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March 17, 2022



We Think the World of Our EMS Staff!

Staff Appreciation Lunch: International Cuisine, Thursday, March 31—Drop Off by 10:30 am

For our next staff appreciation lunch on Thursday, March 31, we want to take our amazing EMS staff on a culinary journey around the world.

Sign up here to contribute a food item, supplies or a helping hand for this international feast.

Please drop off all items by 10:30 am on March 31 at the front office. As always, thank you for your help. This event wouldn't be possible without our wonderful volunteers!

Volunteer Opportunities

Against a background image of raised hands with hearts in their palms, the following is printed: "Volunteers needed! E-prep organization; staff appreciation week; volunteer recognition & celebration; 8th grade promotion"E-Prep Help Needed

EMS PTSA will need help organizing the E-Prep (emergency preparedness) storage containers at school this spring, once the weather permits.

If you are interested in helping out, please contact our E-Prep chair, Stephanie Justus, at


More Opportunities to Lend a Hand

We're also looking for some enthusiastic parent volunteers to help with several events occurring later this spring:

  • Staff Appreciation Week: May 2–6
  • Volunteer Recognition & Celebration: End of May or early June
  • 8th Grade Promotion: June TBD

Contact Manda Mangrai at for more information.

Nominations for '22-'23 PTSA Board Due Today!



In Honor of Our Education Support Superheroes

THANK YOU, Education Support Professionals, for helping students succeed! Education Support Professionals Week, March 14-18, 2022. This is a graphic illustration of six superhero-like people flying into the air.

We want to take this opportunity to recognize and honor all our incredible education support professionals at EMS and LWSD! During the pandemic, they have been there for our students every step of the way: They're keeping our schools clean and sanitized, repairing buildings, navigating multiple bus routes, preparing healthy meals, and so much more. Thank you for the difference you make in our schools. We celebrate you today and every day!

SBA Testing for All Grades Scheduled for May

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) state testing will take place at Evergreen during the weeks of May 16 and May 23. Please do not schedule any appointments or vacations during these weeks. More details will be shared by EMS later this spring. Learn more about SBA testing on LWSD's website.

Come Work—or Volunteer—at EMS!

Thumbnail of Sodexo flyer: The Perfect Job for Parents! Nutrition Services at LWSD is Hiring PT and FT Staff. Click this image for a full-sized PDF flyer.Nutrition Services at EMS and other LWSD schools is looking for you! Working with Nutrition Services is the perfect job for parents, with shift times that fit your students' school days. The current openings at EMS are from 9 am to 1:30 pm Monday through Friday. Please click the image to the right for more information and to apply.

If you're curious and have questions, or if you're interested in working fewer hours or days in either a paid or volunteer capacity, contact Maja Adzievska, LWSD Nutrition Services Manager, at



Calling All Incoming Eastlake Parents!

Eastlake High School PTSAAttention, parents of incoming Eastlake Wolves: Eastlake High School PTSA invites you to join us! We are actively looking to fill volunteer positions on our Board of Directors and Committee Chairs for the 2022-2023 school year. Volunteering for Eastlake PTSA is a great way to connect with the school, engage with the administration, give input on activities, and meet nice people! Please contact us if you have any questions, and if you want to nominate yourself or someone else for the following elected board positions:

Co-Presidents (2)       VP Membership            
Secretary       VP Volunteers            
Treasurer       VP Ways & Means            

Visit Eastlake PTSA's website for descriptions of these roles.

LWSF Parent Chat Webinar on 3/23

Youth Susceptibility to Extremism: What Parents Can Do

Balance in Mind powered by Lake Washington Schools Foundation. A blue outline silhouette of a head gazes to the right. Inside the silhouette is the LWSF logo, a tree with multicolored leaves. In this logo, the top leaf is instead an orange heart.At the next free online Parent Chat, hosted by Lake Washington Schools Foundation's Balance in Mind program, learn what parents can do about youth susceptibility to extremism. Guest speaker Enrique Nusi from Middlebury Institute will discuss with us how "good" kids get lured into extremism, why your child might be vulnerable, and what you can do as a parent.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom; register here


Parent Education Event on 3/30

Foster a Growth Mindset: Unlock Your Child's Full Potential

Thumbnail image of PDF flyer. Click to open full-sized flyer.Lake Washington PTSA Council and LWSD present a free online parent education event with parent coach and author Melissa Benaroya. Join us to learn how a growth mindset leads to increased effort, greater confidence, and willingness to take risks and learn from mistakes. Find out how parents and caregivers can model growth mindset for kids and avoid the pitfalls of rewards, bribes and punishments.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 30 at 7 pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom; register here

Questions? Please email

For All the Colorful Ways Our Community Celebrates

Happy St. Patrick's Day!Happy Holi


3/17: Deadline for 2022-2023 PTSA Board Nominations
3/31: Staff Appreciation Lunch (Drop Off Items by 10:30 am)
4/44/8: Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

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"If you want to end war, then instead of sending guns, send books.
Instead of sending tanks, send pens.
Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers."
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