Playground Donor Drive & Legacy Campaign

Dear Neighbors & Friends to Viewlands Elementary,

Viewlands PTSA, Playground Improvement Steering Committee, is in the final preparations to start Phase I playground improvements, summer 2016.  We have secured construction details of the new play structure area and will ask the Viewlands community to vote & help select the final play equipment in the coming weeks of May. We have seen an amazing show of support directly from over 200 donors to reach our Fall 2015 fundraising goal of $25,000.

Now, Spring 2016, we are inviting a new set of donors to help us raise the final $25,000 needed, to secure final components of the project, including the embankment slide with rubber surfacing, and boulder components thoughtfully prepared in the final construction plans. We welcome each and every $ raised, May-June 10th, from local neighbors to the school, community members, business partners and local organizations.

Thank you for your kind consideration in making a financial gift today to make this a gathering place, with purposeful and accessible areas for play, exercise and recreation for all; to strengthen community ties for many years to come, uniting five local neighborhoods, thousands of local residents, of all ages, who will individually and collectively benefit from this revitalized shared space!!!

Now is your chance to leave a legacy for the future, making a financial gift today, in support of Viewlands Elementary PTSA (VEPTSA) Playground Improvement Project! The planned multi-sport field and play area improvements will truly benefit our local community for years to come! Please return the “Donor Drive + Legacy Campaign” flier below with your tax deductible donation to address below:

VEPTSA – Legacy Campaign

10525 3rd Ave NW

Seattle, WA 98177


Viewlands Elementary PTSA, Playground Improvement Steering Committee

2016 Viewlands Elementary Spring Auction

Spring Auction Invite

Viewlands 2016 Spring Auction

Join the Viewlands PTSA for Drinks, Snacks & Silent Auction to raise funds for the Viewlands Elementary PTSA.


When:  Sunday, April 24th from 6 – 9pm
Where: Naked City Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N.
Who: 21 and over only
Cost: $20/person through April 20th.  $25/person @ door. To purchase tickets with personal check, visit the school office for an order form.  Admission includes 1 beverage and appetizers.  Purchase of tickets will add you to the guest list at the door.  Bring cash to participate in games and raffle.

We are still looking for donations of Auction Items!  Do you or your family/friends own or work at a business that might be able to donate?  Want to put together a gift basket as an auction item?  Can you pick up a bottle of wine or two to donate for our Wine Raffle?  Contact Gina Speer email for more information!

Advance Tickets Available via Eventbrite.

Join Viewlands Elementary PTSA (VEPTSA)

PTSA Membership flierUpcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, April 20th 6:30-7:30 PM- General Membership Meeting to elect your new PTSA board for the 2016-2017 school year
  • Sunday, April 24th 6:00- 9:00 PM-Viewlands Spring Social: Adult only cocktail party & silent auction-Naked City Brewery & Taphouse

Why Join?

  • Get Connected.There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.
  • Tap into a Network.Meet other parents and teachers and discussing issues that are on your mind.
  • Speak Up.PTSA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at the school

How Do You Join?
Obtain a form from the school main office and return with payment to the office.

Know a Great Candidate for the VEPTSA?
If you or anyone you know would like to be an officer for next year, please email your nomination to Mamatha Reddy email .  Deadline is March 16th!


Viewlands Elementary Playground Improvement Project: Thanks!!!

child swingThank you to the 22 local organizations below who gave a contribution to Viewlands Playground

Avid Landscape
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

Viewlands Elementary Playground Improvement Project Update!

Dear Friend of Viewlands, 

It’s a happy 4th!!! November 4th!!! which culminated the Viewlands Playground Donor Drive + Legacy Campaign and over $45,000 raised!!!
The total $ donated and received to VEPTSA for the Playground Donor Drive + Legacy Campaign (Oct. 14-Nov. 4th)= $45,579
The count today from this last week was $23,371 (which includes an extremely generous $15,000 private donor contribution through the Seattle Foundation and the numerous donations combined via check or credit card from individual donors).  I want to thank everyone who helped with outreach for this Legacy Campaign and on behalf of the VEPTSA, we genuinely thank each and every donor!!!
What an inspirational team effort and significant results, beyond what I even imagined.  Remarkable!!! The Viewlands Playground project will become a reality this summer 2016!!!
We have exceeded our goal, which is fabulous, and will allow us to accomplish more of Phase I.
The new play structure area is now confirmed, along with grass field renovation and associated site infrastructure/pathways to the new play area!!  plus whatever more we can financially accomplish (1/8 mile permeable asphalt track- 8 feet wide, embankment slide area or natural hillside pathway/outdoor classroom seating, stage area) with the additional funds that come our way Nov. 5th-March 4th 2016!!!
It’s still not too late to give… as all funds that can be leveraged (Nov. 5th-March 4th) will support additional improvements prioritized by the community and significantly benefit the entire school and local community!!!
Thanks for your partnership again and taking on the challenge to find 4 donors… to truly be inspired!!!  
Inspiring results!!!  
Sincerely, Christel Peterson

Viewlands Elementary Playground Improvement Project Needs Your Help!

The project has been awarded the $75,000 King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant and a $100,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Large Project Fund Grant from the Department of Neighborhoods. In order to complete this project, our community must raise our cash match portion by November 4, 2015.  Please see the Playground Project 2016 page for more information or download the flier.viewlandsLegacy

Viewlands Playground Improvement Design at 50%

Dear Neighbor,

DesignElementImagesViewlands Elementary School has been an important part of the Broadview neighborhood ever since its initial opening in the 1950’s and has enjoyed amazing support since its re-opening in September 2011.  The school is growing and is currently approaching 400 students.  Unfortunately, the playground has not kept up with the growing student population.  Currently there is only one small play structure, a concrete play area and a grass/dirt field.  We are working for something better for our students & community.

50PerecentDrawingsOver the last two years, the Viewlands PTSA has been working hard to design improvements to Viewlands outdoor space.  Current plans are to add one additional play structure for older students, a multi-sport field, track and an imaginative play area that references the local ecology of Carkeek Park.  A grant was awarded to create construction plans for these improvements.  Viewlands now has the opportunity to submit a grant to the City of Seattle – Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund on May 3rd to pay for a large portion of the playground.  An important piece of the grant is to show wide community support for the project.

ViewlandsVolunteerPledgeSheetViewlands will need supoort in both big and small ways for this project.  The project will require; volunteer support, monetary support, construction/landscaping materials, donated professional services, donated supplies, project accounting, outreach and communications.  If you want Viewlands and the surrounding area to have a playground and sport field that the whole community can enjoy and you think you or your business can help in a big or small way, please send a letter on letterhead to the Viewlands PTSA, briefly describing the help you would like to offer if the grant is awarded.

Please send support letters signed (PDF on letterhead is best); or Mail to:

Viewlands Elementary PTSA:  Playground Project Team
10525 3rd Ave. NW, Seattle, WA, 98177

supportThank you so much for your consideration.  Your help is very important.


John McCallum, Visualizing Viewlands Playground, Project Manager
Christel Peterson, Viewlands Elementary PTSA, Vice President

Public Review of First Phase of Viewlands Playground Improvement

viewlands_meetingViewlands Elementary has been awarded a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to prepare construction documents for the first phase of playground improvement.

Through this meeting we aim to build community partners among neighbors, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local groups. Join us and find out how you can be involved in funding and final construction!

Please join us at Viewlands Elementary School for our final public meeting on Monday, March 2nd from 6:30-8:00 PM to review 50% design documents. We will provide you with detailed information about the playground improvements being proposed.

Individuals of all ages are encouraged to attend. Help us fulfill the vision of the 2014 campus master plan!

We’ll see you on March 2nd!