September 6, 2017 | Issue #2
LWHS PTSA Membership - Why Join?

Local, state, and the National PTA have worked for over 100 years toward bettering the lives of children in education, health and safety.  

Today's PTA is a network of millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools.
Parents and staff, we hope that you'll continue our organization's strong membership. Our students benefit from a strong PTSA. When you join the LWHS PTSA, YOU: 
  • Show commitment to our school community - a big motivator to staff, students and volunteers
  • Join the largest child advocacy organization in the state: The WA State PTA (and National PTA too)
  • Gain access to the online student directory and receive discounts to FedEx Office, Great Wolf Lodge and more
  • Get to vote on key decisions that affect the PTSA budget, programs, grants, scholarships etc.
You can join online and pay by credit card or pick up a membership form in the office and pay by check. Thank you for your support, we really appreciate it.

Membership Chair
Show your support of LWHS!
Give to Pass-the-Pouch

To continue the level of programming provided by LWHS PTSA, we need your help. This year we have set our fundraising goal at $18,000, and with your generous support, we know we can do it!
This is our ONLY fundraiser of the year.
Pass-the-Pouch generates the income for our entire yearly PTSA operating budget. Here are just a few of the programs for which your donations provide essential support: 
  • Staff, classroom, and club grants totaling $9,500 for equipment, supplies and activities
  • After school college applications workshops with hands on support for your student
  • Parent newsletter, students-in-need fund, emergency preparedness supplies
  • $4,000 in Sheeley scholarships to outstanding graduating seniors
  • Senior Salute and Senior Party - a celebration of our graduating class
New this year: To build community and show your LWHS spirit, all PTSA donors will receive a LWHS window cling

Make an online donation today! Learn more or donate by check using the donation form.

Thank you for your support of LWHS students and staff!
Co-VPs of Ways & Means
Curriculum Night September 13
Pre-session parent ed sessions are also offered.

All LWHS parents are invited and encouraged to attend LWHS's annual open house/curriculum night on Wednesday, September 13 (Please note this change of date, originally scheduled for September 20). Our Pre-sessions and 0-period will begin at 5:30pm. Schedules will be distributed from 6:00pm to 6:30 as attendees will be able to follow their students' schedule period by period that evening. The formal program will begin in the main gym at 6:30 with opening remarks from Christina Thomas, LWHS's principal. This evening is designed to ensure parents have an opportunity to hear what their students will be studying this year directly from their teachers and see their classrooms firsthand. It is also a good chance to connect with other parents and to tour the school. Visit the school website for more information about the schedule and descriptions of optional pre-session offerings, which will start at 5:30pm.
Join our team!

Come connect with our school community and other parents! Our PTSA is involved in building our Kang community in many ways, and we need parents like you to make it all happen. With efforts and programs that serve all parts of our community -- teachers, students, and parents -- there are volunteer opportunities of many shapes and sizes. We are looking for people interested in the following programs and positions:
  • Parent Education
  • Advocacy
  • Spring Awards
  • Senior Salute chair (there is an experienced committee!) 
  • and co-chairs for Membership and Emergency Prep.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Mindy Lincicome or Irene Neumann.

Seeking PTSA Membership Co-Chair
We're recruiting for a PTSA Membership co-chair or Membership-in-Training position. Our current longstanding Membership chair will be leaving after this year and it would be great to recruit someone to train to take over the position for next year. This volunteer job is fun and rewarding. It's a Board level position and combines marketing, sales, and computer skills. It's easy and fun once you've been trained. Why not learn more about it? For more information email
Join LWHS Parents in Saying No to Alcohol and Drugs
In conjunction with The National PTA Alcohol and Drug Free Resolution and the Washington State PTA, the LWHS PTSA is again sponsoring the Parent Pledge program to achieve the following goals:
  • To build a communication network to reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs among teens in our school and community.
  • To host only Alcohol-Free, Tobacco-Free and Drug-Free parties for teens.
  • To not allow teens to possess or consume alcohol, tobacco or other drugs at their homes.
  • To discourage their teens from attending unsupervised parties.
By signing this Parent Pledge, you are letting other LWHS PTSA families know that you intend to supervise your child's social gatherings in your home and provide an alcohol, tobacco and drug free space. This pledge sends a clear message that as parents/guardians, and as a community, we believe underage drinking, tobacco, and drug use is unacceptable. Please note that if a family is not listed in the directory, it does not necessarily mean they do not support the pledge. Only PTSA Members can access the online parent directory.
You have the option to sign the pledge when you become a LWHS PTSA member or you can print out the pledge form and turn it in to the office. Questions? Email
College Application Workshop Resumes This Fall
The LWHS PTSA returns with its successful program, College Application Workshop for LWHS Seniors. Now in our third year, trained volunteers will assist our Seniors this Fall with college application essay and personal statement support. We also answer questions about the college process and steer students in the right direction for any additional support they may need. Seniors are invited to meet after school each Wednesday and on Thursday mornings (during ROO period), beginning in September through December. Please encourage your student to take advantage of our time and expertise! They are welcome to drop in as often as they'd like, there is no cost. (And we have lunch and snacks!)  Please note that starting in February, the workshops change focus to include Juniors as they begin the college application process.  These workshops are geared toward specific topics, such as how to conduct college visits, how to select a college, information on specific college majors, etc.  The college application submission season for high school seniors typically runs between August through January.
... interested in volunteering for College Application workshops?
Volunteer with College Application Workshop(s)!

Volunteers are needed for the 2017-18 school year as we continue this successful program and we would love to have you join us! Workshops meet Wednesdays after school at 12:40 pm and Thursdays (during ROO period) at 9:31 am. We ask for a once-a-week commitment from September through January. PTSA training is provided. View more details and/or contact Judy Shedd to volunteer.
High School and Beyond Day PSAT Registration is NOW OPEN

Wednesday, October 11th is Lake Washington High School's annual High School and Beyond Day.

During High School and Beyond Day, Freshmen and Seniors will participate in a series of graduation-required workshops, Sophomores will take the PSAT (free of charge), and Juniors will have the option to take the PSAT for a fee of $16 or participate in the ASVAB Career Exploration Program, which is free of charge.

This year, Lake Washington High School will also offer the PSAT to Seniors who are interested in taking the Preliminary, or practice test for the National SAT College Entrance Exam as an alternative to the graduation-required workshops.

Please note: the PSAT for 11th and 12th graders is optional, and students will be required to pay a fee of $16.

Space for 11th and 12th graders is limited, and interested students are required to pay the registration fee by the District-Wide deadline of October 4th.

Payment can be made via credit card on Parent Access, or at the Cashiers office before school or during lunch.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Kristjanson.
Fear Free SAT/ACT Practice Tests

Hey there Kangs! We are ready for another year of FEAR FREE SAT and ACT Practice Tests with the Princeton Review. The Fear Free tests are a great way to get comfortable with the format and style of the SAT or ACT in a stress free environment. These practice tests are available for all students but Juniors and interested Sophomores are highly encouraged to attend.
Upcoming tests dates: SAT on Saturday September 30th and ACT on October 21st. All tests are taken in the library from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, and give you the complete testing simulation.
Fear Free SAT/ACT Practice Testing Chair
LWHS Class of 2018 Senior Party
Registration & Ticket Information
LWHS seniors are invited to the June 18, 2018 Senior Party - a safe and fun-filled post-graduation night party for the Class of 2018. Graduation is at 2 pm at the Key Arena in Seattle. Graduates who are attending the senior party will board buses at LWHS at 9pm. To purchase a ticket you can either fill out a registration form and pay with a check, or simply register and pay online. See complete information on the information page online. The Senior Party is sponsored by the LWHS PTSA.

Save with Early Purchase! The earlier you purchase tickets, the less you'll pay. Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket prices:
  • $165 from now to 12/31/17
  • $180 1/1/17 through 4/30/18
  • $200 after 5/1/18
Would you like to volunteer? We'd love your help! To volunteer during the year or the night of the Senior Party, or for scholarship or registration information, please contact 2018 Senior Party Chairs: Debi Blaskovich and Janna Lux
Help Spread the Word

Parents, the "Kang Crier" is the primary communication mechanism through which the LWHS PTSA provides information to LWHS families. The next several issues will be sent to returning LWHS families and to those incoming families who have signed up to receive the Kang Crier. Once we receive all LWHS family email addresses in October, we will send the Kang Crier to all. In the meantime, please help us reach all incoming families by forwarding this to families who may not receive it. They can sign up to receive the Kang Crier on the PTSA website or forward them this email so they can click and subscribe.
Co-VPs of Communications
Did your student graduate?

Did your student graduate or change schools? You will stop hearing from us if you [sniff] click the "SafeUnsubscribe" link at the base of this email.
Johnmichael Monteith
Kang Crier Editor
New LWHS Website

LWHS has a beautiful new school website. Below are some important links and descriptions to where they are located.


Daily Schedule & First Week Daily Schedule

"Quicklinks" drop down in upper right corner, select "Daily Schedule"


School Calendar (Tandem)

"Quicklinks" drop down in upper right corner, select "Calendar"


Attendance Policy / Contact Information

"Quicklinks" drop down in upper right corner, select "Attendance"


Parent Access District Login

"Students/Families" drop down at top center, select "Parent Access"


Staff Directory / Contact Information

"About Us" drop down at top, select "Staff Directory"


Frequently Asked Questions

"Counseling" drop down at top, select "Frequently Asked Questions"

News From Our Community ...
Picture Day, ASB Cards & Fees
Friday Sept 8
Wednesday Early Release Schedule Begins
Wednesday Sept 13 - School dismissed at 1:00 pm
Curriculum Night
Wednesday Sept 13 @6-8pm
LWSD - PTSA Special Needs Group Meeting
Tuesday Sept 26 @7pm - LWSD Resource Center
PTSA Meeting & Parent Education Speaker
Wednesday Sept 27 @7pm
Fear Free SAT Practice Test
Saturday Sept 30 @8:30am
Coffee With Christina
Wednesday Oct 4 @9am
Homecoming Football Game
Friday Oct 6 @6pm
Homecoming Dance
Saturday Oct 7

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