In This Issue
Calendar and Events
Legislative Assembly Update
Standing Rules Update
Volunteers Needed
Membership News
Math Challenge Update
New Family Welcome Events
Lake Washington Schools Foundation News
More Ways to Support Alcott
Orca Waves Submission
Events Calendar

10/15 - 26   Socktober Drive
10/26          5th Grade Hosts Staff Appreciation Lunch
10/31          Harvest Parade and Parties
11/2 - 19     Sister School Supply Drive
11/9            Veterans Day Assembly
11/12          No School - Veterans Day
11/15          Picture Retake Day
11/16          4th Grade Hosts Staff Appreciation Lunch
11/21          Half Day - Thanksgiving Break
11/22 - 23   No School - 
Thanksgiving Break
11/29          Vision & Hearing Screening

Click here to see the full 2018/19 Calendar of Events
Legislative Assembly Update 
On Oct 20-21, Alcott PTSA Advocacy Director attended the 40th Annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly in Auburn. 206 delegates ranked the top 5 issues among the 12 proposed issues, as follows:

1. Social Emotional Learning
2. School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds
3. Prevent Gun Violence
4. Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage
5. Strategic K-12 Investments to Close Gaps

The other 7 issues are in the “also support” list.

Why should you care about this?
Alcott Elementary has a constantly growing community! Our school was build in 1986 and designed for 500 students. For the last 14 years, we have had more than 600 students. The consequence, kids are in portables,
a very small lunch room that has no space for kids to eat so they have to walk through rain with their lunch or go to the bathroom.

Our school needs funding to support infrastructure improvements and new buildings. It is a step forward to have School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds as one of the top 5 issues. However, we can't stop there. We need to come together in support for our school. This is what you can do:

1. VOTE - Please vote during the upcoming elections. 
2. Get involved in the PTSA - Especially if you are not a US citizen and therefore cannot vote, this is your chance to have a voice and lobby for our interests. The District, State and National PTSA are powerful organizations that help to have our issues heard and answered. Become a PTSA member today! The more members we have, the stronger voice. Click here to renew your membership or join for the first time.
3. Contact us - For any questions, regarding legislative issues, contact

Standing Rules Update 
Alcott PTSA has approved a revised version of the Standing Rules during the general membership meeting on September 27th. To see the new version, click here.

Standing rules are the specific conditions or rules a PTSA local unit chooses to impose upon itself within the scope of The Washington State PTA (WSPTA) Uniform Bylaws. Standing rules cannot be in conflict with the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws. While the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws define a local PTA unit or council’s relationship with the Washington State PTA, standing rules give identity to and define each PTA or PTSA and its relationship with its members. 
Current Open Volunteer Positions
We are currently looking for volunteers for the following events/positions:
- Vision & Hearing Screen (11/29/2018)
-  Family Movie/Game Night Chair
- Quest Yearbook Coordinator
- Afternoon Enrichment Liaison
- Math Challenge Prize Distributor
- Alcott Math Night Volunteer (2/21/2019)
 - Co-Director Communications
 - End of Year Slideshow 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.
Deadline for Entries: October 29th
This year the theme

More information at
Other News
Alcott Veterans Day Assembly 
When: Friday, November 9, 2018
Assembly Times:
Primary (K, 1, 2, 2/3Q) 9:30 - 10:20
Intermediate (3, 4, 5, 4/5Q) 11:20 - 12:10

The Alcott Veterans Day Assembly will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018. Grades K, 1, 2, 3 and 2/3Q will attend from 9:30 - 10:20 and Grades 3, 4, 5 and 4/5Q will attend from 11:20 - 12:10. You are invited to join us as we pay tribute to those who have served and are currently serving in the United States Military. We would especially like to invite any Alcott family United States Military veterans to come and enjoy the assembly with us. The 2nd and 2/3 Quest classes and the 4/5 Quest and 5th classes will be performing for their respective assemblies.

If you have a family member who has been or is currently serving in one of the armed forces for the United States of America, the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or National Guard, or you yourself are serving or have served, we would like to have your photo included in our assembly. Please e-mail your photo attached to a note with the person's name, rank, branch of service and how they relate to your Alcott family NO LATER THAN Wednesday, October. 31. Mrs. Baker will be putting together a Photo Story for our assembly. Please send your e-mail with information listed above and photo to Mrs. Baker at:  If you have already sent in a photo in the past few years - your photos will automatically be included, so no need to send it again.

Thank you very much!     ~Wendy Baker - Alcott Music and Drama Specialist

Math Challenge - Update

Math Challenge #3 is due today, October 25th. Thank you to all those who participated in Math Challenge #2. Winners will be announced soon. 

Math Challenge #4 will be available Thursday, November 2nd.

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.
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

Just in time for Halloween and harvest parties! 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!
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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