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    Participating in Site Council, the governing body of our school, is a terrific way to get involved in your child’s school, meet great people, and make a difference in our school community.

    Officers hold office for a term of one year beginning in June. If you are interested in holding an office, please contact the Site Council chair or by June 1.

    Everybody is encouraged to participate!


    2nd Tuesday of each month
    6:30 to 8:30 pm
    Please check calendar to confirm!

    Site Council meetings are open meetings. Childcare can be provided if arrangements are made at least one day before the Site Council meeting. To make arrangements, contact the Site Council Chair.


    The Site Council is the administrative body representing the 501(c)3 organization named Thornton Creek Parent Group.


    Chair: The chair provides agenda and presides over all meetings of the Parent Group and Site Council, calls special meetings, and appoints special committees as needed; performs all acts and duties usually performed by a presiding officer.

    Vice Chair: Supports the chair position, and in the absence or disability of the chair, performs the duties of the chair.

    Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for budget, keeping and disbursing of all monies of the Parent Group, and manages a committee to ensure accurate books of accounts of all transactions of the Parent Group.


    Site Council committees and their functions are described below. Committees with voting rights are noted with an asterisk.

    Communications Committee*

    • Maintains the Thornton Creek website.
    • Produces the Thornton Creek newsletter, directory, and handbook.

    Curriculum Committee*

    • Organizes parent education events about expeditionary learning and other curricula used in our unique program.
    • Compiles and produces the yearly expedition newsletter.

    District Relations Committee*

    • Monitors proposals that are under consideration by the Zone and School District.
    • Fosters and maintains relationships with other schools and educational groups.
    • Represents the views and concerns of the Site Council to the larger Seattle Public School community.

    Enrichment Committee

    • Coordinates before- and after-school activities with parent volunteers and vendors.
    • Compiles and distributes registration information at the start of each session.

    Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity  (EDI) Committee

    • Plans and implements school-wide diversity events for students, families, and staff.
    • Supports and encourages discussions about diversity at Thornton Creek to facilitate understanding and celebration of differences.
    • Read more about EDI's purpose and goals.

    Facilities Committee

    • Proposes and implements improvements to and maintenance of facilities, including landscaping, water quality, and earthquake preparedness.

    Fundraising Committee*

    • Plans and coordinates events to raise funds to support Site Council programs.

    Grant Writing Committee

    • Identifies and seeks funding from a variety of sources to support specific programs at Thornton Creek.

    Hospitality Committee*

    • Organizes the welcoming events for new families.
    • Plans a variety of appreciation events for teachers and staff.

    Recruitment and Hiring Committee

    • Plans and coordinates recruitment of staff members for Thornton Creek.

    Safety Committee

    • Organizes Health and Medical Safety Committee.
    • Organizes all disaster preparedness, including earthquake supplies.

    Special Education Committee

    • Supports community building among and advocacy on behalf of families of students with special needs.
    • Promotes inclusion of students with special needs in all school activities.
    • Plans and coordinates parent education events relating to special education.


    Meeting minutes

    Meeting minutes from 2016-17 can be sent to you as needed. Please email if you need specific minutes. We cannot post them on the website because they are not ADA compliant.


    September 2017

    October 2017

    November 2017

    No December 2017 meeting

    January 2018

    February 2018

    March 2018

    April 2018

    May 2018

    Site Council contacts

    Evan Briggs

    Christina Ellis

    Dana Bright

    Co Treasurers*
    Robin Belz
    Lisa Anacker

    Building Use Permits Coordinator
    Erica Lerer

    Cassie Condon
    Laura Cooper
    – Jacob Kosman
    – Anna Marshall
    – Vincent Célié
    – Jenny Sanders
    – Molly Shumway
    – Beth Anderson
    – Becky Howsmon

    Culture and Community
    Piper Carling

    Satcha Dearborn Graham

    District Relations*
    Mardi Brekke

    Jay Mas Gilvydis


    Amelia McGee




    Recruitment and Hiring

    Jessica Knaster Wasse

    Scrip coordinator
    Leslie Cary

    Special Education Committee
    Julie Shin, Katy Turner Brooks

    Volunteer coordinator
    Emily Wong

    Yearbook Coordinator
    Anna Farr

    *Position or committee has voting responsibility.