An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Parents and Guardians Association

Posted May 12, 2017

Counting down and best wishes to our seniors

This spring Lakeside parents and guardians have been spotted cheering students at events, supporting the school by flipping burgers at the tailgate, and feeding hungry rowers at the Brentwood Regatta. The PGA is winding down its work for the year and many volunteers are already learning the ropes for new roles next year. Our students are counting down the weeks to final exams in the Upper School, outdoor trips in the Middle School, and graduation for the eighth graders and seniors. Taking a page from Denise Pope's playbook, I encourage you to carve out opportunities in the coming weeks for much-needed playtime, downtime, and family time, both for yourself and your students. For those of you with graduating seniors, the PGA wishes you and your student the best of luck in the exciting months to come.

Thank you,

Nan Robertson

PGA president, 2016-17

Pawprint (PGA newsletters)

Parents and Guardians Association Mission

The Parents and Guardians Association (PGA) is made up of all parents and guardians of current Lakeside students. The mission of the PGA is to support Lakeside School by building community, facilitating communications, and fundraising. Last year the PGA raised over $600,000 through its fundraising activities (ROAR auction, Rummage, and logowear). These funds primarily benefit students, faculty and staff, and also support significant community-building efforts undertaken by the PGA in the form of over 100 activities and events each year!

There are a wide variety of programs and activities to help all parents and guardians feel welcomed, informed, involved, and connected. For parents and guardians who want to become involved in the PGA and the school community, connect with other parents and guardians, lend time and talent, and have some fun, there are PGA activities and jobs of all sizes and types to fit different interests and schedules. One can learn about events and volunteer opportunities through class reps, the Lakeside PGA webpage (, at class picnics, at the PGA welcome coffees, and through the bi-weekly Pawprint.

Parents and Guardians Resources

PGA office and staff: The PGA office is located at 14201 4th Avenue NE in the northeast corner of the Upper School campus in a white house and is open to all (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) The Rummage Depot is on the lower level of this building. The PGA’s Volunteer Coordinator Vonnie Breidenstein can be reached at 206-440-2740 or The PGA’s Administrative Assistant Lani Carpenter can be reached at 206-440-2796 or

Parents and guardians webpage: This page has important information for Lakeside parents and guardians including links to the PGA page, family information and billing, the Lakeside calendar, Family Handbook, school forms, etc.

Pawprint: This is the PGA’s bi-weekly email newsletter. The issues will alternate between grade-level news and all-school news during the school year.

PGA class representatives: These are parents and guardians from each grade who have volunteered to coordinate communications, social events and Rummage operations for each class. They help keep parents and guardians in the grade informed of PGA events and volunteer opportunities, and they serve as a resource to parents and guardians.

PGA class coordinators: These parents and guardians volunteer to coordinate specific activities in each grade. These volunteer jobs vary slightly for each grade, but all grades will have coordinators for APPLE, potlucks, and peer groups. Click here for more information on PGA programs and events.

PGA board: This group includes over 100 parents and guardians who are elected or appointed to leadership positions as class representatives or committee chairs each year. These volunteers manage the more than 30 programs or committees sponsored by the PGA.

PGA general membership meetings: These meetings, which are typically held three times per year, are open to all parents and guardians, and are a great forum to learn about happenings at Lakeside. Agendas feature school administrators as well as PGA updates.

PGA Calendar



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