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September News and FAQs

September News and FAQs

Here are some of the FAQ’s for this month:

  1. When are Reflection Entries going to be due to Council?
    All entries should be turned in on or before December 9, 2017. Stay posted for details on time and place to drop off art.
  2. How can I find training opportunities for our local PTA officers?
    We will include upcoming training information for our area each month at the General Membership Meetings. For training opportunities in other Regions or for online webinars, please make use of the “Events” portion of the WA State PTA website:
  3. When are KAC General Membership Meetings?
    Usually, our GM meetings are on the 4th Monday of the month. Check our list of upcoming events to be sure. There is no General meeting during December.
  4. Is KAC still giving out memberships gained through Denali Credit Union?
    Yes, we will be distributing memberships to all units who send representatives to our General Meetings. We have been working on updating our internal processes in order to reduce the amount of paperwork.
  5. Can I still register for Legislative Assembly?
    Yes! Leg Assembly is on October 20 & 21 in Tacoma this year. Click here for information on registering and getting a hotel room. The deadline for the discounted hotel rate is September 28.
  6. I heard something about a new Programming / Coding Competition. Where do I find out more?
    Washington has a new program (this is only the second year) for High School students called the Game Development Challenge. You can find more information about it in the Leadership News.
  7. How can I get involved in PTA at the Council Level?
    We are always looking for new leaders to help out on our committees, and we have 2 open officer positions as well. If you are interested, please contact Heidi at Open committee positions include Programs, Newsletter, and Communications. We also have current committee chairs who are looking for someone to take over within the next year for Clothing Bank and Cinderella Project, and our Reflections chair needs a co-chair who can be at the meetings to answer questions and give reports. Come and join us!
Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Attention Seniors of all Kent School District High Schools & Academies! Kent Area PTSA Council would like to offer you the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to assist with your post-secondary educational plans. Are you going to college, a university, vocational school or a technical college in the fall of 2017? Then you qualify for this scholarship!


Up to two recipients will be chosen from each of the four area high schools (Kentlake, Kent-Meridian, Kentridge & Kentwood) and up to two from the combined academies (Kent Phoenix Academy, iGrad & Kent Mountain View Academy).  Amounts awarded will range from $500 to $1500 with no more than $1500 total being awarded at each high school. We could potentially be giving away $7500 total to assist KSD seniors with their post-secondary educational plans!!


Further details on this scholarship and the application can be found here: 2017 KAC Scholarship Application


Application deadline is April 12, 2017 so be sure to secure the needed documents with plenty of time to submit on time.


The scholarship committee is looking forward to receiving your application for consideration! Any questions can be directed to Tania Skinner at
Shakey’s Pizza Fundraiser for Fairwood Elementary

Shakey’s Pizza Fundraiser for Fairwood Elementary

Help support the Fairwood Elementary PTSA by eating at Shakey’s on Tuesday, January 31st from 4:30pm – 7:30pm. 20% of all food purchases (beverages not included) will be donated to Fairwood Elementary PTSA. Place your receipt in fundraising container at the cash register so your 20% will count. Take-out orders count too!


Located at 14300 SE Petrovitsky Rd. Phone: 425-277-0227

Clothing Drive at Denali Federal Credit Union

Clothing Drive at Denali Federal Credit Union

Please support the Denali Federal Credit Union’s Clothing Drive!

100% of donations will be given to the Kent Area Council PTSA Clothing Bank

WHEN: November 1 – January 31
WHAT’S NEEDED: NEW or GENTLY USED clothes and NEW (in the package) socks,
tennis shoes, and underwear (not white underwear) for students ages K-12.
WHERE: (Drop off locations in Kent)
• Denali Federal Credit Union: 19802 62nd Ave S., Ste. 101 • IBEW 46: 19802 62nd Ave S., Ste. 105, Kent
• Kent Chamber of Commerce: 524 W Meeker St., Suite 1 • Kent School District: 2033 SE 256th St
• Kent Downtown Partnership: 202 W Gowe St # A
• Down Home Catering: 211 1st Ave S
• Enlighting Struck Design: 22737 72nd Ave S #101
• Central Ave Mini Storage: 1407 Central Ave S

QUESTIONS: Call 253-234-6287


KAC Speed Candidating

KAC Speed Candidating

We had a great turnout for the candidate forum. Thanks to our candidates for sharing their perspectives with us, both in person and electronically. And a tremendous thank you to Janine Weber for organizing and facilitating the “speed candidating” sessions. Candidates representing the 11th, 33rd, and 47th Legislative Districts were present. In addition, we viewed videos submitted by two OSPI candidates.



Standards of Affiliation Contract

Standards of Affiliation Contract

The Standards of Affiliation (SOA) contract and process is updated for the 2016-17 PTA year. The SOA requirements are in sync with the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws, adopted April 2015. The SOA ensures that local PTAs and councils align with Washington State PTA’s ethics, policies, and principles; maintain good business practices; and comply with applicable federal and state laws.
The SOA webpage includes the following (and more!):
  • SOA contract (due on or before October 31, 2016)
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Suggested wording to add the SOA to your standing rules