Membership numbers on your mind?

Wake County year round schools are in full swing and the first day of the traditional school calendar is just around the corner.  Many PTAs are busy organizing their calendar for the year, acquainting and training new board members with their position requirements, and planning membership drives at school open houses and teacher meet & greets.  Most PTA/PTSAs will get asked “Why should I join?”.

The National PTA has been serving children for over 100 years and it is the defining organization for parent involvement!  These are just a few of the great reasons to be part of PTA:

  • Benefit your child-The number one reason to join PTA is to benefit your child and in doing so support your school.
  • Discover great resources- The PTA provides a variety of programs for parents and students from homework, education in arts, bullying prevention, child health, and much more.
  • Being a role model- You’ll demonstrate to your child the importance you place on education.
  • Getting connected and being in the know- Being a member of PTA keeps you up to date with what is happening in your school and how you can support your child’s education.
  • PTA Member benefits- Individuals can take advantage of PTA membership benefits including special offers and discounts, free e-learning courses, monthly e-newsletters, training and workshops, magazine subscription discounts, and much more.
  • Tap into a network- PTA functions connect you to other parents and teachers. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences.
  • Speak up- Being a member of your PTA can help you effectively suggest change at your child’s school and in your community.
  • Watch yourself grow and hone your skills- By volunteering with your PTA, you can put your skills to use for a noble cause.

Membership levels have been known to dip at the high school level versus the elementary school level. However, in Wake County we have some great examples of High School PTSAs working hard to increase their memberships while spreading the PTA Mission.
Below are a few examples.

HSH PTSA Board     HSHS take2    PCHS take 2       Heritage PTSA Board                  Holly Springs PTSA Board          Panther Creek PTSA Board

Does your PTA/PTSA have any successful tips or great ideas on how to boost membership?  Share your ideas with us below!


Welcome to the 2014 – 2015 School Year

Dear PTA Leaders,

Welcome to the 2014 – 2015 school year! The Wake County PTA Council wants to say Thank You for your commitment to your children, the children of your school and the children of Wake County. Please know that we are here for you to help you though the year.

To get started on the right foot here are some important action items:

This is a one-time payment that allows access to:

  • FREE trainings through the year
  • Reflections Participation
  • Night of Stars Invitation and Honoree from your school
  • Ability to Apply for the Field Trip Educational Opportunity Grant

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Updating your New Officer Information

 Happy July!

It is very important that you update your members with the NC PTA database ASAP!

You can do this by doing the following:

Go to the NC PTA Database:   :

Enter your log in Information (let us know if you need help with this).

1.  When you enter that into the sign in page you will go to a page that says “PTA School Overview”
2.  On the Right you will see a list of items.  Under OFFICERS it will say “EDIT OR INSERT OFFICERS”
3.  Select this option and you will be able to update your officers.

ALSO… Update your information for the Wake County Council on the link below.

**  Be sure to mark your calendars for our Summer Leadership Training on August 28 from 5:30 – 8:30 at Crossroads 2.  Information will be coming out soon!

** When you are working on your budgets for the new school year be sure to include funds for Trainings!  This year our State Training will be in Raleigh and the National will be in Charlotte!  We would love to see representation from all schools in Wake County!

** Last but not least, have you registered for your 2014-2015 Back to School Kit from National?  You can do so here!

Thank you!

We hope you have a safe, happy and healthy July 4th!

~ Mandy

2014 WCPTA Night of Stars Event Held on 5-29-2014

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The annual event was full of smiles, fun, excitement, goodies for the Honorees and celebration for all as we recognized this year’s Volunteer Honorees.   The WCPTA would like to thank Superintendent Dr. James  Merrill, Area Superintendents Lloyd Gardner, Rose Anne Gonzalez and Clinton Robinson, Board of Education Representatives Christine Kushner, Bill Fletcher and Monkia Johnson-Hostler, and the many guests that attended the celebration.  Thank you to Chick-fil-A at Crossroads Plaza Cary, GoPlaySave and Communities in Schools Wake County for sponsoring the event and the WCPSS Staff Development Office for the venue.

For more information and photos, including the Honoree Photo Op area shots, can be found on our Night of Stars page.  Photos are courtesy of Shako Oteka, photographer with CIS Wake.

2014 NC PTA Parent Education Conference Local Recognition

Several local PTA units received honors over the weekend in Winston-Salem at the 2014 North Carolina PTA Education Conference.  Congratulations on your recognition!

Centennial Campus Middle School PTSA – 2 awards:
Outstanding Student Service Award for their “Safe Haven Eighth Grade Class Program”
Achievement Award – Distinguished Local Unit 2013-14

Durant Road Elementary School PTA:
Achievement Award – Distinguished Local Unit 2013-14

Highcroft Drive Elementary School PTA – 2 awards:
Gwin Hughes Healthful Living Award for their “March into Good Choices Program”
Achievement Award – Distinguished Local Unit 2013-14

Olive Chapel Elementary School PTA – 2 awards:
Ruby Acorn Award (awarded to any NC PTA unit who has 100% of their full time school staff as a PTA member of their unit)
Achievement Award – Distinguished Local Unit 2013-14

Wake County PTA Council:

  • Achievement Award – Distinguished Council 2013-14
  • Announced as a recipient of a $10,000 Smart from the Start: Community Outreach Grant from the National PTA


Food Education Fun Night = Great Success

The Wake County PTA Council would like to thank the over 200 guests who came out to participate in the 2014 WCPTA Food Education Fun Night.  The event was filled with healthy foods, education classes and materials for all ages, music, art, face painting,           exciting vendors, and a ton of smiling faces!

Thank you to the following event sponsors and vendors for helping to make the event a wonderful success:

Whole Foods Market
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
Fit and Able Productions
Poe Health Center
Camp MusArt
Apex Farmers Market
The Produce Box
WCPSS Staff Development Office

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National Reflections Winners from Wake County.

Congratulations to the following National Reflections Winners from Wake County!

Caleb Rossie from Middle Creek High School in Apex won a National Reflections Award of Excellence for his Film piece titled  Reach for the Stars.

Caleb Rossie Film Pic-Reach for the Stars


Annabel Bloom from Ligon GT Magnet Middle School in Raleigh won a National Reflections Award of Merit for her Dance piece titled  Wings of Hope.

Annabel Bloom Dance Pic-Wings of Hope


We are very proud of you and of all our Wake County PTA Council Reflections Program Participants!



Night of Stars Honoree Form Deadline Near

The Night of Stars Honoree Form deadline is this Thursday, May 8, 2014.

The WCPTA Night of Stars and President’s Dinner will be May, 29, 2014 beginning at 6:00pm at the WCPSS Crossroads II.  Guests will enjoy dinner and desert before the awards presentation.

Please follow all instructions on the honoree form and Survey Monkey links.  Please nominate only one Honoree per school.

Honoree Form Link: s/2014nightofstars-FORM

Event RSVP Link: s/2014nightofstarsRSVP

Night of Stars Honoree Form: 2014 NOS Form

If you have any questions please email Leah Williams or Ann Rollins at:

Congratulations 2014 AHA Brains and Bodies & Wellness Star Award Recipients

AHA All B&B Winners 2014                AHA All Wellness Star Winners 2014
Brains and Bodies Award Winners                                     Wellness Star Winners

On April 25, 2014 Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) announced the 2014 Brains and Bodies Award recipients and Wellness Star recipients - individual Wake County schools going above and beyond, to support healthy behaviors at school for both students and staff.  Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) School Board Chair Christine Kushner was invited to present the awards.

Ten schools earned the Brains and Bodies Award, and six earned the Wellness Star, with three schools winning both awards. Underwood Elementary in Raleigh won the AHA Brains and Bodies Award for overall wellness at the Gold level designation for the fourth year in a row. Brier Creek Elementary, Davis Drive Elementary, Highcroft Elementary, Hunter Elementary and Joyner Elementary earned awards at the Silver level. Bronze award winners include Brentwood Elementary, Lead Mine Elementary, Martin Middle School and Oak Grove Elementary. The AHA Brains and Bodies Award is the only school award for school health in Wake County.

Wellness Star winners are Davis Drive Elementary, Hunter Elementary, Laurel Park Elementary, Martin Middle School, Olive Chapel Elementary and Wake Forest Elementary. The Wellness Star award is new this year, and recognizes efforts to support walking and biking to school.All award winners earned a banner to display at their school. “We are so impressed with the work of all these schools to make wellness and health a priority,” Sara Merz, director of AHA. “Physically active students who eat healthy foods perform better academically, have fewer disciplinary issues, and are starting off on the right foot.”“More than 43 percent of kids aged 5 to 11 in Wake County are overweight or obese,” Merz continued. “Our Brains and Bodies Award winners are making a real difference in their schools by changing the way they do their work, creating opportunities for students to be active, and implementing the WCPSS Wellness Policy and focusing on employee and student wellness.”

AHA created the Brains and Bodies Award program four years ago to celebrate and recognize schools making an effort to incorporate wellness into the culture of the school day. The application process is also intended to be educational, providing schools with information and a wide array of resources and best practices to model.  One of the student wellness criteria is that schools provide opportunities for students to participate in daily physical activity during the school day, excluding recess and physical education.  Lead Mine Elementary, for example, includes physical activity in its morning announcements.

For more AHA information go to:

AHA Contacts:
Sara Merz,
Michele McKinley,


Wake County PTA Council Position Statement on Support for Teacher Compensation

WCPTA Position Statement Regarding Teacher Compensation (1)

Wake PTA Leaders,
Teacher pay has been a hot topic in the news lately, and I think most of us  would agree that something needs to be done.  With one of the key roles of  the PTA listed as Advocacy in support of our  children, on March 27th, your WCPTA Council Board approved a Position  Statement in Support for Enhanced Teacher Compensation.  Last night,  April 8th, I  presented this Position Statement to the WCPSS Board of Education at their  Public Hearing of the Superintendent’s  Proposed Budget.
I hope you will take a chance to read  this position statement and look at the other hyperlinks I have added to  this email.  Please consider working with your local PTA units to adopt  similar statements of support for the proposed budget by our WCPSS  Superintendent, voice your opinions on the need for a change to teacher  compensation across NC, or simply share this information with your local  units.
I have attached a copy of our Position Statement which you may feel free to  share with others.
Thank You for all that you do to support our teachers across Wake  County!
Gary A.  Lewis
President (2013-14) – Wake County PTA Council