In This Issue
Calendar and Events
Fun(d) Run
Volunteers Needed
Membership News
After School Enrichment Programs
Math Challenge Update
New Family Welcome Events
Eastlake High School Pumpkin Dash
Elementary Visual Art Workshops
East Lake Dance Team
Lake Washington Schools Foundation News
More Ways to Support Alcott
Orca Waves Submission
Events Calendar
Alcott Orca Fun(d) Run
As of Wednesday evening, we have raised $54,119 in donations, pledges and matching gifts!

THANK YOU to our entire community who supported this year's fundraising efforts.

Did you pledge a donation or matching gift?
Don't forget to turn in those last donations and submit your matching gift to your employer. We count on those committed donations and those funds will help us finish strong. Make checks payable to Alcott PTSA and send them to school.

Did your student earn an incentive prize?
All fundraising incentive prizes have been distributed. We will contact you individually if you qualified for one of the $750 or above recognition prizes and coordinate directly with teachers for classroom level prizes. If you haven’t received an incentive prize and believe you should have, please contact us directly at To qualify, all donations were due by October 3rd.

Current Open Volunteer Positions
We are currently looking for volunteers for the following events/positions:
- Vision & Hearing Screen (11/29/2018)
-  Family Movie Night Chair
- Quest Yearbook Coordinator
If you have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at
Membership News
October is membership month
We want to you to join us. Why?
Your participation and donations during our Fun(d) Run show that you care. So why not have a voice when it comes to deciding where we spend the money. As a PTSA member you can provide ideas and have voting rights on budget decisions.
In addition, as a PTSA member you are part of a bigger organization and we can lobby on local, state and federal level for issues that matter to us. If you are a non-citizen without voting rights, this might be the only way to influence school politics and educational matters.

To find out more membership benefits, click here to find out more about becoming a PTSA member.

Membership options:
single - $15
dual or family - $25
community membership - $15

We offer partial and full membership scholarships to qualifying families. Please contact the school counselor for more information.

Sign up or renew your membership before October 31st and your name will be entered into a drawing for prizes and experiences from local business. 

The Reflections is a National PTA Arts Competition in Education Program with the purpose to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.

This year the theme is “Heroes around me” 

Four Rounds of Competition: Local (Sep-Nov), Council (Nov-Jan), State (Jan-Mar), National (Mar-May)

Participation is organized by student age and grade levels. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels.
The grade divisions are: Primary (K– Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3 – 5), Middle/Junior (Grades 6 – 8), High School (Grades 9 – 12), Special Artist (All grades)
A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted.
The six art Categories are:
1.      Literature: works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.
2.      Photography: color or black and white, included techniques: photogram, negative sandwich, and multiple exposure
3.      Visual Arts: drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling. NOTE: Visual Arts- 3D is now offered by Washington State. However, LWPTSA Council has chosen NOT to accept 3D art.
4.      Film Production: original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
5.      Dance Choreography: originally choreographed dance composition.
6.      Music Composition: original musical composition, with or without words.
Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme.
Deadline for Entries: October 29th

More information at

Other News
After School Enrichment Programs
Coding with Kids, Arts and Logic, Group Guitar and Chess
YMCA Vendor classes are now open for registration! Classes will run from October 29th through December 21st. Coding, Arts, Chess, and Guitar are all options for after school enrichment. Fill out the form and email your registration, call, or stop by in person. Registration is open through October 22nd.

Registration information can be found here.
Math Challenge - Update

Thank you to all those who participated in Math Challenge #1. Congratulations to the following winners:

Advik R. K. (K - Kuehnle)
Roshan R.(1 - Sterrett)
Prithish P. (2 - Pace)
Zachary G. (3 - Brown)
Srivallabha S. (4 - Zeitz)
Kevin J. (5 - Knowles)

Each winner will receive an Orca key chain.
This week, the Math Challenge Classroom Trophy goes to Mrs. Brown's 3rd grade class and Mrs. Sterrett's 1st grade class. Great job!

Math Challenge #2 is due today Thursday, October 11th.

For program details, please check the Math Challenge website at

Answers can be submitted via school office, class teacher or sending a scanned copy to Shilpa Godbole (

2nd Annual Welcome Event for New and International Families 

Have you just moved to the United States? Are you new to the Pacific Northwest or to Lake Washington School District (LWSD)? Lake Washington PTSA (LWPTSA) Council, in partnership with LWSD, welcomes you to the community! Parents please join us and learn about: navigating the LWSD school system, resources, and support available from the district, PTSA and how you can be involved, the Pacific Northwest culture and activities, relocation challenges, as well as 'America 101 for International Families'. Also, hear speakers from Youth Eastside Services and Eastside Family Counseling speak about 'Stress and Anxiety in Students' and 'Supporting your Child through Transition'.

When: October 25, 2018 OR October 27, 2018 (both days will have identical program)
Where: Lake Washington Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St, Redmond, WA 98052

Questions: Swarnima Aswinkumar & Irene Neumann, Family & Community Engagement Co-VPs,


Alcott’s Student Leadership would like our school to participate in Socktober this month. This drive was inspired by Kid President.

From Kid President’s website, “Every night in the United States an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This October, SoulPancake and Kid President want 2 million people to prove that even the smallest acts of love, like donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless.”

Let's show some ALCOTT CARES.
We will be collecting new socks for men, women and children. These socks will benefit families, men, women and children at Union Gospel Mission in Seattle. Gift cards from Costco, Target, Fred Meyer and Kohl’s are also appreciated so that we can buy long underwear as well.

We are collecting from October 15th to October 26th. Look for bins in your child’s pod or in the office. We hope to collect over 400 pairs of socks! Thank you for your help! Please contact Mrs. Taylor ( if you have any questions.
Eastlake High School Pumpkin Dash

Elementary Visual Arts
For 2018-19, the LWSD Teaching & Learning Department is holding four Elementary Visual Arts Informational Sessions to share updates about LWSD's continuing partnership with the PTSA docent programs:
· Friday, October 12th
· Monday, January 14th
· Tuesday, March 19th
· Friday, May 3rd
Elementary PTSA Presidents, Art Docent Coordinators, Docents, and LWSD Art Volunteers are welcome to attend.
When: Friday, October 12th LWSD Visual Arts Informational Sessions
Time: 9:30-11:00 am or 1:00-2:30 pm
Location: LWSD Resource Center, Board Room
For additional information, contact: Karen Ollerenshaw, LWSD Teaching & Learning Specialist
East Lake Dance Team

Wondering what to do with your kids on LEAP Day, October 19th?

The Eastlake High School State Champion Dance Team is hosting their annual LEAP Day Fall Dance Clinic and Middle School Intensive at Eastlake High School from 9am to 1pm. Kids in grades K-8 are invited to join this one day camp. Participants will learn dance routines and techniques along with playing games and other activities. Middle School students will have a chance to work with a guest instructor and learn more intensive dance techniques as well and get tips on trying out for the Eastlake Dance Team. Click HERE for a registration form or visit for more information. 


Lake Washington Schools Foundation News

The Lake Washington Schools Foundation serves the mission to support academic excellence and the over-all health and well-being of every student in the Lake Washington School District. The Start Strong Fall Fundraising Campaign is in full swing. This is one of two major fundraisers for the year. If you would like to support LWSF to help kids have a strong start to the school year you can do so on the website: 


Are you looking for a way to serve your community and to also have a chance to support the Foundation? Become a LWSF Ambassador! Ambassadors help keep the lines of communication open between a school community and LWSF. Learn more at

Support Alcott
Clip, save and send in your box tops to help our school. It’s an easy and free way to support Alcott. Box tops labels are collected throughout the school year and special in-class donations are conducted at specific times during the year. Box tops labels may be worth different amounts, but collectively they serve to provide valuable support to our school – particularly in the area of playground and PE supplies.

Help Support Alcott When You Shop at Fred Meyer

Register your Rewards card online at


Just update your Kroger Community Rewards card on your digital account.

 - Sign in to your account.
 - Select “My Account.”
 - Scroll down to the “Kroger Community Rewards” section of your account page.
 - Select “Enroll Now” or “Edit.”
 - Enter Alcott PTSA.
 - Select the appropriate organization from the list and click “Save.”

Support us when you shop at Amazon. Go to and Amazon donates to Louisa May Alcott PTSA.
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