4/20 PTA Newsletter

Montlake Elementary Garden Work Party!

When: Saturday, April 21 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
Where: Montlake Elementary School

Join us for the Montlake Elementary Garden Work Party! We’ll be building new garden boxes, arbors, and more. Green thumbs and handy-people are very much appreciated, as well as anyone willing to pitch in. Coffee and snacks provided! Bring the whole family!

2018-19 PTA Board: Recruiting!

The PTA Board is recruiting for the 2018-2019 school year, and we would love to have you on board! Being a part of the PTA Board is an amazing way to get involved with the school, to learn, and to make a difference in our great community.  All board positions are asked to attend monthly PTA board meetings and to vote on all PTA matters.. Volunteer positions are not required to attend PTA meetings.

Each PTA board position must be elected annually, and the elections will take place on May 3rdClick here for a list of all available positions. If there is already a candidate for the position, I have noted so in parenthesis.

If you see yourself in one of these positions or are simply curious, please don’t hesitate to contact Kate Levin at kate.d.levin@gmail.com.

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.

Monday night, April 23, there will be a public meeting with SPS officials at TT Minor (1700 E Union Street) from 630-815 about which schools will be rebuilt with dollars from the next capital levy. PLEASE consider attending with your children. Tell SPS why Montlake should be on that list.

Our school was built in 1924 and has not been touched since. Our portables were built in the 1940s.

Here are some highlights of our current challenges:

  • No elevator—stairs to get even into the first floor
  • Smallest gym in the district (with a sloping, uneven floor)
  • No computer lab
  • Tiny library
  • Cafeteria is in a portable from the 1940s
  • Two special education programs in one classroom
  • OT/PT space is a cubbyhole under the stairs
  • Only one girls’ bathroom and one boys’ bathroom
  • Only two single stall adult bathrooms
  • Music classes have to share space
  • Heaters are loud and temperature is different in every classroom
  • Playground is all cement and play structure is 25 years old
  • No nurse’s office
  • Six ancient portables
  • Only 1 classroom in entire building has a sink

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.

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 7-11

Teacher and staff appreciation week begins Monday May 7. We will honor our educators a little differently each day of the week.

Monday: Potluck Lunch! (Mexican theme)
Tuesday: Flowers! Bring Flowers from home or store. We’ll arrange them into bouquets
Wednesday: Gift Cards! Please consider bringing in a $5-10 gift card for a store or business of your choice, and leave it in the labeled envelope in the school office by Monday, May 7. Be creative! Last year we had gift cards for fun items like bagels, donuts, Jamba Juice, Subway, etc., and even a gas card (!), in addition to plenty of Starbucks and Fuel cards.
Thursday: Thank-You Cards! Bring accolades for our educators. We will assign staff by last name and ask you and your kid(s) to write a note of thanks and celebration for their efforts.
Friday: Baked goods / Fruit / Coffee

We’ll send more details for each day via your room representative. Thank you for everything you do for your kids and our school! For more information, please contact Alicia Goodwin & Bridget Backshies at outreach@montlakepta.org

Lowell Elementary Food Drive

Our neighbors are in need of help! The pantry at Lowell Elementary is almost out of food which means many of their homeless students will not have access to food over the weekend when there is no school breakfast or lunch. Let’s pull together and help them out.

Here’s what you need to know:

There is a specific ask for donations that are instantly consumable, “no cook” foods in individual servings. We can assume access to a microwave and hot water but that’s it. These kids likely don’t have access to a stove.

Also, University District food bank provides some items such as fruit and Cup o Noodles, so Lowell has a specific ask for the following list of foods. I just checked and much of this is easy to find on Amazon and other online retailers. If you would prefer to make a cash donation, please email me.

Here’s the list:

  • Microwaveable rice, brown preferred
  • Prepared beans (like the Tasty Bite lentils)
  • Individual servings of whole grain oatmeal (NOT instant, Nature’s Path is a good option)
  • Non-chocolate shelf-stable milk
  • Nut-heavy /snack bars
  • Packets of nuts (like Costco individual packs)

We’ll run the food drive for through May 4. Look for a box outside of the Montlake Elementary office to drop off donations.

For more information, please contact Laura Porto Stockwell at lauraporto@gmail.com.

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.


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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