Important Upcoming Dates
Monday, March 11, 6:30-8 p.m.: monthly PTA Board Meeting in Wedgwood Library
Friday, March 22, 6-10 p.m.: Spring auction
Monday, April 1, 6:30-8 p.m.: monthly PTA Board Meeting
Monday-Friday, April 8-12: Spring break
Wednesday, April 24-26: Used Book Sale
Wednesday, April 24, 6-8 p.m.: PTA General Meeting
Grab that hairbrush: Group yearbook photos on Tuesday, March 12
Run a comb through your kid’s hair – group yearbook photos are tomorrow (Tuesday, March 12)! The following groups will have their photos taken: cafeteria helpers, conflict managers, student council, fourth grade orchestra and band, fifth-grade orchestra and band, global reading challenge participants, choir, chess club, musical and girls on the run.
Think you've got what it takes to join the PTA? (Hint: You do.)
Have you ever woken up and thought: today is the day I join the PTA! No? We didn’t either. But we’re glad we did, and promise you will be too.
Our board members range from full-time professionals to stay-at-home parents; we are moms and dads, some prefer cats, others prefer dogs. (We try to keep that debate civil.)
One thing we all agree on: Wedgwood Elementary is a vibrant school community with a mission that is as deeply rooted in academics as it is in supporting our kids’ social and emotional well-being. Volunteering our time to support this mission is incredibly rewarding and we hope you’ll consider raising your hand for one of the 2019-2020 PTA Board positions.
Some roles require more time, others less. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the big ones (see the link above for full descriptions):
Vice President: Oversees fundraising and supports the PTA President. Also responsible for bringing chocolate to each meeting. Very important.
Co-treasurer: You will collect money, dispense money and maintain records of it all. If the black-and-white world of accounting gives you some measure of control in these wild times, this job is for you.
Co-events Coordinator: Do people often accuse you of being fun? If so, you might be just the person we’re looking for to help support our events at Wedgwood. This role recruits event chairs and volunteers, and helps support them as they plan and execute all-things-fun at Wedgwood.
We are inviting anyone who would like to learn more about how the PTA Board works, or simply wants to be a fly on the wall in a meeting to join us for our monthly board meeting TONIGHT (Monday, March 11) from 6:30-8 p.m. in the school library.
Wedgwood Auction update: Still time to bake a cake
Although ticket sales have closed for the auction, there are still ways to participate! You can still join in the fun as a volunteer at the auction. Or you could bake us a cake -- literally, we need more desserts and digestifs!
And of course, bring us your wine for the Wine Grab: Bottles ($20 range) are being collected on Wednesdays @ 3215 NE 91st ST or drop Lisa West a message at email@example.com.
Auction spotlight: Games!
Like to take a chance? We have some great incentives for you to do just that. After you check in at the registration table, you’ll see some friendly faces selling tickets for a chance to win a BIG prize!
Best of Live: If you like the idea of going on a seven-day cruise or weekend away in Bend for less than the cost of a dinner out with your family, you’ll want in on this. For $75, you’ll be entered into a contest to win any of our Live Auction prizes before the bidding begins.
Heads or Tails: For $25 you will join your fellow Wedgwood parents in a friendly game of heads or tails. Our auctioneer will flip a coin and if you think it will land heads, you put your hand on your head. Think it will land tails? I think you get it. The last Marmot standing will win a night out at Seattle’s premier luxury hotel, the Olympic Fairmont.
Blog post: Diversity & Inclusion Committee kicks off Community Read program
By Keilee Kramer
Please join me and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in kicking off our Wedgwood Elementary Community Read program with our first selection: "Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People." Last year the Wedgwood Elementary staff and leadership read this book so we thought it would be the perfect pick for our first “community read.” Please check out our PTA blog entry for more information about the topic of unconscious bias, and how we can counteract implicit and explicit prejudice. It’s a fascinating read!
Parent University at Bush School on April 27
Parent University is a half-day event featuring insights from experts in the field of childhood and adolescent development. This year’s keynote speaker is New York Times best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims who will talk about her book, How to Raise an Adult. The closing speaker will be Dr. John Medina, author of The Brain Rules series. In between there will be a choice of sessions covering a range of parenting topics: friendships, sexuality and consent, learning differences, race in America, managing anxiety, experiencing grief, and technology and a Gottman-trained therapist who will talk about parental well-being.
Date/time: Saturday, April 27, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: The Bush School, 3400 E. Harrison St., Seattle
Cost: $30. Attendance includes a light breakfast and a boxed lunch.
Childcare: Available for kindergarten to 5th grade children. Space is limited.
Register: Register at www.bush.edu/parentu
Proposed pickleball courts at Eckstein Middle School: March 21 meeting
On March 21, at 6:30 pm (Before 7:30 Eckstein Band Concert) In the Eckstein Library, all future Eckstein Families and community members are invited to come see the proposed designs for pickleball courts to potentially be built on a damaged tennis court at Eckstein MS. If constructed, the four pickleball courts will be used by PE classes, open play at lunchtime for all students and open for public use evenings, weekends and any school holiday. Professional architectural services have been funded by a City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant. Come see the two proposed scenarios and help decide the final design. Questions? Please email Pickleballeckstein@gmail.com, or join the newsletter for updates - simply text the keyword: EMSpickleball to 22828.
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