2018-2019 Board of Directors
Appointed Board Members:
2018-2019 Committee Chairs
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
Creative Kids Learning Center
Livingway Foursquare Church
North Seattle Pediatrics
Paris Plumbing, Inc.
Salvation Army Seattle Temple
Shoreline Central Market
Viewlands Elementary PTSA
Veraci Pizza, Inc.
– Holiday Wreath Fundraiser
– 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.
We’d like to recognize this year’s
The Dewar Team @
Cornerstone Home Lending
2018 Spring Auction & Social
Thanks to those who contributed to our Auction:
All the Best Pet Care
Ann Campbell Pies
The Seattle Aquarium
Baleen Jewelry Shop
Granite Curling Club
Rainy Day Dinner Club
Kindergarten Play date
Lynnwood Bowl & Skate
Dena Dewar – Mom’s Margaritas
Ms Cordova Cupcakes
One on One B-Ball
Pacific Science Center
Pump it Up
Ruth Anne Confections
Seattle Children’s Theatre
Woodland Park Zoo
Each book contains hundreds of local, sustainable coupons. 50% of the proceeds will benefit VEPTSA, which in turn helps every student at Viewlands! You can get yours online in the PT Avenue Store or ask a friendly VEPTSA volunteer at one of our tables or events.
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 them to school in Fall 2018 when box top collection begins.
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!
Spiritwear sales are finished for the 2017-2018 school year.
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 ‘ViewlandsOrcas’ (no space) in the Organization Code field. Sign up and become more informed.
You an also purchase Auction Tickets, Spiritwear and Holiday Wreaths by clicking ‘Online Store.’ You don’t have to become a member of the VEPTSA to support our fundraisers.
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.
- 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
- Jane Elliot – Rock Newman Show
- Hidden Colors Documentaries
1-5 (these are available on Amazon and at the Seattle Public Library)
- Prof. Kaba Kamene – The Life History of the Human race
- Joy DeGruy – Understanding the Human Condition
- Black Wall Street Documentary
- Tim Wise – Racism, White Denial and the cost to White Privilege
Advocating for Gun Violence Prevention Measures
Adopted by the Viewlands Elementary PTSA (VEPTSA) on May 8, 2018
Whereas, since the December 2012 mass shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School, there have been more than 1,600 mass shootings in America, with at least 1,829 people killed and 6,447 wounded as of February 2018 (reference), and more than 400 people have been shot in over 200 school shootings (reference); and
Whereas, the National PTA has advocated for a variety of measures to address gun violence, including mental health education, early intervention, prevention and access to school and community-based mental health personnel and services, measures to educate students, educators and community members on firearm safety and violence prevention, as well as laws and regulations in the areas of gun safety and violence prevention; and
Whereas, we believe that every child deserves to learn in an environment that is safe and to have the opportunity to grow into a happy and healthy adult.
Therefore, be it resolved that the VEPTSA joins the National PTA (reference) in its demands that Washington State and federal governments adopt legislation to accomplish the following policy goals:
- Require universal background checks and a license to purchase a firearm.
- Re-enact a federal ban on the sale and possession of military-style assault weapons.
- Lift any ban on research that studies the causes and effects of gun violence.
Therefore, be it further resolved that the VEPTSA also supports laws and regulations that would accomplish the following:
- Increase the Federal minimum purchase age to 21 for all long-guns (rifles), which is the current federal minimum age for handguns.
- Require firearm safety training prior to the purchase of a firearm.
- Develop a state registry that allows one to voluntarily opt-out of the ability to purchase a firearm.
- Restrict non-Washington state residents from purchasing any firearms in Washington state.