2016-2017 Committee Chairs
STAR Reading (Kinder)
Chair: Konnie Lucas
(2 co-chairs) Stand Tall And Read (STAR) is our at-home reading program for kindergarten students. Students read or are read to at home, tally their minutes on the provided sheet and turn them in to their teacher at the end of each month. Prizes are awarded to students as they achieve the different award levels. This program runs October thru May. Volunteers are needed to tally student sheets each month.
AR Reading (1st-5th)
Chairs: Ashley Brooks
(2 co-chairs and 1 parent volunteer per classroom) AR (Accelerated Reader) is a reading incentive program for all students in grades 1-5. Students read books and then test on computer-provided tests for knowledge and comprehension. Teachers set point goals for each student. Student who reach their goals are invited to attend grade level AR parties three times per school year. This is a curriculum-required program paid for by PTA money.
Chair: Karen Cowger
(2 co-chairs and 1 parent volunteer per classroom) The PTA Art Program offers every student, grades 1-5, a brief introduction to fine art, followed by an art or craft project, each month. This lesson is in addition to any art or craft project the teacher already offers. One adult volunteer from each class give a preplanned lesson from a provided "Art Pals" book. No artistic skill or prior knowledge is needed to be your child's classroom volunteer.
Chairs: Angela Livingston,
(2 co-chairs and several volunteers) The purpose of the fundraising committee is to raise funds for the many school programs which PTA supports. It is our goal to have one fundraiser per school year - typically in the fall. Volunteers are needed to create packets, hand out prizes, and distribute product when it arrives at school for delivery.
Chair: Dorianne McGrath
(2 co-chairs) Students work on math skills at home or at school using IXL on the computer. Every month the top 50 students who finish the most skills to 100% completion are recognized. For summer break, the top 100 students are recognized.
Chair: Melanie Baptiste, Ashley Brooks
(2 co-chairs and a few volunteers) PTA membership drive at Open House needs volunteers to sign up members for the school year. The membership committee also creates name tags for new members throughout the school year.
(1 editor and 1 volunteer for advertising solicitation) The newsletter is an important communication tool for our school community. It allows PTA committees, teachers and staff to share information about special events, fundraisers and make general announcements. Volunteers are needed to make the newsletter looks nice and to contact local businesses about advertising in the Cat Chat Newsletter.
Pat on the Back
Chairs: Jama McKinney
(3-4 co-chairs and Mrs. Barlow's hand) Every student is given a Pat-on-the-Back shirt their first year at LHE. Student earn a "pat" throughout the school year for various reasons, determined by the staff. Replacement shirts may be purchased as needed. These shirts are worn on spirit days, field trips, etc.
Chair: Angela Livingston
(1-2 co-chairs and several volunteers) Students submit Box Tops and Campbell's Soup Labels to earn money for our PTA-sponsored school programs and events. We currently have two classroom contest scheduled for this school year. Volunteers help count and prepare Box Tops and Labels to be submitted to the companies for processing.
Chair: Sarah Burrell
(2 co-chairs) Spirit Wear is ordered in the fall and sometimes in the spring. Sweatshirts, hoodies, tee shirts, and socks are available for purchase. Go Wildcats!
Chair: Michelle Siebenaler
(2 co-chairs and several volunteers) Staff Appreciation coordinates 4-5 luncheons for LHE teachers and staff during the school year. Volunteers donate or make items for each luncheon, depending on the theme selected by committee chairs.
Chairs: Lori Kominski, Shannon Kocher
(2-3 co-chairs and several volunteers) Take pictures at school events and in classrooms during the school year to combine with student pictures for the annual yearbook. Volunteers are needed to take and submit photos to the co-chairs.
Chair: Sarah Burrell
AD HOC COMMITTEES
Chair: Maegan Both
(2-3 co-chairs and several volunteers). This annual event is held in late-winter to raise funds to pay for grade level field trips. Our last auction was held off-site and was a Parents Night Out, including catered appetizers, champagne and wine tastings and more than $14,000 worth of amazing items to purchase via silent bid.
Chair: Vickie Leaf
(1-2 co-chair plus several volunteers) We sponsor two book fairs each year; one in the fall and one in the spring. Out book fairs are about connecting students with books they want to read. We have many volunteer opportunities: setting up, working before and after school shop times, working during kindergarten and 1st grade classroom times, and taking down on the last day of book fair. We need many volunteers to make the book fairs run smoothly.
Chair: Jessica Stark
(2 co-chairs plus several volunteers) Carnival takes place in the spring. This event includes bouncy houses, games, activities, and food ticket sales.
Family Fun Nights
Chairs: Maegan Both
(2 co-chairs and some volunteers) The Social Committee organizes events though-out the school year for LHE families. Some of the events are movie nights, sporting events (Mariners and Rainiers baseball games) and game nights.
The Financial Review Committee is made up of 2 or 3 PTA members. For a few hours, twice a year, they meet to review the financial records and present a report to the General Membership. In January, this committee reviews and reports on the July-December records. By September, they review and prepare a report on the January-June records.
Chair: Sara Thomas
(1-2 co-chairs and several volunteers) During fall conferences, a tree is set up in the main lobby with gift requests for several LHE families. These families are identified by Mrs. Roberson and Mrs. Barlow. Volunteers are needed at the Giving Tree to help families select tags during conferences. Volunteers are also needed to help gift wrap all of the donations.
Chairs: Sarah Burrell
(2 co-chairs and several volunteers) A shop is set up in the main lobby of the school for a week in December for students to purchase low-cost gifts for their families and friends for the holidays. Participation is optional! Volunteers are needed to help students select gifts and add up purchases/manage their budget.
Three members are elected to the Nominating Committee at the September or November General meeting. This committee works together to select and present the nominations for the coming school year's Executive Board. Elections are held at the March General Meeting.
(2 co-chairs and several volunteers) Open House takes place the week before school starts at the end of August. Students drop off their supplies in their classrooms and teachers give a quick speech on the coming school year. PTA provides pizza for a small fee and local businesses are in the gym offering services and information. Several volunteers are needed to serve pizza, sign up local businesses and help with set up and tear down.
Chair: Angela Livingston
(1 chair and several volunteers) On Popcorn Fridays, students can receive bags of popcorn from the PTA! Kindergarteners are also free; 1st-5th graders can purchase a card giving them popcorn for the entire school year. Several volunteers are needed to help distribute popcorn on Popcorn Fridays.
Chair: Sara Woodey, Michalina Adolf
(2 co-chairs) Students submit artwork though various forms of expression: music, photography, visual art and literature. They compete on a school, district, state and national level.
Chair: Konnie Lucas
(1 chair and several volunteers) Students have the option of competition in a school-wide science fair (it is mandatory for 5th grade students). On the night of the science fair, experiments are displayed and several stations are set up for families to participate in hands-on experiments. Volunteers are needed to evaluate experiments during the day, run experiment stations and help with set up and tear down.
Students in second through fifth grades are eligible to participate. Classroom competitions are held in May to determine the three winners in each class, and those three winners go on to complete in the grade-wide Spelling Bee. Each of the classroom winners receive a rootbeer float at the June competition, and the winner for each grade receives a fun prize. Spectators are welcome!
Summer Reading Olympics
Chairs: MacKinlee Reed, Amy Noble
Chair: MaeBelle Ramos
(1-2 co-chairs plus several volunteers) Annual dance held at the end of February. A fun evening of dancing, pictures and refreshment at LHE! Volunteers are needed to donate items for the event, help decorate and with clean up.