Reflections Art Competition!

Students, we want you to share your art! Finn Hill Middle School (FHMS) PTSA is calling for Finn Hill Middle School students to enter the National PTA Reflections Art Competition. Categories include dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. Entries must be submitted to the FHMS PTSA Reflections Chairperson by November 4, 2022. To learn more about Reflections, go to www.pta.org/reflections.

Details and Rules: 2022-2023 Reflections Official Rules

Application: Reflections Entry Form PDF

Due Date: November 4, 2022

For details, questions, and to organize artwork delivery, contact Tennile Jones at  reflections@fhmsptsa.org


Welcome to FHMS PTSA

Hello Finn Hill Middle School Community,

 We’re so excited to welcome our new and returning families for the 2022-2023 school year! The PTSA is excited to partner with you all to serve our school community and most importantly our students.

As always, our PTSA core mission is to strengthen the learning environment for every student, to be a relevant resource for our families, teachers, staff, and administration, and to be a staunch advocate for the education and welfare of every child. In order to accomplish this mission, the PTSA works to organize volunteers, connect the community with the school, and direct our budgets in a fiscally responsible way.

We would like to invite you to become part of the PTSA team, either as a volunteer, a member of the board (we still have a few key positions open), or as a member. There are a number of reasons to join the PTSA and help to build our school community.

  • You’ll be showing your student that you value their school and education
  • As a volunteer, you will gain valuable experience, build your skills, share your experience, and help make the school year great for our students and educators.
  • You will have the opportunity to meet other parents or teachers within our community.
  • PTSA is a forum for exchanging ideas and by attending our general meetings you will be more informed about what is happening at our school
  • Finally, you will be helping to make a difference for your student and the broader learning community.

Your donations and your volunteer efforts are critical to the success of our PTSA and our school. We are still missing a few key roles on the PTSA- VP of School Services and VP of Family and Community Engagement. These roles are so important in making all the great events, student programs, and community support happen. If you are interested, please contact president@fhmsptsa.org to learn more about how you can become involved. In addition, please consider donating to the PTSA through our Pass the Hat fundraiser, as these donations allow us to continue deliver key programs for the school.

Finally, be sure to stay connected and informed about what is happening at Finn Hill. You can find our website at fhmsPTSA.org, follow us on Facebook and Instagram @ Finn Hill Middle School PTSA, or subscribe to our informative email updates when you join our PTSA.

We strive to make Finn Hill MS a place where all students, families, caregivers, and educators feel welcome, supported and respected. We hope that you will join us on this mission to make your student’s years at Finn Hill among the best of their educational career. 

Sincerely,

Your Finn Hill Middle School PTSA

Amy Palmer Rowland and Sara Frikken (president@fhmsptsa.org)

Brigitta Dougherty (membership@fhmsptsa.org)

Heather Nason (secretary@fhmsptsa.org)

Meg White (treasurer@fhmsptsa.org)

Renee Sorese  (communications@fhmsptsa.org)


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Online Curriculum Night
Online Curriculum Night

Date:
Tuesday, October 4
Where:
Finn Hill Middle School

This year Finn Hill will be hosting an online curriculum night, with a series of recorded videos by the teachers and administration.

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Picture Retake Day
Picture Retake Day

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Tuesday, October 11
Where:
Finn Hill Middle School
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Opportunities Timeframe Questions? Needed
Administrative Vounteers (Alumni Scholarship Committee)
About 5-10 hours total during March-May, Reviewing scholarship applications and deciding on recipients.
Administrative Vounteers (Alumni Scholarship Committee)
- Email 3 / 4  Sign up
Administrative Vounteers (Newsletter Editor)
4-6 hours per month compiling, writing, and editing the monthly PTSA newsletter.
Administrative Vounteers (Newsletter Editor)
- Email 0 / 2  Sign up
Ways And Means (Budget Committee)
One meeting, will last about 2-4 hours, in the Spring of 2023. Committee will review previous FHMS PTSA budget and decide on a budget proposal for the following year.
Ways And Means (Budget Committee)
- Email 1 / 3  Sign up
Family And Community Engagement (Community Drives Coordinator(s))
2-5 hours per week, divided by the group, plus seasonal drives. Coordinate pantry packs and seasonal gift drives for our community.
Family And Community Engagement (Community Drives Coordinator(s))
- Email 0 / 3  Sign up
Family And Community Engagement (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Liaison)
1-3 hours per month. Attending DEI council meetings, sharing DEI with our FHMS PTSA.
Family And Community Engagement (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Liaison)
- Email 1 / 1 
School Services (Emergency Prep Chairperson(s))
1-3 hours per month. In-person work includes attending monthly e-prep council meetings, maintaining current supply of emergency supplies, communicating with PTSA and administration about e-prep needs. Training available for this position. This may also be shared by more than one person.
School Services (Emergency Prep Chairperson(s))
- Email 1 / 2  Sign up
School Services (Field Day Chairperson )
2-5 hours total during April-June. Meeting with school staff to determine how PTSA can assist with Field Day, then sharing that information with FHMS PTSA.
School Services (Field Day Chairperson )
- Email 1 / 1 
Ways And Means (Financial Review Committee)
2-4 hours, twice a year (usually mid-winter and mid-summer). Review the financial accounts of PTSA to ensure we are being fiscally responsible.
Ways And Means (Financial Review Committee)
- Email 2 / 3  Sign up
Ways And Means (Fundraising Chairperson)
1-3 hours per month. Work with PTSA board to organize fundraisers.
Ways And Means (Fundraising Chairperson)
- Email 0 / 1  Sign up
School Services (Health & Vision Screening)
Tentative date is October 20, 2022. Volunteers to assist with screenings, monitoring students while they wait. Usually lasts 3-4 hours.
School Services (Health & Vision Screening)
- Email 6 / 10  Sign up
Family And Community Engagement (Lake Washington Schools Foundation Ambassador)
1-3 hours per month. Attending LWSF meetings and reporting back to FHMS PTSA. Learn more about LWSD Foundation here: https://www.lwsf.org/ambassadorship/
Family And Community Engagement (Lake Washington Schools Foundation Ambassador)
- Email 0 / 1  Sign up
Family And Community Engagement (Legislative Chairperson)
1-3 hours per month. Tasks include keeping FHMS PTSA up to date with pertinent legislative information.
Family And Community Engagement (Legislative Chairperson)
- Email 0 / 1  Sign up
Membership (Nominating Committee)
About 10 hours per person, Majority of work happens between February and May. Work includes identifying candidates to serve on the FHMS PTSA Board. This is an elected position and a brief training is included.
Membership (Nominating Committee)
- Email 0 / 3  Sign up
Administrative Vounteers (PTSA Awards Committee)
About 5 hours total during April-May. Reviewing award nominations and deciding on recipients.
Administrative Vounteers (PTSA Awards Committee)
- 1 / 4  Sign up
School Services (Reflections Chairperson (fulfilled!))
(position filled) Short term, September-October 2022. Work with PTSA to organize annual Reflections Art Competition. This year's theme is: Show Your Voice!
School Services (Reflections Chairperson (fulfilled!))
- Email 0 / Several
School Services (School Beautification Committee)
Work as needed (often seasonally) to keep FHMS clean and beautiful. Group will with PTSA to organize cleaning/weeding events.
School Services (School Beautification Committee)
- Email 1 / 4  Sign up
Family And Community Engagement (Special Education Group Liaison)
1-3 hours per month. Attend monthly LSWD Special Education Group meetings and report back pertinent information back to FHMS PTSA.
Family And Community Engagement (Special Education Group Liaison)
- Email 0 / 1  Sign up
School Services (Staff Appreciation Committee)
About 10 hours total, during February-May. Committee will organize Staff Appreciate Week (May 1-5, 2023). Funding and support provided.
School Services (Staff Appreciation Committee)
- Email 1 / 2  Sign up
School Services (Sustainability Chairperson (fulfilled!))
1-2+ hours per month. Attend Lake Washington PTSA Committee meetings, and share pertinent information with FHMS PTSA. Work with FHMS PTSA to organize sustainability efforts at our school.
School Services (Sustainability Chairperson (fulfilled!))
- Email 0 / Several  Sign up
Administrative Vounteers (Webmaster)
1-3 hours per month. Work from home keeping the PTSA website updated.
Administrative Vounteers (Webmaster)
- Email 1 / 1 

 

Volunteering Requirements for the 2022-2023 School Year
 
Lake Washington School District (LWSD) requires all volunteers to go through an approval process. Volunteer approvals are valid for two years. To see if your volunteer application is still current, you can log into your Raptor Volunteer Portal, contact the volunteer office at 425-936-1270 or email  volunteers@lwsd.org. You can also contact the school where you volunteer.

Adult applications can be found here: LWSD Volunteer Online Application

Student applications can be found here: LWSD Student Volunteer Application.