About the PTSA

The Peter Kirk Elementary PTSA supports and celebrates partnerships, programs and events to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students. We recruit and manage volunteers and donations to support the many programs at Peter Kirk.  The Peter Kirk PTSA provides an essential enrichment function that State funding can no longer provide. This short video, created by Jake Hanna, a superstar student from Lake Washington High School, explains much of what we do.

What type of organization is the PTSA?

The Peter Kirk PTSA is a local, self-governing membership association incorporated as a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. We work in the school, for the school, and in partnership with the school, but are an independent legal entity.

Our local PTSA unit is chartered through, and affiliated with, the larger Washington State PTA (WSPTA). The purpose of the WSPTA is to “promote the health, welfare, safety and education of children and youth in home, school and community.”

Through our relationship with the WSPTA and its affiliates (at the council/district, regional and national levels) we have access to a number of valuable resources and the ability to provide input for their broader-reaching efforts. However, we also have the independence to develop goals and priorities consistent with the needs of our unique school community.

Community Building

By joining, you express support for our entire school community – teachers, staff and volunteers — who work together to make Peter Kirk an exceptional place for our students to learn and grow.

Reputation Building

The level of PTSA membership is one element used by outsiders to judge the quality of our school. By joining, you enhance its reputation as well as the quality of teachers and staff attracted to the school.

Legislative Impact

The level of PTSA membership weighs into governmental spending decisions for our schools at the local, regional and state level. In addition, a portion of our membership fees go to our affiliated state and national organizations, which play an increasingly important advocacy role for students before various legislative groups.

PTSA Voting Rights

While any individual in the Peter Kirk community is encouraged to provide input and attend  PTSA general meetings, only members may cast votes on proposals – including those which establish budgetary and programmatic priorities for the organization.

How are membership fees used?

The first $8.25 per member goes to support the activities of our larger affiliates at the district, regional, state and national levels. As mentioned above, these affiliates in turn provide us with a number of valuable resources and take the lead on broader-based initiatives. Remaining funds go into the Peter Kirk PTSA’s budget. Remaining funds go toward paying our insurance, taxes/licenses and other expenses detailed in the Peter Kirk PTSA’s budget.

Why should our family join the PTSA?

The Peter Kirk PTSA survives solely on membership fees and our annual Fun Run. We do not receive any school or government funding. Without you, there is no us. Please join to keep your PTSA and your school strong.

What are my responsibilities after I join?

Membership in the PTSA does not require any particular action on your part. For example, you don’t have to attend meetings or provide volunteer assistance for PTSA-sponsored activities – although we hope you’ll choose to do so!

When and how do I join?

PTSA membership drives take place in the fall, but you can join any time of the year.

If you have questions about your membership status, please contact the membership team at membership@peterkirkptsa.org.

How Will My Membership Help My Child?

Your child will benefit from the programs the PTSA support which are no longer funded by state and district budgets, such as:

  • Before and After School programs
  • Art programs
  • Class field trips
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Math and reading enrichment
  • Physical education equipment
  • PTSA website
  • School assemblies
  • School directory
  • School events such as the Back-to-School picnic, end-of-year Carnival, Gallery Walk, Science Night, Sock Hop and the School Play
  • Safety patrol supplies
  • Staff appreciation
  • Teacher classroom supplies

Board and Committee Chair Members

Board Organizational Chart

PTSA Master Roster

2017-2018 Mission and Goals

2017-2018 Standing Rules    


Maureen Crabtree president@peterkirkptsa.org

  Executive Vice-President

Stephanie Lecovin evp@peterkirkptsa.org

  Vice President:  Enrichment

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Find both the 2017-2018 PTSA One-page calendar and the current LWSD One-page calendar here!

Feel free to resize or download these pages by using the buttons at the bottom of each calendar.

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Committee Chair Resources

Committee Chair Training

2017 Committee Chair Training Packet

Committee Plan of Action Report – BLANK and EXAMPLE

Financial Documents

2017-18 Budget (approved at 9/14/2017 General Membership Meeting)

Independent Contractor Form

Reimbursement/Check Process

Committee Budget Worksheet – BLANK AND EXAMPLE

Log …

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Legislative Advocacy in the PTA

Washington State PTA

For over 100 years,  PTA members have been a powerful voice for kids.  At the national level,  PTA has a proud history of advocating for kindergarten classes, school lunches, child labor laws, and more.   They knew …

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PTSA Meeting Schedules and Minutes

Join us January 11th at 7pm in the school library to briefly review PTSA business, followed by the parent discussion “Best of Summer Camps.” After the meeting, we will head downtown for a social hour.

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PTSA Mission and Goals


The Peter Kirk Elementary PTSA supports and celebrates partnerships, programs and events to enrich the educational experience, community and overall well-being of students, teachers and parents.


  • Nurture and support the “whole child” through programs, activities, services and …

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