National School of Excellence Program – Enrollment Open Now

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 National PTA School of Excellence program year is now open at PTA.org/Excellence until October 1!

The National PTA School of Excellence program supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students. By enrolling in this program, PTAs are making a yearlong commitment to identify and implement an action plan for school improvement based on PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.

Visit PTA.org/Excellence for much more information about the program, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, informational videos, and stories about how other schools have found success with this program.


Preventing Suicide – Article from Child Mind Institute

Child Mind Institute

Helping children when and where they need it most

Many people are reluctant to talk about suicide, fearing that being open about it will make more people — especially adolescents — see it as a viable way out of whatever distress they’re feeling. But evidence shows the opposite: Asking a child we are worried about if she has thoughts of killing herself can actually help prevent her from going through with it. 
Today is National Suicide Prevention Day, and we join many other groups in sharing information about ways we can fight the sharp increase we’re seeing in adolescent suicides. We explore warning signs that a child might be feeling suicidal, ways to lower the risk of a suicide attempt, and how to help kids cope with the suicide of a classmate, as well as their own painful feelings.
Caroline Miller, Editorial Director | 
Signs a Child Might Be Suicidal

Signs a Child Might Be Suicidal

What to watch out for and how to help.
Self-Injury and Suicide

How Are Self-Injury and Suicide Related?

The intent is different, though one can lead to the other.
Teen Suicide Risk Factors

Teen Suicides: What Are the Risk Factors?

Temperament, family and community all play a role.
What to Do if You're Worried About Suicide

What to Do if You’re Worried About Suicide

A parent’s guide to helping children in distress.
Supporting Children After the Suicide of a Classmate

Supporting Children After the Suicide of a Classmate

Responding to a painful loss in the healthiest way possible.
Preparing for College

Preparing Kids for College Emotionally

Problem-solving skills can help students keep from being overwhelmed.
Facebook Live: Why We Should Talk About Suicide

Why We Should Talk About Suicide

Join the Child Mind Institute for a special Facebook Live this Thursday
Mood Disorders Center

Mood Disorders Center

Help for kids with depression and emotional dysregulation
Dan Reynolds #MyYoungerSelf
Dan Reynolds on Living With Depression
Recursos en Español

Recursos en Español

Read childmind.org articles in Spanish
Symptom Checker

Symptom Checker

Worried about a child? Use our tool to get informed

National PTA Grants – Deadlines September 8, 2019

Visit https://www.pta.org/home/run-your-pta/Awards-Grants for more information.

 

2019 PTA Connected Be Internet Awesome Family Workshop Grant, Sponsored by Google

July 10 – September 8, 2019

Apply now through Sept. 8 for the PTA Connected Be Internet Awesome Family Workshop Grant, sponsored by Google.

 

2019 PTA Connected SmartTalk Conversation Grant, Sponsored by Symantec

July 10 – September 8, 2019

Apply now through Sept. 8 for the PTA Connected SmartTalk Conversation grant, sponsored by Symantec.

 

2020 Take Your Family to School Week Grant, Sponsored by Office Depot OfficeMax

July 10 – September 8, 2019

Apply now through Sept. 8 for the 2020 Take Your Family to School Week grant, sponsored by Office Depot OfficeMax.

 

2019 Healthy Hydration Grant, Sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America

July 10 – September 8, 2019

Apply now through Sept. 8 for the 2019 Healthy Hydration Grant, sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America, together with its national brand Nestlé® Pure Life®.

 

2019 STEM + Families Science Festival Grant, Sponsored by Bayer

July 10 – September 8, 2019

Apply now through Sept. 8 for the National PTA STEM + Families Science Festival Grant, sponsored by Bayer.

 

2019 STEM + Families Math Night Grant, Sponsored by Mathnasium

July 10 – September 8, 2019

Apply now through Sept. 8 for a National PTA STEM + Families Math Night grant, sponsored by Mathnasium.


Kratom: A Legal Drug That’s Dangerously Addictive

From the Child Mind Institute:

“Kratom is an herbal supplement that high school and college students are drinking as tea, believing it to be a natural way to boost focus and take the edge off anxiety. It requires no prescription and it’s easy to buy at head shops and online. It doesn’t show up on standard drug tests. The trouble is that as a user consumes more, kratom acts as an opioid, and it’s highly addictive.  This week on childmind.org we explore kratom use among teenagers and young adults, who may start using it as a stimulant, or to ease anxiety, but end up faced with a very difficult withdrawal. “Initially it helps you with your all-nighters, and it helps you with your stress,” says Dr. Michael Milham. “But then you’re stuck.””

For more information from the Child Mind Institute, follow the following link:

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Missouri PTA Reflections Announcement

Missouri PTA is proud to announce that FIVE Missouri students have received National PTA Reflections awards! These students placed First in the Missouri PTA Reflections program to qualify for the National program. Missouri PTA is continually inspired by these students! They are passionate about creativity and the importance of art! The 2018-2019 theme was “Heroes Around Me”, these students embraced this theme with powerful messages, proving that they are our Heroes.

Award of Merit – Dance Choreography
Hayley Reickard
Cordill-Mason Elementary

Award of Merit – Dance Choreography
Sasha Plowman
Bernard Campbell Middle School

Award of Merit – Music Composition
Issac Faust
Bell Prairie Elementary

Award of Excellence – Visual Arts
Ben Sephen
West Middle School

Award of Merit – Film Production
Marcus Charles “Chuck” Williams
English Landing Elementary