Timber Ridge Elementary School PTSA’s mission is to work collaboratively with parents, staff, students and the greater community to enhance the educational experience and emotional well-being of every child.
What is a PTSA?
Here in Washington, as in most other states, K-12 education continues to be underfunded. The Snoqualmie Valley School District does not have the funds to close the gap. As you know, this results in ever-growing class sizes, program and staff cuts. This is where the PTSA steps in, providing the support that our children need and deserve to be successful. We ask you to partner with us by joining the largest child advocacy organization in the State of Washington to ensure every child has a voice. For more information about the Washington State PTA visit: http://www.wastatepta.org. Timber Ridge Elementary PTSA is also an affiliated member of the National PTA, which is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America. Today’s PTA is comprised of more than 4 million parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving the education, health, and safety of all children.
Joining the PTSA does not mean you are becoming a volunteer. Though, we definitely appreciate all the volunteers we can get!JOIN THE PTSA!
When are PTSA meetings and what are they like?
General Membership meetings will be held approximately bi-monthly at Timber Ridge Elementary, and Board Meetings are held the first Friday of every month in the Timber Ridge Elementary Conference Room B. Please check the calendar for upcoming meeting dates.
Miss a meeting?
You can download the presentation notes (PowerPoint) and Meeting Minutes (Word Doc) from previous meetings!
PTSA meetings are conducted using Parliamentary Procedure, a set of rules for conducting orderly meetings that accomplish goals fairly. If it’s your first time at a PTSA Meeting, the Parliamentary Procedure can seem a bit formal and confusing, but the benefits of parliamentary procedure include the following:
- Justice and courtesy for all
- Maintenance of order
- Consideration of one item at a time
- Attention given to all perspectives
- Ability for each member to provide input
- Majority rule
- Maintenance of the rights of the minority
Our PTSA follows Robert’s Rules of Order for meetings. A brief summary of Robert’s Rules include:
- Make Motions – A formal proposal made to bring a subject before an assembly for its consideration and action. Begins with “I move that…”
- Obtain the floor properly – No person can speak until recognized by the chair, only one question at a time may be considered, and only one person may have the floor at any one time
- Speak clearly and concisely – All discussion must be relevant to the immediately pending question
- Obey the rules of debate – Debate must address issues not personalities – no one is permitted to make personal attacks or question the motives of other speaker
- And most of all, be courteous! That’s always in order!
General Procedure for Handling a Motion:
- Member fills out a Motion Form
- Chair recognizes member (by title or name).
- Member makes the motion. “I move that…”
- Another member seconds the motion “I second the motion.”
- The chair states the motion and opens debate
- After debate concludes, Chair restates the motion and puts the question to a vote. “Those in favor of the motion say “aye.” Those opposed say “no.”
- Chair announces the result of the vote and what action will be taken. “The “ayes” have it, and the motion is adopted. We will [stating action to be taken].”
As an affiliate member of the National PTA and the Washington State PTA, we are required, as a condition of our affiliation, to abide by and conform to the Uniform Bylaws of the WSPTA. Our Timber Ridge Elementary PTSA is also governed by our own Standing Rules, which were approved by the general membership on October 4, 2016 and can be downloaded for review here.
TRES PTSA Board Working Norms
Our PTSA Board agrees to operate under the following values:
- Avoid negative talk
- Willingly collaborate
- Keep an open mind
- Actively listen
- Follow through and hit deadlines
- Respect time
- Keep information private and respect confidentiality
Congratulations to the Timber Ridge PTSA for winning the following awards from Washington State PTA for the 2016-17 School Year: