open house/curriculum night will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Optional parent education pre-sessions begin at 5:30 pm. Class schedule distribution is from 6 - 6:30 pm. Curriculum night officially begins in the gym promptly at 6:30 with an opening address from Christina Thomas, LW's principal. Parents will follow their student's daily schedule and visit each classroom and teacher from 6:55 - 8:40 pm. See online for more information about the schedule and descriptions of the pre-session offerings. 
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Yearbook Proofers Wanted
Parents:  Are you bothered by mistakes?  Do you love details, last minute deadlines, and pleas for help?
Well then, HELP!!! Though we try to be perfect, we admit to needing your eyes and attention.  Please consider being a yearbook parent editor, and mark your calendars for an informational meeting Monday, Oct. 3 at 3 pm in Room 379.
Bring computers if you have them.  RSVP to Dawn Wyatt and we will send you a reminder.
Many thanks,
Yearbook editors: Ashely Kipp, Kelly Lam, and Rachel Schauer
Yearbook advisor: Dawn Wyatt 

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The Lake Washington School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, gender, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran, military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. bottomofpage

 Lake Washington High School * Kirkland, WA * PTSA Local Unit 2.8.95