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Whittier PTA’s Board Needs Volunteers Like YOU for next school year!

The Whittier PTA plays an important role in funding essential staff and services at Whittier–a role that will be even more important for the 2023-2024 school year. In order to accomplish this important mission and continue providing the same level of services, like supporting a daily Specialist schedule, Ms. Trilby, field trips, and community events, we need many more volunteers to join the board for next school year. Please see below for a list of open positions and their descriptions.

Want to sign-up or learn more? Contact our Volunteer Chair!

See a position below but worried it’s too much to take on? Have ideas for how you could contribute to a position that looks a little different than what’s described? Contact us! We’d love to hear from you!


Open Board Positions

Communications Co-Chairs2-3Beginning of year, fundraising months, and Wildchat weeksWordPress, Canva, Digital Graphic Design, Google Forms, Copywriting/editingWork with Communications Committee (Co-Chairs + Wildchat Editor, Website Editor, and Social Media Manager) to create announcements on Konstella, update the website, create Instagram and Facebook posts, manage grade-level Facebook groups, post monthly lunch menus on website, create the Wildchat newsletter, create takehome fliers, and communicate with class reps. Redesigned roles for ’23-24 make this role efficient and sustainable!Occasionally
Equity, Diversion and Inclusion (EDI) Committee Co-Chair2-3Consistent through yearInterest in learning, ability to think broad mindedly and critically, good listener, and willingness to communicate with different groups of Whittier community members (caregivers, teachers, staff, PTA Board) and if possible the wider Seattle communityEDI Co-Chairs work together to lead a group focused on supporting the PTA and the school in their work to be equitable and inclusive in all they do. Examples of work the committee has done; Bringing in workshops and trainings on racism and equity, creating affinity groups, partnering with the school’s Race and Equity Team, educating/sharing information with the Whittier community through the WIldChat online newsletter, helped the school library purchase more inclusive books, sponsored tickets for sensory friendly event at the Woodland Park zoo, etc.Rarely
Advocacy Chair1+Consistent through year; some additional work during legislative sessionsInterest in federal, state, and local politics, especially as it relates to educationHelp communicate the legislative priorities (e.g., Top five Legislative Priorities) of the WSPTA within the Whittier community. Stays informed on local and state level legislative matters pertaining to the well-being and education of every child. Attend the WSPTA Legislative Assembly. Work to educate and encourage advocacy toward the WSPTA’s legislative advocacy efforts with the Whittier community.No
Events Co-Chair1-2Fairly consistentEnjoy building community and organizing teamsWork with Events Chair to schedule and communicate plans for approx 6 community events throughout the year, including Fall Festival, Spring Fling, and Move-a-Thon. Recruit and support individual event chairs.No
Non-Board Positions
Spring Fling Chair2-3Work begins in late fall, heavier December – MarchEnjoy event planning and organizing teamsWork with Fundraising Chairs to set fundraising goals and plan the event accordingly. Manage committee to coordinate event logistics, auction procurement (including class buckets, class art, and silent auction items), and market event with help from Communications committee.Occasionally
Yearbook1-2Work begins in January – MayExperience with publication layoutsWork with Yearbook vendor to publish annual yearbook. Work with community and Whittier staff to get content. Market Yearbook sales with help of Communications Committee. Coordinate Yearbook delivery and distribution.No
Social Media Manager1-2Consistent through yearExperience with Instagram and Facebook content creation; CanvaAs part of the Communications Committee, create Instagram and Facebook posts and manage grade-level Facebook groups.No

View all Board Positions.

Whittier Elementary Announces 2023’s “Prides of March”

Now in its second year, Whittier Elementary celebrates “Prides of March”–a month-long focus on community service for a community partner and in-school spirit events. This year’s “Prides of March” partner organizations are Luther Memorial Church Food Pantry (located directly across from Broadview-Thomson K8 School) and Ballard High School Teen Health Center.

Donations can be dropped with Principal Watters or a student leader in the mornings at the gate or in classrooms (every classroom will have a box) from March 6 – 31. Grocery Gift Cards can also be given to me and will be used to purchase more resources (we’ll keep track of everything and be transparent in our reporting)

Other event details:

  • 4th & 5th graders will help sort and organize our resources as we receive them
  • Our student leadership team also established four dress-up days during the month:
    • 3/10 – Class color or theme day
    • 3/17 – Wacky hat and sock day
    • 3/24 – Character day (movie, person or book)
    • 3/31 – Neon day
  • Please see below for the items our community partners are requesting, along with more information about their programs and donation needs.

Luther Memorial Church Food Pantry

This food pantry is located directly across from Broadview-Thomson K8 on Greenwood Avenue. The church collaborates with a Boy Scout troop to serve individuals in the immediate area with food and other resources. Many of the resources to stock the pantry come directly from the congregation members (a small but committed group) and the church budget.

Because the pantry is available 24/7, it is impossible to know exactly how many people are served, but we know for sure that we have several people who use the pantry regularly. The pantry is stocked every day and it is almost always empty when it is time to be restocked the next day. 

Unlike other food pantries, our main focus is on providing nutritious and ready to eat items, focusing especially on those in our community who do not always have ways to cook food. And, we also know that people enjoy treats like Oreos and Rice Krispie bars too! 

In addition to food, our pantry provides some basic toiletry items, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and individually wrapped toilet paper. The following items are the most needed at this current time: 


  • Mandarin oranges* (either cans or individual cups)
  • Applesauce (either cups or the pouches) 
  • Peaches* (either cans or individual cups)
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned tuna
  • Chili
  • Beef jerky sticks 
  • Soup*
  • Sardines
  • Trail mix (individual packets)
  • Nuts (individual packets)
  • Granola bars 
  • Protein bars 
  • Shelf-stable milk cartons 
  • Individual bags of chips 
  • Pudding cups 
  • Raisins
  • Rice Krispie treats 
  • Individual packets of Oreos 
  • Peanut butter crackers 
  • Cheese filled crackers 
  • Bottled water
  • Granola bars
  • Cup-o-Noodle

*If you provide canned items, please look for the ones with the pop-tops; many of the people who use our pantry do not always have access to can openers. 

Ballard High School Teen Health Center

We are fortunate that all SPS high schools have a Teen Health Center where students can receive free health care and mental health therapy. Through the health center students can receive sports physicals, reproductive health care, treatment for illness (including chronic illness), immunizations and more. 

In addition to providing care, the health center also provides food resources from the Ballard Food Bank and hygiene resources for students who may be experiencing house insecurity or other challenges. 

We would like to gather hygiene resources for students at Ballard High School. These include:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes (individually packaged)
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Shampoo/Conditioner (small or travel size)
  • Soap/Body wash (small or travel size)
  • Lotion (small or travel size)
  • Hair Brushes/Combs (individually packaged)
  • Tampons/ Pads
  • New drawstring backpacks

Thank you for supporting our community!

Seeking Volunteers to Help with Family Dance & Game Night!

We are seeking volunteers to help with our upcoming Family Dance & Game Night on Friday, March 3! To help make the event run successfully, we need adult caregivers like you to help:


Can you partner with another adult caregiver to supervise activities during the event? We are seeking two volunteers for each of the following shifts:

  • 6-7:15pm: Board Games with Mr. Buck in the cafeteria
  • 6-7:15pm: Gaga Ball in the cafeteria
  • 6-7:15pm: Twister in the cafeteria
  • 6-7:15pm: Dance in the gym
  • 7-8pm: Hand-out Cookies
  • 7:15-8:30pm: Board Games with Mr. Buck in the cafeteria
  • 7:15-8:30pm: Gaga Ball in the cafeteria
  • 7:15-8:30pm: Twister in the cafeteria
  • 7:15-8:30pm: Dance in the gym

To sign-up, please visit:

Bring Homemade Cookies

We are offering homemade cookies from 7-8PM on the blacktop, right outside the gym door.  We would love donations of homemade cookies (or store-bought cookies that look homemade). We’re asking cookie donations are placed on disposable plates, labeled with the cookie type and if there are any common allergens (nuts, wheat, dairy), and dropped off at the beginning of the event (around 6pm).

We are asking 10 volunteers to bring 2 dozen cookies each. To sign-up, please visit:

If you have questions, please contact our Family Dance & Game Night volunteer coordinator, Michelle. Thank you!

Wildchat: 2/28

February 28, 2023

Family Dance & Game Night THIS Friday!

Put on your dancing shoes for the Whittier Family Dance & Game Night, Friday March 3rd. The party begins at 6:00PM and will wrap up at 8:30PM, so grab an early dinner and come ready to play, twist, shake, and party with your Whittier family and friends. There will be a sweet treat snack offered but bring your water bottle to stay hydrated. Please note adult caregivers must supervise Wildcat students and siblings during this event.

We are seeking volunteers to help with this event! We need 18 volunteers to cover shifts (6-7:15pm, 7:15-8:30pm) and 10 volunteers to bring 2 dozen cookies each. Learn more and sign-up:

Join us in-person at the Whittier Library from 7-9pm for our monthly board meeting!

Seeking Community Donations for our Spring Fling auction!

As part of our Spring Fling Auction & Block Party (Saturday, May 20, from 5-9pm), we organize a silent auction. The main driver for our $40,000 fundraising goal, we rely on donations from our community to help raise these needed funds! We’re reaching out to our community to build our auction catalog and would love help or donations in the following categories:

  1. Vacation home/second home experience donations. The Spring Fling committee is looking to wow the donations (and fundraising) this year by amping up the vacation get aways! Have a second home or vacation property that you would donate a weekend stay to a Whittier family? You can set dates, limits or any restrictions. Drop us a line and let’s connect!
  2. Calling all artists! The Spring Fling committee is asking artists to donate a piece of their beautiful work. This could be art already made, a custom piece that you curate with the winner for their home or maybe it is a lesson to share your knowledge. Whatever form it comes in, artists, we need you in our community!
  3. Business connections. Do you have a connection to that awesome spot in Ballard you love? Or maybe a friend that has an amazing small business that we can highlight as well. Donations big or small, we love them all! Help us connect to someone you know that could help make this year’s spring fling even better!
We are seeking Class Art volunteers in the following classrooms: O’Leary, Parekh, Paul, Peterson, Richmond, Childers, Provence, Keener, SPED We are seeking Class Bucket volunteers in the following classrooms: DiTullio, Worotikan, Mayo, Richmond, Keener, Provence, SPED

Click here to join the Zoom meeting.

Celebrating our HospitaliYAY

The PTA Hospitality Team works year-round to bring community and fun to Whittier, with a focus on gratitude and celebration. This year, Hospitality has taken the form of monthly First Friday Fun (FFF) and Staff Appreciation (SA) events. We want to take a moment to share what we have accomplished so far! This wouldn’t be possible without ALL of our Whittier families – Your donations of time and resources help to realize our projects and your joyous participation makes it worthwhile.

More fun events to continue this Spring! Special thanks to the office and staff for offering space to implement our creative ideas.

Sincerely, this year’s PTA Hospitality Team: Emily Grosse, Kathleen Donahoe and Courtney Sievers
  • Sept ’22: FFF – First day of school Cheers and Tears welcome / SA – Staff Lounge remodel reveal
  • Oct ’22: FFF – Move-a-Thon event / SA – Fall Breakfast (provided by 5th Grade)
  • Nov ’22: FFF – Cover Whittier with Gratitude, a chalk activity on the blacktop / SA – Hearty Power Bowl Lunch (provided by 4th Grade)
  • Dec ’22: FFF – Cookies & Candy Canes giveaway / SA – Festive Cookie Bar (provided by 3rd Grade)
  • Jan ’23: FFF – Whittier Wishes 2023 Banner, a group craft activity / SA -Stock the Lounge (provided by 2nd Grade)
  • Feb ’23: FFF – Valentine’s take-home treats / SA – Banh Town catered lunch (provided by the PTA)

Calling All 1st Grade Families: March Staff Appreciation!

Whittier Staff is CEREAL-OUSLY the best!  Each month a different grade provides goodies for Staff Appreciation. 1st Grade families are up for March – Let’s show the staff how LUCKY we are by treating them to a CEREAL AND MILK BREAKFAST BAR!  Sign up HERE!

Please label all items “Staff Appreciation 3/16” and drop off at the office by 1pm on Wednesday, March 15th. The hospitality team will pick up items there, to be set up early morning on Thursday the 16th. Email if you have any questions. Thank you!

What EDI is Thinking About This Week

Let’s Talk Consent!

Talking about consent starts early and never stops. Talking to your kids about consent can be uncomfortable or overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Kids who understand the importance of consent:

  • Feel empowered to confidently make decisions about their bodies
  • Feel comfortable talking to trusted adults about these topics
  • Know the importance of setting and respecting boundaries

Check out these videos made by 10-13 year olds to talk about consent and more!

Register and learn more at

Reminder: Support Our Library’s Book Drive!

If you haven’t had the chance to participate yet, we’re still requesting donations to help Whittier build our collection of diverse books! Part of our partnership with Bound to Stay Bound Books in the “Support Our Library” program, please consider donating a book to our library collection. You even have the option to add a donor plate and donate a book in honor of a child’s birthday, special occasion, or a staff member! All books will be shipped to our school processed and ready to be added to the shelves! The program will go through the end of May. Email Ms. Newcomb if you have any questions. This link will take you directly to the Whittier book wishlist. Thank you in advance for supporting our library!

Thank you, Wildcats!

Board Meeting Minutes: 1/10/23

Whittier PTA Board Meeting

January 10, 2023

7:00pm via ZOOM
Meeting ID: 864 5941 6022
Passcode: wildcats


  • Leah Lansberry Austin- President
  • Tina Lilley – Adviser/Support/Spirit Gear/Website
  • Jess Templeton – Co Secretary
  • Jared Cortese – Co Secretary
  • Courtney Kirk Sievers – Hospitality and Events
  • Mendy Minjarez – Volunteer Coordinator
  • Kate Scher – Communications Chair
  • Cindy Waters – Principal
  • Megan Wildenrandt – Advocacy
  • Emily Grosse – Hospitality and Events
  • Kellie Pecoraro – Member at large
  • Tricia Schalekamp – Membership Chair
  • Natalie Gromoff
  • Kathleen Donahoe
  • Lauren Carey
  • Tania 



Meeting Called to Order / Land Acknowledgment at 7:03 PM


  • No vote this week. Meeting minutes from the December Board meeting will be voted on next month. 



  • Tina Lilley is in charge, she hasn’t decided if she is going to include student volunteers.  Just getting things started.
  • Family directory – Do we need volunteers? Add volunteers for this to the nom com roster, possible get set up for Fall 2023
  • March Food Drive – Not PTA driven anymore. Prides of March has taken place, Cindy with Leadership Kids. They are going to work with the food pantry in Broadview, and another organization. Leadership kids are going to be in charge of it. 

PRINCIPAL UPDATE – (Questions for Cindy) 


  • Tina will let Cindy know what help she needs. Currently can’t upload photos, Tina will help with that. Cindy says kids can be involved in the yearbook. Target something with the kids, not all of it. “Day in the life of a Wildcat.” Give kids cameras and have them take pictures every 30 minutes. Every kid represented, parents can upload photos, and Tina will decide if they are appropriate. 

Leadership kids 

  • Meeting once a week with Ms. Paul. Letting the kids lead. Planning a dress up day for the end of the month. Announcements for Martin Luther King Day. Theater group led by Ms. Rebecca, do a skit every month about our virtue of the month. Performed at lunch. Build out opportunities for kids to say “I want to” and then build the runway. Cindy is going to try and get more engagement and build out some more structures. 

The School

  • Budget is looking challenging this year. Cindy is getting the budget ready for the Community Meeting next Tuesday. Cindy is trying to get our reading specialist funded so she can ask the PTA for more. Cindy is working on advocacy to try and petition the district to figure out the floor of what every school needs. Nurse, Reading Specialist, Librarian, Social Worker, Recess Monitors. The PTA can help by elevating this conversation through advocacy with the city and state. What is the minimum that a school needs to run? Cindy doesn’t think we have the minimum to run a school. 


  • Break out in 2nd grade. Send kids to school with masks, not mandatory. Quarantine is still 5 days. Kids were given cleaning supplies to clean their desks today.


  • We need to have people come to our school. Cindy needs help to do a promotional video for Whittier for the website. The sooner students enroll in Whittier, it helps Cindy’s budget. Better to enroll now than in June. Students who apply for school of choice, there’s a good shot! 

Is there anything you (Cindy)  need from the PTA?

  • Advocacy, talking to the school board about carving out a minimum. We are one of the lowest funded schools. Ask the district to think creatively. One position Cindy doesn’t want to lose next year is Ms. Katie, utility role. That position gives the school a little more nimbleness. Rather have Ms. Katie then a Vice Principal. She would prefer to not have a volunteer for recess. Gives kids permission to take more risks, rather than having parent volunteers.  
  • Good people to reach out to locally:

Lisa Rivera Smith – The School Board Member from our district

Legislative reps depending on where you live

  • Good people to reach out to on the federal level

Pramila Jayapal 

Patty Murray

Maria Cantwell 

New Food Specialist

  • Ms. Joe found her replacement, Ms. Laura.


  • Wait to hear for Renee next week at the Community meeting. She will be conducting a budget survey.  


  • Thank you to everyone who has filled out the survey
  • Mendy is facilitating a meeting next week to figure out new recruitment methods. Cindy’s email would be an effective way to reach beyond current members’ friend groups. 
  • Mendy needs to know who wants to continue in their roles or switching roles so we know who we are recruiting for. 
  • Mendy needs the descriptions of each role. Where is the document describing everyone’s role.

Went through all positions currently filled. 

  • Nom com should fill major roles, then within the committee they can recruit for other roles.  
  • Once Mendy gets the room reps family lists, she can come up with a strategy. Do we need a coordinator for Room Reps? Mendy says no, it’s not a hard job traditionally and the Volunteer Coordinator can do the role. 


 Black Lives Matter Week

  • Emily Barbee is working on it, and there will be more info next week. 
  • Susan and Melissa stepped down from EDI chairs. Melissa is still going to be on the committee. 


  • Notes from Emily –  Black Lives Matter Week. Buddy Bench section in Wildchat to keep everyone engaged on what’s going on with EDI. Affinity groups, Megan will be sending out a link to a survey. No shortage of things to advocate for especially at the State Level. Why is funding done this way, and what can we do as a PTA?


Spring Fling 

  • 1st meeting next Wednesday, meetings scheduled out until Spring Fling, May 20th
  • Deciding whether or not they are going to do the block party. Only concern is the weather so might book a venue. 
  • Top Gun Theme


  • Up to 129 members, right in line where we were last year. Lower than precovid times when we used the paper form, or signed people up at a library. 
  • Add a form to sign up as a part of the packet the school sends out in the beginning of the year


  • Fun Friday went really well
  • 3rd Thursday is staff appreciation. Stock the lounge. This is the 2nd grade month to stock the staff lounge, but might need help because of COVID outbreak
  • Valentines Day events


Still working on it. Might need volunteers. Still hoping for a February 1st starting date. 


Budget survey next week at the community meeting


If you are going to be leaving your role, please find a replacement. 

Meeting Adjourned 8:19  pm

The Wildchat: 2/14/2023

February 14, 2023

Happy Valentines’ Day!

Whittier needs YOU!

Our Wildcat experience and Whittier community happens because of family volunteers. We’re seeking volunteers for:

  • Spring Fling Classroom Bucket Coordinator (1 per class; Classrooms needing volunteers – DiTullio, Worotikan, Leming, Mayo, Richmond, Keener, Provence, SPED)
  • Spring Fling Class Art Coordinator (1 per class; Classrooms needing volunteers – O’Leary, Parekh, Paul, Peterson, Richmond, Childers, Provence, Keener, SPED)
  • Spring Fling Wine Wall Coordinator: Help collect donations and coordinate a Wine Pull event at this year’s Spring Fling! Contact Spring Fling Co-Chairs, Courtney Sievers and Renee Hartnett, with any questions.
  • Spring Fling Emcee: We’re seeking an outgoing personality to help make announcements during the event! Contact Spring Fling Co-Chairs, Courtney Sievers and Renee Hartnett, with any questions.
  • After School Program Volunteers: Help with transition care to make our after school programs a reality!
  • PTA Budget Committee: We’re still seeking volunteers to join our budget committee! This volunteer role is a time commitment of roughly 3-6 hours and is a great way to get involved for the first time!
  • Food Bank Coordinator: Pick-up bags of food at Ballard Food Bank and drop them off at the front office between 8-10am on Thursday for distribution to our families. Contact for more information.
  • 2023-2024 PTA Positions: Whittier’s PTA plays an important role in providing essential staff and services–and we can’t do it without caregivers like you! We have TEN vital board positions and SEVEN non-board positions we need to fill for next school year. There are positions at lots of time commitments levels, skill sets, and remote/in-person style work. To learn more, contact

Upcoming Events

Save the Date Spring Fling Fundraiser – Highway to the Wildcat Zone!

First and foremost, SAVE THE DATE MAY 20th for this year’s SPRING FLING FUNDRAISER – Highway to the Wildcat Zone! (Yes, that means this year’s theme is Top Gun!) For those new to Whittier, this is the PTA’s final fundraising effort of the school year, with a goal of raising $40,000 for essential staff and services (and, bonus, a great way to build community)!

Look for tickets to go on-sale in early March, but until then, help ensure this event is a success by:

  1. Become a Classroom Art Coordinator for your Classroom: Volunteer to organize your kiddos class Art Project to be auctioned off. You do not need to be artistic! You just need to be excited about working with the kids in your classroom and organizing the logistics with their teacher to do so. More details and signup link
  2. Become a Classroom Bucket Coordinator for your Classroom: Volunteer to help organize and curate a themed bucket with the parents in your kiddos classroom to be auctioned off. More details and signup link
  3. Donate an item or experience for silent auction: Do you have a vacation spot you would be willing to donate a weekend to, or connections to sporting events, rounds of golf, or new fun ideas to add to the mix? Email Brie Gardner to get your item added.
  4. Host a Party – Parents, teachers, and community members host parties and set the number of tickets available for would-be attendees to purchase! These are hot items at the event, anywhere from 4 to 20 people pending experience. Mom’s & Margaritas, Wine Tasting & Pairings, sky’s the limit, we’d love some new ideas! Email Sara Lukas if you are interested in hosting a party.

Thanks in advance for your participation! We are excited to make this event happen! Contact Spring Fling Co-Chairs, Courtney Sievers and Renee Hartnett, with any questions.

Virtual Budget Presentation with Principal Watters

We asked and you voted! Our community requested a virtual presentation led by Principal Watters focused on Whittier’s current and forecasted budget. Please join Principal Watters for a presentation and Q&A on Wednesday, March 8 from 7-8pm over Zoom.

Upcoming Budget Vote: March 21

On March 21, the PTA will vote on next school year’s budget. All members of our community will have the opportunity to share their voice during this meeting, but only PTA members are able to vote to approve next year’s proposed budget. If you’d like to share your voice, be sure to attend next month’s community meeting. If you’d like to vote, please become a PTA member today.

What can YOU do to celebrate, learn, and support during Black History Month?

What can YOU do to celebrate BHM?

  1. Support Black owned businesses in our community! List of restaurants:
  2. Follow Black authored accounts on social media, like Ibram X. Kendi, Austin Channing Brown, Doyin Richards, and Layla F. Saad.
  3. Read, watch, listen and learn from black centered media:
    • Code Switch: Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor. We explore how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food and everything in between. This podcast makes all of us part of the conversation — because we’re all part of the story.
  4. Remember that many people have multiple marginalized identities. For example, when thinking of ways to support the Black community, don’t just think of Black men. Black women face the stressors of both racism and sexism. And Black people who identify as LGBTQ often experience marginalization at the intersection of racism, homophobia, anti-trans sentiment. Here are a list of Organizations supporting LGTBQ+ people of color that YOU can support too!
  5. Read with your kids and talk about the topic/book with them! Book list for children’s books
  6. Visit the Northwest African American Museum
  7. Watch this video to learn about the history of Redlining and Segregation in Seattle

Attention: Norovirus Spread in Seattle Community

Nationwide, norovirus case positivity rates are the highest they’ve been in at least a year (CDC). This highly contagious virus spreads easily. Here are some tips to help keep your family (and our community) safe:

Preventing the spread of norovirus:

  • Norovirus is the most common cause of what people often call “stomach flu,” “24-hour flu,” “stomach bug”, and “food poisoning”. It causes violent vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping for typically around 24 hours, followed by another 1-3 days of feeling gross and lethargic with poor appetite.
  • Despite the “flu” moniker, norovirus is completely unrelated to influenza. A flu shot DOES NOT protect you from norovirus, and getting norovirus DOES NOT mean you no longer need a flu shot. Taking antibiotics will not help, as it is a virus and not a bacterium.
  • Norovirus is present in the feces, vomit, and saliva of an infected person, and infection occurs when the virus enters the mouth and gets into the stomach–most commonly from food contamination or putting hands in/near mouth. Symptoms usually start 1-3 days after exposure.
  • Norovirus is is very tough to kill. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes DO NOT kill norovirus, and it can survive for weeks on surfaces or in clothing. 
  • The most effective way to control the spread of norovirus is regular, vigorous hand washing with soap and water, and drying thoroughly with paper towels–especially before eating AND after pooping.
  • To disinfect surfaces, spray with a bleach solution (5-8% concentration), and leave surfaces wet for 10 minutes. For unbleachable surfaces, saturate with Lysol spray (NOT disposable wipes). Be aware that not all Lysol products are formulated to kill norovirus. Check the label when in doubt.
  • Contaminated clothing / bedding should be washed on hot using the longest wash cycle, and dried on hot. If this is not possible, they should be stored in a garbage bag for at least a week after being washed.
  • Try to quarantine someone who is actively vomiting to a bathroom or other room that can be easily disinfected floor-to-ceiling. Keep them away from sofas, beds, and other hard-to-disinfect surfaces.
  • Children or adults who have been ill with suspected norovirus should stay home for 48 hours after the last bout of vomiting. The virus can be present in feces for weeks after symptoms have resolved, so it’s critical for someone who has recently been ill to be especially diligent about hand washing. 
  • More information on outbreak prevention here and here (CDC).

Caring for someone with norovirus:

  • Usually, a norovirus infection does not require medical attention. However, there is a risk of dehydration from extended vomiting and diarrhea, especially with younger children.
  • Wait an hour after the last bout of vomiting to give any liquids, and then start with small sips every 15 minutes. Drinking while the stomach is actively inflamed can exacerbate vomiting.
  • If able to keep down liquids, Pedialyte (drinks or popsicles) is better than water for electrolyte replacement.
  • If someone is constantly vomiting and unable to keep down any liquids for more than 4 hours, the risk of dehydration is a lot higher, and they should go to the ER and get IV fluids. Also look out for a dry mouth, or crying with no tears, as these are also indicators of dehydration.
  • Once vomiting has begun to resolve, smalls cups of warm, clear broth are a great way to start getting nutrients into the body.
  • More information on norovirus treatment here (Mayo Clinic).

Ms. Jo’s Food Drive

We’re excited to announce that December’s Drive for Ballard Food Bank, to honor Ms. Jo’s strong belief that all people deserve access to safe and healthy food, raised over $5000. We are so grateful to our community for supporting the Ballard Food Bank and celebrating Ms. Jo’s longstanding fight for food justice. 

Fall Fundraising Update

With employer matching still coming in, PTA is excited to announce we’ve reached our Fall Fundraising goal! This fundraising will help support the essential staff, services, and programs for next school year. We’re so excited to round out this year’s fundraising needs with our upcoming Spring Fling event on May 20!

Helping Hands Drive

Thanks to our family’s incredible contributions, we were able to give over $3000 in gift cards to Whittier families in need after December’s Helping Hands Drive. Thank you, Wildcats!

Thank you, Wildcats!

Save the Date (& Opportunities to Help): Spring Fling 2023

First and foremost, SAVE THE DATE MAY 20th for this year’s SPRING FLING FUNDRAISER – Highway to the Wildcat Zone! Yes, that means this year’s theme is Top Gun! The goal is for tickets to go on sale March 1st, more details to follow in the upcoming weeks! This is another one of our big fundraising efforts to raise money for essential staff and services and bonus, a great way to build community!

How can you help ensure this event is a success besides attending and bidding on some fun items?! Help by doing one of the following:

  • Classroom Art – Volunteer to organize your kiddos class Art Project to be auctioned off. You do not need to be artistic! You just need to be excited about working with the kids in your classroom and organizing the logistics with their teacher to do so. More details and signup link here:
  • Classroom Bucket – Volunteer to help organize and curate a themed bucket with the parents in your kiddos classroom to be auctioned off. More details and signup link here:
  • Donate an item or experience for silent auction – Do you have a vacation spot you would be willing to donate a weekend to, or connections to sporting events, rounds of golf, or new fun ideas to add to the mix? Email Brie Gardner at to get your item added.
  • Host a Party – These are hot items at the event, anywhere from 4 to 20 people pending experience. Mom’s & Margaritas, Wine Tasting & Pairings, sky’s the limit, we’d love some new ideas! Email Sara Lukas at if you are interested in hosting a party.

Thanks in advance for your participation! We are excited to make this event happen!

Contact Courtney and Renee, Spring Fling Co-Chairs, with any questions: Courtney Sievers ( and Renee Hartnett (

May 2023 Lunch Menu

May’s breakfast offerings are $2.25 and lunch offerings are $3.25. An a la carte menu is also available throughout the year. For more nutrition information and breakfast menus, please view menus at:

MON, MAY 1Cheese Burgers w/FriesBean and Cheese BurritoSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
TUES, MAY 2Creamy Pesto Pasta w/WW RollSunbutter & Jelly SandwichSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
WED, MAY 3BBQ Pulled Turkey SandwichYogurt LunchboxSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
THURS, MAY 4Chicken Burger & FriesBagel Lunch BoxSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
FRI, MAY 5Chicken Tinga with RiceChef’s ChoiceSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
MON, MAY 8Chicken Nuggets (chunk) w/Fries & WW rollHummus LunchboxSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
TUES, MAY 9Beef and Bean ChiliBagel LunchboxSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
WED, MAY 10Chicken Burger with FriesYogurt LunchboxSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
THURS, MAY 11Chicken FajitaCaesar SaladSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
FRI, MAY 12Turkey PinwheelSunbutter & Jelly SandwichSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
MON, MAY 15Chicken Nuggets (chunk) w/Fries & WW rollBagel LunchboxSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
TUES, MAY 16Korean Beef BBQ w/Rice and VeggiesYogurt LunchboxSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
WED, MAY 17Grilled Cheese w/Tomato SoupSunbutter & Jelly SandwichSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
THURS, MAY 18Sliced Turkey & Gravy with Mashed PotatoTuna Salad SandwichSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
FRI, MAY 19Mozzarella Breadstick with Marinara SauceHummus LunchboxSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
MON, MAY 22Tuna Melt SandwichYogurt LunchboxSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
TUES, MAY 23Pasta w/ Beef Meatball MarinaraBagel LunchboxSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
WED, MAY 24Chicken Burger with FriesSunbutter & Jelly SandwichSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
THURS, MAY 25Chicken & Chickpea Tikka Masala with Flat BreadTurkey Ham & Cheese SandwichSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
FRI, MAY 26Beef BurritoChef’s ChoiceSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
TUES, MAY 30Chicken Sandwich w/FriesYogurt LunchboxSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit
WED, MAY 31Broccoli Cheddar soup w/WW RollSoybutter & Jelly SandwichSeasonal VegetablesSeasonal Fruit

March 2023 Lunch Menu

March’s breakfast offerings are $2.25 and lunch offerings are $3.25. An a la carte menu is also available throughout the year. For more nutrition information and breakfast menus, please view menus at:

WED, MAR 1Chicken Tenders & Tater TotsBagel LunchboxBeans & Sliced CucumbersApple
THURS, MAR 2Cheese TamaleCheeseburger & FriesCorn & Seasonal VegetablePear
FRI, MAR 3Chef’s ChoicePizzaSeasonal VegetableSeasonal Fruit
MON, MAR 6Nachos with BeefHummus LunchboxSeasonal VegetableSeasonal Fruit
TUES, MAR 7Edamame Potstickers with Veggie Fried RiceTurkey Sub SupremeSeasonal VegetableSeasonal Fruit
WED, MAR 8Chicken Wings with Fries & Whole Wheat RollYogurt LunchboxSeasonal VegetableSeasonal Fruit
THURS, MAR 9Broccoli & Cheese Soup with Whole Wheat RollChicken EnchiladasSeasonal VegetableSeasonal Fruit
FRI, MAR 10Chef’s ChoiceSunbutter & Jelly SandwichSeasonal VegetableSeasonal Fruit
MON, MAR 13Crispy Chicken Leg with Mashed Potatoes & Whole Wheat RollBagel LunchboxSeasonal VegetableSeasonal
TUES, MAR 14Teriyaki Meatballs with RiceGrilled Cheese with Tomato SoupSeasonal VegetableSeasonal
WED, MAR 15BBQ Brisket Sandwich with FriesSunbutter & Jelly SandwichSeasonal VegetableSeasonal
THURS, MAR 16Creamy Pesto Pasta with Whole Wheat RollRoast Beef & Cheddar SandwichSeasonal VegetableSeasonal
FRI, MAR 17Chef’s ChoiceHummus LunchboxSeasonal VegetableSeasonal Vegetable
MON, MAR 20Mesquite Glazed Chicken thigh with Corn & Whole Wheat RollPizzaSeasonal VegetableSeasonal Vegetable
TUES, MAR 21Chicken Parmesan with Garlic Oil PastaBagel LunchboxSeasonal VegetableSeasonal Vegetable
WED, MAR 22Hot Dog with FriesSunbutter & Jelly SandwichSeasonal VegetableSeasonal Vegetable
THURS, MAR 23Creamy Chicken & Pesto Soup with Ciabatta Cheese MeltChicken Sandwich with FriesSeasonal VegetableSeasonal
FRI, MAR 24Chef’s ChoiceBeef Burrito with Pico de GalloSeasonal VegetableSeasonal
MON, MAR 27Chicken & WafflesCheese TamaleSeasonal VegetableSeasonal Vegetable
TUES, MAR 28Cheeseburger & FriesSunbutter & Jelly SandwichSeasonal VegetableSeasonal Vegetable
WED, MAR 29Gyro PlateYogurt LunchboxSeasonal VegetableSeasonal Vegetable
THURS, MAR 30Chickpea Tikka Masala with Steamed RiceHummus LunchboxSeasonal VegetableSeasonal Vegetable
FRI, MAR 31Chef’s ChoicePizzaSeasonal VegetableSeasonal Vegetable

February Lunch Menu

February’s breakfast offerings are $2.25 and lunch offerings are $3.25. An a la carte menu is also available throughout the year. For more nutrition information and breakfast menus, please view menus at:

WED, FEB 1Hummus Lunch BoxSunflower Butter and Jelly sandwichCarrot, Tomato, Cucumber, CeleryBanana, Apple
THURS, FEB 2Mozzarella BreadstickCheeseburgerFrench Fries, Tomato, Broccoli, Corn, CucumberBanana, Apple
FRI, FEB 3Yogurt Lunch BoxChef’s choiceTBDPear
MON, FEB 6Cheese PizzaTurkey Sub SupremeCarrot, BroccoliOrange
TUES, FEB 7Breaded Chicken DrumstickHummus Lunch BoxCelery, TomatoStrawberry
WED, FEB 8Yogurt Lunch BoxLemongrass Chicken PotstickerCucumber, Black BeansBanana
THURS, FEB 9Bean and Cheese BurritoCrispy Chicken BurgerCorn, Snap Peas, French FriesPear
FRI, FEB 10Chicken WingsChef’s ChoiceFrench Fries, TBDTBD
MON, FEB 13Breaded Chicken DrumstickBreakfast for Lunch: Dutch Waffle, Omelette, Hash BrownsCelery, Tomato, CornGreen Grapes
TUES, FEB 14CheeseburgerYogurt Lunch BoxFrench Fries, Black Beans, CucumberBanana
WED, FEB 15Cheese PizzaRoast Beef and Cheddar SandwichCorn, Snap PeasPear
THURS, FEB 16Mozzarella BreadstickChicken TeriyakiCorn, Snap PeasPear
FRI, FEB 17Chef’s choiceTurkey and Pepperoni PinwheelsTBDTBD
MON, FEB 27Cheese PizzaBean and Cheese BurritoCelery, TomatoStrawberry
TUES, FEB 28Chicken TenderBagel LunchboxFrench Fries, Black Beans, CucumberBanana