News, events and announcements for PTA Leaders in the Seattle School District 

Dear PTA Presidents and Education Leaders,

The excitement is in the air as students return to their school and learning communities. This year, our district has five new buildings opening in North, Central and West Seattle, 200 new teachers, and 90 new classrooms for smaller class sizes. It was my honor and privilege to be a part of these ribbon cutting ceremonies, and to meet students, families, staff, school board members, legislators, and community partners. What amazing collaborative work that has been done to allow Seattle Public Schools to open these buildings. As I stood on these podiums and looked at the crowds in front of me I realized that what I was witnessing was family and community engagement at its best.

It is going to be a great year and the SCPTSA Board is here to support you in your success. We will continue to share programs and resources with you from National PTA. If you haven't already, I encourage you to join School of Excellence and to use the  Every Child in Focus Calendar. See more below on how this program can support you and your school community this year!

Sebrena Burr, SCPTSA President 
PTA News

Reflections Art Program Kick Off
The theme for this year's Reflections is: "What is Your Story?" Here's what you should be doing this summer to kick off the program at your school: 
  • Register for the 2016-17 program via the link below.
  • Request a Local Leader's Guide, state-specific dates, forms and additional information from the Washington State PTA.
  • Take the Reflections Leader Training (on demand).
  • Coordinate your kick-off with National Arts in Education Week (Sept. 7-11).
  • Distribute and share the 2016-17 Reflections Poster to advertise this year's theme.

Webinar: Supporting Hispanic Students' Success - September 15
Twenty-five percent of students today are Hispanic, and Hispanic children and youth are the fastest-growing population in America. We know that Hispanic and Latino parents want the best for their children and want to be engaged, but there are cultural and language barriers that make it challenging. As Hispanic families head back to school, it is important they are equipped with tools and resources to help their children start strong and stay on track to success. In this webinar, you will gain knowledge of the impact of family engagement on student success and ways to support Hispanic and Latino children's learning and development in school, at home and in the community.

National PTA School of Excellence Program - Deadline September 30
National PTA School of Excellence is an acclaimed program that supports and enhances partnerships between PTAs and schools to help families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success. The process is simple:
  • Submit a short application -- it's free and you might be eligible to win $2000 for your PTA!
  • Receive a toolkit from National PTA that includes a ready-to-send survey to send to families. 
  • National PTA analyzes the results and sends you several suggestions for improving family engagement.
  • Your PTA selects one tactic and at the end of year a new survey is sent to families to measure the results.
Join here - Applications due by September 30!

Save these Dates!
Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more information or check the Seattle Council PTSA calendar for updates.
  • October 10 - SCPTSA General Meeting. Location to TBA.
  • October 21-22 - WSPTA Legislative Assembly at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia
SPS News

Growth Boundaries Community Meetings - September and October Dates
Join us at one of five community meetings this fall to learn more about the upcoming school boundary changes for the 2017-18 school year. Interpretation services will be available; see the schedule below for languages.
  • Thursday, Sept. 22 at  6:30-7:30 p.m. - Eckstein Middle School (Lunchroom)  Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Hamilton International Middle School
    Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali
  • Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Mercer International Middle School (Library)
    Languages: Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Chinese, Vietnamese, Amharic, Tigrigna
  • Monday, Oct. 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m - Viewlands Elementary School (Library)
    Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.  - Denny International Middle School (Library)
    Languages: Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese

SchoolMessenger Update for Families
This fall, Seattle Public Schools is launching SchoolMessenger InfoCenter to enable families to customize how they receive communications from their school and the district. Families are able to opt out of non-emergency calls by updating their InfoCenter account preferences. Important note: Families will need to keep at least one number active for emergency announcement phone calls. 

Staffing Adjustments for 2016-17
Why does Seattle Public Schools make staffing adjustments multiple times? After the district projects the initial enrollment for the following school year on May 31, the staff at each school is updated based on families choices and school enrollment. After the waitlist moves are conducted and kindergarten enrollment is finalized, school projections for the fall are updated again to reflect these changes. Projections generated in June support more accurate staffing allocation for schools and create more stable situations for our schools leading into the fall. Fall staff adjustments, if necessary, are made again after school begins.
Community News

OSPI Candidate Forum - Saturday, October 8  
The League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund, Washington STEM, Seattle Council PTSA, and OneAmerica are sponsoring a general election forum for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. There will be one of two forums back-to-back in the same venue with the Superintendent of Public Instruction and a Commissioner of Public Lands forum. Each forum will be approximately 45 minutes long. The event will be held Saturday, October 8 at the  Quincy Jones Performance Center at Garfield High School, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Road Map Project: Education Results Network (ERN) Meeting - September 20
The Road Map Project is seeking input from the community for the Strategic Refresh Planning Process that is currently underway. Tuesday, September 20 from i1:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Renton Pavilion.
Get more information and register here

Road Map Project: DiscoverU - October 17-21
Discover U is an exciting week for students across Seattle and South King County to explore college and career options. Students of all ages will have the opportunity to think about how education can help them reach their dreams. During DiscoverU week, students will learn about educators' college and career paths, see teachers and counselors showing their school pride by sporting their college gear, and participate in fun activities that encourage them to explore their futures.
Plan DiscoverU activities in your school community here 

NAACP Alaska/Oregon/Washington Fall Conference - Sept. 30-Oct. 2  
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a partner with National PTA and you can find them as a resource on the National PTA websiteThis year's conference will be held in Tukwila at the DoubleTree by Hilton. 
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