SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Jun 19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
Jul 1
2
View in Outlook or Google Calendar      See full calendar
Letter from PTSA President

“The Finn Hill Middle School PTSA strives 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.”

Parents, Caregivers, Friends-

The Finn Hill Middle School PTSA is a 503c non-profit organization run by volunteers whose mission is written above. According to WA State laws, to be a non-profit organization, you need a minimum of four officers: A President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

The PTSA is in need. Without a full board, we can no longer operate as a non-profit organization by the WA state law. By July 1, 2022, we need to elect a President first and foremost. We also have two Vice President positions that need to be filled, but without a President, that will be a moot point.

What happens if we don’t have a President for the 2022/23 School year?

I’m so glad you asked! The PTSA supports the school in many ways, but here are some of the main things that would go away:

· Student planners

· Field Day

· Staff classroom grants

· Library grants

· Staff volunteer support

· Staff appreciation

· School play support

· Alumni Scholarships

There are other community helping opportunities that would also go away including needs drives, pantry pack support, and Reflections art competition. We would also lose committees such as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Special Education committee, sustainability/beautification, and emergency preparation.

On the surface, these may not seem like a big loss all on their own. However, if you get down to the nuts and bolts of it, your student’s day will look very different without the resources PTSA provides.

What do I get out of participating in the board?

You will be able to enhance your resume. A non-profit board position is valued as an employment opportunity. Even though it is a volunteer position, it is still a working position that is appreciated as a work commitment by a hiring individual. I have personally given recommendations that have led to employment opportunities for former board members.

Another main benefit to being a board member is the ability to decide how the PTSA continues to support the students and staff. You also will be the first to know what the goings on at the school may be. You will have a significant working relationship with administration, and you will also have a close working relationship with staff members.

The time commitment is a significant decrease compared to elementary school. This means that often our board is comprised of working adults and members who serve in other ways at the elementary or high school.

We ask you to sincerely consider how you can actively help the FHMS PTSA. If you or another of your student’s caregivers can offer your gift of time and join our board, we ask that you reach out ASAP for more information.

Thank you for your time and consideration-

Sarah Mertel

President@fhmsptsa.org


 


View all
Opportunities Timeframe Questions? Needed
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.
Ways And Means (Budget Committee)
- 1 / 3
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.
School Services (Field Day Chairperson )
- 0 / 2
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.
Ways And Means (Financial Review Committee)
- 2 / 3
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.
Ways And Means (Fundraising Chairperson)
- 0 / 2
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.
School Services (Health & Vision Screening)
- 4 / 10
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/
Family And Community Engagement (Lake Washington Schools Foundation Ambassador)
- 0 / 1
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.
Family And Community Engagement (Legislative Chairperson)
- 0 / 2
Administrative Vounteers (Newsletter Editor)
We are looking to revamp/overhaul our PTSA Newsletter! Have some ideas? We would love to hear them!
Administrative Vounteers (Newsletter Editor)
- 0 / 2
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.
Membership (Nominating Committee)
- 0 / 3
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.
Administrative Vounteers (PTSA Awards Committee)
- 0 / 4
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.
School Services (School Beautification)
- 3 / 10
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!
School Services (Staff Appreciation Chairperson)
- 0 / 2
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.
School Services (Sustainability Chairperson)
- 1 / 2
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.
Administrative Vounteers (Webmaster)
- 0 / 1
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.
School Services (Prep Day Volunteer)
- 1 / 12
Administrative Vounteers (Alumni Scholarship Committee)
Short Term (March-May), Approximately 5-10 hours total, Small Group, Work primarily at home with flexible hours, Details: 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.
Administrative Vounteers (Alumni Scholarship Committee)
- Email 0 / 4

 

Volunteering Requirements for the 2022-2023 School Year (tentative)
 
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.
 
Volunteers must also provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. LWSD volunteers can submit for religious or medical exemptions. Each exemption will be considered by LWSD. If the religious/medical exemption is approved, certain accommodations will be made to ensure the safety of all students and staff in our buildings, and the volunteer.  More information can be found at the LWSD website, https://www.lwsd.org/get-involved/volunteering-in-lwsd.