2/26 PTA Newsletter

Wine + Donuts!

NEW this year to the Montlake Elementary Auction & Community Celebration is an all-school wine drive.

This wine drive will allow us to shift funds raised from covering event costs to directly benefiting the school. Our goal is collect 150 bottles by March 9th, 2018. We need bottles valued at $20 or more and we would really LOVE bottles valued at $50 or more.

How can you help?

Bring a bottle (or two!) to school drop off on Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2, from 7:30-8:15 am along with a completed wine drive procurement form.

Collection stations will be located at the front of the school on 22nd Street and the north entrance on Calhoun Street March 1 and 2, 7:30-8:15am.

You don’t even need to get out of your car! Just drive up and your friendly Auction team will be happy to take your bottles off your hands in exchange for a delicious donut.

Thank you for your support!

Spelling Bee!

Montlake 1st through 5th Grade Parents: Montlake will be holding a school spelling bee on Friday, March 9th. Each participating classroom will be holding a class spelling bee before March 2nd. The final three participants from each classroom will move to the school spelling bee. Two finalists from the school bee will move to the Regional Spelling Bee on March 25th. This is not open to students in kindergarten because the regional bee starts at grade one.

Study documents can be located here: https://montlake.weebly.com/spelling-bee.html

Tour de Montlake

Save the Date: Saturday May 26, 201810am-noon.

A popular Montlake tradition continues! Montlake Elementary School to host our 6th annual kids bicycle race! Kids practice some laps around the track, then start with a time trial lap around the track to determine their start order for the Grand Tour de Montlake. The Tour consists of a partial lap around the track, then (upper grade levels only) some turns through the north Montlake field, and back onto the track for the grand finish. Elevation gain is minimal, reaching the Col de Montlake at about 1m above sea level. Prizes are awarded by grade level (plus a separate push-bike division). No minimum age. Siblings & friends are welcome. There will be trophies, snacks, & fun for all. The event will take place on the track and in the field at Montlake Community Center.

Although this is not a Montlake PTA hosted event, we absolutely agreed to boost it in this post!

Inclusive Education Presentation from Dr. Schwartz

Did you miss the General Meeting? Interested in learning about the Inclusive Education? No worries! While we missed seeing you at the event, Dr. Schwartz graciously allowed us to share her presentation.



If you have questions or would like to share feedback about Dr. Schwartz’s presentation or the General Meeting, contact Alicia Goodwin at outreach@montlakepta.org or Lenny Orlov at president@montlakepta.org.



Whether you are a Betty, Joan, Peggy, Roger or Don, please join us for…

A MAD PARTY Benefiting Montlake
Saturday, March 17th, 2018
UW Club Husky, 3800 Montlake Blvd. NE, Seattle

Time: 6 – 7:30 pm – Happy Hour and Games
7:30 – 9:30 pm – Dinner and Live Auction
9:30 – 11pm – “The Twist” Dance Party!

This swanky evening includes a happy hour and games followed by a festive dinner, live auction and dancing. The proceeds of this celebration go towards funding valued programs such as art, P.E., greenhouse, music, counseling, and so much more.

Attire: Mad Men inspired cocktail (optional)

Tickets can be purchased by selecting the Auction: Get Tickets link under the Auction menu tab on this website.

New! The Montlake Community Chest: Scholarships to attend the event are available to Montlake families needing financial assistance.

Donations? Volunteer?
To donate airline miles, hotel points or vacation homes for the live auction, contact Sara Staggs at sschmick@aerotek.com
To volunteer at the event, contact Alexa Rudin at alexarudin@gmail.com
Unable to attend? Please consider making a tax-deductible donation by clicking on the Donate button in the right column of this page!

Opportunity: Auction Backroom!

Are you a detail oriented person? Do you love to optimize processes so they run smoothly and efficiently? Would you like to see how a large social event like the auction is managed from the inside?

Hi again, my name is still Greg Lindhorst. I have been driving the “backroom” operations for the annual auction for many years now. The whole process of preparing materials, data entry of bids, charging credit cards, and getting winners their spoils is my domain. But sadly this too hasn’t changed, this is my family’s last year at Montlake.

The PTA is looking for a volunteer to take on this role in the years to come. Ideally we would find someone to shadow me this year as we prepare for this March’s auction.

This role does not require a technical background. Although technology is used, such as Excel and Salesforce, it is as an end user of pre-packaged software. If you can work with a spreadsheet and enter data into a form then you are more than qualified. The most important skills required are being patient and flexible, especially the night of the auction.

If you are interested or have any questions, please shoot an email to gregli@hotmail.com and we can chat with no obligation.

Technology Vision Working Group

Are you interested in helping to keep our PTA running smoothly and efficiently? Do you have a technical background? Do you have an interest in learning more about cloud services such as Office 365, Microsoft Azure, and Salesforce, or working with open source software such as WordPress and OpenCart, on a platform of Linux, MySQL, and PHP?

Hi, my name is Greg Lindhorst. I have been driving the PTA’s technology efforts for many years now. In that time, we’ve moved to an electronic BuzzBook, classroom email distribution lists, online payments for most everything, and an online document repository for the PTA’s business. It is all built on free services and open source software – we don’t pay a dime. But alas, this is my family’s last year at Montlake.

The free software and services will continue without me. But we have benefited from my ability to create custom solutions and manage a Linux VM. We need to decide if this model is sustainable long term, if there is enough willing technical talent in our parent population to carry this forward. Given our employers include Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, and so many others, I have to believe there is a lot of talent out there.

We have three main options with lots of tradeoffs:

Full hosting. Manage our own VM and install/update software. This is what we do it today on Microsoft Azure. It is free, gives us the most flexibility for custom solutions, but requires the most technical manpower.
Shared hosting. Have someone else manage the VM and install/update software on our behalf. Examples include http://godaddy.com and http://a2hosting.com. These are a modest cost ($15-ish a month), with less technical manpower required (but still some), and a reasonable ability to customize.
Packaged services. Use someone else’s services for WordPress, eCommerce, etc. Examples include http://digitalpto.com/ and https://mailchimp.com/. These are the easiest for anyone to help with, but are the most expensive in dollars ($50-ish a month) and have limited customizations.

Do any of these words have any meaning for you? If so, great! We’re looking for you!

I’m starting a working group to consider these and any other options. I’m only asking for you to attend a meeting and engage on a few email threads just to discuss how we should move forward.

Please join us! Please send an email to gregli@hotmail.com and I will loop you in.


You can always find out about upcoming events by clicking on the Calendar tab, above!


If you’d like to find out about volunteer opportunities, click on the Volunteering tab, above!

Special Education Liaison

The Montlake PTA has our very own Special Education Liaison: Laura Porto Stockwell. Do you have questions about the special education program at Montlake? Please feel free to contact Laura Porto Stockwell at lauraporto@gmail.com.

Have a great week!

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