Carl Sandburg & DCS

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The Informer -  September 20, 2019

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THE INFORMER - SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

The beginning of the school year has been a whirlwind of excitement and change! We have been working to get the new website for your Sandburg & DCS PTSA up and running as well as getting this years' family events, enrichment activities, community fun and more going.

​We are looking forward to a great year ahead!

Interested in volunteering but don't know what options you have or if there is something that can match your availability? Don't miss our
September 26th PTSA General Membership meeting from 7-8:30pm in the Library. We will have lots of information on the volunteer areas and opportunities available.

Also, if you are a room parent or planning to volunteer in the classroom, we will have a Room Parent & Volunteer Training just before the PTSA General Meeting from 6:30-7:00pm in the library on 9/26/19.








IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER







9/26/2019 - PTSA Membership Meeting

09/26/2019 - Room Parent & Volunteer Training

10/2/2019 - Walk to School Day

10/4/2019 - Dance Marathon Party

10/6/2019 - Herbicide Free Weeding & Mulching work party

10/8/2019 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff

10/11/2019 - Picture Day

10/25/2019 - Fall Family Festival

11/1/2019 - Candy Buy Back

11/19/2019 - Picture Makeup/Retakes















DANCE MARATHON FUNDRAISER 2019!

Ready to learn a new dance move? The PTSA has one for you! It’s called “The Donation Dance” and it’s easy to learn. Just follow these four easy steps:
  1. Grab the checkbook (no amount is too small!!)
  2. Dust off those dancing shoes
  3. Tell your kiddos to teach you the Floss, Hype, Orange Justice, Electric Slide and more
  4. Save the Date for Friday, October 4th from 6:30PM to 8PM
What’s this about, you say? Be on the lookout for more info (packets coming home this week!)…









AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT - FALL

Get ready for some after school fun, we will be launching the Fall After School Enrichment registration and schedule shortly!

Be sure you have registered with our new site so you can sign up for classes.

https://sandburgdcsptsa.memberplanet.com/Home.html






VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Sandburg & DCS PTSA has many ways you can help. You may have filled out a volunteer interest form and you will be hearing from the VP in charge of that committee very soon.

In the meantime, we have ASAP needs! We are looking to fill our Reflections Chair and our Legislative Committee Chair.

Reflections Chair: (10-15hr total commitment between Sept-January)
The Reflections program is a national arts program administered by the national PTA. As a PTA Reflections chair, you will be taking the step to bring this program to your school to let each and every child have the opportunity to explore and be involved in the arts.

Reflections Chair Responsibilities: You will be responsible for the following tasks to make the program successful:
  • Oversee the committee’s planning and implementation of the program at your school.
  • Register your PTA online.
  • Promote the Reflections and program to local students, teachers, parents, and the community as a whole thru flyers and weekly online newsletters.
  • Establish a program timeline; when do you plan on passing out the flyers to students, when will art work deadline for submittal be due among other dates.
  • Recruit other committee members, Reflections judges, and volunteers as needed.
  • Distribute and answer questions about the rules, deadlines, and student entry forms.
  • Collect student entries and verify they meet all eligibility requirements.
  • Coordinate the local judging process.
  • Host recognition activities for participants and winners.
  • Return entries to students.
  • Evaluate the process at the end of the year and make recommendations for improvements.
For more information, please email: enrichment@sandburgdcsptsa.org

Legislative Chair: (10hrs/year)
The legislative chairperson is someone who has a passion for advocacy and a willingness to engage in the voting process to better our children, teachers and school.

This school year the WA State PTA is focused on these five areas of priority:
Social Emotional Learning School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds Prevent Gun Violence
Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage Strategic K-12 Investments to Close Gaps

Are these also something you feel passionate about?

These are ways you will be able to engage as our local legislative chair:
  • Join the WSPTA Action Network Group – Sign up to receive timely information and action alerts during the Washington State Legislative sessions.
  • WSPTA Legislative Assembly – Attend this annual fall event to learn about the issues, how you can take action and network with other PTA leaders. (October 26-27)
  • Find State Legislators – Look up your Washington State Legislators and share what is important to you.For more information, please check out the information provided by WA State PTA at: https://www.wastatepta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/
If you are interested in this position, please email: familyengagement@sandburgdcsptsa.org


CALLING ALL dads, granddads, and other father figures!

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is an innovative program that promotes student engagement with father figures in schools. The program provides students with positive male role models, who volunteer to mentor students, enhance school security and reduce bullying. The program is open to. Volunteers may serve in a variety of capacities throughout the day, depending on their schedule, including:
  • assist with morning arrival
  • tutor / mentor students
  • monitor hallways
  • help during lunch and recess
  • assist with afternoon dismissal
  • and more!
Join us for our annual Watch DOGS Pizza Kick-off on Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30 in the school cafeteria to learn more about the program and how you can get involved!

Questions? Reach out to Jeremy Posvar at: watchdogs@sandburgdcsptsa.org


SUSTAINABILITY CORNER!

Thanks to the following parent (and sibling) volunteers for helping our kids recycle and compost correctly in the lunchroom over the last two weeks: Amanda Stuckey, Janice Orr, Jessica Salmon, Karin Tinta-Guibert, Serenity Gray, and Shannah Mullinax! Your presence was so helpful!

Thank you also to our amazing team of United Way Day of Caring volunteers from Microsoft! They did an amazing job with our Peaceful Patio area & around the DCS pod.

Next up: Herbicide Free Weeding & Mulching work party. Sunday, October 6, 9:00 AM — 11:00 AM. Hope to see you there!!!


For more information, please click here to contact us.





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12801 84th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
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