In This Issue
Calendar and Events
2019-2020 PTSA Board
PTSA Survey
International Culture Night
Math Challenge Update
March Munch Madness Food Drive
Yearbook Sale
Special Needs Group Meeting
Lake Washington School Foundation Luncheon
Membership Benefits
Useful Links
More Ways to Support Alcott
Orca Waves Submission
Events Calendar

3/21             International Culture Night, 6-8 pm
3/15 - 3/29   Munch March Madness Food Drive
4/4               Stem Assembly
4/8-4/12       Spring Break - No School
4/19             Egg Drop
4/19             Kindergarten Hosts Staff Lunch
4/25             PTSA Hosts Annual Science Fair (6-8 pm)

2019-2020 PTSA Board
Only about 6 months to start the 2019-2020 school year and we have already started working on preparations for it. We are looking for people who are interested in the following positions. All of them can be shared and most of them don't require and previous experience. If you are interested in one or more, or just simply want to find out more, please contact

Director of Membership
Family and Community Engagement Chair

Orca Fun(d) Run Chair
Spirit Wear Chair
Orca Savers Chair
Sporting Events Chair

Director of Communications
Website Chair
Newsletter & Social Media Chair
Bulletin Board Chair

Back to School Bash Chair
International Culture Night Chair
End of Year Party Chair
Family Movie Night Chair

Budget Committee Chair

Pantry Packs Chair
Emergency Preparedness Chair
Sustainability Chair

After School Chair

Vision & Hearing Day Chair
Staff Appreciation Day Chair
PTSA Survey 
Each year, Alcott PTSA sponsors a number of enrichment programs, events, and more for the Alcott community. All programs aim to support our students, school staff, families and broader community. We rely on community input to focus our funding strategy. Each year, we gather feedback from teachers and school staff about what areas they think could profit from extra funding. PTSA members then get to vote on the budget.
This year, we also want to get input from families. We want to know what you think are areas that are well funded, over- or underfunded. Please take 5-10 minutes to answer a few questions by using this link (
Thank You!

Please keep in mind that the PTSA is a purely volunteer run organization. We do our best effort to address all needs but as a big school with nearly 700 hundred students/families, we cannot fund every program.
International Culture Night -

More information can be found here.

We are looking for a few people to help for ICN:
  Set Up Crew - 4:00-5:00 pm
  Welcome Table - 5:45 - 7 pm
  PTSA Membership Table - 6-8 pm
  Performance Supervision - 6-7:30 pm
  Craft Table Helpers - 6 - 7 pm

  Craft Table Helpers - 7 - 8 pm
  Country Display Coordinator - 6 - 7 pm
  Country Display Coordinator - 7 - 8 pm
  Clean Up Crew - 8 - 8:30 pm

More information for each position and sign-ups can be found on our volunteer website
School News
Math Challenge Update

Result for Math Challenge #9. The class trophy goes to Ms. Flintoff's class. 

Congratulations to the following winners:
Akul V. (K - Kuehnle)
Tanmayi S. (1 - Johnson)
Lasyapriya V. (2 - Davis)
Aashi G. (3 - Guptil)
Shrey B. (4 - Sutton)
Srishti B. (5 - Knowles)

Challenges and answers are available  here. Answers can be submitted via school office, class teacher or sending a scanned copy to Shilpa Godbole (

Program details can be found  on the Math Challenge website

March Munch Madness Food Drive

Please help Alcott show that we CARE about our community and those in need. This year we are partnering with McAuliffe Elementary for a March Munch Madness Food Drive to benefit Pantry Packs and Hopelink. We will be collecting food items from March 11th to March 29th. Pantry Packs provides a backpack program for students in need. Every Thursday, packs are filled with kid-friendly food for the weekend. Kids (identified by school counselors) are able to take the packs home on Fridays, fill their cupboards, and return the packs on Monday to be re-filled for the next week. Each week we will be collecting different items. Of course, any item from the list is welcome! 

Week 2 – March 18-22 – Peanut Butter and Jelly (plastic containers), Granola Bars, Protein Bars, Crackers, Fruit Snacks

Week 3 – March 25-29 – Mac-N-Cheese, Top Ramen, Cup of Noodle, Oatmeal Packets

Thank you for supporting our Alcott Community!

Yearbook Sales 
Last chance to order your student's yearbook.

Use the link and code below to reserve a unique memory for your child. Confirmations will be sent via email. Orders will only be taken online.
Are you looking for information about sports classes, spring break or summer camps or else? Did you know that many vendors send their flyers through the Peachjar system. You will get information right to your email inbox and all vendors need to go through prior approval by LWSD. You can sign up here (
Other News
Special Needs Group Meeting
This Tuesday, March 19th, the LWPTSA SPECIAL NEEDS Group meeting offers both networking opportunities and lots of information of interest to parents. The session begins with an informal opportunity to speak with Special Services staff, followed by the public PREMIERE of a district-produced video SERVICE ANIMALS IN SCHOOLS. At the conclusion of the video Carrie Griffin Basis, Director of the Governor’s Office of Education Ombuds offers a presentation on IEPs and 504s.
All families are welcome to attend.

6:30 – 7:00 - Networking with other parents and the Special Services staff (refreshments and cookies)
7:00 – 8:30 pm Meeting, topic: IEPs and 504s
Lake Washington School Foundation Luncheon

The Lake Washington Schools Foundations' 2019 “Bridge the Gap” Spring Luncheon will be held on March 28 at the Marriott Redmond. The keynote speaker will be Scilla Andreen, CEO of Indieflix, Inc. and Executive Producer of the anxiety-awareness documentary Angst. Shannon O’Donnell, a Redmond H.S. Alum and KOMO 4 Meteorologist will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Membership Benefits
Current and Timely WSPTA Benefits Savings. Powered by PTA.
Take advantage of these benefit offers:
• Washington State Spring Fair - April 11-14 - discounts on admission and rides
• Professional Bull Riders at Tacoma Dome - save $7 to $10 on select seats, March 30 or 31.
• Great Wolf Lodge - save up to 30% on your next stay
• - 50% off at plus kids go free to LEGOLAND Parks or Discovery Centers.
• Tickets at Work - formerly TicketMonster - 20-70% off on movies, hotels, shows, concerts, sporting events and more.
• Office Depot - savings on school supplies, office products, technology, furniture, and print.

Keep checking the benefits and discounts page as more opportunities continue to be added. Member benefits and discounts are available to all WSPTA members.
Useful Links
Lake Washington School District

Lake Washington PTSA Council
Newsletter Subscription

Washington State PTA

National PTA
Newsletter Subscription

Support Alcott
Support us when you shop at Amazon. Go to and Amazon donates to Louisa May Alcott PTSA.
Help Support Alcott When You Shop at Fred Meyer. Sign up for a new Rewards card at Link new account or existing account to Alcott PTSA through the community rewards program. Fred Meyer will donate money back to our PTSA based on your purchases.
Did you know a portion of your purchase at Everything Party in Redmond is donated back to Alcott PTSA? Just mention Alcott PTSA when you head to the register with your purchase and the store will donate 10% back to our PTSA!
Orca Waves are published by volunteers of Alcott Elementary School. To submit content for the Orca Waves E-Newsletter, please email your submission, along with contact information, to Submissions must be received no later than 5pm on Fridays for inclusion in the following newsletter. Community flyers must first be approved by the district office and posted on the LWSD community bulletin board website. The LWSD community bulletin board and instructions on how to submit for approval can be found here.

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