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MAY 15-17 PTA STATE CONVENTION

Save the dates! Join PTA leaders and members from across the state at the annual convention. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

https://www.wastatepta.org/home/convention/


May 15 – 17, 2020
Lynnwood Convention Center — It’s close to us, which means it’s a wonderful opportunity to attend without the cost of transportation or a hotel.

Limited funds are available to defray the ticket cost.
Email legislativerep@cherrycrest-ptsa.org for more information.

Dear Parents, 

We are in a critical period to get legislation passed for our children. The legislative session ends March 12, 2020 but it’s always appropriate to voice your support.  

Here are some Current Active Topics:

1) Paraeducator Funding:  Paraeducators are the only educators who spend their entire workday with students, directly assisting them in learning, growing and navigating the world around them. Please contact your legislators to include 4 days of paraeducator training in the budget. 

2) Support ESB 5834:  Access to a free public education is a basic right of all children. Nearly 40 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that undocumented school-aged children have the right to a high-quality public education. Since it is the vision of PTA that every child’s potential become a reality, help us now advocate on the behalf of these children.  Contact your House of Representatives Congressperson.  

3) School Lunch Duration HB 1272:  Email Senators now because this bill passed in the House.  
Without adequate time to enjoy a complete meal, students may be prevented from reaching their full potential.

4) Identification of Highly Capable Students:  Encourage your legislator to support the need for equitable representation of all demographic groups in highly capable programs, regardless of zip code, especially low-income students, students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and highly mobile students.  Encourage them to support legislation that supports universal screening:

    • All students by 2nd grade, and again by 6th grade; and
    • At students’ school of attendance, during the regular school day; and
    • Using unbiased screening instruments

5)  Any other topic you like:  driving with electronic device, gun violence prevention, adolescent behavior health, dyslexia screening, climate and more. 

Important links for parents:  

2019 PTA WA Legislative Assembly

Cherry Crest sent two representatives to the WA State PTA Legislative Conference this October, Kathy Hotchkies and Chelsea Lientz. It was a powerful experience to watch PTA/PTSA representatives from across the state work together to advocate for Washington’s children. We advocated for policies that will set up the next generation of Washingtonians to thrive. Please take a moment to read about PTA efforts statewide.

Get Involved!  Learn about education laws/policies coming out of Olympia:

During each legislative session, WSPTA will send action alerts to members who have signed up using our Voter Voice system. These action alerts are quick, easy ways to communicate with our legislators on topics they are actively working on. Sign up today.

JanUARY 20 Focus Day 

January 20: Cherry Crest students, with a parent, are invited to join staff and community in BSD for “Bellevue Goes to Olympia”.  It will be a whole day of advocacy in Olympia on January 20th. You will find Focus Day information at http://www.bellevueptsacouncil.com/focusday2020.html . We are going to participate in the Focus Day event in the morning and then meet our House Representatives and Senators in the afternoon.

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