Leota Middle School Parent Newsletter. 6-16-23

Leota Middle School Parent Newsletter. 6-16-23


June 16, 2023


Hello Leota Lion Families,


The 2022-2023 school year has come to an end. As a first year Principal, I could not be more proud of the students and staff at Leota Middle School. It is a special group, and I have learned so much this year. I very much look forward to year number two, after taking some time off camping with my family.


Before we completely close the book on this year, I would like to call attention to our PTSA. PTSA is a very important partnership between the school and families. The partnership between Leota Middle School and the PTSA is because of all of the great families in the community. Thank you to the many parents who have volunteered all year long to bring student programs, staff appreciation, student store, advocacy and support to our school.  The overall support has been incredible!  With that being said, for all parents who want to volunteer next year,  the PTSA will be without a President and a Treasurer. Both have served the maximum number of years. Elections will be held in September to fill those positions.  Without new leadership, the Leota PTSA will be paused, which means that no activities will be able to occur in partnership with PTSA. If you are interested in serving as the President or Treasurer, please reach out to president@leotaptsa.com for more information. Thank you for considering this opportunity to lead the Leota PTSA. 


May you and your family have a wonderful Summer Vacation. For all of the 8th grade families, thank you for supporting your student and Leota Middle School through this journey. You have amazing children, and I look forward to seeing them thrive in high school. For the families of current 6th and 7th graders, take care this Summer, encourage your student to find time to read, practice their math skills, and relax. The 2023-2024 school year is just around the corner, and with their positive energy and determination, it will be an amazing year. 


In partnership,


Scott Leick, Principal

Leota Middle School



Upcoming Events: 

Monday         June 19            School closed - Juneteenth

Tuesday        June 20            Revised Schedule - Last Day of School (2.5-hour day)



Tuesday, June 20, 2023


Period 1--8:00-8:15  

Period 2--8:20-8:30 

Period 3--8:35-8:45

Period 4--8:50-9:00 

Period 5--9:05-9:15 

Period 6--9:20-9:30


Goodbye Assembly--9:50-10:25


Leota Summer Hours

Leota Middle School will be closed the month of July 
Leota Middle School will be open August 1-28 from 9:00am-1:00pm. The office will be closed August 29-31 for staff meeting days. 


 Health/Fitness Uniforms for 2023-24 are on sale now through August 10, 2023


All students are required to take one semester of Health/Fitness during 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Health and Fitness students are required to have a uniform to change into; no exceptions. (If purchasing a uniform is a hardship, please contact Mrs. Spencer in the main office.) 


Students will need to have a plain grey t-shirt and either grey or black shorts/sweats/yoga pants. Students are strongly encouraged to have sweats and hoodies that follow the uniform policy for inclement weather if we go outside (Leota Spirit Wear is always accepted as part of a complete uniform)


Health and Fitness uniforms (adult and youth sizes) will be available for purchase through Cloud 9 Sports. The online store will be open until Thursday, August 10, 2023. An alternative to purchasing through Cloud9 Sports is to purchase a plain grey shirt and grey or black shorts from ANY store. If ordering from Cloud9 be sure to put your STUDENTS name on the order form. 


*Orders will be shipped directly to Leota and distributed in 1st and 2nd semester Health and Fitness classes. Please note both adult and youth sizes are available. If you need help with sizing, please reach out to the Health and Fitness Department Head @ kberube@nsd.org.


We will open up a second opportunity to order for students enrolled in 2nd semester classes in December.




Notes from Technology Department

If you are moving out of the school district, either within the state or out of the state, It is mandatory for students to submit their Chromebook along with the charger and case. Failure to do so will result in a fine being assigned to your student account.


On the other hand, if you are moving within the NSD district, you are allowed to keep the device and bring it with you to any school within the same district. This policy applies specifically to the students who are moving out of Leota.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding your Chromebook, please feel free to visit me in person or email me. I'll be available to assist you and address any queries you may have.

Thank you for your attention, and we appreciate your cooperation in ensuring a smooth Chromebook return process



Shilpa Bitkuri

School Technology Specialist

Leota Middle School (Extn-6569)




August 10

Online Orders for Health and Fitness Uniforms Due

August 23-24

August 25

WEB Leader Training: 9:00am-3:00pm-Leota Gym

Online Payments Open for ASB Cards and Yearbook

August 27

Community Serve Day: 9:00am-1:00pm 

September 5

Leota Launch Day (School Photos): 1:00pm-5:00pm

September 6

First day – 6th grade and WEB Leaders only 8:00am – 2:35pm

September 7

September 7

Back to School - All Students, 8:00am - 2:35pm 

Season 1 Fall Sports Practice Begins

September  20

Curriculum Night: 6:30-8:15pm 

September  21

School Photo Make up Day 

September 29

7th Grade Health Screening

October 19

Photo Re-Take Day




Note: Online payments for ASB will be open on August 25 and are encouraged in order to avoid the long lines on Launch Day.  Online payments may be made using this Payment Link  The payment office will also be open for those wanting to pay fees or make purchases in-person vs. online.


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Newsletter for the week of May 29, 2023


In this issue:

  • Happy summer from the PTSA
  • 8th Grade Party tickets
  • Thanks to Staff Appreciation volunteers
  • Join your high school PTSA
  • Reimbursement requests due
  • Lions Day volunteers needed
  • Next year’s Student Store
  • Thank you, sponsors


Illustration depicting a chalkboard with the words Summer Time scribbled on it. In the foreground are a stack of books, an eaten apple, and colored pencils.
 Happy summer! 

You did it! You made it to the final week of school! Whether you’re a parent, guardian, teacher, student, or staff member, we hope you’re looking back at this year with pride knowing that you learned, grew, made connections, and contributed to this community.
 The PTSA would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who helped make our programs and events possible this year. The individual names are too numerous to list, but we do want to spotlight the amazing programs that they made happen: Student Store, Staff Appreciation lunches, Reflections, 8th Grade Party, Science Olympiad, Math Olympiad, Emergency Preparedness, PTSA Awards, Paving the Way Together fundraiser, Membership, Newsletter, Advocacy and Legislation, Hi-Cap Liaison, Special Education Rep, parent-education events, and more.
 Congratulations to our 8th graders as they head off to high school! And best wishes to retiring Leota educators and staff members! Best of luck as you embark on your next adventures. Remember: Once a lion, always a lion!
 And finally, thank you for reading the PTSA newsletter this year. We hope it helped you feel more connected to this school. The PTSA looks forward to reconnecting with the Leota community when we gear up for back-to-school. In the meantime, we hope everyone has a fantastic summer!



News & events

Stay informed about what’s happening at Leota


Last call to buy tickets to 8th Grade Party

We’re sending the 8th graders off to high school in style! We hope everyone in this amazing class will be able to join their friends for an evening of activities, food, fun, and laughter as they celebrate the end of middle school. 
 Ticket sales have been extended through the end of this week. Buy yours now! You’ll sign a permission slip and select food preference when you buy your ticket.
 Chaperones and volunteers are still needed to make this event happen. We can’t do it without proper adult help. You don’t need to be a parent of an 8th grader to volunteer. Please sign up here to help.
 What: 8th Grade End of Year Party
 When: Friday, June 16, 6-9 pm
 Where: High Trek Adventures, 11928 Beverly Park Rd., Everett
 Cost: $25 per student, includes all activities and food (build-your-own-burger bar with beef, chicken, and veg options; drinks; dessert). Check out the activities at www.hightrekeverett.com.
 Who: Currently enrolled Leota 8th graders
 Transportation is not included.
 Scholarships available! Please email scholarship@leotaptsa.com or Mr. Kim at jkim@nsd.org.
 If you have questions, please contact Sarah Swain Annepu at sarahswain@hotmail.com or Erica Chester at erica.chester@comcast.net.

A poster describing the 8th Grade End-of-Year Party. It reads June 16, 6-9 pm. List of activities reads rope course, ziplines, basketball, fun tower, mini golf, gellyball, laser tag, and axe throwing. Tickets cost $25 each and can be purchased at www.leotaptsa.com.


Thanks to all Staff Appreciation volunteers
 The bagel sandwich lunch earlier this month was a big hit with the staff, and a great way to round out our year of Staff Appreciation events! We want to thank all our amazing volunteers; we truly couldn’t do this without you. The monthly luncheons are so appreciated and enjoyed by our wonderful Leota staff. We hope you all have a fun and relaxing summer break, and we’re already looking forward to seeing everyone next year!
 Special thanks to committee chairs Vicki Johnson and Karla Pak for their excellent leadership of this program for the second year in a row. They have done an incredible job managing all the volunteers, food contributions, and supplies needed to make these luncheons happen every month. We are thankful for all the careful planning and organizing they’ve done to make sure our staff feel valued, seen, and well fed! 
 Pictured here: Bagels and treats took up the entire length of the counter in the Staff Lounge.

Photos depicting an array of bagels, sandwich fixings, and sweet treats in the Staff Lounge.


Is your student headed to high school this fall?

Will you have a 9th grader soon? Don’t forget to connect with your new PTSA! Visit their website or social media page to find out what events they may be offering over the summer for students and families, volunteer opportunities to connect you with their community, and how to become a member of their PTSA in the fall.

Bothell High School PTSA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Join online

Inglemoor High School PTSA: Website | Facebook | Join online

Innovation Lab High School PTSA: Website | Facebook | Join online

North Creek High School PTSA: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Join online

Woodinville High School PTSA: Website | Facebook | Join online 


Submit your reimbursement requests now

A message from Treasurer Angela La Tourette

Please be sure to turn in all Leota PTSA expenses ASAP--the sooner, the better. We need to complete reimbursements by the end of June, but we need to have time to write checks and answer any questions. If you have expenses that need to be reimbursed by the PTSA, fill out the Leota PTSA Check Request Form and email it to lalatourette@gmail.com. Be sure to include receipts.

Thank you for your cooperation and please reach out to me if you have questions!

A photo of a checkbook and a pen.


Volunteers needed

Learn how you can help make Leota more awesome


WANTED: Volunteers for Lions Day

Leota is looking for adult volunteers to help at one of the most anticipated events of the year: Lions Day! Come lend a hand and be part of the fun and excitement!

Help is needed at a variety of stations, including field-day games, food tents, and the photo booth. View the signup sheet to see all the volunteer opportunities and time slots. 

A poster describing the need for volunteers for Lions Day on June 16. It reads that help is needed for field-day games, food tents, and the photo booth.


Join the Student Store volunteer list

A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped at the Student Store this year! If you would like to be added to next year’s Student Store volunteer list, please email studentstore@leotaptsa.com.

Pictured here: Student Store committee chair Brianna Thunberg (left) and volunteer Mei Hwang fill popcorn bags at lunchtime.

A photo of Student Store volunteers Brianna Thunberg and Mei Hwang as they fill popcorn bags at lunchtime.


Reminder: Volunteer background checks

To volunteer on campus at Leota or any other facility in the Northshore School District, you’ll need to submit an online application for a Level 1 background check. Volunteers must update the application every year, and it must be completed before the first day of volunteering. To begin the process, visit the district’s Become a Volunteer webpage.



Thank you, sponsors

We couldn’t do this without you


The Leota PTSA would like to thank all of the Paving the Way donors, and especially this year’s sponsors (listed below). Our programs and events are possible because of you all!

Lionheart Champion: Sylvia Bagley

Lionheart Hero: Cheng Peng

Lionheart Friends: Theresa Held, Monique Coleman, Fleur Tanner

Your generosity is already at work! To date, projects and programs include:

  • Improving the sound system during emergencies
  • Fixing the refrigerator door in the nurse’s office
  • WEB T-shirts
  • Choir
  • ASB

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About us

Leota PTSA is a parent, teacher, staff, and student membership organization that advocates for all students. We make a variety of educational and community programs possible at Leota. For more information, visit www.leotaptsa.com.

We hope this biweekly newsletter is a valuable resource to learn about the events, programs, and opportunities available to all Leota families. Thanks for reading!

We welcome your feedback and suggestions for the PTSA Newsletter. Please email them to communications@leotaptsa.com.