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Reflections Art Competition Kickoff
Reflections Art Competition Kickoff

Date:
Monday, September 27
7:00p **Rescheduled** Curriculum Night
**Rescheduled** Curriculum Night

Date:
Tuesday, September 28
Time:
7:00p - 9:00p
Where:
8040 NE 132nd St, Kirkland, WA 98034
6:00p LWSD New Family Welcome
LWSD New Family Welcome

Date:
Wednesday, September 29
Time:
6:00p - 8:00p
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Virtual Via link in description

Fall 2021 Welcome Event
LWSD and LW PTSA council are providing an online event for New and International Families via Microsoft Teams. Live captions will be available in Chinese (simplified), Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
This event will focus on Social, Emotional & Community Support for Students & Families. It will provide valuable information about Navigating the School System: Academics in LWSD. Join the event tinyurl.com/WelcomeEvent2021

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5:00p Virtual Paint Night
Virtual Paint Night

Date:
Sunday, October 3
Time:
5:00p - 6:15p
Where:
Teams Platform

Please join us for a virtual paint night. Our very own FHMS parent Kim Flynn is going to teach us step by step how to paint an under the sea painting. Please go on to this website to sign up https://fhmsptsa.org/Packet/Painting . We will have your kits ready for you to pick up on Wednesday Sept. 29 and Friday Oct. 1 after school. Your student can pick them up or the parent after they are paid for. Please feel free to contact me at membership@fhmsptsa.org with any questions.
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Why Should I Join The PTSA? What is a PTSA Even???

PTSA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Welcome to all of our new and returning families!

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions.

If you have additional questions, please contact Sarah Mertel, PTSA President, at president@fhmsptsa.org

 

What is the PTSA?

The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is the nation's largest child advocacy organization. It is a non-profit organization that is organized at the National, State and Local level and run entirely by volunteers. Our local PTSA provides many educational and social programs to benefit students and families as well as to support teachers in the classroom at FHMS.

 

If I join the PTSA, do I have to volunteer?

NO! While we depend on volunteers to run our programs and we greatly appreciate their time, we understand that not all families have this flexibility. By joining, your membership dues help support our programs and help give the State and National PTA's a stronger voice when they support legislation that benefits children.

 

Do PTSA Board Members or volunteers get paid?

NO! PTSA Board Members and and volunteers give their time to help the students, staff and FHMS community. We welcome anyone whi is willing to assist. Our volunteers work very hard to promote a comfortable atmosphere for the entire FHMS community.

 

Why should both parents /care givers join the PTSA?

We encourage all care givers to join the PTSA and we encourage all to attend our meetings and volunteer for activities. As mentioned above, your membership dues help support our programs and help give the State and National PTSA's a stronger voice when they support legislation that benefits children.

 

How many PTSAs can I join and do I have to pay dues to each one?

You may join as many PTSA’s as you like (e.g. preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school. Your voice is important in each school building. You have to pay full dues to each organization you join. We are all separate and your membership does not carry over.

 

I do not like fundraisers but I would like to support the PTSA. What can I do?

You may make a tax-deductible contribution to the PTSA anytime during the year. Since the PTA is a 501(c)3 organization you may also request a matching donation from your employer. We run only one “Pass The Hat” fundraiser each year and our budget is based on what we are able to raise at that time.

 

How do I know thet PTSA funds are reallt being used for our children?

Any parent, care giver, or community member is welcome to participate in ALL PTSA events/meetings. Our records ae not confidential and we would be glad to provide documentation on how our PTSA funds are distributed.

 

What is the best way to receive information from the PTA and to find out what is happening?

Aside from attending PTSA General Membership Meetings, the best way to receive PTSA information is to sign up on our website as a member. We post many updates there as well as on our Facebook page.

 

How do I sign up to volunteer?

There are opportunities to volunteer both inside FHMS and outside of the building. PTSA and volunteer opportunities will be available for every possible time consideration throughout the year. Please be sure to fill out the Volunteer section on our website if there is a specific area you feel your talents could be utilized. Otherwise, keep an eye on our FB page as well as our website. You will also need to be a LWSD approved volunteer for most of our volunteer opportunities.

 

What if I have an idea for a new PTSA activity or program?

Please contact any of the PSTA officers. We welcome ALL new ideas!


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LWSD Volunteer Guidelines

We would like to take a minute and share the NEWEST state guidelines requiring volunteers to be fully vaccinated.

If you plan to help us with a volunteer opportunity at FHMS, we will contact you after you sign up on the Sign Up Genius. At that point, your vaccination card can be shown to the PTSA before your volunteer shift, or you may show it to the office staff when checking in. A digital copy or your physical card may be shown to the PTSA or school office staff.

The District plan is to add vaccination status to the Raptor volunteer system, but until system is fully updated, we need to do our part at the local school to verify vaccination status. 

Once you have shown proof of vaccination, you will receive a volunteer name tag at the school when you check in

 

In addition to vaccinations, the school will need to verify that volunteers are still approved in the LWSD Volunteer Raptor system.  If it has been longer than two years since you have volunteered, please use the LWSD Volunteer Application System - Raptor - located here.

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sandi Hill shill@lwsd.org or Sandra Stephens sstephens@lwsd.org in the FHMS office. 

 
Opportunities Timeframe Questions? Needed
Administrative Vounteers (Alumni Scholarship Committee)
One of the exciting ways we are able to donate to our students, is through the yearly Alumni Scholarship program. Each year our committee reads through applications from Alumni students who are moving on to their next learning phase. We are grateful to help these students by gifting small scholarships for their learning needs. This is a limited time commitment happening only in the late spring.
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Ways And Means (Budget Committee)
Do you love to tell people how to spend their money? Great! We need you! Each year the PTSA must form a committee to decide how to best spend our funds for the upcoming year. This is a defined time commitment only once each year.
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School Services (Field Day Chairperson )
A time honored and favorite tradition for the students at FHMS! We are looking for two chairpersons to work with the school to help make an exciting Field Day happen for the FHMS Students.
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Ways And Means (Financial Review Committee)
Twice a year we task the Financial Review Committee to be our check and balance to make sure we are being fiscally responsible with our donations from our members. This is for a defined period of time, twice a year for only a few hours.
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Ways And Means (Fundraising Chairperson)
We all know that fundraising can be a challenging part of running a non-profit organization. However, there are always those individuals who shine in this position! We need you to help us with new and innovative ways to help our PTSA stay financially healthy so we are able to continue to provide opportunities for our students, staff, and administration.
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School Services (Health & Vision Screening)
Volunteers are needed to help support the school during the yearly health and vision screening process. This is a one day volunteer ask.
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Family And Community Engagement (Lake Washington Schools Foundation Ambassador)
A Foundation Ambassador is: - Actively involved and connected with the school community through PTSA, volunteering, etc. - Familiar with and interested in the mission, goals and activities of the Foundation. - Willing to promote the work of the Foundation at appropriate opportunities at your school. - Willing to provide feedback and serve in an advisory role to LWSF when needed Learn more about LWSD Foundation here: https://www.lwsf.org/ambassadorship/
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Family And Community Engagement (Legislative Chairperson)
The legislative mission of PTA, is to speak on behalf of all children and youth at the local, state and federal levels. One purpose of PTA is “to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.” Local officers of the largest child advocacy organization in the state, committee chairs help educate on children’s issues at the local level by educating PTA members, community members and elected officials about PTA’s issues of concern and legislative priorities and goals.
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Administrative Vounteers (Newsletter Editor)
We are looking to revamp/overhaul our PTSA Newsletter! Have some ideas? We would love to hear them!
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Membership (Nominating Committee)
Each year a committee of three individuals is needed to identify candidates to serve on the FHMS PTSA Board for the upcoming school year. This is an elected position and a brief training is included. This position is a defined period of time and not held for the entire school year.
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Administrative Vounteers (PTSA Awards Committee)
Each year, our local PTSA is excited to award individuals who have worked hard to make our community successful. This committee will meet in late spring and decide who the hardest working individuals are and award them with special honors. This is a limited commitment happening only once each year.
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School Services (School Beautification)
Many of the things that make a school community unique are the little things. One of the small ways we like to assist our school, is by providing more support to help keep our campus looking its finest! We are looking for individuals who are willing to put in a little time throughout the year to help keep our campus clean and pretty.
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Family And Community Engagement (Special Education Group Liaison)
The PTSA Special Education Group (SEG), formally known as the PTSA Special Needs Group, is made up of parents in Lake Washington School District whose children receive special services (IEP) and/or classroom support (504), and parents interested in resources and support for any student with learning challenges. The group meets every month except for December and June. We are looking for one person to act as a liaison between our local PTSA and the LWSD SEG.
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School Services (Staff Appreciation Chairperson)
We know how much we appreciate our staff, let's keep on showing them! We are looking for two individuals who can help us show our teachers, administration, and staff some much needed appreciation! There is plenty of support for this position, so bring your talent and excitement for showing gratitude!
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School Services (Sustainability Chairperson)
The LWPTSA Sustainability Committee is made up of local chairs at schools across the district. The committee has worked on a range of issues, including food recovery, waste reduction, composting, green cleaning, no-idle zones, herbicide-free schools, and engaging and supporting students in their efforts to combat climate change and create a livable planet.
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Administrative Vounteers (Webmaster)
When you like to volunteer, do you maybe like that to be a little more behind the scenes? Are you more comfortable behind a keyboard instead of being in the mix of things? We need you! We are looking for someone to help us maintain and update our website. This would be an ongoing position throughout the year.
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School Services (Prep Day Volunteer)
Come help our FANTASTIC FHMS Staff keep the flow of students and parents moving during our Prep Day on August 24. Don't worry - We provide training! No Experience Needed. We are asking for 1 hour commitments, but we would appreciate you helping for longer shifts if possible. If not, we appreciate any help.
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