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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

PTA Roles 
Interested in becoming involved? Consider looking at the upcoming open positions within the PTA! All levels of involvement available. Here is the 2019-2020 list of open positions:
  • Tree Sale Co-Chair - Be part of the 2 person team that leads the Tree Sale. You will work with a core group of "Tree People" and the Volunteer Coordinator Team
  • Volunteer Coordinator - 2-3 people needed to partner together to fulfill volunteer needs for school events throughout the year
  • Other open positions include: New Student Liaison, Arts Chair, Facilities, Literacy Night
Please email to learn more about any open positions.
Field Day 2019: Volunteer Schedule is now Open
Field Day is June 14th and we will need many family volunteers to make this day a great success! Shifts are designed as teams so that adults can volunteer and still spend time with their students. Signup here.   Questions: contact

Playground Committee
Needs 1-3 volunteer(s) to take over the next phase and lead the fundraising campaign. Please see below for further details.

Olallie Garden Needs You!!!!
The school garden is a great way to get involved and there are all sorts of ways you can help. Spring planning for the garden is here! Click below to learn how you can help.

Spring Garden Volunteer Days - Mark your calendars...YOUR help makes a difference!

  • Saturday, 5/18 from 11am - 3pm
  • Saturday, 6/8 from 11am - 3pm
Summer Garden Watering - we need you! We need your help to water the garden through the summer. You can sign up for watering here.

Water Training Sessions - What is that? Time you can come learn about the garden and how and what to water. If these days and times don't work, let us know and we can find another time to meet with you.
  • Saturday, 5/18 from 11am - 3pm
  • Thursday, 5/30 from 2:30 - 3:30pm
  • Saturday, 6/1 from 10 - 11am
  • Thursday, 6/6 from 2:30 - 3:30pm
  • Saturday, 6/8 from 11am - 3pm
Summer is also a great time for high school students to earn service learning hours!
To learn more about the garden, contact Heather Dohan & Sheri Skuja, co-garden coordinators, or visit the garden website


Building a Stronger Community

Green Lake - Van Asselt Community Celebration
June 9th, 2-4 pm: Celebration of Partnership between GLES & Van Asselt; Jefferson Park picnic shelter #1; 1600 S Columbian Way--Come meet other families from VAES and help build community between our two schools. To help kids get to know each other, there will be soccer and ultimate frisbee games and other activities. Snacks and drinks will be provided. 
Equity Partnership Newsletter
The GLES PTA Social Justice and Equity Committee is excited to share our very first joint newsletter with our partner school -- Van Asselt @ African American Academy! This, and all future issues, can be found on our PTA website here.

From The Teachers

Thank you all for a successful teacher appreciation week!  Staff felt sooo appreciated last week by all the snacks, desserts, food and love that you poured out on us all.  THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to the tops of our full stomachs!!


Playground Project

The final conceptual master plan for the playground is being reviewed by the SPS Self Help Committee. Once final approval has been given, the next phase will commence. SiteWorkshop is researching a cost effective site survey to help with the eventual first phase of the project. For now, the most critical element to the on-going success of the project is FUNDRAISING!! The playground committee needs 1-3 volunteer(s) to take over the next phase and lead the fundraising campaign. Without new volunteers, to help raise funds, the project may be delayed. 

If you are interested in leading the on-going fundraising efforts please email


After School Enrichment

Please pick up your students on time.  Many enrichment providers have policies regarding charging for excessively late pickups.  Please expect to be charged if you are late.

Enrichment providers do not have access to the school office.  Please make sure your contact information and your student's emergency contact information is up to date in 6crickets!  Instructors will use 6crickets for all contact information, they cannot get phone numbers from the school office.


Fundraising For GLES

Don’t forget to purchase your PCC cards to benefit GLES; each card has an initial $50 value. We receive 5% back each time you reload after initial purchase. If you would like more information about the Scrip card program, please see here. Email Jen Dennis at to purchase.



Legislative session ended at the end of April. This year was a budget session, a.k.a. a ‘long’ session, where a two year budget is created for Washington state. In Washington we are required to have a balanced budget so budget years can get quite heated. Please click below for highlights. 

There is good news and bad news from Olympia. A bunch of great bills died in sessions, but many of those will be brought back up next year.

Here are a few bills which passed:

  • No more personal belief exemptions for measles vaccination (only religious belief exemptions). If your kiddo is going to public school they need a measles vaccination.
  • Age you are now able to purchase tobacco, e-cigarette and all vaping products has been increased to 21.
  • Money has been allotted for low-to-median income students to attend college starting in 2020.
  • High school students are no longer required to pass statewide tests to graduate.

And education budget info:

  • Levy lid lift passed without money for charter schools.
  • Beginning 2020 Seattle will be able to collect $3000 per student from local voter approved funds.
  • According to SPS, school based cuts including librarians, counselors and assistant principals will be restored. However, other budget cuts will move forward.
  • $155 million for additional special education funding.
  • Capital gains tax died but an increased real estate tax on houses selling over $1.5 million.

Active Transportation

Bike Month is in FULL GEAR. Click below to read more information on how to continue participation and what prizes are up for grabs! 

BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY- We had around 97 students bike to school on May 8th which is a new record for GLES.  Thanks to Clif Bar for providing some tasty treats and SDOT for some cool stickers, bracelets and reflectors.
SCHOOL BIKE CHALLENGE- Students log their time riding during the month of May on the School Bike Challenge Calendar and turn them into their teachers at the end of the Month.  Students don’t need to bike to school in order to get credit for their rides.  They can Bike Anywhere!!
  1. All students who turn in their calendar will receive a Bicycle Benefits Sticker which entitles them to discounts at Theo Chocolates, Mighty-O donuts, Ride Bicycles and more.  One of the best “benefit” from this sticker is that when you show your helmet with the sticker to the managers tent at the Farmers Markets, you get $2.00 in Farm Bucks to spend at the market.
  2. The classroom with the most number of calendars turned in for each grade gets a special party prize.
  3. The Student with the most number of minutes in each grade gets a special prize and recognition.

THE GOLDEN PEDAL - Green Lake Elementary is striving for the “Golden Pedal” award for largest percentage of students participating in the School Bike Challenge.  The winner of last year’s prize (Greenwood Elementary) had 30% participation.  We had 22% participation on Bike to School Day and those are just students who live close enough to bike to school.  So please turn in your calendar to your teacher at the end of the May….and remember all rides count.

CYCLING EVENTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.  May is full of tons of great Bike Events going on this month for all to enjoy.
Bike Everywhere Day-  Friday May 17th.  Ride to work or school on Friday and get a whole lot of swag at celebration stations throughout the city.
Mighty-O Tour De Donut. Saturday May 18th  Organized Ride to all the Mighty-0 Donut Shops throughout Seattle.
Emerald City Ride-  Sunday May 26th Ride through the Route 99 Tunnel and across Aurora Bridge. 

For more information you can go to the GLES Active Transportation Group web page here

Summer Camp Opportunities

GLSA Summer Programs
STILL LOOKING FOR FUN FULL DAY SUMMER CAMPS FOR YOUR KIDS? GLSA has nine theme weeks planned including field trips, optional swimming on Mondays & Fridays, flexible sign ups and the camp is open from 6:30am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday.  Check out the 2019 Summer Brochure, here.
Pedalheads offers bike, swim, and sport programs to families in over 45 cities across Canada and the USA, including sites in Seattle. Pedalheads helps kids develop life skills, confidence, and independence through fun, safe, and engaging instruction. Visit for more info.

Roosevelt High Summer Youth Camps
The Roosevelt High School Athletic teams offer a variety of youth camps for the summer. Please see their website for more information here.


  • May 17. GLES Mariners Night
  • May 18. GLES Garden Volunteer Day (11:00am-3:00pm)
  • May 18. Volunteer @ Wallingford QFC for monthly food drive for FamilyWorks (9:00am-1:00pm) All ages!
  • May 20. 5th Grade - Eckstein & Hamilton Middle School Counselors visit GLES
  • May 27. No School (Memorial Day)
  • May 29. Incoming Kindergartner Ice Cream Social
  • May 31. 2nd/3rd Grade Play @ GLES: Rumpelstiltskin (7:30pm)
  • June 7. Volunteer Appreciation (8:00-9:30 am)
  • June 7. Family Fun Night: End-of-Year Potluck (5:30-7:30pm)
  • June 8. GLES Garden Volunteer Day (11:00am-3:00pm)
  • June 9th. Celebration of Partnership between GLES and Van Asselt Elementary School, Jefferson Playfield picnic shelter #1 (2:00-4:00pm)
  • June 10-13. Islandwood for 4th Graders
  • June 12. 5th Grade - FLASH Family Night (5:30-7:00pm)
  • June 14. Field Day @ Green Lake Park (9:00-1:00pm)
  • June 14. Van Asselt Elem.’s Multicultural Night (GLES partner school) 
  • June 15. Volunteer @ Wallingford QFC for monthly food drive for FamilyWorks (9:00am-1:00pm) All ages!
  • June 18. Fifth Grade Promotion
  • June 19: Kindergarten Promotion
  • July-August: Incoming Kindergartener Summer Meet-Ups
To see our full calendar of events, you can visit our PTA website here.





Contact Green Lake
2400 N 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98103

Attendance Email
or 206.252.5324

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


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