“What is Your Story?” 2017 State Reflections Winners Announced

The artwork for the 2017 Reflections program was spectacular! Congratulations to all of the students whose entries were advanced to the state round and our sincere appreciation to all of the PTA volunteers that made it possible.

We are proud to announce those students that received first through Honorable Mention placing during the state round. They will be receiving an invitation to the annual Missouri PTA Reflections Student Showcase on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Columbia.
First place entries in every age division and category have advanced to the National PTA for consideration at that level of judging. We are anxiously awaiting the names of national award recipients. These will be announced the first week in May and posted here on our website.

2017 Missouri PTA Reflections Winners


Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) Game On Grant

National PTA has partnered with Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) on their Game On Grant, which is available to parent organizations in select states (yours is one of them).  More information and the application can be found at: http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/tools-for-schools/apply-for-grants.  National PTA is finalizing the contract and promotional information will be forthcoming.

 

The deadline will be April 7th.

 

 

Mary Jo Neil| National Service Representative

National PTA®

1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

C: 301.919.8839

mneil@pta.org www.pta.org


Reflections Showcase – Announcement Coming Soon!!!!

Announcement

Coming

Soon!!!!

 

2017 Missouri PTA Reflections

Student Showcase Event

Sunday, April 30th

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center

Columbia
The names of those students that placed on the state level will be announced on March 15th and will receive an invitation to the Student Showcase.   Unit Presidents and Reflections Chairs will also be notified.


Join ADAA For Two Free Upcoming December Webinars

ADAA is pleased to present two free upcoming December public webinars. We invite you to register today and help spread the word to all those who might be interested.
Friday, December 2, 2016
Tips for Helping Your Child Process The Election & Other Complicated World Events
Debra Kissen, PhD
Join ADAA for an interactive talk on how to assist your children in making sense of the complicated world we all find ourselves inhabiting. Anxiety and parenting expert, Dr. Debra Kissen will provide practical tips on how to find a balance between providing too much and too little information about complex national and global affairs and how to have these discussions in an age appropriate manner.
Debra Kissen, PhD
Clinical Director at the Light on Anxiety Treatment Center in Chicago, IL.
 
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Helping Kids and Teens Who Have OCD
Elspeth Bell, PhD

Working with kids and teens who have OCD can be both challenging and rewarding for clinicians. Join Dr. Elspeth Bell in exploring adaptations of traditional CBT techniques specifically focused for working with these clients. Elements addressed include approached for engaging the kids and teens (and their parents) in the treatment process, the use of creative E/RP, and the inclusion of family in the treatment process.
Elspeth Bell, PhD
Director at the Bell Center for Anxiety and Depression in Columbia, MD.
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About these webinars: Each webinar is live and runs for 45 minutes. Each webinar is followed by a brief Q&A session. There are no fees, and no phones needed. Just log in and turn up the speakers on your computer. You will be able to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Clinicians and other mental health professionals are welcome to attend, but ADAA does not offer CE credits. 
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About the ADAA Public Education Webinar Series
ADAA presents free webinars to the public on topics covering some of the most frequently asked questions about psychological and pharmacological treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, and related disorders for adults and children. Visit the ADAA website for more resources, including videos and podcasts. ADAA does not offer CE credit for this webinar series.
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October 12, 2016
HALLOWEEN SAFETY RESOURCES

On Halloween ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, and other spooky costumes may frighten some children, but research shows the simple act of crossing the street is the true danger. According to the United States Census Bureau(link is external), there were 41 million trick-or-treaters aged 5 to 14 across the United States in 2010. That number does not include children older than 15 who also go out trick-or-treating, and may be more prone to distracted walking than their younger peers. With all those children out on the streets at the same time, it’s important to discuss the importance of walking safely.
To address this issue, the Children’s Safety Network has compiled a list of resources and tips for how to practice safe pedestrian habits during Halloween. Most safety experts focus their Halloween tips around three key areas: costumes, supervision, and street safety.

UPCOMING EVENTSEvents
2:00 p.m. ET
2016 NIPN Annual Meeting November 14-15, 2016, Nashville, TN
INJURY TOPICSTopics
Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Child and Adolescent Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Centers Cooperative Agreement (U49MC28422) for $1,199,683. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

National PTA and Guitar Center Team Up to Spark Student Creativity

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Sept. 29, 2016)—National PTA® and Guitar Center have teamed up to bring resources to families, schools and PTAs across the country to inspire students’ creativity through the National PTA Reflections arts in education program.

 

“Participation in the arts enables students to explore their talents and express themselves while building their confidence and sense of accomplishment. Involvement in the arts is also closely associated with students’ social and emotional development and civic engagement,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “National PTA is thrilled to team up with Guitar Center to provide more students the opportunity to experience the joy and important benefits that come from participating in the arts.”

 

As part of the collaboration, Guitar Center will donate musical instruments to a number of local PTAs across the country to support their arts education efforts, inspire students to participate in the National PTA Reflections program and spark students’ interest to create music. Local PTAs will also have the opportunity to tap into a wide range of support from Guitar Center locations in their areas, such as having Guitar Center instructors serve as judges for their Reflections programs. With studios in nearly 100 stores, Guitar Center Lessons provides a world-class music education in many genres for musicians of all ages and skill levels.

 

“Learning to play music can be an amazing, life-changing experience that can help improve a student’s self-confidence, but also boost their academic performance over time,” said Krista Shue, national director of Guitar Center’s Lessons program. “We’re excited about the opportunity to collaborate with National PTA to introduce more children to learning music and fostering the skills necessary to think creatively.”

 

National PTA Reflections is a recognition program through which students are encouraged to explore their creativity and be involved in the arts—in the classroom and at home. National PTA and PTAs nationwide urge students from preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice—dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography or visual arts—that reflect on an annual theme. The 2016-2017 National PTA Reflections theme is “What Is Your Story?”

 

Submissions are reviewed by visual, literary and performing art experts, and students are recognized each year at the local, state and national levels for their artistic ingenuity in bringing the theme to life. Guitar Center will make it possible for a National PTA Reflections award recipient to travel to the nation’s capital in January to participate in a special ceremony at the U.S. Department of Education.

 

“The National PTA Reflections program has inspired millions of students to explore their talents and be involved in the arts for nearly 50 years,” added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “National PTA and Guitar Center share a commitment to ensuring all students have the opportunity to experience the arts, as it is essential to helping them reach their full potential and preparing them for long-term success.”

 

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth.

 

About Guitar Center

Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment. With more than 270 stores across the U.S. and one of the top direct sales websites in the industry, Guitar Center has helped people make music for more than 50 years. Guitar Center also provides customers with an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility through its GC Lessons programs in more than 100 stores, where musicians of all ages and skill levels can learn to play a variety of instruments in many music genres. Additionally, Guitar Center’s sister brands include Music & Arts, which operates more than 140 stores specializing in band & orchestral instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students, and Musician’s Friend, a leading direct marketer of musical instruments in the United States. With an unrivalled in-store experience, an industry-leading online presence and passionate commitment to making gear easy-to-buy, Guitar Center is all about enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the almost indescribable joy that comes from playing an instrument.

 

Media Contact:

Heidi May Wilson, National PTA

(703) 518-1242, hmay@pta.org