Doors of Opportunity Award

Honor your favorite teacher or staff member!


Don’t miss the deadline of June 15, 2016


In 1998, Charlie Staadecker started a fund and created an annual award which he named the Doors of Opportunity Award. The idea behind this award is to honor a VISD teacher or staff member who best exemplifies by deed, a true spirit and grit that goes beyond their job description, opening doors and maximizing a student’s potential. Since then 18 VISD employees have won the Doors of Opportunity award which consists of $2000 dollars, $1000 for their personal use and $1000 for their field of work or classroom.

The previous award recipients have been: Roxanne Thayer, Mike Kirk, Doug Kloke, Renae Taylor, Jim Dorsey, Martha Woodard, Cornelius Lopez, Cherry Champagne, Shirley Ferris, Mike Scott, Julie Jaffe, Gail Labinski, Harris Levinson, Lance Morgan, Mary Heath, Geri Wilson, Char Phillips and Larry Dubois. All of them are no longer eligible to receive the award.

Send your emails to nominating the VISD teacher, administrator or employee who you think deserves to win and tell us why they deserve the award. All letters and emails from previous years have been filed and are taken into account when someone is nominated again. Nominations are open until June 15th. We are looking forward to hearing from all of you and your reasons why your nominee deserves to win.

Vashon Community Cookbooks For Sale - PTSA Fundraiser!
The Vashon Community Cookbooks are here! The cookbook is a compilation from Vashon Island Students in the Vashon School District as well as local restaurants and farms. The artwork is from students and local Vashon Island artists. Cookbooks can be purchased for $25. All proceeds for to the Vashon PTSA.
People can also order books at: Click here to order online

Cookbooks are also available at:
Vashon Book Store
Hardware Store Restaurant
Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie

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Save Grocery Receipts!
Both Vashon Thriftway and IGA are giving 1% back to the Vashon PTSA on your grocery subtotal.
This is an easy and great fundraiser for the PTSA budget. Just write your name and phone # on the receipt and circle the subtotal. Drop receipts in the Chautaqua Elementary lobby drop box. We thank you for your support.

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Spirit Wear!
Show your school spirit and support Chautauqua PTSA programs when you purchase a Chautauqua Elementary School t-shirt, longsleeve or hooded sweatshirt.  Here is the order form:  T-Shirt order form                    Questions?  Contact Natalie Kosovac at 206-818-5816   ... read full article

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