Monday, April 29, 2013


The WSPTA is thrilled to be welcoming Association Insurance Management (AIM) as our Premier Sponsor of the the 100th Annual Convention. Elgin Allen, President, has been a dedicated and long-term supporter of the Washington State PTA. This will be his 19th Convention with us, and each year his enthusiasm for our members and our PTAs seems to grow.

This year, AIM gave the WSPTA the additional gift of easels for all our new signage at Convention. When you stop by their booth in the Grand Foyer, please thank them for their long-term commitment to PTA and their ongoing support of our Convention!
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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Need Ideas for 2013 - 2014, Visit Our Recognition Area in the Grand Foyer

Visit the Recognition Area (in the Foyer) and see what has worked well for other PTAs and how their successful efforts could be adapted by your local unit. 

  • Honor Unit & Standards of Excellence Notebooks are filled with valuable ideas for PTA programs.Newsletters & Communications Samples demonstrate many creative way for communicating to your members.
  • Applegate Grant Recipient Displays showcase how Applegate Grant funds were used by recipient units.
  • PTAs Taking Significant Action Displays showcase how award winning local units have involved their community.
  • Reflections Exhibit is a wonderful display of the artwork of many talented students throughout our state.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Don't Miss The Exciting Opportunity to Hear Trevor Green, 2013 National Principal of the Year

Trevor Greene, 2013 National Principal of the Year, will speak during the Sunday morning during the Awards Breakfast. Greene is principal of Toppenish High School located on the Yakima Indian Reservation, which serves a 95% minority student population—and nearly 100% of the students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. Returning to the reservation where he grew up, Trevor Greene has helped his 717 students reach previously unimaginable levels of success.  Greene established high-profile engineering and biomedical programs, implemented an advisory program, expanded opportunities for special education students, and formed invaluable community partnerships. Thanks to his efforts, students now have access to Project Lead The Way’s rigorous STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) courses and can earn up to thirty college credits from the University of Washington by the time they graduate from high school. In addition, relationships with local businesses allow greater access to postsecondary opportunities

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What Should I Bring to Convention?

Betty Howse & Katheryn from Stanley,
Penny Preston (Truman MS) & Janet Stewart
(President of Tacoma Council PTA)
  • First, and foremost, dress comfortably and be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes.  Washington State PTA’s Convention occupies a large part of the meeting space at the Hyatt Bellevue, and you will want to cover it all.  While the hotel attempts to maintain a comfortable temperature in the meeting and exhibit halls, it’s wise to dress in layers so you can adjust if the temperature is too warm or too cool for your taste. Some PTAs like to wear matching T-shirts or sweatshirts. 
  • You’ll also want to bring some cash, so you can support the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program (and win some nice prizes for you and the family!) at the Scholarship Raffle booth.  Make sure to stop by the PTA Store  so you can show your PTA pride with PTA-logoed merchandise—many of the items for sale will make perfect “thank you” gifts for your volunteers as well.  
  • Driver's license or ID for checking into your hotel room and you will be asked to show photo identification to receive your convention materials. 
  • Pens and paper for taking notes in classes. You will receive a lot of valuable information over the weekend.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What Do I Need to Do if I Want to Change a Class I Selected on My Registration?

Each delegate will receive tickets to the classes for which he/she has registered, along with all the Convention material and information picked up in the convention pre-registration area. These tickets will be required for admittance to each class, and they will be collected at the door.  Delegates wishing to change classes can do so by exchanging their tickets at the special “Class Ticket” counter — located in the foyer — as long as there is seating available in the class they wish to attend.   Seating becomes “open” when the class presenter begins his/her presentation. At that time, any delegate can attend the class — with or without a ticket — space permitting.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Washington State PTA has partnered with The McDonald's Washington State Owners Association.

The Washington State PTA has partnered with The McDonald's Washington State Owners Association. In March, WSPTA staff member Maggie Riggs conducted a brief interview. Read on to find out a bit more about why McDonald's cares about PTA, and what impact PTA members can have on McDonald's menus.

Why do you support PTAs, schools, students, families & the community? 
The McDonald's Washington State Owners Association is proud to be the platinum sponsor of the 100th Annual WSPTA Convention. With almost 270 stores and 15K employees statewide, the over 40 local owner operators recognize their impact and feel a responsibility to show their ongoing support of the equal and even greater contribution that the WSPTA and public school system provides to our communities.

What does this partnership with WSPTA mean to you?
This relationship is of the utmost importance to the local McDonald's Owner Operators. An overall goal in this partnership is to support our teachers and the public school system while concurrently promoting healthy eating and nutrition for our youth. By having a relationship with the WSPTA, we are welcoming an open dialogue regarding changing perceptions about our menu.

How long have you been in business in Washington?
 Some of our local owner operators have been in business for almost 40 years. 

What would you like our members and Convention attendees to know about your business? 
The McDonald's Washington Sate Owners Association consists of over 40 local residents who are committed to providing balanced choices to their customers. They are committed to menu evolution. They are committed to providing properly sourced food that you can feel good about eating. They are also committed to providing opportunities to their communities and currently employ over 15,000 local residents. They contribute to the local economy through jobs, agricultural and industry. McDonald’s presence in the state of Washington has created 40,575 jobs and $812.4 million in annual spending.

Please stop by the McDonald's exhibit space (booths 77-79) to learn more about healthier menu options and to begin the dialogue.
Also, please join Dr. Cynthia Goody, Senior Director of Nutrition for McDonald’s USA as we discuss the value in our partnership with the WSPTA and our commitment to supporting our local school systems. Additionally, this open forum with audience Q&A will address nutrition, local and regional food sourcing, and our commitment for making sure the food you and your family love is food you can ALL feel good about eating - Session 406, Saturday.