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Activating Your National PTA Membership Benefits (November 3, 2014) -- National PTA has changed their policy and is no longer requiring people to use a code to set up a profile on their website and access the member benefits. You are now able to register with your name, email and address. To create your National PTA Profile go to

Washington State PTA Sets Legislative Agenda (October 28, 2014) -- Thank you for all who attended the WSPTA Legislative Assembly on October 24 & 25, 2014 at the Vancouver Hilton. The Legislative Assembly and Advocacy Training event provided opportunities for PTA leadership training, advocacy training and was the venue for voting delegates to examine issues submitted by members. Voting delegates debated and voted on the issues to establish our 2015-2016 legislative priorities.

WSPTA’s priorities for the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions:
1. Funding McCleary Funding McCleary
2. Create Positive School Climates Through Social Emotional Learning
3. Increasing Capital Funding
4. Increased Access to Higher Education
5. Breakfast After the Bell

Also supported (listed alphabetically):
Access, Equity & Opportunity for Students with Disabilities and Special Needs
Closing Opportunity Gaps
Equal Access for ELL Students
Family and Community Engagement
Inclusive Special Education
Playground Safety
Investing in Teacher Professional Learning (CTWG Implementation)
Regulating Child Restraint and Isolation in Schools

Heartfelt Condolences to the Families Affected by the Tragedy in Marysville (October 27, 2014) -- Washington State PTA was deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred at Marysville Pilchuck High School on Friday morning. We have reached out to Marysville Pilchuck to express our condolences and support, and we also took a moment of silence at this weekend’s Legislative Assembly to honor the families and community affected. We are all connected in our desire to make every child's potential a reality, and we know our PTA family throughout the state will want to help the entire Marysville community.

If your PTA and school community would like to reach out to Marysville Pilchuck, we are suggesting that you send red and white paper hearts with messages from your students and staff to express their love and sympathy. Red and white are two of their school colors, and will hold special meaning. This will show that our “hearts” are with Marysville Pilchuck.

Our goal is to give children, families, and our communities a chance to reach out to Marysville Pilchuck High School, as well as an outlet for their own grief. Dr. Becky Berg, Marysville School District Superintendent, recently said—“What happens to one child affects all children. What affects one community affects all communities.”

We do not want this showing of support to overwhelm the school at this time. Therefore, we are asking that you send the hearts (or any other showing of comfort) to the following address and we will coordinate the logistics of delivering them to Marysville. A special thanks to Everett Public Schools for their assistance.

Everett Public Schools
Attn: Everett PTSA Council - Hearts for Marysville
3900 Broadway
Everett, WA 98201

As we learn of other opportunities to help the Marysville community, we will be sure to share that with you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the following people:
• Michelle Nims (Everett PTSA Council 7.3) at
• Jenny Forbes (Region 7 Director) at

Deadline Dates

  • November 8 -- Recommendations due for State PTA Officers and At-Large Nominating Committee Members
  • November 10 -- Liability Insurance Payment to AIM
  • November 15 -- IRS Form 990 / 990EZ / 990-N (e-postcard) To Internal Revenue Service
  • November 25 -- Region Director Election Nominations Due to Nominating Committee
  • December 1 -- Bylaws Survey Due Deadline
  • January 5 -- Region Director Election Self-Declare Deadline
  • January 20 -- Reflections Entries to State PTA Office

  • Upcoming Events

    Focus Day
    Monday, January 19, 2015
    Olympia, WA ...Click here

    WSPTA 102nd Annual Convention -- April 17-19, 2015, Bellevue Hyatt Hotel, Bellevue, WA ...Click here

    You can learn from experienced leaders at region trainings and leadership conferences, and statewide conventions and workshops. In addition to targeted classes, these events are opportunities for you to network with other PTA leaders from your region or across the state and further develop your own leadership and advocacy skills.    …Details
    You can support the youth in your community with programs from the state and National PTA. These include support for the arts, parent engagement, college or career preparation, and more. Better yet, your PTA/PTSA can apply for a grant and design your own.   …Details
    Local PTAs enjoy the support of experienced PTA leaders who make up the service delivery teams that organize training in each geographic region. This means you can find support close at hand. Your region director is your point person for training and networking.    …Find your local connection
    For more than 100 years, PTA has advocated for kids on the local, state and national level. Child labor laws, universal kindergarten, school breakfast and lunch programs, and universal immunization—these are all things we take for granted today but were each hard fought victories for PTA. PTA is committed to supporting legislation that protects children and ensures every child gets a great education. …Learn about our priorities
    Members are the lifeblood of PTA. You provide the passion, leadership, and hard work needed to achieve PTA’s vision that every child’s potential becomes a reality. In addition, PTA membership includes access to valuable benefits offered through National PTA.    …All about benefits
    The Outreach Committee’s vision is to see “The diversity that is present in our community reflected in our membership”. We do this by reaching out to those who have differences in age, culture, economic status, educational background, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, legal status, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience.    …Learn more about our Outreach
    All parents want what is best for their children, and here you can find links to our online parenting magazine, The Child Advocate and a host of parenting resources, from suicide prevention to online learning. You can also find links to Washington State PTA’s Uniform Bylaws and volunteer recognition program.    …Parent Resources
    Leadership Resources
    The Leadership Resources section of our website provides current members and leaders information to help them build a strong local PTA or council and meet their responsibilities to comply with state and Federal laws that govern tax exempt nonprofit corporations.  …Leadership Resources (User Name and Password required)

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