3/12 PTA Newsletter



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.

Tickets to Count-Me-In parties can also be purchased on the Auction: Get Tickets page.

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


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!

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!

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.


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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