ADVOCACY UPDATE - Edited November 9, 2020

submitted by: Jenn Snyder, Advocacy Chair

Advocacy! Getting our voices heard in helping our children reach their fullest potential.


School Board Meetings

All residents are welcome to attend regular board meetings. The board provides a public comment period at the beginning of each meeting. During public comments, individuals may address the school board. Those interested in speaking should sign up prior to the meeting on a sheet available at the back of the board room. Meetings are usually held on the second Monday of the month at 4pm and the fourth Monday at 7pm.

COVID-19 Update: In accordance with social distancing guidelines, school board meetings and study sessions will be conducted online and viewable to the public through a live stream until further notice. 


*Virtual* Legislative Assembly
 

Thank you to Barby Taheri, Jennifer Snyder and Melissa Kline for representing Skyview PTSA at Legislative Assembly the weekend of Oct. 24-25th. Although the event was virtual, Washington State PTA voted on the Top 5 Legislative Priorities for the next two year platform. There were also 3 supported issues, resolutions and a new principal added.  

Top Five Legislative Priorities

  1. Increase Access to Nursing, Mental Health, and Social Emotional Learning Staff
  2. Support Students and Preserve Education Funding
  3. Increasing Educations Equity by Closing the Digital Divide
  4. Supports and Funding for Students with Disabilities and Their Families
  5. Prevent and Reduce Gun Violence and Suicide 

Also Supported (listed alphabetically)

  • Equitable Identification and Services for Highly Capable Students
  • Mitigating the Adverse Impacts of Climate Change
  • Safe School Plans and Emergency Preparedness

(More details on each of the Top Five Legislative Priorities and Supported Issues above.)

 

Advocacy Roundtable Discussion 

Want to get more involved with advocacy? On Thursday, November 12th, 7-9pm, Heidi Bennett Region 6 Advocacy Chair will lead a group discussion on the new WSPTA legislative platform voted in at Legislative Assembly and Advocacy basics to get ready for 2021.

Senator Jamie Pedersen (43rd), Representative Gerry Pollet (46th), and Senator David Frockt (46th) who all sit on the K-12, Higher Ed &/or Budget committees, will join us to give their perspectives on the new ​platform and the upcoming legislative session.

Register HERE.


2017 – 2022 Northshore School District Strategic Plan

Several hundred stakeholders participated in the development of this community-wide strategic plan, including students, parents, and caregivers, educators, community members, members of the Board of Education, and leaders from local government, business, higher education and community-based organizations. Therefore, everyone has a stake in its promise and a role in its successful implementation. The plan consists of three key components: NSD’s Goals and Measures for learning, growth, and excellence for every student; The Four Building Blocks & Professional Practices that anchor effective instruction in every school and every classroom, every day; The Educational Strategies that will sustain an equitable, hightrust, responsive, and continuous learning culture, thereby ensuring that each student meets or exceeds high standards of academic and social-emotional success.
Review the Strategic Plan here.

 

COVID-19 Information for Schools 

Northshore School District COVID-19 Resources: 
https://www.nsd.org/covid19

OSPI Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance & Resources for families:
https://www.k12.wa.us/about-ospi/press-releases/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-resources

 

Take Action  

Join the WSPTA Action Network Group - Sign up to receive timely information and action alerts during the Washington State Legislative sessions. This is a very easy way to make your voice heard.

Contact your state legislators via emails and/or phone calls.  Click HERE to find your local Washington State Legislative. https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

 


Local Advocacy Representatives

Skyview Middle School: Jennifer Snyder 

Northshore Council: Diana Christiansen

Region 6: Heidi Bennett

Washington State PTA: Sherry Rudolph

Let your state legislators know how important funding our children’s education is to you via emails and/or phone calls!  Click HERE to go to the Washington State Legislative page for contacts.

 


Helpful Links

Please see the following helpful advocacy links to read legislative news and keep up on WSPTA’s advocacy through their Grassroots Connection blog.

Northshore School District: School Board Contacts
https://www.nsd.org/our-district/leadership/school-board

Washington State PTA Region 6
https://www.wastatepta.org/pta-leaders/pta-regions/region-6/

Northshore Council PTSA 6.10
http://www.northshorecouncilptsa.org/

Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Chris Reykdal, Superintendent (elected position)
https://www.k12.wa.us/

Ask OSPI a question:
https://www.k12.wa.us/about-ospi/contact-us/online-forms/ask-ospi

Washington State PTA Advocacy Site
http://www.wastatepta.org/advocacy

National PTA Advocacy Site
https://www.pta.org/home/advocacy

National PTA Advocacy Toolkit
http://www.pta.org/advocacy/content.cfm?ItemNumber=1927&navItemNumber=558

 


Voter Registration

General Election -- Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Are you registered for the next election? Register to vote (or update your voter registration) with the Washington Secretary of State - https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/register.aspx

Online and mail registrations must be received 8 days before Election Day (Monday, October 26th, 2020). Register to vote in person during business hours and any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.