September PTA Newsletter
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Hello Green Lake Families!

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.

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.
Enrichment Classes

Sign up for after school enrichment classes. 

Cooking, Coding, Comic Book Writing – lots of great options!    Registration is at; for a direct link to Green Lake classes please click here .  For more information and scholarship requests, email  Registration for Fall classes starts on 9/24 at noon on a first come first served basis.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities!

School Pictures:  
Sept 27.  We need 2-4 volunteers to work with the photographers in gathering & returning classes in a timely fashion. Full or half day shifts available. Volunteers will receive a $35 voucher towards pictures for their time!
Contact Alisa McMullen,

Vision + Hearing:  
Early Oct.  Everyone gets tested so we need help!  
Contact Alisa McMullen,

Swim Program:
Starts October 1.  Become CPR certified or a life guard.  Or help with locker room!  
Contact Jessica Olson,

October 5.  The whole school walks/runs/rolls a .25 mile loop.  We need volunteers to guide students, mark off laps, give out refreshments and take photos.  Please see below for sign-up information!
Contact Kai Kunkel,

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

Family Fun Night Co-Organizer:
We have 1 organizer, looking for 1 more to help plan fun evenings for GLES families.
Contact Alisa McMullen,

After School Enrichment Coordinator:
We are looking for an After School Enrichment Coordinator for every Wednesday.  It is after school for 30-60 minutes helping kids get to their after school programs.  It is a paid position!
Contact Cory Sebastian,

Equity & Social Justice Committees Kick Off Meeting

We've launched two brand new, exciting committees this school year: The Equity Committee aims to leverage the strength and generosity of the GLES PTA to help address massive inequities across the SPS system, while the Social Justice committee aims to raise awareness of, and commitment to, social justice issues within our community. On Wednesday, October 24th, the chairs of these two committees are hosting an informational kick off meeting to 1) share more information about the goals and vision for these new committees and 2) solicit input from the PTA community as we solidify our plans for this year. Be on the look out for additional details for the meeting, and please email and/or with any questions in the meantime!


Have you wondered how you can show your love for the GLES Dragons? SpiritWear - that's how!!  Now offering an updated inventory of ALL sizes and Adult Hoodies, too!! Reach out to to place your order today!!

Playground Project

The project team is currently advertising for design firms to submit their qualifications to be hired as the partner who will help us develop the Playground Master Plan. A design firm will be selected in the month of October and the next steps in developing the plan will begin! Look for future communication about upcoming community meetings!

If you are interested in being a part of the project please contact Tracy Henderson via email at

Active Transportation Group

The GLES Active Transportation Group has been…well….active.  We have lots of great things lined up for this Fall. Planned activities include:

  • Bike Rodeo- September 22nd 2PM to 4PM at GLES Playground
  • Take the Walking School Bus to GLES
  • Walk-Tober (AKA-Walk to School Month)
For more information about our Active Transportation Group and their planned events, please see their page on our PTA website.

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, and more. To learn more about the Garden Committee, donations needed to facilitate garden maintenance, and the Garden Rules, please visit the Garden website.

Upcoming Garden Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer in the Garden – Sat., October 13 from 11am-3pm
Volunteer in the Garden – Sat., November 3 from 11am-3pm

Email Heather Dohan and Sheri Skuja, co-garden coordinators at:
Garden website:
Upcoming Events

Bike Rodeo- September 22nd 2PM to 4PM at GLES Playground

The Active Transportation Group is putting on a Bike Rodeo , also called a Bicycle Skills Rodeo, which is a  fun, interactive, and non-competitive skills course designed for kids to improve their bike handling and traffic safety skills.  Held within the controlled and safe environment of our playground,  the Bike Rodeo is a great introduction to bicycle handling for kids and families alike.   The course will include the following stations.
  • OKAY Corral
  • Driveway Rideout
  • Crazy Crossroads
  • Scanning
  • Rock Dodge
  • and the ever so competitive “Slow Race”

Bring your bicycle and your helmet to this free event.  Rain or Shine.  Drop in whenever you want and stay for as long as you want.  No registration required.

If you have any questions please contact Douglas Dohan at  We are also looking or volunteers to help out tending to the different stations.

Walk-and-Roll-a-Thon - October 5th

Welcome to the start of a brand new year! To kick things off, is our first major and student driven fundraiser, the Walk-and-Roll-A-Thon!  Our annual Walk-and-Roll-a-Thon is taking place on Friday, October 5th on the Green Lake playground! The Walk-and-Roll-a-Thon is a major student driven fundraiser and one of the most fun all-school events of the year. Students will walk or roll a 1/4 mile course on the playground for an hour, collecting pledges from friends, neighbors, grandparents, etc. for the number of laps completed.

This year we hope to raise $25,000 for our school and PTA sponsored activities!  Pledge forms will go home with students on Friday, September 21st and will included more information about the event.  Please check the form and fill them with pledges! 

In addition to pledges, we need lots of family volunteers to make this event a success! Please sign-up today, using the following link!
Upcoming Important Dates
  • September 20.  Kindergarten Curriculum Night (5:30 - 7:30pm)
  • September 22. Bike Skills Rodeo (2 - 4pm)
  • September 24.  After-School Enrichment Class Registration begins
  • September 25. 1st - 5th Curriculum Night (6:30pm)
  • September 27.  Individual Picture Day
  • September  29. Kindergarten Picnic @ Carkeek Park (11am)
  • October 1-31: Walk to School Month
  • October 5: Walk & Roll-A-Thon
  • October 10: Walk to School Day
  • October 12: No School (In Service Day)
  • October 13: Volunteer in the School Garden
To see our full calendar of events, you can visit our PTA website here.
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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