About PTSA

Making a good learning experience an exceptional one!PTSA Acronym

The Lakeview Parent Teacher Student Association is an important part of the Lakeview Elementary School community. We recruit and manage volunteers and donations to support the many programs at Lakeview.  The Lakeview PTSA provides an essential enrichment function that State funding can no longer provide.

What type of organization is the PTSA?

The Lakeview PTSA is a local, self-governing membership association incorporated as a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. We work in the school, for the school, and in partnership with the school, but are an independent legal entity.

Our local PTSA unit is chartered through, and affiliated with, the larger Washington State PTA (WSPTA). The purpose of the WSPTA is to “promote the health, welfare, safety and education of children and youth in home, school and community.”

Through our relationship with the WSPTA and its affiliates (at the council/district, regional and national levels) we have access to a number of valuable resources and the ability to provide input for their broader-reaching efforts. However, we also have the independence to develop goals and priorities consistent with the needs of our unique school community.

Community Building

By joining, you express support for our entire school community – teachers, staff and volunteers — who work together to make Lakeview an exceptional place for our students to learn and grow.

Reputation Building

The level of PTSA membership is one element used by outsiders to judge the quality of our school. By joining, you enhance its reputation as well as the quality of teachers and staff attracted to the school.

Legislative Impact

The level of PTSA membership weighs into governmental spending decisions for our schools at the local, regional and state level. In addition, a portion of our membership fees go to our affiliated state and national organizations, which play an increasingly important advocacy role for students before various legislative groups.

PTSA Voting Rights

While any individual in the Lakeview community is encouraged to provide input and attend thrice-yearly PTSA general meetings, only members may cast votes on proposals – including those which establish budgetary and programmatic priorities for the organization.

How are membership fees used?

The first $8.25 per member goes to support the activities of our larger affiliates at the district, regional, state and national levels. As mentioned above, these affiliates in turn provide us with a number of valuable resources and take the lead on broader-based initiatives. Remaining funds go into the Lakeview PTSA’s budget.

Why should our family join the PTA?

The Lakeview Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) survives solely on membership and fund drives, we do not receive any school or government funding. Without you, there is no us. Please join to keep your PTSA and your school strong. Your child will benefit from the programs the PTSA support which are no longer funded by state and district budgets, such as:

  • After School Enrichment
  • Art Program
  • Back-to-School Activities
  • Class Field Trips
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Family Fun (Dance Night, Multi-Cultural Night)
  • Math Enrichment
  • Physical Education Equipment
  • Safety Patrol Supplies
  • School Play
  • Science Fair
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Teacher Grants & Classroom Supplies
  • Website & Newsletter
  • Yearbook

What are my responsibilities after I join?

Membership in the PTSA does not require any particular action on your part. While you don’t have to attend meetings or provide volunteer assistance for PTSA-sponsored activities – we hope you’ll choose to do so!

When and how do I join?

PTSA membership drives take place in the fall, but you can join any time of the year.

If you have questions about membership, please contact the membership team at membership@lakeviewptsa.org

 

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Lakeview PTSA Board

2018-2019 Executive Committee   Co-Presidents Kim Biddle & Elizabeth Brooks president@lakeviewptsa.org Co-Vice President Cate Emerick & Kevin Beto vicepresident@lakeviewptsa.org Treasurer Christine Heinrich treasurer@lakeviewptsa.org Secretary Robin Greene secretary@lakeviewptsa.org PTSA Board of Directors 2018-2019 Executive Committee above plus the following chairs: Academic Support Co-Chairs Debbie Callahan and Nithya Ramkumar academics@lakeviewptsa.org Advocacy Chair Joel Ryan advocacy@lakeviewptsa.org Before/After School …

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Lakeview PTSA Calendar

Wondering what time is lunch? Check Lakeview’s daily schedule. Download a one-page 2018-2019 Lakeview PTSA Calendar  

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Legislative Advocacy

Since kids can’t vote, they need strong advocates who will champion their interests in the halls of government. Anyone can be an advocate. The first step is to be informed. Local Advocacy Lake Washington Council Advocacy – learn about issues in Lake Washington School District and how you can help. These 4 …

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PTSA Budget

The PTSA gets its money from family contributions, PTSA memberships, and fundraisers.  Here are the details of how much money the PTSA has raised and how much it has spent over the past few years: Lakeview PTSA 2018-2019 Budget – Approved April 26, 2018. Lakeview PTSA 2017-2018 Budget – From September 2017.

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PTSA Committees and Volunteers

2018-2019 PTSA Committees Lakeview is lucky to have an incredible number of parents who volunteer their time and energy to enable all of the programs offered at Lakeview. Below is a list of who to contact about each of these programs. Academic Support chaired by Debbie Callahan and Nithya Ramkumar Amazon Wish List …

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PTSA Documents

Lakeview PTSA Standing Rules Lakeview PTSA Standing Rules 2017-18 – approved August 31, 2017 The Standing Rules are annually reviewed and approved by members.  The Lakeview PTSA is chartered by the Washington State PTA. The Lakeview PTSA is governed by all Washington State PTA Bylaws not specifically addressed in these standing …

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PTSA Meetings & Minutes

Attending a PTSA meeting is a great way to stay informed about what’s going on at the school. There is no commitment or participation required – you can just come and listen. See the meeting schedule, or read the minutes from past meetings.

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