The Lions' ROAR: Our Lakeridge PTA Newsletter


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Our Lakeridge PTA newsletter

The Lakeridge Lions' ROAR is a PTA newsletter that provides various information about events, both at the school and in the community. We also include important district information and any other general information that may be relevant to our community.




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Events, reminders, student programs, all included every other week! 


New to Lakeridge? Did you know that due to privacy laws (FERPA), the district is not allowed to give any contact information out to the PTA until 5 days after school has started? So, unfortunately, a lot of the new families get lost over the summer as we are not allowed to get your information. We can, however, contact you if you sign up for the email list. 




content submission guidelines

The ROAR is meant to be a tiered information system with summary information displayed and more detailed information attached/linked to the article. The ROAR is not meant to be a traditional newsletter displaying full articles. To increase efficiency and readership, our aim is to keep the scroll to a reasonably short length for people who read info on mobile devices.


Special Note: Near the header, there is a Table of Contents (In This Issue) with hyper-links to articles within The ROAR.


Lakeridge-specific Information:

  • What is displayed in The ROAR? For Lakeridge related items: Synopsis such as (1) Attention Grabbing Headline and opening sentence(s), (2) brief, factual, bulleted summary including who, what, where, when, why  (3) websites with more info, (4) Picture (yours or we can select a stock image)
  • What if I have a longer article? If you submit a full article without a summary, Roar Editor(s) will summarize for you and attach the full article via the “Read More” link.   Ex. Documents longer than 2 short paragraphs, reports, document with multiple photos to share with parents.

Length of Article: 


In order to keep The ROAR fresh and interesting, we prefer not to run the same article more than twice. If you are promoting an event that will occur more than one month out, we recommend the following:

  • Let us know and we will put the event in the “Upcoming School Events” area of the Roar
  • Submit a brief “Save the Date” article
  • Two issues out: submit your full article
  • Issue right before event:  submit a new promotion article

Picture Submissions: Images over 350KB will be compressed and may not be inserted due to size. Pictures must be .jpg, .jpeg  or .png format. Photo permissions are NOT needed to put children’s pictures in the Roar (note: this is a change from previous years).  If a parent does not want his/her child’s photo published please let them know to turn in the “Notification of Rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act” form found in the E Parent Pack. A copy of this is also available in the Lakeridge Office.Roar Categories:  Articles will be divided into common categories such as PTA Information, Extra Curricular Activities, Student Club Information, In the Community, etc.  Editors can create categories as the need arises.Document Submissions:  If a document is needed to accompany a submission (such as a registration form), documents must be in PDF format. 

Outside Community Information:

The PTA does not sponsor these events.What is displayed in The ROAR? As a service to Lakeridge PTA members, Lakeridge PTA offers a standing list of hyperlinks to organizations that offer child/family-related programs/services on Mercer Island. These organizations must offer programs/services to all. For anything that is not Lakeridge-specific, we will include a listing of your organization on the Lakeridge PTA “Community Organizations” page with a hyperlink to your website. Please send this information to The ROAR, however, will publish community organization events. Community events must be listed as follows:Organization name, Event Name, Date/Time of Event (Hyperlink to event details. No flyers accepted.)Submit community events to event will be published in one edition of The ROAR only: the next edition after submission.


Article/Link Submission Deadlines: Articles are due by noon on the Tuesday before the distribution date. The ROAR is distributed every other Sunday as appropriate with the school calendar.  Articles may be submitted to


Incomplete Submissions:  If The ROAR Editors have a question/issue that needs to be addressed before they can complete inserting the article into The ROAR, they will make all reasonable attempts to contact the author.  If the author does not respond with an answer, Editor has the authority to suspend the inclusion of the article until said questions or issues are resolved.




Please use for submission of articles and photos.  If you don’t get a response back that your article was received, or have any questions, please see the Submission Guidelines attached to this email or contact us at



Note that Lakeridge article verbiage should be in word format or in the body of an email. Documents (if you need them attached to your blurb) must be in PDF format, and pictures must be .jpg, .jpeg or .png format. Submissions outside Lakeridge should be submitted in a link or flyer format.



If you don’t want your child’s photo published, please turn in the “Notification of Rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act” form found in the E Parent Pack.  A copy of this is also available in the Lakeridge Office.



The Front Office shares our PTA Constant Contact system in order to send out announcements from the Principal or “Front Office” related updates to parents. PTA Communications and the Roar Editors are responsible for all other communications from fellow PTA chairs and community organizations. The district would like us to combine news related information into weekly or every other week communications so that we do not overwhelm parents inboxes and dilute school information.