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AT-LARGE NOMINATING COMMITTEE POSITIONS OPEN (January 21, 2015) -- Three At-Large Positions on the 2015-16 Washington State PTA Nominating Committee will be on the ballot for election at the 2015 WSPTA Convention. Candidates who wish to self-declare for election to one of these offices must submit a signed Declaration of Good Faith form so that it is RECEIVED BY the WSPTA by February 15, 2015. Click here for more information on how to self-declare.

FUNDRAISER TO HELP LOCAL PTAS AND SUPPORT THE SEAHAWKS (January 20, 2015) -- The WSPTA has partnered with GameTime Fundraisers and the Seattle Seahawks to raise funds to support schools. The featured item is the official Super Bowl game program (magazine). The cost is $18.50 and local PTAs make $5 from every sale. Additionally, for every Super Bowl program purchased, the name of the purchaser will be entered to win an all-expense paid trip to Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix (includes airfare, deluxe hotel accommodations, and game tickets). Below are more details.

The order process is easy!
• Go to: www.GameTimeFundraisers.com
• Select "Super Bowl XLIX" and add Super Bowl program(s) to your cart.
o Note: Additional SB XLIX trip entries may be purchased separately
• Enter School/PTA and Student Name on the checkout page.
• Check out! All programs will ship to the school identified at checkout for distribution to students.

Key Dates:
• Order deadline: Sunday January 25, 2015 (11:59pm PST)
• Trip Giveaway Drawing: Monday, January 26, 2015
• Delivery date of Super Bowl XLIX programs to schools: Thursday, January 29, 2015 (to schools identified at checkout)
• Distribution date to students: Friday, January 30, 2015. Schools will receive a distribution list (similar to school yearbook distribution)
• Super Bowl: Sunday, February 1, 2015
• Fund remittance: Friday, February 27, 2015

To sign-up, individual PTA reps should send an email to andrea@gametimefundraisers.com with the following info: PTA contact name, phone number, email address and school address.

Click here for flyer on this fundraiser from GameTime Fundraisers. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-888-973-7464 or send an email to andrea@gametimefundraisers.com. GameTime Fundraisers have helped local PTA’s and schools raise over $125,000 with their Super Bowl fundraiser the past two (2) years.

WSPTA NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT (January 12, 2015) -- The 2014-2015 Washington State PTA Nominating Committee places the following names in nomination:
President - Barbara Martin
Vice President - Leanne Hawkins
Legislative Director –
Membership Director – Jenny Forbes

Click here to view the Nominating Committee report.

How to self-declare -- Candidates who wish to self-declare for election to President, Vice President or Membership Director must submit a signed Declaration of Good Faith form so that it is RECEIVED BY the WSPTA office no later than 15 days (January 27, 2015) after the posting of the Nominating Committee’s report to declare their candidacy. Click here for more information.

Call for Nominations -- State PTA Officer Nominations are due on January 26, 2015 for the positions of Legislative Director and Secretary. The form is available here. Please review the eligibility requirements listed on the recommendation form for each of the positions.



Deadline Dates

  • January 31 -- Common Core State Standards Parent Training Class


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


    Events
    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
    Programs
    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
    Regions
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    Advocacy
    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
    Membership
    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
    Outreach
    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
    Resources
    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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