2017-2018 Board of Directors

Executive Board:

President:  Karin Harrison
Vice  President:  Michelle Seligman
Co-Treasurers:  Mamatha Reddy  & Amy Franklin-Bihary
Co-Secretaries: Tricia Garner & Jenny Nichols

Appointed Board Members:

Membership Coordinator:  Aleksandra Milutinovic

Enrichment Coordinator:  Funda Pehlivanoglu Noyes
Volunteer Coordinator:  Lynette Hoss
Legislative Liaison:  Carrie Yuan
Events:  Gina Speer

2017-2018 Committee Chairs 

Communications:  Emily Schrieber-Sheets, Suzanne Howell,
Monique Heileson, Shoshana Bella Billik, Melinda Bullaro
Viewlands Outdoors:  Amy Sprenger
Fundraising:  Jenni Zimowski (Chinook Book),
Dana Feaver (Holiday Wreath Sale), Box Tops for Education (Lynette Hoss)
Family Outreach:  TBD
Friends of VETPSA
Supporters of VETPSA
Thank you to the local organizations below who gave a contribution to the Fall 2015 Viewlands Playground Project!!!

Avid Landscaping Design
and Development LLC
Owner: Robert Boyker
1413 N 136th St.
Seattle, WA 98133

Broadview Garden Club
Boeing Matching
Childish Things
Creative Kids Learning Center
Frock Boutique
Greenwood Hardware
KBA, Inc.
Livingway Foursquare Church
Microsoft Matching
North Seattle Pediatrics
Paris Plumbing, Inc.
Salvation Army Seattle Temple
Seattle Foundation
Shoreline Central Market
Starbucks Matching
Swansons Nursery
Viewlands Elementary PTSA
Veraci Pizza, Inc.
Veranda Montessori
Windermere Foundation
Check out Events or Fundraising for volunteer opportunities:
– Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

– Spiritwear

– Movie Night

– Spring Auction

– Family Dance

Volunteer at Viewlands
Even a small amount of time can make a big difference.
There are many ways you can help out this school year. Viewlands staff and teachers welcome help in the classroom reading with students, playing math games, making copies and preparing materials. Volunteers are needed in the lunchroom, school garden and on the playground. Volunteers are also needed to chaperone field trips and adventures to Carkeek Park.

VEPTSA sponsored events and activities needs volunteers to be successful. The Family Dance Party, Movie Night, fundraisers and other efforts can use your help. Volunteer contributions of time and talent strengthens the school community and benefits every student. Join us to help build a better Viewlands!

In order to volunteer at Viewlands, you must complete the volunteer application process designed by Seattle Public Schools. You can find all of the information, forms and the brief required online course here. Turn your application in at the Viewlands Office where your ID will be copied for the background check. This must be done every school year – so get your paperwork updated as soon as you can.
Box Tops for Education
We participate in the national Box Tops for Education program. If you see this label on any products you have at home, please cut it out and bring it to school. Box Top collection bins are in the lobby.
2017-18 Viewlands Spiritwear
Youth and adult sizes short and long sleeved t-shirts and hoodies on quality Gildan poly/cotton charcoal grey with two color screen printing. Adult ladies cut dolman poly/cotton on charcoal grey also available. You can even add personalization!

NEW! 11oz insulated tumbler and large canvas tote with Viewlands design available in the spring 2018 reorder.

Download the form or order online.

PT Avenue:
Why and How To?
PT Avenue is a place you can join the VEPTSA online and where you will soon be able to sign up to volunteer at Viewlands.

Simply click here and enter ‘2017Orcas’ (no space) in the Organization Code field. Sign up and become more informed.

You an also purchase 2017-18 Spiritwear and Holiday Wreaths by clicking ‘Online Store.’ You don’t have to become a member of the VEPTSA to support our fundraisers.

Family Resources

RULER: Promoting Emotional Literacy

RULER is a social-emotional literacy curriculum developed by Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. Early Learning spearheaded the adoption of this curriculum, which is now in use at 50 Seattle Public Schools including Viewlands Elementary. In order to manage one’s emotions to successfully negotiate life experiences, whether at school, work or home, RULER promotes:

Reading & Research on Race & Social Justice

VEPTSA recently held a Community Talk on Race and Social Justice presented by author and speaker Tierra Johnson. Tierra lead a discussion with the group about the history of injustice in specific cases that have formed the national perception.

Tierra realizes that people may want quick answers for how to speak with our children about race but the hard truth is we must FIRST equip ourselves to to so. These resources she suggests are intended to present evidence and information to allow one to study deeper and to look at what we have been presented historically with a critical eye. The challenge is to find the holes in our history and begin to fill them up with truth.

Her challenge is to read these books, the ones that resonate the most with you are the one that should be on your shelf in your home. All of these titles should be required reading in our high schools but they are not. Ask yourself why? Tierra challenges all to look at the work cited in the books and find other authors and books referenced. Research them. When looking at the Youtube videos and documentaries listed, search for others concerning the same top of a point you want to expand on.

Tierra states that her presentations are never about making people believe the information she is giving. It is to make people think and look at it more closely. There are no quick answer on how to speak to our kids about the racial problem we have, the answer is to better educate ourselves so that we may guide our children accordingly. The great part is that we can take them on the journey with us and get them involved as well.

Suggested Reading:
  • They came before Columbus – Dr. Ivan Van Sertima
  • Civilization or Barbarism – Cheik Anta Diop
  • The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea – Robert Sussman
  • A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn
  • At the Dark End of the Street – Danielle McGuire
  • White like me – Tim Wise
  • Warriors Don’t Cry – Melba Patillo Beals
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander