Upcoming Key Advocacy Dates

  • Tuesday, 9/24 - National Voter Registration Day

  • Monday, 9/30 - Equity and Diversity Committee application deadline

  • Tuesday, 10/21 - Conversations with the Board (Spanish), Canyon Park Middle School 7:00pm

  • Saturday, 10/26 - WSPTA Legislative Assembly, Day 1, Bellevue College

  • Sunday, 10/27 - WSPTA Legislative Assembly, Day 2, Bellevue College


Upcoming School Board Meetings

All residents are welcome to attend regular board meetings. The board provides a public comment period at the beginning of each meeting. During public comments, individuals may address the school board. Those interested in speaking should sign up prior to the meeting on a sheet available at the back of the board room.

  • Monday, 9/9          4:00 - 5:30

  • Monday, 9/23        7:00 - 8:30

  • Monday, 10/14      4:00 - 5:30

  • Monday, 10/28      7:00 - 8:30

  • Tuesday, 11/12     4:00 - 5:30

  • Monday, 11/25       7:00 - 8:30

School Board meetings are usually held on the second Monday of the month at 4pm and the fourth Monday of the month at 7pm.  They are held in the Dr G.E. Ricketts Board Room in the Northshore School District Administrative Center, 3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell, 98021.  Past meetings can also be viewed online at nsd.org.


*NEW* Gun Safety & Violence Prevention - Voice YOUR Opinion

Congress has resumed their work in Washington, D.C. and it is imperative that we take action and voice our concern over gun safety and violence prevention. Please take a few minutes to read over our National PTA’s position on gun safetyand voice YOUR opinionby sending a quick email to our local senators urging them to act NOW (the email is ready for you to send, unless you want to make it your own).


Threads & Treads

Threads & Treads is a FREE clothing store for families in the Northshore School District located at Located at Canyon Park Middle School. Threads and Treads provides Northshore families free, quality donated clothing for school age youth, teens, young adults and parents. Clothing items include: school-appropriate clothing for the school day and special events, sportswear, shoes, and accessories. All NSD families in need of clothing assistance are welcome to shop each month for 3 outfits, and school event attire.

Threads & Treads Needs Donations!  Threads and Treads accepts new or gently worn, fashionable clothing from sizes 5T to adult. Clothing items that are consistent with school dress-codes, special occasions and professional work place attire are preferred. Donations can be brought to the main office of Canyon Park Middle School during the school day or directly to the Threads & Treads portables on Wednesdays during open hours.


Free and Reduced Price Meals at School

Parents whose income falls within specified guidelines, set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, should apply for free or reduced-price meals for their students. Families must re-apply each year for the school  free and reduced-price meal program. Applications for Northshore School District for the 2019-20 school year are available on the NSD website -- available in English & Spanish.


National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is Prepared, Not Scared!  Find more information at www.ready.gov.


Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly

Save the Date!!! The annual Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly will be held at Bellevue College on October 26th and 27th!  More information to come, or check out the WSPTA website at www.wastatepta.org.


Apply to Join the Equity & Diversity Committee!!!

The Northshore School District invites all students, parents, staff, and community members to consider serving on the Equity & Diversity Committee. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2019.

We are committed to creating a safe, caring, and mutually respectful environment within our school district community so that all students, families, and staff feel valued, supported, and welcome. We honor the diversity represented across our community and throughout our schools in regards to race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, gender, mental health status, disability/ability, age, sexual orientation, religion, and gender expression. Therefore, we have a  responsibility to commit time, energy, and resources to develop an equitable and inclusive environment for all students, parents, and staff.

The Equity & Diversity Committee serves as an advisory to the School Board and Superintendent, and advocate for our community at large. The committee’s aim is to provide these stakeholders with support, guidance, and information to fuel equitable practices in our district overall. NSD students, teachers, staff, administrators, community members, and parents are encouraged to apply.

Central focuses for the committee include:

  • Promotion of inclusion and equity for all members within our Northshore community 
  • Review and analysis of student performance, program participation, and behavior data in order to form policy and procedure recommendations
  • Alignment with NSD’s Strategic Plan
  • Support in identifying, reviewing, and implementing curricula, initiatives, and efforts that best support students, staff, parents, and community members

Members should be committed to serving:

  • A two-year term (members can reapply after they serve their term)
  • A minimum of 2 hours per month 
  • At a consistent rate (ie: consistent attendance)

Sub-Committees within the Diversity and Equity Committee:

Sub-committees are an important structure that we use to engage in work across a field of interests that pertain to equity and diversity in education. Note: these sub-committees are not set in stone, and the Diversity and Equity Committee looks forward to continuing to expand its scope in the years to come.

  • District-Wide Engagement: Develop district-wide interventions to help students, families, and community members feel more supported and involved; organize creative spaces to inform, engage, and empower students, families, and community members; and facilitate events to elevate compassion, transparency, collaboration, and belonging in the district-community. 
  • School-Wide Engagement: Support schools in the development of school-level interventions to help students, families, and community members feel more supported and involved; help schools organize creative spaces to inform, engage, and empower students, families, and community members; and help schools facilitate equity-related events. 
  • Hiring and Retention: Implement retention and recruiting strategies, events, and practices; generate equity and diversity-focused questions for hiring committees; review and provide feedback on Human Resources’ outreach strategies; and organize and facilitate Staff of Color Coalition events and opportunities. 
  • GSS (Gender and Sexuality): Develop interventions to foster safe and supportive environments for LGBTQIA+ students and staff; advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights and opportunities; and facilitate events to elevate belonging and allyship in the district-community.  
  • Measuring Progress: Research and collect data on disproportionalities in regards to discipline, attendance, opportunities, academic achievement, etc. in NSD and make the results accessible to the district-community. 
  • Religion: Create space to facilitate productive conversations related to religious beliefs, practices, and observances within the NSD community; raise awareness and educate the NSD community about religious observances and practices; influence district policies to ensure religions are represented and acknowledged; engage in up-to-date calendaring in relation to religious observances.

Meeting Schedule:

The Equity and Diversity Committee meets from 4-6pm on the fourth Wednesday of each month, beginning on October 23, 2019. The location TBD. Sub-committees are encouraged to meet on their own and at their desired location any time between each formal committee meeting.


PTA Advocates for All Children

Did you know that PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy organization in the country? Since inception in 1905, PTA has been a driving force behind the creation of kindergarten, hot lunch programs, early education, and so much more. PTA advocates on behalf of all children on the important issues impacting education, health, and safety.

PTA Advocacy can be as simple as being informed on the issues or can be expanded to include attending and speaking at school board meetings, sending letters and meeting with your legislators, attending the PTA Focus Day Rally, or testifying in front of the state legislature to put a face on important issues.

Join or renew your Canyon Creek PTA membership today!

Learn more about Washington State PTA by visiting their website at https://www.wastatepta.org/about/.

Learn more about National PTA by visiting their website at https://www.pta.org/.



Submitted by: Jennifer Spataro, PTA Legislative Chair


Learn More!

For more information about PTA Advocacy and Legislation in general, local representatives, 2019-2020 platform, and upcoming events for the year, please see our PTA Advocacy & Legislation page.


rev 9/7/2019