Good Evening PTA Leaders!
It is hard to believe October is already upon us, and hints of the cooler weather to come have sporadically dotted our weeks. Autumn is an amazing time of cool, crisp mornings, the smell of wood fires burning, the sight of leaves changing color and the sound of cheers at a local sports game. For many of us, it is the first time we’ve had a chance to take a deep breath, while others are still waiting for it.
I encourage you now, to take that deep breath! Take inventory of all that you have accomplished so far this year, and take a moment to celebrate. You and your PTA deserve a pat on the back and a well-earned, “Thank you!”
Thank you for getting your PTA/PTSA off to a great start by hosting a fabulous fall drive. Thank you for getting families together at your first fall family event. Thank you for supporting our teachers and providing a snack or meal during Parent Teacher Conferences. Thank you for putting books in the hands of our children by hosting a book fair.
Throughout the year, remember to take stock of what you have accomplished and be recognized for what you are doing to support the health, safety and education of our children.
Your TO DO LIST (yes, you have a “To Do” list; membership is year-round!):
**Please be sure to submit your dues monthly to Missouri PTA.
**At your next PTA meeting, report your membership numbers and how close you are to your membership goal.
**Communicate regularly with your members – make sure they know who you are, what you do, and why they are members!
**October 8th is National Walk to School Day! How is your school celebrating?
**October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Find an online toolkit, Leader and Student guides,templates, promotional tools by going to: http://www.pta.org/c4r
**Get excited about Missouri State Convention coming up soon! Celebrate the person(s) from your unit that will be attending, and be ready to share all that you will learn with the leaders of your unit, upon your return.
**Check out the opportunity for a $1,000 Take Your Family to School Week grant, sponsored by AXA, by visiting: http://www.pta.org/awards
**Remind members that November 4th is Election Day! Being a voice for our children (advocate) means that we educate ourselves on issues and make an informed choice when we vote. Please remember that PTA does not endorse candidates. We do encourage all citizens to get out and vote! Need more information on voting and how to engage your community?
Visit here for helpful information.
Please be sure to share this information with the leaders of your PTA unit.
Thank you for your dedication to the children of Missouri and have a wonderful Monday,
VP Department of Membership Services