Message from the PTA President

12/14/2020 9:09 pm

Greetings Capitol Hill families, we wish you all safe and happy holidays this winter! 


First off, thank you to everyone who has joined the Capitol Hill PTA this year and attended our virtual meetings. This fall has been a school year like no other, and we know that sometimes even joining another Zoom meeting at the end of the day feels like a big ask. We appreciate seeing you all at the meetings and to catching up with what’s happening in the Capitol Hill community! 


As December hits, a challenging 2020 is coming to a close. But despite the optimism stemming from multiple effective vaccines, we know that COVID will continue to change the way we gather, the ways our kids go to school, and the ways in which the PTA contributes to the school’s success.  Your participation in the PTA will help us continue to serve the school and students whenever we eventually emerge from distance learning or into some hybrid formats. If you haven’t yet joined or renewed your membership, you can do so hereMembership is $15.00 per person, $25.00 per couple. If the cost is a barrier for you or someone you know, we also have no-cost memberships available. We don't want cost to prevent anyone from participating.


Thanks to the help of PTA Board members and volunteers, we have been able to hold an online book fair to support the Capitol Hill Library and once again held a holiday greenery fundraiser to benefit the PTA. While these didn’t look or feel the same as in previous years, it was great to see folks in person as they picked up their greenery and the partnership with Annie Bloom’s Books in Multnomah Village for the online book fair is a good reminder of our community even from a distance. Thanks to all who helped make the events happen and to those who supported the events by making purchases.


We announced at the last meeting that we are shifting our 2021 Capitol Hill School Auction to 2022 – it will still be at MJCC and we’ll announce a date later this spring. At the last meeting we had a great discussion about ways we might consider instead holding an online auction and virtual event this spring.  Lots of great ideas were discussed and hopefully that conversation plants some seeds for additional ideas over the break. In order to make them a reality, however, we need volunteers to form an auction committee. While we know everyone is stretched thin – please consider whether you want to lead or join the auction committee in the new year!


Our next meeting is Wednesday January 13th at 6:30, and again we will use our PTA zoom account to host a social meeting after the business meeting concludes. 


We wish you all a safe and healthy holiday season! 


Your Capitol Hill 2020-21 PTA Board

Christina, Emily, Meredith, Michael, Soraya, and Tim