Arbor Heights Elementary PTA (AHPTA)

The Arbor Heights Parent Teacher Association (AHPTA) is a nonprofit, membership association which seeks to bring together the home, school and community on behalf of all children and youth.

The Arbor Heights PTA General Meeting occurs the third Thursday of every month of the school year, at 6:00pm. (Occasionally the meeting is moved to the fourth Thursday to accommodate holidays or other scheduled school events. Check the school bulletin for the PTA meeting date.) The meetings typically run for 1-hour. Childcare is provided.


The Mission of the Arbor Heights PTA is to support the Students, the Families and the Staff of the Arbor Heights Community.


The Arbor Heights PTA does this through:

Fundraising: To provide academic enrichment programs, capital improvements and supplies for students and the school.
Communication: Facilitate communication between families (parents/guardians), teachers, staff and the school district.
Building Community: Foster healthy relationships and build strong ties to the Arbor Heights school community; empower parents/guardians to be strong advocates for their school and their student; encourage all families to get involved in the school.

Through our actions we will contribute to the success of every student.

2012-13 AHPTA Board Member

John Christensen
Vice President
Ken Cobley
Fran Annis

Shellie Jacobsma
Stacie Hart
Fundraising Chair
Amanda Nokes
Volunteer Chair

Communications Chair
Elise "Lisa" Olson
Auction Chair
Lucy Weber
Membership Chairs
Amy Christensen

Marianne Weber

Grant Writer Chair

Legislative Chair
Rosslyn Shea
Teacher Liaison
David Wilkie

Join the Arbor Heights PTA Board for 2012-2013!

The Arbor Heights PTA is seeking volunteers to serve on the PTA board next year.

Would you like to influence PTA decisions and help out with our activities? Please consider volunteering for one of the many open positions for next year. You’ll be joined by several returning board members who are volunteering to continue their service and help new board members learn how the board operates. Below are several positions that you could volunteer for. Please send the board an email if you are interested.

Mandatory Positions:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Other Positions:
  • Event Chairperson
  • Fundraising Chairperson
  • Volunteering Chairperson
  • Communications Chairperson
  • Auction Chairperson
  • School Board Liaison
  • Grant Writer
  • Staff Liaison
  • Wiki Administrator


AHPTA Yahoo Group

AHPTA Calendar (select the month view and then navigate to the month you are interested in)

AHPTA Sponsored School Activities/Events

The Arbor Heights PTA organizes or supports a number of school activities/events throughout the year. Parent volunteers are needed for each activity in order for it to be successful. For a list of the PTA sponsored activities/events planned for the 2011-2012 school year.

Example of Activities/Events from Previous Years

  • Annual Dinner & Auction
  • Hot Dog Cookout
  • Friday Popcorn
  • Dads & Donuts
  • Spaghetti Dinner & Open House
  • Bowling Night
  • Bingo Night
  • Grandparents Day
  • Science Fair
  • Young Authors' Day
  • Field Day
  • Fall/Spring School Clean-up
  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
  • Volunteer/Staff recognition (Golden Acorn Award)
  • Spring Carnival
  • Hawk-a-Thon (Walk-a-thon)
  • Barnes & Noble Night

AHPTA Projects

At the first couple AHPTA meetings of the year, the parents and staff suggest and select school projects to fund for the upcoming year. The following are a few of the AHPTA projects which have been funded in the past. The Project Idea Form is the means for making project suggestions. They are available at the school office.

PTA Advocacy

The PTA is also the place where parents and staff can make their issues and concerns heard to school administration and Seattle School District leadership. For example, at the end of 2004, the Arbor Heights community, through the PTA, raised their concerns over mold and other environmental issues at the school with top School District leaders. The PTA funded an independent consultant, and volunteer parents and staff successfully worked together with the District through the summer on the Arbor Heights Mold Task Force, to ensure that the environmental problems with the building were addressed, and that the school was safe for our kids and teachers come September. PTA is there to help parents and staff be heard.

Stay Connected and PTA Links

What Arbor Heights events are coming up? What are the important issues in the news? Do you want to be an informed Arbor Heights parent? The following links will help you to keep informed.