Medina PTA advocates for our children's health and wellbeing at the local, state, and national levels: from parent education events at our school to legislative action through WSPTA and National PTA.

 

Jump to: PARENT EDUCATION:

Parent Education Events: Emergency Prep, Executive FunctioningOnline Safety Webinar, Mental Health Strategies for Parents During COVID-19

Parent Education Resources: COVID, Anxiety in Children, Learning Disorders, ADHD

 

Jump to: LEGISLATIVE: Updates, 2020-2021 WSPTA Legislative Platform

 


Parent Education

2020-2021 Advocacy Chair: Maria Barrios

advocacy@medinapta.org

 

Medina PTA's 2020-2021 advocacy priority is supporting families through the challenging times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. We aim to provide educational resources to help our families during these times.

 


Emergency Preparedness

March 25, 2021 at 7:00pm

with Jan Bromberg of the American Red Cross

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The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the importance of being prepared for all types of emergencies.

 

Floods, hurricanes and wildfires are becoming more frequent and can be devastating to our loved ones, homes and communities. Build confidence by learning simple steps you can take now, to help prepare and protect your family.

 

Hosted by the American Red Cross, Be Red Cross Ready is a national, standardized, FREE preparedness education curriculum for adults taught by certified presenters. The program is designed to help people understand, prepare for and respond appropriately to disasters.

 


Executive Functioning Webinar

January 28, 2021 at 7:00pm

with Dr. Robyn Kostowitz

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Parents learn how to foster executive functioning skills in their kids and how to train children in habits and routines that will increase their learning and self-control capacities.

 


Online Safety Webinar

November 19, 2020 at 7:00pm

with Rebekah Brown

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The Internet can be wonderful for kids. They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games. But online access also comes with risks, like inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and online predators. What Parents should be teaching their kids before they use any app or go online?


What should be the rules when the kids are using these apps?, What are the potential risks of kids exchange personal information, such as address and phone number, pictures etc.


What are the Online Protection Tools to let parents monitor and control kids' access to adult material and help protect them from Internet predators.


Join us in a conversation with our own Medina parent Rebekah Brown, a cybersecurity professional specializing in threat intelligence & personal safety.

 


Mental Health Webinar 

September 24, 2020 at 7:00pm

with Kathleen Goodman, Family Therapist

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As parents, we are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping both your children’s worries and our own under control. You don’t have to do it alone! Join us for a Zoom Webinar with Family Therapist Kathleen Goodman.

 

Dr. Goodman will be focused on parent's own social and emotional well-being as we look to support the social and emotional development of our kids during remote learning. This unique opportunity will provide a 40-minute presentation and an hour to answer all your questions. Please email your questions in advance to: advocacy@medinapta.org. All questions will be answered anonymously. 

 

A huge thanks to the Advocacy and I-Connect chairs, Maria Barrios, Maria Ortega, and Carmen Gomez Alzaga for making this much needed event possible!

 

 


 COVID - Interviews with Experts:

 

 

(Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

 

More resources (from community submissions)

  • Free mental health services from UW School of Psychology Clinic: learn more

 


Anxiety in Children

Anxiety is a major problem interfering with kids’ emotional well-being. Learn and understand your anxious child’s reactions:

 

 


Learning Disorders

Today I want to share information about important learning disorders that can be part of your child’s life. Learning about these will help you see your child from a different perspective.

Here is a brief description:

đź“ŚDysgraphia: A learning difficulty specific to writing
đź“ŚDyslexia: A learning difficulty specific to reading.
đź“ŚDyscalculia: A learning difficulty specific to Mathematics
đź“ŚDyspraxia: A learning difficulty specific to fine & gross motor.

Sometimes we don’t know why our child is struggling at school and because of that it’s crucial that we learn about these neurological variations that can affect the way your child learns. Ignoring the signs will only hold back your child and your family.

Families can benefit from early intervention by being able to better meet their children's needs from an early age and throughout their lives.

Let’s Speak Up for our kids, they need to know that People with neurological differences are not broken or incomplete versions of normal people, they just learn and think differently and they only need to be accepted and understood.

 

 


ADHD

 

 


Legislative

 

CONTACTS

Local Contacts

2020-2021 Medina Legislative Rep: Andrea Turner

legislative@medinapta.org 

 

2020-2021 WSPTA Region 2 Advocacy Chair: Gwen Loosmore

gloosmore@wastatepta.org 

State Legislature

Let your state legislators know how important funding our children’s education is to you via emails and/or phone calls!  Click HERE to go to the Washington State Legislative page for contacts.

 

To check on the status of a bill or to comment, go to: http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/

 

 

 

LATEST UPDATES 

Updates from Medina's Legislative Rep

October 6, 2020: Washington State PTA Advocacy Survey - due October 9, 2020

October 11, 2020: Nov. 3 Election Day- important dates and information

January 27, 2021: Legislative Assembly Summary

 

All other updates can be found in our Bellevue/WA/National PTA News Blog.

 

WSPTA

Next Focus Day: January 22, 2022

Focus Day is a day where Washington State PTA (WSPTA) members travel to Olympia for a day full of engagement around our mission. Members meet with legislators, tour the capitol, and demonstrate advocacy in action.

 

Next Legislative Assembly: TBD

Legislative Assembly is the official membership meeting where WSPTA’s members determine the endorsed platform for the association.

 

Next WSPTA ConventionMay 18-23, 2021

 

Keep up with the latest Advocacy news at WSPTA Advocacy Blog.

 

National PTA

Next Legislative Conference: March 9-11, 2021. Learn more.

 

Find out about National PTA's Advocacy Programs & Resources on their website.

 

 

 

WSPTA LEGISLATIVE PLATFORMS 

2020-2021 WSPTA Legislative Platform 

A summary of the 2020-2021 WSPTA Legislative Platform can be found HERE.

 

Click on each of the following issues for a short summary:

 

TOP 5 Legislative Priorities for 2020-2021

 

2019-2020 WSPTA Legislative Platform

A summary of the 2019-2020 WSPTA legislative platform can be found HERE.

 

Click on each of the following issues for a one page summary:

 

TOP 5 Legislative Priorities for 2019-2020:

Social Emotional Learning

School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds

Prevent Gun Violence

Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage

Strategic K-12 Investments to Close Gaps

 

2019-2020 WSPTA Supported Issues: 

Best Practices for School Meals - Lunch

Best Practices for School Recess

Engaging Families in Student Success

Equitable Identification of Highly Capable Students

Funding Paraeducator Training

Increase Access to High-Quality Preschool

Raise the Age of Tobacco and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems to 21

Safe School Plans and Emergency Preparedness

 

 

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