Parent Association

The Westside School Parent Association (PA) is the community building, and parent and teacher support arm of Westside School. Lead by a team of officers and event chairs, the PA plans and executes a full slate of activities and galvanizes volunteers. All Westside School parents are members of the PA.

The Westside School Parent Association funds events, including student assemblies and activities primarily from Pizza Day sales, Halloween Fest, event concessions, and revenue from Spirit Wear sales – all of which are lead by parent volunteers. PA funds are also used to fund school needs. Last year, the PA purchased athletic uniforms and equipment.

The PA also supports teachers and school administration though organizing room parents, scholastic book orders, and library volunteers.


Westside School Reimbursement Form (Please use to receive payment for expenses)

Westside School Parent Association Officers

President: Heather Hisatomi

Vice President: Available

Past President: Jackie Clough

Treasurer: Susan Zarnick

Secretary: Garreth Schuh

Lower School Room Parent Coordinator: Available

Middle School Room Parent Coordinator: Esther Cohen

Member at Large, Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten: Kiersten Lovejoy

Member at Large, Lower School: Sarah Francis

Member at Large, Middle School: Kathleen Whitson

Family Dance Chair: Debi Cushman-Kaplan

Pizza Day Chair: Debi Cushman-Kaplan & Christina Liu

Halloween Fest Chair: Garreth Schuh/Sarah Francis

Movie Night Chair: Karin Marlow

Parent Education Chair: Val Legler

Quiz Night Chair: Stephen Schoenfelder

Teacher Appreciation Chair: Janelle Russell

Scholastic Books: Debi Cushman-Kaplan

Lost and Found Spirit Wear: Monica Duke

Middle School Athletic Events: Rene Hawkes

Lower School Field Day: Available

Middle School Field Day: Kasey Langley

Advancement Team Parent Ambassador: Available

Lower School Room Parents 2016 - 2017

Pre-kindergarten - Grace Kline and Sarah Kettler
Kindergarten, Jennifer and Chris' class - Michelle McKenzie
Kindergarten, Rebecca and Signe's class - Leslie Buckley and Jennifer Howe
First grade, Renee and Sam's class - Holly Hughes and Jenn Anthony-King
First grade, Marsha and Ildi's class - Karen Leeds and Reid Raykovich
Second grade, Laura and Laura's class - Aimee Kinney and Valerie Long
Second grade, Margie and Kate's class - Debi Cushman-Kaplan and Jill Vedder
Third grade, Hayley and Heidi's class - Julian Bradley
Third grade, Jana and Ryan's class - Sacha Copeland and Leslie Buckley
Fourth grade, Adam and Anna's class - Beth Thomas and Mary Barbosa
Fourth grade, Judith and Katy's class - Sara Hebert

Middle School Parent Reps

Fifth grade, Kathleen Whitson and Cristine Hahm

Sixth grade, Dawn St. Clair and Kiran Robertson

Seventh grade, Susan Jeter-Koch

Eighth grade, Colette Prendergast and Jen Lightbody

Westside School Parent Association Sponsored Family Events

Pizza Days

Pizza Day is the biggest fundraiser for the PA. The PA coordinates this fun “hot lunch” the students love, and it gives parents a day off from making a full lunch about every other Friday throughout the school year. The children are encouraged to wear their Westside School Spirit Wear on these days. Even if your child doesn’t eat pizza, have them wear Spirit Wear and get in the school spirit! Click here to order pizza for the 2016 - 2017 academic year. You will need to receive the email containing your child's teacher or advisor assignment before you can complete the order.

Scholastic Book Orders

Books provides quality books for our children at extremely competitive prices. When we order books through Scholastic, we not only get a good deal, but the school earns credits with which to buy books for our classrooms and library. The PA committee chair for Scholastics Book orders will work with a volunteer from each class to coordinate these monthly orders. Let your room parent know if you are interested in helping out!

Quiz Night: Friday, November 4, 2016

Quiz Night is a casual, friendly competition. There are teams of parents and staff answering trivia questions, recorded on answer sheets. A traditional chili dinner is available and guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages. Wine and beer are permitted, so long as no children are on the Westside School campus. Admission is $10 per person will cover dinner, and any proceeds will be put toward WPO funding of school assemblies, a family dance, field day and more.

Family Movie Nights: September 30, 2016

Target Audience: All ages, family and friends welcome, films are geared for students in pre-kindergarten through third grade

Pack up your family and head to Cinema Westside for Family Movie Night. A family friendly movie will be projected on the wall for everyone’s viewing. Bean bags, lawn chairs, etc. are welcome. Concessions, including pizza and popcorn will be for for sale. All ages welcome, see you at the movies!

Lower School Family Dance: Friday, February 10, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Target Audience: All ages, family and friends welcome

Get out your fancy shoes, it’s time to dance! The Family Dance is a great community builder, and everyone who comes is sure to have a great time! Kids love it and adults have fun too! Every year, the theme will change, so save the date and twist, do the two-step or boogie-down! You may even want to show up in costume!

Halloweenfest: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Target Audience: All ages, family and friends welcome; games geared to ages pre-kindergarten through fourth grade; Haunted Hallway for ages elementary and up

Date: October 29, 2016

This is one event you don't want to miss! Dress in your favorite costume and come join in the fun, along with your friends, neighbors and family! Everyone's invited! Westside School gets filled with ghosts and goblins, and kids participate in lots of fun activities, including the jumper slide, face painting, and many more ghouly activities. Nearly our entire parent community takes part to make this PA event a favorite every year.

Family Summer Socials

Target Audience: All ages; incoming and existing Westside School families

Dates: TBD

Westside School organizes monthly socials on the Westside playground for all current and future Westside students. This has been a great way for new families to begin to meet other Westside families.

Field Day

Target Audience: Enrolled Westside School students

Date: Friday, June 2, 2017

Under the direction of Westside School's Lower School Physical Education teacher, the PA sponsors this event each spring. In addition to funding the event, we help with the planning and organize the parent volunteers that make this a fun-filled afternoon that the whole Westside School community enjoys.

PA Meetings, Parent Education Series & More

Westside School Parent Association Parent Education Series

Target Audience: Adults

The PA hosts one to three meetings a year, with various speakers that discuss a hot topic! These meetings are a great way to meet other parents and to learn what’s going on in the school. This year we will also have informal coffees a few mornings during the year.

Google Groups

Target Audience: Parents of enrolled Westside School students

A Google group allows you to interact with members from the entire community without having to make individual emails or phone calls. Google Groups are a great tool for sharing information, organizing events, and reaching out. Looking for a new nanny? Want to find out where other parents take their kids in West Seattle for haircuts? Just need some advice? Post your query on the Google group website!

To join, go to and click on “apply for group membership,” or email with your name and email address for an invitation to be sent to you.

Teacher Appreciation

Target Audience: All Westside School Staff

Dates: In-service days for faculty and staff

Our Teacher Appreciation lunches are provided to the teachers and staff on in-service days and culminates in a special Teacher & Staff Appreciation Day in May. Grade levels take turns hosting a luncheon during the school year. Contact your room parent or the PA if you are interested in helping out!

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