February 2023:PTA and the Law Training on Thursday, March 2, 2023
Hello Region 7 PTA leaders!
We just wanted to make sure you all are aware of our upcoming in-personPTA and the Lawtraining onThursday, March 2 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Marysville School District Service Center. The class will be co-taught by our WA State PTA Area E VP, Tori Emerson and former WA State PTA President, Michelle Nims. This is the one class is that required for each PTA to have at least one officer attend every year (but more are encouraged!)
We hope to see you there! Jen and Hai ------------
October 2022:Region 7 October News and Upcoming Events
Greetings Region 7 PTA Local Leaders!
It sure has been a busy fall and we hope that your PTAs are up and running with the support it needs and that your membership drives have been successful. Jen & I have enjoyed connecting with some of you face-to-face over the last few months as we make our way around the region. Washington State PTA has a lot happening in October/November. Please check out our upcoming events and trainings list below to see what is happening this month.
Also, don't forget to check out the October Checklist for Running Your PTA. This checklist is there to help you stay on track with your Standards of Affiliation and to guide you through the month as you run your PTA.
As always, please feel free to reach out to us if you ever have any questions or concerns. We are here to support your PTA!
Please join state leaders for lunch and an opportunity to share your thoughts on your experience as a PTA leader on Monday, November 7, 2022. This event will be held at the Mukilteo Schools district office: 9401 Sharon Dr, Everett, WA 98204. Space is limited, so register soon!
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY: WSPTA's 44th Annual Legislative Assembly is October 15-16 at Bellevue College. Please check your email for details if you are attending.
THE GREAT PTA SIGN-UP DAY: Washington State PTA’sGreat PTA Sign Up Daywill happen on October 26, 2022. We hope to sign up 5,000 members across Washington on this one day! For more information, visit The Great PTA Sign Up Day - WSPTA
This is the most important and useful class of them all, as it will prepare you and your fellow officers to run your PTA with an eye toward the important legal and fiscal requirements in running a nonprofit. PTA and the Law deals with state and federal rules and regulations relevant to running a charitable, tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation in the state of Washington and will explain how these rules impact your PTA. PTA and the Law is a required class for at least one PTA officer each year.
October 22 @ 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM - Reflections Local Leader Training
This is the Reflections’ annual training class for PTA leaders. Included in this class is an overview of the program, and instructions on how both local and council PTAs can participate. There is also time set aside to answer questions from local leaders. This class will be recorded.
November 10 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Managing Your Nonprofit PTA
The financial management of the PTA is the responsibility of the entire board of directors. Learn the basic financial skills to manage and track PTA funds, online accounts, legal obligations to maintain your tax-exempt status and other considerations. Recommended for all elected officers and board members.
July 2022:Introducing Co-Directors Jen Hirman & Hai Evans
Greetings Region 7 PTA Leaders,
Thank you so much for taking on these important roles to lead your local PTAs this year! It is with great leaders like you that Washington State PTA is able to advocate for the education, enrichment, safety, and well-being of all our students, schools, and communities statewide.
At this time, we would like to introduce ourselves, Jen Hirman and Hai Evans, your Region 7 Co-Directors for the 2022-2023 term. Together with our Area VP, Tori Emerson, and our Service Delivery Team (SDT), we are here to lend guidance and leadership to all of you this year.
My name is Jen Hirman, returning in the Region Director role, and I am so excited to be working alongside Hai this year as Co-Directors! I have 10 years experience in PTA leadership positions at various levels: Cedar Wood Elementary School and Heatherwood M.S., Everett PTSA Council and Region 7. My husband and I have two daughters: a 9th grader at Henry M. Jackson H.S. and the other will be starting at the University of Washington this fall. I've had a chance to meet some of you who are returning leaders at PTA in the Park events or at WSPTA Convention in May, and I'm hoping this year we can have more opportunities to connect in-person with all of our Region 7 PTAs.
My name is Hai Evans and I was, up until recently, the Region 7 SDT Representative for Mukilteo. I live in Mukilteo with my husband Jeff, our 3 kids (sophomore at Kamiak HS, 7th grader at Explorer MS, and 5th grader at Mukilteo Elem), and our mini-husky. Prior to Mukilteo, I was heavily involved with the PTA in the Everett School District for the last 10 years. In those 10 years I have taken on many roles including committee chairs, secretary, treasurer, and president at several different local PTAs. In addition to my volunteer work, I am also a certificated teacher and I substitute part-time as a math/science teacher. I met Jen while PTAing in Everett and have had such admiration and respect for her leadership through the years.
We are both so excited to work together this year to bring support from WSPTA to Region 7. Please feel free to reach out to us any time you need assistance with anything PTA-related. We look forward to getting to know your local PTAs better this year!
Jen & Hai Hai Evans and Jen Hirman Region 7 Co-Director ------------
February 2022: Greetings from New Region 7 Director
Thanks for all your patience as I’m getting up and running. My desk has spreadsheets and maps and sticky notes filled with notes and ideas, and I’m learning a lot about our Region and our various PTAs.
As we start to hear COVID case numbers going down and possibly mask mandates being eased, we are starting to see schools more open to volunteers and end-of-year activities returning, even if they are not exactly what’s been done in the past. In fact, for many schools and PTAs, this continues to be a time when events and programs might be re-imagined. As you've heard and in that same spirit, this year we can also look forward to the WSPTA Convention May 20-22 being in-person AND online! This spring will be a great opportunity for all of our leaders to get reinvigorated with PTA passion!
For all of our Region 7 PTAs, I'll be hosting zoom "Open Office Hours" from noon-1pm every other Wednesday starting March 2nd. Please feel free to pop in for 5 minutes or for the whole hour. If that time doesn't work for you and you'd like to chat or zoom with me, please just let me know and we'll schedule something. Details coming soon.
I'm delighted to announce Jen Hirman has taken on the role of Region 7 Director! Many of you have worked with Jen before, and I know she's looking forward to getting to know all of you better. I'll still be lurking around ready to help our region as your Area VP and provide whatever support I can to you and Jen. As of today, Jen has the email@example.com email address and I can still be reached at the firstname.lastname@example.org address. Thank you all so much for your willingness to serve others. I hope you're all doing well and healthy although I know this season has brought some very real sorrow and hardships for some of us. Please let us know if you need anything.
Thank you Jen and I can't wait to help bring your goals to life for the Region!