Order Your 2017-2018 Membership Cards!

Please complete the Membership Card Request Form below which will be submitted to the Missouri PTA Office.  Cards will be shipped to the address submitted.  They are pre-cut cards.  If you would rather have full sheets, or an electronic membership card, templates are provided below this form.  More Membership Resources are also provied below this form.  

ELECTRONIC MEMBERSHIP CARDS

Missouri PTA has created an eCard that you can use to send to your members.  This can make it easy for them to carry the card at all times as they can save it on their phones!  We have it in a JPEG version, and it is below.  Feel free to use this resource this year with your members.

MORE MEMBERSHIP LINKS:

Submit Membership Dues online (must pay with PayPal)

Printable Membership Dues form (fillable) for mailing dues

Membership Card Template (to print sheets on your own) – use Avery White Matte Clean Edge Business Cards #8871


Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the Administrative Assistant for Missouri PTA!

Applications are now being accepted for the Administrative Assistant for Missouri PTA.  This is a part-time, hourly position that oversees the business of the state PTA office located in Columbia, MO.  Responsibilities include providing support to the volunteer members of the state Board of Managers and local PTA unit leaders.  The position also includes accounts payable, accounts receivable and basic clerical duties.  Strong communication, organizational and computer skills required as well as the ability to relate to a diversity of individuals and operate as a team player.  Microsoft Office (Word & Excel), and accounting/bookkeeping (Quick Books) experience are a plus.  Work hours are primarily Monday through Friday 20-30 hours per week.

Job Description

Send resume and letter summarizing experience via email to our President-Elect.


May is National Foster Care Month!

Dear PTA Family,
 
May is National Foster Care Month!  It may seem like just another “Awareness” month that clogs your social media feed but it’s important to bring to light a topic that seems almost taboo in our society.  Fostercare is also known as “Alternative Care.”  It is best known as the function of removing a child from those they trust most and everything they’ve known in order to return them to safety and wellness.  It is not something we care to dwell on, and that’s ok.  But today, I ask you to take time out and ponder the other side of parenting.  The side we wish didn’t exist, but we know it does.

Fostering is near and dear to my heart.  My husband and I have fostered 10 children, 3 of which we adopted last year.  Our bio children have been exposed to behaviors and stories that I would never wish them to experience.  Our foster children have tested us, doubted us, and even loved us… sometimes in ways that may not make sense to us because that is not how we were taught to love.

Fostering is an enigmatic, exhausting labyrinth and I’ve questioned my sanity more times than I care to share.  During this whirlwind of Wonderland-esque escapades, I’ve lost my place and even felt as if I could only muster strength enough to give up.

Yet, here I am, 4 years after signing my foster parent contract, begging all of you to spend 5 minutes reading this email and sharing this infographic.

I acknowledge, your time is valuable and precious and spending it learning about this system, these families, and these children is a wonderful use of such a precious gift.
Thanks for reading, pondering, and sharing National #FosterCareMonth!
 
-Kristina Wilmoth
Wife, Mom, Advocate
Missouri PTA Public Relations Chair
 
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2016 Missouri PTA Convention Awards

Application Awards:

Blue Seal Award
Exclusive 100 Award
Silver Acorn Award
Outstanding Membership Campaign Award
100% Faculty Award/Golden Apple Award
Student Membership Award – no applicants
Membership Challenge
Health & Safety Education Award – no applicants
Outstanding Local Unit/Council Newsletter Award & Website Award
Parent Education and Engagement Award

Non-Application Awards:

Oak Leaf Award
Missouri PTA Honor Roll
Community Involvement Award
Golden Gavel Awards

 


2016 Missouri PTA Scholarship Recipients

The Missouri PTA Scholarship Committee selected three outstanding students to receive Missouri PTA Teacher Education Scholarships for the fall 2016 school year.

Helen B Maupin Foundation:

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Janelle D., Raytown South High School, Raytown, MO, plans to major in Secondary Education (Spanish/ESL).  She has excelled in a variety of subjects and extracurricular activities including Missouri Girls State, Fashion Design, Forensics, Cross Country Track, Soccer, FCCLA, NHS, Student Council and Art Club and has a number of tutoring experiences.  She is inspired to become a teacher because of the impact teachers have had on her life.  Janelle looks forward to inspiring and mentoring others and plans to “pour love, encouragement and kindness into the lives” of her students.


Caroline B Ullman:

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Kaylan B.
, Potosi High School, Potosi, MO, plans to major in Elementary Education (Music; 3rd Grade).  She has participated in National Honor Society, Future Teachers, All-District Choir, All-District and All-Conference Band, cadet teaching and is known to be a leader in both her school and her community.  She believes that teachers are the shapers of the next generation and she looks forward to creating the “next generation of doctors, scientists, and great thinkers” who will change the world.


Marissa S.
, Winnetonka High School, North Kansas City Schools, Kansas City, MO, plans to major in Elementary Education (Early Childhood-Kindergarten).  She has been active in Student Council, Key Club, Softball, Choir, volunteering and informal tutoring of friends and family.  She is known to excel academically while keeping up with 30 hours per week of working outside of school.  Education has always been important to Marissa, and she wants to teach kids that “they can be anything they want if they stay in school and do their best.”

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Phoebe Apperson Hearst Memorial Award:

Each fall, the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Memorial Award (PAH Award) is awarded to an outstanding senior, one with a record of exceptional academics, outstanding character, community service and a commitment to teaching.  Income from the PAH Fund is used to finance these awards.

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In August 2015, the Scholarship Committee selected Shannon C. of Independence, MO to receive this award.  Shannon will graduate with honors from William Jewell College.  In addition to her academic honors, she has been a dance instructor and is captain of the William Jewell dance team.  Shannon states that she decided to become a teacher in part because of classroom experiences that she contributes to PTA’s impact: “PTA has had a large impact on my decision to become a teacher.  PTA provides students with so many learning experiences and opportunities that coincide with what is being taught in the classroom and that make teaching worthwhile. All throughout elementary school, PTA funded and sponsored many things that contributed to my growth as a learner. They helped foster my love for school and learning, and that love is one of the reasons I decided to become a teacher.”


In addition to the PAH Award, seventeen (17) students have renewed their annual scholarship disbursements of $500.00; totaling $8,700.00 awarded by Missouri PTA in scholarships last fall.  Historically, scholarships have been funded by income from endowment funds, individual donations and local PTA Council and Unit gifts.  In addition to individual, unit and council contributions, half of the proceeds of the Distinguished Service Award is designated for scholarships.

Congratulations to these outstanding students, and thank you to everyone who contributes to Missouri PTA scholarships.

Donna Petiford
Scholarship Chair and Immediate Past-President, Missouri PTA


Please visit the Missouri PTA Scholarship page for more information.

 

 


Trailridge Elementary PTA selected as a 2015-2017 National PTA School of Excellence.

Missouri PTA is pleased to announce that Trailridge Elementary PTA, in Lee’s Summit, Missouri was selected by National PTA as a 2015-2017 National PTA Schools of Excellence.

In the 2014-2015 school-year, more than 240 PTAs partnered with schools to participate in National PTA’s School of Excellence program. Of those participants, National PTA is pleased to recognize 124 schools from across the country as the 2015-2017 National PTA Schools of Excellence for their achievements in building strong family-school partnerships.

In the analysis of data for the 2015-2017 School of Excellence participants, National PTA found:

  • Nearly 95% of families feel they are treated fairly regardless of age, gender, race or cultural background. (Welcoming All Families)
  • 95 % of families believe their school and PTA communicate with families in multiple ways. (Communicating Effectively)
  • 79% of families feel they understand the academic standards their child is expected to meet and how the curriculum is linked to those standards. (Supporting Student Success)
  • 83% of families feel PTA promotes opportunities to empower parents to advocate for the success of their own child and other children in their school. (Speaking Up for Every Child)
  • Approximately 81% of families believe their school establishes policies that recognize and respect families’ cultural, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic diversity. (Sharing Power)
  • 93% of families feel the school is a central part of their community.  (Collaborating with the Community)

For more information please visit National PTA’s website.


Missouri Department of Revenue & Tax Exempt Letters

Dear PTA Presidents and Treasurers;

I wanted to share with you that I recently talked with Missouri Department of Revenue regarding tax exempt letters.  I had received an updated letter that has no expiration date.  They have changed the letters; there is no longer an expiration date.  They mailed out updated letters on Dec. 15, 2014 to every unit that had a current tax exempt letter as of Dec. 1, 2014.

If your unit has not received an updated tax exempt letter you need to go to their website; www.dor.mo.gov and search for Form 126 Registration or Exemption Change Request.  Here is a direct link; http://dor.mo.gov/forms/126.pdf.

I was told that they had “a ton” of the letters returned to them.  They would have mailed this update to the last address that they had on file.  Please check to see that you have received your updated letter as soon as possible.  If you have not please go online as soon as you can to get your current mailing information changed.  Please mark your envelopes with “Address change” so that it will flag the letter.

I would suggest that you use the school mailing address so that you are assured that in the future any correspondence from them comes to the school and they can get it to you.  Most units have a PTA box in the office.  This should assure that you don’t miss any correspondence.

Each time there is a turn over in your leadership you should fill out this form so that MO Dept. of Revenue has updated mailing information.   This should be added to your procedure book and list of things to do when leadership has a turn over.

Thanks, have a great day!
Lori Prussman
MO State PTA Treasurer

 


Thank You For Your Donation!

Missouri PTA would like to say THANK YOU to the list of units and councils below that have graciously donated and supported the Missouri PTA Building Fund, Founders Donations, and Scholarship Donations.  Your unit or council can join this elite group by donating any amount your unit chooses.  You can include this information on the Unit/Council Dues Submission form.

 

Building Fund Donors
Blue Springs Early Childhood Preschool PTA
Franklin Smith Elementary PTA
Greenwood Elementary PTA
James A. Jeffries Elementary
PTA Nixa Jr. High PTSA
Prairie View Elementary PTA
Summit Lakes Middle School PTA
Trailridge Elementary PTA 

Scholarship Donors
Blue Springs Early Childhood Preschool PTA
Blue Springs R-IV School District Council PTA
Delta Woods Middle School PTSA
Franklin Smith Elementary PTA
Gracemoor PTA
Greenwood Elementary PTA
Hazelwood Council PTA
Independence Council PTA
Lee’s Summit Council PTA
Lee’s Summit West High School PTSA
Liberty Oaks Elementary PTA
Lone Jack PTA
Mark Twain Elementary PTA – St. Joseph
Mason Elementary PTA
Meadow Lane Elementary PTA
Nixa Council PTA
Nixa Jr. High PTSA
Pleasant Lea Middle School PTA
Prairie View Elementary PTA
Richardson Elementary PTA
Springfield Council PTA
Summit Lakes Middle School PTA
Trailridge Elementary PTA
Underwood Elementary PTA
Yeokum Middle School PTSA

Founders Donors
Blue Springs Early Childhood Preschool PTA
Blue Springs R-IV School District Council PTA
Delta Woods Middle School PTSA
Gracemoor PTA
Greenwood Elementary PTA
Humboldt PTA
Lakewood Elementary PTA
Lee’s Summit Council PTA
Lee’s Summit West High School PTSA
Liberty Oaks Elementary PTA
Longview Farm Elementary PTA
Mark Twain Elementary PTA – St. Joseph
Mason Elementary PTA
Meadow Lane Elementary PTA
Nixa Council PTA
Nixa Jr. High PTSA
Pleasant Lea Elementary PTA
Pleasant Lea Middle School PTA
Prairie View Elementary PTA
Richardson Elementary PTA
Stonegate Elementary PTA
Summit Lakes Middle School PTA
Summit Intermediate School PTA
Summit Pointe Elementary PTA
Timber Creek Elementary PTA
Trailridge Elementary PTA
Underwood Elementary PTA
Woodland Elementary PTA
Yeokum Middle School PTSA