Local Leader News 2.22.17

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February 22, 2017
Top 5 Things You Need to Know
  • National PTA released a statement on Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education. Read the full statement.
  • March is also National Nutrition Month. Learn more about this important topic on PTA.org!
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How Did You Celebrate Take Your Family to School Week?
TYFTSW17.jpgTake Your Family to School Week was Feb. 13-17, and we loved hearing from PTAs across the country! This year, PTAs celebrated the changing faces of families in our nation’s schools.
We want to hear from you!
  • Use the hashtag#PTAProud and tag @NationalPTA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to join the nationwide celebration.
  • Brag about your great events! Tell us how you celebrated by sharing your story at PTA.org/PTAProud.
National PTA Celebrates Safer Internet Day!
SaferInternetDayPic.JPGNational PTA President Laura Bay joined several other organizations in Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 7 to celebrate Safer Internet Day.
The theme was, “Be the Change: Unite for a Better Internet.”
In addition to the national event in Philadelphia, 20 local PTAs celebrated by hosting Safer Internet Day satellite events to teach families about The Smart Talk, an interactive digital safety website designed by National PTA and LifeLock. These events were made possible by $1,000 grants awarded by National PTA.
Save the Date: Upcoming Webinars and PTA Events!
Bylaws & Policy Committee Webinar! Feb. 23
Join National PTA’s Bylaws & Policy Committee, Thursday, Feb. 23, as they go over their proposed amendments to the National PTA Bylaws. Register now.
National PTA Legislative Conference, March 7-9
Join policymakers and fellow PTA advocates as we celebrate 120 years of changing children’s lives! Register now.
National PTA Convention & Expo, June 22-25
Connect with 1,500 of the nation’s most influential leaders in education, as well as other parents and experts in Las Vegas. Register now.
Apply Now: National PTA Award and Grant Opportunities
Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award
Apply by March 17
The Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Awardrecognizes one local, one district/council and one state PTA that best exemplify a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The awardees will be honored at the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo. Apply today!
Mary Lou Anderson Grants
Apply by March 17
The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant provides up to $1,000 in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects within their school community. Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the arts for under-served audiences. Apply today!
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Nominate a Teacher for STEM’s Highest Honor
PAEMST.JPGGreat teachers ought to be recognized. If you know a seventh through 12th-grade educator that deserves the nation’s highest honor in STEM teaching, nominate them for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Anyone–parents, students, teachers or friends–can submit a nomination.
Winners receive a signed certificate from the President, a trip to Washington, DC for recognition events and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Nominations close April 1, so nominate an exceptional teacher today.
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Action for Healthy Kids is providing over 1,100 grants for the 2017-2018 school year. Apply for a breakfast grant to pilot or expand school breakfast programs or a Game On grant to support physical activity and nutrition initiatives.
Learn more and apply by April 7 at ActionforHealthyKids.org/Grants.
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Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@PTA.org
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PTA Parent 2.15.17

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February 15, 2017
TYFTSW17.jpgIt’s Take Your Family to School Week!
This week is all about encouraging families to visit their child’s school and strengthen the partnerships between parents, teachers and administrators. For over 120 years, National PTA has been encouraging families to get more involved in their child’s education.
This year, we are honoring the diversity of families and students around the country with the theme, “Celebrating the Changing Faces of Families.” We invite you to celebrate our long legacy of family engagement by sharing by using#PTAProud and sharing your Take Your Family to School Week updates!
PTA Our Children Magazine
iStock-612736898-870x580(4).jpgLife with kids is an ongoing lesson about just how little control you have.  This year, instead of obsessing and making grand plans, I’m choosing to be reflective about what has worked in the past and how to make it more successful in the future. Read now.
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parentinvolvementarticlepic.jpgHigh-stakes assessments are creating a stressful learning environment for students and teachers in schools.
Teachers just can’t do it alone, so parents have an extremely important impact on their child’s success. Read now.
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iStock-612736898-870x580(4).jpgIt can be hard to keep up with the new digital devices, mobile apps and educational software that are developed every day, but when used effectively, technology can be a great way to strengthen a student’s learning experience. We’ve found a few tips to help your kids have safer, smarter and more positive digital learning experiences.Read now.
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Got Tests? National PTA Can Help!
shutterstock_568639153.jpgAll across the country, students are getting ready to take their annual assessments. This can be a challenging time—for both parents and students. National PTA has resources to make the test-taking process go a little smoother.
To learn more about the assessment process in your state, check out our assessment resource page. You will find state-specific information that will help you navigate the assessment requirements.
Mark Your Calendars
National PTA Founders’ Day! Feb. 17 
Founder’s Day is Friday, Feb. 17. Share our new videoon your Facebook or Twitter pages to help us celebrate 120 years!
Pre-LegCon PTA Live! Feb. 21
Join our Government Affairs Department on National PTA’s Facebook page, Tuesday, Feb. 21, to prepare for Capitol Hill Day during National PTA’s Legislative Conference.
National PTA Legislative Conference! March 7-9
Celebrate 120 Years of Changing Children’s Lives at the 2017 National PTA Legislative Conference (LegCon)! This year’s LegCon attendees will celebrate incredible milestones and honor policy makers and PTA members whose efforts to make every child’s potential a reality. Register now!
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1250 N. Pitt Street
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Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4782
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@PTA.org
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Local Leader News 1.26.17

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January 26, 2017
Registration for 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo is Now Open!
Register now for Win with PTA … the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo! This is your opportunity to connect with over 1,500 of the nation’s most influential leaders in education, as well as other parents and experts in Las Vegas, June 22-25, 2017.
Plan now to:

  • Get winning ideas to use at school and at home
  • Be inspired by speakers with winning strategies for success
  • Enjoy workshops with winning solutions to challenges PTAs face every day
Every child deserves the chance to w in big. Join National PTA in celebrating 120 years of changing children’s lives and giving them that chance.  Register now to take advantage of our early bird rate!
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Is Your School Struggling with Winter Attendance?
Every winter, bad weather can present challenges to getting children to school. So do the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months.
These common winter conditions mean it is even more important to remind parents about the importance of good attendance! Attendance Works has a free toolkit to help you talk with parents about overcoming weather-related challenges.
Stay the Course: Support Attendance in the Winter Months includes one-page handouts for parents, sample letters, phone call scripts and strategies for districts and community members.
Each resource offers easy tips for helping students stay healthy and for getting kids to school in bad weather.
Visit AttendanceWorks.com to find the handouts and toolkit.  The flyers are available in English and Spanish.
Become a Department of Education School Ambassador
The U.S. Department of Education is still seeking applicants for the 2017-2018 School Ambassador Fellowship.
This program is designed to allow educators, principals and other professional school personnel to inform the program and policy work of the department, while expanding their own knowledge and expertise as they participate in and help lead the national education dialogue.
Participants can either apply to be Washington Fellows—a full-time appointment based in Washington, DC—or Campus Fellows—a part-time appointment where fellows collaborate with the agency while maintaining their regular school responsibilities in their home communities.

The application deadline has been extended to Monday, Feb. 6. 

Epic Theatre Ensemble to Perform at 2017 LegCon
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Register Now for the conference held March 7-9!
Apply for the Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award
National PTA is now accepting applications for the  2017 Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Awards. These awards recognize PTAs that best demonstrate outstanding achievement in the areas of diversity and inclusion, as well as efforts to end discriminatory practices.
Submit your application online  by Friday, March 17, 2017, 8 p.m. EST. Find out more at  PTA.org/Awards.
Last Call to Local Leaders: We Need Your Feedback!
We invite all local PTA leaders to share your experiences with the Local Leader News e-newsletter.
Is the content we provide useful? What do you think of the ads? Your feedback will help us improve our e-newsletters:  Take our brief survey now.
Every person who submits a completed survey will be entered to win  a $25 Visa gift card! 
Apply for a Mary Lou Anderson Grant
The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant provides up to  $1,000 in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects within your school community.
Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the literary, media, visual and/or performing arts for at-risk or underserved audiences.
Applications must be submitted by  Friday, March 17. Find out more at  PTA.org/Awards.
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Make Your Spring PTA Fundraiser a Healthy One
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Host a healthy fundraiser your students will love and will raise more money for your school. Learn more about the Action for Healthy Kids SuperFit School Challenge.
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National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@PTA.org
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PTA Parent 12.14.16

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December 14, 2016
Report: High School GPA Linked to College Graduation Rate
According to a new report from GradNation, a student’s performance in high school affects his or her later chances of success exponentially. Researchers from education consultancy Civic Enterprises and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education found that while 76% of high schoolers with an A-average go on to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher within 10 years, that number drops to 50% for B-average students—and further plummets for C and D-average students. (Quartz, Dec. 8)
Want to know if your child is on track? Visit PTA.org/ParentGuides for resources on High School English and High School Math.
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PTA Our Children Magazine
iStock-612736898-870x580(4).jpgThe holiday season is officially upon us, and with it comes an age-old concern for parents of young children: When to have the Santa Talk. It’s inevitably going to happen. But when is it appropriate to tell your kids the truth about Santa?
We talked to the experts to get the final verdict. Read more.
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iStock-612736898-870x580(4).jpgBetween all of the office parties, classroom parties and neighborhood parties, there are lots of plastic spoons floating around this holiday season! Unfortunately, most of them end up in the trash.
Instead, gather them up, give them a good wash and prepare to build an upcycled holiday tree with your kids. Read more.
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iStock-612736898-870x580(4).jpgThe holidays are almost always hectic, with last-minute preparations and trips to the store. So why not turn making dinner into a tradition that allows for quality family time?
This Cheesy Zucchini Black Bean Skillet is a perfect recipe to kick off your healthy new habit. Read more.
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Mark Your Calendars
National PTA Legislative Conference (LegCon)
Celebrate 120 Years of Changing Children’s Lives at the  2017 National PTA Legislative Conference (LegCon)! PTA has an amazing legacy of advocacy. This year’s LegCon attendees will celebrate incredible milestones and honor policy makers and PTA members whose efforts to make every child’s potential a reality. Register now!
5 Simple Tips for Engaging Your Family in Reading
CampaignCoverShareable.jpgNational PTA recently participated in Mediaplanet’s Literacy in America campaign, where we united with industry leaders to encourage family literacy programs and reading, not just for children, but for families as a whole.
The campaign was distributed through USA TODAY on Dec.16, 2016 and is published online. To view the campaign, visit EducationandCareerNews.com.
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The National PTA Communications Department is reviewing of all of its e-newsletters and we invite all of our subscribers to assist us in this process by sharing your experiences with the PTA Parent e-newsletter.
Is the content we provide useful? What do you think of the ads? Your feedback will help us improve our e-newsletters: Take our brief survey now.
Every person who submits a completed survey will be entered to win a $25 Visa gift card!
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The lucky winner will be announced on Feb. 14, 2017, so apply today!

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1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4782
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@PTA.org
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Local Leader News 11.23.16

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November 23, 2016
An Open Letter to End Corporal Punishment in Schools
National PTA has joined with over 80 other organizations in an open letter to local and state educational agencies and policymakers to end corporal punishment in schools. In the 2013-14 school year, over 100,000 students were subjected to corporal punishment in public schools.
National PTA has a long history of advocating to abolish corporal punishment in schools yet 22 states still allow this form of discipline. Find out if your state is still using this controversial disciplinary practice here and urge your state and local leaders to end this practice.
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Nominate Your Favorite PTA Advocate!
National PTA is now accepting  nominations for the 2017 Advocacy Awards ! If you know of an outstanding youth or individual PTA advocate, or a local unit or state PTA that has done great advocacy work,  nominate them to receive an award for their efforts from National PTA. You can also nominate yourself!

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The deadline to submit a nomination is Sunday, Dec. 18.
Become a School Wellness Champion
Learn how to become a School Wellness Champion with USDA’s Team Nutrition’s Local School Wellness Policy Outreach Kit! The new customizable, digital toolkit includes a presentation and school flyers for parents, among other resources. Download the kit.
Attendance Works
Parents want what’s best for their children, but many simply are unaware that missing just two days every month can lead to lower achievement.
How can you lead an effort to improve attendance at your school? Attendance Works has a free toolkit to help you start this important conversation.
Bringing Attendance Home includes handouts for parentsof preschool, elementary, middle and high school students. Each handout offers simple facts about the impact of too many absences on a child’s learning, and tips for what parents can do to support strong attendance. The flyers are in English with some in Spanish, Chinese, Creole, Marshallese, Portuguese and Somali. Find the handouts here.
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On November 29 support PTA and tell us why you are #PTAPROUD!  Join us on Facebook at 9:30 a.m. for a special PTA LIVE event to learn more about supporting the growth and success of every child by donating to PTA.
Save the Date
Webinar: Safe Drinking Water in Schools—What Families Should Know
Every family expects their kids to have access to safe drinking water at school. Unfortunately, that is not the reality in many communities across the country, where dangerous levels of lead have been found in homes and schools. Learn how you can help.
Webinar: How Elections Shift Power—Identifying and Building Relations in a New Congress
What does this new Congress mean for you as an advocate? Join National PTA and the Congressional Management Foundation for this exclusive webinar for PTA members on how to identify and build relationships with new members of Congress.
Webinar: Storytelling 101
Everyone loves a good story, and every PTA member has a story about what brought them into the PTA family. Or, they have a story about how their PTA solved a problem, helped a family or improved children’s education in their community. Learn how, why and when to tell your #PTAProud story.
2017 National PTA LegCon
March 7-9, 2017
Join National PTA March 7-9, 2017 in Arlington, Va., for the 2017 National PTA Legislative Conference (LegCon).

PTA Webinars
These webinars were pre-recorded. Watch them on National PTA’s YouTube.

One Voice Blog
In spring 2016, 25 local PTAs were awarded $2,000 each to improve their school meals. Wondering how National PTA’s Healthy School Meals grantees are progressing with their school meals improvements?
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How is Your PTA Promoting Membership?
Whether it’s a carefully placed flier or a thoughtfully designed website, a great invitation to join PTA contains simple but compelling reasons to become part of it. Cedar Grove Elementary PTA in Germantown, Md., offers of a great example of this on their Membership webpage. The following pieces grab attention and promote engagement and support:
  • Catchy drawings highlighting the reasons to join PTA and who can join
  • A warm invitation to be part of the Family-School partnership
  • Specific projects Ceder Grove Elementary PTA membership supports at this school which benefit all students.
  • How joining does not have to mean volunteering but there are opportunities to participate depending on time available and interest.
Kudos to the leaders of Cedar Grove Elementary PTA for their inspiring invitation to join and support their PTA.
We’d love to share the great work your PTA does to increase membership, facilitate engagement and empowerment of members and advance PTA mission and programs. Please email us at Membership@PTA.org to share your #PTAProud story!
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1250 N. Pitt Street
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Phone: (703) 518-1200
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Fax: (703) 836-0942
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