Advocacy is at the heart of every PTA!

 

Engage in Advocacy

Attend a Leota PTSA General Meeting: Next meeting is Wednesday, March 10th, 2021.

Attend a School Board Meeting! Usually held on the second Monday of the month at 4pm and the fourth Monday at 7pm. Click here for more info.

Contact your state legislators! Find and contact your local Washington State Legislators at https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

Attend FOCUS WEEK January 18th-22nd, 2021! This is our opportunity for parents and students to directly speak to legislators! (Click here for more info!)

Sign up for Action Alerts! Sign up for advocacy information and action alerts through the WSPTA Action Network Group. These action alerts are quick, easy ways to communicate with legislators on topics they are actively working on and a great way to make your voice heard!

 


 

Don't Forget to Vote!

Voter Registration

Are you registered for the next election? Register to vote (or update your voter registration) with the Washington Secretary of State at https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/register.aspx

Online and mail registrations must be received 8 days before Election Day. Register to vote in person during business hours and any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
 
Upcoming Election Dates for 2021
  • Special Election - February 9th
  • Special Election - April 27th
  • Primary - August 3rd
  • General Election - November 2nd
 

 

WA State PTA Legislative Assembly

WSPTA is one of the only state PTAs that is truly grassroots – our advocacy positions come from you, our members. Members have submitted new resolutions, legislative principles, and issues, and it is important that members have the opportunity to amend, debate and vote on which become positions of WSPTA. Voting delegates will adopt new positions, the two-year legislative platform and top 5 legislative priorities.

 

The 2020 WA State PTA Legislative Assembly was held virtually on October 24-25. Click here to read a recap of the Issues, Resolutions, & Principals that were voted on and added to our platform.

Information and details about Washington State PTA’s full legislative platform can be found on their website: https://www.wastatepta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/

 

 


 

FOCUS WEEK - January 18-22, 2021 

This year the annual PTA Advocacy Focus Day is now a week long event and will be held virtually. WSPTA will be asking members to take action from home or your phone throughout an entire week. To participate, subscribe to the WSPTA Action Network to stay informed. Once subscribed, you'll receive an email notification when a new issue arises and there will be a pre-written email ready to go, which you can customize and edit so you can tell YOUR story and make your voice heard.

Tentative schedule (likely to change):

  • Monday, January 18 – Call to Action: Focus on anti-racism
  • Tuesday, January 19 – Call to Action: Focus on equity
  • Wednesday, January 20 – Call to Action: Focus on mental health and wellness
  • Thursday, January 21 – Call to Action: Focus on preserving and flexing funding
  • Friday, January 22 – Call to Action: Focus on safety and emergency preparedness


Learn more about the WSPTA legislative priorities:

 

Check out the image below from WSPTA to learn more about how PTA is putting Equity at the Center of Everything We Do with our 2020-2022 Legislative Priorities.

 


 
Local Advocacy Representatives

Leota Middle School PTSA: Rachel Fitzgerald

Northshore Council PTSA: Diana Christiansen

Region 6 PTA: Heidi Bennett

WA State PTA: Sherry Rudolph

 


 

School Board Meetings 

All residents are welcome to attend regular board meetings. The board provides a public comment period at the beginning of each meeting. During public comments, individuals may address the school board. Those interested in speaking should sign up prior to the meeting on a sheet available at the back of the board room. Meetings are usually held on the second Monday of the month at 4pm and the fourth Monday at 7pm.

 

COVID-19 Update: In accordance with social distancing guidelines, school board meetings and study sessions will be conducted online and viewable to the public through a live stream until further notice. 

 

 


 

2017 – 2022 Northshore School District Strategic Plan

 

Several hundred stakeholders participated in the development of this community-wide strategic plan, including students, parents, and caregivers, educators, community members, members of the Board of Education, and leaders from local government, business, higher education and community-based organizations. Therefore, everyone has a stake in its promise and a role in its successful implementation. The plan consists of three key components: NSD’s Goals and Measures for learning, growth, and excellence for every student; The Four Building Blocks & Professional Practices that anchor effective instruction in every school and every classroom, every day; The Educational Strategies that will sustain an equitable, high-trust, responsive, and continuous learning culture, thereby ensuring that each student meets or exceeds high standards of academic and social-emotional success.
Review the Strategic Plan here.

 


 

COVID-19 Information for Schools 

 

Northshore School District COVID-19 Resources: https://www.nsd.org/covid19

 

OSPI Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance & Resources for families:
https://www.k12.wa.us/about-ospi/press-releases/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-resources

 


  

Helpful Links

Washington State PTA Region 6:
https://www.wastatepta.org/pta-leaders/pta-regions/region-6/

Northshore Council PTSA 6.10:
http://www.northshorecouncilptsa.org/

Washington State PTA Advocacy Site:
http://www.wastatepta.org/advocacy

WSPTA Grassroots Connection Blog:
http://wsptagrassroots.blogspot.com/

National PTA Advocacy Site:
https://www.pta.org/home/advocacy

National PTA Advocacy Toolkit:
http://www.pta.org/advocacy/content.cfm?ItemNumber=1927&navItemNumber=558

Northshore School District: School Board Contacts:
https://www.nsd.org/our-district/leadership/school-board

Washington State Legislature
https://leg.wa.gov/

Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI):
Chris Reykdal, Superintendent (elected position)
https://www.k12.wa.us/

Ask OSPI a question:
https://www.k12.wa.us/about-ospi/contact-us/online-forms/ask-ospi

 

Updated 12.8.2020