TERRACE PARK PTA

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."  -Winston Churchill

About

A WELCOME MESSAGE FROM YOUR PTA PRESIDENT

Greetings fellow Wolves!  This is my first welcome letter as the incoming PTA President and I am very excited about the school year!  First, I want to welcome all new incoming families to Terrace Park.  I remember back to my family's first year at Terrace Park and I can't believe my girls are now entering 3rd and 6th grade.  Time really does fly by!  It seems like yesterday we were worrying about new kindergarten teachers, school supply lists and wondering if our neighborhood school was going to be a good experience or not.  All of my concern was soon washed away as we became part of one of the best communities of families, teachers and staff in the world.
The Terrace Park PTA is an integral part of the Terrace Park Elementary family.  Not only do we host fun events during the school year, such as Math night, Carnival, Skate nights & Pool parties, but we also provide funds for our teachers and staff.  We have two major fundraisers during the year.  The first one begins September 12th and is called the "Wolf Pride Fundraiser."  We raised over $15,000 last year, putting money in the hands of our teachers with classroom supplies and stipends.  Our second fundraiser is our Read-A-Thon and is held in spring.  Last year we had more students than ever before participate by reading.  Our fundraisers enable us to spend nearly $15,000 on Music & Arts, $20,000 on STEM, and $12,000 on Family & Community Events
All of this takes the hard work and dedication of our community members.  Each one of us has different skills, talents and resources that are desperately needed to make Terrace Park what it is.  For some it is volunteering in our classrooms.  For others, it is heading up or joining a committee that brings something special to our students.  We all want the very best education and experience for our children, and that is why we must all individually do whatever we can to make it happen.  We believe it is the responsibility of our community to come together and support our great school.  Even 1 hour of time is worth so much.  Please get involved and meet your neighbors.  You will not regret it!
Please join me, the PTA board, and our entire community as we embark on the quest to ensure Terrace Park reaches its greatest potential.  The old adage, "It takes a village," comes to mind when I think about the wonderful things happen at Terrace Park.  And with your help, we can strengthen and build our village to unbelievable heights.  See you at the first PTA meeting September 13th.

Sincerely,


Julie Keating
Terrace Park PTA President
Mother of 2 Terrace Park Students
Wolf Pack Member


Terrace Park PTA's Mission

Terrace Park PTA works to enhance the educational experience of our students by providing support and resources for academic programs and social activities that foster and strengthen our sense of school and community. We believe that the responsibility for successful education is shared among the school, the families and the students and together we can help make every student's potential a reality.

Terrace Park PTA's Goals

  • Increase the number of PTA members to equal one voice for every child
  • Increase communication and support between Staff, Families and the PTA as an organization
  • Continue regular social and educational activities for Terrace Park families, such as Carnival, Math Night, Talent Show, Pool Parties, Dance Parties, Movie Night, After School Activities, and STEAM Night.
  • Continue support of our classrooms by providing each teacher and specialist funds to purchase needed supplies

Terrace Park PTA's Vision

The vision of Terrace Park PTA is to encourage parent, teacher and community involvement in the education of our students.  We are about creating an environment in which your child can be successful emotionally, educationally and socially.  

Your Involvement

The best way you can support your child is through your involvement!  We are asking for every family to:

  • Join the PTA
  • Find a way to volunteer at least once during the year
  • Support the Wolf Pride & Read-a-thon fundraisers
  • Consider chairing or joining a committee

Meeting Minutes

Meet the volunteer parents who make up our 2019/2020 PTA Board
PRESIDENT - Julie Keating
  • What was your childhood nickname?  Juls, Julietta, Petunia
  • Who was your favorite teacher (and grade) in school?  I have two.  My first was Mr. Harrison in 1st grade.  I had my first crush on him because he played the guitar and banjo.  My second was Mr. Patzer in 5th grade.  He was incredibly funny and kind.
  • What was your favorite subject in school?  I am and always have been a science nerd. 
  • What was your favorite hobby as a kid?  Now?  Reading.  I read all the time.  Now I still love reading, but I also really enjoy lots of crafts.
  • What was your first job?  My first under the table job was as a stall cleaner at a barn.  My first official job was as a kennel assistant at a veterinary hospital. 
  • What is your occupation now?  I work as a School Nurse at a local district preschool.
  • If you could have a superpower what would it be?  Teleportation.  Then I could travel even though I'm afraid of flying in planes.
VICE PRESIDENT - Jessica McCollum
  • What was your childhood nickname?  Lynne Seal
  • Who was your favorite teacher (and grade) in school?  Mr. Hoffman, Global Citizenship, 10th grade.  He always let us speak our mind and drink tea.
  • What was your favorite subject in school?  History and Art.
  • What was your favorite hobby as a kid?  Now?  Decorating things with glitter and paint and I still do that today, everyday!
  • What was your first job?  Barista!  Making delicious coffee for amazing people.
  • What is your occupation now?  Mother Extraordinaire & Artist
  • If you could have a superpower what would it be?  The Power to make dreams come true.  Bippity Boppity Boo!
SECRETARY - Jenae Dekoekkoek
  • What was your childhood nickname?  Nae Nae, but only my family called me that
  • Who was your favorite teacher (and grade) in school?  Mr. Mattis, my junior year.  He was the only teacher I had that truly enjoyed teaching through is care and respect for students and how he taught every single day.  He valued exposing students to culture and social issues beyond the textbooks.
  • What was your favorite subject in school?  ALL the art courses I took, but also, even thought it gave me the most anxiety, senior issues!
  • What was your favorite hobby as a kid?  Now?  As a child I loved all things Art!  Also, playing soccer.  Fun fact: I played from 4-18 years old with the same coach and most of the same girls.  Fave hobby now: running and painting.
  • What was your first job?  My first legit job, that didn't involve babysitting, was at Great Harvest Bread Co. in Lake Forest Park.
  • What is your occupation now?  Advocate, dog walker, and cosmetologist (although that's on the back burner these days)
  • If you could have a superpower what would it be?  To snap my fingers and create a world that's inclusive and accepting in all aspects of life.  No judgment or hate.  That all would believe and all would live knowing they belong.  :)
TREASURER - Navaneetha Vishnumolakala
  • What was your childhood nickname?  Munni.  The chameleon as I resembled many in the family.
  • Who was your favorite teacher (and grade) in school?  Mrs. Shailaja.  She was an inspiring and sweet lady.  She molded me in many ways by instilling lots of great thoughts.
  • What was your favorite subject in school?  Biology
  • What was your favorite hobby as a kid?  Now?  Gardening.  Cooking and gardening.
  • What was your first job?  Assistant Accounts Manager
  • What is your occupation now?  Home maker
  • If you could have a superpower what would it be?  To make the world a better and fair place for everyone to live in.
ASSISTANT TREASURER - Erica White
  • What was your childhood nickname?  Erica
  • Who was your favorite teacher (and grade) in school?  Mrs. Lynch, 9th grade math, Roosevelt High School.  She made learning math fun and I've loved it ever since.
  • What was your favorite subject in school?  Math
  • What was your favorite hobby as a kid?  Now?   Riding my bike.  Now: Reading or crafting
  • What was your first job?  Baskin Robbins
  • What is your occupation now?  Office Manager
  • If you could have a superpower what would it be? To fly
VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP - Katie Sanders
  • What was your childhood nickname?  Scooby-Doo
  • Who was your favorite teacher (and grade) in school?  Mrs. Ankeny; learned about architecture, archeology and butterflies
  • What was your favorite subject in school?  Math & Art 
  • What was your favorite hobby as a kid?  Now?  Riding my bike and painting rocks.  Now, photographing flowers and organizing things.
  • What was your first job?  Making donuts
  • What is your occupation now?  Sensory Designer: I create calm spaces for sensory need kids.
  • If you could have a superpower what would it be? To rewind the last 5 minutes.
COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR - Katie Fingeroot
  • What was your childhood nickname?  I didn't have one 
  • Who was your favorite teacher (and grade) in school?  My high school English teacher, Mr. Hall - he really inspired me to be creative and encouraged me to write.
  • What was your favorite subject in school? Band - I was first chair flute from my Sophomore year on. 
  • What was your favorite hobby as a kid?  Now?  I spent my childhood years dancing - ballet, tap, modern, theater - I did it all.  Now, I still like to be creative - I cross stitch, knit sometimes.
  • What was your first job?  I worked the drive thru at Kentucky Fried Chicken.
  • What is your occupation now?  I'm a fitness instructor for barre3 Ballard.  I'm also the Client Engagement Manager, handling all of the social media marketing and retail space.
  • If you could have a superpower what would it be? I would be invisible so that I could spy on people. :)
FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CHAIR - OPEN
ADVOCACY & LEGISLATIVE CHAIR - OPEN

Meet our amazing committee chairs who help to create, manage and facilitate all our events throughout the year

After School Activities

YOU?

All School Event Nights

YOU?

Back to School Social

YOU?

Bazaar & Pancake Breakfast

Betsy Schuh

Scholastic Book Fair

Julie Keating

Carnival

YOU?

Chess After School Enrichment

YOU?

Classroom Parent

Katie Sanders

Conference Week Camps

YOU?

Directory

Rachael Garrett

Financial Review Committee

YOU?

Jump Start

YOU?

K-2 STEAM Activities

Julie Keating

Math Night

Ken Becker

Missoula Children's Theater

YOU?

Movie Night & Book Swap

YOU?

Neon Dance

Minnie Curran & Melissa Jaso

New Parent Liaison

Katie Sanders

Nominations Committee

YOU?

PTA Awards

YOU?

Reflections Art

Rachael Garrett

School Beautification

Julie Keating

Staff Appreciation

YOU?

STEAM After School Enrichment

YOU?

STEAM Auction

YOU?

Talent Show

Neetha Vishnumolakala

Technology

YOU?

Toy Drive

YOU?

Volunteer

Katie Sanders

WatchDOGS

Mark Meyer & Joel Fingeroot

Ways & Means Active Fundraising

Vonita Francisco

Ways & Means Business Sponsorship

Julie Keating

Ways & Means Camp Fundraising

YOU?

Ways & Means Passive Fundraising

Jolyn Thompson

Webmaster

Julie Keating

Weekly Newsletter

YOU?

Wolf Walk

Vonita Francisco

Yearbook Artwork

YOU?

Yearly Theme

Executive Board