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Have a great summer! See you September 3rd for the First Day of School 2014-15
Last newsletter for the 2013-14 School Year and my last for HTPTA...

PTA and Highland Terrace NEED YOU!
Did you enjoy Science Night? Pancake Breakfast? Art Walk & Auction? Are your kids participating in after school enrichment programs? How about those fun skating parties? 

These events are all funded and organized by Highland Terrace PTA! Please click here to find out more. These programs don't run themselves...

Contact us at highlandterracepta@gmail.com with questions and/or interest. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that helped organize this amazing event! And thank you, the community, for coming to it! Thank you to so many people, please see our list of amazing volunteers, donors and sponsors!

The event was a success... over $12,000 was raised for your HTPTA! See pictures here...


The Works
The Works needs your help! Donations are needed. Please bring in your donations of coats, hats, gloves, clothing (except hoodies), underwear, socks, personal hygiene items, all are needed to help our Shoreline/Lake Forest Park community families in need. Thank you for your generosity!

Join the PTA Today (click here for the 2013-14 Membership Form)
Thank you for your support, we have reached the Gold Level in Membership, which means we have a 10% increase in membership and 100% Teacher membership.

2013-14 PASS THE HAT DONATION DRIVE
(please note that PayPal is for donations only not payments to HTPTA, thank you)
 
Thank you for your support!

Joining the PTA gives us a larger voice to advocate for our kids, it does NOT require you to volunteer for the PTA or attend a single meeting (though we'd love for you to do either or both). Thanks!
For a complete calendar of events, visit the Calendar.
 
Get connected!
HTPTA has a Facebook Page, LIKE US and get in on the conversation. Do you Twitter? Find us at @HTPTA. 
 
If you are interested in volunteering for the PTA or holding a position, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Lynne Lone.
 
New to the Highland Terrace Community?
Find out more about our community and where to get involved in other areas. CLICK HERE! 


Coming up...
8/23: Back to School Event (reg deadline 8/15)
9/3: First Day of School 2014-15

Registration open for August Back to School event
The annual Shoreline Back To School event provides school supplies, hair cuts, and clothing assistance to Shoreline School District families with low incomes and/ or circumstances that make it challenging to adequately prepare their children for school. To register, visit the Back To School Consortium Web site, or call the info line at 206-393-4916. Deadline for registration is August 15.
The event will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 23 at the North City building, 816 N.E. 190th, Shoreline.
Donations of backpacks, school supplies, hygiene products, socks and underwear can be made at the Center for Human Services, 17018 15th Ave. N.E. in Shoreline. Financial donations can also be made to that address.
High quality gently used or new children's and teen clothing can be dropped off at The WORKS, located in the North City Elementary Portables, 816 NE 190th Street, Shoreline, Wednesday evenings 5 to 8 pm or by appointment by leaving a message on the Shoreline PTA Council, The WORKS voice mail 206-393-4916 ext. 5. A WORKS representative will call you back to arrange a drop off time.
In 2013, more than 1,300 students received needed school supplies and clothing at the Back to School Consortium event.

To find out more about Community Events, go to our Links Page...

Highland Terrace wins TWO 2013 WA Achievement Awards for Reading and Math Growth!
2014-15 Slate of Officers
Co-Presidents: Becky Logan, 
Diana Ensenat
Treasurer: Dawn Siler
Secretary: Carol Krantz
VP Student Affairs: Leslie Boyd, Anne Alonzi-Aw
This slate was approved at our General Membership meeting on 4/9. Congratulations and Thank You to our 2014-15 Officers!

Golden Award Winners!!
Golden Acorn: Anne Alonzi-Aw

Anne has been a regular volunteer at Highland Terrace for 7 years. You ask her to be on a committee, the answer is “Yes!” You ask her to be a Room Parent and plan a party, she’s there with gusto. She’s reliable and gets the job done. The past two years, she has served as our fearless leader, saying Yes to the President job while questioning her ability to do it. Not only was she able but she did it on her own, without a Co-President most of the year, and planned the Science Night, helped with the Read-a-thon and volunteered for Math Olympiad all at the same time. Anne does not just volunteer for the HTPTA, however, she is also the leader of two Girl Scout Troops and the Service Unit Manager for all the Girl Scout Troops in the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park area. And she didn’t think she had enough to do so she completed the Roots of Empathy training and is an instructor for that wonderful program as well.

Golden Acorn: Megan Shea

Megan is a "doer,” she doesn’t ask a lot of questions she’s just handed the task and gets it done. We have used her as our Kitchen Manager for so many events it's impossible to count. She has been critical to the annual Pancake Breakfast, Art Walk, and in the last 3 years she has taken the job of getting the PTA handbook organized from a cumbersome task to an easy one. She brought Game Night to the school, and ran the entire evening for two years. She is a warm, familiar face in the building, and a critical helper at PTA events.

Golden Apple/Outstanding Educator: Dennis Ashbrook

As an elementary band teacher, his job (at least from the outside) is always challenging. And yet he continually inspires kids to not only try band, but continue on studying band and music after they leave Highland Terrace. He is light hearted and has a good time with the kids while also teaching and inspiring and not scaring them away. According to one parent: "I'm always amazed when I get to the concerts and hear music come out of the instruments because it's not always what I hear when my children practice!" Highland Terrace is also giving out two Lifetime Achievement Awards this year, not because they are at the end of their lives, but because they had critical and lasting impacts to Highland Terrace during the merging of Sunset with Highland Terrace.

Lifetime Award: Suzanne Gugger

Suzanne is a wonderful, positive person who has the energy to get things accomplished. She has been involved with the Art Walk, first at Sunset and then at Highland Terrace, since its inception over a decade ago. She is a champion of art, ensuring that grants are written, resources are used, and that art is not forgotten. She has also been very involved in Legislation and Advocacy at multiple schools, which we always find amusing because of her inability to cast a vote due to her Canadian citizenship. She was instrumental in bringing two PTA boards together, and making sure that the art program, so critical to the values of the Sunset Community, was brought to Highland Terrace. This was no small task because there were skeptics and the coming together of these two communities was not always a smooth one. Suzanne’s positive attitude and passion for art helped make it smoother and embraced. 

Lifetime Award: Paige Blomso

Paige has been a champion of art, first at Sunset and then at Highland Terrace. Paige's contribution came largely in the form of the clay program. She ensured that the kiln from Sunset was moved to Highland Terrace, so that the clay program that had been so successful at Sunset did not just die. Because of Paige, there is clay curriculum, and every class at Highland Terrace gets to participate in two clay projects during the year. What began as a labor of love (and many, many hours), turned into a paid position that will continue long after she is no longer at Highland Terrace. Milestone projects like the 6th grade "Door to my Future" live on in living rooms across the west side of Shoreline because of Paige. Over the years has been the PTA Reflections Chair, organized countless classroom auction art projects, as well as served on the Spring Art Walk & Auction event committee at Sunset and HT since 2003. She also helped Suzanne set up the ceramics art kit.

News from the Shoreline School District
New Superintendent Rebecca Miner.
Shoreline Schools Foundation and Campbell Nelson
- test drive a car and earn money for the Foundation. Find out more here...
Do you have a Fred Meyer Rewards Card? Did you know that you could be rewarded your child's school every time you use it? Find out more...
Check it out, it's easy to get things started our Org # is 81118...

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Highland Terrace In the News

   The HT PTA helped to fund this experiment!

   Frank is a PTA member and advocate!