Archive for September 2011

When Opportunity Knocks…

By Dr. Chip Kimball, LWSD Superintendent This month I announced that after sixteen years in Lake Washington, this will be my last year serving the students and families in our community as your superintendent. After great deliberation, I have decided to move overseas and serve as the Superintendent of the Singapore American School. This decision

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What if I find out that a School Board candidate has listed someone from PTA by name and PTA title in their endorsement?

Cathy Jo Renner, WSPTA Region 2 Legislative Chair offers these recommendations to all PTA/PTSA leaders who are concerned about school board candidates listing people’s PTA titles alongside their name in their endorsements. 1. Place the following statement on your website in a prominent position on your homepage immediately and leave it there until after the

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Can a PTA/PTSA leader endorse a political candidate?

Answer (as provided by Bill Williams, Executive Director, WSPTA): Both National and Washington State Bylaws prohibit a PTA that is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) from supporting a candidate for public office. Article 2, Section 1(b) of the Washington State PTA Bylaws provides: (b) The organization or members in their official capacities shall not –

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CURRENTS – September 2011

CURRENTS – September 2011 http://conta.cc/zaMZOj

PTA & The Law Training Recommended for all Board Members

As a PTA/PTSA leader you are running a business – do you know what laws apply to non-profits? The laws governing PTA/PTSAs don’t just apply to the Treasurer’s job; they affect fundraising, newsletter articles, raffles and more. We strongly encourage all Board members to attend this important workshop. As a bonus, attending this training fulfills

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What your Area Vice President does for you

We are here to help! Council’s main goal is to support and guide our local unit leaders.  Your AVP is your connection to all that Council has to offer.  Their job is to get you the resources and help that you need.  If they don’t know the answer, they’ll go get it for you! Your AVP

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Hints for a Successful Membership Campaign

By Sara Smith, Council Membership Chair As a grassroots organization, membership is the strength of PTA. It is vital to reach out to all parents, teachers and others in the community. A broad and diverse membership allows you as a local unit leader, and PTA leaders at all levels, to speak with credibility for the

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