Council Contacts are Council members who have offered to serve as an additional point-of-contact to one or more of our 27 local PTAs in the Everett School District. The purpose is to help connect Everett PTSA Council to each local PTA by providing more personalized assistance and support. As your Council Contact, these PTA leaders will be checking in with your PTA from time to time, just to make sure that your year is going well. As a reminder, there is no PTA-police! Council leaders only serve as support to your PTA officers. You are always welcome to contact any member of our Council Board of Directors for position specific questions or issues.
*** July 1, 2022 *** Everett PTSA Council eBlast If this eBlast does not display in its entirety, be sure to click on "View this email in your browser" at the top of your email. OUR VISION: To be a meaningful and vital resource to PTAs and our community partners. OUR MISSION: To support, empower, and guide our PTAs to be successful.
*** everettptsacouncil.org *** IN THIS ISSUE: DATES TO REMEMBER | ANNOUNCEMENTS | MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS | ADVOCACY | FACE/DEI | SHOE FUND WSPTA NEWS | NPTA NEWS | PTA LEADER TRAININGS July 4, 2022 - Independence Day
July 1-15, 2022 - MemberPlanet Database Temporary Shutdown
July 19, 2022 - MemberPlanet/Membership Help Roundtable Do you have questions about your MemberPlanet page, need help re-opening your online join packet, or just want to talk membership? Join WSPTA Membership Director Amanda Cabana for this important MemberPlanet/membership roundtable. She would be glad to answer any questions and offer to walk you through this process. TIME: 6:00-7:00 PM COST: Free REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/membershipmemberplanet-help-roundtables-tickets-360638378097
July 25, 2022 - MemberPlanet/Membership Help Roundtable Do you have questions about your MemberPlanet page, need help re-opening your online join packet, or just want to talk membership? Join WSPTA Membership Director Amanda Cabana for this important MemberPlanet/membership roundtable. She would be glad to answer any questions and offer to walk you through this process. TIME: 7:00-8:00 PM COST: Free REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/membershipmemberplanet-help-roundtables-tickets-360644014957
August 26-28, 2022 - Autumn Leadership Launch (A.L.L.) This online event hosted by Washington State PTA centers back-to-school leader development and training opportunities. This event is relevant for all PTA leaders across the state and provides many opportunities for learning and networking. REGISTRATION: Details coming soon. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Goodbyes and Hellos
Hi everyone! We hope you are enjoying Summer and welcome to the new PTA Term!
First and foremost, thank you for all that you have done during the past year. We are very hopeful that the upcoming school year will begin to bring back a sense of normalcy and collaboration. We are all getting through these unique times together and we want you to know that your Everett PTSA Council is always available to provide support if needed.
Second, our council would like to express appreciation for our Board members whose terms just concluded. Stephanie Cherry (Secretary), Abbey McGee (Shoe Fund Chairperson), and Barb Lawrence (Member-At-Large, North)are each moving on from council to pursue other commitments. We wish all of our departing council members good tidings and success in their future endeavors, whether in PTA or otherwise.
But as is common in PTA, departures bring new opportunities and our council is no exception. We potentially have the most diverse council ever, with our Board members coming from a variety of backgrounds and providing PTA representation from across the district (from the north, south, and points in-between). Plus, our incoming council has 16 Board members, all of whom bring an abundance of experience for their respective council roles including 10 people who are or have been local PTA Presidents. We are proud to announce our 2022-2023 Everett PTSA Council Board:
President: Craig Willis from Forest View PTA and Gateway PTSA (Returning Council member, in same role)
Co-VP of Membership: Serena Peterson from Forest View PTA (Returning Council member, in same role)
Co-VP of Membership: Beenish Iqbal from Heatherwood PTA and H.M. Jackson High PTSA (Returning Council member, in new role)
Secretary: Amber Ortega from View Ridge PTA (New to Council!)
Treasurer: Mee Yoke McGuire from Everett High PTA (Returning Council member, in same role)
Communications Chair: Lisa Syravong from Gateway PTSA and H.M. Jackson High PTSA (Returning Council member, in same role)
Programs Chair: Margaret McAdams from Mill Creek PTA and Heatherwood PTA (Returning Council member, in same role)
F.A.C.E. / D.E.I. Chair: OPEN
Advocacy Chair: Clarissa Phillips from Heatherwood PTA and H.M. Jackson High PTSA (Returning Council member, in same role)
Shoe Fund Chair: Michelle Thomas from H.M. Jackson PTSA (New to Council!)
Co-Reflections Chair: Georgina Johns from H.M. Jackson High PTSA (Returning Council member, in same role)
Co-Reflections Chair: Cam-Tu Vo from Eisenhower PTSA (New to Council!)
Special Education PTSA Liaison: Jason Diamanti from Special Ed PTSA and Jefferson PTA (New to Council!)
Sustainability Chair: Mee Yoke McGuire from Everett High PTA
Member-At-Large (North/1st Region): Heather Rodriguez from Jackson Elementary PTA (New to Council!)
Member-At-Large (South/2nd Region): Nicole McKnight from Mill Creek PTA, Heatherwood PTA, and H.M. Jackson PTSA (New to Council!)
Region 7 Representative: Valerie Cunningham from Special Education PTSA (Returning Council member, in new role)
In conclusion, whether you are a new or returning PTA member, and no matter what your familiarity is with Council, we want you to know that we will be here to support you throughout the 2022-2023 school year! You all make major, positive differences in the lives of students, staff, families, and the community. Thank you for all that you do!
Congratulations to Rebecca Mbwilo from Port Gardner/Sequoia PTSA, whose name was drawn as the winner of a $25 Amazon gift card after submitting our end-of-year survey!
And THANK YOU to EVERYONE who responded to our end-of-year survey! Our council will be reviewing the responses and your feedback is appreciated! We will be using this feedback to accomplish more great things for our local PTAs next term!
Everett Public Schools Date Guidelines for PTA Meetings & Events Everett Public Schools (EPS) has specific date guidelines for when school event nights should occur, depending upon which school level (elementary, middle, high). These date guidelines also apply to PTA meetings and PTA events. When your PTA plans its meetings and events for the 2022-2023 school year, it is important to not only have those dates approved by school administration but also follow the EPS event night date guidelines. Please download the 2022-2023 EPS Designated School Event Night guideline document and review with your PTA Board for planning purposes.*
*IMPORTANT: During the past several years, Everett PTSA Council 7.3 has scheduled its meetings on the Third Wednesday of each month during the school year. We ask that your PTA please keep that night open from having meetings or events, so that your PTA can have members attend our council membership meetings. Your support is both needed and appreciated! (We will announce our council meeting schedule in late July, after our Council Board Retreat)MEMBERSHIP THANK YOU to EVERYONE who supported PTA during the 2021-2022 term! Here are some highlights from our district:
All 27 local PTAs had at least 25 members.
25 of 27 local PTAs surpassed their membership totals from the previous school year.
The total number of PTA members in Everett Public Schools reached 3993 members, surpassing our council membership goal (3900).
Our council achieved Platinum Membership Growth!
The Value of PTA, Member Discounts PTAs can add new members year-round! Washington State PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer association dedicated to the education, health, welfare, and safety of all children in Washington state. When you join PTA, you support local, state, and national efforts to improve the lives of children and their families. As a bonus benefit, each PTA member is eligible for great local, state, and national discounts year-round… For more information regarding the benefits and discounts associated with PTA membership, Please visit the following WSPTA website: https://www.wastatepta.org/get-involved/member-discounts/ Be sure to remind your community of the great benefits available to PTA members!
As the school year winds down, take a few minutes to reflect on all that you and your PTA were able to accomplish this year in working with your school. We've come a long way in the last few years, and I know that our schools appreciate the PTA's support and advocacy. Thanks for all that you do!
Everett PTSA Council 7.3 - Grant Opportunity for Local PTAsEverett PTSA Council now offers grants up to $150 to support local Everett PTAs in outreach and collaboration with families and community members who are traditionally underrepresented in PTA. Grants are available for hosting a FACE event, where family & community engagement is a primary goal & outreach efforts to diverse school populations are being utilized.
Thank you to all PTAs/PTSAs who donated to the Shoe Fund. We were able to serve over 240 students at 14 schools during the 2021-2022 school year! The need was greater than ever before and because of your generous donations, we had the resources to help many students!
Thank you so much!
Abbey McGee 2021-2022 Shoe Fund Coordinator WASHINGTON STATE PTA NEWS MemberPlanet to be Inactive July 1-15
MemberPlanet will be down from July 1 through July 15 for the yearly turnover. Please note that if you have assigned membership between June 5 and June 30 your PTA will have an invoice in July. If you do have an invoice in July, it will be due on July 20.
Once full access is open again, you can easily re-open your membership packet. Please DO NOT edit the URL. If you do, anywhere it has been previously shared will have a broken link! If you are using forms, such as donation forms/spirit wear/yearbooks etc., it is best to re-create that form and reattach.
Good transitions can make all the difference. If you are not continuing in the same role next year, make sure to work with your replacement or co-chair. Take time to let them know what worked, what didn’t, and pass on working knowledge of membership/member planet, as well as your position binder/electronic files.
As your board meets over the summer, think of what your membership goals for next year will be. I strongly suggest that each and every PTA aim for at least one member more than this year! While you are planning your year, take advantage of tools at Local Leader Kit | National PTA. You will need to log in to access these.
Update Your 2022-2023 Officers in MemberPlanet Updating your officers in MemberPlanet needs to be completed each year. If your PTA's MemberPlanet administrator has not already done so, then after July 15 that person can enter next year's officers by clicking Committees, and then click the box for Upcoming Term. Click the green plus next to the position. That will bring up your membership roster, click the blue assign role button for the correct name for that role, and then click continue. Click here for a quick video on Entering 2022-2023 Board & Officers.
NATIONAL PTA NEWS Summer Fun: STEM Projects!
This summer, challenge your students with activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! Enjoy fun and engaging activities at home with hands-on activities for students of all ages. For more information, including activities for your family: https://www.pta.org/home/programs/stem/at-home
National PTA Convention was a Big Success! Our Council President, Craig Willis, was an attendee for the "Virtual Experience" of the National PTA 125th Anniversary Convention last week. Craig wants everyone to know that National PTA Convention offers multiple interesting and informative workshops. Some of the workshops this year included:
Take Action to Keep Kids Safely in School: What Your PTA Can Do to Address Vaccine Hesitancy .
The Future of Family-School Partnerships .
Meaningful Co-Creation: Youth Inclusivity within National PT(S)A
Market Your PTA Value on Social Media
Building a Bridge from PTA to Board of Ed.: Work Stronger Together and Consider the Leap Yourself
Nominating & Recruitment: How to Identify & Recruit New Leaders from Today's Volunteers
If you were not able to register for the National PTA Convention this year, or if you are not familiar with it, please consider doing so next year! This convention provides a great networking and learning opportunity on a national scale:
Get inspired by mission-minded peers and experts
Stay informed on trends and issues affecting our children
Transform your leadership and membership approach through our workshop series
Celebrate our standout members and students
National PTA provides engaging, educational, and fun programs that have been proven to build the knowledge, skills, and habits that children need to realize their full potential. For more information: https://www.pta.org/home/programs
WSPTA eLearning Options: Check out the PTA Leaders: Training webpage for a growing list of eLearning options for all members! Options included: Nominating Committee, Effective Meetings, Secretary: More than Just Minutes, Treasurer Basics, and Bank Statement Review. WSPTA Training webpage
eLearning Options in Spanish! National PTA also offers 5 eLearning options for our Spanish-speaking leaders. Check them out at: https://member.pta.org/Shop/eLearning-Courses-En-Espanol "Our Children" is an online magazine for parents published by the National PTA. Today's PTA is dedicated to empowering parents to make a different in the education, health, and safety of America's children. https://ptaourchildren.org/