Brier-Terrace Middle School Pollinator Garden

Brier-Terrace Middle School Pollinator Gardencreated to nurture a population of the rare western bumble bee, which was discovered in Brier in 2013. In the last 18 months an area of bare grass along the south wall of the middle school has been mulched and planted with 85 individual  shrubs and perennials. The combination of native and garden plants has been densely planted to offer nectar and pollen from mid-winter through late autumn. Bumble bees, butterflies and birds have made immediate use of the new plants.

Needs: weeding, mulching parties, take part in the pollinator observation project
Contact: BTMS or Julie O’Donald,  Brier Habitat Project Coordinator

If you know of similar opportunities that may be of interest to other families, feel free to send information along to us at challengeparents@gmail.com.

Please note that we list these activities as a service to our group. Challenge Parents Association does not endorse or receive sponsorship from any of the programs or organizations mentioned here.

Gifted Ed Day: News & Resources from Coalition for Gifted Ed

Gifted Education Day is February 28, 2014. Join us in Olympia.
★ The Coalition has been active in Olympia for 30 years and for the most part we have been concerned with maintaining state funding for Highly Capable Programs.In the past ten years there have been several efforts to defund HCP entirely and, thanks to the efforts of all of you, the state funding was retained. One of our largest efforts was to get HCP included as a part of basic education and, again, advocates played a large role in our success.
★ As a part of basic education, HCP cannot be defunded. Funding as a voluntary program grew slowly over many years but as a part of basic education funding growth has come to a standstill.HCP is the only part of basic education which has not received an increase in funding and, because of the expansion of the program to grades K-12, per student funding has actually decreased: the same amount of funding is expected to provide services to many more students. As a result:
  • Washington’s highly capable students are not getting equitable access to an appropriate basic education that includes accelerated learning and enhanced instruction.
  • We are worried about losing ground on funding, leading to cuts in services.
  • In the current budget, the state has only allocated a maintenance level $9.8 million using the funding formula from 2007, before inclusion.
  • Districts are spending more than $56 million in local dollars to cover the additional costs associated with highly capable programs.
★ We need you in Olympia on February 28th to talk to your Legislators about the needs of gifted students and the need for ample funding for programs which meet these needs. If you have not already made plans to join us in Olympia, please do so now. And if you haven’t contacted your Legislators to make an appointment, please do so as soon as possible. Available slots are filling up fast. Look at the attachment to our last message for help in contacting Legislators.
★ We pledge to work with the Legislature to meet the court’s April 30 deadline for funding and implementation plans.
Attached is information on making Gifted Education Day a field trip or curriculum day for your students. This information supplements what students may have been learning in class in preparation for their trip to Olympia.
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Calling All Volunteers! Math Night Needs You!

Math night is next Thursday, November 7th, and we need your help to make this awesome night a success!  Please see the details below and join in the fun!
Here is the Math Night website: http://terraceparkpta.com/math-night

To pull off this fun event the way we’ve structured it, we need 60 to 70 volunteers on the evening of  November 7th, 2013.  There are 4 shifts:
  • 5:30pm-6pm:  Setup furniture, etc.
  • 6pm-7pm:  First shift of managing a math activity with kids
  • 7pm-8pm:  Second shift
  • 8pm-8:30pm:  Tear down and cleanup
Please email me (stmargo@yahoo.com) with the following info:
  1. Full name
  2. Phone number
  3. Email address
  4. Time slot you’d like to work
  5. If you’d prefer a less technical position, we have plenty!

Thank you for your help!

Steve Margo

Calling All Volunteers! CARNIVAL Night October 17th

Terrace Park’s Annual Carnival is coming up next week and the PTA still needs some volunteers to make this fun event happen. This is one of the kids’ favorite night at school and also an opportunity for you to browse the Book Fair offerings!
If you can spare some time and help out on Thursday night, please contact the PTA’s Carnival Chair Amy Roman at seattlemama@aol.com. Your help will be much appreciated!
Many Thanks,
Your CPA Board

Interested in becoming next year’s CPA Treasurer?

Here’s your chance to get more involved and help support our highly capable students and teachers. Join the CPA board!

We are looking for someone to fill the treasurer position for next year.

CPA Treasurer Duties Include:

  • Managing incoming donations
  • Providing a tax receipt to donators
  • Writing checks for teachers and approved grants
  • Filing taxes at the end of the year

If you are interested, please contact Christiane or Lisa. We will be electing the new Board Members before the Art Walk on March 21st at 6:30pm.

NEXT STEPS: Local Legislators Hold Town Hall Meetings–Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Washington State legislators from the 1st, 21st, and 32nd districts will be holding town hall meetings in their districts on Saturday, March 12th. The Washington Coalition for Gifted Education’s lobbyist has strongly urged us to keep in close and continued contact with our representatives. Please try to attend a meeting for your district. If you attended Gifted Education Day in Olympia last month, this is a great opportunity to follow-up with your legislators. If you were not able to attend Gifted Education Day, please add your face and voice to the chorus to help our legislators understand the importance of continuing to fund gifted education programming in Washington, especially in this tough budget climate! This could be a great chance to spend family time with other Challenge Program families and maybe stop off at the CPA Coffee Chat before or after and share your stories with others sharing your concerns. Below are the meetings scheduled:

  • 10am-12pm, Third Place Commons; Lake Forest Park Town Centre, 17171 Bothell Way, Bothell, WA 98158

For insight into what should be emphasized in speaking with or writing to a given legislator, please click on the legislator name below.

Senator Rosemary McAuliffe (D-1)

She is always outwardly supportive, but we can never get her to *do* anything.  We have been asked to put pressure on her.  She is committed to the Governor’s reorganization project and not working on other stuff.  So, we need to work on the “budget piece” with her:

1) We know budget cuts are necessary, and we expect that education will need to take cuts as well, including the Highly capable funding.  BUT eliminating the program is so damaging because it is so difficult to get it back once it’s gone.

2) Do not allow a delay in including gifted education in basic ed.

(Ed Murray is the chair on the Way & Means committee and has stated he is committed to non elimination, so that is good.  We can bring that up in talking to Rosemary as well.)

Senator Paull Shin (D-21)

So sweet, and has always been a big supporter.  He is very loyal and extremely committed.  He is not as assertive as others, but he does well with signing letters. Ask him if he will send a letter to each member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee stating that Highly Capable children NEED their rights protected under Basic Ed—and ask him if he will then send us a copy of that letter that he sends out.

Senator Maralyn Chase (D-32)

Not too involved in child issues or K-12 education. She is involved with economic development. So focus on ideas about building a solid future for our state— these kids will assist with a strong economic future for Washington, if we can support them and keep them here.  It’s important for our state’s economy to have a good educational system that would encourage this.


Representative Luis Moscoso (D-1)

His newsletter after GED had a positive statement as well.  THANK HIM

Representative Derek Stanford (D-1)

We don’t know him yet- he is new.  BUT, he sent out a newsletter after Gifted Ed Day in support of our cause.  THANK HIM


Representative Marko Liias (D-21)

He is very, very bright- wouldn’t be surprised if he came out of a Highly capable program himself.  This is his first go-around with education.  He is very concerned with bullying issues.  So—talk to him about how Highly Capable kids are often targets of bullying, they are often out on the edges in school environment so they need social emotional support.  The best way to help these kids is to have good programs that meet these needs.  Otherwise we lose them in a variety of ways- to being picked on/ bullying, they develop behavior problems, or dropping out.


Representative Mary Helen Roberts (D-21)

She is supportive, but her passion is in Human Services. We want to be very careful not to be perceived as pitting the two against each other.  We are in no way diminishing the need for Human Services, we see these needs in kids in our schools- it is not a competition.  With all the the House Dems, it’s important to make them aware that Highly Capable programs  are not just for the (white) privileged ~ there are children of color, in poverty, who are homeless.    These programs ensure their basic needs in school.  So talk about this in terms of Child Welfare-

Representative Ruth Kagi (D-32)

She is supportive, but her passion is in Human Services. We want to be very careful not to be perceived as pitting the two against each other.  We are in no way diminishing the need for Human Services, we see these needs in kids in our schools- it is not a competition.  With all the the House Dems, it’s important to make them aware that Highly Capable programs  are not just for the (white) privileged ~ there are children of color, in poverty, who are homeless.    These programs ensure their basic needs in school.  So talk about this in terms of Child Welfare-

Representative Cindy Ryu (D-32)

She is supportive, but her passion is in Human Services. We want to be very careful not to be perceived as pitting the two against each other.  We are in no way diminishing the need for Human Services, we see these needs in kids in our schools- it is not a competition.  With all the the House Dems, it’s important to make them aware that Highly Capable programs  are not just for the (white) privileged ~ there are children of color, in poverty, who are homeless.    These programs ensure their basic needs in school.  So talk about this in terms of Child Welfare-

Needed – Volunteers for Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming November 1st –10th, and we need Volunteers!

If you have some time to help plan, set up, decorate, cashier, provide baked goods, help kids pick out books, and carry out a few special events, please consider volunteering for this wonderful event that helps support our school and encourages students to read.

The following link contains specific information on volunteer opportunities. If you can, please download it, fill it out and return the form to the office or to your child’s teacher. You can also email Amy Faris at briandamy@comcast.net.

Scholastic Book Fair Volunteer Form

Thank you!

Needed – Volunteers for Wolf Walk this Thursday & Friday

droppedImageBeen thinking about the WOLF Walk?  Want to come and watch your student walk?  We need about 30 more people to count laps on Thursday morning or Friday afternoon.  Can you spare an hour or so?  It is supposed to be 70 degrees and sunny!

Your job – stand in one spot, and mark laps on a wrist band.  Listen to music!  Enjoy the sunshine!  Cheer the kids on!

Are you available?  Please reply to Kari Potter at karipta@frontier.com

A)      Kindergarten (Thurs):  10:00 – 10:20   Volunteers needed 9:45 – 10:30

B)      Grades 1 – 3 (Fri):       1:30 – 2:15        Volunteers from 1:15 – 2:30

C)      Grades 4 – 6 (Fri):       2:20 – 3:20         Volunteers from 2:00 – 3:45

Thank you for your support of this fundraiser!  Remember that the pledge packets are due back on Friday, also.

Kari Potter

Terrace Park PTA President

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