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    PTSA Presentation on How to Make the Most Out of High School
    Heidi Bennett gave a very informative presentation at our last PTSA meeting on Monday regarding all of the requirements and options our kids have when they get to high school. If you missed it or just didn't get a chance to copy down the details, you can view her presentation here. Thank you to Heidi and everyone who attended.

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    Eckstein PTSA Invites You to a Presentation by Heidi B. Bennett: "How to Make the Most Out of High School - Explore Careers, Start Career Training and/or Receive College Credit"

    There are so many options for students when they get to high school - from passing college pre-requisites, to earning post-secondary credit, or even getting ready for a career. Find out what's AP, IB, RS, CIHS, CTE, or TechPrep, and how your student can still enjoy high school and maximize their options. Let's explore what SPS is offering and draw inspiration from what other areas also offer. The new 24 credit graduation requirements will also be addressed.

    Heidi B. Bennett is an SPS parent with one student graduating from the UW and the other still in college. She is in her 10th year as a Seattle Council PTSA board member, the current WSPTA Region 6 Legislative Chair, a board member on the Schools First grassroots levy campaign, and a K-16 advocate at home and in Olympia.

    Join us on Monday, June 11th at 6:00PM in the Eckstein Library. The presentation will be followed at 7:00PM by our last PTSA meeting of the year. It's our General Meeting where you - the members - get to vote on next year's Board, and where we honor the winners of the Golden Acorn Awards.

    Golden Acorn Awards - Nominations Needed by May 31st!
    The Eckstein Community includes many great volunteers and staff and this is our chance to recognize their efforts. Every year, the Eckstein PTSA presents the Golden Acorn award to one volunteer and one teacher/staff in recognition of their dedication and service to students at Eckstein Middle School.

    These awards are given to honorees who provide exemplary volunteer and teaching service. This is an excellent way to honor volunteers and teachers/staff for their contributions on behalf of all Eckstein students.

    Email your nominations (include the name of the person and a brief paragraph about why they deserve the award) to Gail Joseph at gailejoseph@gmail.com. The deadline is May 31st.

    Recipients will be announced and honored at the final General PTSA meeting of the year on Monday, June 11, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Eckstein Library.

    Eckstein PTSA Seeking Board Members and Committee Chairs for 2018/19
    Do you have 5-6 minutes a day to dedicate to your child's school? Would you like to know more about what is happening at Eckstein? Would you like to improve communication, create community, meet other parents, make a difference in the lives of students, families and dedicated staff? Then please consider joining the Eckstein MS PTSA Board.

    We are recruiting for several positions for the 2018-2019 school year. Each position requires on average 2-3 hours per MONTH. That is only 5-6 minutes a day! We meet once per month at the school on Monday evenings. Open positions and a brief overview for each include:

    Vice President/President Elect: Attend PTSA meetings once per month. Support the PTSA president - 2.5 hours per month. The VP will assume the Presidency in 2019-2020.
    Secretary: Take meeting minutes, draft agenda for meetings, record motions - 3 hours per month.
    Treasurer: Provide budget updates, process reimbursements and deposits, conduct financial review - 4 hours per month.
    Eckstein Annual Campaign Co-Chair: Co-lead the annual fundraising drive for in-class support - 2 hours per month.
    Building Leadership Team Parent Rep: Participate in building leadership team meetings and act as a liaison with the PTSA. BLT meetings are held approx. two Thursdays per month after school. Legislative Chair: Stay updated on current policies and legislation that could affect Eckstein and other public schools. Optional attendance at PTSA conventions to vote on Washington State PTA platforms - 2 hours per month.
    Communications Chair: Responsible for putting together PTSA newsletter, maintaining Facebook page, and updating website. This can all be done at home - 3 hours a month.
    Membership Chair: Process the membership applications. This is mostly completed by October and can be done at home!

    We'd like to have all positions filled by our June General Meeting (June 11 at 7 p.m. in the Eckstein Library), so we can hit the ground running in the fall. If you have any questions about the roles, commitments, or other ways to get involved - please ask! Contact Gail Joseph at gailejoseph@gmail.com or text 206-499-6432.
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    STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK April 23-27!!! We need your HELP!!

    We need your help to let the amazing staff at Eckstein feel the love! Here are few ways we NEED your help:

    1. GIFT CARD DAILY DRAW! This is INCREDIBLY fun and popular with the staff. Please start dropping off gift cards to your favorite places in any amount to the office and we will hold a daily drawing for staff.

    2. Breakfast Bar on Tuesday, April 24th. Bring a fresh baked (or store bought is great too) breakfast goodie on Tuesday morning. You can drop it off Monday afternoon or early Tuesday morning (7:30 AM) Sign up here

    3. Salad Bar on Thursday, April 26th. Toss up your appreciation for Eckstein staff by bringing a salad for our AWESOME salad bar!!! Sign up here

    4. All week long send in a thank you to a special staff member! Teachers and staff love hand written notes from students too - so get your kiddo inspired to write some deep words for their favorite teacher and send it in!

    Please help us by signing up, but if you aren’t sure you will have time that week, you can always send in a donation to the PTSA. Just send it to the office with a note for staff appreciation.

    Eckstein PTSA Fundraiser at Ridge Pizza (3338 NE 65th St.) on Tuesday, April 24th (4-10PM).
    Come get some pizza, salad, and drinks, and help us raise money for school-wide events and activities. 10% of what you spend on food and beverages will go to Eckstein PTSA. What can be easier than eating to support our school?

    Trinese Clark's January 18th Presentation

    At our January 18th meeting, guest speaker Trinese Clark spoke about how to develop good study habits. Trinese provided practical strategies for supporting middle school students with homework, time management, and study habits to help them decrease stress and increase success! Trinese is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience as a clinician and administrator, and over 20 years of working with parents and students. If you missed her presentation, but are interested in what she had to say, we have provided links to her presentation and notes here.

    Time Management & Organization
    Managing Stress & Anxiety
    School/Life Balance

    WA STATE PTA FOCUS DAY ADVOCACY WEEK 1/29-2/2 - MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD Join me in Olympia on Monday 1/29, to meet with your legislators and advocate for our kids and our schools. I'll be there at 12:30PM and have an appointment set up with 46th District legislators at 1:30PM in the Legislative Building, Room 124. Before the meeting, I'll join the WSPTA Legislative Committee in the Pritchard Cafeteria for handouts. Bring the kids - legislators love meeting with kids and there's lots to do in Olympia. If you'd like to carpool, I'd be happy to give you a ride - just email me (natalya.yudkovsky@gmail.com)! If you are in a different legislative district, just contact your legislator for an appointment. To find contact information for your legislator, use the district finder. Can't go to Olympia? Choose one or more ways to advocate during Advocacy Week.
    • Got 5-10 minutes? Call the Legislative Hotline 1-800-562-6000 to leave your legislators a message on what's important to you
    • Got 10 minutes? Send a personalized email to your legislators
    • Got 30 minutes? I'm hosting a postcard party at my house Tuesday, January 30th at 8:00PM. We'll write personal messages to our legislators and then I'll send them all out. Just RSVP at natalya.yudkovsky@gmail.com to let me know you're coming (and so I can give you my address).
    Feel free to contact Natalya Yudkovsky (Eckstein PTSA Legislative Chair) for more information.

    At our September 18, 2017, meeting we were joined by Lisa Davidson who works at Seattle Children's Hospital with the Prevention Works in Seattle Coalition. She presented the results of a survey of Eckstein Parents and Students conducted last year regarding Perspectives on Anxiety, Marijuana, and Alcohol. ​
    Learn more at preventionworksinseattle.org

    Join the Eckstein PTSA

    Our school needs the support of dedicated, involved parents. We know that everyone is busy -- but you can support Eckstein by joining the Eckstein PTSA. When our membership is large, our voice is heard. If you're not already a member, please consider joining us. PTSA dues not only support Eckstein's PTSA, but also the Seattle Council PTSA and Washington State PTSA. The PTSA works at every level from Eckstein to the Seattle School District and Superintendent to our legislature and State Superintendent in Olympia, supporting issues that are important to you and your child.
    Please download and print the form below:

    The PTSA funds events such as the First Day Welcome Coffee, and sponsors Teacher Appreciation events. PTSA supports ASB sponsored events and assists grade-level, end-of-year activities. If you are interested in more details about how we spend PTSA funds, you can review the PTSA 2017-2018 budget.

    2017-2018 PTSA Meetings

    The Eckstein PTSA meets the second Monday of every month in the Eckstein Library. Board Meetings are for discussion of general PTSA business, while General Meetings are for approving changes to standing rules, approving the budget, and selecting officers - all items that must be voted on by PTSA members. We welcome everyone to every meeting, and would love to hear your ideas for building community at Eckstein.
    9/18/17 – General Meeting
    10/9/17 – Board Meeting
    11/13/17 – Board Meeting
    12/11/17 – Board Meeting
    1/18/18 – General Meeting
    2/12/18 – Board Meeting
    3/12/18 – Board Meeting
    4/23/18 – Board Meeting
    5/14/18 – Board Meeting
    6/11/18 – General Meeting

    Fundraising Made Easy!

    • Purchase a SCRIP retail gift card through the program for FULL face value and Eckstein PTSA automatically receives earnings of 3-15% depending on the retailer.
    • Eckstein PTSA always has Amazon/Target/PCC/Safeway/Starbucks cards in stock. Special orders will be grouped together and ordered once a month.
    • For additional options, go to www.shopwithscrip.com for 100s of additional retailers and write in your order. Go to “Retailers” and “Complete Retailer List” for a .pdf file of all participating retailers and the card amounts available.
    • Order forms are available here for downloading and printing: Scrip Order Forms (pdf)

    Other easy ways to help support Eckstein PTSA:

    • Office DEPOT/OfficeMax Give Back to Schools Simply make a purchase of qualifying school supplies, provide our school name at checkout and our school will receive 5% back in credits for FREE supplies.
    • Amazon Smile Go to smile.amazon.com and choose Nathan Eckstein PTSA as your charitable organization.

    Questions? Contact Laura Spring at laura@springnet.org

    Collect "Labels for Education"

    Save the Labels for Education from packaged food items and have your student drop them off in the Main Office. We'll turn them in to the BoxTops4Education program and use the money for Eckstein programs. Note: as of August 1, 2016, only UPCs with the Labels for Education logo will be accepted. The Labels for Education program has begun the process of removing the logo and expect there will be a limited number of products that contain these labels in stores through August 1, 2017.  Once all Labels for Education logos have been removed from the products, UPCs will no longer be accepted.

    Donate to the Eckstein Annual Campaign (EAC)

    The EAC is the largest fundraiser for Eckstein Middle School and the only PTSA fundraiser (the music programs and other student groups have individual fundraisers throughout the year). Your donation funds requests across all grade levels and departments. Funds benefit all our students within the current school year. The campaign kicks off in October. To learn more about how funding is allocated, please join us at one of our monthly PTSA meetings.

    Volunteer

    Contact any of the officers below to find out how you can get involved with the PTSA or visit the Volunteer page on the Eckstein web site. There are many volunteer opportunities available that can accommodate your schedule. You can also find volunteer opportunities posted on the Eckstein Parent Bulletin board in the Main office.

    2017-2018 PTSA Board

    President: Gail Joseph - gailejoseph@gmail.com
    Vice President: Tom Estep - Tom_estep@Hotmail.com
    Treasurer: Sonja Tarrago - sbtarrago@gmail.com
    Secretary: Meta Godsell - metagodsell@gmail.com
    Member at Large: Erin Sterling - emsterling@seattleschools.org
    Membership: Laura Spring - laura@springnet.org
    Legislative Chair: Natalya Yudkovsky - Natalya.yudkovsky@gmail.com
    BLT: Alli Sweet - adsweet@msn.com
    Annual Campaign Chairs/Leads:
    April Wright - aprilw@9815.net
    Sandy Miller - seattlemiller@Comcast.net
    Larry Mavencamp - larry1m@yahoo.com