The Thurgood Marshall PTA

Welcome to the Thurgood Marshall Parent Teacher Association (PTA) 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 Thurgood Marshall PTA is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit (Tax ID 91-1462857) affiliated with the national PTA. With other state and local PTAs, we advocate for our students through educational outreach, fundraising and community involvement. While we hope TM parents will  join us by becoming a member, all activities we sponsor are open to every TM family.

What your PTA 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 PTA 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, 2019-20

See the job descriptions for most PTA Board positions. Executive Committee positions are elected by the PTA 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-President   Kathleen Lendvay (5) pta@tmlink.org  Co-President  Venessa Goldberg …

General Meeting Dates & Minutes

General Meeting Minutes & Dates Thurgood Marshall PTA General Meetings take place 4 times per year 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, in the Library (unless otherwise announced).  Meetings are open to all parents/guardians of current students, as well as involved members of the community. Principal May and PTA Board members give updates on curriculum, staffing, budget, teacher …

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 …

PTA Standing Rules

The Thurgood Marshall PTA Standing Rules (similar to bylaws in other nonprofit organizations) govern elections and other procedures. They are occasionally amended or re-approved by a vote of the PTA membership at a General Meeting. Standing Rules, as amended Oct. 18, 2016

What the PTA Supports

The Thurgood Marshall Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is committed to providing a well-organized, strong and equitable academic environment for our students. The PTA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of parent volunteers and staff representatives. We work closely with the Principal and staff to meet the diverse needs of our school community. When …

PTA Meetings

About PTA General Meetings Thurgood Marshall PTA General 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 “Screenagers” (about kids’ screen use); a talk by Amy Lang on the …

Contact Us

All PTA 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 PTA 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 …