Missouri PTA Signs-On to show support of extending key Child Nutrition Waivers through June 30, 2021

While extending the child nutrition waivers through December 31, 2020 is an important first step, it is critical that these waivers are available through June 30, 2021, and that this extension is made quickly.

Schools and community sponsors need consistency and time in order to effectively plan and implement meal service. Requiring school nutrition directors and community sponsors to switch from one program to another on January 1st will only result in confusion for families, as well as disruptions to meal access at a time when child hunger continues to grow.

We ask that USDA acts before September 30th – when the Families First Coronavirus Response Act authority to issue nationwide waivers expires – to extend the following waivers to ensure continued access to meals through the entire school year:

– Allow the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to be used to feed children through the school year;

– Extend all nationwide waivers for SFSP and SSO, including non-congregate feeding, parent/guardian pick-up, meal pattern flexibility, meal service time, and area eligibility waiver through the school year;

– Waive the Afterschool Activity Requirement for the Afterschool Meal Program and the Snack Programs available through CACFP and NSLP; and

– Allow those providing meals through the Summer Food Service Program or Seamless Summer Option to also utilize Afterschool Meal and Snack Programs.


Special Missouri PTA Event – Zooming into Membership

Missouri PTA is excited to announce a wonderful partnership with National PTA. We will be holding a series of special events in cooperation with the National PTA called Zooming into Membership (ZIM). These events will focus the spotlight on Local Units across the state to share ideas on retaining and increasing PTA membership. This month we will hear from National PTA and Missouri PTA leaders along with representatives from Larimore Elementary PTA (Hazelwood) and Procter Elementary PTA (Independence). Everyone will have time to share and ask questions.

Instructions for the first event on August 27, 2020:
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Aug 27, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://pta.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtcumhpjksHtLoJoKNKcOgRRYKhYxoPG45

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Future Zooming into Membership Event Dates:
* November 19, 2020
* February 25, 2021
* April 29, 2021

We are looking for other units to share membership information, ideas, concerns, etc. If you are interested please contact me at stevenc@mopta.org.

We look forward to working with you this school year to help retain and build your PTA membership. Be Involved, Be there, Be the voice!


Request Membership Card Template

Historically, Missouri PTA has ordered pre-printed membership cards to fulfill requests from units each fall. Thousands of dollars are spent annually for printing and postage. Over the years we have found that fewer and fewer units utilize the actual card. Recently we have made available a card template that allowed local units to customize with their specific unit and member information then print as needed.

As we enter the 2020-2021 membership year, your Board of Managers are working to develop a Missouri PTA Mobile App. Among its many benefits will be a digital PTA membership card. Because this will eliminate the need to distribute actual cards, pre-printed membership cards will no longer be available from the Missouri PTA Office. This will be a huge savings to both local units and Missouri PTA. For units that would like to continue passing out membership cards, the customizable template will still be available and can be requested through our website. (Click Here)

While our mission and values remain the same, the way we do PTA is evolving. In this time of uncertainty, more than ever we must continue to be a reliable and relevant resource to our members. And always _everychild. onevoice_ !


PTA Grant Announcement – Larimore Elementary PTA

Missouri PTA is pleased to announce Larimore Elementary PTA (Hazelwood School District) is a recipient of a PTA COVID Relief Funding Phase One Grant. The funding is made possible by PTA Proud National Sponsors TikTok, Google, Bayer Fund, Mathnasium and Life360.

“COVID-19 has presented many challenges for families and schools. Now more than ever, PTAs nationwide are working hard to ensure our students, families and educators are safe, healthy and have what they need—focusing on social and emotional wellbeing, resources for distance teaching and learning, bridging the digital divide and addressing food insecurity,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA.

The 1st round of relief funding was a direct invite to PTAs who were actively working towards School of Excellence recognition during the 2019-2020 school year. Larimore PTA will receive $5,000 to support their work to meet the most pressing needs of their school community during the ongoing pandemic. 

Phase Two funding is now open nationally to all local and District/Council/Region PTAs. Applications can be submitted through our grants portal from June 1 – July 12th. https://www.pta.org/home/run-your-pta/Awards-Grants/covid-19-relief

In addition to providing the funding to PTAs and school communities, National PTA launched a comprehensive webpage at PTA.org/COVID-19 with resources, tools and information to support families and educators amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, National PTA has been advocating for access and support for families and schools for online learning, access to school meals, funding for family engagement, and fiscal and policy relief for state and local education agencies.