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Intro to PTA

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.
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. Sign up here. 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. 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.

*NEW" Annual Event Info Web Page
The PTA has created a new page on the PTA website where you can find detailed descriptions and contact information for the many events that will take place at GLES this year. Dates are listed, if available. Check it out - Annual Event Info. Don't forget that there are even more events listed on the Calendar page.

Upcoming Events

Welcome Back Family Potluck
Sept 20 (Friday) @ 5:30-7:30pm (Cafetorium) - Welcome to new families and welcome back to returning families. A casual get-together to strengthen our school community. Families are encouraged to bring any dish they'd like to share (kid friendly food encouraged).

2nd Annual Bike Safety Rodeo
Sept 21 (Saturday) @ 2:00-4:00pm (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. We are also looking for 7-8 volunteers to help out tending to the different stations. If you have any questions or want to volunteer please contact Douglas Dohan.

Families of Color Picnic Potluck
Sept 27 (Fri.) @ 5:30-7:30pm (West Woodland Playground/Field) - As part of our commitment to strengthening diversity and inclusion in our community, Green Lake, in partnership with West Woodland, would like to invite our Families of Color to a picnic potluck to kick off the school year, welcome and meet new families and expand our community. This is not a facilitated event, but rather a social gathering to share food, conversation and provide a space for kids to come together. Please bring food to share & a picnic blanket. All families in which any member identifies as a person of color*, including multiracial & transracial adoptive families are invited to attend. *People whose heritage is from underrepresented racial and ethnic communities in the U.S. and covers all and any peoples who identify as Native American, African/Black, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, multiracial, or mixed race.

Kindergarten Fall Potluck
Sept 28 (Sat.) @ 11:00-1:00pm (Carkeek Park) - This is a great way for Kinder families to get to know each other and get outdoors. Families are encouraged to bring any dish they'd like to share (kid friendly food encouraged).

Walk & Roll Athon
Oct 4 (Fri.) (GLES Playground) - GLES's student driven fundraiser that doubles as a community celebration! Students walk or roll (students in wheelchairs, not kids on skateboards) a 1/4 mile course for 1 hour. Beforehand they collect pledges for the number of laps completed. This year we hope to raise $25,000. Pledge forms will go home on Friday, September 20th. Pledges can be made online here. Please note, online donations are fixed donations and cannot be set up as a per lap pledge. How you can help: Volunteer! We need lots of volunteers throughout the day. You're welcome to sign up for a spot during the time your student is walking/rolling. Sign up here!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Open PTA Roles 
If interested in taking on an open role, please contact our current volunteer coordinator, Alisa McMullen
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Organizes volunteers for: Vision & Hearing Tests, Tree Sale & Field Day. While this is currently 1 position, it could be broken up into several roles. 
  • Reader Board: Changes the Reader Board in front of the school weekly or bi-weekly. Upcoming events are listed as well as birthday notices. You will be provided a schedule as well as what to post.
  • Facilities: Works with staff & GLES board to make sure the school building & other facilities are working well and any needed improvements are made.
  • Family Fun Night Co-Organizer: We have 1 organizer; looking for 1 more to help plan fun evenings for GLES families.
  • Spiritwear Organizer: Orders and sells GLES sweatshirts & Tshirts.

Bike Rodeo
Sept 21 (Sat) @ 1:30 (for volunteers) -4:00pm (Playground) the Bike Rodeo still needs 8 to 9 volunteers to make this year's event a success! For questions/to volunteer, please email Douglas Dohan.

Walk & Roll Athon
Oct 4 (Fri.) (GLES Playground) the more volunteers for this event the better! Please feel free to sign up for a spot while your student is walking/rolling. Sign up here!

School Pictures
Sep 26 (Thurs) 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 our volunteer coordinator, Alisa McMullen.  

Vision & Hearing 
Early Oct.  Everyone gets tested so we need help! Contact our volunteer coordinator, Alisa McMullen

Swim Program
Early Oct. Become CPR certified or a life guard. Or help with locker room! Contact Liz Rudd for questions or to volunteer.

Annual Tree Sale
Nov 29 (Fri) to mid-December (GLES Playground). Multiple levels of volunteer involvement are necessary. Help manage overall logistics, work the lot to keep organized and stocked or volunteer to run sales for a few hours. This is one of our largest needs for volunteers each year! Contact our volunteer coordinator, Alisa McMullen, or our tree sale coordinator, Jon Larson.

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

Olallie Garden Needs You!!!
Welcome back! The school garden is a great way to get involved and there are all sorts of ways you can help. We need volunteers to garden, a composter, donation seeker, lending library, carpenter/repairer, garden committee, special projects and more. Click below to learn how you can help.  
Are you interested in helping the direction of the garden? Parents and teachers are welcome! If you are interested, let Heather Dohan or Sheri Skuja know.

Volunteer in the Garden
Did you know the PTA has an agreement with SPS District? If the school garden volunteers take care of the front entry landscape area, the District will not spray herbicide, which is something none of us want around our children.

Come volunteer for however long fits your schedule, no experience necessary. All are welcome....parents, kids, grandparents, teachers, high school students. We have gloves and tools, but if you bring your own, please label your gear, water and a snack (if needed).

Upcoming Garden Volunteer Opportunities
  • Sat., October from 10am - 2pm
  • Sat., April 4 from 10am - 2pm
  • Sat., May 16 from 10am - 2pm
Olallie Garden Rules
The garden has adopted some rules to keep everyone safe and increase enjoyment of the garden. Check out the rules here.

To learn more about the garden, contact Heather Dohan & Sheri Skuja, co-garden coordinators, or visit the garden website.

Annual Auction

Auction Committee Recruitment
Oct 15 (Tues) @ 7:30pm (RSVP for address) - The Auction Committee is hosting its first meeting of the year. This is a great meeting to attend if you are interested in learning more about different ways to get involved in our school's largest fundraising event of the year (this year's auction will be March 21st so save the date now)! There are big and small roles and lots of ways to lend a hand. Everyone is welcome! We'd especially love to add some new K & 1st-grade parents! If you are interested, email, we’ll add you to our email list and send over meeting info. 

2019 Parent Party Tickets Still Available
Looking for some Parent-only fun this fall? GLES has you covered. The following parent parties still have tickets available and all proceeds from these events go to the Green Lake PTA to help fund a variety of programs at the school. Tickets and event details are available online here:
  • Seahawks Tailgate Party - Sunday, Sept. 29 starting at 12:30 for 1:05 kick-off
  • Green Lake Rocks - Saturday, Oct. 19 from 7-12 p.m.
  • Tapas & Cocktails Party - Saturday, Nov 16 from 6-10 p.m.

Building a Stronger Community

Inaugural Social Justice & Equity Book Club
Sept 26 (Thursday) @ 7pm (RSVP for address) - Book: White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo. Please RSVP to Dawn Larson so we can have an accurate head count. Please also consider bringing something to share, if you can. Please note, there will be no children at this event. However, some upcoming titles will be curated for reading and discussion with children. RSVP here.

FamilyWorks Partnership
Our community partner, FamilyWorks, is in need of personal hygiene products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, etc), as well as non-expired 2nd stage car seats. If you have some, please drop them off at the Resource Center in Wallingford (1501 N 45th St).


After School Enrichment & Drama Program

PTA After-School Enrichment Classes 
*Fall 2019 registration begins Oct. 7 @ 12:00pm. Classes begin the week of Oct. 14. - Various organizations offer fee-based after-school enrichment classes like cooking, coding, comic book writing, yoga, golf, etc. – lots of great options! Classes take place at the school and Green Lake Park. Students meet in the Cafetorium and are escorted to class by their enrichment teacher. Classes usually last from 60-90 minutes after school. GLSA after-school care and Little Explorers can pick kids up from their enrichment classes. Scholarships are available. Registration is on a first come first served basis. Register and view class details at

Please understand that after school enrichment programs are sponsored by the PTA, but individual class providers are responsible for your child.  Make sure all contact and medical information is up to date in 6crickets.  You are also responsible for picking up your child on time.  Many providers have late pickup policies.

Drama Program Information
Interested in information about after school Drama classes and plays this year at GLES? Click below to learn more.

Plays (directed by Molly- assistance from Tiger, Glen, Merissa, Don and parent volunteers), performed on the Green Lake Elementary Stage

5th grade only play- James and the Giant Peach
Auditions September 30th and Oct. 2
Practices October 7th-January 22nd Mondays and Wednesdays until 4pm
Tech/Performances January 27-Feb. 1 (possible second weekend of shows Feb. 7th/8th)

3rd/4th grade play- TBD
Auditions February 26th (info meeting on February 24th)
Practices March 2nd- May 27th Mondays and Wednesdays until 3:30pm
Tech/Performances June 1st-6th

Mini Musicals K-5th (Class taught by Tiger Zane) Wednesdays 1:15-2:30pm
4 sessions covering the entire year
Session 1 October 30th-Dec. 18th
Session 2 January 15th-March 4th
Session 3 March 11th-April 29th
Session 4 May 6th-June 17th

****New Class (replacing Stage Design)******
Drama Club 3rd-5th (class taught by Molly, Tiger, Merissa with parent volunteers and special guest teachers like Don Robbins)
Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 3 sessions following Fall, Winter, Spring regular class session times
Drama Club is a class for kids who want to be a part of a play, but not necessarily onstage. Or for the kid who just can't get enough drama in their lives! In this class, we will be creative and help make costumes, props and small set pieces on occasion for both play productions and the mini musical class. We will also do makeup design, poster design and concessions for the plays. This class will also involve drama games on occasion.

To help backstage for play productions will be a separate sign up not involving a class. You do not need to be in Drama Club to help backstage.



SPS Boundary Change Meeting Summation
Seattle Public Schools wants to hear from you regarding GLES Capacity! Submit questions and feedback in this online form. To read a summation of the SPS presentation, please click below.  

SPS gave a presentation on 9/17 outlining their proposed plan to alleviate GLES being overcapacity.

  1. Enlarge the geozone to attend the two option schools - McDonald International and John Stanford International - in GLES boundary for the 2020-2021 school year.  This would only alleviate us by about ten students
  2. Change the attendance boundaries of GLES. Due to the lengthy process in changing school boundaries, this would occur at the earliest for the 2021-2022 school year. This would most likely impact several elementary schools' boundaries and there would be a lot of community feedback.
  3. Change the building structure of GLES, e.g. add classrooms.  At this time, they are in the very early stages, basically a feasibility study.  They are walking around to see where they could add classrooms.

Several years ago, SPS suggested a boundary change. In their proposal, they did not allow grandfathering, e.g., if your kiddo was already at GLES and the boundary changed, they would have to change schools.  One suggestion is to start advocating now to allow grandfathering in any boundary change.  Also, please remember that pretty much all elementary schools in Seattle are at capacity or overcapacity, including the two options schools in GLES attendance boundary. 


Active Transportation

The Active Transportation Group has been hard at wrok and has another fun year of events planned for the GLES community! To read all about the events planned and other goals for the year, please click below.

Bike Safety Rodeo- September 21st -2PM-4PM-No registration required-  Come with your bike helmet and a bike and learn safe riding techniques and skills while navigating a series of courses on the Green Lake Elementary School Playground.  There will also be a bike decorating station.  Stop in any time during the rodeo.

Month of October 1st thru October 31st- Walk to School Month.  Students throughout the GLES Attendance area can partake in a Walking Bingo Challenge.  Walk to a Friends, Walk to a Park, Walk to Practice.  All earn valuable Bingo Spots.

Walk to School Day- October 2nd.  Warm up for the Walk and Roll a thon by walking to School in the Morning.  A welcome table with Swag and information on Walking School Buses and more will greet walkers.

Bike Safety Assembly- Late April.  Presented by Cascade Bicycle Club. Students get to learn valuable bike safety habits from real pros.  And they get to see what happens when a Watermelon doesn’t wear its helmet.

Bike Everywhere Month May 1st – May 31st- Students can participate in the School Bike Challenge.  Schools and individual students compete for the most number of minutes as well as highest level of participation. 

Bike to School Day May 6thThe main event for Bike Everywhere Month.  Students are encouraged to bike to school and are greeted with swag, snacks and high fives.  Last year we had approximately 90 students ride their bikes to school and fill up the bike racks and Ollalie Garden.

Besides the events listed, the Active Transportation Groups has additional goals for the year, including promoting active transportation and reducing the number of individual car trips to school. This includes Walking Schools Buses, Bike Trains, and carpooling. With the reconfiguration of the school drop off and pick up programs, the ATG is also involved in working with the School and SDOT to help improve striping, traffic flow and promote safe routes and routines.

The Active Transportation Group is also looking for additional members to help plan and host their various events. Parents who are interested in joining the Active Transportation Group or forming walking school buses should reach out to Douglas Dohan.



GLES Fundraising: Save the Dates!

Walk & Roll Athon
Oct 4 (Fri.) (GLES Playground) - A major student driven fundraiser and one of the most fun all-school events of the year. Students walk, jog or roll (students who use wheelchairs) a 1/4 mile course on the playground for an hour, collecting pledges from friends, neighbors, grandparents, etc. for the number of laps completed.

Annual Tree Sale
Nov 29 (Fri) to when the trees run out! (typically mid-Dec) (portion of GLES Playground) - Green Lake Elementary's 2nd largest fundraiser is powered by YOU, our wonderful families. It's a great opportunity to meet other GLES families & members of the community. Families will be asked to volunteer their time manning the Tree Sale on weekday evenings as well as weekends.

Annual Auction
March 21 (Sat) @ 5-10pm (Bell Harbor Conference Center) - Our annual auction is our school’s largest fundraiser and everyone is encouraged to attend (this is an adult only event). Tickets to the auction can be purchased in advance and include dinner, beer and wine, and loads of amazing items to bid on! All items are donated by local businesses and GLES families, and include items such as vacation rentals, restaurant certificates, unique Seattle excursions, and everything in between.


From the PTA President

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! As 2nd year PTA president, I’m excited! There are a several big projects that we’re working on.  

  1. Community! It’s good. Le’t make it better! We’re working on changing our communications to learn more about the PTA + GLES and to not replicate the information Jennifer Allen sends out. We’re going to start grade-level potlucks so that you can meet other families you might not see otherwise. We continue to grow but we want GLES to feel warm + welcoming. Say hi to someone you don’t know at pick-up or meet someone new at a potluck, you may make a new friend or finally meet that parent of that kid you student keeps wanting a playdate with.
  2. Overcrowding. Yes, that Staff room is a now a classroom. Fortunately we have amazing teachers who make it all work, but we have to talk to SPS and board members to help fix the overcrowding. Currently, SPS is proposing increasing the geozone to MacDonald and John Stanford so that more K + 1st graders can attend and then changing the boundaries in a couple years.  Read more about it and let them know your thoughts here
  3. Playground. We’re still working on it! Lindsey Winter has taken over this project that was seeded as a memorial to Jak Ahrens. We’re still working with SPS and Site Workshop (the landscape architect firm) and are looking for grants and other funding to make sure that we complete this project. Thank you to all who have already helped and welcome to anyone who can help now!  Please contact Lindsey Winter.

I would like to say a huge welcome to our great new staff, Dr. Shelley Habenicht : Principal, Ms. Sloan : Extended Day Preschool, Ms. Niemi: 1st Grade, Ms. Dauphinee: 1st Grade, Ms. Beede: 2nd Grade, Mim Turnbull: 3rd Grade, Ms. Tan: 5th Grade and Ms. Rose: 5th Grade. Thank you to all the staff for choosing to help our children learn academically as well as socially + emotionally!  

Please contact me at if you have any questions or comments about the PTA. Have a great school year!  —Amy Knobbs


  • Sept 20. 5:30-7:30pm: Back-To-School Family Potluck (all grades)
  • Sept 21. 9:00am-1:00pm: FamilyWorks Supermarket Saturday food drive (Location: Wallingford QFC) - sign up
  • Sept 21. 2:00pm-4:00pm: Bicycle Safety Rodeo (location: playground) - info & volunteer
  • Sept 23. Advanced Learning K-8 Parent Referrals due - information
  • Sept 26. Individual Student Picture Day
  • Sept 26. 7:00pm: Inaugural Social Justice & Equity Committee Book Club - info & RSVP
  • Sept 27. 5:30-7:30pm: Fall Gathering & Potluck for GLES & West Woodland Elem. Families of Color (location: West Woodland Elementary playground) 
  • Sept 28. 11:00-1:00pm: Kindergarten Fall Potluck (location: Carkeek Park Shelter 1, near the swings)
  • Sept 30. 5th Grade Play Auditions - James & The Giant Peach (and Oct. 2)
  • Sept 30. Parent and adult family member volunteer Applications Due
  • Oct 1-31. Walk to School Month
  • Oct 1. 7:45-9:45am: Flu Shot Clinic (location: cafetorium)
  • Oct 1. 6:00-8:00pm: 1st-5th Grade Curriculum Night
  • Oct 2. Walk to School Day
  • Oct 2. 5th Grade Play Auditions - James & The Giant Peach (and Sept. 30)
  • Oct 4. Walk'n Roll-A-Thon (location: playground) Volunteer!
  • Oct 5. 10:00am-2:00pm: Volunteer in the School Garden 
  • Oct. 7. 12:00pm: PTA After-School Enrichment Class registration begins (
  • Oct 11. No School (Teacher in-service day)
  • Oct. 14. First day of PTA Enrichment Classes for the fall session
  • Oct. 15. 6:30-9:30pm: First Auction 2020 Committee Planning Meeting - all invited! RSVP for location
  • Oct. 19. 9:00am-1:00pm: FamilyWorks Supermarket Saturday food drive (location: Wallingford QFC) - sign up
  • Oct 22. 6:30-8:00pm: McDonald Elem. Invitation: ​Safety discussion with FBI agent Stefanie Thomas (location: McDonald Elem.)
To see our full calendar of events, you can visit our PTA website here.

To see more detailed descriptions of various events, you can visit here.





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

Attendance Email
or 206.252.5324

Principal Dr. Shelley Habenicht
School Admin Jen Allen
PTA Co-Presidents Amy Knobbs & Sarah Lindner


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