One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals. -Jean Vanier
Entry 1 - August (Visual arts)
Artist Statement: I drew a king cobra because I love snakes and the king cobra is one of my favorite snakes and because they're one of the snakes I am best at drawing. I think it's good to protect wildlife because they're cool and we need them.
Entry 2 - Jerome (Visual arts)
Artist Statement: It's a shark that's coming out of its egg case, and it relates to the theme by helping ban shark finning. It shows how cool sharks can look. It's going to help more sharks be there, and sharks are really cool. They help clean up dead whales so they're important to the environment.
Entry 3 - Meadow (Dance choreography)
Artist Statement: "We're in this together" with the song Shine a Light by Kaina. I will change the world by being a good friend to everyone I meet. We need other people in our lives, other people we can relate to and who relate to us. Other people that we get along with. Friends lift each other up and are always there for each other. It sounds cheesy, but it's true. And it really can make a change.
Entry 4 - Thomas (Music Composition)
Artist Statement: "Discovery" written and performed by Thomas Peterson. This composition is my first time writing my own music as a fairly new piano student. I call it "Discovery" because it shows my journey to discover what I can do with this new skill. I think it relates to the Reflections theme this year "I will change the world by" because it is about me finding a voice and this is how I think I help change the world, by adding my voice. Music explores notes that conflict and harmonize, and at the end there can be a resolution. I wrote this piano song because learning piano is an inspiration to me, and I hope it can be for others, too, as they start their journey to find and add their voice.
Entry 5 - Anahata (Visual arts)
Artist Statement: "How to Change the World" In the middle there is a drawing of me. Around it are 4 pictures of how I can change the world.
Entry 6 - Jae-hee (Visual arts)
Artist Statement: "My Campsite" I crafted this campsite with my imagination. Something I think is really important is creativity. I've always wanted to camp before, but I never got the chance to. I imagined what camping feels like, setting up the tents, roasting marshmallows, making smores, so I decided to make my own model of it. It took a lot of hard work and creativity, but I made it. When I looked at my masterpiece, I felt that I was in a REAL campsite, camping in a place that had nature and animals. I hope you like my art!
Entry 7 - Ananya Yalamanchi (Film Production)
I like reading books about leaders. They changed the world by being patient and persistent. I use a story I heard from my mom that has the same lesson.
Due to the Covid- 19 Pandemic we are unable to offer any of these programs as of this time. We look forward to resuming all of the fun activities soon!
Fun and educational classes are offered to our 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades for 5 weeks for both a Fall and Spring session. Have a talent your willing to share or something you want to teach? Be a volunteer! Offered at no cost, $5 suggested donation for snacks or $25 to offset program costs.
After School Enrichment
Whether your student has never played chess before or started before they could walk, they will have a great time at Chess. Taught by an outside company with Chess experts, your student will learn basic and be challenged to improve. Tuition based class with scholarships, partial tuition and payment options available.
Science. Technology. Engineering. Art. Science.
Games, art, science projects, building and more! There is something for everyone. Tuition based class with scholarships, partial tuition and payment options available. Parents are request to volunteer for one session per child or pay small fee.
All School Event Nights
Come join the fun twice this year! We have 2 skate nights planned this year - ice skating in winter and roller skating in spring. PTA members receive a discount. Just another great reason to join the PTA!
The all school pool party is a time for students to be active and have fun. Held over the winter break, children are able to reconnect with friends they missed over the holidays. Parents can swim with their kids or sit back and socialize with other parents in the Terrace Park community. All PTA members receive free admission. Just another great reason to join the PTA!
Back to School Social
Every year on the Tuesday before the first day of school, teachers open their classrooms for supply drop off and use this as an opportunity to meet students and parents. During and after the event, Terrace Park PTA provides popsicles for all kids in attendance. Kids are encouraged to meet and play with friends old and new. This is also the beginning of our Fall PTA membership drive. Parents have an opportunity to meet the PTA board members, learn about what PTA is and does, and become a PTA member!
Bazaar & Pancake Breakfast
This year will be the third annual Terrace Park PTA Bazaar & Pancake Breakfast. This community based fundraising event allows parents, students and community members to purchase booths where they can sell their goods. We have everything from baked goods to Lularoe, student made bracelets to hand made ornaments. Enjoy a free pancake breakfast and get all your holiday shopping done early.
Parents, do not worry about missing the Scholastic book fair. Your children will be far too excited to keep quiet about all the fun details of this event. For one week the Terrace Park library is transformed into a beautiful bookstore. The book fair hopes to ignite every students love of and passion for reading. Kids will find books for every age and reading level. Teachers select books and create wishlists, allowing parents to purchase book gifts for their child's classroom. We also hope to earn enough from book fair sales to buy every book on our teachers' wishlists.
In late Spring the Terrace Park PTA wraps up the school year with a seriously fun event - the School Carnival! There are carnival games, bouncy houses, a cake walk, obstacle courses, and food trucks. The most popular event of the carnival is always the dunk tank, where kids have the opportunity to dunk their teachers. So come have a delicious meal and let the kids run wild for a couple hours.
Conference Week Camps
Fine art classes provided by ArtWise NW, a mom-owned and teacher-run program based out of Edmonds, Washington. ArtWise NW workshops are held during afternoons from 12pm-3:30pm on early dismissal conference days in Fall and Spring. These class provide students with the opportunity to learn true art techniques and encourage the artist inside everyone. Tuition based class with scholarships, partial tuition and payment options available.
This fun camp changes every year! Sometimes it's yoga, other times it's a sports sampler. What will it be this year? Your student will have a chance to be active on early dismissal conference week days in Fall and Spring from 12pm-3:30pm.Tuition based class with scholarships, partial tuition and payment options available.
As times have changed, so has our dance party. What used to be our sock hop has morphed into a bright blinding, black light shining, glow bracelet wearing neon dance party. Pull out your brightest colors, snap and shake those glow sticks and get ready to dance the night away. This year's neon dance party will kick off for our week long scholastic book fair.
K-2 STEAM Activities
Just because they can't participate in our fall and spring After School Activities doesn't mean we've forgotten about our littlest students. New this year, kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade students have the opportunity to work through stations with the Mukilteo based company STEMTree, all from the comfort of their classroom. STEMTree provides science, technology, engineering and math based activities that work with the common core curriculum. Kids will be able to see STEM come to life and do hands on activities. We are currently working on the ability to provide art activities.
Math night has been a sponsored event of the PTA since 2000. It is a family friendly event that allows students and parents alike to play, learn and have fun - with math! Students participate in hands on activities, construction and art projects, games, puzzles and more. There are booths for local vendors of educational and math supplies and exhibits from school and after school clubs. Every student who attends Math Night receives a certificate for "One Free Math Homework Assignment". Students also have the opportunity to earn prizes (3 per grade!) in multiple challenges, including estimation and remembering the most digits of pi. How many digits can you remember? Concession items will be sold at the event to raise money for 6th grade camp.
Missoula Children's Theatre
During early dismissal days of Fall conference week, students are given the opportunity to audition for and participate in live theatre! Missoula Children's Theatre, the largest touring children's theatre in United States will direct student actors in roles both large and small. Students then show off their acting chops during two performances on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Tuition based class with scholarships, partial tuition and payment options available.
Movie Night & Book Swap
What do you get when you mix some used books, popcorn, and a giant movie screen? A family fun event with literacy and entertainment. The family movie night and book swap is the merging of two great events. Over a week students bring in gently used books that they have enjoyed and are ready to pass on and receive a ticket for each book. Come books swap night, students are able to shop the gently used books and pay with their tickets. Every student receives 2 tickets, whether or not they bring in any books to exchange. After the book swap ends, families are invited to stay for movie night, with a movie played on the big screen in the commons. The event will be held Jan 11th.
PTA Reflections Art Program
National PTAs Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response a student-selected theme. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.
Terrace Park PTA and the city of Mountlake Terrace had have the opportunity to pair up for a few clean up events. These events include Earth day and National day of Service. Additionally, in the summer before school starts, the PTA hosts a School Beautification Day where families help clean up the school grounds by weeding, planting and barking the flower beds around the school.
Did you know Terrace Park is full of talent? The Terrace Park Talent Show is an opportunity for students to show off that talent. The show is a joint effort between the PTA and ASB. The talent show is student run, from the acts on stage, to the music and decorations, to the stage hands. Students spend hours rehearsing and perfecting the show over several weeks. It is a great opportunity for kids to try their hand at something new, be part of a team, and gain confidence.
Every child should receive a toy during the holidays. The Terrace Park community helps to make this happen through a week long collection of toys, socks and pajamas in the week before winter break. These items are collect for Holly House.
Watch D.O.G.S. Program
Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is one of the nations largest and most respected school- based, family, and community engagement organizations in the country. Who are WatchDOGS? Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrator. During the day, WatchDOGS may read, work on flashcards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. If you are interested in being a positive male role model for students and demonstrating, by your presence, the importance of education, consider being a WatchDOGS!
This is a high energy event at the conclusion of the Wolf Pride Fundraiser to celebrate the student's hard work. All students complete laps by walking, skipping or jogging around the school track for 30 minutes of exercise and fun! Our goal is to motivate our Terrace Park students through movement and friendship regardless of age or athletic ability.
Yearbook Cover Art Contest
Every year the PTA sponsors an art contest among the students for the cover of that year's yearbook. The guidelines are often that the art has to follow the theme for the year and include a wolf. While one student wins the cover, many students have their artwork featured throughout the yearbook. It's just another opportunity to encourage the arts!
The classroom parent idea was brought about by the need for more communication between the PTA and teachers regarding events, teacher needs, etc. New this year, the classroom parent will be one parent from each teacher room who helps the teacher communicate their needs to the PTA and vice versa. This is our test year with the classroom parent program and we are excited to see how well it works!
Have you ever been interested in reaching out to parents in your students' class for any reason, be it to get assignments while your student was out sick, to ask about a playdate, or to go in together on a teacher gift? Those and many other reasons are why the directory was born. While the directory is put together by the PTA, it is not a PTA member directory. We do not use the numbers or emails in the directory to contact you for PTA business. It is simply a list of names, numbers and email addresses of parents that are in your students classroom. Participation is completely voluntary. We just know how much easier life can be when you are able to communicate with each other.
New Parent Liaison
Like the classroom parent, the idea for the new parent liaison was born from a desire to increase communication between the PTA and our families. We want each student and their family to feel welcomed into our wonderful school community and know who to reach out to for questions.
The (Nearly) Weekly Newsletter
The PTA provides students with a weekly newsletter that tells families the events and goings on at school for that week and beyond. Keep an eye out for your newsletter every Wednesday as students will bring home paper copies. Our office manager, Mrs. Karlberg, also sends home weekly emails that include an electronic copy of the newsletter.
School Improvement Projects
Classroom & Library Books
Through donations, the scholastic book fair, allocated classroom monies and teacher grants, the Terrace Park PTA has been able to provide books for teacher classrooms and the school library. Each year during the book fair teachers create wishlists for classroom books. Every year the PTA has made enough through book fair earnings to buy all the books on every teachers' wish list.
Classroom Supplies & Enrichment
Terrace Park PTA works to support classroom teachers through annual stipends, grants and additional enrichment funds. This money allows teachers to ready their classrooms, not worry about running out of supplies, and provide snacks for their kiddos. It also contributes to programs such as Friday activities.
Covered Play Canopy
The covered play canopy in the Terrace Park playground was a joint effort between the PTA and school. The completion of this project allowed for kids to get outside and move in any type of weather. Prior to the canopy, students would often have to stay inside on rainy days, working on sedentary activities. This limited healthy exercise and gross motor play. The canopy has been an amazing addtion to the school.
Electronic Reader Board
An electronic reader board has been on the school and PTA wishlist for many years. Through a partnership with the city, the PTA was able to contribute a significant portion of funds to refurbish the previous pavilion reader board on 56th and 228th. The school is now able to announce early dismissals, upcoming events and emergency messages along with the city display.
Nearly every year the PTA has been able to provide some sort of playground equipment for the school. This year our plan is to provide soccer goals for students to use during recess and a new "ball cart" to hold smaller equipment including balls, jumpropes, hula hoops, etc. In previous years the PTA was able to purchase and build the playground structures the students use today.
New for the 2019-2020 school year, Terrace Park students will now have a sound systems that works in both the commons and the gym. Before this new system the school used a two speaker portable system. While it did the job, it was often difficult to hear, even in the same room. Forget about events that used both spaces. The PTA hopes this new system will get lots of use!