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    Site Council

    Site Council is one of our school’s governing bodies and is made up of school administrators, appointed staff, a member of the Eastlake community, and elected representatives who are family members or caregivers of children enrolled in TOPS.  There is a parent or caregiver representative for each grade band, the Parents of Color Caucus, and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Group.

    Site Council members are also the trustees of TOPS’s parent-organized, non-profit fundraising organization called Friends of TOPS (FOT).  Money raised by Friends of TOPS provides opportunities for the TOPS community beyond what is provided by Seattle Public Schools, e.g. music for all grades, drama, movement, hourly classroom assistants, and community-building events.

    Site Council meetings are held monthly and provide a forum for teachers, administrators, and families to share information, discuss concerns, raise questions, and make decisions. All parents and caregivers of TOPS students are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate (though only elected Site Council members may vote).

    Your grade's Site Council representative will regularly inform you of Site Council business and ask for your input via your grade band's Google group. Please contact your representative if you have any questions about Site Council, the TOPS community, or school processes.

    2020-21 Site Council Meetings this year will be held on alternating 3rd Wednesday and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 6-7:30pm:

    • Wed, September 16
    • Tue, October 20
    • Wed, November 18
    • Tue, December 15
    • Wed, January 20
    • Tue, February 23 (moved to 4th Tue because of Mid-Winter Break)
    • Wed, March 17
    • Tue, April 20
    • Wed, May 19
    • Tue, June 15

    2020-2021 Site Council Roster

    Elected Members

    Name Representing Roles Executive Office
    Lee Staman Kindergarten    
    Trevor Menagh Grade 1 Auction Chair  
    Nick Barnett Grade 2   Treasurer
    Julie Smith Grade 3    
    Asra Ghori Grade 4    
    Amy Astle-Raaen Grade 5   Secretary
    Kathy Cowles Grade 6   Co-chair
    Jana Robbins Grade 7    
    Cindy Watanabe Mezs Grade 8    
    Laura Gramer Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program   Co-chair
    Stina Lane-Cummings Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program
    Teri Gaines Parents of Color Caucus    
    Vineet Kumar     Communications Manager


    Appointed Members

    Name Role
    Amy Schwentor Principal
    Emily Williams Teacher rep, K-2 
    Kacy Lebby Teacher rep, 3-5
    Guy Lawrence Teacher rep, Middle School
    Alex LaRosa Assistant Principal (non-voting)
    Steve Breaux Eastlake Community


    Friends of TOPS Bylaws

    Current Bylaws, June 2020