PTA Takes Action – Commit to Positive, Safe Environments for All Students

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Commit to Positive, Safe Environments for All Students
National PTA is committed to the well-being of our children and ensuring that schools create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all children.
Today, National PTA joined other leading education organizations in a national call to action addressing the recent reports of bullying behavior in schools. Every child deserves to come to school excited to learn in a safe and nurturing environment without the fear of bullying, violence or discrimination.
This call to action follows National PTA’s statement on its commitment to positive, safe environments for all students and a recent webinar on bullying and cyberbullying prevention.
It has long been a top priority of National PTA to make sure all children have a supportive environment where they can thrive and learn. We are committed to working with schools, school systems, educators, parents and the community to ensure all children have the opportunity to receive a great education in a setting free from discrimination, harassment and violence.
We encourage you to share this statement among your membership and within your schools and communities to support and affirm safe and inclusive school learning environments for all students.
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Phone: (703) 518-1200
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National PTA’s Our Children Magazine – 11.4.16

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Our children hear so much more than we think they do, especially during election season. As parents, what can we do to help our children understand the political process? One parent shares her thoughts on how to role model good citizenship.

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Have you ever wondered why your child can still purchase junk food snacks even after the USDA created the Smart Snacks in School guidelines? We have too, so we spoke with an expert to find out how this happens and why it matters.

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Kids are getting more media than ever before—about six to nine hours a day on average. How much screen time is too much? We talked to the experts to find out what a healthy digital life looks like, and when it’s time to put the screens down.

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1250 N. Pitt Street
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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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National PTA Local Leader News 10.26.16

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October 26, 2016
Kindle E-Reader Donations to Increase  Family Engagement and Literacy Efforts
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National PTA and Amazon are pleased to award a classroom of Kindle e-readers to 25 local PTAs and schools across the countryfor family engagement and literacy efforts.
The donation of Kindle e-readers is part of the PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle program—an ongoing collaboration between National PTA and Amazon to encourage family reading, promote a love of literature and support student success.
Get involved by hosting a PTA Family Reading Experience event this March in celebration of National Reading Month. Sign up for a free toolkit and be considered for the next Kindle Giveaway. Visit PTA.org/Reading for more info.
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Watch October’s PTA in One Minute
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In this month’s episode of PTA in One Minute, learn about what nonprofits can and cannot do during election season, how you can enter to win a free Google Chromebook and a special donation opportunity for federal employees.
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.
Last Call! Resolutions for 2017 PTA Convention
The resolutions committee is seeking resolutions for consideration during the 2017 National Convention in Las Vegas.
  • All resolutions packets must be RECEIVED electronically at Resolutions@PTA.org by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Nov. 1.
  • See our checklist for detailed submission guidelines.
  • Resolutions received after the deadline will not be presented at the 2017 National Convention.
  • Early submission is encouraged. If parts of the resolution or background information are missing, or if edits are necessary, the submitter will need to work with a committee member to ensure the final submission is completed by the deadline date.
  • Fax and hard copy submissions will not be accepted.
For more info, see our PTA Resolutions Toolkit.
Win a FREE Google Chromebook!
We need you to take our Back-to-School Kit survey. It will only take a few minutes and asks for your feedback on the kit, registration and Recruitment Tool.
Once you complete the survey, you’ll be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win a Google Chromebook. You have until Oct. 31 to complete the survey. We’ll draw one winner Nov. 1.
To qualify, you must be registered for the Back-to-School Kit. Still need to register? Visit PTAKit.org.
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PTA Webinars
These webinars were pre-recorded. Watch them on National PTA’s YouTube.
Bullying and cyberbullying can negatively impact the learning environment of all students. Join this webinar for more information on how you can prevent bullying and cyberbullying, as well as support a positive school climate through PTA.
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).
Calling All Federal Employees
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Are you or someone you know a federal employee, member of the military or a federal contractor?
If so, please choose National PTA as your charity of choice for your federal workplace giving campaign!
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shutterstock_209660803.jpg e-Learning Courses Now Available in Spanish
Do you have Spanish speaking leaders or members in your PTA? National PTA now offers  four e-learning courses available in SpanishLocal Unit President, Local Unit Secretary, PTA Basics, and Board Basics.
 To find out more information about these courses, or to see what else is available, please visit our e-Learning Library.
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Urge Your Students to Stand Up for Digital Equity
Students in grades 6-12 are now invited to participate in CoSn and ASCD’s Digital Equity Student Video Challenge and produce a video highlighting efforts to eliminate digital inequities in their community.
The grand prize winner will have the chance to travel to the CoSN Annual Conference and the ASCD Annual Conference to present their winning video.
Click here to view a full description of the video challenge and guidelines. Deadline Jan. 19, 2017.
Nominations Open For 2017 Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Awards
Nominations for the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) Youth Safety Ambassador Awards are open now through Dec. 2, 2016.
The awards recognize individuals and/or entities that have made a significant contribution to advancing athlete safety. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit NATA.org/Ambassador-Awards.
The Role of Adult Capacity in Keeping Young People on a Path to Graduation
Increasing the number of active adults in a community—adults who are available to nurture, socialize, teach and become role models for youth—results in more young people on a positive path to adult success.
Learn why this matters and more in the latest Center for Promise brief, Who’s Minding the Neighborhood?.
Also, discover the adult-to-youth ratio in your community.
October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Awareness Month
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the number one killer of student athletes and the number two medical cause of death for youths under the age of 25.
Join Operation Prevention and #TakeThePreventionPromise to learn how heart screenings, CPR and AEDs can save a child’s life! Learn more at ParentHeartWatch.org.
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Help Improve PTA.org
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Please complete the survey before Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.
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The U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence is accepting nominations for the 2017 program until Dec. 30.
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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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Is Your Child On Pace for Math Success?

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October 18, 2016
Dear PTA Parent,
The fall semester is picking up speed, so it’s time for a math checkup! Can your child answer our grade-level mental math questions below?
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As a parent and PTA member, set your child on the path toward math mastery by presenting them with enrichment opportunities, while raising money for your local school!
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Plus, Mathnasium will make a $10 financial contribution to community schools and PTAs for every student who participates! 
Learn more about this exciting neighborhood math contest by reading our TriMathlon FAQs.
Whether students are ahead of the curve, performing at grade level, or falling behind, Mathnasium is here to help them reach their math goals. Find your neighborhood math experts to get started!
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Mathnasium is your neighborhood math-only learning and enrichment center. As one of National PTA’s four foundational partners for the STEM initiative, we’re proud to be the “M” in STEM! The Mathnasium Method extends beyond homework help and tutoring. Our students work through personalized learning plans that encourage them to cultivate number sense: a deeply intuitive understanding of how numbers work. As understanding grows and math foundations strengthen, kids approach math and learning with renewed enthusiasm and soaring confidence.
National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
Email: info@PTA.org

National PTA Our Children – Establish Good Study Habits, Curb Smartphone Use + More!

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Help Your Child Develop Good Study Habits
As parents, we know the homework drill. Whether we sit with our young students to help them complete their assignments, or monitor our teen’s progress in their studies, we want to help them cultivate the kind of self-discipline that’s required to build healthy study habits. Here are three easy ways to help your child hit the books.

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Time Management Tools for Teens
The first few months of a new school year see many preteens and teens struggle to balance homework and school projects with clubs, sports, music, drama, volunteering, work—and just being a middle or high school kid! You can help your teen avoid having an emotional breakdown by fostering a strong relationship that encourages open and honest communication.

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How to Curb Your Kid’s Smartphone Use
The typical child spends over 7 hours a day looking at a screen—mainly a smartphone—which can affect their social, mental and academic development. It’s important to have a conversation with your child about appropriate smartphone use. We’ve broken down some key areas of smartphone use that should be covered in a kid-friendly smartphone contract.

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Phone: (703) 518-1200
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