Mission and Responsibilities
Our focus is on Diversity (all kinds of people), Equity (fair opportunities for everyone), and Inclusion (Welcoming Everyone). Our vision is educational justice for every child at View Ridge Elementary
We strive to :
- Provide a space to listen to, engage with, and connect DIVERSE families and community members with the PTA
- Advocate for EQUITABLE opportunities and practices for School and PTA sponsored activities
- Ensure INCLUSION in access to school, resources, and activities
As part of this work we will:
- Develop guidance for examining existing and future PTSA programming through an Equity Lens
- Support the work of the View Ridge Staff’s Equity Committee
- Participate in the Northend PTSA Social Justice and Equity Partnership to leverage learnings and collaborative efforts with our neighboring NE Seattle schools
- Advocate for families who need support.
Diversity Equity Inclusion Meetings
DEI Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7pm
Equi-Teas, a community conversation about social justice, are the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7pm
- VRE PTA Anti-Racist Resources
- March : PTA Women’s History Month at Home
- SPS Local Family Resources
- Eckstein + Thorton Creek Community Pantry
Upcoming Community Events
- Wednesday, April 28th EQUI-TEA: Earth Day is Every Day
Advocate for School Counselors!
- Direct your email to the District 46 Legislators and the Budget writers listed below.
Our District 46 Legislators: Senator Frockt, Representative Gerry Pollet, Representative Javier Valdez
Budget Writers: Representative Ormsby, Senator Rolfes, Senator Wilson, Senator Frockt
- Copy the letter below. Editing or omitting if you choose to personalize.
Dear Senator Frockt, Representative Pollet, Representative Valdez, Representative Ormsby, Senator Rolfes, and Senator Wilson,
I am writing to ask that you increase the state funding in the budget for public schools, and that you not require that districts use Federal dollars before they are able to access state funding. Please make sure that additional funding for counselors is in place for the fall 2021-2022 school year. Governor Inslee declared that we have a youth mental health emergency, and from the data he shared and my own child’s experience, I believe him. We need those counselors now.
My student [insert 1 paragraph story about something your student experienced or struggled with this year, or worries about the transition back to school buildings; or you can delete this paragraph if you prefer].
I know that you value the youth in Washington, and I hope that you will recognize that returning to schools needs to include emergency funding so that our students have the support they need in the buildings so that they can thrive!
Will you help to make sure that our schools come out of the pandemic with the staff they need to meet the needs of students? Will you increase the funding for our schools in the budget?
- Community Pantry : NE Seattle PTA Partnership
- One way the Thorton Creek PTA supports our community is by providing school supplies and other basic necessities to local families through a school pantry. This year, the Thorton Creek PTA Pantry moved off our campus and is growing into a NE Seattle PTA partnership to allow for broader access to more families. While TC PTA coordinates the pantry, it is open to all Seattle Public School families. Volunteers from our neighboring schools can help staff the pantry and donate items from our amazon and Target wish lists.
During the Covid-19 pandemic we have shifted our school pantry to a venue that provides access to families in the greater NE Seattle region. In partnership with Eckstein PTSA, TC PTA is offering a free community pantry hosted at Eckstein Middle School.
When: Mondays and Fridays during SPS meal pick-up time, 11:15am – 1:15pm
Where: Eckstein Middle School parking lot, on the west side of the portables
The pantry offers school supplies, toiletries and household supplies, masks, winter coats, hats, gloves and more. We welcome feedback from our community via email or during pantry hours to ensure we are stocking items that are relevant to current needs. The pantry is located at Eckstein Middle School in the main parking lot on the west side of the portables. Look for the sandwich board on Mondays and Fridays from 11:15am – 1:15pm when remote learning is in session.
Monthly Features for DEI
September: Hispanic / Latino Heritage Month
October: Disability Awareness Month
November: National Native American Heritage Month
December: Human Rights Awareness Month
January: Martin Luther King, Jr. / Civil Rights
February: Black History Month + Black Lives Matter at School
March: Women’s History Month –
April: Earth Day
May: Asian Pacific Heritage + Jewish Heritage
June: LGBTQIA+ Pride
Representation Matters: Film Series