Monday, Feb 8
7pm to 7:30pm PTSA Meeting
7:30 to 9pm Jo Langford
Jo Langford is a local author, therapist and educator, working in the intersection between adolescence, technology, and sexuality. He will use information, education, and humor to help families and educators increase knowledge and self-confidence navigating conversations with our teens, specifically in the time of virtual school, unprecedented screen time, and increased isolation. Help us shape the conversation to best meet your needs and pre-submit your questions by filling out our sign-up.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our in-person school survey. We received 448 responses! Of these 72% were very likely or likely to return to school buildings part time, and 65% full time. These numbers were slightly lower when schedule or teacher changes were considered. About 16-21% of respondents were unlikely or very unlikely to return to school under any of these conditions. We also found that 44% of 88 special education families who are not currently receiving in-person services feel that it is important or very important that they receive those services. Lastly, the majority of families indicated that they are not receiving enough information from the district about plans and procedures for a return to buildings. We also read all of your thoughtful comments! From these it is clear that many of you want to see teachers vaccinated ASAP, need more information from the district to make up your minds about whether to send your children back into buildings, and are concerned that the district doesn’t have a clear plan to reopen buildings now or in the fall. Download the complete survey results here.
We will now take this information to the School Board and District leadership, and continue to advocate on your behalf for a safe return to buildings. Continue on to read the letter the Eckstein and Roosevelt PTSAs have sent to SPS leadership.
PTA Legislative Focus
Washington State PTA Advocacy Week
January 18 – 22, 2021
The Washington State Legislature convened a new virtual legislative session on January 11th. Its main goal will be to put together a budget for the next 4 years. WSPTA and local PTAs will be working together to advocate on behalf of children and families, with a focus on our new legislative platform. We will be asking members to take action and advocate from home throughout our annual Advocacy Week. To participate and stay informed, subscribe to the WSPTA Action Network.
Your Stories Needed During the 2021 Legislative Session
The Washington PTA (WSPTA) has a fantastic legislative platform for 2021, and we need your help to advocate for it. During the current virtual legislative session, you can testify virtually from home, or in writing. Personal stories can send a powerful message to lawmakers. If you have a story to tell that aligns with our legislative platform, please reach out to your PTSA Vice President, Natalya Yudkovsky. She can provide you with all the support you need from WSPTA to successfully testify.
Tools to Prepare for Provision of In-Person Learning Among K-12 Students at Public and Private Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic - these are guidelines for school reopening from the Washington State Department of Health. Key indicators of COVID-19 activity in King County - a link to case numbers and hospitalization rates.
The state legislative session opened on January 11th. Washington State PTA Legislative Consultant Marie Sullivan will be bringing us weekly reports on legislation important to students and families. Check it out the latest one and stay informed! 2021 Focus on Advocacy - January 11 Report
Let us know how we can help you! The EAC is currently soliciting requests for any funding that is needed through the end of the current school year. All requests must be made by February 1st.
Request money from the Eckstein Annual Campaign (EAC) for your supplies, projects, or family needs in this time of crisis. Anyone connected to the school including staff, parents, volunteers and friends of Eckstein should feel comfortable requesting funds.
Before doing any private fund raising, please consider contacting the EAC first. We’d like to fund your need! It’s easier for you and helps us keep our school’s parent fund-raising requests as focused as possible. Read more about the EAC.
January PTSA meeting: Monday, Jan 11
January Eckstein PTSA meeting
Monday, Jan 11 at 7pm
Did you make a commitment to greater engagement this year? Our monthly meetings are open to everyone. They're a great way to learn what's going on at Eckstein, and to meet parents and educators who are all committed to our students.
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