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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Stage Design Class - After School Enrichment

We need parents who are crafty, can paint, and/or build to assist on Fridays with the Stage Design Class. Parents are needed in order to allow more students to participate (class ratio is 1 adult to 3-4 kids). If you can assist most Fridays (doesn't need to be all) starting March 1st until June 1st please contact Molly Goldman.

New Family Tours

School tours will take place on Thursday, January 24th from 6-7:30pm and Tuesday, January 29th from 8:30-10am. This is a great time to show prospective new families what Green Lake Elementary is all about. We’ll need a few volunteers to help give tours and answer questions (only about your kid’s grade). If interested email Cosmina.

Yearbook Committee Volunteers & Editor for Next Year

Volunteers are needed to assist with this year's yearbook, which is a large undertaking. Ideally, one of the volunteers for this year would have an interest in taking over the role of  Yearbook Editor next year. This would provide an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of  yearbook development and sales from the current editor. Without a few volunteers and a Yearbook Editor for next year, we will not be able to continue the tradition of providing yearbooks to GLES students. If you have any interest and/or any questions please send a note to Mumtaz Zimbalist.

Lost & Found Coordinator

Help organize clothing, water bottles, hats and all other items that are left at the school.  Also coordinate giving unclaimed items away. If interested, please email PTA President, Amy Knobbs.

Olallie Garden

The school garden is a great way to get involved and there are all sorts of ways you can help. Over the winter we need help with:
  • Planning for spring planting
  • Helping teachers in the garden in spring
  • Redesigning a garden bed
  • Making garden markers
Contact us if you can help or have questions.

Look for Volunteer Gardening Days soon. Meanwhile, remember to check out the garden rules.
To learn more about the garden, contact Heather Dohan & Sheri Skuja, co-garden coordinators, or visit the garden website.

Green Lake School Play

Venture through the Wardrobe to the magical land of Narnia. Join the Green Lake Elementary 4th and 5th graders as they perform The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Performances are at Eckstein Middle School on Thursday, January 31st at 7pm, Friday, February 1st at 7pm and Saturday, February 2nd at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are by donation at the door ($10-$15 suggested). For more info email Molly Goldman

Social Justice & Equity

Social Justice & Equity Committee Parent Meeting

When? Thursday, January 31st at 6:30pm. Where? The Bridge. Who? Parents, Teachers and Community Members What? Join us for an evening of exploring the great projects our committees have been working on. Come prepared with a few ideas and to join in the good works we look to support (both at GLES and the greater Seattle Metro area). Why? Because important work takes a team - and we need you!


Here is the January link to our Social Justice informed bibliocommons, provided for the students of GLES! Simply click on the link and find the recommended readings, as well as the ability to reserve a copy for pick up!  Get those reading minutes in, while making the world a better place - page by page, act by act.

Supermarket Saturday Food Drive

The Social Justice committee has a call out to volunteers to sign up for the Supermarket Saturday Food Drive on Sat., Feb. 16th (GLES families are encouraged). Held at Wallingford QFC to support the Family Works Food Bank.  To find out more and Sign Up – FamilyWorks.

Annual Auction

We are less than 3 months away from our annual GLES Auction on March 23rdNow is the most important time for us as we work together to collect donations and sponsorships to raise money for our school community
Think broadly – what can your friends, family, acquaintances, and businesses you patronize donate? Remember, every item donated, or sponsorship given benefits your kids and our wonderful school. To learn more about ideas for donation, please click below. And remember, the donation deadline is March 1, 2019. Donation forms can be found online here, or a paper copy can be picked up in the school office.

What kinds of things are we looking for? Really anything that would be of interest to our families and you, such as…

**Tickets to sporting events and concerts
**Vacation rentals and weekend getaways
**Fishing, boating, rafting and biking excursions
**Golf outings, spa days, and wine tours
**Parties for grown-ups: tailgate parties, dinner parties, pool parties, poker parties, game night
**Parties for kids: theme parties, birthday parties, and park passes
**Services: Ask businesses like your favorite spa, hair salon, exercise facility, handyman, instructor, coffee shop, ski shop, bike shop, photographer, or retailer to donate a gift or a service. This is great advertising for the businesses as well!
**Gift certificates: Ask your favorite restaurant or retail store to donate a gift certificate or merchandise. If you are planning on donating a gift certificate, ask the merchant/business you are purchasing from if they may be willing to match your donation. Again, great business advertising!
**Business sponsorships

After School Enrichment

Winter Quarter after school Enrichment classes have begun, but there are still classes with availability. Check out all the classes and register at; for a direct link to Green Lake classes please click here. Remember, scholarships are available!  Email for scholarship information. 


School Levies

Don’t forget to vote to support schools in February’s special election! Click here for more information on the two expiring levies and how they impact GLES.

Contact Your Legislators

Contact your legislators and ask them to fully fund education in Washington State!  Click here for more information including an example email and how to locate your legislators.


Northwest Tap Returns to Green Lake!
The PTA was excited to invite Northwest Tap back to the school for a two-week visit, 1/7-1/18. NW Tap worked with the students during their PE classes, teaching them tap dance, including tap dance's national anthem, house and hip hop. During their visit, Northwest Tap also educated students about big moments in history in regard to race, black history, equality and social justice. Your continued support allows the PTA to bring impactful experiences like this into the school for all K-5 grades, thank you.

Playground Project

The playground committee had the 1st community meeting on Tue., Dec.11 with close to 200 participants! During the evening the collective group worked together to develop and present design ideas to re-imagine the playground including amenities such as a hot tub above Mr. Leahy's portable! In addition, the project committee held a monthly meeting this past Tuesday where the design team, SiteWorkshop, presented the findings from the student inspired feedback collected during a school assembly. We collected over 300 worksheets! To demonstrate that the students' opinions count, SiteWorkshop reviewed EVERY idea and created a summary of findings and trends. The summary revealed ideas such as goats, unicorns, and raccoons were very popular suggestions!

Overall, we've collected over 600 points of feedback from the community through online and in-person feedback mechanisms. Next steps involve the design team, SiteWorkshop, developing 2-3 alternative plans to reveal at the next community meeting on February 26th! Mark your calendars now and plan to attend. Your feedback is important to help shape and influence the final plan in March.


  • January 18. Pacific Science Center STEM-themed Assembly (8:00 am)
  • January 21. No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • January 24. New Student/Family Evening Tour (6:00-7:30pm)
  • January 25. Vocal Music Concert (Thibault, Jackson, Moore, Koewler, Andersen, Bowen, Macpherson) (6:30-7:30pm)
  • January 29. New Student/Family DAY Tour (8:30-10:00am)
  • January 30. No School for Day Between Semesters
  • January 31. Social Justice & Equity Meeting, all are welcome! (6:30-8pm) @ The Bridge @ Village Cove, 6850 Woodlawn Ave NE
  • January 31. GLES School Play - The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe @ Eckstein (7:00pm)
  • February 1. GLES School Play - The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe @ Eckstein (7:00pm)
  • February 2. GLES School Play - The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe @ Eckstein (2:00 & 7:00pm)
  • February 6. Global Reading Challenge (8:00am)
  • February 8. GLES Fitness Night with Mr. Johnson in the gym (6:00-7:30pm)
  • February 12. Ms. VanDuser Music Concert (6:00-7:00pm)
  • February 12-14. Book Fair (more info to come)
  • February 16. Saturday Food Drive @ Wallingford QFC to support the Family Works Food Bank
  • February 18-22. No School (Mid Winter Break)
  • February 26. Playground Community Meeting #2 @ GLES (6:00-8:00pm)
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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