Site Council

Everybody is invited to participate!

The governing body of our school, Site Council, is a terrific way to get involved in your child’s school, meet a lot of great people, and really make a difference in our school community!


2nd Tuesday of each month
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Please check calendar to confirm.

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


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


Committees with voting rights at Site Council are noted with an asterisk.

Auction Committee

  • Plans and holds the annual school auction.

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 Thornton Creek Site Council to the larger Seattle Public School community.

Diversity Committee

  • Plans and implements school-wide diversity events for students, families, and staff.
  • Supports and encourages discussions about diversity at Thornton Creek that facilitate understanding and celebraton of differences.

Enrichment Committee

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

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.

Meeting minutes

2013 to 2014 school year:

May Apr Mar  Feb  Jan
Dec  Nov  Oct   Sept   Aug

2012 to 2013 school year:

May  April  March  Feb  Jan
Dec  Nov  Oct  Sept  Aug

Site Council contacts

Tim Fonken

Lissa Armato

Robin Belz

Gretchen Swapp

Valerie Mehring
Molly Shumway
Website editors
Newsletter submissions

Ken Hammer
Lisa Skylynd

District Relations*
Elliot Curtis
Dion Hutchings

Emi Barkus
Brenda Ding
Sam Rosen

Enrichment activities coordinator
Bob Kackman

Greg Williams

Elle Bunch
Anna Farr

Grant Writing
Shahin Hakimian

Jennifer McDowell
Shannon Ratner

Cristina McGlynn

Recruitment and Hiring
Frank Prohaska

Michelle Brown

Scrip coordinator
Leslie Cary

Karen Fardal

Volunteer coordinator
Emily Wong

Yearbook Coordinator
Anna Farr

*Position or committee has voting rights at Site Council.