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August 28, 2019

September Checklist for Running Your PTA

Governance. Powered by PTA. Ongoing Tasks Attend any board and membership meetings Read meeting minutes and offer corrections Prepare reports for board and membership meetings Attend training Be familiar with your responsibilities and fulfill them Review and ask questions about monthly financial report Prepare articles for newsletter/social media Update website Participate, help, and communicate Monthly…
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Category: Leadership

August 28, 2019

September 2019 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, It’s the end of August and we have hit the ground running. There is so very much to do this time of year! Families are engaged in the annual “back to school” ritual, preparing children and youth for school. PTAs are gearing up membership drives and planning their events and activities for the year. WSPTA Region Directors and other…
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Category: Leadership

August 18, 2019

WSPTA President’s Power of Connection – August 2019

Dear Members, My 21-year-old daughter, Maddie, has been working part-time while attending college, and it’s been fascinating to observe her young career taking shape. She’s working towards a degree in aviation maintenance management where roughly 98% of the workforce doesn’t resemble her at all. As a petite young woman in a male-dominated field, she’s learning…
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Category: Leadership

August 3, 2019

August Checklist for Running Your PTA

Governance. Powered by PTA. Ongoing Tasks Attend board and membership meetings Read meeting minutes and offer corrections Prepare reports for board and membership meetings Get educated: take advantage of in-person and online training opportunities Be familiar with your responsibilities and fulfill them Review and ask questions about the monthly financial report Prepare content for a…
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Category: Leadership

August 3, 2019

August 2019 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, As you are probably aware, our membership database is about to change. About 5 years ago Washington State PTA switched to PT Avenue from the prior database program. This was a dramatic change for both the state office and for local PTA leadership. Some of the results were great, some not so good.…
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Category: Uncategorized


July 9, 2019

July 2019 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, One of the messages I have heard repeatedly when I started working with the Washington State PTA seven months ago was how quiet it gets in the summer time. The story goes that with the end of the school year we stop hearing from you, the leaders and other members of the PTAs…
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Category: Leadership

June 28, 2019

2019 Legislative Session End of Session Report

Prepared for the Washington State PTA By Legislative Consultant Marie Sullivan Legislature ends session on time, passes $52.4 billion operating budget For the first time since 2009, the Washington State Legislature ended a 105-day budget session on time with just minutes to spare. This was the second year in a row, however, for lawmakers to…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative