May 26 (Thursday)
Elementary Band/Orchestra Concert
7:00 pm; Eastlake High
May 30 (Monday)
Memorial Day - No School
June 1 (Wednesday)
5th Grade Promotion Meeting
9:00 am; Commons
June 2 (Thursday)
LWPTSA Council General Meeting
9:30 am; LWSD Resource Center
June 3 (Friday)
McAuliffe Volunteer Appreciation Tea
9:00 am; Commons
June 7 (Tuesday)
LWSD PTSA Council Emergency Prep Meeting
9:30 am; LWSD Resource Center
June 10 (Friday)
Field Day and All School Barbecue
June 14 (Tuesday)
Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony
2:00 pm; Commons
June 15 (Wednesday)
Half Day - Last Day of School
June 15 (Wednesday)
Year End of Assembly
10:00 am; Commons
Articles, Announcements & Events
Your PTSA has been awarded a 100% Membership Award by Washington State PTA for a first consecutive year. Thank you to all our members and supporters who make our PTSA awesome!!
Internet/Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy for Parents
Eastlake High School (EHS), Eastlake High School PTSA and Inglewood Middle School PTSA will present a program on digital literacy and online safety on Tuesday, May 24, from 7-9 p.m. at the EHS Theater (400 228th Ave NE, Sammamish, WA 98074). Darren Laur, co-owner and head instructor of Personal Protection Systems Inc., will present.
Laur is a retired Victoria Police Officer, an internationally recognized safety expert and award-winning author.
Some of the topics covered will include:
For more information, contact Beth Sigall, VP-Family & Community Engagement, Lake Washington PTSA Council 2.8, 425-647-0793.
Eleven Lake Washington School District students receive National Merit $2500 Scholarships
Over 21 percent of awards in the state going to LWSD students!
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced on Wednesday that 11 Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students will receive National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Fifty-one students were selected statewide for these awards. Over 21% of students in Washington receiving these awards are from LWSD.
National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. A committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors selected students as Scholarship winners. These Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
Parenting Fatigue: Overcoming discouragement
How do you assess your parenting skills? Do you have realistic expectations for yourself in terms of work, parenting and running a household?
Nathan Monell, Executive Director, National PTA contemplates the hard questions that help put parenting into perspective and 8 self care steps to help us be at our best in his article on Parenting Fatigue.
"The path to discouragement is well-trodden by parents. You may hold unreasonable expectations for yourself, hoping for a level of perfection that you imagine others achieve with ease. Work and child-raising demands may be in conflict making you feel like you aren’t doing anything well."
Read the full blog post from Nathan on HuffPost Parents Blog.
Nathan R. Monell, CAE is the executive director of National PTA and a proud father of two public school students.
Microsoft volunteer hours
Did you know Microsoft will donate $25 for every volunteer hour worked by a Microsoft employee at McAuliffe Elementary?
Volunteer hours not only provide adult support for our students, but can also provide funds needed to purchase resources that enhance the educational experience of our students. If you work at Microsoft, McAuliffe Elementary is asking you to consider donating your hours to our school.
Examples of possible contributions include:
$25.00 for leading a small group in your child's class (1 hour)
$100.00 for volunteering as a chaperone on a field trip (4 hours)
$162.50 for one day of volunteering as a Watch DOG (6.5 hours)
$1,350.00 for volunteering as a fifth grade camp chaperone (54 hours)
It's easy to donate your hours through the Microsoft Giving Portal. Click here for instructions.
Are you prepared for an emergency?
Do you know which disasters could happen in our community? Do you know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage in these situations? Take action to increase your preparedness!
Check out the following resources to help you and your family be prepared should an emergency occur.
How are we doing?
The McAuliffe PTSA would like to hear from you, our members and community, on how we can better serve the needs of our students and parents. Please take a few minutes to answer 5 quick questions to help the PTSA better serve McAuliffe through the survey below.
Click the survey link below or the image above and tell us what you think!
McAuliffe PTSA Survey
We appreciate your feedback!
A new way to pay for meals
The district's new online payment system for student meal accounts, "MySchoolBucks" is now available.
MySchoolBucks will improve the information parents have about their student's accounts and allow you to:
· Monitor your student's meal history
· Set up recurring/automatic monthly payments
· Set low balance alerts
· Download an app for your mobile phone, allowing you to access your student's account
You can access the new system as you do now via Parent Access. You can also go directly to MySchoolBucks.com. The first time you go to this site you will be asked to sign up and create a username and password. Detailed sign up instructions are located on the district website.
Get creative this summer
Does your child like to dance, write, photograph, make creative videos, music or craft? Encourage those sparks of creativity and submit a project in the 2016 - 2017 Reflections arts competition!
The Reflections program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to creatively express themselves through their own original works of art created around a specific theme.
Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. The theme for the 2016-2017 school year is What Is Your Story? This theme was selected through the Reflections Theme Search Contest.
Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the theme: What Is Your Story? in one or all of the available arts categories:
Don't know where to start? Get some inspiration from the Reflections Art Gallery.
A nationally acclaimed student recognition program, PTA Reflections encourages artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Starting over the summer provides a big head start. The deadline for submitting a project for 2016 - 2017 has not been established yet for McAuliffe. Last year it was end of October.
If your student is thinking of submitting an entry, check out the Reflections for Students page here.
Have fun and celebrate the arts!
Check Out the Current Member Benefits for PTSA Members
When you join McAuliffe PTSA you also become a member of Washington State PTSA, Washington State's largest volunteer child advocacy organization.
Membership gives you access to resources and year-round savings from benefits and discounts arranged by WSPTA. You can find them here. You also have access to National PTA benefits found here. Have your electronic member card available when taking advantage of benefits.
Here are some highlights of current exciting offers to WSPTA members.
Great Wolf Lodge
Ready for a taste of summer? Enjoy Great Wolf Lodge during Spring Break and have fun getting soaked! Enjoy the thrill rides and waterslides with your family, while splashing the day away and creating unforgettable memories together. WSPTA members receive 20% off available rates. Make your reservation today! Promo code: WSPTA984A
Get priority access to some of the best sports and entertainment in Seattle! From discounted tickets to a family event or a private suite for your friends, Key Arena/McCaw Hall has what you are looking for!
Orlando Employee Discounts
WSPTA has teamed with Orlando Employee Discounts to offer attraction ticket discount specials exclusively for WSPTA members.
Silverwood Theme Park
Located in beautiful North Idaho, Silverwood Theme Park has over 70 rides, slides, shows and attractions, including four roller coasters, Boulder Beach Water Park, a steam engine train, live entertainment, restaurants, and more.
The purpose of the Christa McAuliffe PTSA is to be a strong voice for children and a resource for our families, school and community. The PTSA does this by providing volunteer and financial support for programs and activities that enhance our children’s education. As a PTSA, we do our utmost to engage and empower our children, families, educators and community through communication, advocacy and collaboration.
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