The Friends of Thurgood Marshall Elementary School (FTME)

Welcome to the Friends of Thurgood Marshall Elementary (FTME) website.  We are an organization of parents, teachers and staff members who strive to support the intellectual, social and emotional needs of all our students and families.  The FTME is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit (Tax ID 91-1462857). While we hope TM parents will  join us,  all activities we sponsor are open to every TM family.

What FTME does…

We support our students, staff and families through community building events and fundraising efforts needed to support our many programs. Here are some examples of what the FTME supports within the school:

  • School Counselor (100% of salary for part-time position)
  • Librarian (covering 50% of salary, so position is full time)
  • Tutors (partial funding)
  • Drama: classes taught by artists-in-residence and assemblies by Book-It Rep and Taproot Theatre
  • Classroom grants for every teacher and staff member to support the needs of students
  • “Opportunity” grants to fund a new idea that any teacher or staff member feels could benefit their classroom or the school
  • School Directory compilation and publication
  • Before- & After-School Enrichment Program
  • Support for Equity Action Teams
  • Recruitment and coordination of most volunteers

Examples of community-building events, open to all families and staff, include:

  • Grade-level potlucks in the Fall
  • Fall Dance
  • Pancake Breakfast and Winter Art Walk
  • Games Night
  • TM at the Mariners
  • Grade-level picnics in the Spring
  • PTA General Meetings, featuring topics important to parents and our school

Our success depends on the energy, enthusiasm and interest of our many volunteers.
We hope you will consider joining our team! Please share your ideas to help support our mission of serving all students, staff and families at Thurgood Marshall Elementary. New ideas are always welcome.

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Advanced Learning Archive

This page offers a small sampling of links to information and reports about Advanced Learning in the Seattle School District. Most, if not all, of the information is available at seattleschools.org, but often is hard to locate. (We are storing some items on the tmlink.org server to assure access.) Apologies for omissions. General links SPS …

Board Members, 2023-2024

See the job descriptions for most FTME Board positions. Executive Committee positions are elected by the FTME General Membership in spring for the following school year. The Executive Committee then votes on additional Board nominees, as prescribed by the Standing Rules. Position Name (Child’s Grade) Contact Email Co-Chair Lesley Jones (4) pta@tmlink.org  Co-Chair Quyen Pham …

General Meeting Dates & Minutes

General Meeting Minutes & Dates The Friends of Thurgood Marshall Elementary (FTME) General Meetings take place 4 times per year 6:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesdays. Normally they are held in the Library (unless otherwise announced) but due to COVID they are currently held online.  Meetings are open to all parents/guardians of current students, as well as involved …

Our Standing Rules

New bylaws & rules are under development to reflect our new, expanded and more inclusive structure.  A copy of our previous standing rules (under the PTA organization) are included below for reference. Standing Rules, as amended Oct. 18, 2016 [embeddoc url=”https://tmlink.org/files/2016/10/TM_PTA_Standing_Rules_2016-10-18.pdf” download=”all” viewer=”google”]

Parent Resource Contacts

Many Thurgood Marshall parents are happy to answer questions about their family’s experiences at the school! Two easy ways to reach them: Post on the Bullpup Parents Facebook page (you will need to be approved as a member). Email the following parent volunteers directly. Grade levels are for 2018-19. General questions may be addressed to any parent …

What We Support

Our parent and family organization is committed to providing a well-organized, strong and equitable academic environment for our students. Friends of Thurgood Marshall is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of parent volunteers, working closely with school administrators and staff to meet the diverse needs of our school community. Friends of Thurgood Marshall Elementary …


About Our Meetings Meetings are open to the Thurgood Marshall community, everyone is welcome and we encourage you to attend!  Meetings take place 4-5 times each year in the school Library, and often include special guests, such as a parenting expert, School Board member or TM staff member. For example, recent years’ meetings featured the movie …

Contact Us

All FTME functions are handled by volunteers, so we hope you will be patient should you not receive an immediate response. (This applies especially during periods when school is not in session.) General information: Contact us via email at pta@tmlink.org. Board members: If you wish to contact a member of the FTME Board, please visit …


Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about Thurgood Marshall Elementary (TM) and its PTA. Last update: 7/1/2018. This page is maintained by the PTA; occasionally, information below will not reflect a recent change made by the school or District. If you have school- and District-related questions not answered below, options include contacting the school (206-252-2800) …

Dinosaur mural

Art on the TM campus

Walk around the grounds and buildings, and find interesting or surprising pieces of art! Dinosaur & Other Murals by Henry (Ryan ‘Henry’ Ward) – One of the most prolific mural painters in Seattle came to TM. TM Bullpup Flag – This flag was designed in 2015 for a school contest by  4th-grader Jacqueline Miller and …