4/5 PTA Newsletter

Rebuild Montlake Elementary!

We need your help to convince the school board to REBUILD MONTLAKE!

When: Monday, April 23 6:30‑8:15 p.m
Where: T.T. Minor School lunchroom 1700 E Union St.

Bring the kids and tell the school board representatives one of the many reasons our school should be selected for rebuild in the next capital levy. We’ve already testified about the time last year when an 8 foot jet of steam shot out from a classroom radiator and the whole school needed to be evacuated. Your kids could talk about the bathrooms, the sloping gym, the 30 year old playground, the 100+ year old boiler, the fact that the school is not ADA accessible or that special education has to take place in the hallways due to lack of space. Or bring your own story about why it is time to rebuild our wonderful school.

The school board will make their decision this fall. Please add your voices to this effort. Let us know if you can make it.
Thank you!

For more information, please contact Alicia Goodwin at outreach@montlakepta.org.

Tour de Montlake

Save the Date: Saturday May 26, 2018. 10am-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.

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.

Events

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

Volunteering

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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