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    The 5 Things on your PTA BACK-TO-SCHOOL LIST
    Posted on 09/28/2020

    Just 5 quick links to complete your PTA checklist!

    1. Connect With Other Families & Be In The Know - Join Konstella
    2. Sign Up Or Renew Your PTA Membership
    3. Sign Up To Volunteer
    4. Recognize Fellow Whittier Volunteers
    5. Voter Registration

     


    1. CONNECT WITH OTHER FAMILIES & BE IN THE KNOW - JOIN KONSTELLA

    Join and install the app to make sure you are getting school, PTA, and community information! 

    Konstella is going to be the main PTA tool to communicate with families this year. 

    • If you join Konstella, you have many more tools at your fingertips than just getting emails. 
    • You can opt-in for immediate push-notifications so you don’t miss anything, and/or choose a digest to get a recap in a weekly email.

    Konstella bonus:  You will have a mobile school directory! See who’s in your child(ren)’s class and connect with them anywhere your phone is! 

    The Whittier Family Directory is one of the favorite things our community members use to connect with other families. Due to forced innovation, Konstella will serve as our directory this year! JOIN NOW & CONNECT WITH COMMUNITY HERE! 

    2. SIGN UP OR RENEW YOUR PTA MEMBERSHIP

    The Whittier PTA mission is to partner with and advocate for students, families and teachers to provide a safe and inclusive environment, equitable resources, and engaging opportunities to enable all of our children to reach their full, unique potential.

    When you join the PTA you help support this mission with your support and involvement! You need to renew your membership annually.

    • Vote on important issues at Whittier PTA Community Meetings
    • Add your voice to the collective power of the PTA to advocate for children on a local and national level - this is important now more than ever!
    • Some extra WSPTA benefits - Discounts on LEGO Bags, car rentals, FedEx Office, Office Depot & more are on this list.

    We have so many amazing PTA members, it really is amazing what we can accomplish with everyone’s help! So far in 2020, the PTA has:

    • Successfully pivoted to an online auction format to save the spring PTA fundraiser
    • Provided a grant to the school to support a few key staff positions: literacy specialist, librarian and nurse
    • Provided ongoing support to families during COVID
    • Assisted with laptop and iPad distribution
    • Provided school supplies for families who requested support

    3. SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER

    While we aren’t sure what type of volunteer opportunities we will have this year, we know that there are many of you out there who want to help. Thank you!

    Let us know what you’re interested in helping out with, or any special talents that may be of value to the school/PTA community. Ie; Do you do something that would make for a cool assembly topic? Let us know! Are you a tax whiz? Save the PTA $1000+ on tax preparation fees. Contact our volunteer chair for more information at volunteers.whittierpta@gmail.com.

    4. RECOGNIZE FELLOW WHITTIER VOLUNTEERS

    We typically recognize a Whittier volunteer who has made a significant or meaningful contribution to the Whittier community in May of each school year. We missed that opportunity because we weren’t in school, but we would like to rewind and take time to recognize them now. 

    SUBMIT A GOLDEN ACORN NOMINATION for a volunteer who exemplifies the Whittier Way and makes a difference in our community!

    5. VOTER REGISTRATION

    Are you registered to vote? Washington State residents may register until Election Day (in person), but to ensure you get your ballot on time, consider registering before October 16 when the 18-day voting period begins.

    STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO HELP YOUR KIDS VOTE IN WHITTIER'S MOCK ELECTION!