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ABOUT THE PTA

Sunrise Parent Teacher Association

Who is the PTA?

Who we are

Sunrise Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a 501 c (3) non-profit corporation which is State and Nationally affiliated.  We are separate from, but work in close partnership with, the school.  Our vision is to make every child's potential a reality. 

 

Our members are parents, grandparents, teachers, staff, and community members of Sunrise Elementary.

PTA is a powerful voice for children, a relevant resource for families, schools and communities, and a strong advocate for the well-being and education of every child.  

 

We encourage parent involvement and promote opportunities for positive outcomes for children. 

Our Mission

To maintain standards of affiliation with State and National PTA. 

To advocate for laws that promote the education, the physical and mental health, and the safety of children at Sunrise Elementary.  To advocate for fiscal responsibility around public spending in education.  

 

To promote collaboration and engagement between families, teachers and the community in the education and the welfare of children at Sunrise Elementary.  

What we do

 We provide supplemental funds to teachers and specialists for classroom, library, PE, music, and playground materials.  We also provide emergency preparedness equipment to the school. 

We fully fund the science lab and the science teacher at Sunrise.  

 

We coordinate volunteer-led social events to grow a sense of community, build lasting friendships and create fun memories.

We host community service programs and discussions to help our kids better understand each other, and those outside of their immediate circle.  

We provide after school programs to enrich our children's learning experience at Sunrise.

2023-2024 PTA BOARD MEMBERS

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PRESIDENT

Theza Helander  /  Bita Amani Sharak  /  sunriseparents@gmail.com  

  • Organizes and facilitates the PTA board and general meetings throughout the year and

  • Represents Sunrise at the district and council PTA meetings

  • Is generally the ‘point’ person for communicating with the Principal and school office manager, and therefore has first-hand information regarding any changes or issues related to the school

  • Uses Robert’s Rules of Order to guide the board in making decisions

  • Is versed in the Standards of Affiliation to WSPTA and National PTA as well as the State’s Policies, By-laws, Mission, Values, etc. 

  • Reaches out to other local PTA’s to share ideas, and collaborates with the community

  • Addresses questions that Sunrise parents submit to sunriseparents@gmail.com or the website, directing them to the appropriate board member if necessary

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SECRETARY

Deborah Hathaway / Marly Cleveland  sunriseparents@gmail.com

  • Reminds board of upcoming meetings through email and collects agenda items

  • Prepares and photocopies agenda for meetings

  • Brings sign in sheet to meetings to record members present at meetings

  • Brings up previous months agendas at meetings for approval

  • Takes notes of important points at meetings and types them out in a set format and distributes them through email to board

  • Looks over bank statements to verify input/output of expenses

  • Keeps a print-out copy of all agendas and minutes in binder

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TREASURER

Vedula Bhaskar Rao   / sunrise.treasurer@outlook.com

  • Performs all financial accounting of the PTA including its membership fees and program profits

  • Receives and deposits money and disburses it according to the approved yearly budget

  • Presents a proposed budget for approval at the May General Meeting and closes the books at the end of each year

  • Files tax returns and other government forms

  • The past Treasurer serves in an advisory capacity to the newly elected Treasurer when needed

  • Assists communications with payment options on the website, ie. Paypal and Venmo

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SOCIAL 

Wes Geffner  / sunriseparents@gmail.com

  • Coordinates PTA events including the Fall Festival, Scholastic Book Fair, School Dance, Multicultural Night, and Talent show

  • Advertises events

  • Recruits volunteers for events

  • Recruits event committee chairs

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ENRICHMENT

Elena Prokhorenko  / sunriseparents@gmail.com

  • Coordinates the Before and  After School Programs, including vendors, enrollment and volunteers 

  • Submits room reservation requests to the district

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MEMBERSHIP Co-Vice President

Katie Hawley /   sunriseparents@gmail.com

  • Encourages teachers, individuals, and families to become members of PTA by raising awareness of the benefits of PTA membership

  • Has a presence at the Back to School Open House, Curriculum Night, and events whenever possible

  • Helps coordinate the publication and distribution of the school directory, which is available to all PTA members

  • Recruits and provides support for the directory chair

  • Inputs membership data to MemberPlanet 

  • Tracks membership data for social event discounts

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MEMBERSHIP Co-Vice President

Beth Zborowski  /   sunriseparents@gmail.com

  • Encourages teachers, individuals, and families to become members of PTA by raising awareness of the benefits of PTA membership

  • Has a presence at the Back to School Open House, Curriculum Night, and events whenever possible

  • Helps coordinate the publication and distribution of the school directory, which is available to all PTA members

  • Recruits and provides support for the directory chair

  • Inputs membership data to MemberPlanet 

  • Tracks membership data for social event discounts

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FUNDRAISING | Co-Vice President

Meaghan Fox /   fundraising@sunrise.pta.com

  • Recruits and coordinates with committee chairs who support fundraising 

  • Manages fall fundraising campaign

  • Works with the Treasurer to track and validate Fundraising budget line items

  • Provides tax documentation to donors, where applicable, for charitable contributions made to the Sunrise PTA

  • Coordinates with the VP of Communications to update the Sunrise PTA website on all fundraising activities and affiliate promotions

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FUNDRAISING | Co-Vice President

Deanna Daum /   fundraising@sunrise.pta.com

  • Recruits and coordinates with committee chairs who support fundraising

  • Manages fall fundraising campaign

  • Works with the Treasurer to track and validate Fundraising budget line items

  • Provides tax documentation to donors, where applicable, for charitable contributions made to the Sunrise PTA

  • Coordinates with the VP of Communications to update the Sunrise PTA website on all fundraising activities and affiliate promotions

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COMMUNICATIONS | Social Media, Newsletter & Website

Crystal Allison /  Sani Field  sunriseparents@gmail.com

  • Communicates with Sunrise parents via the PTA newsletter regarding PTA events, as well as general school and district information

  • Maintains Social Media account 

  • Co-maintains the PTA website

Tessa Holmes

Danielle Wagner /   kimandtom@att.net

2023-2024 PTA COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Art Docent/Art Night Coordinator

Lisa Kramer, Jodi Downs, Stephanie Holmes

Recruits art docent parent volunteers for each classroom. Facilitates an educational meeting for art docents, provides them with access to materials and introduces them to the guidebook. Coordinates Art Night which includes ordering flats from the District.

Back to School Supplies

Sani Field

Updates class school supply lists with teachers, coordinates supply kits with school supply company

Box Tops/Labels for Education

OPEN

For more information please visit boxtops4education.com

Directory

OPEN POSITION!

Coordinates the publishing and distribution of the yearly Sunrise student directory.

EHMN Liaison

OPEN POSITION!

Please contact: sunriseparents@gmail.com

English Hill Mom Network Liaison

Facilities Liason

Theza Helander

Responsible for coordinating and filing all facility requests

Marketing Flyers & Posters

Amelia Winslow, Sarah Gai

Produces and distributes flyers to advertise PTA events

Northshore Foundation Rep

Jen Perry, Sharath Koratikere

Researches and applies for grants. Coordinates with both the school distric as well as the classroom representatives.

Reader Board

Matt Fox

Changes the message on the reader board

School Dance

OPEN POSITION!

Please contact: sunriseparents@gmail.com

LOOKING FOR CO-CHAIRS AND VOLUNTEERS! Works with 5th graders to plan the event. Advertises event. Recruits and organizes volunteers to sell concessions, decorate, make a photo back-drop, sell tickets (in advance and at the event), and set-up and clean-up.

Science Fair

Mitchelle Gonsalves

LOOKING FOR CO-CHAIRS AND VOLUNTEERS! contact: sunriseparents@gmail.com

Talent Show

OPEN POSITION

Please contact: sunriseparents@gmail.com

LOOKING FOR CO-CHAIRS AND VOLUNTEERS!

Welcome Commmittee

Sabrina Chuang

Contacts families new to our school, welcoming them and answering questions. Can be an integral point person at Back to School Social Events and Open House.

Assembly Chair

OPEN POSITION!

Please Contact: sunriseparents@gmail.com

Helps organize MLK Assembly and Veteran's Day Assembly

Book Exchange

Brooke Sebastian, Anna Vainstein

Advertises event. Recruits volunteers to help receive, sort, and set up, and “sell” books. Children bring gently used books from home. During the school day, children use credits to “buy” new-to-them books from the exchange. Sometimes books for older children will need to be purchased if not many are brought in for exchange. At the end, every child goes home with a “new” book.

Classroom Rep Coordinator

Mingie Holland

The Sunrise PTA Classroom Rep Coordinator works with the board of directors and the president to reach every family at Sunrise through our PTA Classroom representatives.

Responsibilities:
- Coordinate information that goes out to families through the classroom reps
- Assist the classroom representative in their responsibilities
- Coordinate grants with the Northshore reps
- Assist the Thankful tree coordinator in collecting and then returning the Thankful Trees for display

You are:
A Sunrise PTA Member with a passion for parent involvement
Familiar with the responsibilities of the classroom reps and how they best assist the teachers
A good and well-organized communicator

Commitment:
30 minutes weekly for meetings and communication. Attending PTA General Meetings (3/year)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Anne Tran

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS! Partners with students, families, staff and our community to progress the National PTA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion purpose and to align with the Northshore School District Racial and Educational Justice Department ideas centering around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Emergency Preparedness

Sara Wuh

Assists the School Nurse with inventorying and stocking the school disaster container, preparing a budget request with nurse for needed supplies, and attends NSPTA council Disaster Preparedness committee meetings for emergency protocols.

Legislative Advocate

Angela Dawson

Communicates current legislative issues to members. Collects political input from Sunrise PTA members and represents them at the PTA Legislative Convention. Networks with other local PTA Legislative Advocates

Math Olympiad

Boris Gonsalves

Coordinates teams in 5th grade for math competitions, and organizes volunteers to hold practices before or after school for several months leading up to the competitions.

Picture & Health Day Coordinator

Girija Antin

Recruits and maintains a pool of volunteers to help during various labor-intensive programs like Picture Day, Health Check-ups, etc.

Reflections

Robyn Nazar

Coordinates the promotion of the Reflections art contest to Sunrise students, gathers and collects entries and organizes their submission to the Northshore PTA Council. Organizes recognition and awards for all participants.

School Play

Danielle Wagner, Shannyn Houtrouw, Brooke Frei

Coordinates the Studio East Play production at the school each Fall. Is the point of communication between parents and Studio East. Recruits volunteer chaperones for rehearsals, and provides a list of attendance for each rehearsal. Advertises the event.

Special Education Rep

Crystal Allison

For questions and guidance relating to Special Education

Teacher Appreciation

Christy Brogan, Amelia Winslow

Coordinates monthly luncheons for teachers and staff in the staff lounge hosted by parents of each grade level. Plans and coordinates the December cookie exchange. Plans and coordinates Teacher Appreciation week which is a national event typically held the first week of May. Keeps record of teacher’s favorites.

Auction

Shannyn Houtrouw, Robyn Nazar, Lindsay Heitlauf

Raises funds through live and silent auctions

Book Fair

Cathy Koskela

Works with librarian to recruit volunteers for the Scholastic Fall book fair. This week-long book fair raises money for the library.

Community Service

Brooke Sebastian

Organizes Community Serve Day (which is usually held in late August) and donations to Hopelink and other various programs throughout the year. Supports the less advantaged outside of the school through such avenues as a toy drive during the holidays and a coin drive for the summer food bank. Usually a committee of 2 or 3 people.

EAP Representative

Liz Paruchuru

EAP/High-Cap Representative

Employer Match

Stephanie Suhrie, Yolanda Loo (Bowra)

N/A

Library Coordinator

Brooke Sebastian, Cathy Koskela, Noelle Dockstader

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS! Recruits library volunteers by classroom at open house and curriculum night. Provides training for volunteers at the beginning of the year. Coordinates with the librarian to organize volunteer shifts, and distributes a calendar of shifts to volunteers on a monthly basis. Volunteers can work 1 time per week or less depending on how many people sign up to volunteer. They check in books, run reports, assist with crafts, check out books to students, and shelf books.

Multicultural Night

Mingie Holland, Shannyn Houtrouw, Robyn Nazar

Advertises event and recruits volunteers for cultural booths. Recruits and organizes volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, decorating and photo booth.

Playground Volunteer Coordinator

Brooke Sebastian

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS! Recruits parents and manages schedule for playground volunteers. These volunteers help out during recesses, keeping an eye on activities to ensure fair and safe play. Also coordinates training for recess volunteers with playground teachers.

Safety Committee

Updesh Mahal, Robyn Nazar

Promotes safety initiatives at Sunrise. Facilitates the communication between the school and the community about safety and security. Provides accessibility to safety resources for the community.

Science Committee

Jodi Downs, Susan Tan

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS! Sign Up Here: https://tinyurl.com/yhe48y54

Spirit Wear Sales

Meaghan Fox, Shannyn Houtrouw

Coordinates the sale of Sunrise Eagles spirit wear

Thankful Tree Display

Heidi Morris, Caroline Sanchez

Communicate with the Class Rep Coordinator that you will be gathering the trees to be displayed.
Gather the stacks of "trees” from each teacher. (Designated display date is Tuesday 11/14/23)
Pin the trees (pins are in the far left Art Docent closet) to the gray movable display panels in the activity/stage area. Add the teachers’ names above their classes’ trees.
Move the panels to the outdoor, covered walkways to be viewed by families during a determined evening (date to be communicated).
Move the panels back to the activity/stage area at the end of the event.
Remove the pinned trees from the gray display panels (Designated removal date is Monday 11/27/23)
Give the tree art back to the Class Rep Coordinator to be distributed to the students

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