September PTA Newsletter
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Hello Green Lake Families!

School Directory

Want to plan a birthday party? Need to figure out how to contact your child’s new friend for a playdate? Choose to opt in to the School Directory
In order to create our annual GLES School Directory, the PTA collects information from each family to be included. The School Directory is a convenient way to facilitate rides for your child, playdates, parties, or get information about upcoming events from fellow GLES families. We hope you opt in! You can find the form here. Email with any questions.
Upcoming Events

Equity & Social Justice Committees; Kick Off Meeting - Wed., Oct. 24th at 7pm

Please join us for a joint kick-off meeting of GLES PTA's newly-formed Equity and Social Justice committees. Come to learn more, and more importantly, to share your ideas and help to shape the goals and activities of these brand new committees. All are welcome. 

Please RSVP here  by 10/22 and we will send agenda and related materials prior to the meeting. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Children are welcome, but please be aware that there is NO childcare arranged for this meeting so you will be responsible for your child(ren) throughout. 

Email or with questions. 

*About the Committees:  Equity Committee: To leverage the dedication and strength of the GLES PTA to help address resource inequities that exist across SPS elementary schools. Social Justice Committee: To raise the GLES community's awareness and appreciation of diverse communities, cultures and broader issues of social justice.

Annual Harvest Festival - Fri., Oct. 26th from 6-8pm

Come join us in the cafetorium for a fun, free event for GLES kids and parents sponsored by the PTA.  We’ll provide games, raffle prizes, hot dogs, and even cotton candy hand spun by our own GLES parent volunteers!

There will also be a warm clothing drive in collaboration with the Social Justice Committee and benefiting FamilyWorks Food Bank and Family Resource Center (

Please consider bringing a donation of new or gently used outerwear or shoes for children or adults and check off a box on your game card at the same time!

And of course we need lots of volunteers!!
🍁🍂  Sign up here!  🍁🍂
We need help with set up, clean up and everything in between! There are two shift options so you can volunteer for half of the event and still enjoy the other half as a participant.  Sign up is easy – just click on the link above.  Questions?  Contact Sarah Lindner at  **remember that all volunteers must have completed screening**

GLES Clothing Drive - Oct. 24th to Nov. 1st

Have you or your kids outgrown their slickers and boots?  We have a solution for you; Greenlake Elementary is having a clothing drive to benefit FamilyWorks!

With the weather turning chilly, families in our community are in need of:

  • Children's winter clothing e.g. long sleeved tops, sweaters, warm coats
  • Children's rain coats and boots
  • Children's shoes
  • Adult winter coats
  • Adult warm socks and gloves

Bins will be available at the GLES cafeteria from October 24th to November 1st and at the Fall Harvest Festival!

We appreciate you bringing in your gently used items.  Send it with your kids to school those days and have them make a "deposit", drop if off yourself or bring it to the Fall Festival.

Thank you for your kind donations!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities!

Annual Harvest Festival:  
Oct. 26.  Please see above for more information.  Signup here  
Contact Sarah Lindner,

Library Volunteers are always needed and welcome! Please let me know if you have time to help with shelving or class assistance. Contact Jean Bolivar, Teacher -Librarian & Technology Specialist,

Tutoring Program:
Starts early Nov.  Help kids with math, reading or writing at GLES after school.
Contact Jennifer Douglass,

Fundraising Opportunities

PCC Market Scrip cards are currently available for purchase for $50 each, with 10% of value coming back to Green Lake Elementary.  Every time you reload your Scrip card, 5% of the value you reload comes back to our school or PTA.  If you would like more information about the Scrip card program, please see here. Email Jen Dennis at to get one.

11/7 will be Green Lake night at Barbecue Smith!  The restaurant will donate 20% of proceeds from that night to Green Lake Elementary.  Look for details in the next several weeks.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Vote!!! You have until Tuesday November 6th to have your voice heard!!! 
Forgot to register to vote? It’s not too late. You can register to vote in November’s election in person until October 29th.   More info here:
Seattle Council PTSA endorsed the City of Seattle’s Prop. 1 Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy!  More info on the Levy here: and

Room Parent Communications

Want to receive emails from your student's room parent and haven't yet?  Our room parents are working to gather their classroom rosters and could use your help.  If you would like to be included on all room parent emails, please contact our room parent coordinator, Amy Lovik, at  Likewise, if you are receiving emails from your room parent and would like to opt-out, you can let Amy know as well.

Playground Project

The project committee has narrowed down prospective design team candidates to three and interviews took place the week of October 8th! The finalist will be decided upon and the next step of gathering community input will begin. Look for future updates sometime around the end of October. If you are interested in more information or getting involved contact Tracy Henderson via email at

Green Lake PTA 

We are very fortunate at Green Lake Elementary to have an active PTA that is and has been such an integral part of the school community for many years. We hope you will consider joining.
Why join the PTA?
  1. Our goals are to promote the education, welfare, health and safety of all children at Green Lake Elementary school. We reach our goals through volunteer support, financial resources and community building.
  2. A WSPTA membership card is valuable! Benefits include local and statewide discounts, advocacy, scholarships, programs, volunteer support, services to local PTAs and councils, and training for PTA leaders.
  3. It’s FUN! Our events and activities support closer links between home and school and endeavor to bring staff and families together in support of our school.
With a long and rich history of doing the right thing for children and families, today’s PTA is still the premier child advocacy association. Won’t you join us?
Email with any questions.
Olallie Garden Needs You!

The school garden is a great way to get involved and there are all sorts of ways you can help.  We need volunteers in the garden, composter, donation seeker, lending library, carpenter/repairer, garden committee, special projects (signage for rules, planting signs, shed green roof, helping the teachers), and more.  Check out the garden rules.  

Upcoming Garden Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer in the Garden - Sat., November 3 from 11am - 3pm

Donations to the Garden: We are in need of gently used clippers, weeding tools, trowels, garden gloves for both adults and kids. Contact us to coordinate donations.

Questions?: Email Heather Dohan and Sheri Skuja, co-garden coordinators at:
Garden website:

Upcoming Important Dates
  • October  23.  Kinder Night Out (6-9pm @ Westy)
  • October 24. Equity & Social Justice Committees Kick Off Meeting (7pm)
  • October 24 - November 1. GLES Clothing Drive
  • October 26. Annual Harvest Festival (6-8pm)
  • November 3. Volunteer in the School Garden
  • November 6. Individual Picture Retake
  • November  7. Green Lake night at Barbecue Smith
  • November 9. Taproot Theater Super School Performance (anti-bullying) (1:15pm)
  • November 12. No School. Veteran's Day
  • November 19-21. No School. Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 22-23. No School. Thanksgiving Break
  • November 24-December 16. Tree Sale
  • November 28: PTA General Meeting (7-8:30pm)
To see our full calendar of events, you can visit our PTA website here.

Have you wondered how you can show your love for the GLES Dragons? SpiritWear - that's how!!  Reach out to to place your order today!!

Contact Greenlake
2400 N. 65th Street, Seattle, WA 98103

Attendance: or 206.252.5324

Principal: Joanne Bowers,
School Admin: Jen Allen,
PTA Co-Presidents: Lindsey Winter & Amy Knobbs,
Useful Links

Green Lake PTA
Green Lake SPS website
Green Lake Facebook group
General Meeting Minutes
All meeting minutes can be found on the website here.  Just use password greenlakedragons when prompted.
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