MOPTA: Help Wanted

Applications are now being accepted for the Bookkeeper for Missouri PTA.  This is a part-time, hourly position that records the financial transactions, processes accounts receivable/payable, processes payroll and prepares financial statements for the Board and annual review of the state PTA office located in Columbia, MO.  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 required.  Work hours are primarily Mondaythrough Friday 5 hours per week.

Send resume and letter summarizing experience via email to president-elect@mopta.org


Park Hill High School PTA to Host “Shifting the Paradigm” Event

The American Association of University Women published findings of a survey in a report titled, Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment in School conducted in the 2010-2011 school year. The survey questioned 1,965 public school students in grades 7-12 about sexual harassment in all its forms; bullying, teasing and touching. The survey found that about 48% of the students experienced some form of sexual harassment at school. You may think once a child graduates from high school there’s less cause for alarm, but that’s unfortunately not true.

The statistics for sexual assaults on college campuses are worse than those of high school. On a positive note, college campus sexual assaults are garnering more and more media attention, consider recent headlines from Michigan State University, but we need to empower our students before they reach the college campus. It’s time to “shift the paradigm” and view sexual assault through a new lens. Which is what Shifting the Paradigm, hopes to accomplish. A day long workshop being held at the Kaufman Foundation on Saturday, April 21st from 9 to 3pm.

Workshop attendees will be broken into three groups; teen boys, teen girls and parents and school staff. Workshop presenters include the following from the YWCA; Carrie Turner, Training and Outreach Coordinator; Karla Hanlan, Sexual Violence Victim Advocate; Wendy Hickman MSW LCSW Sexual and Domestic Violence therapist, Dr. Brad Kincheloe, 20+ year principal at Park Hill High School and Barrye L. Price, Major General, US Army, ret. These presenters will discuss and answer questions on topics like supporting survivors, recognizing rape culture, online abuse, alcohol and consent, and masculinity. These discussions will be a powerful tool for supporting people through these tough conversations, and can be a road map for open and honest communication between kids and parents and students and school staff. To round out the day, we will have a shortened version of a full length self-defense class. This is truly going to be an instructive day! We’d like to invite you to gather a group of students, parents and staff to attend what promises to be an informative and worthwhile workshop.  At $5 per person, it’s certainly an economical event!

Thank you.

Respectfully,

Bonnie Cannon

President, Park Hill High School PTA

WORKSHOP DETAILS

WHERE: The Kaufman Foundation: 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110

WHEN: April 21st. Registration opens at 8:30am, Program begins at 9am and ends at 3pm.

COST: $5. Must be paid in advance and includes a light breakfast and boxed lunch.

REGISTER AT: Registration will open in March. Stay tuned for updates on the site information. * Registration is limited to 200

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: April 17, 2017. Walk-ups will not be admitted due to limited seating and pre-ordering of food.

Click here to download this letter to share.


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

NEW! Missouri PTA has created fillable PDF membership card resources that units can use to save some time!  We have the 2017-2018 membership card in a single card version and a multi card page version.
The single card can be filled out using a computer, saved as an image, and emailed to members to have on their phones.
The sheet version can be filled out and printed to hand physical cards to members.  Once you type the Unit ID and Unit Name on the first card, those fields copy to all the other cards on the sheet.  Then all you have to do is fill in member names and print!  OR you can just fill in the Unit ID and Unit Name, then print cards that member names can be written on as memberships are sold, and handed to the member right away.

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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