This year our annual Move-A-Thon will be a week-long socially distanced event taking place from March 22-27. Throughout the week when you get your wiggles out (walk, bike, roll, dance to your favorite jam, or do any other movement), you can record your active minuteshere or keep track on your own.
To finish off the week, on Saturday March 27th we have created a 5k course through the neighborhood and past the school. Families are invited to complete some or all of this course during the day while remaining socially distant and masked up. Wave to friends and participate in fun surprise activities along the way!
FUNDRAISE:Ask friends, neighbors, and family members to sponsor your movement. People can make a per minute pledge or a simple flat donation. Search for your name to find your online pledge page here.
All students will receive a complimentary Move-A-Thon t-shirt, available for pickup March 18th & 19th in the school lobby. If needed, other pickup arrangements can be made. Remember, all donations are 100% tax deductible! Contact Move-A-Thon Chairs Jessie or Cadi with questions. GO BEAVERS GO!
Equity Group Meeting
The next PTA Equity Group meeting is Tuesday, March 9 at 7:30 pm. An email with the link to join will be sent to people on the mailing list. Please contact us if you'd like to be added. Everyone is welcome!
Contribute to the LHE Multicultural Cookbook
Every winter, LHE hosts a beloved multicultural night to celebrate the many cultural identities, experiences, and nationalities represented within the our community. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to host the event in person this year, but we want to continue the tradition by creating a Multicultural Cookbook.
Food tells an important story about who we are, and we invite you to share a recipe of personal significance to your family. Your recipe could connect to your cultural heritage, family history, nationality, or regional experience in the U.S. Please complete this google form to share your recipe. A free PDF version will be available to everyone and a limited number of printed copies will be available for purchase as a fundraiser for the LHE PTA.
Global Reading Challenge Winners
Fifty-one 4th and 5th graders participated in the Global Reading Challenge on 3/3: reading up to 7 books, meeting twice weekly throughout the month of February, and working with their teams in group chats.
The winning team – after a sudden death tie-breaker challenge against the Read Orcas and the Virtual Beaver Readers was... Raptors Reading! Cormac (Team Captain), Evie, Giada, Madeleine, Rory G, and Rory M. This team was coached by Ms. Saltsman at our Tuesday Team Time meetings in February!
Congratulations to our winners and to everyone who participated! Raptors Reading will continue to a regional semi-final round on April 7th from 12:15-1:15, where we'll compete against the winning teams from Cascadia, Greenlake, John Hay, Viewlands, West Woodland, and Whittier!
Loyal Heights Food Drive!
The Student Council Drives Committee is putting on a food drive for the Ballard Food Bank through March 10th.
Items needed include: non-perishable food, such as soup, pasta or beans. Please leave items in the green “Ballard Food Bank” drop-off bin just inside the main school doors.
Equity Book Group
The PTA Equity Group invites you to join a community reading and conversation around the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s newest book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. It’s safe to say this is a book that will have you thinking. A Washington Post review describes the book as a “…powerful, illuminating, and heartfelt account of how hierarchy reproduces itself, as well as a call to action for the difficult work of undoing it…” We will gather virtually in early May (details to come) to discuss the book and its implications.
The Equity Group will be purchasing a set of books for the LHE Equity bookshelf. Please let Ms. Katzen know by Friday, March 19, if you would like to check out one of these copies of Caste. You can also order it from our local bookstore, Secret Garden Books on Market Street.
Yes, we are going to have a yearbook for the 2020-21 school year! HOORAY! We will need your help getting the best yearbook possible!
Send us your Pictures: We need your help to fill our yearbook with great photos of your students and teachers (this includes Teams screenshot photos as well)! Email us your print-resolution photos.Please include the following details with your photos: names of kids, grade, teacher, any detail about the event. We want all of your first day, Halloween, Virtual school parties, Illumination event, learning pods, and home school photos. You may also submit quotes from your kids about school or the year.
Student Portraits: Thank you all who were able to sign up for our Portrait Fundraiser! We have raised over $5000 for the PTA. We will include these portraits in the yearbook, and we will be holding an additional portrait session with Yuen Lui later this spring (details coming soon). If you already took a Yuen Lui photo, those will be included. We understand not everyone can attend these portrait sessions, but we want to ensure that all students are included in the yearbook! If you are unable to attend any planned portrait session, please send us a headshot of your child. Include name, grade and teacher.
Stay tuned for more opportunities to be included in this year's yearbook! We will be planning another School Portrait Option with Yuen Lui later this Spring. Details coming soon.
We are pivoting again this year to bring you a fun, safe, and community-building virtual auction. Details are being finalized and will be announced soon. In the meantime, we are asking friends, family and members of our amazing greater community to contribute.
How can you help? Do you run your own business? Own a cabin or a timeshare? Could you plan or host a virtual party? Online cooking, yoga, photography class? Have an experience you would like to share with the community virtually?
Shout outs to our first donors! A sushi-making party from the Gardner family, a custom corn hole board from the Golden family, a life coaching session from the Yeager family at Rise 8 Consulting, and a super cute knitted cat ears hat from Bret Ashlee Watson! Now it’s your turn to donate!
Ready to donate? Procurement forms can be completed here. Forms are due April 2nd, and items must be secured by April 9th.
LHE Masks for sale
Stay safe & stylish with a new Loyal Heights Elementary Mask available in youth & adult sizes for $10 each. Limited quantities available so buy yours today! Purchases will be available for pick up at school in the atrium.
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We have several volunteer needs and would love your help! Here's what we are looking for:
2021/22 PTA Board
This will be a year to remember, as our kiddos will be going back to school. Joining the board is a great opportunity advocate for our students, support our teachers and meet new friends! Open positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator, Fundraising and Technology! Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested. All positions can be split to share the work.
If you would like to be added to our volunteer database, fill out this form to indicate your areas of interest, and you will be contacted as needs arise.
Support Our PTA by Participating in These Programs!
Ballard Market Receipts
Ballard Market will accept physical receipts and provide a % cash donation to our PTA. There is now a collection bin in the school foyer to drop off receipts every Friday. This has been a very successful program for our PTA. Please contact Jan with any questions.
Fred Meyer Rewards
Support the school by connecting your Fred Meyer card to "Loyal Heights PTA Seattle Council". Under the Community Rewards program, a portion of all purchases are donated back to the school. You can attach your card to our school on the community rewards website.
Link your Amazon Smile Account to Loyal Heights Elementary PTA. Remember to click on amazon smile when ordering. Eligible purchases will generate 0.5% for our school!
Box Tops for Education
Now that Box Tops is going digital, get to know the new mobile app so you can keep earning at your school. It scans your store receipt, automatically finds participating products and instantly adds Box Tops to your school's earnings online. No clipping required! Check out this video or click here to learn about the program and create your account.
LHPTA 2020-2021 Business Sponsors
About LHPTA News
The Loyal Heights Parent-Teacher Association (LHPTA) provides information on our organization's activities as well as school-related news on a regular basis via email. Please contact Amy Goldstein, LHPTA Communications Director, with any questions.
About Loyal Heights Parent-Teacher Association
The Loyal Heights PTA is proud of our ongoing commitment to our learning community and our support of Loyal Heights Elementary. We are vital to Loyal Heights' strong tradition of family involvement. As PTA members, we are part of an active local, state and national organization: the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the nation. For more information, see loyalheightspta.organdwww.wastatepta.org