June Updates…

With July 1 and new terms kicking off next week, we wanted to post a few reminders and hints about getting things off to a great start for your next school year.

SURE – it’s summer.  And as volunteers – it’s so very important for us all to check out a little and enjoy the downtime!

If you are looking to read a little during some quiet time – National just posted their 2016-17 Back to School planning kit – it’s broken down by role/functional area and is a super awesome resource to start your own local unit planning.

National PTA Kit

Lots of units will hold planning meetings over the summer too – in particular to start to iron out budget.  Once mid-August hits, it’s crazy train through mid to late September with getting all our students settled and back in the groove – so units that get some of their planning done earlier always say it helps.

Wake PTA leadership will be on hand August 3rd from 9AM til about 5PM at the NCPTA office (3501 Glenwood Avenue Raleigh, NC 27612) to meet and greet – and hand out the updated PTA packet with membership cards, NCPTA login info, Reflections info, how to join Wake PTA details… lots of great stuff!  Come on down and meet us!

Don’t forget to get your Annual Financial review/audit procedures completed and submitted to NCPTA.  Those are due before the end of August.  Also update the new incoming officer by September 1.  (Full checklist posted here…  NC PTA Officer Checklist)

Lastly – SUMMER LEADERSHIP TRAINING presented by Wake PTA is scheduled for Thursday September 1, 2016. This event is held at WCPSS Crossroads II and registration links will go live August 1 – stay tuned for detailed information on sessions!


Adams Elementary PTA – Leading the way in Sustainability Initiatives!!!!

The Adams Elementary School PTA is taking the lead in Wake County on introducing composting and other sustainability issues in the school’s lunch room. The PTA enlisted the expertise of Every Tray Counts (ETC), a non-profit with experience in helping schools roll out school lunch room composting and sustainability programs.

ETC received a grant from Wake County Solid Waste for this program. The program’s purpose is to provide proof of concept that food waste diversion and the use of compost-able products is beneficial to the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS).

Every Tray Counts and the Adams PTA, (working collaboratively with WCPSS Child Nutrition Services, Adams Elementary school administration, staff, and parents) will demonstrate results that include savings in trash volume and weight going to the landfill, reduced waste diversion costs, expanded opportunities in educational curriculum, and student leadership opportunities around waste diversion, composting, and sustainability. The pilot at Adams Elementary School will provide the data set to show what the impact of reducing waste could mean for the entire school district.

Beginning May 23, 2016 and going for one month, through June 20, the partnership introduced composting into the Adams lunchroom and gathering data while educating the students, staff and teacher how to properly place unwanted items into either compost, recycling or landfill/trash.

The grant provides funding for the composting program to continue for approximately one year following month-long pilot. Based on the data collected, the partnership will explore how to make the project self sustaining in the long term.

Well done Adams – and thanks for sharing!!!


Support for WCPSS Budget Request (June 2016)

Dear Wake County Commissioners,

A tremendous thank you for your past support and hard work supporting and advocating for our public schools.

Yesterday the Wake PTA Council Board of Directors adopted a resolution supporting full funding of the WCPSS Board of Education Budget Request.  The strength of our public schools is essential to the vitality of our county as a whole.  We believe that the BOE budget request helps us make progress towards closing loss of funding that has occurred since the recession.  While most additional funding will go to support growth and legislative impact, modest funding will support program enhancement and continuity necessary to make our schools competitive and effective.

We encourage all of you to continue your strong support for our schools by meeting the WCPSS BOE budget request.  Please find attached a copy of our resolution.  Members of our board will also attend the hearings on Monday to speak to our support for full funding.

We thank you all for your advocacy and for your support of all of our students, teachers, and schools.


Hardin Engelhardt

WCPTA Resolution in Support of BOE Budget Request_Final

May Newsletter and Happenings this Week!!

Hello readers!  We are into the possibly the busiest time for many of our PTA units.  Elections, transition plans, starting to figure out next year… It’s a crazy time!  We have our newsletter (the final one for this school year) attached here – lots of really great info on events around Wake County.

The Night of Stars celebration will be held this coming Thursday May 19th – we’ll get a post up after that with a few pictures highlighting the evening and all the fun!

There is also brainstorming going on now as we begin to prepare for the Annual Summer Leadership Conference that will be held later in August or early September.  All details are coming soon… do you have ideas or topics that you think would be helpful or important to consider as breakout sessions?  Are there areas of “running a PTA” that you’d specifically like covered?  Please let us know – we welcome input and feedback on how to make this conference relevant and inspiring to YOU!

May 2016 Newsletter

2016 WCPTA Reflections Celebration

The 2016 “Let Your Imagination Fly…” WCPTA Reflections Celebration was co-hosted by Cary High School in March. The celebration was an art filled evening honoring our WCPTA Reflections Winners and highlighting a few of them during student spotlight performances.  CHS also showcased a few of their talented musicians, singers, ROTC and volunteer students.  Guests enjoyed refreshments and orchestra music in the gym while they viewed the winning artwork.  Winners also had the opportunity to pose at several photo-op areas.

The awards presentation took place in the auditorium.  Guests learned more about arts in education, program details, enjoyed a few performances, and watched the winning county students receive their awards.

Thank you to our volunteers, judges, CHS staff, PTSA and students, our partners, the WCPTA Board and everyone that helped to make it a wonderful success.

Thank you to our event partners: Strawbridge Studios, Kimco Realty, Sweet Tomatoes of Cary, and Brian Mullins Photography.

Congratulations students! You did a great job!








Slate of Nominees for 2016-2017 Officers

Per the Uniform Bylaws for North Carolina PTA Councils, Section 6.2, and on behalf of the Wake County PTA Council Nominating Committee, we excitedly announce the Slate of Officers for the Wake County PTA Council for 2016-17.  Per the Bylaws, any PTA member in Good Standing with a local unit that has joined the Council in the current year may be nominated from the floor prior to the election.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Per the Uniform Bylaws for North Carolina PTA Councils, Section 9.1, two delegates from each local PTA unit who is a member of the Wake County PTA Council is allowed to vote in these elections.

Thank You to my fellow Nominating Committee Members Kia Slade, Colette Joseph, Julie von Haefen, and Lauren Van Hemert for serving on the 2015-2016 Nominating Committee.

Sarah B. Martin
Nominating Committee Chair (2015-16) – Wake County PTA Council
Visit our website: www.wakepta.org


Slate of Nominees for 2016-2017 Officers

The Wake County PTA Council Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the 2016 – 2017 Slate of Nominees for Officers. The Nominating Committee will present the Slate of Nominees for election on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:00pm during the Wake County PTA Council Full Council Membership Meeting.  This meeting will take place at the Night of Stars Award Celebration at Apex Friendship High School, 7801 Humie Olive Road in Apex.

President                 Hardin Engelhardt

VP Leadership        Julie von Haefen

VP Programs           Leah Williams

VP Communications    Jodi Bulmer

Secretary               Tanesha Boldin

Treasurer        Kassandra Watson

Spotlight – April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The YMCA of the Triangle partners with Darkness to Light to offer free Stewards of Children training that gives adults the tools they need to prevent, recognize and react responsibility to child sexual abuse.

PTAs can register for the classes, host a training, and/or invite YMCA Director of Child Safety to hold a Prevent Now! Workshop for your meeting.

Pinwheels for Prevention gardens will be springing up in Y locations. This effort demonstrates the importance of showing support for children and families. Shining in the sun, the pinwheel is reflective of the bright future all children deserve.

The YMCA of the Triangle is a sponsor of the Pinwheels for Prevention Family Fun Day on April 17 from Noon to 6 p.m. at Wheels Fun Park in Durham. A limited number of bands that allow free entry into the afternoon of games and skating are available for volunteers who plant a pinwheel garden or sign up for the training.

To learn more go to: https://www.ymcatriangle.org/programs-services/community-support/darkness-light-d2l

Get the Better Deal on YMCA Summer Day Camp

With more than 60 options, there is something for every child at the Y. We offer financial assistance based on need and availability.

Camp Spotlight

Registration is now easier than ever! Locate your camp in the camp finder. Select the “Register Online” button and you’re on your way! Camp Finder link: https://www.ymcatriangle.org/programs-and-services/camps/any/any/any/any

2016 New Officer Training Workshop

Wake County PTA Council: 2015 New Officer Training Workshop
Monday, May 16th 2016, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Call to Training:

All 2016-2017 PTA officers of units throughout Wake County are invited to learn more about PTA leadership & to network with other PTA leaders from across the County.  This includes BOTH veteran officers and officers new to these PTA leadership roles.

Training Location:

Crossroads II Office Building, 110 Corning Road, Cary Room 1400

Workshop Format:

This training event will be held as one large-group workshop without breakout sessions.  It is meant to include all officers for 2016-2017 hearing the same message about how to prepare for the work ahead, and is a completely different format from our Summer Leadership Conference that offers breakout sessions.


ABSOLUTELY FREE for officers of Wake PTA Council Member Units, but RSVP is required to ensure we have materials and seats for everyone attending.

RSVP for this workshop by visiting


Please note that registration confirmations will be sent via email to registered participants approximately 3-5 days prior to the event.


WCPTA Night of Stars Honoree Form Deadline is January 31, 2016

Don’t forget to nominate your unit’s top PTA volunteer by filling out the WCPTA NOS Honoree Form by this Sunday, January 31st.

The annual WCPTA Night of Stars Event celebrates the top PTA volunteer at local units.  This is a free event for local units that are members of the Wake County PTA Council.  Each local unit will select their top PTA Volunteer and nominate them to be honored at the event by using the WCPTA Honoree Form.  A local unit may select a board member or a general PTA member.  We want your school represented at this year’s celebration!  Each unit can send five guest for free (school principal, PTA president, Honoree and their plus one, and person filling out form) plus additional guests for just $10 each, to cover the cost of food, thanks to a larger venue this year.  Please note your PTA will be invoiced after the event if you had more than five guests attending.  We can’t wait to see you all come out to celebrate the honorees and have a great night of fun and awards!

The WCPTA Night of Stars event will be May 19, 2016.  The evening will consist of dinner, door prizes, photo-op areas, entertainment and an award celebration with goody bags for the NOS Honorees.

For more information, including instructions and online form links, please visit our Night of Stars page under the Programs and Events tab or click here:  http://www.wakepta.org/programs-and-events/night-of-stars/

Questions?  Email Leah Williams at:  night-of-stars@wakepta.org

Wake PTA January 2016 Newsletter

Jan 2016 Newsletter

Lots of updates to kick off the 2016 year!!  Have a read…