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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!
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
EpicTheatreEnsemble.jpgJoin PTA advocates across the country at this year’s  National PTA Legislative Conference for a chance to see the brilliant young theatre-makers of the Epic Theater Ensemble.
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
AFHK_Selections_Lowres-144(1).jpgKids who eat healthy foods and are physically active in school have an academic and health advantage.
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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